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Final ASUSU candidates announced

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BY MEGAN ALLEN assistant news editor Current ASUSU officers announced the candidates who will be moving on to the finals portion of this week’s student body elections. The race getting the most talk at the announcement was that for student body president. Hannah Blackburn had the highest number of votes, followed by Christian Thrapp. Thrapp earned his spot in the finals by one vote, beating Smitty Hartley and Adam Vail. “It’s definitely exciting,� Thrapp said. “Smitty and Adam were great opponents who would have done a great job. There’s a lot of work ahead of us. Luckily, I have a great campaign committee who are backing me — turns out every vote counts.� Blackburn said she is excited to be moving on and looks forward to the rest of the week. “I was surprised to see how close it was,� she said. “I was hoping to make primaries and have some exciting things planned for finals. I’m excited to get out there and keep campaigning.� Of the 17 positions being

filled in this election, five had more than two people running — the two candidates who received the most votes for each position in the primary elections will advance to the finals. The student advocate position was one requiring an elimination. Christian Orr had the most votes, followed by Anthony “TJ� Pratt. “I am just overwhelmed, grateful and thankful that Utah State students are actually getting out and voting,� Pratt said. “I’m still nervous, I have a lot to work on, but there’s a lot riding on this campaign, and I’m just trying to keep it all together. I’m going to come out with a new flair and a new fire.� Orr said nothing has changed or developed in his platform during the first two days of elections. He said he plans to continue the same campaign strategies and philosophies through the finals. “I feel very strongly that students need to do more than just be heard, they need to be actively contributing. When they are just heard, very few speak and very little gets done. I’m going to continue to promote my platforms,� he said. “I encourage



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Hannah Blackburn 786 Voice: Don’t let election pass Christianby Thrapp 643 -continued from page 11 Smitty Hartley 642 While I do encourage everybody that of doing things. Perhaps you hate everyhas the time to attend the debates, the thing and just wantAdam to make everybody Vail 478 least you can do is look up their platform else miserable. Vote for whoever wants to and see if you agree or disagree with anything. Because you are reading this article, I must assume that you have some shred of an opinion, so I can further assume that you will not agree with at least one of the candidates. The most important thing is to vote. Many students share the concern that student elections are nothing more than a glorified popularity contest. While this is technically true, let us choose a better definition of popular. The most popular candidate is ideally the one whose stance on the issues is the best for the most students. I do not pretend to be the one who knows what’s best for the most students. If everybody votes, however, we can only assume that the best candidate for the most people will win. If this fails, consider my faith in democracy ruined. No pressure. Just don’t let me down. Hear me out on what I am about to say. Be selfish. A selfless person would just let the election process pass by them and not interfere. This does absolutely nothing for the selfless. If you have a bone to pick with the common hour, see what the candidates have to say about it. If you don’t want a B.J. Novak-type of event to haunt this campus again next year, vote for a candidate determined to change the current, wasteful way

double student fees, cut all athletics, and start charging for wireless internet to offset the cost of building an expensive parking terrace in place of the quad. Of all these options, the worst possible choice would be to abstain from voting. If you haven’t been convinced to vote yet, this next bit ought to seal the deal. If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to voice an opinion. Complaints you may have about anything on campus are entirely your fault. Anything ASUSU does that may negatively affect you or your friends falls completely on your shoulders. You fall into the category of the irresponsible and disloyal. Any display of school spirit is in vain, as you clearly do not have the school’s best interest at heart. The truth may fall hard on the ears of the wicked. Next week gives you the chance to do better. Fulfill the intent of a university and invest in your future. Vote, or die.


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all student voters to be aware that this position oversees the proper use of millions of dollars of student fees and that needs to be a careful and education decision.� Rhett Wilkinson who was running for senator of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences was disqualified for not strictly following election guidlines, said Kirsten Frank, executive vice president. “I was looking forward

to helping the College of Humanities and Social Sciences make huge strides next year,� Wilkinson said. “I hope something of that nature can still happen.� With several candidates running unopposed, two positions had students jump in with aggressive write-in campaigns. Kyle Niedrich is running for Service vice president against Jeremy Nef, and Tasi Taylor is vying for the Diversity and Organizations

ASUSU Primary Election Results

PROGRAMMING VICE PRESIDENT Kellen Hansen 1232 Chaise Warr 941

CAINE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS SENATOR Meg Campbell 89 Randy Golding 39

STUDENT ADVOCATE Christian Orr 1069 Anthony “TJ� Pratt 817 Stan Watts 505


SERVICE VICE PRESIDENT Jeremy Nef 1996 Kyle Niedrich 164

CHASS SENATOR Trent Morrison 220 Rhett Wilkinson Disqualified

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE SENATOR Ashley Diamond 86 Keni Stuart 80 Crista Sorenson 22


position against Mariana Ochoa. “I just have to get people to know my name and know that I’m running,� Niedrich said. “It’s all about name recognition.� Final campaigning begins at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The announcement of the 2012-13 officers will be made at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the TSC International Lounge. –

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SENATOR Riley Bradshaw 92 Sam Tyler 75 Brandon Asay 72 Shayli Elliott 53 London Saxton 25 COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES SENATOR Liz Kirkham 44 COLLEGE OF SCIENCE SENATOR Bailee Binks 175 GRADUATE STUDIES SENATOR Zach Portman 67

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“University policy is you shouldn’t have a gun on campus,� said Eric Olsen, USU’s associate vice president for Student Services. “But the state law allows it, so the university can’t supercede state law.� He said University of Utah administrators tried to push an anti-gun policy a few years ago to no avail. He also said Utah is one of only a few states — if not the only state — to allow guns on campuses. Utah state Legislature is currently considering an open-carry bill that would make it legal to carry a gun in public without having to conceal it. HB49, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray,

R-Clinton, recently passed the House and awaits review by the Senate. “Given what you see in society, (like Monday’s) Ohio high school

shooting, everybody is scared to death — going to work, sending their kids to school, all this stuff — that something like this happens,�

said USU Police Capt. Steve Milne. When asked how he thinks an open-carry law, if passed by the Legislature, would affect lawenforcement personnel, Milne said, “If you get somebody that suddenly shows up (on campus) with a gun — and the paranoia that it causes — we are going to get calls, and we’re going to end up responding, and then there’s going to be this debate on whether they can open carry or not.� Milne said if HB49 passes, campus police will be busier dealing with phone calls from worried students and faculty scared by seeing someone carrying a weapon out in the open on campus. USU Police Chief Steve Mecham agreed. “Let’s say a guy walks in, he’s got a concealed weapons permit, he 8,)98%,0)+-70%896)-7'966)280= considering HB49, which walks in with a rifle in the middle of a class, people are scared to death, would make it legal to carry a weapon out in the open, including on USU’s

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Four ASUSU presidential candidates sat before USU students, faculty and staff in the primary debate to prove their knowledge of the position as well as what they can bring to improve academics and campus life. Erik Mikkelsen, 2011-12 student body president, asked Adam Vail, Hannah Blackburn, Smitty Hartley and Christian Thrapp questions about issues USU faces, including tight budgets and the potential construction of the Athletic Recreation Center and Legacy Fields. But Mikkelsen also made sure to ask what their favorite flavor of Aggie Ice Cream was. Hannah Blackburn, the 2011-12 ASUSU public relations specialist, said she has a clear

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term as president equipped with knowledge about USU policies and procedures she has been a part of. “I’ve been where you want to go,� said Adam Vail, a 33-year-old undergraduate student. “I know how to represent you and get you to

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where you want to be. I know how to relate with you. I’m not here for popularity. I’m doing it for you. I’m doing it for now.� Hartley, a business tutor, said he should be the ASUSU president because he comes from a diverse background. He said he has made a point to participate in a number of clubs and events and has great interest in interacting with as many USU students as he can to get their opinions on what they like and don’t like about their college experience. “Why are you here right now?� asked Thrapp, a USU lobbyist and ambassador. “It’s because you know one of us or you want to change your university experience. That is my goal becoming the ASUSU president, so we can See CANDIDATES, Page 3


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Cache Valley celebrates childcare center accredidations BY CAITLIN MOFFITT staff writer Aggie Care, a USU program with a mission to support USU faculty, staff and students with work and family issues, celebrated the national accreditation of 11 of its affiliated childcare providers with a banquet on Monday. Five years ago, Provost Raymond Coward and Ann Austin, the director of the Center for Women and Gender, founded Aggie Care. “Aggie Care was the Provost’s idea,� Austin said. “He wanted to build something for the faculty and for the community. It was funded by the Provost to raise the qual-

ity of care for students and faculty.� “Provost Coward said that when 10 providers became accredited, we could have a party,� Austin said. “The whole celebration was his brainchild.� Coward invited the families of those who provide childcare and the families who utilize the childcare services to attend the banquet in the TSC Skyroom. “Accreditation is another indicator of quality; it’s above licensing,� said Cara Allen, the director of Aggie Care. “The National Association of Family Child Care has a list of standards that must be met and observed in order for a provider to be accredited.�

PROVOST RAYMOND COWARD ADDRESSED the audience at an event celebrating the accredidation of 11 childcare providers affiliated with USU. To become accredited, each provider needed to meet a total of 289 standards. HOLLY REYNOSO photo

