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NEWS | Two birds with one window STUDENT LIFE | 150 years Mirrored windows on university building often results in bird deaths.
SPORTS | Rough stretch
Logan residents celebrate with city’s 150th anniversary.
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Utah State struggles to compete for 40 minutes.
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ATO and Sig Ep houses Dancing may make way for apartment building
By Brenna Kelly SENIOR WRITER
For the first time ever, the USUSA Program-
ming Office and President's Cabinet will be
co-sponsoring "Dancing with the Aggie Stars."
The event, which will take place on Monday,
is the brainchild of programming vice presi-
dent Sawyer Hemsley and President's Cabinet member Ricky Coles.
Much like the popular television show,
"Dancing with the Stars," choreographers from around campus are working with nine USU PHOTO BY Brad Keyes Plans for the new apartment Blue Haven are displayed in front of the audience at this week’s meeting to discuss the removal of the Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity houses on USU campus.
By Morgan Pratt STAFF WRITER
and zoning issues past Logan City’s strict
The Alpha Tau Omega and Sigma Phi
Epsilon house, along with two other apart-
ment buildings on 743 North 800 East, could possibly be torn down to make space for a
brand new five story apartment building called Blue Haven.
However, the removal of the 50- to 65-year-
old fraternity houses most likely won’t happen for a few more year, if the proponents of Blue
Haven get their proposed design plan, parking
Planning and Zoning Commission.
The commission voted on Thursday to deny
the Blue Haven code amendment proposal.
This vote doesn’t mean the plan is dead, just
that the team has to revisit the plan and get it
stars to create nine polished dance routines. "To have the ability to say, 'Yes, I want to
dance in front of USU students' — that takes a
lot," Coles said.
experience and do it with the parameters we
Morales was asked to participate, he said he
means we have to tear down the frat houses
"I like people to understand that the vice
“We just want to give students the best
When student services vice president James
were given,” said owner John Brandley. “That
was "enthusiastically, overwhelmingly happy."
and apartments that are profitable to build
president for student services doesn’t mind
making a fool of himself in public — that they
meet two primary requirements: first, it must
Logan’s Land Development Code, which limits
said. "I hope this helps them to see that I’m
second, based on zoning ordinances, the team
apartments with six people living in each
up to the standards that the commission laid
out. Under those parameters, Blue Haven must have one parking stall to every occupant;
must make room for more occupants in the
The Blue Haven team proposed to amend
the number of apartments per acre to 40
see “ATO and Sig Ep” PAGE 2
PIKE REPORTS MOST SERVICE;
hours from campus organizations under-reported
know I’m an approachable person," Morales just like them, and I can dance a little bit."
Morales, who is Mexican, did dance as a
child and teenager — Bollywood, however, is nothing like what he did growing up.
"I’m a little sore," he said. "I’ve got the
routine. I’m already sort of dreaming it. So it’s getting to the point where I think I’ll get it down."
In addition to helping plan the event, Coles
will be performing a hip hop number with
Jake Van Den Akker, the student orientation Pi Kappa Alpha 792.75 hours
we'll be able to do great."
Coles is friends with Mykel Beorchia, who
will be performing a disco routine with her choreographer, Marcos Garcia.
"She's just been talking a lot of her game up,
so we'll see how she performs," he said.
TOTAL SERVICE HOURS
Jeannie Woller, former USU soccer player, is
GRAPHIC BY Alayna Leaming
checks in the most often," said Nelda Ault,
Kappa Alpha reported more service hours than any other organization on campus.
Students report their service hours through
Aggies Giving Service — they specify how many hours they gave and through what
organization. On average, each group gave
205.7 hours last semester. At 797.75 hours, Pike had significantly more than the runner-up, hackUSU, which had 555 hours. Greek leaders often stop by the Val R.
Christensen Service Center to learn about service opportunities.
"Among all the Greeks, someone is always
checking in, but I feel like Pike is the one that
crowds," Coles said. "I'm probably more
before. As long as he has fun, then I think then
In fall 2015, Utah State's chapter of Pi
"I'm not really that nervous, because I've
done quite a few performances in front of
nervous for Jake because he's never danced
Average Hours/Greek Organization
By Brenna Kelly SENIOR WRITER
and advising registration director.
community service coordinator for the service
center. "But all the Greeks are very good about being involved, as far as service goes."
Kevin Webb, the associate director for
student involvement and the Greek adviser,
said service is a core principal of most Greek organizations.
"In all honesty, Pike probably has the most
because they're doing the best of reporting
them. I'm not saying they don't overall — that
just means they're doing the best job reporting them," Webb said.
Many large organizations reported a small
number of hours, and Ault said a lot of service goes unreported.
"I think a lot of it has to do with turnover.
Student leadership turns over every year or every semester, even, and word doesn't get
passed along to the next person," Ault said. Leah Calder, service vice president for
USUSA, said she thinks students have so many
small things on their to-do lists that — while it only takes a few minutes — students just don't get around to reporting their hours.
"Doing service is one thing, then telling
people to report it is a whole other beast," she said. "It gets put down at the bottom of the
totem pole, as far as priorities go. So I think that's the main issue."
Students can print off a transcript of their
hours to use when applying for jobs, intern-
ships or graduate school. Calder said it is also rewarding to look back and see how much service she gives.
Reporting service hours isn't just advanta see “Pike” PAGE 2
also competitive. Woller said she is nervous, though, because she has never danced. She will be performing a Tahitian number with Kesaia Matangi.
"I was really shocked because that is
hilarious to me that I would ever do that,"
Woller said. "Being considered a 'star' is also weird to me — it’s kind of comical."
