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Monday, Nov. 14, 2011



Today’s Issue: Campus News

Logan residents will be ticketed for leaving their cars along city streets between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. Page 2


Men’s basketball defeats Cougars BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports writer The Utah State men’s basketball team opened the season with a victory over in-state rival BYU. Senior guard Brockieth Pane, who scored in double figures for the 23rd time in his career, led a second-half surge in front of a sold-out Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. BYU lead several times during the second half, but an 11-0 run from USU put the game out of reach. Head coach Stew Morrill is now 194-13 inside the Spectrum and BYU has not defeated USU inside the building since 2000. USU has won 13 of its last 14 home openers and 44 of its last 47 regular season games.

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AGGIE FANS CHEER ON men’s basketball team at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Friday. USU made a secondhalf run to defeat BYU. A number of students camped outside for multiple days to get a seat. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

International and Diversity Week begins Nov. 14 It’s time to put a new spin on the predictable grilled cheese sandwich. Page 6


BY CATHERINE MEIDELL editor in chief

USU has hosted honorary events for international and multicultural students for 57 years, while the U.S. Board of Education didn’t mandate recognition of diverse cultures a priority until the 1990s, according to the president of the International Student Council. While USU students can expect several traditional International and Diversity Week events, council President Christian Orr said he hopes students can realize, once again, that each year approximately 1,500 international

and multicultural students make up part of the Logan campus’s total student body. However, Orr said it’s important that domestic students attend diversity events as well. “If we don’t have these students attending these events we are struggling with our effect,� Orr said. “We aren’t accomplishing what we intended to do.� Campus Diversity and international student organizations will team up this year because programming events run most smoothly this way, Orr said, and it gives more students the opportunity to cross paths.

The week begins Monday, Nov. 14 and ends Saturday, Nov. 19. Perhaps, the most wellknown event, Orr said, is the Mr. and Miss International Pageant, which displays a variety of USU students’ talents and costumes who were born in countries around the world. S.E. Needham’s Jewelers donates a tiara each year to honor Miss International, and last year’s winner will place the crown of real jewels on the new winner’s head. Aminata Meite, Miss International 2010, said she felt judges looked for contestants who See DIVERSITY, Page 2

Chinese teaching minor offered Spring 2012 USU beat the Cougars 69-62 in Friday’s game. Page 4

Opinion “Despite the assertions that the information age is isolating us from others, there comes a point for almost all humans when too much Facebook is too much. We’re still hardwired to seek out face to face interaction, , and when we get sick of computers and chats, most of us manage to unplug and stagger back into the sunlight.� Page 10

Interact Now! Today: Whether you camped out or not, you’ll enjoy a look at “Occupy.�

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BY AMBER MURDOCH staff writer A new Chinese teaching minor is one of the newest curricula made available to USU students, which according to a recent survey will accommodate the growing interest in learning how to speak and teach Chinese. The program, proposed by the department of languages, philosophy and speech communication, was approved by the USU Board of Trustees on Monday, Nov. 7 and will become available for declaration next semester. “This minor will develop students’ knowledge of Chinese language and culture and skills in teaching Chinese,� the LPSC department’s proposal states. “This minor aligns clearly with the department’s philosophy of training students for fulfilling careers in their field by providing a strong Chinese teacher training program.� Bradford Hall, head of the department of LPSC, said, “Currently we have teaching

THE USU BOARD OF TRUSTEES approved a proposal to create a Chinese teaching minor Tuesday, Nov. 7. Studies show nationwide interest in learning Chinese is on the rise, prompting the need for more Chinese language instructors. DELAYNE LOCKE photo illustration

minor options in Spanish, German and French. So adding the teaching minor in Chinese is a very positive step forward.� According to a foreign language survey conducted by the Modern Language Association,

more than 2,500 U.S. colleges and universities — about twothirds of all higher education institutions in the nation — discovered that enrollment in Chinese courses recently grew by the highest percentage since

2006. The survey reported about 61,000 students at those 2,500 schools study Chinese, which is an increase of 18 percent since See INTEREST, Page 3

‘Freshman 15’ myth busted by new study BY STEVE KENT web editor

Freshmen may be able to lay to rest their fears about gaining the notorious “freshman 15â€? pounds. According to a recent study, the average freshman gains 3 pounds during his or her first year. “Our results indicate that the ‘freshman 15’ is a media myth,â€? the research states. “While freshmen do gain weight, the observed average increase ‌ falls far short of the ominous 15 pounds.â€? The study, titled “The Freshman 15: A Critical Time for Obesity Intervention or Media Myth?â€? examined data from college-aged students nationwide and concluded the popular phrase has little scientific support. The study was conducted by Ohio State University and will be THE AVERAGE FRESHMAN GAINS 3 pounds, according to published in the December issue of research conducted by the University of Ohio. Dr. Jim Davis, director Social Science Quarterly. of the Student Health and Wellness Center, said the “freshman 15â€? Dr. Jim Davis, director of the myth damages to students’ health. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo illustration Student Health and Wellness Center,

said data collected from USU surveys are similar to the findings of the study — the average USU freshman does not gain 15 pounds. Use of the inaccurate phrase may harm students rather than help them, according to the study. “Repeated use of the phrase ‘the freshman 15,’ even if it is being used just as a catchy alliterative figure of speech, may contribute to the misperception of being overweight,� the study states. Davis said he agrees. The idea that most freshmen put on 15 pounds can have a negative impact on people with eating disorders or body-image dissatisfaction, he said. “Weight gain itself doesn’t cause much behavioral change,� Davis said. “It’s not going to cause depression; it’s not going to cause anxiety. What causes it is the obsession with weight. Their reaction isn’t to over eat, their reaction is to starve. See WEIGHT, Page 3


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Mondday, Nov. 14, 2011

Exhibit encourages art collectors to ‘Start Small’ BY LIS STEWART staff writer

When Ryan Riedel saw the painting of a foot-long hot dog at an art show, he knew it was too good to pass up. “I have this sick fascination with hot dogs,� said Riedel, a senior majoring in painting and drawing. “I love hot dogs. So I saw it — I was like, ‘I have to have this piece. I have to have it.’� The painting, which normally hangs above Riedel’s bed, is one of many pieces of student-owned artwork on display in the Starting Small art exhibit at the Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall at USU through Dec. 1. At the opening reception Friday night, students, professors and community members examined artwork loaned by students from their private collections. The exhibit will hopefully inspire students to start their own art collections now, said Brady Mathews, a senior majoring in interior design who helped curate the exhibit. Curating this project was a learning experience, said Trissta

Lyman, a graduate student majoring in interior design. “The four of us who curated are also starting our own (collections), so we were also doing research for ourselves when we were collecting the other students’ (pieces),� Lyman said. She said there was good feedback from other students who have their own collections, both before and after the curators started asking around for donations. The show has multiple works donated by eight students and more than 15 artists are represented. The curators each explained the possibilities students have for collecting artwork when budgets are tight. Curator and ceramics graduate student Megan Mitchell said making trades with other students is one of the easiest ways to collect. A lot of students are willing to sell artwork inexpensively. Riedel agreed. “Students here, we kind of have a disadvantage of other students that at the end of the semester we don’t have books to sell back. We do have plenty of artwork, though.� He said students should look at

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International students team with Diversity

weren’t in the pageant simply to win, but were eager to share their culture with the audience. The judges also look for contestants who are articulate and enjoying themselves, she added. “All week it’s different cultures coming together, but they aren’t showing us everything,� said Meite, a sophomore majoring in public relations. “Like the cookout — you can’t experience the whole culture by trying the food. In the international pageant they get to know your background. Even the way you answer a question can relate to where you came from.� The pageant and other events throughout the week are especially beneficial to international students, so they can feel a sense of community, she said, which can sometimes be difficult to find. “I just want to embrace differences,� said Brooke Evans, ASUSU Diversity vice president. “Everyone has really great things about them and their background that they have to offer. It’s not just multicultural diversity.� The focus of this year’s International/Diversity Week is helping students understand they are a diverse part of society, Evans said. Every individual has different heritages, sexual preferences, family dynamics and interests, which makes USU the institution it is, she said. “We are more diverse than we think,� Evans said, “This is a structured way for students to share their culture, and hopefully they can spark connections that way.� For the first time, Evans will head an art project known as “Tall Painting.� Students will take a cup of paint and slowly add their color to a piece of plywood constructed by USU student Jake Taylor. Dozens of colors create the final piece, which may find its home in the new art building cafe, Evans said. “It’s one tiny thing on campus that makes you feel a little bit at home,� Evans said. “It doesn’t matter what color your paint is, you are contributing to the university.� Korean Drummers will stage their presence during the International Fashion Show where traditional dress from almost every continent may be seen. A few times throughout the week students can view documentaries addressing international issues, including Africa’s blood diamonds, drug trafficking in Colombia and dolphin hunting in Japan. “ISC is doing the same thing ASUSU does,� Orr said. “We are trying to improve student life for the entire student body and maybe that’s a perspective the student body and Student Services don’t see.� Orr requested an international student representative be placed on the ASUSU Executive Council last year. Instead, he said, the council approved the formation of culture committee, which is now composed of five people. “I think it’s so profound and innovative to see that this school in Logan, Utah, has been promoting culture in such a dynamic way for half a century,� Orr said. “That inspires me so much. It’s part of our heritage.�

the classwork on display in the art building hallways. Go to the art office with the name of the class, and often a student or professor will send an email with an offer, he said. Learning how to strike deals with artists and gallery owners is important to collecting, especially on a budget. To Riedel, who said he saves his money to buy art, dealing is important to getting the pieces he wants. He said if he really wants a piece that is outside his current budget allowance, he asks if he can pay in installments. Through the years, Riedel has bargained and traded for more than 100 pieces of artwork. Stacked on shelves, the floor, in tubes, in closets and in boxes at his house, his collection is a constantly growing effort that started 12 years ago. Collecting for him is not an investment, but an enjoyment, he said. Quoting American art collectors Herbert and Dorothy Vogels, Riedel said, “You don’t read every book you own every second of the day, but it’s nice to know that you have the opportunity to read the

book when you want. And it’s the same with art. You don’t need to look at every piece you own, but it’s nice that you have the ability to look at those artworks.� Students who collect now have the opportunity to get artwork that may be more valuable after the artist gets famous. This is an advantage to those starting their collections now vs. later, art Professor Chuck Landvatter said. The name “Starting Small� is a perfect name for what curators of the exhibit aim to convey, Landvatter said. “I started extremely small — sketches and drawings from friends,� he said. “When I was about 15, I had a friend come and spray paint my room. He did the closet doors. He’s one of the biggest graphic designers in the snowboard industry right now.� Lyman said online is a great place to find artwork. One of the contributing students got a set of Bill McRight prints from for $20 each. There are pieces from nationally, as well as locally, known artists in the show, she said.

