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Ground-breaking developments have emerged regarding education in Moab, Utah. USU President Stan Albrecht announced Monday that a $15 million gift from the Mary Walker-Tibbetts family was designated for further construction of the Moab extension of USU. The small southeastern Utah town, nestled among famous red rock monuments, will provide the backdrop for a new USU research and education center. “We view this as a lot like the Uintah Basin gift,� Albrecht said. “We first had the

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agencies,� Hawks said. “As research entities come together, it will expose our students to state-of-the-art research opportunities (and) provide increased research capabilities for our faculty members. It will just take us to a whole new level than we are able to be at right now.� Vice President Robert Behunin, for USU Commercialization and Regional Development, said these mounting opportunities will not only be available to the 300 to 500 students the expansion will allow for, but will likely provide educational prospects for university students statewide — especially those in the colleges of See GROW, Page 2

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land gift down (in Moab) of an initial 20 acres. This financial commitment that comes from Wendy Walker-Tibbetts and Wendy’s family ... will allow us to do something like we did in Vernal and use those funds to build the first USU building in Moab.� The USU Education Center, presently in downtown Moab, with current enrollment of approximately 115 students has been recently expanded to accommodate nearly 200. Steve Hawks, executive director and associate dean in Moab, said he predicts the center will soon be to capacity and looks forward to the potential benefits the expansion has in store for a growing faculty and student body. “It will substantially increase our interaction with private industry (and) federal

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Thanks to a $10 million donation from the Quinney Foundation, affiliates from the College of Natural Resources can rest assured that their college will be adequately funded for years to come. “(The Quinney Foundation) really went to the max and came with a commitment of a $10 million additional gift to the College of Natural Resources,� said USU President Stan Albrecht. “That will allow us to set aside conversations about the college not continuing as a separate college. The College of Natural Resources will continue to be an important part of the stable colleges at Utah State University.� Although many of the college’s programs have recently been re-accredited, the donation comes at a time when monetary cuts to certain programs have caused a struggle to stay alive. Beginning in 1989, S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney have helped 225 undergraduate students and 70 graduate or doctoral students complete programs by issuing either full or partial Quinney Fellowships. S.J. and Jessie Quinney are USU alumni and natives of Cache Valley. “I think that a lot of

students wouldn’t have been affected because it is such a small college,� said ASUSU President Erik Mikkelsen, “but it would have taken a toll on the university as a whole, as would any budget cut. I’m happy we were able to get that gift so (the college) could stick around. It’s a good asset to the


... The College of Natural Resources will continue to be an important part of the stable colleges at Utah State University.� — Stan Albrecht USU president

university and it has a lot of good programs.� Nancy Mesner, associate dean of the CNR, said the donation, which came from the Quinney Foundation, will be distributed over a period of 20 years. Certain details of the agreement are still being worked out, she said. “The gift is part of a long tradition of support for the patio of the Natural Resources Building. Recently, talks CNR by the S.J. & Jessie E. 0)%2-2+78%89)7adorn were held concerning the future of the College of NR and its potential merger with another college. A $10 million grant ensures the college will remain as is. CODY GOCHNOUR photo See TOTAL, Page 2

Car crash heroes receive praise across the country BY CHRIS LEE news senior writer

Monday morning, USU student Brandon Wright was involved in a collision involving his motorcycle and a car making a left-hand turn out of a parking lot onto Highway 89. A group of bystanders lifted the car off of Wright, and police also responded to the scene. Following the incident, many of the students involved in lifting the car have received national attention as they’ve been invited to interviews across the country. Wright, who survived the accident and is recovering at the Intermountain Healthcare hospital in Murray, Utah, addressed the media in a press conference, Thursday morning. The Logan City Police Department also addressed issues surrounding their involvement with the accident. During the conference, Wright said, “I just wanted to thank all the heroes that put their lives on the line to save mine.� He also thanked the police, EMT’s, doctors and medical staff that have been helping him. Wright said he has a clear recollection of the accident. “I remember swerving to try and avoid the car, and then at the last second I laid the bike down as a last ditch effort to take up as much speed as I could when I knew I was gonna hit it,� he said. “Then I blacked out, and I came to for about five seconds when I was under the car.� USU graduate student Abbass Al Sharif is one of the people who helped lift the car off of Wright. He said he expected to talk to the news, but he didn’t expect to be invited to

appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “To be honest everything is going so fast,� Al Sharif said. “None of us expected to be on this show in particular.� Al Sharif said the people working at the Ellen DeGeneres Show are very fun and generous people. “On our dressing room it said ‘For you, the heroes,’� Al Sharif said. “I think it’s too much.� Al Sharif said he was just doing what anyone would have done in his place. He said the media is making a big deal of what happened, but he is excited to be on television. Assistant Chief for the Logan Police Department Jeff Curtis said he’s received emails since the accident asking why the police officer in the video didn’t help lift the car, and why he didn’t perform CPR. Curtis said the police officer who arrived first at the scene didn’t rush to lift the car, because he had other concerns he should address first, and he did help lift the car at the end of the video. “If you look at the police officer when he walks up, he’s talking on his radio trying to get dispatch the information from the scene of the accident,� Curtis said. Curtis said police officers have a lot to worry about at an accident scene other than just one person’s safety. “Our protocol is for that police officer to get the pertinent information to the dispatch center, and the paramedics that are on their way, so they know what they’re facing and what they’re going to need, so they can best handle that situation when they get

there,� he said. Curtis said from the video it looks like Wright is lifeless, but the officer on the ground could see that he was breathing. He said police don’t perform CPR on someone who is breathing. He said moving someone who is injured is dangerous. “Dragging him any further could also cause him further injury if he’s got any neck or spinal problems,� Curtis said. Curtis said the officer was responsible for everyone’s safety. He said the officer needed to get the road closed because there was still traffic moving at 40 mph, and he had to put out the car fire. He also said he wanted to thank the people who lifted the car off of Wright. “We really appreciate the caliber of students that we have up there at Utah State and their willingness to help, and their willingness to put their safety second behind the safety of one of their fellow students that was in need at the time,� Curtis said. –


... I just wanted to thank all the heroes that put their lives on the line to save mine." — Brandon Wright, crash survivor

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Geology, Natural Resources and Engineering looking for internships. “Even Logan campus students can look at the entire university portfolio,� Behunin said. “There are all these connections across the university that students can dive into.� Behunin said he led the mutually-beneficial negotiation process with Mary Walker-Tibbetts over the past two years, for the purpose of coming to an “alignment of interests.� He said two components of the final agreement are a sponsored research agreement and the gifted royalty of $15 million. The research agreement consists of a partnership between the university and Walker-Tibbetts’ potash company to develop proprietary technology. Increasing educational benefits should be the principal outcome of the negotiations, Behunin said. Potential for the creation of programs — including that of a post-production film program — will provide for a more diverse influx of students. And similar to what is being done in Vernal, the new research enterprise in Moab will “push the research agenda for Utah State.� Behunin also celebrates “huge economic benefits� that, he said, will affect not

only Moab as a USU center, but as a community, providing space for an increase in students and faculty alike. Hawks agreed, Vernal should provide a good template forxx the progress to be made in Moab. “This combined researcheducation focus really allows us to bring a much broader array of USU activities to a local, rural community, and it really has a huge impact,� Hawks said. “(The Vernal Education Center) allows people to move into positions, develop relationships with private industry and really become a force for economic development. We are looking to that as a model for the types of things we can do here in Moab.� Construction for the new education-research building will take place on the 20-acre property donated to the university in 1995, by the Ron and Katherine Holyoak family. The donated land is adjacent to state trust lands, which complicates the land arrangement for the MOAB, UTAH, is home to a USU extension that recently received a $15 million gift from Mary Walker-Tibbetts. The money will go to help university — negotiations the extension grow. The extension’s enrollment recently went up from 115 students to 200. Executive Director and Associate Dean of the Moab are currently underway to Extension Steve Hawks said the grant will provide better research opportunities for students. AP photo expand the area. finished. pus development. gift allows us to take a huge – betsy.blanchard@aggiHawks said the goal is An additional major “There’s been a long-term step forward in making that, to have a 40-acre campus player in the process, he said, commitment on the part of a reality. Huge appreciation – dan.whitney.smith@aggiin the same area where the was Moab City’s formalizathe community and various to the Walker family for a land was originally donated. tion of an education fund community leaders to work gift that will push us over Current USU buildings in in which it put an initial toward a campus in the the top and allow us to move Moab will be repurposed $75,000 toward future camfuture,� Hawks said. “This forward.� once construction is

