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Friday, March 23, 2012



Today’s Issue: Campus News

Free legal counsel is available to all students. Find out when and where to go. Page 3


See why some students stick to a diet that eliminates all animal products. Page 4


Albrecht proposes increase

BY MEGAN ALLEN assistant news editor

USU President Stan Albrecht approached faculty and students with his recommendation to increase Tier 2 tuition at the annual Truth in Tuition hearing held Thursday. The recommendation will be taken to the State Board of Regents. After evaluating the current needs of the university, Albrecht said the Administration is asking for approval to raise Tier 2 tuition by 1.5 percent — the smallest increase since the creation of Tier 2 tuition in 2001. An increase of 1.5 percent is $35.53 for a Utah resident student, and $114.39 for nonresident students, Albrecht said. The Board of Regents is expected to raise state tuition by 4.5 percent next year, making the overall cost of tuition increase by 6 percent. Albrecht said the increase will apply to students on USU’s main campus, as well as those attending Regional Campuses and Distance Education and at USU Eastern. The money collected by Tier 2 tuition will total nearly $1.5 million, of which $498,000 will go directly to RCDE, and USU Eastern will receive $50,000. Albrecht said the rest of the additional revenue will be divided between three areas at the Logan campus.

To continue the university’s Promotion and Tenure process, Administration needs $488,000. Another $125,000 will go toward library support and paying for subscriptions to electronic journals, to which

students have full access. The remaining $332,500 will help with building Operation and Maintenance costs and increased health benefits for faculty, Albrecht said. See TUITION, Page 2

97946)7-()2878%2%0&6)',8)<40%-27 a proposal to increase tuition by 1.5 percent. Should the Board of Regents approve the proposal, it will be the smallest Tier 2 tuition increase in USU history. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

Director fired over accounting irregularities

BY CATHERINE BENNETT editor in chief

Jennifer Putnam Twiss, 34, was terminated Tuesday from her position as USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director for Enrollment Services for the improper distribution of scholarship JENNIFER funds. USU issued an TWISS official statement, stating a regular internal audit found there were â&#x20AC;&#x153;irregularitiesâ&#x20AC;? in Admissions funding. It was then determined that Twiss was the employee responsible for managing these funds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are still trying to determine the details,â&#x20AC;? said Tim Vitale, USU executive director of Public Relations and Marketing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;USU Police are investigating, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve turned it over to the county attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office.â&#x20AC;? Investigators have not yet released the amount of funding that was mismanaged. Requests have been made that officers complete the investigation before the public is notified of further details. Twiss was hired as an Admissions recruiter and counselor in December of 2002 and in July of 2004 was promoted to assistant director of Admissions. She went on to serve as director of Admissions in 2006 and was promoted to executive director of Enrollment Services in 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

High costs at the pump aggravate students BY ARIANNA REES staff writer Gasoline prices have risen substantially since last month and are continuing to increase, making it difficult for many

off-campus USU students to get to school and save money. Albert Packer, a senior majoring in graphic design, drives from Smithfield to campus five days a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to spend about $30 a

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Interact Now! PRICES AT THE GAS PUMP HAVE RISEN 31 cents per gallon on average in the U.S. in the last month. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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prices, she is forced to remain on campus for long periods of time to save money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to stay on campus even when I have long breaks between classes,â&#x20AC;? Olson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be wasting a ton of money to take the 15-minute drive home and come back later. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d much rather come home and eat and do other things, but instead I have to stay.â&#x20AC;? Gasoline costs Olson $75 a week on average, or more if she leaves the valley, she said. Randy Park, planning and marketing manager for Cache Valley Transit District, said the number of rides on CVTD buses has risen significantly over the past year. In the past two months, the number of rides is thousands more than one year ago. Park said the rise in ridership can in part be attributed to gas prices. See STUDENTS, Page 3

Golden Plates considered in differing viewpoints BY KEITH JACKMAN staff writer

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month,â&#x20AC;? he said about his gas budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But then it hiked to about $12.50 a week, and now that amount (of gas) only lasts me two to three days. I am definitely worried it will climb and I just wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to afford it anymore.â&#x20AC;? According to yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the national average for regular gas is $3.88, up 31 cents from a month ago and increasing at a rate of 2 cents per week. Though Utah is among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more affordable states to buy gasoline, the average price of gas in Cache Valley is currently $3.73, a number high enough to cause discomfort and penny pinching for many students. Aubri Olson is a freshman majoring in law and constitutional studies. Olson, like Packer, lives off-campus and drives to school every day. She said because of rising gas

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Richard Bushman, a former Harvard University professor and a leading authority on Mormon studies, delivered a speech on the Golden Plates said to have been translated by Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My contention is that the plates shift their meaning every time they pass from one kind of narrative to another,â&#x20AC;? Bushman said. Bushman, who was invited to USU by Phillip Barlow, director of USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s religious studies department, spoke in the Eccles Science Learning Center on Thursday. Bushman said he has done research over the past couple of years for a book heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing about the different ways the plates are viewed in different contexts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have two characterizations of Joseph Smith,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can be seen either as a fraud or as a prophet, with the plates being a hinge between the two. My approach to the plates is to think of them as living many lives â&#x20AC;Ś By this, I mean they figure in many stories.â&#x20AC;? The Book of Mormon, histories written

by early church critics, lore within the church and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary songs each depict the plates slightly differently, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In each of these environments the plates take on a different coloration,â&#x20AC;? Bushman said. First, the plates can be considered as a historical artifact, Bushman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They bear The Book of Mormon history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the equivalent of the parchment and paper on which the Bible is written,â&#x20AC;? he said. Second, the plates are sometimes viewed as a temptation because of their monetary value, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plates â&#x20AC;Ś are most notable of being gold, an object of immense monetary value,â&#x20AC;? Bushman said. Third, the plates are seen as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a forbidden and holy object,â&#x20AC;? Bushman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one can look on them without permission.â&#x20AC;? Bushman said these traits of the plates were never mentioned in The Book of Mormon itself. Bushman said when writing his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rough Stone Rolling,â&#x20AC;? he had to acknowledge that to most modern readers the plates were beyond belief. The LDS sources

he interviewed, however, accepted them as fact rather than fantastic, he said. In the early 19th century, when The Book of Mormon was first published, many people were examining long-held religious beliefs, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;God, Christianity and the spirituality See HISTORIAN, Page 3

6-',%6(&97,1%2%,-7836-%2 74)'-%0->-2+in Mormon studies, delivered a lecture on the Golden Plates, which he said was the Book of Mormon was translated from. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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Friday, March 23, 2012