Landvatter said collecting from local artists and friends increases the value people have for their pieces. “This is the idea: You want artwork for your home that didn’t come from Bed, Bath and Beyond — right? — and Walmart.� Landvatter said. “So you start personalizing it by getting from friends. It means more when you know the person. I don’t know van Gogh, you know what I mean? And everyone else has van Gogh, anyway.� Megan Evans, one of the curators of the exhibit, said the value of a piece isn’t necessarily monetary. It just has to mean a lot to the collector. Sometimes there is a backstory, and sometimes it strikes the artist in a meaningful way. Riedel said his passion for art collecting is what keeps him going. “I love art without abandon,� he said. “I would rather buy art than food.�


Street parking restricted between 1-�5 a.m. starting Nov. 15

PARKING ON THE STREETS OF LOGAN will be restricted starting Nov. 15, between the hours of 1-5 a.m., in accordance with Logan City law. For full details see Briefs on Page 3. CARL R. WILSON photo illustration

Diversity/International Education Week 2011 Monday, Nov. 14 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. – ISC Fashion Show, TSC lounges

Thursday, Nov. 17 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Korean Drummers and Cultural Fair, TSC Lounges

7 p.m. – Film: “Maria Full of Grace,� TSC Auditorium

Tuesday, Nov. 15 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. –Tai Student Association Cookout, TSC Patio

Friday, Nov. 18 7 p.m. – ISC Mr. and Miss International Pageant, Eccles Conference Center - $3.00 ALL DAY – International Dress Day

6 p.m. – Film: “The Cove,� TSC Auditorium 8 p.m. – Film: “Blood Diamonds,� TSC Auditorium

Wednesday, Nov. 16 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Tall Painting, The Hub

Saturday, Nov. 19 12 - 3 p.m. – Stuff-a-Bus service project, Sam’s Club 11:30 a.m. – Loaves and Fishes Thanksgiving Dinner, First Presbyterian Church, 12 South 200 West, Logan — All invited, free of charge

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – International Cookout, TSC Patio


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Student weight gain due to hormonal fluctuations

They’re afraid they’re going to put on the freshman 15.� Brooke Parker, a dietitian at the Health and Wellness Center, said although she has spoken with USU students concerned about the freshman 15, she doesn’t believe the average student gains that much. “I have not seen, through the USU community, that the freshman 15 is valid, or percentage-wise, is anything to ever be concerned about,� Parker said. Throughout her career working with students, Parker said she has seen media misconceptions have an increasingly negative impact on students. “I get very irritated with media messages, because I feel like so many of them are based on scare tactics and the rush of selling the story,� Parker said. “Moderation just isn’t as exciting.� The freshman 15 misconception might lead some students to believe they will automatically gain 15 pounds unless they take extreme measures to avoid it, Parker said. In addition to causing too much concern about overall weight, media messages can give people an unhealthy focus on single elements of nutrition, she said. “I have (worked with) some people who are terrified of carbs, based on media messages — or saturated fat,� Parker said. “There are just so many elements of nutrition that I have to dispel all the myths (students are) bringing into their nutrition world.� USU has several options for students who have questions about maintaining a healthy diet in college, Parker said. At

nutrition, students can learn about basic nutrition and get tips to make eating right less of a challenge. The Health and Wellness Center also offers Grocery Shopping 101, a tour guided by senior dietetics students through a local supermarket. Parker said students can also meet with her or with student dieticians facilitated through her office. Davis said young women are particularly susceptible to an unhealthy focus on weight, and many may think they’re gaining weight when they’re really not. “They’re in their prime of their hormonal fluctuations, which means they put on water premenstrually, they take water off postmenstrually (and again)

they put on water premenstrually,� Davis said. “So if they watch the scale closely, they’ll think they’ve gained and gained and gained. When really, they lose it right off, and they stay pretty stable.� While most college students do gain weight, the study states the causes have more to do with the transition into adulthood than college attendance. According to the study, college students only gain about a half pound more per year than people the same age who aren’t in college. Rather than a sudden gain in weight during freshman year, on average, young adults experience a steady and gradual gain in the years before, during and after col-

lege, the study states. Davis said instead of worrying about the mythical freshman 15, students can approach weight management from a healthier angle. “Diet plus exercise equals balance,� Davis said. “You can exercise enough that you can eat about anything you want, and you can exercise so little that no matter what you eat you’re going to gain weight.� College students have so many other potential detractors from emotional health that they’d be better off worrying less about their weight, Davis said. –

STUDENTS CAN EAT ANYTHING THEY WANT, according to Dr. Jim Davis, director of the Student Health and Wellness Center, as long as they get enough exercise. Center dietician Brooke Parker said she disagrees with media portrayals of health issues, which promote extreme solutions rather than moderation. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo illustration

Veterans remembered on 11/11/11

Briefs Campus & Community

Details of Logan street parking laws No person shall park a vehicle on any street or city-owned parking lot without it being attended by someone able to immediately move it, between the hours of 1-5 a.m. any day, beginning Nov. 15 and ending the last day of February of each year, except health care professionals or emergency support personnel during emergency calls. No person shall leave any vehicle parked as to be an obstruction to a public works project or which would be hazardous to other traffic at any time, day or night. Residents or persons visiting when required by emergency or other unusual circumstances may apply to the city for a period for all-night parking on the street if off-street parking is not available. The city, for good cause shown, may authorize a vehicle or vehicles to remain parked on the street for a specified period of time provided a permit is issued and properly displayed. No person who owns or has possession, custody, or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street or alley or cityowned parking lot for more than a consecutive period of 21 hours, unless authorized by the mayor or a designee and a permit showing such authorization is visibly displayed as designated on the permit. The mayor, or a designee, may, when conditions justify such action, declare an emergency and designate specific streets as emergency routes. Such designation shall, unless otherwise specified, prohibit parking on those streets, day or night, until the emergency designation is removed. Notification shall be by newspaper or radio, television, cable or email.

Faculty member, program honored

STUDENTS, FACULTY AND THE PUBLIC were invited Friday to take part in the Veterans Day program. More than 6,300 names of fallen soldiers were read at the ceremony on the TSC Patio. Colleges across the country also participated in the roll call of these servicemen and women. Guest speakers addressed the topic of service and gave their thoughts on freedom in the United States. The event included a colorgaurd ceremony. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

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Interest in Chinese language increases demand for teachers

2006. “During the development stage of this minor, many students were asked about the idea of a Chinese teaching minor,� the LPSC department’s proposal stated. “We believe there is a strong interest and demand among our student body for this minor.� The Modern Language Association stated other signs of the growing interest in Chinese language programs include creation of teacher certification programs for Chinese instruction, a project for grades K-6 to integrate Mandarin nationally, as well as uses for technology for learning Chinese. The State of Utah Office of Education stated one of its goals is to create dual immersion programs in 50 schools statewide by the year 2015, with one of the target languages being Chinese. “This flourishing interest in learning Chinese in the U.S. has resulted in an increased demand for qualified Chinese language teachers,� the LPSC proposal stated. “Students in the Chinese teach-

ing minor will be prepared for a wide variety of Chinese teaching positions and careers.� Ko-Yin Sung, assistant professor of Chinese, said students minoring in Chinese teaching will also need to take teaching method classes. “If students want to be licensed to teach in public schools in Utah, they need to take courses offered by the education department,� she said. A total of 21 credits are needed from a selective list of courses in order to receive a minor in Chinese teaching, the proposal stated. Students who enter the field of Chinese language instruction will improve their position within the current job market, according to the proposal. Li Guo, assistant professor of Chinese, said, “I think it is exciting news, truly exciting. I think it will contribute meaningfully to our community and will be a great resource to students.�

USU brought home two of the four awards presented at the 2011 NASPA Conference on Friday, Oct. 14, at Westminster College. NASPA is the leading association for the student affairs profession. During the conference, USU’s Robert Schmidt was presented the Outstanding Faculty Award, while Aggie Blue Bikes was honored with the Innovative New Program Award. Conference attendees included student affairs administrators from Utah’s higher education institutions. Schmidt has been a faculty member at USU since 1991 in the College of Natural Resources and has served as USU’s Service-Learning coordinator within the Student Involvement and Leadership Center since 2005. He was recognized for his ability to carry out these dual roles on the USU campus. Linda Zimmerman, executive director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, said Schmidt is appreciated for what he does. “Students greatly appreciate Dr. Schmidt’s commitment in advising them on a personal level, so as to meet each individual’s unique needs,� Zimmerman said. “He is a true advocate for student success in all facets of a higher education institution. Robert also gives room for students to learn from their mistakes as he gives guidance and encouragement.�

ClarifyCorrect The Statesman ran an article Friday stating citizens do not have to submit to breathalizer tests. Lawyer Rob Latham, who granted the origni-� al interview for the story, requested the following clarification: Drivers do not have to consent to what is called the “portable breath test� or “preliminary breath test,� which is a small, hand-�held device to detect the presence of alcohol. However, a driver who — after an arrest — refuses to submit to an Intoxilyzer or breath test — or a blood or urine test — risks a license suspension of 18 months. LI GUO, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHINESE, said she

– feels the new Chinese teaching program will benefit students and the community. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

-Compiled from staff and media reports

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Volleyball drops final match of the season










The Utah State women’s volleyball team fell to Fresno State University on Saturday in a five-set marathon. Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur led the Aggies with 18 kills and finished with a .196 hitting percentage. “Liz did a nice job,� head coach Grayson DuBose said. “Even when our ball control broke down, she was hitting really well. Liz took some gutsy swings.� USU recovered from another slow start in the first set to tie the score at 14-all. The Aggies defense kept the Bulldogs within striking distance before Fresno used a 5-1 run to take the first set. Sophomore opposite-side

hitter Korrin Wild had a big night for Fresno, finishing with 27 kills. McArthur recorded four early kills, as the Aggies raced to a 14–7 advantage to start the second set. A balanced Bulldog attack, helped by several Aggie errors, shrunk that lead as Fresno stormed back to a 17–16 lead, midway through the set. A Utah state timeout didn’t slow Fresno down at all as the Bulldogs cruised to a 25–19 set win. After dropping the first two sets the Aggies rallied to force a decisive fifth set. With help from junior outside hitters Josselyn White and Shay Sorensen, McArthur led the Aggies to a three-point advantage midway through the See AGGIES, Page 7

A TRIO OF AGGIES jump to attempt a block against Idaho on Senior Night. USU fell to Fresno State in five sets on the road Saturday. GODY GOCHNOUR photo

USU edges BYU in thriller Big second half fuels Aggies over

USU hockey continues to win big

rival Cougars

BY MEREDITH KINNEY sports senior writer

BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

The Utah State hockey team also defeated Brigham Young University last weekend with a strong third period Friday night, 9-3. The matchup in Provo was the Aggies’ fourth meeting with the Cougars this season. “At this point against BYU it’s been 56 goals to six,� USU head coach Jon Eccles said. “It’s tough for the guys to get excited and go up against that, but they have done really good.� The Aggies took some time to settle into their gameplan, getting caught up with chippy play early on. Tempers flared in the first two periods, but after 40 minutes of play Utah State gained some composure and played a solid third period. “In the second period, there was a lot of individualism and a lot of penalties,� Eccles said. “In the third period we came back out and got five goals. We were playing as a team again.� The Aggies returned home for their second matchup of the weekend when the Weber State Wildcats traveled north to Logan. The Aggies rebounded from a lessthan-adequate showing the night before to win 17-1. “Comparing last night’s game to tonight’s game,� Eccles said. “Two different teams showed up.� Aggie goaltender Bryce Scherschel got his first outing of the season. The sophomore returned to his spot between the pipes after a hip injury kept him on the bench. “He’s so excited about trying to get back in,� Eccles said. “He’s been practicing and trying to get some playing time.� In his first start the goalie picked up 22 saves and only allowed one goal. “He’s been working so

The USU men’s basketball season opener lived up to its hype. A raucous student body brought deafening levels of noise, and Brockeith Pane had a highenergy second half, scoring 17 points to lead the Aggies over the BYU Cougars 69-62 on Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. “That was an awfully good win for an inexperience team,� USU head coach Stew Morrill said. “We just kind of battled.� Neither team came into the game as a heavy favorite in the early season matchup, and the first half played out evenly. Neither team held a lead greater than four points, while both teams shot high percentages from the floor. BYU shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, while struggling to hit the from the 3-point line. In fact, the Cougars hit 25 percent from 3-point range, and that percentage did not improve as the game progressed. USU shot 47 percent in the first half from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line. Forward Mitch Bruneel led the Aggies, with eight points in the second half. “We would have been in trouble if Mitch hadn’t hit a few shots,� Morrill said. The sophomore from Boise, Idaho, hit two key 3-pointers in the first half. The first gave USU a 14-13 lead midway through the first half, after BYU’s Stephen Rogers made an easy layup to give the Cougars a slim two-point lead. Bruneel hit again less than two minutes later to give USU its biggest lead of the half, at 19-15. See BASKETBALL, Page 6

See HOCKEY, Page 5

SENIOR FORWARD MORGAN GRIM defends BYU’s Noah Hartsock at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday. Grim had a career-high two blocks and held Hartsock to 18 points in USU’s victory. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

Pane steps up against in-state rival Cougars BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor

SENIOR GUARD BROCKEITH PANE pulls up for a jumper against BYU Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Pane scored a game-high 21 points to lead USU over BYU. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

As Utah State’s lone returning starter, Brockeith Pane has grown into his role as team leader in Friday’s 69-62 win over Brigham Young, leading all scorers with 21 points. “I want to win,� the Dallas native said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team win.� Pane spent much of the first half on the bench in foul trouble and all three of his fouls were charging violations. “It was very frustrating,� he said. “I wanted to be out there with my team.� The Aggies used an 11-0 run in the second half to win the game, helped in part by Pane’s ability to drive through the holes in BYU’s zone defense. “It’s a team effort,� he said. “A lot of guys can make plays. That was a

big zone. I was able to get in little cracks sometimes, throw a floater, hit Preston (Medlin) for shots, hit Brady (Jardine).� Pane scored 17 points in the second half, but the most important part of his game was on the defensive end when he and forward Kyisean Reed convinced USU head coach Stew Morrill to pressure BYU point guard Brock Zylstra. “That was a key part in the game,� Morrill said. “(Pane) and Kyisean came up with the two-man press on their own. That was pretty smart. (BYU has) got an inexperienced point guard who’s not really a point and they just got after him a little bit.� “I just wanted to help my team to victory,� Pane said. “They didn’t have a true point so I wanted to handle point. I tried to pressure the ball as See PANE, Page 6


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Hockey continues to roll

hard. He is one of the hardest working players on the team,� Aggie forward Jeff Sanders said. “It’s good to see him back there.� Sanders continued a strong season with a big performance of his own — he added five points on the night, scoring two goals and notching three assists. “I couldn’t have done it without Brian Gibbons, Brendan MacDonald and Tyler Mistelbacher,� Sanders said. “When I play on the power play with them, they are just so easy to play with.�

The offensive trio of Gibbons, Mistelbacher and MacDonald continued in its success this season, creating opportunities all night long. Utah State center Brian Gibbons got a hat-trick on the night and added two assists as well. The Aggies return to action with the Beehive Showcase beginning Thursday, Nov. 17 against San Jose State University in Logan.



USU CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNERS compete at the Utah Open earlier in the season. Brian McKenna will represent USU at the NCAA national meet. CARL R. WILSON photo

McKenna headed to nationals BY MEGAN BODILY staff writer

Senior Brian McKenna placed 10th overall and helped the USU men’s crosscountry team to a seventhplace finish, with 191 points at the NCAA Mountain Regional Cross-Country Championship meet in Provo on Saturday. USU came close to the top four, missing it by 12 points. “I am proud of them — of the way they raced and the season they have had,� head coach Greg Gensel said. “This is a tough region. Finishing seventh and so close to fourth is really great.� Gensel said the strategy beforehand was to come out

aggressive as a team in the race. “The plan was to go out and try to take control — be aggressive,� Gensel said. “I think, in the long run that hurt them a little bit in this race.� McKenna shined in the race, briefly leading the pack. “(McKenna) went out with the leaders,� Gensel said. “The better runners in the region made a big push, and he fell back a little but still was in the top 10-12.� McKenna finished the 10-kilometer race in 30 minutes, 43.3 seconds. “He is a coach’s dream to coach,� Gensel said. “He is so willing to work hard, and he really studied the event

and knew everything that he needed too.� Mckenna’s season will continue Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind., for the second NCAA National meet of his career. Gensel said McKenna’s experience will benefit him. He has been there before,� Gensel said. “He knows what he is getting into. He is excited about the possibilities. He knows the course and has been there before. I think he will race well.� The women’s team placed 18th overall with 445 points. “I think that they didn’t have as good of day as they would have liked,� Gensel said. “They worked hard this season and just fell a little at

Soccer falls to Auburn at NCAA Tournament BY CURTIS LUNDSTROM staff writer

The Utah State women’s soccer team saw its historic season come to an end on Saturday, falling 2-1 to Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “The girls are so proud of themselves,� head coach Heather Cairns said. “They have really good reason to be proud of themselves. It’s been an amazing season, and they’ve had an amazing showing. We came out, played strong and played quality soccer.� The Aggies — playing in their first-ever NCAA Tournament — took awhile to find their feet, but once they did, they gave the Tigers all they could handle. Unfortunately for USU, Auburn capitalized on an early chance and put the Aggies in a tough spot. In the 17th minute, senior midfielder Katy Frierson took a ball at the top of the circle and put a difficult strike past goalkeeper Molli Merrill into the right side of the net. The Tigers’ speed presented a challenge for the Aggies, as Auburn created opportunities beating USU to loose balls and relying on impressive ball handling and precision passing, to move the ball into the attacking half. Auburn took 18 shots during the match, while Utah State finished with two. Early in the second half Auburn began to pull away. In the 58th minute, freshman forward Tori Ball gave the Tigers a two-goal advantage after the Aggie defense appeared to have caught Ball offsides. No flag went up, no whistle sounded, and Ball put the goal away into the top-right corner of the net while the Aggies looked to the officials. Six minutes later the Aggies cut the deficit in half. Pemberton and fellow sophomores Jennifer Flynn and Mari Miyashiro teamed up to outhustle the Tigers and put one in the net.

