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Students encouraged to file financial aid forms early By CHELSEY GENSEL news senior writer

Applying for any kind of federal aid to help pay for school just got easier. Getting it, on the other hand, may be a little harder, with both admissions applications and enrollment numbers on the rise. Director of Admissions Jen Putnam said in the wake of the national economic downturn, not only are more people applying to college, but they are applying to more colleges. She said application numbers are up across the state, and the number of those applicants hoping for some kind of assistance in paying for their education is also up. That aid can come from a variety of sources, including federal or state aid from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, Pell Grants, merit-based and other scholarships, and loans. Changes have been made to the FAFSA form, which is due May 15 for those entering college fall semester 2010 as part of a government campaign to simplify the form. The initial changes largely affect the online version of the form, which will now automatically eliminate unnecessary questions based on previous answers. USU Financial Aid Director Steve Sharp said there is also a new option on the form to fill in information from a person’s tax form, if it has already been filed. “You can just check a box and fill in information from the IRS,” Sharp said. He said the changes aren’t huge, but should begin to eliminate some of the intimidation factor the form has had. Another change is in the eligibility rules for Pell Grants, which are federal grants based on need to students that meet certain income requirements. Up until now, a student was eligible for two Pell Grants per year – one for each semester. Under the new rules, Sharp said eligibility will extend to a third semester, enabling students who want to attend school year-round to apply for Pell Grants each semester. Sharp said the change was enacted to help students finish school more quickly. The only different in the requirements for the third semester grant is that students will need to be enrolled at least part time, which means six credits or more for USU students. Sharp said the third major change in federal funding for students is that instead of choosing a lender for a loan offered through an approved FAFSA form, all of the loans will be through the federal government. He said the interest rates, amounts and terms of the loans will generally

BRITTNEY CLARK, freshman studying fisheries and aquatic sciences, receives information from the Financial Aid Office. Jen Putnam, director of Admissions, said students shouldn’t procrastinate when making financial arrangements for their education. STEVE SELLERS photo

be the same, but there will be a new repayment plan for students who don’t earn much. Additionally, students who already have loans but want to take out more money will need to sign a new promissory note. Sharp said private lenders will still be able to offer private loans, but it will take a lot of private lenders “out of the game,” leaving credit unions and the state agency UHEAA (Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority). Sharp said he is hoping the State Board of Regents, part of UHEAA, will still be able to provide loan services because it has done so well in the past. Sharp said it had the lowest default rate on loan repayment in the country for the last year, based on the standards the federal government uses to measure repayment rates. “It remains to be seen whether they will get a contract,” Sharp said, “but I hope they’ll still have a role to play. They do an outstanding job.”

He said that the changes to the FAFSA as well as to Pell Grant and loan procedures will involve more work from the financial aid office, but will “definitely help a lot of students.” However, he said if applications for all forms of financial assistance don’t get turned in early, students “don’t have much of a shot at it” because of the increase in applicants. Putnam said that increase for USU translates to about 1,000 more enrolled than last year. In the past, merit-based scholarships have automatically been awarded to students as they were admitted to USU. If they met certain requirements, they were sent an award letter. This year, however, there was a priority scholarship deadline of Dec. 1, 2009, and a final scholarship deadline of Feb. 1, 2010. Putnam said more people applied by the December deadline than had applied by February the previous year, so no merit-based scholarships have been awarded

so far to anyone who applied between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1. For the first time, a waiting list was implemented and grew to 170 students within 10 days, Putnam said. After the May 1 deadline to accept admittance to USU, any scholarships not used will be given to those on the waiting list. Putnam said the numbers “shed light on the importance of education.” The old adage, “When all else fails, go back to school,” is still a prevalent attitude in this country, Putnam said, so the economic situation has prompted many to not only seek out additional schooling but to seek alternative ways of funding it. “If we had money to give everyone, we would, because we love all our students,” she said.

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Dean Carol Strong to retire after 37 years at USU “We have great faculty who attract great students,” she said. USU community members have high thoughts of Strong, too. USU President Stan Albrecht said, “Dr. Strong has been a respected voice among faculty and administrators for many years After 37 years of working at USU, Carol Strong, dean of the now. She is equally well-loved and respected by all of the students Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services in her college. She has always been deeply passionate about her (CEHS), is retiring. role as mentor and teacher to many students, even as one of our Strong graduated from USU in 1971, with senior administrators. She knows their trials a bachelor’s degree in speech-language patholand triumphs.” ogy. She then went to the University of Illinois Erik Wynn, CEHS senator, said, “She is equally to earn a master’s degree, before returning to “Dean Strong lives up well to her last name. well-loved and teach at USU in 1973. She is a strong leader who leads with author Strong taught in the department of comrespected by all of ity and respect.” municative disorders and deaf education. the students in her Strong has big plans for her retireAfter a few years, she became the supervisor ment. Strong and her husband, Bill, who college.” in the COMD clinic on campus. retired earlier this year, plan to travel around Strong said she got into teaching because and be with family. Her mother lives in she loves working with people. Another reason – Stan Albrecht, Portland, Ore. and she wants to spend more was the schedule of a teacher. USU president time with her. “I had little kids at the time,” she said, “so “I’m lucky to still have my mother having summers off was very appealing.” with me,” she said, “so I want to take advan Thirty-seven years later, she said she still tage of it while I can.” loves it. Strong said her family will continue to live in Logan. Strong has been the dean of the college since 2004. “There is so much to take advantage of here,” she said. “We have a wonderful college,” she said. “We are consistently “Between the cultural events, athletics and the beauty of the valin the top 2 percent of nearly 1,200 education programs around ley, this is just a wonderful environment.” the country.” In her time at USU, she has received many awards. Last fall, Strong also praised the faculty. she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from By MEGAN ALLEN staff writer

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the Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium. In 1998, she received USU’s Professor of the Year Award. In 2000, she received the College of Education Researcher of the Year Award, and in 2001 she was named a Trustee Professor of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, USU’s highest academic honor. “This past year was an awesome one, being able to work with her and learn from her example,” Wynn said. “In this year’s CEHS awards ceremony, there was a solemn feeling in the auditorium as we recognized the amazing dean that is retiring and the wonderful friend who is leaving.” Strong said, “It has been a real privilege and honor to serve this college.” As her parting words of wisdom to students, Strong said, “Stay in school and get CAROL STRONG done. It is an investment in your future and in your children’s future.” “To the new dean,” Wynn said, “you have a lot to live up to. Good luck!” – megan.allen@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Celebs&People WACO, Texas (AP) – Texas country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver has been acquitted of aggravated assault in the 2007 shooting of a man in a bar parking lot. Jurors SHAVER took two hours Friday to decide. Shaver had testified that he acted in self-defense when he shot Billy Coker outside Waco on March 31, 2007. But prosecutors said no other witnesses had described Coker as “violent or mean.� Shaver lives in Waco. He rose to country music stardom in the 1970s. Shaver recorded more than 20 albums and wrote “Georgia on a Fast Train� and “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday).�

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Former Dallas Cowboys stadium demolished

IRVING, Texas (AP) – More than 20,000 people gathered at tailgate parties and other spots Sunday to watch fireworks go off one last time over Texas Stadium before a ton of dynamite lit up the Dallas Cowboys’ longtime home and brought it to the ground. The building known for the giant hole in its roof – “so God can watch his team,� according to local lore – was demolished in a planned implosion set off by the 11-year-old winner of an essay contest.

Polish pres. dies in plane crash WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland’s government moved swiftly Sunday to show that it was staying on course after the deaths of its president and dozens of political, military and religious leaders, even as tens of thousands of Poles expressed their grief over the plane crash in Russia that shocked the country. New acting chiefs of the military were already in place and an interim director of the central bank was named Sunday, with work running as usual, said Pawel Gras, a government spokesman. It was a rare positive note on a day wracked by grief for the 96 dead and laced with reminders of Poland’s dark history with its powerful neighbor. The Saturday crash occurred in thick fog near the Katyn forest, where Josef Stalin’s secret police in 1940 systematically executed thousands of Polish military officers in the western Soviet Union. President Lech Kaczynski and those aboard the aging Soviet-built plane had been headed there to honor the dead. A preliminary analysis showed the plane had been working fine, a Russian investigator said. Tens of thousands of Poles softly sang the national anthem and tossed flowers at the hearse carrying the 60-year-old Kaczynski’s body Sunday to the presidential palace after it was returned from Russia’s Smolensk airport, the site of the crash. The coffin bearing the president’s

remains were met first by his daughter Marta, whose mother, the first lady, Maria Kaczynska, also perished in the crash. She knelt before it, her forehead resting on the coffin. She was followed by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the former prime minister, and the president’s twin brother. He, too, knelt and pressed his head against the flag-draped coffin before rising slowly and crossing himself. Standing sentinel were four Polish troopers bearing sabers. There was no sign of the twins’ ailing mother Jadwiga, who has been hospitalized. The president had canceled several foreign trips lately to be by her side. The coffin was placed aboard a Mercedes-Benz hearse and slowly traveled several miles to the palace, watched by thousands of weeping Poles. “He taught Poles how to respect our traditions, how to fight for our dignity, and he made his sacrifice there at that tragic place,� said mourner Boguslaw Staron, 70. President Dmitry Medvedev declared Monday a day of mourning in Russia, and his country held two minutes of silence in memory of those killed in the crash. Church bells pealed at noon and emergency sirens shrieked for nearly a minute before fading. Hundreds bowed their heads, eyes closed, in front of the presidential palace. Buses and trams halted in the streets. No date for a funeral has been set

and the Polish presidential palace has not yet said if Kaczynski will lie in state, though it is not a Polish tradition. Kaczynski was the first serving Polish leader to die since exiled World War II-era leader Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski was killed in a mysterious

plane crash off Gibraltar in 1943. Poland is a young democracy, adopting its constitution in 1997 after decades under communism, but political scientist Kazimierz Kik of Kielce University said he was confident it would remain stable.