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Quinney Foundation donations total more than $25 million with gift

Quinney Foundation and the Quinney family,� Mesner said. Mesner said contributions have ranged from supporting research in the college, to library and building projects. The CNR has received in total more than $25 million in donations from the Quinney Foundation, Albrecht said. CNR Dean Nat Frazer said a lot of the grant money received will be used to forward student research projects designed to improve the environment. “We wouldn’t be able to do any of our research without these grants, said

undergraduate student Erin Jones. “The tests that we have to run and the equipment that we need is all very expensive.� Jones said he is currently involved with an experiment to test the effects of an increased mercury level on brine shrimp in the Great Salt Lake. He said this has a significant effect on the multi-million dollar shrimping industry as well as bird migration. Environmental research isn’t cheap, he said. “We have a boat,� he said, “We need

gas money to haul us to and from the site. Running just a single half-liter sample for (mercury tests) is maybe $150 dollars, and we sent off around 24 samples last time. You wouldn’t think it’s expensive, but when you start doing the math on what you are going to need to do an effective experiment, the cost adds up so quickly.� Jones said most students probably don’t realize how much of money comes from donors. “There are people that understand the importance of education to future

generations, and I hope that someday I can give back to the university to help other students to follow in my footsteps,� he said. Prior to receiving the grant, there were also discussions about combining the college with other programs. “We’re not going to be combined with another college,� Frazer said. “There was talk about maybe combining us with Ag, maybe combining us with Science, and that’s not going to happen. The president has decided against that.


Dean John Allen addresses CHaSS BY MCKENZIE ARNOLD and D. WHITNEY SMITH staff writer, copy editor

Faculty and administrators assembled Wednesday, as Dean John Allen of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences gave his State of the College address. “I don’t know if some of you have noticed, but there’s been some discussion about what we do in this college and whether or not it has value,� Allen said. “And I guess I’ve come to the point that I actually believe we’re a liberal arts college in a land-grant university, and I’m proud of it.� Allen said the focus should be placed on the importance of one-on-one time between teachers and their students. From 2008-2009, CHaSS records reflected a high number of double-majors enrolled in the college, which is an indicator that social sciences and humanities students are highly driven. He said USU has been hiring more flexibly and has consequently created a larger staff. “Nobody can or will get enough one-on-one time with their teachers, but if a student needs help with something or has questions, our teachers are always willing to help,� said Hadley Simmons, a student who attended the address, said. “That’s the most important thing.� History major Matt Fife disagrees. He said even though he is happy with the overall quality of faculty within the college, he feels the university, as a whole, should place more initiative on retaining well-qualified professors if its going to continue to push for higher enrollment numbers. “We teach people the humane and the social science aspect of the world,� Allen said. “That’s how I’ve trying to position us. We have high-skilled faculty members; as you can see we’re bringing in new, high-quality people all the time. Our alumni are successful from every single department.� Allen explained how he has worked to stabilize departments by being more flexible with hiring and distributing money to tender faculty and to departments, rather than to the Dean’s Office. Funds this year were $30,000, but the money has been distributed at the department level, allowing the Dean’s Office little flexibility. Department heads have been charged with the DEAN OF CHASS John C. Allen addressed professors and students in his State of the College address task of raising money on their own. Allen also at the Alumni House Wednesday. Topics included students and budgets. Allen said the college was filled said the possibility is looming of budget cuts with skilled faculty members, and he hopes to continue bringing in quality staff. He said every department within the next year. The amount to be cut is producing successful alumni. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

“The main focus is to continue our strength in our academic programs. We’ve just, in the past few years, had our forestry program re-accredited, for 10 (more) years. Our range program was re-accredited for 10 years,� added. “Our other two departments — the environment and society department and the watershed sciences department — will have their reviews going on over the next year. I expect them to emerge just as well.�

remains unknown at this point. Luckily, he said, he has kept back some money to use as a buffer if the cuts do end up occurring.


... We teach people the humane and the social aspect of the world." — John C. Allen, Dean of CHaSS

“I think the main motivation for a teacher is going to be their pay,� said Courtney Adams, another student who attended the event. “If budgets get cut this year, teachers will have less motivation to take the time to help their (students).� Allen also lauded the success of the newly founded CHaSS alumni magazine “Liberalis.� The magazine focuses on showing the outstanding work of CHaSS current students, alumni and faculty. Along with this success, Allen said he’d like to continue to increase the level of rigor within the classrooms. He said he’s done exit interviews with students, and the general consensus is that students would like to see higher levels of intensity from professors. “It’s OK to be tougher on them,� Allen said, regarding faculty relationships with students. “It’s OK, and we’ll stand behind that.� Other accomplishments Allen cited included external funding, development numbers, research, scholarships and creative works. In the CHaSS office and adjacent hallway in Old Main, several covers of faculty publications for 20092010, such as books and journal articles, are on display. The college’s goals for the coming year include motivating and maintaining faculty, Allen said. Another goal is to create a better environment for everyone, he added. “Our main focus is on scholarships and putting money in our faculty’s pockets,� he said. Allen said he would like to increase the number of scholarships provided, to reduce grant barriers and use grants of travel. He said he also hopes to continue to develop external funding. –, –

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Prof. releases book on oil crisis

MICHEAL BURTON, a junior majoring in computer science, takes advantage of an opportunity to win a $500 gift certificate to the USU Bookstore or a year of free Aggie Ice Cream by texting key words to the new college of business texting club. Banners and posters are hung around the university to promote the club and encourage students to join. So far, 5,036 students have joined the club. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

School of Bus. utilizes mass texting

BY BRACKEN ALLEN staff writer A new texting club sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has the end goal of attracting 15,000 students by the end of the year, according to the school’s co-director of strategic marketing and brand management Eric Schulz. The club, created as a way to inform students about upcoming business school events, will also send out information about general campus events. “Texting is the preferred method of communication for students,” Schulz said. “It’s relevant to what we’re doing here, and it’s the best way to communicate. So, why wouldn’t we want to have everybody in?” Text message announcements help to stay informed without having to sit down and use a computer, said freshman international business major Aimee Matheson. “I think text message announcements are genius. They are convenient for this generation,” Matheson said. “Sometimes I forget

to check my email or mail, but I always have my phone with me.” Schulz said students who sign up for the announcements can expect around three to four updates a month. He said the system was used to remind students about the college’s first convocation speaker on Sept. 7, and will likely be used to make announcements concerning the upcoming Business Week. As an incentive to attract participants, students who join the club can enter a drawing for $500 to be used at the USU Bookstore, or another drawing to win free Aggie Ice Cream for a year. Schulz pulled the idea of starting a texting club from his experience working with the Sports and Entertainment Group, comprised of the Utah Jazz, the Salt Lake Bees, KJZZ and other Salt Lake City area entertainment venues, Schulz said he started a similar texting program while working for the Jazz. For this reason, he said the club will not send out announcements for all club meetings. Sophomore Sam Malan, who is majoring biochemistry and gets

regular texts from the Pizza Pie Cafe, said limiting the number of texts is a good idea. “There’s a point where it’s irritating, but if it’s only three or four times a month, it would be nice to know what’s going on,” he said. “Having done it in the past, I’d say it’s a very convenient way to make sure I don’t miss out on anything.” Schulz also said the system isn’t meant to benefit just business students. The main event the club will advertise, he added, is the USU football game against Brigham Young University, which will be played on the big-screen TV in the Field House. “If Athletics wants everybody to wear a white T-shirt for the basketball game Saturday night, we might do that,” Schulz said. He said the system will be used for a cpmbination of information and fun. While working as vice president of marketing for the Sports and Entertainment Group, comprised of the Utah Jazz, the Salt Lake Bees, KJZZ and other Salt Lake City area entertainment venues, Schulz said he started a similar texting program, which is how he got the

idea. “Texting is one of the key marketing tools that is really evolving,” he said. “The experience I had with the Jazz really convinced me of its power.” He said texting has capabilities that other forms of communication do not, noting that social media pages like Facebook and Twitter tend to bury messages. Email, he said, is ineffective, because most people only check their email a few times a day. Schulz said the program costs about $750 a month to run, and so far has attracted 5,036 participants. “I think it could help anybody,” said freshman economics major Scott Saunders. “(Especially) if it’s not just people in the business building, but everyone on campus. You’re definitely going to get a better turnout just because people know about it.” –

