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List suggests students becoming impatient By CATHERINE MEIDELL news editor
ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES of technology is students tend to multitask while performing schoolwork, which makes many students’ assignments less than adequate. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo illustration
With every incoming college class comes a new perspective on education and life in general, which is represented through the Mindset List, co-created by Rob Nief and Tom McBride of Beloit College in Wisconsin. In their speech and discussion with USU faculty and staff, McBride and Nief shared their most recently published Mindset List for the Class of 2014, in order to help these employees effectively connect with and understand the students at hand. McBride, who is also an English professor at Beloit, said “generational change is fraught with wounds” and the Class of 2014 is wounded with the inability to write in cursive as well as the impression that e-mail is not a fast enough way to communicate. It is important that professors and other university student mentors educate their stu-
dents about the past, so they may understand the world from a different generation. This includes improving general skills, such as formal communication, which many now lack due to technology, he said. “I have found students really lack a sense of context …. They just don’t understand some elementary distinctions,” McBride said. Today’s college students are hopeful as well as worrisome to their professors and parents, Nief said, because they have grown up with a progressive attitude toward race and gender, they understand they must find a way to cool the heating planet, improve health care options and urge competition in the U.S. McBride said he has sensed tension in classrooms during his research for this year’s Mindset List. Students think their professors are less intelligent than they are, and profes-
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Thank you letters acknowledge tuition donors By MARISSA BODILY staff writer
USU students wrote letters of appreciation to university donors, who help make up the 84 percent of total tuition that students are not required to pay. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and the public were invited to thank USU donors by writing letters last Wednesday just outside the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom in the TSC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Students only pay about 16 percent of their tuition, the other 84 percent comes from private donor support and federal grant support,” said Elizabeth Bare, adviser for the Student Giving Committee. The event was organized by the Student Giving Committee, which runs
the Aggies For Change program, said committee member Carlie Pennington. “We are 16 percent through the school year, so we are holding this event now because students pay 16 percent of their tuition,” Bare said. Participants signed up before writing their letter and included a club they belong to or any on-campus club of their choice next to their name on the sign-up sheet. There was a competition to see which club had the highest number of participants because the one with the most thank-you letters written received a prize of $200. The Honors Students won the prize after taking the lead for most of the event, Pennington said. Papers with guidelines for writing the letters were available.The guidelines included ideas for the introduc-
tion, body and closing of the letter, and asked students to include their major, year and involvement at USU. Those who wrote letters of appreciation received a card for free Aggie ice cream and a button that read “I said thank you.” “Students don’t realize that they only pay a small percentage of their tuition,” said committee chair Tessa Goodall. “They don’t feel like they need to give back.” Money from donors supports student scholarships, tuition assistance, student travel and participation in competitions and conferences, cultural opportunities, equipment for labs and classrooms, construction and enhancement of learning facilities, lectures, performances and exhibits. The committee was also passing
out piggy banks at the event. Laurel Mallonee, volunteer coordinator for the Student Giving Committee, said the club is handing out the small plastic piggy banks for students to put their spare change in. All the proceeds from the change collected will go back to the student body towards scholarships and events, Goodall said. The coins from the piggy banks are collected once every semester. This semester, they will be collected on Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the TSC patio. There will be a paper mache piggy bank there, Bare said. Those who are interested in participating can pick up a piggy bank in Bare’s office, Old Main room 110. She said the Student Giving Committee is in charge of the senior
celebration, senior gift and senior events. The senior gift for 2011 has not yet been chosen. More information on the gift can be found on Facebook by searching for USU Senior Gift. Two weeks ago, the Student Giving Committee was in charge of ribbon cutting ceremony for last year’s senior class gift, which was a covered bike rack. The Student Giving Committee can be found on Facebook by searching for USU Aggies for Change. Those interested in joining the Student Giving Committee can e-mail Goodall at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.
NWUN visits to further partnership with USU members from USU’s BioSystems Center to go straight to NWUN to provide training. The Chinese delegation first visited USU in March and then again in September. After their recent visit to USU, a delegation of Ken White, the CIB’s Interim Director and departChinese scientists from Northwest University for ment head for Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Nationalities (NWUN) in Lanzhou, China, are expect- associate director Rashid and a group that also ed to return again in December, expanding the notoincluded Afifa Sabir, education coordinator for the riety of the Center for Integrated BioSystems (CIB) CIB, and Ben Sessions, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary training on an international scale. Science laboratory manager, visited the campus in The scientists’ interest in USU’s CIB laboratory Lanzhou during the end of May and beginning of facility began last year, said CIB associate director June. They gave classroom lectures Kamal Rashid, when a visiting scienand teach hands-on application of tist from NWUN spent a year at USU “One of the things basic, scientific concepts in order to and grew interested in the center. they’re concerned use a functioning bioreactor. They wanted to look further into about is if they can “The experience was very positive. efforts to provide training on bioreThey received us very well,” Rashid produce adequate actors – vessels in which chemical said. amounts of vacprocesses are carried out. The group also visited two vital vacEstablished in 1991, the Center cines to prevent cine facilities, one in Lanzhou and for Integrated BioSystems (CIB) has disease in millions one in Urumqi, China. With more been home to state-of-the art equipthan 60 vaccine production sites in and millions of ment for use in fermentation, proChina, manufacturing could be made people.” tein purification, and cell culture. easier through the use of the bioreacNot only do USU researchers use Ken White, tors for which USU faculty members the equipment and receive training CIB Interim Director provide training. at the Center, but off-campus and “One of the things they’re concerned industrial collaborators as well. about is if they can produce adequate As a result of the international amounts of vaccines to prevent disease in millions interest, a collaboration between NWUN and USU and millions of people,” White said. “They’re lookwas formed that allows for faculty members from ing at it from an animal standpoint and also human. NWUN’s College of Life Science and Engineering They’re interested in what’s involved to rack up their to come to USU for hands-on training, and faculty By ARIANNA REES staff writer
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KAMAL RASHID, associate director for the Center for Integrated BioSystems, demonstrates the use of a bench-top bioreactor to faculty and staff of Northwestern University for Nationalities’ Key Laboratory. Photo courtesy the Center for Integrated BioSystems
capability with bioreactors.” Interest in USU’s training is such that NWUN intends to establish laboratories and obtain equipment in China so that they may potentially have their own sister program to train scientists and increase vaccination production, Rashid said. With the possibility of another
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Nat’lBriefs Baltimore detective killed off-duty BALTIMORE (AP) – A man was accused Sunday of fatally striking an off-duty Baltimore police detective in the head during a dispute over a parking space in a crowded nightlife district. Sian James, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in the Saturday night death of Det. Brian Stevenson. James fled the scene and was caught hours later at a nightclub, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Guglielmi said James had retained an attorney, but he did not know Sunday afternoon who the lawyer was. Stevenson was out with a friend Saturday night celebrating his birthday and pulled into a parking spot. James approached the officer after he got out of his vehicle and threw a stone or piece of concrete, hitting the detective in the head, Guglielmi said. James, who has a history of domestic violence, was arrested hours later at Mosaic, a downtown nightclub.
Flight diverted to Fargo, N.D. FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A commuter jet was diverted to Fargo on Sunday after a member of the flight crew mistakenly thought a passenger had tampered with a fire-detection device in the lavatory. Pinnacle Airlines Flight 4375 was headed to Grand Forks from Minneapolis when the pilot requested to land in Fargo about 10 a.m. CDT. Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said the pilot decided to land after being notified of the crew member’s suspicions. The Bombardier CRJ200 jet was carrying 20 passengers and three crew members, Pinnacle spokeswoman Amy Howell said.
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Miners rescued, return to homes COPIAPO, Chile (AP) – Carlos Bugueno is out of the collapsed mine but still lives in close quarters, sharing his small wood-and-tin house with 16 relatives. His family welcomed him home by lining the street with white plastic bags filled with air – they had no money for balloons. Despite donations and the promise of book and movie deals, most of the 33 Chilean miners trapped more than two months have returned to lives of struggle in improvised homes, often in gang-ridden neighborhoods lacking basic services. Some worry it won’t get better. “Three months from now, what will I be doing? Selling candy on the beach? Wondering what the government has done for us? Nothing,” said Edison Pena. “I’m very afraid and I would like for things to change.” All but one of the miners have been released from the hospital since their rescue Wednesday from the San Jose gold and copper mine, where they had been trapped nearly a halfmile underground since the Aug. 5 collapse. Most returned to the mine Sunday for a Mass at the makeshift camp where their relatives had waited for them. “It’s nice to be here where our families were,” said Luis Urzua, the shift foreman who has been praised for leading the trapped miners through the 69-day ordeal, especially in the first 17 days when they had no contact with the outside world and just a 48-hour emergency food supply. The camp on a barren hill in Chile’s northern Atacama region
RESCUED MINERS Juan Carlos Aguilar, left, and Carlos Mamani embrace as they arrive for a Mass service at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile Sunday. AP photo
is rapidly being dismantled. A few tents, some media motorhomes and cars remain. So do 33 Chilean flags representing the miners and the flags of the U.S., Canada and Argentina, which aided in the fast-paced drilling operation that saved the men. Miner Carlos Barrios’ family was busy Sunday taking apart their encampment, which was among the first built at Camp Hope. Pulled from the mine one by one in a custom-built capsule, the miners emerged as international celebrities, complete with high-end sunglasses
that doctors said were hardly necessary to protect their eyes from sun and work-lights after months in darkness. Many are still wearing the sunglasses, but their lives have become less glamorous. Many have returned to poverty in the hardscrabble neighborhoods that climb the hills around Copiapo, the Atacama region’s gritty capital. All face a search for work since the mine that employed them has filed for bankruptcy. Miner Carlos Mamani lives in a small green wooden house on an
unpaved road in Padre Negro, a neighborhood on a hill where the glittering street lights of Copiapo stretch out like a carpet. But Padre Negro’s 38 houses lack access to sewers and running water. Mamani and his neighbors must walk for blocks to two public taps to get water and then carry it back up the hill. “This area is dangerous at night. Drugs are sold here and there is theft. I’ve lived here for a while and I still have to be careful to avoid problems,” said one of Mamani’s neighbors, 15-year-old Jose Vadillo. Some miners live closer to central Copiapo, in a neighborhood where gangs mark their territory with old sneakers hanging from electricity poles. Bugueno is among those living in Tiltil Bajo, a neighborhood of wood and tin houses that lack sewage connections. Chile’s government has promised to look out for the rescued miners, and each has about $12,000 in donations waiting for them in bank accounts, but their futures remain uncertain. Seven of the miners held a news conference Saturday to plead for job training and government benefits. Some of the men have new job opportunities. Franklin Lobos, a former professional soccer player who drove trucks at the San Jose mine, is wanted by FIFA to give motivational talks, Chilean soccer director Harold Mayne-Nicholls said. Mamani, a Bolivian and the only non-Chilean among the miners, has been offered a job by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Levy trial begins after nine years WASHINGTON (AP) – If one person is associated with the mysterious slaying of Washington intern Chandra Levy, it isn’t the man who will soon be tried on charges he murdered her. It’s former California congressman Gary Condit, whose political career imploded after he was romantically linked to the woman and became the No. 1 suspect. Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, goes on trial Monday for Levy’s 2001 killing. However, he’s not even a blip on the national consciousness of the case, which dominated news coverage until the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks rendered it an afterthought. While police no longer believe Condit had anything to do with Levy’s death, his presence will continue to hang over the trial. Condit’s spokesman, Bert Fields, said Condit expects to be called as a witness at Guandique’s trial, though he has not been subpoenaed. Fields said Condit will cooperate fully with authorities. But the ex-congressman, who is writing a book about his experience, will not comment on the trial until it ends. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office, declined comment on the case and whether Condit will be called as a witness, citing a gag order issued earlier this month. Defense attorneys are also subject to the gag order. But when Guandique was charged in 2009 with Levy’s murder, they criticized what they saw as a botched investigation. Guandique escaped scrutiny in large part because of the frenzy around Condit. The former congressman never admitted an affair but said he was friends with Levy, though the intern had told family members the two had a romantic relationship.