Alex Geddes has been choreographing a cha
cha routine for student involvement and
leadership associate director Kevin Webb.
"I got a little nervous when they told me I
would be doing the cha cha, because I’ve
never done ballroom or anything like that,"
Geddes said. "It's been kind of like the blind leading the blind, with us both researching and helping each other."
Webb said he is most nervous about his
"complete and total lack of any dance experi
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
Reflective windows cause bird deaths,
solutions being discussed By Veronica Stephen WRITER
Utah State University, nestled in the
mountains, is inevitably close to nature. As students walk to class they can see the
mountains looming overhead, the white snow
on the ground, and even the sun shining down on them in the summer months. Various wildlife can be seen, as well.
Unfortunately that wildlife is not always
USU has architecture allowing those on
campus to enjoy an aesthetic feel. But for
certain birds, this architecture is not always
useful. Highly reflective glass can cause a bird to perceive that there is not a building in the path of flight, but simply continuing foliage.
The birds inadvertently run into windows
on campus. This usually creates a high death rate among the birds.
"This fall we were approached originally by
the provost who had heard from several other people on campus that there was a problem," said Jordy Guth, a planner for the committee exploring solutions for the bird deaths.
Professor Kimberly Sullivan has done
research about this. As a professor of biology
land on instead of a reflection," Sullivan said. Birds also see a different spectrum of light
PHOTO COURTESY OF Cassidy Bybee Dead birds are lined up outside the University Inn building.
here at USU, she and the members of the
speed up to get to it. Instead of hitting the
buildings that will be built," Neilson said.
problem and hope to have some in place by
while we don't," Sullivan said.
reflection of the tree in the window. But if a
far to begin the process of finding solutions
not have enough speed to do any real damage
and effective in saving the lives of birds.
committee are discussing solutions to this spring.
"A bird's cornea allows them to see in UV, One solution, called Ornilux glass, has
"About 1 billion birds a year die due to
ultraviolet stripes that are in the glass that
percent of bird deaths occur within the first
solutions include putting tape in stripes on
windows in North America. Ninety-nine five stories," Sullivan said.
She said that a bird's eye does not perceive
things in the same way humans do.
"The avian eye is not the same as the
birds can see, but the human eye can't. Other windows, overhangs, netting, tilting windows downwards so there is less reflection, and
putting patterns or wrappers on windows.
"If we do invest in building wrappers, one of
human eye. Where we see things such as
the first buildings we will put them on is the
Instead of seeing it as clear, they see it as an
for the University Inn.
windows as a solid structure, birds don't.
opening they can go right through. They will
also see the sky and vegetation reflected in the window. They will see it as a tree they can
“ATO and Sig Ep” FROM PAGE 1
dwelling. Blue Haven proposed to amend
the code to allow for 240 occupants per acre with any number of people to an apartment, meaning Blue Haven wants to have apartments for anywhere between one to five people living together in one dwelling.
“Not everybody has six buddies they want to
live with,” Brandley said.
Another reason the proposal exceeds the
maximum limit of occupants per acre is
“Pike” FROM PAGE 1
geous for students, though. The service
center is working toward a Carnegie Community Engagement classification, which would make grants easier to get. The application
process starts in 2019, and the classifications are assigned in 2020.
"In applications, they always need numbers.
Service is just a hard thing to quantify," Ault said. "The best thing you can do is say how
many hours people put in, how many people were involved, and how many people had
University Inn," said Leila Neilson, the director According to Sullivan, the distance of trees
and plants from windows makes a difference, too. If a tree is about 30 feet away, birds will
because Blue Haven would have a kitchen and a private bathroom for every student living there.
The real issue came down to the proposed
number of parking stalls. In this particular
zoned area, Logan requires apartments to have one parking stall per occupant.
“The fact is we are over-parked,” said Russ
Price, one of Logan’s senior planner on the planning and zoning commission.
As the Blue Haven plan was presented
Thursday night, they wanted to amend the
their lives changed. Other than that, you can't put a number to it."
The service impact that USU has is import-
ant to its image, Ault said, and it benefits
students and the university to report hours.
"I think students should just get in the habit
of doing it, because it's doing you a service in the future," Calder said.
To report service hours, students can visit
tree, they may hit the window, due to the
tree is right next to a window, the birds will
to themselves if they do hit the window trying
One committee meeting has been held so
that are cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, "There were a couple things that we came
to land in a tree.
away with in our first meeting. One was that
with this problem in mind. One of the most
any new buildings on campus and second is
The new Aggie Recreation Center was built
aesthetically pleasing aspects of the new
building are the topographic lines put on
windows. A bird will not try to fly through anything that is 4 inches in length and 2 inches in width or less.
"Our job is to come back and make a
recommendation to Utah State University.
we need to put in to place new guidelines for that we need to educate more people on the campus," Neilson said.
Plans are in place for an undergraduate
study program to test different solutions and find which will work best, with Sullivan leading it.
They will establish some guidelines for new
PHOTO BY Bradley Keyes Members of City Council discuss plans to tear down two fraternity houses to make way for an apartment building called Blue Haven.
parking law to allow for .71 parking spaces for
“We are willing and happy to work with the
every student. This proposal is based off of a
city to make it work,” Brandley said. “We want
found there are, on average in Logan, Orem
the infrastructure before.”
housing areas. Regardless, the proposal for
take place on Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Logan
occupants, this means they have planned for
likely review the design review permit for Blue
study from Resource Systems Group, Inc. that and Provo, .71 cars per students in student
to build something that will last 65 years like
The next planning and zoning meeting will
Blue Haven has 299 parking stalls for 372
City Hall, where the commission will most
.81 cars per person. But the commission
wouldn’t budge on the one-to-one parking ordinance.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
TECH AND MONEY
The juicy new
social media app media apps, so how is Peach different from the others?
