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Deficit provokes cap on council scholarships By ROB JEPSON staff writer
The ASUSU executive council voted in last night’s council meeting to cap all ASUSU officer scholarships. This policy replaces the full tuition and fees waiver policy, which included equal monthly stipends for all vice presidents, director positions and members of the academic senate. Effective next fall, officers will be compensated with a set dollar amount depending on their position. The ASUSU president will receive a $3,000 scholarship per semester, along with five $300 sti-
pends throughout the semester. The executive council vice presidents, the academic senate president, the administrative assistant and the public relations director will receive $2,500 with four $200 stipends. Programming directors will receive $2,400 per semester with no stipends and members of the academic senate will receive $2,300 per semester with no stipends. According to the two bills that proposed the cap, the need to limit scholarships comes from a deficit in the student government budgets. According to the bills, student government exceeded its allotted budget by nearly $80,000 this semester.
ASUSU Executive Vice President Brent Crosby said: “I believe that (VP for Student Services) Dr. (James) Morales decided to take care of the deficit at this point because of several reasons. First, this is his second year in his position.” “Second, there are numerous ASUSU representatives that are graduate students who have both higher tuition and fees,” Crosby said. “Third, many of the ASUSU representatives are business students who pay differential tuition, which is $702 a semester per undergraduate and $199 per credit a semester for graduates. The combination of these factors made it the pressing issue
that it is.” Under the new adjustments, members of the academic senate will be cut the most. In Monday’s academic senate meeting, Morales spoke to members of the academic senate about the proposed cuts to their scholarships. Although the academic senate does not have the authority to vote on the bill, Morales said, “I wanted to share the rationale for the proposed changes with them. It was also good for me to hear any concerns they had.” Tanner Wright, academic senate president, said Morales gave four criteria for how to allocate compensation funds. He said each position’s
workload, the size of their budget, the number of committees they sit on, and the size of the student body each officer represents were all taken into consideration. Morales proposed higher cuts to the academic senate than the executive council and directors based on these criteria. Wright said, “Dr. Morales is taking it at a very business-like approach, which totally makes sense.” Wright said he feels senators do the same amount of work as executive council members and direc-
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Car accidents total 12 after snow storm
Vote to decide Blackboard replacement
By BLAZE BULLOCK staff writer
By DAN SMITH staff writer
In the last week, there were a total of 12 car accidents on USU’s campus caused by dangerous winter conditions. Capt. Steve Milne of the USU Police Department said it’s typical for there to be a lot more car accidents in the winter time because of the adverse weather conditions. “Any snowfall always generates accidents,” Milne said. “People are either in a hurry or they don’t take the time to clear the snow off their cars.” Of the 12 car accidents on campus or campus housing, three involved snow plows hitting cars, and one incident in which a snow plow was struck by a car, according to USUPD records. None of the accidents were considered serious, Milne said. He said snow plow accidents are not very common. “Generally it’s not the snow plows,” Milne said. “It’s the other citizens sliding into somebody else.” He said the reason for the snow plows accidentally hitting parked cars could be because the snow plow drivers are getting used to their new equipment. Milne said when snow plows hit parked cars, the university will pay for the damage. Other possible reasons for snow plows hitting parked cars could be that the plows are trying to get as much snow as they can so they get too close to cars, or the plow
cent within the five-year period. This year, the numbers have increased by 80 percent of what was available five years ago. On-campus jobs are still competitive. A recent opening in a computer lab received 50 applications in 10 minutes, Johnson said. “On-campus jobs go pretty quick, some are only posted for a day,” Johnson said. Jobs posted on the on-campus job board are part-time or temporary positions, four months or less, available to students only, she said.
USU will send a representative this Friday to vote on one of three new learning management systems (LMS) to replace Blackboard Vista, said executive director for Regional Campuses and Distance Education Robert Wagner. “There are some exciting things in store … that we’ve not had an opportunity to have because we’ve been working with our past contract and with our previous LMS,” Wagner said. “I think it’s only positive for faculty and students.” USU is part of a seven-institution consortium called the Utah Education Network (UEN), which hosts Blackboard. The UEN decided to put together a committee in February to find a new system, said Neal Legler, instructional designer for the Faculty Assistance Center for Teaching (FACT). Computer-based LMS programs allow instructors to interface with their students via the Internet to post grades, disseminate notes and assign and accept homework. “Blackboard Vista is an end-of-life learning management system,” Wagner said. “You know how software companies will go from version
- See BOARD, page 4
- See WEBSITE, page 3
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THE JOB BOARD is more promising for students this year than it was in 2009, but still offers far fewer options to jobless students than it did five years ago. BRANDEN FONDA photo
Number of on-campus jobs increasing from 2009-10 By ROUCHELLE BROCKMAN staff writer
Few would argue that the current job market is positive; however, the on-campus job market is improving, said Paula Johnson, student employment coordinator. “Last year was a bad year,” Johnson said, “probably the worst I’ve seen it in the 23 years I’ve worked here. It’s better this year, but it’s still not the same as it was five years ago.” She said during the 2009-10 school year the number of on-campus jobs dropped 50 per-
Added bus to alleviate routes’ busiest travel hours By CHELSEY GENSEL copy editor
The Campus Loop and 8th East Express bus routes will begin running a third Aggie Shuttle bus during peak hours, said shuttle supervisor Alden Erickson. The change will take effect at the beginning of the new semester, when the extra bus will run along those two routes between 7:3010:30 a.m. Erickson said there may be some modifications based on scheduling, but the changes “should take some of the heat off ” of the Stadium Express route as well. “I think it’s perfect,” bus driver Denim Arnoldson said of the changes, “it’s where the need is.” Erickson said there are currently eight buses out during peak hours, with room for about 70-75 on each bus. “That’s without really cramming them in, I don’t like cramming as much as people might think,” he said. With about 600 seats available, it is impos-
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sible to transport everyone that shows up in a 10-minute period during those peak hours, sometimes up to three or four times capacity. Arnoldson, who has driven on Aggie Shuttle routes for about three years, said when he drove the 8th East Express, sometimes both buses on the route would be at the same stop and fill up completely. When that many people are waiting, “some are going to miss, some people will be walking,” Erickson said. Arnoldson said a rush during peak hours usually lasts about 20 minutes, and because it takes about 15 minutes to complete a loop of a route, by the time the buses come around to the same stop again, people are late and they are “not happy.” Although the additional buses weren’t originally planned into the transportation department’s budget, Erickson said the price of the new buses in fuel, mileage on the vehicles and pay for drivers is worth being able to serve the university better.
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TWO BUSES WILL BE ADDED TO the 8th East Express and Campus Loop to lessen crowding and transport student quickly to their destinations. Students can find the exact time a bus will arrive to a certain destination by texting 41411. JON LARSEN photo
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Nat’lBriefs Pilot survives crash that clipped two Utah SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Authorities said Monday it was a miracle that a pilot survived a plane crash without injuring 17 people inside two houses clipped by the plane’s wings and set afire in a northern Utah town. “To have everybody alive, it’s pretty amazing,” Fire Chief Jon Ritchie told The Associated Press from Roy, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. Clayton Roop, 46, of West Haven, was returning Sunday from Lake Powell when he landed about 2,100 feet short of a runway in heavy fog at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, Ritchie said. Roop hit a tree and a power pole, and the wings of his single-engine Cessna 210 clipped the roofs of two houses before crashing into a backyard. He was thrown about 6 feet from the plane with severe burns covering a third of his body, but he was able to talk, Ritchie said. Roop was in critical condition Monday at University of Utah Hospital burn center, hospital spokesman Chris Nelson said. “He’s got a long recovery ahead,” Nelson said. Ritchie said 14 people were sitting down to dinner Sunday inside the first house the plane hit. Three others were in the second house also set ablaze by the crash. Nobody was hurt. Pieces of the aircraft were scattered around the block, police Sgt. Darin Calcut said.
Jew poses as neo-Nazi, sues ex-SS officer NEW YORK (AP) – An American Jew who says he posed as a neo-Nazi sympathizer to document a 97-year-old German man’s part in the Nazi genocide of millions has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. court against the former SS officer. Mark Gould, a data broker turned historical investigator, said Tuesday that he went undercover for eight years and filmed hundreds of hours of interviews with Bernhard Frank, who he said was an aide to SS leader Heinrich Himmler. In a video shown at a Manhattan news conference Tuesday and subtitled in English, Frank appeared to acknowledge his signature was on a document ordering the killing of Jews in newly captured Soviet territories – a precursor to the wholesale killing to come. But the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, warned Tuesday the report might be overblown. He said there is evidence that Frank was a devoted Nazi, but that he has seen nothing to indicate he was involved in ordering that Jews be killed. “He’s attributed with far more responsibility and criminal guilt than he actually deserves,” Zuroff said in a telephone interview from Jerusalem. “That’s not to say he isn’t a Nazi – even a zealous Nazi who still today identifies with the National Socialist movement – but there’s a big difference between that and portraying him as one of the key operatives of the Nazi Holocaust.” Until now, only those accused of committing the murders or directly giving orders have been prosecuted for genocide, said professor Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute. By targeting a Nazi whose role was similar to that of a communications director, Gould is seeking to
establish a “precedent for culpability,” said Smith, German on his experiences. who reviewed much of Gould’s research. A call to a phone number listed under Frank’s Smith argues such an approach makes sense name went unanswered. since Frank “sat at the intersection between the At the news conference, Gould explained that ideology of National Socialism and the policy he came across Frank’s name while researching of genocide. ... Culpability lay with the ideology Goering’s capture by an American Jew and then itself.” befriended the older man. He interviewed him A linguist on Himmler’s personal staff, Frank repeatedly, sometimes on video, and persuaded was not executing the orders Frank to give him many of his he signed, but rather checkpapers. “That’s not to say he ing them “for correctness” and Gould, who used money isn’t a Nazi – even a signing off on them. But he he had earned as an informazealous Nazi who still tion data broker to finance his was more than a proofreader, Smith said: He ensured that effort, said he used the ink and today identifies with the wording conformed to the mentioned in Frank’s the National Socialist locations ideology of the Nazi governlove letters to his wife to help movement...” ment and wielded the power confirm where he was at times to stop one of Himmler’s Efraim Zuroff during the war and whether he orders if he so desired. From Nazi Hunter signed off on certain orders. August to November of 1941, The deception culhe was responsible for purging minated in a confrontation at Himmler’s war records of damning information Frank’s home last week, when Gould revealed his about the killings of Jews and others, Smith said. agenda and presented the aging man with a copy of Frank “had full knowledge that his actions the American lawsuit, which was then filed in fedwould result in genocide,” Smith said. “He was not eral court in Washington on Monday evening. The an architect but more a draftsman.” lawsuit accuses Frank of genocide, torture, kidnapBut Zuroff said that verifying that an order’s ping and crimes against humanity and demands language conformed with ideology was not the unspecified damages. Gould is a plaintiff, as is same as ordering deaths. Burton Bernstein, a former writer for The New “There seems to be a very deliberate inflation of Yorker magazine who says his family also died as a the criminal aspect of his activities,” Zuroff said of result of Frank’s actions. Frank, who attained a rank that was the SS equivaGermany will not extradite one of its own citilent of a lieutenant colonel. zens, but the lawsuit can continue without Frank’s Frank has been best known as the SS officer presence. Any finding against him could potenwho, in the final days of the war, arrested top Nazi tially lead to the freezing of his assets. Hermann Goering on Hitler’s orders on accusaGould plans to detail his experience undercover tions of treason. He has written two books in in a book to be published next year.
