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Today’s Issue: Campus News

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Coaching legend returns for Homecoming BY MEGAN ALLEN assistant news editor

There are four hurdles Dale Brown everyone will encounter in life. No matter who the person or the path they’re taking, there will be adversity, but there are ways to get over these hurdles. These hurdles and the ways to jump over them were the focus of former USU assistant basketball coach Brown’s message to students, community members and former student-athletes Friday, as part of Homecoming Week. “Adversity only visits the strong but stays with the weak,� Brown said. Many of Brown’s former players were in Logan for the weekend to serve as grand marshals in the parade. Jeff Tebbs was one of those players who played for USU from 1970-1972. “We had a great mix of coaches and great combination of players,� Tebbs said. “Coach Brown pushed us for fitness. It made us tougher. They were some of the best coaches the state has ever seen.� Brown was the assistant basketball coach at USU from 1966-1971. After leaving Logan, he coached at Washington State before moving again to spend the remainder of his career at Louisiana State. At LSU, he coached eventual NBA players like Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Jackson and Stanley Roberts. He was the winningest coach in

LSU history and is the second-winningest coach in the SEC. He is also known for the graduation rates of his student-athletes. Of the 160 players he coached, 104 of them received college degrees. He is a member of the North Dakota and Louisiana sports halls of fame and the North Dakota and Louisiana basketball coaches halls of fame. He has been named an SEC Living

(%0)&63;2*361)6%77-78%28&%7/)8&%00'3%', visited with former players he had coached prior to giving his speech as part of Homecoming Week, Friday. MARISSA CROOKSTON photo

Networking is big focus of Business Week BY BRACKEN ALLEN staff writer The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business kicked off Business Week Sept. 23, with plans to provide students with a range of activities to help them serve others, develop professional skills, to promote the college all while showing a more relaxed, fun side of the college, said ASUSU Business Senator Scot Marsden. “Culturally, we want students to feel there is a powerful network and that there is an excitement within the school,�

Marsden said. Marsden said one of the key purposes of Business Week is to provide business students with opportunities to gain special abilities, as they look forward to their career, through business-related seminars and networking opportunities. The Partners in Business seminar will highlight many individuals who have been successful in the business world. Dell Loy Hansen and Lynette Hansen, owners of Wasatch Property Management, will be

Business Week 2011 Monday

The USU football team left the Romney Stadium, Saturday, with a heart-breaking loss to CSU, 35-34. Page 10

10 a.m-2 p.m. – Club recruiting, Business Builiding 2nd floor 11:30 a.m. – Professional Development Luncheon, Business Building 9th floor 1:30 p.m. – Internship Lectures, Business Building 2nd floor 5 p.m. – International Student Professional Social



“I do not know if Georgia executed an innocent man. I do know, however, that if we as a society sought mercy before justice that we would probably not be asking that question right now.� Page 14

Interact Now! Today: A look back at the best week of the year — Homecoming!:

10 a.m-2 p.m. – Club recruiting, Business Builiding 2nd floor Noon-1:30 p.m. – Dogs with the Deans 4 p.m. – First round of Jeopardy, BUS 214 5:30 p.m. – Last Dash Relay


7:30 a.m-4 p.m. – Partners in Business conference 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Dean’s Convocation with Dell Loy and Lynette Hansen, BUS 215 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Hansen Scholar Reception (By invitation only)

4-5 p.m. – Second round of Jeopardy, BUS 320 7 p.m. – Alumni Networking Dinner at Hamilton’s


7:30 a.m-4 p.m. – Partners in Business conference 10 a.m-Noon – Service project, Business Building 2nd floor 1 p.m – Aggie Ice Cream, Business Building 2nd floor 1-3:30 p.m. – Final round of Jeopardy 6:30 p.m. – Annual Awards Banquet (by invitation only)


Noon – Aggie Ice Cream, Business Building 1st floor 11 a.m-2 p.m. – Gameday barbecue at Sigma Chi 5:30 p.m. – USU v. BYU broadcast, kick-off at 6. View full calendar at http://huntsman.

giving the Dean’s Convocation, Sept. 28. This will be followed by the Hansen Scholar Reception. Sept. 26, the Professional Development Luncheon will allow students to meet and talk with career accelerators, internship advisers and faculty. The idea of this is to provide students with internal networking within the Huntsman School, Marsden said. There will also be an Alumni Networking Dinner Sept. 28, for $18, at which students will be able to eat a steak dinner with USU Business College alumni and make connections that, Marsden said, could become invaluable after graduation. Additionally, a special “Jeopardy� series will “show students’ prowess and analytical rigor,� Marsden said. This “Jeopardy� event will feature 20 students over three separate days of competition. The marquee event of the week happens Friday, when the football game played at BYU will be aired on a giant, inflatable projector screen in the Fieldhouse. Although the event itself is free, any profit made from food sales and games will be donated to Huntsman Cancer Institute. Marsden said he hopes to get a good turnout at the Fieldhouse during the football game. He said it’s a “BYOC� event — students must bring their own chair, cushion, couch or anything else to sit on. He said he wants it to be a fun, relaxed environment. There will be raffle tickets sold for prizes including headphones, Dillard’s packs with lotion, clothes and other Dillard’s merchandise inside, and Huntsman merchandise. He said organizers will work to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, alongside the USU chapter of Sigma Chi as See BUSINESS, Page 2

GRC encourages student involvement in politics BY CHRIS LEE news senior writer

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Legend and has been named the National Basketball Coach of the Year, twice. Brown had a lot of advice for the audience, athletes and non-athletes, alike. He had one thing, though, that he kept repeating. “Don’t let anyone ever steal your dreams,� he said. See COACH, Page 2

KIRSTEN FRANK HEADS the Government Relations Council as part of her ASUSU executive vice president position. It is their goal to get students involved in politics at any level and make their voices heard. KATRINA PERKINS photo

The Government Relations Council is changing the way it spreads civic awareness on campus. ASUSU Executive Vice President Kirsten Frank said she is not going to be doing a civic awareness week this year. "I feel like I can accomplish the same purpose in a much more meaningful and specialized way," she said. Frank said she is planning a speaker series, which she is tentatively calling "Why I Care." The series will take place during each of the college weeks and will bring a speaker who is a politician or a politically active person who works in a field related to the college whose week it is. She gave an example pertaining to Engineering Week. "I'm going to bring in somebody who is probably a legislator, who is also by trade an engineer, and I'm going to have him talk to the students, specifically from that college — but everybody will be invited — about why it's important if you’re in an

engineering field to pay attention to the world around you," Frank said. USU student and returning council member Benjamin Wilson said this year’s council members have a diverse range of majors, and he hopes to reach a more diverse audience with this speaker series. "In the past, the council has really gravitated heavily toward political science students, and this year we're really trying to make a concerted effort to be in contact with other colleges, other majors," Wilson said. "It doesn't just affect political science majors." Wilson said many non-political science majors don't pay attention to politics, because they feel like it doesn't affect them as engineering or mathematics majors. He said the speaker series will show them why they should care. Frank said the council also works with different political organizations on campus. "They're not technically a part of the GRC, but they're a board affixed to the See COUNCIL, Page 2

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Coach Dale Brown talks about the four ‘hurdles’ everyone can expect in life

Brown said he always knew he wanted to be a college basketball coach. He sat down and wrote letters to coaches across the country inquiring about any job openings. Of the 300 letters he sent out, only two responded. One of those was the legendary Aggie coach, Ladell Andersen. He said he took a salary cut to come to Logan, but decided it was worth it. Once he arrived, he was asked to be the head tennis coach, even though he said he knew nothing about tennis. He and his wife loved Logan, he said, and in the past he has said if there had been a job, they would still be living here. Brown spent 44 years as a coach, and this was his first time coming back to Logan since he left in 1971, he said. Jimmy Moore, compliance director in the USU athletics department, did not have the opportunity to play for Brown, but was recruited by him. Brown came to visit Moore in his mostlysegregated Mississippi town and got him to be an Aggie. The summer before Moore’s freshman year, Brown left Utah State. “Coach Brown called me up and told me he was leaving USU, then he told me, ‘I still think you should go to Utah State. You’ll have a wonderful career and a great experience,’� Moore said. “That showed real honor and integrity.� While Brown is a coach — and that’s the life he knows best — his message applied to real life. He has gone through a lot in his lifetime and made a lot out of nothing.