Astronauts take second spacewalk

LateNiteHumor David Letterman, April 16, 2009 Top 10 signs the government is spying on you

10. Your kitty has a satellite dish on his head. 9. At restaurant waiter urges, “Speak directly into the dinner rolls.� 8. Your car’s GPS unit has an awful lot of questions. 7. �Girl Scout� delivering your thin mints is 6’4, 270. 6. Keep finding underpants labeled “Agent Morales.� 5. Mailman warns you, “This conversation may be recorded for quality control purposes.� 4. NSA sends over sexy lingerie they’d like your wife to wear. 3. You sing in the shower, a mysterious voice responds, “A little pitchy.� 2. There’s a Navy Seal hiding in your fish tank. 1. Several times a week, you get chloroformed, stuffed in a trunk and dumped in Mexico.

A MOURNER prays in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 11, after Polish President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash. Kaczynski, his wife and some of the country’s highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday April, 10, when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96. AP photo

ASTRONAUTS RICK MASTRACCHIO, left, and Clay Anderson work on the International Space Station early Sunday morning April 11, in this image provided by NASA-TV. Mastracchio and Anderson earlier had trouble bolting down the new ammonia tank assembly on the sprawling framework that serves as the backbone of the space station. AP Photo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Spacewalking astronauts had to pull out a hammer and pry bar while attaching a big, new tank full of ammonia coolant to the International Space Station on Sunday, successfully driving in a stiff bolt after two frustrating hours. The 215-mile-high action unfolded on the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13. Making their second spacewalk in three days, Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson banged and pulled

and shoved, with no success, on the stuck bolt. They undid the good bolts and jostled the 1,700-pound, refrigerator-size tank in case it was misaligned. Finally, after they maneuvered the tank from a different angle, the troublesome bolt slid into place. “You got to be kidding me!� shouted Anderson. “Did it go in?� astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger asked from inside. “Yes, yes. You got to be kidding me,� Anderson replied. “It is in

there.� Then he paused for effect. “Now what do we do?� As he turned the 6-inch bolt a dozen times, Anderson urged, “Come on, baby. Get on there. Yeah, get ‘er done.� The astronauts inside kept urging the spacewalkers to take a break and rest their hands. But they insisted they weren’t too tired. Nevertheless, Mission Control put off the fluid line hookups for the tank and a few other chores, saying they could be completed in the third and final spacewalk Tuesday. Even with that, the spacewalk ran long at 7.5 hours. By then, the two were beat. Shuttle Discovery’s commander, Alan Poindexter, urged his two crewmen to “take it slow and easy� as they headed back inside. And MetcalfLindenburger promised them a good dinner. Anderson, a Nebraskan, got a hankering for corn – and steak – after Metcalf-Lindenburger complimented him with a baseball term. “Clay makes turning bolts look like a can of corn,� she said, referring to an easily caught fly ball. “That was a long, long day, and you did a really good job.� The lead spacewalk officer in Mission Control, David Coan, later said mental fatigue was the main concern. The slot for the fresh tank was emptied earlier in the spacewalk, when Mastracchio and Anderson popped out a spent ammonia tank that had been on the space station for

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Mapping software highlighted at conference Briefs Campus & Community

By CHELSEY GENSEL news senior writer

A software project that began 10 years ago when Idaho State University assistant professor Dan Ames was a graduate student at USU has taken off – downloaded more than 250,000 times – and recently was the subject of an entire conference, held March 31 - April 2 in Orlando, Fla. MapWindow GIS was written to provide software developers a basis for their own map-based programs, which can then be used in simulations, models and analysis, said Jeff Horsburgh, a USU assistant professor with the Utah Water Research Lab (UWRL) who worked with Ames on the project from its inception. Ames described it as a component, or window, that allows mapping capabilities to be added to existing software. It can be used for anything from agriculture models to tracking taxis in cities and more. “For example, you could ask it, ‘If I cut down all the trees, what will happen to the water quality here?’” Horsburgh said. He called the myriad operations that MapWindow can perform “decision support systems” and said it was originally designed to support projects going on in the UWRL at the time. “It turned out to have quite a lot of utility outside of those projects,” he said. “It really took on a life of its own.” Because similar software is commercially available at a price of several thousand dollars per copy, commercializing MapWindow wasn’t the most cost-effective option. Horsburgh said that instead, they made MapWindow open-source software – free to the public, and open for changes and improvements by whoever has something to add to it. Now, Horsburgh said, the sustainability of the downloadable program, which was originally developed using grant money for projects that needed services like the ones MapWindow offers, comes from the thousands across the country and world who use and change it. Most of the larger scale improvements to the software are now happening at ISU through Ames’ work there, and Horsburgh said his team is working on version six of the program.

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THE ABOVE IMAGE is an example of the MapWindow GIS system, which has been downloaded more than 250,000 times. photo courtesy of the MapWindow GIP Web site

“While I wrote much of the first version,” Ames said, “it was quickly apparent that it needed more programmers with better skills than me.” This team included not only Horsburgh and other higher-level faculty assisting in the technical aspects, but also six or so student programmers from the computer science and then-business information systems – now management information systems – departments. The biggest issue facing the program is the everchanging world of technology, Horsburgh said. Incorporating technological advancements and preparing for the next ones makes it a continuous effort to keep the program updated. Ames said that as one of several dozen attendees at the First International MapWindow GIS Users and Developers Conference in Florida, he was made more aware of the importance of the program and its continual use and improvement, making it a viable alternative to the expensive options for simi-

Money: Several open options for aid -continued from page 1 She advised students not to procrastinate in making financial arrangements for their education. “Everybody has a story and everybody has a need,” she said. “If you are not acutely aware of what it’s going to take for you to be successful, and prepared to pursue it from the time you figure it out, you’re going to find yourself at a disadvantage.” She said students may not want to take a loan and shouldn’t have to, but even for most private endowment scholarships the Admissions Office

requires a student to at least file a FAFSA before being awarded a scholarship, partly because some students don’t look hard enough for funding opportunities. Part-time jobs, internships, and work-study are also options for financial assistance and educational or work experience, Putnam said. “Start early, think outside the box and be willing to work for what is necessary,” she said. – chelsey.gensel@aggiemail.usu.edu

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lar software. Others at the conference included representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, several universities and private companies. More than 9,000 people are registered, regular users of the software, which can be found at http://www.mapwindow.org, and Ames said many more are unregistered. “It’s important to note that this started 10 years ago and opened up this kind of software to a broader base of users, and that it’s still being used,” Horsburgh said. “It’s not something we did and then stopped. It’s something that is ongoing.” He said some funding from the National Science Foundation is being used to develop new features for the next version of the software. – chelsey.gensesl@aggiemail.usu.edu

PoliceBlotter

Sunday, April 4

Tuesday, April 6

• USU Police assisted North Park Police by searching for four individuals who had run from a North Park officer. Police were investigating some tires that had been slashed near the Sports Academy. All of the individuals who ran were located.

• USU Police responded to the drop off on the southeast corner of the Quad on a report of a vehicle fire. The owner of the vehicle had extinguished the fire with snow and drinks prior to the police arriving. It appeared that the fire was started by a faulty power window motor.

• USU Police responded to the Richards Hall parking lot to assist Logan Police. Logan officers had followed a vehicle to the Richards Hall parking lot. Logan officers said they believed the driver to be intoxicated. Police investigated the incident and arrested the driver of the vehicle for driving under the influence of alcohol. The individual’s vehicle was towed to an impound yard. • USU Police and Logan City Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at Aggie Village. Upon arrival police discovered that there had been no domestic dispute and that there had been a pillow fight going on that was a little loud. Police advised the residents to keep the noise down and cleared the area. Monday, April 5 • USU Police was requested by Waste Management to respond to Aggie Village for a vehicle blocking access to the dumpster. The suspect vehicle was cited for blocking dumpster access with a minimum $35 fine. Another vehicle was also cited that parked in a disabled stall near building 22. • USU Police responded to the Marketplace for a theft call. Someone tried to use a student’s USU identification card to obtain food. Police are investigating. • USU Police responded to the business building, where a faculty member found a loaded bullet on the floor. Officers searched the area and was unable to locate anything suspicious. Officers removed the bullet.

ALLY BERNKOPF, English sophomore, and Kayla Harris, in the background, senior in international studies, perform a Lady Gaga routine at the International Banquet Saturday. Many nationalities were represented in skits and dances, and the Lady Gaga dance represented American pop culture. STEVE SELLERS photo

Wednesday, April 7 • USU Police responded to assist Logan City with a suspicuious individual at the Aggie Station. Police arrested the individual for retail theft, larceny from a vehicle and running away from a group home in North Logan. • USU Police responded to the third floor emergency phone on the west side of the Aggie Terrace. Upon arrival, police searched the area but were unable to locate anyone in need of assistance. • USU Police responded to the west side of the Aggie Rerrace to assist an individual with the parking gate. Police assisted the individual out of the terrace and advised her to contact parking. Thursday, April 8 • USU Police responded to the USU Bookstore on a shoplifting complaint. Police determined that the person in question was guilty of shoplifting and was arrested on this charge • USU Police initiated a traffic stop where the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant. The driver was arrested and transported to the Cache County Jail. The vehicle was released to a responsible adult. • Police responded to the Aggie Village on a family dispute involving teenage children. One of the teenagers was taken to the Youth Detention Center for Disorderly Conduct.

