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USU: WAC champions Aggies beat La. Tech, secure share of WAC championship


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Utah State won at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday when the Aggies beat Louisiana Tech 48-�41 in over-� time on the road in Ruston, La. The win marked USU’s only conference championship in the WAC, in what likely will be the conference’s final football sea-� son. “Louisiana Tech made some plays and made a run in the second half, but we were able to hang in there and fight,� said USU head coach Gary Andersen. “I think it just shows our tough-� ness, our grit, our want-�to and desire.� Utah State jumped out early with a 17-�3 halftime lead, thanks in part to a blocked La. Tech field goal attempt and an interception in the end zone by senior safety Will Davis. It was La. Tech quarterback Colby Cameron’s first intercep-� tion thrown this season, ending an NCAA-�record 443 passing attempts without an intercep-� tion. It was also the first time the Bulldogs have been without a touchdown in any half this sea-� son. “There are things that they can do that have never happened in the history of Utah State foot-� ball,� Andersen said. “That is pretty special.� The Aggies continued the scoring race in the third quar-� ter and led 41-�17 after a 1-�yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton a minute before the fourth quar-� ter started. Then the Bulldogs woke up. La. Tech junior D.J. Banks ran back the ensuing kickoff 98

yards for the touchdown, start-� ing 16 minutes of Bulldog domi-� nance. Freshman running back Kenneth Dixon and sophomore Hunter Lee each scored in the fourth quarter, and senior kicker Matt Nelson made a 32-�yard field goal to tie the game at 41 as time expired to force overtime. The Bulldogs won the coin toss and elected to play defense to begin the overtime period, but senior running back Kerwynn Williams took the ball 25 yards in three plays to give Utah State the final touchdown of the game and make it 48-�41. The Aggie defense stopped La. Tech running back Ray Holley on fourth down of the next drive to preserve the win. Cameron led the Bulldogs to 629 yards of total offense and 396 passing. Dixon had 109 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss while receiver Quinton Patton led all receivers with 181 yards. Williams and Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton combined for 623 of USU’s 646 total offensive yards and 36 of the 48 Aggie points. The victory brings Utah State to 9-�2 and 5-�0 in the WAC while La. Tech falls to 9-�2 and 4-�1 in conference. USU will face Idaho on Saturday in the final game of the season at Romney Stadium. “Nine wins, what more can I say?� Andersen said. “They’ve done a tremendous job; they’ve reached a lot of goals this year they had set for them.� – Twitter: @StuckiAggies

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UTAH STATE QUARTERBACK CHUCKIE KEETON makes a move to escape La. Tech senior cornerback Dave Clark in USU’s 48-41 win over the Bulldogs in Ruston, La., on Saturday. With the win, the Aggies clinched at least a share of the WAC championship. Photo courtesy USU Athletic Media Relations

New Aggie Bus uses electricity, costs less


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On Thursday Nov. 15, USU unveiled the Aggie Bus, a bus that runs entirely on electric power, charges wirelessly using induction, costs less than regular diesel buses and doesn’t release any emissions. Curt Roberts, who supervised the scientific team that developed the technology, said the innovations of the Aggie bus are a win from every dimension. “You get the best of all worlds,� Roberts said. “You get zero tailpipe emissions, you spend less money and all of the noise and air pollution issues are completely gone in the environment where the bus operates.� Roberts, the associate vice president of Commercialization and Regional Development, said USU has a team that focuses exclusively on the technology of wireless power transfer — moving large amounts of electricity from the electrical grid through the air into a vehicle battery. “USU has one of the leading scientific teams in the entire world in this area of science,� he said. “We’ve achieved performance levels today on this bus that in combination have not been achieved by anyone else anywhere in the world.� Roberts said the research led by USU in this area has the potential to change transportation internationally. In the not too distant future in large cities and in dense transit routes, espe-� cially where large amounts of people use public transit, buses like this will become the norm. “You’ll no longer have to ride on a noisy, dirty diesel bus,� he said. “Instead it’ll be a

PASSENGERS RIDE AN ELECTRIC BUS designed to recharge wirelessly via stations embedded under the pavement. The bus system was developed at USU and will be implemented at the University of Utah. SAMANTHA BEHL photo

quiet, clean electric bus that can run all day and never be plugged in.� Robert said as a research university, both USU faculty and students have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research that often produces new inventions and technologies. He said the students who have worked on this will have their names on patent applications that permanently record the contribution they made to this technology. For USU faculty, it’s an opportunity to build a national and interna-� tional reputation for inventiveness, he said. “We will probably see coverage not just out-� side of Utah but all over the world because of what we’ve accomplished here,� Roberts said. The leading scientist for the project is Hunter Wu, who USU recruited from the University

of Auckland in New Zealand. Roberts said Wu studied under the most widely-�known and well-�respected wireless power transfer researcher in the world. The Ph.D. scientists leading the team learned the disciplines used in this technology in the course of their training, Roberts said. The engineering and computer science graduate students on the team are now learning about these technologies exactly the same way their mentors did. “The exciting thing about USU as a research university is that we never forget the students as part of that equation,� said USU President Stan Albrecht. Many USU students have the opportunity to

come and be a part of real applicable research, Albrecht said. Even undergraduates are work-� ing and contributing to projects where they are engaged in this kind of discovery. “If I were a student out there and looked at the kinds of things coming out of USU that are as exciting as the Aggie Bus, this is the place I would want to be,� Albrecht said. Roberts said students want to be part of an institution where researchers known as being among the most pioneering researchers in the world are the people guiding their learning. “It just makes USU that much greater a place to come to school,� he said. Professors want to know they can be part of an insitution that will support the very best in research, according to Roberts. He said hav-� ing a team like this is just one example of the commitment the institution makes to ensure USU not only has the best researchers, but that the researchers have the best facilities, the best equipment and the best support possible to stretch the limits of their imagination and inventiveness. “We had the vision to create a leading pro-� gram,� he said. “We were serious about creat-� ing a technology system that would lead the world.� An informational video at the unveiling explained how the wireless power transfer of the bus is accomplished through a pad mount-� ed in the roadway and another mounted on the underside of the bus. The roadway pad creates an oscillating magnetic field. The bus pad then absorbs electromagnetic energy through a pro-� cess called induction with 90 percent efficiency.



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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Suicide concerns rise in winter


staff writer With problems like being short on money, falling grades, seasonal affective disorder setting in and other personal challenges, this is the point in the semester when students who con-� sider harming themselves or committing suicide come to Counseling and Psychological Services for help, according to Dave Bush, the center’s direc-� tor. Bush said the most important thing when dealing with a friend who is contemplating suicide is to give them hope and a sense of purpose. Rather than fighting that person on the issue, a better strategy is to let them know they are needed. “I think every human being wants to be noticed,� Bush said. The main waiting area of the counseling center is decorated with hope-� ful messages. A marquee on a stand faces the door with the message reading, “Today I will be as happy as a bird with a French fry.� When a student comes to the counseling center for help, the first step is to forge a connection with them and build a com-� munity of support, Bush said. Then, they explore reasons to live. Usually this is done by encourag-�

ing the person to create what he calls a hope box. Bush’s own hope box is a small black chest that sits on his office window sill. “The whole idea is if I have something concrete that I can hold onto or look at that reminds me of this is why I need to be on the planet, then those things will give me the strength to carry on when I am discouraged,� Bush said. Bush said it does not have to be a box. Some people create a hope enve-� lope or pouch, but the idea is the same. People put in all kinds of memen-� tos that remind them of their meaning in life. In times past those items have been letters, photo-� graphs or small trinkets. Former LDS missionaries will put their name tags in the box as a reminder of a time when they felt needed, he said. “It’s just a container of evidence that I matter,� Bush said. Bush said occasionally, forging a connection with a student who is consider-� ing ending their life may be difficult. At that time, a counselor will encour-� age the student to go to a safe place, such as a hos-� pital. Friends or a police escort can take them. However, hospitalization is the student’s choice unless they are in no con-� dition to think rationally. If a student is under the

influence of drugs or alco-� hol, for example, they will be taken to the hospital until they can think ratio-� nally, he said. “Rather than fight someone, I think it’s healthy to forge that con-� nection and explore nec-� essary reasons for living,� Bush said. Bush said in the 24 years he has worked at the university, a low number of students are hospital-� ized every semester. “For an institution this size, to have so few students end up in the hospital as do is pretty unusual,� he said. Though the number of wellness checks for a students who talked about ending their lives were more frequent in the last month, there don’t seem to be any more than usual, according to Cpt. Steve Milne of the USU Police. Milne said when a call like that comes in, the first step for the police is to locate the student and ensure their welfare. Then they refer them to campus resources, such as CAPS. Fortunately, most of the A MYRIAD OF PROBLEMS, including seasonal affective disorder, difficulty in school students who have these and shortage of money in the holiday season can contribute to depression among students. checks called on them are USU provides programs to help those struggling to cope. MICKELLE YEATES photo illustration in the early stages, and campus are, by and large, times students get in trou-� after a call to the counsel-� said. “If you’re a student, the university wants to invested in each other. ble is where they isolate,� ing center’s 24 hour hot-� make sure you’re OK, and A solid social support Bush said. line, a follow-�up appoint-� they have certain resourc-� network exists and few Bush said the primary ment is made, Milne said. students fall through the thrust of the Think, Care, “Sometimes they think, es here that they’ll make cracks, he said. ‘I don’t have money to pay available at no cost.� See SUICIDE, Page 3 Bush said students on “Where I think some-� for a counselor,’� Milne