ASUSU allocates funds for club sports and remodels

BY ROUCHELLE BROCKMAN news senior writer

The ASUSU Executive Council tentatively passed bills allocating $6,000 toward club sport expenses and $3,867 toward office renovations at its regular meeting Tuesday. One bill allocates $5,000 to the USU hockey team, which will be used to cover expenses for the team’s travel to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division-II Tournament held during March in Fort Myers, Fla. The total cost for the team to attend the tournament is approximately $35,000 said Ryan Baylis, Athletics vice president and the bill’s sponsor. “This is a huge thing for USU and great for recruiting new hockey players,� he said. “If the team can recruit even just three new out-of-state players because it went to nationals, that’s about $56,000 in tuition to USU over two years, which is great return on investment.� The same bill will also allocate $1,000 to the USU swim team to cover travel expenses to the U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals held in April in North Carolina. The total cost of team attendance is about $7,500, Baylis said. Both teams have already collected approximately $18,600, and — after ASUSU’s contribution — will have about $19,000 left to raise, he said. The Executive Council also passed a bill allocating $3,867 toward the renovation of offices for three new graduate student government position. The current Graduate Student Senate offices are being converted into offices for the Student Sustainability Council. The Sustainability Council’s offices are currently spread over three different locations. The move will consolidate these offices into one space, said Tanner Wright, Academic Senate president and the bill’s sponsor. The graduate student offices are being moved to reflect the restructuring of the Graduate Student

Senate, Wright said. The Graduate Student Senate was dissolved earlier this semester and will be incorporated into the academic senate. Graduate and undergraduate students will now be represented by one senator from their respective colleges. Graduate students will also be represented by three new offices: graduate studies senator, graduate director of research, and graduate director of campus affairs. The $3,867 will go toward building offices for these three positions. “It’s just more convenient to keep all members of the Academic Senate in one place,� Wright said. These renovations will take place as part of a larger renovation of the Academic Senate offices. These offices were renovated earlier this semester with funds donated from James Morales, vice president for student services, who donated $14,500 to the project. Eric Olsen, associate vice president for student services, also donated $2,500, Wright said. The council will make a final decision regarding these bills at its meeting next week. The funds for these bills will be taken from the Capital and Support Fund, which accumulates money not spent during the previous fiscal year. The funds will not be allocated from this year’s student fees. “(The Capital and Support committee) feels pretty comfortable about these bills,� said Kirsten Frank, ASUSU executive vice president. The Capital and Support Fund has been used earlier this year to finance $1,500 for new ping pong and foosball tables for the Taggart Student Center. $3,500 from this fund has also been used to finance the Aggies Giving Service online tracking system for recording volunteer hours, said Linda Zimmerman, executive director for the Student Involvement and Leadership Center. She said the fund typically contains $54,000 per academic year. –

According to the NAFCC website, “The mission of the National Association for Family Child Care is to promote quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.� Allen said the community needs to understand the importance of childcare accreditation and why to look for it. According to the NAFCC website, accreditation is “an indicator that family child care offers safe, inviting spaces and warm, nurturing care, complete with educational activities designed to meet the needs and interests of all children, while promoting individual development.� There are about 2,100 accredited childcare providers nationwide. In Utah, there are 13 accredited providers, and 11 of them are in Cache Valley. There are five more providers in the valley slated for accreditation. “They go through self-study, then a visit from someone from the accreditation,� Allen said. “Then, they are checked every year and renewed every three years. They have to have about 90 hours of training over three years.� There are 289 different standards that must be met in order to receive accreditation, Austin said. These standards are separated into five categories: relationships with children, professional and business practices, environment, developmental learning activities, and safety and health. Ellen Barrett has been a childcare provider in Cache Valley for almost 21 years. First accredited in 2003, Barrett was recognized during the banquet as the sixth person to be accredited in the state, as well as the longest accredited provider in Utah. “I wanted to be the best at what I do,� Barrett said. “It’s a three year process to be accredited, and every year I have to be working on something new.� Barrett said she operates her childcare services from her home. She is licensed to care for 16 children but currently has 10 enrolled. Barrett said she is also a Head Start provider, which makes her standards

higher. “Every year, providers have to submit paperwork and be working on their accreditation. We have to have training hours to show that we are constantly improving ourselves and our environment,� Barrett said. Diane Wilkinson, another provider recognized at the banquet, has been providing childcare for nearly 30 years. “Aggie Care has supported us and made us better,� Wilkinson said. “Cara has pushed us and kept us at a high level, because it has to be done every year. It’s expensive, hard and a lot of paperwork, but Cara kept us motivated and supported us. This wouldn’t have worked without Cara and the Provost.� Aggie Care is linked to the USU Child Care Resource and Referral Center. The current accredited providers have worked with and been involved with the center for a long time, Allen said. Child Resource and Referral provides the training for Aggie Care providers. “They help license people. The center also has a list of providers that parents can look at if they are interested in finding a childcare provider,� Allen said. “There are pictures and information so that parents can meet their needs and their children’s needs.� Aggie Care also provides information and forums for other types of home care. “I do a faculty forum once a month — but we serve everyone on campus,� Allen said, referring to Aggie Care’s services for staff and students. “We’ve talked about nanny care and elder care. We want to try and help everyone so that it’ll be easier to work on campus.� Allen said another service Aggie Care provides for the USU community is a library of toys and reading materials for children. Items can be rented for a few weeks at a time free of charge. An A-number is required for rentals, Allen said. –

Passing on the pageant crown

LINDSAY JUNE WAS CROWNED Miss Indian/American Indian USU 2012 on Monday. Cassie Largo held the title for 2011 and passed it on to June at the pageant. In its fifth year, the pageant is the kick-off event for the annual Native Week, sponsored by the Native American Student Council. June will serve as an ambassador for USU and the Navajo tribe. CODY GOCHNOUR photo














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make this a greater university experience. I will do everything I can possibly do to get your voice recognized.� Thrapp also talked about increasing USU’s voice at Utah’s Capitol Building, which will help USU receive funding and ultimately help create a “greater university experience.� One of the first topics brought to the table was the construction of the ARC and Legacy Fields. A fee for these facilities will be on this year’s ballot, asking students whether or not they are willing to increase the cost of fees for these initiatives. All four of the presidential candidates are in favor of the construction of both the ARC and Legacy Fields. Blackburn said if students vote for the ARC and Legacy Fields fee in this election, she will begin seeking funding from donors to decrease the fee as soon as she steps into office. She said she believes these facilities are a campus need, but students don’t need to pay for them alone. Vail said the recreation center would help students in areas outside the classroom by promoting physical fitness and activity. “(College) is not just about getting a degree,� Vail said. “It’s about becoming a well-rounded person. It’s extremely important to be academically smart, but we have to make ourselves stand aside when you apply to jobs.� Hartley said he is for these facilities because he has been to university campuses in Oregon and Idaho, and thinks USU’s recreational facilities are behind. However, he said he understands it is not his decision, and will support what the student majority wants. Thrapp said academics are No. 1 on a university’s priority list, but No. 2 is recreation and improving students’ lifestyles. Next year, the student body will experience a schedule change with Common Hour, a time each week when no classes may take place and events and speeches are scheduled instead. Jordan Hunt, the current ASUSU administrative assistant, asked candidates how they will ensure the hour is a useful time for students. Hartley said he is not in favor of Common Hour, but will get as much student feedback as possible to improve the program. Blackburn said she will utilize the other ASUSU officers and make sure they are doing their part to make the hour a good use of students’ time. Vail said to encourage students to attend Common Hour events, he wants to create a program similar to Aggie Passport, under which students collect stamps at different events and redeem them for prizes. "What we can do to promote these things for the Common Hour is utilize (ASUSU’s) PR director more efficiently, and the administrative assistant

and the president’s cabinet,� Thrapp said. Thrapp addressed the issue of reaching students more effectively when Mikkelsen asked how the candidates would help students’ voices be heard. “We have so many mediums we don’t utilize,� he said. “The student government has many, many opportunities such as (the) administrative assistant; let’s utilize this a little more.� Hartley spoke with some students who felt they didn’t know about events until the day before they happened, he said, and felt publicity for campus activities was not strong. He said his goal is to provide as many students as he can with campus information. Blackburn said she’d like to see ASUSU’s student information booth in the Taggart Student Center upgraded to appeal more to students. “Let’s make that virtual,� she said, “let’s make it more attractive.� Considering the multiple budget cuts USU has experienced over the last few years, Mikkelsen asked how the candidates would find a balance between being fiscally responsible and maintaining a quality college experience for students. “We need to lobby with other schools to make (higher education’s) voice stronger,� Blackburn said. “The biggest thing is making sure the money we do have is used with fiscal responsibility. We need to use all of our resources.� Thrapp said he would like to strengthen USU’s

Government Relations Council. “We pay a little over $400 in fees and 99 percent of students don’t know where those go,� Hartley said. “I want students to know where every dime of their fees are going.� Vail said he wants to get rid of “frivolous� fees. Tuition will continue to increase, he said, and USU needs to compensate for some of the added costs. “We need to go out and hit all the businesses from Preston to Ogden and get $500 scholarships and raise a half-million dollars to help with tuition costs,� Vail said. Vail was also asked how he would manage being a father and husband and working while serveing as USU’s student body president. He replied and said the experiences he has had thus far in life have taught him time management. “When I am elected as ASUSU president, I want people to be inspired,� Vail said. “I’m married with five kids and I never thought I could come to a university and make a difference.� Candidates were asked to come up with one word that described them. Hartley said, “Personal goal,� following Blackburn, who said, “Integrity.� “Real,� was Vail’s answer, and Thrapp said, “Friend.� The final presidential debate will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the TSC Hub.