Former pastor goes to prison
Utah lottery winners keep ticket in safe BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A family holding an Idaho Lottery ticket worth $1 million wasn’t taking any chances while traveling from their home in Brigham City, Utah, to claim their winnings in Boise. Sisters Cindy Flint and Carol Olsen, along with their mother Donna Flint, made the nearly 300-mile trip to Idaho with their ticket locked in a fireproof safe. Cindy Flint says she went a step further, and slept with the safe in her hotel bed. The women claimed their prize Monday. Lottery spokesman David Workman says other winners have taken precautions, but the Flint family may be the first to arrive in lobby of the Idaho Lottery headquarters with a safe in tow. The women bought their ticket at a store in Franklin, Idaho, near the state border with Utah.
LateNiteHumor Top 10 Signs Your Neighbor Is The WikiLeaks Guy – Dec. 6, 2010 10. Name on mailbox reads “WikiLeaks Guy.” 9. Spends most of his free time burying stuff in the yard. 8. He insists you speak directly into his necktie. 7. More than once you’ve caught him crawling in your ventilation ducts. 6. He told you about Jeter’s new contract at Thanksgiving. 5. He insists you speak directly into his necktie – that joke was already in the Top Ten. We really need someone checking these things. 4. On recycling day, he puts out cans, bottles, and classified documents. 3. His idea of small talk is “Good morning” and “Want the coordinates of our secret military base in the Strait of Hormuz?” 2. Any time you talk to him, all he says is, “I know. I know. I know... “ 1. Gets drunk and takes a “WikiLeak” on your porch – Hiyooo!
HOLOCAUST SCHOLAR MARK GOULD listens during a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 7, in New York. Gould showed excerpts from his documentary film “Last Interview” of Bernhard Frank, 97, a German citizen alleged to be the high-ranking Nazi officer who signed the “start order” that commenced the genocide of Europe’s Jewish population. Gould collected the video footage after posing as a neo-Nazi sympathizer. AP photo
SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – A judge sentenced a southern Indiana church financier to 54 years in prison Tuesday for pocketing millions of dollars that investors believed would be used to build churches. Former pastor Vaughn Reeves, 66, had little reaction as officers escorted him from the courthouse in Sullivan, about 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis, said his attorney, who promised to challenge the conviction and the sentence. Reeves was convicted on nine counts of securities fraud in October. “There’s going to be an appeal on a lot of grounds,” attorney Dale Webster said after the hearing.
Investigators said Reeves and his three sons used their now-defunct company, Alanar, and sales pitches that included prayers and Bible passages to dupe about 11,000 investors into buying bonds worth $120 million secured by mortgages on construction projects at about 150 churches. Instead, Reeves and his sons diverted money from new investments to pay off previous investors, pocketing $6 million and buying two airplanes, sports cars and vacations, investigators said. Prosecutors have said the case was a prime example
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Italian boat finds remains of U.S. balloonists ROME (AP) – The bodies of two American balloonists and their gondola were discovered in the net of an Italian fishing boat on Monday, two months after the champions disappeared while competing in a race over the Adriatic Sea during a fierce storm. The boat hauled in the balloon and its gondola with the bodies of the Americans still inside while fishing 11 miles (17 kilometers) north of Vieste, said Port Cmdr. Guido Limongelli in Vieste, a town on the spur of bootshaped Italy jutting into the Adriatic sea. He said documents found in the gondola confirmed the identities of Richard Abruzzo, 47, of Albuquerque, and Carol Rymer Davis, 65, of Denver. The two had been participating in the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race when contact was lost Sept. 29 as they flew over the Adriatic during a strong storm. They had taken off with some 20 other balloons from the English city of Bristol on Sept. 25. Search crews looked for the veteran balloonists in vain for a week before determining that their craft had plunged toward the water at 50 mph (80 kph) and they likely didn’t survive. Shortly after midnight Monday, the crew aboard the Sharon fishing vessel felt “something pulling the net, so we realized there was something not right in the net,” the boat’s captain, Domenico Castriotta, told Sky TG24 TV. “We pulled it up on the stern side and realized there was a basket, a hotair balloon type basket coming out,”
TWO BODIES OF BALLOONISTS were found on Monday, Dec. 6, by an Italian fishing boat from the Adriatic Sea, ending a two-month hunt. Documents found in the gondola confirmed the identities of Richard Abruzzo, 47, of Albuquerque, and Carol Rymer Davis, 65, of Denver. AP photo
Castriotta said on the dock where his boat moored with its grisly find. “There was a balloon floating in the water” along with the basket as it was hoisted up. The gondola appeared to be remarkably intact despite the impact: the outer wicker frame had just a few holes punched in it, and cords, canvas flaps and ropes were still attached to the inside. A heap of torn white fabric appeared to be the balloon shell itself. The Sharon notified port officials, who sent out a patrol boat to escort the vessel back to port, Limongelli
said. A coroner was performing an autopsy and officials were investigating to determine what might have caused the balloon to crash. But radar data during what were believed to be the final moments of the flight convinced experts almost from the start that the craft had crashed into the sea. “There was a strong storm in the area” when the balloon disappeared, said Giancarlo Salvemini, commander of the port of nearby Manfredonia. “The radar data indicated that it lost 1,600 meters (about a mile) of altitude
in less than a minute.” The disappearance of the champion balloonists cast a pall over the ballooning community, which had been gathering for the America’s Challenge gas race in the United States – one of the nation’s top balloon races – when the search was called off. “I’m glad at least they found them. Now it will give the family some final closure,” said David Melton of Espanola, New Mexico, an active balloonist who flew with Abruzzo in the 1995 America’s Challenge. “It’s been quite hard on all of them.” The Abruzzo name in particular is synonymous with ballooning. Abruzzo was the son of famed balloonist Ben Abruzzo, who in 1981 was part of the first team to cross the Pacific Ocean by balloon, and who was killed in a small airplane crash in 1985. The younger Abruzzo and Davis won the 2004 edition of the Gordon Bennett race and the 2003 America’s Challenge gas race – one of Abruzzo’s five victories in that contest. Abruzzo family members declined to comment on the discovery of the bodies. Davis’ family issued a statement, thanking the fishermen who made the discovery and the authorities who are now investigating. “This was always something that was hoped for in the back of everyone’s mind since it provides an
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THE ASUSU EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE met Tuesday night to discuss a bill that may incorporate an ex-officio position for an international student on the executive committee. They also passed a bill that allocates $5,000 to the Academic Opportunity fund. BENJAMIN WOOD photo
Committee tables international position debate By KASEY VAN DYKE staff writer
A bill that would allow a representative from the International Student Council (ISC) to hold an ex-officio, or non-voting, position on the ASUSU executive council was tabled at the council’s meeting Tuesday. The International Student Vice President bill calls for the creation of a new board position, called the international representative to “act as the International Student Council President starting Fall 2011 Semester, for the direct representation of International Students and Scholars and the operation of the International Student Council.” If passed, the International Student Council would also be recognized “as a formal ASUSU organization with all the same rights and privileges thereof.” Graduate Studies Vice President Trevor Nelson, who is sponsoring the bill, said the ISC budget would not be changed. Christian Orr, ISC president, said the vision of the bill is to “address how international and domestic students
can work together through representation.” Orr said he met with USU President Stan Albrecht about the issues and challenges international students face. In the discussion, he said, it was made clear from the university presidency they will “not only academically and legally meet their needs, but also socially and culturally.” Orr also explained some goals of the club and said one of the purposes of ISC is to “serve the needs of international students but also domestic students.” In their discussion of the bill, the council agreed upon requesting that a policy paper, stating the purposes of and context behind the bill, be submitted in connection with an amendment to remove lines within the bill concerning the ISC office location. Several members of the board agreed the bill is a good move from the ISC. President Tyler Tolson said though he feels international students are under-represented, the bill may not be what ASUSU needs at this time. “I think there might be some other
options,” he said. “This conversation needs to continue.” Administrative Assistant Keenan Nuehring, said he does feel some apprehension toward passing the bill. “It scares me a little bit,” he said. “This could open up a can of worms.” Diversity VP Kaho Fiefia also said he “could see other groups fighting for ex-officio members.” Nuehring said, “Every student group is diverse, whether they’re from another country or not.” The council voted to table the bill and resume discussion after the winter break and board members were encouraged to look through the charter of the diversity vice president to consider adding more involvement with international student affairs. At the meeting, the board also voted on a bill sponsored by Wright, which requested $10,000 dollars from the Capital and Support (C&S) fund for the Academic Opportunity Fund (AOF). The bill states the AOF is meant “to provide financial support to undergraduate students who have been accepted or invited by a reputable
organization to present a scholastic achievement or participate in an academic competition.” Linda Zimmerman said the AOF had planned on a $20,000 budget, half of which came from Tier II tuition, which they lost this year. After the budget cut, AOF was left with $10,000. Student Advocate Dan Ricks moved to amend the bill to $5,000, which the council passed with a unanimous vote. Lacey Nagao, public relations director, requested approval to change a section of the election bylaws regarding elected students on academic probation. Nagao said that in the bylaws it states if elected students fall below good academic standing they will not receive the $200 monthly stipend they receive for their position. Since the stipend no longer exists for some positions, Nagao requested permission to eliminate any mention of the stipend in connection with academic standing. The council approved the change unanimously. – email@example.com
Board: Job availability growing, still competitive -continued from page 1 The best months to find an on-campus job are August and September, she said. On-campus positions are posted daily at 8 a.m. in the financial aid office and online. Johnson said students should apply on personal computers rather than in the financial aid office to avoid standing in line. Students should also apply as quickly as possible because some positions only accept a limited number of applicants, she said. “It’s smart to ask an employee when they’re hiring and apply fast,” said Hali Hesley, a junior in exercise science, who has worked at the on-campus bookstore for two years. Hesley said to continue applying because while a student may be qualified for a position, hiring is based more on schedule availability. “The bookstore temporarily hires a lot of employees for rush season,” Hesley said, “they look for people whose schedules fit to keep on permanently.” Nathan Niebergall, a senior in operations management, applied for nearly 10 on-campus jobs this semester. “The competition is frustrating, but it didn’t deter me,” Niebergall said, “it was more frustrating when you didn’t hear back on a job at all.” He said almost every job he applied for emailed him back even if just to say the position had been filled. Niebergall interviewed for four on-campus positions but was not hired. He said he applied for some jobs he did not fit the qualifications for but was still called for interviews. SOPHOMORE JASHON BISHOP stacks books at his Niebergall said he got many more off-campus job job in USU’s Bookstore. Campus jobs, like Bishop’s, tend to interviews and was recently hired off-campus. “(Off-campus jobs) pay better but the schedulbe limited because of budget restraints. BRANDEN FONDA ing is not as flexible as on-campus employment,” photo
he said. Neibergall said one way to improve the oncampus application system would be to create a notification system that would e-mail students when new jobs were available. Johnson said there aren’t a lot of options for creating more jobs on campus because campuswide budget constraints limit the number of departmental on-campus jobs available. However, facilities, housing and food services are the top three on-campus employers and regularly have a high demand for employees, she said. “We have done a lot of job-locating off-campus,” Johnson said. The employment center works with the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce and advertises to potential employers through the phonebook. They also try to contact new businesses in the area to encourage them to hire students, Johnson said. There are a number of recently-opened call centers in the community that offer flexible scheduling. Call Assist wants to hire about 200 more, she said. The off-campus job board is particularly appealing to employers because it is a free service to the community compared to advertising in newspapers or other media, she said. The university is currently advertising a summer job fair to local businesses as an opportunity to recruit students as potential employees, Johnson said. The fair will be on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the TSC Sunburst Lounge.