International pageant crowns winners


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Two different cultures took the crow`n in the Mr. and Miss International Pageant on Friday night. The winners of the pag-� eant were Sandra Molina, Miss Mexico, and Hironori Saeki, Mr. Japan. International and domes-� tic students alike crowded the TSC auditorium on Friday night to watch the annual pageant, the con-� cluding event of Diversity Week. The event was judged by Paula Alger, the director of global enrichment in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Doug Fiefia, the incumbent Mr. USU, Mary Hubbard, the vice provost of global engagement, Carlos Munoz, the coordinator of international student recruitment and Michelle Bogdan, the director of the Access and Diversity Center.

Both contestants said they were shocked to hear they had won the competition. “Everybody did great. I think everybody won today,� Saeki said. “They had a real-� ly amazing stuff that I don’t have. We share together to watch together and enjoy it.� Together, the contestants showed the audience differ-� ent pieces of culture from around the world. Some sang cultural songs and some performed dances from their countries. Molina performed a Spanish court dance to the traditional song “La Negra.� Bogdan asked Molina what she would change about her country if she had the chance. “I would improve the educational quality that they have,� Molina said. “Hispanics in Mexico have a lot of poverty, and they have to find their own way to pay for school. I would give them some way to support

and raise funds to improve their educational equality.� Molina said being Miss International is important to her because she can rep-� resent her country in a way most students don’t get a chance to see. “You let other people rec-� ognize what your heritage is,� she said. “They might have just heard the name, but not what it actually rep-� resented.� When asked why he should be Mr. International, Saeki expressed his sociabil-� ity and his love for interact-� ing with students at USU. The pageant contained 11 contestants from Japan, China, Somolia, Mexico, Qatar, India and Taiwan, according to Geraldine De La Mota, the cultural chair of the International Student Council. De La Mota said an email with details about the pageant was sent out in advance, inviting the inter-�

national community to par-� ticipate in the pageant. Each contestant performed a rou-� tine of cultural importance, such as a song or a dance. Many contestants spoke of the friendly culture of USU. “I come from Taiwan. My country taught me everyone should come from Taiwan should have hospitality,� said Chiao Hung, Miss Tawian. “Everyone wants to show compassion to every-� body. People here are just as friendly as in my country.� Others spoke of their home, sharing their cul-� ture and worlds with other people. “I think what knowledge people lack is the beauty,� said Tawahir Ahmed, Miss Somolia. “People think they are poor. In reality, Somalia is a country that prospers not just in money but food and tradition. Everything about Somalia is beautiful.

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JAMES COBURN, A LABORATORY SUPERVISOR in the physics department at USU, pours liquid nitrogen into a container during the fifth annual physics demonstration show. SAMANTHA BEHL photo

SANDRA MOLINA ACCEPTS the Miss International USU crown at the Mr. and Miss International 2012 Pageant on Friday. MICKELLE YEATES photo

ELECTRIC: Bus unveiled From page 1 This charges the bus whenever it makes a stop so the bus can run on electricity all day long and never be plugged in. Normally, a bus with a battery this size can only run about 30-�35 miles on a full charge and larger batteries add up quickly. With wireless charging capability, the bus can charge every time it stops to pick up passengers so the bus can operate effectively with a smaller, cost-�effective battery. Roberts said though an electrically powered bus does cost more upfront, diesel fuel costs between $3.50 and $4.00 a gallon and the equiva-� lent in electricity is about 40 cents in Utah. “That cost difference adds up very quickly as these buses are in operation,� he said. “The small difference you pay to buy the bus quickly you end up saving from the cost in power. Over a 12 year life, even with one battery pack

replacement and other normal maintenance for the bus, it is still quite a bit less expensive than a diesel, a compressed natural gas, or a hybrid.� “One of the things we’re most pleased by is the fact that we’re not done,� Roberts said. “We are going to continue to push this research, to con-� tinue to transfer more power and to make this possible in more types of vehicles in more places around the world and that means more opportu-� nity for our faculty and our researchers and our students to be part of that innovation.� The Aggie Bus is just a prototype currently, used for development and testing, Roberts said. The first real buses implementing this technology won’t be in service until summer of 2013 and will be used on the U of U campus as shuttles. –

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GUESTS DANCE TO MUSIC by the Utah National Guard Army Band at the annual Military Ball. The event is a leadership-training opportunity and is usually held around Veteran’s Day. SAMANTHA BEHL photo

Dean wins award at Military Ball


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The USU ROTC hosted their annual Military Ball on Saturday evening. This year, Maj. Ammon Campbell, the ROTC deputy department chair, announced two awards special to this year’s event. The Esprit de Corps Award was given to the Air Force for winning their annual competi-� tive games against the Army. After going over some archives, Campbell realized the ROTC previously had a tradition of giving the award and wanted to revive the tradition. The Army and Air Force students compete against each other every year, but this year was the first time they com-� peted to win the award. “It was a team effort, every-� one had fun,� said Cadet Col. Michael Swanson, who received the award on behalf of the Air Force classmen. The second award announced was the Leadership and Service Award. “It recognizes an individual here on the campus community that embodies service ship and leadership,� said Campbell. It was given to College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean John Allen. Allen, a World War II veteran, lives in Logan and has been a member of the USU faculty for more than 35 years. The award was given to honor a veteran faculty member who has passed away. “We presented it honoring a

past professor Eldon M. Drake, who embodied leadership and service by serving in the Marines in WWII and the sev-� eral years in higher education at USU,� said Campbell. “The Leadership and Service Award was the first annual award, and we hope that it goes for many years to come,� Campbell said. Recipients of this award are recognized on behalf of the ROTC. These individuals are men and women who embody leadership and service to the campus community and don’t necessarily have to be affiliated with the military or the ROTC, Campbell said. According to Campbell, the dinner is invitational and part of the class curriculum for those enrolled in ROTC. The cadets wore dress uniforms or their Army service uniforms, which were decorated with the medals and colors awarded to them. The Military Ball and ban-� quet is a leadership training opportunity for cadets from both the military and the Air Force to participate in a plan-� ning committee to organize the events of the evening. They chose the colors and the menu, which consists of beef, chicken and pasta. This menu fit the needs of guests with food prefer-� ences or allergies, according to Cadet Maj. Jon Castor. Castor said the event plan-� ning also provided an oppor-� tunity for students to learn to work with one another. The 23rd Army Band, based out of West Jordan, Utah, came to play live music for the ball

during the banquet, dancing time and the social segment. The ROTC is an educational training program with the purpose of training students to be future military officers. Campbell said students can earn any degree from USU while earning a four-�year minor in military science or aerospace studies. “The four year degree is a requirement to be commis-� sioned as an officer in the mili-� tary,� said Campbell. Campbell said ROTC students must be willing to serve in the military after completion of the degree. Upon graduation, Cadet Garret Forner, a junior in anthropology, will be commis-� sioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He said he wants to be an intelligence officer and analyze satellite images of enemy bases. Forner said the ROTC chal-� lenges him to be assertive. “The hardest thing for me to learn was being outgoing and confident,� he said. ROTC students are trained in a variety of tactical scenarios that help prepare them for prob-� able situations outside of train-� ing. Cadet Angelina Smith was tested on her ability to read ter-� rain by using a land map, a com-� pass and a protractor. The most difficult element of this training was done by herself, doing land navigation in the middle of the night in a blizzard. Smith wanted to join the ROTC because she saw the advantages it provided in schol-� arship opportunities and being

able to see the world. “I really like the training you get and friends and close fam-� ily,� Smith said. Cadet Jeffery Davis, a senior graduating in the spring, said the ROTC is like being part of something bigger than himself. When commissioned, he is assigned to a space and missiles specialty. His goal is to be an LDS Air Force chaplain. The Army unit of the ROTC has 120 students. The Air Force has 80, 10 of which are female. The most common age of ROTC students is generally 19 to 20, according to Castor. “It was a pretty big learning curve at the beginning,� Davis said. His challenge in the ROTC was growing use to all the rules and coming to attention when a superior officer entered the room. He said eventually, it became natural. Cadet William Burton, a student of the ROTC, said the program produces more officers than any other university except West Point. In order to be com-� petitive to become an officer, students must maintain a 3.2 GPA. Leadership is vital to the ROTC morale and conduct of their students. “We learn difficult strategies and the core leadership Army values,� Smith said. “It teaches you leadership in stressful situa-� tions. You have to learn to make good judgment choices.� –

