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Monday, Oct. 17, 2011



Today’s Issue: Campus News

Occupy Wall Street spreads to Salt Lake City. Page 1


Find out what dance performers plan to “thrill� Logan with a show inspired by a Michael Jackson classic. Page 4


Howl organizers bring big changes BY CHRIS LEE news senior writer This year Howl organizers will lower the limit of tickets sold, change the setup of the line to get in and provide a more diverse array of entertainment. There will be less tickets sold for USU’s annual Halloween party the Howl, said Kellen Hansen, activities director for the Student Traditions and Activities Board (STAB). He said this year’s carnival-themed dance party, entitled “CarnEvil,� will be limited to 6,000 people, as opposed to last year when about 7,000 people attended. “Last year, you couldn’t get from one place to the other in a timely fashion,� Hansen said. With less people and more spread-out activities, Hansen said he hopes the event will be less cramped and more enjoyable. In addition to live bands, such as Cartel, who will play in the TSC ballroom, Hansen said there will be a variety of entertainment such as a dance in the Fieldhouse, carnival games and dancing clowns. The organization of the line is different this year, he said. It will be split into two lines, both going into the west entrance of the TSC. Hansen said the split will facilitate a faster-moving line while giving more space for USU Police to work if any issues surface. One of this year’s goals for the

8,),3;0 will feature clowns, acrobats, fire-breathers and other performers to fit the “CarnEvil� theme. Event organizers say fewer tickets will be sold this year, the line to get in will be modified for efficiency and entertainment will be provided to those waiting in line. Photo courtesy of Molly Critchfield

Howl is to make the line more streamlined, said Kevin Webb, program coordinator and STAB adviser. The bottom floor of the TSC will be designated for costume and ID checks. “We’re breaking up where they get their prop check done and their ID check and where we’re going to take their tickets and wristbands,� Webb said. “(It) should make things faster and more streamlined.� Hansen said students will be provided with entertainment while waiting in line. “Before you even get into the building you’ll get to see some pretty cool stuff,� he said. Some of the cool stuff includes fire breathers and fire dancers, Hansen said. The line will be filled with pyro-technicians, who intend to hype people up for the dance inside. Live bands are scheduled to play in the TSC Ballroom, Hansen said. Attendees can also watch dancing clowns or play carnival games in the TSC International Lounge. “We’re going to have carnival games,� Hansen said. “We’re going to have 20 games that are full-sized carnival games,� Hansen said. “We’ve got some prizes for them, (attendees) don’t have to pay for them, they just show up and they play the games, from milk bottle toss to dart See CREEPY, Page 3

Occupy Wall Street movement comes to SLC

Movement members discuss organizing occupation in Logan BY BRACKEN ALLEN staff writer

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Thousands of people are protesting “corporate greed� around the world in a pair of movements called Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together. Under the slogan “We are the 99 percent,� members of the Occupy movements say corporations — who they say represent the remaining 1 percent — have an unfair level of influence on society and damage the livelihoods of everyone else. “There are multibillionaires on Wall Street, yet we have people making less than minimum wage,� said Leska Mackie, a senior at USU who said she follows the Occupy movements and hopes to attend some of the events. Beginning with a protest on Wall Street in September, the movement has now spread to cities across the globe. The first group to demonstrate away from Wall Street was the group Occupy Chicago, which organized outside the Federal Reserve Bank. Occupy Together has staged events in more than 1,400 cities, including cities in Italy and Greece. There is also a discussion on Occupy Together’s official website of organizing an occupation in Logan.

Utilizing social media websites like Twitter and Facebook, Occupy Together and Occupy Wall Street, which work in “solidarity� with one another, have published demands and announced events. Among Occupy Wall Street’s official demands are campaign finance reform, including the reversal of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the forgiving of all student loans and the shutdown of the

Federal Reserve. For a complete list of Occupy Wall Street’s demands, see Briefs on page 3 “These protesters have a core set of complaints that I think are valid — the unholy alliance between corporations and government,� said USU Professor Randy Simmons, who teaches economics and finance. “They mistakenly think that it is capitalism, but what they really are pro-

testing is corporatism.� occupiers, however, do Simmons said many not have good answers. students simply want stuIn fact, the most common dent loans to be forgiven answer is more governand want to escape paying ment, unless Republicans for their own life choices. run the government. While the protesters’ “Many have a magical concerns are legitimate, view of how economies the group does not provide work and assume that putany suitable answers, he ting ‘the people’ in charge said. will magically make “The unholy alliance things better,� he added. between big business “Many are genuinely worduring this administraried that ‘fat cats’ control the economy — these view tion and the last one is most economic activity as sickening and frightening,� Simmons said. “The See MAGICAL, Page 3

3''94-)67-27%080%/)'-8= march holding signs expressing their views and demands. Occupy Salt Lake is part of a global movement working against “corporate greed.� The movement began in New York City in September and has since spread. AP photo

Scholarship reqs. may become more stringent BY LIS STEWART staff writer Admission standards at USU remain the same despite all-time high enrollment, but scholarship standards for incoming freshmen will continue to change, said Admissions Director Katie Nielsen. “I think more than the admission standards changing, it has been the scholarship standards that have changed,� Nielsen said. Scholarship standards tighten every couple of years to accommodate the higher

numbers of applications from incoming freshmen, she said. The university aims to keep the changes as minimal as possible to avoid straining parents and students, she added. Admissions staffers work with families to ensure students are financially able to come to college, Nielsen said. “A lot of what we do is sitting down with families and saying, ‘Okay, let’s walk through and see how we’re going to pay for it,’� Nielsen said.

The number of full-time students increased by 2.1 percent this fall from last year, according to figures released by the Utah System of Higher Education. Nielsen said enrollment has increased dramatically in the last three years, bouncing back from a 3.4 percent dip in 2005. Although USU’s averages climbed higher than the state’s as a whole, the growing trend seems to be slowing down. This is the smallest amount of enrollment growth See STANDARDS, Page 2

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NR week kicks off with clean up at three dams BY CATHERINE MEIDELL editor in chief

The College of Natural Resources isn’t made up of “bunny-huggers,â€? said CNR Dean Nat Frazer, but rather is made up of scientists, and this is one thing they hope to prove this week. Natural Resources Week began Saturday, Oct. 15 with a Logan Canyon cleanup project and will end Thursday, Oct. 22 with a speech on local environmental issues by Logan City Councilman Herm Olsen. Although the CNR will use the week to bring current and pressing environmental issues to the forefront of USU students’ attention, Frazer said, this year there are additional goals. “Last year, as an NR student, I didn’t know about any of this; I didn’t go to many of the events,â€? said ASUSU CNR Senator Blake Thomas. “So this year I wanted to be economically wise and stay within my means but have events that have more of a university-wide appeal.â€? Thomas said he wants USU’s student population to recognize that those within CNR are more than what they appear to be — “granola-munching kids wearing Chacosâ€? — and that the college is a necessary piece of USU, especially considering Cache Valley’s numerous resources. CNR had a head start on the week, beginning its events Saturday with a cleanup event between First Dam and Third Dam in Logan Canyon. “We cleaned up so much,â€? said Jared Stapp, service director for the Natural Resources Council, “maybe 15 trash bags full of garbage, which was shocking to me.â€? Stapp said he played a big part in this event and organized the Sustainable Food Drive that will run throughout the week. Everything collected will be donated to USU’s Student Nutrition Access Center — a student-run organization that helps students who may not be able to afford groceries. “Everyone has the right to eat healthy food that’s good for the environment,â€? Stapp said, “Nothing with high fructose corn syrup ‌ try to get as all-natural or organic as you can get. Bring pastas, rice — and there are lots of different canned goods that meet those qualifications.â€? It isn’t necessary to spend the money normally required in bringing a nationally recognized figure to campus for Natural Resources Week, Thomas said, because many knowledgeable people are found

nearby. Jared Quayle, an alumnus of the CNR and former Aggie basketball star, will challenge participating students in a three-point shootout Monday at 10 a.m. on the TSC Patio. USU natural resources Professor Robert Schmidt will address students regarding human habitats overlapping with animal habitats and how to manage this relationship, Blake said. This is an issue that influences the lives of Cache Valley residents every day. Many of the events were planned strictly as a fun break in between classes, but others will focus on environmental and sustainability education, Blake said. Tuesday may be the best day for those who want to learn more, starting with the Natural Resources Expo on the Quad, where CNR-related booths will represent various areas of expertise in the college as well as organizations that value sustainable living practices. Amid the booths, any student can go head to head in a cross-cut sawing competition. Later that day a panel will address and discuss issues regarding water bottle industries, Blake said. Prior to the panel, the documentary “Tapped� will show in the TSC International Lounge, which also addresses these issues, one of which being whether the water bottle industry uses tap water as its product, he said. This issue was confronted earlier this year when water bottle filling aparati were built into TSC drinking fountains. During the recent summer, there was talk of possibly merging CNR with another college, while Administration evaluated the allocations of this year’s budget, but, Frazer said, the college is here to stay. The natural resources college is a necessary part of USU, especially in Logan, Frazer said, “just look around you.� “My hope is people would learn more about what CNR is,� he said. “In a state like Utah that’s heavily dependent on public land, we wouldn’t want outdoor recreation to have a negative effect on the land. So we provide the information to make sure that does not happen.� Outdoor recreation is one example on a long list of impacts humans have on the local environment, Frazer said. Students, faculty and staff of CNR analyze and predict these impacts, which is why they are more accurately classified as scientists than the assumed green advocates, he said.


ENROLLMENT IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH at USU, but Admissions Director Katie Nielsen said admissions standards have not been altered. She said scholarship standards may be increased in coming years. Enrollment at USU has increased every year since 2005. KATRINA PERKINS photo

Monday, Oct. 17 Shoot-out with Jared Quayle- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., TSC Patio Tuesday, Oct. 18 Restoring the West Conference- 8:30 a.m., Eccles Conference Center Natural Resources Expo and cross-cut saw competition- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., USU Quad Screening of documentary “TAPPED� and panel discussion- 7 p.m., TSC International Lounge Wednesday, Oct. 19 Robert Schmidt lecture on human-wildlife interaction- 2:30 p.m., TSC Auditorium “The Forestry – Bioenergy – Carbon Connection� speech- 4 p.m., Eccels Conference Center Auditorium Quad campout- 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 Logan City Councilman Herm Olsen discusses Logan’s view on environmental issues and how students can get involved- 1:30 p.m., NR 102

MEGAN EMMONS (ABOVE) AND DENTON NIELSON (BELOW) clean trash out of the reservoir at Second Dam as part of a s service project for NR Week, which will also feature a movie screening, a cross-cut sawing competition, a discussion panel, various booths and other educational activities. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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Improvement in index categories may require Admissions Office to raise standards at USU since 2005, she said, and the goal is to keep the increase going, or at least keep enrollment from falling. “We want to make sure, obviously, that we are maintaining this increase,� Nielsen said. “We don’t want to lose momentum at all.� With more and more incoming freshmen applying for scholarships, the goal is to stay in budget while awarding as much financial aid as possible, she said. In order to be admitted to USU, prospective students must have an index score of 90. Nielsen said the average index score for USU students is 111, and it’s barely below the scholarship standard. Scholarships are awarded starting at 117. Index scores are calculated using the applicant’s GPA and composite ACT score, said Jenn Twiss, ececutive director for Enrollment Services. Admissions aims to keep award standards the same for at least two years, Twiss said. “When we experience significant growth in one or more index categories, that may require us to raise scholarship parameters by a point or two the following year, to accommodate the trend of growth,� Twiss said.

