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The TSC International Lounges is full of holiday spirit. Page 2

Features

USU class brings the figure skaters out of students. Page 4

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The Spectrum was back to normal Tuesday with another Aggie win. Page 7

Opinion “Years from now, you’re going to be able to say you were a student when Utah State football became a staple in the Logan collegiate experience. You’ll be able to tell your friends and family how you watched the USU defense ... sack Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton for a Football Bowl Subdivision record 16 times.� Page 10

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Prof dissects Facebook security policy BY STEVE KENT web editor Compromised privacy and reputation-damaging photos are just two things Facebook users wouldn’t necessarily have to worry about if they took advantage of the site’s privacy features, according to an assistant professor in the USU journalism department. Fears associated with Facebook were the topic of emerita assistant Professor Nancy Williams’ Tuesday, Dec. 6 seminar entitled “Facing Facebook Fears� — part of the Lifelong Learning seminar series sponsored by the University Inn and Conference Center. “This time of year especially, there are so many opportunities for networking — not just business, but family. If it stops us because we don’t understand it, then it’s an excellent opportunity to just learn more about it,� conference coordinator Joy Brisighella said in her introductory remarks. Williams showed attendees See MEDIA, Page 2

2%2'=;-00-%17)1)6-8%%77-78%28463*)7736 addressed Facebook users about security and privacy concerns at a seminar Dec. 6. Recently, Facebook programmers added several features that give users more control over how their information is displayed. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

Distance VP proposes regional student council BY CHRIS LEE and AMBER MURDOCH news senior writer, staff writer

Discussions regarding the creation of an effective model for governing regional and distance student bodies have culminated in a proposal to the ASUSU Executive Council that outlines changes in the current student government method. Justin Watkins, vice president for Regional Campus and Distance Education, proposed the outline Dec. 6, saying USU policies are sometimes difficult to apply to regional campuses. “There is no executive council for regional campuses — it’s up here,� Watkins said. “None of the regional campuses vote on the student president just because it’s not practical. When you look at ASUSU, there’s a good chunk of students that are not under ASUSU’s jurisdiction.� The amendment will group the regional campuses into four regions with an executive council, Watkins said. He said

the proposed RCDE Executive Council will work in conjunction with the ASUSU Executive Council. “We’re discussing how to divide the regional campuses because we want to build an executive council,� Watkins said. “Some of these campuses might drown out the other ones.� The size of the regional campuses is a central factor in figuring how to group them, Watkins said. The Nephi campus has about 20 people, while the Tooele campus has about 1,000. He said larger campuses may overshadow smaller campuses if grouped under the same council and their voices may not be heard. Watkins said he is looking for a way to give all campuses a voice in student government. According to USU Admissions data from fall 2011, there are 16,472 students enrolled at Logan campus and 12,109 students at all regional campuses. “There are actually more

graduate students off Logan campus than there are up here,� Watkins said. Kirsten Frank, ASUSU executive vice president, said she’s been working with regional campuses and Watkins to sponsor the RCDE bill next semester. “I think the principal purpose of it, honestly, is the exact same principal purpose that we have in student government of having the control that we do,� Frank said. “There’s a reason that our advisers advise us and don’t necessarily make our decisions, and that’s unique to Utah State University.� Frank said she has been to other schools’ student government functions and said their advisers tend to run things, rather than letting the student government have control. “Regional campuses, being such a huge part of our campus, shouldn’t be an exception to that rule,� Frank said. “What Justin is trying to do seems like it’s a very good measure to put the power back into the hands of the students.� Frank said she met with

leaders at regional campuses who would love the leadership opportunities enjoyed by the Logan campus. Watkins said the school’s constitution was built for the main campus and with the regional campuses growing, changes should be made. “I’m trying to take what James Morales is doing and look 20 years into the future. I’m trying to get that kind of vision going on,� Watkins said, “I’m trying to do an amendment with the constitution so that in the future it’s not that big of a hassle to make changes. There may come a time where there are 12,000 students in Brigham City. I’m trying to keep in mind expansion and being able to change it in the future as much as possible.� Watkins said he’s trying to create more transparency between the campuses so things done Logan are the same regionally. He said it should also give regional students more of a voice. See GOVERNMENT, Page 3

Alumni connections factor into admission BY TIM BARBER staff writer When it comes to getting into the most selective universities in the country, close family ties can advantage prospective students, according to a recent Harvard study. Admissions Office representatives said the same criteria do not apply at USU, the Alumni Association works to attract students whose parents or grandparents graduated from USU and create lasting relationships with future alumni. There are several programs intended to help legacy students or students whose parents or grandparents graduated from USU. “President Albrecht instated the Legacy Waiver in 2009,� said Craig Whyte, USU alumni program director. It waives the non-resident portion of tuition for any out-of-state (legacy) students. But that only applies to students who are first admitted.� Whyte said prospective students often have a strong connection to USU alumni, and few students don’t have relatives who graduated from USU. “I would say that connection is greater at USU than other universities I’ve encountered,� Whyte said. Steve Godfrey and Seth Hilton are both USU students who have relatives who are alumni. “I come from a whole generation of Aggies,� Godfrey, a sophomore majoring in English education, said. “Both of my grandparents worked at USU, and my dad and all his brothers came here, so I’ve always been surrounded by the awesomeness of USU. It’s not that they forced me to come here, but they loved it so much that it really rubbed off on me.� Hilton, a freshman majoring in exercise

science, said, “My parents both came here and they let me discover USU’s greatness for myself as I was deciding which college to come to.� Whyte said the devotion of some alumni to USU is discovered through the recruiting process. “With the terrific student experience we offer here and what alumni have experienced, many of them want their kids and others they interact with to attend USU,� Whyte said.

One such recruit is Courtney McCann, a senior majoring in accounting. “I was recruited initially by an alum who was teaching history in my high school,� McCann said. “Since attending USU, I’ve recruited my sister and several of my cousins. I’m just converting the whole family from BYU.� Some students, like Karla Mora, still manage to find USU on their own. Mora is

a senior majoring in psychology from Idaho Falls, Idaho. “I attended an event in Idaho called Hispanic Youth Symposium,� Mora said, “and spoke to USU representatives there my junior year in high school. After that, I came on a campus tour at USU, worked hard and qualified for a scholarship by the time I graduated high school.� Having seen several students finish their time at USU, Whyte said he hopes they’ll remain engaged once they move on. “I would encourage all graduates to join the Alumni Association,� Whyte said. “Some have the perception that all we want from alumni is their money, but that’s not true. Our three most important goals are to create lifetime relations between Aggies, help facilitate networking with other alumni and discover opportunities.� McCann said after she graduates she plans to remain involved through the Alumni Association and even spread the word about USU in places such as Las Vegas where she said few people know about the university. “I love USU and I feel like it changed my life, not just for me but my whole family. It’s opened doors and changed our mindset about college and our opportunities,� Mora said. “You invest a lot in school and they invest a lot in you. I want to continue that relationship,� Godfrey said. – timothyjbarber@gmail.com


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RI citizens protest governor calling spruce ‘holiday’ tree PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Carolers singing “O Christmas Tree� crashed Rhode Island’s Statehouse tree lighting on Tuesday after Gov. Lincoln Chafee unwrapped a holiday hubbub by calling the 17-foot spruce a “holiday� tree. Chafee insisted his word choice was inclusive and in keeping with Rhode Island’s founding as a sanctuary for religious diversity. But his seasonal semantics incensed some lawmakers, the Roman Catholic Church and thousands of people who called his office to complain that the independent governor was trying to

secularize Christmas. “He’s trying to put our religion down,� said Ken Schiano of Cranston, who came to the tree lighting after hearing about the controversy. “It’s a Christmas tree. It always has been and it always will be, no matter what that buffoon says it is.� Chafee did not address the several hundred people who filled the Statehouse to watch the tree lighting. Afterward, he said he was surprised by the heated reaction to his word choice. Chafee argues that he is simply honoring Rhode Island’s origins as a sanctuary for religious

diversity. Religious dissident Roger Williams founded Rhode Island in 1636 as a haven for tolerance, where government and religion would forever be kept separate. Chafee’s immediate predecessor also referred to Statehouse trees as “holiday� trees. “If it’s in my house it’s a Christmas tree, but when I’m representing all of Rhode Island I have to be respectful of everyone,� Chafee said after the tree lighting. “Now we can get back to next year’s budget ... with pleasure.� After Chafee lit the “holiday� tree, a few dozen carolers interrupted a