“This is life, not halftime,� he said. Coming out of the blocks of life, the first hurdle to get over are the two words “I can’t,� Brown said. If you put your mind to it and set your goals, you can do anything, he said. Brown told the story of Shaquille O’Neal. O’Neal was 13 years old when Brown met him on a military base. He said O’Neal’s father was only interested in his son going on to succeed academically. He was cut from his high school basketball team for being too slow and not talented enough. Now, he is known as one of the most successful players in NBA history, Brown said. He will also be earning a doctorate this spring. “If you always try your best and never give up, eventually God will take care of everything else,� Brown said. Anyone with any hurdling experience knows the pattern. After a certain number of strides, another hurdle will come along, Brown said. That second hurdle is failure. After he was not chosen for the head coaching position when Andersen left, Brown and his family moved to Washington. As they drove out of town, he said he looked back up Main Street. He turned to his wife and daughter and said, “We are not going to leave this town bitter. We failed, but we’re not done.� “It hurts to fail, it’s not a feeling anyone likes,� he said. “Welcome to the world.� Eventually, the failures we experience will make us better and lead

to success, he said. Hurdle number three is going to be a handicap, Brown said. For some that may be an actual physical handicap that debilitates them, but that won’t always be it. He told a story of a blind man he once met who was determined to attend LSU and get a music degree. “I had guys who were 6-foot-9, 250 pounds, who couldn’t find their way to class,� Brown said. “How on Earth was he going to be able to?� A few months after meeting him, the blind student showed up in Brown’s office, having created his own bat-like SONAR system to help him get around. He went skydiving. He learned how to drive. And he graduated with a music degree from LSU, Brown said. The fourth hurdle is to get to know yourself. Brown said this one comes at a time you won’t be expecting a hurdle. It will be taller and more in the way than the other three hurdles. “Who am I? Where am I going? What do I really want out of my life?� he asked. “Those are the questions this hurdle will answer.� As we go through these four guaranteed hurdles in life, Brown said we can gain experience and knowledge to help us succeed. “Good comes from bad if you make it happen,� Brown said. “You do deserve true success and happiness.� –

DALE BROWN WORKED UNDER Ladell Andersen as the assistant basketball coach from 1966-71. After leaving USU, he went to Louisiana State where he became the winningest coach in its history. He has been named the National Coach of the Year twice. For the first time in 44 years, he came back to Logan as a Homecoming honoree. MARISSA CROOKSTON photo

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Huntsman School kicks off Business Week

THE JON M. HUNTSMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS works to provide oppotunities for students to establish relationships with alumni and business professionals all over the world. Its annual Business Week brings in speakers and businessmen to interact with students. STATESMAN FILE photo

it participates in Derby Days. The first of such activities was a golf tournament hosted by both organizations, Saturday. Sigma Chi officer Robert Lieske said $2,500 was raised. Tuesday, both organizations host The Last Dash Relay, a 10-kilometer race open to runners, bikers, longboarders, rollerbladers and scooter riders working individually or in teams of two. Proceeds from this event will also be donated to Huntsman Cancer Institute. Marsden said those organizing Business Week and Derby Days have a total donation goal of $10,000. Lieske said Jon Huntsman, Sr. has promised to match and donate whatever amount is raised. Huntsman is a Sigma Chi alumnus. “We really have a brotherhood with Huntsman,� Lieske said. “It’s a tradition here to raise money for our brother’s foundation.� Sigma Chi will also be selling food and T-shirts in front of its house throughout the week, with all proceeds going to the cancer institute. A service project will take place Sept. 29

in which members of the Huntsman School will assemble house essentials kits for 17 families, who are temporarily living near the Huntsman Cancer Institute while family members are treated. “Under our service pillar, this is our chance to thank Jon Huntsman for all he’s done,� Marsden said. Marsden said he hopes Business Week will allow students to see what the business school is doing and accomplishing, while having a good time. “We want to demonstrate the academic presence and the strength of the school,� Marsden said. “We want to have a sweet week, and we want our students to have a party week.� Tuesday, Dogs With the Dean will allow students to eat a free hot dog with Dean Doug Anderson in the Business Building, he said. “We want to influence all people’s lives for good. All people — students, faculty, community and families,� Marsden said. “We want to walk away having made a little bit of an impact on our campus and on our community.�

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Council spends time at Capitol working with state legislators on local issues

GRC," Frank said. "They'll be coming to our meetings and reporting, and letting us know what's going on, on campus, with the different political organizations." Frank said the council goes to the state capitol building about once a week, during the annual state legislative session, to provide a voice for the the USU student body. "Our whole purpose there is to meet with members of the Legislature, and show them our faces, give a face to the issues and be out in front of them so they know students care," she said. Returning council member Katie Chapman said the council meets with legislators individually or in small groups to discuss the year's big issues. "Sometimes you might just have a pleasant conversa-

tion, and you know you’re not going to change their mind," Chapman said. "Other times you really give them information that is insightful and might help them make a decision." Chapman said last year the Legislature proposed cutting USU's budget by 7 percent. She said because of the council’s lobbying efforts, the budget was only cut by a little more than 2 percent. Wilson said there are ways any student can help show the Legislature what matters to USU students. He said students can write to the legislators that represent their home counties. He said this helps the legislators know what they do affects the whole state, not just USU. To be able to have an impact at the legislative session,

Chapman said, the council spends its first semester preparing to go to the state capitol building. "We have a lot of preparation," Chapman said. "We have current and former Senate or House members come and speak to us. We have lobbyists who come and speak to us about the best way to talk to and approach representatives." Chapman said it is also a learning experience for the students on the council. "You learn a lot that you can't learn in a classroom," Chapman said. "I learned how accessible our state Legislature was." –

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Everybody dance now

Campus & Community

LAEP earns reaccredidation

TO CAP OFF A WEEK FILLED with school spirit, the ASUSU Traditions committee threw a Homecoming dance party for the students. DJ Marcus Wing dropped the beats while students celebrated the weekend and shed some stress from the heartbreaking football game just hours before. AMANDA DUNN photo

Honors students spend summer volunteering abroad BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS

As the fall semester kicks into gear on the Utah State University campus, many Honors students are adjusting to “reverse homesickness,� having spent their summers working and volunteering abroad. Students in the university Honors Program spent their summers in every corner of the globe, making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Brandon Martin, pre-med junior, spent his second summer in a row working in a hospital in Nicaragua. Martin worked in the spring and early summer to raise money so that he could bring much-needed basic medical supplies — gloves, test tubes and the like — to a poor rural hospital in Granada. Like other Honors students, Martin received financial help from the Honors Research Fund. Martin wrote about his experiences. “It’s 6:30 am and judging by the abnormally early onset of the crowing, the rooster next door is clearly broken. The smell of smoke wafting through the decorative cinderblocks of my bedroom wall tells me that Luis has fresh cheese smoking in preparation for a day of sales at the market. As I roll out of bed for my last day at the hospital, I pause to enjoy the only moment of cool air that I’m likely to experience all day. Descending the steep metal stairs from my upstairs room, I’m greeted by Luis, my host dad, as he puts the finishing touches on my morning meal. I sit down to a large glass of fresh, sweetened milk and a plate

of rice and beans accompanied by a couple of slices of fried cheese and a soft white roll. The morning routine has become familiar and I’ve come to claim the Vanegas family as my own. However, there’s no time to wax nostalgic — the rickety, converted yellow school bus will soon come rumbling around the corner to carry me off on the twenty-minute trek up the highway to the Hospital Amistad JapĂłn-Nicaragua.â€? All together, Martin donated more than 120 hours to the hospital, and the experience changed the way he thinks about medicine. “My involvement abroad over the last two summers has led me to the service-oriented MD


...I was able to use skills I had learned in the classroom and apply them to real-life proscenarios."

— Kjersten Adams, USU honors student gram

at Creighton University,� Martin said and he’s waiting to hear about an interview for admission to the unique program. “I feel that Honors has made a worthwhile investment by supporting my efforts through the Honors Research Fund. My education has been incredibly enriched through

this incredible opportunity and I hope that future students will find similar support in their pursuit of worthwhile goals.� Business major and Honors student Kjersten Adams spent her summer in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, working at the first microfinance bank in Mongolia and learning about the management of microfinance organizations firsthand. She completed three major jobs: researching micro savings products around the world in order to launch a new micro savings product and market it; research client protection services, and research social performance in general in order to make a recommendation to the bank. Finally, she helped gather information to create a PPI (progress out of poverty index) for Mongolia. Her experience allowed apply what she knew while also learning about cultural difference. “I was able to use skills I had learned in the classroom and apply them to real-life scenarios,� Adams said. “I also realized how lucky I am to be able to obtain a first-class education that can take me in any direction I choose.� Chelsea Funk and Melody Jensen completed a three-month internship in Ghana for the USU SEED (Small Enterprise Education and Development) Program. This was a follow-up trip for Funk, who traveled to Ghana over spring break. “My SEED internship was the most unique and rewarding experience I have had in college,� Funk said. “It was an exciting challenge to work with individuals in a cul-

PoliceBlotter Friday, Sept. 16

Sunday, Sept. 18

r6461PMJDFLFQUUIFQFBDFXIJMFBOJOEJWJEVBM retrieved personal property from the apartment of a former friend.

r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBGJSFBMBSNBU Mountain View Tower. Police determined it to be a false alarm and determined that spray paint had set off the alarm.

r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPUIFCVTJOFTTCVJMEJOH computer lab on a report of an alarm. Two students were in the computer lab after hours which set off the alarm. Saturday, Sept. 17 r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBOFNFSHFODZQIPOF alarm at the 700 East pedestrian tunnel. No people were in the area upon arrival. The area was checked for anyone in need of police assistance and none were located. r1PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBOFNFSHFODZQIPOFBMBSN at the tennis courts. An individual in a large group of high school-aged students admitted to pushing the button. The individual was released to a school official with a warning. r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBSFQPSUPGTFWFSBMJOEJ viduals in an apartment in the Living andLearning Center possibly drinking alcohol. Police made contact with the two individuals in their apartment and determined that they were under age and drinking alcohol. USU Police cited and released the two for minor in possession of alcohol possession/consumption.