“Jen made an awesome run on that ball,� Cairns said. �I thought it might have been going out of bounds, but she kept it in and kicked it across. Mari Miyashiro got a couple touches on it, and Kendra put it away with some authority.� The goal gave the Aggies some new life, and the team had several chances to equalize down the stretch. As each chance came up short, Utah State didn’t quit, and perhaps the best chances came in the final minute of the game. After Auburn’s freshman forward Tatiana Coleman was given a yellow card in the 90th minute, Utah State was awarded a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Unfortunately for USU, the free kick resulted in the ball being headed out of play. The final whistle blew, and Auburn escaped with the win. “I was really proud of the girls,� Cairns said. “We said all along that we were going to come here to win it. We weren’t going to come in here overwhelmed. We have played plenty of teams this season that have the same kind of caliber as Auburn Unfortunately, we gave up that goal. “Katy Frierson made an awesome play. I thought we settled in very well. We had a great push there at the end and made it 2-1. We just came up short today. I couldn’t be prouder of our girls.� This season’s squad and its five seniors have set countless records and, according to Cairns, had “the best season in Utah State history.� Merrill finished the season in the top 20 in the nation, in goals against average. Senior Shantel Flanary set the all-time Utah State scoring record. The team had its first NCAA appearance and came up just short of pulling off the victory. “What a special season,� Cairns said. “What a special team. What a special group of players. We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished. We’re going to enjoy this. We’re going to cherish this.� –

this meet.� Senior Ruth Hilton was the women’s team top finisher, completing the 6-kilometer course in 22:43.5, giving her a 56th-place finish. “They have had a good season also — did well at the conference meet,� Gensel said. “It was really cold and windy, and I think that affected their race a little bit.� Gensel said both teams did a great job. “I’m proud of the season that both teams have had,� Gensel said. “They have really worked hard all season.� – mega.bodi@aggiemail.usu. edu

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The Utah State women’s basketball team got its regular season rolling this weekend on a two-game road trip to Wyoming and South Dakota State. Aggies 62, Cowgirls 56 The Aggies opened their season on a high note Friday night, taking the Cowgirls of the University of Wyoming to a 62-56 win. “This was a great win for our team,� said USU head coach Raegan Pebley. “This is a really tough place to come and win. They’ve got an amazing tradition. They have a great team, there’s a crowd, and you are playing at altitude. There are just a lot of challenges. I’m really proud of our team’s mental toughness, collectively.� USU played better in the second half, scoring 46 points, than it did in the first, scoring 16 points. Senior forward Ashlee Brown led the the Aggies to the win with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott and senior center Maddy Plunkett were not far behind, scoring 12 points apiece. Freshman guard Kaitlyn Mileto led Wyoming in scoring with 13 points. USU shot 22 percent from the field in the first half, making just six of 27 shots. Junior guard Devyn Christensen made the only 3-point shot of the half, while senior guard Brooke Jackson and freshman guard Elise Nelson put the team at 75 percent from the free-throw line for the half. The Aggies, who only trailed by two points at halftime, began the second half on a 6-1 run and lead 25-19, about four minutes into the half. Wyoming regained the lead at one point and led 44-40, before USU went on an 11-2 tear to regain a lead it

would not relinquish. Both teams found themselves in foul trouble, especially in the second half. USU put the Cowgirls in a double-bonus situation in both halves, notching five in the first six minutes of the second half. Brown and Jackson ended the game with four personal fouls each. Wyoming had two players, Mileto and junior forward Chaudra Sewell, fouled out in the second half. USU was 20 of 59 from the floor in the game, including three of 11 from 3-point range, while UW hit 18 of 54 from the field, hitting seven 3-pointers. The Cowgirls outrebounded the Aggies 42-39. USU added seven steals compared to Wyoming’s four. “It was a team effort,� Pebley said. “It kind of came down to maybe who got to the foul line more. It was just such a close game — low scoring.� Jackrabbits 84, Aggies 73 The Aggies had a tough opponent on tab in the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon. The Jackrabbits have made appearances in three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and received votes in last week’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll. South Dakota State began the game on a 12-2 run, and the Aggies never threatened the lead in the 84-73 loss. “On the bright side, I am really proud of how two games in a row on the road, when we were tested in different ways, our girls showed some good toughness mentally,� Peebley said. Similar to Friday’s game, Brown led the Aggies. Brown topped her own career high of 26, with 31 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the field and 15 for 19 shooting from the free-throw line. After the slow start, the points began to stack up, and the Aggies took off on a

SENIOR FORWARD ASHLEE BROWN shoots over a Western New Mexico defender in USU’s only exhibition game of the season. Brown scored a career-high 31 points against South Dakota State. CODY GOCHHOUR photo

6-0 run. They ended the half behind, at 39-24. “This was a very physical game; and the first 10 minutes of the game, we spent the next 30 minutes recovering from,� Pebley said. “We actually outplayed them in those 30 minutes. The first 10 minutes of the game — and the first probably six possessions offensively in the second half — were ones we are going to learn a lot from.� Free throws helped the Aggies keep the Jackrabbits somewhat close in the second half. USU hit 35 free throws, which accounted for nearly half of its points. USU shot 88 percent from the line, hitting all but one shot in the second half. Jackson made all seven of her shots. While the Aggies drew a lot of fouls to pad their side of the scoreboard, they were just as quick to foul the Jackrabbits, with a total of 27 fouls. While no one fouled out, Brown, Jackson, Plunkett and Schlott all had four fouls


I'm really proud of our team's mental toughness, collectively.�

— head coach Raegan Pebley, USU women’s basketball

each. “We fought. We fought really hard,� Pebley said. “We showed a lot of character.� The Aggies return to the Spectrum this week, taking on Weber State on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. They will then hit the road again, playing at University of California-Irvine on Saturday, Nov. 19. – megan.allen@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Pane shows mettle against Cougars

much as I could.� There wasn’t much Pane did poorly in the game. He made 8 of 8 from the foul line and finished with three steals, four rebounds and five assists. “I had six turnovers, so that’s not good,� he said. “That was a problem for me last year. I want to be known as one of the top guards around the country. Something I cannot do is turn the ball over because

that’s taking six possessions away from us to score.� Morrill said Pane is as hard on himself as anyone else is. “He expects that from himself,� Morrill said. “Sometimes when you’re as good a player as him you can try to do too much. He got downhill a lot and got in the lane and made some plays.� Aggie forward Brady Jardine said USU would not have won the game

without Pane’s second half performance. “He played huge for us in the second half,� Jardine said. “We were kind of joking at halftime, I was saying he was going to have a big second half, tapped him on the butt and said ‘let’s go’ and he came out and did that. It was a huge part of winning that game.� – tavin.stucki@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Basketball defeats BYU in wild game

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“It was a team effort,� Pane said. “We just came out ready to play. We came out aggressive hungry and ready to play.� During a post-game interview, after the Aggies defeated Adams State, senior forward Brady Jardine said both teams would make runs, and USU would need to respond to any run by BYU to win the game. “They came out and made a run on us, and we just stayed composed, and we just stayed ready to play,� Pane said. BYU began the second half with a 5-0 run, propelled by a pair of jumpers from senior forward Noah Hartsock, who finished the game with a team-high 18 points, and a free throw from junior forward Brandon Davies. The game included 10 ties and nine lead changes, but BYU held the lead often through the first nine minutes of the second half. A pair of free throws from Davies, with just over 11 minutes remaining, put BYU up by four — the largest lead to that

point — before USU went on an 11-0 run to regain a lead it would never relinquish. “We always get better in the second half,� Jardine said. “We always seem to find that extra boost. I don’t know if it’s from the fans, if it’s from the atmosphere or from digging down deep, but we had a stretch in the second half where we had good defense, and we started to hit our shots.� The Aggies struggled to figure out BYU’s zone defense to begin the second half, but a quick move to the hoop by freshman Steven Thorton broke the zone and propelled an 11-0 run. “He’s quick, and he just went by them,� Morrill said of Thorton. “After that, it kind of got us to start driving the zone. We were just passing from point A to point B. We kept talking about penetrating, and finally they started doing that. That was a big factor during that stretch of the game.� Pane, who finished with

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a game-high 21 points, hit a pull-up jumper on the next possession, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin, who finished with 15 points and five assists, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer one minute later. Medlin hit his second 3-pointer of the game with 2:35 to play, to give USU its largest lead of the night at 58-47. BYU made a frenzied comeback attempt in the waining minutes — cutting the lead to five on two occasions — but USU broke BYU’s full-court pressure and hit enough free throws to seal the victory. USU now prepares for a tough road game against instate foe Weber State. “We will have an awfully tough contest in Ogden on Tuesday,� Morrill said. “That’s one of the best Weber State teams I’ve seen in a long time.� –


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TARREN LLOYD AND D.J. TIALAVEA JUMP to block San Jose State’s last-second 67-yard field-goal attempt Saturday on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. USU notched its second comeback win of the season and kept its bowl game hopes alive. TODD JONES photo

Football takes last-second win Turbin reaches 1,000 yards rushing, Aggies still bowl eligible

BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor

Records and snow fell as the Aggies kept bowl hopes alive with a 34-33 win over San Jose State on Saturday. Running back Robert Turbin had 128 rushing yards to put him over the 1,000-yard rushing mark with 1,049 this season. “It means a lot,� Turbin said about having his family in Logan to watch him clear the milestone. “It’s a special thing. Those people all in some way helped me get to this point — every single one of them — whether it was advice or helping me out growing up as a kid. I want them to be a part of that success. Without them I wouldn’t be standing up here.� Turbin also tied his own school records for single season rushing and total touchdowns with two scores

in the game. “I love the kid,� USU head coach Gary Andersen said of Turbin. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed young man who continues to fight.� The Aggies got down early when San Jose State outscored them 20-7 in the first quarter, which is where the score stood at halftime. “We started slow,� junior wide receiver Matt Austin said. “Everybody started slow. It was everybody’s first cold game. It’s not an excuse, but we’re used to it now, and I feel like everybody got comfortable and it was nothing.� Turbin opened the scoring for USU in the second half with a four-yard rush to make it 20-14 San Jose State, with just under 10 minutes to play in the third quarter. San Jose State quarterback Matt Faulkner started the ensuing drive from his own 20-yard line and took the

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Aggies seeded 5th in WAC

third set. USU’s defense kept the Bulldogs in check, and Utah State came away with the 25–20 set win. “We’re a good blocking team,� DuBose said. “Our block has gotten better. We took advantage of that.� Utah State used that momentum to build an early lead and was well on the way to forcing a fifth set. Leading 19–11, the Aggies saw their comfortable lead erased as the Bulldogs used a 13 – 5 run, to knot the game at 24. Fortunately for USU, McArthur, the lone senior, kept her composure, delivered a service ace and the Aggies held on for a 26–24 set victory to extend the match. McArthur finished with three service aces and passed Niki Conner for ninth place on Utah State’s all-time list. McArthur now has 95 career service aces, to Conner’s 94. Fresno State started quickly and never let up during the fifth set, preventing Utah State from completing the comeback. Sorensen tallied three kills midway through the set, and the Aggies crawled to within one, but the Bulldogs used a 5-1 run to take the set and the match.

Senior middle blocker Brianna Clark had three kills in the decisive run and finished with 14 kills for the Bulldogs. Utah State hit .118 during the fifth set, while Fresno hit .474. The Aggie defense had a solid showing with 16.5 blocks, while holding Fresno State to a .218 hitting percentage. Unfortunately for USU, the offense struggled throughout the night, finishing with a .167 hitting percentage. Dubose was pleased by his hitters. “We have three real nice hitters out there,� Dubose said. “We give ourselves chances. You have to be good on the antennas, and we are.� Utah State finishes the season with a 12-16 record, finishing 7-7 in the WAC. Fresno improves to 13–14, with a 7-7 record in WAC play. The Aggies and Bulldogs will meet again in the first round of the WAC tournament Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Fresno State earns the fourth seed, with Utah State at the fifth seed by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker. – curtis.lundstrom@aggiemail.

Spartans to within four yards of the goal. Junior corner Will Davis broke up Faulkner’s pass to junior tight end Ryan Otten and San Jose State had to settle for another field goal with 3:08 left in the third quarter. Faulkner finished with 27 completions in 49 attempts for 340 yards and one touchdown. Down 23-14, the Aggies made a seemingly headscratcher of a move and put junior wide receiver Stanley Morrison in at quarterback to replace Adam Kennedy. “Stanley was the next best option for us,� Andersen said. “He had a package — it was something we worked on all week long. He kind of changed the pace. It worked very, very well. I think it gave us a little bit of juice. You’ve got to respect Stanley’s legs.� After a pair of keepers for a total of 12 yards, Morrison handed the ball to senior run-

ning back Michael Smith, who took the ball 77 yards to pull the Aggies to within two. After a Spartan touchdown, Morrison remained in at QB and marched the Aggies down to the 42, before a miscommunication and fumble on a zone-read handoff gave SJSU the ball back. The Spartans scored a touchdown four plays later. Kennedy went back in under center for USU and threw a 45-yard pass to Morrison on the first play of the drive, but Morrison fumbled the ball away as SJSU defensive back Tiuk Tuipulotu tackled him. The Aggie defense forced a punt, but do-it-all Morrison muffed the return, and Spartan kicker Jens Alvernik kicked a single-game-record fourth field goal, seven plays later to make it 33-21. Then USU took control of the game.

Kennedy completed eight of nine passes in the drive to lead the Aggies down the field for the touchdown, capped off by a 14-yarder to sophomore wide out Travis Van Leeuwen to make it 33-28, with just over five minutes left in the game. The Aggies forced a three and out and took over from their own 34-yard line with 3:43 left. Turbin and Kennedy propelled the Utah State drive with the run game, eventually getting down to the 21, before Kennedy hit Austin for a touchdown. Kennedy finished 21 of 27 for 255 yards, with two passing touchdowns and one interception. A failed two-point conversion put the score at 34-33 with 41 seconds left. Faulkner got SJSU down to the 50 with five seconds left, but the Waid Harrison 67-yard


I'm glad he blocked that kick. It was a must-win for us ... �

— wide reciever Matt Austin, USU football

field goal attempt was blocked by Aggie tight end Tarren Lloyd, as time ran out to seal the victory. “I’m glad he blocked that kick,� Austin said. “It was a must win for us to get to that WAC championship.� – tavin.stucki@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Far from Cougar town Students camped out for two CenterPiece

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nights to witness the rivalry

AGGIE FANS FILL THE STUDENT SECTION in anticipation for Friday’s basketball game. All 4,000 student seats were occupied. Fans cheered their team on to beat the Cougars 69-62. KYLE PETT photo

BY KYLE PETT photographer About 1,200 USU students flocked to the Spectrum Nov. 9, leaving behind heated apartments to brave belowfreezing temperatures, endure questionable sleeping conditions and brave a line of 4,000 antsy basketball fans to watch the USU men’s basketball team play BYU Friday night. Tents occupied the northwest end of the HPER Field, and a grass patch directly in front of the Spectrum. Along with tents, a group of four students slept in hammocks strung between trees — these students were the first in line. Zach Bradshaw, a senior majoring in statistics, said, “When I got there at 4:30 (p.m.), the line stretched from the Spectrum all the way along the fence, where they’re doing construction, and wrapped back around behind the same green construction fence back toward the HPER — I honestly don’t know where the line ended.” What was the driving force behind this spectacle of Aggie pride? William Fulton, a sophomore studying conservation and restoration ecology, said students participate for the camaraderie. “It’s a good way to meet students. It’s just really exciting,” he said. “We might

be freezing our tails off, but there’s just so much random stuff we can do. I’ve met so many cool people in the last few days.” For some, the social experience and opportunity to have fun kept them in the cold, but for others, the reason for staying was simple. “I just really don’t like BYU. For me, it’s being there in the arena, feeling the intensity of the game,” said Carey Larson, a senior studying speech communication. Larson, along with Trevor Mahoney, a senior majoring in exercise science, Greg Spewt, a junior majoring in accounting, and Brian Cunningham, a senior majoring in civil engineering, tried camping in front of the Spectrum the Sunday prior to the USU vs. BYU game but ended up getting kicked out. The four returned at the crack of dawn Tuesday, reclaiming first in line. When asked “Why?” the four agreed that standing in line would be worth the wait. Students were organized into groups and given wrist bands with a letter and number. Every member was required to sleep over each night during the twonight camping period, and failure to do this would result in disqualification. Three distinct check-in times were established every day. Each participat-

ing individual was to check in once per day, during one of the three check-in times established. This allowed students to still be able to attend classes. Students engaged in a variety of activities to pass the time, from playing Xbox or pingpong, to lacrosse or card games. A few students took a different approach, wrapped in blankets and scarves, they basked in the glow of their laptops while studying class lecture slides. For some international students, the pregame camp out was a new and exciting experience. “Very few Japanese go camping,” said Masako Tanaka, a senior majoring in psychology. “I first thought the students at USU were crazy.” Tanaka slept on the HPER Field with the other fans both nights to earn herself a seat at Friday’s game. She said the USU vs. BYU game was the first basketball game she’d ever been to. Tanaka grinned and said, “I would do it again.” In the end, many students reaped the payoffs of camping out. USU fans packed the stands and applauded the men’s basketball team on to a 69-62 victory over the in-state rival the Cougars. –

USU vs.

A CITY OF TENTS was constructed by USU students eager to solidify their place in line for the BYU vs. USU men’s baksetball game. Thousands of students waited for Spectrum employees to let them through the doors so they could get the best seats. KYLE PETT photo


STUDENTS RUSHED INTO THE SPECTRUM Friday to escape the cold and long line leading into the USU vs. BYU men’s basketball game. Many of these students endured the three-day camp out to be the first ones to snag a seat. KYLE PETT photo

TREVOR MAHONEY, A SENIOR and exercise science major, (top to bottom) Greg Spewt, a junior and accounting major, and Brian Cunningham, a senior majoring in civil engineering, were first in line to the game. The three used modified padded hammocks to keep them warm during the three-day wait. KYLE PETT photo

STUDENTS MADE THE MOST of their long wait in line. Some used the downtime to hit the books or study on laptops while bundled up in the cold. KYLE PETT photo

A STUDENT HAULS HER CAMPING GEAR to the HPER Field, getting one more use out of her outdoor equipment before Logan freezes over for the winter. Dozens of tents were set up where students slept to make sure they had a seat to watch the Logan-Provo rivalry game. KYLE PETT photo

WILLIAM FULTON, A SOPHOMORE majoring in conservation and restoration ecology, plays Darren Hansen, a sophomore majoring in business marketing, at an intense game of pingpong in front of the Spectrum. Many students uesd their creativity to find ways to pass time leading up to the BYU vs. USU game. KYLE PETT photo

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Meet Siri, the new secretary BY JB ENGLER Statesman intern

Tim Cook, the new CEO for Apple, unveiled the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4. The next day, former CEO and co-founder of Apple Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. Oct. 7, the iPhone 4S was ready, and one week later it hit the stores. There is now one voice who will answer iPhone users’ questions, and it goes by the name of Siri. During the first weekend of sales, more than 4 million phones were sold. The change between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S was all in the software, meaning the phones still look the same. A new operating system iOS 5 was added, as well as a new voice command system — Siri. Aaron Nelson is one USU student who expressed elation about Siri. “It’s awesome,� he said. Andrew Whiting, another USU student, said it’s a big improvement from the iPhone 4, because before he wasn’t able to speak to his phone like a normal person. And Megan Child said sometimes it can be a little creepy, and Siri even told her to get back to work.

