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Hub makes changes, Ibis cart moves By CATHERINE MEIDELL assistant news editor

USU Dining Services has made a slew of changes over the course of the summer, most prominently at The Hub in the Taggart Student Center. The changes were headed by Dining Services director Alan Andersen, who said from a business perspective, all of the changes made will be beneficial to The Hub and the students. The most prominent change is the relocation of the Caffe Ibis cart, previously located on the south side of The Hub dining area. Andersen said USU Dining Services pays the Caffe Ibis on 52 Federal Ave. royalties to keep its franchise in The Hub. The coffee cart was a popular meeting and hang out spot for coffee drinkers. Nowadays, the tables that were once full of caffeine-buzzed students are often empty. Caffe Ibis has replaced Roadrunner Wraps and is sharing its space with It’s All About the Bagel. Andersen said the bagels are baked every night to be distributed to the students fresh the next morning. He said everything from It’s All About the Bagel is made from scratch opposed to the numerous bakeries that use frozen goods. Many students are opposed to the change of the cart’s location, such as Kyle Ward, senior in accounting. “I’d see the same people over there every morning and now it’s empty,” Ward said. “I’ve been here for four years, so it’s weird that it isn’t there. I thought they got rid of it at first.” Clint Cook, senior in aviation technology, said he “liked the coffee shop atmosphere it had before.” He said it feels less personable now that it’s connected directly to The Hub. Jamie Westover, sophomore in liberal arts, said she liked being able to get her coffee and sit down just a few feet away. She said it was a familiar and comfortable place to go every morning and with the new location comes a lot of traffic, making it feel more busy. Andersen said the coffee cart was unmanageable until now. It was in a bad location for any food operation because there was no help when workers ran out of supplies. Also, there was no easy way to get plumbing for the cart to that area of The Hub. Now Caffe Ibis can have the full support of The Hub team and create synergy that way, Andersen said. “I want the coffee drinkers to still have that place,” Andersen said. “They feel like they are losing their coffee shop.” Andersen said he plans on bringing lounge furniture into the area where the cart used to be to resemble the feel of the Quadside Cafe in the Merrill-Cazier Library. This will hopefully create more social gathering and make it a “warm spot,” Andersen said. He said Caffe Ibis will do well in its new, prime location. Because

Roadrunner Wraps was unsuccessful, Andersen wanted something in its place that would be exciting for the students. Hogi Yogi has been condensed to add Salad Masters, where students can order salads already made or compile their own. Salad Masters allows students to get their daily dose of vegetables quickly. Andersen said the space that Hogi Yogi was taking was not utilized well and this change will create efficiency and make fresher products. Lastly, Sunset Strips and Sunny Side Up are now a combination called Scotsman’s Corner. It serves hamburgers and breakfast favorites all day. The finishing touches are still in process for Scotsman’s Corner, Salad Masters, Caffe Ibis and It’s All About the Bagel. Andersen said the signs are still being made and will be replacing the temporary signs soon. There will be grand openings for each new segment of The Hub in upcoming weeks, once the hustle and bustle of a new school year tapers off. The dates are still being decided. Andersen said they will be giving free food on these days to celebrate. –

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By BRENDON BUTLER staff writer

Writhing bodies, heavy breathing, sweatbands and short pants – it’s free fitness classes for a week starting Aug. 31 for students, professors and employees. Activities, such as cycling, kickboxing, body sculpting, Yoga, Aikido and Pilates, will begin Monday and continue through the semester as part of Campus Recreation and USU Wellness programs’ Fitness Passport. The passport, which gives access to 10 activities taught weekly by experienced instructors, costs $25 for students, $45 for faculty and employees and $99 for community members. “‘Any class, any time, any day,’ is our motto,” said fitness facility coordinator Shelly Bybee, who created the program three years ago, which only had three activities at the time, to help students blow off steam and stay in shape without having to register for a physical education class. Cassie Lambert, business management sophomore, bought a pass last semester. Jazzercise and Yoga were her favorites, but she’s going to be a kickboxer this semester, she said. The

classes, which go from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., work well with her schedule too, she said. Tom Murphy, a professional coach and USU alumnus, will teach the cycling class in the Fieldhouse. Murphy said his class “isn’t your average spinning class.” “There’s a knowledge behind it so that we’re always progressing,” he said. “It’s all about aerobic fitness, burning calories and weight loss.” Christine Dyer, a California-to-Cache-Valley transplant with an English accent, speaks softly and carries a Japanese sword. The fourth-degree black-belt said students taking her Aikido class will be learning “how not to fight with themselves and the world” and will learn things they can use in everyday life. Students taking Yoga classes in the Anusara style will unfold their bodies under the able tutelage of USU public relations alumna Emily Perry. She said students will feel the physical and mental benefits of just one class, but she encourages people to come twice a week. Strangely, her classes are well-attended by both men and women, she said. Students can attend the kickboxing, step aerobics and Pilates classes taught by two cur-

rent USU seniors, Sarah Condie, broadcast journalist, and Mariah Clark, Spanish major. “It’s a fun, healthy way to have a good time,” Clark said. There’s also a musical soundtrack to the cycling and cardio-sculpting classes, said Debbie Wilson, USU alumna. “Make friends, try something new,” she said. “Your body needs change. It will make you sore, but you’ll keep coming back.” The Fitness Passport money goes back to Student Services, Bybee said. In the future, she plans to use the funds to buy equipment, such as mats and balls, so she can expand the class offerings, she said. The program has expanded from its first year offering of three different classes to this semester’s 10 different activities scheduled 16 times a week, she said. A complete list of activities and times is at the Campus Recreation Web site: Fitness Passports can be purchased at the service desk in the HPER Building. Students can call Bybee for more information at 797-7218. –

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Celebs&People NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce is set to give a dreamy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced Thursday that the superstar singer will sing her latest hit, “Sweet Dreams,” at the Sept. 13 BEYONCE event. Beyonce is nominated for nine trophies, tying Lady Gaga for the most nominations. Among the performers already announced are Jay-Z, Green Day, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

NewsBriefs Authorities remove Tooele marijuana farm TOOELE, Utah (AP) — Authorities are removing hundreds of marijuana plants from a farm in Ophir Canyon in Tooele County. Investigators estimate the plants have a street value of about $800,000. Tooele County sheriff’s authorities say officers spent time in the canyon Thursday dismantling the farm and tearing up the plants. Tooele County Sheriff Frank Park says the operation included two growing areas with hundreds of marijuana plants. Police are still searching for a suspect.

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Obama nod linked Kennedy to younger generation CHICAGO (AP) — For young Americans unfamiliar with terms like Chappaquiddick, Ted Kennedy was always a rotund, grandfatherly figure, a living link to the storied family they knew only from history books and tales from their parents. A few might have known him as the bad boy, or the last Kennedy brother to mount a presidential bid. But when he endorsed Barack Obama and later gave a stirring convention speech, Kennedy truly raised his profile with a generation wholly removed from Camelot. “I gained more respect for him because he wasn’t afraid to say, ‘Hey, I like this guy,’” says Jason Webber, a 17-year-old freshman at Eastern Michigan University who wants to run for office someday. “I think it’s hard for people of a different generation to understand what we’re going through — our lives and how things are changing for us. It’s great that he could connect with us on that level. Most politicians of that generation can’t do that.” Generation Xers, who range from their early 30s to mid-40s, are generally more aware of Kennedy’s triumphs, and his foibles. He was both revered by that generation and the butt of their jokes. But a lot of people Webber’s age, known as Generation Y or millennials, have never heard of the Chappaquiddick car accident that dogged Kennedy, much less the details of his decades in the Senate. “And most of them don’t understand all the bills he was involved in or all the skirmishes. They wouldn’t see all that,” says Eric Greenberg, author of “Generation We: How Millennial Youth Are Taking Over America and Changing Our World Forever.” But in endorsing Obama in January 2008, at a critical moment in Obama’s primary fight with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kennedy did a very Kennedy thing — he validated the nation’s youth and encouraged them to get involved. “I don’t think it turned them into ‘Kennedy-ites’ or anything,” Greenberg says. “But they thought, ‘Cool, the old guard is catching on.’” Or, as Robert Alexander, an associate professor of

SEN. EDWARD “TED” KENNEDY, D-MASS., acknowledges the crowd at the end of his speech in August 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Political pundits say that Kennedy’s early endorsement of Obama for president went a long way in raising his stature among younger Americans, many of whom had little idea who he was before that.

political science at Ohio Northern University, says: Kennedy managed to put “the Kennedy mystique back into focus.” In receiving the endorsement that day, Obama, then 46, made note of the generational gap. “I was too young to remember John Kennedy, and I was just a child when Robert Kennedy ran for president,” he said. “But in the stories I heard growing up, I saw how my grandparents and mother spoke about

Gov. Herbert: No protected class for gay and transgender people SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that discriminating against gay people shouldn’t be illegal, although he would prefer it if everyone were treated with respect. In his most definitive comments yet on gay rights, Herbert told reporters he doesn’t believe sexual orientation should be a protected class in the way that race, gender and religion are. “We don’t have to have a rule for everybody to do the right thing. We ought to just do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do and we don’t have to have a law that punishes us if we don’t,” Herbert said in his first monthly KUED news conference. In Utah, it is legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender. The gay rights advocacy group Equality Utah has been trying to change state law for several years but has always been rebuffed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Twenty-one states already

have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and 12 extend those laws to gender identity — California, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Several other states protect public employees who are gay or transgender. Will Carlson, Equality Utah’s public policy director, said Herbert’s comments show he doesn’t understand how prevalent discrimination is against gay and transgender people in Utah. “I agree that we ought to be able to just do the right thing. Unfortunately, the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission makes it clear that not all employers are doing the right thing,” he said, referencing a city report released earlier this summer that said discrimination was rampant. Salt Lake City is considering an anti-discrimination ordinance, but conservative

state lawmakers already are eyeing passage of a state law that would trump it. “Where do you stop? I mean that’s the problem going down that slippery road. Pretty soon we’re going to have a special law for blueeyed blondes ... or people who are losing their hair a little bit,” Herbert said. “There’s some support for about anything we put out there. I’m just saying we end up getting bogged down sometimes with the minutiae of things that government has really no role to be involved in.” Carlson said he wants to arrange a meeting with Herbert to help him understand the problems gay Utahns face. “We don’t have an epidemic of blonde-haired, blue-eyed people getting fired or evicted. We do have a situation where gay and transgender people are being evicted and losing their jobs, not for job performance, but because they’re gay or transgender,” he said.

them, and about that period in our nation’s life — as a time of great hope and achievement.” The senator from Massachusetts also had a reputation for connecting with young people in person, even when he was older and in failing health. Jennifer Donahue, political director at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, observed that when he spoke with Obama at an appearance in her state.