r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBOVOTFDVSFQSFNJTF incident. Police found the new Ag Science construction area was unsecure. Police searched the area. Monday, Sept. 19 r"646TUVEFOUSFDFJWFETFWFSBMFNBJMTPWFSUIF last nine months calling her names and threatening her. USU police are investigating this incident. r$PNNFOUT1PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBUSBGGJDBDDJEFOU that occurred in the south parking lot next to the Old Main building. A vehicle backed into another vehicle that was parked illegally. There were no injuries to report. r6461PMJDFSFDFJWFEBSFQPSUPGBKPCQPTUJOHUIBU was on the USU Job Board in the Student Center that is a scam. USU Job Board was contacted and the listing was removed. r6461PMJDFSFTQPOEFEUPBTLBUFCPBSEQSPCMFN at the Aggie Parking Terrace. Police found an individual skateboarding in the terrace. Police issued the individual a verbal warning.

ture significantly different from my own, and I learned so much through teaching and interacting with them. It was amazing to be part of a program that enriches the lives of local entrepreneurs and provides life-changing experiences to interns. I also appreciated the opportunities to serve in the community. I greatly enjoyed teaching a literacy program in the primary school, volunteering at the local health clinic and teaching some of our business curriculum to the district disabled association. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to do work that will have a profound and lasting impact on myself and the people I worked with in Ghana.� Not all Honors students worked in developing countries. Two Honors students traveled to Scotland. Claire Ahlstrom interned with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, and history major Andrea Thompson participated in the International Summer School program at the University of Stirling. Thompson took classes in Scottish history and international relations, learning these things from a Europeancentered worldview. A number of Honors students studied abroad through USU programs. Laura Romero traveled to Italy with the Landscape Architecture program, and seven Honors students studied Spanish in Chile through the Honors Program. Rachel Rawlings traveled through Asia with the Huntsman School of Business Go Global summer study abroad, while Mitch Dabling traveled to Peru with

Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911 Tuesday, Sept. 20 r"DPNQMBJOBOUDBMMFEXBOUJOHUPSFQPSUBOPJTF problem with the paint dance. Complainant stated that she is taking care of her elderly father who was having a hard time sleeping due to the noise and the thumping of the music. Police advised complainant that they would talk with ASUSU in hopes of taking care of this problem in the future. r6461PMJDFSFDFJWFEBSFQPSUUIBUBTUVEFOUMPTU his keys on the lawn on the east side of the library. The student was laying on the grass and then went to class and noticed his keys were missing. Thursday, Sept. 22 r1PMJDFJTTVFEXBSOJOHTGPSUXPCJLFTUIBU were locked on the handicap rails of the Eccles Conference Center and one at the Biology Natural Resource Building. r6461PMJDFSFDFJWFEBSFQPSUCZXBZPGUIJSE party that a sexual assault occurred on the HPER Field after the street painting dance and the victim did not want to report this incident to USU Police. Compiled by Megan Allen

USU’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning pro-� gram has officially earned its accred-� itation and continues to establish itself as one of the oldest and most influential architecture and design programs in the West. “LAEP’s curriculum is very strong, very well organized, very thoughtfully put together,� said the Landscape Architecture board review team. Both the BLA and MLA programs earned six-�year accreditation with the process starting in spring 2010 involving more than a year’s worth of paperwork. The paperwork was followed by a three-�day campus review in which a visiting academic administrator, a professor and a professional practitioner observed classes and general program struc-� ture.

‘Code Blue’ alert system to be tested

USU Emergency Management will conduct a ‘Code Blue’ USU Emergency Alert System test Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9:15 a.m. The test notification will come from the telephone number 435-797-7622. All USU students, faculty and staff are asked to sign up to receive critical emergency information from the USU Code Blue Emergency Alert System. To sign up, log on to the USU Access website ( zprod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin) and select “Personal Information� and “View/Update Emergency Alert Phone Numbers.� The webpage contains a place to enter up to five voice and text message numbers where the emergency alert may be sent. It also contains a “Helpful Hints� section. Those already signed up with the Emergency Management System do not need to re-register. Those with cell phones who receive emergency alerts from the USU system should program the telephone number 435-797-7622 into their phone and label “USU Code Blue Emergency Alert.� Emergency text messages will come from the number 23177. Everyone involved is asked to share the test date and time with the individuals whose telephone numbers were entered upon signing up for the system (parents, spouses, roommates, etc.). Sign up for additional notification information on the USU Emergency Management Facebook and Twitter pages.

Livestock don’t always compete

Multiple grazers can coexist at home on the range and, under certain conditions, their presence actually benefits each other, says USU researcher Johan du Toit. In the Sept. 23 issue of the journal Science, du Toit offers a perspective paper supporting unorthodox findings published in the same issue by researchers Wilfred Odadi of Princeton University, Moses Karachi of Egerton University, Shaukat Abdulrazak of Kenya’s National Council for Science and Technology and Truman Young of the University of California-Davis. While it’s true that cattle, sheep, goats and other livestock compete for sustenance with wild ungulates and sometimes exchange unwelcome diseases, du Toit says, mixed herds contribute to biodiversity and, under attentive management, can improve the quality of forage and promote rangeland conservation.

ClarifyCorrect The policy of The Utah Statesman is to correct any error made as soon as possible. If you find something you would like clarified or find in error, please contact the editor at 797-�1742, or come in to TSC 105.

-Compiled from staff and media reports

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/%'-/2-+,8%734,3136) majoring in public relations, demonstrates planking on the Block A. Planking has become increasingly popular and may relate to a similar pastime — hunkering — which can be traced back to the 1950s. AMANDA DUNN photo

death can’t stop the planking


Participants lay face down, holding their arms to their sides and legs stiff as a board. They’re not sleeping, and they’re not dead. They are planking, and someone is likely photographing it. Some people think it’s ridiculous and pointless, while others ascend to great and dangerous heights for a truly legendary plank. The international fad requires nothing more than a camera and the ability to maintain a solid, horizontal posture. History/origin of Planking Fads involving people positioning their bodies in particular ways are nothing new. In the late 1950s, the fad was hunkering, according to Time

magazine. Hunkering, or “hunkerin’,� was especially popular on college campuses and involved crouching down into a squatting position for extended periods of time. Large groups of people would gather and hunker together while reading, chatting or engaging in other forms of frivolity. “Sophisticates hunker flatfooted. Real progressives hunker with elbows inside the knees,� states a 1959 Time article. The fad started at the University of Arkansas, when a fraternity house ran low on chairs, according to the article. Prior to hunkering, students were making special efforts to see how many people they could stuff inside phone booths. Now, the fad is planking, not to be confused with the strenuous abdominal exercise. Planking has

several rumored origins. The Hip Hop Democrat, an online media company and community, reported planking as a disrespectful mockery of the inhumane transportation of Africans on large ships during the slave trade. However, a professor of Atlantic history at the University of Pittsburgh told the Washington Post in July, though the planks “of the lower deck are precisely where millions of Africans were forced to lie and sleep on the Middle Passage, in conditions of utter horror that defy description,� there is no “deliberate connection� between planking now and “planking� then. Some people learn of this possible connection and quit planking all together, and others plank on. Either way, the sentiment is in the eye of the planker., a database of Internet trends, credits the term “planking� to New Zealand resident Paul Carran, who came up with it in 2008 while living in Sydney, Australia. Former MTV host Tom Green claimed, with video evidence, to have started planking in 1994, according to the site. Professional rugby player David Williams planked after scoring a try in March, giving the fad even more energy. Planking has also been traced to England where Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon started planking when they were teenagers. Fourteen years ago, they referred to it as the “Lying Down Game.� “It was just a really stupid, random thing to do,� Clarkson told the Guardian, in May.

Elise Frederickson, a USU senior majoring in public relations, shared a similar sentiment for planking. “I kind of think it’s awesome,� Frederickson said. “The funny thing about it is it is cool, but it doesn’t seem like it should be cool.� Frederickson said she has never planked but has thought about gathering a group of friends to do so. The social aspect is a big factor in planking, she said. According to the Guardian article, Clarkson and Langdon planked with close friends for 10 years, until they made a Facebook group for their planking adventures in 2007 and began receiving pictures of people planking internationally. Since then, the fad has only continued to grow See PLANKING, Page 6

Students who take exams while writing their own BY MARIAH NOBLE staff writer

A typical student has plenty on his or her mind, homework, relationships, money, for some, they are not only responsible for their own education, but also for the education of 30 other students. Many graduate students on campus face such a challenge, since they attend classes required for their degree and teach lower-level classes within their respective departments. “Sometimes you ask (your students) questions, and you just get these blank stares,� said Rachel Quistberg, a graduate instructor for English 1010. “Writing is really hard to teach, and sometimes you just go out of class wondering if they got what you were trying to teach them. It’s a challenge making a general requirement fun.� Michael Hatch, another graduate instructor for English 1010, agreed with Quistberg. “One of the hard things about 1010 is that all of the students have a very different background, and their interests are all over the place,� Hatch said. “Since it’s a basic, required class and a very important class, we get a smattering of students, and it can be challenging.� Though students in general classes are diverse, Hatch said he tries to make his assignments applicable to each of his students. “I want my writing assignments to start off with personal essays, and then ultimately they’ll be writing research essays on what they’re planning on majoring in; so that way it keeps their interest,� Hatch said. Matt Schroer, a graduate teaching assistant in charge of three sections of biology 1610, said he also tries to make his classes engaging for all students. “I think it’s really important that I present myself as wanting to be there,� Schroer said. “I try to always come in with a smile on my face. I try to relate what we’re doing in lab to other things. I try not to go with cookie-cutter explanations. Instead, I say, ‘This is how it went when I did the experiment.’ I try to engage them and tell them to ask questions.� Despite the challenges that come along with teaching, many graduate instructors agreed that what they do is enjoyable. “I love teaching, I really do,� said Cicely Olsen, a graduate instructor for English 1010. “I didn’t know if I would, but I love the students. I love that they want to learn, and even if they’re not the best at English or writing, we have so much fun together. Every day is a new opportunity.� Schroer said he shares Olsen’s enthusiasm for teaching. “Some people might think it’s hard getting up in front of 30-some undergraduates and talking, but I enjoy it,� Schroer said. “(Teaching) is my favorite part of being a grad student. Sometimes, students will come up to me out of class and tell me, ‘You helped me understand what was going on in lecture.’ And that makes you feel good.� Schroer said being available to help students outside of class is

one of his priorities. “I tell students where I hang out, where my office is and tell them to come by sometime,� Schroer said. “They’re more than welcome to come and talk to me.� Quistberg also said she values talking and getting feedback from students. “Communicating with students is important,� Quistberg said. “Sometimes you come in with the expectation that they won’t do assignments, but then they come in, and they’ve loved the readings. It’s a really good feeling when you make that connection with students and really teach them something.� Olsen said talking with colleagues as well as students is helpful when beginning to teach.