Film festival aims to draw out local talent BY MACKENZI VAN ENGELENHOVEN features senior writer The USU film club will hold its first Logan Film Festival, a screening of films on varied subjects from participants around the world, April 20-21. The festival, which has previously been branded the Fringe Film Festival, has gone through drastic changes this year in its format and requirements for entrants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It used to be that you shot a movie around our requirements,â&#x20AC;? said Jesse Budd, a senior majoring in international business and vice president of the film club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were things your movies had to include, like a red boot and a sneeze. But last year, members of the film club wanted to screen films they had already made. We wanted to create an event for this that was more in the vein of a real film festival.â&#x20AC;? Last year, Budd, along with film club President Tyler Woodbury, debuted their own

film festival called Reel to Reel. With the encouragement of Alan Hashimoto, the graphic design professor and faculty adviser to the film club, along with a sponsorship of from the Caine College of the Arts, Reel to Reel combined with the Fringe Festival to create the first annual Logan Film Festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There really arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any rules,â&#x20AC;? Budd said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are open to films over every length and on any subject.â&#x20AC;? Hashimoto said the festival is no longer being promoted as a contest, even though there are cash prizes available. Instead it is a film awards event with recognition for excellence in each category. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The festival is more of a celebration of filmmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; independent vision and artistic expression,â&#x20AC;? Hashimoto said. Budd said the film club is also working to promote the contest internationally. It has received entries from China, Spain and Thailand. The films include subjects ranging from

life through the eyes of a Chinese first grader to breaking a world record for teeter tottering at USU, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really expect so many international entries,â&#x20AC;? Woodbury said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve mostly been focusing our advertising in Logan, but when you put something online it opens it up to the whole world.â&#x20AC;? Budd said festival organizers are hoping to attract more local entries, especially from students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Logan is such a thriving, artistic community,â&#x20AC;? Budd said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much art enthusiasm and diversity. We want to be able to showcase that at the Festival.â&#x20AC;? Budd said he hopes the event will not only support local and international filmmakers but also draw commerce to downtown Logan, where the festival will be held and a variety of local sponsoring businesses are located, he said. This year, the Logan Film Festival is open to films of all lengths and subjects. Categories include feature

narrative, student short, short narrative, feature documentary and short documentary. There is also an â&#x20AC;&#x153;otherâ&#x20AC;? category, which Budd said is to include projects such as music videos and animation. Though the initial deadline for submissions has passed, films will be accepted until April 7, via the film festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, he said. Hashimoto said the festival will be a two-day event and will include three venues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Dansante Building, The Lyric Theater and The Logan Art House. The $8 admission fee allows patrons into any of the venues, both nights of the festival. Cash prizes will be awarded the second night in each of the categories, as well as the audience choice award and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;best of festâ&#x20AC;? award, Budd said. In conjunction with the Logan Film Festival, there will be other events featuring graphic design, photography, interior design and landscape architecture. The events are collectively titled The Logan Design and Film Festival.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;How often has a community media event happened in this valley that offers both an outlet and a platform for creative expression to students, local citizens and outside visitors alike?â&#x20AC;? Hashimoto asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a chance for all of us to be active participants in making and appreciating what individuals can create when given the chance to express who they are and what stories they want to tell.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want it to be a celebration of film,â&#x20AC;? Woodbury said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made something and you want to see it on the big screen, this is a great opportunity.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; m.van911@aggiemail.usu. edu


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USU tuition is second lowest among universities in the West

In a survey of 20 universities in the Western U.S., USU ranked 19th in total cost of tuition and fees. The only school to charge students less than USU is the University of Wyoming. ASUSU President Erik Mikkelsen started the hearing by explaining the process that goes into changing tuition at public universities. He said student leaders have the first opportunity to suggest to Administration any changes that may need to be made using Tier 2 tuition funding. However, because of increasing student fees, Mikkelsen said, ASUSU found no issues it considered pressing enough to raise tuition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we were looking at Tier 2 tuition and considering proposals to make, we were seeing a lot of increases in student fees,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of that, as a student government, we decided not to bring anything forward on Tier 2 tuition from the student side. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really want to increase the cost for students too much, especially in the wake of increasing fees.â&#x20AC;? Albrecht said there are two types of tuition. Tier 1 is mandated by the State Board of Regents and is a consistent percentage across public colleges and universities across the state. Of tuition set by the state, at least 25 percent is required to go toward university employee salary. Money collected through Tier 1 is fed back through the state system. Tier 2 tuition was created in 2001 and established entirely by the institution with the approval of the Regents, Albrecht said. That money does not go back to the state, but instead stays at each individual school for Administration to do what it deems necessary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rather than those dollars feeding back through the system, they would remain at the institution,â&#x20AC;? Albrecht said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This allowed us during a period of budget cutting to do some things that were critical to the integrity of our institution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hire

faculty, work on advising and other kinds of issues.â&#x20AC;? After students have the chance to make their suggestions, Albrecht said, the process moves to faculty and Administration. He said funding from Tier 2 tuition is generally used to cover six main areas. Classroom instruction costs, academic support, student services, student initiatives, base deficit reduction and library support are all paid for through this money. For many students, low tuition is why they chose to attend USU and, for some alumni, why they miss being a student here. Scott Ficklin attended USU for his undergraduate degree, which he received in 2010. He is now in his second year of law school at the University of Oregon, where he said a tuition increase meant paying an additional $3,000 this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My tuition raised 10 percent this year, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel bad for you guys,â&#x20AC;? he said. Bailey McMurdie, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, said she came to USU because it was significantly cheaper than paying for school at home in Connecticut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is higher education. I expect to pay lots of money,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m made of money or anything, but this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shocking.â&#x20AC;? Erin Jones, a senior majoring in fisheries and aquatic sciences, said she supports the increase, but she will be graduating this semester. â&#x20AC;&#x153;School is expensive. Life is expensive. People should learn to deal with it,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Truth in Tuition hearing was the final step needed for university Administration to continue the process before asking the Board of Regents for the increase.

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Free legal counsel available to students Briefs BY ROUCHELLE BROCKMAN news senior writer

When thinking of lawyers, astronomical legal fees may come to mind. However, a local attorney is available to give free legal advice to all current USU students every Thursday from 5 to 7:40 p.m. in TSC 340. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vast majority of students come in to see me because of landlord and tenant disputes,â&#x20AC;? Attorney Barbara Lachmar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, I see a smattering of just about everything.â&#x20AC;? Lachmar said other common concerns students bring to her concern criminal cases or divorce and separation. She said she cannot represent students in court; rather, she can only offer counsel. Students seeking advice on topics she is not qualified to give counsel for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as immigration, taxes and corporate law â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may still make an appointment with her and she can refer them to a specialist in that field. She frequently consults with other attorneys and conducts other forms of research to answer

most of studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; questions, Lachmar said. Students interested in utilizing Lachmarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal counsel can make a 20-minute appointment with her by visiting the Student Involvement and Leadership Office located on the third floor of the Taggart Student Center. Students can arrange for longer appointments if they have more complex concerns, said Kristin Johnson, staff assistant in the Student Involvement and Leadership Office. Johnson said students whose legal concerns cannot wait until the regular Thursday appointment slots can make arrangements to contact Lachmar sooner by visiting the Student Involvement and Leadership Office. Johnson said Lachmarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on-campus schedule contains several open appointment slots most weeks. Lachmar said she see about three students a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provide this service, but not many students know about or utilize it.â&#x20AC;? Though the service is free to students, Lachmar is paid $80 an

hour using student fees, Johnson said. Spencer Beard, a junior majoring in finance and economics, said he saw Lachmar shortly before Spring Break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The meeting was really beneficial,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really informative and professional.â&#x20AC;? Beard said Lachmar asked him to describe his situation in detail, and she was able to answer most of his questions. He said there was one area of expertise she recommended he contact a referred specialist for. He said he highly recommends other students utilize her services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can imagine I saved a bit of money,â&#x20AC;? Beard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To spend an hour off campus with an experienced, well-educated lawyer would have probably cost me at least $100.â&#x20AC;? When not on campus, Lachmar works as a prosecutor for Cache County. She worked for Cache County as a public defender for 15 years and has been a prosecutor since 2005. Lachmar specializes in criminal law and graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane,