“This flawed investigation, characterized by the many mistakes and missteps of the Metropolitan Police Department and every federal agency that has attempted to solve this case, will not end with the simple issuance of an arrest warrant against Mr. Guandique,” said the attorneys, Santha Sonenberg and Maria Hawilo. At a pretrial hearing Thursday, Sonenberg said police were so desperate to get a confession from Guandique to bolster their case that in 2004 and 2005, police tried to establish a phony penpal relationship with Guandique while he was in prison serving a 10-year sentence, using the pseudonym “Maria Lopez.” The ruse did not work. “It goes to the sort of antics, the sort of shenanigans, the lengths to which they’ve gone to prosecute Mr. Guandique,” Sonenberg said. Then-U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor has acknowledged the case lacked DNA or physical evidence linking Guandique to Levy. And Guandique never confessed to police – in fact, he passed a lie-detector test denying involvement in Levy’s disappearance, though prosecutors now question the validity of that test. But Taylor cited significant circumstantial evidence, including numerous confessions that Guandique purportedly made to other inmates. And Levy’s body was found in a wooded section of the city’s Rock Creek Park, where Guandique was convicted of assaulting two other young women in 2001. Whether jurors believe those confessions will be key. The defense wants to present expert testimony from a university professor on the pitfalls of accounts from jailhouse snitches. However, prosecutors say jurors should be allowed to judge the credibility of witnesses for themselves. Superior
Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher has indicated he will not allow the vast majority of the professor’s proposed testimony.
INGMAR GANDIQUE, seen in this April 2009 file photo, goes on trial Monday for the 2001 murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy. AP photo
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Program makes student project ideas a reality By MEGAN ALLEN news senior writer
This year, 50-60 Utah State undergraduate students will receive grant money to aid them in their research through the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) program. Joyce Kinkead, associate vice president for research, said “URCO grants are designed to give students a chance to do independent research on a project of their own design.” Kinkead said the types of research students do can be very broadly defined. “Research can be creating a sculpture, composing a piece of music, doing archival scholarly work and working at the laboratory bench.” The URCO Grant program was created in 1975. Since then, more than 500 USU students have conducted research using money received from writing grant proposals. “Each URCO experience helps students learn how to learn, develop critical skills, create important one-on-one connections with professors and get an academic step ahead of the competition,” Kinkead said. URCO grants are given by Kinkead’s office. They will award up to $500, and the student’s academic department will match the award. By providing financial support to undergraduates for research or creative projects that are not routine requirements for a course or degree program, URCO grants encourage students to engage in independent projects, she said. Students who are applying for the grants must submit an official research proposal. This teaches them the proper way and process of finding funding, Kinkead said. That is a crucial part of doing graduate-level research. According the URCO website, all grant applications must begin with an abstract. “An abstract provides the reader with a quick overview of the proposal and helps them understand the point immediately,” the URCO website states. Students must then explain their project and justify their need for money from the university. They need to inform the
faculty judges what they would use the money for. “URCO grants provide funds for materials and supplies. If travel is needed to conduct the research, that is a legitimate cost as well,” Kinkead said. A detailed budget must be written out, starting with the total amount of money they are requesting from the URCO committee. In their applications, students need to describe their goals, and the outcome they hope to see at the end of the research. In 2008, an article was published that talked about the history of the URCO program. USU was ahead of its time in implementing URCO grants. Very few institutions had organized student-faculty cooperative research activities such as this. That spring, USU launched an URCO experiment with 60 student participants through the College of Agriculture and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. There was such a positive response, that a plan was made to launch URCO on a university-wide basis. Any undergraduate student in good academic standing may apply for a grant. After all the applications have been turned in, a faculty panel reviews the proposals and selects the recipients. “We fund as many of the grants as possible, and it’s really only if a grant is not truly about research or is badly written that it doesn’t succeed,” Kinkead said. “Some grants are returned for revision and resubmission. This is part of the learning process on how grants are written and submitted.” Many URCO alumni say these grants, and the experience of writing the proposals, led to many opportunities in their education. Jessica Feigleson graduated from USU last May and is currently living in Taiwan. “Because of URCO I was able to perform an in-depth study in an area of interest to me. I was able to get a handson experience with research and oversee all facets of the research process,” she said. “By learning how to conduct my own research and by becoming familiar
Spring 2010 URCO winners • Douglas Ball - Physics • Rendon Barlow - Veterinary Science • Nicolena Baadsgaard - Ag systems • Katie Breivik - Physics • Kathita Chittaladakorn - Engineering • Julie Crozier - Psychology • Jessica Feigleson - Psychology • Kevin Graves - Psychology • Garth Hunt - Nutrition • Rebekah Kerr - Nutrition • Clifford King - Veterinary Science • Christine Magula - Disability center • Troy Munro - Physics • Carlos Read - Chemistry and biology • Sarah Stevens - Psychology • Jared Winings - Engineering with the funding process, I have learned how all the pieces of my classroom experiences could come together to help me answer questions using the research process.” The deadline to apply for URCO grants to be used during spring semester of 2011 has passed, but the opportunity will be available again for next fall semester. Those applications must be turned in by Feb. 15. Application information can be found online or in Kinkead’s office. “As a land-grant and research university, USU takes pride
in the fact that students learn science by doing science, learn art by producing art and learn scholarship by writing history,” Kinkead said. “Hands-on inquiry and study builds on classroom knowledge and goes beyond what can be accomplished through lecture. The application of knowledge is a hallmark of a land-grant university. URCO is a critical component of that mission.” – firstname.lastname@example.org
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sors see their students as “ghoulishly stupid,” he said. He has also observed that parents latch onto their children more in recent years, especially while attempting to prepare them for college. Lisa Hancock, program administrator for new student orientation, said she agrees with McBride because she has witnessed an increasing number of phone calls about college entrance made by students’ parents. “Sometimes the parent does everything for the student,” Hancock said. “I think these incoming students are just as capable, but maybe don’t have the experience they need to be at a university.” Kirsten Nelson, a freshman majoring in environmental science, said the only thing her parents did to help her in her preparation for college was show her the USU website. Though Nelson said she felt well prepared for college, she has
observed many of her friends struggling to attach files onto emails and witnessed many of them fail the Information CIL test more than once. “It’s kind of concerning, but I feel to each their own,” Nelson said. “As long as technology keeps on going we are just going to have to keep adapting.” Many students are not used to minor tasks such as talking on the phone, because Facebook and text messaging give them alternative ways to communicate, she said. She said she also noticed USU students do not check their e-mails very often because they either have multiple e-mail accounts or are using more immediate means to communicate. “These students need to learn to be patient to foster scholarship,” Nief said. McBride said students want instant gratification in their schooling, because they are used to receiving instant answers through
technology. Britni Manning, a freshman majoring in psychology, said the way technology gives people instant gratification makes it addicting, and though many say they are not addicted to it, they are. She said she has noticed technology hinder her and her classmates’ ability to acquire needed research skills. “The Internet is the biggest resource and people don’t know how to cite sources in textbooks or even how to look for the sources,” Manning said. Students are frustrated by assignments that cannot be done promptly or lack intricate directions, McBride said. “Students need to live with some anxiety, some ambiguity and some boredom with class assignments,” McBride said. “It helps to tell the students that there are no right or wrong answers, just better or worse answers.” The Mindset List began in 1998 and has been updated every year
PoliceBlotter Friday, Oct. 8 • USU Police responded to several individuals on the Aggie Bull. Upon arrival the Officer located four ladies wrapped in towels hiding behind the Bull. The Officer explained to the four ladies that they could not be on the Bull, especially naked. • USU Police responded to Bullen Hall for several minors consuming alcohol. The minors had left the area before the Officer arrived. Police are investigating. Saturday, Oct. 9 • USU Police observed five completely naked male individuals on the back of the Aggie Bull on 1000 North and 800 East. All five individuals were holding on to each other in a “Choo Choo Train fashion.” Upon arrival of the officer the individuals jumped off the bull and ran across the street naked and into the PineView Apartments.
Sunday, Oct. 10 • USU Police responded to the Lundstrom Center for a complaint of several individuals in a truck being loud. Upon arrival the officer located several individuals in the back of a truck. They were warned about the noise. • Police responded to a fire alarm at the Water Lab. The alarm was activated by a work crew who was cleaning asbestos in the building. The dusk particles accidentally activated the system. The alarm was silenced and reset without any further problems. • USU Police responded to a fire alarm at Jones Hall. It was learned that the occupant was cooking eggs and overcooked them. • USU Police assisted the Logan City Police in looking for several individuals throwing water balloons by Aggie Terrace. The individuals were not located.
so professors can better understand their students’ lifestyle and levels of comprehension. Nief gave examples of previous lists and said one point he made on the list published in 2002 was that students only knew Michael Jackson to be a white man. The list for 2006 stated that the control-alt-delete concept was as basic as A, B, C. The Mindset Lists are posted on the website www. beloit.edu/mindset. All of these tidbits that link students to their correlating graduating classes are information professors can study, understand and use to adjust their teaching methods to better cater to the students needs. “This is the point: enlightenment is hard work,” McBride said. “But, we must try to get it done for ourselves and for others.” – email@example.com. edu
Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911 • USU Police responded to the Living Learning Community for a suspicious person. Police contacted the individuals who were out for a nightly walk and taking pictures of each other. The individuals were identified and released at the scene. Tuesday, Oct. 12 • Police responded to west parking lot of the Ray B. West building on a suspicious incident. There were several empty 22 Remington bullet shells and two bullets of the same make in one of the parking stalls. Wednesday, Oct. 13 • Police responded to the Fieldhouse on a student who had a seizure. The student informed the police that he wanted his wife to take him to the Wellness Center to be evaluated. The wife arrived and transported the individual to the Center. -Compiled by Catherine Meidell
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NFL players help support cancer Former Utah State University athlete, Chris Cooley, along with other members of the National Football League, is actively involved in the “Real Men Wear Pink – NFL Stars Tackle Breast Cancer” campaign. Cooley appeared in a segment on NBC’s “Today Show” Oct. 15 that highlighted his involvement with breast cancer awareness. In the Peter Alexander report, Cooley said he became involved after his mother, Nancy, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Now, two years later, Cooley remains involved in efforts to bring awareness to the disease. He has sponsored a one-day survivor’s camp, and his team, the Washington Redskins, is a leading NFL organization in the campaign. Cooley, along with other players in the NFL, will sport pink gloves and cleats to raise awareness, proving real men do wear pink. Cooley played football at Logan High School in Logan, Utah, and came to Utah State University in 1999 and was actively involved in the football program. In 2004 he earned the Athlete of the Year award. He was a third-round selection by the Washington Redskins in the 2004 NFL draft. He was the Redskins nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the year award for his many contributions to the community. During his years at USU, Cooley was extensively involved in the Department of Art, taking a range of courses. Ceramics and painting were among his interests.