“Even great teachers have challenges, and it’s good to know we’re not alone,� Olsen said. “Like, I had a student fall asleep in class today, and another (instructor) was like, ‘Hey, me too.’� Hannah McDonough, a geology graduate student, said she struggled when she first began to teach her geology 1115 course, three semesters ago. “What I would have liked is more collaboration between the other two (teaching assistants) and the instructor in the (lecture) course,� McDonough said. “Then I would have been more prepared.� McDonough said university administrators do what they can to help graduate instructors, but each department is responsible for any specific training within its program. This additional trainSee FREEDOM, Page 5

GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHERS Ian Weaver and Tyler Nickl collaborate on a teaching outline for their English 2010 classes. Though they are not full professors, graduate student teachers still prepare lessons and teach students, like any other professor. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo


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From bookworm-insomniac to teaching assistant BY STEVE SCHWARTZMAN staff writer Mike McPhie is a thinker, in every definition of the word. Having little to do to make time pass in his small, dry hometown of Tooele, Utah, he took to reading at a very young age. Now, years later, he has taken it from mere motivation to deep conviction, generally reading two books at a time and finishing them within a week, anything, from Greek theater to Hunter S. Thompson anthologies, all in an effort to form his own view on society and see things the way they should be seen. He is up and out of bed, in a not-so-spry manner, by 10:30 a.m. each morning, which for him, a chronic insomniac, is more or less his “crack of dawn.� Now it’s time for the morning routine of a quick shower and, quite frankly, two hearty breakfast meals. The first, a plate of buttered toast and baked beans, a cultural mainstay he picked up on his LDS mission to England, and the second, a nutritious helping of World War II history, for his leisure, mind you, “SlaughterhouseFive� by Kurt Vonnegut. At this point it’s 12:30 p.m., and McPhie, the 23-year-old law and constitutional studies major, is out the door for his daily trek uphill, to campus. This is one of the more enjoyable parts of his day. He loves walking, especially up 400 North, as it gives him the opportunity to enjoy the coolness and visual grandeur of Cache Valley before enduring classes. He often comments, throughout the day, that he’d more than gladly give up his beatup Chevy Cavalier for a decent pair of sneakers, if he didn’t need to make the twohour drive to his hometown so frequently. He makes it to campus in time to take a look around the library, in search for more literature to snack on, and then zip over to Old Main, just in time to fulfill his duties as a teaching assistant for humanities professor Carol McNamara. He loves his job, because it gives him a chance to enjoy class and be engaged in some behind-the-scenes adventures. Most students are very unaware of the life of a TA, but in McPhie’s perspective it isn’t all too far off from what students experience. He sits in lectures, takes notes, and does his best to participate in discussions and debates while encouraging those around him to do the same. The class recently read Oedipus’ “Antigone,� one of McPhie’s many favorites, and most of the lecture for the day surrounds students sharing applications of the text to everyday life. After collecting materials and checking over class attendance, he zips across the hall to his 3 p.m. natural disasters class.

From there, he makes a brief jaunt over to the Quickstop for a mid-day snack and drink, then Mike McPhie, he’s en route back to his junior, law and apartment. constitional studies, He drags Tooele, Utah himself into his home at around 5 p.m., where he swiftly does the only thing keeping him afloat with such a demanding schedule, an hour-long nap. By 6 p.m. he’s up, refreshed and ready for catching up on the day’s required events. He takes out his TA notes, organizes them and posts them online, finalizes attendance, and even finds some spare time to do some grading before before he finally realizes it’s past 8 p.m., and he hasn’t had dinner yet. He heads to the kitchen, prepares a plate of shredded beef, then relocates back to his desk to finalize work and do his personal studies while munching on dinner. It’s 9:45 p.m., as McPhie, spent from a day of, in his words, “an excess of organized brain-work,� decides to call it a day of grading assignments and learning more about the whiles of state and local politics. He cools down the night by reading FRSLRXV DPRXQWV RI SROLWLFDO QHZV  ZKLFK he claims to check near hourly, mourning the break up of alternative band REM, one of his many self-declared muses in life, then pulls out his easel and charcoal for some art work. McPhie said he has been doing artwork seriously for only a few years, but it has proven to be his greatest source of solace in a busy life, so much so that he officially made it his minor last year. Before he knows it, it’s 3 a.m., a usual occurrence in his case. He puts down his materials, slips into his bedtime attire, brushes his teeth, checks up on some more MIKE MCPHIE IS a teaching assistant for Carol McNamara, political science professor. He is also a political news and slips into bed at 3:30 chronic isomniac and normally doesn’t get to sleep until 5 or 6 a.m. Photo courtesy of Mike McPhie a.m., “Slaughterhouse-Five� and REM’s “Automatic For the People� in tow. With any hope, he’ll actually be asleep by 5 or 6 a.m. And somehow, by some divine miracle, he’ll be up at the same time and ready to go as ever, for another day. It’s no shock to him, really. In fact, it’s almost expected for an eccentric, cultured, sleepless teaching assistant, who let’s his thinking do the talkScore big when you say you helped ing, and if you ask him, he likes it just the design it just for her using out innovative way it is.

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ing varies between departments, depending on the demand. For example, the needs of the 49 graduate instructors in the English department will be different from the needs of three TA’s who teach introduction to geology courses, she said. “A lot of times as TA’s, we’re just kind of thrown into it, and you’re just expected to figure it out and figure it out really quick,� Shroer said. “In biology we have it easier than a lot of TA’s. I can see how people in other departments might have a hard time. We would really benefit if there were more classes and workshops we could take.� McDonough said the most challenging part for her, at first, was having too much freedom. “I had to come up with my own lab structure and my own teaching plan without a whole lot of guidance,� McDonough said. “But I really enjoy interacting with the students and seeing their interest for geology. I have definitely grown from my teaching experience here.� Olsen also said her experiences as a graduate instructor helped her to grow as well. “Graduate school is so great because you get to study what you love,� Olsen said. “And I don’t think there is a better way to learn than to teach.�




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Planking vs. Owling

globally, with online communities such as and, which take the business as seriously as hoards of people lying stiffly, face-down can. The Dangers of Planking Planking has taken the world by storm. It is especially popular in Australia and Europe, according to the groups or planking teams assembled in those regions. Facebook lists dozens of these planking teams, categorized as professional sports teams. Some groups take it upon themselves to compete with others for the most extreme planks. While it is a seemingly harmless activity, there is something to the advice of mothers everywhere: “It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.� For planking, that somebody was the 20-year-old Australian Acton Beale, and he didn’t just get hurt but killed. He was planking on his seventh-story balcony, in May 2010, when he fell to his death, according to an MSNBC report. Beale’s death fails to ward plankers off from their new, favorite pastime. People continue to plank wherever, and whenever, they want. A Planking Alternative Just as planking wasn’t the first of its kind, it won’t be the last. Some people have already branched into a new sort of body positioning and public expression. Bryson Bellaccomo, a USU senior majoring in molecular biology, is one of these progressive thinkers. “I have planked a few times,� Bellaccomo said. “I can’t say that I was necessarily a large fan of planking. I would consider myself a victim of a fad. In a situation where planking is an option, I would choose ‘owling.’� Owling? “Owling is, basically, taking the form of an owl perching and watching, maybe, some prey,� Bellaccomo said. But, owling isn’t for everyone, he said. “I think that the real point of owling is actually more for paying tribute and respect to Hedwig, Harry Potter’s owl,� Bellaccomo said. “It’s not something that can be done by everyone; it’s mostly for people who are part of the wizarding world. It’s also a nod of the head to hunkering.� Bellaccomo said he has owled thousands of times, and it is something he feels everyone with “the correct credentials� should do. Mechanical engineering sophomore Josh Nielson sided with owling as well. “I’m a big fan of owling, but planking sucks,� Nielson said. “I’m anti-plank, pro-owl, because owling provides much better pictures compared to planking, and it actually takes a little bit of dexterity and balance and muscle.� Nielson said he planked once, at a planking party two years ago. “I felt like it was the worst party ever,� Nielson said. “A bunch of people lying on the ground, straight, and nobody’s touching. You could be cuddling, you could have a kissing party, you could have a “Jersey Shore� party, but a planking party? It was pretty stupid.� There’s plenty of time to assume a stiff, anti- or pro-planking stance. The next global planking day isn’t for eight months, on May 25. –