SUICIDE: Programs help From page 2 Act initiative on campus is to make sure campus programs promote the concept of helping those who feel isolated and make students feel important. The Think, Care, Act initiative is a two year-�old program that is a conglomeration of resources offered through Student Services. Nicole Vouvalis, diversity special-� ist for Student Services and pro-� gram director for Aggies Think, Care, Act, said it acts as a sort of clearinghouse for these pro-� grams to help people know where to go, whether it be CAPS, the Sexual Assault and Anti-�Violence Information office, the Val R. Christensen Service Center, the Disability Resource Center or the Step Up program. Vouvalis provides training to Connections students at the beginning of the school year about bystander intervention, which teaches others mainly about making good choices, being there for peers and trying to do the right thing. “Aggies Think, Care, Act is a program that is really about social responsibility,� Vouvalis said. Vouvalis introduced new pro-� fessors this year to programs offered by Student Services. She said professors don’t always know how to help students in their classes who are struggling with various needs, whether academic, monetary or psychological. “The biggest mechanism that I hope students pick up on is

you don’t have to help yourself,� Vouvalis said. “You can always just find another resource that will help.� There is a stigma often associ-� ated with seeking help from a counselor, Vouvalis said. “A lot of students think that if a professor says, ‘Hey maybe you should talk to someone with counseling and psychological services,’ what you’re saying to the student is, ‘There’s something wrong with you,’� Vouvalis said. “When really what they’re say-� ing is, ‘You might just need a little support or some tools to be more successful in your aca-� demic life, and Counseling and Psychological Services can help you with that.’� Though CAPS may be busier than ever at this point in the semester, Bush said they always have time available for crisis appointments. There are also opportunities for counseling at places on campus. The Family Life Center and the community in the Psychology department offer counseling, he said. Vouvalis said she is working with CAPS to bring a travel-� ing photography exhibit called Nothing to Hide will be up in the TSC Jan. 17-�31. She said the exhibit shows photos of people who either have an mental illness or know someone who does and works to dispel misunderstand-� ings people might have. –

HIRONORI SAEKI receives the title of Mr. International USU on Friday. MICKELLE YEATES photo

PAGEANT: International students celebrate culture From page 2

It’s in the Horn of Africa, so it’s by the Red Sea and a lot of Arab countries. It shares a mix of cultures.� Contestants applauded USU for its range of cultural classes and its international community. Second-�runner up Jason Zhang said USU gets students involved in international clubs and offers a range of international classes. “You can get the same thing traveling around a country that you can get here,� Zhang said. “USU is a world.� This pageant was De La Mota’s first time planning the annual event. Last year the pageant was planned by Angie Batista, the vice president of the International Student Council. “We like to not only celebrate, but teach what is in the world besides here,� De La Mota said. “You can get involved with different countries without leaving your home. You can get to know more people and live different experiences.� –

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University is one of just 22 schools in the United States now recognized by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute for the work it’s doing to prepare students to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst desig-� nation. The CFA designation has become the most recognized investment cre-� dential in the world. The Huntsman School has been invited by the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals, to be part of its University Recognition Program. This move signals to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the Huntsman School’s bachelor’s in finance degree curriculum is closely tied to professional practice, accord-� ing to Paul Fjeldsted, a senior lec-� turer in the Economics and Finance Department. Students in the program will gain access to CFA Institute textbooks, journals, webcasts and other educa-� tional resources.

Band will feature new music faculty Come swing with the USU Big Bands in their final concert of the semester Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall on USU’s campus. “We are excited to have the oppor-� tunity to feature our new trumpet professor, Dr. Max Matzen, in the concert,� said Jon Gudmundson, director of jazz studies in the Caine College of the Arts. “able to hear that he is also a tremendous trumpet player.� Both the Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble groups will perform in the concert, with Matzen performing in three pieces. The Jazz Ensemble will perform “Chickenscratch� by Les Hooper, “As Long As I’m Singin’� by Bobby Darin, “Esperanza� by John LaBarbera and “Boogie Stomp Shuffle� by Charles Mingus. Student vocalist Betsy Nelson will be featured in “As Long As I’m Singin’.� Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office located in room 139-�B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-�797-�8022.

USU IT releases directory app Ever needed to know where a profes-� sor’s office is located, your academic advisor’s email address or the phone number to a lab or office on campus? There’s an app for that. USU IT recently released the free USU Directory App, providing quick and easy access to con-� tact information of people and places on the USU campus. The app was created by Jay McEntire of USU IT and took about three months from start to finish to complete. Both iOS and Apple versions were created and are now available for download on Google Play and the App Store. McEntire said although a link to the online directory exists on the current USU app, IT determined early on that the function needed to be improved to be accessible to smartphone and mobile device users. “With the new directory app, you can scroll through and find anybody in the university with the touch of your phone,� he said. “You can even call right from the app.� What’s next from USU IT? McEntire said students can expect a new USU app by the first of 2013 with easy Banner access, athletics and academic calendars, maps with GPS coordinates of Aggie shuttles and more. For more information, contact Kevin Reeve, USU IT Enterprise Architect,

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

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Customers swarm for Black Friday deals BY STACEY WORSTER staff writer

It’s almost that time of year again. Pushing, determined shoppers, lack of patience and significant sales come to mind. In the invest-� ing world, Black Friday refers to the Gold Crisis in 1869 and sometimes the crash of the New York Stock Exchange in 1873. In the retail world, it refers to the kickoff of holiday shopping and the point in which most retailers make the most profit, or “going in the black.� Jennessa James, an undeclared junior, said the hours of Black Friday are changing dramati-� cally each year along with the lines. “I work at Pac Sun and I like Black Friday,� James said. “It is worth getting up to me but maybe not so early. Stores opening up at three or four is reason-� able. Midnight sounds a little crazy to me. Last year I worked on Black Friday and the line was a little out of control.� Benjamin Mcvey, a sales associate at Fun Unlimited, said the gameplan of each cus-� tomer determines their success on Black Friday. “Black Friday is an awesome day to get the things at a discounted price, as long as you know what you want to get, get there early and endure the crazy shop-� pers,� Mcvey said. Mcvey said the best day of the year to pur-� chase socks is the day after Thanksgiving. He

said they aren’t cheap these days. “I don’t worry about buying anything else,� Mcvey said. “I stock up on socks for the year and get out of the chaotic shopping centers.� William Hansen, a future Aggie, had a dif-� ferent opinion about this shopping event. He does not think dealing with the crazed shoppers, long lines and impa-� tience is worth losing sleep over. “I think it’s completely ridiculous and I’m going to stay at home and eat leftovers,� Hansen said. “I’ll let my mom do the shopping.� Meredith Hardy, an undeclared sophomore, said the sales after the holidays are almost always better and the door busters will be everywhere. “Personally, I don’t think it is worth it because sometimes the sales aren’t that great,� Hardy said. “A lot of stores don’t have their best sales until after Christmas anyways.� Hardy mentioned swinging by some of the stores and seeing what deals are out there isn’t a bad idea, but holding off until after Christmas might be the wiser choice for the better sales. “I will go and check out items I am interested in buying, but I watch the prices drop through-� out the next month then make my move,� Hardy said. “Black Friday is the kickoff to the holiday shopping season,� said Danielle Anderson, a

human resource manage-� ment graduate. “People get really excited and crazy to get the deals they have seen adver-� tised.� Anderson works in retail and said how exciting it is to have so many people to help out in one day — that is, if they remember sales associates all around are willing to lend a helping hand. “This is a great day for retail,� Anderson said. “If the shoppers simmer down and realize we are here to help, a lot can be accomplished on both ends.� Matthew Strang, an undeclared sophomore, said he’s leaning toward staying at home on Black Friday. “Black Friday is just an excuse for people to come out and try to get the sales with hundreds of other people doing the exact same thing,� Strang said. Strang said he thinks if something is a good deal, it should have a good price all year round. “After a day of telling people how thankful we are, we are willing to trample each other to death to save 10 percent,� Strang said. “I think if something is a good deal, it’s a good price all year round, it’s not worth it.� T.J. Guinn, a fresh-� man, has had experience working in retail during the annual event. He said experiencing a stressful, negative Black Friday could permanently change post-�Turkey Day

