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Today’s Issue: Campus News

Bioneers conference prompts discussion on social equity in sustainability. Page 2

Features

Spend an afternoon making Thanksgiving crafts to begin thegiving season. Page 4

Sports

Club warns about dangers of pornography BY PIPER BLOTTER staff writer

all Internet sites are pornographic, 89 percent of which are hosted in the U.S. where pornography is a $13 billion industry. One chapter member shared his experience of dealing porn addiction. He said he was introduced at a young age and his addiction led to depression and feelings of isolation. Talking to his mother was his first step toward confronting the issue. “The average age of a child’s first exposure to porn is 11,� said Landon Wilcox, a freshman studying electrical engineering who was in attendance. “Parents need to tell their kids about it, and they should be aware.� Swink used his childhood experience of boxing like Rocky to illustrate a point that children imitate what they see. “Children who view porn tend to act out those behaviors,� he said. “This includes bestiality and sodomy.� Not all USU students agree that pornography is a bad thing. Soren Rasmussen, a math and statistics major, said he attended the event FIGHT THE NEW DRUG hosted James Swink, Cache because he wanted to hear what was County district attorney Thursday. He spoke about the criminal

In Utah — the state with the highest rate of Internet porn subscriptions — James Swink, Cache County district attorney, told students Thursday it’s important to talk about crimes related to pornography. Members of USU’s chapter of an anti-pornography group called Fight the New Drug asked attorney James Swink to speak at its first event, called “Fight Night.� Swink spoke about crimes connected to pornography. He said the most serious of these crimes pertain to child pornography, Swink said. “This includes teenagers taking pictures of themselves with cell phones and sending it to their friends,� Swink said. In addition, Swink said porn addiction can escalate to sexual crimes, forgery, burglary, theft and other crimes. “The line between what is porn and what is not is hazy,� said Brian Adair, a freshman studying mechanical engineering. Members of Fight the New Drug presented statistics: 12 percent of See ADDICTION, Page 2

consequences and harmful effects of pornography use. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

Speaker connects animals and autism BYMARISSA SHEILDS staff writer Temple Grandin, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, spoke Wednesday in the TSC

Ballroom about living with autism and how it has helped with her animal rights work. Grandin, who has been featured in a documentary and several other media, has a doctorate of animal science.

Grandin advised students to pay attention to small details. She has worked to make slaughterhouse conditions more humane, and said the smallest details can make a difference between scared cattle and

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happy cattle. She also said she sees her world in small details, a trait of many who have autism. “There’s this whole world of sensory detail,� she said. “It’s very detailed in the world of visual pictures — of smells, of touch sensations — and if you have someone on the autistic spectrum as really severe, touch and smell may be the only senses that work.� Analyzing the details of the animals around her was how Grandin said she turned slaughterhouses from a fearful place for cattle into a humane one. She said she inspected plants and made only a few small changes in things like lighting and fence heights. Grandin said the severity of autism can range depending on the individual. She said people can be diagnosed with autism so severe they can’t speak, or the autism can make them high-functioning people in society who just have “extra geek circuits.� There is no finite beginning to the autism spectrum, she said, and one can’t tell where “extra-geeky� crosses over into autism. She said she thinks See GRANDIN, Page 2

Campus crime and safety report released

BY CHRIS LEE news senior writer Students and faculty were recently emailed a link to the annual campus security and fire safety report. According to Capt. Steve Milne of the USU Police, a more inclusive set of statistics can be found elsewhere. The report, called the USU Crime Awareness and Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, was put together by Milne. He said the report, which is federally mandated, can be a good indicator of how safe a given college community is, but it is not all inclusive. He said the report details specific information and doesn't show the full picture of campus crime. "You look at it and you say 'Oh, there were only 11 burglaries at Utah State University,'" Milne said. "But what you don't know from that is all the other thefts that we had." He also said the report has categories for crimes such as burglary and arson, but it doesn't include crimes like theft or driving under the influence of alcohol. "They only want burglaries, they don't ask for thefts," Milne said. "We reported 11 burglaries, what you don't see in the report is the bike thefts, the auto burglaries, the frauds — stuff like that." USU Police Department releases another, 979430-')'314-0)( the Crime Awareness and Campus Safety and Fire Report, which was more inclusive annual report on its website, released this week. It breaks down a portion of the crime incidents that occurred on campus last year. The report is available for anyone to read online. BRANDON FONDA photo See POLICE, Page 3


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Friday, November 4, 2011

Student touts sustainability as more than a movement BY ALLIE JEPPSON staff writer As part of the Utah Bioneers eighth annual conference held at USU, senior Krista Bustamante addressed the issue of social equity — an often forgotten key to sustainability — in a workshop during Thursday’s opening session of the 3-day conference. “Sustainability is not a hippie movement, its not a political movement, it’s an important part of society and we all have a role in it,� Bustamante said. When people think of sustainability they usually think of things like environment, recycling, natural resources, pollution and reduction, Bustamante said. What they fail to recognize is the social equity aspect of sustainability — how becoming sustainable affects us and our communities. The Utah Bioneers Organization is a nonprofit organization that provides a “forum and social hub for educaiton about solutions presented through the Bioneers conference and its programs.� According to the Bioneers official website, “Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates.� Bustamante referred to the 1996 President’s Council on Sustainable Development and its definition of “social equity,� which is “an equal opportunity in a safe and healthy environment.� Social equity is “the least understood element of the triad that is sustainability,� the council reported. The sustainability triad consists of

environment, taking care of the planet and the economy — the profit that comes with sustainability, Bustamante said. Together, these three things make up the foundation of sustainability, she added. Bustamante addressed these three aspects in her workshop, relating them to the audience on a more personal level — “me, us and now.� In the “me� portion of her speech she asked the audience to think about individual stories and how they pertain to sustainability. “There is no us and them in sustainability,� Bustamante said. “Everything that we do affects us.� Bustamante used the metaphor of a 100-person village to describe how the world as a whole is affected. She said that out of those 100 people only one would be a college graduate. “Does this seem socially equal to you?� Bustamante asked. “Not in the least bit. Getting different forms of education is extremely important to this drive of social equity.� Being sustainable is much more than simply recycling, she said. It is about thinking about the resources and costs of production on all of our products. “If everyone in the world used the same amount of resources that Americans do, the amount of resources needed would take three to four earths,� Bustamante said. As a solution to this problem, Bustamante said there are many different organizations people can support and get involved with, such as USU’s sustainability council, the Natural Leaders Network, No Child Left Inside and Youth Discovery Inc. “If you don’t have a green economy

KRISTA BUSTAMANTE ADDRESSED the issue of social equity and the important part it plays in sustainability at the eighth annual Utah Bioneers Conference Thursday afternoon. The conference continues through Saturday afternoon and is open to the public. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

and good social equity and social justice, then you’re not going to reach sustainability,� Jim Goodwin, co-chair of the Utah Bioneers, said. However, co-chair Jack Green said sustainability among USU students seems to be progressing. “We’re getting a lot more student involvement, generally,� Green said. One example of the progress being made is the implementation of this year’s green fee, voted for in February, Green said. Increasing freshman attendance to sustainability workshops offered during

orientation is another, he said. “Its about survival — creating a wholesome, healthy, beautiful world that we all want,� Green said, “and that means that we have healthy economic and environmental systems.� The remainder of the conference continues through Saturday and will feature several other speakers focusing on issues such as sustainability education, creating a sustainable future and implementing sustainability into our lives now. – allie.jeppson3@gmail.com

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Addiction to pornography caused by chemical imbalance in the brain

said, since pornography is a taboo topic. “Humans are highly sexual,� he said. “The question of if porn is bad, is interesting. Masturbating has been happening for a long time and it hasn’t destroyed society.� Swink said there are a few signs of pornography use and abuse, including: at least one failed attempt to stop, rearranging schedule just to view it, sneaking around for it, spending unusual amounts of time online, often early in the morning or late at night, or quickly changing the computer screen when someone enters the room. Shalee Cox, a member of Fight the New Drug and a junior majoring in health education, said she participates in the group

because she feels it is important to spread awareness and educate people. She said another reason she’s active is because of the struggles and negative effects it’s had on her family. “If you feel like you’re struggling, you can get help,� Cox said. “I want to help other families who have been affected as well.� Merial Hutchison, an undeclared sophomore, said she attended the event because she was hoping to hear pornography addiction explained on a non-religious level. “A lot of people think it’s just a Mormon issue,� she said. However, the “Mormon issue� might

explain why pornography has such a high subscription rate in Utah, according to Swink, who said porn is addictive because it causes emotions that release the nuerotransmitter dopamine at a much higher quantity than other everyday events. The brain, especially in times of stress, then reminds individuals of ways to receive those high levels of dopamine, he added. One of the emotions that causes this feeling is guilt, so when an individual viewing porn feels guilty or ashamed, their brain release more dopamine, increasing the likelihood of addiction. Swink said in Utah this guilt or shame could be triggered by the LDS church’s

stance — a common Christian view — on pornography. Swink warned students that pornography use can lead to sexual dissatisfaction and make partners unattractive to each other. In addition, it can cause marital problems and break up families. “The goal in our home is for our children to leave our home without serious addictions, like pornography,� Swink said. Students interested in learning more about the club can go to its website fightthenewdrug.org. – piperblotter@gmail.com