• Police responded to Mountain -Compiled by Rachel A. View Tower for an emergency elevaChristensen tor alarm. Officers opened the doors to release the trapped students. Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911

When volcanoes erupt, their ash, lava and steam can often been seen from miles away. But most volcanoes lie deep beneath the ocean far from human view. New technology is allowing scientists to observe a handful of submarine eruptions, including recent activity along the East Pacific Rise. USU’s department of geology hosts Ridge 2000 Distinguished Lecture Series speaker Suzanne Carbotte, who presents, “Peering Beneath an Erupting Volcano on the Bottom of the Ocean,” Tuesday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m. in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. Her talk is free and open to all. Carbotte’s talk will focus on the history of volcanic eruptions along the underwater mountain chain and the modern seismic techniques that are being used to understand the volatile range’s inner workings. Prior to Tuesday’s public lecture, Carbotte presents the scientific lecture “Focusing in on Mid-Ocean Ridge Segmentation,” Monday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 105 of USU’s Geology building. Monday’s lecture is targeted to university students and faculty and professional scientists involved in geological research and study. For more information, contact the department of geology at 7971273.

The Logan Canyon Winds to perform Logan Canyon Winds, USU’s faculty wind quintet, performs Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the USU Performance Hall. The program features faculty and student colleagues of Logan Canyon Winds. In addition to regular ensemble members Leslie Timmons (flute), Bonnie Schroeder (oboe), Nicholas Morrison (clarinet), Steve Park (horn) and Carolyn Bodily (bassoon), the quintet is joined by faculty guest artists Jon Gudmundson (saxophone), Jason Nicholson (percussion) and student members of the Caine Woodwind Quintet, Whitney Ecker (flute), Emily Sorensen (oboe), Sherstin Hamblin (clarinet), Brad Henrie (horn) and Troy Olson (bassoon). Tickets for Monday’s performance, $8 general admission, are available at the Caine School of the Arts box office – caineschool. usu.edu – or at the door. USU and public school students are admitted without charge. Monday’s program features works by the Hungarian Ferenc Farkas, Americans Bernhard Heiden and Richard Willis and Frenchman Jean Françaix.

Webcast to inform faculty of copyrights The Merrill-Cazier Library offers a timely and engaging three-part webcast series that covers a range of issues involved with copyrights. Copyright Essentials for Faculty is offered April 12, 14 and 16 at the Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 154. Organized by the library’s copyright committee and supported by each of the academic deans and RCDE, the series is designed for faculty, instructional support personnel and other academic administrators who deal with copyright issues in their day-to-day activities. The series will be facilitated by legal experts from Duke, Purdue and the Rhode Island School of Design. Each of the three 90-minute webcasts covers different aspects of copyright pertinent to faculty, such as course packs, author contracts, creative commons, copyright in the classroom and more. Faculty may attend one, two or all three sessions. Those attending can bring a lunch, and the library will supply drinks and dessert. For information, contact Betty Rozum at the library, 797-2632.

-Compiled from staff and media reports


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Aggies step up to meet the challenge Engineering department receives 2010 Teaching Excellence Award BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS

TODD VINCENT, senior in biochemistry, constructs a wheelchair accessible ramp in the backyard for “Meet the Challenge,” an event created by HURD and USU student athletes, modeled after “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Volunteers arrived at a house in Logan at 6 a.m. Saturday and did home renovations, such as replacing carpet and painting. STEVE SELLERS photo

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USU’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering received the 2010 Department Teaching Excellence Award, awarded annually as this year’s top teaching prize to one department for outstanding teaching throughout the department. USU President Stan L. Albrecht and Provost Raymond T. Coward presented the award and praised the department for its dedicated faculty, who while adhering to high standards in teaching and research are committed also to helping their students succeed. They also complimented the department for its winning student teams. The president said the evidence the department presented to the selection committee overwhelmingly supports the fact that the department treats its responsibility for training the next generation of engineers with profound sincerity and unwavering focus. The president and provost both noted from the citation that the many first-place awards and top rankings earned by students from the Mechanical and Aerospace Department in regional and national engineering competitions are a testament to the high standards that the faculty place on their teaching. Many faculty members also have earned honors as outstanding student advisors and outstanding teachers, reflecting the department’s pursuit of instructional improvement through a constant program of assessment and self evaluation. “This award is an example of the College of Engineering’s commitment to creating effective, student-friendly learning environments,” said H. Scott Hinton, dean of the College of Engineering. “We think we set the bar pretty high across the board in the college, so we are proud – and honored – to know that our successes are being recognized by colleagues across campus.” He credited faculty in the department for their unwavering focus both on high academic standards and on involving students in projects in and out of the classroom that get ready for the next phases of their lives. “This department recognizes the need to provide students with real-world engineering and professional experience as they concur-

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Out of this world USU’s project to go to NASA this summer

By KADE DELIS staff writer

USU’s GAS Team is putting forward a new project aimed to be launched into space by NASA that will lead to new understanding of the process of nucleate boiling in microgravity. The USU GAS team (the get away special team), according to its Web site, is a group of mostly undergraduate students who get involved in space research any way they can and work on the projects mainly on a volunteer basis and receive little or no voluntary aid. There are more than 11 student members working on the project called FUNBOE (Follow Up Nucleate Boiling Onboard Experiment), aimed to further study the effects of boiling in space. Of those 11, nine undergraduates will have the opportunity to work in-field with NASA and some will be launched into space with FUNBOE. Justin Koeln, mechanical engineering major and the team’s technical lead, said this research presents new insight to how bubbling occurs, such as when it gets into space. This June, he said, nine members of the team will go to Houston to test their product. The project is said to cost up to $35,000, with funding from sponsors, such as space companies and the USU’S GAS TEAM is working on a project to study the effects of boiling in space using a boiling apparatus. Since the boiling effect on earth relies so much on gravity, very little is known about boiling water in microgravity. STEVE SELLERS photo

- See FUNBOE, page 7

Mentor program helps athletes balance busy life By APRIL ASHLAND staff writer

Most division one schools have programs close to or with the same goals as USU’s athletic mentors program, created by the athletic department, said Lynaye Stone, the athletic department’s learning specialist. Stone said she comes up with the program for each semester and puts together a packet of information and sources for the mentors. She said the goal of the program is for mentors to teach study skills. There’s a difference between tutors and mentors, Stone said. Tutors help learn an individual subject. Mentors teach study skills, such as how to organize. “The purpose is to teach them skills so they get out of the program,” Stone said. “You can earn your way back in, but really, we want to get them out.” The mentors meet with the athletes a few times a week, to make sure they are getting everything done. The mentors also teach athletes about various study techniques and do some sort of activity with them. Stone said there are just more than 40 athletes in the program this semester, with 25 or so mentors. Brian Evans, associate athletic director, said he initiated the movement to create the program and picked up the idea at conferences. He said a couple of other schools started the concept, and he modeled the program after Middle Tennessee State, but that USU’s program has become great on its own. “The program has grown since its conception. I think it’s come to be the program other schools should model after,” Evans said.

Stone said athletes can be put into the program for various reasons. It can be as simple as grades, needing extra help, being a first-generation college student or having trouble balancing athletics and school. There are skeptics who believe the program gives athletes special attention, Stone said, but the program is just like what a regular student could find at the academic resource center. “Athletics are like a full-time job. These students are getting up at 5 a.m. and working out, going to class, then spending all afternoon and evening practicing. They then have to squeeze in homework for a few hours each night. It’s not easy,” Stone said. Jason Thomas, academic coordinator, said the program that the athletic department originally ran required a certain number of study hours for student athletes. He said the program was changed in 2007 to be an objectives-based program, rather than just requiring study hours. Some students could have out their study materials and not get much done. “There’s a difference between busyness and productivity,” Thomas said. With an objectives-based program, he said, the athletes can take as much time as needed to finish the objectives for the week. Sometimes it could take eight hours, sometimes two. “There is more structure this way,” he said. In 2008 the program changed, again, switching to more of an academics with objectives standpoint, Thomas said. This is when student mentors were introduced to the program, in

- See ATHLETES, page 7

Breaking the flip-flop habit N

othing beats a pair of flip-flops at the pool or beach. They are bright and cheery, easy to put on, wash off and walk in. Unfortunately, the grand state of Utah has had a shortage of beaches for a while now, and nobody (except maybe a lifeguard) is surrounded by pools all day ... so why do people insist on wearing these vinyl/foam “shoes” we so cleverly call “flip-flops” like they are going out of style? Sure, flip-flops are practical and inexpensive. You can usually get a pair of those vinyl beauties for fewer than $5, and they are so easy to slip on and off you can practically do so in the dark (although I wouldn’t recommend it). However, with so many shoe options out there, it seems almost criminal to walk around wearing neon foam as footwear ... is there hope for breaking the flip-flop habit? Yes. There are plenty of affordable summer-friendly footwear options to choose from. Finding a comfortable sandal that also looks good is only half the battle, pairing them with the right clothing is equally important. Here are some tips on how to wear this season’s fashionable alternatives to the almighty flip-flop. Wedges – Add height and are much easier to walk in than stilettos. They add definition and shape to legs and ankles, making them appear thinner and more toned. Because wedges are a chunkier shoe you want to wear them with flowing fabrics, wide leg pants (such as flares or navy inspired slacks) or short skirts. Ballet flats – Comfortable and dainty. Flats are available in many prints and colors and look great with just about anything. However, because they don’t add any length to your legs, you want to avoid wearing them with long skirts or capris, as it will make your legs look shorter. Gladiator sandals – These sandals are great in theory,

