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USU engineers and ATK advance rocket design despite continued budget cuts BY EVAN MILLSAP staff writer

Find out what the College of Agriculture has been up to during Ag Week. Page 3


Behind every sorority there are those who keep the organizations running smoothy. But, who are they? Page 6


Aggie women’s soccer keeps its fans on their feet by beating Texas’ own Rice University. Page 8

From the blogs “Be one with Mother Earth and get to know her — maybe even take some of her home with you. I mean, it is hunting season, so if possible go hunting with some friends. If deer doesn’t interest you, then you can go fish many of the rivers or lakes Cache Valley has to offer. ... There are three simple rules to remember to put in your marinade. So first you’ll want oil, don’t be shy with it. The oil will keep moisture in your meat. Vegetable oil is tasteless and will be plenty fine for the cheap college student but specialty oil such as olive oil will add flavor.�

USU aerospace engineering students were given a $5,000 award by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) Thursday morning, for a rocket competition they won in April. That same afternoon, the students were able to witness a full-scale test of a heavy-launch rocket at the ATK facility. USU engineering students worked all of last year creating a new rocket design to compete in University Student Launch Initiative, a NASA design competition, in Huntsville, Ala. The first design they created was destroyed in a test, and the engineering students had to rebuild their rocket from scratch in one week. They said their week payed off. They defeated all of the competition, securing first prize for USU. “We beat ‘em all,� said Jamie Wilson, a graduate student of aerospace engineering. “MIT, community colleges, University of Florida, Vanderbilt — there were about 40 schools from across the nation.� As part of their project, the USU engineering students had to do more than just build a rocket; they presented to NASA, wrote reports, proposals, applied for funding and traveled to elementary, middle and high schools around Cache Valley to get students excited about engineering and science. The year-long project was coordinated by Dr. Tony Whitmore, a USU professor, who said that was the third time USU has won first place in the NASA competition. USU’s new rocket design, which successfully landed without damaging its payload, has enormous potential, said Nathan Madsen, a USU aerospace engineering student. “Theoretically, a similar rocket could be used in space,� Madsen said. “Although there have been budget cuts. There is definitely still a future in aerospace engineering,� Wilson said. ATK employees seemed to agree. Harry Reed, the propulsion director for ATK, said, “Yes there have been budget cuts — ATK recently laid off over 100 workers — but space travel is far from over. The rocket being tested today is evidence of that. We are getting less money from the government, so it is a new challenging environment. It may be slow for a while, but we will definitely bounce back. We simply have to market space travel toward the private sector instead of the public sector.� Charles J. Precourt, vice president and gen-

%00-%288)',7=78)17 %8/ demonstrates its new rocket technology at a test site in Tremonton, launching the 22 million-horsepower rocket into a mountainside. Spectators included students from the College of Engineering and members of the community. EVAN MILLSAP photo

eral manager of ATK aerospace systems group, agreed. “Times like these only force us to be more streamlined.� Precourt, a veteran of four space flights and one of the lead designers of the new project, said. The DM-3, the new design, is more efficient than any earlier rocket design, he said. The rocket has five segments instead of four and has the potential to take astronauts to Mars or even to asteroids, in the future. The DM-3 is a

... ATK recently laid off over 100 workers — but space travel is far from over.�

— Harry Reed, ATK Propulsion Director


School of Business hires three new professors BY BRACKEN ALLEN staff writer

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has recently added three new staff members to its faculty: professors Jim Davis, Michael Glauser and Bill Shughart. Together, their resumĂŠs help put the business school on the trajectory of excellence, Dean Doug Anderson said. Davis and Glauser will be working together to better the entrepreneurial programs at USU as head of the Management

Department and executive director of Entrepreneurial Programs, respectively. Shughart will be playing a different role with an emphasis on political economy as the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice. Davis is the former head of the University of Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Under his direction, Notre Dame’s program was ranked second in the nation for entrepreneurial studies for several years, and remained in the top five until he departed.

Glauser has an equally extensive past as the founder and former CEO of Golden Swirl Management Company and of Northern Lights. He taught at the University of North Carolina for a number of years before entering the private sector. However, he reentered education when Westminster College requested he start an entrepreneurial program there. He said he was approached by Anderson after Glauser gave an address at the Huntsman School’s e-Week April 2010, and was asked to join the school’s staff.

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“Wouldn’t it be great to graduate with keys to your own business?â€? Davis asked. “We’re about launch; we’re not about talk. We will have a top-ranked management program and we will have a top ranked entrepreneurship program.â€? Explaining how to teach entrepreneurism, Davis said, “What a business school gives is a way to manage risk, a way to build your network ‌ a way to get mentoring that you cannot get any other way. And then to See PLACE, Page 3

Students stay late to avoid parking fees

Directors see no need to change policy

Today: Students sing — and blow — their hearts out while offering “The Star-Spangled Banner.�

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8,)%++-)8)66%')is one of many parking lots on campus where students can park for free in the evening hours. While many lots open to students after 5 p.m, the Aggie Terrace and the Big Blue Terrace (located near the TSC) open at 9:30 p.m. CARL R. WILSON

USU Parking and Transportation Services will not be extending the hours of paid parking at the Big Blue Parking Terrace, Associate Vice President for Business and Finance Dwight Davis said. The Terrace currently allows people to drive out without paying after 9:30 p.m. “We decided at the moment, no, we are not going to change the gate times,� Davis said. He said “(We will) continue to collect data and see if there are ways that we can better utilize the resources that we have.� Davis said the focus is on finding customer service options to improve the overall service on campus, including students, visitors, faculty and staff. Parking and Transportation Director James Nye said the Parking Office is currently collecting data on the Terrace. See STUDIES, Page 2

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ENVS dept names head BY KEVIN MITCHELL staff writer

USU ENGINEERING STUDENTS receive an award for their work on an innovative new rocket design. The crew submitted its design to the University Student Launch Initiative in which it took first place after having to reconstruct its rocket when the first one was destroyed. EVAN MILLSAP photo

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USU students win NASA award, view explosion

key component of the new Liberty Launch System, which is a new international, commercial space transportation business. USU engineering students were not the only spectators at the testing site. ATK employees, Box Elder County locals, NASA officials, and Air Force and Army soldiers also showed up to observe the ignition of the DM-3. At 2:05 p.m., the rocket blasted off. The spectators observed the flash, heard the deafening explosion and then were hit with a wave of heat. The sand at the exhaust end of the rocket was immediately turned to glass. The rocket burned for about two minutes with 3.6 million pounds of force. The 22 million-horsepower motor forced the rocket to vector back and forth,

and vibrate in the frame. A shadow spread over the mountains as a cloud of smoke blocked the sun. USU engineering students and others broke into applause. Shane Jacobsen, an information technology worker at ATK and an observer of the event, said, “The entire thing was amazing. Space travel is inspiring.� Rebecca Stanley, a Box Elder County resident, said, “Before I heard about this rocket, I thought Obama had kind of killed the space program. Now I realize that I was wrong. It looks like we’re going need more astronauts and engineers.� —

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USU Parking may do more studies on parking patterns

“We have a program in there that shows us when the gate is lifted and when people exit. And we have occupancy data for every hour of the day,� Nye said. “In the evenings we may be doing some studies about how long the students have actually parked there and when they’re leaving, and gathering some information on what their needs are and trying to meet those needs.� USU student Kamille Clifford said she occasionally parks in the Terrace when there are events on campus that she wants to go to. Students who work on campus often park at the terrace to be able to park close to their job. Kodie Alder said she parks there almost every day because she works at the Fieldhouse at night. She added that many of her coworkers also use the Terrace. “I have a lot of friends that do that, and then they always end up paying to get out,� Alder said. “But they would always try to wait till 9:30 (at night), until a friend would come pick them up, and then they would come back and get their car later.� Loren Brewer, who works at the 2VBETJEF$BGF JOUIF.FSSJMM$B[JFS Library, said he parks in the Terrace. “It’s close to campus, if not, I’d have to park — I honestly don’t think I’d know where to park,� Brewer said. Davis said the terrace isn’t the only area on campus where students can park without being charged, or without receiving a parking ticket after a certain time of day. “After 5 p.m., 81 percent of all of the

on-campus parking lots are available,� Davis said. Parking lots near student housing require ticketing of cars without parkJOHQBTTFTIPVSTBEBZ /ZFTBJE)F said the parking lot behind the library and the Biotechnology Center is also SFTFSWFEGPSGBDVMUZBOEUJDLFUT hours. Nye said another thing that could impact the parking situation is the construction of new buildings on former parking lots. “Faculty and staff who had parking permits in these particular areas are affected,� Davis said, “and have to be moved to other parking lots, which does increase the demand for additional on-campus parking for faculty and staff.� Davis said the new buildings are good for the school, however. “It’s a wonderful thing for Utah State University. We certainly are excited to see the growth and with that comes opportunities to try and find solutions for parking,� Davis said. One of those solutions could be to make minor adjustments to lots around campus. Parking and Transportation Services sent out a notification that said it has made adjustments to the parking areas around the Spectrum because of the loss of faculty parking in on campus. Parking and Transportation Services also provides students with the Aggie Shuttle, in addition to generally overseeing parking. “We are utilizing the Aggie Shuttle


... It's a wonderful thing for Utah State University. We certainly are excited to see the growth ..."

— Dwight Davis, associate VP for Business and Finance

heavier than we ever have in it’s history,� Nye said. “We carried more people last year than we ever had — we carried over a million people. We have more buses per round than we have in the past. We’re trying to utilize that service to it’s capacity� Cache Valley Transit District works with the school, Davis said. “CVTD will be on campus in a couple of weeks to specifically talk to students about transportation needs,� Davis said. “They will conduct focus groups and do some student surveys.� —

The department of environment and society has officially appointed its two-year interim department head Mark Brunson to take over the department starting in June. “I think people all across the university are delighted to (have him as the head). I’ve gotten nothing but good reports and people are pleased to be working with him,â€? said College of Natural Resources Dean Nat Frazer. Frazer said the decision to appoint him was not difficult. “I interviewed one-on-one with every faculty member in the department and asked them to name three people who they thought would be a suitable candidate to be the department head ‌ more than one person said ‘Mark, Mark, and Mark’,â€? Frazer said. Brunson began with a career in the Air Force, as an enlisted public relations journalist, and later became an editor for a city newspaper, in Montana. There, he worked as a journalist for environmental and natural resources issues, until he moved to Oregon State University, where he earned his doctorate degree in forestry. In 1992, Brunson started a career at USU teaching forest resources and since then has spent almost 19 years doing research and teaching classes. For the past two years he has acted as the interim head of the environment and society department. “He’s very level-headed, has an even keel, and he is also a very good teacher, himself,â€? Frazer said. Along with the respect and admiration he has earned from faculty members, Brunson has been esteemed by many students as an asset to the program. “Dr. Brunson is truly a renaissance man of the College of Natural Resources,â€? said college Senator Blake Thomas. “He has inspired me to become more involved in the college and has patiently fielded a myriad of questions from me along the way,â€? Thomas said. “He is a phenomenal professor. In addition to facilitating learning and growth, he has an incredible sense of humor in the classroom.â€? “I feel he will be an excellent department head because of his skill in considering the students, faculty and the university when making decisions,â€? he added. For the past two years, as Brunson has acted as head of the department, much of his focus has been on expanding the department’s programs with distance education. The recreational management degree is now offered across the state at USU’s regional campuses. “Probably a third of all of our majors are from some place other than Logan,â€? Brunson said. “They’re in Brigham City, or they’re in Moab. We just had our first student declare their major, who is going to be taking classes in Park City.â€? Brunson said the department recently hired a faculty member who lives in in Moab, and broadcasts her courses across the state while field

PoliceBlotter Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 r"TFUPGLFZTUIBUXFSFMFGUBUUIF"HHJF*DF$SFBNTUPSF were turned in to the Public Safety Building. The keys were secured in safekeeping. r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBNFEJDBMBTTJTUJOUIF"HHJF Village. A resident received medical attention after a pressure cooker exploded in the kitchen area. The resident was transported to the Logan Regional Hospital for additional treatment. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 r6461PMJDFSFDFJWFEBSFQPSUPGBGJSFBSNUIBUXBTMFGU behind at the University Inn. Police stored the firearm at the Public Safety Office until the owner could be reached to retrieve it. r6461PMJDFNBEFDPOUBDUXJUIBOJOEJWJEVBMUIBUXBTTPMJD iting long boards on the corner of 800 East 700 North. Police issued a warning informing the individual that he needs a city permit to solicit his long boards. r6461PMJDFXBSOFEBHSPVQPGTUVEFOUTUIBUXFSFTJUUJOHPO top of the parking garage roof above Aggie Terrace. The students were sitting on the blue rail looking at the sunset. r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBOJOUSVTJPOBMBSNBUCVJMEJOH on Innovation campus. Police arrived and were met by an

teaching, in Moab. He said opportunities like these are the result of the


He's very level-headed, has an even keel and is also a very good teacher himself."