Standards for admission have not changed in at least five years, Nielsen said, and they are evaluated yearly based on enrollment. Neither Nielsen nor Twiss said if plans to raise admission or scholarship standards are in the works. “As for the future, we will continue to watch trends as they relate to demand and academic quality,� Twiss said. USU’s admission standards have not changed, because current standards ensure the selection of new students remains high, Nielsen said. She also said the quality of incoming freshmen did not drop this year. The average incoming freshman has a 3.4 GPA and 24 composite ACT score. Questions of admission standards are rising in other colleges and universities around the state as budget cuts continue and the number of students rises. Last month Utah Valley University announced it will impose enrollment standards for the first time on freshmen, next fall. The Orembased university also took the distinction of having Utah’s largest student body away from Salt Lake Community College, which is down 4.3 percent in enrollment this year.



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Non-profit org. helps students fight poverty Briefs BY ARIANNA REES staff writer

Many USU students had the opportunity to travel around the world this summer and one way was through the Help International Program, which was created for young adults to serve, empower and change the lives of those in need. Founded in 1999, Help was created by a group of BYU faculty members and students, who raised $115,000 and spent four months in Honduras conducting humanitarian work after the country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch. Tim Enrico, the USU campus representative for Help who served in Uganda last year, said students and young professionals of all majors have the opportunity to implement sustain-

able projects or help with previously implemented projects in other countries through Help. “We get into a country and there’s typically not so much there except for what (Help has) done in the past,� he said. Kellie Norton, a USU student involved with Help this summer, said, “Help does sustainable development projects in eight different countries — Uganda, Tanzania, India, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Belize and Peru — every year and focuses on education, public health and entrepreneurship.� Norton, who spent three months in Lugazi, Uganda, helping marginalized women this year, said the experience was “eye-opening.� “Most of the girls didn’t have access to feminine hygiene products, birth con-

trol if they were sexually active or other basic health items,� Norton said. “A lot of them struggled desperately to find money for school fees. Several girls that I talked to were being pressured into having sex with their uncles or other men that were paying their school fees, with the threat of being kicked out of the house and not being able to attend school anymore if they refused.� Learning about the people in the area was something Norton said she enjoyed. Help participants sometimes conduct HIV screenings, support groups and in countries like India, they help among leper colonies and assist in sex trafficking rehabilitation, he added. “It’s not study abroad,� Enrico said. “You’re never sitting in a classroom, except for when you do your initial

training, and when we do training we teach about project management, safety, or other important details, like where you’ll be living in a rural village like Uganda or some rainforest in Thailand.� Students who are interested and have completed one year of college can apply on Help’s website to get involved. There is a fee, but Enrico said many students do fundraising through letter campaigns to get there. Although it is a 40-hour work week, Enrico said students get the chance to spend the weekends exploring and enjoying the countries they serve in. Activities include riding elephants, exploring ancient ruins, going on safaris, hiking volcanoes and even bungee jumping in the Nile, Enrico said. –

HELP INTERNATIONAL is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty around the world. Volunteers from USU travel to India, Uganda, Tanzania, Thailand, Fiji, Belize, El Salvador and Peru to provide aid and training. Photo courtesy of Brandon Shumway

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Some see occupation groups as liberal response to the Tea Party

zero sum and that any profits are taken from their pockets. “The hive mentality among the protesters is entertaining and frightening — read ‘1984’ and then watch YouTube videos of the Atlanta Occupiers,� Simmons continued, “especially when they refused to let John Lewis talk.� Simmons said these events illustrate that the occupiers are emotionally charged, but, he added, their solutions aren’t necessarily sound. Mackie said the goal of the movements is not necessarily that the government will accept all of their demands. “The main suggestion is to equalize the system just a little bit,� she said. “I understand we aren’t going to ever be making the same amount

of money, but there’s such a mess going on between the government and these CEO’s.� As part of the protests, according to recent news coverage, occupiers set up camps in parks and other public areas, which are the main origin points of many of the marches and demonstrations. Daily general assemblies, where every person is given the chance to propose legislation as well as vote on other people’s suggestions are also held in most occupant camps. Most camps have separated into committees, allowing the members of the assembly to specialize in the proposals they are designing. Although the general assembly demands are generally political, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together both hold that these are

not political organizations. The groups also rebuke suggestions that these have come about as a liberal response to the Tea Party. “I don’t think it’s a liberal movement,� Mackie said. “There’s a lot of different types of people involved. It’s people from all different backgrounds and all different situations that are coming together.� Simmons, however, said Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together share many characteristics of the Tea Party, particularly that both are populist movements. “The Occupiers and the Tea Partiers overlap in more than their fear of big government and big business,� Simmons said. “They are populists who think government can solve problems and should monitor and protect the rest of us — often

from ourselves. Tea partiers tend to want to control sexual acts between consenting adults. Occupiers want to control economic acts between consenting adults — which is not to say that sex is an economic activity. Neither group appears to value freedom very much.� Mackie said the movements will likely become political in the future. “Just because of the nature of our country, it may get political,� Mackie said. “Which, you know what? It may benefit us. If we can get candidates who will endorse the things we are trying to get, then I think it would be beneficial to get candidates involved and make it more of a political thing.� –

OCCUPIERS GATHER IN NEW YORK CITY petitioning the government in hopes of altering tax policies which could shift wealth from the wealthiest one percent of Americans to the remaining 99 percent. AP photo

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Dance crews will provide a ‘creepy dance atmosphere’ this year

throwing.� Along with the carnival games, Hansen said there will be stilt walkers, a snake charmer, a couple of professional clowns and a fortune teller. He said he wants to “engage you longer than just a split second to look at something, but to play a game or win a prize.� This year’s student dance crews will engage students by providing a creepy atmosphere all around the Howl said Krissy Fry, artistic director for the student dance crews Full Circle, Vilociti and My Bad Crew. “They’re setting up stages throughout the whole Howl,� Fry said. “Instead of us being just in one area, we’re going to be all over the place this

year.� Fry said all 53 dancers will wear clown costumes and makeup to carry the theme throughout the event. She said they have had professors from a few departments help the dancers prepare. “We’ve had people from the theatre department come and do acting classes with them,� Fry said. “We have some professionals this year that are doing all of our theatrical makeup and our hair.� The dancers will also perform at the dance in the Fieldhouse with DJ Marcus Wing, Fry said. Hansen said Highpoint Gymnastics will perform tricks on trampolines behind the DJ. STAB volunteers will also be present in

all dance areas, said Zach Larsen, ASUSU Programing vice president. He said they will do everything from meeting the performers needs to decorating and checking students for appropriate costumes. “We have a logistics team who’s going to be charge of the line,� Larsen said. “They’re going to be taking tickets, putting wristbands on and making sure nobody has props, masks and any weapons.� Larsen said if anyone wants to volunteer they can send their request via email to STAB@usu. edu. –

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20 demands from Occupy Wall Street The following is a list of demands from Occupy Wall Street’s Facebook page. 1. A progressive tax that doesn’t hurt the poor, close loopholes and reform corporate offshore taxation 2. End the Federal Reserve 3. Campaign finance reform 4. Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — corporate personhood, etc. 5. Prosecute corporate fraud, includ-� ing those who have gotten away with it 6. Abolish the American Legislative Exchange Council 7. Implement financial speculation fees on large stock trades 8. Regulate and reform conflicts of interest between government and business and SEC regulators 9. End all U.S. wars and illegal com-� bat operations 10. Prosecute U.S. war criminals like Chenney and Rumsfeld 11. Repeal Gramm–Leach– Bliley Act, Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 and re-�instate all provisions of Glass– Steagall Act 12. Financial Reform Package, including: Forgiving of student loans; Federal oversight and regula-� tion of hedge funds and derivatives; mortgages can no longer be deemed commodities 13. Social Security will never be privatized or dismantled 14. Companies will not outsource jobs and services that can be per-� formed by Americans if jobs and services serve American markets 15. Bridge CEO-�employee salary gap by lowering CEO earnings 16. Make it illegal to “commodify� life or any resource necessary for the public good — Philosophy of The Commons — Monsanto out of our food supply 17. Election reforms to allow third parties better access 18. Department of Justice reforms to uphold civil rights in all states 19. Further health care reforms 20. Implement green energy alterna-� tives and hasten phasing out fossil fuels

Choices grant comes to USU The National Collegiate Athletic Association awarded USU a $30,000 Choices Grant, to be distributed over the next three years. The grant is designated to facilitiate the establishment of CHOICES for LIFE: Aggies Think, Care, Act. Thanks to the grant, alcohol-free programming and education will be provided, encouraging students to make choices that positively impact their life and the lives of others. The CHOICES for LIFE program hopes to accomplish several goals with support from the Choices Grant. First, the grant will be used to establish Aggies Think, Care, Act as a recognized campus entity. Training, involving retreats, a leadership summit and academic course credit, will also be implemented for peer student leaders, including student athletes. Finally, the Choices Grant will ensure sustainability of CHOICES for LIFE-related programming and support for Aggies Think, Care, Act. More than 20 CHOICES for LIFE events are planned over the course of the school year. The CHOICES for LIFE program is partnering with the Student Health and Wellness Center and the Associated Students of Utah State University to sponsor the alcohol-free programming and educational events. For more information about the grant, contact Ryan Bafuss, prevention specialist at the USU Student Health and Wellness Center, ryan.