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Campus police, administrators warn of campus-shooting danger municipality, or any other state entity, may not enact, maintain or enforce a law ‌ that limits or prevents the otherwise legal possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon.â€? What this means, Mecham said, is that police cannot approach anyone with a weapon for disrupting an academic setting or causing public alarm. Mecham said he and other law enforcement professionals have expressed concern about the bill by emailing Rep. David Butterfield, R-Logan, requesting that legislators either vote against the bill or at least exempt schools in its text. Mecham said he’s contacted several other legislators, including Rep. Curt Webb, R-Logan, who has not yet gotten back to him. “Let’s make sure that we’ve got the exemption for open carry, because it’s going to be disruptive to the educational process,â€? Mecham said. “On the (House) floor, (Ray, the bill’s sponsor,) made the comment that federal law prohibits open carrying of firearms on college campuses. (I’ve) never heard of such a law.â€? Mecham said he emailed Ray, asking him to have a staffer send him a copy of the federal law Ray was referring to, but Mecham said he’s still waiting to hear back from him. Mecham said he fully supports the Second Amendment and an individual’s right to carry a concealed weapon. Milne agreed and said he just wants people to conceal their firearms to keep

from scaring people Amid growing controversy concerning guns and campus shootings across the country — including Monday’s Chardon, Ohio, shooting and last year’s Virginia Tech shooting — Olsen and university police are educating staff and faculty on what to do in the event a shooting takes place here. “Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when there is violence on campus,� Olsen said last Thursday night to a group of Taggart Student Center nighttime Facilities employees. “We’ve all seen what happened at Virginia Tech and Eastern Illinois and a few other schools. Unfortunately, it may happen here — it’s not a matter of if, it’s more when.� Last Thursday night, with the help of USU Police Sgt. Travis Dunn, Olsen facilitated a training session for a group of about 20 individuals who work in the TSC at night. The training session included the screening of a video, called “Shots Fired on Campus,� which essentially states that in an active-shooter incident on campus, people should stay calm, have a plan and tell themselves they will survive — they will live through it. Olsen said a similar training session was held the day before for daytime TSC employees. After the video was shown, Dunn stressed the fact that nobody knows what an active shooter will look like. He said no one should be paranoid that everyone on campus has a gun, but an active shooter could be anyone. “First of all, report any suspicious things,� Dunn said. “Second, we want you to be safe, we want you to run, get

out of here the best you can. Don’t feel like you’re bothering the police department, we have 11 police officers. Feel free to call us, anytime.� The “Humans vs. Zombies� game that several students participate in multiple times a year has recently caused concern among university police and Student Services, because the large quantity and variety of toy guns people bring on campus provide more opportunity for a real weapon to be lost in the mix, Dunn said. “Some of you guys might enjoy that,� Dunn said. “We’re trying to make it where you can still play it, but it’s contained and it’s not campuswide. Just last week we had a report of a man with a gun.� He said police responded to the call and realized the gun was just a toy altered to resemble a real revolver. Olsen said the possibility of having a shooter on campus is real, but he tries to remain positive that USU will continue to be a safe place to get an education. He said he hopes USU never experiences a shooter on campus, but it’s better to be safe and be prepared for the worst. Meanwhile, the police remain abreast of developments in this legislative session and ready to respond to any calls they receive. “If this bill passes and becomes law,� Mecham said, “it’s going to have a negative effect on the educational process and on the tranquility of our communities — on campus and throughout the state. Because of the discomfort of people seeing open firearms in the place where you have your family.�

Romney secures wins in Michigan and Arizona NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Mitt Romney eked out a narrow victory in Michigan's GOP primary Tuesday, barely avoiding an embarrassing loss in his home state after acknowledging he had made mistakes along the way. Romney had a more convincing win in Arizona, but then Rick Santorum and fellow rivals Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul hardly contested the state. In his Michigan victory speech, Romney didn't mention Santorum, who courted socially conservative voters and came close to defeating him. Instead, Romney kept his focus on President Barack Obama and a core economic message, saying he'll bring "more jobs, less debt and smaller government."

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The USU Public Relations Student Society of America program (USU PRSSA) will host the 2012 Vivint Mountain West Public Relations Conference at USU’s Eccles Conference Center March 1-�3. The conference provides students and professionals learning opportunities using public relations in all aspects of the profes-� sional world. Students, professionals and the gen-� eral public are invited to attend. Following the conference theme, “Putting the PR in Professional,� the conference teaches how to use PR in all aspects of the professional world. It provides the opportunity to create new business connections for both students and professionals. The conference features speakers are known for their expertise in vari-� ous fields, including Trina Patterson, – senior manager over media relations for ATK’s Space Systems Group, DJ Marcus Wing, entrepreneur, S. Max Brown, the Leadership Initiatives vice president for Rideau Recognition Solutions and technology entrepreneur Amanda Peyton from New York City. Vivint Inc., one of the largest home automation companies in North America, is the main sponsor for the annual conference. Early registration ends Feb. 25, but everyone is welcome to register until the day of the event. The cost to attend the entire three-�day conference is $20 for PRSSA members, $35 for other stu-� dents and $95 for professionals. After Feb. 25, prices increase to $15.

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they don’t know what to do,� Mecham said. “We respond, we say, ‘Do you have a concealed weapons permit?’ (He says,) ‘Yes, I do.’ And we ask the people, ‘Was he doing anything threatening?’ (They say,) ‘No, he’s just got this huge gun, and I’m not going to be in this room.’ There’s nothing we could do.� According to the text in HB49, possession of a firearm or deadly weapon, regardless of whether it’s concealed or in the open, is not considered illegal and police cannot approach the individual as long as there is an absence of “additional threatening behavior.� Mecham said law-enforcement personnel are further restricted by code section 76-10-532, which states, “Except where explicit authority to regulate firearms or other dangerous weapons has been granted by the Legislature, a local authority, political subdivision,


At times Romney made his path to the double wins more difficult. The multimillionaire former CEO acknowledged earlier Tuesday that his own repeated, if accidental, references to his wealth had hurt his campaign. "I'm very pleased with the campaign, its organization. The candidate sometimes makes some mistakes and so I'm trying to do better and work harder and make sure that we get our message across," he told reporters during his first news conference in nearly three weeks. Romney has stumbled at times in speaking about his personal fortune, estimated as high as $250 million, while trying to connect with average

Americans during tough economic times. He has made an offhand reference to owning "a couple of Cadillacs" and has said he is "not concerned about the very poor." Referring to insurance companies, he has said, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me." On Sunday, while in Florida for the Daytona 500, he remarked that he doesn't follow NASCAR as closely as some but has "some great friends that are NASCAR team owners." When a reporter asked Tuesday whether comments that have drawn attention to his wealth have hurt his campaign, Romney gave a one-word answer: "Yes." Then he said: "Next question."

USU is turning 124 years old in March, and the university has much to celebrate. In 2012, the university celebrates its birthday and also celebrates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act of 1862 that established the landgrant system of public colleges and universities. “Utah State University is a proud member of the great collection of land-grant universities from across the country whose mission and purpose is ultimately connected to the concepts of access and opportunity,� said USU President Stan Albrecht. The anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act provides an occasion to celebrate the enduring power of the land-grant vision of higher education and to recognize USU as one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions. USU’s presence in the state includes Utah State Eastern, four regional campuses and Extension offices in 28 of 29 Utah counties. USU celebrates Founders Day and the sesquicentennial of the Morrill Act on Friday.

Service Center founder to speak

Val R. Christensen, the namesake of USU’s Val R. Christensen Service Center, will be speaking at a universitywide event on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the TSC Auditorium. Christensen was the first director of VOICE, the original service center at USU. He served as the vice president for Student Services and is an emeritus general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Aggie Ice Cream will be served following the presentation.

ClarifyCorrect In the Dec. 9 issue of The Statesman a writer misinterpreted an article he read in The Chronicle of Higher Education and concluded that Chinese students are more likely to plagiarize. However, Chinese students are merely part of the larger issue of plagiarism in universities. A correction on this article stated the information was gathered from The New American, but that source is no longer valid. The Statesman editorial board has no ill feelings toward Chinese students and would like to clear any misconceptions that were drawn from reading the article.

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Logan gets a sweet combo BY NADIAH JOHARI staff writer

Early last month, Jerom Patterson and his best friend wanted to do something out of the ordinary for their dates so they decided to bring them to the newly-opened Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for dessert. “(Our) dates loved it, and they gave us some loving after ...we loved our night,� said Patterson, a sophomore majoring in human movement science. Recently, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory opened a branch at the existing Cold Stone Creamery location in Logan. The store is located at 505 East and 1400 North. “They’re two separately owned companies, but there were a lot of synergies between the two companies,� said Josh Christensen, the owner of Cold Stone Creamery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Rocky Mountain Chocolate was started by Frank Crail. He had recently moved to Durango, Colorado and was looking for work, Christensen said. Crail started asking around town to see for business ideas, he said. Some people told him they needed a car wash while others said they needed a candy shop. Because Crail was passionate about chocolates, Christensen said he decided to open a candy shop. Christensen said Crail worked with a partner and developed chocolate formulas. They accidentally made huge products, but later found that customers liked the larger-sized chocolates, he said. The large chocolates eventually became the staple of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Cold Stone Creamery was closed and remodeled for a few days in December and reopened on Dec. 14 with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory added to it. Christensen said the addition provides Cold Stone customers with much greater options. Simultaneously, Rocky Mountain customers who used to drive to the store in Salt Lake to get their chocolates and caramel apples can now get them in Logan instead, he said.