— Nat Frazer, Dean of the College of Natural Resources

PROFESSOR MARK BRUNSON, who has been serving as the interim environment and society department head, has been selected to resume the position. Photo courtesy of Mark Brunson

expansion effort. With distance education as one of Brunson’s main focuses, he said he plans to keep the department moving forward in what he called “a steady and sustainable pace,� to get aboard the overall direction of the University. “Part of what I’m trying to do is to find and maintain a balance of the three missions we have as a university: to provide outreach and information to citizens throughout the state, provide quality education and to do valuable scientific research to solve the environmental problems we have as a state and as a country,� he said. Brunson said he is also making efforts to reach out to students who may be interested in the environment and society program and would like to learn more. “One thing I’d like students to know is you don’t have to eat granola and hug trees to be part of our program,� he said. “There are a lot of different things you can do within this field. We have a lot of students that do communication, international development, volunteer work, fundraising. Many students will work directly with policy makers to influence laws, become wildlife conservation officers, park rangers and anything with jobs in an information division.� —

Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911 employee who set the alarm off. The employee responded to the buildings to reset electronics and air handlers after the power shut off. The responsible party arrived and the alarm was reset. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBSFQPSUPGBTVTQJDJPVTPEPSBU Richards Hall. Upon investigation it was determined that the smell had the same odor as marijuana. Police investigated the incident and made an arrest for possession of marijuana. The same individual is also under investigation for altering a fire detection device and possession of a narcotic prescription without a prescription. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 r-PHBO)PTQJUBMDBMMFEXBOUJOH6461PMJDFUPBTTJTUUIFNJO locating a university student who needed to be put on some medication, and to have her contact the emergency room. The student was located and the message was delivered. r6461PMJDFBTTJTUFEUIF-PHBO$JUZ1PMJDFEFQBSUNFOUPOB traffic accident with minor personal injuries. USU Officers contained the scene and rendered aid to the injured individuals. Logan City Officers and medical personnel arrived and took charge of the accident. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 r$PNQMBJOBOUSFQPSUFEUP6461PMJDFUIBUTPNFPOFIBEBDDJ

dentally locked their bike to her bike. The lock was cut and the other bike was secured with a USUPD lock. r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPUIF54$POBSFQPSUPGBNBMF individual possibly smoking marijuana. The male suspect had left prior to arrival. r6461PMJDFXBTBEWJTFEPGBTLBUFCPBSEFSTLBUJOHEPXOUIF middle of the street along 800 East. Two individuals were identified and given a verbal warning about skating on the streets. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

r6461PMJDFSFDFJWFEBSFQPSUUIBUTPNF-(#52"GMZFSTXFSF taken down and ripped up by someone in the TSC. Police are investigating. r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUP"HHJF7JMMBHFJOUXPNJOVUFTBOE met with two young men selling newspapers on campus. The subjects were advised of the policy and agreed to leave campus. r6461PMJDFSFDFJWFEBSFQPSUPGBNBMFJOEJWJEVBMXIPXBT quoting scriptures and acting real strange hanging out in the common area of a Living & Learning Center building. The male individual was told to leave and warned that if he is found in USU Housing again without renting, or staying over in any USU building that he will be arrested for trespassing.

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Parking lot closes for construction

THE HUNTSMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS recently hired three new professors from across the nation to come bolster its faculty. Plans are already in the works to hire eight or nine additional professors in the coming year. Photos courtesy of Jim Davis, Mike Glauser and William Shugart, pictured left to right

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New professor says college is the place to learn business

me, one of the most essential things is it teaches you the way to approach business.� “I can tell you, in a college of business, that’s the place to pick that up,� Davis said. “I’ve had people try to pick it up on the street as they grow their business. Now that’s the school of hard knocks, man. It is very unforgiving.� When asked how one can teach the innovation required of an entrepreneur, Glauser said, “It’s very possible to teach entrepreneurship.� Shughart, who previously taught at the University of Mississippi, Clemson University and George Mason University, is ranked in the top five percent of all economists in the world by Internet Documents in Economics Access Service (IDEAS), an online bibliographic economic database. He worked as an economist for the Federal Trade Commission, has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and was formerly the editor in chief of Public Choice, a journal examining the intersection of politics with economics. Shugart said he plans to bring the journal to USU, which he said will be an asset to the university. Shugart said the connections he has made through his work with Public Choice, the schools he has worked at, and the FTC will allow

him to help students “get their feet in the doorâ€? of the different organizations and graduate programs. “He’s deeply networked in the Capital City,â€? Anderson stated. All three professors said they were impressed with the atmosphere and drive of the students and university faculty in Logan. “Generally speaking,â€? Shughart said, “the faculty here is young and energetic.â€? He said a key reason he came here was the faculty members, with whom he had longstanding relationships. “Once I visited, I was very pleased with the environment,â€? he said. Shughart said he was amazed after sitting in on a Koch Scholars meeting and was impressed with the curiosity of the students associated with the club. Davis said the students at USU are “his kind of student.â€? He said the school has potential for “excellence beyond anybody’s imagination.â€? Davis said he never intended to leave Notre Dame, but said he couldn’t resist coming to USU. “It’s almost like I saw a box of building blocks full of potential. All it needs is some structuring, some development ‌ and we can be as good


It's almost like I saw a box of building blocks full of potential. All it needs is some structuring.� — Professor Jim Davis, new hire, College of Business

as anybody.� Anderson said the three new hires are key to the school’s growth. He said the first step in becoming a premier college is being the number one school to the students and faculty within the college. If they are enthused, he siad, other things will fall into place. “We know how to get better, and that’s what we are committed to doing,� Anderson said, adding that he is already working on recruiting eight or nine new professors for the coming year. —

Students try their hand at lassoing

Maintenance in the “Purple� parking lot — south of the Old Main building — is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 10. The lot will be closed most of the day. USU’s Parking and Transportation Services coordinates the maintenance that includes crack sealing and paint-� ing. Work is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those traveling to campus for weekend work Sept. 10, who nor-� mally park in the Purple lot should use the Aggie Terrace for any parking needs that day. Contact Parking and Transportation Services with any questions, (435) 797-�7275,

Social invites students to ‘GAS’ Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience zero gravity? Are you a creative person who enjoys thinking outside the box and working with a team? All Utah State University students are invited to attend the opening social of USU’s Get Away Special (GAS) Team Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. The gathering will be held in the Department of Physics Conference Room in the Science Engineering Research (SER) building, room 244. USU’s GAS Team, which takes its name from a former NASA program that enabled groups outside the agency to fly experiments of their own design on space shuttles, is largely responsible for one of Utah State’s most well known achievements: USU has sent more student-built experiments into space than any university in the world. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to join our team — though geeks are welcome, too,� says GAS team member Jenica Sparrow, a veteran flyer of NASA’s ‘vomit comet’ microgravity jet. “We need people with all kinds of skills and talents — graphic design, liberal arts, business, education, marketing — you name it.� At the gathering, attendees will enjoy pizza while learning about projects planned for the coming academic year and beyond. GAS team leader Ryan Martineau, also a veteran NASA flyer, says the team plans to submit a proposal for NASA’s 2012 Microgravity University, in which the team has participated for the past two years, and is also designing a cube satellite.

Conference helps restore West STUDENTS LASSO HAY BALES at Showcase Week, an event put on by the College of Agriculture. Miniature labs were set up by animal, dairy and veterinary science students and researchers, as well as the Biotech and Pre-Veterinary clubs. The USU Rodeo Team taught students how to use a lasso and let them practice on dummies they set up. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

Key moments in Wednesday night’s GOP debate Big moment:

Key quotes:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tangled over jobs created in their home states. While Perry touted jobs created on his watch — and despite a recession — Romney highlighted his work both in government and in the private sector, where he spent the bulk of his career. Perry shot back that Massachusetts’ former Democratic Gov. Michael Dukakis created three times as many jobs as Romney. Romney countered that George W. Bush and his predecessor also created three times as many jobs as Perry. From the sidelines, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman piped up that his state led the nation in job creation during his tenure.

“Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt.� — Perry to Romney.

Other highlights: Perry won applause from the audience for saying he never struggled with whether any of the inmates executed during his time as governor might have been innocent. As of Wednesday, 234 people have been executed in the 10-plus years that Perry has served as governor of Texas, the highest number of any U.S. governor. The very mention of that statistic drew applause. Perry stood by his criticism of Social Security, calling the program for seniors a “monstrous lie� A claim that prompted Romney to charge that such rhetoric is bad for the GOP.

“Well, as a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessor created jobs at a faster rate than you did, governor.� — Romney to Perry. “I hate to rain on the parade of the Lone Star governor, but as governor of Utah, we were the No. 1 job creator in this country during my years of service. That was 5.9 percent when you were creating jobs at 4.9 percent. And to my good friend, Mitt, 47 just ain’t going to cut it, my friend, not when you can be first.� — Huntsman to Romney. Top laughs:

Who’s the frontrunner? A straw poll of 100 USU students conducted Thursday, Sept. 8 found Mitt Romney leading other candidates in the early race for the presidency. Here are the percentages: Romney 50% Huntsman 16% Obama 15% Paul 12% Perry 2% Bachmann 2% Gingrich 1% Cain 1% Santorum 1%

A Statesman straw poll done Thursday showed that

“No, but it means that, if he wants to write another book, I’ll write another foreword.� — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, when asked if his foreword to Perry’s book was an endorsement of its contents. “I kind of feel like the pinata here at the party,� Perry said following his rivals’ criticisms during the debate. — Compiled by The Associated Press (AP)

50% of USU students would vote for Mitt Romney if they had to vote today. The other top candidates were Jon Huntsman with 16% of the votes, and Barack Obama with 15%. The Statesman will be running a more in-depth poll next week, following the Republican debate, to collect more data. If you would like to participate in The Statesman’s poll, please visit

Registration is in progress for the 2011 Restoring the West Conference slated for Oct. 18 to 19 at Utah State University’s Eccles Conference Center. Discounts are offered for students and participants registering by Sept. 30. “Sustaining Forests, Woodlands, and Communities through Biomass Use� is the theme for this year’s gathering, which features talks and workshops led by scientists and land managers from throughout the western United States. “This year’s conference examines how woody biomass harvest can facilitate land restoration projects while supplying much-needed forest products, including fuel for renewable energy,� says Darren McAvoy, conference co-chair and USU Forestry Extension program associate. “Talks will focus on how biomass harvest can enhance the ecological and financial feasibility of restoration projects with an emphasis on collaboration between land owners, public land managers, community leaders, business and scientists.�

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, or come in to TSC 105.