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Odyssey Dancers Thrill BY KARLEE ULRICH staff writer

The Odyssey Dance Theatre is bringing the Halloween spirit to USU with its Michael Jackson-inspired production of “Thriller.� With dancing zombies and vampires on the hunt, this show has something for everybody said Chyna Smith, a company dancer. “The show is just so entertaining. It’s funny,� Smith said. “You’ll laugh, you’ll get scared. It’s just two hours of pure entertainment, you’ll go through all the emotions.� She said “Thriller� appeals to all ages, whether the viewer is a student or senior citizen, because there is such a wide variety of acts. “The show is basically a series of vignettes of your favorite Halloween characters,�

said Derryl Yeager, the founder and artistic director of the Odyssey Dance Theatre. He said there are acts that will provoke laughs and acts that will spook the audience. Yeager said he started the show 17 years ago after moving to Utah. Back then, when he was preparing to do the company’s first performance, he said he was asked if he wanted to cancel the show due to low ticket sales. “I felt that there was something special about what we were creating,� he said, regarding why he declined to cancel. Yeager said he he figured if he was going to go down he wanted to go down in flames. Fortunately for Odyssey Dance, Yeager said the firstyear buzz was so high that it’s brought back the performance See JACKSON, Page 6

PERFORMERS FROM ODYSSEY DANCE THEATER PRESENT their annual production of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.� Since the company started running the show 17 years ago, It has expanded to run six sold-out shows across Utah. “Thriller� will hit the Kent Concert Hall Oct. 18. Statesman file photos

ADVS researchers are seeing double BY EVAN MILLSAP staff writer

What if you could slice off a succulent piece of prime steak, clone a bull from it, then produce a plethora of delicious dinners? At USU, researchers are able to do just that — kind of. Nuclear transfer research — or cloning — happens all the time in the Biotechnology Center, said Dr. Irina Polejaeva, one of the leading researchers Thinkstock photo

and members of the team that cloned the first pigs. USU is one of the most highly recognized universities in the nation for its cloning research, she added. “When I first moved from Russia, I moved to Logan in 1993,� Polejaeva said. “I moved away in 1996, but I came back six months ago, because the cloning work that is going on here is very exciting.� Before working at USU,

Polejaeva worked for PPL Therapeutics, the biotechnology group behind the first cloned mammal: Dolly the sheep. Since Dolly was cloned in 1996, there have been more than 20 species of animals cloned, Polejaeva said. She said researchers have cloned cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, mules, mice, cats, dogs, deer and even water buffalo. Ken White, the department head of animal, dairy and veterinary sciences, said he was the first person to ever clone an equine, a member of the horse family. White said he also cloned three genetically identical mules from one original. “I first became involved here because USU’s lab was internationally recognized,� White said. Currently, the research team is working on cloning goats, which has never been done at USU, Polejaeva said. Cloning basics Simply put, Polejaeva said, cloning is the ability to produce an animal genetically identical to another. What most people do not know is that the DNA used does not have to be reproductive DNA. A clone could be made from a flake of skin or a

pork chop, she said. “One interesting thing we have learned is that an unfertilized egg has a unique cellular environment,� White said. “This environment causes the dedifferentiation of DNA. We don’t entirely understand it. It’s one of the great mysteries and excitements.� If DNA is extracted from any part of the body — skin for example — and injected into an egg, the DNA, which has been shut off to allow the cell to specialize as a skin cell, is turned back on, turning the skin cell into an undifferentiated stem cell, White said. “We take eggs from horses, take the genetic material out and put DNA in from the animal we want to clone,� Polejaeva said. “Then we allow the embryo to grow for the first couple of days in an incubator, before placing it into a surrogate mother.� When creating cloned animals, the team does not always use completely normal DNA, but can put in transgenic DNA, which means the DNA contains genes from another species, Polejaeva said. The altered clones produced can be incredibly important for research, Polejaeva said. For example, in 1999, Louisiana State University cloned Millie, a goat whose milk contained a drug used in coronary bypass surgery. However, the cloning process is far from perfect, White said. “Ninety percent of pregnancies do not go to term,� he said. “That’s

extremely inefficient — much worse than regular births.� One of the problems the USU research team is working on is how to keep the cloned embryos from being rejected by the surrogate mother’s immune system and miscarrying, White said. The controversy Embryo rejection isn’t the only problem the research team has faced. Harassment has been a hurdle as well, White said. “When the first mule was cloned at USU, my name went unlisted. I took the name off my office door and off the university directory, and I still received some pretty crass emails,� he said. “There are certain groups of people that think all animal research is bad Other people get fairly angry when you say the word ‘stem cell,’ but when they learn what’s really going on, many of them are supportive.� “My opinion is that, in regards to animals, cloning is fine,� said Jade Burt, a USU freshman statistics major. “A lot of good comes from it. Human cloning raises enough ethical concerns that I’m against it.� White said most people are like Burt — when they learn the incredible potential behind cloning research, the vast majority of people are non-militant. See CLONES, Page 5


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Theatre major lives life behind the curtain Day in the


Morgan Golightly, sophomore, theatre arts, Salt Lake City

As stressful as college life can be, it is no shock to be surrounded by people constantly trying to find something. For most students this falls along the lines of notebooks, Scantrons, resumes or the like. For Morgan Golightly, it was an empty champagne bottle. Golightly, a 19-year-old theatre arts major, was organizing props for the recent USU theatre production of “Proof.� After weeks of gathering set pieces and notebooks — calling upon the aid of classmates and roommates to get the notebooks filled with math equations — she was down to what she said is, by far, the most difficult piece of the ensemble to find. She said she needed a very particular type of champagne bottle that would pop each time the cork was removed. Being underage, she couldn’t purchase the bottle herself, and after a week-long saga to find the item she needed, said she finally fell upon a colleague who found one for her. Finally everything was perfect, and the show could go on. A strong theatre enthusiast since she was a small child, Golightly said

she first got into the world of set design in high school, after finding fascination in it years earlier. “In the seventh grade I went and saw ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at Dixie High School,� Golightly said. “When I saw the set come up on stage I remember thinking ‘Wow, that is really cool, I wonder if I could do that someday.’� Over time her interest in the trade dissolved, and she entered high school with her sights fully set on stage performance. This, she said, was when her theatre teacher approached her with a word of guidance. “He simply told me I should do both, so my sophomore year I got started,� she said. By her junior year of high school she was already doing full set designs, including an arrangement for “Beauty and the Beast� that received positive local acclaim. This put her on a path to receiving a USU scholarship to pursue a career in set design, which she said she was happy about. “It’s something I love doing,� Golightly said. “Whenever I tell people I am majoring in theatre, they act like

I’m taking the easy way out, but after all the projects and constant designing, it gets really time consuming. I’ve always enjoyed doing it.� Most days for Golightly start at 6 a.m. With a full class schedule, constant performances to plan for and a part-time job, she said the early morning is generally the best and most opportune time for her to catch up on homework, draw up set designs and get things organized for the day. After spending most of the morning and early afternoon in lectures, she said the rest of the day is spent meeting with art and stage managers for whatever productions she is involved in, to discuss the needs of the set, extra purchases, budget constraints or anything else that must be done before the show finally comes to audiences. From there it’s a string of responsibilities, Golightly said. Getting props selected and ready, sending set pieces to the theatre, organizing things to be where they need to be, on time, answering emails from stage managers, and, when time permits, watching rehearsals to see if set designs work

well with the performance take up a majority of her day. After an early morning start, the day usually finishes late. There are nights she has gotten home as late as 5 a.m., she said, usually as performance days creep closer. “There is always a lot to do, but that is what it takes to get things just right,� Golightly said. So with early mornings, endless nights and an ever-growing barrage of things to accomplish well before performances hit stage, it’s hard to imagine what keeps one so motivated to keep such a demanding trade. For Golightly, it’s the opportunity to give audiences a service almost no one else can, she said. “I love to tell stories,� she said. “I love seeing kids run up to the stage before a show — all excited — and say things like ‘It looks just like I imagined it.’ I just love creating stories for people, and theatre has been my way to do that.�’ –steve.schwartzman@aggiemail.usu. edu

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700 cloned animals living in U.S. Cloning potential

White and Polejaeva agreed, there is great potential behind cloning research. “Cloning can be used for producing endangered species,� Polejaeva said. “As well as cloning expensive prize animals.� The medical applications have great potential, too, White said. The technology can be used to make models for heart disease or cystic fibrosis, by producing transgenic animals to test on. The de-differentiation nature of egg cells is useful, he said. “For example,� White said, “if one of your lungs was destroyed, you could take a piece of lung, duplicate human egg conditions and then the piece of lung would become a stem cell. If you inserted the stem cell you created into the body, it could differentiate into a new lung.� The agricultural potential of cloning is also vast, White said, because most male farm animals are castrated during infancy. “You could have a gelding (a castrated stallion) that might be the fastest horse in the world,� White said. “It is impossible for you to continue the genetics of that

animal, but with cloning you could create a stallion that would be incredible breeding stock.� Cloning is also important for beef production, he said. “I am willing to bet you have never had a real prime steak,� White said. “Because most of real prime beef is only in extremely expensive steakhouses on the east coast, but with cloning, you could take a piece of that prime steak and create an animal from it. The bull you created would make perfect breeding stock.� For now, a lot of the cloning technology is only in the speculative stage, but the market is expanding daily, Polejaeva said. There are more than 700 cloned animals currently in the United States, she said. “However, it needs to be much cheaper in order to be commercially viable,� Polejaeva said. Cloning is a big deal, she added. If developed and made commercially viable, it could potentially change the world, she said. –

IRINA POLEJAEVA RESEARCHES ANIMAL CLONING in her lab. Polejaeva has worked at USU since 1993. According to Department Head Ken White, she has been a key part of his staff, which has cloned a variety of mammals. EVAN MILLSAP photo

First mammal clones Korean researchers say they have cloned a dog for the first time; milestones in mammal cloning: 1997



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Un Packed Each week The Statesman will profile what students are carrying around in their bags. Get ready for the spotlight. Lindsay Nemelka, senior, English, Alpine, Utah