“We decided there was a need,â€? he said. “The closest Rocky Mountain store was at the Gateway ‌ other than that, there’s just nothing up in this end of this state to provide high-quality chocolates.â€? He said the collaboration between the two companies provides more See COLD STONE, Page 7

Lewiston continues showing films for low cost BY VICTORIA HEPWORTH staff writer

On a Friday night in Lewiston, Utah, three part-time employees of the Lewiston Theatre made popcorn, chatted and waited for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking – Dawn Part 1� to begin. They watched as people began to stream in. The area behind the desk where Holly Walker, Rosie Williams and Jane Anderson work is a small, cozy space. It is here they sell candy and tickets to anxious movie-goers. As customers walked through the door, they talked to people they knew who were paying for tickets at the window. Some patrons bought popcorn before settling down in their seats. Mason Cardon, an unde-

clared sophomore at USU, was visiting the theater for the first time. He bought some Mambas before his movie started. “Wow, cheap candy,� he said, as he provided 75 cents. The theater attracts many people from around Cache Valley, though faces from Logan are sometimes scarce, said Williams, the theater manager. “We don’t see a lot of college students come down from Logan which is surprising because we offer such a low price,� WIlliams said. “People think going from Logan to Lewiston is too far.� Williams has worked at the theater since 1994. Walker has worked at the theater for 10 months and Anderson has been employed for 13 years. In total, there

are eight employees and seven volunteers who keep the theater running. The theater is owned by the city of Lewiston. The city subsidizes the cost of running the theater because it is such an important and historical part of Lewiston, Williams said. “Because it is subsidized, the cost of seeing a movie is $2 — low in comparison to any other theater in Cache Valley,� Anderson said. “The theater is a historical place that the town wants to preserve. It would not sustain itself if it tried to survive on its own.� Williams said she tries to choose clean, family-oriented movies that encourage a good environment. She said she See MOVIES, Page 7

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When locals pass by the red brick rambler on the corner of 600 North and 900 East, they may not realize behind those doors a self-proclaimed religiously liberal community holds weekly services. Jo Leary, a senior majoring in accounting, has attended the Unitarian Universalist church for four years and said the principles of the church carry into her everyday life. She said two organizations merged in the 1960s to form the church — the Unitarian and the Universalist churches. Leary said her husband attended the church first and then introduced her to the faith, which follows seven core principles. Beyond that there is a variety of teachings, she said. “It’s how you live your life,� she said. “Since there is a diversity in the congregation, you can learn new things about different religions.�

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According to the Cache Valley Unitarian Universalist website, the church’s communityis not bound by a specific dogma or creed. The church encourages and supports sharing of ideas and experiences by all who travel rich and varied spiritual paths. Adam Ward, a senior majoring in public relations, is not a member of the Unitarian Universalist church, but said he has done a lot of research into the organization, becuase he’s looking for churches that are more open about ideas. “They don’t talk as much about the doctrine,� Ward said. “One of the best parts about the church is they allow you to have your belief system, and they still take you in.� Ward said he likes the different ways of thought welcomed by the faith. He said he also finds general agnosticism and atheism as interesting ways of thought. He is drawn toward ideas such as theological non-

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Avoiding a world of aviation

I’ll start bluntly, with no frills. I hate flying. Hate it. Like, a lot. Like, a lot a lot. My first real exposure to the bustling world of aviation was at the ripe age of 4 years old. I was watching the news with my family when I noticed a story on this oddlooking banana shape figure in the sky. It was a 3-D diagram and it was showing the object break at the nose and began hurtling toward the ocean. The next thing I heard was “no survivors.� Now, my mother, never one to take news too dramatically, simply watched the story as she would look at beef stew at a dinner table. For some reason, I naturally assumed — this isn’t even close to a joke — that people plummeting toward the earth in an extruded flying object was a legal form of punishment, like how people in other countries have to lose a hand or listen to Smashmouth. Needless to say, my introduction to flying was far from positive. The worst part is it never got easier. A person with a fear of animals may learn over time that certain creatures are harmless, anyone with a phobia of ghosts can gather proof through years that supernatural beings don’t exist, but very much to my chagrin an airplane will always have to potential to be a hopeless, ruthless, gravity-prone killing machine. To me, a flight to any destination is a brush with death and danger, which to me is the only real reason “Top Gun� should have won an Academy Award. This weekend, at the mature age of 23, my solemn belief about airplanes was no different. I sat in the

Just a few laughs SteveSchwartzman terminal awaiting my boarding onto the floating death tube and factoring in that this journey was a pathway to a certain death. For starters, they stuck me in an area called a “terminal� just after taking my bags into a secret compartment that I can only assume was a back room where all the belongings of my estate go for distribution. If you must ask, I bequeathed my metal dentist chair to Omar Gooding for “Wild and Crazy Kids�. They asked me to step inside the plane. Everyone seemed incredibly friendly but had no interest in getting to know me. They must have figured it didn’t matter in the end. I swiveled into my seat and the first person I made contact with was a flight attendant who calmly asked me if I wanted crackers of peanuts. Seriously? That’s all for a last meal? Look, I lived a good life. I didn’t do drugs or steal cars, and I was a huge proponent of Rock the Vote. You’d think I’d at least deserve a grilled chicken breast. I did the normal routine of warning the man next to me of my innate fear. He told me I had nothing to worry about because he was in the Air Force and assured me everything would be fine. Really? Then why aren’t you flying the thing? This just doesn’t add up. I’m halfway through this

through as we lift off. Eek. Now, there are several kinds of scared flyers. There are the crying people, the jittery people, the sleeping people and even the fourglasses- of-jack-and- coke ought-to-make-me-think-Iam-on-a-carousel people. I, on the other hand, am a compact-body, try-myabsolute - hardest-to - read -the-Sky Mall-magazine flyer. It usually does wonders — except for today. High winds. Expect turbulence. Suddenly my desire to buy a 3,600-CD holder is doing me no good. I begin panicking and paranoia sinks in. What is that sound? Why is my wing point straight up? How come we haven’t heard from the pilot? Where are my cheesy Bugles? I specifically asked for cheesy Bugles. I was convinced that we’re either far gone or en route to a secret mystical island with a mind of its own. Seeing no sign of Evangeline Lilly — again to my chagrin — on the plane, I assumed the former. And then we landed two hours later. I lost 14 pounds at this point. I escaped death. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must replace some slightly soiled undergarments. Thug life, my friends. – Steve Schwartzman is a junior majoring in marketing and minoring in speech communication. His column runs every Wednesday. He loves sports, comedy and creative writing. He encourages any comments at his email steve.schwartzman@, or find him on Facebook.



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Lately thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of hype in the food world about something called quinoa. You might be wondering what on earth it is. I was, too, so I did some research. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown in South America. Why are people making such a big deal about it? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably got something to do with its high protein level, eight amino acids, high fiber and low fat content. These qualities make it friendly to vegetarians and people who are on glutenfree diets. When cooking quinoa, one of the most important things you can do is rinse it thoroughly. 13 There is a layer saponin on the outside of the seeds, and it tastes extremely bitter. I recommend soaking the quinoa for a few minutes and then draining it to make sure that you get the layer off. To cook quinoa you can use a ratio of 1-to-2, quinoa to water. Just add the quinoa and water to a pan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft. One cup of raw quinoa will yield about 2 cups cooked. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cooked the quinoa the ways it can be used are endless. PRICES: You can eat it as a breakfast cereal with brown sugar, nuts and fruit or you can substitute it for rice or pasta in many dishes. You can add it to things like bread, muffins and panÂ&#x2021; cakes. I tried it in these two recipes, a curry saladÂ&#x2021;and quinoa muffins. QUINOA MUFFINS 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 2 cups flour ž cup packed brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt ž cup milk Âź cup vegetable oil 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla

Eat That! Jennelle Clark Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and 2 cups of the cooked quinoa. In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup whisk together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide batter evenly into the cups of a greased muffin tin, filling each cup about two-thirds of the way full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 12-18 minutes. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes before removing them and placing them on a wire rack to cool completely. Note: these muffins have a great texture and subtle flavor from the quinoa, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of plain. Try adding cinnamon, a handful of chocolate chips, raisins, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, diced apple, toasted pecans, maple extract or anything else you can think of to the batter. If you decide to keep them plain try topping them with honey butter, jam or sliced fruit.


1 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 medium sweet potato (about 12 ounces) 1 gala apple, chopped into bitesized pieces 2 green onions, diced big handful of cilantro, minced 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon) 1 tablespoon honey salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then add the quinoa and return to boiling. Turn the heat down, cover and let simmer until the quinoa is tender but still chewy, 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potato and chop it into bite sized pieces. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a few dashes of salt. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 425 F until tender, about 15 minutes. Place the cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, apple, green onions, almonds and cilantro in a bowl and stir together. In a separate bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper, and curry powder. Add the oil, whisking constantly, until emulsified. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and stir until evenly coated. Garnish with more cilantro and almonds.