Each messaging app has its own style. Peach
is a mixture of all of them in one app. You can
post pictures, like on Instagram. You can wave Kortni Wells
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to others, which is similar to a poke on
Facebook. You also have your own "wall" of sorts where you can catch up on what your friends are doing.
With a couple key words, you can prompt
Peach to help you find GIFS to share. You can add anything from the current date to what
music you are listening to. There are more key words on the way, which may make Peach more attractive in the future.
Because Peach is still up and coming in the
Have you heard the juice about the newest
world of social media, I think I'll stick with my
social media app? It's called Peach, and it was
crazy Snapchat faces to my best friends. But
new to the world of technology and to me. I
might become your new favorite way to
founded in January by the creators of Vine. It's
maybe you should give Peach a try; it just
have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter
and now Peach. There are so many social
PHOTO BY Kyle Todecheene Students waiting for the bus on their phones.
Coding education rare in K-12 schools but starting to catch on
Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/TNS Students work during the “hour of coding” event Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at Wells Community Academy High School in Chicago. By John Keilman CHICAGO TRIBUNE
CHICAGO — Like most high school stu-
dents, Wells Community Academy junior Darius Taplet doesn’t know much about
computer programming, a skill that is increasingly seen as a ticket to the good life.
s But the Chicago teen has one advantage that .peers in wealthier school districts don’t share:
All Wells students, whether or not they seek out the opportunity, get the chance to code.
“They said you could build your own game
and I said, ‘Great! Maybe I can do (game design) in the future,’” Taplet, 17, said
recently after creating a simple Star Wars-
themed program during a schoolwide coding
event. “When I built it, it was amazing. I never realized it would come out like that.”
Computer science is one of the fastest-grow-
ing and most lucrative sectors of the American economy, and qualified workers are so scarce that half a million jobs remain unfilled,
according to the federal government. Yet most students still go through school without any exposure to the subject.
A survey commissioned by Google found
that 3 out of 4 middle and high schools do not offer coding classes, and those that do usually stop short of the Advanced Placement courses that prepare students to tackle the subject in college.
But some Chicago-area districts have vowed
to change that, expanding their offerings and stitching coding lessons into other subjects.
Chicago Public Schools has even announced
American school, starting in kindergarten.
requirement, giving all students a foundation
panies, the 2-year-old organization has trained
its intention to make computing a graduation in the discipline.
Plenty of challenges stand in the way, from
finding enough qualified teachers to convincing administrators to invest in a subject that
isn’t covered by standardized tests. But some
science teacher, said Wells will add the AP
teachers, designed model courses and lobbied
classes. Like many CPS neighborhood schools,
state legislatures to make computer science a subject that counts toward high school graduation.
Founder Hadi Partovi said while one of the
say parent and student demand is growing so
group’s goals is to diversify the computer
subject alongside math and science.
technology that has become embedded in
quickly that it could soon become a core “We’re starting to see more computer
science in the schools, though it hasn’t quite
Wells is dealing with declining enrollment, but administrators say hundreds of elementary
students have expressed interest in attending because of its computer science program.
“I think the hurdle (for some students) is
believing they can be computer scientists _
Daniels said. “Many of them haven’t been
“Everyone should understand how the
Internet works, what an algorithm is,” he said.
suburban Chicago chapter of the Computer
Science Teachers Association. “But it’s about to
course next year to offer a full suite of coding
industry’s workforce, another is to demystify
broken through yet,” said Steve Svetlik, a
Deerfield High School teacher who leads the
Shadia Daniels, the school’s computer
Backed by some of America’s biggest tech com-
“For the majority of today’s adults, this is all Code.org has established links with 90 of
believing that the skills are important,”
exposed to or even considered this particular
field. Students who continue beyond the first
year get really excited about it because they’ve had success.”
Most suburban school districts have yet to
break open, and in a really big way.”
the nation’s largest districts, but Partovi said
embrace computer science with the same zeal,
education is the AP exam in computer science,
Public Schools. The district has announced a
Wheeling-based Community Consolidated
A measure of programming’s place in K-12
which has seen test takers more than double
since 2010. Few subjects have approached that rate of growth, though the number of those
taking the exam is still a fraction of test takers in traditional subjects such as English, history and calculus.
One concerning sign is that those taking the
exam tend to come from a narrow demograph-
the most ambitious vision has come in Chicago plan to create a K-12 computer science
School District 21 includes six weeks of coding
ers, while Arlington Heights-based Township
program that ultimately will become a
So far, the district says, more than 100
schools have adopted the program, and the
rest are on track to do so within the next four years.
“The challenge is to make sure you have
ic band. Girls make up only 22 percent of
communication at the school level with
according to College Board data. Hispanics
time and learn this new curriculum,” said
those who take the AP computer science test, and blacks account for 9 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
To broaden that base, a nonprofit called
Code.org is trying to get the subject into every
but that’s beginning to change.
teachers who are willing to go in and spend
instruction in a technology class for sixth-gradHigh School District 214 is about to start
weaving lessons into math classes. Students
can do programming on graphing calculators they already own, so the program won’t
require any new technology investment, said Keith Bellof, a math and science teacher at Prospect High School.