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $4.50

Olympus digital voice recorder $50

Sweet Pea lotion $3

Samsung Impression $40

Disney Princess pencil bag $3

Oticon hearing aids $6,000

Batman and Robin notebook $3 Information gathered by Mariah Noble



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*For growing stem cells





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Logan a gets taste of Jackson

up to (USU) because they really, really dig it.� Eldon Johnson, the primary dancer and associate artistic director of the show, said all of the dancers are actors as well. Johnson said his favorite part of the process is getting to interact with the audience. He said that is what makes the performance different every time, which makes it so much fun to perform. He said another reason it’s so fun to perform is that he gets to play a variety of parts. “There’s a lot of different things that we get to do and different feelings that we get to portray each night,� he said. Smith said her favorite part of the show is the point duet called “Frankenstein’s Bride.� “The Frankenstein is hilarious,� she said. “It’s a fun story, and it’s entertaining.� “(The show is) not just geared to those people that know a lot about dancing,� Johnson said. Smith said sometimes people think the show is just going to be a dance recital, but they change their minds after they’ve seen the performance for themselves. “Everyone that comes says, ‘Wow, that was actually really, really good,’� Smith said. Yeager said patrons can bring dates and feel like they’re showing

off their cultural side while enjoying themselves at the same time. He said one of his favorite parts of the show is the fact that people who don’t really know a lot about dancing can still enjoy it. “The best thing about ‘Thriller’ is that it has every kind of dancing,� she said. Along with its own performers, the Odyssey Dance Theatre has guest performers who travel with it. The group has singers who perform as well as a step group known as “The Steppin’ Wolfs.� Yeager said the show has gotten so popular that Odyssey Dance Theatre has two separate companies. Johnson said “Thriller� has become a big part of the Halloween culture in Utah. “I think people should definitely come out to the show to get away from their everyday life,� he said. The performance is Oct. 18 in the Kent Concert Hall. Student tickets purchased in advance are $5 and tickets at the door are $8. “Those who haven’t seen (the show) should definitely come and check it out to see what all the hype is about,� Smith said. “It will be a fun night.� – karlee.ulrich@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Play in and spray it

STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE INTERNATIONAL Student Council work together to spray paint chess boards on tables outside the Quadside Cafe Friday, Oct. 14. MARISSA CROOKSTONE photo

Bravo? Not quite, White Ivory Staff “O! Bravo� Guy XXXX Grade: B-




Good day gentlemen and ladies. This week’s sampling of underground music brings us to Layton, Utah. The group White Ivory hails from northern Utah. They are something that I would call pianodriven rock band. Their release “O! Bravo,� was released through their own blood, sweat and tears in September. To do my part to build the Utah music scene, I decided to take a look at their album last week. After holding the classy CD jewel case made famous in the ‘90s, I knew that they were a band waiting to happen. The simple artwork of a elephant by a wavy river of piano keys and images of elephants and notes on the back with a link to their Facebook page truly compels one to listen to the music, or put it back down and go for a Casiokids CD. I decided to give this small-town band a chance. After hearing a bit of the album from my Aggie Radio correspondent, I decided this diamond in the rough deserved a listen to. After downloading it to my computer, I started listening and simultaneously searching the group’s Facebook page. Looking through the photos, one is welcomed by

the “O! Bravo� artwork and by scrolling through the profile pictures, a staged photo of the band. There I found the true face of the White Ivory, aka a troubled songwriter in a rolled up dress shirt with a sweater on top, a tough guy with a go easy attitude, a short guitarist with an “I-don’t-care� scruff and half smile, with a shirt from a WWII surplus store, and a bassist with aviators wearing a T-shirt. Hopefully, one is not dissuaded by the appearance of the CD or band, as the songs are actually, surprisingly, amazingly well done. The album starts off with the piano and comes full circle with the piano — not a synthesizer, but a slightly electronicsounding grand piano. As I said, the piano hits off the album like Babe Ruth, and the vocals come in to back it up. The bass and drums come in to support, the guitar then doodles over the slurry and the first track finishes, leaving the listener intrigued but dissatisfied. The next track then is somewhat generic and by the end is forgotten, but by the third track “Frictional Fiction,� the album really hits its stride. The vocals have a haunting effect as they effortlessly float over the beautiful piano while the guitar hits some great atmospheric notes. It’s here the album takes a trip to the wild side as the distorted guitar and drums kick in and the piano follows. The rest of the song moves from moment to moment but it keeps the piano feel very well.

“Rock the Ballroom� is one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s a jazzy, bass-driven, snap-yourfingers jam that appears unexpectedly but enjoyably, as it then fades to a piano solo. After this intermission, the album goes through a few somewhat generic-feeling songs but then “Singing to No One� creeps onto the scene with some great guitarand-bass-driven lines, with a surprising little to no piano in it. The song then slips into a head-banging heavy rock and then ends with a riff from its beginning. The next song is probably the gold from the album. “Take Your Time� is a mix of jazz and the rock that is not fully exploited in earlier songs. The bubbly guitar and complementary bass and drums, the fun jazz piano riffs that appear suddenly, the enjoyable rock style dance seshes and the solos to the resounding chorus at the end each contribute to this, my favorite song on the album. Then the last and title track “O! Bravo� is a blatant summation of the album, as the main singer Marc Nielson tells us that these songs are all for some girl that may be listening. The great piano still continues as the guitars play back up and drums keep it heavy. The recording style is really cool as the piano shifts from an older sounding recording to a modern sound. Bottom line: If you want to hear a singer that sounds really similar to Ben Folds and a similar piano style to Folds, then pick up “O! Bravo,� or look them up on the F-book. If you would rather hear lyrics that aren’t solely about girls and actually have a bit of depth, then you could probably look up Ben Folds instead. The recording is great, the music is good at times, generic at others but over all a solid first attempt from a local band. I would give this album a solid B and a half minus. Keep going White Ivory, you have the potential. – alexander.h.van_oene@

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Indie car driver dies in 15-car pileup LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dan Wheldon, who moved to the United States from his native England with hopes of winning the Indianapolis 500 and went on to twice prevail at his sport’s most famed race, died Sunday after a massive, fiery wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300. He was 33. Wheldon, who won the Indy 500 for the second time this May, won 16 times in his IndyCar career and was the series champion in 2005. He was airlifted from the Las Vegas track at 1:19 p.m. local time Sunday and taken to a nearby hospital, becoming the first IndyCar driver to die after an on-track crash since rookie Paul Dana was killed in practice on the morning of race day at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006. As word began to spread that his injuries were fatal, those at the track could not control their tears. Television cameras captured Ashley Judd, the wife of IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, dabbing at her eyes shortly before the official word came. The remainder of the race was canceled. Drivers solemnly returned to the track for a five-lap tribute to Wheldon, almost all of them hiding their eyes behind dark sunglasses after being told their colleague was gone. As Roger Penske met with his team trackside and other drivers simply hugged those around them, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard made the announcement of Wheldon’s death. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today,� Bernard said. When drivers returned to the track, Wheldon’s No. 77 was the only one on the towering scoreboard. Franchitti sobbed uncontrollably as he got back into his car for the tribute laps. Over speakers at the track, the song “Danny Boy� blared, followed by “Amazing Grace� as hundreds of crew workers from each team stood solemnly.

Aggies can’t score in second half, lose BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor

The good news for Aggie fans is their team hasn’t been beaten by more than 10 this season. The bad news is that Fresno State handed the USU Aggies their biggest loss this year, 31-21, Saturday night in Bulldog Stadium. Utah State failed to score in the second half, giving up a 21-14 halftime lead. “Fresno State finished the game, and we didn’t,� said USU head coach Gary Andersen. The Aggies drew first blood on the opening drive. Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton hit running back Michael Smith on a 47-yard screen pass for the touchdown. After a successful Josh Thompson extra point attempt, USU was on top 7-0. Keeton completed 15 of 31 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown in the game. The Cypress Creek High School graduate added only eight yards on the ground but still has not thrown an interception. The Bulldogs responded, going 68 yards on the next drive before quarterback Derek Carr fumbled the snap and USU safety McKade Brady recovered on the Aggie 6-yard line. Utah State scored on each of its first two possessions, this time going 94 yards in four plays and taking 1:44 off

the clock. Keeton hit tight end Travis Van Leeuwen for a 36 yarder, to put the Aggies to the USU 43. Star running back Robert Turbin took the ball the rest of the way, two plays later, as he powered through a couple would-be tacklers up the right sideline and in for the score, 14-0 Utah State, with just over six minutes to go in the first quarter. Turbin ended with 155 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. On the ensuing drive, USU cornerback Jumanne Robertson committed two personal fouls — a pass interference on Bulldog receiver Jalen Saunders and a facemask on Josh Harper — giving Fresno State 30 free yards of the 84-yard touchdown drive. Fresno put its first touchdown on the board with a 23-yard pass from Carr to Isaiah Burse, 14-7. Utah State again marched down the field after the kickoff, this time getting stood up on third down and six yards to go on the Fresno State 17. Thompson put the 35-yard field goal attempt wide left, and the Aggies were stopped inside the red zone for the first time all season. Carr drove the Bulldogs from the 20 and eventually jumped over the pile at the goal line to tie the game up at 14, four and a half minutes into the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the

FRESNO STATE’S ISAIAH BURSE catches a touchdown pass with Aggie cornerback Nevin Lawson on the coverage in the first half of the game Saturday, Oct. 15. The Aggies lost 31-21. AP photo

Aggie kick returner took the ball two yards past midfield. After a two-yard run by Turbin, running back Smith ate up the remaining 46 yards to put Utah State back on top, 21-14, where the score stayed until halftime. Smith ended with 124 offensive yards and two touchdowns, but the Aggies did not score again. “I thought that Fresno came in with a good plan on offense,� Andersen said. “I thought we came in with a

good plan on offense, both units adjusted, their defense adjusted, our defense adjusted and the ability to execute in key situations for them were better than ours. Example: third and 15, five missed tackles for them changes the game. We can’t protect the quarterback late, we can’t rush the quarterback. In a nutshell that’s what I see.� Adding to kicking woes, Utah State failed to capitalize on each of three field goals attempted. Thompson was

blocked by Fresno’s Marcel Jenson at the start of the fourth quarter on a 31 yarder, which would have put the Aggies up by seven. Down 10 with just over a minute left in the game, Jake Haueter hit the crossbar on what would have been a 53 yarder. Fresno scored two touchdowns within four minutes after the blocked field goal to seal the game. – tavin.stucki@aggiemail.usu. edu

Ags bite Pack in straight sets BY CURTIS LUNDSTROM staff writer

USU SETTER PAIGE NEVES serves during the game against Nevada on Utah State’s breast cancer awareness night. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