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cognitivism, which is a form of agnosticism, he said. Agnosticism is described generally by the belief that there is no proof of a god or higher power and the existence thereof is unlikely. Atheism is characterized by denouncing the existence of a god of any kind. Addison Wallace, a sophomore majoring in psychology, has also studied Unitarian Universalism, but said she is not yet a member. She said originally Unitarians were Christians who did not believe in the Holy Trinity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As it evolved, the beliefs shifted to focus on the importance of rational thinking and having good morals and ethics,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best part about it is you can be a member of any other religion and you are still accepted. I love it.â&#x20AC;? Ward said there are a lot of belief systems in the world, but the Unitarian Universalist church is about believing in your own dictates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a non-pressured way to explore spirituality,â&#x20AC;? Ward said. The church is heavily involved in community service projects with the local soup kitchen, Cache Community Food Pantry and the Cache Humane Society, Leary said. According to the website, Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists are committed to making the world a better place by involving the community in many issues and by promoting social and environmental justice. In the past, the church has celebrated and participated in the International Day of Peace, other peace marches and the initiation of the Cache Valley Unitarian

Universalist social justice prize. The site also states that the congregation donated a large some of money to the Hispanic Center, and they support groups whose activities and goals are aligned with Unitarian-Universalist principles, such as the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Association. The residential facility holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. and allows the Cache Valley Buddhist Sangha to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays for meditation meetings. The community is also welcome to attend those services, according to the site. Leary said she and her husband bring their two children to the church, but the kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed to officially join the program until they are 18 years old. Leary also said the church is a great place for agnostics and people who may not know where they stand regarding religion and philosophy. Ward said when he stopped attending the LDS church he had shut himself off from spirituality, but he came to realize he still needed spiritual growth, he just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be taught doctrine. He also finds meditation to be helpful with his spiritual progression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the idea that the church is not denying a god or saying there is one,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saying there is no way to know. There is no way to argue about it because we have no idea what a god would be.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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Movies attract locals from all over valley

especially encourages families to come Mondays, because the theater offers $10 family night. The theater was built in 1935, and Williams said the historical background of the building is â&#x20AC;&#x153;rich.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was built it to give people jobs during the depression,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. She said behind much of the history lays behind the theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a wall behind the screen that shows signatures and dates of the people who originally opened it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also shows the names of all the people who ever performed in plays or musicals.â&#x20AC;? Above the theatre seats is a small room that has two chairs where an employee runs the projector machine, Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We call the two-seat balcony the love room,â&#x20AC;? Walker added. When the theatre was first established, it was open on Sundays and people would come watch a movie right after church, still in their church clothes, Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always used for movie screens. It was first built for live productions and then remodeled to suit films,â&#x20AC;? she said. More than 70 years later, the theater still

bustles with activity on Friday nights, as it gets about 200 visitors, on a good night, said Williams. The employees and the city recently learned the theater will have to switch to digital movie players, instead of the 35-millimeter film players it currently uses. The company that supplies the movies will no longer make the 35 millimeter reels, Anderson said. The theater will not survive if it does not receive some form of donations, because the price of having to switch to digital would be too costly, Anderson said. The city canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to keep the theater running with the change to digital, he added.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a very nice environment, good price and cheap candy,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping that we get donations so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to close down. My 13-yearold daughter practically lives here. I love it when people from other places come to visit.â&#x20AC;?

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Cold Stone and Rocky Mountain join forces

traffic to the store, offers another option for Cold Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing customers and brings in a lot of new customers who want to try products from both businesses at the same time. The combination of ice cream and chocolates provide for a great date night, said Christensen. He said Christmas and Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day are huge days because they are the most popular days of the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of guys that bring dates in, the guy loves the ice cream and the girl doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love the ice cream, but she loves chocolates or caramel apples,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go out or they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where to go, (but now) they say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We both come here, we both get what we want, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Christensen said Rocky Mountain offers high quality sweets because the chocolate goes through a longer â&#x20AC;&#x153;conchingâ&#x20AC;? phase, which is the process of stirring the chocolate. The longer the chocolate is stirred, the better its quality, he said. He said all chocolates are hand-dipped and local produce is used as much as possible. Rocky Mountain uses butter purchased from from suppliers in Hyrum and paper products from Salt Lake City. James Dyer, the manager of Cold Stone Creamery in Logan said he is excited about the collaboration between the two companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like they pair really well,â&#x20AC;? Dyer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you (have) a busy season for choco-

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lates, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit slower for ice cream and vice versa.â&#x20AC;? Jenna Black, a junior majoring in public relations said all the chocolates are good, but her personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Buckets. She said compared to other chocolates, Rocky Mountain chocolates are more gourmet and less waxy. She said she likes going to the store because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to see all the different caramel apples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just seeing them will make you want one because the presentation is so beautiful,â&#x20AC;? she said. Fernanda Celestino, a sophomore majoring in communicative disorders, has worked at Cold Stone for a year. She said most Cold Stone customers who come in often consider buying chocolate with their ice cream. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be intimidated by all the different types of chocolates and try them at least before you decide not to get them,â&#x20AC;? she said. Becca Glover, a freshman majoring in public relations, said she first tried Rocky Mountain chocolates in Park City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just love it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really good, and if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tried it, you should because it will probably change the way you eat chocolates,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;


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USU preps for final road trip of the season BY TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

After a comeback win over Idaho on Senior Night, the USU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team prepares for another lengthy road trip. The Aggies begin against last-place San Jose State, before traveling to face Hawaii. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to be coming off a home win where our guys rallied and did what they needed to do in the second half,â&#x20AC;? USU head coach Stew Morrill said. The Spartans have struggled against Western Athletic Conference competition this year and have a win over Fresno State at home in overtime as their only conference victory. Despite San Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles, the Aggies have struggled on the road in the conference at 1-4 this season, and San Jose State has experienced several close losses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anybody who thinks that San Jose State has only won one league game so you should just waltz in there and beat them, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand going to San Jose,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a struggle there. Last year they had some

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USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Austin gets one more year eligibility BY USU ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATION

Utah State football player Matt Austin has been granted a sixth year of eligibility after having missing the 2009 season with a foot injury and having his 2010 season cut short with a knee injury, announced USU head coach Gary Andersen and the USU compliance office Tuesday. Austin, a wide receiver from Monrovia, Calif. (Charter Oaks HS/Mt. San Antonio JC), was granted an extension of eligibility waiver by the Western See AUSTIN, Page 10

SOPHOMORE GUARD DANNY BERGER looks to pass against Idaho at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Feb. 24. USU travels to San Jose to face the Spartans on Thursday. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

kind of fraternity thing going on, and it was pretty wild and pretty active. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had good performances at home. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to definitely have to play better defense than we did when they came to Logan. Watching that game tape, we were not very good defensively. We had a really hard time guarding them. They are quick and active on the perimeter.â&#x20AC;? During the last meeting between the two teams, USU junior forward Kyisean Reed was able to exploit the shorter San Jose State lineup and finished the night with 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Aggies 82-65 over the Spartans. Senior guard Brockeith Pane and sophomore guard Preston Medlin each chipped in 15 points in the winning effort. Morrill was not pleased with USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defensive effort against the Spartans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw them drive by us, time and time again, with their quickness,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a hard time guarding their guys, and they are really loose. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like you can See USU, Page 10

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Aggies finish season with a pair of home games BY CURTIS LUNDSTROM staff writer

After racing past Idaho on Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, the USU womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team continues its home stand Thursday against Hawaii. The Aggies host the Wahine in their second-to-last game of the season. When the two teams met in Hawaii Feb. 4, junior guard Devyn Christensen tallied 25 points â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 17 in the first half â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as the Aggies topped the Wahine 69-55. Senior guard Brooke Jackson added 16 points, as USU picked up its first win in Hawaii in four years. Christensen leads the Western Athletic Conference in scoring with an average of 20.5 points per game, as well as 3-pointers per game with 2.7 makes from beyond the arc per game. Christensen is also ranked No. 2 in the WAC in 3-point field-goal percentage at 44.4 percent and free-throw percentage at 93.9 percent. In the previous meeting, the Utah State defense held Kamilah Jackson to two points on 1-of-8 field-goal shooting. Jackson scores an average of 11.3 points per game for the Wahine, which is good for 12th best in the WAC. The Aggies enter the game against Hawaii


7)2-36*36;%6(%7,0))&63;2drives to the basket against Idaho at home last Saturday in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Aggies finish out the season at home with games against Hawaii and San Jose State. KIMBERLY SHORTS photo

seeking their second-straight win after a loss to Fresno State on Feb. 18. USU holds an 18-8 record overall this season and sits three games behind Fresno at 9-3 in the WAC. Utah State is ranked No. 1 in the conference in free-throw percentage at 75.9 percent, field-goal percentage at 46.4 percent, 10

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Sophomore guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas) scored a career-high 32 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists in leading Utah State to a 67-50 home win against Idaho. Medlin, who had 27 of his points in the second-half, finished the game shooting 11-of-13 (.846) from the field, 6-of-8 (.750) from three-point range.

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and 3-point field-goal percentage at 41.5 percent. The Aggies average 74.8 points per game, which is second best in the WAC behind Fresno State. Hawaii is coming off of a 72-68 win against Nevada in which the Wahine erased a 7-point deficit in the final 12 minutes on Senior Night. The Wahine are 11-16 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Utah State has been out-rebounded by an average of 2.4 rebounds per game this season, and Hawaii ranks No. 1 in the WAC in rebounds per game with 42.4. The Wahine have out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 4.3 per game, and they lead the WAC in defensive rebounds with 28.8 per game.

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NBA thriving despite rough start NBA Commissioner David Stern is one lucky man. He’s like that basketball referee that messes up real bad in the first quarter, i.e. the lockout and the Chris Paul trade extravaganza, but then gets bailed out because the rest of the game is so intense and exciting and no one seems to remember his mistakes from the first quarter — except of course the Lakers. We’re less than two months into the NBA season and it seems like the NBA lockout never happened, well besides the seemingly endless amounts of back-to-back-to-back games and players coming up lame all over the court. The excitement the 2011 season ended with is definitely back, and maybe even to a greater degree this season. Stern couldn’t have asked for more storylines to keep things exciting and rolling throughout the year. Not only did he personally see to it that Chris Paul ended up on the Clippers and not the Lakers, but somehow the most improbable and exciting storyline in sports is taking place in the biggest market of them all – New York. Not to brush aside the Jeremy Lin story, because it certainly is one of the most out-of-nowhere sports stories to ever happen, and for once the NBA gets to overshadow the NFL — take that Tebow — but enough has been said already about Lin and there certainly have been plenty of other things to keep the league and its fans excited.

