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Right to bear arms enforced in class By APRIL ASHLAND staff writer

THE COLLEGE REPUBLICANS host the concealed weapons class “Packing Heat.” Terry Camp, president of the College Republicans said he believes the Virginia Tech shooting could have been prevented, had someone on campus been armed to protect the students and staff from a shooter. ALLISON OSTLER photo illustration

The U.S. Constitution states that all people have the right to bear arms without infringement of the government, and Terry Camp, senior in political science and president of the USU College Republicans, said he supports this right. Utah State University’s policies and procedures contain only one mention of firearms and according to the policy, “Misconduct can be described as: Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of a firearm, ammunition, explosives, weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University property.” This means students are allowed to carry concealed weapons, if they have a permit. The College Republicans hosted “Packing Heat,” a concealed weapons permit class, Saturday. Camp said the club hosts the class every semester as a way to endorse students’ second amendment rights. He said the reason the club hosts the class is because people should know how to use the weapons they carry, and have control of them. Camp said he doesn’t have a gun, but as a Republican he believes students should be able to carry guns

on campus, and pointed to the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting as an example of why. “People can take down the gunmen, and protect themselves,” he said. The USU Democrats were contacted and the club’s president Anna Harris, said she had no comment concerning the concealed weapons issue. USU Police Capt. Steven Milne, said while he believes completely in the constitution and the public’s right to bear arms, there are some things that worry him about students having concealed weapons on campus. He said if there was a scenario such as a shooter on campus, in the Taggart Student Center, then having other students on campus with concealed weapons can make a situation more difficult in determining who the antagonist is. “If there are others pulling their guns to protect themselves, as a police officer, how are you going to determine who is the bad guy, and who is friendly?” he said. The other problem, he said, is that police officers are constantly training with their guns, whereas citizens

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Reporter addresses issue of skewed web content vides great ways of distributing content and finding sources, but it’s still critical to hold high ethical standards.” Shepard, who has taught media ethics Social media sites, like Facebook and at Georgetown University, said the Internet Twitter, provide ways for facilitates the spread of informajournalists to spread informa- “Social media tion, but that information can be tion and find sources, but distorted. She said of her job as there is a need to be skeptical, provides great ombudsman that she makes sure ways of dissaid National Public Radio everybody at NPR holds themOmbudsman Alicia Shepard. selves accountable. tributing conShepard, who works for “It is awesome that NPR has tent and finding NPR in Washington, D.C., a position where they hire somesources, but it’s visited USU to speak to stuone who basically is a public critstill critical to dents and faculty from the ic of their journalism,” Shepard hold high ethical said. “It says they are confident journalism and communications department. In a lecture standards.” as a news organization, but they given at the Performance Hall still feel they could do better.” Tuesday, Shepard spoke on Many journalists hold – Alicia Shepard, themselves to the key tenets of her ideas regarding the need for ethical fortitude in jourNPR Ombudsman minimizing harm in reporting, nalism, as media and technolacting independently and being ogy continue to converge. accountable, Shepard said. Transparency is “We’re in the midst of a digital revolution also important; many journalists feel they can and in many ways the rules of journalism have ALICIA SHEPARD, the NPR Ombudsman, gave a speech in the USU Performance Hall, Tuesday, dramatically changed since 20 years ago, i.e. See WEB, page 4 and shared tidbits she has learned throughout her career as a nationally recognized journalist. ANI pre-Internet,” Shepard said. “Social media proBy DAN SMITH staff writer


Feared spider bites may be misdiagnosis By KEITH BURBANK staff writer

Spider researchers are encouraging people to keep the offending hobo spider after receiving a bite, said Rod Crawford, curator of arachnids at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. Equally important is that people see a doctor as a result of a suspected spider bite, and tell the doctor whether they actually saw a spider, Crawford said.

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“Misdiagnosing a spider bite is no trivial thing,” Crawford said. He said people have died as a result of being diagnosed with a spider bite, when the illness was actually something else. More research needs to be done on Hobo spider bites to help medical doctors make correct diagnoses of lesions, said Richard S. Vetter of the department of entomology at UC-Riverside. This conclusion is based on a study published in the “Annals of Emergency Medicine, December

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2004,” which Vetter co-authored. “Hobo spiders live in northern Utah,” Vetter said. A distributional chart of Hobo spider territoy across the United States can be viewed on the Burke Museum’s website through the University of Washington. Vetter said the medical community is supportive of the efforts he and Isbister have made. “Most doctors are incredibly supportive,” Vetter said. “The general public thinks that doctors know

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everything, but the misdiagnosis rate by doctors is 15 percent. This means doctors make three misdiagnoses a day.” This could jeopardize a person’s health, said Ryan Davis, an anthropod diagnostician with the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab. The Lab is part of USU’s biology and natural resources department. The lab at Utah State identifies pest problems for

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Nat’lBriefs Turkmen activists barred from human rights meeting WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Two exiled opposition activists from Turkmenistan have been barred from a human rights conference in Warsaw, apparently because their country objected to their presence, prompting criticism Tuesday from the United States, the European Union and Canada. The incident occurred during a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a 56-member group devoted to security and human rights issues that includes the United States, Western European democracies and several authoritarian former Soviet states. Kazakhstan, a country in Central Asia under pressure to implement democratic reforms, currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the group. The meeting in Warsaw continues through Friday. It is being held in preparation for an OSCE summit later this year in Kazakhstan involving the members’ heads of state and government. Michael Guest, head of the U.S. delegation to the Warsaw meeting, said the U.S. considers it “unacceptable” to shun members of civil society at a major international rights conference. “Such action is injurious to the OSCE as an organization and as a community of values,” he said. The two Turkmen are Nurmuhammet Hanamov, founding chairman of the Republican Party of Turkmenistan who lives in exile in Vienna, and Annadurdy Khajiev, a former deputy head of the Central Bank of Turkmenistan who lives in Bulgaria.

Hungary sludge flood ‘ecological disaster’ DEVECSER, Hungary (AP) – Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties Tuesday after a flood of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant engulfed several towns and burned people through their clothes. One official called it “an ecological disaster” that may threaten the Danube and other key rivers. The toll rose to four dead, six missing and at least 120 people injured after a reservoir failed Monday at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in Ajka, a town 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Budapest, the capital. Several hundred tons of plaster were being poured into the Marcal River to bind the toxic sludge and prevent it from flowing on, the National Disaster Management Directorate said. So far, about 35.3 million cubic feet (1 million cubic meters) of sludge has leaked from the reservoir, affecting an estimated 15.4 square miles (40 square kilometers).

LateNiteHumor Monday, Oct. 4 2010 Top 10 Rick Sanchez Excuses 10. “It’s the damn bedbugs.” 9. “Didn’t think it was possible to get fired from a network no one watches.” 8. “Just trying to get some publicity for my Twitter.” 7. “Excuses for what?” 6. “Always wanted to go back to doing weather in Zanesville, Ohio.” 5. “How come when Jackie Mason says the same thing, it’s hilarious?” 4. “Trying to impress Mel Gibson.” 3. “Wanted time off to watch Bruce Willis on Letterman.” 2. “Accidentally took a handful of Larry King’s heart pills.” 1. “Hate-filled rant was an audition for Fox News.”

Times Square bomber sentenced NEW YORK (AP) – The Pakistani immigrant who tried to detonate a car bomb on a busy Saturday night in Times Square accepted a life sentence with a smirk Tuesday and warned that Americans can expect more bloodshed at the hands of Muslims. “Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun,” 31year-old Faisal Shahzad told a federal judge. “Consider me the first droplet of the blood that will follow.” His punishment for building the propane-and-gasoline bomb and driving it into the heart of the city in an SUV last May was a foregone conclusion, since the charges to which he pleaded guilty carried a mandatory life sentence, which under federal rules will keep him behind bars until he dies. But the former budget analyst from Connecticut used the courtroom appearance to rail against the U.S., saying the country will continue to pay for occupying Muslim countries. “We are only Muslims trying to defend our religion, people, homes and land, but if you call us terrorists, then we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you until you

leave our lands and people at peace,” he told U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum. Shahzad – brought into the courtroom in handcuffs, and wearing a long beard and white skullcap – had instructed his attorney not to speak, and Cedarbaum told prosecutors she didn’t need to hear from them. That left the two free to spar over his reasoning for giving up his comfortable life in America to train in Pakistan and carry out an attack authorities say could have killed an untold number of pedestrians. “You appear to be someone who was capable of education and I do hope you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Quran wants you to kill lots of people,” Cedarbaum said. Shahzad responded that the “Quran gives us the right to defend. And that’s all I’m doing.” The judge cut him off at one point to ask if he had sworn allegiance to the U.S. when he became a citizen last year. “I did swear, but I did not mean it,” Shahzad said. In his address to the court, he said

Osama bin Laden “will be known as no less than Saladin of the 21stcentury crusade” – a reference to the Muslim hero of the Crusades. He also said: “If I’m given 1,000 lives, I will sacrifice them all.” Shahzad smirked when the judge imposed the sentence. Asked if he had any final words, he said, “I’m happy with the deal that God has given me.” Afterward, the head of the FBI’s New York office, Janice K. Fedarcyk, cited evidence that Shahzad hoped to strike more than once. “Shahzad built a mobile weapon of mass destruction and hoped and intended that it would kill large numbers of innocent people and planned to do it again two weeks later,” Fedarcyk said in a statement. “The sentence imposed today means Shahzad will never pose that threat again.” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called Shahzad a “remorseless terrorist who betrayed his adopted country.” “We have to be concerned about homegrown terrorists given recent events. We’re working as hard as we can to make sure we don’t have another event like that,” Bharara said.

Calling himself a Muslim soldier, Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts. He said the Pakistan Taliban provided him with more than $15,000 and five days of explosives training late last year and early this year, months after he became a U.S. citizen. For greatest impact, he chose a crowded a section of Times Square by studying an online streaming video of the so-called Crossroads of the World, prosecutors said. On May 1, he lit the fuse of his crude bomb packed in a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, then walked away, pausing to listen for the explosion that never came, court papers said. A street vendor spotted smoke coming from the SUV and alerted police, who quickly cleared the area. The bomb attempt set off an intense investigation that culminated two days later with investigators plucking Shahzad off a Dubai-bound plane at a New York airport. Prosecutors introduced a dramatic videotape of an FBI-staged explosion in a Pennsylvania field that they said demonstrated how deadly Shahzad’s bomb could have been.

Russians to share Nobel Prize STOCKHOLM (AP) – Two Russian-born scientists shared the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for groundbreaking experiments with the strongest and thinnest material known to mankind – a potential building block for faster computers and lighter airplanes and satellites. University of Manchester professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov used Scotch tape to isolate graphene, a form of carbon only one atom thick but more than 100 times stronger than steel, and showed it has exceptional properties, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. Experiments with graphene could lead to the development of new superstrong and lightweight materials with which to make satellites, aircraft and cars, the academy said in announcing the 10 million kronor ($1.5 million) award. The unique properties of the transparent material could also spur the development of innovative electronics, including transparent touch screens, more efficient computers and solar cells, although no commercial products have been created yet. “It has all the potential to change your life in the same way that plastics did,” Geim told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “It is really exciting.” Geim, 51, is a Dutch national while Novoselov, 36, holds both British and Russian citizenship. Both were born in Russia and started their careers in physics there. They first worked together in the Netherlands before moving to Britain, where they reported isolating graphene in 2004. Novoselov is the youngest winner since 1973 of a prize that normally goes to scientists with decades of experience. The youngest Nobel laureate to date is Lawrence Bragg, who was 25 when he shared the physics award with his father William Bragg in 1915. “It’s a shock,” Novoselov told the AP. “I started my day chatting over Skype over new developments – it was quite unexpected.” Geim said he didn’t expect to win the prize this year either and had forgotten that it was Nobel time when the prize committee called him from Stockholm. The two scientists used simple Scotch tape as a crucial tool in their experiments, peeling off thin flakes of graphene from a piece of graphite, the stuff of pencil leads.