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Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma, details the specific causes of the Deepwater calamity and offers com-‐ mentary on energy and society, ener-‐ gy and history, as well as energy in the future. The book is scheduled for release Sept. 30, 2011, by Copernicus Books, an imprint of global scien-‐ tific publisher Springer. “The book is written in two parts,” said Tainter, professor in USU’s Department of Environment and Society. “My co-‐author, Tad, is a petroleum engineer and provides a detailed explanation — moment by moment, in some parts — of how the Deepwater disaster unfolded. I discuss the broader implications of our dependence on fossil fuels and the challenges and risks we face as we look to the future.” As the world grows increasingly complex, it needs more energy but finding oil and gas and bringing it out is becoming more difficult and expensive, Tainter said. “It takes energy to find and pro-‐ duce energy and the world’s remain-‐ ing, untapped petroleum reserves are in deep, dark, cold, remote and dangerous locations,” he said. “We need highly complex technology and equipment to meet our energy demands.” In the 1940s, when the U.S. petroleum industry hit its stride, the net cost to produce oil and gas was about 100 to one. “It cost about one barrel of oil to produce 100 barrels of oil,” Tainter says. “Today, that ratio is about 15 to one in the United States. Though it varies throughout the world, the trend is clear. Energy is becoming very costly in terms of resources, safety and environmental health.”

USU regional staff gather in Logan In keeping with USU’s mission to expand access to higher education opportunities in underserved areas of Utah, a unique gathering of multi-campus professors, instructors and administrators assembled for the first time on the Logan campus Aug. 15, 16 and 17, 2011, to prepare for the new academic year. According to Ronda Menlove, senior vice provost of Utah State’s Regional Campus and Distance Education system, the retreat was an historic event. “This is the first time that USU regional campus and Utah State Eastern faculty have met together on the USU Logan campus,” said Menlove. “With our unprecedented growth in the newly merged institution and the challenges of delivering Utah State’s high standards of instruction utilizing technology in non-traditional ways, we decided to bring everyone together this year.” Nearly 150 faculty members representing campuses in the Uintah Basin, Tooele, Blanding, Price, Moab and Brigham City heard from university President Stan Albrecht, Provost Raymond Coward, Chancellor Joe Peterson and Senior Vice Provost Menlove among others. Albrecht reiterated the statement he initially made in 2006: “Through Utah State’s Regional Campuses and Distance Education system we are opening doors of opportunity as wide as possible. We are one university, geographically dispersed and maximizing access to students of all ages and situations.” The Logan retreat was especially important to further the integration of Utah State UniversityCollege of Eastern Utah in Price and Blanding, formerly the College of Eastern Utah (CEU), into the multi-campus system.


CASEY ALLEN, (left) an actor in The Achtung! Theatre Company, plays Juliet’s nurse in their showing of Romeo and Juliet at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema, directed by Susan Ballif. Ryan Pfister (right) played Paris. The play was performed in the Shakespearian style, using only male actors. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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Finding a soul mate in cyberspace BY MARIAH NOBLE staff writer

Everyone has times when they see someone familiar on campus, but not every familiarity stems from a face-to-face interaction. Online dating is a growing industry that helps thousands of people make connections each day. Though it is a popular venue for developing relationships, it is often thought of as an embarrassing or taboo subject for those involved. “There are more people (on dating sites) in Logan than would admit to it,� said Bailey McMurdie, a senior broadcast journalism and creative writing student. “It is kind of embarrassing, but they’re on there and they’re talking to people.� McMurdie said she started getting on dating sites a couple of years ago but, after a few weeks, would decide “this is creepy� and delete her account. But recently, McMurdie said, she’s been staying on more consistently. “I still have mine from June,� she said. “And I’ve talked to some really cool people. It’s misconstrued, because people think dating sites are for people who want to get married real fast — and there are some of those — but a lot of young people are just more wanting to get to know people.� Kyle Oakeson, a senior English major, said he is familiar with relationships. At one time, he said he did try out online dating but found people on the site didn’t take it seriously. Since then Oakeson developed a website ( to give dating advice to people who need help with or want to improve relationships. “I don’t particularly like online dating sites,� Oakeson said. “I’ve found that online dating sites are where people who are too lazy to do it in the real world go. People who use online dating are not invested enough.� Oakeson said in order for people to develop meaningful relationships, they have to be willing to



SOME STUDENTS CHOOSE to try online dating because they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finding what they are looking for in traditional dating, and others just want to take advantage of the social aspect. An increasing number of dating sites are being created, including a dating advice site by USU student Kyle Oakeson. BRANDEN FONDA photo illustration

risk something and invest in it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one reason why I branched more this way, just offering advice,â&#x20AC;? Oakeson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of people (online) are looking for an easy way into (dating), and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy.â&#x20AC;? He said his site is for people who are serious about improving relationships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a point where you have to be serious,â&#x20AC;? Oakeson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think most people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serious enough, but you can approach dating for fun. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

have to approach it just to get married.â&#x20AC;? Oakeson said his website averages about 200 consistent visitors, and his facebook page has more than 130 fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve helped a lot of people,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I quite frequently get emails from people or comments saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What you just said makes so much sense,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what keeps me doing this. There are few benefits better than that.â&#x20AC;? He said a lot of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t date because they lack confidence.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people are too afraid to do anything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go and get peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone numbers, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to ask people out that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known for a long time. I think confidence is key,â&#x20AC;? Oakeson said. Still, others argue that online dating is not much different than traditional dating practices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I honestly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any different than randomly meeting someone at a party, exchanging numbers and going on a date,â&#x20AC;? McMurdie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had more bad

experiences with guys being creepy and inappropriate in real life than online.â&#x20AC;? Kristin Peterson, a junior majoring in exercise science, said she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in online dating at this point because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still young. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think online dating is a really good option for older singles,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m young, I feel like I have a lot more opportunities to meet other singles face-to-face, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to turn See DATING, Page 5

They provide the tools, you do the dirty work BY EVAN MILLSAP staff writer The Do-It-Yourself Garage (DiG) is a new kind of mechanic shop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the customer provides the labor and can repair his or her car for much less. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My vision is to create a place where college students who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the space can work on their car, save money and learn how to do things for themselves,â&#x20AC;? said USU mechanical engineering alumnus Zac Humes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the main idea behind the Do-It-Yourself Garage.â&#x20AC;? It officially opened in August of 2010, but only recently have its gears been turning full steam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little bit off the beaten path, clear down at the end of 600 North,â&#x20AC;? Humes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But those students who do take the time to find out about us save a lot of money and hassle.â&#x20AC;?