First time around the teaching block BY RHETT WILKINSON features senior writer When Tam Chantam applied for a teaching position at USU last spring, she had more to be worried about than wondering whether or not USU computer and electrical engineering department head Todd Moon would realize her teaching potential. She said she hoped Moon would focus on the fact she was about to receive a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Before her rigorous education began, she was married May 29, 2008, and didn’t realize how little she would be seeing her husband in the following years, despite studying similar disciplines in school. Ryan Gerdes, her husband, is a recent recipient of a doctoral degree himself, in electrical engineering, from Iowa State University. She said he was more than qualified for a first-time assistant professorship. The two would travel 425 miles to see each other, every other weekend, while studying at their respective schools. “We like each other quite

a bit, I’d say,� said Chantum, originally from Thailand. “It’s very nice, knowing you can build your future together. There’s something important about it.� Though Gerdes and Chantum are, for the most part, grateful to now be full-time professors, because, they agreed, it helped them realize a long-hoped-for goal of actually living together as a married couple. Other “freshman,� or firsttime, professors are grateful to be at USU for other reasons. For Amy Wilson, who grew up in Salt Lake City, being a first-year teacher at USU was a return to home after traveling across the country for her college education.. “As a graduate student, I was exposed to research, but I was worried about my new role,� Chantam said. “It’s such a huge responsibility that I want to do well. If a student drops out of the program, it’s partially my responsibility.� While struggling at graduate-level research can be detrimental to a student’s progress, struggling in the classroom as a teacher is something else entirely, she added. “To fail as an instructor, to have people depend on you to learn things — it’s quite a responsibility,� she said. Her husband, however, said he believes in time she will gain the confidence he sees in her. “(Chantum) doesn’t know how good she is yet,� Gerdes said, of her ability to effectively convey lessons in digital circuits to her understudies. “I watch her lectures, and when she talks she’s fine, but she wonders if she’s adequate. “Every professor goes through that stage, but I feel OK now,� Gerdes continued. “People get nervous for different reasons. I have to assure we’re serving the best interest of the students. I do worry

about getting settled, getting satisfied with my teachings. Other professors have been so good, for so long. They don’t have to worry about that. But I still do.� Though Spencer Clark, an assistant professor in social studies education, brings a curriculum, studies and history of education background from Indiana University, being new is the prevailing factor for inevitable anxiety for him, he said. “I think I am nervous every first day of class,� Clark said. “I always try to figure out where (students) are at, where their interests are — the normal first-day unknowns.


I think I am nervous every first day of class.� — Spencer Clark, assistant professor


always feel nervous about starting something new,� Wilson said of her academic trepidations. She addressed how such novelty primarily comes from the dynamic of adjusting lessons according to the demographic she is instructing, at the given time. She cited her experiences in transitioning from teaching in an African-American, Baptist society to a largely conservative, LDS population today. “After I get a semester under my belt and receive some feedback (from students and faculty), I’ll feel more confident,� she said.

When it came to Clark’s paradox between spousal proximity and accepting a position that would make it more difficult for his wife Fallon Farokhi to obtain employment that aligns with her schooling in elementary education, USU was, as Gerdes described, “accommodating.� Clark said Farokhi’s skills and background provided cause to be hired at USU, particularly. “They just didn’t give her the job for no reason,� Clark said. “Edith Bowen (Laboratory School) is an excellent program, one of the top schools in the state. They don’t sacrifice integrity for convenience. Some other schools will try to accommodate, especially when it’s tough with the economic situation.� Like Gerdes and Chantam, who were engaged in 2004 when they both attended Iowa State University, before Chantam left for Notre Dame, Clark was separated from his wife for a year, while she worked as a school library media specialist in Kansas City. Much as both Gerdes and Chantum indicated, the reunion ranks at the top of a long list of why Clark said he is grateful to be in Logan — also closer to the couple’s families, who live in Tucson and the southern California area. “We’ve worked extremely hard, we’ve met all the requirements set up by the university, we share the university’s goals,� Gerdes said. “Not that we’re in debt to them; they wouldn’t have made the offer if the university wouldn’t benefit from us being here. But Utah State has been very accommodating to find positions for two PhD’s.� –

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A PACKED STADIUM of Aggie fans, young and old, chant and cheer as the Utah State football team gears up for its second home game against Colorado State University. Although the team experienced a heart-breaking loss, fans were in good spirits, cheering until the very end. Alumni traveled to the game from miles away to cheer on their alma mate. TODD JONES photo


MAURICE ALEXANDER, A USU LINEBACKER, tackles a Colorado State University player short of the end zone during Saturday night’s game. Running back Robert Turbin scored four touchdowns during the Homecoming football game. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo


MR. USU JUDGES Jason Russell and TJ Pratt help “Mr. Natural Resources” (William Fulton) with his masterpiece, during the talent portion in the TSC Ballroom, Wednesday. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo


Homecoming 2011-12 DOUG FIEFIA strums his guitar during Battle of the Bands Sept. 20, in the Amphitheater. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo


GIRLS CAN PLAY football too, and proved it during their Sept. 22 scrimmages. The black team beat the yellow team 18-0. Female students from sororities, the rugby team, the basketball team and many other organizations participated in the championship game. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

USU CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS lined Aggie Bull-evard with paintbrushes and paint cans at the ready. They had two hours to create a masterpiece on the asphalt representing their Aggie pride and the Homecoming theme. BRANDEN FONDA photo

A STUDENT MODEL in the Re:VIBE recycled fashion show struts down the runway in a student-made outfit made entirely from scraps of USU athletic gear. AMANDA DUNN photo

MR. USU CONTESTANTS dance and sing for a cheering crowd as they duke it out for the title of Mr. USU 2011-12. In the annual pageant male students perform a variety of creative acts for the talent portion. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer sweeps matches against in-state foes BY MACAEL IVIE staff writer

The Utah State menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team remains undefeated after claiming victory in both of its away games this weekend. Saturday morning, the Aggies took to the field and defeated the Westminster Griffins, 4-1. The team played aggressively from the beginning, scoring its first two goals in the first 10 minutes. In the 4th minute of play, forward Nico Laicak pulled out his first of two goals. Inside midfielder Jordan Butterfield came up soon after, in the 8th

minute, to get in the second goal of the game, after a penalty kick, warming up his offense to score twice again later in the day, against Utah Valley. Westminster was then able to get a goal off a deflection from a corner kick to bring the score 2-1, when it remained up until halftime. In the second half, the Aggies gained possession and continued to gain ground against the Griffins, as Laicak scored his second goal of the game at the 78th minute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played on several different teams, and this one specifically has something

special in terms of talent and team spirit,â&#x20AC;? Laicak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe it has something to do with the way Coach Morgan leads us. In the Westminster game, we played a good possession and won deservedly.â&#x20AC;? In the last few minutes of the game, forward Hayden Monson scored at the 89th minute on a breakaway kick, after he got past the goalie and dribbled it in for the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fourth goal of the game. With only a four-hour break between games, the Aggies brought out another strong defense to take on the Utah Valley Wolverines and

to add another victory to the undefeated season, winning the game 4-2. Utah State was able to pull out its first two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game. Outside midfielder James Calvimonte scored a breakaway goal at the 10th minute to start the game. Team captain and center back Trey Leonard scored just five minutes later on a header off of a perfect cross. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We dominated the majority of the game,â&#x20AC;? Leonard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our success was based off a high percentage of possession, and keeping patient and

organized.â&#x20AC;? The score remained 2-0 into the second half, until inside midfielder Jordan Butterfield added a goal with a harddriven shot into the corner of the net at the 65th minute, which was good for his first goal of the game and second goal on the day. After a hard 10 minutes of play, the Wolverines scored as Utah State conceded a goal. Soon after, Utah Valley made a penalty kick, bringing the score 3-2. After Utah Valley scored its two goals and a Utah State See SOCCER, Page 12

Turbin and Koskan honored BY USU ATHLETICS

Utah State football players Robert Turbin and Levi Koskan were recognized by with honorable mention awards for their respective positions for their performances in USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartbreaking, 35-34, Homecoming loss to Colorado State Saturday night. Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list while Koskan collected honorable mention Defensive End of the Week accolades. Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif., rushed for a career-high four touchdowns as part of his 115 yard rushing outing. Turbin is ranked 11th in the FBS and leads the WAC in rushing at 121.7 ypg. Turbin is third in the country and tops in the conference in scoring with 16.0 ppg. Koskan a senior from Smithfield, Utah, posted three tackles for loss including two sacks Saturday night, finishing night with five total tackles. His three TFLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were for 29 yards, with 14 of those coming on his two sacks.

ROBERT TURBIN HANGS his head after failing to reach the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt. The junior running back scored from 25 yards out to cut the lead, 35-34, but fell short on a running play to the left that could have won the game. TODD JONES photo

Homecoming heartbreak Turnovers and special teams prove costly for Aggies BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor

Utah State managed to invent another way to lose a game in the same pattern as they lost to Auburn earlier this season. The Aggies blew an eight point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to Colorado State in overtime, 35-34, Saturday. Running back Robert Turbin had 115 yards and four touchdowns in the game, but came up short in the final two-point conversion attempt which would have sealed homecoming victory for the Aggies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe I could have stopped on a dime and ran the other way,â&#x20AC;? said the junior from Freemont, Calif. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colorado State is not a good enough team to beat us, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry. We beat ourselves.â&#x20AC;?

