Monday, Jan. 9, 2012
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A SNOWBOARDER AT BEAVER MOUNTAIN rides a catwalk to the Margeâ€™s Triple skilift past exposed dirt. The resort and other local businesses have felt the effects of a winter with unusually little precipitation. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo
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Poor snowfall impacts ski season BY CATHERINE BENNETT editor in chief
With .38 inches of snowfall in the first week of January, this month has recorded more moisture than precipitation data for the entire month of December 2011. Due to the weather, Cache Valley residents missed out on more than snow for the holiday season. Skiers and snowboarders found limited options when heading up the mountain for a day on the slopes. Some local winter sport businesses were forced to adapt to the lack of snowpack. â€œWhen Utah has winters like this it sucks for us locals because we are used to great winters with awesome snowpack,â€? said Nate Rogers, a Utah native and ski technician for Alâ€™s Sporting Goods. â€œTourists go where the snow goes and they will break their plans if there isnâ€™t snow. Itâ€™s bad for our
economy.â€? December recorded .18 inches of precipitation, according to The Weather Channel. Salt Lake City recorded fewer, with the U.S. Drought Monitor reporting .03 inches of precipitation, which breaks a record established in December 1976. Beaver Mountain ski resort general manager and owner Ted Seeholtzer said he remembers the 1976 winter well. He said that was the worst ski year he has seen so far and this year, due to lack of snow, his businesses has decreased by 50 percent. Luckily, he said, Saturday showed improvement with a turnout of more than 800 skiers and snowboarders, due to the small amount of new snow on the mountain. â€œWe were heartbroken that we only had an inch of snow,â€? Seeholtzer said. â€œWe were hoping to have a freak storm â€” 6 to 8
to 10 inches. Itâ€™s amazing how free of damage on the open runs. much good a couple inches can The lack of profit from rentals has do, though. It freshens up what is not affected Alâ€™s Sporting Goods already there, and that little teeny sales much, she said, because the bit of snow covers up those brown store makes up for the loss by sellspots.â€? ing other products. Because of Beaver Mountainâ€™s Customers who rent from Alâ€™s smaller size, Seeholtzer said, he Sporting Goods are responsible for doesnâ€™t have the resources to create the damage done to the equipment they rent, Rogers said, and when snow in lieu of natural snowfall. Without snowfall, there isnâ€™t much multiple items were coming back badly damaged, the technicians else that can be done, he said. Alâ€™s Sporting Goods ski techni- didnâ€™t want their customers to have to deal with the cost. Rogers cians made the decision to halt said he understands how easy it all winter sport equipment rental after a few pairs of skis came back is to damage the equipment after experiencing this seasonâ€™s scant damaged, said Sherissa Jones, an conditions at a few ski resorts. Alâ€™s Sporting Goods cashier. â€œI skied at Brighton a few days â€œWe usually start renting the exact time Beaver opens,â€? she said. ago and there were rocks in the middle of the run,â€? he said. â€œWe rented them for five days and Beaver Mountain still offers then said we wouldnâ€™t rent them rentals, Seeholtzer said, but highanymore.â€? performance skis with a big price Jones said the snow Beaver tag have been set aside. To keep Mountain received over the weekend was not enough to keep rentals See RESORT, Page 3
English professor recieves research fellowship BY MARISSA SHIELDS staff writer
An English professor at USU is on his way to New York City to uncover details about the life of a poet and icon of the civil rights era. Associate Professor Shane Graham received an eight-week fellowship to study archives in the New York Public Library. During that time, Graham said he will continue his research on the jazz-poet Langston Hughes, and Hughesâ€™ connection to other influential African-American writers of his time. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture awarded the fellowship. â€œItâ€™s great to see Dr. Graham receive this kind of recognition for his work,â€? said Jeannie Thomas, head of the English department. During the fellowship, Graham will reside two blocks from the house in Harlem where Hughes lived for the last 25 years of his life, Graham said. Graham said Hughes has been embraced as an American poet who led the charge of the Harlem Renaissance. However, he added, Hughesâ€™ connections to other artists worldwide have not been given enough recognition in the scholarly world. During his archival work in South Africa
and at the University of Texas, Austin, he said he stumbled upon correspondences between Hughes and influential South African writers such as Ezekiel Mphahlele and Jamaican poet Claude McKay. â€œThatâ€™s the beauty of archival work,â€? Graham said. â€œYou donâ€™t know what youâ€™re going to find until you start digging around. Itâ€™s like detective work. You find a clue and follow that clue, and you find things you didnâ€™t know existed.â€? Graham said a group of poets from the Caribbean and French West Africa that met in Paris called the Negritude Poets were deeply inspired by Hughes to embrace their African heritage instead of disavowing it like many other poets of the time. â€œHe was this global figure, and scholars are only now starting to recognize that,â€? Graham said. â€œIâ€™m trying to contribute to that broadening of our view of this important poet.â€? Graham said his favorite find was a poem that Hughes had written for a friendâ€™s wedding. The poem was written in his own hand and had never been published. Finding small, handwritten poems made literary giants like Hughes feel like real
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SHANE GRAHAM people, Graham said. Graham said students looking to get into scholarly research should have a real love for the subject theyâ€™re researching. Research often involves tedious tasks like archival research and writing letters seeking permission to search archives, he said. â€œOnce you find that thing you canâ€™t stop thinkSee PROFESSOR, Page 3
Center hires LGBTQA program coordinator
BY STEVE KENT news editor Members of the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGBT) community and USU Student Services officials say they are excited to work with a new hire at the Access and Diversity Center. USU alumna Brooke Lambert started Jan. 2 as LGBTQA program coordinator, filling a position left vacant for the fall 2011 semester. Lambert said she looks forward to helping all students, but especially members of the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGBT) community. Lambert graduated from USU in 2008 with a double major in physical education and health education. Lambert also played on the USU womenâ€™s rugby team and served as the clubâ€™s president in 2007 and 2008. â€œI love the Utah State climate, and Iâ€™m extremely excited to be back,â€? Lambert said in an interview during winter break. â€œIâ€™m excited for the students to get back so we can start working together.â€? Lambert replaces USUâ€™s first LGBTQA program coordinator Maure See COORDINATOR, Page 3
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Study: Facebook may help student GPA Briefs BY ARIANNA REES staff writer
College students who use Facebook to collect and share information are more likely to have higher GPAs than those who use the site for socializing, according to a recent study conducted by professors at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. The study, released September 2011, examined use of Facebook by nearly 2,000 participating college students attending public four-year universities. Its stated purpose was to determine the relationship between the regularity of Facebook use, types of activities participated in on the site, time spent studying for classes and the overall GPA of participants taken straight from college registrars. Researchers found that use of the site positively impacted student GPAs when students shared links with friends and gathered information, mimicking common educational behaviors. Adversely, engaging in socializing, chatting or updating statuses negatively impacted both student GPA and time devoted to studying. Reynol Junco, the researcher behind the study and a professor at Lock Haven University, said, â€œWhile further study is necessary, these results do help educators understand which Facebook activities could prove problematic and
which were beneficial â€” when to target interventions around comparable online and offline behaviors like excessive socializing, and the possibilities of using Facebook to enhance student learning and engagement.â€? Lock Haven researchers observed a negative relationship between the amount of time students spent on Facebook and GPA, which means the more time spent on Facebook, the lower the GPA. Students who spent 279 minutes more than the average few minutes spent on Facebook per day had GPAs .37 points below average, according to the study, and though itâ€™s not a large number, it is evidence that excessive amounts of time spent on the site are detrimental to student academic performance. USU students, like most users, frequently participate in Facebook activities, such as game playing, sharing and socializing, but some students, such as freshman Brittany Benson, say only rarely is the site used for the educational purposes outlined in the study. â€œThat study could be right if the only thing that happened on Facebook was information sharing and gathering, which almost never happens,â€? Benson said. Benson said she spends most of her time on Facebook chatting with friends, commenting on pictures or playing games, but it
doesnâ€™t hurt her schoolwork. â€œFacebook itself does not get in the way of my academics,â€? she said, â€œbut procrastination in the form of Internet surfing, Facebook and gaming sites sometimes distracts me.â€? Good use of time is something college students struggle with, Benson said, but she believes good time management skills can prevent the overuse of social media sites like Facebook. â€œGenerally, college students probably do have a hard time managing the amount of time that they put into Facebook,â€? she said, â€œbut I believe that most of us can prioritize enough to decrease our wasted time.â€? For some students time management isnâ€™t an issue at all. Christian Cannell, a senior double majoring in biochemistry and economics, said, â€œI spend most of my Facebook time socializing, but I donâ€™t get on Facebook enough for it to be a problem. I get on Facebook maybe four times a week, on
average, not usually more than half an hour.â€? Tyler Esplin, a sophomore English major, said he finds the results of the study interesting, but the site does not interfere with his academics. â€œI donâ€™t really think it gets in the way too badly,â€? Esplin said. â€œItâ€™s important to be able to shut off the social part of your brain when you need to and really buckle down and get school done, and I think, for the most part, Iâ€™ve gotten the hang of it.â€? Esplin said he uses the site to share interesting information, which Juncoâ€™s study states may have a positive impact on overall student GPA. He added that many Facebook users tend to share irrelevant or useless information, and he said he tries to avoid that when heâ€™s online. â€œI would say most of my time on Facebook is spent posting interesting things that Iâ€™ve found elsewhere online,â€? Esplin said. â€œI try not to let it be an outlet where I stream the useless
garbage that Iâ€™m doing.â€? He said, â€œI like to think of the movie â€˜Easy Aâ€™ as an example, where one of the kids posts, â€˜Having an OK day, and bought a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the roof.â€™ I at least try to keep it at a semi-intellectual, artistic, emotional or interesting level.â€? Junco said while the results of the study are not entirely conclusive and further research is needed, educators can use Facebook as a tool to help students do better in school and also educate themselves more thoroughly. The site has individual features that if used appropriately, Junco states, can increase student learning growth. A correlation exists between communication and positive academic performance, he added, and one specific example of something university faculty members could do to encourage the siteâ€™s educational uses is begin course-related discussions via self-administered Facebook groups. Thousands of websites have incorporated the use of buttons and tabs allowing visitors to share what they read at the click of a button. By encouraging that type of behavior on Facebook, Junco states, students can more fully experience the educational benefits of the site.