THE OFFICIAL STATE SPRUCE referred to as a “holiday tree� by Gov. Lincoln Chafee is lit up in the rotunda of the statehouse in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Dec. 6, while some in attendance hold signs and sing Christmas carols. The governor’s decision to call the tree a holiday tree prompted some people to protest that it should be called a Christmas tree. AP Photo

performance by a children’s chorus to sing “O Christmas Tree.� The dispute also prompted the Providence diocese to schedule a competing Christmas tree lighting a block from the Statehouse. A Republican state lawmaker erected a tree in a Statehouse hallway to give Rhode Island residents an alternative to the official state “holiday� tree. After the flap made national news, Chafee’s office received 3,500 calls of protest, with all but 700 coming from out of state. According to a tally by Chafee’s spokeswoman, his office received only 92 calls supporting his choice of words. Rhode Island has one of the largest percentages of Catholic residents in the country. Timothy Reilly, chancellor of the Providence diocese, said Chafee’s desire to be inclusive is laudable, though he chose the wrong way to do it. He said he hopes the controversy will prompt Christians to contemplate the holiday’s true meaning, which he said far outweighs any spat over what to call a tree. “He probably had the best of intentions but somewhere, somehow we lost hold of the true meaning of the season,� Reilly said. “It’s all about the baby Jesus. We tend to almost forget this.� But by citing Roger Williams, Chafee is upholding Rhode Island’s legacy as one of the first secular See SPRUCE, Page 3

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Social media competition led to Facebook policy changes

how to change their privacy settings and use other features of the social networking site, including how users can set Facebook to require permission before their name appears in a friend’s photograph. “They’ll send you a notification instead of an automatic tag,� Williams said. “So it could say, ‘Do you want your (name) in this photo with all these other people playing beer pong, when it’s not really you,’ and you can say ‘No.’� The information users post on the Internet can affect them in their work and relationships, Williams said. In 2002, a Utah blogger named Heather Armstrong was fired from her job, reportedly for posting stories on her blog about others in her workplace. Last August, Facebook programmers added several new privacy features, including the option to create multiple groups of friends and control which friends see which posts, Williams said. Now, if a Facebook user wants to write an update for family members to see, he or she doesn’t have to let every Facebook friend see it, too. Williams said the new features marked a change in the way Facebook officials treated privacy. “For years, Facebook has ignored public outcry about the lack of control on privacy,� Williams said. Formerly, Facebook’s default privacy settings were as open as possible, Williams said. This

meant if users wanted to restrict who could view posts or comments, they had to go through a complicated process to manually change their settings. Often, users confronted by the confusing process would just give up, leaving their information open to other users, she said. In addition, Facebook programmers changed privacy features frequently with little or no notice. Since the August updates, privacy settings are much simpler, Williams said, and Facebook programmers have made it easier to learn how to use these new features. Williams said Google officials probably deserve thanks for Facebook’s new focus on privacy. Google Plus, the company’s latest attempt to create a social network to rival Facebook, lets users create circles of friends and choose what content each circle had access to. “The only reason that (Facebook) is better today at privacy is that Google Plus almost beat them at their game,� Williams said. “They reversed Facebook’s stance, and said, ‘No, you should be in charge of everything that has to do with your privacy and who sees your page, and we’re going to make it easy for you to do it.’� The updates Facebook programmers made to privacy settings in August are similar to features on Google Plus, Williams said. “They took everything that was really good about Google (Plus) and stole it, which is the wonderful thing about competition,� Williams said.

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Competition from Google Plus isn’t the only factor pressuring Facebook officials to reform the site’s privacy features. In November, Facebook officials made a deal with the Federal Trade Commission, promising to address eight complaints the agency made about the way the site handled users’ information. Among other allegations, the FTC accused Facebook of sharing users’ personal information with advertisers after it promised not to, according to a statement released by the FTC. “Facebook is obligated to keep the promises about privacy that it makes to its hundreds of millions of users,� FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in the statement. “Facebook’s innovation does not have to come at the expense of consumer privacy.� Facebook officials agreed to stop misleading users about privacy and obtain consent from users before making changes to the security of their accounts, the statement reported. For the next 20 years, Facebook will be subject to independent audits to ensure the company has a program in place to address security concerns. Williams said the FTC agreement meant Facebook executives can’t change the rules in the middle of the game and decide to make information public that they originally told users would be private. Should Facebook officials break part of the agreement, they may not face severe legal consequences, but Williams said she thinks the damage to the company’s public image could have a greater impact. “Nobody will throw them in jail, but if they don’t abide by their agreement to honor people’s trust, people will leave,� Williams said. “They have alternatives now, and one of those alternatives is Google Plus.� Williams said she uses Facebook to help students connect in her journalism classes. The students contribute to Hard News Cafe, the journalism department’s online news source, which is open to public scrutiny. She said she wanted students to have a private, less stressful place to communicate, which is why she incorporates Facebook into her classes. “They know that they don’t have any private space, so I started building them a closet, so they can rant, rave, exchange stuff and fall apart; and it works really well,� Williams said, adding that the site is also a reliable way to get information to students. “This way, nobody can say, ‘I didn’t get the email.’ They’re all on Facebook all the time,� Williams said. Williams said since she requires students to add her as a friend on Facebook for the duration of the course, she makes sure to show them how to limit her access to their content. Jared Ballard, a junior studying public relations, attended the event. Ballard said if he were required to use Facebook for class purposes, he wouldn’t let professors have full access to his profile. “I definitely see the benefits in it, but if I did friend the professor, no matter how much I trusted them, I’d definitely limit their access to my account. I might even lift some of those restrictions after I got my final grade, but I would hate to be judged,� Ballard said. “It would also make it more difficult to complain about having to work too hard when you’re posting party pics. You can’t really say, ‘This assignment is killing me,’ if you didn’t do anything on it that Friday night and they can tell.� Another seminar attendee Debra Parrish said she thought the speech was effective. “It was nice for me, being older, having someone who’s not 15 who can (teach) this information,� Parrish said. – steve.kent@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Bingham Center wins LEED award

USU’s Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center serves as the chief building for the Uintah Basin Campus in Vernal. The Bingham Center has recently been awarded a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. “The Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center is a tremendous asset for researchers and developers in the Uintah Basin,� said Robert T. Behunin, vice president for commercialization and regional development at USU. “This building represents the commitment of the residents of the Uintah Basin to fulfill Utah State University’s landgrant research mission. It embodies the community’s commitment to higher education, sustainable economic development, and responsible environmental stewardship.�

Flags at half-staff for Pearl Harbor Day On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the more than 3,500 Americans killed or wounded during that deadly attack and pay tribute to the heroes whose courage ensured our nation would recover from this vicious blow. Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II. As a Nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms. The Congress, by Public Law 103-� 308, as amended, has designated Dec. 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.� Now, therefore I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Dec. 7, 2011, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activi-� ties. I urge all federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-�staff this Dec. 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor. In witness whereof, I have here-� unto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-�sixth.

Beef specialist shares knowledge in Indonesia Dale Zobell, USU Extension beef specialist and professor in USU’s animal, dairy and veterinary sciences department, is making a difference in Indonesian university animal science programs. He has travelled to the country three times in the last two years to assist farmers and researchers with animal product issues. Two of his trips were part of the U.S. State Department Fulbright Senior Specialist’s Program. Zobell learned about the program through a colleague and world-renowned water buffalo specialist at the University of Mataram in Lombok, Indonesia, who came to USU on the program to learn the latest technology and updates in animal science. Zobell applied for and was accepted into the Fulbright Program, and it has been of huge benefit to his colleagues and subsequently farmers in Indonesia as he traveled there and helped faculty members design animal science curriculum and improve their research techniques.