“It’s a humble technique. But the hard work came later,” Geim told the AP. Paolo Radaelli, a physics professor at the University of Oxford, marveled at the simple methods the winners used. “In this age of complexity, with machines like the super collider, they managed to get the Nobel using Scotch tape,” Radaelli said. Geim last year won the prestigious Korber European Science Award for the discovery, the University of Manchester said. He also won the “Ig nobel” prize in 2000 for making a frog levitate in a magnetic field. That award is handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for silly sounding scientific discoveries that often have surprisingly practical applications. Phillip F. Schewe, spokesman for the American

PROFFESSOR AMDREW GEIM, LEFT, and Dr. Konstantin Novoselov, who have have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, pose for pictures outside Manchester University, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 5. AP photo

Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland, said the Nobel to Geim and Novoselov was welldeserved. “Graphene is the thinnest material in the world, it’s one of the strongest, maybe the strongest material in the world. It’s an excellent conductor. Electrons move through it very quickly, which is something you want to make circuits out of,” Schewe said. He said graphene may be a good material for making integrated circuits, small chips with millions of transistors that are the backbone of all modern telecommunications. It also has potential uses in construction material, Schewe said, but added it would take a while “before this sort of technology moves into mainstream application.” Lars Samuelson, a physics professor at the University of Lund, Sweden, said graphene developments are under way in several areas, especially for making TV screens. “It is incredibly transparent, it lets through 98 percent of light, so it would be ideal to have on large TV screens,” he said. Highlighting the playfulness of the two scientists, the Nobel citation said they created a “super sticky tape” seven years ago, inspired by a gecko’s ability to stick to even the smoothest surface. Laurence Eaves, a physics professor at the University of Nottingham in Britain, said the duo showed how science should be done. “These were just a couple of guys driven by their curiosity, doing what they thought was interesting, and invented this amazing material,” he said. The 2010 Nobel Prize announcements started Monday with the medicine award going to British researcher Robert Edwards, 85, for work that led to the first test tube baby. That achievement helped bring 4 million infants into the world so far and raised challenging new questions about human reproduction. The chemistry prize will be announced Wednesday, followed by literature on Thursday, the peace prize on Friday and economics on Monday Oct. 11. The prestigious awards were created by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel and first given out in 1901. The prizes are always handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death in 1896.

Salt Lake library bomber convicted SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A federal jury in Utah on Monday convicted an Illinois man of bombing a downtown Salt Lake City library in 2006. Thomas Zajac, 57, of Downers Grove, Ill., was found guilty of six felony charges that prosecutors said are almost guaranteed to keep him locked up for the rest of his life. Sentencing was set for Dec. 16. The most serious charge – using a destructive device in a crime of violence – calls for a minimum of 30 years in prison. Prosecutors said Zajac was angry about his son’s 2004 drunken-driving arrest by Salt Lake City police. Defense lawyers told the jury that Zajac’s son, Adam Zajac, had a better motive for the bombing than his father. But the father angrily rejected that theory after the jury returned its verdict. “I’m sorry for my attorney accusing my son. It

was a malicious lie,” Thomas Zajac said with the jury still sitting in court. “My son had nothing to do with it.” With that outburst, his defense lawyers, Edwin S. Wall and Deirdre Gorman, got U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups’s permission to promptly quit the case. While the elder Zajac defended his son in court, he didn’t say who planted the pipe bomb. The Sept. 15, 2006, explosion sent shrapnel flying for more than 15 feet, blew out a window and forced 400 people to flee. “The fact that nobody was injured was fortunate,” prosecutor Rich McKelvie said Monday. “His attempt was to embarrass police by showing they could not protect this community.” Thomas Zajac’s fingerprints were on bomb parts and letters taunting police, banking records show he traveled to Utah at the same time, and he was captured entering and moving around inside the

library by surveillance video, McKelvie said. The tapes didn’t show the bombing, however. Thomas Zajac’s son was nowhere near Utah when the bomb went off, and no other evidence suggested the son played a role, McKelvie said. Wall and Gorman refused comment on Thomas Zajac’s outburst in court or why they blamed the son for the bombing. Thomas Zajac has been accused of setting off another pipe bomb two weeks before, at a suburban commuter train station in 2006 in Hinsdale, Ill. A federal grand jury in Illinois issued a fourcourt indictment in May alleging Thomas Zajac planted that bomb. As with the Utah bombing, authorities said Thomas Zajac had a similar motive– a run-in with Hinsdale police. A hearing in the Illinois case is set for Oct 21. “He spent a period of time as a bitter and angry man,” McKelvie said.

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KENNY TURLUR, a research assistant, and Steve Aust, biochemistry professor, run tests in the biochemistry lab. These testing procedures lend to the possibility of safer optic surgery. AMY HOUMAND photo

Research to improve cataract surgery By MEGAN BAINUM assistant news editor

In an attempt to make cataract surgery safer, USU Professor Steven Aust has been researching ways to keep potentially harmful free radicals from generating. Free radicals are atoms or group of atoms with at least one unpaired electron. In the body it is usually an oxygen molecule that has lost an electron that stabilizes itself by stealing an electron from a nearby molecule. “Electrons usually exist in pairs, which makes them stable, but free radicals contain an unpaired electron so they are always searching for another electron, making them very reactive,” Aust said. He said in the case of high energy ultrasound, it is thought that water is split into a hydrogen atom and the hydroxyl radical. “The hydrogen atom is reductive, so, not very dangerous, but the hydroxyl radical is a potent oxidant,” Aust said. “It is thought to be involved in many diseases and the reason why we need antioxidants in our diet, like vitamin E.” He said it is popular to add antioxidants to all kinds of food but “unfortunately we don’t know how our bodies get oxidized, so we don’t know what antioxidants might be affective. Vitamins E and C are very important, along with vitamin A, which is a different type of antioxidant.” Vitamin A protects us from oxidation catalyzed by light, which is most likely the cause of cataracts. The research Aust has been working on is with Alcon, a leading company in eye care, to determine if their equipment generated free radicals and

whether there was a way to lessen the amount of free radicals generated. Aust said it started 10 years ago when an Alcon scientist approached him about reviewing a published article which suggested high energy ultrasound would generate free radicals. He said Alcon was interested because they had developed an instrument to remove cataracts by high energy ultrasound. “The company came to me asking if I could verify the hypothesis that high energy ultrasound did acutally generate free radicals,” Aust said. “We showed that the hydroxyl radial was indeed generated by the instrument used to remove cataracts. We published those results in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2001.” Then a few years ago, Aust said Alcon contacted him again to see if there was a way in determining the amount of hydroxyl radicals being generated. If that amount could be determined, then the ways to minimize that generation could be investigated. Aust said Alcon approached him after investigating several laboratories and had decided Aust would most likely be successful and result in publishable data. “I don’t want to brag, that is not the point here,” Aust said, “but I have a rather distinguished record of publishing, many in the area of free radical chemistry and toxicology.” Aust said the fact that Alcon came to him to help with their research is “very indicative of the importance of excellence in research and publishing.” He said it can result in support for jobs, as well as great opportunities for students like medical or graduate school. “It is very important for companies like Alcon

ASUSU approves iPod application By JESSICA SWEAT staff writer

After the traditional opening of an ASUSU Executive Council meeting and a large round of applause for Utah State’s highly celebrated win this past Friday, the round table was almost full of visitors waiting to address the council. The visitors included representation from the company IntelliGuard Systems and from USU Parking and Transportation Services. Addressing the council first was IntelliGuard, which was presented by American Messaging. Representatives briefed the council on a new emergency alert system that may be tested and then implemented on USU’s campus. They helped the council understand the devices and how they can make USU safe. The IntelliGuard System is a comprehensive mass alert system with messages being sent to all devices in all locations. This means a message can be sent from one individual and within seconds, be at the hands of thousands with no chance of delays or absence. It is a “dedicated system” with no other traffic and categorized as

“one-to-many.” IntelliGuard currently has over one million customers and deems itself the “dependable choice” with 26 years of state-of-the-art emergency notification technology, mostly with Emergency First Responders. Now branching off to schools, mainly universities, the representative at the council meeting said IntelliGuard felt the need for their products, largely due to the 83 shooting incidents that have occurred over the last 10 years at universities across the nation. So far the system has been adopted by a few universities as a pilot program. If ASUSU approves, USU will be the eighth school to take part in the pilot. The program will require 50 participants and an hour of time for two days along with a survey. Students will be given a key chain that will notify them of an emergency as they follow their daily schedule. USU will receive a fully-funded system including the thermostat-like wall units and LCD signs. The cost of running the system has yet to be determined since the cost is based on how many devices are ordered. The ASUSU council members will deliber-

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to fund research that will result in peer-reviewed publications. This gives data credibility,” Aust said. Alcon provided the instruments and other necessary supplies for the research. Aust said they also provided grants to the university for him to hire students to do the research, and hired Aust as a consultant because he had retired from being a professor. Kenny Turley, a research assistant, said he was interested in working with Aust because it would be an advantage to him in becoming a physician’s assistant. “As I was searching out research opportunities I wanted to find one that was geared toward the medical side,” Turley said. “Dr. Aust explained that his research dealt with the formation of hydroxyl radicals during cataract surgery. They wanted to limit the radical formation to make the operation better and safer. My interest was sparked because his research was based on medicine and the chemistry behind it, both of which I could potentially use in the future.” Turley said he hopes to improve how medical care is administrated, and cataract surgery is something that can be improved. He said by figuring out the methods on how to limit hydroxyl radical formations during cataract surgery, “we can help ophthalmologists improve how they administer care.” Turley also said he enjoys seeing the results research brings. “As I run experiments and try new things, it is always fun when the results are what you are expecting,” Turley said. –

Guns: Students may have on campus with permit -continued from page 1 don’t have to repeat training, or continue their training once the permit has been received. “Now, just about anyone without a criminal record can get a concealed weapons permit, but my worry is, how good they are under stress, and how good of a shot they are,” Milne said. The Utah Criminal Code reads that “A person may not possess any dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun at a place that the person knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is on or about school premises,” and the possession of such is a class A misdemeanor. School is defined in the Criminal Code as any public or private school, the grounds of a school, through elementary, middle school, secondary, and post-secondary school, or anywhere that is hosting a school-sponsored event. Camp said Utah and USU’s laws regarding packing on campus are not as strict as schools in the East, and said one member of the College Republicans has experience with the guidelines at other schools. “He is from Connecticut, and he said there is nowhere that having concealed weapons would be allowed on campus. We’re really privileged that our state is so respectful of our rights,” Camp said. Camp said he believes that the more politicians try to limit the use of guns, the more of a problem they will become, and he said the situation is much like drugs. “The illegality of it can cause more problems. We’re so infected with so many drugs, it’s because they’re illegal. I think the crime problems in Chicago are caused by citizens not having guns,” Camp said. “Guns make our nation safer than the harm they cause.” –

Today Biomat USA, one of the world’s leading producers of human blood plasma for the manufacture of life-saving plasma therapies, announced completion of a $600,000 capital expansion project for its Logan plasma donor center. The renovation also included a number of facility upgrades and improvements that will enhance the donation experience. As a result of the facility expansion, the Company plans to add additional full time staff to bring the total number of Biomat USA employees at the Logan facility to fifty-two. “Our donors are already familiar with our safe procedures exceptional customer service,” said Samantha Archibald, facility manager of the Logan donor center, “and now they will get to enjoy a state-of-the-art facility with amenities such as flat screen TVs and continuous movies during the donation process.” With the expansion and renovation complete, the facility will be capable of accepting up to 1,500 plasma donations per week and will benefit from an improved facility layout and better efficiency in the donation process. The Biomat USA center is located at 1061 North Main Street. “We are pleased to be able to invest in the Logan facility and demonstrate our commitment to both the community and patients worldwide,” stated Chris Barber, Northwestern Division General Manager for Biomat USA. “The ability to increase our staff size and expand our business is good for the Company and good for Logan,” Barber said.