Shuttle: Bus system accommodating more students -continued from page 1 Erickson said the changes are in part due to the heavily customer service-oriented philosophy of new Parking & Transportation director James Nye. Nye said during the last meeting the department had with the student fee board, only one question was posed: Why can’t there be more buses on the busy routes? The meeting resulted in partial funding of the transportation department’s requests, Erickson said. Although much of the funding received will be going toward the purchase of two brand-new buses, the department also found a way to put additional buses on the road during peak hours. “I think we can do both, without it hurting us,” Nye said. With the costs associated with adding a bus to any given route, Arnoldsen said it will add to the per-rider cost of operating the shuttle system. “From a business standpoint, I don’t know how efficient it will be,” he said, “but if it keeps the student body happy, then we did our job.” The two new buses, to replace two smaller, worn buses, will likely arrive within the next two weeks, Erickson said. The older buses, which are a little more than 10 years old, will be traded in toward the purchase of the new ones. In their decade of use, they have been used daily and been “packed to the gills,” Erickson said, so they are nearing the end of their usability.
“Not a lot of places are using 10-year-old vehicles in mass transit,” Nye said. One new 40-foot bus will be placed on the South Campus route, which Erickson said has seen dramatic growth in the last two semesters. Though the Aggie Shuttle usually sees more ridership during spring semester, Nye said this year’s unusual weather and early winter have caused a “significant influx” during the recent storms. Erickson said he tries to match more buses with the most ridership. Those resources will increase with the additional buses scheduled to arrive this month, and two more Erickson said he hopes he will be able to get two more before February. Driver Brock Elegante, a four-year veteran of the shuttle system, also said he didn’t think it would be cost-effective, but it will make riders happier. He said, “The extra buses make sense when a lot of people are trying to get to class, but if it was all day it would be a waste of money.” Nye said the additional buses next semester during those peak hours will “stretch us, maintenancewise and budget-wise,” but he feels it was “just the right thing to do.” He said he hasn’t heard any formal complaints, but students have asked for more availability and he doesn’t want to see people left behind. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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USU ArtsBridge student scholars (Team OATS) have been working with the arts students from Fast Forward Charter High School in North Logan to present “Smile On Your Brother” – a local annual arts fundraiser, now in its 11th year. “Smile On Your Brother” has featured young, emerging performers and contemporary bands in a series of concerts presented to raise funds for a designated local cause. This year’s fundraising recipient is the Ford Chancellor Campaign for Healing, “Optimum Endurance.” This fund is being set up at the Logan Regional Hospital Oncology Center and will help pay for local patients’ cancer treatments that are not covered by insurance. The event will be held from 7:3011 p.m. on 300 W. Center St. in Hyrum. Admission will be $5 and refreshment will be provided. Those who attend are eligible to enter and win an acoustic guitar donatd by KSM Music.
Students offer help to med school applicants All those interested in medical or dental school are encouraged to attend an informational seminar offered by Utah State University students who’ve recently completed the application process and can offer valuable advice. USU’s Department of Biology hosts two seminars Wednesday, Dec. 8: “The Medical School Application Process – A Student Perspective,” at 7 p.m. in Old Main, Room 121, and “The Dental School Application Process – A Student Perspective,” also at 7 p.m. in Old Main, Room 115. Students of all majors are welcome. “Admittance to medical and dental schools is extremely competitive and requires a high level of initiative, effort and commitment on the part of applicants,” says Yvonne Kobe, pre-health advisor in the biology department. “It’s important that students start their preparations early in their undergraduate careers and understand what’s expected of them.” The gatherings, which feature student panels, will cover such topics as timing and preparation for required entrance exams, recordkeeping and budgeting for the application process, researching programs, qualifications and more.
Children to perform Christmas pageant
The Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University will conclude its 2010 fall season with Unicorn Children’s Theatre’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson Dec. 16-18 at the Caine Lyric Theatre in historic downtown Logan. Directed by Richie Call, a professor in the Department of Theatre at USU, this side-splitting Christmas tale finds a duo struggling to put together a traditional Christmas pageant when they are faced with including the town’s most awful children, the Herdmans, in the cast. “It’s just not Christmas without the infamous Herdman family,” said Call. “These rambunctious children collide head-on with the Christmas story to create a riotous comedy for the entire family.” The production follows the plight of the reluctant Bradleys, played by Lee Daily and Keri Larsen, as they are wheedled into directing their church’s Christmas pageant. However, when a rough and rowdy group of kids show up and want to participate in the play, the Bradley’s quaint plans are out the door and the true meaning of Christmas begins to unfold. “It’s a fantastic, yet heartfelt story with a quirky twist of humor, but the moment of redemption is one that all people can appreciate and will remember long after the play is over,” Call said. “All the chaos on stage is something families can identify with during the busy holiday season.”
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tors. He said it is hard to compare the number of committees a senator sits on to the amount of work they do, and that the number of committees assigned depends on the college the senator represents. During the council’s discussion, Wright and academic senate pro tempore Cami Lyman spoke in favor of lowering programming director’s scholarships to be closer to the amount allotted to academic senators. After the bill passed, Wright said, “I understand the reasoning behind it and I agree with the reasoning behind it, but with that reasoning I still feel it could be more equal across the board.” Morales said, “I’m pleased with the results of the vote. It demonstrates that the ASUSU officers take very seriously their responsibility to help address the fiscal issues that we face. I’m proud of their willingness to confront this head on.” Morales said the new policy will reduce the budget deficit to $944, which he will be able to balance using a discretionary account in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.
Spring 2011 Officer Compensation President: $3,000 per semester, five $300 stipends Vice Presidents: $2,500 per semester, four $200 stipends Academic and Graduate Senate Presidents: $2,500 per semester, four $200 stipends Administrative Assistant: $2,500 per semester, four $200 stipends Public Relations Director: $2,500 per semester, four $200 stipends All Undergraduate College Senators: $2,300 per semester Traditions Director, Arts and Lectures Director: $2,400 per semester Activities Director: $2,400 per semester
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hits a block of ice that causes it to slide, Milne said. Milne said part of the reason for the increase in automobile accidents during the winter is because people driving four-wheel-drive vehicles drive with the mindset that they are more equipped to handle the road conditions than people in cars with twowheel-drive. “They think ‘I’m in four-wheel-drive, I’m gonna be able to stop quicker,’” Milne said. “That’s when it causes problems.” People should keep in mind that whether their vehicle has four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive the stopping distance is going to be the same, Milne said. Milne said some of the accidents were the result of people trying to park their cars and sliding into cars. Others were caused by people going too fast while turning, causing them to slide into a parked car. “That’s a lot of what we see,” Milne said. “Just slow down, take your time.” One of the keys to avoiding a car accident is having the proper equipment for winter driving, Milne said. People should have scrapers that are long enough to reach across their vehicle so they can scrape off all the ice. The scraper should also have a brush, Milne said.
“Some people have just a little short, hand scraper and they can’t reach all the way across,” Milne said. “They scrape just the back part of the window that’s closest to them but they don’t see the other half of what’s behind them. Milne said if people don’t scrape the snow and ice off of their cars properly, they can be pulled over and receive a ticket for obstructed vision. Everyone should have good tires on their car, Milne said, as well as an adequate scraper and inexpensive jumper cables in case their car won’t start. If someone’s car won’t start, they can call USUPD for help, but it’s much faster and easier if they can just jump the car with a nearby friend, Milne said. Highway Patrol Trooper Bart Rindlisbacher said the main reasons for the accidents in the winter are because people follow other cars too closely and drive too fast. Rindlisbacher also said people need to make sure they have good tires so they can get traction in the snow. – email@example.com
Website: Committee to discuss three Blackboard alternatives -continued from page 1 one to version two to version three.” During the past summer, the FACT has been conducting focus groups and online surveys with students and faculty to help decide between the three final choices, Legler said. The FACT has rounded it down to three programs – Blackboard Learn, Instructure, and Desire2Learn, he said. They will continue until Friday to solicit input through links posted on the current Blackboard login screen. “The fact of the matter is that this is anyone’s game right now,” Legler said, when asked which program has gotten the best feedback. “What’s going to happen on Friday, I can’t bet on.” Wagner said he hopes the new tools and features will encourage all faculty members to use the new system. Some professors do not use the current system because they use other effective methods of teaching. Senior sociology lecturer Jason Leiker said Blackboard has been very useful for teaching large classes and online courses. “When we first started distance ed it was barbaric,” Leiker said. “It was paper/pencil assignments, and they would have to mail them back. It was amazing how bad they were in terms of level of technology.” He also said using a computer-based system safeguards against cheating because instructors are able to track IP addresses, login times and who is taking online tests. There are some drawbacks to Blackboard, Leiker said. “It seems like when you’re loading up 250 students into the grade book, it’s like, ‘Oh, come on, I gotta go, I mean, I’ve got things to do,’” he said. “I’m sure students experience the same thing.” Esther Calvert, a USU junior, said she is indifferent to the
change from Blackboard Vista to a new system. She said she will comply with whatever method of teaching her instructors prefer. “I don’t really particularly enjoy it. I mean it’s very convenient,” Calvert said, “but it also gives students a chance to not have to go to class … so they can do all of their assignments and submit them online.” Calvert said she hopes it will not raise here tuition and fees. Wagner said aside from student and faculty feedback, other decision-making factors include cost and the amount of technical support vendors will include in a new contract. “As a consortium, we’re motivated to negotiate the best possible terms and balance between length of time and … fixed price so that it’s as less of an impact on the university as possible,” Wagner said. Legler said the newer, prospective systems will be a lot less “clicky,” which he said means they will be faster and more user-friendly. There will be more options for personalization, customization and notification. He said the new program will be more “drag-and-drop,” which should shorten the length of time it takes for something to load after it is clicked. Criteria used in choosing a new LMS includes “ease of use and ease of learning for faculty and students, accessibility for all users, including those with disabilities, and ease of migrating courses and content from existing system,” Legler said. “For faculty and staff this will be a really great opportunity,” Wagner said. “We’ll begin migrating to the new LMS as early as January and (the entire process) will take about 18 months.”