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USU scientists assist in Great Salt Lake research BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS

The Great Salt Lake is a defining natural wonder of Utah and the American West. The massive body of water, about 75 miles long and nearly 35 miles wide, figures prominently in Utah travel brochures, history and lore. Yet the remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi, remains an enigma. “The Great Salt Lake hasn’t been the site of as much aquatic research as one might think, as fish studies require significant time and resources,� says Utah State University undergraduate researcher Hannah Moore. “Yet there’s a lot of debate about what aquatic species actually live in the lake.� One of the reasons for the mystery is the Great Salt Lake isn’t one homogeneous body of water, says Wayne Wurtsbaugh, Moore’s faculty mentor. The lake is actually composed of four distinct bays: Gilbert Bay, south arm of the

lake and the largest bay; Gunnison Bay of the lake’s northwest corner; Bear River Bay of the northeast “thumb,� and Farmington Bay along the lake’s southeast banks and communities adjacent to Utah’s Wasatch Front. “Each of the bays has different salinities and, thus, different biotic communities,� says Wurtsbaugh, professor in USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences. “That means each bay also has different management problems.� Moore and Wurtsbaugh have teamed with Jim Harris, monitoring section manager of the Utah Division of Water Quality, on an impact study of a new wastewater treatment plant on Willard Spur, a section of Bear River Bay west of the Willard Bay reservoir. Among the team’s tasks are finding out what’s living in the ecosystem, so steps can be taken to appropriately manage the area and protect aquatic life. “The UDWQ went out of their way to help us,� Moore says. “Jim Harris took us to our study sites in an airboat and provided use of the

division’s GPS equipment.� To the team’s knowledge, Moore’s netting study, conducted at four sites in Willard Spur in October 2011, is the first of its kind. “We have anecdotal reports of fishermen who’ve caught brown trout and walleye the area, but that hasn’t been confirmed,� she says. “Those captures could have actually occurred in Willard Bay, a freshwater reservoir.� The research team spent two days on the lake, setting up fyke nets, gillnets and minnow nets and taking varied water measurements, including temperature and dissolved oxygen. “It was cold and windy out there and my waders had holes,� says Moore, a senior fisheries and aquatic sciences major. “But the trips in the airboat were worth it. We had great views of a gorgeous sunrise, snow on the surrounding mountains and close encounters with lots of pelicans and other aquatic birds.� And the nets did indeed yield fish. “We caught carp, Utah chub, crappie, yel-

low perch and wipers – a white bass/striped bass hybrid,� Moore says. “There’s obviously a complex food web supporting this diverse set of fish.� Back at the lab, Moore will continue to analyze data from her field studies and share results and management recommendations with the division of water quality. She also plans to present her research at USU’s 2012 Spring Runoff Conference April 3-4. Following graduation in spring 2012, Moore, a recipient of the College of Natural Resources’ Dean’s Scholarship and an American Fisheries Society scholarship, plans to pursue graduate studies in marine biology at Germany’s University of Bremen. “During my undergrad career, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Australia, Europe and the North Sea, and the Bahamas,� she says. “My graduate studies could enable me to return to the Caribbean or conduct research in Micronesia or the Arctic.�

Deck the lounges

CHRISTMAS TREES ON DISPLAY in the TSC International Lounge were decorated by different organizations on campus for the annual Festival of Trees. The trees will be donated to Cache Valley families in need. AMANDA DUNN photo

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Protesters say spruce should always be referred to as ‘Christmas tree’

governments in the modern world, according to Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. “Rhode Island is Roger Williams country,� said Lynn, who is also a United Church of Christ minister. “He was one of the great champions of religious freedom and diversity in our history. There is no war against Christianity. We have a dizzying level of religious freedom in America.� The state House of Representatives in January passed a symbolic resolution declaring that the tree traditionally erected in the Statehouse be referred to “as a ‘Christmas tree’ and not as a ‘holiday tree’ or other nontraditional terms.� Republican Rep. Doreen Costa of North Kingstown, the resolution’s sponsor, hosted From Page 1

her own tree lighting Tuesday outside her Statehouse office. She said the uproar boosted attendance, which she called a silver lining to the controversy. Squabbles over nativity scenes and trees have become a regular occurrence, though the first shots in the so-called War on Christmas were fired long ago. The controversy highlights a very old tension between the holiday’s Christian roots, its links to pre-Christian celebrations and the many now-familiar traditions that are relatively new, according to Stephen Nissenbaum, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the author of “The Battle for Christmas.� Nissenbaum said early Christians wouldn’t recognize the modern holiday, with its reindeer, Santa Claus, ‘round-the-clock shopping and

poinsettias. The tradition of Christmas trees was brought to America in the 1830s by German immigrants who were continuing a centuriesold practice from their homeland, Nissenbaum said, though the use of evergreens and candles or bonfires in winter holidays dates back to preChristian Europe, Nissenbaum said. The Puritan leaders of 17th century Massachusetts actually outlawed the celebration of Christmas for several years because they didn’t like the boisterous celebration of what they saw as a minor holiday. “I don’t think Christmas has ever been a settled tradition,� Nissenbaum said. “We always look back to the days when Christmas was pure and simple and it never was.� Aside from the uproar over the tree,

Tuesday’s lighting ceremony was traditional. A giant gingerbread house was on display, along with a “heroes� tree decorated by the families of fallen service members. Choirs and a military band performed standards including “White Christmas� and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.� State employees served cookies. Some attendees said both sides of the tree spat need to focus more on the spirit of the season and not a label given to a blue spruce. “Why are they making such a big deal about this?� asked Deborah McNerney of Pawtucket, who came to the Statehouse to see her son perform with a children’s chorus. “It’s Christmas, after all.�

Student government proposal designed to meet regional campus needs

ASUSU President Erik Mikkelsen said Watkins is setting a framework on the student side of what is going on at the administrative level. He said this structure should help regional students have a voice instead of relying on the voice of the Logan campus. “The reality of things is our campus — our Logan campus — has reached its capacity for the most part,� Mikkelsen said. “In talking with president Albrecht, he feels and he sees that all of our future expansion is going be at the regional campus level. Those campuses have tons of room to expand and that will really promote our mission of providing access to higher education across the state of Utah.� “I think it’s going to prove to be really successful and give those students at the regional campuses a lot more opportunities to meet the needs that they have,� Mikkelsen said, “because our needs here are so much different than their needs there.� Mikkelsen said most students enrolled at Logan campus are traditional single students. He said many of the regional students are non-traditional students who are married and have jobs and children along with school, so their needs are different. “Maybe they don’t need a whole bunch of big dance parties, or a whole bunch of events to go to,� Mikkelsen said, “because they wouldn’t be able to go anyways, even if their student fees paid for those events.� According to Watkins, when College of Eastern Utah joined USU and became USU Eastern, a contract was signed stating USU Eastern is allowed to keep its own student

government, mascot and tuition. Because of this, he said proposed changes would not affect USU Eastern. Because some students attend both main campus and a regional campus, Watkins said, those students’ tuition and fees would be split between the two campuses, with the school they attend most receiving more of the tuition, based on the amount of credits taken. Watkins said his idea for regional campuses started as a regional campus constitution before evolving into what it is now. “I was thinking of doing a regional campus constitution, but I didn’t want to split the school,� Watkins said. “I don’t want to do that. I want to split the jurisdictions of the student body.� Watkins said his plan will be presented to the Executive Council as an amendment to the constitution during its first meeting of spring semester. – chris.w.lee@aggiemail.usu. edu – amber.murdoch@ aggiemail.usu.edu

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Campus bullying prompts clubs to fight back BY MARIAH NOBLE features senior writer

An assistant professor in the special education and rehabilitation department recently gave input on bullying — an issue some believe is growing out of control and others say is no worse than it’s always been. “The terminology around bullying is so loaded,� said assistant profes-

sor Scott Ross. “Kids who feel like they’re being bullied are less likely to report it than kids who (feel they) are being teased.� An individual’s reaction to disrespect is just that — individual. When others make unwanted comments, some people manage to keep their cool by throwing back words of similar distaste and smiling at their own wit. Others watch the clock with eyes narrowed and muscles tensed, using every ounce of self-control not to physically restrain the attacker. Others can’t contain their emotions, and tears overwhelm them. Bullying defined Ross said for an act to qualify as bullying it must meet certain criteria: The act must be a repeated offense, there must be some sort of power differential in which one person is for example taller, smarter, faster or stronger, and the offender

must have an intent to harm. These criteria can be confusing, Ross said, because it’s difficult to measure a power differentiation or determine whether someone intends to hurt or not. Brooke Evans, ASUSU Diversity and Organizations vice president, said she feels that many times students who tease each other don’t think about the consequences of their actions. “I think it’s more of an awareness issue,� Evans said. “If people are more aware of the power of their words and the effect it can have on others, they’d probably be more thoughtful.� Ross said all behavior is maintained by reinforcement. Reinforcement can include praise from parents for getting good grades or it could include getting out of doing something perceived as unpleasant. He said an example of this is misbehaving to get kicked out of

&900=-2+78-00)<-787 in college, but mostly in verbal abuse and backbiting. Campus organizations have emerged to fight against students and teachers who bully. KATRINA ANNE PERKINS photo illustration

class by a teacher in order to get out of doing math. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem with bullying programs are theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not developed by that thinking,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost all bullying is maintained by attention from peers. They like that pure attention, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kid standing beside them laughing or a kid crying.â&#x20AC;? Bullying in the realm of higher education Ross spent several years analyzing anti-bullying programs for schools in Oregon. He said methods of bullying get â&#x20AC;&#x153;more and more sophisticatedâ&#x20AC;? as people get older. He said the peak of bullying comes about when people are in third grade. At first, bullying is more physical, like the stereotypical big kid beating classmates up until they give him their lunch money. By about sixth grade, he said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more common to bully via text messaging or Facebook, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still obvious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the time theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in college, I think a lot of students are more sophisticated and comfortable with who they are, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need that pure attention,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. He said a common type of bullying in college is talking about others or making fun of them behind their backs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this case, the victim canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intervene because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about it,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This puts the emphasis more on the friend. Friends of the perpetrator need to be willing to step in and do something about it.â&#x20AC;? Senior Amilya Bennet, majoring in secondary education psychology, said she feels like bullying and disrespect still happen in college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You still hear people saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so gay,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and you hear people calling other people â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;faggotsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and other derogatory words,â&#x20AC;? Bennet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In schools you just sort of ignore it, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just encouraging it, even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say anything.