New club teaching Italian culture The new USU Italian Club is holding meetings every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Old Main Room 203. Oct. 19 will be their second meeting of the school year. The club welcomes people who speak Italian as well as those interested in learning. During the meetings, the club will study the Italian language and participate in cultural activities involving Italian food, movies and music. It will be a way for those who have studied Italian to continue practicing. Italian Club leaders will be prepared to educate anyone who wants to be more involved in Italian culture. Club members hope the club will eventually lead to offered Italian courses at USU for credit toward a degree. It is an option for students who are looking for a language to study in creative arts because Italy plays a significant role in the world of music and in the history of art. All who are interested in learning more about the Italian language as well as the culture of the Italian people are asked to join in order to increase the club’s numbers.
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Workshop helps with invention program The Technology Commercialization office at Utah State University recently launched the USU Inventor Portal. All USU faculty and graduate students are invited to attend the Inventor Portal Workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. in the FACT Lab at the MerrillCazier Library. The electronic Inventor Portal streamlines the submission process for disclosures and allows inventors to view the status of existing inventions from any web-browser. Additional dates and times will be available as needed. Interested parties may call Karen Boghossian to schedule a private workshop for their department: 435-797-9603 or email@example.com. For more information about USU’s Inventor Portal and to RSVP, visit the web.
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.GRRU]KKT.GVVKTOTMY Green Canyon Corn Maze The corn maze, located at 2850 N 200 E, is something different that anyone can have fun doing, said Nancy Jensen. Jensen and her husband Ron raise the corn, choose the maze theme and design the maze. Jensen said in many previous years the maze has been centered on a Halloween theme, but this year the theme is a little different. “This year we have a jungle theme and the maze is a tiger and a snake,” she said. “Overall, we have been doing this for 11 years.” Not only does the Green Canyon Corn Maze offer a walk-through, but it includes several
activities as well. Jensen said hidden throughout the maze is “corny cash.” If individuals find the cash in the maze, they can redeem it for a prize. Jensen also said individuals can stick their heads through a large Tarzan and Jane cut-out for a fun photo opportunity. Every Friday and Saturday night throughout October the corn maze becomes haunted as well. “This becomes a fun tradition for people,” Jensen said. “This is something different than just going to a movie and dinner on the weekend. It is a fun way to get to know someone else. You have to talk to someone as you figure out this puzzle.” Jensen said she encourages students to come
LAGOON DECORATES THE PARK for Frightmares with pumpkins, ghosts, gravestones and corn stalks to entertain guests. KELLYN NEUMANN photo
Every October, Lagoon turns a oncecheery playland into a haunted place of fear. Pavilions for guests are turned into haunted houses, and creepy actors roam the walkways. According to Melisa Hemond of Lagoon’s marketing department, it all began with one show and one haunted house back in 1995. Lagoon’s Frightmares has been expanding for 15 years, adding more shows and spooks each year. With more haunted attractions comes more staff. Hemond says that most of the Lagoon-A-Beach workers become actors once the beach closes, and this year they hired 120 people to fill more spots. Hemond says weather plays a big role in the numbers that attend Frightmares, as October is normally a fickle month for sun. “We’ve been loving this year though, because the weather has been so great!” she said. Brennan Mcewan, an employee at Lagoon, said he thinks that Frightmares is a neat experience for people of all ages. “Having to (entertain) adults and little kids
Deads End Yard Haunt Tom Wentz and his family do not just decorate a warehouse yard to haunt their customers. They use their talents to hand-make each figure to create a story behind every set. For 13 years, the Deads End Yard Haunt has entertained Cache Valley with its museum-like sets of horror. It began in the yard of Wentz’s old house on Canyon Road, a house that was wiped out in last year’s canal landslide. The haunt used to bring thousands of customers each year as a service to the community. Since the Wentz family no longer owns a home, they thought they would not be able to do the yard haunt this fall. A man offered them the warehouse space they are now using, but in order to keep up with the cost of the warehouse, they now have to charge a fee to view the attraction. “Our family, we don’t care about the money, we just want to have fun,” Wentz said. Wentz, his wife, Linda and their nine children enjoy using their creativity to make unique figures as well as ones modeled from their favorite horror movies. A connoisseur of horror, Wentz owns more than 1,000 horror films, a collection he began in the 1950s. Some of the characters may be taken from the movies, but each has
THE PUMPKIN WALK is an annual event in Cache Valley. This years theme is “The Magic of Animation” and runs from Oct. 21-26 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. UTAH STATESMAN file photo
ACTORS AT LAGOON dress up and roam the walkways to frighten guests. KELLYN NEUMANN photo
out to the corn maze and take a break from their textbooks. “I know for me, if I sit and study all the time than I don’t do as well. There has to be a balance somewhere. This is a really fun place to hang out. People laughing their heads off at the maze is what we like to see the most,” she said. Green Canyon Corn Maze is open Monday through Thursday from 5-11 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. The Green Canyon Corn Maze’s season ends Oct. 30.
at the same time, I think they do a pretty good job,” he said. Frightmares has four haunted houses just for October, with a new one that was added this year. The attractions are rated for varying scariness with a spider rating. The more spiders, the scarier, and the two newest haunted houses are rated as the creepiest. Lagoon also includes a straw maze for kids, and numerous shows to entertain the guests. Master Hypnotist Shawn Paulsen gives two to three shows a night, hypnotizing anyone willing. Vampire Awakening and Monster Classics are two music and dance performances to entertain teens as well as children. Each show is preceded by a 10-minute show done by the Hackenslash Demonstration team, a group of preformers using chainsaw dances set to music. Lagoon’s Frightmares will be open through Oct. 30, when they close for the 2010 season. They are open on weekends from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. – firstname.lastname@example.org
the Wentz family touch to make it unique. “You have to use your imagination,” Wentz said. Many of the sets and figures have a story to go with them, and each customer gets a tour that may include different tales each time. From the legends of the Bog People in Britain to the true Wentz family story of the young girl in the cemetery everyone thought was a ghost, the experience is different for every customer. The Deads End Yard Haunt has many themed rooms and sets, as well as individual figures scattered around the yard. An eight-minute documentary about the haunt is also included, complete with movie theater popcorn. Since the attraction has no moving parts, people of all ages can come and not be frightened. “We always keep it so no one is scared,” Wentz said. “We’ve always tried to do it like a museum of horror with special effects.” The Deads End Yard Haunt will be open until Oct. 31 every day except Sundays, with an exception for Halloween. They are open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday. The admission is $7 for ages 12 and up, and $4 for ages 5 to 11, with children under 5 admitted free. They are located at 200 S Main, just past JoAnn’s on the left side of Main St. – email@example.com
By COURTNIE PACKER AND KELLYN NEUMANN features editor, assistant features editor
The Pumpkin Walk Animation will come to life this year at the annual Pumpkin Walk. Using all the pumpkins, squash and other garden vegetables possible, individuals and groups across the valley are creating displays of any animation favorite, Pumpkin Walk Publicity Chair Gina Worthen said. The theme this year is “The Magic of Animation.” Worthen said a few of the displays include Pop-Eye, the Little Mermaid, the Lion King and Dr. Seuss. “We love to bring creatures to life,” Worthen said. “These are our favorite things and are from our heart.” This is the 27th year for the Pumpkin Walk. Worthen said it was started in 1983 by Wally and Ida Butler on their farm in North Logan. Ida was a school teacher and wanted to do something for children that wasn’t scary for Halloween. The event grew so quickly it was moved to Elkridge Park. Worthen said the Pumpkin Walk committee still tries to capture the feeling of an old farm atmosphere. “We want to give people the magic that there once was,” she said. “It had such a different atmosphere there.” The Pumpkin Walk requires hundreds of volunteers from around the valley to make the event happen. Worthen said there is a dedicated Pumpkin Walk Committee, USU students carve pumpkins that light pathways and even teenage boys doing Eagle Projects help by bringing in cornstalks. “For every pumpkin you will see, there is at least one volunteer behind it,” Worthen said. Worthen said she is working with a group to create the Dr. Seuss themed display. She said they decided to highlight Horton because they thought it would be fun to build an elephant. “We like to do things that challenge us,” she said. “We also thought of the Cat in the Hat in the bathtub because we thought it would be fun with the clothing, props, bathtub and details like that.” Worthen said students of all ages will love what they see at the Pumpkin Walk. “It is free, fun and magical,” she said. “We don’t do anything scary, so get a date and come. Come take a look at these scenes and see some amazing creative abilities. This is a fun and charming tradition that once you have gone, you become addicted.” The Pumpkin Walk, located at Elkridge Park at 2500 N 1050 E, runs Oct. 21-26 from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is closed Sunday. However, if individuals come at night, 2500 North is shut down due to the large amount of traffic. Individuals are encouraged to park at Greenville Elementary, located at 2500 N 400 E, and ride the free shuttle bus to and from the park. – firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADS END YARD HAUNT, an attraction in Logan, aims to be a museum complete with various special effects. All of the figures are handmade, and none of them move in order to allow people of all ages to come see the art without being truly scared. KELLYN NEUMANN photo
Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
Student says Facebook is a waste of time By TESSA KARRNGTON staff writer
Utah Statesman: Do you wear sweater vests? Kyle Bell: Are they the button ones? On occasion. US: What is your favorite class? KB: It would have to be French class. US: Favorite professor? KB: Well, I like them all. Probably Sarah Gordon, because she makes French class interesting.
Caught on Campus Kyle Bell junior Business, MIS
US: Best friend? KB: Yep, his name is Kody. We’ve been best friends since kindergarten. US: Ever broken a bone? If so, how? KB: Yep, my sternum and two ribs, all from a snowboarding accident. US: Favorite style of dance? KB: I really don’t dance. US: Biggest turnoff? KB: Smoking and swearing. US: Best Halloween costume you’ve worn? KB: A scuba diver. I even had all of the scuba gear. US: Favorite holiday? KB: Christmas and Thanksgiving ... it’s a tie. US: What was the last thing you ate? KB: A slice of cinnamon wheat bread with cinnamon butter from the Hub.
US: What is the best current TV show? KB: Smallville or Grey’s Anatomy US: What brand of pants are you wearing? KB: Levis, I think. US: Favorite superhero? KB: Superman! US: Worst class you’ve had in college? Why? KB: Human Anatomy, the teacher treated us like we were medical students. US: Best season of the year? KB: Fall. US: Favorite nursery rhyme? KB: Three Little Pigs. US: What is the farthest you’ve been away from home? KB: Ireland, Scotland and Wales. US: Language you wish you knew? KB: Italian. US: What is the biggest waste of time? KB: Facebook. US: What is your most embarrassing moment? KB: The first time I put my arm around a girl, there was a vase behind me and I knocked it, so it fell and broke.