Humes said students who do decide to use the DiG have access to Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly auto parts, an oil depository, a heated garage, a car lift, Craftsman hand tools, Chilton manuals and even free wireless Internet; so customers can search online for car help. Students can leave their car overnight when necessary, or be in and out for a half-hour tuneup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know how it is to be a poor college student. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been that guy,â&#x20AC;? Humes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a student living in a dorm, I always had small jobs. I wanted to do work on my truck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; brake tests, oil changes, small part replacements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a place to work on it, especially in the winter. Now that I have the garage space, I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What the heck, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try and help kids out.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? In an effort to increase college studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; awareness about the DiG, Humes said he is offering a 25 percent discount to all USU students. When the garage first opened, Humes wanted to make sure

8,)(M+(3-8=3967)0*+%6%+) welcomes students to come and take advantage of its supplies. Customers have to do their own repairs, but for those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a place to work on their car, DiG provides the place. EVAN MILLSAP photo

he was being fair, so he asked around at different mechanic shops around the valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They all agreed the DiG is pretty reasonable,â&#x20AC;? Humes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no charge for our oil depository. We also have different pricing schemes, depending on if you want to just use our garage, use the hand tools or use the pneumatic tools.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the Do-It-Yourself Garage has real potential,â&#x20AC;? said Brady Hoggard, a USU business student and employee of Humes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a safe place to leave your car and work on it, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good learning opportunity. We are looking at expanding in a lot of ways. Down the road we will probably have long-term storage, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re even going to try and work with automotive schools to offer Saturday clinics on how to fix your car.â&#x20AC;? According to a recent Popular Mechanics issue, Humes is not alone in his vision. The issue referred to the movement as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a rebellion against the idea that you need an engineering degree to fix something.â&#x20AC;? In hidden shops, garages and converted factories around the U.S., pro craftsmen like Humes are sharing skills, passions and tools with newcomers. These are not just auto mechanics either. These brotherhoods are building hot rods, boats, bikes, surfboards and more. College students across America have been picking up wrenches and going to work, regardless of their declared major. However, Hoggard said, there is a certain etiquette involved â&#x20AC;&#x201D; take care of the tools you use, no one likes your music and do not offer advice to a fellow do-it-yourself-er unless itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solicited. Most importantly, he said, customers need to follow safety procedures when using potentially dangerous equipment, but the safety code is pretty basic. In fact, the DiG has a flawless safety record â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not even the most novice of mechanics has killed anyone with the carjack yet, Hoggard said. Humes said the DiG hopes to attract a diverse scene â&#x20AC;&#x201D; expert mechanics that know every trick in the book and are eager to share their knowledge, â&#x20AC;&#x153;newbiesâ&#x20AC;? that ask the uninformed questions that often end up educating everyone in the basics, and the no-nonsense college kid who has to change his tires and still make it to class on time. Humes said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimistic about the garage becoming the place where Logan takes its in-progress projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing it yourself is the way to go, and we have the environment and the tools for anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vehicle needs,â&#x20AC;? Humes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you like saving money, definitely check out the Do-it-Yourself Garage.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

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A journey to Utopia

I remember growing up watching the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ever Afterâ&#x20AC;? and wondering what was so great about the book the main character is always reading. Then I read it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Utopia,â&#x20AC;? by Thomas More, has become one of my favorite books. It changed my life. And the best thing? It is only 100 pages. Many people have the misconception that the best (and most impressive) classics have to weigh around five pounds and look like a brick, i.e. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bleak Houseâ&#x20AC;? by Charles Dickens, one of the four Dickens books I have to read by the end of the semester. Yeah, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you jealous of English majors? But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m digressing. Utopia is the story of a fictional island with strange customs and political ideals. They have no concept of riches, and despise gold, rich fabrics and jewels. In fact, when visitors arrive on the island dressed as royals to impress the natives, the natives do not take them seriously until they learn to

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Kellyn Neumann dress in plain clothes like everyone else. The island lives on the idea of work, communal property and an avoidance of war. They are happy to be isolated from the world and have no desire to expand their territory. It appears as a primitive society, but is actually quite forward in thinking. On the surface, Utopia may seem like an island full of crazy people. But if you read the book with an open mind, you begin to see the logic behind their beliefs. As punishment for misdeeds, Utopia dresses their citizens up in fancy clothing with chains of jewels so they may feel ashamed. This sounds crazy at first, but the writer thinks a society who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t value money and status seems to be a much happier one. More doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just present a political system he thinks is infallible, but he criticizes those who are shut off from new ideas, perhaps referring to potential readers of his book. It is about three fictional charactersw sitting around discussing one of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent journeys to the island of Utopia. The other two tell him he would make a perfect counselor to the king, King Henry VIII. But he wisely responds by saying kings want advisers who will agree with them, and wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hear new

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Dating just to be social

to online dating.â&#x20AC;? Peterson said she only knows of one person in her life who has done online dating and thinks if they are happy, they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be embarrassed about it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something you should be ashamed of,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good option for people who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had much luck.â&#x20AC;? McMurdie said there is a negative stigma that people on dating sites are ... I am in desperate or creepy, but they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all like that. no way â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am in no way desperdesperate. ate,â&#x20AC;? McMurdie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all creepy people And it's not looking to have sex.â&#x20AC;? all creepy She said she has had people some weird experiences from people on the site, looking to like a man in his 40s askhave sex.â&#x20AC;? ing if she was into â&#x20AC;&#x153;sugar daddies,â&#x20AC;? but she has also â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bailey had good experiences after McMurdie, taking precautions. senior â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only been on one journalism date from (online dating), because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m extremely cautious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which you should be,â&#x20AC;? McMurdie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You discover quickly that the ones that you pay for are a lot less creepy than the ones that are free. You just have to be careful.â&#x20AC;? McMurdie said she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily recommend online dating sites to everyone, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an option that people shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t automatically eliminate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put up an advertisement that this is the coolest thing ever, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that cool,â&#x20AC;? McMurdie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely put out the idea. For me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been worth it just to talk to people.â&#x20AC;?



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ideas from an unknown man. There are a few parts that are a little hard to get through, but most of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Utopiaâ&#x20AC;? is fascinating. The names and relations of the characters can get confusing and hard to figure out, since the three men donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a lot of introduction. However, the meat of the book â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the discussion about Utopia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is one of the most interesting things I have ever read. I also like how this book doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blatantly tell you how to think. I am a stubborn person, and I am much more open to change if I am allowed to make my own judgments and decisions. Rather than a personal commentary in which the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong opinion is easy to see, it presents a situation and lets you be the judge. It submits

a hypothetical situation for a political system, and gives you the chance to decide in your own mind which aspects of it you agree with. It is basic, simple and short. Does a classical novel get any better than that? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Utopiaâ&#x20AC;? is a book for the masses. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a political science major for it to relate to you. It is one of those books that you finish and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop thinking about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop comparing it to your own life. It is a book that makes you question the things we take for granted every day. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kellyn Neumann is a senior English major and The Statesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features editor. Her column runs every other Friday. She loves reading both her Kindle and paperback novels and can be reached at kellyn.neumann@




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Deep-fried yucca without the yuck I was two secsouth parking lot. onds away from Once I got parkâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Gaucho Grillâ&#x20AC;? either dying or getGrade: A- ing figured out, which ting into a neckwas ultimately no breaking, steelproblem at 2 p.m. on wrenching car accia weekday, I walked dent. South Main into the restaurant Street, where the and was pleased to speed limit increasfind a clean, quaint es from 35 to 45 greeting area. I did, mph, is a terrible D Whitney Smith however, have a litplace to locate a tle more time than I business. wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve liked to look This is why I feel bad for the at the Brazilian soccer memorabilia owner and customers, alike, of hanging on the walls. After a minute Gaucho Grill Brazilian Steakhouse or two, I was greeted by a pleasant, â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I made the mistake of pulling into smiling server who showed me to the north parking area, which con- my booth. sists of two handicapped parking Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, booth. Nothing is spaces. I subsequently pulled out, worse than going into a restaurant blindly, into rush-hour traffic and and being forced to sit at a table if almost died trying to pull into the you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have

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to. My server asked my seating preference, and I willingly obliged. She also asked me if it was my first time in the restaurant; this is the move of a real pro. Nobody wants to sit down for their first time in a new restaurant and feel out of place. My server did a great job of making me feel welcome and maintaining that status throughout my stay. When you think Brazil, if you know anything about indigenous â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or at least stereotypical â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brazilian food, you think meat and starch. Gaucho Grill fits this assumption, and I attest to the fact that there is no shortage of protein, or starch, on the menu. You can even score an abundance of food and drink for under $10 to $15 if you include a good tip, but remember, you only need to leave 15 to 20 percent.