Senior All-American Liz McArthur had a career night as she led the Utah State women’s volleyball team past the University of Nevada, in straight sets Saturday night, 3-0. McArthur tallied 18 kills and recorded a career-high .680 hitting percentage, while committing only one error. The Aggies controlled from the start, and the Wolfpack was never able to bounce back. “Tonight setting Liz anytime was a good time,� said head coach Grayson DuBose. “She was rolling right from the beginning.� The Aggies got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and forcing an early timeout by the Wolfpack. Nevada scored two quick points after the timeout, but USU was quick to respond and maintain control. Utah State

comfortably executed its offensive sets, and Nevada struggled to put together any kind of offensive or defensive rhythm. Nevada was forced into another timeout as the USU lead swelled to seven and McArthur made sure the Wolfpack wasn’t able to crawl back into it. After back-to-back kills from McArthur, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen finished it off with a kill of her own to put the set away for the Aggies, 25-20. Sorensen, who was named to the pre-season All-WAC team, had a solid night for the Aggies, finishing in double digits in kills with 10, along with seven digs and three blocks. “It feels so good to be at home and play those two matches,� Sorensen said. “I was just trying to really focus in that third game.� Sorensen had a .381 hitting percentage on the night, and provided the dual threat the Aggies needed

to keep the Wolfpack guessing. “Shay was rolling, and that allows that block to be spread,� DuBose said. “We got our middles involved, and they’d key in on our middles and then we’d go back to the outside. We did a nice job tonight.� The Aggies never trailed in the first two sets and McArthur wasn’t the only Aggie with a 1.000 hitting percentage in the second set. Junior middle blocker Alyssa Everett also went perfect in the set, recording two kills on two attempts as the Aggie offense committed only two errors in set two. It was all McArthur in the second set, as she scored every time she attacked the net, going 8-8 and adding a dig. “Their block was giving me the shots I like to hit,� McArthur said. “That is always nice, it makes it easy. Paige (Neves) really set well See VOLLEYBALL, Page 8

Utah State soccer wins 2-nil over Nevada Wolfpack in Reno BY CURTIS LUNDSTROM staff writer

The Utah State women’s soccer team toppled the University of Nevada, 2-0, Sunday. Junior defender Natalie Norris and sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton both tallied goals for the Aggies, while the Wolfpack was held scoreless on the day. “(Norris) did fantastic,� said USU head coach Heather Cairns. “She was great. Anytime you earn a shutout it’s a credit to the back line.� Nevada seemed to be on the verge of breaking through for the lead early in the second half, as the Wolfpack took four shots in a 10-minute span, putting pressure on the Utah State defense and senior goal keeper Molli Merrill. Despite early chances for both teams, it wasn’t until the 79th minute when Norris was able to break the scoreless tie and put the Aggies in front. Norris took a corner kick from senior defender Summer Tillotson and headed the ball home past Nevada goalkeeper Dana Moreno. It was Norris’ third goal of the year and

the breakthrough the Aggies were looking for. “The second half we focused on maintaining our composure,� Cairns said. “We made a pact at halftime to finish the game and come away with the win, and we did that.� Pemberton added her goal seven minutes later, as she fought through the Nevada defense after taking a centering pass from Tillotson, deflecting her shot off a defender and past the Nevada goalkeeper for her fifth goal of the year. The Aggies had nine shots on goal and the USU defense limited Nevada to only five shots total, three of them on goal. Utah State created opportunities early from a Pemberton corner kick in the third minute and two minutes later tested Nevada goalkeeper Dana Moreno, with a shot from senior midfielder Chandra Salmon-Christensen. The Aggies kept Moreno busy all afternoon, who finished with seven saves while giving up the two Aggie goals. Merrill was credited with the shutout for the Aggies — the seventh shutout on the season for Utah Sate. “Kendra had a good game for us as

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well,� Cairns said. “She had a couple crosses that went through that we just couldn’t quite get to, and then she added that insurance goal.� Pemberton finished with three

shots on the day, playing a total of 78 minutes for USU. Utah State held the Nevada offense in check most of the afternoon, not See SOCCER, Page 8


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USU earns big win over Montana Tech BY MEREDITH KINNEY sports senior writer

Fresh off a huge weekend, the Utah State hockey team returned home for a matchup with the Montana Tech University Orediggers Friday night. A late effort in the second and third periods helped the Aggies to a 12-4 victory over Montana Tech. Forward Tyler Mistelbacher continued a strong season for the Aggies, racking up five goals and an assist for Utah State. Mistelbacher is having a break-out season. The junior, who is currently sitting second on the Aggies’ stat sheet, has recorded 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists. “He’s been working hard this year,� said head coach Jon Eccles. “It’s been a different Mistel on the ice.� Eccles said Mistelbacher, who thrives in high caliber situations, struggles in matchups like Friday night’s blowout. “Sometimes he has a hard time because he likes playing those top-tiered teams. He’s very aggressive,� Eccles said. “Sometimes there’s not as much enthusiasm.� Mistelbacher’s effort wasn’t alone. Six Aggie skaters scored on the night, including forwards Joel Basson and Brian Gibbons, who each added two goals to the final score. After a scoreless first period, the Aggies jumped to an early 7-1 lead in the second and added a five-goal cushion

in the third. The Aggies battled penalties in the first period, something they’ve been struggling with all season. Utah State served a total of 15 penalty minutes making the penalty kills even more important. USU struggled early trying to make offensive production. “We did kind of start out a little sluggish,� Eccles said. “We got our heads out of it and focused on the game.� The teams went into the locker rooms during first intermission with a 0-0 tie. “(Assistant coach) Kent (Arsenault) and I were as forceful as we could be, but we still emphasized the positives,� Eccles said. “We tried to snap them back into the game.� After a penalty-filled first, both teams reigned in their play. The Aggies were only caught on one penalty in the period. “We responded really well in the second period,� Eccles said. “We had a lot of good production, and we only had one penalty versus all the penalties we had earlier. They really got focused and started doing the things we wanted to.� The Aggie offense hit a groove as the forwards combined for seven goals in the period. USU Center Billy Gouthro took a well-placed pass from Basson and onetimed it past Oredigger goalie James Adamo, for the Aggies’ first goal of the night. Aggie converted forward Jeff Sanders, Basson

A USU HOCKEY PLAYER picks up hats thrown from the stands after junior forward Tyler Mistelbacher scored a hat-trick against Montana Tech Saturday. The Aggies beat the Orediggers 12-4. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

and Gibbons each added a goal while Mistelbacher notched a hat-trick, with all three goals in the period. The Orediggers’ only goal on the period came off the stick of center Mark Nelson, who found a fast break opportunity against Aggie goalkeeper Cody Palmer. The Aggie defense put in a big

Tennis takes on ITA tournament

BY MEGAN BODILY staff writer

The Utah State women’s tennis team went out of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional tournament with a bang this weekend. Players rallied to make strong showings in the last regular fall season tournament in Las Vegas. USU senior Monica Abella took to the courts in both singles and doubles play, receiving a bye in the first round in the singles main draw. She was the only Aggie to survive to the third day of play in singles action in the consolation round. In the doubles main draw, Abella reached the round of 16 with freshman partner From Page 7

effort but was unable to get back for the stop. Utah State fell into bad blood in the third period when 40 minutes of frustration came to a head. “It was a very dirty team, I felt,� Eccles said. “That doesn’t help, because guys retaliate when they feel like they’ve been wronged.�

Four game misconducts, including three to Aggie players, headlined a chippy period. Utah State added five more goals but allowed three to the Orediggers. Salt Lake native Cooper Limb scored for the Aggies while Basson and Gibbons each tacked on their second goals of the night. Mistelbacher completed his

five-goal night with two goals in the period. Palmer had 15 saves in his second win of the season. The Aggies remain at home to face off against the University of Montana Oct. 21. – meredith.kinney@aggiemail.

Mckenzie Davis. After beatcontinued her successful ing Caroline Scnell and Steffi fall season action in the Rath from Denver University, singles main draw outlast8-5, and Emma Verberne and ing University of Northern Michelle Okhremchuk from Colorado’s Elizabeth Tapia in University of Nevada, 8-6, the a three-set battle. After droptandem team eventually lost ping the first set to Tapia, to Boise State’s Sandy Vo and Voystekhovich eventually Marlena Pietzuch in an 8-3 took the match, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. battle. Voystekhovich went on Other notable Aggies to sweep Colorado State’s were juniors Jaclyn West Tori Arneson, 6-3, 6-1, and and Kristina Voystekhovich. reach the quarterfinals in the West suffered a back injury singles main draw, in which at the Boise State Invitational she lost to Nives Pavlovic but bounced back to beat from University of NevadaUniversity of New Mexico’s Las Vegas in straight sets. Mari Sablina, 6-2, 6-1, in the The other Aggies did not first round of the main draw fare as well, struggling to in singles action. She fell to get past the first round in University of Utah’s Danielle both the main draw and the Flores, 2-6, 3-6, in the second consolation draw. round. See TENNIS, Page 9 Aggie Voystekhovich

Volleyball sweeps Reno

tonight, we really seemed to connect.� Freshman middle blocker Tessa Lea’ea had a big night for Nevada and kept the Wolfpack in the set, but the Aggies wouldn’t be denied. After a service ace from Sorensen put the lead at 23-16, USU went right back to McArthur, who put down her eighth kill to finish the set, 25-18. “We had a lot of energy, and we wanted to get the momentum straight off the bat,� McArthur said. “We were able to do that, and we

were able to keep the lead and keep the momentum.� The Wolfpack took its first lead of the match in the third set, matching the Aggies point for point. The lead built to as many as three, but Utah State responded with a 6-0 run to turn a three-point deficit into a three point advantage. Nevada responded, but with the score tied at 14, the Aggies assumed control and patiently played their game. USU came away with a 25-18 third set win, to sweep the match.

With the win Utah State improved to 4-3 in WAC play and moved to 9-11 on the season. Nevada fell to 1-6 in the WAC and 3-15 on the season. The Aggies head out on a two-game road trip as they visit the Spartans of San Jose State University Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. USU then heads to the Pacific, looking to avenge its early season loss to the No. 8 Rainbow Wahine of the University of Hawaii, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. – USU DEFENDER NATALIE NORRIS boots a ball downfield during a 2-0 win over New Mexico State Oct. 7. The Aggies beat Nevada 2-0 Sunday to improve to 11-4-1. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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Soccer continues successful season

SENIOR ALL-AMERICAN LIZ MCARTHUR spikes a ball into the Nevada defense in a 3-0 win Friday night. McArthur had 18 kills in the match. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

allowing any corner kicks and Nevada was caught offside on four occasions, in comparison to only once for the Aggies. This was the third straight win for the Aggies, as they continue to build on their early season momentum, and Cairns said she is hopeful the team will carry it through the rest of the season. “We have to keep pushing for qualifying for the conference tournament,� Cairns said. “We have to keep pushing to play good soccer and to really take it to teams and impose our style of play.� Utah State improved to 11-4-1 on the season and moves to 3-1 in WAC play, while Nevada fell to 3-13 on the year and dropped to 1-3 in the WAC.