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Local ski resort adapts to lack of snow Beaver Mountain still offers rentals, Seeholtzer said, but high-performance skis with a big price tag have been set aside. To keep the skiing season alive, Seeholtzer said, most operations at Beaver Mountain are up and running as usual. Ski School started up over the weekend and the new lift chair â€œThe Little Beaver Tripleâ€? is a new attraction for visitors. If the dry winter continues, Seeholtzer said he assumes business will continue to stay slow. â€œItâ€™s just like having a golf course covered with mud or a losing basketball team,â€? Seeholtzer said, â€œyou probably arenâ€™t going to go watch them.â€? The lack of snowfall this winter will affect Cache Valleyâ€™s spring and summer unless more precipitation comes in the next few months, according to USUâ€™s Utah Climate Update January 2011 issue. â€œAn exceptionally dry December has left Utahâ€™s mountains with an exceptionally low amount of water in the mountains for this time of year, the exception being the Escalante River Basin in south central Utah,â€? the issue stated. â€“ email@example.com
New head selected for department Utah State University professor Charles Hawkins will serve as interim department head for the universityâ€™s Department of Watershed Sciences beginning Jan. 1. Hawkinsâ€™ appointment was announced Dec. 20 by current department head Chris Luecke, who becomes interim dean of USUâ€™s College of Natural Resources Jan. 1. â€œIâ€™m very pleased that Chuck has agreed to serve in this position,â€? Luecke says. â€œWe thank him for his continuing efforts to enhance the department.â€? An aquatic ecologist, Hawkins serves as director of the USU-â€?based Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems. He joined Utah State in 1983. â€œAs interim head, my main goal is to keep the department intellectually vibrant, a world leader in interdisci-â€? plinary water science and financially healthy,â€? Hawkins said.
Lab conversation explains advances
USTAR Conversations aim to tackle some of the biggest questions for the next generation of star researchers. In the first conversation, the session covers the ways in which USTAR program benefits residents of Cache Valley, students of Utah State University and the state of Utah by recruiting top faculty to develop game-changing technologies. USTAR research will continue to lead the way as an economic development engine for the state of Utah â€” an investment that will lead to more high-paying jobs in technical fields for Utahns. â€œOur USTAR story at USU is full of fascinating innovations,â€? said Vice President for Commercialization and Regional Development Robert T. Behunin. â€œPrograms at USU range from hyperspectral sounders in space to spider silk proteins harvested from the milk of goats, and from electric roadways to next generation occupancy sensors. â€œThese programs are possible because of the Utah legislatureâ€™s forward-thinking to establish the USTAR initiative in 2006. Weâ€™d like to share these stories of success with our community,â€? said Behunin.
Broadway star joins Arts Week DUE TO LACK OF SNOWFALL in Logan Canyon, skiers and snowboarders can expect to see dirt and rocks protruding through the snow at Beaver Mountain resort. Utah has seen record dry weather in several areas, including Salt Lake City and Cache Valley. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo
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Professor says research has improved his teaching ing about, (research) becomes easy. Itâ€™s not really work anymore,â€? Graham said. Graham said his archival work has made him continually better both in the classroom and in the field. Students are attracted to his class due to firsthand knowledge of texts, as well as the books he has written himself. He said heâ€™s been able to teach
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classes on Hughes and his world connections because of his research, but heâ€™s acquired expertise to write articles from teaching classes. According to the USU website, Graham has written â€œSouth African Literature After the Truth Commission: Mapping Lossâ€? and â€œâ€˜Come on here!â€™: Langston Hughes and the South African
Drum Generation: Letters 1953-1967.â€? He is in the process of writing a third piece, entitled â€œCosmopolitanism in Black Atlantic Literature.â€? â€œWe are pleased for Dr. Graham to have access to the Schomburg Collection, which is one of our nationâ€™s archival treasures,â€? said Patricia Gantt, associate dean of the College
of Humanities and Social Sciences. â€œIt speaks well for the level of his scholarship that he has received this honor. We also look forward to the scholarship he will create based on such an enviable experience.â€? â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org
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New program coordinator to provide assistance to LGBT students at USU
Smith-Benanti, who left the position in the summer of 2011 for a similar job at the University of Oregon. Addressing her plans as program coordinator, Lambert said, â€œI would like to continue on with what Maure was doing: making sure that we have a safe climate on campus and that all students feel welcome and that we have a space for LGBT students to come and connect with each other and to have a place to hang out.â€? Multiple students who are members of the LGBT community said they approve of Lambertâ€™s appointment. Matthew Volk, a junior studying communications, took part in the committee tasked with finding the new coordinator and said he had the opportunity to interview Lambert. â€œI was impressed by her ability to relate to the students,â€? Volk said. Volk said he hopes Lambertâ€™s experience as a sports coach will help her as program coordinator. â€œHer job is a lot like coaching,â€? Volk said. â€œOne of the things I have high expectations for her to do is to connect the students and be a hub for the activity thatâ€™s going on in the LGBT community. At the same time, thereâ€™s a lot of one-on-one work that needs to be done.â€? As the committee searched for a new program coor-
dinator, other Access and Diversity Center employees took over some of the duties. Associate Vice President for Student Services Eric Olsen said the center has been short staffed, and Lambert can pick up part of the load. Part of the LGBTQA program coordinatorâ€™s role is to assist students who are coming out, or identifying with themselves and others as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc. People who come out often choose to do so while attending college, Olsen said. â€œTheyâ€™re dealing with family and friends and sometimes a religious background that is counter to them coming out,â€? Olsen said. â€œThat coordinator position is there to be a mentor and to provide support to them in many areas of their life.â€? Kennedy Tripp, a junior studying business administration, said the LGBT community felt the absence of a program coordinator last semester. â€œLast semester was very chaotic for a lot of students, especially students who were coming out,â€? Tripp said. Students are sometimes forced to seek new housing arrangements when they come out, Tripp said, and the coordinator can help them find that housing and the necessary financial aid. Many students who come out move to another area or drop out of college altogether, Tripp said, and the
LGBTQA program coordinator can help students stay and complete their education at USU. Lee Austin, a member of USUâ€™s LGBT community and a former student, said she agreed that the interim was difficult and sheâ€™s glad a new coordinator is in place. â€œWe had our wonderful interim coordinator Rachel Brighton, and she did as much as she could do â€” which was amazing â€” but it was really hard and the students really had to step up,â€? Austin said. â€œWe felt a lot less â€” I know itâ€™s weird to say â€” a lot less safe,â€? Austin said. â€œWalking on campus, holding my wifeâ€™s hand, I didnâ€™t have a problem with it last year. This year, it was kind of scary to do.â€? Austin said LGBT individuals still experienced trials when the former program coordinator was in place, but they had someone to talk to when bad things happened. She said while she appreciates the work others in the Access and Diversity Center did for the LGBT community during the interim, sheâ€™s glad the center has a staff member designated to address the communityâ€™s concerns again. â€“ email@example.com
Christiane Noll, a 2010 Tony and Drama Desk Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical, will participate in the Grand Gala concert as part of Arts Week 2012 at Utah State University. The Grand Gala is Friday, Jan. 20, and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USUâ€™s campus. â€œIn Ms. Nollâ€™s exciting and widely varied program, there is a reflection of both the Gala concert and the Caine College of the Arts,â€? said James Bankhead, USU music department head. â€œThe energy, diversity and artistry of her singing combine with our faculty and students to provide a show with the highest entertainment merit.â€?
ClarifyCorrect In the Dec. 9 issue of The Statesman a quote in the article â€œPlagiarism on the rise at USU and nationwideâ€? was misattributed. Krystin Deschamps was quoted as saying Chinese students are more likely to plagiarise, however, Deschamps did not say this and does not agree with this statement. This information was extracted from a magazine article published in The New America that dissected a study on this issue. In the Dec. 9 issue of The Statesman a photo of Professor William Furlong was published alongside the article â€œTenure immu-â€? nity diminished,â€? however, Furlong expressed that his beliefs are not concurrent with those expressed in the article.