July and August deadliest months of Afghan war for US KABUL (AP) — A roadside bomb and gunfire attack killed a U.S. service member in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, a death that pushed August into a tie with July as the deadliest months of the eight-year war. The death brought to 44 the number of U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan this month with four days left in August. More than 60,000 U.S. troops are in the country — a record number — to fight rising insurgent violence. The number of roadside bombs deployed by militants across the country has skyrocketed, and U.S. forces have moved into new and deadlier areas this summer, in part to help secure the country’s Aug. 20 presidential election. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan released his new counterinsurgency strategy Thursday, telling troops that the supply of militants is “effectively endless” and that U.S. and NATO forces need to see the country through the eyes of its villagers.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal said troops “must change the way that we think, act and operate.” McChrystal hopes to install a new approach to counterinsurgency where troops will make the safety of villagers the top priority, above killing an endless supply of militants. “An insurgency cannot be defeated by attrition; its supply of fighters, and even leadership, is effectively endless,” the new guidelines say. When U.S. and NATO troops battle a group of 10 militants and kill two of them, the relatives of the two dead insurgents will want revenge and will likely join the insurgency, the guidelines say, spelling out the formula: “10 minus 2 equals 20 (or more) rather than 8. Violence is on the rise in Afghanistan even as it falls in Iraq, where nearly twice as many U.S. troops are still based. Five U.S. troops have died in Iraq this month, three fewer than in July.

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students who donated blood have a possibility of winning. David Knighton, ASUSU service VP, said the scooter is a donation from the American Red Cross. Students can donate blood, and thus become eligible for the scooter, until 3:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Prizes for the blood drive were also donated by several USU auxiliary groups. Knighton said this year students were given the option of signing up to donate online. RACHEL A. CHRISTENSEN photo

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USU hosts Celebrate America Show 2009 marks 10 years of entertainment by the Celebrate America Show. The evening includes a dinner by USU Catering, the Broadway-style show patterned after the USO shows of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, featuring singers with the Larry Smith Orchestra, and Rockettesstyle dancers with grand-scale entertainment. After dinner and the show, the audience can dance or listen to the Larry Smith Orchestra and singers performing hit tunes. Tickets can be purchased at the USU Caine School of the Arts Box Office, 797-8022, or online at

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Tanner Program brings artists to USU By RACHEL A. CHRISTENSEN news editor

To create unity and diversity, the USU department of art and the Caine School of the Arts have created a year-long visiting artist series with the Tanner Project called “Crossing Borders,” said Scott Foster, exhibition coordinator. “We want to look at individual people that make up a society and highlight their unique qualities but use that not as something to divide but to build up relationships and build up stronger communities,” he said. Foster said the Tanner Project has been funded by donations from the Obert C. and Grace Tanner Foundation, the Utah Arts Council and the Utah Humanities Council. In the past, the money went toward a short symposium. This year, Foster said they are stretching it out to last during the year. The 2009-2010 Tanner Project will highlight several visiting artists including a printmaker, painter, sculptor, dancer and three performing artists. As part of the series, Foster said USU is including performance artists in order to broaden the communites horizons. The program will also bring in a few scholars. In order for artists to be invited, they must be considered as a well-known, contemporary artist in their field, Foster said. The program coordinators ask for recommendations from the art faculty for whom they would like to see visit campus as well as who would benefit the students. Foster said the artists chosen will enhance curriculum and benefit the students’

university experience. “It’s about the students,” he said. Sally Okelberry, marketing director and box office manager for the Caine School of the Arts, has been involved with the program’s public relations. The Tanner Project is hosted every other year, she said, and was created as an interdisciplinary project. Proposals of candidates are sent out and reviewed by the dean of the College of HASS, who decides which artists come to USU. She said visiting artists get paid; however, some will visit campus without pay because of previous ties to the university. The cost for visiting artists is built into the proposal that goes to the dean, she said. The university looks for skilled artists and lecturers in their respective fields in order to enhance student education, Okelberry said. Visiting artists are asked to do as much as they can while at the university, such as giving a master class, attending receptions, displaying their work and visiting related classes on campus. Foster said a Facebook group called Crossing Boundaries was created to get the program’s name out. Members of the group will receive e-mails and information about upcoming series events. Any student, whether involved in the art department, can benefit from the program, Foster said, encouraging students to participate. The events, themes and guests build on each other, so students should go to as many events as possible so they can get the full impact. –

WHAT’S GOING ON Upcoming Tanner Project events to look out for: • Noon Lectures – These lectures will be hosted every Wednesday in the Fine Arts Building, Room 220. • Round Table Discussions – The first discussion will be hosted Sept. 11 and will focus on the experience of captivity. Four round table discussions will take place this year. The discussions will have five or six participants who will share their stories to the audience. The facilitator and audience members will then be given the opportunity to ask questions. • “Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative” Exhibit – The exhibit runs Aug. 31-Sept. 26 in the Fine Arts Visual Building, Room 102. The exhibit will include work by performance artist Jose Torres-Tama and several other artists. • Study Abroad Student Art Exhibit – This exhibit opens Sept. 4 in the Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall. • Coming soon, the department of art Web site as well as will include links to information on upcoming events.

US-Colombia deal could fuel arms purchases BARILOCHE, Argentina (AP) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has raised the stakes for Friday’s meeting of South American presidents by threatening to break relations with Colombia over plans to give U.S. troops a 10-year lease on its bases. Chavez says the U.S. has loosed “winds of war” on the continent — a position few diplomats share following tours by U.S. and Colombian officials seeking to calm fears of neighboring nations. Even so, the bases deal has created uncertainty about regional stability and provided yet another justification for nations to spend big on their militaries. Venezuela has poured about $4 billion into Russian weapons to counter the threat Chavez sees from the billions in U.S. military aid to Colombia. Ecuador is buying 24 Brazilian warplanes and six Israeli drones to keep a closer watch on its borders. Bolivia has opened a $100 million line of credit with Russia to buy weapons. These purchases were in the works even before details of the bases deal were revealed last month by The Associated Press – and defense spending around the region is up sharply, mostly in the name of routine modernization. The 12 South American nations spent about $51 billion last year on their militaries – up 30 percent from 2007, according to the Center for a New Majority, a Buenos Aires research group. That’s low compared to the rest of the world – U.S. spending alone is well into the hundreds of billions – but a steep burden for democracies in a relatively peaceful area that is struggling with growing poverty and economic crisis. “None of this is good. The last thing the region needs is an arms race,” said Markus Schultze-Kraft, a Bogota-based analyst with the International Crisis Group, a conflict-resolution organization. He said the leaders should avoid telling one another: “You are arming yourself, that is why we must continue arming ourselves.” The Latin American Security and Defense Network, a Buenos Aires research group, says that

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums announced a call for entries open to all Utah artists interested in entering the 2009 Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition. The 2009 theme is Fine Crafts and Photography. Entries will be accepted Wednesday, Sept.23, and Thursday, Sep. 24, at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. The Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition is a juried show highlighting some of the best contemporary visual art and artists in Utah. Competitions, such as the Statewide Annual, are also used by the Fine Art Acquisition Committee to make recommendations for additions to the Utah State Fine Art Collection. “Each time a staff member returns from a trip somewhere in the state, I learn of a new artist or performer who has emerged on that area’s local scene,” said Margaret Hunt, director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. “This competition provides an opportunity for artists throughout all of Utah to be on exhibition in one place. I hope to see artists enter from Box Elder to San Juan, Daggett to Washington, and every county in between, so that the full breadth of the talent in our state can be better known.” Each year the competition is judged by two jurors from outside of Utah with established professional visual arts careers. These jurors curate the exhibition with the artwork they consider to be the best from that year’s pool of submissions. Additionally, six jurors’ awards are distributed to highlight works of particularly high quality already included in the competition. Juror’s awards are presented at the artists’ reception on the opening night of the exhibition. The Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition: Utah ‘09: Fine Crafts and Photography is open to Utah residents, age 18 and older. For applications, instructions, and complete competition guidelines, please visit the competition Web site at Questions or requests for further information can be directed to Lila Abersold at or 801-833-3581.

Science Unwrapped explores rockets

PEOPLE DEMONSTRATE AGAINST COLUMBIA’S PLAN to give U.S. troops greater access to its military bases during a protest in San Carlos de Bariloche, some 1,500 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009. San Carlos de Bariloche will host a summit of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, Friday. AP photo

Ecuador tops South American nations in relative defense spending, with 10.7 percent of its national budget. That’s even more than the 9.3 percent spent by Colombia, which has been battling a leftist rebel movement for decades. Venezuela spent 5.2 percent of its much larger, oil-fueled budget on defense last year. Colombia won’t budge on the bases deal, Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez says. “The negotiations have closed and only await the official signature.” He said Colombia may even question

other countries about their own deals and arms buildups. President Alvaro Uribe is expected to make some reassurances to his fellow presidents at the Argentine winter resort of Bariloche. U.S. and Colombian officials have said the troops are there to fight drug traffickers and leftist rebels, and that the troops won’t cross boundaries without permission. But Latin American leaders and U.S. lawmakers who were not consulted about the pending deal want more explanations.

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to the Science Unwrapped presentation “Rockets and Energetic Materials: Spaceflights from Goddard to Ares” Friday, Aug. 28, at USU. Alumnus Robert Wardle of Utah’s ATK Launch Systems is the featured speaker for the presentation, which is hosted by USU’s College of Science. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center. Admission is free and open to all. For more information, anyone can call 797-3517, visit www.usu. edu/science/unwrapped or view the Science Unwrapped at USU group on Facebook.

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Kidnapped girl found PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) and authorities said she was with – Joyous, miraculous news that a Garrido during the kidnapping in little girl kidnapped nearly two South Lake Tahoe. decades ago was found alive gave Garrido was on lifetime parole way Thursday to the horrifying and his arrest raises questions details of how police say she has about how closely parolees are lived all those years: kept by a con- monitored. But Kollar said a parole victed rapist in his backyard as a officer who had visited Garrido’s sex slave and forced to bear two of house previously had not noticed his children. anything amiss – the compound Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 was well concealed by shrubs, garin 1991 when she was snatched bage cans and a tarp. from her school bus stop, was “You can’t see over the fence locked away from the outside world with the shrubbery and the trees. behind a series of fences, sheds You can’t see the structures,” Kollar and tents in the back of a suburban said. home. Neighbor Helen Boyer, 78, Her abductor, investigators said, described the Garridos as nice and raped her for years and fathered friendly and said they cared for two children with her, the first Phillip Garrido’s elderly mother. when Jaycee was about 14. Those “If I needed something, they children, both girls now 11 and 15, would be the first I would call on,” also were kept hidden away in the Boyer said. backyard compound. The case broke after Garrido “None of the children have ever was spotted Tuesday with two been to school, children as he they’ve never been “They were kept tried to enter to a doctor,” El the University in complete Dorado County of California, isolation.” Undersheriff Fred Berkeley, campus Fred Kollar, El Dorado to hand out reliKollar said. “They were kept in comCounty Undersheriff gious literature. plete isolation in The officers said this compound.” he was acting Dugard, now 29, appeared at a suspiciously toward the children. parole office Wednesday with her They questioned him and did a children and the couple accused of background check, determining kidnapping her. She was reunited he was a parolee, and informed his Thursday with her mother, but the parole officer. family was also learning that their Garrido was ordered to appear smiling, blue-eyed, blonde ponyfor a parole meeting and arrived tailed little girl had spent most of Wednesday with Dugard, who her life in captivity. identified herself as “Allissa,” his “She was in good health, but wife and two children. During living in a backyard for the past 18 questioning, corrections officials years does take its toll,” Kollar said. said he admitted kidnapping The backyard compound had Dugard. Investigators said he did electricity from extension cords not yet have an attorney. and a rudimentary outhouse and Authorities said they do not shower, “as if you were camping,” know if Garrido also abused his Kollar said. daughters, but they are investigatConvicted sex offender Phillip ing. Garrido, 58, was being held for Dugard’s stepfather, who witinvestigation of various kidnapping nessed her abduction and was a and sex charges. His wife, Nancy longtime suspect in the case, said Garrido, 54, was also arrested, he was overwhelmed by the news