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Alumna to present views on water use

BARBARA LACHMAR Wash., in 1983 and has practiced in Washington, Colorado and Utah since then. She said she has worked for USU for approximately four years. According to the Student Legal Service Proposal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; available through the ASUSU student advocate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the legal services program began at USU during the 1982-83 school year. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rouchelle.brockman@aggiemail.

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Historian examines the many facets of the Golden Plates story

RICHARD BUSHMAN DISCUSSES THE GOLDEN PLATES LDS prophet Joseph Smith claimed to translate. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

realm were brought into question,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gold plates played on their anxieties and uncertainties, as all fantastic stories did.â&#x20AC;? From the beginning of the platesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; history, critics have questioned their existence and believed others would as well, Bushman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Critics assumed that only the lowly and degenerate would subscribe to such outlandish beliefs,â&#x20AC;? he said. After his lecture, Bushman held a brief Q-and-A session, which gave way to discussion on how the testimony of 11 other witness of the plates has been questioned, the manner in which Smith translated the plates and evidence of reformed Egyptian â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the language Smith claimed the plates were written in. The accounts of the translation process before and after the summer of 1828, when 116 pages of translated manuscript were said to have been lost, and statements about the plates by Emma Smith, Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, were also discussed. Bushman said in the past informa-

tion on the plates has been hard to obtain, but the publication of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Joseph Smith Papers,â&#x20AC;? volumes of the archives written and kept by Smith, should change that. Alex Hall, a senior studying art education, said she came to the lecture to hear about the plates from a historic view, rather than religious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mostly I was interested in hearing more of a historical, factual, unbiased recount of the Golden Plates,â&#x20AC;? Hall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously there is this unanswered, almost mystical and magical part of the religion. I thought it was also interesting that he never touched on any of his opinion.â&#x20AC;? Hall said she especially enjoyed the Q-and-A session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Bushman) was able to be less of a speaker and more of a person, which was easier to identify with,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bushman said he encourages others who may have information to contribute to the research on the plates. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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Students look for ways to offset rising fuel prices

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have over 33,500 rides more in 2012 than we did when we compare that to January and February of 2011,â&#x20AC;? Park said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In January and February of 2011, CVTD had a total ridership of 350,033 and for January and February of 2012 we have 383,584.â&#x20AC;? Park said CVTD reached a banner year in 2011, with 2.1 million rides. Park said the thousands of additional rides so far this year can be contributed to several things â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one being the good weather and comfortable waiting temperatures for the first of the year. Another is the Cash In For Clean Air contest CVTD hosted in February to encourage ridership with raffle drawings, an event that 1,500 individuals participated in. Gas and the economy play a significant role too, though, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly I think with gasoline prices increasing, people are looking to alternatives,â&#x20AC;? he said. Packer said he has few options to get to school and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider the bus practical for his situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bus system doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run late enough for me to consider using it to get to and from campus,â&#x20AC;? he said. Packer said he is bothered with the increasing costs of gas and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why the price canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be kept below $3.50 per gallon. With tensions continuously rising in the Middle East, especially with Iran, many like Packer are unsure whether the cause for the increase is due to politics, the actual cost of oil or gouging by oil companies. Many news organizations, such as CNBC and the New York Post, have reported that prices may hit $5 this summer, but the reason is still a mystery to many American consumers and USU students having to pay at the pump on a regular basis. With the increase some students are resorting to riding bicycles, buses or carpooling to save money. Students like Melissa Hansen, a junior majoring in FCHD, have participated in carpooling groups since before prices went up, a decision that has saved many people money despite the uncertain future of gas prices. The average cost of unleaded gas reached a recordbreaking high of $4.11 in July 2008, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. With the current increase, that record may potentially be broken this year. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west coasts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chile and California â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are both sites of pioneering and international cases of water and energy development. University of Arizona scholar Carl Bauer will address these similar yet unique cases in a speech at USU on Thursday. Bauer presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water and Law in Chile and California: 1960s to Present,â&#x20AC;? as guest speaker for the College of Natural Resourcesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; third annual Distinguished Geographer Lecture. His talk, free and open to all, begins at 6 p.m. in room 101 of the Merrill-â&#x20AC;?Cazier Library. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Bauer is an expert on the problems of water rights and water policy at the intersection of geography, law, politics and eco-â&#x20AC;? nomics,â&#x20AC;? said Sarah Null, lecture coordinator and assistant profes-â&#x20AC;? sor in USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department of water-â&#x20AC;? shed sciences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His talk bridges the gap between academic and policy audiences and will be of interest to people from a broad range of disci-â&#x20AC;? plines.â&#x20AC;? Bauer is an associate professor in UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Geography and Development. Prior to his cur-â&#x20AC;? rent appointment, he served as a researcher with Resources for the Future, in Washington, D.C. Bauerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit is made possible by support from the Association of American Geographers Visiting Geographical Scientist Program, USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department of environment and society, and USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department of watershed sciences.

Son of local family hospitalized in Brazil The parents of an LDS missionary who was seriously injured when he was struck by a bus in Brazil say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve traveled to South America to be with him. LDS church spokesman Scott Trotter told The Herald Journal that Britten Schenk was hit Friday while waiting on a sidewalk to cross the street. He suffered severe head trauma. Schenk, a 2009 graduate of Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, has been serving his mission in Sao Paulo. His parents, Steve and Karla Schenk, secured emergency visas to go to Brazil and see him in the hospital. A Tuesday posting on a family blog monitoring his condition stated doctors had taken Schenk off of sedation, while he remained on a ventilator.

Concert celebrates organ restoration A concert celebrating the restoration of USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Campbell Holtkamp organ will be held Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall. Mormon Tabernacle Choir principal organist, Richard Elliott, will be the featured guest. The evening also includes the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prelude Fanfare,â&#x20AC;? composed by USU department of music faculty member Jude Vaclavik, featuring members of the USU Chamber Singers. The organ, recently updated and restored to its original specifications, will now be known as the Campbell Holtkamp organ in honor of Paul and Paulette Campbell, who made the restoration possible. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact the CCA Box Office at 435797-8022 or at the Caine College of the Arts website.