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Viral video sparks friendship debate BY NATASHA BODILY assistant features editor
When USU roommates Jesse Budd and Patrick Romero shot and edited “Why Men and Women Can’t Be Friends” as a project for Romero’s English 2010 class, they never expected the success and popularity they have encountered since the beginning of December. The three-minute clip, with more than 40,000 likes and 5 million views on YouTube, shows Romero interviewing a series of USU students to find out if men and women can be friends without having a romantic relationship. Romero posted the video to YouTube on Dec. 1 due to encouragement from his English professor. Romero, a junior majoring in graphic design, said the assignment was to write a rhetorical paper and then make a correlating video to show the class. “The teacher told us to make a video, so we threw it together really fast. It took maybe two hours total,” Romero said. Jesse Budd, a junior majoring in business, said the duo didn’t expect the video to become such a success. “We didn’t even show anyone at first; it was no big deal. I make a lot of videos,” he said. Romero said, he watched a scene from “When Harry Met Sally” in which Sally (Meg Ryan) and Harry (Billy Crystal) uncomfortably
part ways in New York KSL, CNN.com and a request in creating a situational who have definitive proof of himself and Romero. “There City after a conversation from MSN.com. comedy called “Clubhouse why homosapien males canwas a bit of an ulterior in which Harry says, “Men Though Romero said Rules.” not be friends with females motive.” and women can’t be friends he wouldn’t disclose the “I actually think girls and of the same species.” Romero said fans of his because the sex part always amount of money the clip guys can be friends,” Budd “The video is not a and Budd’s clip can look gets in the way.” has earned, he said it’s said. “I just think it depends scientific documentary. It forward to more viral videos Crystal’s sentiments are making a sufficient profit, on the circumstances. In my was a rhetorical assignment in the near future. echoed by multiple male which is helpful in paying experience, I’ve been able to and was meant to favor one Budd said to keep an students in the video clip. for school and other things. maintain friendships, even view,” Romero said. “The eye on his and Romero’s “I mean, we’re all men, so “I think girls are capable with attractive girls. But whole purpose was to get YouTube page, because the of course we’re going to have of being just friends,” sometimes you do end up as an A on my English assignnext topic is being kept top those feelings. And we can Romero said. “It’s usually just acquaintances.” ment. And of course we secret. He said the new clip be content with just friendthe guy who ends up falling A review of the clip, talked to cute girls; it was a could hit YouTube in about ship, and we can be silent for the girl. And again, there posted on doublebreviews. great opportunity.” three weeks. regarding those feelings, but are exceptions where it’s vice com, states: “I’m not sure Romero said he did – natasha.bodily@aggiwe’re going to have them,” versa.” who Jesse Budd and Patrick receive an A on the project. email.usu.edu one male student in the clip Budd said he owed Romero are, except that they “We’re both single and said. Romero a favor for his help are some sort of scientists looking,” Budd said about Romero said he watched the film as research for the assignment but it wasn’t his sole inspiration, because he has held this belief for quite some time. He said one of the main reasons he chose to make the video was to help men who try to explain the menwomen friendship controversy to their female friends. He does believe there are exceptions to every rule, he added. “But the exceptions are few and far between,” Romero said. “If I say yes, then every girl thinks they are the exception.” He said he has two or three female friends he considers to be just friends, but with the rest there is a possibility, potential or desire for more than friendship. When asked about the video’s popularity, Romero said he doesn’t quite feel like a celebrity, however, the video has attracted attention USU STUDENTS PATRICK ROMERO AND JESSE BUDD created a YouTube video for Romero’s English class that reached more from the Ogden Standard than 5 million views in one month. The video took about two hours to create. Photo illustration Examiner, Fox 13 News,
Exhibit displays progress in disability advocacy
BY MACKENZI VAN ENGELENHOVEN features senior writer In the earliest years of recorded history, human disability was treated as a weakness. The disabled were shunned from society and discriminated against. Even great minds such as Aristotle recommended that children born with disabilities should be killed in their infancy. The world’s views toward disability have begun to shift, due to groups such as the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD), an on-campus organization that deals with disability advocacy and research. “The main ideas the center promotes are that disability is a natural part of the human experience, and that it is the environment in which these disabilities exist that needs to be fixed, not the people with the disability,” said Jeff Sheen, project director for the CPD.
The CPD coordinates projects, research and training for students and professionals, both in Logan and around the country, that further disability advocacy in the world. The center works to make the environment more accessible to people with disabilities. “We do a lot of pre-service training,” Sheen said, “as well as guest lecturers for other departments about subjects like universal design and disability awareness.” Sheen said the CPD’s local impact has been big. It has provided support to numerous families in the community who live with disabilities, he said, however, much of the local population both at USU and Logan does not realize the services or impact of the center. “We’re kind of hidden from the community unless they’ve received our services,” Sheen said. In order to raise awareness of the
work being done by the CPD, along with the commemoration of its 40th anniversary, the CPD is presenting a poster exhibit in the basement of the Merrill-Cazier Library that outlines the history of disability advocacy and rights. The exhibit runs through Jan. 27. According to JoLynne Lyon, public relations specialist for the CPD, the center is also offering a free screening of the documentary “Lives Worth Living.” The documentary similarly details the history of disability advocacy. It will be shown Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. in room 154 of the library. “It is a separate event from the exhibit,” Lyon said. “But it is about the same subject — the history of disability and advocacy.” Lyon said students are encouraged to attend the panel discussion that will follow the screening, whichl focus on the future of disability advocacy and
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rights, as well as the improvements that can be made by everyone in the community. Sheen said he hopes these events will make people more aware of the impact of disability rights and also create awareness of the contribution they can make to the movement. “We want people to leave with a personal challenge to do something better,” Sheen said. “Whether that’s to think more about accessibility or stop using the word ‘retarded,’ everyone can contribute. We don’t want the screening and poster exhibit to be static events; we want them to spur action. We want people to recognize they have a personal responsibility.” The impact of disability advocacy can be felt in every community across the world, and Logan is no exception, Sheen said. One in five people live with a disability. He said many students think of disabilities as being physical, but they can also be mental or sensory. Cache Valley itself has seen significant changes to its treatment of disabilities. According to Kelly Smith, an information specialist for the CPD, when the center first opened, it served as a school for students with disabilities. These students were segregated from others in public school. “You can still tell our office building was once a school,” she said. “There are short counters with sinks in lots of the rooms. One of my first offices was located in what used to be a bathroom just off a classroom.” Since then, disability rights have evolved in Cache Valley, and most buildings and public spaces are now accessible to the disabled. Sheen said examples of this can be seen in the community, such as the installation of many curb cuts in downtown Logan, as well as an inclusive playground at Willow Park called Angle’s Landing. There are also programs on campus set up to help those with physical and mental disabilities enjoy their educa-
tional experience to the fullest, he said. At USU and other schools all over the country, curricula are in place to make course material accessible to all kinds of learners. These are only a few examples of how the treatment of and facilities for the disabled have taken huge strides forward in the 20th century, both locally and nationally, Smith said. “We have a photo archive at the office,” she said. “It’s startling just to look at those old photos and see how the equipment and facilities have changed in the last 50 years.” Earlier generations grew up with ideas of segregation for the disabled, Sheen said, but nowadays students have been raised with a newer, more open mindset. Equality for the disabled is no longer a foreign idea. “It has become an attitude of ‘Why wouldn’t we?’” he said. However, attitude is still the biggest barrier in the journey to equality for the disabled, Sheen said. “They experience the environment differently, but they are not broken,” he said. “We don’t have to fix them. They have just as much to offer us.” Smith and Sheen both said students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visi the poster exhibit and film screening to gain more appreciation for the long history concerning disability advocacy and better understand the role they can play in its future. “It is everyone’s history, because everyone knows someone with a disability,” Smith said. “We want people to come learn more about the struggle that has gotten to this point. Disability rights have come a long way, but they still have a long way to go, and each of us can be a part of that. We each have a role to play in making the world better.”
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Resolve to expand your musical horizons As the new semester starts, stress levels are low enough that students tend to get involved with a lot of different things that don’t seem too bad at first but eventually end up being completely overwhelming. We join clubs, get jobs and try to work out everyday. But by the end of the semester, I know I start to question why I got so involved. “Who needs to work out anyway?” I ask myself. What is one thing you can enjoy while doing something else that doesn’t take a whole lot of time? TV? Girls? No, Music. This week, I bring to you my personal Indie Rock Guide for Dummies. I have spent years — or days — writing a magnificent manuscript, and I think its time to unveil it. Section One: Author’s Note When I was a kid, my mom loved country music. Every time we drove in Mom’s car, she blared KBull 93.3. I didn’t mind it — the 90’s were pretty good to country — but I never felt passionate about it. My dad on the other hand loved British rock music. In the off chance we were riding in Dad’s car without Mom, The Rolling Stones was put in
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Reviews AlexanderVanOene and we rocked out. My dad was never really into the whole music scene and didn’t love to listen to music or the radio, but I remember The Stones. This is when I started loving music. I remember meeting a kid who hated music because his mom and others tried shoving it down his throat. I don’t want to turn more souls against music, so I hope you see this column as a guideline, not a lecture. Section Two: Baby Steps At first indie music might look weird. It might not feel right. You might be wondering why it repeats so much or why the guitar is either really good or really simple. These are all valid concerns, so the first task is to
take baby steps. Listen to just a little bit at a time. Realize some popular songs and bands are indie, like Foster the People’s “Pumped up Kicks,” Death Cab for Cutie’s “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark” and Arcade Fire’s Grammy Award-winning album “The Suburbs.” You don’t need to throw away your Bieber CDs and your Lady Gaga. That would actually be counterproductive to actually exploring and experiencing music. I’m talking about trying different things out, not replacing old ones. It’s like going into the Tandoori Oven for the first time and trying out Indian food but still visiting Angie’s or McDonald’s. It’s like trying the elliptical machine at the gym, but still doing free weights. Take baby steps. Try a song out, ask your friends, read reviews and listen to their favorites. Section Three: Be Patient Sometimes you might not like alternative music at first but eventually it grows on you. It’s like lap swimming. At first it’s terrible because you aren’t good at it and it takes a lot of energy. After a couple of weeks of swimming, you end up being
better and can do more reps or drills. Similarly, if you don’t have any friends that are swimming with you, you lose motivation and stop. Find some friends that you can experience different music with. Here at Utah State, the Independent Music Club hosts events around campus where you can experience great music for free. Be patient with new music and it will grow on you. Section Four: Don’t Change Yourself On Pandora listen to a new channel. Listen to a new album on Grooveshark. Go to a show at WhySound or on campus. However, don’t change yourself to be cool or more indie. Being indie is all about doing it yourself and being your own person. It’s not about appealing to your friends. It’s about being happy. So, if you don’t like it, don’t suffer. Going to a university is about defining yourself and becoming the person you want to be. Try new things, but don’t change yourself if you don’t want to. Good luck adventurers, try out new experiences and find something good this year. If you want some helpful starting
points, I recommend Noah and the Whale’s album “First Days of Spring,” Belle and Sebastian’s song “Sleep the Clock Around,” Architecture in Helsinki’s album “Fingers Crossed,” and The Decemberist’s “Hazards of Love.” Plug those into Pandora and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And read reviews. This is really important important. Read Pitchfork, Spin Mag, and, if you need to slack off a little in class, pick up The Statesman and read my column. Just kidding... kind of. I wish you a wonderful, and musical, year.