after doing everything he could to help find her. “It broke my marriage up. I’ve gone through hell, I mean I’m a suspect up until yesterday,” a tearful Carl Probyn, 60, told The Associated Press at his home in Orange, Calif. Garrido’s compound was located in Antioch, a city of 100,000 about 170 miles from her family’s home in South Lake Tahoe. The house was cordoned off with police tape as it was searched by FBI agents and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. People who knew Garrido said he became increasingly fanatic about his religious beliefs in recent years, sometimes breaking out into song and claiming that God spoke to him through a box. “In the last couple years he started getting into this strange religious stuff. We kind of felt sorry for him,” said Tim Allen, president of East County Glass and Window Inc. in Pittsburgh, who bought business cards and letterhead from Garrido’s printing business for the last decade. Three times in recent years, Garrido arrived at Allen’s showroom with two “cute little blond girls” in tow, he said. In April 2008, Garrido registered a corporation called Gods Desire at his home address, according the California Secretary of State. During recent visits to the showroom, Garrido would talk about quitting the printing business to preach full time and gave the impression he was setting up a church, Allen said. “He rambled. It made no sense,” he said. Garrido would talk about holding events at UC Berkeley and mentioned the names of important people as if he knew them. Allen said he had no inkling of Garrido’s criminal record. “We never thought anything bad about the guy,” Allen said. “He was just kind of nutty.”

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Problem cancels moon rocket test firing in Utah PROMONTORY, Utah (AP) – A mechanical failure forced a NASA contractor on Thursday to call off the first test firing of the main part of NASA’s powerful new moon rocket. The test wasn’t immediately rescheduled as officials scrambled to learn the root cause of the failure. Alliant Techsystems Inc. called off the rocket burn with just 20 seconds left on the countdown clock. Operators cited failure of a power unit that drives hydraulic tilt controls for the rocket’s nozzle. The rocket was anchored to the ground in a horizontal position for the test. It was a setback for a carefully staged, $75 million event that drew thousands of onlookers. Alliant hoped the routine test would prove the performance of a new program for space exploration that, like the test rocket, may not fly because of NASA budget problems. There was no indication anything was wrong with the rocket itself, which packs 1 million pounds of chemical propellant, enough to boost a 321-foot-long vehicle 190,000 feet into the atmosphere. At a news conference in Utah, officials

said the power unit for the nozzle controls, which steer a rocket in flight, was robbed of fuel, apparently because of a faulty valve. That had potential implications for the space shuttle, which uses a nearly identical system. Officials in Utah notified their counterparts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where NASA has had to twice delay the launch of Discovery for other reasons. The Ares test problem could introduce a new delay in the launch of Discovery, previously set back because of weather and again because of a problem with a different shuttle fuel valve. Shuttle managers said Thursday they will examine what went wrong with Ares and decide by early Friday whether to go ahead with a launch set for 11:59 p.m. EDT Friday. In Utah, Alliant executives said their valve problem had never before emerged to scrub a rocket’s test firing. Engineers could have fired the rocket anyway, but they halted the two-minute burn because they wouldn’t have been able to test the agility of the rocket nozzle.

CHARLIE PRECOURT, FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT, vice president and general manager of ATK Space Launch Systems, right, answers a question during a news conference, following an equipment failure. AP photo


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Hammocking By COURTNIE PACKER features editor

Go big or go home, safety first and when in doubt pray about it are the three rules members of the Hammock Club International (HCI) must follow. HCI President Steve Gunderson said the student-organized club was created to let students enjoy the outdoors while relaxing in the comfort of a hammock. “Eveybody loves hammocks,” Gunderson said. “It is a great place to study, hang out and relax.” Gunderson, graduate student getting a master’s degree in electrical engineering and business administration, said HCI was organized as an excuse to meet people, enjoy a hammock and socialize in the outdoors. HCI was the idea of four friends who enjoyed taking their Sunday naps in their hammocks while in the outdoors. Gunderson said they would set up hammocks in the trees at Second Dam to sleep, study or read. “We decided we should make this into an unofficial club, and we started getting more ideas, such as I.D. cards and shirts, to get more people involved,” he said. Gunderson said I.D. cards were created, the three rules were put into place and T-shirts were designed and made. A Facebook group was then created to spread the word about the club. Gunderson said the name Hammock Club International was agreed upon because individuals, as far away as Australia, became members of the club. Gunderson said HCI currently has more than 110 members and has distributed more than 60 T-shirts. One of the favorite activities for some members is sleeping in a hammock during weekend backpacking trips. HCI equipment specialist Loral Godfrey said the worst two things about the outdoors are sleeping on uneven ground and having rocks dig into a camper’s back. He said hammocks help the camper avoid the uneven soil, eliminate the need to carry around a large foam pad for sleeping and allow the camper to rest his or her back off of the ground. Godfrey, undeclared sophomore, said he enjoys HCI because it MEMBERS OF HAMMOCK CLUB INTERNATIONAL sleep in their hammocks at Mount Elmer up Logan Canyon in the Naomi wilderness. HCI currently has more than 110 members and has distributed more than 60 T-shirts. Photo courtesy of Loral Godfrey

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A recap of summer’s most popular flicks Summer 2009 Ben Roden had some huge staff writer cinematic potential. Did it live up? Well, it depends on your criteria. The season was a popcorn paradise, but, as is common with sum- The summer’s best mer blockbusters, and worst movies cerebral impact was a bit rare. Here are, in no particular order, five of the films for which I had the most anticipation, and how they turned out. Transformers 2 If you were born in the ‘80s and have been sentient for the majority of your life, you should probably know what transformers are. If you still don’t know, and “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” is your introduction, you may be led to believe that Transformers are robots who disguise themselves as vehicles and then impressively transform into racial stereotypes. Let’s face it, Michael Bay has about as much prowess with plot structure as do the writers of Blue’s Clues, but to make a movie this awful considering the subject matter and budget is unconscionable. Giant robots, Mike. GIANT ROBOTS. How can you mess that up? Chapter one of the toy-turned-cartoonturned blockbuster was dumb and loud and stupid, but lovably so. Chapter two is oversexed,



under thought, and most surprisingly, quite dull. Public Enemies Michael Mann makes really cool movies, with really cool protagonists and really cool dialogue. “Public Enemies” is no exception. It tells the story (kinda) of John Dillinger in the golden age of the gangster. The attention to detail is impressive, and the costuming and set dressing is charming. The film looks and sounds beautiful. Mann uses the Viper FilmStream, a digital

camera that he also used in two of his recent productions, Collateral and Miami Vice. The Viper has a unique, high-ISO look, which is especially apparent in low-light shots. The aesthetic thereof clashes at times with the period feel, but renders action sequences beautifully. The film starts with a bang and hums along smoothly for the first act, but by the middle it begins to lag terribly. The relationship between Johnny Depp’s Dillinger and Marion Cotillard (Big Fish) is charming and well depicted, but


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weighs down the middle third of the picture and fails to advance things quickly enough. By the end, neither the characterizations nor the action are enough to place “Public Enemies” above any of Mann’s other work. Terminator Salvation I credit the lasting success of the first two Terminator movies to the intelligence and care of James Cameron. They’re movies about robots and time travel – two of the potentially sloppiest plot devices in all of cinema. Cameron, however, carefully validates each new fantastic revelation with a grounding element, and the result is a duo of films that play to the blockbuster audience, but can be appreciated by slightly more analytical viewers. (Terminator III is a heresy, and shall not be mentioned here.) “Terminator Salvation”, despite a bleak setting and gritty production design, fails to live up to the impress mythos of the originals. It definitely is a movie that dresses to impress. The effects are impressive, and the late Stan Winston’s brilliance comes through in the design of the various Terminators and vehicles and myriad robotic nasties. The plot, though, is slipshod and patchy, and the characters are mostly lame. Christian Bale is a stereotypically flat action protagonist, Bryce-Dallas Howard is seriously short-changed by an emotionally void script.

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LORAL GODFREY LAYS in his hammock in Kolob Canyon at Zions National Park. He is a part of Hammock Club International of which has more than 110 people. Photo courtesy of Loral Godfrey

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Hammock: Students study, sleep and enjoy the outdoors -continued from page 5 gives him a chance to be in the outdoors and relax, especially throughout the stressful school year. As the equipment specialist, Godfrey said his job is to educate members on items they need to ensure an enjoyable and safe time. One of the safeties, he said, is to make sure the rope is able to handle the weight of the individual or the couple who may be sharing a hammock. Another important part of setting up hammocks, said Godfrey, is making sure the trees are a proper distance from one another. If the trees are farther apart it makes the hammock less stable; however, if the string is too loose, Godfrey said it is not good either. He said three to four feet of rope on each side of the hammock is ideal. Dusty Ott, operations specialist for HCI, said he educates members on what knots to use and how to properly hang their hammock. He said it is ideal to use a figure eight knot around the tree and attach the hammock with a slip knot. He said this knot makes the hammock

easier to be taken on and off the tree. Ott, senior majoring in industrial hygiene, said he enjoys being a member of HCI because not only would he rather take his Sunday nap outside than inside, but many other reasons come to mind. “I enjoy taking someone who hasn’t been before,� Ott said, “preferably a girl.� Ott said one of his neatest experiences hammocking was while camping. He said a downpour of rain and extreme wind hit his campsite. He had constructed a shelter with a tarp above of his hammock and the large storm did not bother him. “It was one of my favorite things to be in the thick of things and not get wet,� he said. “It was a well thought-out plan ,which worked.� Godfrey said contrary to belief, campers can go hammocking in cold weather. To stay warm, he said campers should place a sleeping bag and blanket on the hammock, and wrap a tarp around themselves. He said by doing this, it blocks

the wind and keeps the heat inside. “I call this my cocoon,� he said. “You sleep comfortably and warm. I don’t necessarily like to camp in the cold but you can keep warm. You can hammock in all situations.� Ott agrees. He said he recalls a time when he took another individual hammocking in the snow. He said he brought along a gas stove and made hot chocolate. “The hammock and snow made it perfect,� he said. Gunderson encourages everyone to join the club’s Facebook group, Hammock Club International, to learn of and join club activities or to get the latest scoop on hammocks. People also can e-mail for information. Although the club is student organized, Gunderson said, the club is not recognized by USU. -courtnie.packer@aggiemail.