Up by eight with 2:17 left on the clock in regulation, thoughts of overtime and two-point conversion might-have-beens were not at all what the Aggies were concentrating on. They had just stopped Colorado State on third down, and all USU needed to do to earn a win was field a punt and run the clock out. Instead, receiver Eric Moats muffed the fair catch and fumbled the ball 15 yards away from the goal. The Rams scored four plays later on a 1-yard run by Chris Nwoke, who finished the game with 85 yards and two touchdowns. Down two, with 42 seconds in the fourth quarter, Colorado State lined up for the two-point conversion, but a false start penalty backed them up to the 8-yard line. The extra distance was not

enough to help the Aggies make a stop, and the game went into overtime, 21-21. Each team scored two touchdowns in the overtime periods, but Utah State elected to go for the win after the second overtime. Having just scored, and down by one, 35-34, the Aggies lined up for their bread-and-butter two-point conversion play. Quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw to receiver Matt Austin, but the ball was batted away by the Colorado State defense. Luckily for the Aggies, a pass interference penalty was called, and the Aggies got a second chance from one and a half yards out. Turbin took the handoff on the next play and sprinted to the left edge, only to be stood up by a pair of CSU defenders and wrestled out of bounds, as the Ram coaching staff and players rushed onto the field in celebration.

Turbin said the play will stick with him forever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a second chance and blew it,â&#x20AC;? Turbin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I blew it. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I lost the game,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; was the first thing that kind of ran through my mind.â&#x20AC;? The question is, why not kick the extra point and go for two in the third overtime when mandated by the rulebook? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason for going for two was I believe in the team,â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Gary Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe we can score from the 3-yard line at any time. I surely believe we can score from the 1 1/2-yard line, the 1-yard line, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do it again in a second; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always going to coach aggressive.â&#x20AC;? Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild said he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised See FOOTBALL, Page 11


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Rodeo club has rough outing BY MEGAN BODILY staff writer

The home arena advantage was not enough to salvage a lackluster performance by the Utah State rodeo team this past weekend at the Cache County Fairgrounds. Only six Aggie cowboys and one cowgirl made it to the final go-round Saturday night, with two top finishes. Fans gathered Friday and Saturday to catch rodeo action during Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming weekend. Compared to other years, professor Jeff Hall, the rodeo clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adviser and coach, said he felt they had more attendance for home rodeos in the past. Competing with other sporting events, including a home hockey game, the crowd numbers dwindled, but the rodeo club still came out looking to put on a performance. Most notable was Ken Lym, a senior from Fort Hall, Wyo., who won the average and first go-round on the horse called Little Muddy in the saddle bronc riding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My first horse felt really good,â&#x20AC;? Lym said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got in time, and once you are in time with a horse a lot of your hard work turns to fun. I fell a little bit behind in the end but was able to make up for it.â&#x20AC;? In the second round, Lymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horse got the best of him, but he still pulled out a win. Lymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two first-place finishes gained important points for the USU team. Another top finish came in calf roping by Colton Thacker, who placed first in the average. After a rough rodeo two weeks ago in Pocatello, Idaho, Thacker looked to finish strong this weekend. With a

10.4 run in the first go and an 8.4 in the second, the senior from Bountiful, Utah, clinched the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying as hard (this time),â&#x20AC;? Thacker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went out to have fun â&#x20AC;&#x201D; let it happen.â&#x20AC;? Another noteworthy calf roper is Jace Austin, who placed second in the average. Many contenders participated in multiple events, racking up as many points possible. Devon Pope is one of those competitors, who returned to the short round in team roping and steer wrestling and was barely out of the final round in calf roping, sitting eleventh after the first round. Pope had considerable success in the steer wrestling event. On his fifth steer ever jumped, Pope finished third in the second round, receiving points in an event he has never competed in before and hardly practiced before his performance Friday night. Other points gained came from team roping, when Pope and Aggie partner DJ Anderson broke out and slipped a leg before facing for a time, giving them third in the average. USU roper Jake Wanner and Weber State University partner Taylor Christensen placed sixth in the average, even though they missed on their second steer. Jace Austin and brother Kyler Austin also missed their second steers but ended up eighth in the average, just out of point placing. Only one contender from the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team made it to the final round. Lacy Larsen competed in goat tying Saturday, finishing sixth in the second round and eighth

KEN LYM LOSES his seat on Absentee in the saddle bronc on Saturday night. Lym scored a 64 Friday night for the only qualified ride of that performance. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

in the average, out of point placing. Larsen also competes in team roping and breakaway but did not reach the short go in either. The Aggie womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is still looking for wins and top finishes as the fall rodeo season comes to an end next weekend â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they are coming along â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a couple girls were just out of coming back in the final round,â&#x20AC;? Hall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will take time but we will see the women start making it to the short go.â&#x20AC;? The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is still sitting second in the region but has

room for improvement as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a couple of people I was expecting to make it to the short round, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do as well as I was expecting,â&#x20AC;? Hall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody has bad weekends.â&#x20AC;? USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rodeo team heads to Pleasant Grove, Utah, next weekend for its final rodeo of the fall season. Action will pick back up next spring, when the Aggies will look to continue earning points and climbing the placing ladder in the region. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mega.bodi@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Football has four turnovers against Colorado State

Andersen called the play to go for the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am sure that they believe in their offense, and Gary Andersen is a good coach,â&#x20AC;? Fairchild said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good call when it works, and it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t when it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Utah State out-rushed the Rams, 281-124, in the defeat. Andersen said turnovers were key in the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously this was a heart-breaking loss,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No question about it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much further answers other than that. You lose a turnover battle, 4-1, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to win games, period.

If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a hard time winning games.â&#x20AC;? The loss drops Utah State to 1-2, but both losses this season have been taken away from the Aggies in the final quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played great for three quarters,â&#x20AC;? USU safety Walter McClenton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to say that history repeats itself, but we saw the same thing against Auburn. We have to make a stop.â&#x20AC;? Andersen said all is far from lost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just crushing to feel the momentum in the stadium â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the fans,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for me to deal with, to swallow.

Everyone wants this thing to get flipped, and when I say everyone, I mean Aggie Nation. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come back fighting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only choice we have.â&#x20AC;? Looking forward to next week, the Aggies will face in-state rival Brigham Young University in Provo, Sept. 30. McClenton said the team will need to let go of the loss and focus on what lies ahead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let Colorado State beat us at the BYU game also,â&#x20AC;? McClenton said.

COLORADO STATE PLAYERS CELEBRATE after recovering a fumble from USU true-freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton late in the first quarter. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

Aggies struggle to put away quality teams BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

Making key plays in key moments has plagued the Utah State Aggie football team twice this season. Special teams has also plagued the Aggies, and it did Saturday night as USU dropped a heart-breaking double-overtime loss, 35-34, to the Colorado State Rams at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously this was a heart-breaking loss, no question about it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much further answers other than that,â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Gary Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You lose a turnover battle, 4-1, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to win games, period. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a hard time winning games.â&#x20AC;? Instead of being 3-0, the Aggies find them-

selves 1-2 after not being able to convert a twopoint conversion in overtime, but it was special teams and turnovers that ended up costing the Aggies the game, along with their first 2-1 record since 1997. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up 10, four minutes to go, and we tense up on the onside kick; and all of the sudden we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t execute what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to do,â&#x20AC;? junior running back Robert Turbin said, referring to USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss at Auburn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonight, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up eight points, a touchdown and twopoint conversion, and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t field a punt. For whatever reason it is, we get in those moments.â&#x20AC;? USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trouble holding onto the ball began late in the first quarter, when Colorado State freshman defensive back forced true freshman See AGGIES, Page 12


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Volleyball drops match to high-powered Hawaii, 4-1 BY CURTIS LUNDSTROM staff writer

What started out as a stellar night Saturday for the Utah State womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team ended in a sour way, as the Aggies fell to the 11th-ranked University of Hawaii in four sets, 3-1. Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur led the Aggies with 16 kills, but USU was no match for the high-powered Rainbow Wahine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to be able to sustain stuff for a long period of time, and I think, when I look at us, I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting there; but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not getting there fast enough,â&#x20AC;? head coach Grayson DuBose stated about the match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to get there a little bit quicker. Emotion is a big deal for our team. I think the more passion we can show, the better.â&#x20AC;? After giving up a quick lead to Hawaii, Utah State went on a run, to take the lead early in the first set, at 5-3. As the teams traded points, the competition and intensity heightened. The officials issued Hawaii head coach Dave Shoji a warning, as he contested a call. The Aggies used their momentum and went on a decisive 9-0 run to put the Rainbow Wahine on their heels, taking the first set, 25-21. Junior opposite hitter

UTAH STATEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PAIGE NEVES (No. 9) and Nicole Gneiting-Theurer block a Hawaii opponnentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit in Saturday afternoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match. The Aggies are now 1-1 in WAC play after losing to Hawaii, Saturday. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

Shay Sorensen had a big first set for the Aggies with five kills, hitting an impressive .333 for the set. After a strong first set, things started to fall apart for the Aggies. Senior Wahine outside hitter Kanani Danielson and freshman Wahine Jane Croson started to pound the USU defense and had little trouble scoring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those girls are good hitters, and they are all-Amer-

icans for a reason,â&#x20AC;? DuBose said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They got better as the match went on. They started to figure out things that were taken away early, they hit around us after awhile, particularly in that second and third game.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies managed to crawl back into the second set and only trailed by two at 16-18, but the Rainbow Wahine used a 7-0 run to close out the set, 25-16.