KYLE BELL SAID HE wishes he knew Italian. Bell also said that his favorite holiday’s are Christmas and Thanksgiving. TESSA KARRINGTON photo
US: Favorite brand of gum? KB: Five.
US: Favorite politician? KB: I don’t really follow politics, so I can’t really say.
US: Where do you shop for groceries? KB: Macey’s.
US: Play any sports? KB: Basketball and bowling.
US: What has been the best part of your day so far? KB: Knowing that I don’t have a test.
US: Hottest celebrity? KB: Probably Jennifer Aniston.
US: Household chore you hate the most? KB: Cleaning the bathroom.
US: Most annoying song? KB: “I’ve got a feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, because it gets stuck in my head all the time.
US: Morning or evening? KB: Evening.
US: What is your favorite school subject?
KB: Any subject dealing with computers and multi-media. US: How do you feel about Betty White? KB: I think she’s way funny. She can always crack a good laugh out of ya! US: Polka dots or plaid? KB: Plaid. US: Pet peeves? KB: When someone cuts me off when I’m speaking or when they ignore me
Anyone can learn to write with Accessories make all the difference when shopping creativity in USU’s new club By SHANELLE GALLOWAY staff writer
Just about everyone who attended an English class in the U.S. public school system recalls the writing prompt; the beginnings of a sentence that lead to a larger story. The Creative Writing Club is a group that caters to students who love writing things like fiction, poetry and narrative essays. The club was started in March by friends Rebecca Thorpe, a junior in landscape architecture, and Lisa Montgomery, a sophomore in English. “I love the creative writing classes,” Montgomery said. “The teachers are great. I love the program.” But she wanted more. In-class writing just wasn’t enough. Since Thorpe isn’t an English major, she wasn’t taking any writing classes but still enjoyed writing, and did it on her own time outside of schoolwork. She and Montgomery began swapping stories, critiquing each others work and giving feedback to enhance their work. This sparked the idea that it would be more beneficial to do the same thing with a number of other people as well, and the Creative Writing Club was born. “We just wanted to meet other writers that share our love for writing. So we just said ‘let’s make a club,’” Montgomery said. The club had a rocky start. Due to its creation so late in the school year hardly anyone joined. Not many people knew about it, despite the fliers that the members posted around campus. The two founders begged
their friends to come out to the meetings. “It was really small last year, since we started at the very end of the school year,” Thorpe said. “We’ve got more people this year, but we’re still trying to grow – trying to get more people other than just friends that we bribed to come.” This year, they began promoting the club only a couple of weeks after the semester started, posting fliers on the doors and bulletin boards of the Ray B. West Building. After four weeks, the club has more than half a dozen members that meet each Thursday at 7 p.m. in Business 116. The meetings start with a spur-of-themoment writing prompt. “Someone usually comes up with one thirty seconds before,” Thorpe said. “One of my favorites was to describe something in an unusual way.” Each member individually takes some time to expand from the prompt, then they move into a short discussion-type lesson, usually lead by Montgomery or Thorpe. The topics range from pointers on how to develop elements of a story, to ways of getting pieces out to the public. “It’s more of a 10-minute presentation. We research all the information ourselves from readings, and we encourage everyone to come up with other information,” Montgomery said. After the discussion, the group critiques each other’s work. Individual pieces are read aloud to everyone else in the group. Reading aloud points out mistakes that the writer may
- See WRITING, page 7
In the real estate Staff business Guy XXXX it is often said that the value of a property is inf luence d by the location. In the fashion world there is a similar theory. The value of an outfit is influenced by the accessories you pair it with. Imagine if you will, the famous opening scene of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Without Audrey’s sparkly tiara, strands of pearls, and oversized sunglasses ... we’re left with the scene of a girl in a black dress holding a doughnut. Not so epic. A great accessory can not only make an outfit come together, it can also add interest, personality and shape to an otherwise simple ensemble. Pairing a sweater with a skinny belt at the waist adds curves to a boyish figure. A great pair of heels can make legs look longer and more shapely. A long necklace can elongate a otherwise short neck. The list goes on. Adding accessories to your wardrobe is also a great way to update your pieces without clearing out your bank account. A few great accessories can double your wardrobe by giving you different options of wearing one piece. Take for example a basic gray sweater. Wear it with a red belt at the waist, a scarf with graphic-print, or an antique brooch, and you have three very different looks from a basic piece. This fall, minimalist styles ruled the runways, giving fashionistas a perfect blank canvas on which to accessorize to their little hearts’ content. For those of you who aren’t big on accessories, now would the perfect time to experiment. Here are some of the noteworthy accessories for fall:
Keeping you trendy
Brooches: Although 20-somethings don’t usually invest in brooches (as often as your grandmother might), they are a lot more wearable than one might think. Add a brooch to a blazer or a vest to add a little feminine touch to this fall’s menswear look. Vintage shops are a great place to find unique brooches. Boots: No brainer, right? Boots are functional during the cold winter months and they’re also a great way to change the mood of any outfit. This season there are three styles to look for: biker, bootie and peep-toe. Wear them with thick knee-high socks, skinny jeans,
Classic Handbags: No more Mary Poppinssized bags. This season think sleek and simple! Look for bright hues and textures. The mix of lace and leather is also trendy for accessories this season. A lace/leather clutch is the perfect way to add a little edge to your wardrobe.
Ladylike Gloves: Another ‘50s-inspired style. Experiment with texture, pattern, and color. They are great for formal events and make everyday outfits a little rock-chic. These gloves are less chunky than regular wool ones. Perfect for those of us who need to use our hands when we’re out-and-about ... but aren’t fans of frostbite!
Socks: (ankle and knee-high) Most of us don’t view socks as an accessory, however, this season socks have become a little less boring and little more trendy. Ankle socks are being worn with pumps (very nerd-chic) and knee-highs are paired with long boots. Experiment with colors and textures. Try a pair of thick ribbed knee-highs with some leather boots, or lace ankle socks with pumps.
Pearl Jewelry: The key to keeping this trend fresh and young is to not overdo it! Try a long necklace with pearl accents. Mix-and-match pearl bracelets with metallic or brightly colored ones. Keep it fun, not stuffy.
When shopping for accessories, prioritize. Before going shopping spend some time taking inventory of your wardrobe and make a list of what you need versus what you want. This is a good way to save money, and to avoid ending up with multiple items that are similar. Two black handbags are useful, 20 are a waste of closet space. Costume jewelry is generally inexpensive (thank you Chanel) and the easiest way to personalize an outfit. Mix-and-match jewelry pieces to avoid looking too structured ... jewelry sets are usually not good idea. Most importantly, have fun with it! Accessories allow you to be creative and make an outfit yours. Stocking up on a few fun accessories is a simple and inexpensive way to update your wardrobe, and take an outfit to the next level. After all, what would the little black dress be without a killer clutch, a pair of pumps, or a great cocktail ring?
– Jimena Herrero has studied fashion for many years. For questions or comments about her column, e-mail her at email@example.com
Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
Learn how to get the most out of your sleep By NIKKI LIVES staff writer
It’s the night before a big exam: one student stays awake cramming information into his brain for hours on end, and another studies for an hour or two and spends the night in snoozeville. Who does better on the test? Dr. Kerry Jordan, assistant professor of psychology, says that sleep deprived students are often more confident about their performance on exams after a night full of cramming, but just the opposite is true. “Sleep deprived students often do more poorly on exams, but are more confident that they did well,” Jordan said. Students who have been up all night cramming feel like they know more because of the extra time they spent studying, but without sleep, the information is not retained as well. “The best thing a student can do is get a full night of sleep before an exam,” said Tom Berry, a staff psychologist and internship coordinator for USU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Berry said studying for an hour and a half and then getting a full night of sleep actually increases test performance. Sleep is a vital, everyday task that some people feel like they can go without, but the repercussions of sleep deprivation can sometimes prove fatal. “Studies have shown that going 16 hours without sleep can make a person’s driving equal to that of being legally intoxicated,” Jordan said. Performance on other easy and sometimes monotonous tasks, such as recalling memories, suffer as well. The impacts of going without sleep can also make one more irritable and leave them feeling physically drained. Humans go through stages known as the
sleep cycles, according to the USU Health Services website. If one wakes in the middle of a deep sleep cycle, he or she is more likely to feel drowsy or tired all day because his or her sleep cycle was not fully finished. In order to complete a cycle, the brain moves into REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep, which is the state where most dreaming and the deepest levels of sleep occur. Jordan says that the REM and deeper sleep phases are the last stages of the sleep cycle. Waking up before the cycles are over is more difficult and can make one feel more tired. She also says these are the phases that are needed the most. Once the brain has been deprived of REM sleep, it will do what is called a “rebound effect.” The brain will try to slip back into those deep sleep cycles faster than a normal sleep cycle, proving that the brain needs REM and deep sleep cycles to rest. “College students are constantly playing fast and loose with their sleep,” Berry said. Students often do not get the right amount of sleep or try to wake up in the middle of sleep cycles. “When a student sleeps through (his or her) alarm, it’s more than likely that (he or she) is at the bottom of the sleep cycle,” Berry said. To help develop a better sleep cycle, USU’s health services website suggests going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day. This helps the body’s inner clock develop a daily rhythm. Also, try to limit napping during the day because it can fragment your sleep rhythm as well. If a nap is necessary, try to nap for under an hour and before 3 p.m. To help students learn more about sleep, Berry, with Counseling and Psychological Services, will be putting on a seminar titled “Getting the Most out of Your Sleep.” Berry will discuss how to manage sleep and
THIS TUESDAY THERE WILL be a seminar on “Getting the most out of your sleep.” The new workshop will teach students the best ways to wake up feeling refreshed. ANI AGHABABYAN photo
make the most out of the time that one has to sleep. “College folks need around nine hours, which would be six sleep cycles,” Berry said. “A sleep cycle is, on average, an hour and a half, so if a student can’t get nine hours, we encourage them to cut back to seven and a half so it’s easier to wake up.” The seminar will also teach students how to deal with chronic sleeping problems, difficulty falling asleep, and sleep quality. Students will also learn how sleeping issues can sometimes be linked to anxiety or depres-
sion. At the end of the seminar, there will be a brief question and answer period for personal sleep issues. “Sleep is so foundational. If (students) are not getting good sleep, everything else a college student has to do becomes harder,” Berry said. “Getting the Most out of Your Sleep” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 19, in TSC room 310B from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The seminar is open to all students. To reserve a seat contact call 797-1012 or stop by TSC 306. -firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor teaches students how to teach others By WHITNEY PAGE staff writer
After Dr. J. Freeman King, director of Deaf Education, traveled to many universities across the country, he was drawn to Utah State. He enjoys fly fishing, taking on the ski slopes, and rock climbing, which contributed to King’s decision to come to Utah. “The first thing that impressed me was the fantastic limestone in the canyon. I had always had to fly to where I had to climb, and I was really impressed with the rock,” King said. King was exposed to the deaf world when he was coaching gymnastics at the YMCA in Louisiana. A 12-year-old deaf boy wanted to join King’s team. King had never met a deaf person before this time, and didn’t know how he was going to communicate with the boy. “We wrote notes back and forth. I told him he could join the team, and he started teaching me a handful of signs. He taught me to finger-spell, and subsequently he introduced me to members of the deaf community by inviting me to a deaf club meeting in Charleston, La.,” King said. From there he drove to Baton Rouge and visited the Louisiana School for the Deaf, attended football games and observed classes there. Coupled with these experiences and the boy on his gymnastics team, he recognized that it was something he was really interested in, and decided he wanted to be a part of it. He applied to do his master’s at Eastern New Mexico University, was accepted and began the program in deaf education. In New Mexico he completed his student teaching and from there he got to
where he is today. “I never took a sign class. I learned from the deaf community. They were my teachers,” King said. After all of the years he has been teaching, King has a lot of experience at the front of the classroom. He says that the most challenging part of being a professor is to “consistently turn out high quality, well-trained teachers that will get out there in the profession and make a difference in the lives of deaf children, as well as in the profession.” Even though it is hard to imagine King doing something other than deaf education, he said he would probably be involved in natural resources if he wasn’t where he is today. He said he might be doing something in the fisheries or wildlife programs or something like park management. King loves teaching his students how to teach others. “The most humbling experience, and there is a number of them, is when my students who are out there teaching now or who have become teachers or college professors themselves contact me or stay in touch. And they tell me that I influence their lives,” King said. He took a two-year sabbatical and went to Mexico, outside Guadalajara, where he trained teachers of the deaf. He got involved in this program while he was teaching at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. After teaching in Mexico, he transferred to El Salvador in the 80s during the civil war that was going on there. “I was the only gringo silly enough, or stupid enough to go to El Salvador at this time. It was a tough time for the country, and it was a dangerous time,” he said. Traveling all over the world, King became fluent in American,
Mexican, Salvadorian and Honduran sign language, and he acquired a little bit of Chinese Sign Language. He can also speak Spanish and a small amount of French. In his traveling to developing countries and teaching teachers for the deaf, he said that he always learns far more from them than he teaches. When King isn’t traveling the world or teaching future teachers of the deaf, he likes to get a bite to eat at some of his favorite restaurants in Cache Valley. One could probably find him at Angie’s, Café Sabor, El Toro Viejo or at a small Salvadorian restaurant, Pupuseria. King said the advice he would give to students at USU is, “Don’t become a clone of other people’s expectations. Become who you were intended to be, become who you are.”