One of the best things about writing a column is the freedom I have in regards to topics, the liberties I have in regards to the English language and the opportunities I have in regards to sharing my crazy wonderments with people I do not know. A close comrade once told me that I am really good about writing about nothing. That I can take nothing and successfully blab about it for paragraphs and paragraphs, and my readership is none the wiser. Which is true, but I like to think of it as taking the ordinary nothings of life and transforming them into extraordinary nothings. Enjoyable, if trivial, nothings. Cut me some slack, however. If I truly were to write about nothing, I would do just that. Write nothing. Have a big ol’ blank column. It would probably be headlined something like this: The Epitome of Nothing. And even then, most of my USU readers would assume it was a printing mistake rather than a tangible representation of an abstract ideal. Therefore, you must agree, I generally end up writing about something rather than nothing, even if my something is nothing, si? And you know what? I think people need nothings. We college students are so hectically busy, that a few minutes of nothing is a sweet distraction from all of the pressing somethings in our lives. Nothings are calm. Nothings do not mean anything significant, so this is a relief, which may make them significant after all. It is complicated. Well-intentioned people often give me advice about what I should write about. My brother insists that I write about something radically controversial, take a strongly opposed stance and reap the emailed responses of uncontainable rants. But, ew. Why on earth would I want to encourage a load of offended, obnoxious people on my case? Crushing criticism irritates me more than hangnails, cold sores and whiny people combined. Maybe this is another reason I write (mostly) about nothing. Nothing is nothing. Nothing provokes nothing. Glorified nothings are generally appreciated and accepted by a wide, varied audience. Last year a good-natured gentleman wrote an entire counterpoint against my column about Mexican food. Several articles later I received a bunch of biting e-mails from benevolent souls regarding my column condoning bubbles in the Spectrum. Believe me, there are people out in the world that take nothings quite seriously. One of my literary idols is Dr. Seuss because he invents funky words that make perfect sense within their context, same with Lewis Caroll in his poem, “Jabberwocky�. Lemony Snicket does the opposite by coming up with curious definitions to ordinary words. I love words. I love big words. I love expanding my vocabulary, even if the vocabulary is not commonly accepted by a dictionary. I like stringing incomprehensible words into sentences of comprehension. Why say something is good when you can say it is jubilacious? Why say someone is stuck-up when you can say someone is shnorky? The point of these rhetorical questions is to provoke stimulating thought, not answers, and the

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SPECIAL AGENT SUPERVISOR ERNIE LIMON (right) said, “When you take these much narcotics, violence occurs.” during a news conference at the Imperial County Enforcement Coordination Center in Imperial, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with California Attorney General Jerry Brown announing the 16 indictments and seizure of more than 550 lbs of cocaine and marijuana following the infiltration of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel. AP photo

Texas sheriff among those sentenced in drug ring McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former South Texas sheriff and a Houston elementary school teacher were among 11 people sentenced to prison Thursday for their role in a conspiracy that moved marijuana and cocaine from Mexico, through Houston and as far as Delaware. The sheriff’s involvement illustrated how intertwined public corruption and drug trafficking are even on the U.S. side of the border. Since late 2006, more than 80 law enforcement officers working on the U.S.-Mexico border at the local, state and federal level have been convicted of corruption-related charges, according to an Associated Press tally. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced former Starr County Sheriff Reymundo “Rey” Guerra to 64 months in federal prison and four years of supervised release for helping Mexican smugglers move drugs through his county in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes. The sentence was less than the eight to 10 years recommended under federal sentencing guidelines, but Guerra admitted his guilt early and cooperated with authorities, Crane said. FBI agents arrested Guerra at his office in October as part of operation “Carlito’s Weigh.” Prosecutors termed Guerra a “minor participant” in the drug trafficking conspiracy that so far has netted indictments against 28 people. Guerra, 52, who prosecutors said made it easier for drugs to move through his county, pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to distribute narcotics. He apologized Thursday to his family, community and “to the men and women who wear the badge. I’m sorry I let them down.” Crane told Guerra that “it’s a stain on the badge when somebody in your high position

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engages in organized crime like this.” “For really pennies, nickels, you were influenced by these people,” the judge said. Guerra received one payment of $3,000 and several more payments of $3,000 to $5,000, but authorities aren’t sure how much he actually earned in bribes. His attorney Philip Hilder said the money came as gifts from lead defendant Jose Carlos Hinojosa and was not paid in direct exchange for information from Guerra. By sharing information, and in at least one instance providing false information so a deputy would close a case related to the drug trafficking operation, Guerra made it easier for Hinojosa to move drugs through his county, prosecutors said. Hinojosa, who is still awaiting sentencing, had once worked in law enforcement in Mexico. He later began working for the Zetas, the brutal enforcers of the Gulf Cartel. Assistant U.S. Attorney Toni Trevino said investigators had no evidence Guerra ever cleared an area of law enforcement so that drug loads could move through his county. But he did tell Hinojosa when there would be extra patrols so smugglers could avoid them. Guerra complicated the ongoing investigation of Hinojosa’s smuggling ring because federal agents had to limit their activities in Starr County for fear that Guerra would alert Hinojosa, Trevino said. The wide-ranging indictment swept up those who organized the drug smuggling across the border, drivers who carried drugs to Houston and brought the cash proceeds back to South Texas and distributors who mailed drugs to customers as far away as Delaware.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evidence is mounting that the longest recession since World War II is losing its grip on the U.S. economy. The latest hint is due Friday when the government releases data on consumer spending and income for July. Personal spending is expected to have posted a modest gain last month, driven higher by the popular Cash for Clunkers program. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect personal spending rose 0.2 percent in July after a 0.4 percent gain in June. Economists believe that personal incomes, the fuel for future spending increases, probably rose 0.2 percent as well, following a 1.3 percent decline in June. On Thursday, a report confirmed that the economy shrank

at an annual rate of just 1 percent in the spring. Many analysts say growth likely returned in the current quarter. Smaller dips in consumer spending and other areas during the April-June period led some economists to raise their forecasts for the July-September quarter. But with unemployment aid claims stubbornly high, Americans may benefit little from a recovery if jobs remain scarce and spending stays too low to fuel a strong rebound. The Commerce Department estimated that the U.S. gross domestic product, the broadest gauge of economic health, shrank at an annual rate of 1 percent in the second quarter. The new estimate of the nation’s output of goods and services was the same as an earlier estimate released last month.

Nothing: A change from pressing somethings -continued from page 3 questions is to provoke stimulating thought, not answers, and the point of my columns this year is not to leave you scratching your head at the obliquitous words I use, but to bring your attention to the quixotic wanderings and outlandish nothings of my mind. Feel free to e-mail me any sort of nothings of your own. Melissa Condie is a senior majoring in music education. Her column will appear here weekly. Contact her at


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Anthropology reveals ‘Message on a Body’ that have traveled throughout the world and offered these great finds to share with all interested observers. Holly said all displays are put together by students of the anthropolThroughout the world today, the body is ogy department. used by some as an empty canvas to express Holly wants students to know about the many things, such as culture beliefs, identity museum, saying, “It’s really encouraging to within a culture or individual expressions students because they are trying to have someof beauty. The Anthropology Museum capthing that students can be informed about. It tures all of this for display, located in Old would be fun for students to get involved and Main Room 252. Opening this Saturday is a we are going to have some really fun topics brand new exhibit called this fall.” “Message On a Body.” One activity is Holly Andrew, a recent Super Hero Day, where graduate of Anthropology people can dress up and who works at the museum, talk about cultural myths said, “It’s really a fun and legends and what exhibit because it makes the concept is behind the people think.” The display hero, as well as a graduate takes visitors on a visual student who will speak journey through many about all the heroes there cultures’ portrayal of their have ever been, Another concept of beauty, she Saturday topic will be the said. anthropology of warfare, Some of the artifacts exploring how scientists included are large tatcan study trauma through tooing needles, tiny human bones. shoes from feet binding, In addition to these human branding irons, topics they will also have lip-stretching plates, quill “Myths and Magic,” focusscarifiers, and many ing on how cultures view STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE colorful pictures repremagic and more specifiOPPORTUNITY to learn about beuty senting several different through the eyes of a variety of cultures cally the magical world of cultures. at the Message on a Body exhibit Saturday. Harry Potter. The public Andrew said, “We have Photo by Alec Ee submited by the Anthropology is invited to dress up as a lot of people who do wizards for the Harry department. piercing and tattoos. Our Potter presentation. own culture may not think that’s necessarily The museum hours through the week are beautiful, great or fun, but there are reasons Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and why people do what they do and instead of Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. being judgmental why don’t you learn why Let your mind come alive through history as they do it.” you view this historical masterpiece in the The museum’s artifacts were brought here Anthropology Museum. by professors and people in the community By DELAYNE LOCKE staff writer

Overheard ironies

BUZZ, B U Z Z , M. Johnson BUZZ ... staff writer There is always that one annoying fly that never seems to go away, no matter “What we’re hearing” how many times you swat at the thing. Besides being annoying, have you ever wondered what the fly is really up to? Well I’m here to tell you the fly works for me. His job is to listen to your dirt and listen intently to all the stupid and silly things people say. My job is to write it all down. Every other week this article will feature the good, the bad and the ugly. All the funny, weird and stupid things people have to say. Here is a couple to get the year started, stay tuned for more to come. 1. Standing in line at Starbucks. The girl in front me asked, “Is hot chocolate hot?” “Well it’s not cold” “Yeah, but is it hot?” “Yes, (pause) hot chocolate is hot.” “Great.” The girl, ecstatic, pulls out her wallet and says, “I’ll have a medium hot chocolate.”

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2. This is my favorite line from last year: A student in the library asked, “ Is Peru considered a part of the Middle East?” 3. A guy sits at a table in The Hub. A girl walks over and sits down next to him. He doesn’t even look at her. Clearly annoyed she says, “So why haven’t you called me in like three days?” He looks around uncomfortably. “Ah … because you ... broke up with me!” “I did not break up with you, I think I would remember if I broke up with you.” Puzzled, he says, “You left a voice message on my phone saying this wasn’t going to work, and told me it would be better if I didn’t call you back.” She stares off, confused, and with a straight face says,“ Well I must have done that in my sleep cause there’s no way I would break up with you.” “You broke up with me in your sleep?” Really!! In your sleep, who says that? 4. While shopping at the Bookstore for school supplies, I came across a young woman looking at colored pens. She picked up a green gel pen and asked,“ What color does green write?” And with that, please remember there is always someone listening.