Night to display two jazz bands The jazz bands from Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts and the Department of Music kick off their 2010-2011 concert season with a Big Band Jazz Concert Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., at the USU Performance Hall. The jazz bands include the USU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Todd Fallis, and Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jon Gudmundson. A guest singer and small combo groups will also perform. Tickets are $8 for general admission and free for USU students with presentation of ID. Tickets are available at the Caine College of the Arts Ticket Office, Chase Fine Arts Center, Room 139-B, or online. Tickets are also available at the door performance night. “The jazz program is bigger than ever this year,” Fallis said. “We have had more students audition for the two jazz bands than ever before and we have added a fourth jazz combo to the program as well as a super sax combo which will perform for the combo concert later this semester.” Fallis said the Oct. 13 concert features an array of jazz styles from the 1930s through today.

Evening speech to inform educators The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the Utah State University campus hosts an “Evening for Educators” session that features Brigham Young University assistant professor Daniel Barney. The activity is a part of SWAP – the State Wide Art Partnership initiative – and is open to all educators, elementary through high school, from the northern Utah and southern Idaho region. The session is presented Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the museum on the USU campus. Activities begin with a tour of newly installed exhibitions in the museum then move to the art education room, Fine Arts Visual 108. There, Barney will discuss how educators from all grade levels can establish visual art education as a regular part of the general curriculum in their classrooms.

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Parking: Director encourages use of facilities -continued from page 3 ate and come to a decision about pilot participation at a later date. The next presentation came from USU Parking and Transportation Services where assistant director James Nye quizzed the council on their parking knowledge. Because parking services is a self-supported entity, no student-paid tuition goes towards parking. Also contrary to popular belief, only nine percent of parking revenue comes from citations. Parking services also has 38 student employees and still owes about $350,000 in bond payments for the parking terraces located on campus. However, parking was said to make “over and above” with a total revenue of 1.3 million dollars. After his initial presentation, Nye suggested ASUSU encourage utilization of park-

ing services in regards to guests and visitors. Parking services include direction for guests, notification of arrival to hosts, and most importantly, direct parking so that no citations are issued. Concluding presentations was Kevin Webb, program adviser. Webb provided the council with legislation training so that members could better understand the process. Webb reminded the council of their main duties as active members. Training also included bill and resolution instructions. “You act as the sole student voice,” Webb said. “You speak for the students, so listen.” Putting their training to work, the council then voted on two discussion items already approved by the Capital and Support fund.

The first item was a request for $250 for the carnival hosted by the LIFE club as part of National Coming Out Day events. Because the actual cost of the event is $120, ASUSU avoted to approve $200. The second item passed was the request for the funding of an ASUSU iPod application. The bill for the request stated that there has been a 35 percent increase in cell phone usage across campus and the application will provide easy access to ASUSU events and website along with calenders, social media, and campus maps. The application is already in the design stages and once funded, will be released within months. The total cost of the application is $21,000. –

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create transparency through their blog. an ethical journalist in all you do,” Shepard said. “One thing “Blogging, like Facebook and Twitter, is another tool that I am certain of, over time, it will be the trusted news sources allows you to reach out to the audience to get help,” Shepard that endure.” said. “I think it’s an awesome time in journalism and there are Shepard said she sometimes brings issues of concern genertons of possibilities ... journalism isn’t dying, the platforms ated by NPR listeners into her media ethics class, in order to and delivery systems are changing.” challenge her students to think critically, she said. The goal The best blogs are blogs that create a personal is to provide credible information that readers, connection between the reader and the author, listeners, and viewers can rely on. Shepard said. Good blogs use a conversational Any students planning on becoming pro“You have to be style and use active verbs, but it is important to thinking all the fessional journalists should do their best to state that the blog is an opinion. neutral in the public realm, Shepard said. time that we now stay Among the vast advantages offered by Journalists should avoid displaying political or live in a world advances in technology, Shepard said there are religious opinions on social media sites. where the mic is also many dangerous pitfalls to blogging and “You have to be thinking all the time that we tweeting. now live in a world where the mic is always on,” always on. You The Internet can provide a false sense of Shepard said. “You have to be a professional, have to be a pro- that’s your security with privacy settings, she said. It is job.” important for users to know that privacy is very fessional, that’s Journalism eventually became Shepard’s your job.” limited on the web, and posting information passion, she said. Hers was a non-conventional online makes it very accessible. trajectory that focused on doing what she was “There’s not enough of an understanding of in. Shepard said she urges her 23– Alicia Shepard, interested the impact of how you can hurt your reputation year-old son, Cutter, to do what fascinates him, NPR Ombudsman and she encourages her students to do the same. and your credibility with what you do on the (internet),” Shepard said. “Really good journalism, at the end of the Shepard referenced a recent incident in which a reporter day, gets you interested in something that you had no idea had to resign from his job because he posted opinions about you’d be interested in,” Shepard said. “So here I am 30 years Mormons on his professional website. She said it is important later, and I still wake up excited.” to consider the impact and “think before you hit that ‘send’ button.” – “If you are serious about journalism, be serious about being

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Hobo: Few suspected bites have been verified -continued from page 1 the entire state of Utah, Davis said. “Doctors may be incorrectly diagnosing health issues as spider bites, and a person’s health issue could be more serious, such as a staph infection,” Davis said. Vetter said there is a psychological component to the problem, too. People want a diagnosis from a doctor in some cases. Also, “people want to blame the spider,” he said. The research in the “Annals of Emergency Medicine” says a researcher implicated the Hobo spider in necrotic lesions in 1987, after pushing the spider into the shaved flesh of a rabbit. Since that time the Hobo spider has been listed in medical texts along with the Brown Recluse as medically dangerous, according to the article. This research was “sufficiently valid circumstantial evidence,” the article says, “to elevate the spider to that of medical significance.” The problem, Crawford said, is scientists have now learned that animal models are not necessarily good models to test the effect of something on humans. An example is the effect of black widow spiders on rats. “The black widow has very little effect on rats,” Crawford said. Since the research by Vetter and Isbister, Utah State’s extension service has changed its fact sheets on the hobo spider, Davis said. The change has downgraded the medical significance of the hobo spider. “There are two reasons why people may be able to be less concerned about hobo spider bites,” Davis said. “One, the sample used in the rabbit study was small. Two, there are few verified hobo spider bites.” This doesn’t mean that hobo spider bites aren’t dangerous, Davis said, but researchers need more verified bites to study effects further. “We want the proof,” Vetter said. Vetter said the only verified bite causing a lesion was on a woman who had a disease that also causes necrotic lesions, Vetter said. This is the only bite in 80 years. Doctors now say they will have to look more closely at their diagnoses, Vetter said. The reason bites need to be verified is that people will identify the Hobo spider by a pattern on its back, but lots of spiders have the same pattern. In this situation, the spider has to be identified by a professional, Vetter said. Davis encourages people who think they have been bitten to find the spider, put the spider in a container, and bring it to the lab. This way it can be identified. According to the journal article by Vetter and Isbister, the hobo spider cannot be accurately identified by visual inspection. “One must examine the microscopic structures (of the spider) for accurate species identification,” the article reads. “The jury is still out,” Vetter said. –

To Gary Andersen and the Aggies, For returning the glory to Utah State football. For representing our university with excellence in the national spotlight.. For ending 17 years of agony… For making the largest student crowd in USU history worth our while…. For giving us a reason to be the first ever to storm Merlin Olsen Field….. For all of this, and surely much more in the future, we say “Thank you!!!” - Sincerely, The students of USU

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Utah State University • Logan, Utah •

Team intervenes to help student behavior By KASEY VAN DYKE staff writer

• Tyler Clementi, Rutgers University: jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22 after being publicly “out-ed” as homosexual. • Amy Bishop, University of Alabama: shot and killed three faculty members, injuring three more on Feb. 12. • Seung Cho, Virginia Tech University: shot 32 people before killing himself on April 16, 2007. All these individuals committed acts of violence on university campuses; one became the catalyst for a nationwide movement. USU’s Behavior Intervention Team is the on-campus support group that handles any reports about students of concern. If a student or faculty member is showing signs of destructive or disruptive behavior, concerned roommates and peers are encouraged to fill out a confidential “student of concern” report, found on the university’s campus safety page. Eric Olsen, associate vice president of Student Services, said though the team does work with some serious threats, most of the work done is with students who are worried about roommates or friends hurting themselves. Olsen said the main goal of the Behavior Intervention Team is not to dismiss students, but to keep students in school and maintain safety on campus. One of the benefits of the program, he said, is that several groups on campus are talking about the students. When a report is filled out, a copy is sent to all necessary parties, sometimes including the on-campus counseling center,

Computer labs are there for students By MELODY CAMPBELL staff writer

mailed a package of tapes, writings and pictures to NBC. Within the next half-hour, students and faculty were notified of the shootings in West Ambler Hall by e-mail and a recorded message was sent to all campus phones. At 9:45, police received reports of a shooting in Norris Hall, which contained offices, classrooms and labs. When police arrived, the doors were barricaded and gunfire could be heard. Students and faculty were then notified that a gunman was loose on campus. When police were able to break through the doors, the gunshots

The computer labs have been on campus for about as long as people have been using computers. Gary Egbert, Information Technology manager, said that the first labs were started around 1985. There were only two labs and 80 computers at that point. “The organization has grown,” he said. On campus there are 12 open-access computer labs, which are free for all students to use. “As long as you have your student ID card, you can use any open-access computer lab on campus,” Egbert said. “Computer labs update and patch machines within a week of the patches being released,” said Les Seeley, Engineering Lab manager. This happens at least once a month. Egbert said the computers are on a network, allowing updates to happen more quickly and easily. “We have a program called Deep Freeze, which protects the students ... by deleting everything as soon as you log out,” he said. This prevents personal information or viruses being passed between users. “We will be updating to a new website that will be released before spring semester,” Egbert saod. The website would include availability charts, showing which computers are in use at a lab at any given moment. Other facts, such as history of the labs, and lab hours would also be included. “We have security alarms and other procedures in each computer lab,” Egbert said. He said there have not been very many problems with theft. “We get from 10 percent to 30 percent to 40 percent below student pricing,” Egbert said. They bargain with the companies for bulk discounts. Students can benefit from this if they buy computers from the bookstore. The computer labs, though primarily for student use, serve other purposes as well. Nathan Smith, manager of the Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center, said it “serves as the resource center for the College of Education and Human Services.”