-Compiled from staff and media reports

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Music helps find cure for diabetes BY MARIAH NOBLE staff writer

It’s 2 a.m., and though the rest of the world sleeps, USU alumna Amy Creer wakes up her 10-year-old son Tyler to prick his finger and test his blood sugar. Tyler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes Aug. 17. Since his release from the hospital, finger pricks have become part of the family’s daily and nightly routines. “Before we eat anything, we have to count every single carb that goes in his body. For every carb he eats, we have to put in more insulin,� Creer said. “When he plays sports, it’s even trickier, because you have to test his blood sugar when he’s there and give him sugary snacks at half-time.�


Before we eat anything, we have to count every single carb...�

— Amy Creer, parent of a diabetic child

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to make glucose and give cells energy. It is more common among children but can also occur in adults. “Tyler is so good,� Creer said. “He just says things like, ‘I’ve got it. There’s nothing I could do to prevent it. There’s nothing I could do to change it. I’m going to live with it.’� There is no cure for this disease yet, but the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is a worldwide organization dedicated to finding one. According to the JDRF website, the organization has raised $1.5 billion for research since it began in 1970. Last year it funded $107 million for research in 19 different countries. “Our biggest fundraiser is our walk program,� Utah’s JDRF Special Events Coordinator Stacey McAllister

said. JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes occurs annually and starts in Logan Sept. 17, at Willow Park, at 9 a.m. To get the community thinking about diabetes, junior Mike Balls, a computer science major, said he is organizing the Rock Against Diabetes concert Sept. 10. Balls works at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he said the employees are asked to raise money for JDRF every year. “We did another concert in 2007, and I learned a lot,� Balls said. “I’ve been planning this second event in my head ever since the end of the first one.� Balls said his mother has Type 1 diabetes, so the personal connection gives him a greater desire to help. “I just look at how she has to handle that, and I can’t imagine a kid doing that,� Balls said. There are 175,000 people in the world who have diabetes, but only about 10 percent are Type 1, according to Laura Western, executive director for the Utah chapter of JDRF. “Statistically, we are slightly higher here (in Utah), but that could be because we have more children,� Western said. The event in 2007 raised $2,200. Balls said he’s been able to apply what he learned and adapt the event to run more smoothly this year. “The event starts at 11 o’clock in the morning and goes until 10 at night,� Balls said. “We have 11 bands — 10 of which are local. It will be in the Chase Fine Arts Center courtyard, just north of Kent Concert Hall. There’ll be concessions and T-shirts, and it’s just going to be a fun and rockin’ time.� Balls said this year the Caine College of the Arts has agreed to help sponsor the event, thus adding to on-campus publicity. Tona Bronson, a representative from Thermo Fisher Scientific who is heading up the event, said they hope to significantly increase fundraising with this event. “This disease has a lot of affects on the body,� Bronson said. “It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and people live with it until death.� Bronson said Thermo Fisher Scientific provides media,

8=4)(-%&)8)7-7 most common in children, although it can occur in adults as well. Mike Balls is organizing the Rock Against Diabetes concert Sept. 10, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Photo courtesy Jene Thompson

along with the bioprocess containers used in research for JDRF. Since 2006, she’s been involved with JDRF and served on the state board of directors for a couple of years. “For me, (JDRF) is important because it’s just helping people, knowing we can make a difference in children who

are suffering,� Bronson said. “We’re asking for a $5 minimum admission donation, and I don’t know where else you can go to a concert for that cheap that’s for a good cause.“ One of the bands that will be playing at Rock Against Diabetes — For Tomorrow We Die — recently played at

the Vans Warped Tour. Band synth player Rex Davis said he prefers concerts like the one they’ll play tomorrow. “Really, we like playing shows in Logan a lot more,� Davis said. “They’re just so much more personal, and it’s a really good cause.� Davis said he, like Balls,

has family members with diabetes, and he likes seeing the community support this cause. “Diabetes is a huge problem,� Balls said. “And if we could find a cure, that would be awesome.� —

USU alumnus finds his way back to Logan BY RHETT WILKINSON features senior writer

Because the education necessary for Steve Noel’s current employment was obtained at the University of Idaho’s law school, many people might think the Ogden resident’s heart should lie in Moscow, Idaho. That’s where the Block A, USU professors and a former Aggie basketball rivalry with University of Nevada Las Vegas could prove anyone wrong. Noel, the current chapter president of the Weber region — and soon to be vice president of the USU Alumni Association — calls himself a true-blooded Aggie from Utah. A few minutes of conversation reveals as much, too. His oldest son sleeps in a room laden with Utah State apparel hanging from every corner of the room. With the help of his chapter board, Noel has planned previous alumni golf tournaments that raise money for USU scholarships. He has brought basketball Head Coach Stew Morrill into the area to speak with supporters of the basketball program. It’s a devotion to a school that Noel said is merited by his own graduation, as well as the fact that his parents met at USU, and four of his five siblings attended here. All Noel said he wonders, is why it should be any other way. “To me, it’s the pure college atmosphere at

USU,� Noel said. “Especially within the state of Utah, I don’t think there’s another university like it — the way it provides the going-away-tocollege atmosphere. Hanging out at First Dam with friends, studying on the Quad during the warmer months — it’s just really unique.� Though Noel’s business management and sociology degrees do not directly translate into his current position, primarily as a litigation attorney with Smith-Knowles Attorneys in Ogden, he said he doesn’t have to look beyond Logan to recognize since-retired faculty members. People who Noel said were pivotal to his academic growth, even before his graduation from USU in 1994. “David Danes challenged me and taught me how to think critically,� said Noel, a two-time selection among Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine. “He was a good influence on me in terms of my education and approaching law school and those types of things.� Danes’ influence on Noel as a former lawyer, earlier in life, along with an internship for former Utah Lt. Gov. Olene Walker that Noel experienced in a summer while he was still enrolled at USU, were critical to Noel’s decision to pursue law in Moscow, his wife Wendy said, who was married to him at the time. “All the experiences we had played a big role in helping us figure out exactly what we wanted

in life,� his wife, an elementary education graduate from USU the same year, said. �We just had such opportunities (at USU).� Such opportunities included the opportunity for Noel and his eventual wife to meet as fellow students. Though she had been dating Noel’s roommate following his return from LDS mission in 1990, after he got back, things changed. “After a few months, she decided that maybe she needed a change,� Noel said. “Truth be told, they weren’t going out anymore. That’s all it took.� The two were engaged on Noel’s 20th birthday, in July, following five months of courtship, and preceding a September 1991 marriage in the Salt Lake City LDS temple. “And we made each other True Aggies,� Noel said, of the eventful homecoming weekend of that year. “It came a matter of weeks after (getting married).� Both parties were quick to say that things are still the same at USU when it comes to enthusiasm for its basketball program. Noel said he fondly remembers waiting overnight with his wife to enter the Spectrum during one season to be a part of the student section, which would be rooting against a Jerry Tarkanian-led UNLV program, which had won the national championship in 1990 and posted an undefeated reguSee LAWYER, Page 5

78):)23)0-7%979 alumnus who will be vice president of the USU Alumni Association. Since graduating college, he has spent most of his time practicing law in Ogden, Utah. Photo courtesy of STEVE NOEL


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Testing your body’s fitness The Hiking the first hike of the Crimson Trail year is always a Call of the hike that creates your awareness of Allyn Bernkopf either how inshape you are, or how breathlessly out of shape you have become over a beautiful, relaxing summer. My job is to introduce all of you to the hikes, climbs, camping areas and other fun places around our lovely university, so everyone can enjoy


the outdoor activities that tend to be free — What’s better than that? First off, I’d like to remind you all that the ORP (Outdoor Recreation Program) has given a $20 credit to each full-time student, which makes camping, climbing and other outdoor activities a little bit easier for those who do not have the proper gear. The ORP is located just East of the Romney Stadium. My first hike of the year was the River and Crimson Trail combined. Only two weeks into the semester, most students have a little bit of extra time on their hands, which this trail needs. Starting just past the mouth of Logan Canyon, on the Nature Center Trail, the River Trail is the point of origin. This



Critics ‘The Whale’

Set to be released on Sept. 16, “The Whale� tells the true story of a killer whale who befriends his human visitors on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. After being separated from his family, Luna, the young Orca, causes controversy among his visitors and his “friends.� Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, an actor that we just can’t seem to get enough of these days, the 89-minute long documentary seems to be somewhat light-hearted and, let’s just say, lacking some substance. From what I have seen, the only real reason to see this “touching film� is because it is based on a real whale, and his real fans. For those who do decide to see it, I’m sure that it will make you take a side. If you’re an animal-lover, you’ll side with the folks who break the rules to befriend the whale, and if not, you probably won’t see the movie. “The Whale� should be cute, in short. I do not expect this G-rated film to be extremely popular among students, but to those who are whale fans, I am sure you will be uplifted. —

trail is fairly easy, with minor hills as you progress into the greener part. Soon you’ll come upon a camping area – continue east. (This is vital information because in my own experience Monday, I turned and ended up strolling along with the cars on Highway 89). You will enter another woodsy area that will eventually transition into another camping ground. This will be the Third Dam. Yes, you have walked 4.2 miles by now. If you are tired, you might be better off turning around now. The hard part is still ahead of you. Walk until you see the main road of Third Dam and take that road to the very top, sticking more toward the left of the See HIKING, Page 7

THE VIEW FROM CRIMSON TRAIL makes the two-mile uphill hike worth the strain. Though the hike is strenuous, it presents a view of Logan Canyon’s fall colors. ALLYN BERNKOPF photo


‘Straw Dogs’ For the sake of full transparency, I am going to cut to the chase. The only real reason I’d watch “Straw Dogs� is because Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Charlie, is a sexy hunk of Scandinavian man. He is the tallest, blondest, manliest Swede I ever did see. Enough of my verbal ogling. “Straw Dogs� is the remake of the 1971 thriller starring Dustin Hoffman, which was based on the book “The Siege of Trenchner’s Farm� by Gordon Williams. David Sumner (James Marsden) moves his wife Amy (Kate Bosworth) to her Southern hometown where she appears to have some unfinished business in the form of her high school boyfriend, Charlie. Charlie hasn’t gotten over Amy, and I don’t really understand how Amy got over Charlie. Marsden is a cutie, but over Skarsgard? Charlie must have been a real jerk. If he wasn’t a jerk then, Charlie definitely is now. Intimidation of Amy’s husband escalates quickly into harassment and further into full-blown assault. The trailer opens with David and Amy calling the police from inside their house while bricks are lobbed through windows by former linebackers. Marsden becomes crazy brave and, naturally, resorts to throwing boiling water on his attackers and nail gunning their hands into walls. While it seems as if Amy and David are definitely the victims in this story, there are too many loaded, secretive glances for comfort. Especially between Amy and Charlie — they’re up to something. Truthfully, I am intrigued by all the fishy behavior between characters, and Skarsgard is as foxy as ever. However, rumors of a rape scene and the overall creepiness of the “Straw Dogs� trailer lead me to preemptively avoid this film.