GAS PRICES IN CACHE VALLEY, THOUGH LOWER than the national average, prompted many students to examine alternatives to driving. Cache Valley Transportation District Planning and Marketing Manager Randy Park said bus ridership in the valley has increase this year and he suspects the reason is partially due to high gas prices. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

The article, â&#x20AC;&#x153;USU Hall of Fame inductees announcedâ&#x20AC;? in the March 21 edition of The Utah Statesman incorrectly stated the induction date for the USU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2012 was scheduled for March 26. The induction will occur Sept. 8, 2012. The policy of The Utah Statesman is to correct any error made as soon as possible. If you find something you would like clarified or find in error, please contact the editor at 797-â&#x20AC;?1742, or come in to TSC 105.

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A different diet:

Vegan Life BY NATASHA BODILY assistant features editor College students adopt various diets for budgetary, health and ethical reasons. From eating Ramen noodles and mac and cheese to being fast-food regulars, the rationales for eating a certain way are numerous. Chloe Hanson, a junior majoring in creative writing, said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a vegan for about four years. She became a vegetarian when she was eight years old and said during high school she realized she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being healthy by eating bread and ice cream all the time. A vegan, as defined by the Merriam-Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dictionary, is a strict vegetarian who consumes no food that comes from an animal or from dairy products. Now that she has been following the diet for several years, she said her bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clock has evened itself out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get distracted and I

can focus more in class,â&#x20AC;? she said. For Chae Martinsen, adopting a vegan diet held more meaning than solely abandoning dairy and meat products. In second grade, Martinsen, who was raised in Layton before moving to Las Vegas, said she came to the realization that eating animals she loved was wrong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How can I love them and still eat them?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. After becoming vegetarian in the second grade, Martinsen said she never wavered from the meatless diet, and, nine years ago, she cut out dairy as well and became vegan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized that the meat and dairy industry just thrive off each other, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to support any of the cruel acts that go on in slaughterhouses, dairy farms and chicken coops,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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True beauty can be found at home and abroad

Well, we did it. We made it to Spring Break. After all the planning and anticipation it finally came. Unfortunately now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over, but not without some good stories and experiences. This break I got to go with some of my family to Ireland. While Ireland isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your typical Spring Break hot spot, I got to see some of the prettiest things: countless acres of extraordinarily green fields lined with miles of stone walls, ancient cathedrals and fascinating historical sites. On my favorite day, we got an up-close-and-personal experience with the landscape on a bike ride along the Atlantic coastal roads. Thanks to modern technology, while I was abroad I was constantly being updated on the whereabouts of my friends and their activities. I had friends all over the globe. A roommate of mine was in Hawaii, another in California, some other friends were in Mexico, southern Utah and a few stayed back in Logan. Despite the differences in location, one thing we all had in common were amazing photos of our adventures and the beautiful scenery the world has to offer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beautiful sunsets, warm sandy beaches, city skylines, the Grand Canyon, waterfalls, oceanside cliffs and the list goes on. For many of us, Spring Break was an opportunity to venture to different parts of the world to take advantage of all the Earth had to

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the surrounding area have so much to offer if we just know how and where to look. I have already noticed people playing frisbee on the quad or slacklining between trees in a number of different areas. Logan also seems to be littered with parks that can be put to use for activities like volleyball, soccer, croquet or anything to get us to appreciate the view. I just heard someone today talking about things to do at First Dam and the small hiking trails that are up

there. And, as we know, the ORP has plenty of resources just waiting to be used. As long as we can maintain the mindset that the world is our own giant playground and realize the area in which we live is part of that playground, there should be no reason for us to ever get bored. The best part is we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait around for another break or buy any plane tickets to do it.

offer, including swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, playing in waterfalls and sleeping outside. I had an interesting thought as I was driving on a highway north of Logan and looking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; toward the fields passing me by. No, they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nearly as green as the Irish fields enclosed by the pretty stone walls and they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the picturesque sheep that dotted the landscape. They werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sandy and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surf there, but they did have their own beauty. They stretched toward me from a backdrop of still slightly snow-covered mountains, the same gorgeous mountains that we practically live in. I realized that to a local, this may not seem so pretty or captivating because this scene is constantly around us. But someone who comes from a different environment might be able to see the loveliness here that we may often overlook and take for granted, even if the grass is literally greener in Ireland. One of my friends who stayed here over the break told me that she had fallen in love with Logan during the great weather here last week. I have had similar feelings about our cool little college town. Logan and -6)0%2(Âł7'3%780-2)-7-()%0for those who love the outdoor recreation including swimming, surfing, hiking and biking. DAVID STEINER photos

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dark Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is an ocean of pain Beauty can be dangerous, and danger can be beautiful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Tideâ&#x20AC;? is not a movie for people with a fear of sharks, or those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand bloody water or sharks eating various creatures. If you fit in these categories, you probably shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see this movie. On the other hand, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fascinated with sharks, definitely see this movie. The face to face scenes with the sharks were ominous and tense, and they provided wonderful photo opportunities, but too much of the movie was underwater, where it is difficult to develop characters and move the story along. Kate (Halle Berry) is a shark expert with a gift of understanding the psychology of sharks to the point where she can swim outside of a cage.


With her tight-knit team, videographer and husband Jeff (Olivier Martinez), fellow diver Themba (Sizwe Msutu), and pilot Tommy (Mark Elderkin), she creates movies and documentaries to make a living. While filming an excursion off the coast of South Africa, Themba, the eyes in the back of Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head, is killed in a tragic accident by a shark. The team breaks up, and one year later, Kate can hardly stand hearing news about shark attacks. She gives seal tours to any interested party, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much, since all the tourists are interested in sharks, so her business suffers. Jeff comes to her with a proposal from a wealthy father, Brady (Roger Brown). Brady offers Kate a large amount of money to take him and his son Luke (Luke Tyler) on a journey of a lifetime: the chance to show courage and swim with