- See INTERVENTION, page 7

- See COMPUTER, page 6

THE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION TEAM deals with “students of concern.” These students are nominated by other students around campus who display questionable behavior. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo illustration

Student Health and Wellness or campus police. This, Olsen said, provides the best chance of helping the student. In a presentation provided by campus safety, it was stated that a “student of concern” displays disruptive, distressed or threatening behavior. There are different levels of concern, ranging from inattentive, unkempt and absent to erratic, irrational and aggressive or threatening. Behavior Intervention Teams, sometimes referred to as Threat Assessment Teams, are becoming a staple for higher education across the country, Olsen said. He said while some universities may have had informal teams, few had anything like the organiza-

tions we have now until after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. According to an article by the Washington Post, at 5 a.m. on April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior studying at Virginia Tech, was seen by his roommate in his suite in West Ambler Hall. Two hours later, police responded to reports of a shooting at the dorm, where they found two people dead. It appeared to be an isolated incident, and police immediately secured the area and called in Blacksburg police to establish a perimeter around the campus. Over the next two hours, the incident was investigated as classes started. At 9:01 a.m., Cho stopped at the post office and

Humanitarian speaks out for mutual understanding By STOREE POWELL features senior writer

The founder and director of the Central Asia Institute, the co-author of “Three Cups of Tea” and humanitarian Greg Mortenson, estimates he’s consumed about 20,000 cups of tea since he began his work in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 1993. The Central Asia Institute (CAI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving educational opportunities to children, especially girls, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The CAI has built over 165 schools that have helped educate nearly 70,000 girls. Mortenson was in Layton, Utah on Friday as the keynote speaker for the Weber State MBA 10th Anniversary Celebration, which also served as a benefit dinner for the CAI. Sitting down to tea in these regions signifies a Jirga, a Pashto term meaning a decisionmaking assembly of male elders. Mortenson said a person who is invited for one cup of tea is considered a stranger, two cups – a friend, and after three cups of tea, part of the family. “In the West we are very linear and logical and we don’t listen with our heart. It is important to have a balance. We obviously have to think with our head a little and be guided by our heart,” Mortenson said. The significance of meeting with the elders over tea, Mortenson said, is that the elders, called shura, are the real power and integrity of the countries. The shura are not elected, but rather have risen up through the ranks. There are 100-300 shura in each providence. “In the rebuilding process, the U.S. has focused too much on setting up a centralized government. We have not really appreciated and invited elders into the decision-making of how they rebuild their country,” Mortenson said. However, he said this is beginning to change. “I think the military has gone through a huge learning curve the last several years. They get that it is about listening to people and building relationships and putting the people in charge.” Mortenson said he was somewhat critical

of the military after 9/11 because ,after going to the Pentagon to consult with military officials, he said he saw “laptop warriors with no boots on the ground and they did not speak the local languages.” As an army veteran, Mortenson said he thinks the military is expected to solve all of our problems overseas. “This is unrealistic, we expect today’s soldiers to be a warrior, a diplomat and a humanitarian. We, the public, and our leaders need to pick up more of the slack,” Mortenson said. The CAI does not receive any federal aid, Mortenson said, because they don’t want to be perceived in Pakistan and Afghanistan as an instrument of the U.S. federal government. However, they do “bend over backwards to help the government with building relationships.” Mortenson said the CAI has all local staff overseas. “We’ve done that deliberately because we want them to run everything. The locals must be in charge to really help people empower themselves,” Mortenson said. The best way to do this, Mortenson said, is it to put the emphasis on girls’ education. He said there are some people in Afghanistan and Pakistan who oppose educating girls, saying it is based on Islam. However, he said, “There is nothing in the Quran that mentions not educating girls. Iqura, a word in the Quran, means go out and seek the truth.” The implication of educating girls, Mortenson said, is that it reduces infant mortality, maternal mortality and it significantly reduces the population explosion. Also, for every year a girl goes to school after fifth grade, her marriage is delayed about one year. Many of the women in these countries are forced at ages 13, 14 or 15 to get married and have children when they have not physically or psychologically matured. Also, educated girls tend to teach their communities and their mothers how to read and boys don’t do that as much, Mortenson said. “About two-thirds of girls who get educated will go back to their communities and

serve their people, and only about one-third of boys do that,” Mortenson said. “If you sum this all up, basically girls’ education is the single most important investment you can make in any society.” Since Mortenson is doing less of the work overseas now, he said his role as director of the CAI has changed. Mortenson said, “I’m a reserved person, and I keep wondering ‘why me,’ but it is my life’s calling. But my role has changed in many ways, where overseas I am more like a cheerleader and at home I spend a lot of time going to conventions, schools, church groups, everything.” The humanitarian said he receives over 2,500 speaking requests a year across the country, including from two dozen military bases. “I hope what is happening is I am letting people know that Americans are very good people, that they are very generous and compassionate and that the people overseas are

- See LECTURE, page 6

Getting to know Greg Mortenson • In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan’s highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan (“Star of Pakistan”) for his 15-year humanitarian effort to promote girls education in rural areas. • Several U.S. Congressional representatives nominated Mortenson for the Nobel Peace Prize twice (2009 and 2010). President Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, donated $100,000 of his award funds to the Central Asia Institute. • Mortenson was born in 1957, and grew up near Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (1958 - 1973). • He served in the U.S. Army in Germany (1977-1979) as a medic, where he received the Army Commendation Medal. • He played on a NAIA II national championship football team at Concordia College, Minnesota (1978), and later graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983 with a degree in Chemistry and nursing.

GREG MORTENSON SMILES with the Sitara “Star” children, students of a school in Afghanistan. Mortenson educates America through lectures, his organization the Central Asia Institute, and his book. photo courtesy of Central Asia Institute


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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Cellulite: what it is and how to prevent it

Cellulite needs no introduction. Everyone knows about the orange-skin thighs and the cottage cheese buttocks. For some, it seems to be the one annoying thing people see when they look at themselves in the mirror. Many people recognize what cellulite is, but they don’t know the underlying facts about it.

the skin’s dermal layer. Cellulite is classified using three grades. Grade-one classification sees no clinical symptoms, but a microscopic examination of the cells from the area shows underlying anatomical changes. Grade-two cellulite has Laurel Humble some decreased elasticity in addition to anatomical changes noted by microscopic examinations. What is it? Grade-three cellulite has visible roughCellulite refers to the dimpled appear- ness of the skin – like an orange peel ance of the skin that some people have – along with grade-two signs. on their hips, thighs and buttocks. Dr. Arthur Perry, author of “Straight Talk about What causes cellulite? Cosmetic Surgery,” says in his book that Everyone has cellulite. It is what helps “human skin is tethered to the underly- hold our skin to our underlying muscles. ing muscle by collagen connective-tissue The only differences are in the three difstrands.” ferent grades of cellulite. There are some These collagen connections prevent factors that can increase our chances of excessive motion of the skin. Animals such having that visible cottage cheese texture, as cats and dogs do not have this connec- or grade-three cellulite. tion, and this is why their skin can be pulled Why some have grade-three cellulite is many centimeters. not well understood, but there are several But because of our unique human anat- theories that have been put forth as explaomy, when human skin is stretched, such nations. Some state that hormones likely as with weight gain or pregnancy, slight play an important role in cellulite developsagging will occur. The collagen connec- ment. tions hold up the skin, creating the typical Although there has been no reliable appearance of cellulite. clinical evidence to support such a claim, “Cellulite is an anatomic entity. If you common theories hold that estrogen, insuslice up the skin and look at it under a lin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and microscope, you will actually see cellulite,” prolactin are part of the cellulite producPerry said. tion process. This suggests that too much Scientists at Rockefeller University in or too little of a certain hormone may New York did just that, and they found that cause excess cellulite production. cellulite was simply fat that extruded into Certain genes are required for cellulite

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CELLULITE AFFECTS MANY STUDENTS around campus, and has many causes that can be prevented. CATHERINE URIE photo illustration

development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency. In his book “The Cellulite Solution,” Howard Murad says people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite. Lifestyle factors also can determine whether cellulite might be more prevalent in some rather than others. Smokers seem to have cellulite that is more visible than others. This is because smoking affects collagen and damages skin. Other lifestyle factors include lack of exercise and sitting and standing for long periods of time. Another factor that can be the cause of cellulite is tight-fitting clothing or undergarments with tight elastic waist bands. When wearing tight clothes, the skin compacts around your muscles and stresses the natural collagen connective-tissue strands so

then when you take off the tight-fitting clothes, it relaxes the skin and causes more visible cellulite.

How can cellulite be prevented and reduced? Eating healthy, low-fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fiber can help one to avoid cellulite. Howard Murad says in his book, that a person can reduce cellulite by eating from a healthy food list. Among these foods are lecithin, glucosamine, and amino acids. A good cellulite exercise routine can help result in slimmer thighs and give the surface of the skin a more even appearance, according to “Prevention Magazine.” Regular exercise will help keep hormone levels stable and improve circulation to the thighs. This is important since high levels of estrogen and poor circulation are associated with the formation of cellulite.

- Laurel is a nursing major at USU and can be reached at

THE USU COMPUTER LABS offer many benefits and are free for students with a valid ID. They have the most updated programs installed at a discount to the university. ALISON OSTLER photo

Computer: Latest programs are available -continued from page 5 In addition, Smith said it offers free technology workshops to student, faculty and staff. Last month workshops covered Microsoft Office programs, and this month Photoshop training will be offered. He said more information could be found at the education website. The computer labs also contain printers, which cost a small amount to use. All students who have paid their student fees receive $1.80 towards printing. Students can add money to their cards by visiting the card office in the TSC, adding money online, or by using the fill station in the MerrillCazier Information Commons. Labs offer both color and black and white printing. There are also express print stations where students do not even need to log onto a computer to print things. “We do not regulate how long a student can be on a computer, where they sit, or what the are working on,” Egbert said. The labs are intended for educational use, and different labs have programs to assist certain tasks. “The open-access computer labs are committed to assisting Utah State students in pursuit of their academic goals by providing state-of-the-art computer services and software,” Egbert said. He said that the labs coordinate with faculty to insure that all software covered in classes is available in an open access lab. The computer labs also offer student employ-

ment opportunities. Egbert said that they have “employment opportunities with real-world application and hands-on experience of the computer labs.” The employees there are trained to help students with any problems they might have. Egbert said “if you have questions, please ask.” Different types of computers are found in different labs. “The TSC, SciTech, Agricultural Science, Family Life, Engineering and TechEd, Engineering, Old Main and ATLC are equipped with PC computers with a Windows operating system,” Egbert said. “The Information Commons, Huntsman Business and YETC have both PC and iMac computers available,” he said. The last few weeks of the semester, the computer labs have extended hours. The TSC computer lab is open 24 hours a day the week before final exams. This allows students access to computers whenever they may need them. The computer labs are not the only place where computers are available for use. “In the Merrill-Cazier library, there are 18 group rooms that are equipped with computers,” Egbert said. These rooms require a reservation, but otherwise are free for students to use.