Keep your skin radiant this winter
With the beginning of a new year comes the dreaded New Year’s resolution. Resolutions vary from person to person. The most common resolutions address weight loss, money, sleep, diet, etc., but they all have one thing in common: The likeliness of following through on them is usually pretty slim. This year, make a resolution that is fun and easy to complete: a beauty resolution. What better way is there to start a new year than by pampering yourself? Here are a few ideas for beauty resolutions that will have you looking and feeling great. Take off your makeup- We all know not removing our makeup can lead to breakouts. However, as schedules get crazy and late nights become a regular thing, it can be tempting to skip this pre-bedtime routine. The easiest way to avoid this is by removing your makeup before bedtime. Take it off as soon as you get home or before you start feeling tired. Invest in makeupremoving face wipes and eye makeup remover. This will make the process faster and your skin will thank you for it. Follow up this routine with a moisturizer, which will help restore oils stripped by soap or face wipes. Clean your makeup brushes- Along with removing your makeup at night, cleaning your brushes is key for healthy, blemish-free skin. Makeup brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria, which can cause skin irritation and blemishes. Wash brushes with a gentle baby shampoo at least once a month or invest in an antibacterial brush spray. Replacing brushes every few months is also a good idea. There are many eco-friendly options on the market that are not as wasteful as traditional products. Protect your skin- No matter how crazy life gets, taking care of your skin should be the most important part of your beauty regimen. Use a face moisturizer with at least SPF 30 and whenever possible use sunblock to protect your skin. Always apply SPF lotions at least 30 minutes before you leave the house. Skin damage can happen year round
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Trend Setter Jimena Herrero and may lead to premature aging, spots and several types of cancer. Making SPF a part of your daily routine is easy and it will benefit you in the long run. Another great way to keep your skin healthy is by remembering to moisturize after the shower. Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry it may be lacking moisture. Warm showers strip your skin of oils, so it’s important to restore them after you’re done. Make this a part of your routine by keeping your body lotion in the shower or in your bathroom. Carry your favorite moisturizer with you, so can apply it throughout the day. Upgrade your routine- Change is good. It’s easy to become accustomed to a beauty routine, but changing it up every once in a while can be beneficial. As you age, your skin changes and so does its needs. The same is true for changes in your daily life. Stress, sun exposure, activity, etc. can all create changes in your skin. Be aware of what your skin is doing and change your routine as needed. Get some sleep- For many college students sleep is a luxury, not a necessity. Deadlines, friends and work can all take hours away from much-needed rest. This year make it a goal to get more sleep. Lack of sleep can affect your appearance, mood, health, grades, etc. If you have a difficult time shutting your brain off at night, start a pre-bedtime routine. Turn off your gadgets and put some relaxing music on. Try wearing an eye mask and invest in a pillow mist with lavender oil which will calm you down and make it easier to fall asleep. Drink more water- Caffeine is wonder-
ful, but too much of it can really take a toll on your health and your skin. This year switch out that soda or coffee for water. Adding a little more water to your diet can help your overall appearance and your health. Go green- There are a lot of new ecofriendly beauty products on the market. This year, try switching out a few of your beauty tools or products for earth-friendly ones. These products usually have less chemicals and dyes, which makes them a lot more gentle on your skin. Products with green tea and chamomile are great for soothing and revitalizing dull and tired skin.
Adding a few small beauty resolutions to your list can make it fun and easier to accomplish bigger goals. Feeling and looking great is a great way to start off a new year. After all, a little boost of confidence can go a long way. Remember, when trying to stick to your resolutions patience is key. Don’t expect results overnight, and if you slip don’t give up. – Jimena Herrero is a Liberal Arts Major minoring in Journalism. She attended ABM in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and majored in fashion design. Her column runs once a month. Comments or suggestions on how she can keep you trendy? E-mail her at
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The team Western Athletic Conference coaches voted would win the league championship flexed its muscles in front of a sell-out crowd at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday. Senior guard Brockeith Pane broke out of a recent scoring slump with 21 points, but could not stop Nevada sophomore guard Deonte Burton who scored 25 in the 78-71 victory. â€œHe hit some tough shots,â€? Pane said of Burton. â€œYou can tell he worked on his game a lot this summer. I tried to put him in tough situations. Youâ€™ve got to tip your hat off to that.â€? USU had several missed opportunities to take the lead during the second half. Pane hit a 3-pointer midway through the second half to tie the game at 56, but both teams traded missed shots and turnovers on the next two possessions. â€œI was proud of our guys; they played really, really hard,â€? USU head coach Stew Morrill said. â€œWe had lots of chances. It would have been really interesting if we could have got ahead. It was 56-56,
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Potato Bowl ends in last-minute loss
BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor
BOISE, Idaho â€” Utah Stateâ€™s 24-23 loss to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl came down to the wire, just like nearly every other game this year. It was the 10th game this season decided by a touchdown or less. â€œWe had some good luck there for five weeks,â€? USU head coach Gary
Andersen said. â€œI donâ€™t know if we were pressing it, but what we did do is learn a lot from these wins and losses.â€? Bobcat sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton scrambled one yard for the final touchdown with 13 seconds left to give Ohio its first ever bowl win. Tettleton finished with 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 of 26 passing, adding 31 yards and a game-
winning touchdown on the ground. Senior running back Michael Smith led the Aggies with a careerhigh 157 yards and two rushing touchdowns, earning him Most Valuable Player honors for USU. â€œMichael Smith is a tremendous, tremendous player,â€? Andersen said. â€œTo see him make some of those plays was great. I sure hope Michael Smith gets to a camp in the NFL, because I think itâ€™s well deserved.â€?
Utah State started the game with a drive that stalled after a failed fourth-down conversion on the 1-yard line. A few plays later, a fumbled snap forced Tettleton to run out the back of the end zone for a safety to avoid a touchdown, 2-0 USU. The Aggies scored after an Ohio free kick on a pass from quarterback See OHIO, Page 10
Smith stands out in Aggie football season finale BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor
BOISE, Idaho â€” Despite a disappointing loss in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to the Ohio Bobcats, the way senior running back Michael Smith ended his career as a member of the Utah State Aggie football team might be one of the few positives to come out of the loss. â€œMichael Smith is a tremendous player,â€? USU
head coach Gary Andersen said. â€œHe is very unselfish, tough, physical and a great blocker. I sure hope Michael Smith gets a chance at camp in the NFL, because I think he is well deserving, and I think heâ€™ll turn some heads if he gets the opportunity. â€œTo end it like that â€” his career â€” I donâ€™t know how many yards he had, but that typifies Michael Smith â€” tough, hard, physical runs and a tremendous way to go out for him.â€? The senior finished with 157 yards on 12 carries
to go with two touchdowns. He scored twice in the third quarter to help USU extend its lead over Ohio. Smith made an impressive 63-yard run as part of a two-play 72-yard drive less than three minutes into that half. Smith found another seam and broke free for 11 yards and a touchdown with four minutes left in the game, but, according to Andersen, the team did nothing different to get those big plays. See SENIOR, Page 10
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Aggies win four of six games BY CURTIS LUNDSTROM staff writer
The Utah State womenâ€™s basketball team concluded the non-conference portion of its schedule with six games over the last month. The Aggies went 4-2 during the stretch, with a 1-1 record on the road and a 3-1 record at home. â€œI was proud of where our focus was at,â€? head coach Raegan Pebley said. â€œWe didnâ€™t get distracted and adjusted and thatâ€™s maturity. Our leadership has been solid. Weâ€™ll need that as we head into league play.â€? Idaho State 67, Utah State 65 It was a rough start on the road as Utah State fell to the Bengals of Idaho State in the final seconds. Senior forward Ashlee Brown had 15 points for the Aggies, but Idaho State denied USU the win with a layup with nine seconds left. The Aggies had three players in double figures as junior guard Devyn Christensen added 13 points and senior guard Brooke Jackson had 10. Brigham Young 73, Utah State 65 Four Aggies finished with at least 10 points, as Utah State raced to a 10-point halftime advantage. The Cougars stormed back with a 3-point barrage in the second half, and despite 18 points from Christensen, USU dropped its fourth consecutive game.