So you need to stand up and say something.â&#x20AC;? Steven Camicia, assistant professor in the school of teacher education and leadership, has worked with students in grades K-12. He said many times in these schools, administrators turn a blind eye when they suspect bullying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Or they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even notice until someone being bullied comes forward,â&#x20AC;? Camicia said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really studied that aspect (of bullying) in higher education, but we know that bullying can really change the course of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. It can have long-lasting effects, especially in the way they socialize.â&#x20AC;? Camicia said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noticed LGBTQ students are targets for bullying more often than others. He said the USU campus has multiple places where students can go to feel welcome and accepted if they feel victimized by bullying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;LIFE is really strong on campus,â&#x20AC;? Camicia said about USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gay-straight alliance Love is for Everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have a lot of support, and they provide a good support for all the students.â&#x20AC;? He also said the counseling center and the Ally group on campus are other places students can go for support. Anti-bullying campaigns Mel Austin, a sophomore majoring in English, said there are a number of reasons people get targeted for bullying and discrimination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are targeted because of their ethnicity and race,â&#x20AC;? Austin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religion is another big one.â&#x20AC;? Bryce Sprosty, a senior majoring in marketing, agreed that people bully because of religion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think gender is also a big target,â&#x20AC;? Sprosty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are always saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be such a pansy. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be such a girl.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Evans said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Words Can Hurtâ&#x20AC;? campaigns against bulSee SCHOOL, Page 6

Skating through class on thin metal blades BY KRISTI OTTLEY staff writer

Gliding, turning, stopping and standing on one foot are just some of the skills USU students learn at the beginning and intermediate figure skating classes taught at the George S. Eccles Ice Center in North Logan. Many students who have discovered the ice skating class choose to take it multiple semesters, said coach Becca Anderson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it,â&#x20AC;? said Heidi Stromberg, English creative writing major and sophomore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my third time in the class.â&#x20AC;? Stromberg said she has taken the class multiple times, not just because she really enjoys ice skating but also because it is a good workout, and the class continually challenges her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like being challenged to overcome my fear of skating,â&#x20AC;? Stromberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a major chicken when the class started, but now I am not usually afraid to do, actually, pretty much anything at this point.â&#x20AC;? Anderson said anyone is welcome to take the figure skating class. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if you have a lot of experience or have never been on skates before. She said 60-70 percent of the students are beginners. Anderson said the instruction starts out basic in the beginning of the semester. Students learn how to glide, stop and turn around. After awhile, students are separated into two groups based on skill level and spend the remainder of the semester skating in these groups. She said students in the intermediate class spend time learning more advanced skills including jumps and spinning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like my instructor a lot,â&#x20AC;? said Ericka Griffin, freshman and public health major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it the first or even the 12th time, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still very patient.â&#x20AC;? Anderson said she grew up in Alaska and has been skating her entire life. She has been a coach at the Eccles Ice Center for eight

years. She said she really enjoys coaching and being a role model for her students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a coach you get to pass on a sport you love, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even more about passing on the life skills,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. Figure skating is not the only class offered at the ice center to USU students. Hockey and curling classes are also available. Freshman Ashlie Scott, a biology major, said even though figure skating is a physical education credit, she wanted to mix things up a bit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; take advantage of the fact that such classes are offered in college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the ice skating class you get to get away from campus and you get to spend an hour forgetting about what you have as far as your studies and what you need to do with homework,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get to just come skate, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your own little getaway for an hour.â&#x20AC;? Scott said she knew she liked ice skating before she registered for the class because she grew up in a small town with a nearby lake that she and her friends would skate on every winter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think people realize just how good of a workout it is,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said, when asked why students should register for ice skating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really feel like you are working out, but you are. Most average students burn about 400 calories an hour.â&#x20AC;? In lieu of a final exam, Anderson said the students participate in a final performance during their last class of the semester. They spend the last six weeks of the semester practicing and preparing for the performance. The performance gives students the opportunity to show off their progress what they learned since the class began, Anderson said. The final performance is Dec. 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard you should always take a fun class so you can relax, and I wanted to try something new, so I decided to try out the ice skating class,â&#x20AC;? Griffin said.

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; kristi.ottley@aggiemail.usu.edu

1'/)2>-).3,2732%*6)7,1%2 majoring in human movement science, warms up for the beginning ice skating class USU offers. DELAYNE LOCKE photo


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A Christmas gift that stuns and satisfies

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe, but the end of the semester is practically here, which means Christmas is here. This is exciting but can also be stressful for college students. For one thing, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even start thinking about Christmas until we get these finals out of the way, right? And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the whole college student budget thing, which can put a damper on Christmas shopping sprees. When I was thinking about this situation, two words came into my head: food gifts. Everyone loves homemade treats, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely more budget friendly than traditional store-bought gifts. And you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to face the cold and the crowds at the mall. You can turn on your favorite Christmas CD and your oven and make something delicious to tell someone you love them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; handmade, creative and heartfelt. Done. One unique treat thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to make, but seems hard and impressive, is tassies. Tassies are miniature pie cookies. They look exactly like little pecan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or whatever flavor you choose â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pies, but they are so much easier to make. This recipe is for pecan, but you can make chocolate tassies, pumpkin tassies, raspberry tassies and probably any other kind of tassies you can dream up. They are lovely and delicious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a perfect Christmas gift. For the Crust: 1/2 cup pecans 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese at room temperature 1/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup flour dash of salt For the Filling:

1 egg 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup pecans

To make the crust: Spread the pecans out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 F for about 10 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and smell toasted. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a mixing bowl, using a hand mixer) beat the cream cheese and butter until well incorporated, about five minutes. This will be pretty difficult if your

b u t ter and cream cheese arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t soft. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Jennelle Clark have time to bring them to room temperature on their own, you can speed up the process by softening them in the microwave. Just be careful not to melt them. Once the pecans are completely cool, put them in a food processor or blender and pulse until well ground. Keep an eye on them as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pulsing; you want them to turn into a crumbly powder. If you over-grind them or grind them when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still warm they can turn into pecan butter.

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Add the ground pecans, flour and salt to the cream cheese butter mixture and beat until combined. Scoop the dough into 18 tablespoon-sized balls and place them in the cups of a mini-muffin pan. Use your fingers to gently press the dough into the bottom of each cup and up the sides to form a little crust. Set aside while you make the filling. To make the filling: Toast the pecans using the same method used for the crust â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you can toast all the pecans at once and measure them for the crust and filling after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cooled. Once the pecans are cool, coarsely chop them and set them aside. Meanwhile, whisk together the

egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, butter and salt. Stir in the pecans. Scoop about one teaspoon of filling into each of the formed crusts. Bake the tassies at 350 F for 15 minutes, or until the edges of the crusts are golden brown. Let cool in the pan for about five minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely. Wrap up a few tassies with a lovely ribbon and have fun giving them away to friends and family. Happy holidays!

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jennelle Clark is a senior psychology major who writes the online food blog foodislikeart.blogspot.com. She loves making, eating and sharing her food. Send comments to jenn. wilson@aggiemail.usu.edu.

PECAN TASSIES LOOK GOURMET, but are an easy treat to make. These mini pies can be stuffed with many ingredients other than pecans. JENNELLE CLARK photo

Ivory keys lead young pianists to Las Vegas BY WES KING staff writer Gary Armano didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just teach his students how to play the keys, he mustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taught them how to win. Three of Armanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students won first place in their division in October at the Piano Performance Competition in Sandy. The winners include piano performance major Brandon Lee, Davis High School senior Weiyi Le and Bear River Charter School eighth grader Trenton Chang.