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sharks outside the cage. Reluctantly, and with some persuasion from Jeff, Kate takes the offer, under the condition that Kate will make the call whether or not Brady and Luke will exit the cage. During the search for sharks, Jeff tries to patch his relationship with Kate. After an argument ensues, and frustrated with the lack of progress, Kate loses her cool and heads straight for Shark Alley, where the biggest, baddest sharks live. From here, things get exciting, but I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spoil it for you. My favorite shot in the film had seals swimming above thick seaweed, with enough space to clearly see a diver in the middle of the motion. It was beautiful. About halfway through the movie, I thought the film was going to end quickly. I was caught off guard when the final expedition took much longer than I thought it would. Fortunately it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too boring, but the weakness in the middle of the story didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t link the beginning and end as well as it could have. Since I did watch â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Tideâ&#x20AC;? on my computer, the magic of the theater and intensity of the film may have been somewhat diminished. Regardless, the movie wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t captivating and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the best resolution, so you may enjoy renting it down the road rather than rushing out to the theater. Director John Stockwell, known for acting in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Gunâ&#x20AC;? and directing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Crushâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Blue,â&#x20AC;? returns once again to the water for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Tide.â&#x20AC;? He seems to have a similar style between his movies, but he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to produce any blockbusters that have a lasting impact, and unfortunately this film fits right in with his previous works. Berry is famous for her role as Storm in the X-Men

movies, and as Jinx Johnson in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Another Day.â&#x20AC;? For someone with such an acting resume, she did a good job playing a believable normal person. I sincerely believed she could be a real shark diver. Martinez is more subdued and less arrogant here than in previous jobs, especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;S.W.A.T.â&#x20AC;? I liked his position as a film artist. He gave an interesting perspective on what it means to be a photographer. The music, composed by Mark Sayfritz, was more ambient than anything else. There were only a few rare moments when the music was replaced with traditional African songs. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Tideâ&#x20AC;? wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be released in theaters until March 30, but with the power of iTunesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Advance Screening, I watched it two weeks before its release date. Advance Screening allows people to see a pretheatrical release movie for only a couple dollars more than the price of a movie ticket. There are a few other advantages to this option. The movie can be watched as many times as you want in a 24-hour period, like a normal iTunes rental. It also allows for flexibility in when you want to watch it initially. If you have a home theater, the experience can be better than a movie theater. You can sit more comfortably on a couch cuddling with your significant other than on the stiff seats of movie theaters. Unfortunately thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much of a selection of movies yet, but that will probably change in the next few years. Also, if you only have a computer to watch the movie on, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide as fantastic an experience a normal movie theater could provide. You may skip â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Tide,â&#x20AC;? but you may want to try Advance Screening sometime. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spencer Palmer is a graduate student working toward an MBA with a recent bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in mechanical engineering. He enjoys watching all sorts of movies. Email him at spencer.palmer@aggiemail.

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Tandoori hits the spot

I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t profess to be a connoisseur of much of anything. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m good at eating, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fairly apt in the kitchen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that means I think I can cook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked in and eaten at dozens of restaurants. As far as my experience goes eating in restaurants attached to gas stations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I mean full-on sitdown restaurants with servers, a commercial kitchen and maybe even a hostess. I have eaten at a handful of places that fit this description, but the majority of them have been truckstop diners on road trips, or the like. For the first time, as I rummaged through my brain for ideas of where to go in Logan for my next food review, I decided it was time to do Indian. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t profess to be an Indian food expert, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eaten a wide variety of Indian food, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m certainly not one of those typical trendy hipster-beatnik types who thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool to talk about Indian food. Most local foodies, ethnic food enthusiasts and Cache Valley natives know there are at least a couple of nearby options to fulfill that craving for aromatic, usually spicy, peculiar cuisine that tells a historical tale of Indian gastronomic culture far better than cheeseburgers would ever do for America. The two major Indian food entities in Logan are Indian Oven and Tandoori Oven. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told each has its pros and cons; but recently I had a friend tell me her favorite was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one next to the gas station.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, the gas station where all the closet potheads used to buy their spice until it was outlawed; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about cumin and turmeric. I decided to check out the Tandoori Oven for lunch the other day, and I have to say, hands down, I was served one of the best meals Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had out to eat in a long time. You can tell as soon as you walk into the place that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in an Indian restaurant. I was inundated by the fragrant smells of

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tandoori Ovenâ&#x20AC;? Grade: A+

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D Whitney Smith incense, curry powder, cumin and cardamom. A woman who appeared to be a native of India greeted me at the door and invited me to find a table of my own â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes a daunting task on oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own during the peak of a lunch rush. I actually had no problem, however, finding a place to sit in the humble and somewhat intimate dining room of about a dozen tables and booths. In no time I was greeted my server who reminded me of the boys I see on TV shows in which the host visits India and is constantly surrounded by teenage boys smiling for the Western cameras. What the boy, or perhaps young man, lacked in age and knowledge of the English language, he made up for in politeness and willingness to please. Instantly he was on my good side after he fulfilled my request for a Dr Pepper. When he returned with my beverage, I asked him to suggest an entree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; chicken tikka masala is what I got. I must admit, in the past Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hesitant to eat a lot of Indian food because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not such a huge fan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or at least I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I was â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of cooking with creams and yogurt. Well, I was wrong. The chicken masala came in a wonderfully fragrant, perfectly seasoned cream sauce that smothered the clay-oven-barbecued chicken. Just as Korean barbecue is far different from what Americans consider when they think of barbecue, Tandoori Ovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of the word barbecue refers to the method of cook-

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ing, and not so much the sauce or the flavor. For this I was glad. My chicken dish came with a standard bowl of rice and a spare plate to mix everything on. The element that truly made my first Tandoori Oven experience superb was the garlic naan bread the waiter suggested with my meal. Who eats Indian food without naan? This bread is no joke, folks. It came fresh from the oven, covered in garlic powder and still steaming â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it provided the perfect utensil for soaking up the excellent sauce that my chicken was bathing in. For lunch and dinner specials, Tandoori Oven offers the typical Utah-friendly all-you-can-eat buffet. I figured Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d skip this, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I did. For all you college students and young couples, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure this is a great way to enjoy what Tandoori has to offer without breaking the bank. I suggest, though, when you decide to splurge, give one of the fullentree menu items a try. I have no complaints about Tandoori Oven. The dining room was tiny, as I said, and the decor was simplistic yet traditional. If I had to muster up anything negative, it would be the fact that I felt as though I was in India while I was there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so bad, but the air temperature had me sweating while I ate. Perhaps this was due to my proximity to the kitchen. Tandoori Oven gets and A-plus in my book of great ethnic restaurants to put on the list of regular haunts. For about $15 I was able to fill up and take leftovers home with me, including some of the fantastic naan. After a $5 tip for my hard-working server, I was able to leave happy and enjoy the sunny spring weather Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not used to experiencing here in Cache Valley this time of year. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; dan.whitney.smith@aggiemail.