– dan.whitney.smith@aggiemail. usu.edu
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Williams, Wesley lead Aggies in rout of 49ers By TYLER HUSKINSON web editor
Utah State (6-2) bounced back to their winning ways Tuesday night against the Long Beach State 49ers (5-5). Senior forward Pooh Williams scored a career-high 19 points and dished out six assists to lead the Aggies over the 49ers, 8153. “I was just trying to be aggressive,” Williams said. “Coach had been on me about being aggressive and taking good and smart shots. That zone that they were playing left me open a few times and I hit a couple that got me going. That helped out a lot.” Morrill said, “(Williams) didn’t start particularly well, but boy, did he play well. He made a lot of plays for himself, but more plays for others. He was really in a good rhythm and he’s been in a good rhythm a lot of nights for us. That’s fun to see.” USU head coach Stew Morrill was also able to get his 300th win in the blow-out victory over the 49ers. “I’m happy for him and I’m excited that I could be a part of the team to help him get,” Williams said. “It’s a big deal. We’re all excited to help him get that.” Wesley said, “Coach Morrill is a great coach. I’m sure this one was inevitable. He was going to get his 300th win, and I’m just happy to be a part of it. It’s been my pleasure and
my privilege to play for Coach Morrill. He’s everything you need and want in a coach.” The Aggies started the game on a 14-2 run to put the 49ers quickly out of reach. Part of that run involved an alleyoop dunk by Williams on a pass from Wesley. Immediately after that play, 49ers head coach Don Monson was ejected for unsportsman like conduct. “I thought one of their players was taunting our bench several times in a row,” Monson said. Monson said that he thought that junior guard Brockeith Pane was taunting the bench, and when he tried to plead his case the officials threw him out of the game. “We can’t have that,” Morrill said of the incident. “I don’t know for sure what happened. I didn’t see it happen, but obviously that will not be tolerated if it did happen. He’ll learn from it. Brockeith (Pane) is a good kid. He’ll learn from it.” Two free throws from forward Lin Chang and 3-pointer from fellow junior forward Eugene Phelps cut the Aggie lead to five, but that is as close as the 49ers would get to the Aggies. USU out-scored the 49ers 25-5 through the first 10 minutes of the second half. “I think they were a little worn out,” Morrill said. “It’s a tough second game of a trip. They lose their coach early. That can also be a little tough, a little bit of an adjustment. We’ll take it. We had a lot of
guy do some good things and it’s a good win. It’s nice to get away from them and get some kids minutes. That’s always positive stuff.” Wesley, who struggled on the road trip due to foul trouble, finished the night with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. The Aggies played much better when he was on the floor and it is obvious that he needs to be on the court for the Aggies to be good. “That’s been my biggest adversity throughout my career is fouling,” Wesley said. “I’m going to work as best I can on not fouling and staying in the game.” Morrill said, “Thank the good Lord. It’s about time. Thank the officials. Thank whoever. It’s about time that he gets to play some minutes. He didn’t have any dumb (fouls). Not any ones that gave me more gray hairs.” USU was able to contain speedy 49er guard Casper Ware. Ware led the 49ers with 11 points, but he didn’t reach double-digits until late in the second half. Junior forward T.J. Robinson, who scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Aggies last season, finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. The Aggies now prepare for the Cal-State Bakersfield Roadrunners on Saturday. Tipoff against the Roadrunners is slated for 7:05 p.m. from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. –firstname.lastname@example.org
SENIOR FORWARD TAI WESLEY looks to pass during USU’s 81-53 emasculation of Long Beach State on Tuesday night. Wesley, who left the game briefly after losing a contact lens, finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Aggies. USU is now 5-2 for the year, and will take on Cal State Bakersfield in Logan on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. TODD JONES photo
Howell’s success a long time coming for USU By MIKE REES staff writer
Many serious distance runners live and die by certain aspects of their running. For them, running is a way of life, and very few of the details escape them. For those runners, their personal records and previous times are as familiar to them as their PIN or social security number. Daniel Howell is not one of those kinds of runners. He doesn’t remember his fastest personal time (commonly called a “PR”) in the 3K, his main event in indoor track and field. “I just don’t think about that kind of stuff,” Howell said. “I’ll have to look up my time before the indoor season starts, so I can set a goal to decrease my PR.” However, don’t mistake Howell for an athlete who doesn’t take his sport seriously. He just focuses on different things. “I barely lost the 3k at conference last year,” he said. “my goal for the indoor season is to win it this year.” Howell has been making large strides since graduating from Manti High School in 2008 and joining the Utah State Cross Country team. This year has been what some might call a breakout year for him. Over the course of the season Howell managed to place himself at or near the front of the pack for most of the seasons’ races, peaking by placing first for the Aggies at the Regional meet, coming in 18th with a stellar time of 30:20.6, just four-tenths of a second away from qualifying him for NCAA Nationals. “He’s done a great job of working hard and doing what’s required to get to the next level,” head cross country coach
All the Bowl Games SOPHOMORE DANIEL HOWELL earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-region honors for his 18th place finish during the NCAA Mountain Regionals in November. Photo courtesy USU Athletics
Gregg Gensel said. “He went from being a good runner to being a great runner over the course of the season. You have to give him credit because he’s worked really hard to get where he is.” In a way that doesn’t show up directly in race results, Howell has contributed to the team this season in his ability to push the front pack. Team captain Brian McKenna said he’s recognized ways that Howell contributes to the overall team dynamic and race tempo of the team. “Dan and I, we know how tough running is,” McKenna said. “When one of us starts to slack, we can call each other up and make things happen whenever we need to. Dan is also a great friend. It’s good to have a teammate, but better to have someone who understands how you think and what you’re going through.”
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One of the most important aspects of effective pack running in cross country racing is the knowledge that teammates have of each other’s abilities. Good racers understand that there is a giveand-takeScreens! when it comes to setting on our Big the race pace. Howell and McKenna have used each others’ talents to their own advantage to push themselves harder. “We encourage each other in races. Brian and
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Adamâ€™s WAC football power poll: Final If you had told me at the start of the football season that the WAC would end in a three-way tie for first place, Iâ€™d probably have given you one of those â€œwhatcha smokinâ€™?â€? looks. But sure enough, at the end of the regular college football season, the countryâ€™s most set-in-stone conference has seen the walls of the usual storyline crumble. It wasnâ€™t just Boise Stateâ€™s loss to Nevada two weeks ago, but also Hawaiiâ€™s surprise season that really made the final WAC standings memorable. And the crazy part of it all? The conference will look completely different after next season, as Fresno State and Nevada will join the Broncos in departing for the Mountain West, while Texas State and University of Texas-San Antonio (which has never even played a football game) will join the conference. But letâ€™s not get too far ahead of ourselves; hereâ€™s my final WAC power poll for the season: 1) Boise State (11-1, 7-1): The Broncos finish their decade of WAC dominance with a 40-0 record in Bronco stadium, which included last Saturdayâ€™s 50-14 drubbing of Utah State. But for as good as Boise State has been in the WAC, and for as good as theyâ€™ve been this year, this team will never overcome the stigma of missing out on a possible national title berth by losing to Nevada in overtime. Chris Petersenâ€™s team wonâ€™t get the chance to show the nation just how good they are, and will play a good, but not great, Utah team in the Las Vegas Bowl. 2) Nevada (12-1, 7-1): Consider the Wolf Pack ranked 1B behind Boise, because even while Chris Aultâ€™s team beat the Broncos, the Wolf Pack still lost to Hawaii earlier in the season, and because of that loss will have to share the WAC title. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick solidified his legacy in the teamâ€™s most recent win (a 35-17 victory of Louisiana Tech on the road) by becoming just the third quarterback in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,000 career yards. A match-up with defensive minded Boston College in the Kraft
Fight Hunger Bowl should make for an intriguing game. 3) Hawaii (10-3, 7-1): Very few people expected Hawaii to roll to a winning season this year, and even fewer could have foreseen the Warriors winning 10 games and a share of the title. The team has been locked into their hometown Hawaii bowl since October, and just learned theyâ€™ll play Tulsa (9-3) during the Christmas Eve game. If you like offense this is the bowl for you; Hawaii averages 487.8 yards a game while Tulsa averages 503.5. 4) Fresno State (8-4, 5-3): Bulldog headman Pat Hill has long had a reputation as a gambler, and he lived up to his reputation by going for it on a fourth-and-one deep in his own territory against Illinois on Friday night. Luckily for him, the Bulldogs converted, preserving a two-point lead that proved to be the difference in a respectable 25-23 win. While Fresno proved that theyâ€™re still not up to the level of Boise State or Nevada, it was another solid campaign for the team, which will play in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl against MAC runner-up Northern Illinois. 5) Louisiana Tech (5-7, 4-4): All told, year one under Sonny Dykes could have gone a lot worse for the fans in Ruston, whoâ€™ll take a 4-4 conference finish after their team dropped four of the first five games of the season. For what itâ€™s worth, each of the Bulldogsâ€™ seven losses came to a bowl-bound team. Still, one canâ€™t help but wonder if the year would have been remarkably better had quarterback Ross Jenkins started each and every game. 6) Idaho (6-7, 3-5): Robb Akey pulled the biggest surprise in the WAC by getting the Vandals to a bowl game last year, but came up just a little shy of getting his team back to the postseason this year. Idaho was probably never as good as their six wins indicated, and needed overtime on Saturday to get past a
feisty San Jose State team. Itâ€™ll be tough for the Vandals to build on recent success next year when the team has to break in a new quarterback. 7) Utah State (4-8, 2-6): Year two of the Gary Andersen era will always be remembered by those around the country for the win over BYU, but to those in Logan, 2010 was a frustrating season which saw the Aggiesâ€™ high hopes dashed by injuries and missed opportunities. While the team will face uncertainty in replacing quarterback Diondre Borel this offseason, you can bet the Aggie offense will get a big boost in 2011 with the return of Robert Turbin, Stanley Morrison and Michael Smith. Letâ€™s just keep our fingers crossed that the defense can come through after an up-and-down year. 8) San Jose State (1-12, 0-8): The Spartans may not have won a game against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent this year, but give the team credit. Four of the teamâ€™s last five losses have come by a touchdown or less, with three of those games (New Mexico State, Utah State, and Idaho) coming down to the last play. The good news for the Spartans is that theyâ€™ve finally seemed to find an offensive rhythm heading into next year, but the bad news is they will lose quarterback Jordan Le Secla, whoâ€™s come on strong down the stretch. 9) New Mexico State (1-7, 2-10): The Aggies may have won two games this season and beaten San Jose State, but the team got weaker as the year went on, and showed comparatively little fight down the stretch. With the thirdworst offense and fifth-worst defense in the country, thereâ€™s little to build off of for next year as head coach DeWayne Walker enters a pivotal year three. Got beef with my picks? Think I missed the mark? We want to hear from you. Drop me a line at email@example.com.
Howell: USU cross country runners now gearing for indoor track season -continued from page 6 I have run most races together for most of the season. I tend to push out a little faster, and then heâ€™ll push me and encourage me at a different point. Running with your teammates, talking to them occasionally, telling them to get next to you, that helps,â€? Howell said. It paid off at Regionals, the climax of the season. â€œIâ€™ve been waiting for that,â€? McKenna said of placing second on the team to Howell at the final meet of the season. â€œPeople ask me who my main competition is, but I tell them itâ€™s Dan. Danâ€™s number one because I know how well he runs.â€? Despite his knack for pushing his teammates in practice and in races, Howellâ€™s personality reveals a relaxed attitude. â€œHeâ€™s got a very loose personality,â€? Gensel said. â€œHe loves to goof around and have fun. Itâ€™s a good dynamic to have. It makes it so people donâ€™t take it that serious. Sometimes (the team) will be running a 5K, and as he runs by heâ€™ll turn around and smile at us. He has fun with it, and thatâ€™s why he also has success.â€? Howellâ€™s personality combined with a fundamental view of running make him a very down-to-earth runner. â€œDan is unique in that he takes things for face value. He doesnâ€™t believe in secrets for success; he believes in hard work,â€?