“Coding is just blowing up all over the
Brenda Wilkerson, the district’s computer
place,” he said. “We’re trying to at least expose
worked in any project where there’s been so
might ask them their experience, they won’t
science program manager. “But I’ve never much excitement.”
kids to what coding is, so when an employer have to stare blankly.”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
Cache Valley and the refugee crisis By Michael Burnham WRITER
The Syrian refugee crisis is an ongoing
dilemma, and volunteers at the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Center wish they could help.
“If we had a little bit better circumstances,
then it would be really great to bring people to Logan,” said Nelda Ault, a volunteer and founder of CRIC.
Ault said the refugees who have come to
Logan are pleased with the valley, but Logan
doesn’t receive more refugees because of the lack of opportunity for uneducated workers. “A lot of families who lived here talked
about how they feel it is safe, it’s peaceful, it’s easy to get to the hospital if you need to go,” Ault said. “Our issue is employment.”
Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in
2011, only 12 Syrian refugees have been
relocated to Salt Lake City. That number is projected to increase to a few hundred in
2016. To date, Cache Valley hasn’t received any refugees from Syria.
“No one gets resettled to Logan,” Ault said,
referring to Syrian refugees. “The Syrians who are arriving in the U.S. right now, the ones
you’ve seen on the news going to Salt Lake, are people who left Syria up to three years ago."
Ault said this two-to-three-year wait will
remain unless the resettlement process changes.
Both Utah and Cache Valley do accept
refugees – about 1,100 a year statewide – but these refugees are not Syrian.
“The largest population we have here in
Logan are people from the Karen ethnic
group,” Ault said. “They are from Burma, but
many spent years in Thailand in camps along
the border. Second to that is probably Burmese Muslim people. They’re still from Burma, but
they’re Muslim, which made them a religious minority.”
Ault said the remaining number of refugees
in Cache Valley are from Eritrea, with a few families from Sudan, Somalia and Iran.
The hateful sentiment toward Muslim
refugees is misguided, Ault said, seeing as how areas like Cache Valley, Twin Falls and Salt
Lake have been receiving Muslim refugees for years. She also said she wished people could understand how small the percentage is of people who actually make it to the United States.
“We work with the luckiest of the lucky,”
PHOTO BY Jace Goodwin People participate in the activity hosted by Cache Refugee and Immigrant Center.
Ault said. “They made it through not only the crisis in their home country and not only the move to the second country, but [they] also made it through all the interviews, all the
health checks, all the background. That takes a certain kind of person. I wish people knew
that by the time they come here and show up in someone’s neighborhood, they’ve been
through a lot. And they are more than likely
going to exhibit that same resilience and that same determination in their life now that they're here too.”
CRIC focuses on helping refugees adjust to
life in the U.S. Every week at the Logan
Library and Neighborhood Nonprofit, the organization hosts walk-in hours to help refugees.
“Four days a week for two hours each day at
two different locations, we set up shop and
“Some talk a little bit about home, but some
families know they can find us here," Ault said.
talk more about the experiences here,” said
out job applications and help them make
teer. Carreno is also involved with the VISTA
"We help them look through their mail and fill phone calls or appointments,"
Ault said because CRIC is a small, local
organization, they can only do so much to help.
“Because our resources are limited, we focus
on these walk-in hours,” she said.
On Jan. 14, CRIC held "Stand with Refugees
Night" at Mount Logan Middle School. The event focused on giving refugee youth a
chance to tell their stories and share experi-
ences from their home countries and the U.S. to help people understand more clearly the
Luz Carreno, a CRIC and Americorps volun(Volunteers in Service to America) and GAP (Global Aggie Program) on Utah State
campus, programs that pair USU students with refugees in the community to serve as language partners and friends.
Ault said she thinks having a spotlight on
crises like the one in Syria can help educate
people about the refugee integration process.
To date, the U.S. has accepted roughly 1,800
Syrian refugees with a legal yearly limit of up to 10,000.
process of refugee relocation.
Logan celebrates 150 years
PHOTO BY Kyle Todecheene People enter and take their seats at the Logan Tabernacle for the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
By Hannah Mcdonald WRITER
Cache Valley residents celebrated Logan's
Although Wellsville may have had a head
start, the construction of the Logan Tabernacle and establishment of Utah State Agricultural
College in the late 1800s led Logan to become
150th birthday with music by the American
the most populous region in all of Cache
Saint apostle Gary E. Stevenson.
graduate raised in Cache Valley, praised Logan
recognizing its formal incorporation on Jan.
Festival Chorus and a speech from Latter-day Sunday marked Logan's official anniversary,
Like many Utah towns, Logan was originally
Valley. Stevenson, a Utah State University
for its devotion to family values and neighbor"I believe that our community life in Logan
is enhanced because the principles of love,
settled by Mormon pioneers sent by Brigham
mercy, compassion and understanding that are
drove any potential settlers back to the Salt
nities," he said. "I think we have this 'family
Young. The ferocious winter of 1955, however,
taught in our homes are taught in our commu-
Lake Valley. In 1856, Latter-day Saint member
ethic'...in spades in our community."
Peter Maughan returned to Wellsville, which was later followed by the settlements of
Providence, Richmond, Mendon and Logan.
Caitlin Hengge, a senior double majoring in
nursing and human movement science, has
lived in Logan almost all her life. She loves it
for its friendliness and upstanding atmo-
Community events throughout the year will
celebrate the city that residents have come to
really family-oriented and nice. I left my
year's festivities. Star Coulbrooke, Logan's first
"It's so safe here," she said. "Everyone is
wallet on a bus once, and I got it returned to
me with no money stolen. That doesn't happen everywhere. It's just a Logan thing."