Dani Peterson finished with 14 points on 5-8 shooting for the Cougars, and BYU preserved its perfect record against the Aggies since USUâ€™s program was revived in 2003. Utah State 70, Northern Arizona 51
With students from five different elementary schools in attendance, the Aggies snapped their four game skid with a win over the Lumberjacks of NAU at home. Brown finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. The Aggies led by as many as 26 points. Christensen and senior forward Maddy Plunkett each added 13 points, limiting the Lumberjacks to 33 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free-throw line. Utah State 64, Boise State 52 Christensen and Plunkett each had 17 points, and Brown added 12 to help the Aggies to victory in Boise, Idaho. Utah State raced to a 7-0 lead, never looking back, and led by as many as 15 in the first half. Freshman guard Elise Nelson started her third straight game and finished with six points on 50 percent shooting. â€œThis was the best defense weâ€™ve played all season,â€? Pebley said. â€œWe did some great things â€” it was phenomenal.â€? It was the fourth straight win over Boise State for USU,
Our leadership was solid. We'll need that in league play.â€? â€” Raegan Pebley, head coach USU women's basketball
as the Aggies have swept the Broncos the past two seasons.
Utah State 83, Asbury 53 Junior center Banna Diop led all scorers with 13 points in a game in which 12 different Aggies scored. Diop was one of two Aggies in double figures. After falling behind early, Asbury cut the USU lead to 25-22 only to see the Aggies go on a 10-0 run to blow the game open. Utah Stateâ€™s defense held Asbury to 36 percent shooting for the game. Kami Imai finished with a career-high nine points, and Pualei Furtado added eight as the reserves turned a 19-point lead early in the second half into a 30-point win. Utah State 61, Utah Valley 43 The Aggies topped Utah Valley in a defensive battle for their fourth-consecutive win. Brown and senior guard Brooke Jackson each had 13 points as USU overcame a slow start. â€œWe won this game because of our defense,â€? Pebley said. â€œIâ€™m proud of our defense because itâ€™s been the focus of our practices the past three weeks.â€? A free throw from Brown tied the game at 11, midway through the first half, but USU went into halftime with a 28-16 lead. The Aggies held UVU to 18 percent shooting in the first half and pulled away throughout the second half, despite shooting 32 percent from the field for the game. No Wolverine player reached double digits in scoring. Utah State finished its winter break schedule with a 9-5 record and begins WAC play Jan. 12 on the road at New Mexico State. â€“ email@example.com FRESHMAN FRANNY VAAULU looks to score during the win over Utah Valley University Jan. 7. Vaalulu had one rebound and one steal in 10 minutes of play. TODD JONES photo
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Senior running back earns Potato Bowl MVP
â€œI just think you had some tough fronts fighting against each other,â€? Andersen said. â€œThose were tough and physical offensive lines. I think they are tough and physical, and I think on the flip side we are tough and physical. The front seven on both sides did a good job. Michael was able to hit a crease, break a couple tackles and make a play.â€? Running back Robert Turbin, who also reached the century mark with 102 yards on 20 carries, said he wasnâ€™t surprised by his teammateâ€™s solid performance. â€œ(Smith) was breaking some tackles,â€? Turbin said. â€œHe was running hard. The offensive line was doing a better job of getting blocks on linebackers, and he was able to hit some creases and break some tackles and get some big runs. Heâ€™s been doing that all season, and thatâ€™s why, to me, heâ€™s one of the best running backs in the nation.â€? Smith, who gained 13 yards per carry, did what running backs coach Ilaisa Tuiaki has taught him to
do. â€œJust finish the play and run hard to the end zone, thatâ€™s just what I did,â€? Smith said. USU ran a run-heavy offense, as it amassed 345 yards rushing versus 96 yards passing. USU had a chance to run out the clock as it forced Ohio to punt. The Aggies started the drive from their own 7-yard line. Ohio anticipated USUâ€™s next move and forced a 3-and-out. â€œThey played a great set of downs,â€? Turbin said. â€œWe ran power twice, and (Ohio) overflowed to where our tight ends were â€” thatâ€™s where we run our power. They did a great job of getting push up front with their defensive line and their linebackers came up and made plays.â€? With just under three minutes left and facing a 3-and-11, USU called on Smith to pick up the yardage and extend the drive, but someone blew a blocking assignment. â€œOn the third down, we tried to run a zone option
Ohio Bobcats win Potato Bowl
Just finish the play and run hard to the end zone.â€? â€” Michael Smith, running back USU football
play and it should have went for a big gain,â€? Turbin said. â€œMichael might have been in the end zone, but we made a mistake up front. Communication wasnâ€™t there. Nobody blocked 47 (Noah Keller). You canâ€™t run zone if you donâ€™t block the middle linebacker.â€? â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Kennedy to tight end Tarren Lloyd to put USU up by nine. The two teams traded scores through the half and into the third quarter. The Bobcats entered the fourth quarter down 17-23. Utah State had two chances to extend the lead, but neither drive got closer to the end zone than the Ohio 40-yard line. The Bobcats took every minute possible to take their first, only and standing lead of the game with the help of senior LaVon Brazill, who was the only receiver on either team with more than 100 yards. â€œI didnâ€™t think we did anything wrong,â€? Aggie senior linebacker Bobby Wagner said. â€œI think their player made a great play and we didnâ€™t.â€? The Ohio MVP caught a touchdown in the third quarter in addition to a 13-yard pass on fourthand-six on the USU 14-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the game. The Bobcats scored two plays later on Tettletonâ€™s scramble and stole victory away from the Aggies. â€“ tavin.stucki@aggiemail. usu.edu
JUNIOR RUNNING BACK ROBERT TURBIN rushes during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Ohio Dec. 17. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo
TIGHT END TARREN LLOYD prepares to catch a touchdown pass in the Potato Bowl. It was the only Aggie passing score in the game. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo
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Football Updates Wells Named Offensive Coordinator Former Utah State football offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin has accepted a position on Colorado State Universityâ€™s coaching staff. Baldwinâ€™s offense set a number of school records during the 2011 season, including 5,945 yards of total offense, 3,675 yards rushing, 437 total points and 60 total touchdowns. In Baldwinâ€™s recent absence, Utah State head coach Gary Andersen named Matt Wells as the new offensive coordinator. â€œIâ€™m very excited and humbled for this opportunity that coach Andersen has given me to lead the Utah State offense,â€? Wells said in a statement through the USU Athletics Office. â€œWe want to be a dynamic offense that is up-tempo and aggressive in all areas that is exciting to watch and for our players to play in.â€? While only in his second year on Andersenâ€™s staff, the 1996 alumnus was a threeyear letter winner at USU. Wellls said next seasonâ€™s offense will continue to emphasize the physicality and importance of the run game and â€œwill place greater emphasis on the vertical passing game and taking shots down field.â€?
Another Gossner Classic trophy
BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor
The Utah State menâ€™s basketball team headed into its annual self-hosted tournament knowing that it could leave the tournament without a win. The Athletes in Action Classic hosted by Gossner Foods held, by far, its toughest field in tournament history. University of Texas, Arlington, St. Peterâ€™s and Kent State headline some of the top mid-major programs in the nation, but USU continued its domination of the tournament and came out unscathed. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin earned Most Valuable Player honors while senior forward Morgan Grim and Kiysean Reed both made the All-Tournament team. Utah State 73, UT, Arlington 69 Medlin hit a career-high 27 points on 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and 8-of12 shooting overall to propel USU past the Arlington Roadrunners on Dec. 20. â€œIt was another good night,â€? Medlin said. â€œThey were playing a zone, and we were getting the ball around and getting some open shots.â€? Reed finished the game
â€œ WELLS Battle of the Brothers Renewed The University of Utah announced Jan. 4 in a press release that Utah and Utah State football teams will play against one another during the 2012 season. The game is scheduled for Sept. 8 in Romney Stadium. The rivalry game has not been played since 2009, when running back Robert Turbin broke a memorable 96-yard touchdown run in the 35-17 season-opening loss. The matchup is one of the longest rivalry games in the nation, having been played 109 times in its history. Utah leads the all-time series with 77 wins to USUâ€™s 28 wins and four ties. The Utes have won 12 straight games since the Aggies beat them in back-toback seasons in 1997-98.
We're all executing better than we were a month ago.â€?
â€” Kyisean Reed, forward USU menâ€™s basketball
with nine points and hit a pair of free throws with 3:32 remaining in the second half to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game at 70-52, but the Roadrunners wouldnâ€™t go away quietly as they finished the half on a furious 17-3 run. â€œWe just did some bad things,â€? Medlin said. â€œWe turned the ball over, they made some shots and weâ€™ve just got to get better at that.â€?