McKenna said. â€œHeâ€™s learned how to enjoy it, thrive on whatâ€™s going on, and be in the moment. Heâ€™s a big outdoorsman. Heâ€™ll always be pointing out what kind of tree that is, or what kind of bird. He finds joy in the simple things and works hard at the same time.â€? So where does a runner, who peaks at about 80 miles a week and considers 45 miles a week a mild jaunt, find joy in that hard work â€“ especially when getting up and running in Loganâ€™s sometimes-brutal weather sounds particularly uninviting? â€œItâ€™s very hard when your alarm goes off in the morning to get up and go run,â€? Howell said. â€œHonestly, though, once youâ€™re out you enjoy it. You all have your down days, obviously, but when it comes down to it, you enjoy running, and you wouldnâ€™t do it if you didnâ€™t enjoy it. It gives you time to think, to be by yourself and enjoy the morning.â€? Where are Howell and his teammates now that the cross country season is over? After about a week of rest, the cross country team is rebuilding their base of mileage and bouncing right back for the indoor track season, which begins around the turn of the year. Howell is looking to the horizon of the upcom-
ing indoor and outdoor competitions, setting goals and aiming high. â€œWeâ€™re in it for championships,â€? Howell said. â€œOur biggest competition is probably Idaho in indoors or Boise State, especially since Boise beat us (in the WAC cross country championships). We both know weâ€™re aiming for each other. Everyone always aims to beat the one that wins.â€? As for his own goals, Howell looks to improve on his already lofty times. â€œMy personal goal is to break 14 minutes in the 5k,â€? he said. â€œMy best is 14:21. Thatâ€™s a long way to go, obviously, but Iâ€™m going to try.â€? Far be it from Gensel to suggest otherwise. â€œHeâ€™s going to continue to be a great runner. Heâ€™s not a slouch. Heâ€™s got talent along with work ethic. You donâ€™t tell them they canâ€™t do something because most likely theyâ€™ll go out and do it.â€? â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chalk it up as what makes it so difficult for the little a missed opporThe View guys like Utah State, Murray State, tunity. Saturdayâ€™s Northern Iowa and even Butler to from 68-51 loss at win in the NCAA Tournament. The Section F difficulty and rarity in big tournament Georgetown could have been essenwins is also what makes such a thing tially a punched special. ticket to the NCAA Back to this season though, and Tournament for what the future holds for USU. Prior Utah State. Instead, to Tuesdayâ€™s game against Long it is a wake-up call that this team still has a Beach State, the Aggies were sporting the little bit of work left to do before it is ready No. 25-ranked RPI to go along with the to dominate like it appears they are plenty 50th best strength of schedule. capable of doing. Not only that, but the rest of the season Watching the Georgetown game came looks to be much less difficult for USU. with its own frustrations, most notably in The next real test on the schedule would the officiating. Utah State was whistled appear to be Nevada on Jan. 8, but seeing for 24 fouls to Georgetownâ€™s 13, leading as how Nevada is off to a 1-7 start, one to a huge disparity in free-throw attempts canâ€™t help but wonder at this point if they between the Aggies and Hoyas. It also are indeed going to put things together. seemed that as soon as USU took a lead, Boise State is a wild card in this mix with or appeared to be on a run and closing a 7-1 record to start the year, but their the scoring gap, that a string of Aggie strength of schedule is among the bottom fouls shortly followed. five in the entire country. That right there is its own wake-up call. At this point, the only other team that The reality is, USU fans will remem- looks to even pose a minor threat to Utah ber from two years ago in the NCAA State is Louisiana Tech, where the Aggies Tournament game against Marquette, will not travel until the final game of the seemingly every possible questionable regular season. If ever there were a time call seemed to go the way of the Golden that you were going to predict a winning Eagles. streak of 23 games, this would be it. Now, I donâ€™t mean to make it sound Sure, thatâ€™s probably getting a little like officiating was the reason for USUâ€™s ahead of things, but there arenâ€™t many loss to Marquette â€“ because there were challenges left in Utah Stateâ€™s way for a several missed shots down the stretch while. If this team starts clicking on all that had the Aggies made, they would cylinders in early January like most Aggie have buried the Golden Eagles. Against teams do, especially in a year where Georgetown, officiating didnâ€™t rip away a everyone else in the Western Athletic win from the Aggies, but I feel confident Conference besides Utah State is at least that were it not for a few choice calls that partly in rebuilding, itâ€™s hard to think that had some major shifts in momentum, this yearâ€™s Aggies wonâ€™t go above and that would have been one heck of a col- beyond the level of domination they had lege basketball game from start to finish. over this conference the last two years. Georgetown is still a fantastic team, which not many other teams can expect to beat Matt Sonnenberg is a senior majoring in front of their own fans this season. in print journalism and can be found on For school like Utah State, though, the front row of every home football and and every other non-power conference basketball game. He can also be reached school, games where the big boys get all at email@example.com the calls are going to be the norm. It is
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Koskan up for college football award BY USU ATHLETICS Utah State football player Levi Koskan is a candidate for the Rudy Award, which honors Division I football players who brought that ‘something extra’ to their team. A record 55 of the 120 Division I football programs submitted a nomination for the Rudy Award, and every Division I conference was represented for the award,
which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film “Rudy” in 27 seconds and against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, enabling Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger to carve his name into college football lore.
Nominees will be chosen by a national selection committee consisting of sports figures as June Junes and Chuck Knox. The selection process also incorporates a fan vote for supporters of the College Football Rudy Award. Fans can review nominations and place their votes until Dec. 13 for the most deserving player at www. CollegeRudyAwards.com.
UTAH STATE’S TYSON McFARLAND led the Aggie golf team during the fall season and is primed to continue his hot streak when the team resumes play in late February. He had the highest score amongst USU golfers at the Bill Cullum invitational in October, shooting one under par. McFarland’s goal is to eventually lead USU to a WAC championship. Photo courtesy of USU Athletics.
McFarland doesn’t plan on cooling off as Aggie golf takes winter hiatus By TAVIN STUCKI staff writer
Tyson McFarland and the USU golf team have unfinished business. After ending the autumn portion of the season with a sixth-place tie and a score of one under par (143) at the Bill Cullum invitational hosted by Cal State, McFarland said he wants to win some tournaments this spring. “It was a really good field and good to compete at a higher level,” McFarland said. “I want to win, finish going out on top.” Aggie golf coach Dean Johansen said McFarland is one of the more focused players he has been around on the college golf scene. “He knows how to play under pressure and win under pressure. He knows what it takes to get it done,” Johansen said. “(McFarland is) very focused and very driven that way. I think that’s a great quality as a person.” When he graduated from Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho, McFarland was recruited by then No. 4-Brigham Young University. After spending his freshman year in Provo, McFarland said he didn’t like it there and that the move to Logan was one of the best decisions he has made. He said his father also played collegiate golf for USU. “I’ve loved my time at Utah State,” McFarland said. “I didn’t want to go too far from my family. Dean gave me an opportunity to play.” Now a senior, McFarland took third place at the Purple and Red invitational, an event co-hosted by the University of Utah and Weber State University in October. He shot a collegiate-best five under par to finish with a final score of 211. Johansen said McFarland is one of the first at practice and one of the last to leave. “On a golf team, for the younger kids to see someone like that having success, it makes them want to work harder,” Johansen said. “It’s working out for him, but as a team, we’re getting better because the younger kids can see what he’s doing. Johansen said he is pleased with the performance of his
team so far this year. “We’ve had a good fall. I’ve been happy with the performance of the kids in class and on the course,” Johansen said. “It seems like we haven’t had a tournament yet where all five players have played their best; that’s what it takes to win a golf event or to finish in the top three.” As a team, Utah State golf has placed as high as eighth in an invitational, also fighting Southern Utah to a draw in a Ryder Cup-style match in Cedar City. During the winter, Johansen said his team will be doing everything they can to stay in shape before picking competition back up in February. “How well you prepare in winter is a telltale sign of how you’ll do in the spring. I’ve been really pleased in the last three or four years with what the guys will do,” Johansen said. He said mentally, it can be difficult to go golfing when there is a foot of snow on the ground. Originally hailing from Idaho, McFarland said he is accustomed to battling the winter snows during the golfing offseason. Johansen said to keep his golfers in top condition, they go to an indoor driving range in Ogden and travel to Saint George every weekend to shoot a round of golf. McFarland said he has a lot of unfinished business for when the season resumes, as well as some personal goals that he has set for himself. “I want to be first team allWAC, win some tournaments. I want to play good, consistent golf,” McFarland said. “On the tee I think of how I can play the best in myself and let the results fall where they may. I just want to play well.” Coach Johansen said the rest of the team is looking toward spring with high expectations. “The guys have been happy with that success they’ve had and also have seen how good they can be as a team,” Johansen said. “The focus is BYU and conference. Everything in the spring is pointed to those two events. When play resumes, the Aggies will take part in the Pat Hicks Thunderbird invitational in Saint George, Utah. The tournament will be a two-
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Enjoying the holidays gluten-free By TESSA KARRINGTON staff writer
Imagine a Christmas without soft sugar cookies, grandma’s fruit cakes or homemade lemon bars, and a Thanksgiving minus the pumpkin pie and warm stuffing. Such is the life of a person dealing with celiac disease. Georgia Rawlings, co-manager of the Cache Valley Gluten Intolerance Group (CVGIG), said roughly one in every 133 Americans have celiac disease, but only one in 4,700 get diagnosed. In other words, only one percent know they have it. According to MayoClinic.com, “celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in … wheat, barley, or rye.” If a person with celiac disease is exposed to wheat, barley, or rye, it could damage their small intestine, which makes it harder for their body to absorb certain nutrients. This causes malnourishment to the brain, bones, liver and other vital organs. According to celiac.com, celiac disease is so common, it affects more people than does epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Celiac disease is most common in people of European descent, and those with auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, osteoporosis, arthritis, and type-1 diabetes. Since the disease is so common, Rawlings, who was diagnosed in May 2007, and Annette Bryner created CVGIG, a branch of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIGNA). They started the group three years ago in order to promote awareness and provide support to those recently diagnosed. “There is definitely a period of mourning when you get diagnosed,” Rawlings said. “Once you get over the idea of (life without) wheat and other things, there are a lot of things you can enjoy that don’t have wheat.” Though Rawlings had to find substitutions
for her preferred foods, she came up with a long list of favorites. Those include Udi’s bread, Tinkyada rice pasta, and Glutino’s chocolate sandwich cookie. All of these foods can be found locally. Rawlings said CVGIG meets the third Thursday of each month. This month, CVGIG is holding their first annual gluten-free Holiday Cookie Exchange, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in classrooms two and three at the Logan Regional Hospital. They also hold gluten-free cooking classes at Macey’s grocery store four times a year. Anyone who is affected by celiac disease or who wants to learn more about the disease is welcome to attend any CVGIG event. “You have to be very careful,” Rawlings said. She said she reads labels all the time, because companies often change how they make a product. “Gluten hides in all sort of things, like licorice, many soy sauces and barbeque sauces, some gravies, and lots of canned soups.” She also said that many companies, like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are starting to write “gluten-free” on many gluten-free items. Rawlings said that a person who has outward symptoms, such as stomach pains and constipation, and a person who has no outward symptoms should be equally careful. According to celiac.com, people with celiac disease who continue to eat gluten increase their chance of gastrointestinal cancer by 40 to 100 percent. Celiac disease is becoming so common, doctors are now recommending that people who suffer from obesity, migraine headaches, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome and other diseases get screened for celiac disease. Symptoms of celiac disease include, but are not limited to abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and weight loss or gain. Some people experience no symptoms at all. Sometimes a false negative happens when a
ONE IN EVERY 133 AMERICANS has celiac disease, causing intolerance to foods with gluten in them. The Cache Valley Gluten Intolerance Group aims to help those coping with the disease find alternative ways to eat. ALISON OSTLER photo
person is tested for celiac disease, and people go untreated. Rawlings said the average time it takes between when a person talks to their doctor about their symptoms and when they actually get diagnosed is up to 10 years. Rawlings said it is important to her to promote awareness, because “people end up spending lots of time and money, it’s really sad.” Though people are diagnosed at all ages, a person has to have the genetic disposition for
it, Rawlings said. “There has to be a trigger, some sort of stress to the body, like an accident, injury, pregnancy, or surgery.” For help coping with a celiac disease diagnosis, Rawlings said many people are referred to Jeanine Andersen, who also has the disease. For more information, e-mail Annette or Georgia at CacheValleyGIG@gmail.com, or visit http://www.gfutah.org/.
USU chapter dedicated to America’s youth By KASEY VAN DYKE staff writer
As a national organization, CYA is a “nonpartisan group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility at the local, state and federal levels,” according to their website. Eric Levesque, a junior in economics and president of the USU chapter of Concerned Youth of America (CYA), said CYA is focused on “educating America’s youth about our nation’s fiscal policy and future problems that could come up.” He said the main purpose of the group is education. “We believe by educating we can make the biggest impact,” he said. To educate USU students, Levesque said the club is working with the Huntsman School of Business to bring David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to campus.