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Spencer Wright Remember t he Minnesota Timberwolves? Don’t look now, but they are now 17-17 and just one game back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Timberwolves general manager David Kahn might not be as incompetent as we think after the way his draftee Ricky Rubio has performed. The Los Angeles Clippers are in first place in the Western Conference Pacific Division after the All-Star break. That’s right, I said the Clippers. After quadruple checking the NBA standings I feel pretty confident that the standings are right and the Clippers really are in first place. First the Timberwolves and now the Clippers — the tides are changing in the NBA. Stern must be smiling at this as his complete violation of everything sensible in the vetoing of the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers is turning out just as he would’ve hoped. The Bulls, Heat and Thunder look very, very scary at the moment. Even with Derrick Rose missing 10 games the Bulls still have only lost eight games all season. The Heat are beating everyone in sight, except the 13-20 Bucks who they have lost to twice. Embarrassing as that is, they get a mulligan for their com-

plete domination of pretty much everyone else. The Thunder look even better than the Heat and Bulls and managed to sign Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to long-term deals. Could this be their year? Two of the most surprising and underrated stories of the year have come from Philadelphia and San Antonio. The 76ers are currently atop the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Anyone see that coming? Me neither. And the Spurs are atop the Southwest Division in the Western Conference. Even with an average age of 57.7, the Spurs are still getting the job done. And finally, the Los Angeles Lakers. They almost had Chris Paul. Then they lost Lamar Odom. Now they might lose Pau Gasol. That’s not to mention that Derek Fisher is a shadow of his former self. Kobe, meanwhile has been playing hurt all season and could be one more dumb-management move away from completely exploding. Los Angeles though does seem like the most fitting place for drama of any sort, so why not some basketball drama? As “Hot Rod” Hundley used to say, “You gotta love it baby.”

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USU's Paulson tied for 23rd at Snowman Getaway BY USU ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

Freshman Andrew Paulson finished tied for 23rd-place with an 8-over par 224 (7474-76) to lead Utah State at the Washington State hosted Snowman Getaway held here at the Palm Valley Golf Club Monday and Tuesday. Utah State finished in seventh-place in the 16-team field with a 34-over 898 (301-305-292) after starting the day in 10th. During its final round, USU shot a 4-over 292 which was the sixth-best team score in the field. USU’s seventh-place team finish is also its best tournament finish this year, in this its seventh event. Missouri-Kansas City won the team championship with a 13-over 877 (288-304-285), while UCLA’s Mario Clemens took medalist honors with an 8-under 208. Clemens competed in the tournament as an individual. Paulson, a freshman from Sandy, Utah carded a final round 4-over 76 after began the tournament with a 2-over 74 during his first 18 holes, followed by another 74 during his second round. Freshman Tanner Jenson (Parker, Colo.) finished the

tournament tied for 29th with a 9-over 225 (79-72-74), while freshman Brennan Coburn (Layton, Utah) tied for 40th with an 11-over 227 (77-81-69) after carding his best collegiate round during his final 18 holes Tuesday with a 3-under 69. Sophomore Tanner Higham (Shelley, Idaho) tied for 44th with a 12-over 228 (71-83-74), and senior Chanse Godderidge (Smithfield, Utah) tied for 68th with an 18-over 234 (81-78-75). TEAM RESULTS 1. Missouri-Kansas City 288-304-285 --- 877 (+13) 2. Missouri State - 292-303 - 283 --- 878 (+14) 3. UNC-Greensboro - 296305-289 --- 890 (+26) 4. British Columbia - 284312-295 --- 891 (+27) 4. St. John’s - 293-307-291 --- 891 (+27) 7. UTAH STATE - 301-305292 --- 898 (+34)

- 70-74-71 --- 215 (-1) 4. Matt Pinizzotto*, UCLA - 72-73-70 --- 215 (-1) UTAH STATE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS T23. Andrew Paulson - 74-7476 --- 224 (+8) T29. Tanner Jenson - 79-72-74 --- 225 (+9) T40. Brennan Coburn - 77-8169 --- 227 (+11) T44. Tanner Higham - 71-83-74 --- 228 (+12) T68. Chanse Godderidge - 81-78-75 --- 234 (+18)


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INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 1. Mario Clemens*, UCLA - 66-73-69 --- 208 (-8) 1. Jay Hwang*, UCLA - 68-71-70 --- 209 (-7) 3. Colin Chapman, UNC-Greensboro - 69-71-73 --213 (-3) 4. Mason Casper, Utah Valley - 70-75-70 --- 215 (-1) 4. Jay Mulieri, Loyola (Md.)

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Austin will be back for another year, headlines corps of returning receivers

Athletic Conference and the NCAA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m honored and excited for this opportunity. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get back to work on the field with my team, learn our new offense and be a leader to help us have an even better season next year. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful for my coaches and teammates keeping me motivated and helping me stay positive throughout this entire process. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also grateful for all the hard work by Jake Garlock (Assistant Athletics Director for

Compliance) and the administration for helping make this happen.â&#x20AC;? In 2011, Austin played in all 13 games, making eight starts. He tallied 34 catches for 465 yards with six TDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, leading USU in all three categories. In USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last five games, he totalled five TD catches, including two game-winners, snaring the game-winners in the San Jose State and New Mexico State games, both with less than a minute to play.

Austin corralled a season-high six catches in the Auburn game and his seasonlong reception was a 49-yard TD against Weber State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matt is a tremendous team leader for us both on and off the field,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a standout wide receiver for us and we know we can count on him to make the big play when needed as he showed last season with two game-winning catches for us. His talent-level on the field makes him one of the best wide receivers in our

conference. His ability to be a team leader and a mentor to the younger players at all positions is just as important to our program as the plays he makes on the field.â&#x20AC;? Austin was one of USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team captains in 2011 and also served on the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leadership council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also like to especially thank Jake Garlock, everyone in our compliance office and our administration for all of their hard work in this,â&#x20AC;? Andersen said. After coming to USU

from Mt. San Antonio Junior College in 2009, Austin missed that season with a foot injury. Returning to the field in 2010, Austin started the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 season-opener at Oklahoma, and made one catch for 59 yards, but suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Sooners. Off the field, Austin graduated in the fall of 2011 with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in interdisciplinary studies and his currently pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of education in heath, physical education and recreation.


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USU prepares for final road trip of the season, matchups against SJSU and UH prepare your guys like we are able to do some games, because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know exactly when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do what.â&#x20AC;? San Jose senior forward Wil Carter is still averaging nearly a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds, and is averaging 15 points per game to go with 10 boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you are averaging a double-double in league play, he is 15 points and 10 rebounds, that is pretty dang good,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can make a face-up jumper but (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) not really his strength.â&#x20AC;? Two other Spartans are averaging double figures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; junior forward James Kinney averages 15.8 points per game and Keith Shamburger averages 13.3 points per game. The Aggies will be looking to give themselves a chance on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You look at the games on the road, we were highly competitive with a chance to win in just about every one, other than New Mexico State for the last 10 minutes where it got away from us,â&#x20AC;? Morril said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to feel like we can go on the road and give ourselves a chance to win, then you have to get over the hump, obviously, but a lot of averages might catch up if we can put ourselves in that position again.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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Aggies prepare for semifinals Romney recieves auto-bid to nationals, three qualified for semis individually BY MEGAN BODILY staff writer

The Utah State western equestrian team will travel to Florida State University to compete in the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association starting March 24. Boasting more than 8,300 students and more than 370 colleges and universities, IHSA gives students the opportunity to show off horsemanship as well as technical riding. Horsemanship and reining are the two events that the USU Western team will participate in, and different events and levels are based on the ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience. This seemingly simple and routine competition has a catch: USU students will ride horses they have never ridden before. Jason Romney, coach of the team, said the riders draw horses from FSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock and, with no warm-up or practice, begin the competition after five minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to go in and show an unknown horse,â&#x20AC;? Romney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It evens the playing field a little bit. Most of the time no one has been on the horse they are competing on.â&#x20AC;? The unique challenge of competing on a horse the rider has never ridden before adds a whole new degree of difficulty to competition on horses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole challenge is to adjust and adapt to the current situation,â&#x20AC;? Romney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be really successful, you need to be able to ride and adapt and have a lot of feel on the horses so you can mentally and physically adapt to how the horse is acting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all the while someone is judging you.â&#x20AC;? With semifinals weeks away, riders try to prepare for the challenge of riding an unknown horse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We prepare by having the students get on horses that they have not ridden a whole lot,â&#x20AC;? Romney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have them ride a lot of different horses and ride at different places so they can learn to adapt.â&#x20AC;? Of the 15-person team, three individuals


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New open carry bill unnecessary A bill in the Utah Legislature raised a debate over whether firearms should be visible in public. The HB49 Substitute would prohibit local municipalities from enacting or enforcing ordinances against carrying firearms, visible or concealed, without permission from the state Legislature. The billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsor, Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, is quoted in a story from the Jan. 30 issue of The Salt Lake Tribune defending HB49. Ray said the intent of the bill was to clarify which situations deserve disorderly conduct charges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m carrying the gun, they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give me a disorderly conduct (charge),â&#x20AC;? Ray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m acting in a threatening way, they certainly can.â&#x20AC;? We disagree with this perception. If a person carrying a firearm acts in a threatening way, police are likely to shoot rather than arrest the carrier. In January, police shot and killed a 15-yearold student brandishing what they later learned was an air gun made to resemble a more lethal weapon. Perhaps a law-abiding citizen is well within his or her rights to openly carry a firearm, but considering recent news events it would be unwise. Virginia Tech and Chardon High School, in Ohio, are the most recent of several campus shootings that have happened in the U.S. Campus communities are becoming more wary of campus shooting warning signs. A person carrying an easily visible firearm on campus could prompt action from not only police, but faculty, staff or students who resolved to take action at the first potential sign of danger. The Second Amendment is a constitutional right, but rights should only be exercised with responsibility and the proper education. Anything with the potential to end lives, whether it be a vehicle, a drug or a firearm, should be treated with every possible precaution. If the sight of a firearm has the potential to cause panic, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to leave it out of sight. Some argue open carry has a deterring effect on crime, and we admit the appeal of openly carrying a firearm makes more sense in a dark alley, but it seems to us a firearm would be less of a deterrent on a busy university campus already patrolled by police.