It's a Logan thing that is apparent even to
newcomers. Freshman Kalee Tyson is going on her second semester at Utah State, but she,
too, has recognized the "family ethic" Steven-
love. This month will serve as a kick-off for the ever poet laureate, introduced her "Poems for the Sesquicentennial" at a presentation on Tuesday. Broadcast recordings of Sunday's celebration and Coulbrooke's reading will appear on community television later this month.
Later in the year, residents can look forward
son praised in his speech.
to the Logan Library's historical photo display,
for a long time and had their families here
Pickleball tournament in October.
"The people of Logan that have lived here
have really cultivated a place where the
students feel welcome and safe, but families also feel like they can have a life here," she said. "It's just a very friendly place."
April's music festival and Logan's first annual
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
There are lots of Logan poets, and you didn't even know it By Morgan Pratt WRITER
Logan City’s first official poet laureate Star
Coulbrooke gave a presentation about the
history of poetry in Cache Valley on Wednesday night at the Logan Historic Courthouse.
“Being the first poet laureate of Logan has
been the most prized and cherished accomplishment of my life,” Coulbrooke said. “So imagine my surprise when, deep into my
research, I discovered my title of Logan’s poet laureate had already been bestowed on another poet: Aaron Dewitt.”
Historian Ray Somers unofficially gave
Dewitt the title in his book, "History of Logan." Dewitt crossed the plains in the 1850s,
married a Welsh girl, became Logan’s first
banker and witnessed a murder. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints until the 1870s when he was excommunicated, after which he helped organize St. John’s Episcopal Church in Logan. He was involved in local government and ran for
mayor in 1873. During the mayoral race, he
used his poetry as a campaign tool. He wrote a scathing poem about his opponent and
incumbent mayor William B. Preston. At one point, Dewitt’s sensational poetry even
referred to Brigham Young as a lunatic. But not all of Dewitt’s poetry was biting. He
maintained ties with his Latter-day Saint
friends and wrote poetry about them after their deaths.
PHOTO BY Kylee Todecheene Star Coulbrooke speaks about the history of poetry in the city of Logan.
Another Logan poet was May Swenson, who
another spot,” it says.
“We just can’t talk about poetry in Logan
May Swenson Day.
is one of Logan’s most famous poets.
without talking about May Swenson,” Coul-
brooke said. "She deserves an entire presentation on her work alone.”
Many modern-day poets cite Swenson as
having some impact on poetry and she is
well-known for her iconography. English was her second language because her family
primarily spoke Swedish. She graduated from
Logan City declared her birthday, May 28, as Another poet from Logan was Utah’s poet
laureate and USU instructor Kenneth Brewer.
Three years into his five-year term as laureate, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died nine months later. During his final
months, he wrote an entire book of poetry called "Whale Song."
“Poets write about death to reconcile,”
Utah State University in 1934 with a bache-
York, where she remained for most of her life.
USU’s English department before his death,
lor's degree. In 1935, she relocated to New
Swenson was buried in the Logan cemetery in 1989, and she wrote her own epitaph.
“I will stand, a tree here, never to know
Kenneth Brewer, who was a professor in
inspired Coulbrooke. Over time, he became
her mentor and friend. Brewer even wrote a poem dedicated to Coulbrooke in "Whale
Coulbrooke first met Brewer in 1991, right
as she was about to enroll at USU after 24
But as a whole, she said, our generation
doesn’t read as much poetry as did generations
years of marriage, motherhood and working
intimidated her because she was insecure
think it is accessible or engaging,” she said.
part-time jobs. Coulbrooke said Brewer
“Maybe we don’t read it because we don’t
about her own writing at the time.
“But there are so many different types of
1996,” she said. “But when I did, my poetry
“I didn’t dare take a class from him until
poetry that there is something for everyone to
From that time until Brewer’s death in 2006,
they worked together, gave poetry readings together and published works together.
Alyssa Quinn is a creative writing major and
a senior at USU. She said learning about
Logan's history is important because it shows how poetry is a part of the community itself.
Why I grieve Alan Rickman and David Bowie and legends in their own right.
emotional connection to many of the charac-
feeling quite shaken by Bowie's passing. When
portrayal of Severus Snape, one of the most
I spent the first day of spring semester
I told one of my best friends — and one of the biggest Bowie fans I know — the news, it felt WHITNEY HOWARD
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like I was telling her that her best friend had died.
Many were devastated to hear about the
deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman.
They were both 69 years old, taken by cancer,
wide array of emotions — grief, frustration,
fascinating and complicated fictional charac-
more about ourselves and our lives. Both give
ters I've ever read. No one taught me about second chances more than Snape has.
Also, no one I know has helped me embrace
admiration, comfort and joy. Both teach us
us the sense that we no longer have to feel alone with our experiences.
And both get to live on through their
The morning I found out Alan Rickman had
art, life and my inner weird more than a David
achievements and the memories we hold.
To an outsider, I may have looked silly,
on his own terms with continuing success
media to express their condolences. Among
If you are made to feel the death of a
Miranda tweets, "Surround yourself with the
passed as well, I felt devastated and lost. considering I have never met Bowie or
Rickman. I didn't feel the same amount of
grief as I would have if someone I knew in This has been a rough week for music and
Both relationships make us experience a
ters. I've always appreciated Rickman's
flesh and blood died. But honestly, it came
pretty close. While neither of these men knew
Bowie album. His ability to reinvent himself leaves me in awe and inspires me.
celebrity who has left a thumbprint on your life is insignificant, it is far from true.