Walker, appointed under the Clinton administration in 1998, worked as the federal government’s chief auditor under both Republican and Democrat administrations and in 2005 collaborated with the Brookings Institution, the Concord Coalition and the Heritage Foundation to undertake a campaign to educate citizens about government spending, called the Fiscal Wake-up Tour. As a preceding event, the club showed the 2008 documentary “I.O.U.S.A.,” which follows Walker across the country as he explains the financial outlook of America. The I.O.U.S.A. homepage states that the movie explores the “rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens.” Levesque said it is this type of education the USU club is attempting to bring to Logan. “We’re not an organization that is a fearmonger,” he said. “We want to inspire people to go learn about the economy themselves.” Chez Sealy, the club’s vice president, said it isn’t a “doomsday club.” “CYA’s purpose is to raise awareness about the national debt
ERIC LEVESQUE AND CHEZ SEALY are members of Concerned Youth of America. The USU chapter aims to raise awareness about the future of America and the fiscal responsibility its leaders hold. JOSHUA BUTTS photo
to the generation it will be affecting,” he said. “One thing a lot of students aren’t thinking about is how things that are happening now will effect them in the years to come. It will effect their overall ability to create more for themselves.” The current financial standing of the country has been a main topic in politics, Levesque said, making CYA a more prevalent organization. He said with the many differing views about how to improve the economy, there has been a great deal of controversy. “You can argue either way but I think that’s beyond the scope of CYA,” he said. Though the organization won’t officially give an opinion, Sealy said he thinks one way to help the global economy is to bring more awareness to the power held by individuals. “I think a lot of times our generation thinks that things will just get done and CYA is an attempt to get something done,” he said. “It’s an attempt to raise awareness and help people understand that we actually have to do something about it.” Levesque said there is hope and optimism throughout the organization. “Overall, we as individuals and CYA as a whole are very optimistic,” he said. “We think our voices will be heard.” Levesque said he would personally like to see more programs regulated and documented and the removal of programs that are inefficient or unnecessary. “The best thing would be to set a specific plan for next five to 10 years as to how we will get ourselves out of the current fiscal situation,” he said, “as in managing our debt and returning to a balanced budget.” One of the biggest issues CYA is concerned with, according to their website, is the national debt. Levesque said the current national debt calculator, showing more than $13 trillion in debt, is inaccurate since it doesn’t include already-promised funds. America’s growing debt led to nationwide financial stress and affected the world, Levesque said. “We live in a global economy and the recession showed that,” he said. “When America hiccuped, the rest of the world sneezed.” Levesque said: “If you are indebted to other countries and you have a very high trade deficit and your spending is out of control, it will hurt our economy and hurt us in the global sector and will hurt us college students who will be entering the job market in the next few years.” Levesque and Sealy are trying to expand CYA to other campuses and the state of Utah. Levesque said some members of the club will be able to go meet with other campuses and high schools to pique the interest of other young adults. “I think one of the most important things we want to get across to students is that by educating themselves and having an awareness of what is going on,” he said, “they can make a lot of change and they can bring about the best change for themselves in the future. Having at least a basic understanding of what politicians are doing is very important.” Questions can be directed, by e-mail, to Eric Levesque at email@example.com.
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Time of Terror
Make it through finals with some alternative ways to study for exams The semester is coming to an end, and that means the dreaded finals are here. Some students are lucky and don’t have any finals. Other students might be experiencing finals for the first time. As many students get ready to study for exams they might want to consider using all the help they can get in order to achieve acceptable grades. Here are some tips students can use to improve studying habits: * Study the material over time – You don’t want to wait until the last minute to cram all the information into your brain. Your brain remembers better if you study in small increments over time. * Study sufficiently every week – The National Council of Educational Statistics (NCES) reports that students coming in from high school report on average that they usually studied about five hours a week. Depending on how many credits you have, it is suggested that a college student should usually study anywhere from 18-30 hours a week. * Study effectively – Determine what’s really important when studying. If the material isn’t important, or you already know it, don’t study it. Also, most professors don’t want memorized studying. They want students to apply and analyze what they learn. * Set up a plan when studying – When studying for finals, it is suggested that students prepare a five- to seven-day study plan. The Study Smart Starter Kit at www.usu.edu/arc/ explains how to do this. * Get sufficient sleep the night before the test – This might be difficult to do because of nerves or feeling unprepared. However, getting a good night’s sleep the day before the test will help improve clear thinking attentiveness in exams. * Don’t wait until the last minute - Never assume quality studying for a final exam can be done one day or even a few days before the test. Students should be studying every day, if not every week at least, throughout the semester for upcoming tests, especially finals. – Information gathered by Ronald Wallace
Dead week begins with a dead feeling
It’s Monday, 7:30 a.m. Had my cell phone alarm not Just a few been the “Reading Rainbow” laughs theme song I’m positive I would have thrown the phone across my bedroom – I guess I have too much respect for Lavar Burton to let out all my SteveSchwartzman frustration. I’ve never had a drink in my life, but I suddenly find myself curious if somebody spiked my kiwi-strawberry soda based on my whopper of a headache. My body couldn’t have picked a worse part of the semester to be sick for the first time. I can hardly breathe, I have my most strenuous lecture class in 20 minutes and I’ve got my roommate barking down my neck to get my socks and Snuggie off the couch. One more mishap and I may go berserk. This, by some divine providence, is how I start off my dead week. So here I am, lying completely prone on my bed, contemplating if life, or at least the next three hours, is worth living. In the nearby hallway I hear the consistent rustling of heavy footsteps, shower faucets and what I think is the song “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys. The other five of my apartment comrades are in the hustle and bustle of morning time, as I slump lifeless, cross-eyed and miserable between the sheets on the last week of classes, giving myself every excuse not to get up. Right off the bat it’s pretty easy to tell my brain isn’t functioning the way it ought to as I hear one of my roommates yell for someone, “Colin … Colin… .” For whoknows-what reason, I could swear he’s actually yelling “Stalin.” Now, without any hesitation, I’m trouncing through my brain to see if I can remember all the leaders from the
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Add a little citrus to this year’s Christmas Despite what you may think, cookies aren’t the only thing in season this month. Oranges are at the peak of their season during December. Because they’re sweet, yet still good for you, freshly sliced oranges can be a welcome and refreshing relief from the sea of sugar that surrounds us this month, not to mention their bright color is a lovely addition to any Christmas table. When you shop for Christmas oranges, look for ones that are firm and heavy for their size. Although it’s tempting to go for the oranges with the deepest color, the real way to determine a juicy orange is by the thickness of the skin; the thinner it is, the juicier the orange will be. Also, smaller oranges tend to be sweeter than larger ones. In these recipes, the orange flavor pairs perfectly with other delicious Christmas flavors like cinnamon, cranberries and chocolate.
day party. 8-10 cups water (depending on how strong you like it) 1 (12-oz.) can frozen cran-raspberry concentrate, thawed 1 (12-oz.) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 1/2 cup sugar 4 cinnamon sticks 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves 1/4 teaspoon whole allspice Garnish: thin, unpeeled orange slices
Christmas Wassail This wassail will warm you up on a cold December night and make your house smell Christmas-y. It combines oranges, cranberry juice and cinnamon and spices and couldn’t be more perfect for taking to your next holi-
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and heat on high for 3 hours, then turn temperature to low. Remove spices with a slotted spoon (or you can use a cheese cloth). Serve garnished with orange slices. Note: If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can make this in a big pot on the stove and just heat it for 30-45 minutes on high, then keep it on a lower heat for serving. Chocolate Orange Bread This recipe is a gourmet, unexpected and sophisticated treat that pairs orange zest with chocolate. It’s not the super sweet, muffin-like bread
that you might imagine, it’s a lightly sweet, risen yeast bread that is perfect served warm with butter. It stands out in the crowd of sugary treats this time of year. 1/2 cup warm water 2 1/2 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast 2 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon finally grated orange zest* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup milk 1 egg Lightly butter a loaf pan and set aside. Place warm water in a small bowl and whisk in yeast. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, orange zest and cinnamon and stir until mixed. Add milk, egg and yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to form a rough dough. Dump dough onto a lightly floured counter top and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. When dough has risen, gently punch it
down and form it into a loaf. (To do this, stretch the dough into a rough rectangle, then fold the short ends until the dough is approximately the length of the pan. Fold in the remaining long edge to form a cylinder. Place in pan, seam side down.) Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double, another hour. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. When loaf is done rising, place it in the oven and immediately lower the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake 30-40 minutes, until well risen and firm to the touch. Remove the loaf from the pan and cool on a wire cooling rack. *Although you can buy orange zest in the spice section at the store, it can be very expensive and it’s so easy to make at home. All you need is an orange and a cheese grater. Wash the orange peel and grate it on the finest side of your cheese grater. Be careful to avoid the white pith because it can be bitter.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Christmas full of many delicious days of holiday baking and eating.
– For more holiday recipes, visit Jennelle’s blog at www.foodislikeart.blogspot.com.
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SPICE UP YOUR CHRISTMAS by adding orange and other spices to classic recipes. Chocolate orange bread can be an exotic addition to any holiday treat platter. JENNELLE CLARK photo
Allied and Axis powers in World War II, which swiftly reminds me of Mr. Medley, my high school history teacher who loved Reese’s candy bars, which brings up a conversation I had with my girlfriend in which I was accosted for not agreeing that chocolate is peanut butter’s perfect match – anyone with common logic knows that title belongs to jelly. Luckily, before things get out of hand, my train of thought finally gets cut off as I try to gather my thoughts again. The bad news is it’s interrupted by my roommate coming back in from the shower, and he forgot his towel. Now I have a pounding headache and an upset stomach. I try my best to say something funny to ease the awkward mood but in my weakness can only blurt out, “heh heh, you’re naked.” I’m obviously not firing on all cylinders. I sit swaddled in my own little plush, male-disgust cocoon until he leaves in a swift morning wind of nautical cologne and waffle-induced flatulence. Now I’m stuck back in square one – alone, in pain and simply wanting to not get up and go to class. I take a moment and think through what we’re learning to see if I even need to be there. It’s on economics and we’re learning about loans. I do my best to think of how important this subject matter is to my grade but can’t because now all I have in my head is the commercial jingle “Quick Loan! When you need it fast, you know where to go. Quick Loan!” I’m never listening to the radio on a two-hour drive to Tooele again. My head starts pounding again as I realize I’m simply a Detroit Red Wings jersey away from feeling just like Cameron Frye from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
I only have one string of hope: if I can make it through this week and the next I have three solid weeks of no books, no lectures and no walking on an ice-capped campus in worn out Airwalks just begging I won’t eat cement. This, coupled with the fact I can randomly smell bacon cooking, is all the “My head starts determination pounding again I need. as I realize I’m I grab the upper frame simply a Detroit of my bed, Red Wings jerdo my best sey away from “Bravehear t ” feeling just like impression and scream Cameron Frye t r iumphant ly from ‘Ferris and begrudg- Bueller’s Day ingly pull myself on my Off.’” feet, not realizing I unconsciously screamed the word “pimple” and everyone within a three-apartment radius heard it. I throw on some deodorant, a pair of pants and a half smile, grab my backpack and make my way to class with seven minutes to spare – secure in the knowledge that true heroes never take a day off, especially not business majors. There, friends and sports fans, is my dead week tribute to you. Best of luck with finals, don’t let anyone touch your soda (seriously, bad things happen), and until next semester, I’m signing off. As soon as I find some ibuprofen. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Watch out for the plows around campus
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ut of all the unfortunate things that could happen on an icy road – slipping into a ditch, spinning out into a tree – we never thought we’d experience fear of USU snow plows. Last week, three cars were maimed by the very vehicle that is supposed to be the Mother Teresa of our snow-piled streets. However, it seems not even the snow plow drivers could control their slow-rolling weapons in the wintry conditions. One of the cars that was struck by a snow plow was estimated to have $1,000 worth of damage. Do the snow plow operators of Utah State have licenses to drive those things? The accidents occurred in USU parking lots, so there is no escaping the ice-eating machines. Is there any way to prevent this? We need to get our cars out of the snow and cannot do it without the plows weaving in and out of the parking lot aisles. We submit the solution is to buy junkier cars so you won’t be disappointed when the snow plow accidentally whacks your tail end with its metal teeth. If snow plows are accidentally sliding or bumping into private vehicles in parking lots, it is likely these accidents can happen elsewhere. Our advice: run away from them. This includes keeping your cars off the streets. Keep them out of the line of fire. Give those things some wiggle room. Hopefully the plow drivers realize their load is wider and will allow themselves extra space in between cars. It’s been hashed and rehashed to students: get your cars off the street at night so the snow plows can do their job. We are not going to lie and say that we’ll feel sorry for you if you experience the same car trauma in the future because of your negligence. You had it coming. Apparently, USU policies do make sense after all. Leave your vehicle on the street or in a noovernight parking area, and you will be looking mournfully at a crunched driver’s side door and your window will never roll down again. Good luck going through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A – it will be awkward, undoubtedly, but that’s karma.