For just under $10, I got a Dr Pepper that came with a backup carafe of extra soda â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I never had to ask for a refill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a plate called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prato Feito,â&#x20AC;? which means prepared plate, filled with all kinds of good stuff. The plate consisted of steamed rice that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dry or flavorless like most steamed rice, deep fried yucca root, which is a fibrous, potato-like morsel, cold homemade potato salad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; definitely not pre-packaged or store bought â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a black bean stew called â&#x20AC;&#x153;feijoadaâ&#x20AC;? that consists of bacon, beef, pork, sausage and beans, and finally a choice of meat: â&#x20AC;&#x153;pichalo,â&#x20AC;? which is garlic Parmesan beef tenders. My favorite dish on the plate was the four kinds of meat a la black bean stew. It was loaded with flavor

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rich and filling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and went great with the rice. My least favorite was the supposed star of the show, the pichalo. The meat seemed like it was a day old, and even though it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t extremely chewy, it was a little dry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; definitely not the tender, juicy goodness I expect from a Brazilian steakhouse. I was never turned off by anything on my plate, and I understand I ordered one of the cheaper lunch special-type menu items, but I expected a little more from the one item I actually had to choose from a list of options. I would certainly like to give Gaucho Grill a second go around. The service was fantastic, despite the slightly extended wait I had at the door. My server always

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Warriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; packs a touching, but intense punch

W h a t would you â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warriorâ&#x20AC;? fight for? Grade: A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warriorâ&#x20AC;? is the story of two brothers who, for various reasons, come together to Spencer Palmer fight each other in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Bowl of Mixed Martial Arts.â&#x20AC;? Brendan (Joel Edgerton) is a fun physics teacher and a loving husband and father struggling to make ends meet. With one of his daughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; medical bills and a mortgage payment, the three jobs between his wife (Jennifer Morrison) and him are not enough to keep their financial heads above the water. When the bank tells him he has 90 days before his house will be foreclosed on, Brendan decides to take action and make some extra money by fighting in contests at clubs. Word reaches the school and Brendan is suspended without pay. With no where else to go, Brendan begins training so he can make more money on the club fights. While training, Brendan has the opportunity to be a replacement fighter for Sparta, the biggest winner-take-all championship tournament in the world. With money being scarce, he quickly seizes the chance and begins training



more rigorously. Meanwhile Tommy (Tom Hardy) returns from military duty in Iraq, and joins a gym to keep busy. While exercising, he offers to spar with the defending middleweight champion fighter and ends up pummelling him. The owner and trainer of the gym offers to get Tommy into Sparta. Tommy then recruits his father as his trainer. After a couple months of training, the day of the championship arrives, and the excitement of the movie intensifies exponentially. Brendan and Tommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father Paddy (Nick Nolte) has a dark past as an abusive alcoholic who caused his family to leave him, which significantly changed the life of Brendan and Tommy forever. As he changes and progresses in fighting his addictions, he tries to re-enter his sonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. The path of forgiveness and redemption is not an easy one, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one that Paddy will walk for as long as he needs to. Throughout the film, Brendan faces a series of defining questions, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;How far will you go to hold onto everything you have?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;What will you do to protect your family?â&#x20AC;? The answers to these questions carry him through every challenge he faces. I enjoyed the philosophies introduced in the movie. Brendanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach (Frank Grillo) was full of unorthodox theories and methods which I became drawn to. Quotes like â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move you die,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;soul of a lion,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He who controls the pace, controls the

victory,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;simply believe,â&#x20AC;? were posted around the training club, adding an additional mental edge to the world of combat. The fighting was realistic in all of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brutality and intensity. I could almost feel the punches, slams, and hits as they happened. Also, the brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories were well balanced. There was one creative sequence I particularly enjoyed showing side by side scenes of the brothers as they trained. Edgerton, best known for playing Gawain in â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Arthurâ&#x20AC;? and Owen Lars in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Warsâ&#x20AC;? prequel trilogy, is excellent in his portrayal of a father, teacher and fighter. His role is so believable, making it easy to relate to his character. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go into the movie with any preconceived ideas about Edgerton, because he is a lesser known actor, and this actually helped build the realism of his character. Hardy, famous for playing Eames in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inceptionâ&#x20AC;? and Bane in next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Knight Rises,â&#x20AC;? is amazing as a U.S. Marine who returns home to fight with a purpose. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect him to be suave like he was in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inception.â&#x20AC;? Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character is like a fierce rugged animal when fighting but has a vulnerable core when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s away from the action. Morrison, from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Trekâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. and Mrs. Smith,â&#x20AC;? gives a well-defined level of

emotion as the wife of a physics teacher turned cage fighter. She has the perfect amount of intensity and internal conflict, as she deals with the challenges of taking care of a family and supporting a husband with a risky job. Director and writer Gavin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, who previously directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miracle,â&#x20AC;? once again presents an inspiring sports-related action movie. He puts the audience in the middle of the action, making it feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re half watching and half fighting a cage fight. Mark Isham once again delivered a solid soundtrack. It was inspirational and had heart. Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to Joyâ&#x20AC;? will never be the same for me again, as it was used by Brendanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach to keep his fighters calm, patient and composed, and was the theme song for Brendan in his Sparta fight entrances. This movie made me feel invincible, but I also shed some tears. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warriorâ&#x20AC;? has heart and muscle, brain and brawn, touching moments and physical intensity. You should go see this movie. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Spencer Palmer is a graduate student working toward an MBA with a recent bachelors in mechanical engineering. He enjoys watching all sorts of movies. Email him at

Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aCritic What USU students are saying about "Warrior,â&#x20AC;? which opened Tuesday.

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Slamming the spoken word BY MACKENZI VAN ENGELENHOVEN staff writer

Felicia Stehmeier wrote her first song in the sixth grade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was about a boy,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and it was terrible.â&#x20AC;? But despite her corny first ballad, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop writing, and she said the more she wrote, the better her songs became. Years after that first middle school love song, Stehmeier, a senior majoring in acting performance, is a songwriter and guitarist, who said she uses music to express her own fears, insecurities and feelings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s therapeutic,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I have frustrations, I think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Okay, how do I express this?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I start writing, and writing becomes lyrics, and those become notes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an outlet.â&#x20AC;? When Stehmeier, a native of California, first came to USU, she said she encountered a problem; though she was writing songs she wanted to share, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where she could get up on stage and perform. She was also concerned that the crowd in Logan would be less responsive to her songs than in her hometown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a really busy life, and the issue for me was time and money,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And even though I did this a lot in California, I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How will people here react to it?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? All across campus there are hundreds of students like her, who carry Moleskein notebooks and composition books in which they jot down their thoughts between