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Aggies around the world Doing business in an Olympic city

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ello, fellow Aggies, my name is Dustie Arnout. I am in Beijing, China, doing an internship in hotel management through the Huntsman School of Business. I am living an industrial area of Beijing called ShunYi. It’s located about 40 minutes outside of Beijing Centre. I plan to be here anywhere from four to six months. I am fortunate enough to have the great opportunity to work for Best Western as an intern. However, the upper management here saw fit to place me into the GRO position, or Guest Relations Officer. I have had the great blessing to meet and exchange information with many businessmen throughout the world. I have spoken with gentlemen and women from Russia, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Argentina, India, Singapore, Japan, France, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan and many other countries. I am being used as a liaison to all the different nationalities of the world that use English as a means of communication. I, however, have taken full advantage of the opportunity to learn Chinese. Also, I teach English four times a week to three groups of workers. As the only native English speaker working for the hotel, I am constantly looked upon for advice on how to word certain phrases. I visit each department of the hotel every week to see if they have documents that need translating. It’s been neat to see how my advice has instantly been put into place. All signs around or in the hotel are now correctly worded, with the exception of the menu which is an enormous project and is more clear to an English speaker.

All of the new signs that are put out for brunch or buffet specials were revised and made more clear with my help. I didn’t expect to see such immediate results with the documents I was translating, so it has been very rewarding to see how my presence has made an instant impact on the quality of the hotel. The Chinese have been incredibly accommodating to me in every aspect of the internship. I would urge others to look into the opportunities USU provides through its many departments. I am nearly two months into my internship at this point and have been very satisfied with the learning that I have received here. Several weeks ago, I was invited by one of the owners of the franchise to accompany him and a few colleagues to Hainan, Sanya. This is basically the Hawaii for China. We spent a good amount of time at a resort where he, as the head architect, proposed business plans and discussed opportunities in Hainan. It was awesome to be an onlooker to something that amazing. I had never seen a multimillion dollar business plan in the works, and I imagine it was an opportunity that I will most likely never have again. We also spent a bit of time visiting several hotels on the island that are world renowned for five-star service and amenities. On just one street alone, we visited The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, The Sheraton, The Marriott and several others. To help me to fully immerse myself in the Chinese culture, my boss asked that I dine with the hotel staff three times a day in the basement cafeteria. The food has been easy to adapt to and the management has accom-

USU student Dustie Arnout is in Beijing, China, doing an internship in hotel management. photo courtesy DUSTIE ARNOUT

modated my every need, including a bed with a mattress more than two inches thick. Chopsticks really aren’t that hard to use, but be aware that the Chinese will be amazed that you can eat with their utensils. I’m not a big fan of any sort of fish, so I learned quickly how to say no thank you to that dish. My least favorite food is easily haidai, or seaweed. Another thing that Beijing is infamous for is its disgusting spitting habit. This was brought to my attention very quickly upon my arrival. This is probably the one thing I can’t handle listening to or seeing. They seem to dislodge body parts every time they spit. This is the one complaint all foreigners have. Having said that, I have yet to see a city the size of Beijing (16 million ppl) as clean as this one. The streets are free of holes, clear of trash and full of vehicles. The metro is by far one of

the cleanest and most efficient I have seen in the world. On top of all these wonderful things I have experienced, I have been able to see The Silk Market, The HongQiao Pearl Market, The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall. In the coming months I will visit many of the Olympic sites along with many other tombs, temples and summer mansions for ancient rulers.

Dustie Arnout is part of the USU Study Abroad program. Read every Monday in The Statesman for more Aggies around the world experiences.

Student experienced unique encounters with animals By ALISON OSTLER staff writer

Utah Statesman: What’s your favorite pickup line? Richard Winters: My friends bet me that I couldn’t spark up a conversation with the most beautiful girl at the party, so do you want to go get a bite to eat with me on their dime? US: When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing that runs through your head? RW: The song that I was listening to the night before. US: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? RW: It would be impossible to eat one thing for the rest

of your life. That would be ludicrous. You’d get so sick of that food ‌ you know what, I’d probably pick something that would make me die faster. US: You just won the lottery – how are you going to spend the money? RW: First, I’d buy a house. I’d pay off all of my debt, and then I’d buy a lot of food, some gold and silver, and guns. US: If you were ever going to be arrested for something, what would it be for? RW: I would probably get arrested for filling a cop car with packaging peanuts. US: What’s your favorite kind of potato chip? RW: Salt and vinegar.

Caught on Campus Richard Winters undeclared freshman US: Do you have any weird scar stories? RW: Well not really, but I’ve had a lot of experiences where I’ve been bitten by animals. Like when I was a kid, we had turtle races, and one time I picked up a turtle and it clamped down on my chin. Having a turtle clamp down on your chin is probably the most painful thing ever. US: You say you’ve been bitten by a lot of animals. Any other



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FRESHMAN RICHARD WINTERS said he likes Reese’s Easter Eggs, Reese’s Christmas Trees and Reese’s Pumpkins because of the peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio. ALISON OSTLER photo

liquid. The masculine kind, though. US: What’s the most random thing you have ever gotten in trouble for? RW: When I was a kid, I used to find rocks and sell them to the other kids on the playground. Eventually I got caught

for doing it. US: What do you do when you have time to kill? RW: I like paintballing, taking photographs and reading about what’s going on in the world. – alison.ostler@aggiemail.usu. edu

Shoes: Summer footwear decisions -continued from page 5 but they are a little tricky to wear. Because they sit high up the leg and have a lot of horizontal straps, they tend to make your legs look shorter and wider. If you have skinny, toned legs, go for it. If not, try a low top gladiator with thin straps or straps that sit low on the leg. Pair them with shorts or with short flowing skirts to add some soft lines to your silhouette. Boat shoes – These canvas slip-ons are one of the season’s most popular nautical inspired trends. They are comfortable, easy to wear and are available in many colors. Wear them with casual clothing or with preppy-inspired looks. Because they tend to have chunky soles, avoid pairing them with long skirts or skinny jeans as they will shorten your legs. Flat sandals – Think of them as the flipflop’s older, more fashionable cousin. They have the same y-strap as a flip-flop, but are made out of materials other than foam. Because they don’t add height, look for sandals with delicate embellishments and thin straps to make your legs look longer. They

can be dressed up or down, depending on the detailing in the shoe and look great with pants, shorts or skirts. While guys don’t have much to choose from as far as summer footwear (unless they are a fan of Tevas, no offense to Teva fans), there are many comfortable and affordable styles available for women. Instead of relying on the old, trusty flip-flop this summer, why not try something feminine and different? You might be surprised on how little you will miss your noisy foam companions. Before you make your purchase, shop around and find a shoe that fits your lifestyle (going hiking in gladiator sandals is not the best idea). Don’t buy into trends. Summer footwear should always be comfortable and breathable. Also keep in mind that comfort doesn’t always have to be sacrificed for style or vice versa. And as always, remember that confidence is always your best accessory.

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Athletes: Making life a little easier -continued from page 5 order to help things run better. The typical mentor is an upperclassman or graduate student, Stone said. The mentors are usually picked from the tutors the athletic department hires for various subjects. “We see who is organized and who is really good at teaching, and we recruit them to become mentors,” Stone said. The department usually hires mentors who have a background in sports or education, Stone said, but having those backgrounds are not necessary. Jack McKie, junior in exercise science, said that on the days he works with athletes, he goes over schedules, assignments and grades with the athletes. Allison Noble, senior in physical education and math education, said she goes over athletes’ notes and homework, because the mentors have to write weekly reports. “I’m more on top of their schedules than my own,” Noble said. Noble said freshmen are the hardest to work with, because they are just coming from high school and are used to having someone tell them what to do, and they don’t realize

how much work college is. “I’m like their mother, making sure they do everything,” she said. The program helps students do better in school, McKie said, and the mentors can tell the difference. “This is my third semester working with one student, and there’s a huge change,” he said. “He gets everything done. I don’t have to do much anymore.” Noble and McKie said they would mentor again because they love their job. “They always seem to say thanks. We really are appreciated,” Noble said. The administrators are not the only ones with say over who gets put in the program, Evans said. The program works with various entities to decide who would be most helped by the program. “It’s a collaborative effort. We also work with coaches to identify students,” he said. “Sometimes the coaches will ask that we put another student in the program that we didn’t previously think about.” – april.ashland@aggiemail.usu.edu