Salt Lake City musician offers decent self-titled album

That’s right. It’s time ing: Often the inspiration behind once again for me to let you Landon a song influences our perception in on where the best and the and in this case, it does. Hemsley of it, Often, worst music can be found. It’s men will see women been a great summer, but I’ve who look remarkably similar to missed you, Logan! Let’s get other girls they have dated or right down to it. had a crush on, and in turn, will Rafati is a native of Salt become infatuated with them. Lake. According to his Web Rafati said such girls inspired the Grade Bsite, Rafati started pursuing single. I can’t help but think it’s “Cameron Rafati” his passion after giving up a a very creative source for a single by Cameron Rafati lucrative career of coaching of this caliber, and that it tells older women on their relationthe listener a lot about the artist ships with younger men. I can behind the music. “1 in 10” really see why such a change would be so appealing. allows the album to recover from a lackluster My first experience with Rafati was at a free first track, and gets it set on the right path again. show at The State Room in downtown Salt Lake The album meanders through “Battles,” City. He started off his show with the sweet“Speck in the Blue,” and “53rd Story.” “Speck” is est cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” that I’ve the best of these three tracks, and though I feel ever heard. I was extremely impressed with his it ends poorly, the most redeeming fact about demeanor and his showmanship. The man is this song is that it is played with a ukulele, which skilled – that much cannot be disputed. After gives it just enough to edge out “53rd story” and his show, I was totally convinced that the man give it the best of these three middle songs that was destined for greatness. I wanted to hear his give the album the most substance. Rafati’s live album to see if the recording would match the performance of the song was absolutely pheawesome show that he put on for the few fans nomenal. and followers he had garnered in his relatively After “53rd Story,” the album takes a turn for short musical career. Unfortunately, I cannot say the worse, and I mean it REALLY takes a turn that it did. But it came close. There are a couple for the worse. of really sweet tracks on this album. Along with Normally, when I see that an artist has Rafati’s good comes the bad. One track in parnamed a song after his home city, I would think ticular sparks my ire and drags down the overall that it would be a positive reflection of the city, quality of the album. its citizens, and the Rafati has comquality of life. Not pared his music to so here. The seventh old-school Coldplay. song of the album, I don’t think so. The “Salt Lake City” is only song that I can a depressing, critihonestly compare cal ballad that rails to a Coldplay single against the culture is “53rd Story,” the and people of Utah. album’s fifth track, For example, the and it is not going to first line in the song take Rafati’s album is “I’m sick of this anywhere soon. I town/I’m sick of this really think Rafati’s city/The fools got me album lacks an eledown/and these girls ment of awesome are too pretty.” Need I power that Coldplay say more? Mr. Rafati, has possessed for if you don’t like it, nearly a decade. then you can leave. However, if I were reviewing “Parachutes” in But trust me – having been all over the country 2000, I would have said that the only track that’s and even in several foreign countries – you’re not worth anything on that album was “Yellow.” going to find better looking girls anywhere else. That’s a big statement; since these days, I practiBy the way, that’s exactly what he’s done. cally worship Coldplay. Their best stuff by far Rafati lives in southern California. was on “Rush of Blood to the Head,” released From a more musical standpoint, I think two years after Parachutes. Does Rafati’s debut this song would fit better as a funeral march. album have the single that can take him from It lasts forever, it’s depressing, it’s melancholic, the coffee shops to the big time, and get him to Rafati screams in it, and it’s just plain bad. It’s a place where he can explore his musical talents like Rafati takes five minutes to throw a temperwithout financial restrictions? I would say he tantrum about the fact that he doesn’t like Utah. has a reasonable shot. His best song is really Come on, Rafati. Knock it off. No one wants to good, but it’s no “Yellow.” hear it. The best three tracks on this album are the The melancholy of “Salt Lake City” consecond, fourth and sixth tracks, “1 in 10,” “Speck tinues through the last song of the album, Out in the Blue” and “Dirty Conversation, “Mausoleum.” The mood that has been created respectively.” Both songs feature a strong meloactually fits this song much better, however. I dy and even stronger hooks – in other words, the can picture an old Addams Family-type mansion songs stick in your head after you’re done listen- and Mr. Rafati with a rose in hand, leading a ing to it. I really enjoy these songs. These are the sultry mistress in his own version of the tango to reasons behind my overall strong review of the the tune of “Mausoleum.” It’s quite the contrast album. from the meat of the album, but has its attracHad I been Rafati, I would have kept almost tive qualities in its own right. I think it’s a qualall of these songs on the album, but reorganized ity ending to the album. them so that “1 in 10” and the others were Overall, I give this album a B-. If it didn’t closer to the top of the album instead of spread have “Salt Lake City” in it, I would have given throughout. Starting the album off with its it a B+. I find it to be a quality, and certainly a first track, “Kite for a Comeback,” totally disilwell-rounded album with a flair for the dramatic lusioned me. I found myself wanting to find the and the critical. Rafati has potential, but I think stuff Rafati had performed at his show. we’ll have to see something more out of him Rafati explained the story behind “1 in 10” at before he sells out Madison Square Garden. his show in Salt Lake, and I think it bears

Tune Takes

Fire tears through fuel storage plant near Detroit HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A fire that started Thursday near a rail tanker car at a chemical plant spread quickly to silos holding gasoline, causing an inferno that sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky above Detroit and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people. The fire at the Sterling Services Ltd. plant in Hamtramck broke out at about 11:30 a.m., and city officials quickly called in help from the Detroit and Highland Park fire departments. Hamtramck is surrounded by Detroit. An evacuation order was lifted at mid-afternoon as firefighters worked A FIRE IS SEEN AT STERLING to put out remaining hot spots. SERVICES in Hamtramck, Mich., Thursday, The company stores gasoline, Aug. 27, 2009. A fire broke out at the jet fuel and biofuels at the plant, so chemical plant near Detroit.

authorities evacuated residents from about a half-mile area around the fire, said Kevin Kondrat, executive director of the Hamtramck Housing Commission. That included a nearby complex of 36 buildings containing 300 apartments and some 700 to 800 residents, though Kondrat said not all were home at the time of the blaze. “The evacuation went very, very, very smooth,” he said. There were no injuries reported, City Manager Bill Cooper said. He said it wasn’t known what caused the spark. Amtrak passenger rail service was suspended between Pontiac and Detroit, about 20 miles apart. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari

said passengers were shuttled between the cities by charter bus, and the track reopened around 4:20 p.m. “I saw it burning out of the office window. It’s been burning since about 11 o’clock. There were a couple of pops, three pops now,” said Tom Lijana, who works at an office about 300 yards from the plant. Lutalo Sephers, 34, said police used loud speakers on his street to tell residents to leave the area. “I’ve lived here over 30 years and this is the first time that we’ve ever seen anything like this,” Sephers said. An evacuation center was set up at a nearby senior center, Kondrat said, with water available for evacuees.

About 75 people were there about 4 p.m., shortly after the evacuation order was lifted. The plant is in an industrial area with several small factories, and workers from nearby businesses paused to watch the blaze. Robert McCann, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, said Sterling Services Ltd. has no history of violations with the state. The company is registered as a bulk petroleum facility that stores large quantities of gasoline or other fuels, he said. State or federal environmental officials will monitor air quality at the scene, McCann said.

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Movie: Best and worst summer movies -continued from page 3

Sam Worthington manages to struggle through and create the film’s only emotional link, but he’s not enough to make the end of humanity enjoyable. It’s a tall order. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince Well, folks, it’s a Harry Potter movie. If you don’t like Harry Potter, this latest iteration will not change your mind. If you do like Harry Potter, as I do, you may be baffled by the messy pacing and arbitrary plot rearrangement. As always, production values are high, and the acting is uniformly solid, with a handful of great performances – expectedly, Alan Rickman steals the show as Snape. Potter is far too static and though I was entertained, I did find myself wondering why the filmmakers have eschewed the definitive magic of the wizarding world in favor of bleak drama. Drag Me To Hell For pure entertainment value, this is my pick for the movie of the summer. Sam Raimi, for all of his eccentricities, is a very talented fellow. With “Drag Me To Hell,” he’s returned to his slapstick-horror roots, a la the Evil Dead Trilogy. Let me first get this out of the way: this is an entirely and deliberately silly

movie. It is glorious schlock at its best, and in all the bloody, scary hubbub, it’s easy to miss the immense skill of the filmmaker. It’s full of perfect orchestrated moments: a masterpiece of tension control, decoys and huge payoffs. The film embraces the humor and horror in equal measure and neither detracts from one another. Here’s an example: The main character is brutally attacked by a crazed gypsy in

a parking garage; It is horrifying and raw, but the suspense instantly dissolves when the gypsy sloppily gums at the face her victim after losing her dentures. This balance leads to one of most thoroughly entertaining films of the year. Watch it with openminded, animated people for best results – screams and laughter aplenty.

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Almanac Today in History: In 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the African American civil rights movement reaches its high-water mark when Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks to about 250,000 people attending the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “I have a dream,” he boomed over the crowd stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.

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Quarterback Kane Wilson is no stranger to leading his team to victory on the football field. As a two-time league MVP at El Dorado High School in California, the 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pound Wilson has seen his fair share of high stakes gridiron action, including guiding his team to a 13-1 record and league championship as a junior. Yet when Wilson joins his Utah State teammates on the trip to Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Thursday night, it’ll be with the knowledge that he is one play away from having to take the wheel of the Aggie offense against the much-heralded University of Utah defense. And while first-year Aggie offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin doesn’t expect to call on his freshman quarterback against the 19th-ranked Utes, the former New Mexico assistant admits that if something were to happen to starter Diondre Borel, the job of managing the new-look Aggie offense would likely fall on Wilson’s shoulders. “Diondre is the guy,” Baldwin said in reference to Borel who started the last nine games of the 2008 season.


“Hopefully we can play the (backups) because we will have done a good job, but if it happens the other way, Kane will be ready to play.” The “other way” Baldwin referred to is the nightmare scenario no college coach wants to deal with: losing the team’s best player and on-field leader in the first game of the season because of injury. In today’s college game – where spread offenses like Baldwin’s call upon the quarterback to run out of the zone-read play – injuries are an inevitable part of the season. Such a scenario makes having a trained backup quarterback not just a luxury for teams like Utah State, but rather a necessity. Enter Wilson, emerging as the team’s likely backup following the final scrimmage of the preseason last Saturday. Becoming the backup is no small accomplishment for Wilson, who was sitting in a high school classroom in Placentia, California, just three months ago. The transition to the college level hasn’t been easy for the gunslinger, who like many freshmen, has had to adjust to the steep learning curve and increased speed of the game. “The speed of (the game) is incredibly different,” Wilson said. “Just the offenses – the offensive concepts are way more intense. I never ran shotgun (in high school) and I never ran the spread, so it is a big jump-up for me. I just have to get my mental reps right when I’m not in and do everything right when I am in and just focus all the time.” While he admits adjusting to coach Baldwin’s offense had been difficult at times, Wilson has shown tremendous improvement in running the spread. During Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, Wilson showed a live arm – throwing for 53 yards – while also displaying good decision making and quickness as a runner. Baldwin said that even though Wilson still makes careless mistakes from time to time, the freshman quarterback has been one of the team’s biggest surprises of the preseason. “Kane is a young freshman, and sometimes those freshmen make freshmen mistakes,” Baldwin said. “He came onto campus with a lot of expectations as a quarterback with a strong arm and the ability to run the football, and as each

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TouchBase USU Soccer on the road in El Paso For the first time since 2006, the Utah State women’s soccer team will take on a Big 12 opponent, when the Aggies face Texas Tech on Aug. 28 at the Miner Classic in El Paso, Texas, at 5 p.m. USU will also take Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. The Red Raiders are the first of two Big 12 matches on the Aggies’ schedule this season as USU will also face Oklahoma State. Texas Tech is the first ever Big 12 opponent for Utah State. This is the first meeting between the Aggies and both the Red Raiders and the Ladyjacks. USU is 1-0-0 after defeating Northern Arizona Aug. 21 in Logan, 2-0. Sophomores Summer Tillotson and Shantel Flanary scored the first two goals of the season for the Aggies, while fellow sophomore Danielle Shorts registered her first collegiate assist.

Volleyball season begins Friday night Utah State’s women’s volleyball team will begin the 2009 season in Ogden, Utah, at the Best Western Canyon Pines Weber State Invitational hosted by Weber State on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29. The Aggies will open the tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Wildcats. Live stats for every match during the tournament will be available via Weber State’s Web site at Utah State is 30-19 alltime against Weber State, which includes an 11-8 road record. USU has won nine of its last 10 matches against the Wildcats, including six straight on the road. Utah State is 1518 all-time in season openers, including wins in two of its last four years. USU is also 32-40 (.444) in regular season tournaments over the last nine years, which includes a 26-22 (.542) record on neutral courts.