Siri is a proactive voice command system that can send text messages when spoken to, read aloud received texts, set alarms, recite sports scores and check the weather. A group of USU students participating in the recent Occupy the Spectrum event, waiting in line to get tickets for the USU vs. BYU basketball game, that ordered a pizza using Siri. Some users personify Siri by referring to it as a woman. “She is like my second wife,� Whiting said. Some have asked if Siri will change the world of communication. Samantha Ward, a USU student who works at Best Buy, said she thinks Siri changes technology through the convenience of things. She said users don’t have to worry about typing out what they want to say, now they can just say it. “It gets rid of the textingand-driving issue too,� Ward said. Child agreed and said, “I mainly use it for when I’m driving.� Jordan Hatch, a USU student who also works at Best Buy, said he thinks Siri is easier to use than other voice command systems, and because of that its a more

“universal technology� and it is effecting how people use technology. Tim Jordan, who works at the local Apple store called Expercom, said he thinks Siri isn’t changing the style of

communication. “It’s a personal assistant. The only thing it affects is your effectiveness to function during the day,� Jordan said. “It’s making it better. It’s the first legitimate artifi-

cial intelligence.� Tanner Simmons, another USU student, said people are going to become dependent on Siri — no one will do anything themselves anymore.

“I think its creating a dependence for people,� he said. –

THE NEW IPHONE 4S boasts a voice command system that Megan Child, a USU student, said is creepy. Siri can answer questions about appointments on the calendar as well as what the weather is will be like that day. MARISSA CROOKSTON photo illustration

Save a car and money, ride the bus BY MARIAH NOBLE features senior writer

While skiers, snowboarders and other outdoor enthusiasts anticipate the fast-approaching winter season, the portion of USU students who don’t have cars feels a sense of dread. It’s one thing to walk around Logan in warm weather; it can be a way to be active and enjoy the clean air and sunshine. But for people who aren’t used to cold weather, like junior Brandon Emch, from Maryville, Wash., who majors in mechanical engineering, this winter won’t be easy. “The buses only run until (8:30 p.m.), so if I work late, I’ll have to walk home or get a ride home,� Emch said. “As it gets colder that’s going to get more and more difficult, because I won’t want to be outside, even though it’s only like two blocks. The coldest it’s gotten in Washington — it’s already gotten colder than that here.� Undeclared freshman Naomi Holt said she also has issues with traveling once the buses stop running.

“I like riding the bus because it’s more social,� Holt said. “I met some of my first friends (in Logan) on the bus. It’s within walking distance, and it’s nice because it’s free. But it’s hard at night because I live off-campus, and it’s hard to go get groceries or go to people’s houses. It’s hard to keep in touch with friends who live in the dorms.� Holt said one alternative is asking for rides from her sister who lives in Cache Valley, but sometimes she feels bad making others drive her around. “I’ve only gone home (to Murray) once or twice by catching a ride with my sister or friends,� Holt said. “I think, if I had a car, I’d go home quite a bit more to do laundry or see friends.� Amber Thompson, a junior majoring in international studies, said asking people for rides isn’t something she enjoys either. “I don’t want to be an inconvenience to anyone,� Thompson said. Emch said even though asking for rides isn’t enjoyable,

there are some circumstances where it’s logical. “I don’t really like it, depending on other people, but if they’re already going close or to the same place, I don’t feel like it’s a big deal,� Emch said. “There are a lot of people here who don’t mind taking you places, and it’s really easy to tag along. You can always chip in for gas and stuff, too.� Thompson said not having a car hasn’t had a huge impact on her academic schedule, though it sometimes causes her to be late for or miss review sessions. But, Holt said, a car would come in handy for times when she’s on campus late in the day. “I go to the library a lot, and I have a night class,� Holt said. “Walking home is freezing and dark. Sometimes people pick me up, but a car would be nice for that.� Despite the setbacks, Emch said getting around without his own car has advantages, too, especially in the financial realm. See CARS, Page 12

MANY STUDENTS FORGO paying for a car and opt to use their legs or the bus instead. Saving money on gas, car payments and insurance can be a tempting reasons to ride the local bus for free. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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Who moved my grilled cheese sandwhich? BY ALLEE EVENSEN assistant features editor Grown-up grilled cheese Whether it’s hot chocolate in the morning or a heaping pile of mashed potatoes and gravy, everyone has a comfort food. These soul-soothing edibles can take us back to a moment in the past or make us feel right at home. I was surprised at the number of recipes I found for the ultimate comfort food — the grilled cheese sandwich. According to a Rocky Mountain News article, the grilled cheese sandwich first became a staple of the American diet in the late 1920s, with the looming of the Great Depression. With an endless array of options, the warm and easy-to-make sandwich is truly a classic comfort food. Whether you prefer Wonder Bread and American cheese or Gouda on a baguette, there’s something for everyone. Below are eight easy — and grown up — grilled cheese recipes you may not have tried. Berry Cheesy The easiest to make of the sandwiches, this tangy mix of fruit and cheese only requires a few ingredients: jam, provolone cheese and white bread. Choose a jam that has some sort of berry in it — generally blackberry or raspberry works best. Use the jam sparingly, especially with lighter breads, so it doesn’t soak through before it cooks. Another way to make sure the bread doesn’t get soggy is to put the jam between two slices of provolone cheese. Butter the outside of the bread before placing the sandwich in a frying pan with a little bit of butter. Provolone tends to take a while to melt, so make sure to keep the stove on a low heat. Toast until the outside is slightly brown. Green Machine Don’t let the color of this grilled cheese sandwich throw you off. Basil is one of the most versatile herbs on the market. It can be used in pasta and pizza, and it’s the main ingredient in pesto. This spunky sandwich is not for the faint of heart. Mix a handful of mozzarella cheese in a bowl with a half a cup of pesto

— you can find a recipe online or find it bottled in most grocery stores. For a little more kick, throw in a dash of red pepper. Scoop the mixture on a heavy white or wheat bread and place it on a Panini or flat-top grill or on a griddle. Mac and Cheese In case bread doesn’t quite do it for you, add some extra carbohydrates with this sandwich. Cook a few cups of Kraft macaroni and cheese, using the directions on the box. Before taking the noodles off the stove, give them a generous sprinkle of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Scoop the mixture liberally onto a heavy bread — like sourdough — and place the sandwich on a grill or pan to toast the bread. Be careful not to let the noodles fall out as you’re flipping.

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The Sunrise Who said breakfast had to be in the morning? This grilled masterpiece can be made using basic breakfast items — toast, eggs, bacon and, of course, cheese. First, get the bacon cooking. Fry or scramble one egg and butter one side of a piece of toast. Put it face down in a frying pan and place a slice of cheese of your choice on it. Once the cheese starts to melt, place the warm egg on top of the bread. Add bacon, and top it off with another piece of toast. –

Variations of this sandwich can be found at cafes all over the world, but it’s a small task to make this using your own oven broiler. Put some mozzarella cheese on a slice of French bread and place a slice or two of tomato on top. Put a little more cheese on top of that and sprinkle some oregano and Italian seasoning for a little kick. Preheat the oven broiler and then broil the sandwich for 2-3 minutes. For garnish and a little more color, add a sprig of fresh cilantro or oregano on top. Sweet Tooth Technically, this isn’t a “grilled” cheese sandwich, but not everybody is a fan of cheddar cheese. This sandwich is truly for a sweet tooth. In a bowl, combine a half cup of mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. For more flavor, add a teaspoon of orange zest to the mixture. Drizzle a tablespoon of honey into the cheeses. Fry two Honey Buns in canola oil until they’re crisp and put the mixture between them. Spoon some chocolate sauce on top to seal the deal. Four-Cheese If you’re a fan of loads of gooey cheese, this sandwich may be a match made in

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toppings you want between them. For a little extra kick, spice up the meat with some Tobasco or your favorite hot sauce.

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heaven. Place two slices of cheddar, a slice of muenster, a generous handful of mozzarella and a sprinkle of provolone between two slices of heavily buttered sourdough bread. Microwave the sandwich for 30 seconds to warm the cheeses before putting the combination in a frying pan with a tablespoon of butter. Note: This sandwich may require napkins.