In defense of the CILs In a world dominated by The ’Low Twitter, Facebook, and texting; information literacy, by Down its classical interpretation, seems to be in a decline. The Computer Information Literacy Exams, or CILs, are put in place to prepare us for the real world. Starting with the entering freshman class of 2011, however, they will not be required for graduation. This seems foolish to me. We have access to endless amounts of information via the Internet. While we have little trouble finding it, we have no concrete way of knowing if the information is legitimate. I need go no further in example than an opinion article written by one of my colleagues. He detailed a story posted on theonion.com about President Obama sending a 13,000-word apologetic email to every person in the country. Written tongue in cheek, this story ended up on foxnews.com as apparent “news” without any indication of its intent. The fact is, nothing we read on the Internet can really be trusted. Now before you run to the shores of Walden Pond to live a life of disconnected solitude, remember that information online can be verified the old fashioned way, with books and printed newspapers. But again, as I have demonstrated in previous articles, one can pretty much publish anything they want. It all comes down to trust and careful research. If we trust the source, we are OK. If not, we better look further into it. The idea behind the Computer Information Literacy exams is to assure that we know how to properly search out, receive, and convey information in this interconnected world that we live in. While I do consider Wikipedia to be the fountain of all knowledge, the same format that makes it so great can lead to serious problems. Anybody can add to or edit articles as they please. It is only through the process of checks and balances that the information remains true. If I were to write that Utah State football went 12-0 and won the national championship, some poor soul in India researching the gem that is American College Football may take this information as fact in the few minutes it might take for an honest person to spot and correct my lie. The better we know how to research and cite correct information, the better off we will be in real life, where misinformation can be quite unforgiving. Not only do we need to know how to retrieve and cite information, we need to know how to convey it. There are three CIL exams dedicated to determine one’s proficiency in each of the three main programs that make up Microsoft Office. They are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Having
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ForumLetters Differing views part of learning To the editor: In the article, “Film Shows Differing Opinions,” published December third, the overall attitude towards the liberal side of politics is negative. Now I’m not a liberal, nor am I a conservative. In fact, on paper I am neither as I failed to register in the last election. So I’ll call myself a “moderate,” or an “independent,” or “someone too uninformed to decide one way or the other.” But I’m beginning to make some political decisions of my own lately, and
frankly the only reason for my doing so is that the political views we see all around us are so extreme. Now, if my professor is a leftist with ties to terrorist organizations, then I suppose I shouldn’t be too chummy with them. But that doesn’t mean they can’t teach me. The great thing about the university setting is that we get to see intelligent people making political decisions that we may find idiotic. Why would they do that? Because they can think for themselves. And that’s what we’re here to learn. So maybe a teacher made you claim that something was true that you disbelieve.
Letters to the editor • A public forum Learn from it. What would it be like if global warming really does exist? If Obama was, dare I say it, a good president? If Glenn Beck was ACTUALLY HUMAN? Tough to swallow, but it expands the mind. Of course, maybe we don’t want that. The point is, whether Republican, Democrat, or a slacker like me, you’re political preference is not the one intelligent choice. Every path has its positive points. Except Libertarians. Hate those guys. Hate them. Can’t stand them. Seriously, even they have their perks. Kendall Pack
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It has been a mystery to Sketches me for some by Z time why anyone would credit Glenn Beck as an actual source of information. He admits that he is nothing more than a clown for entertainment. Yet, people will listen to what he says as if he is reporting facts. He does not report facts ... at least not facts that you can verify anywhere but your gut. And maybe that’s the problem. Maybe too many people rely on their gut to tell them what is right. I know George W. Bush did that. And it was probably his gut that told him that he was a dissenting voice in the war in Iraq. However, that doesn’t make it true. I know that Stephen Colbert mentioned that he relied on his gut to tell him facts. Here is what Colbert said: “We go straight from the gut ... that’s where the truth lies. Right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than in your head? You can look it up. Now I know some of you are going to say ‘I did look it up, and that’s not true.’ That’s because you looked it up in a book. Next time look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that’s how our nervous system works.” Maybe it is checking his gut that led Glenn Beck to once again mention his belief that of all of the Muslims in the world, he believes 10 percent of them are terrorists. Were this a slip of the tongue, or even an impassioned speech, I may have been able to forgive Beck for his asinine comment. But, as the Huffington Post points out, Beck made a similar statement in his 2003 book “The Real America.” In his book he mentions that, after much “reading and prayer” (and I’m sure gut checking) while ninety percent of the people
of Islam are peaceful, ten percent “want to see us dead.” Now, I understand that while writing a book, especially while trying to make outlandish statements, it is hard to bother finding facts. After all, what is the use of fact finding? If Beck wishes to believe that the world is flat, what are facts to correct him? After all, it is his right as an American citizen to be as ignorant as he wishes. It takes a true man to stand up for what is ‘right’ without fear of small details like ‘facts’. Yet, I wonder if any of this is really Beck’s fault. If more people in the world check for facts, outside of their own gut, Beck may not be in such an influential place. The facts are available. Muslims, according to a 2005 FBI database, only account for six percent of terrorist attacks on American soil. This puts them below all but one other group, including Jews who swing in at seven percent. The only other group that had less attacks on American soil were communists (this is also rather ironic since in the same speech about Muslims, Beck asserted that the communist party in America has a strong desire for a violent revolution, and then proceeded to get angry at the media-at-large for not reporting on this huge threat). Since Islam is the second-biggest religion in the world, I would imagine that if 10 percent of them really wanted “us dead” as Beck suggests, they would account for more than the six percent of the attacks. And still, I can’t decide what is more disturbing: (a) the fact that Glenn Beck repeatedly makes outlandish claims that 10 percent of all Muslims are terrorists, or (b) that people still listen to him and, worse yet, think he is a credible source of information. Ben Zaritsky is a senior majoring in journalism and communications. He can be reached at email@example.com
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Facts: Tests prepare students -continued from page 12 worked in the office of an architecture firm before beginning my college career, I can attest to how often these programs are used in business situations, and how essential they are to a functioning office. Proficiency in these programs was a requirement for my job, as it was for everybody working there. I assume the same standards hold true for most offices and work environments around the world. If we leave college without this knowledge, we jeopardize our chances of getting a job. In the times we live in, taking away any possible advantage could prove fatal. The arguments that led to the 14-2 vote to disband the tests were that most students already know what they are being tested on. Sure, your average student knows their way around a computer, at least enough to post a picture on Facebook or write a basic paper for a class. The job market, however, demands much more. Many jobs require pristinely formatted documents for reports, seamless professional presentations, and efficient, complex spreadsheets organized in such a way that anybody can understand their presentation. I take very little risk in assuming that all jobs out there require at least one of these skills if not all. At the very least, one must know how to make an e-mail look and sound professional. For me, the CILs took about two hours to complete in one sitting without studying. For others, it takes several attempts and extensive preparation. We are all different. However, general education requirements are there to make sure that nobody leaves this institute of higher education without minimal knowledge of a few crucial things. That is why it makes little sense to eliminate the tests from the graduation requirements. In my case, the CILs were a prerequisite for taking English 2010. I don’t know if it is like that for everybody, but it should be. It would avoid wasting precious lecture time discussing basic formatting, and allow the class to be more geared toward refined writing. The University promises that the essentials of the test will show up in other places in the future, but it doesn’t seem very efficient or cost-effective to get rid of something that already works and implement a whole new program. I say stick with the old system. I am fully aware that many students don’t like the CILs. Then again, those same students probably don’t like final exams, lectures, or waking up in the morning. As it turns out, real life is made up of things we don’t want to do. Let’s start with the CIL exams. Tyler Barlow is a sophomore majoring in computer engineering. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu
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2 more rare red foxes confirmed in Nevada RENO, Nev. (AP) â€“ Federal wildlife biologists have confirmed sightings of two more Sierra Nevada red foxes that once were thought to be extinct. Scientists believe the foxes are related to another that was photographed this summer near Yosemite National Park. More importantly, they say, DNA samples show enough diversity in the Sierra Nevada red foxes to suggest a â€œfairly strong populationâ€? of the animals may secretly be doing quite well in the rugged mountains about 90 miles south of Reno. The first confirmed sighting of the subspecies in two decades came in August when a remote camera captured the image of a female fox in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near Sonora Pass. Forest Service officials confirmed Friday that two more foxes â€“ one male and one female â€“ were photographed in September in the neighboring Stanislaus National Forest, about 4 miles from the original. That indicates there is the â€œcontinued persistence of a genetically unique population of Sierra Nevada red fox in the southern Sierra Nevada, rather than a single individual,â€? the agency said. The DNA samples were obtained from fox feces, or scat, collected at the sites where the two most recent animals were spotted. They were caught on film by motion-activated cameras triggered when the bait â€“ in this case, a sock full of chicken â€“ was disturbed. â€œThereâ€™s enough diversity in the DNA that we think there is a fairly strong population there after not showing up in this isolated area for years and years,â€? Forest Service wildlife biologist Diane Macfarlane said Friday. â€œIt shows the male individual has some relationship to that initial female. The data isnâ€™t strong enough to say if it was a mother or father or sibling, but it is some level of relationship â€“ aunt, cousin,
uncle,â€? she told The Associated Press. â€œThe good news is we definitely have a male and female. We know there are breeding possibilities and there could be others,â€? said Macfarlane, who leads the agencyâ€™s regional program on threatened, endangered and sensitive species based in Vallejo, Calif. â€œWe anticipate getting a lot more information in the future as we begin to focus serious, additional efforts there,â€? she said. This particular red fox subspecies â€“ or geographically distinct race â€“ is one of the rarest, most elusive and least-known mammals in California and the United States, agency officials said. Once widespread throughout Californiaâ€™s mountains, it has become very rare in recent decades, with only a single known population of fewer than 20 individuals at the north end of the Sierra near Lassen Volcanic National Park about 100 miles northwest of Reno. The Forest Service has expanded the survey effort in recent months in conjunction with researchers at the National Park Service, California Department of Fish and Game, UC-Davis and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Adam Rich, a wildlife biologist for the Stanislaus National Forest, worked with a team of high school volunteers to collect scat at the two new photo locations. Macfarlane said it was a good example of how federal agencies can work in concert with other researchers to find â€œsimple and cost effective ways to manage and monitor rare wildlife.â€? â€œWe are really ramping up our survey efforts, working with universities and others, to go look for things in places where we havenâ€™t looked before,â€? she said. â€œAnd we are finding more things as our techniques become more and more sophisticated.â€? â€œFor wildlife biologists, these types of findings are the highlight of our career,â€? she said. â€œI get goose bumps just talking about it.â€?