FUNBOE: New insight into bubbles -continued from page 5 College of Engineering. The project revolves around nucleate boiling, which, according to Troy Munro, the team contact with NASA, is the same as the boiling of the small bubbles that form before the water comes to a complete boil. According to Koeln, to boil the water in space, the students will use small metal and plastic rods that will enable the boiling bubbles to expand and act as insulators in space, enabling the students to keep the water from separating. “On Earth, the bubbles will go to the surface ... but in space, there really is no top, there’s no buoyancy to cause the bubbles to go to anywhere,” Koeln said. “So early on, you know, the first experiments scientists thought the bubbles wouldn’t go anywhere.” Because the process of boiling is to move heat around, Koeln said, this insulator-inspace will prevent heat from moving around and instead surrounding the wires installed. The boiling is a very vital source for cooling the wire. “Currently, on Earth, basically all of our electric generation processes require boiling at some point, whether it be coal, plant, creating heat then boiling water or nuclear plant, creating heat then boiling water,” Koeln said. “Pretty much uses some heat to boil water, which then combines turbines to create electricity.” Koeln said that to generate electricity water needed to be boiled, so it was considered difficult to do as it would form a huge heat bubble in space. One of FUNBOE’s purpose is to experiment if this is still possible. In some recent experiments, Koeln said, scientists have shown that small individual bubbles can form on the wire and then depart. Koeln said a similar experiment was tried the last time NASA shot one of GAS’ experiments into space. That time they had boiled water for more than 35 minutes. Then, he said, the bubble was able to separate from the water and the researchers were able to move the heat around. Basically, Koeln said by taking voltage measurements and knowing what power the researchers will be putting in, they will be able to get a graph of the temperature of this wire while it is boiling. Also cameras will be installed to follow the movement of the bubbles. GAS has also promoted FUNBOE to

Logan’s school districts through its outreach program. Stephanie Peterson, physics education major at USU and in charge of the program, said GAS have been in touch with more than eight local schools reaching more than 1,000 students. She said the group talks about scientific discoveries and use demonstrations to help the students understand it better. She said the best part is getting the students interested in science. “You have the opportunity to be at NASA as an undergraduate. It’s a great opportunity, that’s for sure,” Peterson said. Although there are similar programs like GAS around the country, Peterson said USU has sent more objects into space than any other university. Every year, it sends a form describing its project to NASA and waits to see if it will be accepted. Koeln said this year FUNBOE was accepted. “We ended up writing a 40-page proposal outlining every detail that we have on our experiment,” Koeln said. “We have to write a lot about the scientific content of it. They want to make sure they’re getting good scientific research out of it.” Peterson said the researchers have been working hard and still have work to do. “Right now we are building the floating structure and once that is complete and, once we have a structure that’s going to be stationary on the ground, and then we’re going to have a floating structure connected to it like a chain,” Peterson said. “So, the structure on the ground, and the floating structure, they’re both almost complete and then we’re going to mass produce everything.” The nine members that are to go into space with the FUNBOE will be transported onto a plane known as the Vomit Comet. Before that, they will take a number of tests to measure their reactions to the sky and their level of oxygen. Munro said high school students came up with FUNBOE in early 2000. “Box Elder kids wanted to see nucleate boiling ... and they wanted to see what would happen to that in space, if the bubbles would ever leave,” Munro said. Beginning the nucleate boiling experiment was an idea that began in October of 2009. The team has since completed up to 85 percent of the project, according to Munro who hopes the experiment will be a success. – k.del@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Borel, Smith keep offense in high gear By ADAM NETTINA staff writer

Diondre Borel went 15-21 for 184 yards and a touchdown through the air on Saturday, as USU’s offense put to rest any lingering questions over whether it will be just as potent in 2010 as in 2009. Donning full pads before a respectable crowd at Romney Stadium, the Aggies spared off in a two-hour long intrasquad scrimmage, which pitted the first team offense against the second team defense and the first team defense against the second team offense. Playing without 2nd Team all-WAC running back back Robert Turbin – who is out for spring drills as he recovers from an ACL tear – the Aggie offense didn’t miss a beat, with senior running back Michael Smith and junior receiver Stanley Morrison providing big-play highlights for the first team. The Aggie offensive starters may have stole the show through a good part of the scrimmage, but USU head coach Gary Andersen said he was pleased with the efforts by both of his starting groups and that the back-and-forth level of competition during the scrimmage is indicative of just how much better USU’s defense has gotten this spring. “There are a lot of encouraging factors,” Andersen said. “I thought we played better on defense, as far as moving to the ball and tackling. It was pretty good overall.” USU quarterback Borel echoed his coach, saying, “Both sides of the ball are evenly

matched. Our defense is making plays. We are going back and forth, and that is what we want.” USU’s defense looked particularly strong early on during the scrimmage, as the rebuilt USU defensive line stonewalled the second team’s rushing attack. Brining pressure from multiple angles, Andersen’s defense looked faster than it has been in the past, and seemed to confuse backup quarterback Jeff Fisher at times. Linebacker Maxim Dinka proved especially difficult for Fisher and the backup Aggie linemen to account for, with the senior leading all defenders with two sacks and seven tackles on the afternoon. Junior college transfer Alfred Bowden also stood out while playing on both the first and second team defenses, finishing with eight tackles and forcing a fumble. In total, the Aggies recorded five sacks on the afternoon, with Daniel Guerrola, Cache Morgan and Reuben Willis all getting in on the action. While he was pleased with the pressure his defense was able to generate, Andersen said he’ll have to review film from Saturday’s scrimmage before turning in a final verdict on his defense. “There were not enough turnovers,” he said. “I thought the pressure on the quarterback was decent, but we will see when we watch the tape.” If Dinka and the defense showed improvement, than USU’s offense proved that its record-setting effort in 2009 was no fluke. During the course

- See FOOTBALL, page 10

Utah State Quarterback Diondre Borel (right) makes an option pitch during a game against Boise State last season. Borel completed 15-21 passes for 184 yards during the Aggies’ team scrimmage Saturday at Romney Stadium. Patrick oden photo

Women’s tennis drop three straight on the road By KAYLA CLARK staff writer

USU women’s tennis traveled to Las Cruces, N.M., this weekend, only to drop all three matches and fall to an 8-10 season record and 1-4 in conference play. Utah State played a doubleheader Friday and one match Saturday. “There was a lot we could have done better during these matches,” head coach Christian Wright said. “We definitely didn’t play up to our normal level of intensity, and a lot of concentration was lost.” Wind and sun proved difficult for many of the players. Some matches went unfinished because of problems with play outdoors. The Ags were up against Fresno State in their first match of the weekend, losing 4-1. Junior Hayley Swenson was up to play first, falling to Fresno’s Renata Kucerkova, 6-1, 6-3. Freshman Jaclyn West, at No. 2, proved victorious – the only victory of the match. West played Laure Pola, winning 62, 4-1. At No. 3 singles, freshman Kristina

Voytsekhovich played a successful but unfinished match against Bianca Modoc, the closing score 7-6, 3-1. Sophomore Monica Abella fell to Melissa McQueen at No. 4, 6-2, 6-2, and at No. 4, Julia Gragera-Cano defeated junior Taylor Perry, 6-0, 6-1. Senior Britney Watts also played an in incomplete match again Anna Mikhaylova, 6-3, 2-2. Doubles was a harsh fight for Utah State, losing in all three positions and, therefore, dropping the point. Swenson and West, at No. 1, played a scoreless match, losing 8-0 to Kucerkova and Pola. Perry and Voytsekhovich, at No. 2, lost 8-1 to Modoc and McQueen, and Watts and Abella lost 8-4 to Mikhaylova and GrageraCano, at No. 3. USU fell to New Mexico State next, losing 5-1. “It’s hard to stay positive when you’re losing,” Wright said. “A lot of the girls fight really hard and lose. You don’t see those individual battles in the overall score. A lot of partial results help them stay positive.” Swenson, at No. 1, beat NMSU’s Sophia Marks, 7-5, 6-4. Wright described the match as “one of the small victories within a loss”

and added that the team needs to “not forget these little victories. They keep our spirits up.” West lost 6-4, 6-4 to Manon Sylvain at No. 2, and at No. 3, Voytsekhovich battled through three sets to come out on top, beating Isabela Kulai, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. Abella, at No. 4, fell to New Mexico’s Ginet Pinero 6-1, 7-5, and Perry lost to Natalia Salum 6-0, 6-2. Britney was again unable to finish her match against Elizabth Tapia in the No. 6 position. Swenson and West won the No. 1 doubles match against Kulaif and Costa, but the No. 2 and 3 matches were marked by losses, and the point was dropped. Voytsekhovich and Perry lost 8-2 at No. 2, and Abella and Watts lost 8-1 at No. 3. Utah State finished up with a match against Nevada on Saturday, also a loss. Nevada took all three wins in doubles action, leaving USU with only one point to claim. Swenson and West lost 8-5 to Mizyuk and Stevens at No.1, and Perry and Voytsekhovich fell to Nevada’s Ogata and Verberne, 8-3, at No. 2. Abella and Watts lost to DeVrye and Laurioux, 8-2, finishing up doubles action for the day. Swenson fell to Maria Mizyuk, 6-4, 6-2,

at the No. 1 position. West, at No. 2, stole the only point, with a win against Nevada’s Emma Verberne. The match was retired after the first set, the score of which was 5-2. Voytsekhovich fell at No. 3 to Florence De Vrye, 7-5, 6-4, and at No. 4, Abella lost 6-2, 6-0 to Lais Ogata. Nevada’s Aline Laurioux stole the No. 5 point from Perry, winning 6-1, 6-3. Britney Watts finished up singles action with a loss at No. 6, falling to Aodhnait Lombard, 6-0, 6-0. “Three matches in 24 hours is physically very challenging,” Wright said. “It’s tough to play doubleheaders, but the girls held up well. There were a lot of problems concerning the elements, but the girls never once complained about the sun in their eyes or the wind.” The Aggies faces in-state rival Weber State this Wednesday, whom they beat 7-0 earlier in the season. “We are going to take the things we learned and apply them to this match,” Wright said. “We do the best we can, and that’s all.” – kayla.clark@aggiemail.usu.edu


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USU gymnast trio goes to regionals By DAN FAWSON staff writer