Writing: Club helps members improve writing -continued from page 6 have missed, and all the other members get to hear the story at the same time. The audience gives feedback after the reading is through. Feedback is a major part of the critiquing cycle. It consists of opinions on what would enhance the story, whether by removing certain elements, or adding others. “You get better by hearing
what other people have to say about your work, they catch stuff that you don’t,” Thorpe said. The group is not exclusive only to English majors. Anyone with a love of writing is encouraged to join. The Creative Writing Cub’s main goal is to enhance authors’ technique and give them a place to gather constructive
feedback. “Writing is important for everything; everyone uses it,” Thorpe said. “And creative writing is an emotional outlet.” This club is for all those students who managed to make a novel out of half a sentence during the dreaded daily oral language exercises in grade school, take “once
THE CREATIVE WRITING CLUB began last spring and welcomes anyone to join, no matter what major. The club meets every Thursay at 7 p.m. in Business 116. CATHERINE URIE photo illustration
upon a time...,” put pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard, and let the creative juices flow. – email@example.com. edu
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Hockey splits pair of weekend games at home By MATT SONNENBERG assistant sports editor
For the second straight weekend, Utah State hockey split a pair of games at home, beating Colorado University on Thursday, and dropping the second game to the Junior Idaho Steelheads Friday. Thursday’s game versus Colorado was a rematch from two weekends prior when the Aggies went on the road to beat the Buffaloes 5-4 in overtime to cap off Utah State’s three-game sweep in Colorado. The Buffaloes wasted no time in showing that they were out for revenge, scoring the game’s first goal just 15 seconds after the puck dropped on a goal by Tyler Moore. Utah State’s first strike wasn’t far behind as the Aggies jumped onto the scoreboard less than three minutes later when Kent Arsenault assisted Billy Gouthro for a goal that knotted the game at 1-1. The Aggies kept the pressure high on the Colorado defense, totaling 23 shots in the first period alone, but were unable to get anything else past Buffalo goalie Alex Pomerleau for the rest of the first period. Colorado, however, took back the lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the opening frame, sliding another puck past USU goaltender Dan Cornelius for a 2-1 lead that the Buffalos carried into the first intermission. The second period did not see any letdown by Utah State’s attack, but coincidentally, Pomerleau’s stellar goaltending did not let up either. “Their goalie played phenomenal for them,” Gouthro said. “I think we hit them with about 60 shots today.” Pomerleau’s play was the unquestionable standout performance of the game, for two periods at least, in which he faced a total of 48 shots
UTAH STATE GOALIE DAN CORNELIUS drops down to make a save during Friday’s loss to the Junior Idaho Steelheads. Cornelius had 30 saves in Thursday’s 5-2 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes, outdueling Buffalo counterpart Alex Pomerleau, who had 64 saves on 69 shots on goal. CARL R. WILSON photo
before the second intermismany passes off the rush sion, allowing just one goal. instead of putting the puck On the opposite end of the on net, which resulted in a ice, Cornelius wasn’t too handful of offensive zone shabby himself turnovers. between the Head coach “The guys just pipes for the Jon Eccles made stuck to the Aggies, bounca simple plea ing back from game plan and for his team then eventually to shoot more a shaky start to make saves put a couple in going into the on all 22 of and then opened third period in Colorado’s shots of finally the gap there at hopes through the putting some final two peri- the end.” pucks into the ods. Billy Gouthro, back of the net. While Utah “We ended USU Center up turning State’s offensive pressure was the puck over stellar, the Aggies at times in a few times so we lost an the second period looked to opportunity,” Eccles said be playing too unselfish as a of the superfluous passing. team, which included several “Whether we would have instances of making one too scored or not, we still would
have shot on net and gotten a bounce or a rebound.” Five minutes into the third period, the Aggies finally broke through for their second goal of the game off the stick of Jay McFadden, and took their first lead of the game five minutes later with a power-play goal from Brendan MacDonald to go up 3-2. The Aggies never looked back. Late goals by Jeff Sanders and a second goal by Gouthro sealed the deal for Utah State, lifting the Aggies to a 5-2 victory that put Pomerleau’s stellar performance from the first two periods to waste. Gouthro said, “The guys just stuck to the game plan
and then eventually put a couple in, and then opened the gap there at the end.” In total, the Aggies put 69 shots on net, while Colorado managed just 32 shots against USU. The Aggies also limited themselves to just four penalties on the night, an area that Eccles has been stressing the team to improve upon all season. Eccles said, “I was proud of the boys hanging in there and not giving up, and also not getting frustrated.” Friday’s game against the Junior Idaho Steelheads had a much different feel than that of the win the Aggies had to grind out to earn just one night prior. In a game where Utah State fell behind 3-0, and
were out-shot 43-22, Eccles said the Junior Steelheads played a nearly flawless game, in which they executed their game much more crisply than the Aggies were able to. Jeremy Martin scored the lone goal for the Aggies Friday, with assists from Sanders and MacDonald. The loss drops Utah State’s record on the season to 9-2 going into this weekend’s games, a doubleheader against in-state rival BYU. The Aggies will travel to Provo to face off against the Cougars for the first time this season Friday before returning to face BYU at home Saturday.
Volleyball falls on the road while Morrill takes place in record books By TYLER HUSKINSON web editor
Nevada senior outside hitter Kylie Harrington recorded 20 kills as the Wolf Pack defeated the Utah State Aggies on Friday in four sets (26-24, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16). The Aggies (14-5, 2-4 WAC) dropped their second straight match on the road and fell to 1-3 in Western Athletic Conference road play with the loss. The Wolf Pack (10-9, 4-2 WAC) received strong performances from senior middle blocker Lindsay Baldwin and sophomore Janelle Batista, who pounded 16 and 11 kills, respectively. “I thought we did pretty well the first two sets in taking them out of system,” Aggie head coach Grayson DuBose said. “The second two sets they really took it to us. I don’t feel that we passed well or controlled the service line very well.” The Aggies struggled on offense as junior outside hitter Liz McArthur was the only Aggie spiker to reach double-digit kills with 17. One other bright light in the Aggie loss was senior libero Christine Morrill, who recorded 13 digs to become the all-time digs leader in USU history with 1,617. Morrill passed Kelsi Peterson (2003-06), who previously held the record with
1,614 career digs. “I’m really proud of Christine and the career that she has had,” DuBose said. “She’s part of a special group of seniors and she’s worked very hard to get where she is.” Despite the offensive struggles, USU did make things interesting, especially in the first set. After trailing 8-4, the Aggies went on a 84 run to tie the set at 12 apiece. The Wolf Pack and Aggies then went back and forth the remainder of the set which saw 10 ties and seven lead changes. McArthur pounded one of her 17 kills to give the Aggies a 2320 lead late in the set, but the Wolf Pack went on a 6-1 run to capture the first set victory. The second set was close and saw five ties, but the Aggies were able to hold on for the victory despite the late set push from the Wolf Pack. Baldwin pounded one of her 16 kills to cut the Aggie lead to 23-22, but McArthur and sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen responded with back-to-back kills to notch the second set victory for USU. The Wolf Pack applied suffocating defense to take the third set as they held the Aggies to a .114 hitting percentage. There were seven ties and two lead changes in the third set, and, just as in the first set, the Wolf Pack didn’t begin to pull
away until late in the set. Senior setter Chelsea Fowles logged a kill to cut the Wolf Pack lead to 20-17, but the Pack responded with a 5-2 run to take a 2-1 set lead heading into the fourth set. The fourth set would prove to be the final set, as the Wolf Pack quickly built a 9-3 lead, and never trailed as they coasted to the ninepoint win. The Wolf Pack hit .500 in the fourth set as compared to a .222 hitting percentage for the Aggies. The Aggies finished the match with a .197 hitting percentage, while the Wolf Pack hit .287 overall. Following the match, DuBose lamented USU’s missed opportunity to get an important conference win on the road, and stressed the importance of bouncing back strong as the Aggies head back to Logan for the next three matches. “We need to take care of homecourt and our side of the net,” DuBose said. “Homecourt advantage is something that is really important at this moment.” The Aggies will look to bounce back when they return to action on Thursday, hosting the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at 7 p.m. – firstname.lastname@example.org SENIOR LIBERO CHRISTINE MORRILL became Utah State’s all-time leader in career digs during Friday’s match against the Nevada Wolf Pack. She passes former record holder Kelsi Peterson. Statesman file photo
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Soccer ties BSU, beats Idaho to stay unbeaten in WAC By TAVIN STUCKI and ADAM NETTINA
AGGIE FORWARD SHANTEL FLANARY dribbles past a defender during Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the Idaho Vandals. Flanary scored two goals, the only two of the game, during the second half to give Utah State the victory. The Aggies improved their record in Western Athletic Conference play to 5-0-1 after tying Boise State Friday. CARL R. WILSON photo
Utah State moved into sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference after two games this weekend, improving to a 4-0-1 conference mark with a 2-0 win over Idaho on Sunday. USU’s successful weekend began on Friday, when the Aggies tied Boise State 0-0. Against Boise, Utah State had several opportunities to put the game away but was unable to. With just 30 seconds remaining, Kendra Pemberton swung a corner kick into the box, where Bronco goalkeeper Liz Ruiz miraculously withstood a barrage of threeyard shots from the USU attack. “We had our chances to finish,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns. “We weren’t as clinical or hungry in the box.” Utah State’s defense played valiantly in the match, with Aggie centerback Katie Crosland and the rest of the defense holding Boise State to 12 shots, and just two shots on goal. Goalkeeper Molli Merrill had two saves to keep the Broncos off of the scoreboard. “We were all really solid on the back line,” Crosland said. While the tie wasn’t the win the Aggies were expecting, Cairns and her team came out strong during Sunday’s action against Idaho. Junior forward Shantel Flanary led the way for USU on offense - scoring both Aggie goals - while junior goalkeeper Molli Merrill recorded her seventh shutout of the year. It was USU’s eighth shutout of the season, a mark just two shy of the program’s single sea-
son record of 10 shutouts, set in 2003. The first half of the match came to a close with neither team gaining the upper hand. According to Cairns, USU’s stout defensive play didn’t go unnoticed by the offense, which felt like it was only a matter of time until they broke through the drought. “We knew that we were going to have to do a couple things with this game, including limit their potent attack,” Cairns said. “At half time we told our team that we felt like it was coming. We felt that we created enough possession in the attacking third that the goal was going to come, we had to just stay with it.” Flanary found the net in the 50th minute to give USU a 1-0 lead, and connected again in the 78th minute for her eighth goal of the year. The performance was the perfect cap to the weekend for the Utah state junior, especially after the team failed to score Friday. “It was nice to bounce back after the tie against Boise State, where we though that we were unlucky not finishing anything. It is nice to come out and win today,” Flanary said. With the win, USU improves to 8-5-4 on the year, and continues to be among the hottest teams in the West, having won five of their last six matches and tying Boise State in the other. The Aggies will travel to California for the next two conference matches, where they will face Fresno State on Friday before playing at San Jose State on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. – email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
McKenna places 34th at cross country pre-nationals By MARK ISRAELSEN staff writer
The Utah State men’s and women’s cross country teams headed to Terra Haute, Ind. for the annual NCAA Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, finishing with strong individual performances. The Aggie men were led by junior Brian McKenna, who finished the 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 21.3 seconds, coming in 34th overall. The mark was the highest for a USU runner at the event since Trevor Ball came in fifth during the 2005 meet. “Brian’s 34th place finish is the best Aggie finish we have had in a little while at pre-nationals,” said Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel. “We are pretty proud of him today.”