Brandon Lee Lee was named winner of the Young Artist division competing against other students from Weber State, University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt my preparation level was extremely high, and I felt very pleased with how my performances came across,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. He said he performed a 50-minute solo program consisting of works by Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Barber and Ravel. The winning advanced him to a regional level competition being held in Las Vegas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should I be selected as the winner, I would move on to the national competition finals held in New York City in March,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very prominent musicians have been competitors, adjudicators, lecturers and presenters at the national conferences.â&#x20AC;? Lee said his preparation for these competitions and his passion for the instrument helped him come out on top. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played the piano for over 20 years now,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have at times put in more hours of practice in a day than sleep. It was never difficult for me to find motivation to practice. It was always a passion and joy for me at the piano.â&#x20AC;?

Lee said he dreams of a future as a pianist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would love to perform as a soloist in concert halls, in concerto and ensemble settings, but can also envision myself teaching in a university setting, as well as privately,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am also well trained and proficient as an accompanist â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a skill that can be used to provide a steady income.â&#x20AC;? Lee said the most important thing about playing the piano for him is sharing it with others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The true fruits of my labor are not just in awards I receive or the competitions I win, but in my ability to share my love of music making with others,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. Weiyi Le

Le said he was a student of the USU Youth Conservatory piano program. He won in the senior division. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt great (to win). I was very grateful to my teacher, parents and the judges and organizers of the competition,â&#x20AC;? Le said. He said he performed works by Liszt, Ravel, Haydn and Chopin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy composers from the Romantic Period, including Chopin and Liszt,â&#x20AC;? Le said. Like the other competition winners, Le said he had an arduous daily practice schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When school is not in session, I try to practice three to four hours a day; otherwise, I try to squeeze as much practice time into my busy schedule as possible,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel very lucky to have had such great a piano professor to help me cultivate my potential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have many paths and opportunities before me, of which to take I am still unsure. However, music will always be a great possibility.â&#x20AC;?

TRENTON CHANG PLACED first in the junior division at the Piano Performance Competition in Sandy. Chang will advance with two others to regionals held in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Trenton Chang

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BRANDON LEE PERFORMED a 50-minute solo at the Piano Performance Competition where he took first in the Young Artist division. KATRINA ANNE PERKINS photo


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There is no place like home for a drug dealer Like it or not, general reading public, we live in a world completely centered around catch phrases. Many are about finding happiness, several are about love, most of them are about Bob Ross â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you know, the grayafro painter guy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but all of them have their own meanings and overtones. Of the many catch phrases tossed around in the annals of some form of historical analogy, two immediately come to mind, â&#x20AC;&#x153;nothing good ever occurred while wading in wet cementâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is no place like home.â&#x20AC;? The latter, of course, came into play just this week as I had the chance to go apartment shopping with my girlfriend. She likes her roommates and her living arrangements, it just turns out that she happens to like Bandit, her hyper little devil of a pet rat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m totally not kidding about that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even more. She was looking for someplace cheap, nice, relatively nice looking, allows pets and preferably comes without having to deal with living with any roommates named Mork or Balki. She did some preshopping online, set a time to look at some places and, before I knew it, we were off faster than Mr. Rogersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first pair of loafers. I was excited to see the first one, it was close to campus and more cost effective than your average, run-of-the-mill Clark Bar. She gave me the address, and I made the quick drive over to the first candidate for her new home. In specific order, we slowly scaled up

the street looking for the address. We drove past the cozy blue building , the buildSteveSchwartzman ing with four stories, the building that was almost surely a drug stop and were about the pass the next one right as she interrupted me. According to her count, we should have gone to the place just before. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think she was serious. I parked on the roadside and we got out of the car, looking at a structure that could have honestly only passed a local safety inspection because the local authority had the flu that week. You know, that home that is in every â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goosebumpsâ&#x20AC;? book? The ones where the lead kid and his best friend always end up standing outside and stare at blankly before one of them says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check it out, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst that could happen?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is doublespeak for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go inside this possible annexed warlord headquarters and end up getting turned into a viscous sort of cotton candy, because getting killed might be a little content heavy for a young adult novel.â&#x20AC;? She gave me one of those Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m-notsure-if-we-should-go-for-this-or-not looks,

Just a few laughs

followed by my itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-up-to-you-but-what-ismost-important-is-that-you-have-your-life stares. Nonetheless, she decided to go through with it. I kept my thumb on the send button for 911 and we walked toward the front door ever-so cautiously. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Jamie Kennedy die in enough horror flicks to know to take this rather carefully. After wading through a sea of newspapers and bright orange papers that might have been eviction notices, might have been parking tickets, but most certainly Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons, we found a salvageable spot where we could knock on the door without attracting the return of SARS. After a few knocks and me glancing through Google on my phone to find a number for the SWAT team or at least the Superhuman Samurai team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I loved that

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show, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t act like you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201D; someone answered. I honestly expected a meaner version of the grandpa from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Arnoldâ&#x20AC;? to pop up but truth be told the current tenant

seemed pretty nice. That was until they grabbed a lantern â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no, not a flashlight, it was definitely a lantern â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come this way, and mind the dog poop.â&#x20AC;? Gulp. Three minutes. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how long it took us to take a quick look the kitchen with no oven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you heard me right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; saw the bathroom, or as I called it an â&#x20AC;&#x153;in-houseâ&#x20AC;? and heard the creaking noises that sound just before roller coasters collapse in Bruce Willis films, before I grabbed my girlfriend by the hand and made an absolute B-line for the car. We scampered downstairs, tried to unlock the front door â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I seriously thought for a brief second they were going to hold us hostage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and sped off as far away as my gas tank would permit. Just before I dropped her off at her current home, I asked her what she thought of the most frightening place I have been since Horrorland, and she said, no joke, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let me paint in there?â&#x20AC;? Stunned silence. Man, that kid has got guts.

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Steve Schwartzman is a junior majoring in speech communication. His column runs every Wednesday. He loves sports, comedy and creative writing. He encourages any comments at his email steve.schwartzman@aggiemail.usu.edu, or find him on Facebook.

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Middle school program uses stop signal

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lying at other colleges that can help people understand the weight of words that some may find offensive, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;retarded,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;gayâ&#x20AC;? or even â&#x20AC;&#x153;ghetto.â&#x20AC;? She said she thinks the most common method of bullying in a college setting is verbal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think probably more than anything sarcasm could be considered bullying, and a lot of people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take sarcasm very well,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. She also said in college, people sometimes make excuses for themselves in certain settings where bullying might be perceived as acceptable, such as sporting events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There obviously is a culture of teasing or taunting or being mean with our words that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily support, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our student section isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as bad as (other schools). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of the game and stuff, but it sets a bad example for outside-of-sporting events.â&#x20AC;? Because it can be so confusing to distinguish between what is actually bullying and what is just teasing, Ross said he and some colleagues from Oregon developed a program that focuses on eliminating the peer attention that bullies find rewarding. In this program, they never use the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;bully,â&#x20AC;? and they develop a stop signal for the person whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being disrespected to use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you use this hand signal, every

person in the school knows they better cut it out or they know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to go to the next step,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. He also said this program could theoretically be adapted to a college setting. He said this could help with situations where students pick on each other or even when professors pick on students, and people could understand when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone too far and what behaviors to change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like driving your car too fast,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes you get caught, and might slow down for a while, but every time you get away with speeding, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually being reinforced. It becomes much more frequent.â&#x20AC;? He said sometimes people try to impress and out-do each other by saying something meaner than whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been said, but that is one more way students reinforce the thought that being unkind is OK. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key is not to think about bullies,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to think about the disrespect.â&#x20AC;? Just as bullying can change the course of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, a person can also be changed when someone stands up and sets a different example. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we really want to stop it,â&#x20AC;? Ross said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we have to get the guy next to us to say thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not OK.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; m.noble@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Advancing to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sin Cityâ&#x20AC;?