Utah State 72, St. Peterâ€™s 47 USU easily disposed of the Peacocks Dec. 21 as senior forward Grim led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Utah State 81, Kent State 62 The marquee matchup of the tournament featured USU and the Kent State Golden Flashes from the Mid-American Conference. Reed scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line, while Medlin chipped in 20 points to lead USU to a Dec. 23 victory. â€œThe tournament as a whole was encouraging,â€? Morrill said. â€œCertainly tonight was encouraging. We obviously had a good game. Theyâ€™ve got a really good basketball team. I donâ€™t think they were quite themselves, but hopefully we had something to do with that.â€? Senior guard Brockeith Pane, who has been struggling offensively so far this season, dished out eight assists while committing one turnover and USU dished out 23 assists as a team. â€œI think itâ€™s more of a team thing,â€? Reed said. â€œWeâ€™re all executing better than we were a month ago.â€?â€™ â€“ email@example.com. edu BACKUP POINT GUARD E.J. FARRIS drives over a UT, Arlington defender in the first Aggie game of the Athletes in Action Classic on Dec. 20. The junior from Newark, Calif., had four points in the game. CURTIS RIPPPLINGER photo
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Improving Aggies canâ€™t hang on to Wolf Pack sputtered on offense and a free throw from Morgan Grim trimmed the lead back to four points with just under seven minutes remaining. Reed checked back into the contest with four fouls after Grimâ€™s made free throw, and Czyz took advantage of the situation to score six straight points, going right at Reed at every opportunity. â€œThose guys just outplayed us today,â€? Pane said. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin, who finished the
Keeton Starting in Spring Head coach Gary Andersen said, in a conference call Dec. 19, he wants to foster competition between freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton and junior Adam Kennedy going into spring football. â€œIn my mindset right now, walking into January and the off-season, is that Chuckie Keeton started in the fall, so I believe heâ€™ll walk in with the upper hand,â€? Andersen said. â€œIt is close, though, since Adam had a good run and did some good things. Itâ€™s a consistent battle, but right now if Chuckie is healthy and continues down the road where heâ€™s going to be, I think he has the upper hand at this point.â€? Keeton started the 2011 season going 2-5 before injuring his neck Nov. 5 in the first half of a game against Hawaii. Kennedy came in for the injured freshman and led the Aggies to victory after a 28-7 halftime deficit. With Kennedy starting, the Aggies went 5-1. His only loss came during the final seconds of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Ohio Dec. 17.
SOPHOMORE GUARD PRESTON MEDLIN dribbles around a UT, Arlington defender en route to six 3-pointers adding up to a game-high 27 points. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo
Football Updates Turbin Cuts Dreads
Aggie junior running back Robert Turbin announced he will not return to Logan for his senior season. The co-recordholder for most career rushing touchdowns in a Utah State uniform thanked fans via Twitter for their continued support of him through his five years in Aggie Blue. â€œAfter going back and forth with my decision Iâ€™ve decided that its best for me (and) my family to take the next (and) go pro,â€? Turbin said Dec. 24. â€œUtah state will continue to grow and hopefully Iâ€™ve left something new guys can improve on when they go in and get their opportunity.â€? As previously promised, Turbin cut the dreadlocks he has been growing since he came to Utah State.
night with 20 points, cut the lead 70-68 on a layup with 1:10 remaining in the game. USU burned its final timeout after the layup, but Burton put the game away for good with a clutch 3-pointer and a free throw on the ensuing possession. The loss snaps Utah Stateâ€™s 33-game at-home conference winning streak. â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org. edu
NEVADA (12-3) Halftime â€” Nevada Czyz 5-8 3-4 14, Hunt 43-37. 3-Point Goals â€” 6-11 2-3 14, Evans 1-3 2-2 5, Nevada 10-26 (Story 3-7, Burton 10-19 2-4 25, Story Burton 3-10, Burris 1-2, 3-8 3-4 12, Nyeko 1-4 0-2 Nyeko 1-2, Czyz 1-2, Evans 3, Elliott 0-1 0-0 0, Burris 1-2, Panzer 0-1), Utah St. 2-3 0-0 5, Panzer 0-1 0-0 0. 7-14 (Pane 3-4, Medlin Totals 28-58 12-19 78. 3-6, Farris 1-2, Berger UTAH ST. (9-7) 0-2). Fouled Out â€” None. Grim 6-7 4-7 16, Reed Rebounds â€” Nevada 34 0-3 1-2 1, Pane 5-11 8-8 21, (Hunt 12), Utah St. 24 Berger 2-5 0-0 4, Medlin (Grim 8). Assists â€” Nevada 7-12 3-5 20, Clifford 2-4 0-0 13 (Burton 5), Utah St. 14 4, Farris 1-3 2-2 5, Bruneel (Pane 6). Total Fouls â€” 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-46 18-24 Nevada 15, Utah St. 17. 71. A â€” 10,270. Top Performers: Nevada: Deonte Burton 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl Utah State: Brockeith Pane 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl
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Goals stick better than resolutions Last year we discussed the increased attention given to service and giving when the holiday season is in full swing. It only seems appropriate to address another perennial phenomenon â€” we hear about it every year â€” the New Yearâ€™s resolution. What is it about the start of a new year that inspires so many individuals to turn over the proverbial new leaf? New Yearâ€™s Day proffers us that benchmark opportunity to say, â€œOK, I quit smoking, drinking, overeating, oversleeping, getting high, playing video games when my girlfriend threatens to break up with me, laying in the tanning bed two hours a day, checking Facebook before I shower, cheating on my wife, or whatever else it might be thatâ€™s causing my moral compass to short out and lead me down a path of selfdestruction.â€? Perhaps, it is a legitimate point that the start of a new year is an excellent time to start something new or quit something old, but what about the high level of failure associated with such selfmade promises? Is it just because so many people join in on this annual occasion that we hear so many stories of how they went seven days without watching reality TV and then it all hit the fan when that â€œJersey Shoreâ€? marathon was on MTV? Would we be better off not making such a big deal of what weâ€™re trying to accomplish in our personal lives, rather than tweeting it to our entire social network for all to know when our ship finally sinks or runs aground? Maybe thereâ€™s an intrinsic misconception that so many people fall victim to, thinking that the more people they make aware of their courageous endeavors, the bigger support group theyâ€™ll have. Letâ€™s face it. If you want to be successful at something, the only person that can ultimately get you there is yourself. Maybe tell yourself this Feb. 2, April 5 or Sept. 26, â€œIâ€™m going to make a resolution, and Iâ€™m going to stick to it.â€? After all, the fewer people you tell, the fewer will know if you do screw up. As for our New Yearâ€™s resolution for 2012, we resolve to never make another New Yearâ€™s resolution again.
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Fall semester was full of great successes for the stuASUSU dents of USU. I hope everyView one feels the same excitement and energy that ASUSU officers feel going into the spring semester. I will address the state of the university by looking at the fall 2011 semesterâ€™s successes, the present challenges and opportunities we face in the coming semester, and our future ambitions â€” how we will face challenges and take advantage of opportunities. Looking back at the semester, there have been several students who helped ASUSU accomplish exciting things. Jordan Hunt, ASUSU Executive Councilâ€™s administrative assistant, had a vision and created a way ASUSU could increase transparency. His idea called for posting all past and current legislation online, so it is completely accessible to students. Students can now go to www.usu.edu/legislation to find copies of any legislation. Hannah Blackburn, ASUSU Executive Councilâ€™s public relations director, has taken ASUSUâ€™s use of social media to a new level adding more than 1,000 Facebook fans and more than 700 Twitter followers in one semester. Students can always check the Facebook page or follow ASUSU on Twitter for the latest updates on events and other happenings. Our student body made its voice heard at the state level by producing more than 6,000 signatures for the Education First Petition Drive. Other successes include diverse programs, such as the Aggie Cinema Series and Aggie Event Series, more involvement opportunities that stemmed from the creation of a volunteer coordinator position and Marketing Team in the Programming Office, and an ambitious freshman class that came in excited to get involved. I think, however, the driving force of studentsâ€™ continued successes has been made possible by USUâ€™s committed team of advisers and administrators that puts students first and empowers all of us to achieve our ambitions. Each time we approach our leaders with ideas that we believe will improve the university, they are all ears and ready to support us in our causes. As we begin the spring semester, there are some challenges in front of us we hope to turn into opportunities that will bring positive outcomes. One of the biggest challenges students have faced in the past few years is the diminishing focus on higher education in the state Legislature. Through powerful efforts from President Albrechtâ€™s office and our committed group of ASUSU student lobbyists, we have been able get funding for important initiatives and make the best of every cut dished out
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Flanked by officials from the Department of Defense, President Barack Obama glowingly unveiled his new military strategy last week â€” unarguably, one of the most significant shifts in U.S. foreign policy in the past 65 years. His proposed changes include a new focus on the Asia-Pacific region, the increased use of unmanned aerial drones in places such as Pakistan, the Horn of Africa and Yemen, and a gradual decrease in U.S. military personnel and military spending. â€œLeaner,â€? â€œmore streamlined,â€? â€œagileâ€? and â€œflexibleâ€? were among the adjectives employed by both Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The move has been hailed by many of my friends on the left as evidence that Obama is returning to his base and vilified by many of my friends on the right as â€œdangerousâ€? or more evidence of Obamaâ€™s â€œlead-from-behind foreign policy.â€? The shift of the American military presence to the Asia-Pacific region is understandable â€” the former USSR, with a specter that dominated the landscape of American foreign policy for nearly 50 years, has been out of commission for nearly a generation. Russia is not actively seeking to overtake Western Europe; and the emergence of China as a formidable check to U.S. power in the region forced the U.S. to re-evaluate its global strategic positions. While attempting to shake my liberal friends from their Obamainduced complacency, I wish at the same time to assure my conservative friends they need not fear that the sky is falling. Their goals of American hegemony and the continued spread of the American economic and cultural empire are assured for the foreseeable future. Far from â€œleading from behind,â€? Obama is taking a very active role in maintaining the â€œfree flow of commerce,â€? and other U.S. interests, as a Department of Defense report put it. I am continually surprised, though, by now I shouldnâ€™t be, by the uncanny similarity of Obama to his predecessors President George W. Bush, President George Bush, Sr. and President Bill Clinton.