In fact, music and film are an important
Celebrities and fans are taking to social
these, writer, actor and lyricist Lin-Manuel
work they left behind. The work's not going anywhere."
If Davie Bowie or Alan Rickman have
I existed, I am connected to them through
aspect of many of our lives. We develop
touched your life through their work, it's okay
in a way similar to how we develop those with
leaving an impact is what art is meant to do.
their art. I still feel their absence from the As an avid Harry Potter fan, I felt an
relationships with artists, songs and characters our families and friends.
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In addition to being the associate director
Jo Nielson, performing the Salsa with Alex
ways, all of the stars are involved on campus.
Berntson, performing the Samba with Lexi
Greek community at Utah State. In different ence or ability." He is hoping to win, but
said he doesn't have any real expectation to
"I think this will just kind of be a cool
exposition of all these different people that
campus. I'm just like a guy that works in an
"I’m really excited to see employees of the
"I don't think I'm that much of a star on
office — but it's fine. I'm excited," he said. "Kevin Webb is a big deal," Coles said.
Also participating are admissions head Katie
for student involvement, Webb advises the
aren’t normally on the stage ever," Woller said. university have to get up and dance. I think that’s going to be fantastic."
Aburto; USU defensive end Eric "Bernie"
Howe; USUSA student body president Trevor Sean Olsen, performing the tango with
Amanda Berrett; and Miss USU Rachel Hilton, performing the jive with Joe Aratari.
"With the exception of one competitor, I
think we're all just going out to have fun,"
a step through the
Webb said. "Dr. Morales has expressed very
clearly that he's in it to win it. So I hope he
wins. Unless I can win somehow. Then I hope I win."
"I only get into these things to win," Morales
said. "I am competitive by nature. It’s going to be fun, regardless of the outcome."
"Dancing with the Aggie Stars" will be held
in the TSC Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Monday.
1. a club or party at which people dance to pop music.
1. street dance styles that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture.
1. a Brazilian dance of African origin with a basic pattern of step-close-step-close and characterized by a dip and spring upward at each beat of the music; also : the music for this dance
1. a lively style of dance popular especially in the 1940s and 1950s, performed to swing music or rock and roll.
2. pop music intended mainly for dancing to at discos, typically soul-influenced and melodic with a regular bass beat and popular particularly in the late 1970s.
2. a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
2. a form of slang associated with black American jazz musicians.
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Second half hurts Aggies in first half of MW play
PHOTO BY Matthew Halton Shane Rector fights to keep the Aggies in the game while playing the Rebels in the Spectrum. Utah State lost to UNLV 68-80.
able,” said head coach Tim Duryea. “We just
impressive first half gave USU a 45-39 road
was able to handle the length and athleticism
connected on 6 of 12 3-point attempts. The
turnovers in the second half led to an on-
dug ourselves a hole and really did it to
By Thomas Sorenson SENIOR WRITER
“The second half is killing us,” said Utah
State senior guard Darius Perkins after the team’s 80-68 loss to UNLV on Tuesday.
In that game, the Aggies took a 36-35 lead
into halftime and looked every bit the confer-
ence contender they were expected to be prior to the season. The Aggie offense cratered in the second half, though, and the Rebels’
incredible athleticism was on full display as the visitors turned the game into a blowout with a 21-2 run coming out of the halftime break.
“The first half we competed, the second half
– the first four minutes – we didn’t play like we normally do,” said senior guard Chris Smith.
In that explosive run, USU shot 0 of 6 from
the field and had six turnovers, including four on the first four possessions.
“The start of the second half was unexplain-
PHOTO BY Matthew Halton Darius Perkins faces heavy defense from the Rebels in the first half.
Unfortunately, the Rebels weren’t the first
team this year to take advantage of a poor after-halftime performance by the Aggies.
On Jan. 2, Utah State trailed San Diego
State – the preseason Mountain West conference favorites – by just three points at
lead against Colorado State as the team
lead stretched to 10 after another 3-point shot by sophomore guard Julion Pearre just 36 seconds into the half, but, as has become
common, the Aggies allowed a 16-4 run that gave CSU the lead.
“I don’t know, I don’t know,” Perkins said.
of UNLV in the first half, but the glut of
slaught of easy fast break points for the
visitors. The defense maintained its integrity
while the offense was taking care of the ball,
but as soon as the offense slipped, both came crashing down.
“You can’t turn the ball over nine times
halftime. The Aggies slipped coming out of the
“It’s something we have to find. I don’t know
against them and allow them to shoot 60
age is due to the fact that we turned the ball
break as the Aztecs started the half on a 10-0 “We’re not coming out strong enough,”
what it is. I can only speak for myself, but I
Utah State was able to stop the bleed and
come away with the win against the Rams, but
State through the first period, even taking the
drop winnable games, all three of which were
Three days later, USU battled visiting Boise
lead on a 3-point shot by junior forward Lew Evans 21 seconds into the second half. The
poor second half play has caused the Aggies to at home.
Players and coaches have cited different
Broncos responded with an 11-2 run that blew
explanations for the second half flops – effort,
“Coming out, turning the ball over, starting
offense, turnovers, poor defensive positioning
the game open.
slow, teams making runs. We’re digging ourselves holes,” Perkins said.
Even in wins, the Aggies aren’t immune. An
focus, lack of ball and player movement on – but the lulls continue to happen.
Truth be told, the answer hasn’t been any
percent,” Duryea said. “A lot of that percentover and got them out in transition.”
Despite the frustrations, the team is in the
middle of the conference standings and just two games out of third in the loss column.
The next game for the Aggies is on Saturday
at 4 p.m., when the team will face San Diego State. The next home game is Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. against Nevada.