AT FIGHT THE NEW DRUG’S first meeting, group members discussed some of the statistics of pornography use. They taught audience members that pornography can quickly cause an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, which makes it a legitimate addiction. The average child first views pornography at age 11. There are 1.5 billion downloads of pornographic material in the U.S. every month. People in Utah look at more pornography than any other state in the country. Fight the New Drug has a goal to decrease that statistic. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

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Grandin discusses the strength and knowledge of those with autism

both Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs were on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum. “If you get rid of all the genetics that make autism and your computer breaks, you’re not going to have anyone to fix it, because half of Silicon Valley is probably on the spectrum,� Grandin said. People with autism tend to be strong thinkers in different areas, like visuals or mathematics. Grandin said people on the autism spectrum need to find their special talent and then practice and broaden skills. People with different skill sets need to learn to work together, that’s when the real innovations occur, she said. Grandin used what she said was generation-changing technology of the iPod as an example of that. “Steve Jobs was not an engineer,� she said. “He was an artist. If you look up his patents on Google, they’re all about the user interface. The engineers have got to make the insides work.� The strengths people with autism have should be focused on and encouraged, she said. Too many people get hung up on the autism label and don’t focus on the talent that matters, Grandin said. The best thing someone with autism

can do is find a mentor who can foster their curiosity in a subject and help them improve, she said, and also take hands-on classes in high school and middle school. “People like me learn from the bottom up. We focus on details,� Grandin said. One person in the audience Wednesday said he was proud to have Asperger’s syndrome because of the progress Grandin has made in her field. Katie Lovendale, a junior majoring in special education, said hearing about the different ways in which people with autism think influences how she will think about special education. She said she plans to take Grandin’s views and experiences into account as she heads into her career. “You hope one day they’ll grow up to be like Temple Grandin,� Lovendale said about kids with autism. Grandin is in Utah to receive the Peek Award for disability in media. The Peek award originates from Kim Peek, a Utahn with a disability made famous from the film “Rain Man,� Adina Zahradnikova, executive director of the Disability Law Center, said. The center sponsored Wednesday’s event. Zahradnikova said the center also sponsors the “Everyone Can� campaign at public

elementary schools and spreads the idea that everyone is good at something. The goal, she said, is to eliminate the stigma

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If you get rid of all the genetics that make autism, and your computer breaks, you're not going to have anyone to fix it ..."

— Temple Grandin, Peek Award recipient

Lounge. The books had sold out at the USU Bookstore by that time. After the signing, Grandin gave another speech in the ballroom about her work inspecting and improving slaughterhouses. “I feel strongly that we have to treat animals right,� Grandin said. “It’s because of us that cattle are born, we should give them a life worth living.� She also said she feels it is natural to eat livestock, because it is a natural function of life for many people. “People forget that nature isn’t nice,� she said. Grandin wants people to be aware slaughterhouses are not the horror factories seen in extreme animal rights advertising. She believes showing the public what really goes on in slaughterhouses will quell worries of animal cruelty. “We need to be streaming plants on the Internet so the public can see what’s really going on,� she said. – marissa.sheilds@aggiemail.usu.edu

that comes with the autistic label, a key message in Grandin’s speech. After Grandin’s speech, she signed copies of her book in the International


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Changes made in Natural Resources administration BY MEGAN ALLEN assistant news editor From the statue of Janet Quinney in front of the Natural Resources Building, to the USU Charter Credit Union ATMs around campus, Nat Frazer has left his mark at USU as the dean of the College of Natural Resources. Frazer will voluntarily step down from the position Dec. 31. Chris Luecke, the current head of the watershed sciences department, will take over as the interim dean for the following 18 months while administrators conduct an extensive external search for a permanent dean to lead the college. “President Albrecht is very excited and confident about the future of the College of Natural Resources,� Provost Ray Coward said. “Given the decision of Dean Frazer to step down from his administrative duties and return to the faculty, we decided that it was prudent to pause for a period of time and be sure that we have

widespread consensus about the future path that will move the university and the college to greater heights of achievement.� Doing an external search enables the administration to choose from a wide pool of highly qualified individuals, Frazer said. “An external search does not preclude the possibility that the top candidate might be someone from USU,� he said. “It just means that if an internal person is chosen, she or he will have the respect of their colleagues because everyone will know that she or he was chosen from among a national pool as the best person available.� Frazer has served as the CNR dean since 2006. He said he took the job to achieve certain goals, most of which he has reached. “Of course, a dean can’t take credit for everything that happens in a college, but working together with faculty, staff and students, we’ve been able to accomplish quite a bit,� Frazer said. In his tenure as dean, Frazer has helped create three new

NAT FRAZER IS STEPPING DOWN as dean of the College of Natural Resources effective Dec. 31. Chris Luecke, the current head of the department of watershed sciences, will take his place. He will serve for 18 months while administration searches for a permanent replacement. Statesman file photos

distance education degrees now available at USU. He has also created faculty positions at distance and extension campuses. Through the last few years, higher education in Utah has experienced multiple budget cuts. The CNR — at one point believed to have a questionable fate — was able to maintain its structure and avoid a possibly devastating impact from these budget cuts, Frazer said. “We have navigated four permanent state budget cuts successfully with minimal impact on our students, degrees and faculty,� he said. “For example, we’ve been able to hire 20 new faculty members over the past six years, eight of whom were hired into entirely new positions that we didn’t previously have in the college. We’ve expanded research and travel opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.� Frazer has also worked to provide more funding for research and related expenses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. In 2009 and 2011, proposals were made to merge the CNR with another college on campus. Frazer said he was able to show administrators the worth of the college and the ability it had to stay stand on its own. When Frazer announced his decision to step down, college faculty was given the opportunity to make nominations for interim dean. Frazer said Luecke was the overwhelming option. Luecke has been the head of the watershed sciences department since 2002. However, for the fall semester of 2005, he served as the interim dean before Frazer was named to the position. “Dr. Luecke is an experienced higher education administrator who is known and respected by his colleagues,� Coward said. “He has a reputation as a trusted scholar, a dedicated instructor and mentor, and as an individual with great integrity. Many of his

colleagues witnessed his performance of these duties in 2005 and were confident he could provide excellent leadership in this time of transition.� Frazer agreed with Coward and said he could not think of anyone else he would rather see in the position. “He is a great research scientist, a fine teacher, and is committed to CNR and USU,� Frazer said. “Furthermore, he was the overwhelming choice of the faculty and staff. Chris is, above all, viewed by all of us in CNR as a highly ethical and trustworthy individual. He has no chips on his shoulders and no hidden agendas.� The CNR has worked to build up the stature of its organization, Luecke said, and thereby enhance the USU brand as a whole, which is a goal he said he plans to continue working toward over the next 18 months. “I plan to work with other academic programs at the university to enhance our stature in natural resources and environmental sciences in the Intermountain West and throughout the nation,� he said. “Our college has a number of nationally recognized programs in research and education.� Luecke will also chair a strategic planning committee upon which he will oversee the work of faculty, from both within and without the CNR, to create a plan for the future and ensure continued success for the academics in the college, Coward said. “In particular,� Coward added, “we are eager for the committee to define clear and operational strategies so that all faculty members who are working in the area of the environment and natural resources can be linked, in order to best address the major environmental challenges facing our society.� – megan.allen@aggiemail.usu.edu

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USU Police will release a more complete report at later date

Milne said, that shows all thefts and day-to-day police business. There were 49 alcohol-related arrests in 2010, Milne said, citing the online report, while the hard copy — also referred to as the Clery Report, named after the federal act that mandates its annual tabulation — only lists 23 alcohol-related arrests. Milne said the discrepancy between the reports occurs because the Clery Report doesn't include over-21 arrests of individuals who were drinking on campus. However, the Clery Report contains some information not listed in the department’s annual report, he said. "The Clery Report outlines those policies and procedures that we don't necessarily put in our report, because our report just deals with crimes," Milne said. "Those policies and procedures can either be found online through university policies and procedures, or click on the link — on our website — to the Clery Report." One example of a policy only contained in

the hard copy is USU's official drug and alcohol policy. It also contains procedures on what to do if you are sexually assaulted and how to diffuse workplace violence. Among statistics contained in the Clery Report not found online are crime statistics for USU’s regional campuses. Milne said in previous years all the regional campus data were grouped together to make one universal statistic. He said this year the report lists statistics respective to each of the 23 individual campuses. Milne said both reports are a good recourse for students and parents who are deciding which college they or their related student should attend. According to Jenn Twiss, executive director for Enrollment Services, a link to the report can be found on USU parental website. "We publish it as a link on our parents website," Twiss said. "When parents come to SOAR (new student orientation) and attend with their new freshmen, the police come and make a presentation and make the parents aware of it again."