War and economic turbulence have made for a tumultuous past decade. With the war chapters closing, hopefully, the U.S. is shifting its focus to the economy. In this spirit, President Barack Obama recently unveiled the new U.S. military strategy. My initial impression of the plan is positive. Unlike many of his colleagues, Obama understands that military power is a crucial aspect of international policy. While the budget saves $45 billion annually, it is still higher than any other nation-state. The president also put proper emphasis on what he called becoming more â€œagile and flexible.â€? This a recognition of hardlearned lessons from our recent wars and a proper acknowledgement that the U.S. military must be prepared to combat terrorism and insurgencies as well as state militaries. There is, however, one major issue I have with Obamaâ€™s new strategy. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been utilized heavily by the Obama administration in conducting warfare. The president made it clear they will continue to play an increasingly significant role. Drones look like a military godsend. At $4.5 million a pop, they are a fraction of what most manned aircraft cost. Best of all is it takes the pilot out of combat. Now the military can accomplish aerial missions without putting the lives of Americaâ€™s finest on the line. I have ethical grievances with the presidentâ€™s use of drones. One of the primary drone uses has been â€œtargeted killingsâ€? â€” a nice way of saying assassination. Yet, an executive order issued by President Gerald Ford prohibits government employees from engaging or conspiring to engage in political assassinations. Itâ€™s hard to argue with results, though. Drone assassinations of key operatives largely derailed alQaida. For that reason, Iâ€™ll overlook this for now. My real issue with drones has to do with the fact that they replace people in the theater of war. While this is good for the U.S. military, it can be devastating for bystanders. In order to take lives in war, one must typically put his or her own life on the line. This
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The cuts proposed by Obama are quite modest, as spending will stay above those levels at the end of Jr. Bushâ€™s presidency. It was thought that with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the past necessity for huge military budgets and buildup would cease. But rather than decreasing, allocations for military spending continue increasing to record numbers since WWII. The U.S. has subsequently been involved in a record number of conflicts since the early â€˜90s, beginning with the first Gulf War, Afghanistan and now Iraq. Far from a receding â€œtide of war,â€? which Obama spoke of in his address, this new military strategy will lead to more American police actions, more expansion of presidential power and more violations of the War Powers Act. Illustrating this point, Leon Panetta provocatively â€” but proudly â€” affirmed Americaâ€™s ability to handle the possibility of conflict both with North Korea and Iran. This is alarming to me as it is, perhaps, a harbinger of more conflict to come. The U.S. already outspends every other nation in the world when it comes to defense, while in our own country income inequality increases, corporations continue to wield an inordinate amount of influence in our political system and vital social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are under attack with allegations of being â€œbankrupt.â€? But at least the new military strategy and budget show where our priorities lie in this country.
is a powerful deterrent. There are few things worth risking life over, and rarely will anyone do so before exhausting all other alternatives. If war could be conducted without risking our own lives, we would be much more cavalier in our application of it. This is what the drone has accomplished. We can conduct war without risking our lives or seeing the destruction beyond an aerial computer image. We risk becoming desensitized from our lifetaking actions. Drone strikes under the Obama administration have more than tripled. The U.S. has been borderline flippant in its application of destructive power via drones. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that up to 780 civilians out of a total 1,650-2,597 people have been killed by drone strikes. Thatâ€™s a lot of collateral damage for a precision instrument. While the U.S. certainly isnâ€™t targeting civilians, I do think we have become a bit trigger-happy. Collateral damage has been so bad that the administration has halted strikes since November to mend relations with Pakistan. Drones can be a powerful military tool for surveillance, but they do not belong in combat. They have made it too easy to take human lives. â€œIt is well that war is so terrible,â€? said Robert E. Lee, a military officer in the American Civil War, â€œlest we should grow too fond of it.â€? Drones remove much of whatâ€™s terrible from war. By continuing to invest in drones, the Obama administration is setting a dangerous precedent for what war will be in the future.
â€” Andrew Izatt is a sophomore majoring in religious studies. Comments can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM ASUSU VIEW, Page 12 in the past. A new Legislative General Session begins in three weeks, and it looks again as though the Legislature isnâ€™t catching the vision that making higher education a priority can dramatically help Utahâ€™s economy. Thankfully, Kirsten Frank, ASUSU Councilâ€™s executive vice president, has put together one of the best groups of student lobbyists we have seen. Another powerful arrow in this yearâ€™s legislative quiver is the Education First Petition that not only received high levels of support at USU, but gained more than 30,000 signatures statewide. Even with a great team of lobbyists â€” and an impressive showing of petition signatures â€” it will be important that students become more civilly engaged to let legislators hear their voices loud and clear. Along with the legislative challenge comes the challenge to keep USUâ€™s tuition and fee schedule manageable for students, while simultaneously maintaining a competitive university that offers top-quality service. The Student Fee Board expects facing many proposals for fee increases. We are committed to fiscal responsi-
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Campaign â€˜truthsâ€™ mixed with a bit of humor BY VANESSA WILLIAMS (c) 2012, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - If Abraham Lincoln were running for president today, a campaign attack ad might go something like this: (Cue sneering voice of ad announcer.) â€œWhy should we trust you as president when as a lawyer you defended whiskey-hating women who smashed up a saloon, an admitted adultress and a wife who poisoned her husband?â€? A message at the end of the ad reads that it was â€œPaid for by white male property owners who know a womanâ€™s place.â€? The Lincoln spoof aimed at high school and college students is featured on Flackcheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit Web site launched Thursday with the goal of encouraging journalists and the public to be more vigilant in truth-squadding misleading political ads and candidatesâ€™ statements. Those who are vigilant about such nefarious activities are probably familiar with Factcheck.org, which
was started in 2003 by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg center, who founded Factcheck along with former CNN reporter Brooks Jackson, describes Flackcheck as a playful sibling to the serious Factcheck. The idea is to use digital dazzle, games and humor to hook people into questioning the political information they consume and encourage them to read journalism from serious news sources. â€œWeâ€™re trying to provide another way of increasing available information to the electorate about accurate positions of the candidates,â€? Jamieson said in an interview this week. Once the site begins to generate a critical mass of users, Jamieson said, the staff will track how many people who watch a video go on to look at related content at Factcheck. org. Flackcheck has a staff of 13, including three comedy writ-
ers, animators and film and video producers. The project is funded by the Annenberg Foundation and the Omidyar Network, a foundation run by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Jamieson said she and Jackson founded the original site, which has 87,000 subscribers, out of a concern that â€œthe news media, which had been doing a good job of fact-checking in 1996 and 1992, had started to walk away from the fact-checking function because newsrooms were starting to get smaller, there were more one-newspaper towns and news organizations no longer had the resources to put into it.â€? Flackcheck includes educational segments that Jamieson hopes will engage students, as well as fun-loving adults, in learning about questionable political tactics. In the feature imagining how Lincoln would fare in todayâ€™s political climate, another ad takes phrases from his famous Gettysburg address and uses them to suggest that the Civil War was not worth fighting.
In a game called â€œThey Said What?!â€? players are asked to guess which person Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich refers to as a socialist: Karl Marx, Robert Owen or President Obama? But as with the original site, a major focus is monitoring the mediaâ€™s coverage of political ads, in addition to the ads themselves. Jamieson says that reporting on the ads, and airing the most sensational allegations without correcting them, spreads misinformation. A feature called â€œStinkweeds and Orchidsâ€? praises and scolds the media for how they cover political ads. Those that report on the ads without raising questions about inaccurate or misleading content get stinkweeds. A Jan. 5 segment of â€œNewsHourâ€? on PBS was chided for running 27 seconds of an ad attacking Gingrich. The journalists in the story, which was about front-runner Mitt Romneyâ€™s negative ad blitz just ahead of the Iowa caucuses, apparently did not take the time to parse the ads. Candy Crowley, host of
ADS CAMPAIGN: CNNâ€™s Candy Crowley was praised by Flackcheck.org for challenging the accuracy of some political ads./ Washington Post photo by Bill Oâ€™Leary.)
CNNâ€™s â€œState of the Union,â€? was presented with orchids for challenging ads run by AARP, the Air Transport Association and the American Petroleum Institute during deliberations in the fall by the â€œsupercommitteeâ€? convened to come up with a plan to reduce the countryâ€™s deficit. Crowley told representatives of the groups that
their ads, which warned of dire consequences to their constituencies, sounded like â€œthreatsâ€? and asked if they were willing to make any sacrifices. â€œIt was just astonishing to me how people were lobbying the supercommittee, and the ads seemed to me just threatening!â€? Crowley said in an interview Tuesday.