The Aggies conclude their two-game road trip at the University of Idaho Friday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Utah State will then host the San Jose State Spartans and the Fresno State Bulldogs in a two-game home stand Oct. 28 and 30. “We’ve got a lot of season left to achieve our goals. To play in the tournament is a dream for all of us,� Cairns said. “The most exciting part of the season is still ahead of us.�



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Aggies fail to close out another game

BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen seems to be heading back to basics after his team gave up another lead late in the game. The Aggies failed to score after a touchdown early in the second quarter gave them a 21-14 lead, and the Fresno State Bulldogs rallied to score 17 straight points and hold on to win the game, 31-21. “It’s dishearting,� Andersen said. “There are a lot of things to look at on this one when we look back and study it, but I’m looking at the coaches. That means I’m looking at myself. I’m looking at the coaches, because there are some questions I want to get answered with offense, defense and special teams.� USU dominated Fresno early in the game and even led, 14-0, midway through the first quarter, after 47-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chuckie Keeton to running back Michael Smith and a 59-yard run to the end zone from running back Robert Turbin. Fresno State tied the game early in the second quarter on a one-yard keeper up the gut from Derek Carr. Smith found paydirt for his second touchdown of the night on the ensuing possession, and that is where the Aggies began to spiral downward.

USU’s secondary, especially the corner back position, has been targeted from time to time all year long, but Fresno made an asserted attack on USU’s corner backs all night long and exploited the weakness. “Fresno has some very talented wide receivers, and they have a very talented quarterback who throws the ball very well,� Andersen said. Carr threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns and completed passes to five different receivers. USU struggled mightily with penalties, but the Aggie corner backs may have struggled the most, and they were responsible for 60 of the 118 penalty yards the Aggies incurred. Jumanne Robertson and Nevin Lawson each had a pair of pass interference calls. “We had 11 penalties tonight, and about four of those were passing interference,� Andersen said. “I think everyone of those passing interference calls were good calls, so we need to improve in that area.� Despite all the problems the Aggies experienced Saturday night, Andersen said he feels his team needs to figure out how to finish drives late in the game. “If you sit and you evaluate this football program right now, that might hit it right on the head,� he said. “Execution — consistent execution — understanding the details and the little

things you have to be able to handle — as coaches we need to be better. We need to coach better. We need to teach better.� Andersen said he is very serious about re-evaluating the performance of the coaching staff after so many disheartening losses this season. “Maybe I need to do things a little bit different,� Andersen said. “Maybe I need to challenge (the players) a little bit harder and let them understand where we’re sitting. Maybe the coaches need to do a little bit better job, and that starts with me. “I want to look at the commitment of the kids,� he continued. “I want to ask the kids how we are teaching them. If we’re not teaching them right, then we need to fix that with getting new coaches or train coaches better — get the players taught better.� Andersen and the Aggies will have a week to figure things out before they face Louisiana Tech for the Western Athletic Conference home opener. “I’m not going to sit here and point fingers at kids, but I will point them at myself, and I will point them at assistant coaches and we better get better,� Andersen said. “It’s time to put up or shut up and figure it out.�

The men ran a 10-kilometer race while the women competed in a six-kilometer race at University of Arkansas' off-road course at Agricultural Park in Washington County. Junior Kaylee Campbell finished the women's race with a time of 22:21.3, which was good enough for 85thplace. Joining Williams and Campbell in the top 100 were senior Jessie Chugg (92nd, 22:30.1) and redshirt junior captain Ruth Hilton (99th, 22:33.6). Action continues for USU's men and women's cross-country teams as they

travel to Honolulu for the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championship on Oct. 29, where last season the women finished second and the men took home third place.

– ty.d.hus@aggiemail.usu. edu

AGGIE WIDE OUT TRAVIS VAN LEEUWEN jumps to catch a pass against the Fresno State secondary. Van Leeuwen had two catches for 60 yards. Photo courtesy The of Collegian

Cross-country finishes fourth, 14th at Arkansas BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS

Senior captain Brian McKenna led the Utah State men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the University of Arkansas hosted Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday. McKenna finished 15th out of 288 runners with a time of 30:09.5. USU's women took home a 14th-place finish with sophomore Hannah Williams leading the charge as she crossed the finish line in 81st-place (22:16.1).

Utah State results Chile Pepper Festival Oct. 15, 2011 Fayetteville, Ark. Men's Team Results 1. Oklahoma State 25 2. Arkansas 78 3. Oklahoma 161 4. Utah State 178 5. Weber State 179 6. Southern Utah 187

USU Men's Individual Results

15. Brian McKenna, 30:09.5 35. Kyle McKenna, 30:37.4 40. Daniel Howell, 30:47.0 58. Hunter Nelson, 31:07.7 64. Eric Larson, 31:12.9 94. Nick Bolinder, 31:50.1 121. Devin Lang, 32:10.0 127. Eric Shellhorn, 32:15.2 159. Austin Neuner, 32:56.5 230. Corey Kimzey, 34:58.9

Women's Team Results

USU Women's Individual Results

1. Texas 85 2. Arkansas 89 3. Oklahoma State 123 4. Texas Tech 156 5. Weber State 175 6. Southern Methodist 202 7. Wichita State 215 7. Utah 215 9. Oklahoma 238 14. Utah State 419

81. Hannah Williams, 22:16.1 85. Kaylee Campbell, 22:21.3 92. Jessie Chugg, 22:30.1 99. Ruth Hilton, 22:33.6 122. Stephanie Burt, 22:54.7 125. B. Bushman, 23:01.2 126. Brittany Fisher, 23:02.6 179. Cherice Chugg, 24:01.9 194. Tessa Brown, 24:22.3

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Tennis teams nearing end of fall play

Junior Mersadi Wilkins lost in the consolation bracket first round to New Mexico State’s Ginet Pinero, 6-0, 6-0. In similar fashion freshman Kimberly Watts dropped her matches in the main draw and in the consolation bracket to Kaley Schultz of Colorado State, 4-6, 0-6. Senior Brianna Rowland also struggled at the ITA tournament, losing her first round match in the consolation bracket, 3-6, 2-6, to New Mexico State’s Laura Richardson. The women’s team will pick up regular action again in their regular spring season match play. USU Men’s Tennis Rolls Through Tournament Utah State’s men’s tennis team rolled at the University of Utah’s Regional Invitational tournament this weekend. The Aggies finished strong in their last fall-season tournament, marking up several double-match wins and improving singles play. Increased depth of fresh talent benefited the team after the loss of four key players last year. Assistant coach Bryan Marchant commented on the hardship of losing those players from last year. “Our team is young,� Marchant said. “Last year we lost a lot of experience. But we have gained a lot of new

talent this year and have good team spirit.� Junior Sven Poslusny leads the team as No. 1 player, along with other returning seniors Nate Ballam and Fredrik Peterson. New-talent freshman Marcus Fritz was one of the two seeded USU players to enter the tournament, ranked as the sixth seed. Fritz battled with a shoulder injury and ended up dropping out of the singles bracket but continued doubles play. Posulsny, USU’s third seed, played both singles and doubles brackets with a broken finger. He won his first-round doubles match with freshman partner Matt Sweet, and the duo met teammates Fritz and Peterson in the quarterfinals, in which Fritz and Peterson won the contest, 8-6. Fritz and Peterson reached the semi-finals in the doubles main draw before losing the U.’s Ace Matias and Alejandro Medenilla, 8-1. Marchant notes the efforts of USU against the tough competition but feels there is room for improvement. “Our effort was good, we played hard,� Marchant said. “We weren’t 100 percent this tournament, but we still want to focus on finishing matches and staying tough in close points.� Notable play came from the doubles team of Ballem

and Curran Wearmouth. Ballem and Wearmouth breezed past Scott Hintze and Peter Stromer-Pelio of Weber State University, 8-1, in the semi-finals. The two faced another Weber pairing of David Hintze and Caio Poitern in the finals, pulling out the win, 8-5. Wearmouth played notably in singles action as well. Wearmouth won the last two sets over Weber’s Poitern, 7-5, 6-2, after dropping the first set, 0-6. Marchant said Wearmouth had tenacity in the tough match. “Wearmouth lost that first set, was down in the second set, but he stayed mentally tough and pulled it out,� Marchant said. “(It was) just a good comeback win for him.� Marchant said he felt that the team played well this weekend, showing experience and mental toughness. “We had some pretty good results. Our freshmen did well, played tough matches,� Marchant said. “It was a decent performance — not our greatest tournament, but still a positive.� Next week the Aggies compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Regional tournament, their last outing of the fall season. – mega.bodi@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Political protests Occupy our minds

s crapping on cop cars protected under the First Amendment? After founding U.S. politicians were done arguing over its parameters, the First Amendment consisted of five tenets regarding the voice of the American public — the freedoms of speech, lobby, assembly, press and petition. The United States itself was built in the wake of grievances and protests by a whole cohort of early colonial settlers who sought a life other than the one the English monarchy allowed in the 17th and 18th centuries. With the rise of the politically charged Occupy movements spreading throughout not only the U.S. but the globe, all sides with a voice are stepping forward to speak out on the range of opinions surrounding the efficacy and legitimacy of such protests. As of Sunday, Oct. 16, it was reported that among arrests for illegally convening in public places and blocking traffic, perpetrators of violence, indecency and public nuisance have been apprehended by the police. There is no doubt that millions of Americans share — to at least some level — the idea that economically and governmentally something in the U.S. needs to change. What most people cannot and will not agree on is how this change should come about. Media coverage has underscored a growing sentiment that the Occupy protests are at best wan attempts to draw attention to the growing cleavage between the richest and the poorest. While the First Amendment protects the right to assemble, lobby or petition the government for redress of grievances, it does not protect most forms of civil disobedience and certainly will not condone violence, nudity, rioting or smearing feces on cop cars. So, the question is: What can be done to solve the problems we face? Ideally, our votes would truly count and every member of the American public would have equal chance to be heard. Ideally, those who feel their votes don’t count would write their representative and receive a direct response to prove their voice is in fact heard. Ideally, those who are most passionate about change would find the mobility through higher education to rise up and become lawmakers, lawyers or lobbyists, who have direct political interaction. Is it possible, in this day and age, for everyone and anyone to rise to the level of being heard and making a change? Unfortunately, many would say it is not. Are the Occupy movements really making any sort of positive change in America? It seems people from all sides have varying opinions on this; but one thing remains the same — we are, as U.S. citizens, given the right to stand up and say what we think. We suggest those who do take the time to do it right. After all, the sum of all best intentions doesn’t necessarily add up to a successful outcome.