Lecture: Women education is priority -continued from page 5 the same,” Mortenson said. While Mortenson works often in unstable areas overseas, he said he’s not afraid of being killed by a bullet, but that he’s more likely to die in a car accident. “What is most appalling are the threats I receive in the U.S. They started after 9/11. Some people don’t like the fact that I’m helping Muslims or voluntarily helping the military,” Mortenson said. The CAI is putting in a dozen new schools this year. The goal, Mortenson said, is to help girls who can’t get to school because of religious extremism, gender discrimination or geography. “Girls’ education is one of the most under-served areas and it is one thing that has a profound impact. I see that education can bring people together,” Mortenson said. To learn more about the CAI and how to donate, visit –

“Three Cups of Tea”: • Has sold over 4 million copies in 49 countries. • Is a New York Times bestseller for 190 weeks since its 2007 paperback release (Currently no. 2). • Was the Time Magazine “Asia Book of The Year.” • Is a mandatory reading assignment for many U.S. military personnel. • In a video introduction to Mortenson’s presentation, Gen. David Petraeus summed up the significance of the book for being successful in Afghanistan and Pakistan in three bullet points: • Listen more • Respect • Build relationships


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Five ways to ensure a perfect weekend away

I pulled out of my campus Just a few housing parking lot last Friday evening with hope in my heart laughs and a liter bottle of Mountain Dew for company. All my necessities were snuggled inside my roommate’s blue duffel bag because I was too lazy SteveSchwartzman to pull the suitcase out of my closet. I took a deep breath, filled Jane – my trusty 1998 Ford Contour – with gasoline, and made my way south toward Sardine Canyon. Time to hit the road. It was my first opportunity to take a well-needed weekend trip since school had begun, and I had big expectations. Not simply because I had intentions for good times with good friends, or even that the Mountain Dew was on sale for a dollar. I was excited, mainly, because I was prepared. If your weekend travel experiences have been anything as bleak as mine, you’ve learned the same lesson I learned: great trips take great preparation. Are you prepared to transform your simple, garden-variety, two-day excursions into pavement-laden journeys more epic than the ending of “Space Jam?� It can be done, my friend. All it takes is five simple steps. 1. Find a good floor to sleep on – Now I’m sure y’all are curious why I emphasized “floor� as opposed to simply a place to stay. Let’s be real, you’ll most likely be staying in someone else’s dormitory, it’s either the floor or their couch and you do not know where that has been, take what you can get. Now remember, it’s not just about finding a floor; it is

about finding the right floor. Do as much research as possible. Call in advance and ask for pictures of your friend’s carpet, go to a nearby Lowe’s or, most effective, seek Al Boreland for advice. Your choice of floor is your starting quarterback: if it doesn’t lead well, prepare for a drag of a weekend. 2. Seek out good photo spots- This could be the most important factor of all, so see to it it’s carried out well. Considering the most interesting place one could head to for the weekend is the bustling metropolis of West Valley City, Utah, it’s vital to find places in town that make your trip look interesting. Anything from concert halls, wide mountainside views or an Arby’s will work, so long as you make it look cool. This is an element of the trip to be sure not to screw up. Consequences can be dire. Nobody likes the embarrassment of being tagged on Facebook in a photo outside of a friend’s garage holding a bag of bisquick. That just screams “lame-sauce!� 3. Be selective in activity planning – Nothing destroys the resolve of a good weekend vacation like wasting precious activity time on watching movies or playing X-Box. Find a way to throw in some wholesome – and by that I mean inexplicably awesome – activities. Be sure to select one of each of the two weekend-abroad activity categories. First, the practical activity. Find a bowling alley, a golf course or any neighborhood crawfish boil to make you feel at home. Next, and more of a stretch, is the “Double S� activity, standing for “sweet, but stupid.� This will take some creative juices but will be worth your time. Do anything stupid you can think of, you’ll find it far more enjoyable than it ought to

Street Speak What and where is your favorite food on campus?

“Doughnuts in Cafe Ibis.�

– Alex Heder, junior in business

“ Daily special soups in Cafe Ibis are my favorites.�

“I love salad from the Quickstop. It’s cheap and good.�

– Alexandra Johnson, sophomore in biochemistry

– Stephanie Blatchfard, senior in public relations

“An asiago bagel with jalapeno cream cheese in Cafe Ibis. It suits being both cheap and delicious.�

– Anna Harris, junior in international studies

be. Double S activities are best utilized when done on the fly, incorporated by throwing stuff off of other stuff or, if you’re ever the realist, dressed as an animal. Make it happen. 4. Mooch. Mooch. MOOCH! – I’ll cut to the quick on this one – you’re friggin’ poor! Never since the music video for Beck’s “Loser� have we seen more reason to live on next to nothing. Take in as much free stuff as possible. Beg if you have to. It’ll keep you on your toes and make for a wallet-friendly weekend, and maybe some free Taco Bell. 5. End on a high note – Unlike a job interview, this is one case when it’s more important to make a good last impression. Send off your weekend trip with a bang. Play dress up, sing “Don’t Stop Believing� by Journey, maybe even have a mud fight. Just see to it that your 48 hours in that town shall never be forgotten. Throw in a couple of heartfelt man hugs and a free styrofoam container of orange chicken, and you’ve capped off one historic weekend. And just to be sure: Honorable mention – Do not go to Idaho! – I believe I made my point. There we have it. Follow these steps thoroughly, be sure to bring a ton of window snow, and be prepared for a weekend out-of-town experience bent on changing your life. And if nothing else, enjoy the free taco bell. – Steve is a double major in broadcast journalism and marketing. For feedback on his column or ideas for things he should talk about, contact him at

Intervention: Virginia Tech shifted attitudes -continued from page 5 had stopped. They were then able to locate the shooter, Cho, who had killed himself. The number of deaths, including Cho’s, totalled 33, with 25 injured during what is now known as the “Virginia Tech Massacre.� Mark Owczarski, director of news and information at Virginia Tech, said the events of that day are difficult to express in a summary. He said it “changed Virginia Tech and all of its members.� It’s something that affected us all. We will never be the same. We will be permanently changed.� Owczarski said any school setting is viewed as a safe haven where we send our children to learn and grow. Events like Virginia Tech, he said, remind us that “we live in a world where these things happen.� “It doesn’t have to be at that extreme,� he said. “How many times do you leave the doors unlocked or walk alone at night? All of us are as prone to it as the next person.� These acts of violence, specifically at Virginia Tech, are what jump-started the organization of Behavior Intervention Teams at many universities, with some states beginning to pass laws requiring the teams, Owczarski said. The USU program received 33 reports in the 2009 calendar year and only 17 in the 2010 calendar year. These dropping numbers may be because many students aren’t aware of the service. Clarke Holland, a senior studying history,

said he feels the lack of knowledge is due to a shortage of advertisement. Holland said if he had a situation with another student, he probably would have just handled it himself because he didn’t know the program existed. “I don’t want to say that because they aren’t known they aren’t effective,� Holland said, “but I think if they were more well-known on campus student support would be more effective.� Even with Behavior Intervention and Threat Assessment teams in play, not all campus violence is stopped. The question arises, are universities doing everything they can to prevent these incidences? Holland said they are. “What else can you do?� he said. “What else are they supposed to do? I think what a university should do is have all the available resources. I think the fact that students are aware that programs like these exist is enough.� Holland said, despite not knowing about the team previously, he feels the university does a good job keeping students safe and informed. “Compared to other universities, I think we do just fine,� he said. “We’re adults; I think there’s a higher level of responsibility for yourself and people around you.� Owczarski said: “Each of us has a responsibility to take care of ourselves and others. Sometimes people need to help one another and be aware of what is around them. Be aware. Be aware of your own circumstances.�


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Excitment, drama in NFL week four By JAKE IPSON staff writer

Week four in the NFL saw a lot of close games and some blow-outs and served as a learning experience for fans – the Saint Louis Rams might be better than most thought and the Chicago Bears may not be as good as their record would suggest. After week four, there is only one team that remains undefeated, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs had the fortune of having their bye week this week, allowing them to remain undefeated through four weeks. Here’s what’s on tap going into week five. Battle in the trenches

UTAH STATE SENIORS pose with the Old Wagon Wheel trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the BYU-USU football game. The Wheel had been in Provo since 1993, but Friday night’s 31-16 Aggie win secured the program’s rights to the Wheel for at least the next season. It will be displayed at the Stadium for viewing. ADAM NETTINA photo

Old Wagon Wheel back in Logan By ADAM NETTINA sports editor

USU defensive end Levi Koskan has lived in Cache Valley since he was a kid. At some point in his youth, when he was “10 or 12,” he said he vaguely remembered hearing about something called the Old Wagon Wheel while attending a Utah State football game. But the Wheel, which serves as the trophy in the USU-BYU football rivalry, might as well have been the Lost Ark of the Covenant for Koskan, who was barely four years old the last time the trophy resided in Logan. Still, the elusive trophy captured Koskan’s imagination, and

17 years after the Wheel left phy was officially presented for Provo and never returned, to coach Gary Andersen and the junior defender finally his team. For the secondgot a chance to year Utah State get up close and head coach, the personal with it. “A win is great and trophy is not “Every year you can boast about only a reward since I’ve been it, but to have that for his team’s up here I’ve kept 31-16 upset over trophy, that tangible Brigham Young it in the back thing? It is so great, – the program’s of my mind, wondering what and you can look at first win over it looks like,” it everyday and have BYU since 1993 Koskan said. – but a fitting those feelings that “I wanted to symbol for the you had during the progress that get that, and it’s exciting to game...” USU’s senior think about it Levi Koskan, players have and now that it’s during his USU defensive end made shown up and tenure. we got it.” “It’s great Koskan was among the to get the Wagon Wheel Utah State football players on back home, that’s for sure,” hand Tuesday when the troAndersen said. “The kids

PAIGE MORGAN, SEEN HERE practicing her roping skills, is the captain of the USU women’s rodeo team, which recently finished its fall season. While USU’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams participate on the club level, Morgan and her fellow riders train like like varsity athletes, practicing multiple times per week. Photo courtesy of PAIGE MORGAN

were obviously very excited about it.” “It’s an important piece,” Andersen said. “Seventeen years is a long time, and to bring it back you just think about the number of players who’ve gone through this program and not had the opportunity to have that in their possession. So it’s a special time for our kids, and especially the seniors.” Koskan said the trophy serves as a “tangible” reminder for the game and the team’s apparent turnaround this season. “A win is great and you can boast about it, but to have that trophy, that tan-

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One of the better games in week four was between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. These were two hardnosed defenses just trying to hit something. Through week four, Pittsburgh was down to its fourth-string quarterback and was relying heavily on the play of its defense. But it was the Steelers defense that gave up the big play that eventually lost them the game, their first loss of the season. The Steelers seemed to have the game in hand when they stopped the Ravens on both third and fourth downfrom the Steelers’ two-yard line with around three minutes to go, but a holding call on the Steelers punt gave the Ravens favorable field positioning. On the Ravens’ drive, quarterback Joe Flacco took the offense down the field and hit wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining, giving the Ravens a 17-14 victory.

Sunday, even if it was just for a moment. Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb was the last name announced as the Redskins were introduced before the game. He was greeted by an overwhelming majority of cheers from the Philadelphia fans. The lovefest didn’t last long, however, as the cheers soon turned to boos when McNabb completed his first pass. The bigger story of the game may have been the injury to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was crushed between two Redskin defenders on a play that didn’t even count due to a holding call. Reports are saying that Vick suffered a rib cartilage injury that will probably keep him out of next week’s game, meaning former starter Kevin Kolb may be back in the saddle for the team. In the end, McNabb got the upper hand in the game, with the Redskins coming out of Philadelphia with a win, 17-12. Record setting half The New York Giants sent Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to an early shower. The Giants were able to sack Cutler nine times in the first half. On the final blow, Cutler suffered a concussion that kept him out of the second half of the game. The Bears believe that Cutler will be fine to play next week, however. The Giants ended the game with 10 total sacks and held the Bears offense to 110 total yards. The Giants gave the Bears their first loss of the season after beating them 17-3 on Sunday night. Looking ahead

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A wild ride for USU wranglers By STEVE SCHWARTZMAN staff writer

USU rodeo coach Jeffrey Hall said he spent a great deal of his time at livestock shows in the 1970s during what was known as the “cowboy craze.” He’d travel across the United States showing off cattle for awards and cash prizes. Once at a livestock venue, he said, he noticed a man displaying a bucking machine – a prototype machine simulating riding a bucking bull. Hall helped the man set up the machine, and, in return, the man allowed Hall ride the machine for free between events. After watching Hall ride the machine clean several times the man looked at Hall and said, “You’ve ridden bulls before haven’t you?” When Hall responded that he hadn’t, the man took him to his ranch, where he had three bulls, to give riding a try. Hall rode all three bulls without much struggle and began to consider the lifestyle of competitive rodeo. Hall would go on to compete in multiple events over the next 19 years, including saddle bronco horse riding, bareback horse riding and bull riding. During that time, he won numerous awards and was even able to fund his way through college. Years later, rodeo is still an intricate part of his life. “Rodeo is very addictive, you’re always looking for that next best ride. It’s definitely not easy to hang up,” said Hall, who has been serving as head

coach of the Utah State rodeo club for 13 years. “People are drawn a lot toward bull riding, but every event has that adrenaline rush,” said girl’s team captain Paige Morgan. “You back your horse into the box, and your horse is shaking, and everything just stops.” The Aggie rodeo club recently finished their fall season, and will soon be making preparation for the spring season next semester. The club features a group of 26 competitors performing in timed roping, wrestling, and stock riding events. The nonscholarship club competes on a small budget, but don’t expect to hear