Midseason TV: Networks searching for the secret ingredient to Whet Audiencesâ€™ Appetites// By Lisa de Moraes (c) 2012, The Washington Post
At this very moment, in a hotel in sunny Pasadena, Calif., broadcast TV suits are rhapsodizing about the canâ€™t-miss-ed-ness of the new series theyâ€™re going to unveil for midseason - which, in rough numbers, means â€œbetween now and late Mayâ€? - while a crowd of TV critics beams upon them as if they were bringing good news from a distant land. Look! Kiefer Sutherlandâ€™s back! Guess what â€œGCBâ€? stands for (tee-hee)! Weâ€™ve got â€œGleeâ€? - for adults! Yes, the critics seem to have completely forgotten these same suits assured them just six months ago that this was The TV Season of Simon Cowell - and the season of time traveling to an age when Steven Spielbergâ€™s dinosaurs tore up the landscape and Hugh Hefner was young and virile. Only, as it turned out, this is not The TV Season of Simon Cowell, creator and star of Foxâ€™s new singing competition â€œThe X Factor.â€? Itâ€™s The TV Season of Ashton Kutcher, savior of the countryâ€™s most popular comedy, â€œTwo and a Half Men.â€? And, while they got it right about viewers longing to travel back in time, they were all wet about the dinosaurs and Hef. Viewers longed for an age when Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood roamed the Earth, when Prince Charming cavorted with Snow White rather than Playboy bunnies, and when Tim Allen was a big sitcom star on ABC. And yet, at the hotel in sunny Pasadena, undeterred broadcast execs are, right now, decanting all their midseason enthusiasms, and TV critics are inhaling it by the snootful. Hereâ€™s what theyâ€™re taking in: If time travel was the rage for fall, missing people is the trend for â€œmidseasonâ€? - at least, ABC thinks so. The network has scheduled two missing-persons dramas for midseason. Early next month, ABC will unveil â€œThe River,â€? about a nature-show star who goes up the Amazon and vanishes. Six months later, his family finally decides to go looking for him. They are aided by the sexy and resourceful Lena, the loyal mechanic Emilio, a lethal bodyguard named Captain Kurt Brynildson and Dadâ€™s producer, whoâ€™s going to shoot the whole thing documentary-style. This oneâ€™s got Comic-Con monster hit written all over it. Then, in March, ABC will trot out â€œMissing,â€? starring Ashley Judd. Itâ€™s a bad day for foreign kidnappers who take her son, not realizing sheâ€™s former CIA. But ABC hasnâ€™t given up entirely on time travel. Just the other day, it debuted a midseason sitcom straight out of the â€˜80s, called â€œWork It.â€? The show, as described by ABC, is about â€œtwo unrepentant guyâ€™s guys who, desperate to find work in a tough economy, dress as women
â€œSmash,â€? from Spielberg, is about a songwriting duo who are creating a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Itâ€™s been dubbed â€œ â€˜Gleeâ€™ for adults,â€? and former â€œAmerican Idolâ€? non-winner Katharine McPhee plays a naive Midwesterner who is among those vying for the Marilyn role. Angelica Huston makes her TV series CBSâ€™S NEW MIDSEASON sitcom, â€œRob,â€? makes TV critics scowl. Comic debut as a cynical Rob Schneider, second from left, stars as a â€œlifelong bachelor who just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family.â€? The show also features Cheech Marin, producer, and Debra Messing (â€œWill center, and Claudia Bassols, in red, as Robâ€™s wife Maggie. & Graceâ€?) is to get jobs.â€? half of the songwriting duo. Before its premiere, the Gay and Lesbian NBCâ€™s taking good care of â€œSmash,â€? schedulAlliance Against Defamation had already ing it on Monday nights, right after its singing derided it as â€œarchaic,â€? â€œcaricaturishâ€? and competition â€œThe Voice.â€? And â€œThe Voiceâ€? will lacking the â€œsmart level of social commentaryâ€? get to kick off its second season with a debut in of â€˜80s sitcom â€œBosom Buddies.â€? Yes, thatâ€™s the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot Feb. 5, right, â€œBosom Buddies,â€? in which Tom Hanks moving into its regular Monday time slot the and Peter Scolari played two single guys next day. who dressed as chicks so they could live in a Hoping to attract John Grisham fans, NBCâ€™s women-only residence hotel, was smart social midseason drama â€œThe Firmâ€? picks up 10 years commentary. after the book - and the Tom Cruise hit flick Meanwhile, other groups have got their with lawyer Mitch McDeere and family emergundies in a bunch over the name of ABC chief ing from witness protection, where theyâ€™ve programmer Paul Leeâ€™s midseason prime-time been hanging out since Mitch brought down his soap - this one based on the 2008 book â€œGood nasty law firm. â€œThe Firmâ€? is getting the onceChristian B(---).â€? The network changed the cushy â€œERâ€? slot - Thursday at 10 - which is name - first to â€œGood Christian Belles,â€? when where NBCâ€™s mangled reboot of Helen Mirrenâ€™s they were selling it to advertisers. Then ABC â€œPrime Suspectâ€? died so disappointingly in the changed it again to â€œGCB,â€? and is counting on fall. fans of the book, and those knicker-knotted What with baseball playoffs, the World special-interest groups, to spread the word Series and â€œThe X Factor,â€? gobbling up so much as to what it stands for. Anyway, itâ€™s about a of Foxâ€™s schedule in the fourth quarter, the reformed high school mean girl who is now a network decided to hold back some of its most divorced mom and heading back to her home high-profile new programming for midseason, town of Dallas to become the target of former or, as Fox calls it, â€œAmerican Idolâ€? season. schoolmates she once tormented. Kiefer Sutherland, star of â€œ24,â€? is back on â€œGCBâ€? isnâ€™t the only midseason entry to Fox in March, in a thriller called â€œTouch,â€? from have suffered a name change for the worse. â€œHeroesâ€? boss Tim Kring, about a widower who NBC has turned late-night comic Chelsea discovers that his mute 11-year-old son can Handlerâ€™s book â€œAre You There, Vodka? Itâ€™s Me, discern patterns that connect seemingly unconChelseaâ€? into a comedy series, only the show nected events. is called â€œAre You There, Chelsea?â€? because, But first, in about a week, Fox debuts the Handler explained recently, â€œYou canâ€™t put latest J.J. Abrams drama series, â€œAlcatraz.â€? â€˜vodkaâ€™ in the title for network purposes.â€? She Jorge Garcia of â€œLost,â€? Sarah Jones of â€œSons says she came up with the new title to poke of Anarchyâ€? and Sam Neill of â€œJurassic Parkâ€? fun of the fact that sheâ€™s taken an acting role are investigating the shocking reappearance of in the series but is not playing herself - and to Alcatrazâ€™s most notorious prisoners - looking â€œappease the whole anti-vodka situation.â€? not a day older - 50 years after they vanished But NBC, which had trouble in the fall, from the island fortress. canceling its â€˜60s-set â€œPlayboy Club,â€? its remake In marked contrast, CBS has nothing big of Brit hit â€œPrime Suspectâ€? and its Hank Azaria planned for midseason. With its corporate workplace rom-com â€œFree Agents,â€? is pinning a finger so firmly on the pulse of flyover country, lot of hope on one of the most-talked-about new CBS is once again the nationâ€™s most-watched series this TV season: â€œSmash.â€?
television network, attracting an average of just under 13 million people to its prime-time lineup each week - about a quarter of a million more than last fall. CBS also ranks No. 1 among the younger viewers whom advertisers lust after, tied with Fox. The network boasts the countryâ€™s most-watched television program - â€œNCISâ€? - and the countryâ€™s most-watched new program - the raunchy chick-com â€œ2 Broke Girls.â€? This week, CBS will unveil the latest of its sitcoms that make TV critics howl in pain. â€œRobâ€? stars comic Rob Schneider as a â€œlifelong bachelor who just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family.â€? Adding to the insult, CBS is giving â€œRobâ€? its cushy Thursday time slot, right after â€œThe Big Bang Theory.â€? Then, a week from now, CBS brings back its reality hit â€œUndercover Boss,â€? in which various CEOs go undercover to find out which of their middle managers is mucking up their vision and making life a living hell for their hardworking employees. At the end, thereâ€™s a big reveal and much hugging between bosses and deserving employees - which is, of course, why they call it â€œrealityâ€? TV. And then, thereâ€™s CW. The network is not having a good season - but then, why should this one be different? Despite the return to network series TV of â€œBuffy the Vampire Slayerâ€? star Sarah Michelle Gellar in â€œRinger,â€? CW has lost about 20 percent of its audience year to year. And, letâ€™s face it, the final season of â€œOne Tree Hill,â€? which starts Wednesday, plus the Jan. 18 launch of a new midseason reality series about the creation of a modeling agency, called â€œRemodeled,â€? are really unlikely to reverse CWâ€™s ratings plunge. --While the broadcast networks trot out all this new product in the second half of this TV season, theyâ€™ll be battling some particularly stiff competition. Here are some of those highlights: On Sunday, PBS begins airing the muchanticipated Season 2 of its Emmy-winning crunchy-gravel drama â€œDownton Abbey.â€? Also Sunday, Showtime introduces its highly hyped â€œHouse of Lies,â€? in which Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and their merry band of con artists make life a perfect hell for corporate fat cats. Later this month, HBO will roll out its much-ballyhooed horse-racing drama â€œLuck,â€? from Michael Mann and David Milch, and starring Dustin Hoffman in his TV series debut. HBOâ€™s coming attractions also include Ricky Gervaisâ€™ latest celebrity-strewn comedy, â€œLifeâ€™s Too Short.â€? This one is a faux-reality series in which, as Gervais has described it, we get to see C-listers â€œliving their life like an open wound.â€? On Jan. 1, HBO premiered the buzzy sketch comedy series â€œAngry Boys,â€? but, if its ratings for its U.S. run wind up anything like the ratings it got in Australia, where it premiered in May, â€œBoysâ€? isnâ€™t going anywhere.
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Jan. 9 Today is Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Todayâ€™s issue of The Utah Statesman is published espe-â€? cially for Chandler Christianson, an unde-â€? clared freshman from South Jordan, Utah.
Almanac Today in History: On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed near the Dominican Republic and saw three â€œmermaidsâ€? â€” in reality manatees â€” and described them as â€œnot half as beautiful as they are painted.â€?
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