Access the outlets established for students As the Student Advocate ASUSU vice president, I am here to represent the students. My main View objective this year is to help students know, understand and internalize the fact that they have a voice, and can “Speak Up.� USU is unique in that the administration will listen to the students and make changes that will benefit students as a majority. Often students come to the Student Advocate with unresolved issues or suggestions for the university as a whole. These suggestions range across a broad spectrum of concerns with Administration, Student Services, auxiliary services or the university’s policies and procedures. One of the duties of the Student Advocate is to maintain key relationships with faculty and administrators. The recent summer was spent interning with vital campus auxiliaries through USU Support Enterprises. I spent two weeks with the following departments on campus: Housing, The USU Bookstore, The Card Office, University Inn and Conference Center, Dining Services, Parking, the Taggart Student Center and with Associate Vice President for Business and Finance Dwight Davis. I learned the different positions and jobs in each department as well as what they do and their key function in keeping the university running. All of this was done in order to adequately serve student needs that would arise throughout the school year. I wanted to be able to not only know who can best assist to solve the issue when a student comes to me with a concern, but also know the best route in bringing about the desired effect. Now, for those students who are too busy, feel as if their issue is too small or have no idea how to voice their concern, it is my responsibility to find out what you’re thinking, what you would like to see changed or what we can improve to better your expe-

Jason Russell

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Why base voting on religious preferences? From the left

Andrew Izatt Mitt Romney’s Mormonism recently made headlines again when Texas Pastor Robert Jeffers, reflecting the fairly mainstream sentiments of his fellow Evangelicals, referred to Romney’s religion as a “cult� and “not Christian.� The accusation is by no means a new one, but it has renewed interest in Mormonism and increased the curiosity of the media regarding WKH /'6 &KXUFK 7KHVH VRUWV RI debates seem to always occur in the Republican Party — dominated in recent years by the self-declared “Moral Majority� — in which the candidates beat their chests and loudly vie for the title of “Most Christian� as if they were in the Miss America Pageant. However, the Republican’s brand of Christianity has become a leveraging device to garner support for a variety of causes that I would consider highly un-Christian. I’ve always found it strange that socalled moral issues, such as abortion and gay rights legislation — topics about which, ironically, Jesus had little or nothing to say — always dominate the conversation while the evils of war, materialism or the disparity between the rich and the poor, which Jesus seemed to spend the majority of his ministry addressing, never get mentioned. Christians should be the first to condemn war and look for alternatives, but the supposed Christian voices on the Right seem to be the first to support it. Take former President George W. Bush, for example — a Bible-believing fellow and favorite of the Religious Right. Despite all his professions of faith, I don’t think we have had a less-Christian president. Ignoring Christ’s call to turn the other cheek and love one’s enemy, Bush led us into two ongoing wars. He borrowed massive amounts of money in order to destroy, he sanctioned torture,

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From the right


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Mike Burnham With Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman in the primaries, the role that religion plays in the lives of our candidates has once again become the central issue of the campaign. It is easy to say that a candidate’s religion is of no importance and that we should elect leaders based on political merit alone. The Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, and we’re choosing secular, not spiritual leaders. I disagree with this assessment, however. A separation of church and state does not mean that religion shouldn’t be brought into the public forum. In fact we should actively engage and explore the religion of our public figures. It is foolish to pretend that we can leave morality out of politics when there is no neutral stance on so many sensitive issues. If we are to address morality, then there is no reason why we should not address its source, whether it is religion or a lack thereof. A significant political figure has stated: “The discomfort of some progressives with any hint of religion has often prevented us from effectively addressing issues in moral terms.â€? I would imagine many of the right-wing readers out there will be somewhat surprised to know that this statement doesn’t come from Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson or even Mitt Romney. These are President Obama’s words. In fact, the incumbent has been one of religion’s strongest advocates in the political realm. This is a powerful statement on religion’s power to unite, rather than divide parties when properly engaged. “Secularists are wrong,â€? he continues, “when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square ‌ to say that men and

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ForumLetters Leave Wall Street alone To the editor: What is the objective of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is now happening all across the country? It depends on who you ask. I recently watched a clip of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.� Some interviewed in that clip expressed that corrupt corporations are basically controlling politics, caused the economic downfall and with all the power they hold over government they will never be held responsible for their actions. I will come back to that later. One man interestingly

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pointed out, “There’s a lot of people out here that realize something is wrong but they don’t know what.� In my opinion that is the problem right there. What exactly is wrong? Who really knows? From what I’ve seen, the Occupy Wall Street people don’t. They want to change things, but they are going about it the wrong way. It is true that some big companies pay little to no taxes and keep a lot of money for themselves. This does not mean they are doing anything illegal. It means their friends in Washington have passed laws to make it legal. Getting mad at rich people and powerful corporations, guilty or not, responsible or not, will do nothing to fix this country. So what is the right way? Is it

by the power of the people? Yes, but not with confused traffic-blocking masses. Such actions historically lead only to violence and mass arrests. The way to do it is through public awareness and politics. When was the last time you heard about any Tea Party members being arrested or inciting civil disobedience? Now ask yourself how many members of congress are Tea Party senators or representatives? What they did worked. At this rate we’re not likely to see an Occupy Wall Street congressman. We do not fix what is wrong with this country — what that is varies greatly from person to person — by inciting anger at people who take advantage

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of tax loop holes and other laws, but at the people who make those loop holes and other laws. We do it by making sure the country knows who these politicians are, making sure they never have a job in Washington, D.C. again and voting for politicians who will answer to the people and push for fair tax laws. Many companies, unions and possibly others get away with so-called injustices because their friends in Washington make the laws that let them, while Americans are sleeping. Wake America up, and clean up Washington. Wall Street will take care of itself. Lex Jensen

ASUSU VIEW, From Page 10

Concerns can be voiced easily through program rience. Because we understand students are constantly on the run, we created a program called “Stop, Start, Continue� that gives students the opportunity to stop for 30 seconds, grab a doughnut and write down their suggestions or issues. The Student Voice Committee is responsible for assisting me in carrying out this program,, along with many others. We do this as well as polling and surveying students. The committee consists of eight students who were appointed by each of the ASUSU senators. In addition to the eight in the committee, there are 10 more students who represent the student population and have been trained to resolve student concerns and issues. In coming weeks we will start advertising and promoting the “Stop, Start, Continue� campaign in an attempt to collect as much student feedback as possible. You, as students, have had adequate

time in the semester to find a few things you would like to change in the university, and this program is the perfect avenue to voice your concern. It only takes a few seconds to jot down your ideas. What should we “Stop� doing? What should we “Start� doing? And what should we “Continue� to do? This feedback, though simple, is vital to the ASUSU Executive Council. Using these suggestions, the SVC will compile a list of prominent student concerns and will set up an open forum program in the TSC called “Brutally Honest.� This forum is designed to let students ask ASUSU officers and student service administration point-blank questions. In this forum there will be discussion on those issues most commonly found that have possible resolutions. We will discuss the possible options and whether its something we could take action on.

I want you to understand you have a voice and have outlets through which your voice can be heard. USU’s leadership wants to know what they can do to better serve you as a student. We have outstanding administration members, who are committed to resolving student concerns by making sure the university focuses consistently on what is best for the student population as a whole. They will listen to you; this is your university. This is your education. Don’t settle — “Speak Up.� – Jason Russell is the student advocate on the ASUSU executive council. A column from a member of this council appears every Monday. Comments about this column can be sent to statesmanoffice@aggiemail.

FROM THE LEFT, Page 10 he drove our economy into the ground and supported legislation to bail out the wealthiest corporations. Are these not moral issues? Is there anything more anti-family than war and poverty? But, simply because he says he prays to the right God, that’s all excusable. In the interest of full disclosure, I am LDS, and I will not vote for Mitt Romney. However, I do not object to this religious litmus test out of resentment that my particular faith is marginalized and derided. Rather, I find the whole conversation to be a diversion from more important aspects of a person’s competence; candidates’ convictions regarding esoteric theological matters are irrelevant to their position on foreign policy, the economy or any other issue. Whether they are elected or not ought to depend on their past experience in office, the merits of their proposals to problems as well as the soundness and validity of their supporting arguments. The fact that Mormonism is even an issue speaks volumes about how our political discourse in this country has devolved from serious analysis and argumentation to what is essentially a sideshow. It is beyond silly. To my fellow Mormons, this line of thinking extends both ways, and we must be consistent. If we object that being a Mormon potentially disqualifies a person from being elected president, we must also be prepared to say that making Islam, Judaism or even atheism an issue is equally irrelevant and wrong. I welcome the day when a candidate will be judged not by their religious convictions but whether they can actually make our world better and more peaceful.

FROM THE RIGHT, Page 10 women should not inject their personal morality into public policy debates is a practical absurdity. Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.� A candidate’s religion and what role it plays in his life does, in fact, matter a great deal. This is not to say that religion should be the sole factor for whom you decide to put your political faith in, though. I would argue that the Romney bandwagon among LDS people is as politically destructive as those who seek to take away his votes because they see him as a cult member. Both parties cast their votes based on a single face of a multifaceted die. Why do we do this? I believe it is because we are publicly engaging religion in the wrong ways. Debating political or religious nomenclature, such as whether or not Mormonism is a cult, is asinine and a tactic employed by headline seekers. We should learn to ignore such debates, as those who exacerbate them ultimately add nothing to the political forum anyway. Rather than asking whether or not someone is a Mormon, a Muslim or cultish, we need to ask more penetrating questions. How religion has affected their morals, how it will be reflected in their policy, and why they believe the way they do are far more constructive questions. Morality is part of an individual’s intrinsic being, and he is inseparable from it. If religion is the heart of a candidate’s moral code, then constituents have the right to understand and reflect upon the role of religion in the politician’s life before voting. Unfortunately, because so many have reduced the role of religion in politics to petty mud slinging, we tend to think of it as nothing more than mud.