Twiss said parents are often concerned with safety when considering which college their child should attend. When parents compare information from USU to other universities they see USU as a safe community, she added. Milne said the report is public information and available to anyone who wants to read it, but he thinks students often ignore the links and emails about the report. USU student Austin Case said he tried to read the report when he received the email, but couldn't find the link. "I opened it and it said 'Here's all the recent crime stats that happened at USU that we're obliged to post,'" Case said. "So I clicked on it to read it, and it brought me to some Utah State security page. I was like 'This takes too much effort to get to where I want to go.'" Case said he would have read the report if the link had taken him directly to the report instead of the Department of Public Safety homepage. – chris.w.lee@aggiemail.usu.edu

Armenian students bring home to USU

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Pianists successful at competition Three piano students training in USU’s department of music each won first place at the state of Utah Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Piano Performance Competition in Sandy, Utah, Oct. 15. Students from across the state competed in three levels of solo piano during the competition. The Utah division winners are all students of USU music professor Gary Amano. Brandon Lee, a USU graduate student majoring in piano performance, was awarded first place in the Steinway Young Artist Performance Competition. Trenton Chang, a USU Youth Conservatory student, won the Yamaha Junior Performance Competition. Another of Amano’s piano students, Weiyi Le, won first place in the Yamaha Senior Performance Competition. “The last time all three Utah contestants made it to nationals was about 10 years ago,� Amano said. “This is very exciting for the USU piano program and the Caine College of the Arts to see how far the students will go.� The students were assessed by three out-of-state judges from Arizona, California and Nevada. All three students are now preparing to compete in the Southwest Division MTNA Piano Performance Competition held Jan. 6-8, 2012, in Las Vegas against other first place winners. “We have a very strong program in both piano performance and piano pedagogy at Utah State and it is always a great honor when the students are recognized by an outside organization,� Lee said.

Participants needed for arthritis study

The Sports Medicine Research team at Utah State University is looking for people to participate in the new Exercise and Arthritis Project that studies the effects of an aquatic exercise program for people with arthritis in the knee, hip or ankle. Dennis Dolny, head of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, directs the project. Along with associate professor Eadric Bressel and research associate Jessica Wing, the team has developed a six-week training program using aquatic exercise. Using aquatic treadmills, jets and other underwater equipment, each participant will undergo extensive testing and physical training. Both Dolny and Bressel have prior experience working with aquatic therapy, so when funding was received from the National Swimming Pool Foundation to continue their research, this was the next step. The study is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with arthritis in the legs who feels they would benefit from the help. Participants must be between the ages of 50 and 80. They must also be in overall good health and capable of walking on a treadmill. The full experience will take 12 weeks. All testing and exercise sessions are free to the participant. So far, six people have completed the training. Bressel said they have all noticed an improvement in their movement and function. The biggest goal is to reduce pain, and so far there has been an average of an 80 percent reduction in arthritisrelated pain. Anyone who meets the qualifications and is interested in participating in the study can call (435) 7971495 to sign up. Carolyn Brittain is also available by email at carolyn. brittain@usu.edu for registration or to answer questions.

ClarifyCorrect 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-�1742, statesman@aggiemail.usu.edu or come in to TSC 105. ARMENIAN STUDENT KARAPET MURADYAN, a junior majoring in political science, presented to faculty and students about Armenian culture Thursday. Armenia is located in Eastern Europe near Turkey and Iran. Known as the “country of talking stones,� Armenia has 15,000 monuments and was the first Christian state of the former Soviet Union. The country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

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Fall-ing for you: autumn dating made simple BY MARIAH NOBLE features senior writer

8,)6)%6)1%2=7)%732%0 dating ideas that complement fall. For dates who do not live in Logan local attractions such as Aggie Ice Cream, Second Dam or the Wind Caves can provide great opportunities for two people to get to know one another. DELAYNE LOCKE photo illustration

It’s hard enough for a person to ask someone they like on a date, but even after hurdling that obstacle there’s work to be done. Many people find dating in the summer or winter easy to do; there are plenty of appropriate seasonal activities. But in the fall, planning a date gets harder according to Mekenzi Cornwell. Cornwell, a junior majoring in family, consumer and human development, said she prefers dates that break the standard mold of dinner and a movie. “I think doing things outside in the fall is always a blast because it’s so pretty this time of year,� Cornwell said. “I like it when activities are spontaneous.� She said her favorite dates have stemmed from creativity, and themed dates are one way to make planning easier. On these kinds of dates, after a person chooses a theme, all activities correlate with that theme. For example on a Halloween-themed date activities could include dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins or playing pranks on friends. “Themed dates are so much fun,� Cornwell said. “First, dates can be awkward sometimes, but the winter-themed

one I went on was out of the box and a total blast.� Matt Hauck, a senior majoring in business management, said he likes taking dates on a picnic in an elevator. “You just put caution tape over the door and if someone accidentally pushes it, they’re really confused,� Hauck said. Hauck uses fall date ideas, such as playing pool at the Fieldhouse, going shooting, having a marshmallow war, feeding the ducks at Second Dam, going to concerts, finger painting, going to the zoo, having a treasure hunt, walking around shops on Main Street or having a bonfire. Senior Jake Andersen, majoring in business marketing, said Logan Canyon provides multiple options for dates. Along with building a bonfire, he said you can make tin-foil dinners or go fishing at Second Dam. He also said he likes hiking to the Wind Caves with hot chocolate or doing something simple like walking to a park and sitting on the swings. “I really like dates that create a good environment to get to know the other person,� Andersen said. “I don’t really like movies or performances, where you have to just sit there and can’t talk to the person, unless you’ve been dating for a while.� Cornwell isn’t a fan of movie See DATING, Page 6

Crafts and cookies for a Thanksgiving feast BY MACKENZI VAN ENGELENHOVEN staff writer

Are you looking to add some creativity to the Thanksgiving season? The following are three easy ways toadd some garnish to the giving season. Cookie Turkeys You Will Need: 1 vanilla Oreo Cakester (or Double Stuf vanilla Oreo) Small shortbread cookies (I used mini-Sandies. Mini Nutter Butters also work well.) Candy Corn Frosting To make: Stick the candy corn in a circle around half of the Oreo. Double Stuf works best because the candy corns won’t push the cookies apart. Next, put a dab of frosting on the back of the mini shortbread cookie and stick it to the bottom of the turkey where you didn’t stick the candy corn. Cut off the tip of a piece of candy corn, then put a dab of frosting on the back and stick it to the mini shortbread for your turkey’s beak. Finally, let the frosting dry, or dig in immediately. Brown Bag Turkey You will need: 3 brown paper bags 1 piece of white paper scissors brown yarn glue or tape popcorn

To create the frill: Cut a strip of paper and then make small cuts half way up and close together all the way across. To create the drumsticks: For the drumsticks, make one hand into a fist and stick it inside the lunch bag. With your other flat hand, press on the bag to mold and smash it down into a more-rounded shape. Fill the bag two-thirds of the way with popcorn. Gather up the bottom of the bag and tie it with the yarn. Then tape or glue the frill around the edge.

Brown Bag Turkey

To create the body: Do the same thing as the drumstick to make the corners rounded. Fill the bag up with popcorn. Twist the back and tie it with yarn. Tape or glue the legs to the turkey body and display on a dinner plate. Gratitude Dinner Rolls To make: Have each person write a few things that they are grateful for on small sheets of paper. You can either use homemade roll dough or store-bought crescent rolls. Place your gratitude paper slips on the dough wedges and roll them up into the crescent shape and follow the baking directions. Pass them out and discover what everyone else is grateful for. It can even be a game to guess who wrote what. – m.van911@aggiemail.usu.edu

Gratitude Dinner Rolls

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A cartoon with chemistry “Puss in Boots� is the origin story of one of the most loved characters in the Shrek universe. The events in the movie take place before “Shrek 2.� Puss (Antonio Banderas) is a thief wanted by the law. While searching for his next job, he discovers that the magic beans of legend he’d been searching for his entire life really exist. He tracks down the bandits who have been guarding the beans, Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris, respectively). Along the way, he’s interrupted by the extremely skilled thief Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and an old friend Humpty Alexander Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis). The three decide to combine talents to find the magic beans, and a larger adventure begins. “Puss in Boots� is a fantastic adventure with Spanish and western feels, perfect for a swashbuckler. The story is simple, and there’s nothing original in the basic story elements. That said, the movie contains all the elements of a great film. There are a handful of catrelated jokes, but there’s not too many to become annoying or repetitive. One of the characteristics that separates “Puss in Boots� from the other Shrek movies is that the main characters are more based on nursery rhymes than fairy tales. This gave a fresh taste to the tales from the Shrek universe. Banderas is perfect for the job as Puss. It sounds redundant, as he’s reprising his character from the Shrek movies, but when it comes to swashbuckling and Spanish dancing, there’s no one better than Banderas — even when