classes, and later form these thoughts into lyrics or stanzas. They may use poetry and song to express the pressures of a busy academic life, blow off steam or express insecurities. But most of their work stops there. It is saved on computer hard drives or tucked into the back of binders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; never to be read again. For others, sharing may be the only way to grow their art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird, but it feels better to say a truth out loud,â&#x20AC;? said Anthony Pratt, Jr., a junior majoring in music education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to share it in front of a crowd of strangers and throw your heart out on the stage. You feel this overwhelming sensation of having let go of something.â&#x20AC;? Pratt, a spoken word poet, began writing in a high school classroom in New York City, where his poetry evolved from writing about girls, to writing about God. Now he is a slam poet who said he has never been shy about standing in front of a microphone and bearing his soul to a crowded coffee shop. Like Stehmeir, he said poetry is the best kind of therapy, but the writing is only half of it. The most important part is sharing. For closet poets and song writers at USU, there is a variety of venues both on campus and around Logan that offer students an environment to share their creative work with others who share a similar passion for verse and music. Many local restaurants and venues hold weekly open mic nights for poetry

and music. Helicon West, an open reading series for local poets and writers, is one of the most popular venues. The group meets twice a month at True Aggie CafĂŠ, with the next meeting falling on Sept. 22. Citrus and Sage CafĂŠ hosts an open mic night every Thursday, and jam sessions for musicians and songwriters on Sundays. The Logan Arthouse and Cinema also hosts an open mic night on Wednesdays, and CafĂŠ Ibis often features local musicians. On campus, there is the USU Slam Poetry Club, as well as events such as Poetry and a Beverage, the first of which will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9 p.m., on the TSC Patio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day I, would love to see more students at USU use spoken word or songwriting as more of an outlet to get rid of their stress,â&#x20AC;? Pratt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always try to encourage others to get up on that stage.â&#x20AC;? Poetry and songwriting may be an outlet to release the stress of their academic lives. Pratt said he encourages poets, writers, musicians and lyricists to attend any one of these events, either to share their own work or support their peers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about picking up a pen and writing,â&#x20AC;? Pratt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to get more students to come out to these events and listen and share. You never know who might need your poem.â&#x20AC;?

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Tyler Huskinson Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting colder outside. This usually means that the those of the student body who care about athletics are enjoying watching the Aggie soccer or volleyball teams have successful seasons. While the soccer team is on an eight-game winning streak, there is also some excitement buzzing in the crisp autumn air about Aggie football â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something most of us are not accustomed to seeing. Although they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing against a powerhouse program, the Aggie football team brought enough excitement to fill Romney Stadium to within roughly 7,000 seats short of a sell-out crowd on Saturday, against Weber State. There are so many reasons to get excited about Aggie athletics. If you have opted to waste your student body fee, which allows you to attend games without needing to buy a ticket, you need to rearrange your priorities for a day and go to a sporting event. Did you know the Aggie soccer program still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost a game this season? If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen one of their many victories over the past week, you missed out on your chance to see them in action this month, because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play in Logan again until Oct. 7, when they host New Mexico State. Did you miss out on youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re chance to scream at Brigham Young University Tuesday in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, when the Aggies and Cougars squared off in volleyball? The volleyball team wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be back in the Spectrum until Homecoming Week. Aggie football is off until Sept. 24, when it faces Colorado State. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to say is if you slacked off the first two

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After a trip to the Emergency Room, he sat in the Intensive Care Unit, a little dazed, wondering what happened. Self-proclaimed hardcore Aggie fan Jake Frisby said the doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial reaction was that of a holy-cow moment. The true fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face sunk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Aggies may be the reason Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m laying in the ER #truefan,â&#x20AC;? Frisby tweeted from the hospital. When Charley Riddle, a friend of Frisby, learned about the seriousness of his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition, he said Frisby showed his undying devotion to the school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he showed his â&#x20AC;&#x153;true colors.â&#x20AC;? As Frisby recounted the

events of his evening, just hours prior to going to hospital, he said he first started feeling the pain in his chest just as the Aggie Stampede was beginning to roll out. He said he thought nothing of it, but now he wished he had taken it easy with the yelling. Over the past few years, there have been incidents concerning the health of Aggie fans, ranging from swine flu to heart problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It all started around 3 p.m.â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had just started the stampede. In order to gain student attention I yell a lot, and I tend to have the loudest voice I have ever heard.â&#x20AC;? At last Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football game, Frisby didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize his excessive yelling would lead to a bigger problem than he

ever could have anticipated. Frisby popped a bleb. According, a bleb is an air blister that forms on the pleura, the membranes covering the lung. Normally a popped bleb is not a major injury and just needs to heal by itself without any stress put on it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was at that time that I started to feel this pain in my chest,â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that that was weird but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think much of it. I thought that it was just the fact that it was the first game, and I needed to get my vocal chords warmed up.â&#x20AC;? In Frisbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, he said he was continually putting stress on it by screaming for the Aggies. As he continued AGGIE ENTHUSIAST JAKE FRISBY heckles an opposing to yell, he forced air out of team on the front row at a basketball game in the Spectrum, during See FRISBY, Page 10 the 2009 season. Statesman file photo

USU concussion research helps athletes BY MEGAN ALLEN assistant news editor

At Utah State has 395 student-athletes on the rosters of 16 different sports. Every athlete is at risk of a concussion due to the nature of each sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day-today activities. In an average year on the Logan campus, anywhere from 10 to 20 of these students will suffer a concussion, according to research. Such research has been conducted for the past 10 years on the effects of concussive episodes and helping athletes recover from them. Now, using state-of-the-art equipment, USU Athletics is improving this research along with the departments of communicative disorders and deaf education and health, physical education and recreation. Dale Mildenberger, senior associate athletics director and head athletic trainer, is one of the men behind the acquisition of the new equipment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This furthers our investigation into mild traumatic brain injuries,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been involved in this for quite some time, but this new approach allows us to see if what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing is validated by this new, sophisticated equipment, or if in fact we need to make some adjustments to our protocols. John Ribera, a professor in the COMD department, works in audiology, dealing with hearing and balance disorders. He works with doctoral students, preparing them to become professionals. He said traumatic brain injuries are seen as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;silent epidemic,â&#x20AC;? and too often the symptoms are ignored or thought to be insignificant.

This silent epidemic proves to be a timely issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; accidents and sporting events that cause concussions and the ensuing brain damage happen daily, in Logan and all over the world. Ribera cited this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motorcycle accident near campus as an example of that. Though the motorcyclist survived, it is possible he will have neurological damage, he said. Due to the amount of incidents that occur, concussion research is picking up, and trainers and scientists want to do something about it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only recently that organizations such as the NFL are really looking into it,â&#x20AC;? Ribera said. The equipment is named SMART EquiTest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a computerized posturography machine, which tests the central nervous system and specifically the parts involved in posture and balance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want to be able to take care of the traumatized brain,â&#x20AC;? Mildenberger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more we talk with each other, the more we find common questions and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most valuable aspects of the equipment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a natural combination, but when you realize weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all interested in the same organ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the brain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and how it affects cognition, balance, coordination and vision, this gives us a wider field to attack from, and

it gives us more investigators.â&#x20AC;? The various departments come together to work as a team, Ribera said, which allows them to see through each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes. Mildenberger agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we look at the tie-in between athletics and communication â&#x20AC;&#x201D; inner ear, balance, hearing, human movement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all connected,â&#x20AC;? Mildenberger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If audiology and COMD only looks at their area, human movement only looks at theirs and athletics only looks at theirs, you get a very narrow perspective. If you look at them collectively, you get a bigger picture.â&#x20AC;? Prior to obtaining this new equipment, athletic trainers conducted common pre-concussion tests on every student-athlete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The existing protocol we used was the Standard Assessment of Concussion as well as the Balance Error Scoring System,â&#x20AC;? Mildenberger said. Every athlete has taken a battery of tests, and a baseline has been set on those scores. In the case of a concussion, the athlete must take the tests again and receive an equal or better score before they can return to playing their sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This way we are not comparing them to national norms to determine if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re healthy,â&#x20AC;? Mildenberger said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but rather weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re comparing them to themselves.â&#x20AC;? Ribera said he is looking forward to the effects the new

research can have, not only with athletes but on the general population as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a little restricted on the balance side of things, in the past,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of individuals in the community who experience dizziness or have fallen, but they are usually taken to Ogden or Salt Lake for better testing. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to provide that kind of service here.â&#x20AC;? Mildenberger said what is true for the athlete is also true for other people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether the (concussion) is caused by athletic competition, a fall, an accident or military exposure to explosions, we need to find common answers, common physiology and common rehabilitation,â&#x20AC;? Mildenberger said. Even the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;athleteâ&#x20AC;? has broad interpretations. There are those playing on the NCAA level, intramural athletes, and even the American Youth Soccer Organization players. Any of these athletes are prone to a concussion. The SMART EquiTest is going to help further the research on a national level as well, which has implications for age groups other than college-aged athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no norms for anyone under the age of 20 to use the EquiTest,â&#x20AC;? Ribera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to bring in young athletes and determine a norm for them.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The brain is essential to human function, so the more we understand it from all its aspects, the better off the entire general public will be,â&#x20AC;? Mildenberger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just trying to get the linebacker back on the field.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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Hockey ready for season opener in Provo BY MEREDITH KINNEY sports senior writer