The  USU  department  of  Theatre  Arts  presents

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 Ben  Hecht  &  Charles  MacArthur Based  on  a  play  by  Charles  Bruce  Milholland  in  a  new  adaptation  by

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The Utah State menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team returned to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum looking to break a twogame losing streak and sophomore Preston Medlin scored 13 points to lead USU over the Utah Valley Wolverines 63-54 on Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything certainly wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t close to being perfect, but we needed a win badly for our spirits, for our confidence and we got one,â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Stew Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something we can build on and hopefully get better. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try and do.â&#x20AC;? Four straight layups and made free-throws down the stretch secured a much-needed victory for USU. Sophomore Danny Berger, who had his redshirt pulled and played his first game of the season against Pacific last Saturday, hit two of those layups and finished with 10 points to go with three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes of play off the bench. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think their defense was a little scrambled at times,â&#x20AC;? Berger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just had open lanes the basket and I just took it strong to the hoop.â&#x20AC;? USU led by as much as 15 points late in the first half, but UVU would keep the score close for a majority of the game as the Aggies struggled to hold large leads. Senior guard Brockeith Pane, who finished the game with nine points, spurred a 9-1 USU run with a strong drive and a layup. Medlin capped the run with one of USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five 3-point goals on the night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was pleased with how we came out to start the game,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tried really effort and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been stressing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just to play with some passion and energy. The Aggies, who have been searching for answers on both ends of the court, used their seventh different starting lineup of the season and the bench players scored 27 points, which is the second-highest output of the season. USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bench scored a season-high 31 points against Southern Utah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach was stressing for us to have energy all week and I felt like we came out and hustled,â&#x20AC;? Medlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys would get on the floor. We were getting good rebounds and they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting many good offensive rebounds, so I thought it was good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach was really telling us that we needed a lot of energy coming from the bench, coming from everybody on the floor, and we did that.â&#x20AC;? Junior forward Kyisean Reed led all bench scorer with 11 point on 5 of 7 shooting from the field and 1 of 2 shooting from the free-throw line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kyisean, coming off the bench, we need him to play full throttle,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He kind of plays in

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UTAH STATE CENTER KYISEAN REED goes for a layup in the 9-point win over the Utah Valley Wolverines. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

SOPHOMORE GUARD DANNY BERGER came off the bench and scored 11 points in his first game since his redshirt was pulled earlier this season. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

Sophomore Danny Berger had his redshirt pulled when the Aggie bench was shortened by forward Brady Jardineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ankle injury earlier this season. In his first game for Utah State this season, the Medford, Ore., native went 4 for 6 including two 3-pointers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just trying to execute the offense and take looks if I had them,â&#x20AC;? Berger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plays work. Coach Morrill is a great coach and knows what he is

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doing. I just take advantage of open looks.â&#x20AC;? Berger also had six rebounds, one assist and a steal in the victory. Utah State head coach Stew Morrill said the guard was ready to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He came in and performed well for us,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In practice we did a lot of stuff where we had to be physical. We had a lot of rebounding drills and a lot of stuff coach was really telling we need to be physical and have a lot of energy and we did that.â&#x20AC;?

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Improving the Spectrum BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor

Administration-student relations were resolved in a meeting Dec. 6 after a sit-down protest the Nov. 30 during the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game against Denver. The protest was in response to both an event staff usherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made-up policy changes, which he related to students that night, and the apology letter from University President Stan Albrecht to Brigham Young University for heckling forward Brandon Davies on Nov. 11. University officials met with Hurd leadership and some key students involved in leading chants at basketball games. ASUSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athletics vice president and front-row regular Ryan Baylis said the meeting was for university administrators and students

to get back on the same page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a meeting both about the apology letter and the Denver game,â&#x20AC;? Baylis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything just cleared up. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no new regulations or anything. We want to keep the Spectrum how it is.â&#x20AC;? Baylis said university officials at the meeting were apologetic toward the students about the usherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The administration was kind of sorry about the miscommunication they had with us at the Denver game and how that was handled,â&#x20AC;? Baylis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come from up top is what they were saying.â&#x20AC;? Utah State Athletic Director Scott Barnes said it was an opportunity for the two sides to listen to and learn from each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We discussed the miscommunication that

occurred and how to avoid it in the future,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really spent a lot of time refocusing on how to continue to build on what the Hurd and the students have done. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as good a group as there is in the country.â&#x20AC;? Students and administrators came to an agreement about lessening the amount and ferocity of heckling specific individuals. Barnes said he expects the Spectrum will return to the level worthy of the thirdlongest home winning streak in the nation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think not only back to normal,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some plans to even make it better than they were.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tavin.stucki@aggiemail. usu.edu

SOPHOMORE GUARD DANNY BERGER chases a ball during the game against the UVU Wolverines Dec. 7. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

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Aggies beat Wolverines in Spectrum

spurts right now, but he had a good spurt there. He got some points and rebounds and he gives a little something coming off the bench athletically and energy-wise.â&#x20AC;? Reed had a crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunk off a pass from Pane that put the crowd on its feet. Senior guard, Isiah Williams, who leads the team in scoring with 15 points per outing, led UVU at halftime with 11 points and went on to score 16 to lead the Wolverines. Williams scored five of his 16 points early in the first half to cut the Aggie lead, 11-9. USU responded with a 13-5 run over a span of six minutes to push its lead to 24-14. Aside from a pair of baskets in the paint, the Aggies hit all jumpers to fuel the run. Medlin gave USU its largest lead of the game with his second 3-ball of the game at 33-18, but UVU would slowly chip away at the lead one more time with a 18-8. A jumper from senior guard Kevin Woods,

who finished with 10 points, cut USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead, 42-38, but that is as close as the Wolverines would come. USU finished the night shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range and 46 percent overall, while holding UVU to 45.5 percent from 3-point distance and 39 percent overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defensive effort for the most part was really good,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got stymied on offense sometimes. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to develop more weapons. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have guys with more confidence, but our defense our offense was good enough to get a win.â&#x20AC;? USU outrebounded UVU, 38-32 and USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 assists were the second-most this season. The Aggies had a total of 11 assists over two games prior to their matchup against the Wolverines. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ty.d.hus@aggiemail.usu.edu

A penalty shot victory A MESSAGE WRITTEN ON A WHITE BOARD stated one fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitude toward the sit-in during the Denver game Nov. 30. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

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Aggie guard Preston Medlin said he was happy with the way Berger played. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach was really telling us that we needed a lot of energy coming from the bench, coming from everybody on the floor, and we did that,â&#x20AC;? Medlin said. Morrill said he originally planned on giving Berger a redshirt because of how little he has played basketball since returning from

a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played for years,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason we brought him off redshirt is what you saw tonight. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a really good feel. He tried to make a couple of passes that were ill-advised, but he can make shots, he can make plays. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a good feel offensively and we desperately

need that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see him perform.â&#x20AC;? Morrill also said if Berger keeps performing well, it is likely he will see more playing time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If guys play well, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play more,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sure liked what I saw tonight.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tavin.stucki@aggiemail. usu.edu

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Player out for season BY TAVIN STUCKI sports editor

Utah State women’s basketball player Chelsea Burns was medically disqualified because of a knee injury, as announced in a press release Dec. 6. The junior from Carlsbad, Calif., was diagnosed with an osteochondral defect and meniscus tear, which will require surgery. USU head coach Reagan Pebley said the injury is disappointing. “Chelsea’s been so committed,” Pebley said. “(She is) an unselfish player — an incredible Aggie on and off the court. She’s also very involved in community service and with the studentathlete advisory council, as a student-athlete mentor. Burns was injured for the duration of the 200910 season with a similar knee injury but started four games for the Aggies this season and played in five. “I’m sad for her,” Pebley said. “I also know there’s a great opportunity ahead of her with the career goals she has and she’s already focused on that.” – tavin.stucki@aggiemail. usu.edu

AGGIE JUNIOR CHELSEA BURNS was medically disqualified because of a knee injury. Photo courtesy of USU Athletic Media Relations

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Intramural soccer team advances in playoffs BY MACAEL IVIE staff writer

Intramural soccer team Qatar beat the Red Devils 8-6 in a match filled with fights and injuries inside the HPER building Dec. 5. The first few minutes of play were dominated by Henock Beyene of the Red Devils, who scored both goals in the center of the net. “I think we did a good job,” Red Devil Simohammed Ababov said. “It was tight, and the last (time) we played with our team.” The Qatar keeper had several saves in the first half, but ended

up taking a shot to the face, which stopped the game momentarily. Red Devil keeper Cristian Vazquez kept his side in the lead with numerous consecutive saves. Erhama Alkudari then took control of the game to score two goals for Qatar. The first came when he made a strong kick from the center of the court and stuck the ball into the top-right corner of the goal. Minutes later he then kicked the ball into the same spot. The first half ended with a tie of 2-2. Yousuf Alsaadi scored in the second half for his team’s third goal by

hitting the ball into the bottom-left of the goal. Beyene scored every goal for his team. Due to the tie, the game was decided by penalty kicks to determine which team would advance in the playoffs. “I think it was a really good game. It was really intense and physical,” said Red Devil player Fabian Calderon. “Overall we did our best but it just had to come down to PK’s. I wish it didn’t have to be like that, but it’s a part of the game” Qatar made the first of their PK’s while the Red Devils missed their

first one. It came down to the final shot. Khalifa Alqahtani then stepped up and drove the ball into the goal, winning the game for Qatar. “We were preparing for this match last week. I’m happy about this game and I am looking forward to the final now,” Alqahtani said. Qatar will play their next playoff game Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. – macael.ivie@aggiemail.usu.edu

State Your Case Which ACHA Hockey team is really best in the West?