“Puss in Boots� Grade: A-

movie

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he’s playing a cat. As in “The Mask of Zorro,� he’s charming and gentle, yet fierce and deadly. Hayek, who’s co-starred with Banderas in “Desperado� and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,� once again proves she’s a fantastic counterpart to Banderas’ rugged character. She’s graceful and smooth but she has an aggressive side that reveals itself when provoked. The chemistry between Banderas and Hayek is so believable, it’s like their scenes were almost live action. Galifianakis, a stand-up comedian turned actor, best known for “The Hangover� movies, does a great job of portraying a character with a hard shell and a soft inside. He’s good for more than laughs. T h o r n to n , of “Armageddon� and “Friday Night Lights,� actually doesn’t speak much in the movie, but his lines are comedic, and he has a presence that fills the screen. It was challenging to tell that the deep dark voice of Jack was really Thornton. Sedaris, who’s played the voice of Cinderella in “Shrek the Third� and Deb in “Elf,� dons a Southern accent as the villainous Jill. Like Thornton, she appears throughout the film and plays a crucial role, and her short voice time was reasonable give a relatively

short film time of 90 minutes. Director Chris Miller has had a history in the Shrek universe. He’s played the voice of various characters in the first three Shrek films and also directed “Shrek the Third.� His second major directorial release fits well into the Shrek lore and blends well with the style of a solid family-friendly film. Harry Jackman, who’s assisted John Powell and Hans Zimmer in “Kung Fu Panda� and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,� respectively, and who composed the music for “X-Men: First Class� produced a wonderfully fun, festive, well-balanced score for “Puss in Boots.� Jackman recruited Rodrigo y Gabriella additional spice with his guitar to further shape and define the action, excitement and intensity of the movie. Gabriella previously contributed to the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides� soundtrack. The story is too familiar and predictable to be a solid A, but it’s still enjoyable, exciting and humorous, well worth the given grade. “Puss in Boots� is a feel good story with friendship, betrayal, action, adventure, excitement, romance and redemption. It’s a good family movie and a great date movie. If you don’t want to see it in the theater, definitely rent it when it comes out.

– Spencer Palmer is a graduate student working toward an MBA, with a recent bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. Email him at spencer.palmer@aggiemail. usu.edu.

C.S. Lewis wins the hearts of most C.S. Lewis is one of those writers I have never heard anything negative about. Some people may love a book while others hate it, but I do not know of anyone who hates C.S. Lewis. He is frequently quoted by prominent leaders, and his prose is so simple anyone can read him. In addition to reviewing his most famous accomplishment “The Chronicles of Narnia� series, I will review another work so powerful I have never read anything else like it. “The Screwtape Letters� is just one of those books you still think about years after you’ve finished reading it. ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ Almost everyone has either seen the movie or heard of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,� but the entire series is worth reading. Each book tells its own unique story separate from the rest, but in a way that keeps you falling for the characters again and again. The series centers around the magical land of Narnia, where animals talk and the land is ruled by a kind but wise lion named Aslan. Though many speculate about the Christian symbolism of the sacrifice of Aslan in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,� even those not of a Christian faith can

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one of these books is worth reading, and they are all so short you can finish one in a couple hours and move right on to the next. The Screwtape Letters This book boggled my mind when I first read it. Usually the fight between good and evil is told from the righteous perspective, not from the dark side, but that is exactly what makes the book so effective. Not only is it unique, but the psychology behind it is eerily truthful. “The Screwtape Letters� is a correspondence between two servants of Satan — Wormwood and Screwtape. Wormwood is a devil in training, and Screwtape is writing him with advice on how to tempt his first human subject into leaving the good path to commit sin. I was utterly creeped out as I read this book. Thinking about devils and Satan normally isn’t appealing, but it is so fascinating that I couldn’t stop reading. Lewis knew humans so well when he wrote this book. He knew our weaknesses,

appreciate the well-developed story of Narnia. The most recognized book in the series is actually not the first one, chronologically. Lewis wrote “The Magician’s Nephew,� as a prequel to the rest, and sets the scene for when characters — who are all siblings — Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy arrive. All four siblings are only in two of the books together, with only Edmund and Lucy appearing in a third. This is why they made the movies out of the original order, because they need to make the ones with those actors and actresses involved before they grow too old. I love how simply Lewis wrote. “The Chronicles of Narnia� is written as a series of children’s books, but adults can enjoy them just as much. Just like J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, Lewis creates a magical land worth fantasizing about, as long as the evil white witch isn’t around of course. Each and every See SCREWTAPE, Page 6

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Banderas and Puss a good match ORLANDO, Fla. _ There’s something just so “grand� about Antonio Banderas, says Salma Hayek, his old friend and “Desperado� co-star. “He’s comfortable being grand, BIGGER than life,� she says. “He has that Cheshire grin,� says Carla Gugino, who teamed with Banderas for three “Spy Kids� movies. “He is extremely charming, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. “He’s grand yet humble. And his voice is dreamy, as everybody knows.� Banderas, 51, chuckles on hearing the whole “grand� thing. If his past and present leading ladies have him pegged, he hopes it’s just in relation to the character in “Puss in Boots,� his newest film.� “What a character!� Banderas enthuses. “He has honor, loyalty, bravery. But he is manipulative, I think. He appeals to members of the audience who love little kitty cats. He uses his big cat eyes. When I manipulate, I use other things. “I liked playing him in ‘Shrek,’ liked what they did with him. But now that we learn more about him, he is even more fun. A lover-killer. Yes, he is grand.� “Puss in Boots,� opening Friday, gives the breakout bit player from the “Shrek� movies his own showcase and a foil _ Kitty Soft-paws, voiced by the actor’s old friend Hayek. Reviews have been borderline rapturous, with Variety calling it “a cheeky, Zorro-like lark.� Banderas says the movie plays as funny as it does because of choices made years — and many “Shrek� movies — ago. “Giving him a body that does not fit my voice, that makes this work,� Banderas says. “It’s almost like Puss in Boots never looked at himself in the mirror. He doesn’t see how small he is. He barely knows he is a cat. That creates comedy, when a character that size has his confidence, it’s funny.� Hayek, 45, calls Banderas “the purrrrrrfect Puss. You know, he’s VERY self-confident, Antonio. And so is Puss. You totally believe him as the character because of that.� Hayek, a star and director who produced the TV series “Ugly Betty,� is no slouch in the confidence department

either, which Banderas says made her right for the cat-burgling Kitty Softpaws character. “I am a confident woman, though I am not as competitive as Kitty Softpaws,� Hayek says. “But I was cast to match up with, to fight with Antonio.� Banderas and Hayek’s characters brawl and have a flamenco throwdown. The fur flies on-screen, but the trash talk and sexy fury of their arguments come from “our history,� Hayek says. “We came (to Hollywood) at about the same time, made a movie that was very meaningful for our careers with Robert Rodriguez (“Desperado,� 1995),� she says. “We became like family. It’s nice to have actors you grew up with around. They know your history. There are people who hate each other yet who have great onscreen chemistry. Now, that is NOT the case with Antonio and I. We get along wonderfully. It just works. Especially when we fight!� The Spanish Banderas gave the studio a thumbs up at the idea of casting the Mexican Hayek as his co-star. “What a great voice, sexy voice, for animation,� he says of her. “What TOOK them so long to ask?� Hayek jokes. And when DreamWorks brought her on board, “I asked (studio chief) Jeffrey Katzenberg “to let us record our scenes together, in the recording booth. It’s the nature of the way we work together, Salma and I. It helped us bring fresh interpretations to the characters. And to fight! It takes two to do a fight scene. Otherwise, it’s kind of weird.� Hayek relished those moments, too, “because the writers let me win!� “Well, I let her win,� Banderas says. “But you know, the relationship is difficult to define. I mean, she steals my wallet, my hat, my boots. In the end, she steals my heart. Wonderful character. She is smart, strong, independent. Not unlike Salma herself.� – By Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel


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Fredrico’s is a close-to-campus winner

Twice per week, I park my car in the Big Blue Terrace at 8:30 a.m. and keep it there until after 9:30 p.m., so I don’t get stuck consigning my unborn children to the USU Parking Office to afford parking every day. At $1.50 an hour it’s more economically sound to leave a vehicle in the parking deck until after 9:30, when you can remove it for no charge. When it came time to eat somewhere at 5 p.m., so I could write this restaurant review, I didn’t want to have to pay to get my car out of the Terrace. Hence, I walked a half-dozen blocks down 700 North to a place I’ve never been and perhaps by now should be familiar with. I’m referring, of course, to Fredrico’s Pizza and Salads. It’s unfortunate there aren’t more places like this to grab a bite so close to campus. I understand we have other options, such as the Junction, Marketplace or The Hub — when it’s open — but I think it’d be nice to have a few nonuniversity-owned eateries near by for a bit of extra flavor. My first impression upon walking through the doors of Fredrico’s was one of, “This place reminds me of a classic family-friendly pizza place.� It must’ve been the video game in the corner and the red leather booths. It feels like I see these two things in every pizza joint I go into — which is just fine. Fredrico’s isn’t a sit-down-

Fredrico’s Pizza and Salads

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D. Whitney Smith and-get-waited-on kind of restaurant, rather, it’s an order-atthe-counter-and-take-your-trayto-your-table type of place. I found this out when nobody approached me to take me to a table. The other thing I found out from the nice, young ladies who greeted me when I came in was that everything on the menu is good. When a restaurant employee tells you everything on the menu is good, it could mean a variety of things. Either this means everything is delicious and it’s hard to choose which is the best, the menu is not extensive and therefore the restaurant specializes in making a few things well or the employee has worked there so long they’ve eaten each item so many times it all tastes the same. Of course at Fredrico’s, everyone is a fan of the lunch special for $5.19 — $6.19 after 5 p.m. — which consists of pizza, bread and a salad. I considered the special but then opted for the second recommendation, which was baked ziti pasta alfredo.