— Andrew Izatt is a sophomore majoring in religious studies. Comments can be sent to him at

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Thousands help dedicate MLK memorial on the D.C. mall BY MICHAEL E. RUANE (c) 2011, The Washington Post

WASHINGTON - Like pilgrims, tens of thousands of people from across the country thronged the Mall on Sunday beneath blue skies to dedicate at last the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. With walking sticks and wheelchairs, in T-shirts and fur coats, crowds poured in for hours, filling 10,000 folding chairs and spilling across a large field adjacent to the memorial on the northwestern shore of the Tidal Basin. From grandparents to babes in strollers, many carrying backpacks, blankets and banners, they camped out along Independence Avenue when the viewing area filled. And people of all ages - gray-haired veterans of segregation and those who knew only stories of those times - listened as President Barack Obama announced: “This day, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s return to the National Mall. In this place, he will stand for all time.� The crowd joined in as the president stood before the memorial’s three-story granite statue of King and, arms locked with the arms of others, sang the civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome.� The memorial, on a landscaped four-acre site set amid

Washington’s Tidal Basin cherry trees, has been a quarter-century in the making and is the first on the Mall to honor an African American. It was a day of emotion, as organizers telecast blackand-white film of King’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech� to a crowd that included people who had been present for the original or had watched it on television as children. There were many in the audience who recounted stories of bitter racial oppression experienced in their youth. Many said they never believed a monument to a man like King would be erected. But they said they were proud that it had finally happened. It was a day of prayer and song. Singer Aretha Franklin delivered a moving rendition of the gospel hymn “Precious Lord,� which she said was one of King’s favorites. Choirs also performed the African American song “Lift Every Voice and Sing� and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.� The dedication, originally set for Aug. 28, had been delayed seven weeks because of the Aug. 23 earthquake and then Hurricane Irene. But, Obama said, “this is a day that would not be denied.� The original dedication day had been picked to coin-

cide with the 48th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, during which King delivered the “Dream� speech. Carved by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin, the memorial opened to the public Aug. 22, and, despite some controversy, has been popular with the public. On Sunday, people began lining up along Independence Avenue in the chilly hours well before dawn to gain entry to the public viewing area, which was outfitted with a stage and huge TV screens just west of the memorial. Peggy Stovall, 61, who had flown in with a friend from Los Angeles, said she arrived between 2:30 and 3 a.m. “We were late,� Stovall said as she waited in line, bundled in a coat and scarf against the morning chill. ‘We thought we should get here at 1.� Stovall, a retired high school teacher, said she flew to Washington in August, only to find that the dedication had been postponed. She said she was determined to come back. “It’s a historic event,� she said. A native of Oakland, Calif., and one of seven children, she said she had always wished she could have attended the 1963 march. “We watched it on TV, and I said

MLK: RHONDA MURRAY cheers for President Barack Obama as he takes the podium during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication on Sunday. The Washington Post by Matt McClain.

if anything like that ever happens and I can go, I will go,� Stovall said. The first person in line was David Carl, 23, of Toronto, an intern at the Canadian Embassy. Asked why he had come, Carl said, “I really admired Martin Luther King. I want to be able to tell my kids, my grandkids that I was here, that I saw the . . . dedication of this memorial.� Emma Logan, 62, who was part of a group that had traveled from Atlanta, said King had “opened the door� for

Obama’s election. “If it wasn’t for Dr. King, President Obama wouldn’t be here today,� she said. Pamela Warner, 56, was part of a 50-person Chicago delegation wearing yellow caps and representing the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. King’s era “represents part of my childhood,� Warner said. She said she was in third grade in 1963, the year of the march. “I’ve always learned from it,� she said. “Teachers, my parents, aunts, uncles, everybody. So this is my

time.� Sitting in a wheelchair, Jerline Johnson, 72, of Milwaukee, a retired General Motors autoworker, was beside her daughter, Yvette, 48, as the ceremony got underway. Johnson, who is black, said she grew up on a farm in Jackson, Tenn., and well remembers the harshness of segregation. She recalled visiting a zoo with a white family for which she worked and being forced to wait in the car because blacks were not permitted in the zoo that day.

of a presidential operation, it remains unclear how much those conventional strengths matter in this volatile election cycle. By those measures, Romney, with his organization, money, campaign experience and 160-page economic plan, should have sealed the nomination weeks ago. The fact that he hasn’t, and that Republican voters have careened from one alternative to the next, from Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota to Perry and, this month, to Cain, illustrates a central tension of the 2012 nomination. “If Facebook could be used to topple the Egyptian government, then perhaps Herman Cain can use it to win Iowa,� said Phil Musser, a Republican strategist who most recently worked for the short-lived presidential bid of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. “Thus far, the traditional approach to running for president in 2012 has paid few dividends, and the old must-dos have proven to be less important milestones than expected.� Cain has become known for a three-digit slogan: “9-99,� the name of his proposed overhaul of the federal tax code. But beyond that threepoint proposal, he offers neither details on policies nor a vision of the kind of president he would be. He has virtually no field operation in key early states. And his advisers appear overwhelmed and unprepared for the demands of a national campaign, offering as an explanation for the Tennessee trip the fact that Cain is popular among country-music singers. Rich Killion, a longtime

Republican strategist in New Hampshire, home of the nation’s first primary, said he has seen no evidence of a Cain organization since the campaign lost its grass-roots director, Matt Murphy, over the summer. “If people asked me, either press or activists, where to get information about Cain, I didn’t know where to send them,� Killion said. “I often just sent them to the Republican Party.� Similarly, in Iowa, where caucuses will kick off the election season Jan. 3, there is little evidence that Cain is making connections with the pastors or single-issue activists on such topics as abortion, home schooling and the fair-tax movement who help candidates build support. Such organizations are crucial to getting the word out to voters and drawing them to polls or caucuses when voting is under way. In New Hampshire, Killion said, votes are won and lost in individual conversations. He gave the example of a Rotary Club member who tells his friends over breakfast about the candidate he likes; if the voter hasn’t met the candidate, or at least someone from the campaign, that conversation is less likely to take place. “Organization does matter,� Killion said. “Organization captures openings, opportunities, and harnesses momentum into action, which helps you build and follow up and create an operation on the ground with people who are your activists and evangelists and your inspiration for others to get involved. It means a lot in New Hampshire.�

Cain tests how far a campaign can go with few traditional strengths BY AMY GARDNER (c) 2011, The Washington Post

As presidential contender Herman Cain launched a bus tour across Tennessee this weekend, his advisers couldn’t explain why he would spend precious time in a state that is far down the list of crucial primaries. Moments away from an appearance at a diner in Concord, N.H., Cain’s people didn’t know the name or address of the place. And Cain’s organization is so thin in key early states that one New Hampshire strategist said that when activists have asked where to learn more about the candidate, there was no one in the state to refer them to. In a year when Republican voters are willing to give candidates a chance regardless of money, experience or campaign muscle, Cain more than anyone is testing how far a presidential campaign can go with very little of any of those things. He has rocketed to the top of polls with a gift for oratory, a brimming confidence on the debate stage and a conservative orthodoxy that has stirred the passions of a growing slice of the Republican base. But his tiny organization is barely keeping up with the onslaught that has come since he was anointed a top-tier candidate. Cain is trying to do something about this. He boosted his field staff this month to 35, spanning more than a half-dozen early states. He concedes that even more will be necessary to compete in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the first two nominat-


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ing contests will take place in less than three months. He is focused on building his name recognition, a particular weakness for the former Godfather’s Pizza executive, who was known by less than 20 percent of the electorate just a few months ago. He also revels in his small operation. Making a virtue out of necessity, Cain scoffed at the resources that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have invested in

Florida, where Cain’s win of a Republican straw poll a few weeks ago launched his ascent in the polls. “Message is more important than money,� Cain boomed to reporters gathered at the New Hampshire state capitol last week. “Mr. Perry and Mr. Romney spent a lot of money trying to influence the outcome of that straw poll. We rented a bus and drove around the state delivering a message of common-sense solutions. And it worked. And you’re




going to see that same bus right here in New Hampshire.� He said Saturday that his modest fundraising numbers for the third quarter, $2.8 million, do not reflect the outpouring of support he has received in the past two weeks. “Money isn’t what’s driving my momentum; my message is driving my momentum,� Cain said during his Tennessee swing. If his campaign bears few of the features traditionally used to measure the success

Inappropriate content making its way to mobile apps for children BY CECILIA KANG (c) 2011, The Washington Post If gun-toting zombie killers, lewd language or busty women prowling for “hot guys� got on children’s TV shows, parents would run to the federal government’s indecency patrol in protest. But such content is finding its way onto mobile applications aimed at children, who are spending more and more time tapping away on smartphones, iPods and other gadgets. Amid an explosion of kid-oriented apps for mobile devices, frustrated parents say they face an uphill battle guarding the Internet’s youngest users from inappropriate content. They complain of unreliable age and maturity ratings made by mobile software developers, sexually explicit and violent ads that show up on kids’ games, and a lack of rules to keep the massive apps industry in check. “This is the platform of the future, and as of

now it is a free-for-all, a total Wild Wild West,� said Jim Steyer, president of children’s media advocacy group Common Sense Media, which rates mobile apps because it thinks companies’ efforts fall short. It’s far less wild for traditional media. The Federal Communications Commission patrols the airwaves for curse words and sexual content during prime viewing hours. Hollywood’s trade group created a board to assign maturity ratings for all U.S. movies. Video-game makers do the same, even though they fight against state and federal labeling rules. But when it comes to mobile apps, developers give themselves ratings. And the guidelines are often confusing. What constitutes “low maturity� or “medium maturity� on phones that run Google’s Android? A Google website states that profanity and references to drugs and sex are permitted for “medium maturity� apps, but

would a parent know that from the label? Aside from confusing ratings, there are many inaccuracies, Steyer and other critics say. That was the case for Ingrid Simone, whose 5-year-old son Lawrence Patrick recently came across frightening circular saws that dismembered players of the snowboarding game iStunt 2. The game was rated for players as young as 4, according to developer MiniClip on the Apple iTunes store. It looked harmless from the game description and still images presented at the time. So Ingrid downloaded it onto the family iPad. “We felt like we did everything right,� Simone said. “Nowhere at the time was there any warning of the violence that came later on.� MiniClip has since added a preview image of the saws. Some parents say they often disagree with ratings offered by developers.

On Android devices, Boy Facts is rated “low maturity,� which appears safe for older children. Yet it offers advice about how to deal with men, including “many things about sex, couple life, etc.� Despite touting lessons on how to “seduce� the “guy of your dreams,� 101 Secrets About Guys doesn’t have a maturity rating. Resident Evil for the iPhone is rated for age 9 and older, and players wield guns to kill “blood thirsty� red-eyed zombies and monsters. (The version for video-game consoles such as the Xbox is rated for players 17 and older, though it is more violent.) Ads for other apps that are much more mature can pop up on kid-focused mobile programs. Racing Penguin, a popular iTunes app, is aimed at users as young as 4. But players are served up ads for Top Girl, which proclaims: “Do gigs, shop, dress, go clubbing, and flirt with HOT guys!�


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