AS PART OF SCIENCE WEEK, students enjoy free rock climbing on the TSC Patio on Thursday afternoon. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

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Dining Services gives vegan students a number of veggie meal options

Hanson said even though she is concerned with the ethical and environmental benefits of veganism, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not every vegan is a crazy, in-your-face PETA activist.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family thinks it is weird,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They think it is more of a statement or an

image- driven lifestyle choice.â&#x20AC;? Rachelle Wong, a biology major, said veganism for her was a health-based decision, not an ethical one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was feeling very sluggish and tired all the time,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I stopped eating bacon cheeseburgers and other crap, I

felt so much healthier.â&#x20AC;? Wong said she took meat and dairy out of her diet gradually as she learned which foods she could add to her diet to compensate for the lack of protein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It turns out there are a ton of very healthy vegan foods

that have a ton of protein and way less calories,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have oatmeal almost every morning with vegan peanut butter. I feel loads better than when I was downing bacon, eggs and muffins.â&#x20AC;? She said she had to add tofu, quinoa, lentils and leafy

vegetables to her diet for extra protein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really having a hard time, you can take vitamins,â&#x20AC;? she said. According to, most major health food chains have many vegan-friendly options from cake and waffle mixes to egg and cheese replacements.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a common misconception that veganism is a boring, tasteless diet,â&#x20AC;? Wong said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you figure out different recipes and how to cook them, it really is delicious.â&#x20AC;? She said in the past week she has made meals that even her meat-eating roommates enjoyed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They made fun of me a bit at first because I went from eating meat at almost every meal to cutting it out completely â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with dairy. It was a big change,â&#x20AC;? Wong said. Hansonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roommates also think her vegan diet is weird, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They keep trying to persuade me to let it go â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having ice-cream, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you want some?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always cooking and making a big mess.â&#x20AC;? Wong said initially her diet was just about health, but after making the dietary change, she learned a lot more about the ethical aspects as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found out I am saving around 100 animals a year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not too shabby,â&#x20AC;? she said. She said the hardest part wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the willpower to avoid familiar foods, it was finding where to shop and how to do so without breaking the bank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like there were very many options on campus,â&#x20AC;? Wong said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even the salads come with cheese and dairy dressings.â&#x20AC;? However, Hanson said she hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a problem finding vegan food on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to eat at the Marketplace, and the Mexican place has salads, and the Asian spot has noodles and vegetables.â&#x20AC;? She said she will probably raise her children with a vegan diet, even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really strict. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lifestyle choice I would recommend for everyone,â&#x20AC;? Hanson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to research it or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be miserable.â&#x20AC;? -

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USU beats Loyola Marymount 77-69 to advance to CIT semifinals

BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

The USU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team became one of 28 Division-I teams still playing basketball Wednesday night. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin continued his post-season tear with 23 points and eight rebounds to lead USU over the Loyola Marymount Lions at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Spectrum had 5,546 fans in attendance for the Postseason Tournament â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fewer than normal for a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game in Logan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to see USU defeat LMU 77-69 in the quarterfinal matchup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are really good team,â&#x20AC;? senior forward Morgan Grim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big win for us. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just scrape by either. We played them pretty handily until the last bit. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just playing better and I

Utah State baseballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting pitcher Kyle Durrant was named the National Club Baseball Association pitcher of the week. Durrant threw a fiveinning perfect game last week in Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14-0 win over Utah Valley University. The starter struck out 12 batters in the game and retired 15 straight batters. He only allowed one hit out of the infield. Durrant has a 3.68 ERA and has three wins so far this season. Durrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance helped the Aggies to a national ranking of No. 24 in the NCBA, their best ranking so far this season. The Aggies have a record of 10-4 and are on a 10-game winning streak after dropping the first four games of the season to scholarship programs. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

think it shows. Our practice habits are definitely carrying over.â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Stew Morrill said â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was feisty game.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a lot of scrappy plays going on,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played really hard. We scrapped hard. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to get a win. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good basketball team we beat. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve shown that throughout the year.â&#x20AC;? It was back and forth between the two teams in the first half, as there were five ties and eight lead changes. A Medlin layup off a Kyisean Reed block gave USU its largest lead of the half at 22-15, but LMU would eventually tie the game up as junior forward Ashley Hamilton would tie the game at 26-all with a free throw. USU finished the first half on a 7-0 run and built a double-digit lead in the second half, which it sustained for much of the half. Medlin opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give the Aggies a double-digit lead, and freshman forward Ben Clifford would give USU its largest lead of the night with a baseline 3-pointer. A pair of free throws from sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel gave USU a 62-51 lead with 5:40 to play, but LMU responded with a 7-0 run capped by a layup from sophomore guard Anthony Ireland, who finished the game with 23 points. After Cliffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-pointer, USU would struggle to hit field goals as LMU turned

up the defensive pressure in a full-court press. The Lions slowly chipped away at USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead and eventually cut the advantage to within four points with 3:05 to play. Grim, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, ended LMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run with a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been feeling really good lately,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a good break after the WAC Tournament and my ankle feels a million times better. I can actually go play and run around and have some energy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very different when you are limping around.â&#x20AC;? USU pushed its lead back up to nine points â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all from free throws â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and what had been an already physical game reached its boiling point with 1:26 remaining. Medlin was forced into a timeout after junior guard Jarred DuBois and Ireland had trapped him in the backcourt. After Medlin called timeout, he got tangled up with DuBois and associate head coach Myke Scholl earned a Class A technical foul with his comments to officials. The Class A technical foul earned LMU head coach Max Good a Class B technical foul. Those technical fouls translated to four made free throws by Pane. USU retained possession and Medlin sank two more free throws to push the lead to 15.

The Aggies made 32 of 35 free throws on the night, and LMU made 7 of 14 free throws. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed all of them,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said of the free throws. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looked like we were just going to put this game away, and we kind of let them back in a little bit. They made some plays to give themselves a chance to get back in it, but making free throws basically sealed the game. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt to have four free ones either. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take those.â&#x20AC;? USU has won six of its last seven games and earned another 20-win season with its victory over LMU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting to 20 wins is a great thing,â&#x20AC;? Medlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not every team gets 20 wins. We fought really hard to get there, and we made comeback from when people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do very good.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies will host the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the semifinal game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to have another home game,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously in this valley youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather not play on Sunday, but you do what they tell you. We are a state school. Hopefully those that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it will forgive us, go to church and come to the game.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

Free throws key in CIT win BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

SOPHOMORE GUARD PRESTON 1)(0-2 shoots in the Loyola Marymount game Wednesday. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

One month ago, the USU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team was in danger of finishing with a losing record for the first time under head coach Stew Morrillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure. The idea of achieving a 13th consecutive 23-win season was also entirely inconceivable. Though the Aggies forfeited any chance of winning 23 games with their early exit in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, the Postseason Tournament selection committe gave USU a chance to win more games in the postseason. The Aggies notched their 20th win Wednesday night over the Loyola Marymount Lions 77-69 and punched their ticket to the semifinals of the CIT. With three games remaining in the regular season, USU had a losing conference record (5-6) and sat right at 14-14 overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people had us counted out at the end of the season,â&#x20AC;? senior forward Morgan Grim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good lesson for the guys who are coming back. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing for our season to get 20 wins, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to keep grinding. A lot of people had us looking at a losing season. We just started playing with nothing to lose and playing together and playing with a lot of energy.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies have now won six of their last seven games â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a

winning streak that began with a 67-50 Senior Night victory over the Idaho Vandals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said the past couple of days, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really proud of this group,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have been so easy to fold in the tent. We could have went 14-18 in a heartbeat. Then they went out and swept out on the road.â&#x20AC;? Morrill said the hot streak says a lot about the men on the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won six of our last seven and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still playing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hung in there. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of adversity this year and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hung in there. I think the 20 wins reflects them hanging in there.â&#x20AC;? Part of USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success during the postseason can be attributed to its improved free-throw shooting. Morrill often referred to USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shooting during the season as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;adventure,â&#x20AC;? but USU has hit better than 80 percent from the charity stripe during its CIT games. Utah State made more than double the number of foul shots that Loyola Marymount, as the Aggies went 32 of 35 and the Lions hit 7 of 14 attempts. The Aggies shot 91.4 percent from the foul line for the game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 for 8 in the first half and 24 of 27 in the second. Two of the three missed were front ends of 1-and-1 situations by sophomore guard Preston Medlin, with 5:34 left in the game, See AGGIES, Page 8