I also opted for a side salad with pickled beets, garlic bread and a Dr Pepper. Before tip, when all was said and done, I ended up getting charged $15.64. This is not to say you’ll pay even close to this much, it’s just that I was hungry and wanted to order a lot of food. The two young women helping me at the counter were so pleasant that I decided to leave a good tip and bring the bill to an even $20. The salad was basic — iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, ranch dressing and pickled beets — and the garlic bread was fantastic. As I ate the bread, which was toasted to order to insure freshness, I could tell the garlic spread used to make it was made from scratch. I later confirmed this notion by asking one of the cooks. In fact, she told me the spread is available for purchase by the pint for about $4. For my pasta, I was told instead of the usual onions, green and red bell peppers, I could add artichoke hearts and other ingredients if I wanted to. The artichokes were a great addition. Unfortunately, I also asked for mushrooms and spinach. I was told it would cost a little extra, but I didn’t realize that I would be charged 60 cents for five leaves of spinach and six pieces of uncooked mushroom. For these two downfalls

— the only two — I have to give Fredrico’s an A minus. I don’t agree with being charged extra for something when I’m getting it in place of something of essentially equal value, especially when I’m not going to receive a legitimate amount of whatever it is I’m paying extra for. The other problem was that the mushrooms and spinach were put into the dish raw, rather than being cooked and then added to the pasta. I can understand, in retrospect, that Fredrico’s is ultimately a pizza place, and the cooks probably don’t typically cook mushrooms and spinach when they put it on a pizza. As for my overall experience, I’m not too worried about the slightly overpriced food. I could sense that there are a lot of ways to get a good meal for a low price at Fredrico’s. I’m also glad the Dr Pepper is on tap in the front of the house — this way my soda-drinking fate is in my own hands. The prognosis for my firstever Fredrico’s experience is a good one. I suggest you check it out, if you haven’t already.

– D. Whitney Smith is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Utah five years ago. After 11 years’ experience waiting tables at a total of 23 restaurants, he decided to hang up his server apron and enroll at USU. Have suggestions for a restaurant to review? Email him at dan.whitney.smith@aggiemail.usu.edu.

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‘Screwtape Letters’ a fascinating read

strengths and sources of power. He also knew how easily tempted we can be. I also loved how this book is so straightforward. Lewis doesn’t spend any time preaching about religion or sin, he just presents a simple scenario and lets the reader learn what they will. There is no narrator projecting opinion or insight,

just letters between two people, well — not really people. The book forces you to think about your own life, without shoving meaning in your face. Lewis is one of those authors everyone must read in order to be truly literate. He was extraordinary without trying to be, and that is something I love about him.

He just tells a simple story loaded with meaning but leaves it up to you to find your own way through it. Lewis is the flawless writer, the unique storyteller and the one who brings us back to what literature should be about — just a good story that may have some meaning tucked away inside.

– Kellyn is the features editor for The Statesman, and she’s a senior majoring in English. Her column runs every other Friday. She loves reading both her Kindle and paperback novels and can be reached at kellyn.neumann@aggiemail. usu.edu

FREDRICO’S PIZZA AND SALADS is located at 1349 E. 700 North and is the closest off-campus restaurant for students who want to grab a bite to eat. Beside pizza, Fredrico’s is also known for a variety of pastas and salads. CATHERINE MEIDELL photos

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Fall provides dating ideas

dates either. She also said people should be cautious when going to concerts or sporting events. “If you’re going on a date, you should get to know that person,� Cornwell said. “It’s hard to get to know people when you’re distracted, wanting to watch the game. Sports are good, just not for dates.� Cornwell said there are many fun dating activities that are particular to Cache Valley. “If your date is from out of town, take them to places specific to Logan,� Cornwell said. “Take them to campus, Angie’s (or) Aggie Ice Cream. Show them the True Aggie A.� A good attitude is also key when dating, Cornwell said. “High school is (when you’re) dating for fun,� she said. “But now, you’re dating for keeps. You have to be open minded and available. There have been multiple times where my first impression is, ‘Nope, not feeling it,’ but some of those people have become some of my best friends.� In addition to planning dates that invite communication, Andersen said he tries to do things his dates will enjoy, but even if the activity isn’t great, the attitude of the person he’s with determines how the date goes.

“I want to make sure it’s an activity that’s enjoyable, but I want a girl that can have fun no matter what we do,� Andersen said. “The crappiest dates I’ve been on are when a girl thinks the activities are stupid or doesn’t even try to do what I had planned.� Jon Jones, a junior majoring in environmental soil science, said dates are a good way to find common interests between you and another person. “I obsess about cooking, so for one of my first dates we’re going to make dinner so I can see if it’s fun to cook with her,� Jones said. “You know what you’re looking for, and so you do things on dates to see if that matches with the other person.� Some of the funnest dates Jones said he’s gone on were ones where he and his date had common interests and felt emotionally connected. “The best dates feel like you’re just two people having a fun time together, when it’s way chill, and there’s not any weird apprehension or anxiety,� Jones said. “Usually it’s more about who you’re with than what you’re doing.� – m.noble@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Williams drafted in NBA D-League Pooh Williams, former USU basketball guard was the third pick of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the fourth round of the draft of the 2011 National Basketball Association Developmental League. The 6-foot-4, 190pound left hander earned several honors during his final year at Utah State, including Sporting News Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year; WAC all-defensive team honors; Basketball Travelers Invitational all-tournament team; and preseason second-team all-WAC. Federal Way, Wash., native was one of six seniors who graduated from the USU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team last season. The Vipers selected Tyren Johnson from Louisiana-Lafayette, Ashton Mitchell from Sam Houston State and Greg Washington from Hofstra before taking Williams.

The Utah State womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team fell to in-state foe Utah Valley University Thursday in straight sets, 3-0. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White and opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen each had 10 kills for the Aggies, but the duo was unable to overcome a balanced Wolverine attack in the loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shay had a nice night, and Josselyn has been steady for us,â&#x20AC;? head coach Grayson DuBose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have her back, she gives us a bit of stability.â&#x20AC;? It was a rough start for the Aggies, as the Wolverines jumped out to a 7-3 lead. USU answered with five straight points, including three kills from White to give them an 8-7 advantage. The Aggies used a balanced attack, with four different hitters getting touches, but struggled to find a rhythm or establish momentum. With the score knotted at 15-all, UVU slowly pulled away and a team block from junior middle blocker Erica Nish and freshman outside hitter Kalani Norris gave the Wolverines the win, 25-20. DuBose said the offense played well, despite the final score. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good offensive production from Shay, Liz and Josselyn,â&#x20AC;? DuBose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little more balanced than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in the past.â&#x20AC;? The second set was more of the same. USU raced to the early lead, but the Wolverine offense just kept the pressure on. Utah State held an 8-4 lead, but Utah Valley eventually whittled it back down. UVU took a 15-14 advantage with an 11-6 run, and the lead continued to grow as the Wolverines took the second set by a score of 25-21. Utah State had its chances to get back into the set, but errors thwarted the Aggies and ended hopes of a come-

back. Utah Valley hit more than .300 for the set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ashlan (Rogers) and Tamua (Etimani) were two bright spots tonight,â&#x20AC;? DuBose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tamua came in and served them out of system a bunch. Ashlan did a nice job with her ball control as well.â&#x20AC;? It looked like the Woverines were on their way to the sweep as they again had an early advantage. USU battled back, tying the set and then taking a 7-6 lead on a kill from senior AllAmerican Liz McArthur. The teams battled back and forth until Kaitlyn VanHoff gave the Aggies an edge at 11-9. USU had no answer for the Utah Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dynamic offense, though, as five UVU players had at least seven kills. Jaicee Kuresa had a solid night for Utah Valley, finishing with 13 kills and a .152 hitting percentage. Utah Valley had a .252 hitting percentage for the match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Utah Valley) is good at home,â&#x20AC;? DuBose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just a rough day, we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as good as we needed to be. We just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t defend, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in the right spots.â&#x20AC;? With the loss, Utah State drops to 11-14 on the season, while maintaining its 6-5 WAC record. Utah Valley improves to 20-8 for the year and remains at 8-1 in the Great West Conference. USU has not won a set against in-state foes this season, including a sweep by Brigham Young earlier this season. The Aggies host University of Idaho at home in the Spectrum at 7 p.m. on Saturday, which is Senior Night, so USU will honor its only senior Liz McArthur prior to the match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conference matches are big right now,â&#x20AC;? DuBose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be prepared and get ready to go, we hope people come out to the match on Saturday.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; curtis.lundstrom@aggiemail. usu.edu