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traditions. “I personally don’t think Black Friday is worth it, mostly because I have worked the retail

for it,� Guinn said. “I guess it’s good for the companies, but ethically I’m not sure about it. I’m not a big fan of Black

Friday, but I also don’t own a massive corpora-� tion.� –

Shredding mountains: a costly hobby BY HAILEE HOUSLEY staff writer Ski season is right around the corner and students are preparing to embrace it. For some, ski season has already begun with the opening of six different Utah ski resorts. “I’m heading down to Park City this weekend with some of my buddies,� Nico Virgi, a sophomore majoring in international business, said. “I wanted to be shredding the whole week of Thanksgiving break, but I have to work the day after Thanksgiving, which sucks. I could have left Tuesday and skied until Monday.� Many students are season pass hold-� ers to their favorite ski resorts. Nico said he has a season pass this year to Park City’s ski resort. “I just go to Park City because their park is amazing,� Virgi said. “Their jumps and everything are set up so smoothly.� Getting a season pass can be a better financial decision for those who ski or snowboard regularly. “I get a season pass to Beaver pretty much every year,� Caden Sorenson, a junior majoring in computer science, said. “I go up to beaver usually about three times a week. So I pay off my pass in three weeks, maybe four.� Some choose to get season passes to multiple resorts. “I usually have a pass to both Beaver and Park City, because I usually go to both resorts enough to pay them off,� said Gabe Anderson, a junior majoring in international business. “This year I only have a pass to beaver. I don’t think I will have enough time this season to drive down to Park City that often.�

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Anderson said he has experienced many different ski resorts, including every Utah resort, and many of the resorts in the surrounding states. “Utah resorts are my favorite,� he said. “When we get powder here it is the best. The snow is the number one difference between Utah resorts and other states. If we’re not having a good snow day I will go ski Park, but if there is snow I will go ski Powder.� The quality and consistency of snow

can be a pivotal factor in a positive winter sport experience. “My least favorite resort that I have been to is probably Bogus up in Idaho,� said Sorenson, “The snow is really wet there. It isn’t dry and soft like it is here.� Some students feel lucky to have such good snow here in utah, and said the snow was a factor in their decision to attend USU. “I’m from Pittsburgh,� said Virgi, “I

have been skiing since I was about two, so I wanted to come to utah and ski this amazing snow.� Factors other than snow can also play a role in a positive resort experi-� ence. Anderson said when he goes to a resort he guages its quality by observ-� ing factors such as quality of mainte-� nance, line service clutter, as well as the grooming and maintenance of the mountain itself. “Beaver’s line service is usually clut-� tered,� said Anderson. “My favorite resort of all time is probably Alta. They have so much terrain and area to ski there — it’s really technical.� Sorenson said factors such as lift efficiency and park terrain are impor-� tant to him when considering a resort. “Quick lifts to the top are important to me. I prefer a fast lift than a slow one. I don’t want to spend my whole day on a lift.� Said Sorenson, “The terrain park is also a big deal. I want to go to a resort with a good park, because I really like getting big air and hitting rails.� Annually purchasing new equipment is important to some skiers, but can also be pricy. “I get two new skis every year — park and powder,� said Anderson, “I’m kind of a jerk to my skis. I’m used to the idea of my skis getting beat up in one season, so I need a new pair the next.� While the price of new skis is tradi-� tionally high, Virgi said he became the “Charlie Bucket� of the skiing world, winning a “golden ticket� which enti-� tles him to a free pair of K2 skis every other year for the rest of his life. “I guess you could just call me See SKI, Page 6


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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Well, what is the point of trying again if you succeeded the first time? Such is the case when it comes the recent Spider-Man reboot. I first saw the 2002 “Spider-Man� at Logan’s very own Utah Theater on Center Street. At the tender age of 12 I walked into the the movie a boy: As I walked out, I felt I had become a man. “That was the greatest movie I have ever seen,� I said to myself, awed by the majesty of the film. My life was changed. It has been more than a decade since that day, and as I sat down to watch “Spider-Man� last weekend, my spidey sense tingled and the memories came flooding back to me. “Spider-Man� was one of the greatest movies of its time, paving the way and essentially opening a window of popularity for the rest of the Marvel universe to make its way to the big screen. We now have excellent movies such as “The Avengers,� “Thor,� andGo to “Captain America� lighting up and up. Just players register. That’s our sign Blu-ray andthat. generating won’t miss college-cuddling a thing. You are now atmoan You awesome of the gang. sphereofficially for ourone generation. After Peter Parker made his boxoffice debut, filmmakers had a lightbulb of sorts, realizing that the superhero beat was one that could generate some major cash flow if done correctly. In the nearly 11 years since “Spider-Man,� some of the most popular and successful movies have been about superheroes. Why are they so popular? Because Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are living our dream. As normal, down-to-earth

people, we identify with the characters initially, and as they develop into the heroes they are, we can feel like heroes too. I obviously enjoy a good superhero movie as much — or more — than the next guy, but when it comes to identifying with a character, it doesn’t get much easier than it is with Peter Parker in the original “Spider-Man.� He is common. He is shy. He is awkward. He is normal, just like the rest of us. Life keeps beating the crap out of him, and guess what? Life is hard for normal people. Yet, in spite of all that, he goes from zero to hero. From bony to buff, nearsighted to near perfect, lonely to loved — Peter Parker is the people’s hero, and in “Spider-Man,� emotions run much higher than in the remake. So what is the point of doing it over again? Where is the originality? Take a look at the background and character development given in both “SpiderMan� and “The Amazing Spider-Man� and you will find only minor differences — some of the lines are even the same. “Spider-Man� had a budget of about $139 million and grossed about $822 million at box office, whereas “The Amazing Spider-Man� had a budget nearly $100 million more, yet didn’t even gross $700 million. Ten years of technological advances and a $100 million more — the odds are stacked in favor of “The Amazing Spider-Man,� yet it still can’t top its predecessor. Moral of this story: If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. –


nice transition into my next arguing point. In the first Spider-Man movie, our superhero is able to use his web materials Which would you pick? $821 million the minute he makes his transformation. versus $696 million. Anyone in their right Though this doesn’t follow the story in mind would choose the first figure, right? the comics, it’s in the movie anyway. In the new movie, Spider-Man has to create Wrong. The original 2002 “Spider-Man� movie his own web from spider silk. They got grossed $821 million in the box office it right. The closer the story follows the compared to its very recent counter- comic, the better. This is a key point of part, “The Amazing Spider-Man,� which why the second story of origin should be grossed $696 million. The new version is favored more than the first. And then we have the battle of the still much better than the original. By the end of this article, if I haven’t convinced beauties — Kirsten Dunst versus Emma Stone. This is a tough one, but I’m choosyou of this, I’ve failed. Andrew Garfield plays a better geek- ing Emma Stone. I’m not talking about turned-superhero than Tobey Maguire. actresses here either. Let me rephrase The new movie followed the original the question. Mary Jane Watson versus story in the comics better than the old Gwen Stacy, which character is more movie. Gwen Stacy was a more funda- important? At first glance most would argue Mary mental character in the comics than Mary Jane Watson. These are all valid points Jane is a more important character in the contributing to and supporting my win- story. Let’s look back again to the comics. ning case as follows: The new Spider-Man Peter Parker does end up marrying Mary movie trumps the old version and stomps Jane, but Gwen Stacy has such a figurative role in comic book history. When the it into the dirt. The old Spider-Man was the first origin Green Goblin drops her off the George story made into a movie. Though some Washington bridge, Spider-Man quickly might argue it’s redundant to remake the webs her foot in an attempt to save her origin of Spider-Man, I will argue you to life. Unfortunately the quick web catch the grave. This origin story was 10 times snaps her neck and Gwen Stacy ends her beautiful blonde-haired From here on better than the first one: Therefore, it’s Concert Kent Hall 8:00life. pm in the comic book industry, highly encouraged to accept the latter Thursday &given Friday Novemberstories 1-2 were an open door to become darker movie as the origin story. realistic. Stacy’s Admissions $18 more at the door,Gwen or buy in death I first want to point out that Andrew and known as the at: end of the Silver Age of Garfield makes a much better Spider- is advance Al’s Goods & CCA Arts Box Office, Man than Tobey Maguire — and notSporting just comics. Three broad-as-daylight Chase Fine Arts Center or arts.usu.edupieces of evibecause he’s ten times more attractive. stand before you. Take Maguire was awkward before Get and a after FREEdence mid-week all season liftthem or leave them, but at least leave with a new his transformation. He never ticket made to a The Canyons$105 value! good Spider-Man compared to Garfield’s thought in your brain. The new Spidersubscription to “Ski� dominates over that old, forgotten depiction of the character. GarfieldPLUS was aMan Magazine for every paid attendee! produced in 2002. skinny, nerdy and awkward. He slowly thing made the transformation from human to – spider-human. That’s actually a very