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single thing in any of the games. Utah State
Aggies fuel up
By Kalen Taylor SPORTS EDITOR
On January 12, the Aggie Fueling Station
opened its doors to Utah State athletes.
Located on the first floor of ICON Sports
Performance Center, the new station isn't for filling up a vehicle, but a way that student
athletes can get a pre or post-workout snack.
The center is managed by dietitians who help USU athletes make smart, healthy eating decisions.
"It's nice because we do the preparations for
them," said Stacey Garrett, one of the Regis-
tered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) who helps
run the facility. "I think athletes want to make healthy decisions and we're here to make the healthy decision the easy one."
The fueling station is set up right below the
weight room. It's organized so that athletes
can get come in and go through a line to get the food they want and need. From fresh
vegetable and fruits to an oatmeal bar, granola bars and breads there's a variety of choices for their needs.
"We have different things to meet different
training needs," Garrett said. "For example, for a pre-workout snack you want something
that's more fast acting, fuel that will hit the
bloodstream fast like applesauce or the other fruits.
"Then we have the post-workout items that see “Fuel” PAGE 8
PHOTO BY Kyle Todecheene Andrew Nakajima, sophomore and member of the USU men’s tennis team, gets a snack at the new Aggie Fueling Station.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
INJURY LEAVES AGGIES WITH
By Kalen Taylor SPORTS EDITOR
his place and played 18 minutes in the game. The Aggies also pulled the redshirt on John Middleton, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from
New Jersey. Middleton made his first appearAfter sitting out his transfer season, Utah
State's Grayson Moore is done for the year.
“Grayson was a big piece, a glue guy,” said
senior guard Darius Perkins. “He is a blue-collar guy (that helped) defend and rebound. He
is a great leader and will really be missed. His leadership is tough to fill. You knew what you were going to get out of Grayson. He brought it on the defensive end every night.”
Moore, a fifth year senior and transfer from
Northwest Nazarene, broke his foot against
Colorado State on Saturday during the team's sixth game in 15 days.
After not starting and playing minimal
minutes in the first few Aggie contests, Moore had moved himself into a starting role from the energy and work he put in on defense. "Grayson was doing a great job of doing
everything that doesn't show up on the stat
sheet," said USU coach Tim Duryea. "Moving the ball offensively, making his teammates
better, energy plays, second shot and putbacks. Defensively he gives us more length on the
wings and allowed us to bring offense off the bench with Shane Rector and Julion Pearre."
Moore's absence was felt by his teammates,
who played in the first full game without him on Tuesday.
"It's tough," said senior guard Chris Smith.
ance for USU. He played just five minutes in
the game but got his first points on a layup as he cut to the basket.
"In a perfect world we would rather have
him," Duryea said of Moore. "We were
developing a nice niche there and felt like our rotation was pretty set. We're not going to have that the rest of the way."
Lew Evans has suffered two concussions this
season and Elston Jones missed time earlier in the year with a separated shoulder. After the
seventh game in 18 days on Tuesday and the multiple post injuries, other USU players are starting to wear down as well.
The loss of the post players is forcing the
Aggies to play guards at the three spot and
have them on the court for a longer period of time.
"We've got to do a good job of developing
John Middleton," Duryea said. "I thought Chris played tired a lot. We just tried to get John's
feet wet tonight. We really didn't have another sub. We've got to develop John so we can rest Chris."
The next two weeks will serve as a good
time for the team to work on development. USU plays on Saturday at San Diego State,
then it has a bye on Tuesday before going back to work at home versus Nevada on Jan. 30.
"He did everything. I think he played three
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different positions for us. We really, really miss him."
PHOTO BY Matthew Halton Grayson Moore looks for a teammate to pass to in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during a contest against Air Force.
Quinn Taylor, a redshirt freshman, started in
Athletics asks for student fee raise conference. Hartwell said USU’s total revenue
$32,600,000. He said that the difference needs
front of the student fee board.
highest revenue with $47,199,167.
things like donations. The increase in student
John Hartwell, USU’s athletic director.
asking for an increase seriously.
from the current athletics fee of $135.14 for
that every dollar is precious,” he said. “We do
has plans to benefit students. There are plans
as one for soccer and one for softball. Hartwell
USU athletics asked for a fee increase of $10
per semester for full-time students last night in The athletic department was represented by The fee represents a 7.5 percent increase
students of 13 to 18 credits.
Hartwell stressed that being consistently
competitive with the rest of the Mountain West is important. Currently USU has the lowest total revenue of the schools in the
“Fuel” FROM PAGE 7
is $25,152,919 while New Mexico had the
Hartwell also emphasised that they did take “I want to preface this by saying that I know
not take lightly in that we are asking for an
Hartwell said that the financial budget for
the 2016 financial year is $29,281,000 and the projected budget for the 2017 financial year is
"Our vegetable cups go really fast," said
Dietetics students have a chance to volun-
teer and work at the station to get hands-on
which supplies specialty bread and bagels that
supply milk and cheese and the Aggie Cream-
students," Garrett said. "They create menu
they don't sell in the store. Gossners helps
"We've given a lot of the opportunities to
ery also provides milk and chocolate milk.
items, see what the athletes like and don't like
item for Aggies is the vegetable cup.
help with all the prep and help with manage-
With all of the choices, the most popular
for two new video boards for football as well
and we run the station ... student volunteers ment duties."
contests, increased marketing efforts for
Olympic sports, enhanced tailgating events for men’s and women’s basketball and more paid student internship opportunities.