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any wranglers whining. “You never know what you’ll get in rodeo,” Morgan said. “I think that’s what makes it so Come see the Aggies play Louisiana Tech – Sat. @ 2pm! addicting. You never know what’s going to happen or what your horse is going to be like. You can’t predict anything. You get this

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Adam’s WAC football power poll: Week 6 The big news out of the Western Athletic Conference this week may have been that Boise State – ranked No. 3 in the nation in the AP poll since the start of the season – was jumped by Oregon in the latest set of rankings, but the best performance of week five has got to go to Utah State. The Aggies’ 31-16 win over rival BYU was not only important in giving new life to coach Gary Andersen’s team, but it highlighted a weekend in which WAC teams went 3-0 against other teams from non-Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conferences. Roughly a third of the way through the season, we have a good idea of which WAC teams are for real and which ones aren’t, and will find out this weekend if any team not named Boise State or Nevada has a legitimate shot to challenge for a league title. Boise State (4-0, 1-0): You almost have to feel bad for New Mexico State, which never stood a chance in the Broncos’ 59-0 thrashing of the southern Aggies in Las Cruces on Saturday. The Broncos jumped out to a 38-0 lead at halftime thanks to two Kellen Moore touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Efaw, while Boise State running backs combined for 298 yards rushing during the game. Defense? The Broncos played a little bit of that as well, holding NMSU to just 208 total yards and forcing three turnovers. Despite the dominating win, the AP voters weren’t drinking the blue kool-aid, and dropped Boise a spot (from No. 3 to No. 4) in the latest rankings. The team continues to take heat over its schedule, and likely won’t face a considerable test for the remainder of the season until a Nov. 26 matchup with Nevada. Nevada (4-0, 1-0): The Wolf Pack hold steady in our rankings but continue to ascend in the eyes of the AP voters, who moved head coach Chris Ault’s team up four spaces from last week’s rankings. The move to No. 21 comes after Nevada defeated in-state rival UNLV on Saturday night, rolling up 516 total offensive yards on 7.5 yards a play. Running back Vai Taua played this week’s hero, rushing for 188 yards and three touchdowns, while also catching another touchdown. The Wolf Pack did turn the ball over three times, but it was still too much for a struggling UNLV (1-4) team under first year head coach Bobby Hauck. Nevada is off to its best start since 1991, and is already considered to have the chance play spoiler for Boise State when the Broncos visit Reno in November. But Ault’s team better watch out – a trip to Hawaii in two weeks could be dangerous if his team is overconfident, especially given the Warriors’ potent passing attack. Hawaii (3-2, 1-0): The Warriors make a stunning move up in my rankings by supplanting Fresno State, which just three weeks ago looked

to be a potential Top 25 candidate. I’ll admit that I may be allowing the majestic waves of the islands go to my head, but hear me out on this one. The Warriors, who are coming off of a 41-21 win against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, have the nation’s top ranked passing offense, and are led by a quarterback who has already thrown for over 1,800 yards, not to mention 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The team’s only two losses have come against winning BCS conference teams (Southern California and Colorado) and the Warriors were competitive in both games. Still not buying into the Warriors? Think Fresno State is the better team? I guess we’ll find out this weekend, when Hawaii travels to play Fresno State in an early-season conference showdown. (3-1, 0-1) Fresno State: Things were getting pretty hairy for coach Pat Hill’s team after Football Championship Subdivision member Cal Poly pulled within four points of the Bulldogs at halftime, but thanks to 17 unanswered second half points, Fresno State was ultimately able to come away with the win. While the 38-17 final score may not look terribly impressive, keep in mind that Cal Poly is a very good team, having beaten then-top-ranked Montana in week two. Quarterback Ryan Colburn was solid for Fresno State once again, and has now completed over 72 percent of his passes on the year with an impressive 11-3 touchdown to interception ratio. The return of running back Robbie Rouse (who scored a touchdown against Cal Poly) should help the Bulldogs, although the team still faces injury concerns heading into WAC play. Idaho (3-2, 0-0): As much as I’d love to move the Aggies up past Idaho, the Vandals matched the Aggies when it came to winning a non-conference game last Saturday, taking down the Western Michigan Broncos 33-13 on the road. Quarterback Nathan Enderle threw for 380 yards and three scores in the win. The previously maligned Vandal defense came up with arguably its best game of the season by holding Western Michigan to just 185 yards of total offense. While the Vandals sit on the plus side of .500, it is worth pointing out that the team’s two wins over Football Bowl Championship (FBS) foes have come against a pair of 1-3 teams, while the other win (a 45-0 victory over North Dakota) came against a 2-3 FCS team. If there is one team in the conference which is still a question mark, it’s Idaho. Utah State (2-3, 0-1): The good news? I don’t need to tell you again – but the bad news is that the Aggies are the conference’s second-biggest question mark. Despite the team’s dominating win over BYU, USU will have to prove that a letdown isn’t on the horizon. USU’s offense has shown the ability to rally behind former backups like Derrvin Speight, while the defense has produced two of the conference’s best linebackers in Kyle Gallagher and Bobby Wagner. The schedule actually sets up nicely for a

possible Aggie bowl run, and if the team can win a road game in Ruston, La. then the Aggies will be looking good when they come out of the bye week to face Hawaii on Oct. 23. Louisiana Tech (1-4, 0-1): Four straight losses for the Bulldogs have rocked the foundations in Ruston, La. almost as much as the team’s current quarterback quandary. Head coach Sonny Dykes probably never imagined starting three different quarterbacks so early into the season, but that’s been the exact case for the Bulldogs. Both Colby Cameron and Tarik Hakmi have thrown for more interceptions that touchdowns, and the Bulldog offensive line has been inept at protecting both quarterbacks. While the team hasn’t gotten many breaks schedulewise, any hope of making it to the postseason has likely passed them by. New Mexico State (0-4, 0-1): Yes, the Aggies are win-less after four games, but three of those losses came to teams with only one loss, and none of those losses have come from FCS programs. Still, the Aggies aren’t exactly far from the bottom. With the 119th-rated defense in the country, the team’s chances of holding back opposing offenses are about as good as Belgium’s chances of stopping Germany in the Second World War. The Aggie offense hasn’t been much better, with quarterback Matt Christian hitting barely 50 percent of his passes. San Jose State (1-4): We all thought the Spartans saw the low point of their season when they nearly lost to FCS Southern Utah three weeks ago, but unimpressive as that win was, it looks like a Super Bowl victory given last Saturday’s 14-13 loss to UC Davis. The FCS Aggies (2-3) came from behind in the win, while the Spartan offense continued to struggle. The good news is that San Jose State outgained UC Davis, but it’s hardly any consolation to the fans in San Jose, who will have the honor of watching their team get blown out by Nevada this Friday night on ESPNU.

Game of the Week New Mexico at New Mexico State: The worst team in college football travels to play the worst team in college football in the game I like to call the “Green Chile Cheeseburger Bowl.” If the Aggies are ever going to get a win this year, it’ll have to come against their in-state brethren, who are actually coming off their best game of the season last week in an 18-point loss to UTEP. Nothing like watching two horrible teams slug it out! Got beef with my picks? Think I missed the mark? We want to hear from you. Drop me a line at


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Off the court with tennis player Alex Thatcher

NFL: week four drama

A local product out of Mountain Crest High School, senior Alex Thatcher is back on the tennis courts for USU this season, a year after being academic all-WAC. The Statesman caught up with Alex recently, getting the scoop on a number of topics from how he got into tennis to what his favorite cereal.

profile players serving fourgame suspensions will be back in action for week five, most notably, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. But Roethlisberger will have to wait yet another week to start his season since the Steelers have their bye week this week - although he is eligible to practice with the team again. Other notable returns will be former Super Bowl MVP and new wide receiver for the New York Jets. Santonio Holmes. NFL defensive rookie of the year Brian Cushing will help the surging Houston Texans team with his return. There are still four teams still looking for that first win in week five; the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and the Carolina Panthers.

How long have you been playing tennis? How did you start?

My older siblings played and got me into it. I started when I was about 10.

What is the most challenging aspect of being a student-athlete?

Balancing academics and athletics in a way that you don’t get exhausted or burnt out.

What is your favorite conference travel destination?

Probably Tulsa, Okla. – where we went last week. It was a really competitive tournament with a lot of good teams from all over the country.

What is your practice routine like?

We run and stretch for five minutes, then warm up our shots – ground strokes and volleys and serves – for about 20 minutes. Then we’ll do drills and point-play for about an hour and a half.

Game to keep an eye on

What was your favorite childhood cartoon and why?

The one game to keep an eye on for week five will be the Minnesota Vikings visiting the New York Jets. Brett Favre will be visiting one of his former teams. The air attack of the Vikings just has not been there this year and now they go up against a good Jets defense and maybe the best cornerback tandem in the league if Darrelle

I didn’t watch many cartoons, does that count as an answer? My favorite TV show is the Andy Griffin show.

What is the best dollar menu fast food item and why?

The Spicy Chicken at Carl’s Jr. because it’s big and it’s good.

What is the best sugary kids cereal?

Probably Lucky Charms because it has a good texture with the marshmallows.

What is your favorite class at USU and why?

“Mental Aspects of Sports”, because it teaches life lessons. The teacher (profesor Rich Gordon) is really cool and really good. –

Revis returns this week. As much as Brett Favre likes to be the center of attention, the key matchup for the Vikings will be Adrian Peterson power-running against this strong Jets defense. Peterson can help take some of the pressure off Favre and the Viking receivers. The Vikings are no slouch on defense, either. When the Jets are on offense, Sanchez has improved quite a bit this season but will need to be careful and not turn the ball over. At the same time, they need to take advantage of their new wide receiver duo of Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has found a time machine, running like he is 20 again. With all those weapons on the field, it should be interesting to see how the Vikings will defend the Jets. The key for the Vikings will be getting to Sanchez and trying to throw off his timing and rhythm while trying to contain the Jets ground attack. If anything, it should be fun to watch the Jets with all that star power on one team.