McKenna was followed closely by junior Daniel Howell, who came in 44th overall in a time of 24:32.1. Propelled by these two finishes, the USU men came in 22nd out of 36 teams. Given the quality of the competition, Gensel said he was pleased with the performance. “This meet is huge in the number of athletes and teams,” Gensel said. “It is sometimes easy to get lost in the pack. I think our athletes did a great job of staying together and sticking to our plan.” “Pre-nats,” as the race is commonly called, is a pivotal meet in the cross country season because it gives teams a good idea of where they stand and also gives athletes a chance to race on the nationals course. The race regularly draws
runners and teams from all over the country, and this year more than 1,600 athletes competed in this prestigious event. Overall, the race was won by the defending national champion and course record holder, Samuel Chelanga from Liberty. He was followed by Ryan Hill (North Carolina State), Daniel Chenoweth (Harvard), Trevor Dunbar (Portland), and Miles Batty (BYU). The men’s team race was won by Oklahoma, followed by BYU and Colorado close behind in third. On the women’s side, USU was led by sophomore Ruth Hilton, who came in 77th in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 21:38.8. Hilton was followed by senior Kim Quinn, who clocked 22:12.9 to come in 141st and
help the Aggies finish 28th out of 40 teams. “Our goal was to see improvement and to help prepare for WAC Championships,” Gensel said. “We really came out and did that today.” The women’s race was won by Lucy Van Dalen (Stony Brook) in 20:08. Van Dalen was followed closely by Laura Tremblay (Colorado), Kathy Kroeger (Stanford), Laura Hoer (North Carolina State), and Emily Jones (Georgetown). The team title went to Georgetown, with Colorado barely edging Stanford for second. Utah State will now have a week off as they prepare for the WAC Championships on Oct. 30 in Reno, Nev. The Aggie men have been unstoppable in the recent past ,win-
ning the last five WAC team championships. USU will look to extend their streak to six with defending champion Brian McKenna at the helm. McKenna has led the Aggies in every race so far this year, and is looking to improve even more after his impressive sophomore season, where he was the individual WAC champion and the WAC Athlete of the Year. The Aggie women won the WAC championships in 2008, but come into this race with plenty of motivation after finishing second behind New Mexico State in 2009. Utah State will be led by junior Jessie Chugg and sophomore Ruth Hilton as they look to regain the WAC title.
Men’s basketball holds first official team practice Friday BY USU ATHLETICS
Utah State’s men’s basketball team held its first official practice of the 2010-11 season Friday night as 15 players participated in the two hour and 30 minute workout in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Among the group are 10 players with at least one year experience in the program and six seniors who have a combined 17 years. “Not bad for the first day,” said head coach Stew Morrill after Friday’s practice. “It’s nice to get back out here and I think we’ve got a good group again and that should help us progress. It’s an interesting mix with lots of new guys and lots of veterans who have been around a long time.” Highlighting those veterans is senior forward Tai Wesley who earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as a junior as he finished the year ranking fourth in the WAC and 12th in the nation in shooting at 57.4 percent. He also ranked fifth in the league in assist-toturnover ratio (1.86), sixth in blocked shots (1.31), 10th in rebounding (6.6), 11th in assists (3.34), 13th in scoring (13.7) and 15th in free throw shooting (.701). Wesley was also named to the WAC’s all-tournament team in 2010, along with receiving first-team all-league honors from both Sporting News and NetScouts Basketball, as well as second-team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “I thought we had a very good first practice and felt like the intensity was there,” said Wesley. “The tempo was good, we went hard, and I felt like we got better today even though we made a lot of mistakes “It’s almost bittersweet that this is my last year and I’m a little sad to say that I’m a senior. But, I’m very excited and I feel like this year could be a very special year for us,” added Wesley. Along with Wesley, Utah State returns three other starters from last year’s team in senior forward Nate Bendall, and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams. USU’s four other returning lettermen are senior forward Matt Formisano, senior guard Brian Green, junior forward Brady Jardine and sophomore guard Preston Medlin. Bendall was named to the WAC’s all-newcom-
er team in 2010 as he finished the year averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while ranking seventh in the league in field goal shooting (.562), eighth in free throw shooting (.815) and 11th in blocked shots (0.88). Newbold finished the year averaging 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, while ranking fifth in the WAC in three-point shooting at 42.1 percent. He also shot 44.4 percent from the field and 88.1 percent at the free throw line during the season. Williams became the first Aggie ever named to the WAC’s all-defensive team in 2010 and he finished the year averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from threepoint range and 54.7 percent at the free throw line. Along with being named to the league’s all-defensive team, he was also named the WAC’s Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News. Green was also named to the WAC’s all-newcomer team in 2010 as he averaged 7.6 points and 1.6 rebounds, and shot 47.7 percent from the field and 84.0 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in three-point shooting at 50.0 percent, which is a USU single-season record. Formisano has played in 82 games during his USU career and averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds as a junior. Jardine has played in 57 games during his first two years at Utah State, and averaged 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore, while Medlin averaged 3.7 points in 22 games last season. In all, Utah State’s four returning starters have a combined 353 games played while at USU including 288 starts, while its four other returnees have a total of 195 games played at USU. Joining Utah State’s eight returnees are two redshirts in junior forward Morgan Grim and freshman forward Brad Brown, and six newcomers in junior guards Antonio Bumpus and Brockeith Pane, sophomore guard E.J. Farris, freshman forward Ben Clifford, and freshmen guards Leon Cooper, Jr., and James Walker III. Overall, Utah State returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s team that advanced to its 19th NCAA Tournament alltime, including its seventh in the last 11 years
under Morrill as it lost to Texas A&M, 69-53, in the first round. Utah State finished the 2009-10 season with a 27-8 record and went 14-2 in WAC play to claim its third-straight regular season league championship, which is a school record. Over the last three years, USU has a combined record of 81-24 (.771) including a 40-8 (.833) WAC mark. Utah State will continue with practice over the
next 10 days leading up to its annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Three days later, USU will play its first exhibition game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 30 against Universite Laval at 7 p.m. The Aggies will then play its final exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 5 against Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. before beginning the regular season at home against Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
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Incoming freshmen don’t quite measure up
Editor in Chief
Pardon us if we’re not surprised by Rob Nief and Tom McBride’s comments about this year’s class of college freshmen being unprepared for the challenges in front of them. Nief and McBride, who spoke to USU faculty last week, said that college freshmen across the country have displayed a sense of entitlement when it comes to their assignments and responsibilities, while also lacking the patience and understanding to complete basic assignments. For those of us old enough to remember when a phone was something you used to call people (as opposed to, you know, watch live European soccer matches), the shift to impersonal communication that has engulfed this current freshman class is alarming. It hit us, we think, somewhere between having to replace the “LOLZ” and “OMG” in their first articles submitted to The Statesman, and the awkward stares we got from the university’s freshmen when we sat down to study for midterms. It got worse when we had to explain what midterms were, and that – believe it or not – we had to head to our respective places of employment (otherwise known as ‘jobs’) following classes. Ok, we know its standard practice to pick on the freshman, but who among us hasn’t noticed a certain sense of disconnect when it comes to the most recent additions to the USU community? From hanging around the Junction smoking (seemingly 24/7, may we add) to text messaging right in front of professors in class, the behaviors of some of our school’s current freshmen have left us wondering if they even know what they’re here for. We’re not saying college shouldn’t be fun – no, that would be BYU – but there should be some work involved, and it’s only expected that the struggle to balance academics, work and a responsible social life might incur a little stress along the way. Nief and McBride may be onto something, and if they are, count us among those who fear for the future. Let’s take pride in our university and our studies, and prove that being a college student isn’t just an oxymoron.