“Restless� looks like a charmingly satisfying film. With an independent feel to it, I think it will go far. It will not be the next “Twilight� or “Harry Potter� but will probably be among those sweet and simple productions like “Martian Child� and “500 Days of Summer.� A complex, yet original plot is depicted in the trailer, and it looks like a film that is easily related to. It is a story of life and death, and how short or fast it can pass by. “We have so little time, to say the things that we mean,� says Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper), a boy who attends strangers’ funerals. Annabel Cotton, played by Mia Wasikowska, is a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for Enoch. Let’s not forget about the ghost Hiroshi Takahash, who is a WWII Japanese kamikaze pilot, and Enoch’s best friend. The story of the three characters comes together in a drama that will tug at the heart strings. Wasikowska, who was recently seen in “Alice in Wonderland� and “Jane Eyre,� is becoming the next “it� actress. I am less familiar with Henry Hopper but am always pleased to see a fresh face leading a new film. The director, Gus Van Sant, is known for his accomplished films “Milk� and “Good Will Hunting.� With that said, I think it is safe to say that “Restless� will also be praised for a job well done. If you are looking for a heartwrenching type of film and chick-flick that can really be enjoyed by everybody, it looks like “Restless� will be just that. I preemptively think I would enjoy this movie. —



Lawyer defends policeman

lar season the following year. Taking on opponents on a regular basis is a standard procedure for Noel as well. Late in the fall of 2005, Noel faced what he described as one of the most interesting cases of his career, when he defended an Ogden police officer who had been chasing a speeding driver who killed both the driver and the passenger of another vehicle, along with an innocent bystander. The family of the deceased driver filed a lawsuit against the officer, claiming an unreasonable pursuit. That branch of the case closed with the officer being found innocent. “Those cases are very challenging because someone lost a family member dear to them, which nobody would want to happen,� Noel said. “Yet, at the same time, the question remains of whether the officer or the city is responsible. That’s very challenging because of the emotions and sympathies and real-life aspect to it.� Nor is it easy to defend a case so ironic, he added. “It’s a difficult thing. If the officer doesn’t try to stop (the driver), he could harm others later on that evening, and the officer gets faulted for not trying to stop them,� he said. “But if (the officer) stops them and someone gets hurt in trying to stop them, (the officer) is faulted for trying to stop them.� The case is currently on appeal and will be argued in the Utah Supreme Court this month, though Noel said the convict is currently in prison for failing to yield to law enforcement, along with a felony regarding the deaths of the occupants the car he hit. Despite the realities that law continually faces, it’s not something from which Noel is about to step away — despite the fact that he consistently manages 30 to 50 cases in a given day. “I do like the challenge of the dispute,� he said. “Disputes can be challenging; they carry with them emotion and positions that parties have taken. I’ve found that no two disputes are alike, so even though many disputes across my desk are similar, I have never run into one the same.� Patty Halaufia, the executive director of the alumni association, said she is just glad that it’s not a challenge for an alumnus like Noel to credit the university for being a significant springboard to where he stands today — whether that be in front of a judge or elsewhere. “I often hear alumni say things from campus from 10, 20, 50 years of ‘Oh, I loved my time at Utah State,’� Halaufia said. “They have a lifetime connection to it.� —

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USU HAS THREE SORORITIES, and in addition to regular members, some have an adviser and a sorority parent couple. These people are selected as mentors to the girls. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

The people propeling sorority life BY GENEVIEVE DRAPER staff writer The five fraternities and three sororities that have chapters at USU are taking pledges next week. This means students will have the opportunity to find out what exists beyond the stereotypes in the movies and try to become members of one of the organizations, if they so choose. And what better way to hear about sorority or fraternity life than from a few of the adults who work with them? Vanessa Garcia has been the adviser for the Alpha Chi Omega chapter for two years and said she joined the sorority as an undergraduate at USU. Garcia said she didn’t really know about sororities when she first experienced the recruitment process. Her knowledge was limited to the typical negative stories that cultivate on campuses everywhere. After learning more about her sorority, she realized it was a lot more diverse than she had originally thought.

“I was from about five hours away, and as a minority student I wanted to have a real college experience. Through the sorority I was connected to campus and to new people,” Garcia said. “For people who want to have that real college experience and get involved with campus, and new people, it is a very positive experience.” She said that her experiences as an undergrad are the reason she is now giving her time to the organization as an adviser. Garcia said she was particularly impressed with the amount of leadership the women, and “Greeks” in general, took part in. She said that over the years this involvement — particularly as leaders of various ASUSU positions — has only increased. The house parents (adult authority figures) of the Kappa Delta sorority said they were also surprised by how much goes on in a sorority house. McKinzie and Clair Hawkins, a married LDS couple, were not involved with such organizations until this year, when they became house parents. The Hawkinses both said they

have found the experience to be enlightening and enjoyable. “All the girls are really nice. People have a kind of misinterpretation about sororities,” Clair Hawkins said. “We didn’t have any idea — just what’s in the movies — but its nothing like that. The girls are all very studious, way more studious than it would be in a dorm.” Clair Hawkins said he considers the oncampus location to be an advantage to the girls, as well as safer. The couple agreed, they have really enjoyed that after only a week or so with the girls, they have developed a relationship with them. McKinzie Hawkins said the unity of the women, the cheers they do and the way they greet their “mom and dad” are all impressive. She said she has been amazed at the hours of practice the girls have put into preparing for Rush Week. The Hawkinses both agreed that it was rewarding to have the women be so appreciative of what they do. Working with sorority members does have

its challenges. Garcia said the hardest part for her is finding the balance between being there for them with help and advice, and when to let the group take the lead. Garcia said each new chapter and group of women has their own way of doing things. For Clair Hawkins the hardest part, he said, comes from worrying about the women. There are around 40 Kappa Delta members, currently, and having worked with them, he said he is definitely protective of them. McKinzie Hawkins agreed, she said they hope everything will be okay with the girls. Clair Hawkins said he hadn’t realized the extent of how much service the different sorority organizations perform. He said the girls are involved in a lot of philanthropic causes, which he finds impressive. Garcia said these organizations can involve everybody, giving students a chance to serve, lead and network around campus. —


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‘Apollo 18’ fascinating, but not perfect “Apollo 18� Grade: A



Anike Pullens

Remember the “Blair Witch Project� or “Paranormal Activity�? Remember how many audiences believed it to be true? “Apollo 18� felt like that — real. Of course, it is obviously not but there were clips in the film that were almost boring because the creators wanted that realistic feel. “Apollo 18� was refreshingly well done, in a style that rarely exists these days. Apollo missions were NASA’s missions to the moon. The government and history books tell us that we stopped going to the moon after Apollo 17. This movie suggests that Apollo 18 was a secret mission of two men that were sent to the moon to find more rocks and samples for testing. Little did they know, that was not the reason they were sent on a dangerous and secretive mission. The two astronauts, Benjamin Anderson (Warren Christie) and Nathan Walker (Lloyd Owen), stepped foot on the moon only to come back to the question: “Is there life residing on the surface of our moon?� While collecting samples the strange and unexplainable events start

to happen; The American flag was tipped over. There were tracks on the moon that were not human. There was an abandoned Russian aircraft, and consistent noises appeared closer and louder inside the rocket. “Apollo 18� starts out slow but only to build anticipation and intensity. Halfway through the film, I had my fingers crossing my mouth and eyes, along with my knees to my chest and feet on the chair. Nathan Walker becomes infected when something is lodged into his skin just under the rib cage. He becomes mentally and physically ill. This is where the suspense comes from, that, and the unseen extra-terrestrial life lurking in the dark craters of the moon. Christie and Owen acted impeccably, by carefully and accurately depicting what astronauts are like, and what they would have to face in a crisis. I did not question for a second their ability to portray their characters correctly. The only thing I questioned was a couple of lines in the script. They seemed unnatural and unrealistic at times. But even then, it was just for a second. I wondered if Warren Christie and Lloyd Owen were cast in these roles due to the fact they are not well-known, so, if there was a question of authenticity, it would be easier to leave the audience puzzled. They both have done small parts but have never done a big production. With the successful acting skills in “Apollo 18,� they might have

just gotten the break they needed. This sci-fi thriller has so much to offer an audience. It is a new and original concept not often seen in movies. The filming and directing technique is also not seen regularly. “Apollo 18� was not infested with illuminating and exotic colors, and graphics or sounds, but it still contained creativity. These days, directors, producers, graphic designers and sound technicians are so caught up with the “wow� factor that originality in story-lines and dialogue tend to be lacking. On the other hand, the fact that it looks like scenes were taken from old footage, but in reality were created from scratch, is impressive. And the fact that the creators were able to craft something that looked real, like the moving rock and other forms of life living on the moon’s surface, and still make it look vintage, was also very impressive. It helped that the theater I sat in still used a reel that made the clicking noise just behind my head which added a vintage factor to the experience. A good soundtrack normally sets the mood and can define a good scene from a bad scene. “Apollo 18� is the exception. In fact, I think the lack of music was what made it more chilling and exciting. It made me feel like I was right in there with them, experiencing the odd scratching and tapping noises happening in the rocket. The movie also brought

up some other questions of whether the government would really leave behind astronauts or soldiers, if they were a potential danger to the United States. Is that a real controversial issue? Whether I questioned the film or not, I left satisfied. “Apollo 18� was indeed well done. However, it is not a film that changed my life, though it might change someone else’s if they believe it is authentic footage. This would not be hard to confuse. If you are looking for a fascinating piece of entertainment, put “Apollo 18� on the top of the list, especially if you are a space nerd like me.