Church: Reevesâ€™ sons to go on trial -continued from page 3 of affinity fraud, in which scammers prey on people who share a common interest, such as religious affiliation, ethnicity or age. â€œWhat they did in their company hurt a lot of people,â€? said Jack Newman, 73, of Terre Haute, a retired vice president of marketing who said he invested about $26,000 with Alanar and so far has recovered just 20 cents on the dollar. â€œJustice needed to be served.â€? One of the victims who testified at Tuesdayâ€™s sentencing hearing said he wasnâ€™t able to buy health insurance after investing $600,000 in church bonds from Alanar, Sullivan County Prosecutor Bob Hunley said. As a result, Steve Duncan testified that he went blind after developing an eye condition that would have been preventable. Reevesâ€™ sons are scheduled to go on trial in March. Special Judge Dena Martin sentenced their father to consecutive six-year terms for each of the nine fraud counts, which alleged that he victimized about 2,900 investors who lost a total of $13.1 million, Hunley said. Among aggravating factors, Martin found Reeves targeted people over age 65 and used religion to influence them, Hunley said. â€œWeâ€™re very happy with the judgeâ€™s decision,â€?
Hunley said. The judge gave Reeves credit for cooperating with investigators after he turned himself in. Alanar used a modified Ponzi scheme in which it diverted investorsâ€™ money from their building projects to speculative investments. selected yet.
VAUGNN REEVES IS DIRECTED out of a Sullivan County Sheriffâ€™s van as he and his three sons arrive at the Sullivan County courthouse in Sullivan, Ind. Reeves wassentenced Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Sullivan in southern Indiana. He was convicted in October on nine counts of securities fraud, each punishable by two to eight years in prison. AP photo
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Bodies: Fire may be cause of crash -continued from page 2 end to this drawn-out tragedy for both families. As avid members of the ballooning community, Carol and Richard would be pleased that anything that can be learned by experts from todayâ€™s discovery will lead to a safer experience for all balloonists,â€? the statement said. Don Cameron, flight director for the 2010 Gordon Bennett race, said he wasnâ€™t sure if the deaths would affect race rules in the future but that he expected they would be raised. He said it would be interesting to look at the balloon material itself to determine if there were burns on it, indicating a possible fire which may have been a cause for the crash. There also has been speculation that the craft might have been struck by lightning. The balloon wasnâ€™t equipped with a black box-type recorder that might have provided further clues. It had a tracker and transponder, which responds to radar and was what allowed air traffic controllers to determine the balloonâ€™s rate of descent in the final moments of flight.
Cameron said that because the race had been over water, Abruzzo and Davis would have had on board gear that would have allowed them to withstand a water ditching had they had time to prepare, including survival suits. The ANSA news agency reported the bodies were fairly well preserved because of the equipment they were wearing. Cameron said he hoped Mondayâ€™s discovery could provide some solace for the families. â€œItâ€™s better than just not knowing anything,â€? Cameron said. Examining the wreckage could also help answer questions and â€œthrow some light on the reasons why this happened,â€? he added. Troy Bradley of Albuquerque â€“ a gas balloon pilot who joined Abruzzo in flying the first balloon from North America to Africa in 1992 â€“ said he was surprised to hear the gondola and bodies had been recovered. â€œThat closure is just part of what everyoneâ€™s looking for,â€? he told The Associated Press.
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NEW YORK (AP) â€“ A 97-year-old Boston-area look, letâ€™s say arguably we have like $50 or $60 apparel entrepreneur agreed Tuesday to forfeit million coming off next year, do I think it would $625 million to be distributed to cheated inveseven be prudent to invest that full 50 or 60 again tors in jailed Bernard Madoffâ€™s historic Ponzi in a situation which binds us going forward, so scheme, authorities revealed, as a court trustee that weâ€™re only in the market every three years said negotiations are under way to recover when this lump sum comes off our books? No. money as well from the owners of the New York Thatâ€™s not how we want to approach it. Mets. â€œSo next year if 50 comes off, itâ€™s very unlikeThe U.S. government said in papers filed in ly that we would respend the 50 and commit federal court in Manhattan that Massachusetts ourselves for another four years out for all that businessman and philanthropist Carl Shapiro, money and then leave ourselves with a three- or one of the first investors in Madoffâ€™s investment four-year dark period when we canâ€™t do anything business and a longtime Madoff friend, entered else.â€? the forfeiture deal along with his partners. The Madoff trusteeâ€™s latest actions come as a The papers were filed to recover the money deadline approaches this weekend to file court from the accounts of JP Morgan papers before the revelation of Chase Bank, N.A., where some of the fraud reaches two years. the Shapiro investments were held. â€œThe Madoff In recent weeks, Picard has The government said proceeds of case is now filed dozens of actions in which the settlement with Shapiro would entering a new he tries to recover profits made be distributed to Madoff investors. phase. I hope by some investors at the expense The papers said Shapiro held an of others so the money can be account in his name with Madoffâ€™s this marks the redistributed to everyone. The investment business since 1961 and beginning of a recovery of such funds is known had controlled accounts for others period that will as a â€œclawback.â€? from time to time. Madoff started see many such In December 2008, Madoff his investment business in 1959. revealed to his sons and later to settlements...â€? That action proceeded as courtthe FBI that he had operated a Orlan Johnson, bogus investment business for appointed trustee Irving Picard filed a complaint under seal in U.S. Chairman decades, reporting to investors Bankruptcy Court to recover money that their $21 billion had risen from Sterling Equities, along with in value to more than $65 billion its partners and family members. Picard said his when it actually had dwindled to just a few hunoffice was â€œengaged in good-faith negotiationsâ€? dred million dollars. The 72-year-old Madoff is with the Sterling defendants, who include the serving a 150-year prison term after pleading owners of the New York Mets baseball team. guilty to fraud. In a statement of its own, Sterling agreed Picard said Tuesday in a statement that with Picard that the sealing of his lawsuit was he had asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in necessary because the parties are negotiating a Manhattan to approve the Shapiro deal, includsettlement. ing $38 million to be forfeited by Robert Jaffe, It added: â€œRegardless of the outcome of these Shapiroâ€™s son-in-law, in connection with his role discussions, we want to emphasize that the New with Cohmad Securities Corp., an investment York Mets will have all the necessary financial firm that was in the same building as Madoffâ€™s and operational resources to fully compete and company. He said the amount includes everywin. That is our commitment to our fans and to thing Jaffe withdrew from Madoff since the New York.â€? 1980s. The trustee overseeing jailed financier â€œThis agreement represents a financially Bernard Madoffâ€™s assets has labeled the New rewarding outcome and it is a strong example of York Mets winners in the epic fraud. the progress we are making in assembling the A year ago, Picard said in a bankruptcy fillargest fund possible for the benefit of BLMIS ing that the Mets made nearly $48 million in customers with valid claims,â€? Mr. Picard said. Madoffâ€™s scheme. He said the Mets Limited Securities Investor Protection Corporation Partnership originally invested about $523 milBoard Chairman Orlan Johnson called the lion, but eventually withdrew about $571 milsettlement an important milestone. lion from the accounts. â€œThe Madoff case is now entering a new Recently hired Mets general manager Sandy phase. I hope this marks the beginning of a Alderson wouldnâ€™t say whether he brought up period that will see many such settlements,â€? he the Madoff situation during his interviews, saysaid. ing he was going to stick to the team statement. Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer who worked on Speaking at baseballâ€™s winter meetings, he the Shapiro settlement, said the $38 million to made clear the Mets werenâ€™t going to be adding be forfeited by Jaffe was â€œparticularly gratifypayroll. ingâ€? because it exceeded Picardâ€™s demand that â€œThereâ€™s been an understanding on my part Jaffe give up all fees paid to him along with an from the very beginning that there was going to amount equal to all his withdrawals since he be somewhat less flexibility this year than prob- opened his accounts. ably would be the case in future years. I not only Shapiro spokesman Stephen Fishbein said understand that, I support the idea,â€? he said. â€œI the Shapiro family was pleased with the settledonâ€™t have any understanding about what the ment. payroll will be or canâ€™t be going forward, but,
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Dec. 8 Today is Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Anna Vardanyan, a freshman majoring in international business from Armenia.
Almanac Today in History: In 1980, John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver.
Weather High: 38° Low: 30° Skies: Cloudy.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
- No Test Week - 3-D Week - Meditation Club, TSC 335, 12 p.m. - ARC Workshop, TSC 335, 3:30 p.m. - Charity Anywhere Info Session, Hub, 5:30 p.m. - Women’s Basketball vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m. - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morgan Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - Guitars for Christmas, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m.
- No Test Week - 3-D Week - Multicultural Student Group, TSC 315A, 12:30 p.m. - Voices Reading, Performance Hall, 7:30 a.m. - Write for Rights, Library 154, 5 p.m. - Concealed Weapons Class, AGSC 202, 6 p.m. - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morgan Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 - No Test Week - 3-D Week - Last Day of Classes! - Donuts with the Dean, Education Atrium, 8 a.m. - Annual Art Ceramic Sale, FAV 123, 9 a.m. - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morgan Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - A Christmas Carol, Old Barn Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
You need to know....
The Registrar’s Office would like to remind everyone of the following dates: Dec. 6-10 is No Test Week, Dec. 13-17 is Final Examinations. Dec. 17 is a Tuition and Fee Payment Duedate. Dec. 18-19 is a Registration Purge. Jan. 10 is the first day of classes for Spring 2011.
Math Anxiety Workshop, Dec. 8, 2010, 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. in TSC 335. You do not have to register to attend. For additional information contact the Academic Resource Center at (435) 797-1128. Need something to do over the winter break!? Volunteer with the Charity Anywhere Foundation in Tijuana, Mexico! Dec. 26- Jan. 4. The cost is $275 for students and $475 for non-students. There will be an information meeting on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hub or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a wacky Shakespearean comedy about love. The play is set in an enchanted forest where humans and fairies come together under the mischievous light of the midsummer moon. Dec. 8-Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Free for USU students with ID. For more information please call 435797-8022. Cache Co. Sub for Santa is seeking those that would like to sponsor a child/children for the 2009 Christmas season. If you are interested in helping provide Christmas for those in need, contact the Cache Co. Sub for Santa office at 752-6315. Our office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F. We would need the gifts to our drop-off site by Dec. 11 in order to distribute them accordingly. Cash donations are also appreciated, please send donations to: Cache Co. Sub for Santa, P.O. Box 4603, Logan, UT 84323. Macey’s in Providence is holding Free Cooking and Community Classes. Our next class on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. is Hawaiian Holliday. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat today by calling 753-3301. The Cache Valley Figure Skating Club will be performing to holiday favorites on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Eccles Ice Center. The only cost of admission is a can of food for the food bank. Dec. 10, Bible study by the USU Chinese Christian Fellowship. Free dinner 6:30 p.m. 3rd floor ENGR.
Write-a-thon USU’s Amnesty International Chapter will be hosting a Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon on Dec. 9 at the Library room 154 from 5-7 p.m.
Center for Women and Gender is collecting cash donations to provide backpacks for underprivileged children in Cache Valley. Donations appreciated any day, but come by Fridays and meet our office dog Tillis! Stop in any time from 8-5 in TSC 309 and take a treat for your contribution. Ends Dec. 17.
Drunk, Drugged, and Drowsy Driving Week (3-D Week) is Dec. 6-10. Join Student Health Services in preventing distracted driving all week across from the TSC Ballroom.
Donuts with Dean On Dec. 10 from 8-9 a.m. in the Education Atrium, we will be holding “Donuts with the Dean.” It will be a come-and-go opportunity for students in the college to come and meet the new dean and enjoy free donuts.
On Dec. 9, the sixth semi-annual Voices Reading will be held in the Performance Hall throughout the day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Awards and cash prizes will be announced. For more info, contact email@example.com.
Flight Deck • Peter Waldner
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