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Enjoying a turkeyless Thanksgiving April Ashland

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I love the holidays, and Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite. There’s not really any holiday better, because Thanksgiving is focused on giving thanks and eating to show appreciation for all we have. I know there are lots of people out there who don’t get to eat like I do on Thanksgiving, so when I make food for the holidays, I try to share it with everyone within grabbing, texting or driving distance that I possibly can. With that said, I’m grateful I have the money to make not just my basic food necessities, but some extra treats as well. Mundle bread is one such treat. Mundle bread is a sweet bread, and it has no yeast and it doesn’t have to rise. It’s superbly easy to make, it doesn’t take more than ten minutes to whip together and it cooks for a half hour. It is delicious and a little decadent. I usually eat this bread either for breakfast or with a nice hot chocolate or tea. My mom passed this recipe to me from her best


friend’s mom, so it’s been around for a long time and is tried and true. It’s one of the few recipes I have written on an actual recipe card in a recipe box. MUNDLE BREAD: 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup total of nuts, chocolate chips and maraschino cherries 1 tablespoon baking powder 3 cups flour 2 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice I went to the store to buy the nuts, chocolate chips and cherries because I just don’t keep those things on hand. At Smith’s I bought the chocolate chips on sale for $2, the nuts for $3.50, and the cherries for $2. If you hate nuts of any kind, cut them out. They’re optional, because I know nuts are not everyone’s favorite. I used a special kind of sugar called Sugar in the Raw. It’s natural cane sugar and is brown with more of a maple syrup flavor, but normal sugar is good too. I usually mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together in a large bowl first to get rid of any chunks. In a smaller bowl, mix the butter, eggs, cherry

juice and vanilla together then pour them into the dry ingredients. Mix up the two, but not all the way. This is where you want to dump in your cup of specialties: cherries, chips and nuts. When they’re in, you can stir it all together to mix it all in evenly. If the dough is still flaky and doesn’t stick together when you press on it with a fork, you should add some maraschino cherry juice by teaspoon increments. Once the dough looks like it could be patted into a loaf, reach your hands in and grab some. Make sure your hands are clean, because no one wants dirty hands on their food. Shape the loaves into 2 ovals and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Let the bread cool for at least ten minutes before eating, or for 30 minutes if you’re going to put the loaves in bags or something for other people. I cut the loaf into strips, like biscotti, and eat it that way. Mundle bread is delicious, but it of course is by no means healthy. It’s not supposed to be. However, there are ways you can be healthy during the holidays and still eat delicious food. As a mostly-vegetarian in the world, Thanksgiving can be difficult to find a delicious substitute for turkey. I mean, turkey day without turkey is weird. But

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pineapple tidbits are in a can about an inch tall. You can get the circles if you need to, but the tidbits just cut out a lot of work. Mix all the ingredients and then pour into a freezer-safe container. My family has a specific mold we use for this, a mold we use twice a year — Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year I wasn’t at home, so I used a bundt cake pan. For those of you who are really confused right now, it’s the cake pan with a hole in the middle. You can also use a plain circle pan, or anything with a design. Cover it with aluminum foil and freeze it overnight. This needs a good 14 hours to set, so it’s easiest just to make it the evening before your big meal and then it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Make sure the foil isn’t touching the cranberry stuff, because it will freeze and you’ll eat it, and I’m sure it can’t taste very good. There you go: all the things you need to make a delicious and slightly unorthodox Thanksgiving. As always, if you love my recipes — or hate them — let me know. – april.ashland@aggiemail. Twitter: @AprilAsh2012

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Things have never been better for Utah State foot-� ball. With their 48-�41 victory over then-�No. 19 Louisiana Tech on Saturday, the Aggies were voted one of the Associated Press Top-� 25 teams in college foot-� ball. “It’s another very special moment for the kids and for all the coaches,� said Utah State head coach Gary Andersen. “It’s a big accomplishment. It is something that hasn’t hap-� pened for a long time.� The win wasn’t an easy one. Even after jumping out to a 17-�3 halftime lead, Utah State used two inter-� ceptions to keep La. Tech out of the endzone. Senior safety Will Davis and junior linebacker Jake Doughty each picked off Bulldog quarterback Colby Cameron’s attempts at a score. “I think he had played that play before it hap-� pened,� Andersen said of Doughty. “We were in a position to play the per-� centages and we were for-� tunate to make that play.� Andersen said those two turnovers were key. “There were some keys moments when you look back, but the turnovers were big,� Andersen said. “To win the turnover battle in that situation was big and especially the way they came, it was great to win the turnover margin convincingly, which is a big step.� Utah State red zone defense has been excep-� tional all season long. “Yeah, we’ve been a good red zone defense, the kids have got a lot of belief,�

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USU – Kerwynn Williams 86 pass from Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz kick) 13:57. USU – Kellen Bartlett 3 pass from Keeton (Diaz kick) :58. Second Quarter LaT – Matt Nelson 36 field goal 12:19. USU – Diaz 38 field goal 3:55. Third Quarter USU – Keeton 13 run (Diaz kick) 13:24. USU – Diaz 30 field goal 11:34. LaT – Kenneth Dixon 2 run (Nelson kick) 8:17. USU – Keeton 25 run (Nick Diaz kick) 5:20. LaT – Myles White 25 pass from Colby Cameron (Nelson kick) 4:04. USU – Williams 1 run (Nick Diaz kick) 1:00. LaT – D.J. Banks 98 kickoff return (Nelson kick) :48 Fourth Quarter LaT – Dixon 1 run (Nelson kick) 10:54. LaT – Hunter Lee 7 run (Nelson kick) 1:54. LaT – Matt Nelson 32 field goal 0:00. Overtime USU – Kerwynn Williams 4 run (Diaz kick).

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Andersen said. “I go back and credit a lot of that to the players and the coaches in that setting. Quarterback Performance Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton quietly set the school record for touchdown passes when

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he found senior tight end Kellen Bartlett in the end zone in the second quarter. The previous record was 24 set by Jose Fuentes in 2001. Keeton was named WAC Player of the Week for his performance. Keeton ranks fifth all-�time at USU in single-� season pass completions with 237 and ninth all-� time with 343. With his 461 yards of total offense Saturday, the Cypress Creek, Texas, native broke Diondre Borel’s single-�sea-� son record of 3,343 yards set it 2009. The best part about it for Aggie fans? This kid is a sophomore. “He made good deci-�

sions with the football and ran the ball well,� Andersen said. “He is a special young man and he is a tremendous football player. It’s more than just his athletic ability, which we all know, we all know what kind of kid he is and the importance for him to win. It was special for him to see his dad there and his parents after the game. That was their belief when they were at the BYU game when we were recruiting Chuckie and all that came together, it was a special time for Chuckie and his family.� Running over the Bulldogs

Utah State put up more than 300 yards rushing against La. Tech. Running back Kerwynn Williams had 163 rush-� ing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win, putting him in reach of breaking 2,000 all-�purpose yards this season Saturday against Idaho. Andersen said the offen-� sive line made Williams’ job a lot easier against the Bulldogs. “I thought the offensive line probably had their best game of the year, which they needed to,� Andersen said. – tavin.stucki@aggiemail. Twitter: @StuckiAggies

USU LaT First downs 27 37 Total Net Yards 646 629 Rushes-�yards 45-�306 47-�233 Passing 340 396 Punt Returns 1-�11 2-�13 Kickoff Returns 6-�128 7-�235 Interceptions Ret. 2-�0 0-�0 Comp-�Att-�Int 20-�34-�0 35-�61-�2 Sacked-�Yards Lost 1-�3 1-�7 Punts 5-�40 3-�47 Fumbles-�Lost 0-�0 1-�1 Penalties-�Yards 8-�110 9-�56 Time of Poss. 31:33 28:27 Individual Statistics RUSHING – Utah State, K. Williams 20-�162, C. Keeton 17-�121, J. Hill 5-�20, B. Natson 1-�8, TEAM 2-�m5. La. Tech, K. Dixon 22-�109, R. Holley 15-�77, C. Cameron 7-�35, H. Lee 3-�12. PASSING – Utah State, C. Keeton 20-�34-�2-�340. La. Tech, C. Cameron 35-�60-�2-�396, TEAM 0-�1-�0-�0. RECEIVING – Utah State, K. Williams, 4-�125, C. Jacobs 4-�82, M. Austin 3-�62, T. Reynolds 3-�33, D.J. Tialavea 3-�12, T. Van Leeuwen 1-�19, K. Bartlett 1-�3, B. Natson 1-�3. La. Tech, Q. Patton 11-�181, D. Gru 4-�47, M. White 4-�44, R. Holley 4-�38, A. Guillot 3-�32, H. Lee 3-�30, K. Dixon 1-�m1, R.P. Stuart 2-�18, R. Casey 1-�7 MISSED FIELD GOALS – Utah State, N. Diaz 28. La. Tech, M. Nelson 43 (blocked).