BY MEREDITH KINNEY sports senior writer

MEGAN BODILY staff writer

Last weekend Utah State hockey picked up their first loss of the season against Arizona State and while the Aggies may have lost to the No. 2 team in the West, their No. 1 spot is still secure. It’s true, from here on out USU’s strength of schedule is lackluster. The Aggies will face a number of teams from the Beehive state. But even with the light schedule, the Aggies are the No. 1 team. There are 10 players on the Aggie roster with more than 22 points — three of them have racked up more than 60 points. Brendan MacDonald is on pace to break the Utah State points record, he already has 75 with half the season left to play. To put that into perspective Aggie great Kent Arsenault only had 86 in an entire season last year. With the strength of USU’s schedule, there is no reason the Aggies shouldn’t win out. The individual talents on the team are far above those of the other teams in the West. Combined as a team, they are unstoppable. Of the five players who have the most points, all of them have recorded more assists than goals and have thus proven their ability to play as a

Until this weekend, Utah State Hockey dominated the ice and had not recorded a loss. At the Winter Classic 2011 held at Colorado State University, USU fell to No.2ranked Arizona State University 6-1. Once thought of as the top team in the West, doubts are now being raised about whether or not this is the golden team we all thought it was. USU boasts the top goal scorers and goalies in the region, but failed to hold the Sun Devils off in the first game for both teams in the tournament. The loss could be blamed on coming off a long road trip to the tournament, but this is equally true for ASU, or the fact that USU has not been really tested by a team since the St. Louis exhibition in Missouri, way back when. But excuses for the lack in mental toughness and motivation cannot be discarded. To be the best means beating all others and being the best at all times, no matter the conditions. Future games will show whether USU hockey is the national championship team we have hoped for

team. Utah State proved themselves against D-I schools like Lindenwood, who won a D-I national championship three years in a row before earning runner-up honors last year. There is no question who is No. 1. – meredith.kinney@aggiemail.usu.edu

or just another first-round loss at nationals. But until then, USU lost to the next-best thing and showed that we may not be the best in the West, but perhaps second best — to the ASU Sun Devils.

– mega.bodi@aggiemail.usu.edu


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f you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bought your tickets and called your Idaho relatives for sleeping arrangements, drop the newspaper after you read this, and do it. Most of you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand how big a deal it is that the Aggies are going bowling. You probably donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember when Anthony Calvillo scored seven touchdowns and won the 58-56 shoot out in 1993 over BYUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Walsh, who passed for a school record of 619 yards. You probably donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember when Calvillo helped the Aggies win the Las Vegas Bowl and was named bowl MVP for beating Ball State 42-33 later that year. You definitely donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember when Lionel Aldridge was an All-America honorable selection at USU before starting his rookie season in the NFL under legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Most students can only remember the past 17-or-so seasons when Utah State went unrecognized for its football program. The point is, before this season, Utah State football lost its aura of greatness. Now, with the invitation to play Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, that aura is coming back â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our Aggies are winning football games. High school football players from Salt Lake County high schools are excited for the chance to play collegiate football in Cache Valley and Aggie fever is spreading among the hearts of alumni who are ponying up the dough to buy new practice areas, facilities, turf fields and training rooms. Most importantly, they are buying season tickets again. Getting bodies in the seats is crucial for the emotional high the football team needs in Boise, Idaho. You are of the many who need to be there to watch your Aggies make history. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really care if you fly, drive, bike, walk, buy a ticket, get a press pass or whatever to see the Aggies play on that ugly blue Smurf turf. Years from now, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be able to say you were a student when Utah State football became a staple in the Logan collegiate experience. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to tell your friends and family how you watched the USU defense, led by Bobby Wagner, Kyle Gallagher and local hero Levi Koskan, sack Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton for a Football Bowl Subdivision record 16 times. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to tell them how you watched as the offensive line pushed around a lazy MidAmerican Conference defense and set a school record for rushing yards in a game. You will also be able to say you were in Bronco Stadium chanting â&#x20AC;&#x153;one more yearâ&#x20AC;? with the rest of the Hurd, students and alumni, when Robert Turbin sets the school record for career rushing

Perspectives evolve after finding oneself The rumor mill has been churning away and delivered to my ears the myth that many Statesman readers suspect I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really believe what I write and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only trying to spark controversy and anger. My last column of the semester is here to quell these doubts. Perhaps, a little explanation of my past will lead some skeptical readers to an understanding of how I arrived at some of my conclusions. As a child I was home-schooled, and very devoutly LDS, remaining a member of the church until I was a 17-year-old senior in high school. I went to public school that year and took a humanities class from an excellent teacher who showed me there were many kinds of people unfamiliar to me who all had different beliefs. I was impressed that there was much more to the world than I had ever understood. Then I fell in love â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as much as a 17-year-old can â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with another girl. This, combined with several other personal experiences, pushed me to seriously question what I was taught to believe. I ultimately decided the conservative background I grew up with no longer explained life as I was beginning to understand it. So with a somewhat painful amount of critical thinking, reading, and self-exploration, I came to discover I am not a religious individual. More intense education revealed religion is responsible for the justification of the majority of atrocious acts commit-

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ForumLetters Crowd needs passion again To the editor: During the recent loss to a very good Denver team, I was seriously upset to discover a group of fans had organized a boycott against cheering for the first 3 minutes of the game. These so-called fans allowed their pride and arrogance to inhibit the tangible positive energy that has helped the USU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball to amass an extremely successful home record under Stew Morrill. These fans selfishly sought to teach a lesson to an errant usher who told the fans they could be punished for

obscene chants, among other things. I attended the BYU game and I, along with every student present, felt the powerful effects of a united passionate fan base. This energy, which our players are accustomed to using as a boost, was clearly absent and sorely missed. Denver jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the eerily silent first 3 minutes and never looked back. Our goal as students and fans of Utah State basketball should be to never allow this to happen again. We must rise as one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our collective voice building in intensity until the very foundations of the Spectrum shake as we bellow? I believe that we will win? Tyler Draper

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Ever since I stepped onto campus I have been in love with this university and its athletics. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count how many times Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come home from games voiceless, soaked to the bone or with throbbing palms from clapping so hard. We have the loudest and most spirited fans in the nation, a reputation that I love sharing with everyone I come in contact with. I love being an Aggie fan. However, in the past few

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This time From of year always gets me excitthe Soap ed. The holiday Box season gives me a warmand-fuzzy feeling as I look D. Whitney Smith forward to seeing family, enjoying Festivus and ogling at the beautiful Christmas trees decorated limb to limb with bells, lights and talking Capt. James T. Kirk Star Trek ornaments. When I think of trees, I sometimes think back to a period in my life, not too long ago, that seems like another lifetime. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m referring to a time when if I heard the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;trees,â&#x20AC;? I instantly thought about smoking pot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you know, marijuana. Back then, Christmas had a whole different ringa-ling-ling to it. In fact, for me, any and every holiday was a great reason to get fully baked â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thanksgiving, Easter, Secretaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and especially Arbor Day. This is a touchy subject for a lot of conservatives, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to warn you that I only speak of this so openly because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve advanced to a stage in life in which I enjoy the milder things the world has to offer and abide by a set of voluntary suggestions called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Word of Wisdom.â&#x20AC;? Back in the day, though, I always told my pothead friends Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d someday be a great non-pot-

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smoking marijuana advocate, and I intend to live up to my prediction. First off, I can confidently say I have enough experience with pot to be able to knowledgeably speak about it. That being said, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t smoked it for more than two years and have no intentions of ever doing so again. However, this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to turn my back on it and pretend it was some terrible substance that left me half-dead in a ditch, with heroin coursing through my veins and foam coming out of my mouth. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. And the beauty was when I wanted to stop smoking pot, I did. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go to rehab or cut down. I just quit. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not ignorant. I know there are plenty of idiots that have done stupid things while stoned, and continue to give pot a bad name, but this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the problem is marijuana â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lots of dummies do terrible things all the time, having never smoked pot. Every time someone dies of a heroin overdose or kills people while driving drunk, I see news reports mention the dastardly, lethal narcotic marijuana was also found in the perpetratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system. Can we please stop dragging pot through the mud in these stories? This would be like saying allergies may have had something to do with the death of a hiker who got mauled by a grizzly bear, just because there were flowers on the trail.