– jake.ipson@aggiemail.usu. com

Wagon: back in Logan after win SENIOR TENNIS PLAYER ALEX THATCHER was an academic all-WAC selection in 2009. When he is not playing tennis, Alex enjoys the Andy Griffin show, The Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Carl’s Jr., and Lucky Charms. USU athletics photo

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addiction to find the perfect run.” Morgan’s said it takes more than just the adrenaline rush to compete in rodeos. She is a full-time student at Utah State, and said between classes she’ll let her horse out in the pasture to romp around while she’s in school. After classes get out – and she isn’t swamped with homework – she’ll head back to the pasture and ride the horse for around an hour, then she’ll rope a dummy on her horse for another hour. When she’s finished practicing, she cleans out the horse’s stall, feeds him and heads back to studies, ready to do it again at least a few times a week. At least once a week she’ll practice with a partner, and said she squeezes in additional practice time any chance she gets. “It’s just like anything in life, the more you practice the better you get,” she said. “We’re always roping. I know guys on the team who get out and rope everyday. You don’t want to risk losing it.” Garrett Thurston, a USU junior, said over time the hard work and dedication usually pays off. “It’s a natural high,” he said. “Once you win your first check or saddle you get addicted to it. I’ve won two horse trailers, and both times were way fun. When you put the time and effort into it, it comes

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back at you.” Along with the rush, prized saddles, and numerous experiences that come with riding, Hall said the biggest priority for the club is education. Among other four-year college rodeo teams nationwide, USU ranked near the top in overall GPA as a team, something Hall said he is very proud of. “The kids know education is number one here, and rodeo is something on the side,” said Hall, who himself has two doctorate degrees and works with USU as an associate agriculture professor and head professor of toxicology. “When most people think of rodeo they think of nobrain rednecks. I’m a double doctorate professor who rides bulls, working with top-caliber educated students. More than anything I’m proud of them for that.” Overall, the club is very excited for the spring season. The club will compete for the first time in the spring during the first weekend of March at Weber State. The club also competes in Logan, Southern Idaho and other venues. Morgan said she is excited for a great upcoming season. “We’re going to kick butt,” she said. “We expect a lot of people going to nationals – possibly the whole men’s

team. The potential is definitely there.” Hall said he expects a great performance from both men’s and women’s teams. Apart from Thurston and Morgan, Hall said to expect to see great performances from Thurston’s team-roping partner Trevor Merrill, as well as Colton Packer and freshman Jace Austina along with others who have the potential to place in their events. On the women’s side, Hall said to watch for Lacey Larson in breakaway roping along with Kate Cliffold and Michelle Hatch. Thurston said USU students should support the club come spring. “You’ll definitely be missing out,” Thurston said. “There’s going to be a lot of potential and a lot of cool people to get out and see. Come on out.” Hall said students who come out to support the USU rodeo club are sure to take in an experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen. “This is like no other sport you’ll ever experience. A lot of these kids can hang with any of the pros. It’s a rush.” –

-continued from page 8 gible thing? It is so great, and you can look at it everyday and have those feelings that you had during the game and what you’ve got to continue to do to get more wins,” Koskan said. Following the trophy presentation, both Andersen and Koskan spoke about the early season success at Romney Stadium, praising the efforts of Utah State’s students and fans in helping the team defeat the Cougars before a nation television audience. Particularly important, Andersen said, were the efforts of Utah State’s student spirit club, the HURD. “They were absolutely unbelievable with the amount of support that they give us,” Andersen said. “The organization they have, the pride they have in their school, I cannot say enough about what that means to the kids and the environment of the stadium. The HURD is unbelievable and the students are unbelievable.” Koskan said that the environment created by the fans was “the best ever” he has played in, and said that the team fed off the energy and enthusiasm created by their peers as the game went on. “(The students’) energy would transfer over to us and it was amazing,” Koskan said. “You can’t put a price tag on that twelfth-man atmosphere.” The junior said the fan support has made him want to play less for himself and more for the students and the community. While the Aggies will have to guard against a letdown in the coming weeks, the team and the community won’t soon be forgetting Friday night’s historic win. Saying that the win was for “all Aggies past and present,” Andersen thanked the Cache Valley community and the university’s students on Tuesday. “Myself and the team – and everyone associated with this football program – would just like to say that from the bottom of our hearts ‘thank you.’ The fan support all season has been tremendous, and in that last game it was absolutely unbelievable.”


Big win in the book, but plenty left to do Just like that, Gary Andersen and the Aggies The View stepped up in the biggest of ways, in what was from Andersen’s biggest game Section F to-date as Utah State’s head football coach. Under the national spotlight, with his team decimated by injuries, against USU’s biggest competitor for in-state football recruits, Andersen and his Utah State team came out and simply demolished BYU Friday. Those who have followed Utah State football for the past five years can clearly see the difference between Andersen’s 2010 team and the likes of those that notched just a single victory under former head coach Brent Guy in 2006. For much of the rest of the college football world, though, wins and losses are the sole determining factor for the perception of a program. For Utah State to go out and lay a beatdown on a program viewed as highly as BYU on national TV will do plenty of convincing to the rest of the country. For those that look a little bit deeper than just wins and losses, Friday night’s game was another huge one for Utah State in showcasing everything about the program and the school. The Aggies had big plays from superstar players that the nation should know about, such as Diondre Borel, Bobby Wagner and Chris Randle. The game day atmosphere around Utah State and the majestic setting of Romney Stadium were shown prominently to the entire nation. And don’t forget the epic turnout from USU fans, especially the student body, in looking and acting like our crowd most definitely belonged on national TV. In a nutshell, everything about Utah State University last Friday was big time. It wasn’t just one or two aspects of the university, it was everybody, and everybody deserves credit for making it as big time as it was.

Matt Sonnenberg

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As great as the victory over BYU was though, there is still a lot of football left to be played. Up next is Louisiana Tech, which is a game that is almost monumentally important in Utah State’s goal to make it to a bowl game this year. The Bulldogs are off to a 1-4 start to the season, with their lone victory coming in the season-opener against Grambling State. Since then it’s been all downhill for Louisiana Tech, most recently with a 41-21 loss on the road to Hawaii to open up their Western Athletic Conference schedule. As things stand though, Utah State is in a very promising spot, despite however unfavorable a 2-3 record may appear. The Aggies’ 2-2 record in non-conference play is the first time since 1982 that Utah State has emerged from the non-conference portion its schedule without a losing record. While USU opened WAC play with a loss to Fresno State, five of the Aggies’ seven remaining WAC games are ones that USU could, and maybe even should win. Winning four out of those five makes Utah State eligible for a bowl game, which has been the goal for this team from the beginning. Few people are penciling in the Aggies for a win on the road against either Nevada or Boise State, which means of those five winnable games, Louisiana Tech looks to be the toughest remaining test on the road. A high-point for the last decade of the program was reached Friday night, but the best may still be on its way. There could be no better way to build on the exposure that the Utah State program got during the BYU game than to finish the season strong by going to and winning a bowl game.

Matt Sonnenberg is a senior majoring in print journalism. Matt is an avid fan of Aggie athletics and can be found on the front row of every home football and basketball game. He can also be reached at matt.sonn@aggiemail.


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Concealed weapons caught in crossfire

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acking heat is always a hot button topic, and heat has been turned up on campus. The USU College Republicans recently hosted a class, as they do each semester, where students could earn a state permit to carry a concealed weapon. The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives the right to all people to bear arms without infringement of Congress. Thinking back to the unfortunate events that occurred at Virginia Tech University and that have occurred at high schools and colleges nationwide, the idea of concealed weapons may seem like a safety net. In theory, an armed person could potentially disarm a gunman in a dangerous situation, potentially sparing lives in the process. However, the idea of having many students on campus carrying a concealed weapon is disconcerting. Yes, a lot of damage could be averted if a legally armed person could disable a gunman on a rampage, but would they? Does that theoretical person have the training, quick-thinking and capacity of conscience to take action when it is needed? The chance of avoiding an already unlikely situation may not be worth allowing concealed weapons to be carried on campus. Those who pass the required course to obtain a concealed weapons permit are not required to take any further training. Accidents happen to the best of people and carrying a gun around campus would only heighten the possibility of an accident. However, it is also likely that the potential for tragedy may not increase due to concealed weapons – someone who cares to go the legal route of obtaining a concealed weapon is not often the same person who will use it inappropriately. Those who would misuse a weapon and cause harm to others are likely to employ whatever means necessary to obtain destructive materials, be it a gun or a bomb or a vehicle. We respect the right to bear arms, and applaud the organizations on campus that facilitate the process of obtaining a legal weapons permit. In a world where bad people will always have guns, we are comforted by the idea that good people are able to carry them as well. However, we also feel slightly uncomfortable with the idea of sitting next to a loaded gun during class and on the quad.

An ode to a rivalry

Thousands of eager fans The ’Low sat roasting in the unusually warm October sun. The Down most dedicated fans painted themselves blue, only worsening the hot conditions for themselves. That, however, is the kind of sacrifice that makes college football great. The opportunity to play our most bitter foe at home made for a fantastic Friday evening. If you haven’t heard who won yet, your only excuse is a coma. I do not mean to make light of a tragic human condition, but simply accentuate how important the Friday win over BYU was for the Aggie faithful. At the risk of vilifying myself, I must confess that I grew up a fan of BYU. This only changed when I came to Utah State and fell in love with Aggie athletics. I am a life-long fan of college football, so even though some deemed being a fan of Aggie football as something difficult, I had no problem re-aligning my loyalties ... even though some may claim I hold Cougar sentiments to this day. The exhilarating experience that was the BYU-USU basketball game last year was enough to turn the tables. Fanaticism is fiercely contagious, and in the Spectrum or Romney Stadium, nearly impossible to avoid. But who would want to? This Friday’s smack-down, for the lack of a more satisfying term, only added flame to the fire of my favorite Utah State rivalry. We have beaten them now. Not just in hockey, or basketball, but their pride and joy – football. Sure, our last share of football greatness came from the new namesake of the field, Merlin Olsen, and yes, BYU has their all-American quarterbacks. But we have the win, this time around. The future is bright for our program, as is the future of the rivalry. We may very well see the changing of the tides in the annual battle of the resident church school and their state university rival. The University of Utah will graduate to a BCS automatic qualifying conference next year, and from the looks of it, BYU is likely to remain a second-tier program for the foreseeable future.

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ForumLetters Aggie fans lacking respect To the editor: I’m competitive. I think patience is for losers and droolers. I like a hard-fought blood and sweat contest not hug-fests where we circle up and sing kumbiya. But, has it been so long since we’ve won that we can’t remember how to act as spectators? Here’s a simple concept that seems to have generally evaded our crowd: without the opposing team there would be no game! In grade school, children mock, denigrate and besmirch others for the wrong hair or shoes or name. Most people outgrow that titillating puerile behavior and look back with a learned measure of respect for other humans. Maybe USU has too many frat brats who never outgrew second grade. “Kindergarten baby

born in the gravy” is now, “Stupid, stupid”, or “Left, right, sit down!” Obviously, every person who chants this rubbish has never MADE any team. Jealousy precludes their ability to be decent and failures are seldom magnanimous. Since they have no real team uniform they wear shirts with vile and contemptuous slogans. They may as well print, “I am a dumb -A.” Only a “jack-a” brings a guest into their home in order to urinate on them. A student ID or a ticket doesn’t entitle you to center stage as the crude clown to make sports events into a ghetto fabulous experience for others. If you want to be the center of attention then develop your talent and see how well you fare against those who have made the effort to be on a team. Winners, and that doesn’t necessarily mean the highest scorers, actually respect and esteem their opponents

Letters to the editor • A public forum because they know the effort it takes to get there. If you really believe the opposing team is weak, pathetic, unworthy of respect, then winning a contest against them is as proud a moment as winning an arm-wrestle with a 5-year-old. It is hilarious to assume people come to games to be entertained by talentless discourteous saps in the stands. When trashy disrespectful behavior gives USU and the local community the image of discourteous fools, it is tasteless to turn around and ask our community to extend “Aggie discounts.” USU alumni do business all over the world with people who’ve been ridiculed disdainfully by jerks at USU. Does this helps alumni to rush to donate to USU? Have you ever heard of the bird that poops in its own nest? Jeena Nilson