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Fielder belts leagueleading 115th RBI as Brewers fall to Reds

MICHAEL VICK carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars in NFL preseason action Thursday night. AP photo

Vick returns to NFL PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Michael Vick zipped a few passes, ran around a bit and even lined up at wide receiver. In his first action in nearly 32 months, Vick has a new role: do-it-all quarterback. So far, the experiment has drawn mixed results. Vick completed a key pass to set up a field goal on his fourth play in Philadelphia’s game against Jacksonville on Thursday night. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback finished 4 for 4 for 19 yards in the first half. With Vick, the Eagles got three points. Without him, they also scored three but moved the ball more efficiently. Playing his first game since his release from prison, Vick entered to a standing ovation from a half-empty stadium. He completed a 4-yard shovel pass on the Eagles’ second play from scrimmage with Donovan McNabb lined up at wide receiver. On Philadelphia’s second possession, Vick was on the field for three plays, two at quarterback and one as a slot receiver. Vick ran for 1 yard on his second play and was a decoy as a wideout on his third play. With McNabb standing on the sideline, Vick then completed a 13-yard pass to Hank Baskett to the Jaguars 11. David Akers kicked a 31-yard field

goal a few plays later. Vick was on the field for six plays. After a 2-yard shovel pass that he threw right-handed, Vick didn’t play the final 12 minutes of the second quarter. That’s when the Eagles finally got going on offense. McNabb drove Philadelphia inside the Jaguars 5 twice, but settled for only a field goal. Fans still hadn’t reached their seats when Vick jogged onto the field for the first time at Lincoln Financial Field. If there were any boos, they were surprisingly drowned out by cheers from a fan base that wasn’t entirely thrilled when Vick signed with the Eagles two weeks ago. McNabb threw an incomplete pass on the first play and was split wide on the next play as Vick took the snap in shotgun formation. Vick tossed a short pass to LeSean McCoy who was quickly swarmed by Jacksonville’s defense. Vick hadn’t played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons. He was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting ring. He signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Eagles, who hold a $5.2 million option for a second season.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2 DENVER (AP) – Vicente Padilla gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a shot in the arm and the Colorado Rockies a punch to the gut. The right-hander, who was jettisoned by Texas earlier this month after angering the Rangers by throwing at hitters, returned to the National League Thursday and pitched the Dodgers past the Rockies 3-2. Padilla (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in five solid innings. He struck out four and walked one. Rafael Furcal hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth and Matt Kemp hit his career-high 19th homer as the Dodgers put the brakes on the surging Rockies by taking two of three in Colorado and opening a four-game lead in the NL West over the wild-card leaders. Jonathan Broxton got the last four outs for his 28th save in 32 chances. The Rockies put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before Broxton struck out Eric Young Jr. and Seth Smith. Jorge De La Rosa (12-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings for Colorado. He struck out seven and walked four. Astros 4, Cardinals 3 ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jeff Keppinger hit a tiebreaking homer with two out in the ninth inning to help Houston avoid a three-game sweep. Jose Valverde (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the Astros, who won for only the fifth time in their last 19 road games. They avoided a second three-game sweep in St. Louis this season. Matt Holliday homered for the NL Centralleading Cardinals, who lost for only the fourth time in 19 games. The Astros tied it on Darin Erstad’s RBI double off Kyle McClellan (4-3) in the eighth, spoiling Chris Carpenter’s bid for his 15th win. Keppinger’s fourth homer and first in 116 atbats since June 19 at Minnesota barely cleared the left-field wall. Holliday made a try for it but the ball appeared to sneak under his outstretched glove. Nationals 5, Cubs 4 CHICAGO (AP) – Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Adam Dunn added a solo shot, leading Washington to the victory. Catcher Josh Bard also made a superb defensive play to help the Nationals win a series at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2005. Aramis Ramirez homered, singled twice and drove in three runs but the Cubs still lost for the seventh time in 10 games. The Cubs have gone 6-15 since Aug. 5 to fall nine games behind St. Louis in the NL Central. J.D. Martin (3-3) outpitched Randy Wells (97) to win a matchup of 26-year-old rookie righthanders. Mike MacDougal got the final five outs for his 14th save in 15 opportunities. Mets 10, Marlins 3 MIAMI (AP) – Tim Redding pitched 6 2-3 innings to give the Mets’ injury-ravaged staff a boost and help New York snap a five-game skid. Redding (2-4), making his second start since July 2, allowed three runs — all on leadoff homers — and five hits. New York scored nine runs with two out and tied a season high with 17 hits. Florida fielding lapses led to five runs.

A USU HOCKEY PLAYER completes a set of pushups as punishment during Wednesday night’s tryouts. G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY photo

USU hockey club holds tryouts By G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY assistant sports editor

Head coach John Eccles and his staff got their first look at this year’s new players Wednesday night in the Eccles Ice Arena. Team president Jacod Guttormsen and assistant coach Aaron Burrell ran the hopefuls and returners through a series of fast-paced drills which quickly separated the scrubs from the possible impact players. Forward David Wyman said with all the returning experience and talent, there are only a few roster spots up for grabs. One of those spots is going to Canadian power forward Tyler Mistelbacher, who has not arrived in Logan yet. A good bet to grab another roster spot is Alaskan freshman Dillon Sondargaard. Sondargaard sent several

skaters spinning into the glass with well-timed checks, while displaying great skating ability on offense. USU could not be any more settled at goaltender, where Greg “The Force” Finatti returns for his senior year. Finatti is complemented by Dan Cornelius in goal, it’s the third straight year for the pair splitting starts. Finatti said it’s a relief to begin this year with a coaching staff that is “set in stone.” Last year the team was thrown into turmoil at midseason when longtime face of the program Jerry Crossley resigned as head coach. This year, Eccles is running the show, no questions asked, with Burrell coaching the offense and a new coach, Kjol Lahti, handling the defense and goaltenders. Wyman seemed relieved to be back on the ice hitting people.

“I missed it all summer,” he said. “We’ve got some unfinished business. This is our year.” Last year USU’s dreams of a trip to Nationals were shattered when a sustained rally fell just short against Eastern Washington in the Regional tournament. Wyman doesn’t see his team falling short again this year. “If we work hard, we’ve got the most talent in the league,” Wyman said. The Aggies go into this season with some questions on defense, where they lost two mobile blueliners in Jordan Francom and Paul Reinhardt. Unexpectedly absent from the Aggie roster is Mike Daugulis, a tireless battler along the boards who is taking his physical game to play professionally in Finland. –graham.terry@aggiemail.usu. edu

Fernando Tatis connected in the eighth to finish 6 for 13 in the series, and Angel Pagan also homered for the Mets. Daniel Murphy doubled twice and drove in three runs. Chris Coghlan led off the Marlins’ first inning with a home run and went deep again in the sixth. Dan Uggla hit his 23rd homer to start the seventh, but that still left Florida trailing 83. Anibal Sanchez (2-5) lasted only 3 2-3 innings for the Marlins, yielding four runs, two earned, and eight hits. Reds 8, Brewers 5 MILWAUKEE (AP) – Justin Lehr overcame a rocky start to pitch into the eighth inning and drew a key walk in Cincinnati’s five-run fifth, helping the Reds to the three-game sweep. Lehr (3-1) struck out a career-high seven over 7 2-3 innings and Cincinnati matched its season-best winning streak at four. The Reds are 13-26 since the All-Star break. Lehr settled down after a rough first inning and walked with two outs in the fifth to start Cincinnati’s comeback. Joey Votto homered, drove in two runs and scored twice. Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer in the first to give him 115 RBIs, tops in the majors, and Mike Cameron also doubled in a run for Milwaukee. Dave Bush (3-5) allowed five runs and four hits over 4 2-3 innings. Francisco Cordero struck out Ryan Braun with runners on the corners in the ninth for his 28th save. Rangers 7, Yankees 2 NEW YORK (AP) – Ian Kinsler homered twice, the Texas bullpen pitched shutout ball and the Rangers became the first visitors to win a series at Yankee Stadium since mid-June, beating New York 7-2 on Thursday. Kinsler and Chris Davis both had threerun homers for Texas, which took two of three from the club with the best record in the majors. Jason Grilli (2-2), C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco combined for 5 1-3 innings of two-hit relief. A.J. Burnett (10-8) lost despite striking out a season-high 12 in six innings. Texas’ Dustin Nippert was pulled after walking seven in 3 2-3 innings. Kinsler got Texas’ first hit, a three-run homer in the fourth. Kinsler connected for a solo homer in the eighth, giving him a career-high 28. Davis hit his three-run homer in the seventh off Phil Coke. Angels 4, Tigers 2 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, Joe Saunders pitched five effective innings in his return to the rotation and Los Angeles snapped a three-game skid with a 4-2 victory over Detroit on Wednesday. Kendry Morales and Chone Figgins added run-scoring hits for Los Angeles, the only major league club without four straight losses. Hunter hit his 18th homer in the first against Edwin Jackson (10-6), who took his first loss since July 19. Adam Everett hit a two-run homer for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had won eight of 12. Saunders (10-7) made his first start since Aug. 7, and allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six. In his first appearance in eight days, closer Brian Fuentes hit two batters.

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practice goes he has gotten a lot better with our terminology and our system … I didn’t doubt that he could come in here and learn the system, but I did have my doubts that he would have the ability to pick it up this quick – because doing that is tough – but he surprised me with that.” If Wilson has shown an uncanny ability to pick up the system and transition to the college game, it may be due to his family lineage. His mother, Lori, was an All-American high jumper in college, while his father, Dave, played for the New Orleans Saints between 1981 and 1990. Not only did Kane inherit his father’s almost unheard of combination of size and speed, but the freshman quarterback and California native has inherited his father’s arm strength as well. Baldwin, who coached current NFL backup Drew Stanton while at Michigan State, compared the younger Wilson to Nevada starting quarterback and 2008 WAC Offensive Player of the Year Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick became only the fifth player in NCAA history to rush for over 1000 yards and throw for over 2000 yards, which he did last season. When it comes to his own development on the field, Wilson doesn’t just credit his family gene pool for his success, and said that his father’s advice has been instrumental in helping him deal with the challenges of college life – both on the practice field and in the locker room. “He helps me out a lot,” said the freshman signal caller in reference to his father. “If I’m having a bad day or whatever I’ll call him and he knows exactly what to say and exactly how to handle the situation. Just things from how to handle the coaches and how to react to how they treat a true freshman coming in … (My dad) has helped me out a lot with that.” Despite his rapid maturation, Wilson remains humble when talking about his role with the team. Acknowledging that starter Diondre Borel gives Utah State the best chance to overcome more than a decade of on-field futility, Wilson said that he’ll remain ready and able if called upon this season. “I’m just going to be 100 percent for when and if I have to go in, so we don’t take a step back.” –adam.nettina@aggiemail.