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— Anike Pullens is a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in theater and speech. She has written movie reviews for a year. She enjoys movies any day of the week. She can be contacted at anike.pullens@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Hiking more than 10 miles road. You will get to the trailhead and almost immediately there will come a fork — stay to the left. You can continue straight, but I haven’t discovered where that goes just yet, so good luck! This is the beginning of the Crimson Trail. The Crimson Trail is fairly steep on both the uphill and the downhill. I found myself having to run down the hills on the other side because the loose rocks and dirt will love pulling your feet out from under you. This hike is only about two miles from one side to the other, but it will seem like you’ve been walking for ages. Once you reach the top and sit on the flat rocks, though, the viewing experience is phenomenal. You can see from the valley all the way to Beaver Mountain. In the upcoming fall season, the trees are starting to change from green to the beautiful reds, oranges, yellows and browns that our lovely Utah weather provides. I would suggest packing a lunch, at least two bottles of water (per person), and a significant other or best friend to experience this hike with you. When you start heading back down, the forestry becomes thick, and the flies and fleas will love the sweat that’s dripping from your nose and ears. When you get back to your car, I hope your legs and body feel as accomplished as mine did, after hiking over 10 miles on the first hike of the school year. Notes: 1. Information about the hikes was found on http://www. I highly recommend this site to everyone interested in new or old trails around the Logan area. 2. If you want to hike only the Crimson Trail, you can park at the first campground past Third Dam and begin at the Crimson Trailhead just up the road. — Allyn Bernkopf is a senior at USU majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She writes, reads and hangs out with Mother Nature. She can be reached at

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After the near win at Auburn last week, the Aggies now return to Logan to face 0-1 Weber State. The Wildcats led Wyoming by four points through most of the fourth quarter. They failed to stop a last-minute touchdown drive with 22 seconds left, or nail the 53-yard field goal as time expired, to secure the victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone in that program probably felt like they should have won that game and beat a Mountain West school,â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Gary Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is not a football team either that is going to sit back and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It was just great to be there and be close.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? This may sound familiar. The story is eerily similar to USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost program-defining season opener, last week in Alabama. Andersen said the Auburn loss was as difficult as he has ever seen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To say there is no moral victories is an easy way to say it, but it is a lot worse than

that; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot deeper than that. I think that there is a part of me that is on that field that will be there forever.â&#x20AC;? The key to a Utah State victory will be how well the Aggies bounce back from a heartbreaking loss and redefine their season. Weber State was picked to finish fifth and sixth in the Big Sky Conference, according to conference preseason media and coaches polls. But last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest suggests the Wildcats are much better than expected. Weber is breaking in new quarterback Mike Hoke. The 6-foot-2 junior, from Hawaii, appeared in 16 games in his two years for the Wildcats and is able to run the ball if need be. Last week, Hoke completed 19 of 28 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for 91 yards. He threw one interception in the loss. Hoke has the job of replacing Cameron Higgins, Weber Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time career passing leader with 12,274 yards and 98 touchdowns. Weber Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Xavian

Johnson will most likely be Hokeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite target against the Aggies. The redshirt, freshman wide receiver from Las Vegas caught seven passes for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. He could prove to be a problem for the Utah State secondary. Line play will be vital for the Aggies on both sides of the ball, especially defense. This may be a problem since the Aggies allowed Auburn to throw for 286 yards, and win through the air in the final minutes of the game last week. If Higgins has time to throw the Aggie defensive backs will have a tough time shutting down Johnson. Offensively for Utah State, The Aggies had the ball for over 37 minutes against Auburn. The line made it all happen by dominating the Tigers in the trenches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least offensively. Expect the veteran front to make room for running back Robert Turbin to have a breakout game. The X-factor for the Aggies will be quarterback Chuckie See FOOTBALL, Page 10

WIDE RECEIVER RYAN MOATS looks to go upfield after making a catch at a summer scrimmage. Moats and the rest of the Aggies look to run over Weber State, Saturday. TODD JONES photo

Team Elite ready for flag football BY MEREDITH KINNEY sports senior writer

Volleyball heads to Long Beach BY USU ATHLETICS

LOGAN, Utah - The Utah State volleyball team will travel to California this weekend to compete in the Long Beach State Baden Classic Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10. USU will begin the tournament against Oregon State (5-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. (MDT), and then face host Long Beach State (3-3) and SMU (3-3) Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. (MDT), respectively. Live stats will be available for all six matches during the tournament, while live audio and video streaming for Long Beach Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matches will be available through www. Utah State has won each of its last three matches and is now 4-3 on the season after posting a five-set win at Weber State in its last match. The Aggies are led by senior AllAmerican outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .126 and averaging 3.37 kills, 2.27 digs, 0.57 blocks and 0.20 service aces per set. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White is hitting .178 and averaging 2.64 kills, 2.68 digs, 1.14 blocks and 0.29 service aces per set, and junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen is hitting .128 and averaging 2.13 kills, 1.13 blocks and 0.63 digs per set. As a team, See USU, Page 10

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USU soccer still perfect Flynn scores lone goal to propel Aggies BY ADDISON PACE staff writer

The USU womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team has done it again. The 7-0-0 Aggies beat the Rice Owls 1-0 at Chuck and Gloria Bell Field on Thursday, Sept. 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A really enjoyable back and forth game,â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Heather Cairns said. The lone goal of the game was scored by sophomore midfielder Jennifer Flynn from Draper, Utah. In the 53rd minute sophomore Kendra Pemberton played a through ball to the left side of the box. It was an opportunity that Flynn couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass up as she placed the ball just past rice goalkeeper, Amy Czyz. Aggie senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill saved three shots on goal in the second half and had several saves outside the box


throughout the game. The Aggies were geared up for a tough match. The Owls are ... Jen is known for her ranked eighth in the Central Region, comparable to the Aggie long-range shooting.â&#x20AC;? seventh place ranking in the West Region. During the first half, neiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; head coach Heather Cairns, ther team scored, prompting an USU soccer aggressive fight for first blood that increased in intensity as half-time neared. About midway ers of the box. through the first half, the Aggie defense â&#x20AC;&#x153;We count on her to destroy teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; set stepped up their game, allowing only four plays,â&#x20AC;? Cairns said. shots. The Owl defense also came to play The second half was even more excitas the Aggies only had 2 shots in the first ing than the first. Just 8 minutes into the half. In the first half Aggie top scorer, senior half, the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only goal was scored. Pembertonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assist was placed perfectly forward Shantel Flanary, played much for Flynn who converted on shot. lower on defense than in the second. See AGGIE SOCCER, Page 10 From this position she cleared more head-

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a warm, sunny afternoon. One by one, players arrive dressed out and ready to play. They meet in a deserted corner of the packed HPER field and run through a limited set of drills. It is a popular childhood game, an American right of passage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; flag football. Last season, Team Elite came one game away from a USU intramural championship. Until the championship game, Elite had only notched one loss all season, a solid record for an intramural squad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, we were a dominant that met some hard times,â&#x20AC;? said Team Elite captain George Ferris. Team Eliteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss was helped along by a combination of injuries and fatigue, something they struggled with all season. Despite the injuries to key players, the team put points on the board until the opposing team ultimately got the best of them. Team Elite is stacked. Many of the current players have the all-state and allleague titles on their football resumes. A few of them even played at junior colleges before coming to USU. Three former players have even gone on to collegiate football programs. Travis Swan, a big play maker for Team Elite, is playing football for Utah State. Swan returned from a twoyear LDS mission and used Team Elite as a stepping stone to get back into football shape. Swan is providing depth to a strong USU linebacker corps that includes Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher. Another former player Alfonso Smith was an all-state safety, in Utah. After last season, Smith was recruited as a preferred walk-on for Weber State University. The third player, Justice See FLAG , Page 11


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Former Aggie excited for NFL opening day BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

FORMER AGGIE CORNERBACK Curtis Marsh lines up in a defensive stance during the Aggies victory over BYU. Marsh will be suiting up for the Eagles on Sunday. TODD JONES photo

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USU gears up for Weber State Wildcats

Keeton. Speculations arose before the season about how well the freshman would handle himself mentally, as the general of an offense. Keeton buried the criticism at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but how will the 18-year-old handle coming back from a gutting defeat? The in-state match-up is slated for Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m., on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. It will be a test of how well both teams can bounce back from heartbreaking losses, when each team thought they had the victory sealed. In recent past, Utah State has a history of playing extremely well against a big-name opponent one week and very poorly the next, against a team they are expected to beat in a lopsided victory. Last year, Utah State pounded out a 31-16 victory on Oct. 1, against Brigham Young University, and dropped a 24-6 loss to Louisiana Tech a week later on the

road. The Weber State game this season will also be a little more special for Andersen, as he will face Weber State head coach Ron McBride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(McBride) is a dad for me,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He pushed me to get into this profession and encouraged me. And I take some pride in the fact that I have been able to do what he thought I would do, when I was 20 years old and basically confused on what the next step of life would be; and he told me where to go and what to do.â&#x20AC;? Andersen played for McBride at University of Utah 1985-86, and coached under him as an assistant from 1997 to 2002. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be a proud papa this weekend,â&#x20AC;? McBride said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truth in all things: Gary loves you, but wants to kick your ass.â&#x20AC;?


Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty simple, fill Romney

Every student needs to go to every single one of the football games. Did you get it? Maybe I should say it another way. Fill Romney. There is passion on campus, in Logan. Section F possesses the vocal chords to drown out a home crowd at the Marriott Center. I myself have participated in ripping to shreds the confidence of opposing basketball teams and players. Where is that in the fall? Remember the Hawaii game? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because there was hardly anybody there. It was raining pretty hard. From an outside perspective, it looked like Aggie football fans are fair weather fans. Those precious few who bleed Aggie blue are far outnumbered by those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand how important a football program is to a universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care, or cheer for another blue team, in Utah. Most of you are entering your sophomore or junior year and you think you understand what it means to be a true Aggie fan. I suggest all of you partially understand. At the same time, nearly every single person lacks the vision of the bigger picture. Have you ever seen the movie Rudy? Have you ever been to a game in Autzen Stadium or taken a road trip

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Tavin Stucki to the Rose Bowl? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we need the crowds to be like around Merlin Olsen Field, at Romney Stadium. The reason those programs are so dominant is because of all the money being pumped into them far outweighs the cash flow through the Big Blue Scholarship Fund. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty simple. When we have more students on the east side of the stadium, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier for the guys on the team to play with emotion. When they play with emotion, they win. When they win, more fans come and pay to see them play. The more money made at games, the more money Coach A. can put into recruiting, training athletes and paying quality assistant coaches. For those of you who are die-hard Aggie fans, I applaud you. The guys and girls on the front row, who paint their chests every game, do an excellent job. The girl last Oct. 1, with the sign reading: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make the world a better place, punch a Cougar in the face,â&#x20AC;? did a pretty good job that day, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see

anyone in a blue duct tape dress after that monumental game. The guys who wrote the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bull Sheetâ&#x20AC;? have graduated, and someone who has passion mirroring Fafnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs to step up and be heard. Or should I say HURD? Speaking of which, why isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t everyone in the HURD? People outside the university call the entire student section the HURD. Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we just make it official and have everyone join? The fee isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot, but if everyone chips in, it will be. That way, when your kids come to Logan for school, there will be a lot more of a financial base for success. The team needs you to do more. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there should be much necessity for me to say anything else, especially after the excitement of the Auburn game last week. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say it again. Fill Romney. Oh, and happy Oct. 1, by the way. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tavin Stucki is a sophomore majoring in print journalism. He is the sports editor for the Utah Statesman and writes USU football stories for He is an avid Aggie fan and has been since birth. Follow him on twitter at @ tavinstucki for your football updates.