JUNIOR OPPOSITE SIDE HITTER SHAY SORENSON had 10 kills for the Aggies in their 3-0 loss to the Utah Valley Wolverines Thursday. CARL R. WILSON photo

Aggies receive bye, will face Idaho in semi-final BY CURTIS LUNDSTROM staff writer

The WAC womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer tournament started Thursday, Nov. 4, and if the tournament goes anything like the regular season, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no telling who will come out on top. The top four teams leading the league â&#x20AC;&#x201D; USU, Fresno State, San Jose State and Hawaii â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were separated by three total points â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the equivalent of

one game. Those four teams, plus Idaho and New Mexico State, will clash for the right to go to the NCAA Tournament. The University of Idaho Vandals and the San Jose State Spartans kicked the tournament off in the first of five total matches in the tournament, just two-and-a-half hours from San Jose. When these teams met at the start of the regular season, San Jose walked away with a 2-1 victory at home. When

FRESHMAN DEFENDER TARYN ROSE was named WAC Freshman of the Year and helped the Aggies to a regular season championship. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

the two teams met again Thursday, the Vandals exacted revenge. The Spartans struck first in the 21st minute, when freshman midfielder Catherine Ruder took a cross from junior forward Kelsey Lord and found the back of the net against Vandal goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald. Idaho answered 20 seconds later, when junior midfielder Amber Pimley put back a rebound on a shot by junior midfielder Megan Lopez. Pimely netted her second goal of the game in the 41st minute and earned her first career game-winning goal in Idahoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-ever conference tournament victory. The Vandals move on to face Utah State on Friday with the victory. The University of Hawaii Wahine faced the New Mexico State Aggies in the second match of the tournament and lost 2-1. The Aggies also triumphed over Hawaii 1-0 in the regular season match in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 28 to clinch the sixth seed, while Hawaii earned the third seed with a 4-2-1 record in conference play. Thursday the Wahine took the lead in the 19th minute, when freshman midfielder Krystal Pascua hit a 25-yard strike off a pass from junior forward Skye Shimabukuro. Hawaii was unable to hold the lead, and Aggie freshman forward Jennae Cambra knotted the score at 1-1 in the 42nd minute. The Aggies scored the go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute, after freshman midfielder Bree Luhrsen put the ball in the back of the net. A shot from junior forward Yolanda McMillion hit

the post, and Luhrsen put the rebound in for her fourth goal of the season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the game winner. Like Idaho, New Mexico State came away with its first-ever win in the WAC Tournament. Hawaiiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time in the WAC comes to an end as the Wahine will join the Big West in nonfootball sports next season. The top-seeded USU Aggies face Idaho Friday at 1 p.m. USU was victorious over the Vandals 3-0 in the regular season, as sophomore midfielder Jennifer Flynn struck twice in under three minutes, followed by freshman Taryn Rose, who tallied the third goal. USU is led by senior forward Shantel Flanary, who ranks second in the WAC in goals scored with nine goals this season. Utah State Goalkeeper Molli Merrill leads the WAC in goals against average this season and is ranked second overall in her career. The 5-foot-9 Bountiful native is one shutout away from a school record and has not conceded a goal in more than 200 minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the last goal she gave up was against Hawaii on Sept 30. Utah State led the WAC in points this season, with 44 total points, and also finished tied with Hawaii for No. 1 in total goals scored, with 14. Fresno State University is hosting the tournament and also received a bye to take on New Mexico State in match four Friday at 3:30. New Mexico State and Fresno battled to a 2-2 tie Oct. 23 in Fresno, Calif. Junior forward Callie Hancock See TOURNAMENT, Page 9


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Aggie football to battle Warriors Saturday BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor

It’s no secret to the college football world that Utah State can play with any team in the country. Unfortunately for the Aggies, their 2-5 record shows they can also lose to any team in the country. The question for head coach Gary Andersen to answer as he heads to Hawaii to take on the 5-3 Warriors is: Which

Aggie team will show up on the island? Hawaii is undefeated at home this season, including a three-score victory of 34-17 over the Pacific-12 Conference’s Colorado. On the mainland, however, the Warriors have their struggles. They lost to Western Athletic Conference rival San Jose State 28-27 and escaped from Moscow, Idaho, with a 16-14 win over the Vandals last

week. “Hawaii found a way to win,” Andersen said. “Offensively, it is not a typical scoreboard for Hawaii, they still threw the ball relatively well. “There were opportunities missed by both teams in that football game, without question. Hawaii found a way to be able to win it at the end, which a good team does, regardless of where it sits,” he said. The Warriors are led by senior quarterback Bryant Moniz, who averages 338 yards per game and has thrown 20 touchdowns. Andersen said Moniz is the what anyone would want as a quarterback. “Obviously, he can throw it real well,” Andersen said. “He can hurt you with his feet also, which he’s shown time and time again. He can do it all, he is the whole package. The other thing is he can live until the next down. “He is patient enough to get to the next snap and say ‘OK, they did a nice job defensively we will come back and play the next down,’ which is another sign of a mature and a quality quarterback,” he added. The 6-foot-tall Oahu native should have an easy time picking apart the USU secondary with the help of his eight receivers who have caught at least one touchdown apiece. Senior wide out Royce Pollard leads the Warriors in receiving, with seven touchdowns and an average of 14.9 yards per catch. “Everybody is a big part of

the offense in the throwing game,” Andersen said. “They are going to throw it like crazy. Hawaii is going to make plays at times, and you have got to make enough plays (defensively) to be able to get out of drives.” With the up-and-down season Utah State has already had, the Aggies can only lose one of their remaining games to still be guaranteed a postseason bowl berth. “We understand that we have been in some tough situations this year,” senior linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “It is never a good situation when you keep coming up short, but all of our guys are focused and we are ready to play and ready to get some more wins under our belt. We also know that we have a lot of games left. If we win them, we can still possibly reach our goal.” Senior running back Michael Smith said the bye week USU is coming off of went very well for him and his teammates. “We didn’t take it lightly,” Smith said. “We knocked some of the kinks out of our offense, and defense got prepared very well. We know we have a good opponent that we are facing this week in Hawaii. We put new wrinkles in our offense, but at the same time we are still running the ball as we planned from the beginning. We’ve just got to execute our assignments.” Kickoff is set for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. MDT. – tavin.stucki@aggiemail.usu. edu

JUNIOR CORNERBACK JUMANNE ROBERTSON breaks up a pass from La. Tech receiver D.J. St. Julien in the 24-17 loss to the Bulldogs Oct. 22. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

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I’ve been on staff at The Statesman for about a year, and I love it. It is without a doubt the best job I have ever had. I have learned a ton about the state of Aggie athletics and the state of sports in Utah, in general. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every Utah State team in action and written about a majority of them. There’s not a single sport that isn’t fun to cover. I love talking about sports, and when I say sports, I mean all sports. I jump on the stories no one else wants to cover because it’s just another opportunity.

A Tomboy’s Take Meredith Kinney Most writers want the hot-shot stories like the BYU basketball game recap and the near-win over the Auburn football team. While those stories are great, what I really enjoy writing about is the club sports on campus. My editor Tavin Stucki is probably shaking his head

as he reads this, and he’s probably waiting with some clever comment for me. I really do enjoy covering Utah State’s club system. The athletes I’ve met through these stories are some of the most gracious people I have ever dealt with. Aggie hockey has the best chance of any team, club or varsity at earning a national title for the university. The Utah State baseball club swept its division last season. We have a handball club and it’s pretty good too. The best part is these

athletes love their sport so much they will pay to play. Most of the club sports on campus are funded by the university and, while helpful, that money doesn’t come close to covering the full cost of playing. Each player pays dues to play, which can get expensive. While varsity athletes are undoubtedly excited about their sport, it’s hard to match the enthusiasm of the club sports participants. Covering clubs sports is my thing. I like the attitude of the players. It’s a laid back I’m-out-here-doingwhat-I-love feeling. Dealing with press isn’t an annoying but rather necessary part of the post-game routine, because they appreciate the coverage. I went with my friend to cover the baseball game last weekend against Weber State, and all the players were actually excited to read the article. Even though I wasn’t the one writing it up, the excitement was extremely refreshing to hear. Last night, I was at a friend’s house and one of the players was there. He talked about all the cool and unusual things going on and was excited about the possibility of having a story in the paper. It’s such a great experience for me also. It’s not just baseball. The lacrosse team is incredibly gracious as well. Every club sport I’ve dealt with makes me all that more optimistic about sports. I give my kudos to the club sports department and my props to the USU students who play club sports. The rest of the Utah State student body should, too. They get along without the media relations hoops to jump through and the deep pockets of varsity programs. Seeing people enjoy what they do is why I enjoy what I do. – Meredith Kinney is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism, and she’s an avid hockey fan. She hopes to one day be a bigshot sideline reporter working for ESPN. Send any comments to meredith.kinney@aggiemail.usu.edu.