Hawaii kept pouring it on through the third set, as the Aggie offense was unable to get things going on offense; nor were they able to stop the opposition on defense. Even all-American McArthur, who ranks in the top 10 in Utah State history, in kills, had a rough time with the Rainbow Wahine defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just started making little errors,â&#x20AC;? said junior libero Laurel Bodily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing kind

of led to another, and it just kind of built upon itself.â&#x20AC;? Bodily, who ranks second in the Western Athletic Conference, in digs per set, had a hard time turning back the powerful Hawaii hitters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You make one error, and then you make another, and your emotion kind of goes downhill with it,â&#x20AC;? Bodily said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just important for us as a team to stay up and keep our emotion.â&#x20AC;?

Bodily finished with a respectable 21 digs on the night. Utah State never rebounded from the early third set deficit and dropped the set by a score of 15-25. The Aggies held their ground throughout the fourth set, jumping to the lead early. Hawaii slowly crawled their way back into it, however, and USU was never able to take the lead back once it surrendered it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed to get more excited,â&#x20AC;? Sorensen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we do best, what we do well. We come together as a team.â&#x20AC;? Utah State dropped the set, 20-25, bringing the match to a not-so-happy end. With the loss, the Aggies slipped to 1-1 in WAC play, and 6-9 on the season. USU will look to rebound as it embarks on a three-game road trip, over the next week and a half, including visits to conference foes Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and Idaho. Coach DuBose said he hopes for the best the rest of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a nice team,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can believe in it, we can keep rolling.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; curtis.lundstrom@aggiemail.

Hockey remains perfect, pounds WSU Gibbons notches second four-goal game

BY MEREDITH KINNEY sports senior writer

Just three games into the season, Brian Gibbons has already made a name for himself on a young Utah State hockey team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel great,â&#x20AC;? Gibbons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guys are awesome.â&#x20AC;? The forward tallied his second four-goal game of the season, in an 11-2 Aggie win over Weber State University, Friday night. After a scoreless first period, Gibbons rebounded and added two goals in each of the subsequent periods to lead the Aggies to victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling good,â&#x20AC;? Gibbons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t not feel good after a big win like that.â&#x20AC;? Also finding the net for the Aggies was Tyler Mistelbacher, who had three goals, for his second consecutive hat-trick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the players all did well,â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Jon Eccles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They all played hard.â&#x20AC;? Mistelbacher skated into a groove early with the help of some strong stick work, when he placed the puck past Wildcat goaltender Jonas Torgenson, just 24 seconds into the game. The Wildcats found the back of the net three minutes later, after USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brendan MacDonald got caught with a tripping penalty, which put Weber on the power play. Jordan Fass got the power-play goal for the Wildcats with a wellplaced shot against USU goaltender Alessandro Mullane. Jordan Kerr broke through for the Aggies, when he and fellow defenseman Ty Johns caught Weber State in a bad line change and made the Wildcats pay. Kerr took the assist from Johns and found the back of the net with virtually no Weber defense to stop him. Billy Gouthro and Joel Basson scored for Utah State, and Mistelbacher added his second goal of

the night on a USU power play, to give the Aggies a 5-1 lead heading into the first intermission. The Aggies struggled in the second period, when play against the in-state rivals got chippy. Utah State was shorthanded for much of the period but still outscored the Wildcats 3-0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We kept our composure very well,â&#x20AC;? Eccles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Except during that second period where we got into some bad blood.â&#x20AC;? Brian Gibbonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; two goals on the period were split up by a bullet from Cooper Limb, who scored for his third goal of the season. If the second period was characterized by USU penalty minutes, the third was characterized by the lack of penalties. The Aggies didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive a single penalty in the final period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We settled down and got focused,â&#x20AC;? Eccles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went out and played hockey.â&#x20AC;? Mistelbacher found a hole for his hat-trick goal, early on, after a frustrating second period in which he failed to complete four fast break opportunities. The forward scored, 23 seconds into the period, to send a flurry of hats to the ice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I missed a lot tonight,â&#x20AC;&#x153; Mistelbacher said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can always get better.â&#x20AC;? Weber State found its last bit of offense when Braxton Green scored, but two goals from Gibbons on the period â&#x20AC;&#x201D; first at 3:01 for the hat-trick and then, again, going top shelf against Wildcat goaltender Craig Peterson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; closed out the 11-2 victory for the Aggies. Mullane played well in goal, making 33 saves and only allowing two goals in his first start as an Aggie. USU heads out on the road next weekend where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take on Weber State, again, in Ogden, Utah, Sept. 30. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; USU HOCKEY PLAYERS CELEBRATE one of their 11 goals scored in Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against

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Soccer domintates matches


We have potential to have sucess throughout the rest of the season...â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Trey Leonard, USU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer

player was pulled out due to a red card, the Aggies pulled together in the last five minutes to get their last goal of the game, courtesy of Butterfield in the 85th minute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Against Utah Valley, we were physically fatigued and exhausted from the previous

game, but we showed how mentally tough our team is,â&#x20AC;? Butterfield said. Leonard agreed with Butterfield, he said he was equally proud of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, while being short several key players, we managed to play our best in both games today, conserving our energy by playing possession and taking advantage of our scoring opportunities,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a team with more talent than any other USU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team I have ever been a part of. We have the potential to have success throughout the rest of the season and are excited for our upcoming games this weekendâ&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; macael.ivie@aggiemail.usu. edu

Weber State. The Aggies take to the road against Weber State, Friday. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

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Aggies canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull out key play in fourth quarter

Chuckie Keeton to fumble on the CSU 32-yard line. That fumble was a momentum killer, as the Aggies were driving and seemed to have at least a score within their grasp. The USU defense, which played well until it began to tire, came up big against the Rams on the ensuing drive as senior linebacker Levi Koskan sacked CSU sophomore quarterback Pete Thomas, for a nine-yard loss, and forced the Rams to punt. Senior wide receiver Eric Moats muffed the punt from junior punter Pete Kontodiakos, and CSU recovered the ball on USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35-yard line. Colorado State failed to capitalize on the possession, but the turnovers, especially on special teams, would continue to haunt the Aggies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just too many mis-


... when you do that, you aren't going to win many football games.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Robert Turbin, USU football

takes on our side,â&#x20AC;? Turbin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t control the ball through the turnovers, and when you do that, you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to win many football games. I think we all learned this tonight.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies came out firing in the second half, and seemed

to have built momentum with a quick-hitting touchdown drive and another defensive stop, but senior running back Michael Smith fumbled the ball on USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13-yard line, and sophomore Shaquil Barrett scooped the ball and found paydirt to narrow the defecit, 14-10. USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final turnover of the game proved to be the most costly. With a 21-13 lead, the Aggies forced CSU to punt from the Aggie 49-yard line, with 2:17 left in the game. A first down would have won the game for USU, but Moats muffed the punt again, and CSU recovered and capitalized with a touchdown and a twopoint conversion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those are tough things to deal with, tough things to deal with the kids, tough things to deal with the coaches,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think about

those critical plays. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something easy to look at and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You could have done this â&#x20AC;&#x201D; couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve, shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and obviously we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? For two consecutive games against FBS opponents, the Aggies have not been able to close out their opponents in winnable situations, but Andersen insists that his team is close to turning the tables. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can say a lot of things about it, but at the end of the day, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the thing flipped when we get the thing flipped,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no magic wizard thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to walk in and make you a good football team. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I told the kids at the end of the day. This thing will flip in our favor when we flip it in our favor.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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AboutUs Editor in Chief

Planks, but no planks

lanking, hunkering, owling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no matter what you call it, it really just boils down to what happens when a bunch of bored people, who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink or do drugs, get together and look for ways to entertain themselves. Stoners like to sit on the couch and play video games. Some of us have roommates who like to overdose on Mountain Dew or Rockstar and shoot pool for seven hours straight. Others, still, like to read books into the wee hours of the night. Plankers find solace in stiffening their bodies into horizontal positions and lay in weird places for extended lengths of time. Questions such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this a sport? Are these people for real? Why not a nice game of Monopoly?â&#x20AC;? come to surface. The simple fact that the concept of planking managed to work itself into a feature story in The Utah Statesman shows, at least a little, that the activity is to some extent, legitimately viewed as a way to pass the time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; another question we could ask is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When do these fearsome athletes find the time to study for classes?â&#x20AC;? However long planking has been around â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and consequently begun to gather popularity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. The more important focus will be on how long it actually survives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; chances are this fadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wick will burn up faster that it ignited. Prior to the unfortunate death of one planker, who took his performance too far and fell seven storeys to his death, plankers could have at least argued their activity was, for all intents and purposes, safe. Now, this is not the case. It now seems that smoking pot and sitting on the couch playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haloâ&#x20AC;? all day long is the safer activity. At least nobody has ever died as the direct result of smoking marijuana. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t to say that mixing drugs and planking is risk free. The Statesman is not suggesting that anybody smoke pot or plank from a seventh-storey window. We are, however, suggesting that before rounding up a group of semi-close acquaintances to go plank your nearest supermarket, cemetery or Aggie Bull, think about the more productive alternatives you may have at your disposal.