The bright lights of the National Football League burned bright once again Thursday evening, Sept. 1, and Jarrett Bush, a former Aggie, kicked off the 2011 season as his Green Bay Packers took on the New Orleans Saints. Curtis Marsh, a former Aggie defensive back and current defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles, will have to wait until Sunday to suit up, but Marsh couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more excited to be playing at the next level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been amazing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a dream come true,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier. Just practicing and everything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real competitive. Being a pro has been great.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles drafted Marsh as the 26th pick of the third round. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound defensive back said he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised at all when the Eagles called his name on draft day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My agent had told me that I would get drafted somewhere between the second and fourth round, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I expected; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what everybody was saying,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was real excited and real thankful when it happened.â&#x20AC;? Marsh joins six other Aggies, who are all currently in the NFL ranks. Tight end Chris Cooley is in his eighth season with the Washington Redskins, while Utah native Kevin Curtis is in his first year with the Tennessee Titans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in his eighth season overall. Former quarterback Diondre Borel, long snapper Pat Scales, defensive back Rajiric Coleman and cornerback Chris Randle all signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams, but were recently cut. Offensive tackle Spencer Johnson signed a free-agent contract with the Eagles and was able to be with Marsh on the squad before he was also cut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember we were running around all

day (on Draft Day),â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. I remembered wanting to get home to watch Curt get drafted. During one of the commercials, Curt got drafted and my house got so excited.â&#x20AC;? It was no surprise to Marsh that some of his fellow teammates signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those guys are tremendously talented. They give everything theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always felt that we had a really talented team at Utah State.â&#x20AC;? Some kids dream of being in the NFL their entire lives. Marsh has had the opportunity to play against one of the most talented quarterbacks to play the game in Michael Vick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best part about playing in the NFL is being able to compete against the best,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just being able say that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competing with some of the best in the world; getting to guard guys like DeSean Jackson in practice is the best part. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking up to Vick since middle school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the most amazing athletes to come out in a long time. Ronnie Brown used to be one of my favorite running backs in college and high school. I was a little starstruck at first.â&#x20AC;? Marsh still remembers his roots as an Aggie and is thankful for everything he learned. Marsh wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always a defensive back, and he switched his junior season when Head Coach Gary Andersen came on the scene. One of his most important lessons came during his practices as an Aggie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just focusing on my technique as a player,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My position coach at the time, Cory Raymond, just really focused on technique and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you are going to win in the end. It was very true and I got to learn that in college.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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ARIZONA RUNNING BACK KEOLA ANTOLIN is stopped by an Oklahoma State defender in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. AP Photo

No. 9 Cowboys rout Wildcats STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The sight of two opposing players running back his passes for touchdown was bothering Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for him to make amends. Weeden completed his first 13 passes and threw for 397 yards and two touchdowns to Justin Blackmon, Joseph Randle ran for two more scores and the ninth-ranked Cowboys beat Arizona 37-14 Thursday night in a rematch of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alamo Bowl. Weeden completed 22 of his first 23 passes and the Cowboys (2-0) scored on their first three drives to open a 21-0 lead in the first 16½ minutes, then put it away with two scores midway through the second half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take that any day of the week. I was just dialed in,â&#x20AC;? Weeden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was dialed in early. I think I was making good decisions, and I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do last week.â&#x20AC;? Weeden was still kicking himself after throwing three picks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two returned for touchdowns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to go with 388 yards in a blowout of Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like I let my offense down a lot, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m too good of a player, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got way too many guys around me that are way too good,â&#x20AC;? Weeden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just inexcusable.â&#x20AC;? Randle had 121 yards rushing and nine catches for 99 yards, and Blackmon had 128 yards on 12 receptions to extend his NCAA record streak to 14 straight games with at least 100 yards receiving. Weeden finished one less yard passing than Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nick Foles in a duel between the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top two passers from the first week of the season. Foles had a Bowl Subdivision-best 412 yards passing and a career-best five touchdown passes in his opener against Northern Arizona. The Wildcats (1-1) played without Juron Criner, who was the Pac-10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top receiver last season and tied the school record with 11 touchdown catches. He had an appendectomy on Monday, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to return in time for Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home games the next two weeks against No. 6 Stanford and No. 12 Oregon.

A tomboyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view Meredith Kinney week of play, since polling started in 1950. But this is all stuff youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard before, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be real. The Aggies face Weber State at home Saturday, a game that up until a few weeks ago looked to be a shoe-in win for USU. The Wildcats are a powerhouse this year. Our in-state rivals lost to Wyoming last week by a field goal but dominated the stats sheet against the Cowboys in almost every category. Their high-powered offense should provide an annoying itch for the Aggies to scratch. Utah State homecoming foe Colorado State University barely escaped an embarrassing defeat to the University of New Mexico, pulling out a 14-10. New Head Coach Steve Fairchild and a record-setting play by starter defensive end Nordly Capi had CSU talking big heading into 2011. Capi set an NCAA single-game record with four forced fumbles in the New Mexico game. The sophomore has also recorded seven tackles so far in 2011. If the Aggies can keep Capi in check, the game should be an easy W for the Aggies. I say this with a grain of salt. If the Rams pull off a victory my dad will never let me forget it. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a CSU alumnus. The Aggies take the field against the school that must not be named

in Provo, Sept. 30. If you have forgotten last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match-up, you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call yourself a true-blooded Aggie. The 31-16 upset over BYU is etched into Aggie lore. With Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newfound talent, watch for a repeat of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. The Cougars opened the game with a big win over Ole Miss, and they face a tough road challenge at the University of Texas. BYU then faces the University of Utah and the University of Central


Their highpowered offense should provide an annoying itch for the Aggies to scratch.â&#x20AC;?

Florida just in time for the Aggies to come in and knock them off their game. I love an upset, especially when the Aggies are on the winning end. With dismal Aggie football seasons hanging in the recent past, the Chuckie era is upon us. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Meredith Kinney is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and an avid hockey fan. She hopes one day to be a big-shot sideline report working for ESPN. You can also contact her at

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the biggest football fan in America, but come September, I am definitely craving some gridiron action â&#x20AC;&#x201D; college football, not that circus that is the NFL. There is something about the marching bands and the top-40 hits blaring out of the speakers that gets me every year. Week one is done. The final buzzers have sounded but the 2011 season is far from over. At the risk of sounding redundant, it is now time to look at Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss at Auburn with a little bit of objectivity. Now that the dust has cleared and the tears have dried, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to take a step back and look at week one relative to the rest of the season. A 42-38 win is far from the blowout everyone was expecting, especially when you consider the Ags were leading with three-and-a-half minutes left. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face the facts, freshman QB Chuckie Keeton played like a seasoned vet in his first outing as an Aggie. It is a shame a defensive breakdown and textbook on-side kick spoiled his debut. He ran for two touchdowns and was accurate too, completing 70 percent of his passes. Yes, the final score still hurts a little or, rather, a lot, but the victory Utah State achieved despite the final score says it all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be one hell of a season. Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptional play pushed Auburn out of the AP Top 25. The Tigers are just the second defending national champions to drop out of ranking during the first

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Aggie soccer on a streak

After the game, Jennifer stated that the success of her shot was based on the fact that they had multiple people attacking the goal causing the defenders to have to watch more than one player. Which meant that when they converged on left footed kicker Pemberton, Flynn was open for the shot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jen is known for her long range shooting,â&#x20AC;? said Cairns. This is Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second goal, her first came off another long shot (20 to 25yards out) at Colorado College on August 26. During the second half, the Owls had possession of the ball for more time than the Aggies. Despite the uneveness

in possesion time, Aggies were able to defend well even as the Owls stepped up their game after the Aggies scored. Coach Cairns stated this was possible because their back line was strong and their mid-fielders always returned to defense when play was on their end. She did wish they could have controlled possession of the ball more after the goal and used that as a defensive strategy. The USU womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team takes the field again Sunday, facing off against Idaho State University at 1 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

Packers outlast Saints

GREEN BAY PACKERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AARON RODGERS throws before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday in Green Bay, Wis. AP Photo

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Flag football kicks off soon


... Hopefully we can go a little further this year.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bryan Haslip, Team Elite, flag football

Patterson was one of the top Junior College running backs from the state of California. After playing a year with Team Elite, Patterson transferred to Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Patterson is sharing reps at OPSU with all-American running back Darryl Brister. Their depth is mainly on the defensive side, but Team Elite has some powerful offensive weapons, as well. This season, Team Elite has added running back Brandon Hall, a one-time all-state team member for the state of Arizona. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some really strong defensive backs, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for some offensive players as well,â&#x20AC;? said Ferris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we brought in Brandon Hall.â&#x20AC;? Despite a strong first season, Team Elite is moving forward and looking to the future. With last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final loss hanging in recent history, they are looking to dominate,

in 2011. The team reloaded after last season. They combined with HRB, another USU flag football powerhouse, and are better then ever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be faster, bigger and stronger,â&#x20AC;? said former HRB captain Stuart Allen. The newly-revamped Team Elite, is looking to come out strong when the season opens in two weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We only won one playoff game last year,â&#x20AC;? said quarterback Bryan Haslip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So hopefully we can go a little further this year.â&#x20AC;? For Team Elite defensive end Matt McGee, winning a championship would just be motivation for next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we win this year, it just means we have to build upon it and win again next year,â&#x20AC;? McGee said. Haslip said this year the team has more speed then they have in the past. Their quick feet should help Team Elite overcome the rushing rule at USU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can rush right away,â&#x20AC;? Haslip said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So the important thing is just to have speed.â&#x20AC;? Team Elite is looking to replicate their past success when the season opens on Sept. 23. They will try to improve on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6-2 record. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; meredith.kinney@aggiemail.

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USU volleyball road test

Utah State is hitting .153 on the year as compared to a .132 hitting percentage for its opponents. Oregon State is 5-2 on the season and led by junior outside hitter Camille Saxton who is hitting .258 and averaging 3.04 kills, 1.39 digs and 0.54 blocks per set. As a team, OSU is hitting .243 on the season and its opponents are hitting .148. Oregon State returns six starters and nine letterwinners from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team that went 9-23 on the season and finished in ninth-place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 2-16 record. Long Beach State, who is ranked No. 22 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association, is 3-3 on the season and led by senior outside hitter Caitlin Ledoux who is hitting .223 and averaging 3.74 kills, 1.87 digs and 0.70 blocks per set. As a team, LBSU is hitting .225 on the season and its opponents are hitting .146. The 49ers return five starters and eight letterwinners from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team that went 25-8 overall

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and finished in second-place in the Big West Conference with a 12-4 record. SMU is 3-3 on the season and led by senior outside hitter Dana Powell who is hitting .133 and averaging 3.62 kills and 4.10 digs per set. As a team, SMU is hitting .166 on the season and its opponents are hitting .188. SMU returns five starters and nine letterwinners from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team that went 25-6 and finished in second-place in Conference USA with a 17-3 record. Utah State is 1-0 all-time against Oregon State and 6-30 all-time against Long Beach State, while its match against SMU will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Utah State is 61-84 (.421) in road matches during the last 12 years, which includes a 24-30 (.444) record in nonconference matches. USU is also 51-47 (.520) in regular season tournaments over the last 12 years, which includes a 36-25 (.590) record on neutral courts.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Super Bowl hangover and the NFL lockout werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The New Orleans Saints just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep up. Rodgers came out on top in a memorable opening-night duel with Drew Brees, and the Packers made a goal-line stand on the final play of the game to beat the Saints 42-34 on Thursday night. Packers rookie Randall Cobb caught a touchdown from Rodgers and ran a kickoff back 108 yards for a score in the third quarter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tying an NFL record for the longest kickoff return in history. Rodgers threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good night for us,â&#x20AC;? Rodgers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt good about the way that I was throwing the ball. Missed a couple I probably could have hit.â&#x20AC;? Brees threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns, including a late touchdown to Jimmy Graham that cut the lead to 8 with 2:15 left. After a Green Bay punt, Brees marched the Saints to the Packers 9-yard line and spiked the ball with 3 seconds left. Green Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A.J. Hawk was called for pass interference and the ball was placed at the 1. Led by Clay Matthews and safety Morgan Burnett, the Packers defense swarmed Saints first-round rookie running back Mark Ingram short of the goal line and the game was over.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to get a yard,â&#x20AC;? Ingram said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal line to win the game, got to get a yard.â&#x20AC;? It was a big night for Donald Driver, who tied James Loftonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Packers franchise mark for career yards receiving with 9,656. Rodgers wanted to get him the record at home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tried to get him the ball again, we just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Rodgers said. Cobbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big return gave the Packers a 35-20 lead, but the game wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over. Darren Sproles answered with a long kickoff return of his own, and Brees drove the Saints for a 29-yard touchdown to Devery Henderson. The Saints forced a punt and marched to the Packersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 7-yard line, but failed on a fourthdown conversion attempt and gave the ball back to the Packers. Green Bay drove again, and Rodgers handed the ball to John Kuhn on third-and-goal for a 1-yard touchdown and a 42-27 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Packersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defensive struggles made for some nervous late moments, but they came through when they had to. If Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game was a referendum on the importance of player-led team workouts during the lockout, the results are in: The workouts Brees organized over the summer werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to help the Saints take down the champions, and the Packersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision not to get together as a team certainly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to hurt them.