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USU ranks high for Graduation Success Rate

BY MEGAN ALLEN assistant news editor

USU student-athletes have a graduation rate of 84 percent on a four-year average, according to the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, released last week. Among its 16 NCAAsponsored sports, USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s softball and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball teams are both at a 100 percent graduation rate for the fourth year in a row. Other USU sports that excelled are womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball and soccer, which have success rates of 94 and 91 percent, respectively. Every teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate is at least 75 percent, contributing to the above-average total rate. Brian Evans, associ-

ate athletics director for Academic Services, said the NCAA compiles the GSR report, giving students six years to graduate. Each freshman class of student-athletes receiving scholarships is placed into a cohort and tracked until the student-athletes complete their college degrees. Last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results are based on students who enrolled at Utah State in the fall of 2004. Given the six-year rule, they should have graduated by the end of summer 2010. Evans said the NCAA has three allowable exceptions, which are military service, church missions and pregnancy. At USU, military service and pregnancies are not common things that take

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student-athletes away for a time, but the number who serve missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pretty high, Evans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they start after their freshman year, then leave and go on a mission, they are excluded from the cohort,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though they may come back after their mission and graduate, they are on a shorter timeline because there are two years theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been out. They are taken out completely, so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count for or against our overall percentage.â&#x20AC;? USU is in the 15th percentile of national graduation rates. This year, the national average is at an all-time high of 80 percent.

Aggie womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball head coach Raegan Pebley said the attention the athletics department gives to student-athletes and their academic success is what gives Utah State such a high average. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have amazing resources,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our student-athlete academic support staff maximizes the resources we have available to us. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not done with a lot of money; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done with attention to detail.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within our athletic culture here at Utah State, academics is one of the higher values,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The setup that we have in our academic services unit and how we interact with the campus community is very important to our

student-athletes doing well. Of course (coaches) want to win, but they also want to see their student-athletes do well academically and graduate,â&#x20AC;? he said. The support of studentathletes extends beyond just the athletics offices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coaches are in tune with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on academically and encourage that. Another layer is the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic advisers,â&#x20AC;? Pebley said. Each team also has its own techniques and rules to help student-athletes succeed both in their sport and in the classroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes a village to raise a child,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Evans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a university administration, from the president down to the provost and the deans,

WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RUGBY FORWARDS PRACTICE mauls on the HPER Field. To wrap up the season, the team has a fundraiser 5-kilometer Scrum Run at 10 a.m. Saturday. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

that are very supportive of athletics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not only the sport part of athletics, but the academic side of it as well. Their message is clear that they want to see our student-athletes succeed academically.â&#x20AC;? Pebley said a lot of the responsibility falls on the athletes, but they are certainly driven to succeed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The university attracts the right students and the right student-athletes,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be an athlete requires a lot of discipline on their field or on their court, and I think that carries over to the classroom. You arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t here to get a degree in basketball.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; megan.allen@aggiemail. usu.edu

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BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS Utah State menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country team received one vote and ranks No. 39 in that nation in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top-30 coaches poll that was released Tuesday. USU is the only Western Athletic Conference school receiving votes Additionally, the Aggie men are ranked at No. 4 for the Mountain Region for the third-straight week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am honored that those voting think we are good enough to be in the top 30,â&#x20AC;? said Utah State veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am just happy with our teams running one race at a time.â&#x20AC;? The Aggie menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country team won their sixth WAC Cross Country Championship in the last seven years with USU veteran head coach being named Coach of the Year and senior captain Brian McKenna was named Athlete of the Year after winning the WAC individual title.

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leads the Aggies this season with 11 goals, including three game winners and three assists. Fresno State outscored its opponents 32-22 during the regular season and racked up 103 corner kicks, compared to 53 for its opponents. Fresno head coach Brian Zwaschka holds a 2-1-1 record in the WAC tournament, and the Bulldogs have never missed a WAC tournament in 13 years as a member of the conference. The winners of the USU vs. Idaho and NMSU vs. Fresno State matches will meet in the championship game Sunday at 2 p.m., to duke it out for the WAC title and a berth in the NCAA tournament later this season. Prior to the start of the tournament, the All-WAC teams were announced at the annual end-of-season banquet. Utah State swept the four major awards and head coach Heather Cairns was presented with WAC Coach of the Year. Flanary took home WAC Offensive Player of the Year, junior Natalie Norris won WAC Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman defender Taryn Rose was named Freshman of the Year. USU had five first-team all-WAC members in Flanary, Norris, sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton, senior defender Summer Tillotson and goalkeeper Molli Merrill. Rose and senior midfielder Chandra-Salmon Christensen were second team all-WAC selections. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; curtis.lundstrom@aggiemail. usu.edu

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Study: Cancer risk in women boosted by alcohol BY ROB STEIN (c) 2011, The Washington Post

TOM KEITH on the set of “Praire Home Companion.”

Tom Keith had a sound for every effect in Lake Wobegon BY EMILY LANGER (c) 2011, The Washington Post

Tom Keith, 64, the virtuoso sound-effects man who for more than 30 years was a one-man band, zoo and noisemaker on Garrison Keillor’s popular radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion,” died Oct. 30 on the way to a hospital in his home town of St. Paul, Minn. The cause of death was cardiac arrest, said his twin sister, Terry Green. Keith was a constant creative presence on the Saturday variety show, which first aired in 1974 and is distributed by American Public Media on 600 radio stations. For the 4 million weekly listeners who tune in to hear about the news from Lake Wobegon, the travels of the philosophizing cowboys Dusty and Lefty and the misadventures of the hapless detective Guy Noir, Keith was not a technician but a comedian in his own right. A former sound engineer, he received little training in acting but had an innate talent for mimicry. He was able to produce almost any sound requested by Keillor, who writes the scripts almost entirely on his own, usually the day before the live recording, cast member Sue Scott said. For the past decade, Keith participated mainly in recordings made at the show’s home venue, the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Fred Newman, the sound-effects man who performs with the traveling cast, said in an interview Tuesday that Keith was an old-school radio talent who played his table of sound-effects props “like a piano.” Keith made many of his tools himself. He discovered that bending a box of cornmeal mimicked the sound of footsteps in fresh snow. The galloping hooves of Dusty’s and Lefty’s horses were actually coconut half-shells that Keith clopped in a container of gravel. By rubbing a balloon, he recreated the sound of a ship’s ropes groaning in the wind. He was “a connoisseur of Styrofoam,” he once said, having discovered that crushing egg cartons made the sound of breaking wood. Keith’s repertoire also included dentist drills, explosions and almost any animal call. In one celebrated bit, he explored the imperceptible differences among the sounds made by caribou, elk, wapiti and other antlered beasts. There was one animal he couldn’t “do.” “I can’t do elephants,” he told a North Carolina newspaper in 1994. “I just don’t have the right lips.” Keillor almost stumped him with another request: the sound of tires spinning on ice. “One evening a car was stuck on the ice outside my apartment,” Keith told the San Diego Union-Tribune in 1987. “I just kept whistling and humming to try to simulate the sound. And fortunately the guy was stuck for a long time, and I was able to keep working on it until I got it. . . . Then I went down and helped him.” Keith owed his career in part to the harsh Minnesota winters. In the early 1970s, he was a sound engineer on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Show,” which Keillor hosted. When bad weather delayed Keillor’s arrival at the studio, Keith filled the air with music. The two men bonded over the crack-of-dawn recording sessions, Keith’s sister recalled, and Keillor invited Keith to join the show as an on-air personality. He became the voice of the poultry-raising Poole brothers, Ed Jim and Jim Ed (one specialized in roosters, the other in attack chickens, according to the magazine Minnesota Monthly). Keith followed Keillor to “A Prairie Home Companion,” first as an engineer and then, beginning in 1976, as a soundeffects man. He also took over from Keillor as a co-host of the “Morning Show,” a position he held for about 25 years before stepping down in 2008. Keith continued to perform with “A Prairie Home Companion” until his death. Live audiences at the Fitzgerald Theater knew him by his trademark attire: sweater vest, bow tie and, sometimes, a pair of shoes hanging around his neck by their laces. They could be used for a quiet stroll or a quick getaway - whatever the skit required. Thomas Alan Keith was born Dec. 21, 1946, in St. Paul, one of four children. Their father, a manager at the 3M company, had a “Johnny Carson-quick sense of humor,” Keith’s sister said, and regularly performed on local radio. Although Keith grew up in a home full of play-acting and joke-telling, he was shy and was never the class clown, his sister said. Keith’s service in the Marines, from 1965 to 1969, would later help him “do a fine drill instructor” voice, Keillor noted in a statement on the Prairie Home Companion Web site after Keith’s death. After his military service, Keith graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he majored in speech and broadcasting and minored in theater, according to a profile by the Kansas City Star.