Burying bad Aggie football memories in Ruston, La. It has been said there are two certainties in Show life: death me a and taxes. Scotsman I think football can be added to that list. Though they have suffered through one of the worst stretches of any college football program ever, Aggie fans had reason to celebrate Saturday. It was a visible sign of Utah State’s time of mediocrity passing away from the college football world. When Aggie linebacker Jake Doughty plugged the hole and tackled Louisiana Tech’s Ray Holley on fourth and short in the final play of

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overtime Saturday, he helped Utah State to its first-ever road victory of a Top-25 team. And with it slammed the lid closed on the casket of USU’s sub-par streak in the most important sport on a college campus. Doughty’s tackle sealed the win for Utah State’s only football championship in the Western Athletic Conference — likely the final football championship to be awarded in the conference in today’s world of realignment. It was also the final opportunity for the Aggies to achieve dominance in the WAC, as USU will shortly leave its post as the football life support for the dying conference. It was appropriate the Aggies won on the defensive side of the ball, the part of the game head coach Gary

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not doom-andgloom about that game and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want our kids to be.. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got some guys who need to find their way.â&#x20AC;?

Thursday before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not doom-â&#x20AC;?and-â&#x20AC;?gloom about that game and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want our kids to be,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got some guys who need to find their way. We were nervous.â&#x20AC;? Two men who werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nervous to be in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum were Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guards Matthew Dellavedova and James Walker III. The pair combined for 35 points, and Walker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a former Aggie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had three steals in his return to Logan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a big win,â&#x20AC;? said Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head coach Randy Bennett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a tough place to come in and play. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an out-â&#x20AC;? standing program, really well-â&#x20AC;? coached. We have a ton of respect for this program. Our players understood that and they were very focused coming in.â&#x20AC;? The Gaels dominated from the 3-â&#x20AC;?point line, hitting nine treys. Bennett said it was a funny

game because his team was out-â&#x20AC;? rebounded but still managed to win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They beat us so bad on the boards and inside,â&#x20AC;? Bennett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good thing we shot the ball well. I thought we were pretty good offensively and that defensively we were good, we just got smashed on the boards. We have a lot to work on, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start with rebounding.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies seemed to recover Saturday. Utah State had a 21-â&#x20AC;?point lead over Corpus Christi in the second half, but the Islanders fought their way back into the game behind forward Will Nelson. Nelson hit back-â&#x20AC;?to-â&#x20AC;?back-â&#x20AC;?to-â&#x20AC;? back 3-â&#x20AC;?pointers as part of his 17 points in the second half to make things interesting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We let one guy kind of get going and we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop him,â&#x20AC;? Morrill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He just lit us up for

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Utah State wins Beehive Grill Showvase BY SEAN Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;SULLIVAN staff writer

The Utah State club hockey team competed in the Beehive Grill Showcase this weekend and came away with three wins against the under-â&#x20AC;?18 Utah Regulators, UNLV and San Jose State. Aggie captain Brian Gibbons recorded a hat trick against UNLV on Friday and the Aggies won by a final score of 8-â&#x20AC;?0 after beating the Regulators 3-â&#x20AC;?0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offense was obviously pretty good,â&#x20AC;? Gibbons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We put up 8 goals. Definitely a better showing than yesterday. We just came out ready to play.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies faced off against a good SJSU team on Saturday. San Jose was ranked along with USU in the first American Collegiate Hockey Association poll. The Aggies never trailed against San Jose but the Spartans would get within one goal twice. Utah State pulled away in the third period to win 6-â&#x20AC;?2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were excited to play San Jose,â&#x20AC;? said head coach John Eccles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ranked I think seventh in the west. Last year they gave us a great game. We were excited because we wanted to really have a test.â&#x20AC;?

And the Aggies were tested. The Spartans played a physical game, but Utah State out-â&#x20AC;?hit them. The Spartans kept answering, but Utah State pulled away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives those guys in there confidence that if we play a physical game, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no team really that can hang with us because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so deep physically, defensively and offensively that once these guys start hitting, it really sends a message,â&#x20AC;? Eccles said. The physical play of the Aggies helped them win the game against SJSU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came back in the third period and walked away with it because of our hitting and because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to lose,â&#x20AC;? Eccles said. Utah State has the confidence to play a physical style of play with any team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stronger and faster than any other team out there,â&#x20AC;? said forward Ian Beckstrom, who scored against San Jose State. Aside from fine-â&#x20AC;?tuning their physical play, the Aggies learned more about the mental aspect of their game during the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came into the game last night a little over-â&#x20AC;? confident, playing an under 18 team,â&#x20AC;? Gibbons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that the way we prepared helped us a lot.â&#x20AC;? Utah State also worked on their discipline during the tournament, especially against UNLV. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They obviously got under our skin,â&#x20AC;? Gibbons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a few penalties, but we kept our heads pretty well.â&#x20AC;? Eccles was proud of the way his team stayed disci-â&#x20AC;? plined, even when being instigated by other teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ref said we were doing a real good job skating away from the issues,â&#x20AC;? Eccles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He said he could have called a lot more penalties on white. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting to the point where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little more disciplined.â&#x20AC;? The showcase was beneficial for the Aggies because more players got ice time, helping increase team depth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a really good game for a lot of guys to get some ice,â&#x20AC;? Eccles said. Spreading out the ice time will help the top players recover physically while allowing the rest of the players to get quality playing time against good opponents. Earning three wins during the weekend gives the Aggies a confidence boost as they get closer to the sec-â&#x20AC;? ond half of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awesome,â&#x20AC;? Beckstrom said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives us a ton of confidence going into the next games, especially in Colorado and going down to California in January.â&#x20AC;? Utah State will play in two weeks in a tournament in Colorado for the Western Showcase against Colorado, Colorado State, Denver and Northern Texas. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Twitter: @seansy89

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Aggies beat UT-â&#x20AC;?Arlington in first round BY SEAN Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;SULLIVAN staff writer

Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team won their first match of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Monday night against the University of Texas at Arlington in four sets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to get one out of the way,â&#x20AC;? said USU head coach Grayson DuBose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the prettiest match Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been a part of. A win is a win at the end of the day.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies dropped a very back-â&#x20AC;?and-â&#x20AC;?forth first set by a score of 26-â&#x20AC;?24. Utah State had a three-â&#x20AC;?point lead at 18-â&#x20AC;?15 but the Mavericks came back and tied the match at 24 apiece. Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen led the Aggies with four kills in the first set. The Aggies never trailed in the second set and were led by sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr who recorded five kills, including the set winner. Utah State had three separate five-â&#x20AC;?point leads in the second set, only to have the Mavericks battle back and make it close. However, a tie at 8-â&#x20AC;?8 was as close as the match came, ending by a score of 25-â&#x20AC;?23. The Mavericks kept the game close in the third set until the Aggies went on an 8-â&#x20AC;?3 run to widen the score to 23-â&#x20AC;?16, eventu-â&#x20AC;? ally winning 25-â&#x20AC;?19. Sophomore setter Paige Neves recorded eight assists in the third set while Orr and senior outside hitter Josselyn White each earned three kills. The fourth set was extremely close: Neither team earned a lead greater than two points until the Aggies led 21-â&#x20AC;?18. The Aggies ended the match on a 4-â&#x20AC;?1 run led by WAC freshman of the year Elle Brainard, who had two kills and the match-â&#x20AC;?winning block to end the game by a score of 25-â&#x20AC;?19. The Aggies were led by Orr and White in kills with 12 and 10, respectively. Neves had 37 assists and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff record-â&#x20AC;? ed 7 blocks. White led the team in digs with 25. Next up for Utah State is the battle of the Aggies as USU takes on New Mexico State in the second round of the WAC Tournament. NMSU swept Denver in their opening round match. Utah State won both matches against NMSU this season by a combined score of 6-â&#x20AC;?1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played those guys a lot over the years,â&#x20AC;? DuBose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know what to expect. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a good volleyball team and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be well trained and well prepared.â&#x20AC;? Utah State will play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sean.osullivan@aggiemail.usu. edu Twitter: @seansy89