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For victims’ families, 9/11’s aftermath still looms large BY GREG GORDON McClatchy Newspapers


oon after her mom died aboard the first hijacked plane to hit the World Trade Center, Carie Lemack vowed “to make sure it never happens again” and launched a career fighting terrorism. Last year, she won an Oscar nomination for her film examining its global impact. C. Lee Hanson, who lost his son, daughter-in-law and 2-and-a-halfyear-old granddaughter on Sept. 11, has spent part of his retirement traveling to Guantanamo Bay, telling the U.S. attorney general of his opposition to civilian trials for terrorists and protesting construction of a mosque near Ground Zero. Christie Coombs, widowed with three kids on 9/11, was so moved by kindnesses from friends and strangers that she coached her children to “pay it forward.” They’ve helped raise upwards of $500,000 for others facing hardships and tragedy. Spouses, parents and children of the nearly 3,000 victims have endured constant reminders over the last decade of the horrors of Sept. 11 — anniversaries, a drumbeat of terrorism alerts and arrests, the drawn-out identification of body parts and the recent killing of Osama bin Laden. But Lemack, Hanson and Coombs are emblematic of many family members who’ve found inner strength, even inspiration, despite the holes in their hearts. In 2007, a Rand Corp. study concluded that relatives of 9/11 victims had amassed “a powerful voice” in Washington. Forming groups and organizing online, they were “remarkably successful in pressuring the U.S. Congress to establish a commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks, getting the White House to approve it, and then ensuring that the commission’s most important recommendations were enacted into law,” it said. While some family members have been locked in depression for years, here are three who found their way forward.

‘A life my mom would be proud of’ When her mother, Judith Camilla Laroque of Framingham, Mass., died on American Airlines Flight 11, Lemack, then 26, lost “my best friend and confidante,” she later wrote. Something clicked when Lemack read a newspaper story quoting survivors of those killed in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They lamented the failure of their 13-year campaign for tighter airline security to prevent the 9/11 hijackings. “I talked to my sister and said we need to make sure mom’s murder is enough,” Lemack said. A novice on terrorism and politics, she co-founded Families of September 11, one of the largest survivor organizations, and was a vice president of another group spearheading the push to create the 9/11 commission. Her height — 4 feet 103/4 inches — belied steely determination as she strolled the halls of Congress with other survivors to push for implementation of the panel’s key recommendations, including overhauling the intelligence community. She showed tenacity again by foreswearing rights to compensation from a $7 billion federal victims’ fund and joining 94 other families in suing American Airlines and United Airlines over alleged security lapses. Lemack’s family and all but one other have accepted settlements. By 2008, Lemack had graduate degrees from Stanford and Harvard and represented the United States at a United Nations symposium for terrorism survivors. A year later, in Amman, Jordan, scene of a horrific 2005 hotel bombing, she co-founded the Global Survivors Network. The group is circulating her award-winning short film, “Killing in the Name,” which sends a powerful message about ter-

rorism’s impact on victims’ families. The Rand study hailed Lemack as a “truly inspirational figure.” Now 36, Lemack said she’s only trying to “live a life my mom would be proud of, and to make sure that others don’t suffer the way that she and thousands of others have.”

CARIE LEMACK Lost her mother on American Airlines Flight 11

High on people Phoning from United Airlines Flight 175, Peter Hanson gently told his father that hijackers appeared to be planning to crash the plane into a building. “Don’t worry, Dad. If it happens, it will be quick,” Peter said, with his Korean-born wife, Sue, and their little girl, Christine, sitting on the plane beside him. Moments later, C. Lee Hanson watched on television as his son’s plane hit the World Trade Center’s south tower and burst into a fireball. Hanson, a recently retired corporate executive, and his wife Eunice, the registrar in their hometown of Easton, Conn., were knocked sideways with shock. Christine was the youngest of all the 9/11 victims. Tearfully, Hanson sorted out their estate and, assuming they’d been vaporized, collected toothbrushes and hair follicles containing their DNA at their home in Groton, Mass., in faint hopes of recovering their remains. Sometime later, a New York police detective phoned to say they’d identified a small bone of Peter’s. Hanson was surprised to be “really happy.” He and his wife joined those seeking an expanded search for body parts around Ground Zero and at a landfill in Fresh Kills, N.Y., and grew increasingly outspoken. “Life changes,” Hanson said. “You’re doing things you never thought you’d be doing.” In 2006, he wept as he described Peter’s final calls while testifying at 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui’s death-penalty trial. The Hansons were among survivors who met with Attorney General Eric Holder, objecting to the proposed trial in New York of suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. They also traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arguing on behalf of victims’ families that the terrorism detainees there should be relegated to military courts. Last year, Hanson spoke into a microphone near Ground Zero, saying that he feared Islamists wanted to build a mosque nearby “to show conquest, domination and humiliation of their enemies.” While he respects Islam, Hanson said “the wheels of my son’s airplane … were embedded for awhile” in the building that would

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A shrine honoring Jeffrey Coombs, who died aboard American Airlines Flight 11, stands in the kitchen of his wife, Christie.


Clockwise from left, Sue, Peter and Christine Hanson were killed on United Airlines Flight 175 when hijackers crashed the airplane into the World Trade Center south tower.

house the mosque. Controversies aside, Hanson said he’s been deeply touched by Americans’ generosity and is “high on people.” In 2003, volunteers in Groton rebuilt the dilapidated playground where the Hansons’ grandchild had played. They renamed it “Christine’s Playground.”

Something positive The day after 42-year-old Jeffrey Coombs died aboard American Flight 11, a restaurateur friend showed up unsolicited at the family’s home in Abingdon, Mass., set up a breakfast buffet in the garage and kept the meals going for two days — gratis. A 9-year-old girl from a nearby town who shared Jeff’s birthday sent the Coombs her birthday money. A kid with a paper route gave the family a week’s collections. Broken-hearted at the death of her college sweetheart, Christie Coombs was struck by the outpouring of kindnesses big and small. A freelance journalist, she sensed that she “needed to put all that negative energy from 9/11 into something positive.” She beckoned her kids — Matthew, 13, Meaghan, 11, and

Julia, 7 — to “pay it forward, do something good for other people because of what people have done for us.” Soon, donations poured in for a huge yard sale and auction for the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation. Arizona native Coombs even got a baseball autographed by star pitcher Randy Johnson of the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks. In one morning that November, the family raised $50,000 for families of immigrants who died working in the Windows on the World restaurant atop the Trade Center’s north tower and to other 9/11 victims’ families facing financial predicaments. They’ve continued to raise money for the foundation, largely with an annual 5K race that has gained a reputation among serious runners. Since 2007, the Coombs have held holiday parties for families of U.S. troops overseas. Her tragedy, Coombs said, has “changed my appreciation for what other people go through on a daily basis.” But not even a 21/2-year relationship with a new love has eradicated the pain. At a recent wedding, she and her daughter had to leave the room during the father-daughter dance to the song “Butterfly Kisses” when both remembered how Jeff had brushed eyelashes with his kids. The family preserved the deck that Jeff was building when he died even though it didn’t fit perfectly with plans for a new swimming pool, and the shirt and boots he wore still hang over his work bench in the cellar, Coombs said. A new pantry had to be built around a bulletin board that the kids plastered with pictures of Jeff, she said, because she’d be “disrespecting Jeff and the way the kids honor their dad if I were to disrupt any of that.” Jeff’s pictures hang all over the house. “He is still the love of my life,” Coombs said, “and he always will be.”

Lemack said she’s trying to “make sure that others don’t suffer the way that (her mother) and thousands of others have.”

C. LEE HANSON Lost his son, daughter-in-law and 2-and-a-halfyear old granddaughter on United Airlines Flight 175

“Life changes,” Hanson said. “You’re doing things you never thought you’d be doing.”

CHRISTIE COOMBS Lost her husband aboard American Airlines Flight 11

Her tragedy, Coombs said, has “changed my appreciation for what other people go through on a daily basis.”

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Carie Lemack sits by a photo of her mother, Judith Camilla Laroque, who was aboard American Airlines Flight 11 when it was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

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Documentary â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rebirthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: After 9/11, letting go but holding on

Anyone who remembers that crystalline morning may instinctively shy away from seeing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirth,â&#x20AC;? a documentary about people who lost loved ones or barely survived the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As the movie opens with a chirpy 8 a.m. weather report on New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allnews WINS radio station, whose headline story at that moment was the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral primary - a heavy feeling of dread sets in. We all know how that day ended. But, for all the grievously familiar contours of its story, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirthâ&#x20AC;? holds an improbably store of surprises, thanks to the deft, sensitive direction of Jim Whitaker. Inspired to document the rebuilding that started almost immediately at Ground Zero, Whitaker installed fourteen time-lapse cameras at the site, taking five-minute snap-

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Washington Post shots of detritus, destruction and, finally, reconstruction. He also interviewed several survivors, five of whom are on camera here, every year from 2002 to 2006, and he intercuts their reflections with footage from the static cameras. With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirth,â&#x20AC;? Whitaker takes what could have been a maudlin, unhealthy rumination on senseless violence and suffering and creates an absorbing, albeit wrenching, testament to perseverance,

healing and, as one witness puts it, the art of letting go â&#x20AC;&#x153;without letting go.â&#x20AC;? That indelible voice belongs to a young woman who lost her firefighter fiance as he rushed into one of the towers. During her first interview with Whitaker, her anguish still raw, she recalls her denial-fueled bewilderment when her fianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colleagues arrived at her house with food. Another firefighterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend recalls his buddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last words and final embrace, later facing his late friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife who demands he tell her that her husband is still alive. A firefighterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, who immediately began helping with the rescue and recovery effort, dreams of airplane parts and human remains; seeing an old shoe can trigger an emotional spiral. A young man who lost his mother

canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new wife and gets thrown out of his house; a financial executive who suffered horrible burns undergoes dozens of excruciating surgeries while battling feelings of hopelessness. Would it shock you to know that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirthâ&#x20AC;? has a happy ending? The personal journeys of these individuals are so fascinating, so singular, that to give any more details would be akin to spoiling a finely crafted thriller. Suffice it to say that Whitaker, a film executive before turning his hand to

directing, has found five riveting protagonists for this story of unresolved grief and eventual redemption, their personal transformations thoroughly living up to the obliquely spiritual meanings of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? title. (The time-lapse material, overseen by cinematographer Thomas Lappin, has been elegantly shot on 35 mm film, set to the familiar ostinato of a Philip Glass score.) Viewers may initially be confused at the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision not to name his subjects - even as we feel that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beginning to