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Action-packed Spectrum weekend A weekend at the spectrum. That is what is on my mind. The weather is finally warming up and spring is beckoning, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to spend all weekend indoors. Saturday the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships descends upon Logan. The shiny basketball floor of the Spectrum will be converted into mats and gymnastics apparatuses before five teams pit their skills against one another in the culmination of their seasons. The Aggies will take on San Jose State University,

Southern Utah University, S a c r a m e n to S t a te University and, for the first time, the University of Denver. This is the first time the five teams will be together in competition, but most of them are familiar with each other. The only undefeated team in WAC action is San Jose State, who is a perfect 3-0 in WAC matchups. Other than San Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference dominance, the teams seem to be evenly matched. The unknown variable in the meet is the University of Denver. I grew up watching DU gymnastics, so the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


The Pioneers have no WAC history, as they A backed out of their only Tomboyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference meet of the season. Take The Aggies beat the SUU Thunderbirds just two meets ago for the first time in seven years, so trip to Logan is a bit nos- maybe thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a talgic for me. rivalry there. Since head coach Aggies fans have a Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart unique opportunity to see took over the program their gymnasts take on 14 years ago, Denver has some really good competibeen a force in the gym- tion this weekend. nastics world. This year When someone asks the Pioneers are ranked me what my favorite sea13 No. 18 in the nation, and son is, I simply respond, there is no doubt the rest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Postseason.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of the teams in the WAC of year. March Madness are ready to take on the is going on, professional challenge.

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sports are reaching crunch time, and the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team is still in a postseason tournament. Wait, what? All jokes aside about playing a game in Utah on a Sunday, the Aggies are taking on Oakland University. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than watching Kyisean Reed throw down huge dunks, Preston Medlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face when he makes a huge basket and Jordan Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face pretty much all the time. Now we just need to get the Spectrum full on a Sunday. This could be interesting.

Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the CITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of taking the fan variable out of the game in a setting like Utah State. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the more reason to get the Spectrum. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our faithful editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty good reason, too. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Meredith Kinney is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and an avid hockey and lacrosse fan. She hopes one day to be a big-shot sideline reporter working for ESPN. Send comments to meredith.kinney@aggiemail.

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LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (21-13) Hamilton 4-9 3-5 11, Armstead 2-3 0-0 6, Okonji 2-4 0-0 4, Viney 3-11 1-2 9, Ireland 9-20 3-5 23, English 2-2 0-0 4, Blackwell 1-2 0-0 2, DuBois 3-11 0-0 8, Osborne 0-3 0-2 0, Lawson 1-1 0-0 2, Diederichs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-66 7-14 69. UTAH ST. (20-15) Grim 7-9 2-3 16, Reed 2-5 4-4 8, Pane 4-10 8-8 17, Berger 0-3 1-2 1, Medlin 5-13 13-14 26, Clifford 2-6 2-2 7, Thoseby 0-1 0-0 0, Farris 0-3 0-0 0, Bruneel 0-1 2-2 2, Stone 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-51

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USU set to host WAC Championships BY MEREDITH KINNEY sports senior writer

The last time Utah State hosted the Western Athletic Conference gymnastics championships was in 2006, the Aggies’ first year in the conference. USU will play host again this year when the five-team conference championship hits Logan on Saturday. The Aggies will be joined by San Jose State University, Sacramento State University, Southern Utah University and No. 18 University of Denver. DU is USU’s sixth-ranked opponent of the season. After the championships, the top 36 teams in the country will be selected for the NCAA Regional Championships in April. USU was on the road for two meets leading up to championships. The Aggies took down SUU for the first time since 2005 before coming in third at a quad meet hosted by the University of Arizona. Freshman Sarah Landes leads the Aggies in the all-around. The Edmond, Okla., native is sixth in the WAC with a regional qualifying score of 38.925. She also leads the team in beam RQS with a 9.690, which ranks 16th in the conference.

JUNIOR AMELIA MONTOYA performs her floor routine earlier this season. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

Sophomore Paige Jones is fifth in the WAC on vault with an RQS of 9.810. She is also tied for sixth on bars with a 9.805. Senior Rebecca Holliday is 10th in the WAC in all-around rankings. As a team, Utah State has an RQS of 193.745, which includes the second-best bar average in the WAC. The Aggies regained the top spot on the event two weeks ago but were dethroned by DU. Their 48.865 ranks fifth in the North Central region and 28 in the country. The DU Pioneers are the highest ranked in the conference, sitting at No. 18 in this week’s rankings. They lead the WAC with a 14-6 record. This is the first season the Pioneers have competed in the WAC. DU joined the conference when Boise State University and California State, Fullerton left. The Pioneers have posted a team total 196 or higher in four of their last five meets. They lead the WAC in team total RQS as well as all four events. Individually, sophomore Moriah Martin leads Denver with a 39.210 all-around RQS and a 9.915 on vault. Senior Lousie Mercer leads the Pioneers on bars with a 9.855 RQS. The University of Denver has made 13 consecutive appearances at the NCAA Regionals and three NCAA National Championship berths. The Sacramento State Hornets are 9-8 overall and went 1-2 in WAC matchups. They are coming off a season best 195.275 in their final regular season meet — a loss to San Jose State. The other WAC loss came at the hands of Utah State. SSU freshman Kalliah McCartney set a school record with a 39.375 all-around score. She leads the Hornets in all-around, vault and beam scores. Sophomore Kailey Hansen leads the team on floor, and Nicole Meiller leads the team on bars. The San Jose State Spartans captured the WAC regular season title with a perfect 3-0 conference record. They are 12-6 overall. The Spartans are coming off their season high and second-best score in school history with a 195.850 earned in their regular season finale. SJSU is led by senior power gymnast Thomasina Wallace, who won 10 all-around titles in the regular season. She holds the record for highest all-around mark in school history with a 39.575 and came close to scoring a 39.550 in last week’s meet. Wallace also leads the Spartans in all

SENIOR HALEY HOGAN poses during her balance beam routine. Hogan and the Aggies will host the WAC Championships March 24 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

four events, including a 9.890 RQS on bars. The SUU Thunderbirds are 4-11 overall and 1-2 in WAC action. They are also coming off a season high 195.875 in their home finale against Boise State. Freshman Rochelle Bernier is the top T-bird on vault with a 9.800 RQS. Junior Alyssa Click leads the team on bars with a 9.790 RQS, and fellow junior Caitlin Kennedy leads beam with a 9.790. Freshman Brittney Jensen leads the team on


floor with a 9.790 as well. The WAC Championships begin Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Aggies will open the meet on vault before heading to bars and beam, and USU will close out the meet on floor. –