Learning social responsibility at USU The role university campuses is also an important Faculty part of the national dialogue at universiof universities in the United ties across the country. The Association Voices States has of American Colleges and Universities traditionally (AAC&U) recently released its Core been to help Commitments, a signature initiative of this students develconsortium of 23 universities that aims to op academirevitalize the academy’s role in fostering cally, grow students’ development of social responsibilinto effective ity. The Core Commitments is “designed leaders, and become engaged citizens. As to help campuses create learning environour world faces a growing array of complex ments in which all students reach for excelproblems, universities are being asked to lence in the use of their talents, take responhelp students acquire a new set of skills in sibility for the integrity and quality of their social responsibility. No longer is it sufficient work, and engage in meaningful practices, to produce the best physicians, engineers, including taking seriously the perspectives and teachers; universities must graduate of others, that prepare them to fulfill their students who accept the responsibility to obligations as students in an academic comleverage their talents and training to help munity and as responsible global and local other people in their community, the nation citizens.” and the world. Utah State The following incident illusUniversity is not exempt from “As our world trates the impact that applying this trend and, in fact, is fully the precepts of “Aggies Think, faces a growing Care, Act” can have on indiembracing this notion. array of comThis fall semester, the viduals, others, and the USU Division of Student Services community: One morning, I plex problems, launched “Aggies Think, Care, left my office with just enough universities are Act,” a program that focuses time to make a punctual arrival being asked to on raising USU students’ at a speaking engagement on awareness of their social campus. In the interest of time, help students responsibility as a member of acquire a new set I took a shortcut through the the USU community. “Aggies lobby of the University Inn. As Think, Care, Act” emphasizes of skills in social I neared the lobby exit doors, that each community member responsibility” I noticed a University staff is accountable for helping to member approaching to enter foster the values of human digthe hotel pushing a handcart nity, equality, respect and safety for everyloaded with a large recycling barrel. The one. barrel was obviously quite heavy, making The program is challenging students to the handcart extremely unwieldy. Instantly, I think about how their words, actions or realized the choice before me: I could open silence can affect problematic situations. the door and hold it for him to enter easStudents are learning that part of being an ily or I could disregard his plight and conAggie means helping to create a caring tinue on my way to ensure a timely arrival community. A basic tenet is that the choices at my speaking engagement. I glanced at students make can affect daily behavior my watch and knew that if I took the time and help address more serious situations to hold the door, I would be late for my that may arise on campus. For example, appointment. The group who had invited caring about a roommate who is struggling, me to speak would be inconvenienced by promoting academic integrity in a group my late arrival and might even be less attenassignment or a testing situation, speaking tive to my remarks since I had not cared up when racist “jokes” are made, etc. The enough to be punctual. I also knew that takprogram also directs students to resources ing the time to hold the door for my camthat help students act to end incidents of harm or injustice. - See CARE, page 12 The trend toward social responsibility on

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s the Supreme Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Court begins its both Bushes had a total new term, its sixth of 12 vacancies to fill, and What others are with John G. Roberts Jr. as their picks included four chief justice, the reality is saying about issues. staunch conservatives that this is the most conwho are now on the court: servative court since the mid-1930s. Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Since Richard Nixon ran for president Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. in 1968, conservatives have sought to On the issues that today define the change constitutional law, and they ideological continuum, these four jushave succeeded in virtually every area. tices are as conservative as any in During the first years of the Roberts American history. Their views are best court, it has consistently ruled in favor understood far more by reading the of corporate power, such as in hold- 2008 Republican Party platform than by ing that corporations have the First studying the views of the Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amendment right to spend unlimited framers. amounts in independent political camIf the court is split 5 to 4, as it often paigns. For the first time in American is in the most high-profile and imporhistory, the high court has struck down tant cases, these four justices can usulaws regulating firearms as violations ally count on being joined by Justice of the Second Amendment and held Anthony M. Kennedy. Last term, for that the Constitution protects a right example, there were 12 cases in which of individuals to possess guns. It has Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito were dramatically cut back on the rights on one side, with Stevens, Ginsburg, of criminal defendants, especially as Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor on the to the exclusion of evidence gained other. Kennedy sided with the conserthrough illegal searches and seizures vatives in nine of these cases and with under the Fourth Amendment and the the liberals in only three. Similarly, the protections of the Fifth Amendmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s year before, there were 16 decisions privilege against self-incrimination. It that were split 5 to 4 along ideologihas greatly limited the ability of the cal lines, and Kennedy sided with the government to formulate remedies for conservatives in 11 and with the liberthe segregation of public schools. It has als in five. During the five years of the significantly expanded the power of the Roberts court, Kennedy has been with government to regulate abortions. the conservatives more than twice as As always, the composition of the often as with the liberals in ideologicourt is a product of historical accident cally split 5-4 decisions. and presidential elections. From 1968 to It is easy to lose sight of how success2009, there were only two Democratic ful conservatives have been in changappointees to the Supreme Court, Ruth ing constitutional law. Each individual Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, decision only gradually changes the in part because President Carter is one law. Conservatives have not prevailed of the few presidents who did not get in every decision of the Roberts court. to fill a vacancy. Republican Presidents In some areas, the conservative agenda


hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t succeeded: It has not overruled Roe vs. Wade or declared all affirmative action to be unconstitutional. But it is wrong to generalize from these areas and to miss the overall conservative impact on constitutional law. There is no reason to think that this term will be any different as the court considers major issues concerning the separation of church and state, the ability of states to regulate immigration and the rights of criminal defendants. And in the following term or two, the court will be asked to consider major issues such as the constitutionality of the federal healthcare bill, the ban on marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law requiring state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws. The healthcare litigation, which is now pending in federal District Courts, will provide the best sense of whether this court will return us to the 1930s, when five conservative justices struck down many federal laws adopted as part of the New Deal. The courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conservative majority could last another decade no matter who wins the White House in the next presidential elections. Absent unforeseen circumstances, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia and Kennedy will likely be on the court beyond when President Obama leaves office, even if he is a two-term president. It is a court for conservatives to rejoice over and liberals to bemoan. And it is likely to stay that way for years to come.

This column was written by Erwin Chemerinsky of the Los Angeles Times

Care: Simple gestures can make a difference -continued from page 11

pus colleague was the right thing to do. After this split-second deliberation, I opened and held the door enabling the recycling staff member to enter the building with minimal discomfort. He smiled and uttered a quick, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank youâ&#x20AC;? as he passed by and I replied with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcomeâ&#x20AC;? and proceeded on my way. As I reflected on that seemingly inconsequential experience, I came to understand that all of the elements of

being a socially responsible member of the USU community were played out in that brief encounter. First, I took a moment to think about the consequences of my behavior. I considered the impact that doing something helpful might have on another person, on me, and those depending on me. Second, I cared enough to consider the needs of someone else and the likely benefit or detriment that could accrue to them as a result.

Third, I acted. In this situation, I chose the option that seemed most helpful to someone else and to a certain degree, disregarded my own needs. The outcome was that the relationship between two USU community members was enhanced and in turn, the broader USU community was improved.

James Morales is the USU vice president for student services

Win: Aggies undefeated against BYU this decade -continued from page 11

Perhaps we can follow Utahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trajectory and leapfrog BYU on our way to football supremacy. As the famous Bull Sheet hopefully declared a few weeks ago, a BCS bowl may be in our future. But, let us not hold our breath. We are not there yet. A winning season will be a good start, and this victory over a team likely to end the season under .500 is best viewed as a moral victory. That said, I have had a smile on my face since the middle of the second quarter on Friday. I loved being in the midst of fans

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who loved being there. The crowd went wild with every well-executed play, and cheered the many mishaps of a clearly distraught BYU team. The passion of college football is something only found in America. We can set aside our petty differences, and in my case, an important homework assignment, and create petty differences between us and the players and fans of the opposite team. Sure we may have to deal with cumbersome politics and an unfortunate economy, but we still have our football! We can live and die each week in four hours. We can praise and scorn players we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know as we would close friends or enemies. So there it is. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve arrived. We are undefeated against BYU this decade. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to hoping it continues. One thing is for sure, the true rivalry is back on until they can beat us regularly once more. If I had my wish, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be like that ever again. An era of winning has returned to Utah State and we are all lucky to be a part of it. The next time we battle BYU football, they will be a football independent with a rocky future. Hopefully by then, our conference future will be assured and we can WAC them once more, but this time in Provo.

Tyler Barlow is a sophomore majoring in computer engineering. He can be reached at tyler.barlow@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Oct. 6 Today is Monday, Oct. 6, 2010. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Charley Riddle, a sophomore majoring in pre-med biology from Centerville, Utah.

Almanac Today in History: In 1866, the Reno gang carries out the first robbery of a moving train in the U.S., making off with over $10,000 from a train in Jackson County, Indiana. Prior to this innovation, holdups had taken place only on trains sitting at stations or freight yards.

Weather High: 74° Low: 44° Skies: Scattered Tstorms with a 50 percent chance of precipiation.

- USU Bike Week - Air Quality Class, HPER 114, 3 p.m. - Tech Expo, TSC Ballroom, 3 p.m. - Bike Picnic, Aggie Blue Bike, 5:30 p.m. - LiNK Film Screening, Lundstrom Center, 7 p.m. - The Cripple of Inishmaan, Caine Lyric Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volleyball at Idaho, 8 p.m.

Upcoming Academic Resource Center Workshop Series every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in TSC 335 starting Oct. 6. This ongoing workshop series will address psychological issues that impact academic success. For questions or additional information, please contact 797-1128.

Come participate in games, enjoy free food, and get informations on how to make safe decisions regarding alcohol when it comes to you and your friends on Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All are invited to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aggie Blue Sky Nightâ&#x20AC;? the inaugural public opening of the USU Observatory on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in ENGR 103. Includes stargazing from the new telescope as well as presentations and exhibits. Call the Physics Dept. for more info: 797-2857. Come to the internship presentations for the Disney College Program on Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. in AGSC 119. These internships are open to all majors. For more information visit You-pick pumpkin patch day at the Student Organic Farm! Come and pick a pumpkin and help us raise money for the farm. Located at 800 E. and 1750 N. on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices will vary with size. FREE Flu shots for USU Benefit-eligible employees on Oct. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom. Pre-register at http:// Weight Watchers at Work Program. Sign up for the first class of the 12-week session for $135. Classes are held every Thursday at 11:45 a.m. in TSC 335. For more info contact shannon.johnson@ Stokes Nature Center will host Wild Wednesday on Oct. 6 from 5-8 p.m. All are invited for some nature fun. Wild Wednesday is the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, call 7553239 or visit All are invited to attend a Peace Vigil Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. on the east side of Main Street between Center and 100 N. as we mark the milestone of the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. Email of you have questions.

Prep courses LSAT and GRE Prep Course are available! Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Thursdays from Sept. 14 to Oct. 21. LSAT is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and GRE is 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more info visit conference.usu. edu/lsat or call 797-0423.

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- USU Bike Week - Pedal Powered Concert, Amphitheater, 7 p.m. - The Cripple of Inishmaan, Caine Lyric Theatre, 7:30 p.m. -Interior design senior exhibition, 10

Come celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with us at the TSC Patio Oct. 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be sure to WEAR PINK!

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USU Lacrosse team is holding a blue vs. white Team Scrimmage on Oct. 8 at 4:30 p.m. Come to play a fun full game of lacrosse full pads. Contact the coach if you are interested or have questions: dandtmercer@yahoo. com.

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Oct. 8 - USU Bike Week - Bike to School Day, TSC Patio, 7-11 a.m. - Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer vs. Nevada, 3 p.m. - Lacrosse Team Scrimmage, 4:30 p.m. - Hockey vs. Colorado State, Eccles Ice Center, 7 p.m. - Organ Festival, Logan Tabernacle, 7 p.m. - The Cripple of Inishmaan, Caine Lyric Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Volunteer with the Charity Anywhere Foundation in Tijuana, Mexico from Dec. 26 - Jan. 4. The cost is $275 for students and $475 for non-students. There will be an information meetings on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Hub or email

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Opening social for AIAA student chapter is on Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m. We will be eating pizza and watching â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the Earth to the Moonâ&#x20AC;? in ENGR 106. Anyone interested in aerospace should come.

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