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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

with the

Aggie Stars


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

something new.”

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


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

Average Hours/Organization

will be performing a disco routine with her choreographer, Marcos Garcia.

205.7 hours

"She's just been talking a lot of her game up,

so we'll see how she performs," he said.


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

192.6 hours

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


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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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

than humans.

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

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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

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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


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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

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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.

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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 _

daily life.

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

black magic.”

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

graduation requirement.

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.”




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.

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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,

17, 1866.

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





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-

Coulbrooke said.

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

of past.

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

took off.”

—morgan.pratt.robinson@gmail.com @morganprobinson

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

“How’s the word” — Whitney Howard is an English major who is down for a Harry Potter marathon with you, as long as you don’t mind if she is a sobbing mess. whitney.howard@aggiemail.usu.edu @omgwhitshutup

like I was telling her that her best friend had died.

film fans.

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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@ZGrantBess Does Shane rector have 4 siblings we could put on the court? He seems to be holding the team. #aggielife #imlovinitusu #usuvsunlv

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“Dancing” FROM PAGE 1

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.

— brennakelly818@gmail.com


hip hop



dis·co /diskō/


sam·ba /sämbə/








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.

Definitions from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary

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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


don’t know.”

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

Smith said.

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.

— thomas.sorenson@aggiemail.usu.edu @tomcat340

single thing in any of the games. Utah State

Aggies fuel up

for strength


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.






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

— kalen.s.taylor@gmail.com @kalen_taylor

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.

—kalen.s.taylor@gmail.com @kalen_taylor

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

“Trail Blazin’” — Logan Jones is a junior majoring in journalism. He doesn’t have a car. Contact him with feedback. Logantjones@aggiemail.usu.edu @Logantj

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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