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Aggies lose to No. 73 Alabama Birmingham “ BY MEGAN BODILY staff writer

The Utah State men’s tennis team dropped its third match in a row to University of Alabama at Birmingham, Wednesday in Boise, Idaho. The No. 73 Blazers dismissed the Aggies 7-0. “It was a quality opponent,” head coach Chris Wright said. “We are just losing some of the close ones.” The double’s point eluded USU, as UAB won two of the three pro-sets. Junior Sven Poslusny and partner freshman Marcus Fritz won the only match of the day in a tiebreaker. The pair defeated Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman 8-7 in the No. 1 doubles position. Poslusny said he and Fritz were ready to win a close match after losing so many. “We have had a lot of close matches and this time we had more luck, more focus, and we were ready to win in the tiebreaker,” Poslusny said. The win was not enough,

It was a quality opponent. We are just losing some of the close ones.”

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since the Blazers had already quickly taken the other two doubles matches. Daniel Moser and Danny Manlow defeated sibling duo, Andrew and Lenny Whiting, 8-1 in the No. 2 doubles position. Senior Nate Ballam and freshman Matt Sweet tried to hang in with UAB’s Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar but could not close out the match, losing 4-8 in the No. 3 doubles spot. Wright said even though the team lost the doubles

point, he was happy with how the Aggies played. “We played great at number one doubles. As a pairing, (Poslusny and Fritz) have had a lot of close ones, and it was good to see them win one,” Wright said. “The brothers came out with great energy, and Ballam and Sweet had a great match as well,” In singles action Utah State fared no better, dropping all singles matches, but not without a couple of three-set battles. Poslusny took his opponent Manlow to three sets in the No. 1 singles position. The German native rebounded after losing the first set 2-6 to take the second 6-4. Poslusny could not hold off Manlow in the third, losing the match 2-6, 6-4, 4-6. Posluny said he felt like he played a great match that came down to a few points. “In the first set I didn’t have rhythm, but in the second I found (it),” Poslusny said. “(My opponent) played a lot of serve and volley, and I had to make adjustments to my return and passing shots. It was one or two points in the third set that decided it.” Fritz returned to singles action — after missing the last match because of a hip injury — to take on UAB’s Zimmerman in the No. 2 singles position. The freshman fell in straight sets 2-6, 2-6. Sophomore Fredrick Peterson also fell in straight

JUNIOR SVEN POSLUSNY swings in a match held in the Sports Academy earlier this season. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

sets, losing to Helliar 2-6, 4-6 in the No. 3 singles position. Junior Lenny Whiting mirrored Peterson, losing to Moser 2-6, 4-6 in the No. 4 singles position. Ballam battled Puetz in the No. 5 singles position, pushing the Blazer to three

sets. The senior dropped a close first set 5-7 but came back to take the second in a tiebreaker. The third set was replaced with a super tiebreaker — a tiebreaker to 10 points — as the Aggie’s fate was already sealed. Ballam narrowly missed taking the match falling 5-7,

7-6, 6-10. Assistant coach Brian Marchant said Ballam’s great attitude on the court benefits his game. “Ballam is a fighter, no matter whom is he playing,” Marchant said. “He always believes he can win, his opponent just came up with big shots.” Sophmore Andrew Whiting finished the match with a loss in straight sets to James Gardner 3-6, 4-6 in the No. 6 singles position. Wright said even though his team lost, he felt it played well. “In singles everyone went out with good energy and everybody was battling,” Wright said. “I can’t fault them. I’m proud of the guys.” The loss puts USU 4-8 on the season. The Aggies will return to Boise on March 31 to take on No. 14 Fresno State. The matchup will pit USU against the Western Athletic Conference leaders. Poslusny said he feels confident his team can compete against highly ranked team. “It’s going to be a tough match. We have to play our best game — bring our A-game,” he said. “If everyone competes at the level that we can compete at, we can make it a match. I’m definitely excited for it.” – mega.bodi@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Campus recreationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first outdoor 5/10 K, the Spring Run-off, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. The race will begin at the HPER Building and is $5 for students and $10 for nonstudents. Pre-register before Saturday at the HPER Building service desk. Registration is also open from 8:30-9:30 a.m. the morning of the race. Those who participate have the chance to get free swag from Poco Loco, Joy Ride Bike Shop and Campus Rec. March is National Nutrition Month and we are having a campus-wide challenge to get our plates in shape! There will be weekly challenges with weekly prizes and a grand prize for the whole month. To start, get a team of four together and visit the Facebook page â&#x20AC;&#x153;LIVE, LOVE, NUTRITIONâ&#x20AC;? for more details. On March 27, there will be an awards ceremony and party to celebrate all your hard work and all participants will receive a prize! Questions? Email Friday the 23rd Singer/ songwriter Cherish Tuttle returns to Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Pier 49 Pizza is located at 99 East 1200 South. Everyone is invited. Come enjoy some excellent music and pizza! The USU Japan Club is hosting a Ping Pong Tournament on Friday March 23rd at 2 to 4 p.m.. Prizes include free entrees from Beehive Grill, a $15 gift certificate to Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marketplace, and more. Compete in the singles or doubles tournament. Come play. You might win! North Logan City is hosting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sprint 2 Springâ&#x20AC;? on Saturday, March 24 at Elk Ridge Park at 9:00 AM. This 5k fun run and 1 mile walk is brought to you by North Logan Recreation

and students from the Parks and Recreation program at USU. The cost for the fun run is $10 and the proceeds will go to the organization Common Ground Outdoor Adventures. Please register online at http:// Player/HomePlayer.aspx by March 12th to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Saturday the 24th Becky Kimball and Kaiti Jensen will perform at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza Saturday evening. Becky will play at 6pm, followed by Kaiti at 7pm.  Please support our local musicians! Everyone is invited. Common Ground is going ice skating at the Eccles Ice Center on Monday, March 26 at 5 pm. The cost is $5. Common Ground is a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. To sign up for this activity as a participant or volunteer, request transportation, or to learn about other activities, call 713-0288. Running low on closet space?  Do you have more shoes than you know what to do with?  Give your old wardrobe new life while helping young girls feel empowered and beautiful!  From now until March 27, Utah State students are accepting donations of gently used prom dresses and other prom-specific items (shoes, purses, hats, gloves, and jewelry) to be loaned to local teens during a Prom Dress Drive/Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Event that will be held on March 28, 2012.  The event itself will include a fashion show, hair and makeup tutorials, an advice booth, and a motivational speaker. Drop off dresses and accessories at the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority House (693 N. 800 E. in Logan), and  contact Danielle Adams [(847) 8490946] with questions.

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