In a uniquely emotional experience, one Aggie gymnast saw her career come to a close Saturday, while two of her teammates were busy building toward what they hope to be a very promising future. Senior Heather Heinrich and junior teammates Lyndsie Boone and Jackie Dillon competed as individual performers in Saturday night’s NCAA North Central Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Utah at the Huntsman Center. Heinrich and Boone competed in the all-around, posting scores of 38.675 and 38.550, while Dillon competed on bars, notching a 9.525. The University of Florida won the competition with a score of 197.675 and advanced to the National Championships along with Utah, which finished second with 196.900. “It was a lot of fun to come in here and compete,” head coach Jeff Richards said. “It’s always a good crowd. The Utah crowd really supports all the Utah schools. So when they first marched out, the clapping they got and the recognition they got from the Utah fans was awesome. “ Heinrich, who rotated with Florida, posted a careerhigh 9.850 on vault, 9.750 on beam and floor, but a disappointing 9.325 on bars kept her from eclipsing the 39.000 mark. While she admitted the final score was not what she had hoped for, the senior was happy to finish her USU career in regional competition, particularly in Salt Lake City. “It was such a great experience,” she said. “All the girls from Florida, they were so accepting. They’re really a great group of girls, obviously very talented, so it was great to rotate with them. Obviously I wish it could have ended a little better, but I’m satisfied with how it ended.” “I love competing here,” she said of the Huntsman Center. “This was, I think, the third time I’ve gotten to compete here. I love the fans, even the Utah fans. They know gymnastics.” Richards was also pleased to see his senior leader end her career on such a grand stage. “It’s been a real pleasure to coach her,” Richards said, noting Heinrich’s perseverance during a regular season that saw many of her teammates struggle with injuries. “She just kept pushing and did a great job. It was really great to coach her this year and get to know her better. It was just a really good time. I’m proud of her, and it was a great way to finish.”

SENIOR HEATHER HEINRICH finished with the 14th best score in the all-around at last weekend’s NCAA Regional competition in Salt Lake City. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

GYMNAST LYNDSIE BOONE competed in the NCAA Regional meet this past weekend, placing at No. 15 in all-around, just behind teammate Heather Heinrich. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

Even shortly after the meet, Heinrich said she was already coming to terms with this being the end of her Aggie career. “It’s kind of set in, honestly,” she said. “I found one of my old teammates. She’s a sophomore this year, and I told her, ‘Have fun because it goes fast.’ And it hit me that I’m ... I’m done. It went really fast, but it was a great experience. I’ve loved being here, and I will miss it a lot.” Boone, who rotated with Auburn, was stellar through her first three events. She opened by posting a 9.750 on vault, and after following with a pair 9.725 on bars and beam, was on pace to eclipse her career-high all-around score of 38.850. However, a slipup during her floor routine, typically one of her strongest events, resulted in a 9.350, bringing the co-captain back down to Earth. “I was very, very happy for three events,” she said. “The fourth one didn’t go so well.” Saturday’s competition was Boone’s third appearance at regionals, having competed on beam as a freshman and in the all-around as a sophomore last season. She smashed last year’s all-around score of 36.725 and was very pleased with her performance on bars, though she wasn’t aware until after the meet that she had posted a season-high in the event. “One of the best routines of the season, for sure,” she said. “I stuck my dismount. I’ve been working on that all week at practice, so (it’s) exciting that it paid off.” Dillon, who posted a 9.800 on beam at last year’s regionals, said she didn’t do as well as she had hoped Saturday but believes the experience will help build toward the ultimate goal of getting the entire Aggie squad to next year’s competition. “It sets the standard pretty high,” she said. “I think our whole goal next year is to make it as a team, not any more individuals – (it’s) definitely not as fun to make it individually.” Boone and Richards agreed with Dillon, with both believing the stage has been set for greater team accomplishments next season. “I think this gives us just a lot more experience,” Boone said of her and Dillon. “Next year, coming here, we’re hoping to come as a team. Me and Jackie will be ready. We know what to expect, we know the competition, we know what the atmosphere is going to be like competing at the regionals.” “I think next year they’re our leaders,” Richards said of Boone and Dillon. “Jackie, she’ll be a senior, Boone will be a senior, and they’ve been here now two years in a row, so we’ve got a lot of leadership in that sense with them being there. We had a great finish at the conference. We’ve got some great recruits coming in, and I think it’s going to be a great year next year.” – dan.fawson@aggiemail.usu.edu

Baseball wins two of three over Broncos By STEVE CLARK staff writer

USU third baseman Justin Vaneck goes 4-for-5 with six RBIs and five runs to blast past Boise State for a 27-5 victory Sunday afternoon in the final game of the three-game weekend series. Gavin Johnson, in the Saturday afternoon game, went 1-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, while Nolan Billings went 2-for-3 from the plate with one double and two RBIs in the evening game of the double header. USU started off strong in the afternoon game against the Broncos, but fell 9-12 because of a collapse in the fourth and fifth inning from the Aggies’ defense changed its lead from 2-1 to 6-10. Jesse Kunz, Aggie starting pitcher, went five and onethird innings and gave up 12 runs on nine hits; however, only three

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of the 12 runs were earned. USU committed seven errors in the game while Boise State only committed one. “We pretty much gave them the game,” USU first baseman Ryan Doyle said. “After that first game, we had to put that behind us and play baseball like we know we can play baseball.” In the evening game, the Aggies came out with a little bit of revenge as they started the first inning by scoring five runs and playing solid defense all the way to a 7-4 victory. USU overcame a defensively sloppy game in the afternoon to come back in the evening game and not commit a single error. Zack Gunn pitched six and two-third innings and allowed four runs on six hits. “The second game we played pretty well, but we still didn’t hit as well as we could,” Doyle said, “but the third game we scored a bunch of

runs and beat them 27-5. It was nice to get two out of three but it was a little bit disappointing. We should have swept the series.” The Aggies were determined to let Boise State know that it was lucky to come out with that first win on Saturday. “We knew we were better than them, and we let that one slip away,” Doyle said. “So in the third game we scored 13 runs in the first inning and that put them away from there.” After Sunday’s game, the Aggies felt like they had sent a pretty clear message to the Broncos. “We beat them 27-5. That is the most runs I’ve ever seen scored in a baseball game,” Doyle said. USU takes on Idaho State next week at Providence Field for one game on Friday and another doubleheader on Saturday. – steve.clark@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Football: Senior duo shines in first spring scrimmage of 2010 -continued from page 8 of the entire offseason, the Aggies have been dodging questions about whether they can sustain the momentum of last season even with an injured Turbin – who led USU with 1,296 rushing yards a season ago – but seemed to answer at least some of those questions with a strong performance on Saturday. Filling in for Turbin, starter Michael Smith and backups Kerwynn Williams and Josh Flores all looked effective, with Smith showing off his sub 4.3 second 40-yard dash speed en route to running for 112 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Smith’s touchdown came on an 80-yard run, but perhaps just as impressive was his play as a receiver out of the backfield. He caught five passes for 91 yards, and only solidi-

fied his role as a playmaker in the offense. Not to be outdone, Williams showed exceptional quickness while rushing for 41 yards on eight carries, including a seven-yard touchdown run in which he outran the perimeter defense to the endzone. Andersen said the play of his running backs was impressive, but that Aggie fans shouldn’t be surprised. “There were some big runs,” USU’s head coach said. “Michael Smith had some big runs out there. I thought he did a nice job, and Kerwynn Williams has been very steady. I think both of these young men have been very steady throughout the spring, not just today. They have played how I thought they could play.” Smith was pleased with his performance but remained humble when discussing his production. “I’m just trying to show what I can do and improve on a regular basis,” the senior said. “I

thought the offense made some good plays, and I thought that there was a good comfort level out there today.” USU’s first team offense got its first touchdown of the afternoon when receiver Stanley Morrison took an end-around 56-yards to the endzone. Outracing the defense to the perimeter behind several great perimeter blocks, Morrison made a brilliant cutback move in the open field before sprinting to paydirt. Morrison also proved to be a favorite target of Borel, snagging three balls for 36 yards and a score. The Aggie second team offense also produced its share of highlights, with senior quarterback Fisher running the option with efficiency en route to two rushing touchdowns. Fisher connected with junior college transfer Xavier Martin on several occasion, including a big third-down conversion in which Fisher eluded pressure

in the collapsing pocket. Senior running back Josh Flores also was a standout for the second team and tallied 64 total yards on the afternoon. But while the second team was able to move the ball in certain situations, the first team defense, by in large, shut down its second team teammates. While he expected as much from his starters, Andersen said Saturday’s scrimmage highlights the team’s need to build quality depth. “First unit on offense and on defense was dramatically ahead of our two’s,” Andersen said. “There is some good and some bad in that statement. We need to improve with our two’s. I thought the first groups on both sides played well.” The scrimmage was conducted with the health of the quarterbacks in mind, as both Borel and Fisher remained offlimits to tacklers. In addition to the security blanket given to the quarterbacks, Andersen orga-

nized the scrimmage so that both the offense and defense had opportunities to perform in red-zone and goal-line situations. In all, the Aggie offense racked up 409 passing yards and 411 rushing yards during the 79-play scrimmage, which was played with legendary Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden in attendance. The Aggies will practice in a closed setting on Tuesday and Thursday of this week before hitting the field next Saturday for the second scrimmage of the spring. And while the Aggies have already shown that they may very well be a force to be reckoned with in WAC play next year, there is still lots of work to be done. “I feel like we could get better on offense and defense with cleaning up mistakes,” Borel said. “That is one thing that we focus on that we need to get better at.” – adam.nettina@aggiemail.usu.