Look at utahstatesman.com for a full story
on Wednesday’s fee board meeting. The
Statesman will continue to cover the fee board in the coming weeks.
said there are also plans for an enhanced
student rewards program, expanded student road-trip opportunities for USU athletic
In addition to the preparation work,
nity to give presentations to student athletes
would eat it. Doing the prep work is the hard
Some among the donators are Old Grist Mill,
Hartwell said that the athletics department
and go. If that was in my fridge every day, I
yogurt, cottage cheese and chocolate milk." supply the food to help feed all the Aggies.
projected increase for 2017.
dietetics students along with exercise science
the station. "It's easy for the athletes to grab
Numerous companies in Cache Valley help
fees would only cover 9.8 percent of the
Ashlie Bankhead, another RDN in charge of
are higher in protein to help the muscles
recover. That would be our hummus, greek
to come from the athletic department through
and food science majors will have the opportuand answer questions they have about what and when to eat.
The idea for the station came from an
athletic trainer who contacted Sheryl Aguilar, the senior dietician at USU, to discuss nutrition. The two came up with an idea to have athletics and nutrition work together to provide athletes with what they need.
Aguilar said the idea blossomed in June
the football team are being served. Plans to
include the football team for next season are in the works. Bankhead said that track and
field athletes use it the most, mostly because they are the largest team.
Bankhead estimates the fueling stations
serves 150 to 200 people per section.
The Aggie Fueling Station is open Monday
through Thursday from 7-9 a.m. and 1-6 p.m. and on Friday from 7-9 a.m.
with the set date to open in January.
Right now, all the Aggie athletes except for
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Parking should be a priority Parking isn’t sexy.
High school seniors aren’t going to visit
Utah State’s campus this spring and say “Gee, the Aggie Terrace seems dandy.” They won’t ask — because they won’t know any better JOGAN JONES
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student money on the Aggie Rec Center, I
imagine. The ARC is, without a doubt, an awesome addition to campus. But it also
the hill in the stadium parking lot. There is nothing further from the mind of a future
college student than where they’re going to physically park their car.
That’s why the powers-that-be spent a ton of
mostly the parking thing.
It won’t attract new students to the school
serves as a nice recruiting tool — a fancy rock
like the ARC, nor will it be as aesthetically
facility is the type of thing that gets noticed
what? Students, teachers and the hundreds of
climbing wall inside a massive recreational
when kids are looking into potential college destinations.
Likewise, rumors of a new student center
have circulated for years, and the addition of a formal testing center seems imminent. None
They could also go for a west entrance to
snow-duck currently gracing the quad with its presence, because that thing is as much a
I get that money is a sticky subject, particu-
board meetings and other politics most
years or whenever it’s convenient to get
around to it — there needed to be more
parking on campus, like, four years ago.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful for what is
Maverik stadium, the nice view of the Legacy
the library and the preservation of the glorious
another issue altogether?
on-campus workers all need it. Not in ten
the university thinks students want, and what Students need parking.
mind where they’re going to live, which is
larly with how student fees are spent and
one of the nicest-looking college campuses
students actually need.
plan for where they’re going to park — never
pleasing as the new business building. But so
of these things are inherently bad, but it does indicate a kind of disconnect between what
— why hundreds of students are parked down
piece of art as anything else on campus — but
around. The renovations happening to
fields from the top floor of the brand new
ARC, all of it makes Utah State a cool place to get an education.
But doesn’t it seem kind of irresponsible for
USU to keep accepting thousands more
students every fall without any contingency
what campus improvements are made. Fee students don’t care to understand stand in the way of any real communication between
students and the administration. It doesn’t
have to be complicated, though — there’s not enough parking on campus, so make it a priority and fix it.
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North Logan City Library
Visit the Elk
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Taggart Student Center 225B
Free, 12:00 p.m.
Combined Musical Auditions Chase Fine Arts CenterUtah State University
Free, 2:00 p.m.
$3-$5. $5 ages 9 and up, $3 ages 4-8, children 3 and under are free,
Free, 2:30 p.m.
Arts Week at USU- Silent Film Festival TSC Auditorium Free, 7:00 p.m.
Free, 5:30 p.m.
Nordic United Fundraiser The Antics Comedy Improv and Social The Dansante Logan River Golf Course
$15-$20. Suggested donation: $15 members $20 non-members, kids
$5, 9:30 p.m.
under 13 free, 6:30 p.m.
Advanced SAS Online Training
Transcendence: Abstraction and Symbolism in the American West
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
Free, All Day
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SATURDAY JAN. 23
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Visit the Elk
Live Music by Tyson Cazier and Lizzy Dewitt
Visit the Elk
$3-$5. $5 ages 9 and up, $3 ages 4-8, children 3 and under are free,
$3-$5. $5 ages 9 and up, $3 ages 4-8, children 3 and under are free,
Free Massage Therapist
USUâ€™s 4th Annual Literary Ball: Down the Rabbit Hole
Free, 3:30 p.m.
â€˜A Matter of Taste: Art, Kitsch, and Cultureâ€™ Exhibition
Nora Eccles Harrison
Museum of Art
Free, 7:00 p.m.
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The Junction at Utah State University
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The Sons of the Pioneers Ellen Eccles Theater-Cache Valley for the Arts $25-$39, 7:30 p.m.
Live Music by Where the Rowdy Things Art Caffe Ibis Free, 2:00 p.m.
MONDAY JAN. 25 Center For Women and Gender Brown Bag
Movie Monday-The Scorch Trials
Merrill Cazier Library 101
North Logan City Library
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Free, 6:30 p.m.