Communication has power to take over WASHINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Like many people, the first thing I do on a workday morning is check my email. These e-mails have nothing in common â&#x20AC;&#x201D; except for the fact that none of their issues had been on my agenda that morning. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know one of the senders. But although it took only a few minutes to read these notes, I suddenly feel pressure to develop coherent thoughts on complex questions regarding someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business enterprise, office politics and world peace. In the not-too-distant past, when you wanted to set up a meeting, ask for help and advice, or simply share something of interest, you had a few choices. You could pick up the phone, send a letter or meet face to face. Each involved a certain amount of effort, tact and planning. Unless you were extremely close friends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or in extreme crisis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have been unlikely to barge into someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house or office and expect, then and there, 20 minutes of thoughtful, focused attention. But today, communication is friction-free. You can send a message from anywhere in the world, at any time of the day, and somehow feel concerned, miffed even, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a reply within a few hours. I love the power of instant communication to connect us across continents. Barring spammers, most emailers mean well. We get excited about spreading the ideas that energized us that morning. We feel sure that the recipient will appreciate being asked for his or her opinion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after all, who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to have someone pay attention to their thoughts? And of course, sometimes weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to do our jobs. But the unintended consequence is that communication volume is expanding to the point where it threatens to take over our lives. An e-mail inbox has been described as a to-do list that anyone in the world can add to. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not careful, it can gobble up most of your week. Then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become a reactive robot responding to other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests, instead of a proactive agent addressing your own priorities. Why is email volume getting ever worse? I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because of a simple fact: Email is easier to create than to respond to. This seems counterintuitive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quicker to read than to write. But reading a message is just the start. It may contain a hard-to-answer question, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;What are your thoughts on this?â&#x20AC;? Or a link to a Web page. Or an attachment. And it may be copied to a dozen other people, all of whom will soon chime in with their own comments. Every hour spent writing and sending messages consumes more than an hour of the combined attention of the various recipients. And so, without meaning to, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all creating a growing problem for one another. Chris Anderson is a media entrepreneur and the curator of the TED Conference and

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ForumLetters Doctrine and members different To the editor: First of all, I enjoyed reading Liz Emeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can the LDS religion be considered a cult?â&#x20AC;? I applaud her for having the courage to write about a topic that is so obviously sensitive to so many people in this community. However, I would like to address several concerns that I had upon reading it. I do not like to disclose my religious beliefs in most settings, but, since I feel that the nature of this letter requires it, I will say that I am a member of the LDS religion. Having revealed that, I would like to address the point in her article where Ms. Emery states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;LDS members are not encouraged to challenge things which are confusing to them. The mantra â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Just have faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is one of the most commonly cited answers when tricky questions are asked.â&#x20AC;? I have never been told by my parents or by any church leader to â&#x20AC;&#x153;just have faith.â&#x20AC;? Usually, they have been able to answer my questions or have encouraged me to seek the answers on my own. In fact, at the end of The Book of Mormon, readers are told to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ask God â&#x20AC;Ś if these things are not true.â&#x20AC;? This applies to what church leaders say, too. Members of the LDS religion are not encouraged to follow blindly but, rather, to ask God, and then make a personal decision as to the truthfulness of what is being presented to them. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also like to address what Ms. Emery said about LDS peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationships with those outside the church. She says that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition, LDS youth are encouraged to only fraternize with those who â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;share their values.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? It is true that LDS youth are counseled to choose friends who share their standards, but at no time has that ever been explained as exclusively LDS people. There are good people everywhere, of every race, religion and sexual ori-

entation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some of them are even Atheist â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gasp â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just like there are members of the LDS faith who do not present a very good example of what we believe. My argument is that it was these people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not the leaders of the church and its members who truly understand its beliefs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who Ms. Emery has experienced. I would ask her not to confuse the solid, unchanging doctrine of a religion with the actions of the religionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members. Kuniko Poole

Every region has a religion To the editor: Popular opinion and culture with relation to religious belief is a powerful force in any society. In Ireland and most of Europe, Catholicism is the mainstay. In England, Anglicanism is the way to go. Lutherans dominate Germany. Baptists dominate the South. Islam is the only choice if you happen to live in the Middle East or most of North Africa. And of course, in Utah, we live in a Mormon culture, and Liz questions, as have many, if Mormonism is a cult. There really is no argument. Mormonism has grown so large, so international, with so many different people are adhering to the belief system that the question of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status as a bonafide religion cannot be questioned. What Liz has written is simply an attempt to marginalize the beliefs of a segment of society and stigmatize religion, veiling the maneuver under the guise of objective analysis. That isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fair, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take into account really why Mormons do what they do, much less why any member of a religion does what he or she does. Lizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing also shows that she not only regards

0IXXIVWXS XLIIHMXSVÂ&#x2C6; %TYFPMGJSVYQ Mormonism as a cult but resents its influence in our society. Comments like â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;When this agency is exercised in a way that God supposedly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want,â&#x20AC;? show her true colors. In her piece, Liz attacks doctrines and beliefs without trying to understand them. I refer to her arguments on agency. Liz said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the LDS church asserts that all individuals have what is known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;agency,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and yet when this agency is exercised in a way that God supposedly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to be, eternal life is jeopardized.â&#x20AC;? Liz is wrong. Agency is power to choose â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something everyone has. If there is no punishment for breaking a law, what is the value of that law? This is the gist of the doctrine of agency. All man can choose how he will, but cannot choose the consequences of his choices. Saying otherwise would follow the line of thought that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair for a murderer to face criminal charges. Charlie can choose to shoot the gun, but what the state and God does after his victim dies is totally out of his control. Lizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument sounds less like a reasoned argument against Mormonism and more like a disguised complaint against having to face the eternal consequences of her choices. Also in her piece, Liz speaks of marriage, declaring that anyone that marries out of the church loses â&#x20AC;&#x153;their ability to be with their partner forever.â&#x20AC;? The LDS religion is the only one that teaches marriages endure beyond the grave. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the whole â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Till death do you partâ&#x20AC;? phrase in the marriage ceremony, remember? My sister married out of the church. Do I believe that her marriage will last forever? No. But LDS doctrine does not teach that this is game over.


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FORUM LETTERS, From Page 12 Those who want to sacred place. I f marry in the temple most my sister and her husband certainly can. But in order chose to believe and chose to do so, they must change. to follow the teachings They must meet the stan- and commandments, they dard. They must obey the would be welcomed in the teachings and command- temple, as would anyone. ments of God in order I would remind everyto prepare themselves to one who gets the chance make sacred promises in a to read this that the real reason why any faithful Mormon does what he does is because he has read the scriptures, searched the doctrine, thought about it quite a bit, prayed to God for answers and received answers from above about the veracity of the church (and if they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they certainly should). A basic tenet of the LDS religion, and perhaps the most important, is that the humble seeker of truth can find it if he looks long and hard enough, believing that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find it.

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Mike Burnham In the 2005 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freakonomics,â&#x20AC;? the authors explained how abortion lowers criminal activity. The majority of abortions, they argued, occur in low-income, broken homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the type of homes that are statistically most likely to raise criminals. About 20 years after the Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion in the U.S., crime suddenly and sharply dropped. The early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s was the time period at which children born after Roe v. Wade were entering their late teens and criminal prime. Suddenly, however, the children that were most likely to be criminals werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there; they had been aborted. My purpose in bringing this up is not to advocate abortion as a method of crime control. Rather, this gets to the very heart of what causes crime: broken homes and families. The best way to fight crime, therefore, is not law enforcement or a liberal application of the death penalty but to fight poverty and build strong families. This past week Troy Davis was executed, and the controversy around him speaks volumes about our justice system. I believe in the death penalty. There are some individuals that are beyond reformation and will never be fit to live in society. Yet, I fear that we are too liberal in its application. While I believe in justice, I believe first in mercy. The abortion case suggests that the difference between a productive member of society and a murderer is environment. We should first seek reformation and provide a healthy environment to those who were born into less fortunate circumstances, and then fell in to crime. Execution has its place, but not as our initial resort. I do not know if Georgia executed an innocent man. I do know, however, that if we as a society sought mercy before justice that we would probably not be asking that question right now. Mike Burnham is a junior majoring in economics and international relations. Comments can be sent to him at mike.burnham@

consider to be an inaccuracy, while recognizing that the wording is not included in quotations. In the Article â&#x20AC;&#x153;National study shows SpongeBob decreases aptitudeâ&#x20AC;? Reutzel points out that kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watching the cartoon to learn. While that may not be the intention of anybody involved, it is a result of everything a child experiences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monkey see, monkey do,â&#x20AC;? as they say. And for some reason fantasy shows seem to have more of an effect on a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior than real personal interaction (relative to time at least). If a child watches an episode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Rangersâ&#x20AC;? he or she is likely to begin play fighting. What then, I ask, does a child begin to do after watching an episode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;SpongeBob?â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll not try to argue that one is better than the other, but I think that parents are well advised, in their own actions along with the TV shows they allow their children to watch, to be very careful and aware of what their children are learning and exemplifying. Lex Jensen


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