Softball goes 0-3 vs. Fresno State By TYLER HUSKINSON staff writer

The Aggie softball team’s Western Athletic Conference woes continue as the Aggies dropped three games over the weekend to the Fresno State Bulldogs in Fresno, Calif. The Aggies fell, 4-1, on Friday, and 7-3 and 4-1 on Saturday. Aggie senior pitch Kate Greenough struggled, especially on Saturday afternoon in game two of the doubleheader, giving up four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. It didn’t help either that the Aggies also committed two errors during the inning. Junior Haley Gilleland started off the sixth inning with a base hit. The Aggies seemed to be in control how-

ever, as Greenough forced sophomore Andrea Ortega to fly out to center. Gilleland had other plans however, as she stole second base and reached third on an error by centerfielder Simone Hubbard. Things began to unravel for Greenough and the Aggies, as Greenough walked the Bulldogs pitcher Michelle Moses. Two hits and one error later, the Bulldogs racked up four runs to sink the Ags. Despite the late-game breakdown, Aggie head coach Carissa MillsapKalaba said she was impressed with the Aggie ace. “Greenough did a fantastic job. She held them (Bulldogs) to one run till the bottom of the sixth. They (Bulldogs) didn’t even get their first base-hit until the fourth,” MillsapKalaba said. On Friday afternoon, the Aggies

held the Bulldogs scoreless until a three-run fourth inning. Freshman Tina Ferguson hit a homer to start a late rally, but the rally cut short when senior Rachel Evans struck-out looking. Millsap-Kalaba said that not swinging at good pitches has been a problem for the Aggie squad as of late. “They (Bulldogs) threw balls right over the plate for us and we didn’t swing. We had missed opportunities,” Millsap-Kabala said. The Aggies will take a break from WAC play next week as they face the University of Utah for a doubleheader April, 13. Millsap-Kabala said the Aggies will need to work on being more opportunistic and take advantages of hitter’s pitches that come their way. – ty.d.hus@aggiemail.usu.edu

Track team in action at UCLA, Utah By TYREL SKINNER staff writer

The Utah State track team split this weekend and sent most of its athletes to UCLA Invitational and a handful of athletes to compete in the Utah Classic, hosted by University of Utah. The Aggie athletes that went to the Utah Classic competed on Saturday. Junior Kandace Shoell finished in ninth place in the 100m, with a time of 12.80. Freshman Kelsey Keller finished in sixth place in the long jump, with a distance of 4.85m, and sophomore Wendy Madsen finished in eighth place in the javelin throw, with a distance of 31.23m. The men’s 4x400m relay team finished in third, with a time of 3:30.13. Sophomore Mercer Owen finished fifth in the 800m with a time of 1:57.17. Junior Nate Lloyd finished second in the 5000m race, with a time of 16.35.04. Freshman Eric Follett placed second in the high jump, with a height of 1.95m, and junior Alex

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DuPlesis finished second in the javelin throw, with a distance of 56.80m. The UCLA Invitational was a three-day meet, with the action beginning Thursday morning and ending on Saturday afternoon. On Thursday, the Aggies competed in the hammer throw and started both the men’s and women’s multi events. Junior lady Aggie Lindsey Spencer took second in the hammer invite, with a distance of 53.69m. Additionally, sophomore Spela Hus placed sixth in the hammer open, throwing for a distance 47.07m. The Aggie men also did well in the hammer throw, with freshman Spencer Hall throwing for a distance of 46.84m, placing seventh in the hammer invite, and sophomore Daniel Cruz, who threw for a distance of 48.72m, pulled off a first-place win in the hammer open event. The next day came with many high place finishes for both Aggie teams. Senior Elaine Connolly competed in the 800m open and placed second in a close meet with a time of 2:12.74, edging out third-place Samantha Diaz from Nevada, who had a time of 2:12.75. Freshman Jessie Chugg placed fourth in the 1500m open, with a time 4:37.58. In the women’s 5000m invite, sophomore Kim Quinn placed third, with a time of 17:17.39. The USU women’s team had many athletes finish well in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase Invite. Junior Erin Stratton placed second with a time of 10:41.83. Junior Alicia Holt finished with a time of 10:59.95, placing fourth. Freshman teammates Marissa Floodman and Stephanie Burt finished close together in sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 11:12.26 and 11:12.36. Sophomore Ruth Hilton finished in ninth, with a time of

11:23.42. Competing in the heptathlon for the women’s team was Junior Camille Fehlberg. She showed strong on Friday, finishing fourth in the heptathlon javelin, with a distance of 34.89m, and finished first in the heptathlon 800m, with a time of 2:22.12. She had a final placing of fifth, with a score of 4308. In the field events, senior Shannon Prince placed second in the open shot put, with a distance of 13.85m. Spencer finished in fifth place, with a distance of 13.13m. Spencer also competed in the invite hammer throw and finished second with a distance of 53.69m. For the USU men’s team, junior Armahd Lewis and freshman Matt Maughan finished second and fifth, respectively, in the 100m open, with times of 10.73 and 10.81. Lewis also finished fifth in the 200m open, with a time of 21.83. Senior Dylan Nielson won the 110m open hurdles, with a time of 14.82. Senior Jason Holt had a first place finish in the open 800m event, with a time of 1:53.65. Freshman Briton Page finished third in the same event, with a time of 1:53.86. In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, freshman Daniel Howell finished fourth with a time of 9:10.79, and sophomore teammate Steve Atkinson finished fifth with a time of 9:23.93. Competing in the decathlon for the men’s team was junior Phillip Noble and sophomore Jon Goble. Goble did well in the decathlon discus event, finishing fourth in that event with a distance of 37.25m, and in the decathlon high jump, where he finished fourth with a height of 1.80m. Noble finished first in the decathlon 100m, with a time of 11.30, second in the decathlon 400m, with a time of 50.38, first in the decathlon pole vault, with a height

of 4.70m and second in the decathlon 1500m, with a time of 4:30.23. Noble had a final score of 6526, which placed him third, and teammate Goble scored 6165, which place him sixth overall. In the field events for the men’s team on Friday, sophomore John Johnson placed third in the open pole vault, with a height of 4.76m. Junior Max Hansen finished fifth in the same event, with a height of 4.61m. Senior Casey Parker finished third in the open high jump, with a height of 2.01m. Sophomore Daniel Cruz had a pair of third-place finishes, the first coming from open shot put, where he threw for a distance of 15.15m. He also place third in the open discus, with a distance of 48.17m. Utah State concluded action at UCLA on Saturday. For the Aggie women, Spencer finished third in the discus invite, with a distance of 50.81m. In the invite high jump, freshman Bri Campbell finished sixth with a height of 1.65m. Sophomore Sonia Grabowska place seventh in the invite pole vault, with a height of 3.67m, and sophomore Spela Hus finished sixth in the invite shot put, with a distance of 13.45m. For the men’s team, junior Mike Pyrtle finished in third place in the 100m invite, with a time of 10.54. Senior Nick Karren finished in first place in the 400m hurdle invite, with a time of 51.30. Karren also finished sixth in t the 110m hurdles, with a time of 14.27. Junior Clint Silcock placed fourth in the invite high jump, with a height of 2.11m, and sophomore Joe Canavan finished fourth in the invite shot put, throwing for a distance of 16.65m. The Aggie track team will compete next at home, where it will host the Mark Faldmo Invitational on Saturday. – t.g.s@aggiemail.usu.edu


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f there is one outlet for prospective consumers of Utah State Aggies apparel, shoppers should have to look no farther than campus’ very own USU Bookstore. The bookstore has an instant advantage over other local retailers for Aggie apparel, given its geographical convenience for students and the direct link to the university. The USU Bookstore is, by default, the first, and probably last place, any student on campus will look to shop for USU apparel. Considering these factors it would seem safe to assume that following the March 6 home basketball game in which USU students flooded the basketball court for the men’s basketball team’s third consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship, a title which the Aggies had actually clinched two days prior, one would think that the hottest-selling item on campus come Monday morning would be the same shirts and hats passed out to team members during the post-game celebration. Still though, even weeks later, such T-shirts are not to be found at the first place that should have had them. The only USU students who can be seen wearing the memory of the 2009-2010 basketball season’s accomplishments with pride are the members of the basketball team. While the bookstore has indeed made efforts at designing and selling unique T-shirts to build up to rivalry games and to advertise the USU student section as the force that it is, the efforts could be described, at best, as being misguided. The lack of championship and commemorative Tshirts for USU’s athletic accomplishments is just one of two issues the bookstore seems to have; the other of which is the non-existent replica jerseys that even come close to resembling what the USU football and basketball teams wear. During the 2008-2009 basketball season, an explosion of sales hit the bookstore when its supply of blue Utah State basketball jerseys were marked down to a reasonable price for students. The design on front was one the Aggies have not worn since the 2005-2006 season, but it was a design that was unique to Utah State and the jerseys were impossible to miss on cold winter nights at the Spectrum. This school year, such jerseys have been nowhere to be found on the bookstore clothing racks. Instead, the only jerseys for sale are cheap-looking white jerseys made by a different apparel company than that which is USU’s primary sponsor. Not only that, but the standard among USU students is to wear the Aggies’ shade of blue to home games rather than white. Safe to say, very few of the white jerseys seem to have made their way off the bookstore clothing racks, nor does that appear to be changing any time soon. Much of the same can be said about football jerseys, too. Last fall the Aggies unveiled their new road uniforms to much approval from fans of the design. This coming fall, the football team will be wearing home jerseys that will share the same design as last year’s road uniforms, just with the colors reversed. At the end of the day though, Utah State fans will not be able to wear what the Aggies wear unless the USU Bookstore gets on top of its game to order a batch of replica uniforms for both football and basketball seasons. In a nutshell, Utah State fans, much like any fan base, want to sport the same gear that the teams wear during the season and have a T-shirt to celebrate a championship when it’s all over. For the 2009-2010 school year, that has not been an option available to Aggie students and fans.