FRESHMAN QUARTERBACK KANE WILSON has been one of the biggest surprises of fall camp. TYLER LARSON photo


A different point of view


adies and gentlemen of the Utah State student body, I would like you all to get familiar with the name Diondre Borel. I say this because I know many of you out there have not yet done so, and I’d hate for you all to continue living in the dark. If you need to, go and take a second to search his name on YouTube and come back to read this column. Go ahead and look up Robert Turbin while you’re at it just for good measure. Now that we’re all caught up, I need to rant a little bit on an issue that seems to have cursed Cache Valley. The issue is all the naysaying that constantly surrounds the athletic programs here. While I’m mainly talking about football, people somehow manage to even nitpick about USU men’s basketball despite our team having one of the top-five winning percentages of any team in the nation over the past decade. It’s almost as if the sky is always falling in the eyes of many. I could’ve sworn we are sitting on backto-back Western Athletic Conference basketball championships too. Weird ... When it comes to football, the naysayers argument definitely holds a little bit more water than the argument against our basketball team’s legitimacy, but I’ve come to realize that most of the doubters are blindly doubting the program based solely on the past 10 years without taking an actual analytical look at the here and now. When it really comes down to things, the majority of people I’ve talked to in the past several weeks since the start of football’s training camp are either shaking with excitement for this coming season, or they are already writing the team off based on their belief that Utah State football could never actually be good. Among those naysayers, there seems to be one almost universal aspect about them: When asked who Utah State’s starting quarterback is, the naysayers haven’t the slightest idea. Well, if you were quick to figure out

where the plot was headed, you’ve probably picked up by now that the answer to that question is in fact the aforementioned Borel. In a nutshell, Borel is 3-6 in his USU career as a starting quarterback, and was just three plays away from that record standing at 5-4. This was all in his first season playing quarterback at the Division-1 level. Regardless of record, Borel’s dualthreat abilities as a quarterback made the Aggies competitive a year ago while they fielded a team that consisted almost entirely of freshman and sophomore players. Now those players are all sophomores and juniors on a team that returns more starters than anyone else in the WAC. Sprinkle in a handful of All-WAC candidates from this year’s senior class, a high quality recruiting class, and possibly one of the brightest up-and-coming head coaches in the nation now at the helm and this could make for a pretty enjoyable season. Not to say we’re going to go undefeated right from the get-go with Gary Andersen as head coach, but a bowl game or topthree finish in the WAC are two things that are very possible, if not likely for this season. Basically what it comes down to is that if you’re not excited for the improvement that is on its way this football season, you haven’t been paying attention to what’s been happening here. The last few years have been building the tracks for success. This year the train is leaving the station.

Among the naysayers, there seems to be one almost universal aspect about them: When aked who Utah State’s starting quarterback is, they haven’t the slightest idea.

Matt Sonnenberg is a junior majoring in print journalism. Matt is an avid fan of Aggie athletics and can be found on the front row of every home football and basketball game. He can also be reached at matt. sonn@aggiemail.

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The mixed blessing of ‘Woodstock’ HOLLYWOOD -- There are roughly half a million valid Woodstock stories, personal ones of lives transformed by the three days of peace, love, drugs, music and mud experienced by the masses who made their way to Max Betsy Sharkey Yasgur’s Catskills LATimes dairy farm for the legendary festival in the summer of ‘69. Director Ang Lee has chosen just Grade Bone for “Taking “Taking Woodstock” Woods tock ,” a meticulously rendered and achingly authentic portrait of a time and a place that is, by turns, sweeping and intimate, poignant and painful, funny and flat, emotional and emotionless. It’s a frustrating complication of a movie with a sprawling story and grand ambitions -- and some truly grand acting -- that stumbles almost as often as it soars. Bummer. The soft center of the film and its unlikely protagonist is Elliot, a 34-year-old interior designer still wearing polyester and polos played by Demetri Martin, probably best known for his very funny observational stand-up comedy. Elliot has issues. He has a lanky, coltish discomfort with his body, and not just because he’s gay and can’t yet embrace it. He feels duty bound to help his parents, Russian Jews forever damaged by their weeping wound of World War II memories. At the same time he’s desperate to break away. He would experiment with drugs, but they frighten him. Ditto life, love, the world as we know it. He has no real sense of who he is and even less of who he wants to be. To put a fine point on it, Elliot’s a classic ‘60s head case and theoretically a perfect prism through which to view the Woodstock phenomenon. That the character is based on Elliot Tiber and his book, “Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life,” gives the film an organic feel. Elliot’s off-center tale would seem a perfect fit for Lee, a master at the small story writ large most tellingly in “Brokeback Mountain,” which won him his second Oscar in 2006. What Lee and screenwriter James Schamus have given us is the “Accidental Tourist” version of events, the legend seen from just down the road. But Lee can’t quite commit to the distance and there are too many side trips that distract him making for a meandering narrative that would probably go down better with a few brownies. The story starts early that summer. Elliot’s



come home to help his parents hang on to their floundering Catskills motel, the El Monaco. His dreams are big ones -- a freshly painted sign promises a convention center and spa -- but the El Monaco’s financial straits dwarf them. Then luck and fate deal him a fantastic hand, and within days the legions it will take to mount the festival descend on the motel like locusts with bags of cash in brown paper bags under their wings. As a purple haze of hope and dope swirl around, a very fine cast of characters begins to emerge. Imelda Staunton as Elliot’s mother rules the fringe world of the El Monaco. Staunton is a miracle of rage and deprivation in a sweat-stained sleeveless cotton dress, her face a twist of tension and mistrust. If not for the bone-weary wisdom of Henry Goodman’s Jake, a gentle saint of a husband, her tirades would be unbearable. As it is, this nearly broken couple is a wonder to watch. Liev Schreiber sashays in as Vilma, a muscled ex-Marine in heels and a clingy dress, packing all kinds of heat. By now, the motel has become a cash cow with a rapidly expanding clientele, and Vilma is soon serving as security and sage for the family, gathering them up in his beefy embrace. As festival promoter Michael Lang, a business savvy hippie with a white boy afro and a Zen view of life, is an excellent Jonathan Groff, in his first film by way of Broadway. Emile Hirsch is Billy, the requisite whacked-out Vietnam vet who is never quite sure whether he’s back in the jungle or just the dense undergrowth of upstate New York. There is a cast of thousands, but these are the movie’s critical players -- both individually and collectively so strong that, like the El Monaco’s financial problems, they overwhelm Elliot; and try as he might, they overwhelm Martin too, though much of the fault lies with the filmmaker. Lee has been seduced by the ‘60s, and he’s unwilling to part with any of it. So one minute Elliot is working on the motel’s code violations, the next he’s dealing with the theatrical troupe spending the summer in the barn working on being esoteric and getting naked, the next dealing with disgruntled town folk, the next joining the crowds walking toward the festival, the next riding with a motorcycle cop who’s embraced these hippies, the next stepping into a VW van for the requisite psychedelic experience, the next in bed with the well-cut carpenter, the next in another skirmish with his mom. It’s a lot for a weekend. GRADE B-minus.

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evocation of the sensible, repressed sister in “Sense and Sensibility” and Wei Tang’s spy heroine of “Lust, Caution,” who becomes HOLLYWOOD — Clearly, Woodstock was undone by sexual passion for the sadistic secret more than just a festival. For the more than police official she’s trying to help assassinate. 500,000 concertgoers who made the trip to that Even his famous martial arts extravaganza — dairy farm in upstate New York 40 years ago, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — is named it was a three-day invocation that summoned after a Chinese proverb that refers to talented up music as a shackle-busting experience, or dangerous people hidden from view. an uncorking of generational With “Taking exuberance, aided by a massive Woodstock” Lee returns to amount of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ the light comedic vein of his roll. early Chinese movies like Director Ang Lee’s experience “Eat Drink Man Woman.” It with the event, however, was much is adapted from the real-life more subdued but transformative story of Elliot Tiber (played nonetheless. It came via an old by Demetri Martin in the black-and-white TV. He was a 14film), a then-closeted gay year-old middle schooler in Taiwan, young man who enticed the ANG LEE studying docilely and relentlessly promoters of Woodstock to for his high-school entrance exam. And set up their music festival at Max Yasgur’s dairy then he caught a brief glimpse of the muddy farm, and used his parents’ crumbling, aboutbacchanalia in New York. “It was an unsettling to-be-foreclosed Catskills resort next door as image,” he says. “Taiwan was in the middle their business headquarters and exclusive ticket of the Cold War, and America was its lone vendor. In other words, this isn’t a movie about protector against the engulfment of mainland Jimi, Janis and the Who rocking out, but one Chinese.” There was an American air base person’s experience of the Aquarian explosion. nearby, and Lee was used to seeing servicemen Lee first met Tiber in the green room of a on the street. He remembers feeling unsettled San Francisco TV station as he was traveling by the images, thinking: “If America is not the the country promoting his previous film, good guy and the policeman, what will become “Lust, Caution.” Tiber thrust his autobiography of us?” “Taking Woodstock” into Lee’s hands and And still that glimpse of Woodstock pitched himself and his book as a kind of was intoxicating. “Guys in big hair playing bookend to “The Ice Storm,” Lee’s film about guitars. Something really cool. . . . You just suburbanites wrestling with the hangover have to worship them,” says Lee, who is now of the 1960s. That piqued Lee’s interest a naturalized U.S. citizen. Still, the name of enough for him to show the book to Focus his new movie, “Taking Woodstock,” which Features Chairman James Schamus, his close opens in wide release on Friday, can’t even be collaborator who’s written almost all of his translated into his native Chinese. If and when films. “It seems like it’s random occurrence, it gets to China, it’s going to be called “The but that randomness happens all the time,” Lee Disturbance of Woodstock,” the 54-year-old says. “I chose to do it and I connect with the director explains, or perhaps “The Woodstock material. I think that’s fate.” Event.” “Taking Woodstock” also offered Lee a Lee seems truly amused at the idea of lovely respite after 13 years of making intense writhing, filthy, acid-tripping kids being dramas, in particular the grueling “Lust, reduced at least linguistically to a mere Caution,” a WWII story set during the Japanese “disturbance.” Dressed in khakis and a plaid occupation of China. Lee describes the making shirt, the filmmaker has just returned from a of that film as one of the most intense artistic relatively long walk down Sunset Boulevard experiences of his life. “I don’t know if my body, in uncomfortable hot weather, on the hunt for my nerves can take it anymore. And that movie a Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood of felt very personal, very scary to me,” he says, his hotel. His mien is that of a professor, and citing its attack on the patriarchal society that he repeatedly insists on referring to himself he had been raised to revere. as a “bashful” person, a “shy” person. Yet, Of course, the shy, dutiful Elliot — with a that reticence appears to be just his corporal certain amount of determination and chutzpah persona, not his artistic one. — managed to become an integral part in one In his films, he returns obsessively to of the seismic cultural events of the era. The characters, often introverted or somehow pull of the unknown, of psychic liberation, tugs hidden, grappling — or busting through — frequently on Lee’s characters, just as it does for societal dictates. They include Heath Ledger’s the director himself. laconic cowboy who faces homosexual desire Ask him how he picks his projects, and he in “Brokeback Mountain,” Emma Thompson’s says simply: curiosity.