Aggie skaters are feeling confident about the upcoming season after just two weeks of practice. USU made a run late last season, winning the regional championship, before traveling to San Jose and winning a game in the National Championship tournament. The Aggies eventually fell to the University of Michigan in the points round, 5-4, ending their bid at a national title. After the final buzzer sounded, eight players skated off the ice for their last time in Aggie uniforms. Most notable of the departures, was Aggie career goal leader Kent Arsenault, who topped the record charts with 206 goals, and Aggie goaltender Dan Cornelius, who was in the net for much of the Aggie championship run. Utah State also lost big time goal scorers, who accounted for 284 points of offensive production for Utah State last season. Despite the big holes, USU has rebounded and is poised for the 2011-12 season. Aggie head coach Jon Eccles said his team is ready for action. “We had a long season last year and lost a good chunk of the team,” Aggie defender Jeremy Martin said. “We’ve recruited a solid core of new players who I’m sure will step in and fill those roles.” The Utah State skaters are ready to get back on the ice after a long offseason and are busy learning how they mesh as a team. “I’m just looking forward to getting back in the mix of things with the boys,” Martin said. With 28 filled roster spots, there is no shortage of players. The Aggies have added to both their offensive and defensive staff this season, filling open spots with both rookies and

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veterans. “We’ve brought in a couple of new kids that fill the roles of some of the guys we lost,” USU forward Matt Hamilton said. When Arsenault and the other Aggie greats departed at the end of last season, they left multiple first-line spots open. The open spots have fostered healthy competition among team members, who are battling for the starting positions. Aggie defenseman Jeff Sanders said the competition among veterans and new players, who are new to the team, have filled those empty positions.

“With the players we’ve brought in, we fill this void,” Sanders said. While the Aggies have multiple veteran producers, they are also debuting young guns Brian Gibbons and Cooper Limb. The forwards are expected to step into the lineup and be goal scorers from game one. Last season the Aggie defense struggled to fill three lines. This season they have added depth, they are stacked with eight defensemen, and several more prospects add to the line-up. “In terms of depth,” Martin

NCAA penalties necessary

I love college football. The marching bands, the screaming student sections; it conjures up a nice little sense of nostalgia. College sports are the best kind. Every one of those players on the field is playing for something more than a little extra cash in their pocket or another car in their garage. There are two things that are going to happen to former college players: either they’re going to make it in sports, or they’ll make it in something else. The fact is, the NCAA commercials don’t lie. Most college athletes go pro in something other than sports. Of the 9,000 college football players in the United States, only 310 are invited to the NFL scouting combine and an even smaller number is actually drafted — only about 3 percent of all players. The problem is there’s so much corruption in today’s college football, you’d think the NFL has lowered its age limit. In fact, many programs are run as if their players are already in the League. They pass out money without a second thought and, in extreme cases, the school that places the highest bid gets the player. Recently there have been countless scandals involving money and college football teams, again. The ongoing investigation of Reggie Bush and USC, Cam Newton and every college he’s attended, and The Ohio State University football program may have sparked the paranoia, but it’s a widespread issue. University of Miami also came under fire in early August for, possibly, the worst of the allegations. Eight UM players were issued six-game suspen-

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Meredith Kinney sions and ordered to repay all benefits they received from a booster. Closer to home, Boise State University lost nine scholarships over a threeyear period and was put on probation for its role in questionable recruiting practices. Note to Bronco Nation: Before you go spouting off about how this is just another example of the little guys getting screwed again, consider this. The little guys didn’t follow the rules. The NCAA official statement on the subject said this: “Boise State failed to establish an adequate compliance system to report NCAA rules violations with regard to impermissible housing, transportation and other benefits to prospective and enrolled student-athletes. The university failed to provide adequate rules education and training to staff members to ensure compliance.” I’ll agree that providing hotel room discounts and transportation to potential recruits is far less egregious than allowing Ponzischemer Nevin Shapiro to pay strippers to perform on his private yacht for Miami football players; but both actions are in violation of the same exact rule. The official NCAA rule book says an individual loses amateur status, and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport,

if the individual uses his or her athletics skill, whether directly or indirectly, for pay in any form. A hotel room is pay. So is a stripper. This is not to say I believe the two violations to be equal on a moral standard, but if teams like Boise State want to be treated like the big boys, they have to play by bigboy rules. It’s easy to say Boise’s punishments seem disproportionate compared to Miami’s. BSU provided a place for its recruits to sleep during official campus visits, while Miami’s violations had less to do with the Hurricane football program than it did with the bad decisions of a select group of players. In truth, the punishments were delivered to the right places. Boise State’s program received the penalty when the program was at fault. Individuals on the Miami football team received penalties when it was their own indiscretions at the center of the problem. I applaud the NCAA for cracking down on rule violations. Hopefully other schools across the country will take note of the most recent examples and fix the problems before they occur. After all, the NCAA did say that Boise State failed to provide adequate education about the rules to staff members. Maybe other schools will finally get the hint. –Meredith Kinney is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and an avid hockey fan. She hopes one day to be a big-shot sideline reporter working for ESPN.

said, “we’re probably the strongest I’ve seen in my four years.” The Aggies have a full schedule, starting tonight in Provo. USU will pit their skills against 17 different teams this season. “It’s shaping up to be a pretty good season,” Sanders said. The Aggies look to make another run at a championship, provided they can get in shape and stay healthy. USU battled injuries at the goaltending position all last season, while both Bryce Scherschal and Cornelius spent some time on the disabled list.

“We struggled with injuries at the position last season,” Eccles said. “Hopefully we’ll avoid those, this year.” Scherschal is still benched following an offseason hip surgery, but the Aggies hope to have him back in the net by late November. The Aggies have added two new goaltenders this season. Russel MacKay transferred from San Jose State to USU this year and will face his former team on Nov. 12, when the Aggies host the Spartans. While the Aggies hope to avoid injuries this season, Eccles said he is also concerned

about the high altitude of the arena. The Eccles Ice Center sits at 4,500 feet above sea level, but many of the players spent their summers at sea level. “The biggest thing we’re looking at is getting the boys into shape to play at a high altitude,” Eccles said. Aggie fans will get their first glimpse when Utah State returns home to face the Cougars again, Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Frisby pops lung at game