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Winless Utah State falls in Los Angeles BY JASON BORBA staff writer

The Utah State womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team made it three losses in three games after falling to Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lost to the Lions 98-â&#x20AC;?81 despite a career-â&#x20AC;?best from senior Devyn Christensen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to make adjustments, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been saying that for three games, its not a huge negative but there are some things that are common denominators in the three games that we have lost that we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done on the floor,â&#x20AC;? said USU head coach Jerry Finkbeiner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The big-â&#x20AC;? gest challenge will be finding practice time because we travel so much the first month of the season to make all of our changes.â&#x20AC;? USU has fallen to 0-â&#x20AC;?3 on the season while LMU is now 2-â&#x20AC;?2. The Aggies were led by Christensen, who poured in a career-â&#x20AC;?high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore Franny Vaaulu had 18 points and senior Jenna Johnson chipped in 12 points and a team-â&#x20AC;?best nine boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devyn Christensen played extremely well, played 39 minutes.â&#x20AC;? Finkbeiner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Franny has had two good game games on the road, and Jenna Johnson. Those three are our leaders both emotionally and stat-â&#x20AC;?wise for us.â&#x20AC;? The Lions had three stellar performances from Alex Cowling, Mackenzie Keirns and Hazel Ramirez. Cowling had a team-â&#x20AC;?high 24 points for LMU. Keirns had a double-â&#x20AC;? double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ramirez had her own double-â&#x20AC;?double with 15 points and 12 assists. LMU took advantage of a slow start by USU, jumping out to an early 11-â&#x20AC;?4 lead with four minutes played. The Aggies fought back and took the lead 20-â&#x20AC;?18 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the half. The Lions regained the lead a minute later and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give it up for the remainder of the game. Fourteen USU turnovers helped LMU take 37-â&#x20AC;?27 lead with five minutes left in the first half. The Aggies werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to trim the Lions lead and went into halftime trailing 46-â&#x20AC;?36. Christensen had 13 points in the first half to lead all scorers. LMU continued its hot shooting into the second quarter and used a 21-â&#x20AC;?10 run to push their lead to 21 points with 14 minutes remaining in the game. Offensive rebounding and turnovers led to easy scores for the Lions. Christensen tried to keep USU in the game by scoring 18 points in the second half. The Aggies cut the lead to 77-â&#x20AC;?67 with seven minutes remaining, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as close as they would get as the Lions closed out the game. USU finished the game shooting 45 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc. The Aggies were 24-â&#x20AC;?28 from the free throw line but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to give them the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our shooting was a little bit better but our 3-â&#x20AC;?point shots were not good,â&#x20AC;? Finkbeiner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were 0-â&#x20AC;?8 in the second half.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies next game will be Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in Anchorage, Alaska, where they take on Prairie View A&M in the Great Alaska Shootout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in it for the long haul,â&#x20AC;? Finkbeiner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told the girls that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long season.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Twitter: @JBorba15


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STUCKI: A brighter future awaits From page 7 Andersen is known to prioritize most, the part of the game Utah State founded its wins on this season and the part of the game in which USU is among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best in several categories. It was even more appropriate the ending tackle was made by Doughty, a former walk-on who symbolizes a rise from the depths to achieve greatness. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gathered among the masses of students in the Spectrum to watch the game. Instead, I was in Pocatello, Idaho, for my great-grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral the day before. He lived in poverty for much

of his life and could easily have related to the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underdog subplots. My uncles and I gathered around my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laptop screen to watch the Aggies, and our excitement built as Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense made stop after stop. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure even my great-grandfather, who was not an Aggie fan but spent the majority of his life coaching and refereeing high school football, was cheering right along with us. His funeral wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the sad, depressing event often depicted in movies: He rejoined his sweetheart eight days after his 100th birthday and eight years to the day his wife passed away.

Instead, it was a celebration of his life and his depart into a better world. So too was Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game a goodbye to life in the WAC and college football mediocrity, a salute to Andersenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resurrection of a once-dead football program and a celebration of a move to a brighter future in the Mountain West Conference. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tavin Stucki is in his third year at Utah State, majoring in journalism. He is an avid Aggie fan and has been since birth. Follow him on Twitter at @StuckiAggies and send any comments to

B-â&#x20AC;?BALL: Walker returns to Spectrum From page 8 awhile.â&#x20AC;? The Islanders made 10-â&#x20AC;?21 shots from behind the arc, but the Aggies had 10 more rebounds in the game. Aggie point guard TeNale Roland had no turnovers in the game while putting up nine points and grabbing a pair of rebounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, Coach Morrill was pretty happy,â&#x20AC;? Roland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He said something about it in the locker room, but I want to congratulate my teammates who knocked down shots when I got them the ball. They kept shooting so I give the cred-â&#x20AC;? it to them.â&#x20AC;? Center Jarred Shaw and sophomore Preston Medlin each had 17 points to lead Utah State. Shaw had seven rebounds while Medlin dished out four assists and grabbed two steals. USU FRONT ROW FANS heckle former Aggie and current Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guard James Walker III in Utah Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 67-58 loss to the Gaels on Thursday in the Spectrum. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

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Football title affects the entire community As students at Utah State University and as devout Aggies, we like to show our team spirit by going to the football and basketball games. We paint our faces and get temporary tattoos stamped on our skin as a sign of our dedication. But up until now, these outward displays of loyalty by the fans have been mere compensation for what the actual sports teams lack in perAn Editorial Opinion formance. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been more than half a century since the Aggie football team won nine games in a row. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to look on as big teams like Texas, Oregon, Florida, USC and UCLA steal all the thunder in the sports world. However, blue-and-white fans rejoice. Things have already started to change now that we won the Western Athletic Conference championship. This Saturday, the Aggies will take on Idaho in a game that will determine whether or not weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take home in the WAC championship by ourselves or have to share. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An outright conference championship means a lot,â&#x20AC;? said USU head football coach Gary Andersen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are not very many times in a career as a player or a coach where you get an opportunity to win 10 games, especially to win 10 games in the regular season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a special place to be.â&#x20AC;? Practically speaking, we are sitting pretty when it comes to beating the Vandals. The only way we could walk away without a piece of the championship is if a miracle happens and we lose on Senior Night, which we all know isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very likely. If we win Saturday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we may go so far as to say when we win â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it will be the first time the Aggies ever had an outright win since 1936. USU football is making a name for itself, as well as the university. With our newfound fame in athletics, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found our corner, however small, in the spotlight of fame. Sports teams and events may not necessarily lead to academic success, but prospective students are drawn by the amount of team spirit demonstrated in the college they apply to. Winning may not be everything, but it definitely raises the level of school pride and college atmosphere, in turn raising the admissions level and overall student body. And of course, no oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to complain about the extra revenue the school will pull in from that. Community pride develops as fellow fans unite to cheer on their team and alma mater. The Aggie faithful have shown a lot of support and loyalty to the team, and now the Aggies can start giving back by rewarding the fans with some wins they can be proud of.

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ForumLetters Pornography not a drug To the editor: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fight the new drugâ&#x20AC;? supporters have recently been using this paper as a platform to claim that pornography acts as a drug that causes euphoria and rampant addiction. I have a few questions for these people: Question 1, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t people at art museums foam at the mouth and collapse into an epileptic episode of euphoria when they see works of art like David or Vitruvian Man? Because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what most people would do if you injected them with heroin or meth. Question 2, how do nudists survive what is clearly an overdose? They like to spend copious amounts of time in the vicinity of their naked friends and they usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even get sexually aroused. In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually against naturist social norms for someone to flaunt any sexual arousal (whether moisture or stiffness) they may have. On the occasion someone does get sexually aroused, they simply cover themselves with a towel until the arousal dissipates. However, if you constantly injected someone with heroin or

meth for the amount of time some people stay in nudist colonies, they would die. In fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard of anyone overdosing on pornography. Ever. It would be really disappointing if the answer to both these questions was â&#x20AC;&#x153;because pornography is not actually a drugâ&#x20AC;? because that would mean that our friends over at Fight the New Drug are manipulating and cherry-picking real scientific data to fulfill an agenda much in the same way young earth creationists have repeatedly been rebuked for. Ben Maxfield

Roommates arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all bad To the editor:

Sports Senior Writer Curtis Lundstrom tive manner, I found it to be merely an illusion as the article always portrayed one roommate as the antagonist and the other roommate as the victim of a situation. Though the â&#x20AC;&#x153;antagonisticâ&#x20AC;? roommates went unnamed, the supposed victims didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. This way, the portrayed bad guy of the situation can still be identified by using the process of elimination, and humiliated publicly for all of USU to read. In no way, shape, or form should a professional publication such as The Utah Statesman allow this kind of article fly. This is the kind of writing I expect to see on my Facebook newsfeed, not from a university newspaper. Now as an individual with an international parent coming from a very humble background, I found the smelly fish story to be the most appalling. My motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family used to live in a hut smaller than the apartments that can be found in The Towers of Central Campus. For many years, my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family, which was made up of seven people, lived on what they could get. My grandmother, for example, worked at a local fish market selling a variety of fresh fish caught by fishermen who lived like she did.