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Homecoming Week, leave your legacy It’s that time of year again. Leaves are changing, our ASUSU football team is winning, the View air is crisp, and Homecoming has arrived. Our theme this year is “Leave your Legacy: Once an Aggie, Always an Aggie.” College is supposed to be the time of our lives, right? Our experiences here are what connect us to this University. They are what motivate us to become proud alumni. I wanted students to take this week and think about making their mark on Utah State. We planned the week with the students as our main priority. We’re kicking things off Monday with free lunch provided by the LDS Student Association on the patio at noon. Come 9 p.m. Monday, we’ll be getting the night started with one of my favorite traditions, street painting. Clubs and organizations from around campus gather to represent themselves in street murals all along 700 North. Also starting at 9 p.m. is a campus favorite, the Paint Dance. The party will be located on the HPER Field and will feature DJ Breezy. The best part is, the paint will be fluorescent and illuminated by lots of black light power. Imagine the paint bar in Miss Congeniality and add 2,000 dancing Aggies and good music. It’s going to be a blast. Tuesday will be a nice, chill day started off with our Mr. USU contestants serving free Aggie Ice Cream on the Plaza at noon, followed that evening with Moonlight and Music featuring Kaylee Cole and headliner Benton Paul in the amphitheater at 6 p.m. The night will end with a viewing of Toy Story 3 in the TSC Ballroom at 8 p.m. Wednesday holds my favorite event, Mr. USU. The competition has 10 great contestants representing all eight colleges, the Greek community, and diversity. Each will compete to be crowned the new Mr. USU and awarded with a custom ring made and donated by S.E. Needham Jewelers. The competition begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $2, or $1 with a can of food. All food collected will be donated to the Student Nutrition Access Center. Thursday is packed full with three events. First off is Alpha Chi Omega Dollar Days. The sorority will be out on the plaza selling hot dogs and other products for $1. All proceeds will be donated to their philanthropic cause, Victims of Domestic Violence.
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ForumLetters Novak comes at high cost
To the editor: If you haven’t heard, BJ Novak is coming to campus. Yes that’s right, one of the writers for the hit comedy, The Office, is coming to Utah State. Now before you pull out your Crackberry and tweet “OMG SOOOO EXCITED #BJNOVAK IS COMING TO USU!” you should also know we are paying him $50,000 to be here. Yes sir, BJ Novak is making an easy $50,000 to spend one hour standing on stage to amaze us with his practiced wit and humor. You want to know the best part? Not only are your student fees going to cover the down payment on his L.A. condo, only 2,100 of you get that chance to attend, better get those tickets quick. For those of you who don’t like math that’s $50,000 for a show only 12 percent of the student body gets to attend. As a former ASUSU Programming Director I think the most important piece of this is that this spree was all a gamble. Believe it or not USU has a diverse population. It is the job of those putting on these activities to try and bring a diverse group of speakers, musicians, comedians etc. so they can satisfy many students’ interests. Spending over half your budget on an event only 12 percent of students can attend, hoping to make it back through ticket sales is risky and not good programming. Few students know that the ASUSU Arts and Lectures Director gets around $90,000 a year to spend on speakers, musicians and any other performers he or she sees fit. This, if anything, should be a wake-up call to students to pay closer attention at election time when you’re picking next year’s officers; your vote matters. Kayla Harris
Atheism article in bad taste
tic. Why I seemed most annoyed by this story was the fact that it seemed as though it found this atheism objectionable. Why are we so concerned with what everyone else believes in? I had a friend that said, “I do not need religion to make good choices.” Just because you do not believe in God, or any sort of higher being does not necessarily mean that they are a bad person. I found it ironic that one of the criteria of sending in a “Letter to the Editor” is being of good taste, but in my opinion this story was of very bad taste. I am disappointed to be attending the same university with someone that is so closedminded. Cameron Mumford
Church stance hard to follow To the editor: As a young Mormon boy I often sang with gusto “follow the prophet he knows the way, follow the prophet don’t go astray.” Now, as a 25-year-old Latter-day Saint at USU, I find myself singing this same song with appenato instead. Since 2008 I have found myself increasingly at odds with my Church’s position on homosexuality. The recent General Conference talk by Boyd K. Packer “Cleansing the Inner Vessel” further solidified my inner conflict. I feel, as do other Mormons I know, like I am moving in one direction, and my Church is moving in another. Like all faithful Mormons I want to believe what the leaders of the Church say. I like the idea that there is a living prophet who speaks for God, and can direct me for good. It is a transcendent idea to believe that God loves us enough to be involved intimately in our daily lives through the Church. And, I owe much to the Church in way of great experiences and wonderful friends growing up. However, lately I have struggled with my commitment to Mormonism. The LDS Church’s involvement
To the editor: In the Oct. 13 edition of The Utah Statesman, I was very disgruntled by the headlined story, “Number of Atheists and Non-Believers Increases.” I am a devout Latter-day Saint but grew up in both Vermont and Texas, and I have many friends that are either atheists or agnos-
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Letters to the editor • A public forum with Proposition 8, along with its historical insensitivity toward gays, has made me question what it means to be a Latter-day Saint. Although I will always consider myself a DNA Mormon, I am not proud of the way my Church is responding to social change in America. I believe in times like these, as Mormons, we need to take a step outside the box and reconsider our history. Since the Church’s founding in 1830 its mission has been to bring people together in Christ. Under Joseph Smith’s charismatic leadership, early Mormons unified themselves around the idea of building Zion, a place where God could dwell among his people and they would be of one heart and one mind. Nevertheless, throughout our Church’s history, our understanding of Zion and who can be a part of it has evolved. We need only look back 40 years to find a Mormonism that did not allow people with African ancestry be part of Zion. Take a look back a little further and you will find a Mormonism that understood Zion to be communities of polygamous saints. Today, Mormons understand Zion to be the body of Church members all over the world. It has taken time but we now accept people of all races into fellowship and no longer practice polygamy. I don’t know many Mormons who would want to go back to the way things used to be. As a people we have come a long way in the right direction and we do much good in the world. However, as I see it, there is still one group of people on the fringes of Zion. They are our homosexual brothers and sisters and they have been outside for too long. I don’t know everything there is to know about the complex issues surrounding same-gender attraction, but I do know that historically, as a Church, when we have accepted change we have been enlightened in the process. When I read the words from the Book of Mormon, “He inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile,” I am persuaded to believe that God’s love is big enough to include everyone, including homosexuals. Brad Hansen
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Get informed before you vote As election day Republican nears, I feel Rumblings compelled to issue a strong warning to all voters. The warning is thus: This is not a test. You cannot go into it unprepared and blow it thinking you can make up for it with extra credit down the road. Know who you are voting for and be aware that the answer is not always an (R) next to someoneâ€™s name. This may sound out of place coming from a such a strong conservative as myself. I am as concerned about the path our country is on as anyone, but I am also wary of a quick fix and am looking at how this election will affect our chances of electing a Republican president in just two years. This midterm election cycle has produced some really angry voters who are fed up with the â€œchangeâ€? they voted for in 2008, and rightly so. We were promised an end to politics as usual, creation of more jobs, getting our troops out of Iraq, and a surge in the economy. What we got was Chicago-style politics, a rise in unemployment, â€œpeace-keepingâ€? forces remaining in Iraq, and a slow and struggling economy on life support. Angry town hall meetings and boiling-mad Tea Party supporters have produced a huge surge of support for the Republican Party. This, in some cases, has reduced many races to a chest-thumping, flag-waving argument of who loves the Constitution more. Republicans shouldnâ€™t have any problem regaining power in the House, and while the Senate seems to be a tighter race, it is still within reach. There are several key gubernatorial races that could very likely turn red as well. Election day could produce a new Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader and Republican majority in both the House and Senate, leaving one key, slightly overlooked office still controlled by a Democrat â€“ that of the President. It will be all too easy for President Obama to blame any and all problems, persistent or new, on Republicans in 2012 if this major power shift comes to fruition. A slow economy, unemployment, refusal to work with the President and his policies and large national debt will be dumped by the White House squarely in the laps of Republicans if these things arenâ€™t turned around fast enough. Vice President Biden has already said that unless Republicans
win the House, Senate and all key gubernatorial races, that the right wing has failed. However ridiculous this statement may seem now, it could create a swing of support back in the other direction for 2012, just in time get Obama re-elected. The Dems are right â€“ that end result would be a colossal failure. I strongly believe our nation cannot sustain another four years of Obamaâ€™s administration. My urging to all voters is to think long term when casting your ballots. We not only need a sweeping changing of the guard with our elected officials, but we need to change them to people that are qualified and able to effectively implement the principles and strategies they are running on. If you want to elect everyone who calls themselves a Republican because you think they can do a better job than a Democrat, I urge you to think again. The few under-qualified and slightly deranged candidates on the Republican ticket will only hurt the party down the road. I encourage you to research all candidates that will be appearing on your ballot and decide, based on each candidateâ€™s credentials and ideals, who is most qualified to serve you. If we elect incompetent yahoos to office based solely on the (R) next to their name, we will pay the price by torpedoing a Republican presidential candidate in two years. Voting on a whim wonâ€™t do anything to fix our country, but a careful evaluation of those you are voting for will. The long term repercussions of them being in office and most decisions they make are decided by you. It is your responsibility as a voter to elect capable individuals with integrity. The state election office even attempts to give us a glimpse at who we are voting for by mailing out a voter information packet. Read it! Know where each candidate stands on the issues that are important to you. Furthermore, know what each amendment or resolution is about on your ballot. When you step up to the voting machine this November, do so fully prepared to perform your civic duty. By casting your ballot, you are impacting the direction and future of your country on a broad scale for years to come in only a matter of moments. Donâ€™t take your responsibility lightly. We are the people who truly shape our country into what we want it to be. Choose wisely, and be educated Nov. 2. Renae Cowley is a senior majoring in public relations. She can be reached at email@example.com
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T hursday evening will include a Luau in the Fieldhouse providing students with free food and performances by the Polynesian Student Union. The party will run from 6-8 p.m. After the Luau, the girls around campus have a game on their plate. The Powderpuff Football tournament will be held at 9:30 p.m. at Romney Stadium. Four teams will compete for the championship title and only one will come out the winner. Fridayâ€™s festivities begin with the HURD serving free Scotsman Dogs on the TSC Plaza at noon. Following that is something Iâ€™m really excited about: the Homecoming Time Capsule. To go along with our theme and to kick off the new decade, weâ€™ve decided to give students the chance to freeze some time in history. Weâ€™ll have a photobooth available and letter-writing supplies ready for anyone who wants to contribute. Friday night will celebrate the week with the annual Homecoming Dance at 9 p.m. in the TSC. The dance will feature DJ Marcus Wing, jazz band The Utah Jazztet, and vocalist Nik Day. Admission is free and dates are not required, so come join the fun. Of course the week wouldnâ€™t be complete without everyoneâ€™s favorite tradition, True Aggie Night at midnight. But donâ€™t worry â€“ the week isnâ€™t over yet! Saturday morning starts off with a 5k fun run with a new twist. Prizes will be awarded to not only the fastest time but also the person who is adorned with the most Aggie spirit wear. There will also be a mile-long race for the youth in our community. Registration will begin that
morning at 8 a.m. in front of the HPER building. After the football, which kicks off at 3 p.m., weâ€™ve got a fun ending to the week. In the ballroom, weâ€™ll be presenting Justin James, comedian hypnotist. He will be doing a show at 9 p.m. and another at 10:30 pm. Weâ€™ve worked hard to
make this week memorable and entertaining. I hope that everyone will come out and enjoy the activities we planned and enjoy Homecoming, one of college lifeâ€™s best traditions. Rachel Hansen is the ASUSU Traditions Director
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University helps disabled students experience college life WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) – Zach Neff is all high-fives as he walks through his college campus in western Missouri. The 27-year-old with Down syndrome hugs most everybody, repeatedly. He tells teachers he loves them. “I told Zach we are putting him on a hug diet – one to say hello and one to say goodbye,” said Joyce Downing, who helped start a new program at the University of Central Missouri that serves students with disabilities. The hope is that polishing up on social skills, like cutting back on the hugs, living in residence halls and going to classes with nondisabled classmates will help students like Neff be more independent and get better jobs. In years past, college life was largely offlimits for students with such disabilities, but that’s no longer the case. Students with Down syndrome, autism and other conditions that can result in intellectual disabilities are leaving high school more academically prepared than ever and ready for the next step: college. Eight years ago, disability advocates were able to find only four programs on university campuses that allowed students with intellectual disabilities to experience college life with extra help from mentors and tutors. As of last year, there were more than 250 spread across more than three dozen states and two Canadian provinces, said Debra Hart, head of Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which provides services to people with disabilities. That growth is partly because of an increasing demand for higher education for these students and there are new federal funds for such programs. The federal rules that took effect this fall allow students with intellectual disabilities to receive grants and work-study money. Because details on the rules are still being worked out, the earliest students could have the money is next year. Hart and others expect the funds to prompt the creation of even more programs.