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Karlie, I would From LETTERS, Page 10 like to run the ad (1x1) every Friday with the following changes: years, that great Open reputation has been2 tarnished minutes what Mon throughThu to 9 PM, Fri - Sat 11AM of to 10 PM would prove to be a very chalby those who sometimes forget are around rep- lenging game. Seriously guys, seriously? I find it Motel and Hot Poolsthey open year resenting the university as a whole when they ironic that these â&#x20AC;&#x153;leadersâ&#x20AC;? of ours, who are supare at sporting events. The enthusiastic school posed to be die-hard Aggie fans, told everyone spirited chants that I loved so much 6 years ago to not do the one thing they were there to do, are now mixed with classless, dehumanizing and and everyone listened. Anyone ever heard of crude chants, meant to demoralize individual â&#x20AC;&#x153;groupthinkâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;mob mentalityâ&#x20AC;?? I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s players of the opposing team. Stan Albrecht was time for all of us to grow up just a little bit. Stop right when he asked the Aggie fans to continue throwing tantrums and stop hurting our team. with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinarily loudâ&#x20AC;? school spirit, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, I love how enthusiastic and but just without the crude and vulgar personal crazy we are at the games but there is a line and attacks on opposing players. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it has been crossed. So what are we going to do about it? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not too much to ask, but for the self-proclaimed sure what the answer is, but I know punishing leaders of the Spectrum student body, it was. On Wednesday night they decided to make our own team isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it. Richard Varela a statement by not cheering for the first 3

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From LIZZEN UP, Page 10 ted by humankind â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hence my tangible contempt for almost all religious things. In addition to my religious columns, every other topic I write about is also genuine to my beliefs. I really do think fraternities are simply a method of social casting; pornography can enhance a healthy sex life; and pot smokers are not criminals. And there is a large number of individuals in Logan who feel the same way I do. Because the thinking community in Utah is so generally unexposed to various opinions, it seems as if what I write is unusual or sacrilegious. Some people told me I should leave Utah if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the environ-

ment. Well sorry, folks. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going anywhere anytime soon, and I actually feel fortunate to be able to write in a newspaper where so many people disagree with my opinions. Outside of Utah my articles really arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that controversial. Even if they were, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still write the way I do. It sounds awfully clichĂŠ, but if we all had the same beliefs, life in Logan would be even more boring than it already is. Newspapers should allow writers to express various viewpoints, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to thank those who have not censored me and have accepted my writing. They pick up plenty of flak

From SOAP BOX, Page 10 First of all, marijuana â&#x20AC;&#x201D; specifically the major psychoactive chemical found in it, called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bonds with fat cells in the body, which means it can remain in the system for up to four weeks, or possibly longer. Therefore, just because a drunk driver had pot in their system doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it had anything to do with their accident. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be willing to bet it had something to do with the alcohol. The driver could have smoked the weed three weeks before they ever got behind the wheel drunk. Second of all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that a lot of drug addicts, alcoholics and generally unsavory people smoke pot. However, not all potheads are drug addicts, alcoholics or generally unsavory people. So, to all you non-believers, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have your cake and eat it too. There are thousands, if not millions, of respectable, intelligent and God-fearing individuals who have smoked or still smoke marijuana. Marijuana is not a gateway drug. What is a gateway drug? Is that like saying buying an expensive TV is a gateway to buying a hooker? Is it the same as saying playing Monopoly is a gateway for becoming a greedy capitalist who hordes money, underpays their employees and overcharges customers? Well, maybe. Regardless, this all sounds pretty ridiculous, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing, curious or dumb enough to try drugs, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to try them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; regardless of which one you tried first. Actually, alcohol is the first mind-altering substance most kids try, before they ever get stoned or smoke cigarettes. The most important point Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make is this:

from my columns and I admire their refusal to conform under pressure from angry readers. Believe it or not, there are people in this small valley who have beliefs and opinions that oppose the majority. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like my columns, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read them. Their content isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to get any less controversial next semester â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but I hope by now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made it clear that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing my honest beliefs, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it to anger readers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Liz Emery is a senior majoring in English creative writing. Her column appears every Wednesday. Comments can be sent to her at liz.emery@yahoo.

Marijuana is a cash crop and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll grow anywhere. When you couple this with the fact that American pot smokers spend billions per year on their hobby, you end up with a great solution to a good portion of the national debt crisis. Legalizing marijuana would circulate billions of dollars into the legitimate American economy, eliminate an entire sector of the black market and create thousands or millions of legitimate jobs. Contrary to popular belief, most pot smokers are industrious, hard-working and responsible people who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be criminals if it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for the fact that their harmless, victimless hobby is illegal. Granted, punitive and draconian states like Utah would have to figure out a new way to regenerate all their fine-based revenue currently made by keeping non-criminals tied up in the legal system. And the drug-counseling mental health facilities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in cahoots with judges and prosecutors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that profit millions by convincing regular people they have substance abuse problems would have to focus on harder-to-tackle, real-life problems like meth and heroin addiction; but what the heck, I say we legalize it. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much more that could be said, I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the space to say it. In the meantime, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you put that in your pipe and smoke it? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; D. Whitney Smith is The Statesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s copy editor. Comments about this column can be sent to statesmanoffice@aggiemail.usu.edu. 0/12 xp. Â 5/1

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Study Abroad in Dominican Republic during Summer 2012! (USU Faculty Led Program) - study Spanish Language. Information Session on Dec. 7, 2:30-3:30 PM, Old Main 227. Your exciting experience awaits! Discover the World! December 7, 4 to 7 p.m. Nature Night 4:00p.m.7:00p.m. Stokes Nature Center 2696 East Highway 89 Logan Canyon, UT Join Stokes Nature Center on the first Wednesday of every month for family-friendly nature fun! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep our doors open late and provide a chance to explore and learn with a different theme each month. Activities are ongoing, drop in anytime. All ages are welcome. Hockey â&#x20AC;&#x153;BLUE OUT!â&#x20AC;? Picklevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Utah State Hockey takes on Show is December 1-3, 8-10, #8 Utah this Friday night at 15-17, 19, 23 (Two shows on the Eccles Ice Center at 7:00 the 23rd, matinee at 1:30p.m.) pm. Wear blue to support your in the Eccles Conference aggies.  USU students get your Center, Utah State University. tickets in advance for only $4 $16 Adults, $12 Children. at the HPER service desk or the Pickleville Christmas is back Fieldhouse. again, now more hilarious Enjoy a night of music with than ever. Written by T.J. the USU Symphony Orchestra Davis, this unique, familyin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphonie Fantastiqueâ&#x20AC;? fun show will light the fire Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent of Christmas under any Concert Hall located in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grinchified-Scroogie-Bumâ&#x20AC;? Chase Fine Arts Center. Tickets in town and is sure to become are $10 general admission, $8 one of your favorite Holiday seniors and youth, $5 USU traditions for years to come. faculty and staff, free for USU students w/ID. Dec 9 - 12th from 5 to 9 Annual National Finals p.m. Live Nativity Benefit Rodeo viewing party! Come for the Cache Food Pantry to the TSC Auditorium on is a recreation of the New Dec. 7 at 6:30 for some great Testament story of Christs rodeo action and food! This birth in the setting of a early event is free and open to all 20th Century Barn and USU students. The National Farm Yard. Live actors, a Finals Rodeo is considered the camel,donkeys,sheep and other superbowl of rodeo, with the farm animals help make this a best of the best competing in oportunity to contemplate the Las Vegas. Take a break from humble circustances of Christ studying and join the College birth. Located at 2800 South of Agriculture for a great 800 West in Nibley 2 miles night! south of Renegade sports. Cache County Sub for Santa is seeking those that would like to sponsor a child/ children for the Christmas season.  If you are interested in helping provide Christmas for those in need, contact the Cache County Sub for Santa office at 752-6315 (office hours: 9 - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday ).  Gifts must be delivered to the drop-off sites by December 9th. Cash donations are also appreciated. Send donations to: Cache County Sub for Santa, PO Box 4603, Logan, UT  84323. You may also select a child or a family from the Shopko Sharing Tree beginning Friday, November 25th.

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