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Call yourself a multi-tasker? ‘Multi-taskers’ are more easily distracted, study finds

(LAT) — Are some people wired for multi-tasking? Do their brains work differently than those of folks who are able to concentrate on a single activity despite myriad distractions? Apparently so, according to a study in this week’s edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Stanford University researchers recruited 19 undergrads who were heavyduty multi-taskers -- they were at the top of their class in their ability to read, watch TV, listen to music, send and receive text messages, check their e-mail and surf the Web simultaneously -- and 22 others who rarely did two or three of those things at once. Volunteers in both groups submitted to a battery of tests. It turns out the single-taskers do a better job of filtering out irrelevant stimuli compared with the multi-taskers. To measure this, the volunteers were asked to gauge whether a red rectangle had changed its orientation on a computer screen without getting distracted by a

bunch of blue rectangles. The more blue rectangles there were, the worse the multitaskers did. But the distracting rectangles had no effect on the single-taskers’ performance, the study found. As further evidence that multi-taskers are prone to distraction, a second test found that changing the color of letters that flashed on a computer screen caused them to take 77 milliseconds longer than single-taskers to decide whether they were looking at the letter “X.” (The multitaskers were just as accurate, however.) Other exercises found that multi-taskers have the same problem when it comes to cluttering their working memory with extraneous stuff. Presumably, someone with a lot of multi-tasking experience would be quite skilled at toggling between two tasks. To test this, volunteers were shown a letter and a number together on a computer screen. They were asked to decide whether the letter was a consonant or a vowel or whether the number was even or odd.

The researchers found that it took 167 milliseconds longer for the multi-taskers to switch between the letter and the number tasks than it did for the singletaskers. Taken together, the results certainly seem to indicate that multi-taskers “approach fundamental informationprocessing activities differently than” single-taskers, the researchers conclude. But why? Does a history of multi-tasking make it difficult for people to focus? Or do they become multi-taskers because they are naturally attracted to a range of stimuli? That question remains unanswered. But the answer is important, especially for single-taskers. Although they performed better on the tests, it’s clear these modern times favor those who can manage multiple forms of media at one time. If it’s hard for single-taskers to adapt, they might “be increasingly unable to cope with the changing media environment,” the researchers concluded.

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(LAT) — The American Psychiatric Association reminds students and their parents that although college can be a time of great hope and exuberance, that’s not always the case: Its 2008 American College Health Association Survey found that 30 percent of college students reported that at some point in the last 12 months, they had felt so depressed it was hard to function. And 49 percent reported that in the same period, they had experienced overwhelming anxiety.

Ten percent of those surveyed said they had been diagnosed or treated for depression, and 6 percent reported that they had seriously considered suicide. And a study published in December 2008 in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that alcohol disorders affected roughly 1 in 5 college students. The nextmost-common class of disorders were personality disorders, affecting about 17.7 percent of college students. We know from the Web site Active

Minds, devoted to “changing the conversation about mental health” on college campuses and to providing mental-health resources to college students, that an average of 1,100 college students die by suicide each year. Sure, there’s beer-pong and all-night partying. But there’s crushing pressure as well, and it can take a toll on students’ mental health. (To find an Active Minds chapter, or start one on your campus, go to www. and click on “Chapters.”)

Glen Beck soars, despite boycott BY MATEA GOLD Los Angeles Times

An advertising boycott against Fox News host Glenn Beck has succeeded in keeping most major sponsors from running commercials on his show even as the controversial commentator’s viewership has grown. Beck attracted 2.81 million viewers Monday, his thirdlargest audience since his show launched on Fox News in January, according to Nielsen Media Research data provided by the network. On Tuesday, nearly 2.7 million viewers tuned in, his fifth-largest viewership to date. And the conservative host got a plug from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who urged people to watch his program in a post on her Facebook page. “Fox News’ Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House,” she wrote Wednesday to her 800,000-plus supporters. Color of Change, a black political advocacy group, organized the boycott last month to protest Beck’s

comment that he believes President Barack Obama is a racist. The group succeeded in securing commitments from at least 36 companies that have pledged not to advertise on his show, including Wal-Mart and Sprint. Some, such as AT&T and Procter & Gamble, were not Beck advertisers to begin with, but their ads mistakenly had appeared on the program. Representatives from those companies reiterated their request not to have spots during his show. As a result, few major businesses remain as sponsors of Beck’s eponymous program. On Wednesday, the only big companies with a presence during his show were Bank of America and The Wall Street Journal, whose parent company News Corp. also owns Fox News. The rest of the commercials included spots for gold seller Rosland Capital; Ashley Furniture Home Store; Empire Carpet; Liberty Medical, a diabetes medical supplier; Johnson Law Group, an asbestos litigation firm; “Shadow Government,” a new book critical of Obama published by the National Republican Trust; and the antitax group TeaPartyExpress. org. Fox News insists that the boycott has not affected its revenue, as advertisers have just moved their commercials to different time periods. Beck appears invigorated by the challenge. “Even if

the powers to be right now succeed in making me poor, drum me out . . . I will only be stronger for it,” he said on the air Wednesday. “And I will use American ingenuity and my ingenuity to pull myself up, and I will find another way to get this message out, on a platform that will be a thousand times more powerful. Because of my faith, I know how this story ends. The truth will set you free.” Since returning from a weeklong vacation Monday, Beck has not explicitly addressed the boycott. Instead, he has launched a weeklong series called “Reasonable Questions for an Unreasonable Time,” in which he has argued vehemently that the Obama administration is being infiltrated by radicals seeking to undermine the U.S. Constitution. “I have demonstrated that these radicals are not only instrumental in shaping legislation that is being jammed through at light speed, they are also by invitation personally advising the president of the United States,” he said Wednesday, calling them “radical wolves that are about to devour our republic.” One of his most frequent targets is Van Jones, special adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In 2005, Jones co-founded Color

of Change with James Rucker, the group’s executive director. Beck supporters have charged that Color of Change launched the boycott of Beck’s show in retaliation for the host’s criticism of Jones. Rucker said Jones has not been associated with the group for more than a year and had nothing to do with the boycott. “I didn’t even know Van had been a subject of Glenn Beck’s sustained attacks until after we had launched the campaign,” he said. “I can say absolutely there was no involvement by Van or the White House. Beck has made these claims that are not fact-based and he needs to change the subject, and that’s what this is all about.” Beck began railing against Jones earlier this summer, dubbing him one of 32 “czars” with unchecked power in the Obama administration. He repeatedly has called him a communist, citing a 2005 profile of Jones in the East Bay Express that described Jones’ shift from a radical-activist past to more mainstream politics. On Wednesday, he made reference to the fact that Jones named his son after African guerrilla leader Amilcar Cabral. “Should you have a communist, self-avowed revolutionary who named his 4-year-old son after a Marxist guerrilla leader, should that person be advising the president of the United States?” he asked.

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Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug violence spills into U.S. BY WILLIAM BOOTH The Washington Post

EL PASO, Texas _ Jose Daniel Gonzalez was living the sweet life in America. He bought the $365,000 two-story Mediterranean with the tile roof and swimming pool. He started a trucking company, was raising a family. But on a Friday night in May, hewas executed in his front yard _ eight shots, tight pattern, close range. According to police detectives, Gonzalez knew the man who ordered his killing. He also knew the man who stood on his lawn and watched him die. These things are often personal, especially among high-level drug traffickers. A gangland-style slaying is no big news across the river in Ciudad Juarez, the bloodiest city in Mexico, where more than 1,300 people have been killed in 2009, and only a handful of cases have been solved despite the presence of 10,000 soldiers and federal police officers in President Felipe Calderonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s war on drug cartels. But in El Paso, where local leaders boast how safe their city is and the 12 homicides this year have almost all been solved, the Gonzalez killing was as disturbing as it was sensational. For people here, the blood splashed on a

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pretty American street was a jarring sign that Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug violence is spilling across the border into U.S. suburbia. Most unsettling for many, especially El Paso police officials, was that both Gonzalez and the man accused of ordering his killing turned out to be ranking drug traffickers from the notorious Juarez cartel, as well as informers for the U.S. government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So this is how these people end up in our country,â&#x20AC;? said El Paso police Lt. Alfred Lowe, the lead homicide detective and 29-

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this summer, police said they were further surprised to learn that the man charged with orchestrating the slaying was a fellow drug cartel member, a specialist in assassination _ and also a federal informer for ICE living in El Paso. Ruben Rodriguez Dorado, a Mexican citizen, was detained this month and charged with murder in the Gonzalez case. Before he was a suspect, police detectives said, they were introduced to Rodriguez by ICE agents, who presented him as an informer who might be able to help on the case. When he met with El Paso police, who said they were not given his name, Rodriguez bragged that he was “the main man in El Paso” for the Juarez cartel. Detectives said they later learned that his specialty was arranging hits for hire. “He told us that he was high in the food chain and that he’d ask around and see what he could find and that he would let us know. Of course, he didn’t let us know anything,” Lowe said. El Paso police arrested three American teenagers they said Rodriguez recruited to his crew: U.S. Army Pfc. Michael Jackson Apodaca, 18, who allegedly pulled the trigger, and Chris Duran, 17, who drove the getaway car, according to the court papers. Both were charged as adults with murder, along with a 16year-old who police said did surveillance for the gang. His name is being withheld. Lowe said that during the investigation, ICE agents introduced local police to other federal informers. One man was a cartel assassin. “His role was very brutal in Juarez. But here he is, just another cooperating witness, and we thought, if THIS guy is living here, how many more of them are there? This man is a known threat,” Lowe said. “We should


administration, the U.S. Congress and leaders in the southwest states are spending billions of dollars and massing thousands of agents to keep the chaos from crossing the border. But in order to fight the drug traffickers, federal antinarcotics agents have brought Mexican cartel members north of the border, to use them to gather intelligence and build cases. That has led to friction between U.S. law enforcement agencies. In meetings with federal counterparts, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who lives close to the Gonzalez home and heard the shots the night of the slaying, said he has complained about a lack of cooperation and information sharing. Allen told reporters he raised those complaints in meetings with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, which, according to police and charging documents, arranged for Gonzalez’s visa to live in the United States. Lowe said ICE agents were uncooperative during the investigation, misleading El Paso officers by failing to provide accurate names, photographs of suspects and timely intelligence that might have helped solve the homicide more quickly. “We’ve never worked well with ICE,” Lowe said. ICE officials declined to comment on the specifics of the Gonzalez case or the conduct and cooperation of their agents. “As a matter of policy, we don’t confirm or deny confidential sources or sources of information,” said Richard Rocha, spokesman for ICE in Washington. “All allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and if reported will be fully reviewed.” As the investigation into the Gonzalez killing progressed



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be informed, not only for our safety but the safety of the community.” Ranchos del Sol, the east-side El Paso neighborhood where the cartel hit occurred, is invitingly neat. On each block are new stucco homes painted in sand and sunset colors inspired by the desert. From the top of Bob Hope Drive, Ciudad Juarez can be seen in the hazy distance. A number of residents in the neighborhood declined to give their names for print, saying they were nervous about becoming targets themselves. A father of two said he rode his bike past the cul-de-sac the night of the hit, moments before police arrived. “I would be outraged to know if the federal government owned that house and put a snitch in my neighborhood,” he said. Law enforcement officials said El Paso is home to many cartel members and their families. “Without a doubt, there are a lot of cartel members among us,” said Robert Almonte, executive director of the Texas Narcotic Officers Association and a retired deputy chief of the El Paso police. “They’ve been here for a long time. They come for the same reasons as you or me. It’s safer here. And if they have wives and kids, this is the place to be.”

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