“There is a whole generation of young people who have grown up under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to them it (college) is the logical next step,” Hart said. The college programs for these students vary. Generally the aim is to support the students as they take regular classes with nondisabled students. Professors sometimes are advised to modify the integrated classes by doing things like shifting away from a format that relies entirely on lectures and adding more projects in which students can work in groups. One program in Idaho offers classes in drama, art and sign language. Students on other campuses can improve their computer skills or take child development classes. Sometimes they’re paired with non-disabled students and advocates say the educational coaches, mentors and tutors who help them often are studying to become special education teachers or social workers and learn from the experience too. Disability advocates say only a small percentage of these students will receive degrees, but that the programs help them get better jobs. Historically, adults with intellectual disabilities have been restricted primarily to jobs in fast food restaurants, cleaning or in socalled “sheltered workshops,” where they work alongside other disabled people and often earn below-minimum wages, said Madeleine Will, vice president of the National Down Syndrome Society. With additional training, Hart said participants can go on to do everything from being librarian’s assistants to data-entry work in an office. Much remains to be learned about what type of program works best, but Hart said that will likely change. Besides allowing for federal financial aid for these programs, Congress also has appropriated $10.56 million to develop 27 model projects
to identify successful approaches. The infusion of federal money has generated some criticism. Conservative commentator Charlotte Allen said it’s a waste to spend federal tax dollars on the programs and insisted that calling them college dilutes the meaning of college. “It’s a kind of fantasy,” said Allen, a contributing editor for Minding the Campus, a publication of the fiscally conservative Manhattan Institute. “It may make intellectually disabled people feel better, but is that what college is supposed to be all about?” Oftentimes students with these disabilities stop their formal education when they finish high school, which is usually around the age of 21. Some districts have a partnership with colleges under which the district pays for their 18to 21-year-old students to take higher education classes. In other cases, college costs are paid for by the parents. Their children previously haven’t been eli-
gible for grants and work study money because they generally weren’t seeking a degree and wouldn’t have been admitted to college through the typical process. These programs look “at higher education for what it’s purpose in our community and our culture is – to provide opportunities for learning,” said Meg Grigal, a researcher who works with Hart. Back at the University of Central Missouri, Neff and another participant in the program for students with developmental issues, Gabe Savage, laugh with friends during lunch in their residence hall cafeteria. Savage, a 26-year-old from Kansas City, is grateful for it all – new friends, the chance to try out for a school play, brush up on his computer skills and even take a bowling class with non-disabled students looking to earn a physical education credit. “It’s an answer to my prayer that I am here,” he said. “I always wanted to do this.”
GABE SAVAGE, ALEX SHAFFER, and Mallory Graves (right to left), walk across campus at Central Missouri State University. The three are part of a handful of students participating in a two-year program at the school tailored to students with mental disabilities. AP photo
American released from Iranian prison TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – An Iranian-American businessman freed after more than two years in Tehran’s main prison visited survivors of a deadly 2008 mosque bombing as a condition of his release in a scripted event Sunday that could carry propaganda value at home. Iranian authorities did not immediately explain their demand for 71-year-old Reza Taghavi to pay homage in the southern city of Shiraz – and personally acknowledge an attack in which he denies having any connection. But it would fit neatly into possible Iranian attempts to squeeze multiple messages
REZA TAGHAVI, an Iranian-American businessman, speaks at his home a day after he was released from Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, Sunday. AP photo
from Taghavi’s release on Saturday after 29 months in custody. It can easily score political points at home for the ruling clerics at a time when international sanctions are hurting Iran’s economy. Iran is pressing to resume talks on its nuclear program with the United States and other world powers after a yearlong standoff. The European Union’s foreign affairs and security chief, Catherine Ashton, suggested last week after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that talks could be held as early as next month. But Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has already thrown up a big hurdle – saying talks could move forward only if the West clarifies its position on Israel’s undeclared, but widely suspected, nuclear arsenal. The U.S. and allies fear Iran could use its nuclear fuel labs to eventually produce weapons-grade material. Iran says it only seeks peaceful energy-producing reactors. Taghavi’s attorney said he purposely left American officials out of the negotiations to avoid having his client become a bargaining chip. “Our strategy was to make sure that our dialogue with the (Iranian) government was between us and them,” said Prosper, who held five rounds of direct talks with Iranian envoys since Taghavi was jailed. Prosper said the talks ultimately convinced authorities that his client had no links to a rebel group blamed for the Shiraz mosque bombing that killed 14 people. Taghavi says he unwittingly gave $200 to someone with ties to the group. Taghavi’s detention drew far less international attention than the campaign to free three young Americans taken into custody last year along Iran’s border with Iraq and accused of spying. One of the three, Sarah Shourd, was granted freedom last month on $500,000 bail. Shourd’s two companions, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, remain jailed and face possible trial on espionage charges. Some conditions of Shourd’s release were similar to those for Taghavi. Shourd was allowed to leave Iran only after meeting
with children of an Iranian woman jailed in the United States and visiting families of Iranians held for two years by American forces in Iraq. Taghavi fulfilled his pledge to visit the site of the mosque bombing. They later met with survivors, including people who lost relatives in the attack. Iran did not immediately release video of the encounters on state TV. “Freedom is something so good. No one can imagine. I hope everybody enjoys his freedom,” Taghavi told The Associated Press in Tehran. Taghavi had been jailed for passing $200 to someone suspected of links to a rebel group known as Tondar, which seeks to topple the Islamic system and was implicated in the mosque bombing. In 2009, Iran hanged three men convicted of a role in the bombing. Taghavi, who was never formally charged, denies knowingly supporting the faction. He told AP Television News that he was given the money by an acquaintance in the United States and “brought the money here without knowing anything about it.” He said his friend took advantage of his trust and that he plans to sue him. Taghavi said he spent part of his time in Evin prison in wards that held many detainees from the effort to crush dissent after the disputed re-election of Ahmadinejad in June 2009. Shourd and the other two Americans detained with her were also held in Evin. Taghavi’s attorney told the AP his client “admitted to nothing and he continues to maintain his innocence.” Iranian officials are “comfortable that he was in fact used by this organization, and comfortable that he does not pose a threat to them and that he can leave and go back to the United States,” said Prosper. Taghavi said prison authorities at Evin did not mistreat him and “didn’t do anything wrong to me.” “They were kind to me, especially as I am old, and you know, they were watching carefully with me,” said Taghavi.
Top 400 charities see billions less in donations
WASHINGTON (AP) – A new ranking of the nation’s 400 biggest charities shows donations dropped by 11 percent overall last year as the Great Recession ended – the worst decline in 20 years since the Chronicle of Philanthropy began keeping a tally. The Philanthropy 400 report to be released
Monday shows such familiar names as the United Way and the Salvation Army, both based near Washington, continue to dominate the ranking, despite the 2009 declines. The survey accounts for $68.6 billion in charitable contributions. An earlier report by the Giving USA
Foundation found overall charitable giving declined 3.6 percent last year. That report included giving to private foundations and to smaller charities, while the Chronicle’s survey only includes top charities raising money from the public. “It shows that charities are really having a tough time, and this is some of the most successful charities in the United States,” Chronicle Editor Stacy Palmer said. “Usually bigger charities are more resilient, so that’s the part that is still surprising.” The top charities may have taken such a hit as giving shifted to smaller, local groups and because people gave less money to arts and cultural groups, Palmer said. Plus, even though the recession has officially ended, unemployment remains high at nearly 10 percent nationally and the economy continues to sputter. The Salvation Army, based in Alexandria, Va., maintained its No. 2 ranking after the United Way, with $1.7 billion in contributions, despite a decline of 8.4 percent. “The only caveat is our Christmas was extraordinary,” said Major George Hood, the Salvation Army’s head of community relations. The group’s red kettle campaign raised a record $130 million in 2008 and surpassed that in 2009 to raise $139 million. “The American public really dug deep during the holiday season, and in the balance of the year really cut back in what they gave to charity,” he said.
The Salvation Army also is grappling with how to lure younger donors and is ramping up its digital video marketing and social networking strategies, as it has previously relied on an older demographic that lived through World War I and World War II. Last week, the Salvation Army signed its first agreement to receive donations by text message, which it will roll out this Christmas season, Hood said. Text donations have risen in popularity in the past year for groups like the Red Cross, which encouraged such donations after the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January. Officials have also looked at creating avatars or online games to engage younger donors. “It’s so far out for a Victorian-era conservative organization like us ... kinda freaky,” Hood said. “But if we can find a way to cost effectively leverage technology, we’re game.” Only four charities in the top 10 reported increased contributions over last year. For many, that growth has been driven by donated goods rather than cash. For instance, the Stamford, Conn.-based AmeriCares Foundation grew the fastest in 20 years to be ranked No. 4, up from 86th in 1991. Its contributions were mostly food, medicine and other goods, not money. Feed the Children, based in Oklahoma City, and Food for the Poor, based in Coconut Creek, Fla., also grew dramatically in the past two decades. Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity had some of the largest growth in cash donations over that time.
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Almanac Today in History: In 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre.
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Ecology Seminar: Why are Chili Peppers Hot? on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in NR 105. Putting Habitat Corridors to the Test on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in ENGR 101. Hey Girls! The USU Men’s Volleyball team is sponsoring a women’s indoor tournament on Oct. 22 and 23. Get your team together and start practicing now to compete! Check out the website for registration: www.usu.edu/camprec/htm/clubsports. Titans of Yoga Utah movie premiere will be shown Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Whittier Center Gym. Proceeds of screening benefit Green Tree Yoga in Cache County afterschool programs. On Oct. 21 will be the first of several free cover concerts this year from IMC. Just call your songs in by posting on our facebook page by searching for Independent Music Club. Upcoming dates for Cafe Ibis: Opening Reception for Photographer Jessica Briggs and live music by Kris Krompel on Oct. 22 from 7-9 p.m. and Ryan and Bill on Oct. 24 from 12-2 p.m.
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