Public bathrooms require manners In my time at USU, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve From the never been one to talk about Soap Box anything spectacularly important. The topics of my columns have ranged from looking forward to watching the local rodeo, hating BYU and teaching people how to shower. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not terribly different in conversation. I apologize in advance, but today I feel the need to talk about a subject that has been weighing on me for a while. That subject is the freedom a person has to relieve themself in a public restroom without awkward moments. Such disregard for the norms of the restroom threatens our decency as Americans. To fight Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; disrespectful bathroom habits, I thought up a few helpful guidelines I feel everyone should adhere to while in a public restroom. 1. Talking is only acceptable if you are continuing a conversation as you walk into the restroom with a friend. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard girls will chat about boys in the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; room, so I feel it is acceptable to use the restroom for gossiping. Also, laughter should be used on the same general guidelines. 2. Please, put electronic devices away. I hate to sound like an annoying freshman-level history professor, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird to hear a phone going off in the restroom. As a reminder, bathrooms are plagued with germs. Who knows which germs are being transferred to your phone in the restroom. Later that day those germs will end up right on your face. Gross, man. 3. Wash your hands. No exceptions. Especially when someone else is already at the sink. I see the people who leave the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room without washing their hands. You disgust me. I just hope I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget who you are and shake your hand at some point. At least make it look like you have good hygiene. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play in the water a little bit for show.â&#x20AC;? 4. If at first you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t succeed, flush again. Need I say more? 5. Quit your dawdling. Specifically, taking 10 or more sheets at the motion-sensor paper towel dispensers is unnecessary. Your hands are already dry by the time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve let them drip while waiting for six sheets to dispense. I only want one paper towel and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to wait for you. I know the motion sensor is fun to play with, but you can do that after hours. 6. Brush your teeth at home. I am always weirdly surprised See SOAP BOX, Page 13

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Editor in Chief Catherine Bennett Copy Editor D. Whitney Smith News Editor Steve Kent Assistant News Editor Megan Allen Features Editor Allee Evensen Assistant Features Editor Natasha Bodily Sports Editor

Public schools need sex education programs We cannot mask facts of life with the notion of a non-existent utopia where all teens blindly accept abstinence as the one and only option for sexual behavior. Refraining from teaching sexual education or presenting a stratified, partial-picture version of sexual education to high school students is promoting ignorance. It is a stepping stone toward uneducated teenage heartache. It is time to wake up to reality and power the wheels of progressive legislation. Last Wednesday, the Utah House of Representatives passed HB363, a bill concerning sexual education in Utah public schools. All 17 Democrats and 11 Republicans in the House voted against the bill, but lost by a sweeping 45-28 margin. This bill allows Utah schools to opt out of teaching sexual education and prohibits teaching about the use of contraception

in schools that do choose to keep the coursMindful es. Not only is this bill a step Musings backward in a society that is sexually rampant, but is also an invitation for teens to explore sex in unreliable ways without any previous knowledge of safety precautions. Anyone who went to public high school in Utah know that teens are just as susceptible to explore sexuality compared to teens in other states â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perceptions of their teensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sex lives.

Tyra Simmons

To the editor:

As a faculty member and specialist in turfgrass science, I felt compelled to write regarding the proposed Aggie Legacy Fields and issues that you might consider as you prepare to vote on their installation. The fact is that synthetic turf fields have not been in regular use for very long. As a result, there is the need for objective, peerreviewed research information regarding these fields â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pros and cons. The information that I am presenting to you here is objective and peer-reviewed, but additional research is certainly needed. The complete life-cycle costs of synthetic turf fields, including installation, maintenance and disposal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they need replacing every 8-10 years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are higher than natural grass fields. In addition, the removal and disposal costs of synthetic turf fields are incurred at the same time as installation costs for their replacement. It is my understanding that the Aggie Legacy Fields have the potential to be recycled and I commend the planners for that,

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but this does not negate the cost of their future removal and replacement. Across the country, human health concerns have also been raised about the presence of heavy metals in the crumb rubber infill used in synthetic turfs: Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Mb, Sn, Su and Zn. Other health concerns include the inhalation of fine particles generated as the infill wears over time, the presence of Staph bacteria and other skin and lung concerns. Regarding Staph bacteria, the proposed Aggie Legacy Fields would benefit from full sun exposure and its disinfectant properties. However, that very sun exposure leads to another health concern-the surface temperature of the fields. Reliable studies have measured temperatures ranging from 140-173 degrees F at the surface of synthetic turf fields, necessitating very sophisticated irrigation and drainage systems to render them cool enough for use. Environmental considerations of synthetic turf fields include the leaching of metals such as Zn, Al, Mg and Fe, with Zn leaching in the highest quantities. These metals

0IXXIVWXS XLIIHMXSVÂ&#x2C6; %TYFPMGJSVYQ are toxic to aquatic organisms and invertebrates, and have also been found in the run-off from synthetic turf fields. I do not dispute that synthetic turf fields have a place in locations that are truly adverse to natural grass. However, the presence of natural grass on the HPER fields over the past many years indicates that conditions on the fields are not truly adverse to natural grass. Kelly Kopp

Put focus on academics To the editor: As I reflect back on my experience at USU, I can say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had many great experiences because of the many resources the university provides to students. My concern, however, is the new proposed plan for a recreation student center on campus. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an avid Fieldhousegoer, and I recognize that soon there will be a need to replace or improve those facilities. At the same time, is this recreation center the

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Page 13 From MUSINGS, Page 12 Some legislators argued that sexual education is a topic that should be addressed in the home. As nice as that sounds, the harsh reality is in many homes the topic is so taboo that kids either resort to the Internet, a piecemeal explanation from friends, or explore sexuality with another ignorant teenager. Though I agree it would be ideal if parents taught sexual education to their children, it does not always happen this way. Why would we opt for this when schools have the resources to provide sexual education with sound information? Having sat through multiple heart-felt discussions with loved ones, as well as strangers, who faced traumatic mental and physical consequences due to poor sexual educations, I have seen more negative than positive consequences from dismissing these programs. These discussions were often with people who grew up in Utah and were not taught sexual education in their homes. Many of these people referenced a curiosity to experiment, ending up in situations of pregnancy and STDs, as well as mental trauma from cultural guilt after choosing a path opposite that of the majority vote â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as evidenced by the House who believe in teach-

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ing abstinence. With the recent heated national discussions concerning access to birth control, we have seen men testifying and claiming to have the answers womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health issues. If the case was reversed and women were testifying about menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health this wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be tolerated. In a recent House hearing concerning the Obama Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to employees, members of the GOP claimed this is not an issue relating to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, but rather an issue of freedom of religion and therefore did not include women in the panel of testimonies. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) did not allow a female college student to testify in committee because in his view, she was not an appropriate witness. The first panel of witnesses was composed entirely of male religious leaders against the measure. Is this how we define democracy? My focus is not arguing womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues, but this same error is being made in regards to high school students in Utah. Deciding sexual education measures without the opinion of students is like deciding womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health issues without the opinion of

women. Yes, most students in high school are not of voting age. But this does not mean legislation that greatly influences, not only their high school career, but also their entire adult life, should set aside studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinions. Legislators should talk to college students about how the sexual education they received in high school did or did not benefit them in college. They should also talk to high school students and gain perceptive insight into their needs and concerns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not just their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs and concerns. In this day and age that has unlimited information via the Internet, it is idiocy to assume high school students who have questions regarding sex, sexual health and contraceptives, will not do a quick Google search and find the information available there. While some of the information they find could be true, much of it is untrue. It is imperative that credible, trusted individuals teach students every option available to maintain sexual health and practice safe sex. Abstinence is a fantastic place to start, but assuming that students will not seek other options on their own, or blindly experiment without protection, makes our state leaders mis-

informed. If students want to have sex they will have sex, whether it is protected or not. Legislators and parents need to wake up to the facts that despite their wishes, teens do not always comply with their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plans for them. As USU students, we should care about this legislation because a significant portion of our student body grew up in Utah and was educated in Utah public high schools. An ignorant freshman class away from parents and home for the first time will have endless questions and available options for sexual experimentation. These forms of experimentation will lead to other serious problems, such as rape and sexual assault, STDs and will aslo open doors to a higher vulnerability of abuse. Unfortunately, abstinence alone is simply not enough for curious, sexually charged teenagers. It is time for Utah government officials to open their eyes and move beyond the realm of ignorance. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tyra Simmons is a senior majoring in sociology. Her column runs every other Wednesday. Comments on her column can be sent to