AGGIE SUPERFAN JAKE FRISBY, shown here in s striped shirt and wearing glasses, joins Section F on the front row at a basketball game in the Spectrum, during the 2009 season. Statesman file photo

his mouth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as usual â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but he was also forcing air into his body through the injury. By the end of the day, air accumulated from the middle of his brain down to below his ribs. As Utah State pregame rituals started and the fans badgered opposing players, Frisby said he felt the pain get worse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the first quarter I screamed as I always scream,â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was walking with a friend, and I mentioned that my heart was hurting; and that I might need to go to the hospital.â&#x20AC;? As the game went on, air around his throat was compressed, which he said doctors explained forced the air to move faster through his throat. Frisbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice started to get higher, much like if he wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve inhaled the air from a helium balloon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told all the guys around me that I thought that I had permanently damaged my vocal chords,â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the half, I sat down, and continued to yell a little bit, but it still really hurt.â&#x20AC;? Following the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crushing victory over Weber State, Frisby said he felt sick enough to forgo his tradi-

tional celebration at Angieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, in order to see Dr. Jim Davis at the USU Student Health Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He tried some things, and it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a thing,â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I went into the hospital. They thought that it was strep throat, until they did a chest X-ray.â&#x20AC;? He said the X-ray revealed air in his chest cavity, which prompted doctors to give him a CT scan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They came back and said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There is air in your chest that shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be there,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he explained. The air was around his lungs and heart, which he learned could have killed him. Air around the lungs prevents them from expanding to normal capacity, which causes a shortness of breath and could ultimately cause the lungs to collapse entirely. This is known as pneumothorax. Peumothoracic aspiration causes the lungs to compress the heart. This can deregulate a heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rhythm and eventually lead to heart failure. Frisby said practitioners did not believe he was suffering from such a serious condition, because he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to express the high level of

pain associated with pneumothorax. He later said he was in more pain than he let on but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to appear like he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;a man.â&#x20AC;? Frisby was later transfered to the ICU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My ICU doctor came in and was like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;holy cow,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only time he had ever seen worse was when a guy in Las Vegas had been beaten to death with a tree branch.â&#x20AC;? Fortunately for Frisby, the problem was caught in time and, he said, the healing process has already begun. He is on pain killers and has told â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not promised â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the doctors that he will rest his lungs and not yell until the game against Brigham Young University Friday, Sept. 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aggies are worth dying for,â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. problem was caught in time and the healing process has already begun. He is on pain killers and has told, not promised, the doctors that he will rest his lungs and not yell until the BYU game on Friday, Sept. 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aggies are worth dying for,â&#x20AC;? Frisby said. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;


Huski: Teams give reasons to attend games weeks of class, you have a week to re-evaluate and get out and cheer on Utah State athletics. Let me give you even more reasons to attend the next home football or soccer game. Aggie football has been on the brink of being good since head coach Gary Andersen took over three seasons ago. Many people thought last season would be the one when USU finally made it to a bowl game. But injuries swept through the roster and took out almost all of the key players on the team, which left the Aggies in a difficult situation. The season didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

go as well as planned and left everyone waiting for Aggie basketball. This year the football team is in full health and better than ever. The team displayed the ability to make solid tackles on defense, which made a clear statement that teams can no longer run all over us as they did last year. Auburn, the defending BCS champions, only rushed for 78 yards against USU. The Tigers amassed 235 yards on the ground against, then No. 16, Mississippi State, Saturday. Weber State only managed 46 rushing yards against the Aggies, after racking up

227 yards on the ground against Wyoming. But what about the offense? The Aggies amassed 440 yards on the ground against Weber State and ended with 635 total yards. After two weeks, the Aggies are ranked fourth in the FBS in rushing, and 14th in scoring. If that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give you a reason to be at Romney Stadium when the Aggies take on Colorado State, Sept. 24, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what will. When the Aggie soccer team makes it way back to Chuck and Gloria Bell Field in October, you might want to check out the team who


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hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost a game this season and has outscored its opponents 17-4. Senior forward Shantel Flanary has eight goals during the streak and is one of the most exciting athletes to watch at USU. Go take a break and watch some Aggie athletics the next time there is a home match or game. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tyler Huskinson is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. He is also a sports writer for The Herald Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @ TDHuskiSports or send comments to ty.d.hus@aggiemail.
















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Shows such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Dance Crewâ&#x20AC;? and the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Step Upâ&#x20AC;? have sensationalized the growing trend surrounding breakdancing and freestyle. This trend has made its way to campus at Utah State with the creation of the new dance company, My Bad Crew. Utah State already has two dance companies on campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Full Circle and Vilociti. Full Circle is a modern dance company and Vilociti is a hip-hop company. Director and founder of all three dance companies Krissy Fry said she essentially split Vilociti into two groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to start My Bad Crew because I felt that my street-style dancers did not get as much of an opportunity to show their style in Vilociti,â&#x20AC;? Fry said. My Bad Crew has professional talent to assist Fry. Joey Geurts is one of the founders of My Bad Crew. He is a junior majoring in Public Relations and is one of the assistants who helps direct the company. Geurts has experience in hiphop, breakdance and choreography and has choreographed for numerous celebrities and shows such as Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Dance Crew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we approached Krissy Fry about starting My Bad Crew, she was immediately supportive,â&#x20AC;? Geurts said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(She)

was completely on board with the idea. I think we are all just really excited to add these chocolate chips to this dance brownieâ&#x20AC;? Brett â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sodaâ&#x20AC;? George is also one of the founders and assistants of My Bad Crew. George is currently a senior and liberal arts major. He is self-taught in breakdancing and freestyling and has competed throughout the western states in various competitions. My Bad Crew can be an outlet for students, George said, in addition to being another creative form of dance to bring to the campus. Fong Chayovan is a sophomore business major who made the cut for My Bad Crew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recently just fell in love with freestyle,â&#x20AC;? Chayovan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is one of few ways we can really express who we are, and help us when we need it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to be so adventurous and face a new challenge.â&#x20AC;? Dancers who tried out for the company agreed, tryouts were enjoyable. Students will be able to catch all the excitement when My Bad Crew performs at Mr. USU, the Howl and tailgate parties, Fry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A break dancer who can hold down his circle,â&#x20AC;? George said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is a break dancer who can hold down his life.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; macael.ivie@aggiemail.usu. edu


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Today in History: On this day in 1940, the Burke-Wadsworth Act was passed by Congress, by wide margins in both houses, and the first peacetime draft in the history of the U.S. was imposed. Selective Service was born.


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19th and 20th will discuss how to begin this process. For more info  www.biology. prehealth/prehealth-calender/ displayBy=next10/ Former United States Sen. (Utah) and astronaut Jake Garn will be speaking on the Constitution and answering questions in the HUB of the Taggart Student Center on Sept. 16. Come grab something to eat, pick up a free pocket Constitution and learn more about the United States Constitution from Sen. Garn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awaken the Master Withinâ&#x20AC;? Festival/Fundraiser Sept. 16 and 17 at Crystal Hot Springs, All proceeds go to help those with mental illness in our community. For more info. visit www. A wedding planning event with vendors of every kind that or contact Cosmic Nudge at can help with all aspects of 435.227.6040 your special event on Saturday, Sept. 16, two of the most Sept. 17. Admission is free a.m.azing female singer/ and parking is available in the guitarists in Cache Valley will terrace. Thousands of Dollars perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in prizes will be given away. at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Fashions shows will be at noon Sourdough Pizza.  Keiyana and 2:30 p.m..  Come anytime Osmond will perform first, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. followed by Cherish Ross.  Take an evening to come and Clean local stream enjoy these talented musical artists. Everyone is invited. National Stream Clean-up Sept. 17 Acoustic oldies Day unites volunteers across group Relic will perform the nation in efforts to care for live from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at local strea.m.s and waterways. Pier 49 San Francisco Style On Sept 17 meet at 9 a.m. at Sourdough Pizza.  This is a First Da.m. Park to remove great sounding group!  Many litter from high-use areas of the people in the valley have Logan River. Bring friends. Give heard The Fender Benders something back to the river. classic rock band.  Relic is the Your help is needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;lightâ&#x20AC;? version of that band, featuring Irv Nelson, Scott Olsen, and Steve Roberts â&#x20AC;&#x153;unplugged.â&#x20AC;?   Preview them at Are you interested in the   health occupations as a career? Students hoping to apply to medical, dental, pharmacy, PA, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Podiatry, etc. must plan carefully and be involved in extracurricular activities throughout their undergraduate years. This Orientation on Sept

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