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FCC must quickly reclaim authority over broadband

he FCC must move swiftly to reclaim its authority after Tuesday’s court ruling that it doesn’t have the power to punish Comcast – or any other carrier – for limiting access to the Internet. This may not be as difficult as some suggest. The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruling said the FCC did not have jurisdiction over broadband services, which it had claimed under Title I of the Communications Act. But the agency could reclassify broadband under a different section of the law, Title II, which is used to regulate telephone companies. That would probably be challenged as well, but experts say it’s more likely to hold up in court. Commissioner Michael Copps is advocating this approach: The FCC should “rely on the statute Congress gave us to stand on solid legal ground in safeguarding the benefits of the Internet for American consumers. We should straighten this broadband classification mess out before the first day of summer.” The sooner the better. Tuesday’s ruling shot holes through net neutrality _ the premise that all sites and content should be equally available to consumers regardless of who provides their Internet service. Without these rules, a provider like Comcast, which is acquiring NBC, could block or charge more to get content from ABC or CBS, for example. It could cut off sites that host ads for competitors. It could bar TiVo devices from connecting to its network. Wired magazine’s tech blog points to a particularly disturbing scenario: “A broadband company could, for instance, ink a deal with Microsoft to transfer all attempts to reach Google.com to Bing.

Spring fashion disaster

t’s spring in Logan again. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, the sky is a luscious blue and beautiful green leaves dress the trees. OK, so that’s not really what Logan looks like, but I can dream, right? At least the temperatures are rising, which means we are shedding our winter layers of clothes. I feel that I am the first person to drop the drab sweaters and clunky shoes for a colorful shirt and flip-flops. It’s important once the sun comes out to show off your personal style; however, some of you look as you’ve suffered from a wardrobe tornado when you got ready. I can no longer stand around and watch these fashion disasters continue unchecked. There is nothing worse than watching a walking fashion faux pas with all the confidence in the world. Let me be the first to say I don’t advocate not getting yourself ready. Even on days when I’m just wearing sweats, I make sure to put myself together. I have seen some off-looks.

Like ladies fixing their hair and getting their faces made up, just to throw on a tattered T-shirt and men’s gym shorts for the day. Guys, it is called a comb, find one and use it. Now that I got that out of the way, here are just a few “great” spring looks that really make me want to claw my eyes out. Now ladies, I know that when the sun comes out we want to splash on the color, but do you have to splash on every color you own, at the same time? It’s seriously color overkill when you wear enough colors to put Sherwin Williams’ paint collection to shame, and some of the styles are completely outrageous! The first day of semi-warm weather I saw a girl walking around in a tutu! A tutu! Unless you are on your way to the local production of Swan Lake, that’s not appropriate. Even more inappropriate is fake baking. We live in Logan; anywhere you go in America it is known that it’s not bright and sunny here all the time. So why must you

com.” The user would have almost no recourse. Fear of public outrage might prevent a carrier from doing these kinds of things _ or not. Even with regulations in place, carriers were taking small steps to limit access. The case decided this week, after all, stemmed from Comcast’s decision to shut down access to a peer-to-peer file-sharing site. Net neutrality isn’t important just to consumers. Businesses big and small, in Silicon Valley and around the nation, need unrestricted access to the Internet. Without it, technological innovation and business growth will be stifled. The San Jose Mercury News’ Chris O’Brien captured this risk perfectly in a column Wednesday about the Sunnyvale firm 8x8, which provides telecommunications services over the Internet. “If AT&T or Comcast decided to block us, we would cease to exist,” CEO Bryan Martin told O’Brien. The ruling also jeopardizes parts of the FCC’s National Broadband Policy, including proposals to significantly expand broadband access. Ironically, the new policy would benefit many of the companies that oppose net neutrality regulation, saying they should be allowed to control the traffic on their networks. Congress could address this gaping hole in the nation’s regulatory structure, but its glacial pace makes that untenable. The FCC will have to do it. And given the signal importance of net neutrality and the broadband plan to consumers and businesses, it must act now. This editorial appeared in The San Jose Mercury News on Thursday, April 8.

insist on frying your skin to unnatural colors or, worse, slathering ounce upon ounce of ungodly orange fake tanner on your bodies? If that isn’t bad enough, you put pounds of makeup on your face in hopes of looking light and bright. Ladies, you look just fine naturally. Let nature’s work shine. Men, don’t get too excited, because you aren’t off the hook. You guys sometimes look like you are in a battle to prove the male peacock inferior and you are losing badly. Neon-colored sunglasses, neon-colored T-shirts, neon-colored scarves, neon-colored shorts, neon-colored shoes; just typing about this gets me kind of nauseated. Some times less is more, and, in the case of the neon trend, a lot less please. I don’t know about other people out there, but I enjoy my sight. Every time I see a guy with a color explosion on, my eyes start to twitch, and I find it hard to differentiate normal colors. Wearing lots of neon seems to be a real health risk. I don’t mean that you have to walk around dressed like the late great Johnny Cash, but those shutter sun-

glasses look ridiculous on Kanye West and they look ridiculous on you. So I’m begging you, ladies and gentlemen, please help me keep my sanity for the time I have left here. It’s not hard to look good. We are Aggies; we could make potato sacks look good. So stop trying so hard to be in fashion, and you might just set a new trend. Earnest Cooper Jr. is a junior in interdisciplinary studies from Dallas, Texas. Cooper is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and the Black Student Union. Cooper volunteers with GLBTA, is director of the Council of Student Clubs and Organizations and is a member of the Student Advisory Council to President Stan Albrecht. Comments may be left at www. aggietownsquare. com.

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that Washington knows the number and location of Moscow’s long-range nukes, in the event that the Russians were inclined to cheat on the deal. Conservatives worried that the administration would give in to Russian demands to give up missile defense plans. But the treaty includes no limits on missile defense for the simple reason that Obama refused to accept them and Medvedev finally dropped the idea. That outcome should greatly improve the chances of ratification by the Senate. Perhaps the real significance of the agreement, though, is that it gives the United States greater credibility in trying to prevent nuclear proliferation. The Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty obliges non-nuclear signatories not to acquire the bomb, but it also requires the existing nuclear powers to “pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament.” It’s hard to tell others about the need to curb the spread of nukes if you’re not meeting your responsibility to reduce your own armaments. When the NPT review conference takes place in New York next month, the U.S. will have more credibility in stressing the need to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. At best, New START represents a modest advance for U.S.-Russia relations and control of nuclear weapons. But it beats the heck out of moving backward.

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April 12 -Summer registration begins. -UPR One-Day Pledge Drive, all day. -Interior design senior exhibit, Twain Tippetts Hall, 10 a.m. -Game Night, Quad, 7 p.m. -Logan Canyon Winds, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Today is Monday, April 12, 2010. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Mike Doxey, senior in broadcast journalism, from Bountiful, Utah.

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-Interior design senior exhibit, Twain Tippetts Hall, 10 a.m. -Aggie CARE, TSC Skyroom, noon. -Softball at Utah, 2 p.m. -35th Annual Last Lecture, TSC Ballroom, 2:30 p.m. -The Joy of Depression, TSC 310, 4 p.m. -Brass Happenings, Performance Hall, 6 p.m. -Percussion Ensemble, Kent Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. -Midnight 5K, Quad, 11 p.m.

Today in History: In 1858, Salt Lake City offers an uneasy welcome to Alfred Cummings, its first non-Mormon governor, which signals the end of the so-called “Utah War.” The Mormon acceptance of a gentile governor came after more than a year of tensions and military threats between the U.S. government and Brigham Young’s Utah theocracy.

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-Interior design senior exhibit, Twain Tippetts Hall, 10 a.m. -Women’s tennis at Weber State, 11 a.m. -USU Guitar Club, True Aggie Cafe, 6 p.m. -Dala concert, Amphitheatre, 7 p.m.

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Lunch for a Buck on April 12 in between the TSC and Institute. Two slices of pizza for $1. Come hungry. Leave happy. Religion in Life class will be held April 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Institute Cultural Hall. The speaker will be James Hurst, a psychologist and author. FNA Game Night April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Institute. Enjoy board College Against Cancer Relay for games, movies and good food! Life will be held on April 23-24 USU Student Party at the in the Nelson Fieldhouse. Join a Sports Academy on April 16 from team online at relayforlife.orf/ 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Tumbling, utahstateuniversityut. basketball, racquetball, dodgeball, swimming and more. Cost is $10. USU Lacrosse vs. U of U on The 35th Annual Last Lecture April 14 at 7 p.m. in Romney will be April 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Stadium (use north entrance). $3 the TSC West Ballroom. The lec- per person. ture will be given by Dr. Charles “I’ve got a Thing for Spring” Swenson, professor of of electri- hosted by the Rock Haus on April cal and computer engineering 17 from 3-11 p.m. Free event and director of the Center for including demo’s, prizes and Space Engineering. entertainment. Also enjoy discount rock climbing passes.

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