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GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES do not always have to consist of just bread and cheese. Some recipes include macaroni, jam or hamburguer meat. ALLEE EVENSEN photos


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Ring leader of the rat training circus BY STEVE SCHWARTZMAN staff writer

Andy Craig, a first-year graduate student at USU, said he’s never done anything close to what he Andy Craig, does now in all graduate student, his previous psychology, research experience. Though Point Marion, Pa. he said he loves it now, it wasn’t something he always had as a goal for his field. Craig, 23, is a research assistant for the USU Laboratory Animal Research Center, investigating different behaviors in rats and pigeons in an effort to transverse the understanding of the behaviors from animals to humans. “I never did anything like this in my undergraduate,� Craig said. “But to come in to work in this setting, I feel what we’re doing is of the utmost importance.� The Point Marion, Pa., native received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at West Virginia University. He said he originally planned on pursuing a degree in music, but after a while he “fell in love with psychology� and made the decision to finish his undergraduate in the psychology field by earning a graduate degree in psychology. “I feel as though I really enjoy the process of being in graduate school, because it’s something that I really love, and I have worked with fabulous individuals. It’s been a great experience,� he said. Most of the research, he said, is studying addictive behaviors in rats and pigeons. Craig, along with other lab workers, puts the animals in a controlled environment — a cage or collective place — where they simple tasks such as opening a door, flipping a switch or spinning a wheel. He said the animals are rewarded with food or, more often in this place, small amounts of alcohol or cocaine. Lab assistants then observe the animals’ reactions to receiving the reward and how they react if they do not receive the award. “One of our major goals is to study relapse of drug taking and drug seeking,� Craig said. “We’ll have a rat that will respond to alcohol for instance, then we’ll stop giving them alcohol and go to drug seeking to see if things decline. We can really see how conditions thwart behavior.�

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Craig said he feels privileged to be engaged in such a study, because USU is one of only four schools in the United States involved in this study. This doesn’t surprise him, he said, and it’s added proof of the positive experience he’s had so far with USU. “I don’t think I could have ended up in a better program,� Craig said. “My adviser and I get along really well, and my experience here can only help to get a good career.� As he continues to progress in his degree, Craig said he hopes to find himself in a future faculty position at a university. “I’ve worked with some awesome individuals,� he said, “and it has inspired me to pursue this field and even grad school. I look at the

people I’ve worked with, and I feel I could work with students in that kind of way.� Aside from his core studies, Craig said he looks to music to get him through tough times. Craig has been playing the saxophone for seven years and the oboe for four, and he said he tries to play as often as time permits. “It is really my stress relief,� he said. “After a long day, I really look forward to coming home and playing and listening to music.� Craig said he also loves to cook and tries to find and come up with new recipes and ideas. His favorite creation as of late, he said, was an Asian stir fry, but overall he has no set food preferences, he mainly just enjoys cooking. “I’m a grad student and don’t get much time

to do leisure activities,� he said. “So it’s fun to try and make something awesome I’ve never tasted before, which has grown more in Logan, since it has become a way to separate school with my personal life.� Craig said he’s grateful he is where he is, after finding something he loves to do and pursuing it during his undergraduate years, which is something he suggested to all students. “If I could tell (students) anything, it is to follow what they want to do,� Craig said. “The undergraduate years are a perfect opportunity to find the field you fall in love with. Once you find it, run with it and pursue it.�


USU GRAD STUDENT Andy Craig spends his day in a lab giving cocaine to rats, or otherwise observing the addictive qualities of drugs on animals. Craig said he uses music as a stress reliever when time allows. Photo courtesy of Andy Craig

Five bands that never should have broken up

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if bands never broke up? What would happen if, like day jobs, band members stuck it out because they needed the income, even if they hated it? What if bands were like bad marriages— keeping together for the sake of the kids, or in this case, songs? What if famous musicians never died? Well, I posed this question to myself, and so this week I mourn fallen bands by assembling the greatest list — the five bands that should have never broken up. 5. The Continentals: The Continentals are the band that was almost famous. The fullness of their sound, the tightness of their performances and the fantastic chemistry of their songs made The Continentals one of my favorite bands. With their release, “Rhino,� they proved that a layered sound could be full, yet not cluttered. After going on several tours, The Continentals were almost at stardom, but several band members went on LDS missions and the other band members wanted to do new projects. Hopefully in a couple of years, they will come back and rock the music world. Until then, I will have to remorsefully enjoy their wonderful CD. 4. Aerosmith: Aerosmith is one of those bands that was really cool back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Wayne’s World 2 is pretty much the best testament to their greatness. With several great releases like “Walk This Way,� “Dream On� and “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing,� they are breaking the bank with just the royalties on the songs. I don’t have beef with them playing and making music, but I do have beef with Steven Tyler constantly breaking the band up and then getting it back together. Seriously, if you don’t want to be a part

of the band, Staff then use your Band Guy XXXX big mouth reminiscence to record a single album. Biebs does it Rhythm every single day. Literally hundreds of singers release AlexanderVanOene records they probably don’t even help write. So Tyler, either stay with the band, go on tour and make money off of the suckers that still love the couple of songs you guys wrote back in the day or release something new with your band Aerosmith, or go do something else. I’m tired of hearing about you.


White isn’t a god of rock, but he is in the ranks of messiah. Even with simple beats and songs, The White Stripes not only brought back classic blues rock, but they moved the hearts of millions. In a fake, plastic-like world, they brought emotion back. “Seven Nation Army,� “Icky Thump� and countless others have fueled the teenage angst of several — nay — millions of young adults. Sure, it was a good time to end it. Sure, the Raconteurs have that one good song. But is one song really worth it? I think if they stayed together and released another album of soft, emotion-filled blues, then the world would be a better place. Jack White redeemed modern rock, but he shouldn’t stop. He should make

the world and himself more real, every day. 1. *NSYNC: I think I fooled all of you. You were probably expecting Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd or Simon and Garfunkel. But no, you get *NSYNC, and this is why. *NSYNC almost controlled pop music back in the boy band days of Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, but yet again too much estrogen broke up another band. Seriously, if *NSYNC stayed together despite differences, the pop music world would be different today. Justin Timberlake probably wouldn’t have gone on to do “Sexy Back,� or it would have been toned down. –

3. The Postal Service: The Postal Service is the best side project that everyone loves but doesn’t love you back. Heard of “Such Great Heights� or “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight�? Yeah, that was The Postal Service. They found the perfect blend of electronic and pop with catchy beats and vocal lines; it is a crime they aren’t creating music anymore. “Give Up� is one of the best releases of the 2000s, not only because it pioneered a new sound and type of music, but it effectively helped Ben Gibbard’s other band Death Cab for Cutie. When “Codes and Keys� was supposed to drop like a keyboard-driven beatfest in the same vein as The Postal Service, I was so pumped. When it released like a fart in the wind, making little waves critically or musically, I cried “Foul.� I just want Gibbard to go back and find the perfect song writing that he found with The Postal Service. Don’t give up. 2. The White Stripes: The White Stripes found the hole in modern music and filled it. Jack

SOMETIMES DRAMA BREAKS UP bands that should have stayed together, such as *NSYNC. One of the biggest boy bands of the movement, *NSYNC made many a girls’ hearts pound with infatuation.

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Cars not a necessity when buses are free or friends are available

“I don’t have a car mostly just because of money. I don’t have to pay for gas, insurance or (need) a place to park,� Emch said. He said he wants to do well in school, therefore he doesn’t have the time to earn extra money for a car. “Out-of-state (tuition) is pretty steep,� Emch said. “There are free buses in Logan, and I don’t see a need for having a car as far as travel within the city goes.� Holt said she got her first vehicle-related ticket last summer, and not having a car at school makes her less worried

about liability with speeding or other situations. “I feel like, in Logan, people just walk right out in front of you when you’re driving through campus,� Holt said. “I can’t imagine hitting someone, and not having a car makes me less worried about that.� Thompson said she likes not having to worry about fines from illegally parking or speeding, getting boots, paying for parking passes or getting in wrecks, but she’s also learned from going without a vehicle. “I definitely think it has been an advantage, because I’ve

learned to prioritize,� Thompson said. “Just having to schedule ahead of time, having to account for delays — I think my planning skills have gotten a lot better.� Thompson also said not having a car is something that signifies her complete independence from her parents. “If I were to have a car right now, it would be because I’d buy it and be making payments,� Thompson said. “I don’t have to rely on my parents as much (this way).� –

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Siri won’t take away our social skills

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hen Apple announced its latest iPhone, the 4s, some of us thought the headlines would be about the hardware upgrades — the faster processor, the better camera and the antenna that actually works. As the weeks passed, most of the hype focused on Siri, the new voice control software. Making a machine that can accurately guess what a human wants is no easy task. Take microwaves, for example. Back in the day, twisting a timer knob to two-and-a-half minutes would take care of any food-heating scenario. Currently, the average microwave’s control panel is riddled with buttons. Good microwaves don’t try to second guess you. When you press “2-0-0start,� a good microwave will just believe you know what’s best and heat your food up for two minutes. When you punch in two minutes and hit start, a bad microwave will not start. It will ask you what power setting you want, the mass of your entree in milligrams, your date of birth and social security number. And no matter how good the microwave, the popcorn button never works correctly. Siri, on the other hand, looks like it might be the real deal. A search for “Siri� on YouTube returns an endless list of the wisecracking software’s tricks. So far, Siri’s useful and sometimes astounding answers seem to outnumber the bugs. The software even got the last laugh when Stephen Colbert failed to persuade it to write a night’s entire script for “The Colbert Report.� As computers become more convenient, there’s the chance that we’ll rely less on other humans and more on technology. For example, the more tasks people accomplish at an ATM — withdrawals, balance transfers, cash and check deposits — the fewer the reasons they have to visit humans at the bank. Some critics say the more handy Facebook becomes, the less kids will see their friends in real life. We don’t think programs like Siri will end up replacing meaningful human interaction. Yes, it might spare you a conversation with a snide movie theater employee when you’re trying to plan an evening out. It may even prevent a call to your husband or wife asking what you forgot at the grocery store. It would be a stretch to say such tasks really add to your quality of life, though. Despite the assertions that the information age is isolating us from others, there comes a point for almost all humans when too much Facebook is too much. We’re still hardwired to seek out face to face interaction, and when we get sick of computers and chats, most of us manage to unplug and stagger back into the sunlight.