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Contagion,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a thinking manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horror movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contagion,â&#x20AC;? a thinking manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horror movie about a viral pandemic from the writing-directing team of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Informant!â&#x20AC;?), plays less like a conventional medical thriller - think â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outbreakâ&#x20AC;? - than like a dramatic reading of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Novaâ&#x20AC;? episode, performed by Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuffed with A-list actors - Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Elliott Gould - running around frowning and spitting out terms like â&#x20AC;&#x153;pathognomonic,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;fomites,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;paramyxovirus,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;phylogeneticâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;R-naught number.â&#x20AC;? A few of them are defined; most are not. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the scariest thing about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contagion.â&#x20AC;? We never know exactly what it is weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be afraid of, as one character notes, early in the film. Then again, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not entirely true. Based on Soderberghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shooting style in the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first few seconds, which include ominously tight close-ups of a hand on a bus pole and a bowl of cocktail peanuts in a bar, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything and everything that we come in contact with thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrifying. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll guarantee you one thing: Before this movie is over, you will stop unconsciously touching your face (or, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a critic, sticking your pen in your mouth). What â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psychoâ&#x20AC;? did for showers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contagionâ&#x20AC;? aims to do for shaking hands and shared water glasses. Otherwise, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contagionâ&#x20AC;? is not all that disturbing, except perhaps on an intellectual level. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partly due to Soderberghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restraint. The script, which is reportedly based on solid scientific research about disease and its transmission, treatment and control, is admirably unsensationalistic. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even considering the fact that the virus at the heart of the story - dubbed MEV1, though what that stands for is never explained - has a shorter and more lethal incubation period than anything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve previously seen. (SARS, swine flu, H1N1 - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contagionâ&#x20AC;? drops the names of real-life medical scares like mad.) Paltrow, whose Beth Emhoff is the first to come down with the new disease, is dead mere minutes into the movie, after lapsing into a scary, mouth-frothing seizure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, my God,â&#x20AC;? says the coroner upon opening up her skull and seeing whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside, â&#x20AC;&#x153;should I call some-

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Washington Post one?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call everyone,â&#x20AC;? replies his frightened colleague. Hundreds of millions of victims follow, though Bethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Mitch, played by a schlubby-looking Matt Damon, remains immune, both from the bug and from our emotions. As a hero, the film treats him with an oddly clinical detachment. Rather than putting Mitch in the thick of things, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contagionâ&#x20AC;? pretty much sends him into immediate quarantine. Along with his teenage daughter (Anna Jacoby-Heron), Mitch spends most of the movie sensibly holed up inside his house, as the world around him descends into a chaos of looting and Internetfueled panic. One of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleverest touches involves a secondary sense of the word viral. Using the Web as his pulpit, an unscrupulous blogger (Law) foments government conspiracy theories from the sidelines, touting an untested homeopathic â&#x20AC;&#x153;cureâ&#x20AC;? for the disease called forsythia. Lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character, a shadowy, Julian Assange-like demagogue called Alan Krumwiede - whose face appears, throughout the film, plastered on posters labelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prophetâ&#x20AC;? - is funny and seductive. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost creepier than MEV-1. And speaking of creepy, several scenes that seem calculated to frighten - shots of panicky shoppers stocking up on bottled water and hand sanitizer, and of people coughing without covering their mouths - were met with not with gasps, but with titters of nervous laughter. Though â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contagionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? trailer would have you believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nail-biter, its pleasures are mostly cerebral, not visceral. Its real heroes are not the Homeland Security officers (led by a dour Brian Cranston) who initially attribute the plague to bioterrorism, or even Damon, who, as the biggest name in the movie, is mysteriously underutilized.

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know them intimately, we never know their names. It turns out to be a potent technique to draw viewers in to their stories, rather than hold them at a safe remove as someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirthâ&#x20AC;? may be organized around 9/11 and its physical and psychic aftermath, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the trick everyone needs to master sooner or later: letting go without letting go. By Ann Hornaday (c) 2011, The Washington Post Unrated. Contains some disturbing material and subject matter. 104 minutes.

Instead, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the buttoned-down bureaucrats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (run by Fishburne) and the medical professionals working behind the scenes to identify, treat and contain the disease (Winslet, Cotillard and others). The breakthroughs in the action, if it can even be called that, come not in the field but in the lab, first with the replication of the virus by a protocol-busting researcher (Gould), and then with the discovery of a possible vaccine, administered in her own thigh in an act of selfless bravery by a CDC researcher (Jennifer Ehle). If this is an action-thriller, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one that makes med school look sexier than the Marines. Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan, The Washington Post. PG-13. Contains brief obscenity, some violence and a mildly grisly autopsy scene. 102 minutes.



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Inside a Somalian hospital are famine’s littlest victims BY SUDARSAN RAGHAVAN (c) 2011, The Washington Post

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Anfa Habib Mohamed’s skin is leathery and wrinkled, her face gaunt as an old woman. Her cloudy eyes stare blankly at the ceiling, as flies land on her forehead. Every few seconds, she moves her thin, tiny fingers, the only visible sign that she is alive. Anfa is 3 months old. On her medical form, she weighs 5.5 pounds, but even that seems generous. Her cheeks are more bone than flesh. Her mother admits that her child is closer to death than to life. “I am afraid,” said Nasteha Jana Mohamed, 16, holding her still child in her lap. “If she remains like this, she will die.” Inside this overcrowded, understaffed hospital, evidence of Somalia’s worst famine in two decades is all around. Turn left, and a baby suffering from severe malnutrition is listless, too weak to cry. Turn right, and a baby’s face is crisscrossed with white tape to hold the feeding tube slipped into its small nostrils. Then look at the baby a few steps away with the peeling skin, suffering not only from severe malnutrition, but also from measles and malaria. Hunger not only warps the body, but the entire immune system. The scenes at Benadir Hospital reflect the immense challenge facing this Horn of Africa nation, already besieged by multiple woes, from civil war to radical Islamist militants to a weak transitional government incapable of governing effectively, despite massive support from the United States and its allies. This week, the scale of the challenge came into sharper focus: the United Nations declared that Somalia’s famine has spread to a sixth region and warned that at least 750,000 people are at risk of dying in the next four months if aid efforts are not stepped up. Tens of thousands have died, U.N. officials say. Most are children. The center of the crisis is in southern

By 11.45 a.m., they had yet to see a doctor. Anfa moved her tiny head, and turned to reach her mother’s breast. But even that effort was a struggle, and soon Anfa gave up. Even if she had the energy, disappointment lay ahead. “I am not even getting breast milk,” said Natesha. In the next bed, Luley Ibrahim looked down at her 14-month-old daughter, Momine. But there was no response. Momine was blind, a result of severe malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. Sores peppered her skeletal head and protruding rib cage. “We didn’t even know that a hospital existed,” said Ibrahim, looking down again at her baby. “I hope she will be able to see again.”

NASTEHA JANA MOHAMED, 16, holds her baby girl, Anfa Habib Mohamedis, inside Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu. Anfa is 3 months old and weighs only 5.5 lbs. She suffers from severe malnutrition. Most children, a nurse said, seesaw between life and death. Washington Post photo by Sudarsan Raghavan.

Somalia. Tens of thousands of people have trekked for hundreds of miles to reach refugee camps in neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia. Thousands more have arrived here in Mogadishu, settling down in 188 makeshift settlements around this capital city. They are the fortunate ones. Al-Shabab, the al-Qaida-linked militia that controls large swaths of southern Somalia, has prevented many people from leaving famine-stricken areas, U.N. officials say. For two years, Anfa and her mother lived as refugees in the Afgooye Corridor, a stretch of road northwest of Mogadishu that houses large settlements of displaced people.

They had escaped civil war. Then came a drought, and by July, a month after Anfa’s birth, the United Nations declared a famine. But as the crisis grew, al-Shabab barred humanitarian aid from entering Afgooye, as it has in other areas it controls. Anfa was sick from the day she was born, said her mother. And with each passing day, her frail body deteriorated. On Monday, with Anfa virtually motionless, Natesha cradled her in her arms and took a minibus to the capital. They left early to avoid al-Shabab fighters, and arrived at the hospital at 9 a.m.

The hallway of the children’s ward was crowded with mothers carrying their sick babies. Some were so weak that they dangled like rag dolls. Many were dehydrated. Most suffered from severe malnutrition, diarrhea and diseases such as measles, malaria and meningitis. Yasmina Hiller, a youthful German nurse, examined the babies, writing down their weights and other vital statistics. She had been at the hospital for 10 days. During that time, she had seen between two and four babies die every day, she said. She and a medical student were the only ones monitoring 70 children in the ward. “It’s really hard to stabilize them,” said Hiller, who has also volunteered in other African war zones, including Liberia and Angola. “They need milk, and they also need water. But you can’t overload them. So it’s really a risk.” Most children, she said, seesaw between life and death. One day, a baby appears to improve. Two days later, she’s near death. And even those who become strong enough to leave the hospital often struggle with weight and diseases within weeks, said Hiller, visibly frustrated by the sense of helplessness.

Google buys Zagat engine to target local businesses BY BRIAN WOMACK AND DANIELLE KUCERA (c) 2011, Bloomberg News

SAN FRANCISCO - Google said Thursday it has acquired Zagat Survey, the review and ratings service known for its

burgundy-colored restaurant guides, bringing it features aimed at local businesses and advertisers. Zagat will add an array of reviews of hotels, food, shopping and other categories, Mountain View, California-

based Google said in a blog post. The announcement hurt shares of OpenTable Inc., a Google partner that lets users review restaurants and make reservations online. The deal marries the world’s biggest search engine



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array of reviews, ratings and insights, while enabling people everywhere to find extraordinary (and ordinary) experiences around the corner and around the world,” Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of local, maps and location services, said in the blog posting. Zagat, based in New York, had said in June that it decided against selling the

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Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 for students. NTB has produced hits for Lady Antebellum, Leann Rimes, Jessica Simpson, SHeDAISY, Little Big Town, Be Be Winans and many more. They will perform songs from their just-released CD â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Work: A Nashville Tribute to the Missionaries.â&#x20AC;? Phone: 801-582-2799 On Sept. 9, the one-manband Scott Olsen will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza. Scott has an amazing repertoire with a wide variety of styles. Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza is located at 99 E. 1200 South. There is no cover charge; everyone is welcome. On Sept. 10, Jazz duo J&L Jazz will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard them before, this is your chance. These are fantastic musicians who play a nice variety of familiar tunes ranging from old standards to modern jazz. The 9/11 Day of Service commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, though service!. For 24-hours, from 9 a.m. on Sept. 10 to 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be doing service projects across the valley and we need volunteers. Come to the Historic Courthouse Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. to sign up for a project or submit a project of your own at http://www.911dayofservice. Check out the website for more details. On Sept. 10 walk to END Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Join this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk starting at USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track where you can register to participate in a 5K Run/Walk or choose to loop the track.

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Sept. 10  Graduate student registration purge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no registration permitted on Sept. 10-11 Rock Against Diabetes 2011 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall Courtyard  Football vs. Weber State beginning at 6 p.m. in Romney Stadium

Weather High: 85° Low: 49° Skies: Mostly sunny with no chance of percipitation.

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Sept. 12

Open registration continues Fall 2011 Rush begins and continues through Friday Free math and statistics tutoring from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Housing and Residence Life Office moved. Come see us at our new location 1125 N. 1000 East, which is located at the north end of the parking lot directly east of Romney Stadium, and west of Aggie Village.

AA/EO in Old Main

The Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity (AA/EO) Office relocated to Old Main, Room 161. Our office provides advice and assistance on a range of subjects including illegal discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual harassment, pregnancy, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and status as a protected veteran for students, staff, faculty and those served by USU. Drop in or give us a call at 435-7971266 if you have questions.

Tribute band

Hear one of the hottest country bands in the nation, the Nashville Tribute Band, Sept. 9, at the Kent Concert

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