From SOAP BOX, Page 12 to see someone fighting plaque at a public restroom sink. However, I really respect those people who care enough about how their breath smells, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to go home before a big meeting. Props to you oral hygiene pros. 7. Why are you reading? Without going into any detail, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just say the public restroom is not designed for delving into a novel. Public libraries, however, are. Besides, those who enjoy reading newspapers in the bathroom often leave them there for someone to clean up. 8. I need my personal space. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a habit of seeing what things are like in the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; room, but there is a certain code in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room dealing with which facilities are available based on proximity to another bro who is also using one

of the facilities. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure you know what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about. Please make sure you leave a buffer area. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure there are more things to address, but for now I hope these suggestions will help improve our quality of cleanliness. If not, I will continue seeking out the secret restrooms on campus no one else uses. Remember, just because you do something in the privacy of your own personal bathroom, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give you a license to behave the same way in a public facility. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tavin is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is the sports editor at The Statesman. Follow him on Twitter @tavinstucki and send any comments to

place where resources are most needed now? What will help students more in their pursuit of higher education, a nice facility or award-winning professors and programs? Are we really putting our money toward higher education? Because at the end of the day thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what USU is. We are an institution of higher learning, which means we should be supporting our students with the resources they really need to successfully obtain a college degree. I ask students to really question what they want out of this university â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a snazzy new building or support toward resources, such as scholarships, professors and the library. Think about it. Haley Dearden

USU needs a rec center To the editor: With many debates on Facebook and face to face about the Aggie Recreation Center and Legacy Fields, there have been many ideas passed around that are not true. The intent of this letter is to clear up those false ideas. First, the idea that this project will add a fourth rec center to our campus is completely untrue, and I could not think of any way that someone came up with that number. To clarify, the HPER Building is an academic building that has gyms and a pool. Those kinds of facilities are in that building because the HPER department teaches swimming, basketball, dance and other fitness and movement classes. So

that buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary use is for academics, not for student recreation. The Fieldhouse was not meant to be a student recreation center. It was a quick fix for what this university was lacking in a recreation center over a decade ago, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not dedicated purely for students. Athletics uses the main floor for practices and students lose open recreation time. The community comes and hosts events there which takes away from student recreation time. And the only other thing that I could think of to make up the third part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;threeâ&#x20AC;? current recreation centers is the Outdoor Recreation Program. The ORP is anything but a recreation center. At its most basic form it is a rental shop for students to get outdoor equipment. Second, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll address the funding for this project. People have been saying you will spend up to $600 on facilities that you will never use â&#x20AC;&#x201D; completely false. You will only pay for the parts of the project that will be open while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a student at USU. You will not spend a penny for any part of the project you will not have the opportunity to use. The rumor that USU has three recreation centers right now is completely false. Are you paying for something you will never use? False. Please, with the vote for the Aggie Recreation Center and Legacy Fields beginning Wednesday, learn for yourself how great this project is and remember to vote. David Smith

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As much as GOP might hope, a late-entry knight is unlikely BY KAREN TUMULTY The Washington Post.

The longer the campaign season goes on, the more dissatisfied Republican voters seem to be with their choice in candidates. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that, even at this point in the race, there remains plenty of buzz that someone perfect might still jump in - to win the nomination outright in the remaining primaries, or to build up enough steam to seize it in a contested GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. But for all the dreaming, the reality is this: The chance of a late entry winning the Republican nomination is now exceedingly remote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning Powerball two days in a row is probably easier than any of these scenarios,â&#x20AC;? said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. Added Steve Schmidt, who headed up day-to-day operations for GOP nominee John McCain four years ago: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of this discussion evades reality.â&#x20AC;? It is difficult to see how anyone entering the race this late would win. The arithmetic would not work for the most direct route to the nomination, which requires racking up the requisite majority of 1,144 delegates in the remaining primaries and caucuses. If a candidate decided to enter the race after Super Tuesday on March 6, the filing deadlines will have passed in all but seven states. Even if that person picked up every single delegate in those remaining primaries - highly unlikely, given that only New Jersey and Utah award theirs on a statewide winner-take-all basis - the newcomer would fall way short, with fewer than 400 delegates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is simply too late,â&#x20AC;? said Josh Putnam, a Davidson College professor whose blog on the GOP primary intricacies has developed a following in Republican circles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fantasy element of this whole process.â&#x20AC;?

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That still leaves the possibility of taking the fight to a brokered convention, which is something many people alive today have never seen. Among the boosters of this scenario is former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could be looking at a brokered convention,â&#x20AC;? she recently told Fox Business Network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Months from now, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case, all bets are off as to who it will be. . . . I would do whatever I could to help.â&#x20AC;? Another advocate is Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who told reporters at the National Governors Association convention last weekend: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just believe that we ought to go to the convention and pick a fresh face.â&#x20AC;? The four-day infomercial that passes for a modern convention is a far cry from the suspenseful events of old, with their floor fights and fistfights, their multiple rounds of balloting, their fabled backrooms reeking of cigar smoke and bourbon. Most storied of all was the Democratic convention of 1924. With the rest of the country tuning in for the first time on radio, the proceedings in Madison Square Garden went on for 16 days and 103 ballots before John W. Davis, an obscure long shot when it all started, got the two-thirds vote then required. Davis went on to lose in a landslide to Calvin Coolidge. The last time it took more than one round of balloting to pick a nominee was at the 1952 Democratic Convention, when Adlai Stevenson prevailed on the third ballot. And not since 1976 have both GOP candidates arrived at the convention short of a majority; that year, President Gerald Ford had to round up unpledged delegates to fend off a challenge from former California Gov. Ronald Reagan. But a brokered convention, as political strategist Karl Rove pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;needs party bosses, and today there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any. In the old days, party chiefs often led

delegations of regulars who took orders and depended on patronage. No longer.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, one of the reasons that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest has had so many ups and downs is that the Republican partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activist base has developed a revulsion to the party establishment. And those likely to attend the convention as delegates are disproportionately drawn from the far right reaches of the party - the people least likely to listen to any dictates from GOP insiders and deal brokers. Still, the yearning for a white knight remains. Though ex-Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., has endorsed Mitt Romney, he acknowledged in an interview that the former Massachusetts governor was not his first choice: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was hoping Mitch Daniels would be our nominee. I think he would have been the strongest nominee we could have put forth. I still do in my fantasy - I still somehow hope something will happen that would let that happen.â&#x20AC;? The three fantasy draftees most frequently cited Indiana Gov. Daniels, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush - have given no indication that they are reconsidering their earlier decisions not to run. And they would have even greater pause as they considered the experience of others, such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who seemed ideal in the wings, but wilted once they got into the spotlight. There is also the challenge of marshaling the resources and organization to compete with what the four current candidates have spent more than a year building. Even though Republicans are far from enchanted with the current crop of candidates, they have misgivings about stretching the nominating contest into the convention. In a mid-February poll conducted by Gallup, 66


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Qualifications Â&#x152;Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 2006 Â&#x152;Participating with USU ASCE Steel Bridge design team where we will compete at ASCE student conference next month. Â&#x152;Civil Engineering: 2010-Present, Engineering intern with Professional Civil Engineers from Civil Science, LLC.; assisted mainly with UDOT 1000 West Logan Phase I and II Design. Â&#x152;Mechanical Engineering: Worked with Professional Mechanical Engineers of a Accident Reconstruction firm, Woolley Engineering Research Corp.; Conducted surveys, assisted with car crash tests, designed and manufactured trial exhibits. Goals/Plans For Office Â&#x152;Provide students with better access to communications and announcements from clubs, advising, and activities to increase awareness and participation. Â&#x152;Give students adequate notification of state, national, and on-campus competitions and scholarship opportunities that are available. Â&#x152;Expand out-of-class resources such as our tutoring and help interconnecting study groups. Â&#x152;World Peace Platform â&#x20AC;&#x153;As senator I will speak the voice of the hardest working college on campus. So whether you use TI or HP, VOTE FOR ME!â&#x20AC;? Shackelford and staff writer Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they would prefer to see one of the four who are currently running pick up enough delegates to cinch the nomination before the party convenes in Tampa. Republicans may not think

any of them is ideal - in fact, 55 percent of those surveyed told Gallup they wish someone else were running - but they are coming around to the realization that this field is all theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got. --Staff researcher Lucy

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AccuWeather predicts an index that can be put into a above-normal tornado nummodel to make forecasts. bers in 2012, but not as many In tests, the model â&#x20AC;&#x153;was as 2011. It says warmer than able to use the index to normal water in the Gulf of forecast monthly tornado Mexico will provide the moist, activity with some success up unstable air to energize thunto a month in advance. This derstorm development and success, especially notable in help spin up tornadoes. On June, is the first evidence for the other hand, AccuWeather the predictability of monthly notes that the climate pattern tornado activity,â&#x20AC;? the IRI called La Nina is forecast to noted in a press release. weaken. In 2011, La Nina led Even if perfect outlooks to a very strong northern jet about the number of tornastream that fueled violent does were possible, what is storms as it dived into the the value? Tornadoes are so Midwest and South. localized that simply knowing helpthat plan yourmonth big d Meteorologist Jeff Johnson Let in us advance a given of Telvent thinks that even a or season is going to be active weak La Nina will influence mayYou not be helpful. This for same Best Choice tornado activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we head question comes up in discusWedding & paper toward the spring season our sions Invitations about the usefulness of g expectations are that 2012 will seasonal hurricane outlooks, favor above-normal tornado even though hurricanes affect numbers once again, primarmuch larger areas. ily due to La Nina,â&#x20AC;? he said in But Harold Brooks, a recent blog post. a tornado researcher at At IRI, lead researcher the National Oceanic and Michael Tippett and colAtmospheric Administration, leagues have published a thinks these outlooks might new tornado forecasting offer some utility. method that may provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a state emergency about a monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead time manager, I might be really West 2 on expected tornado activity. interested in knowing630 at the 753-8 Using historical data, his end of March that by the end team identified two weather of April we could have a big variables most associated with problem,â&#x20AC;? he told IRI. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You tornadoes - rain and spin in could be better prepared with the atmosphere - and created generators and supplies.â&#x20AC;?

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