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ForumLetters Most obsessions are harmful To the editor: I was very pleased recently with the anti-pornography initiative on campus called Fight the New Drug. While it is common for people to think of drugs and alcohol as addictive, by some reactions seen by writers to this paper it would appear that many people fail to see the same in sex. This has had devastating effects in our culture and has had the same effect in many nations before us, turning mankind into nothing more than a senseless animal, without any moral compass whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, I am not condemning sexual activity as something evil or disgusting. God created all people with the ability to have sex for the reproduction of our race and


for the strengthening of love and affection within marriage. /HW¡V IDFH LW LW LV HQMR\DEOH DQG good. However, in recent years it has become increasingly common in our society to not only accept sexuality outside of marriage, but to embrace it as a good thing. “What is wrong with it?â€? many say. I recently read an interesting letter to the editor declaring that people frightened of sexual debauchery such as pornography might as well hide from the sun, for both are natural, and it is just as stupid to hide from one as it is to hide from the other. However, it is interesting to note that although the sun is good, if we aren’t smart about how we use it, then we could get frequently sunburned, causing gene mutations that result in cancer, which often results in death. The same must be said about sex. It is good, but if we aren’t smart about how we use

it, it could mutate into a poisonous addiction and become a cancer in our lives, ultimately destroying us emotionally and spiritually. If it doesn’t destroy you completely, then you will remain with the scars of its effects for the rest of your life. There are those that say it is not harmful and that it helps people to be even more civil and less sex obsessed. That is a lie, and I would hope that those repeating it would quickly turn from the foolishness of such a destructive idea. If you have doubts, just talk to God, scientists, historians and law enforcement, and many of them will tell you of the effects of this plague on VRFLHW\2QFHDJDLQEUDYRWR the acts of this group. Tyler Thomas


Is health care worth caring about? From the left

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — pejoraWLYHO\UHIHUUHGWRDV´2EDPD&DUH¾ by its detractors — gained greater legal footing this week when the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals reviewed the constitutionality one of its key components — the individual mandate. The individual mandate, unarguably the most controversial aspect of the PPACA, would require Americans to purchase health insurance or be subject to fines. This most recent ruling is only one of a series of challenges to the PPACA in the courts — the majority of which have been found to be groundless. However, late last year one Florida Court was against the individual mandate and thereby ruled the entire act to be null and void. The law is expected to be weighed in on by the U.S. Supreme Court early next year. The law has been controversial IURP WKH EHJLQQLQJ 2SSRQHQWV of the law argue that the government cannot compel people to purchase anything. If people do not wish to take responsibility for their health, that’s their own problem. People get sick whether they, or we, like it or not. Deciding not to purchase health care is not just a personal decision but an economic one that affects all of us. If someone gets sick for whatever reason and cannot pay his or her medical expenses — which incidentally climb every year — what are we supposed to do? Doctors take the Hippocratic 2DWK DQG DUH REOLJDWHG WR WUHDW

It looks as though the battle over health care is finally over. Sure, the Republican presidential candidates talk about repealing the bill, but realistically none of them have a shot at defeating the incumbent FRPHDQGRQFH2EDPD leaves office, the window of opportunity will be closed. Retrospectively, though, ZDV 2EDPD¡V KHDOWK FDUH ELOO the right thing for America? 1R LW ZDVQ¡W ´2EDPDFDUH¾ attempts to solve a problem without addressing what actually causes it. The problem was simple and almost universally accepted: health care in the U.S. was too expensive. Before examining what caused the problem, let’s take a look at this claim. The notion that the price of health care is a problem rests upon the idea that access to health care is a human right. If access to health care is not a right, then it is just another product on the market, and there is nothing morally wrong with it being too expensive for some to afford. We do not pass legislation to ensure everyone gets cable television, because no one has an intrinsic right to it, and there is nothing morally wrong with it being outside some individuals’ budgets. Health care, however, is not cable. Too often I have heard my right-wing colleagues profess that health care is not a right. Those that buy into this idea are clearly unfamiliar with WKH+LSSRFUDWLF2DWK




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Occupy the Spectrum is disrespectful To the editor: I hope I am not the only one who feels that the Occupy The Spectrum is offensive to the very real and serious Occupy movement. This movement is not about getting students to camp out for a seat at an athletics event. I approve of spirit and think that it is important for students to attend games and for all of us to cheer our hearts out. I do not think it is appropriate to demean and belittle the economic struggle many Americans are faced with today, and I am offended that our school would appropriate the title in order to garner more athletic attendance. Some of these demonstrators have been faced

with violence, arrest and the loss of everything they have left. Could we show a little more respect? Isaac Furniss

Allow student in game without wait To the editor: I love to support our Aggie athletes. I most definitely am a fan of rowdy basketball games. What I am not a fan of is the ridiculous process they are making us go through to get a seat for the BYU game. I understand they need to have something in place, but can you really expect students to just drop their lives for three days or more? I have been looking forward to this game all year. If I was not a student it would be easy to do this, but I am a student. I also have a job like most students.

I am paying a lot of money to go to school as well as student fees for events like this. If we are paying these fees we should get a seat and not have to miss school to do it. Tom Bryner

Keep the free hugs coming To the editor: I just wanted to show my appreciation to the people who stood out on the TSC Patio on Nov. 10 and gave out free hugs to everyone who passed by. Something as simple as a free hug can totally change someone’s day from bad to wonderful, even if just for a few moments, and I definitely appreciated the hug. It’s about time the Free Hugs campaign found its way to Utah State. Callista Cox


Week could be eye opening are a fun way for non-native speakers to practice their English speaking skills. They started Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. in Ray B. West 311. A similar buddy system is available through the Office of Study Abroad and the International Student Council. This is a wonderful opportunity, not only to network, but to make friends with international students, learn about their culture and to help them improve their English skills. Conversation hour is a great way for students — particularly those who have maybe returned from a study abroad or an LDS mission who would also like to practice their language skills — to meet people from other countries like China or Spain. This program has potential for building friendships between international and domestic students and helping everyone feel more at home at USU. For those of you obsessed with building your resume and networking, international experience and having an international friend at USU are great resources. You all may or may not be sick of being

encouraged to get involved, but I’m telling you, it’s a wonderful thing, and with it comes many benefits. You are more marketable in the job force with more exposure to different cultures and networking opportunities. USU offers a plethora of opportunities with clubs and organizations — the Office of Study Abroad, Career Services, the Access and Diversity Center and International Student Council are just a few. Monday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. the International Student Council will have an international fashion show in the TSC International Lounge. It’s Diversity/ International Education Week, so keep your eyes out for the fun events coming up the rest of this week.

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those who come to them. If a person does not have health insurance and cannot otherwise afford it, tax payers pick up the tab. It seems that conservatives would leap for joy at the elimination of an unneeded tax burden. And indeed, the idea of an individual mandate originated in 1989 with none other than the Heritage Foundation — the nation’s leading conservative think-tank. The other alternative is we can just let those who need medical treatment — but cannot pay for it — die. And if you listened to the hoots and hollers at one of the recent Republican debates, you know that is an open option for some. With the PPACA, either you can buy health insurance from whichever provider you want, or you can pay a roughly equivalent amount in taxes to be put toward health care for families who cannot afford it. Essentially, it is a tax for being a member of a society that cares about its people. Additionally, the mandate follows years of legal precedence, which gives the government authority to tax and spend in order to “promote the general welfare.� As an interesting side note, the judge in the most recent ruling, Laurence H. Silberman, is a Reaganera appointee and a conservative who was once an official in the Nixon administration. Let me be clear, the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a universal health care system. Health care is more expensive and the quality is declining compared to other Western countries that do have such systems, according to the World Health Organization. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports while poverty rates continue to rise, about 50 million Americans are uninsured — the highest in nearly two decades. Approximately 50 percent of all bankruptcies are due to of medical expenses. Setting aside any moral concerns, do you not think this has a negative net-effect on the economy? According to a Harvard University study from 2010, approximately 45,000 people die every year because they do not get to a doctor when they should and they lack the health insurance to do so. Uninsured, working-class Americans have a 40 percent higher death risk than those who are insured. In a country like ours, this is unconscionable. While I would have preferred to see a public option, and I do think the act is lacking without one, at the very least the PPACA is a step forward and helps to make our health care system more just and equitable.

The market elevated health care costs to unbelievable heights. To say that access to it should solely be determined by the market, and that it’s no different than cable service, is a degradation to human life. Health care was an issue, and some form of intervention was needed. One of the primary causes of health care’s outrageous cost was simple greed — greed in the form of malpractice lawsuits. One study at a New York hospital found fewer than 2 percent of patients injured due to negligence filed a malpractice claim. Of the claims that were filed, expert reviewers found there was, in fact, no clear evidence of negligence or even injury in most of the suits. Other studies linked malpractice suits directly with how much a doctor talks to a patient and whether or not the patient perceives the physician as friendly. In other words, people generally don’t sue because they were treated with negligence. They sue because they don’t like their doctor and are looking for a free check. This greed drives up the cost of health care for everyone. Because hospitals are forced into paying unnecessary legal fees and writing checks to people who don’t deserve them, they need to charge a higher price. The solution is simple. Allow informed patients to waive the right to sue for a discount on medical services. Clearly, there are many issues with this solution and parameters must be set, but there is no reason why two consenting parties shouldn’t be able to make such a contract. Another problem lies with those that are homeless and struggle with alcoholism or other drug abuse, or some form of mental retardation. It is not uncommon for such people to wrack up medical bills worth hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars. Of course, they don’t end up paying these bills — the public does. It would be cheaper for everyone to invest in programs that care for or help such individuals get back on their feet. It amazes me how simple some of the most complex problems are. If we were all a little less greedy and a little more caring, health care would have never been an issue.

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

— Mike Burnham is a junior majoring in international relations and economics. Comments can be sent to him at


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