Even indulging in just a few drinks a week raises a woman’s risk of breast cancer, according to a large Harvard study released Tuesday. The analysis of data collected from nearly 106,000 nurses over 28 years found that those who imbibed as sparingly as three to six glasses of wine or any other alcoholic drink per week were slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than teetotalers. Although doctors have long known that women who drank more than about one drink a day were more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, the new analysis marks the first clear evidence that even those who consume that amount or less are at increased risk. “What is novel about our study is we had enough power to ask the question at lower levels of alcohol consumption,” said Wendy Y. Chen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who led the study published in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association. “We found a significantly increased risk starting at three to six drinks a week.” The findings are the latest seemingly head-spinning medical advice about alcohol. For years, doctors advised that women could safely consume about a drink a day, which could be healthful by reducing their risk for heart attacks. Men could get away with two. More than that has long been known to have more risks than benefits, especially for breast cancer among women. Scientists believe alcohol can cause breast cancer by hik-

ing estrogen levels. Many experts urged caution, however, about overreacting to the new findings. The slight increased risk for breast cancer from such low alcohol consumption was probably still outweighed for many women by the reduction in the risk for heart attacks, which by far kills more women than breast cancer. “I’m sure a lot of women will be thinking, `They told me last week a glass a wine was good for me. Now, they’re saying it will raise my risk for breast cancer,”’ said Steven Narod of the Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study. “I would not want the average woman who is enjoying one, two, three drinks a week feeling guilty of negligence. At the level of one drink a day, I don’t think it’s a problem.” But Chen and others said the new findings should prompt women to individually calculate their risks and benefits of alcohol consumption. “You need to weigh the benefits that would come for cardiovascular disease against possible increased in breast cancer risk. We know that low levels of consumption do appear to be good in terms of heart health,” said Louise Brinton of the National Cancer Institute. “It’s a personal decision.” For the study, Chen and her colleagues analyzed data collected from 105,986 women ages 30 to 55 who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study, an ongoing project scrutinizing a host of women’s health issues, between 1980 and 2008. A total of 7,690 of the women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

Those who consumed a low level of alcohol - between about 5 and 10 grams a day, which works out to about three to six glasses of wine a week - were 15 percent more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The risk appeared to increase by 10 percent with each 10 grams of alcohol intake per day, which is about the amount of alcohol in a single drink. Those who consumed at least 30 grams of alcohol a day on average - at least two drinks a day - had a 51 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared to those who abstained. It didn’t matter whether it was beer, wine, scotch, vodka, gin or any other alcohol. Those who drank less than about three drinks a week had no increased risk. Binge drinking was also associated with an increased risk. Chen noted that it was the average lifetime consumption that was key. “Let’s say you usually hardly have a drink but you are on vacation and have one glass a day on vacation, that’s not a problem,” Chen said. “That’s an important thing to emphasize - it’s not just what people do in the short term but their cumulative intake over time.” While alcohol consumption after menopause appeared to increase the risk more than drinking earlier in life, the overall average lifetime consumption appeared to be the most important, Chen said. “Let’s say you have someone who didn’t drink at all when they were younger. Now they can drink more. Those who drank more when they were young, they should think about cutting back,” she said.

Banderas on love, kids and life at 51 BY MEG GRANT (c) 2011, WPBLOOM

If you define a man by his dogs, Antonio Banderas is happy, welcoming, and eager to please. His three pooches , a boxer, a pit bull-Labrador mix, and a mutt trot toward my car as I pull into the driveway of his 1925 SpanishColonial home in the heart of Los Angeles. Banderas, rugged and relaxed in a T-shirt, parachute pants, and tennis shoes, greets me with a grin and leads me inside to a book-lined study. Now 51, he grew up in Malaga, Spain, and moved to the United States 20 years ago, becoming one of the most successful Europe-to-Hollywood crossover actors of our time. He has played wildly different roles in films including “Evita,” “The Mask of Zorro,” “Spy Kids”, and the “Shrek” series, metamorphosing from sizzling sex symbol to action hero to comedic adventurer to . . . a cat? This month he will reprise his turn as Puss in Boots in the movie of the same name. “Puss has got a huge heart, he’s very bold, very devilish, very romantic,” says “Puss in Boots” director Chris Miller. “I would say he’s a lot like Antonio.” The actor’s warmth, affability and sensual charm are well-known to his colleagues and friends. “He makes everyone around him relaxed,” says Robert Rodriguez, who cast Banderas in “Desperado” in 1994. “He’s very generous and one of the sweetest guys.” Those good-guy qualities are especially evident when Banderas talks about his off-screen role as family man, which began in 1996 with his marriage to Melanie Griffith. (His first marriage, to Spanish actress Ana Leza, ended in divorce.) Griffith, now 54, had two children: Alexander, from her marriage to Steven Bauer, and Dakota, from her marriage to Don Johnson. She and Banderas have a child of their own, Stella, now 15. Banderas admits that he and his wife have struggled at times but says the challenges have only strengthened their relationship. Banderas reveals his thoughts on how couples, he and Griffith included, can keep passion alive. Q. When you came to the U.S. to do “The Mambo Kings,” you were an accomplished actor in Spain but you didn’t speak English. Was it hard for you to adjust? A: It was difficult. I was living in New York, and I went to Berlitz two months prior to starting shooting, studying eight hours a day. But making the movie was not the most difficult part. The problem was living in a place where I didn’t understand anybody. I was staying in a hotel, and I was afraid even to call room service. There was a deli on the same street as the hotel, and I spotted a tag on a guy there that said “Rodriguez.” I used to go down and talk to Rodriguez and buy sandwiches, then take them back to my room. Q: How did the opportunity occur for you to come here in the first place? A: I had done a lot of films with the

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Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, and one of them, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” was nominated for an Academy Award. I came to Los Angeles for the awards show, met some agents, and was eventually asked to read for “The Mambo Kings.” I thought that I would do that movie, go back to Europe, and just have the story of what happened in America that I could one day tell to my grandsons. Q: Soon after that you did “Philadelphia,” playing opposite Tom Hanks, then “Desperado.” At what point did you finally say, “OK, I’m here for a while”? A: When I met Melanie and had to make a decision about where we were going to live. She had two kids, and they had two different fathers in America. It would have been very difficult if we moved to Europe, because those kids needed to visit their parents. The kids cannot pay the price of whatever love story was happening between Melanie and me. We cannot be putting them on planes every 15 days. I was alone, in my first marriage I didn’t have kids. So it was clear: I am the one. Q: How was it becoming a stepfather? A. It was hard . . . Suddenly I had a 6-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy, and Stella came along almost immediately. I was, “Oh, my God!” But as soon as the kids knew that I was there to stay, they were fine. They needed solid ground in which they could grow. Q: Are you all close now? A: Yes. They call me Paponio, Papa and Antonio. But Dakota is 22 already, and she’s making movies. And Alexander is 26 and living in New York. And Mama and I have been together for 17 years now. Q: That’s a long time for a Hollywood marriage. What’s your secret? A: The secret is that we had failures before. And love at the beginning is a rush. It’s big, full of energy, beautiful. But it doesn’t last like that. Melanie and I talked about that a lot. Are we going to make the mistake of looking back for that thing all the time? Or are we going to look ahead and create universes that are different? . . . We discovered the

value and warmth of family, and what is home, that we can be stronger together. That thing that you thought was gone comes back again, and you fall in love again. We have had as many problems as anybody. We’ve never hidden it. We’ve been open about addictions, in the case of Melanie. She has overcome her problems beautifully. I didn’t know she was so strong. It makes me love her even more, because she has been an unbelievable lion fighting, and she got it. The last (relapse) was three years ago, and it just welded us. Q: How did that weld you? A: The whole family participated. We did all the therapies together, the kids, everybody. . . . It was very rewarding at the end. Q: Many people want to keep these kinds of problems from their kids. A: The pretending is the worst, because kids are so smart. They can see through all of those things, and if you don’t talk openly about problems, it creates a very dark place. They carry that through the rest of their lives, to their marriages, to their kids. Q: How do you deal with temptation? A: (You have to ask yourself ) if you are willing to damage what you have your kids, your family, your friends. How do you deal in your sexual life with your wife? How rich can you make it in order to not have to look for something outside your marriage? What other things can you do, in your home? What are the things that you may tell her, or are you going to be always lying? There may be people who don’t even allow themselves to watch a movie and say to their wife, “Ah, that actress is sexy,” because their wife may get very upset. I think that you should be able to be honest with your wife: “I should be able to tell you that, yeah, sometimes I walk into a party and I feel there are women there that are very beautiful. And you shouldn’t be upset. In the same way, you may see a guy who’s very attractive.” The question is, how much will you stretch that? It’s all about balance in life. We all need water, obviously, but I’m not going to drink the pool. (Laughs.) I think it’s very important that you know exactly where the limits are. Q: How was turning the Big 5-Oh for you? A: Perfect. Being in my 50s isn’t hard for me at all, because I feel good. I think the problems with being older come when your body cannot do what your mind wants. Then, Houston, we have a problem. (Laughs.) Q: How do you stay fit? A: I do yoga every morning, then I run for half an hour and take a sauna. And I eat properly. I drink a lot of white tea. It’s a very powerful antioxidant. Q: Is there anything that you would like to do that you haven’t done? A: Oh yeah, but I will die with that feeling. Jumping in parachutes. I would like to be a great piano player. There are so many things, but there’s no time in one lifetime.


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