Normally, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find myself reading The Utah Statesman and today was no real exception. Instead, I happened to hear a classmate discussing an article which sparked my curiosity. I then proceeded to pick up The Utah Statesman for November 14 and found myself appalled at the lack of professionalism by staff in writing the article titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roommate drama rages through student apartments.â&#x20AC;? Though the article seems to be written in an objec- See LETTERS, Page 11

Compromise needed in fiscal crisis Our national debt 'EWI]7E\XSR ticks up every day. Our nation is now more From than $16 trillion in debt with no plan to tackle the the problem. When the right time comes, I imagine Congress will raise the debt ceiling one more time so we do not default on our obligations. I am disgusted with Republicans and Democrats alike for the pathetic fiscal situation where our nation currently finds itself. The looming question is: Where do we go from here? Democrats propose to raise taxes on only the wealthiest Americans as a way of bringing more money into the U.S. treasury. Republicans oppose this by saying this will largely hurt those who employ others and could lead to a larger unemployment rate than we already have. Republicans propose lowering tax rates to ensure that Americans keep more pay, thus increasing spending throughout the sectors of our economy, which they argue will eventually broaden the tax base. Democrats oppose this by saying this simply benefits the wealthiest Americans. Democrats refuse to act to reform our goingbroke entitlement programs while Republicans refuse to have a penny cut from the bloated national defense budget. Entitlements and defense make up the great majority of the United States budget

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Moving beyond 1MOI1G4LMI the election, the attention of the political world turned quickly to From the financial predicathe ment approaching with left the end of the year as a number of provisions and expenditures are set to expire. The cheerful euphemism â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiscal cliffâ&#x20AC;? illustrates the gravity of the political and economic challenge facing us. Our approach to the budget needs to be threefold: reform the tax code, cut spending and increase revenue. The top-down approach to tax cuts has failed, leaving behind it trillions in lost revenue, no job creation and economic inequality rivaled only in thirdworld countries. While low taxes are necessary for the middle class and small businesses that shape the economy, the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy must expire. No one serious about cutting the deficit can overlook this enormous expenditure. Historically, the times of great economic prosperity have also seen the highest rates for those with the highest income. Additionally, tax loopholes and exemptions need to be closed. Between exaggerated deductions and willful tax evasion, the government loses around $400 billion which could be used to reduce our debt. As the economy recovers, we need to focus on lowering our deficit by reducing spending on federal programs. From discretionary spending to

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LEFT: Fiscal cliff presents a challenge and an opportunity From page 10 defense, many agencies can find more efficient ways to achieve their goals. However, with any cuts, we must be conscientious not to be overzealous and incur longterm disadvantages. We must protect the policies which guarantee a return on investment and future revenue, such as education, clean energy and the social safety net. If

we cut too drastically, we will find ourselves without the tools to ensure economic growth. By reforming the tax code and making programs more efficient, more revenue can be generated for paying down the debt and deficit and funding the functions that keep the country prosperous. Ending exemptions and perks for big corporations and

selective industries will go a long way in creating a fair and responsible budget. Tightened financial restrictions are also imperative to prevent the recklessness on Wall Street which crashed the world economy in 2008. Politically, the fiscal cliff presents a challenge and an opportunity. The election was a major victory for Democrats on all fronts, indicating strong

support for their policy agenda. While they hold the upper hand and the backing of the voters, it is important to approach the situation with a balanced approach. Truth be told, a compromise between Speaker Boehner, Sen. Reid and President Obama would be a significant victory for the political system and important for restoring bipartisanship.

Though I, like many, disagree with congressional Republicans, compromise is the essence of politics. Both sides need to be willing to give up something in pursuit of a moderate and beneficial result for the nation. By facing the fiscal cliff with a balanced approach that reduces the debt, provides a fair and efficient tax code and protects our invest-

ments in the future, we can ensure a safer and more prosperous outlook for all Americans. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mike McPhie is a senior from Toole, Utah, majoring in law and constitutional studies. During the spring semester, he interned in Washington, D.C. Send him comments at

RIGHT: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mack penny planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; holds promise LETTERS: Story distasteful From page 10

percent each year. The plan would require Congress to cut spending for six years by one penny for every dollar the government spent the year before. Two reasons Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see this plan looked into further are first, it is simple and easy for people to understand and second, it would require every single area of the federal budget to become more efficient. Surely every department and program could learn to do without one penny from every dollar they receive. Obviously when you start looking at this in the context of the massive budget the country has, those pennies add up fast. The cuts would be as minimal

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and each are treated as a golden calf for the corresponding parties. Neither party seems to budge on these issues. What does it mean? Gridlock. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what the solution is for our country, and it seems even the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smartest donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an answer what both sides of the political spectrum will agree to. I do know one thing though: Everyone is going to have to give a little. Given that fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mack Penny Planâ&#x20AC;? examined more seriously. In this plan, Rep. Connie Mack has proposed cutting the national budget by one

as possible, not singling out any program or department. This plan is a least a fresh idea that deserves another look. Our leaders have a lot of work to do to save our country from falling into financial ruin. I hope pride will be put aside and those we elected to represent us can come to an agreement on how to get our financial house in order before things get worse than they already are.

She still works in this business and this is how she makes her living. This fish market may be what one may call smelly, gross, or strange. I, on the other hand, love the fish market as it is a reminder of how hard my grandmother works to better her family. Not only does this market provide such reminders, but it also provides people like my grandmother with traditional comfort foods. This is normal to the culture in which my family comes from, eating â&#x20AC;&#x153;smellyâ&#x20AC;? fish. And by describing a story in which I am sure is very much exaggerated, is in fact culturally insensitive. The fish that this individual eats every day is comfort food to her and she has now not only been ridiculed by her roommates behind her back, texting each other such things as â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead fish.â&#x20AC;? but is now being ridiculed by a publication such as The Utah Statesman. Written in part by the editor in chief, I would expect much more professionalism in such a publication. I guess I was wrong.

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Casey Saxton, a sophomore majoring in business administration, is the president of the USU College Republicans. He can be reached at

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USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Percussion Ensemble and Caine Percussion Ensemble come together for their annual fall performance â&#x20AC;&#x153;Percussion Concert,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center. This concert features large per-â&#x20AC;? cussion ensembles to non-â&#x20AC;?pitched per-â&#x20AC;? cussion instruments, with something for everyone. Tickets are $10 general admis-â&#x20AC;? sion, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. The Deaf Education Student Association at USU is excited to announce a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give Back Eventâ&#x20AC;? at Firehouse Pizzeria. All day on Nov.19, both Firehouse Pizza restaurants (Logan and Smithfield) will donate 15% of their sales to DESA. You must mention â&#x20AC;&#x153;DESAâ&#x20AC;? while you dine in order for them to donate a portion of your sales. The funds received will go towards DESAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming Winter Workshops which provide quality continuing educa-â&#x20AC;? tion for students, teachers, interpreters and parents of deaf children. For more information contact desa@aggiemail.usu. edu. Common Ground, a non-â&#x20AC;?profit orga-â&#x20AC;? nization that serves individuals with dis-â&#x20AC;? abilities, is having a Thanksgiving party at their office Nov. 20 at 6:00 pm. FREE of cost. Call in to 435-â&#x20AC;?713-â&#x20AC;?0288 to sign up. Transportation is available. 100 E., 335 North, Logan, Utah. Come hear live music at Caffe Ibis fea-â&#x20AC;? turing Scotty Haze on Nov. 25 from 12-â&#x20AC;?2 p.m. Self-â&#x20AC;?proclaimed journeyman musi-â&#x20AC;? cian from Ogden, he has been involved in the Northern Utah music scene since the 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The Symphonic Band is performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Holiday Closer,â&#x20AC;? their final concert for the semester on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cam-â&#x20AC;? pus. The Symphonic Band will play â&#x20AC;&#x153;76 Trombonesâ&#x20AC;? by Meredith Wilson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cajun Folk Songsâ&#x20AC;? by Frank Ticheli and an arrangement of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Most Wonderful Time of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? by Edward Pola and George Wyle, among others.

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