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Utah State football posts worst offensive outing in over a decade in loss to Air Force

Meet the Getaway Special Team — a group of USU students working with NASA to get a CubeSat into space

The haunted histories of USU’s sorority houses

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Howl 2019 expands available activities By Nichole Bresee STUDENT LIFE STAFF WRITER

Like many of her peers, Morgan Homer went to the Howl to

have a good time. But unlike most, a good time does not mean going anywhere near a dance floor; it means getting airbrush

tattoos, eating food or watching comedians perform. Unfortunately, dancing used to be all students like Homer could do at the Howl, but this year it changed.

The Howl, a massive Halloween party hosted by the USUSA

for students and community members, was held on Oct. 25

with “The Upside Down” as the theme. This year, USUSA de-

cided to increase the amount of activities available in the TSC, PHOTO COURTESY OF Madlyn Petty

Utah State’s premier Halloween party again took over the Taggart Student Center this past weekend.

Blood, sweat, and tears - the life of volunteers cleaning up after the Howl By Michaella Whitney NEWS STAFF WRITER

If the Howl is notorious for confetti, gum

and the occasional condom, why do people volunteer to clean it up?

The answer is simple: They don’t have to

pay for a ticket. They get to go to the Howl and still experience it. They get to be with friends. They also get to be involved on campus.

Some students volunteered because they

didn’t buy a ticket before tickets sold out. Sarah Price, a volunteer, said, “I wanted

to be involved in the Howl, but I was a little late buying a ticket. So I did it because a lot of my friends were doing it.”

Others did it because they felt it was

a better experience than attending as a

patron. Jenny Patino said, “I have volun-

teered before. It’s better than attending. I can tell you that you feel more clean.”

Tiffany Taggart, another volunteer, said,

“I volunteered because I feel it’s a great

way to be involved in campus activities.

It’s a good deal because you get your food, your shirt and free admission to the event

and still get to experience it all but still get

Benson said. “We just want to have people make positive memories.”

“Crazy things can happen at the Howl,

to help.”

but we’ll make sure to nip it in the butt

said, “Without the volunteers, we would

Alexis Needleman said. She is also a mem-

Cy Robinson,USUSA activities director,

not be able to do it.”

Kent Harris, the Utah State University Po-

and make sure everything turns out okay,” ber of activities committee.

People were expecting to see a slew of

lice Department captain, said, “This event

different things, including drugs, inap-

each and every one of them for being here

which, according to Howl attendee Tia

couldn’t happen without them. I thank and working these events.”

Though the Howl is perhaps the big-

propriate dance moves and risky clothes, Goldsberry, is an understatement.

Taggart said, “I love to see and feel the

gest event during spooky season, those

excitement everyone has, whether it’s

making sure everyone was safe and had a

feel like they’re being really rebellious

who volunteered at the Howl focused on good time.

Sierra Benson, a lead and part of the

USUSA activities committee, said their

main objective as leads and volunteers is to “keep people safe and to have fun.”

“We don’t want anyone to come away

with a bad experience of the Howl, which

is one of the things that is hugely stressed,”

Brigham Young University students who coming or whether it’s just USU students

who are just excited to be there with their friends.”

The theme of the Howl was in homage to

the 80s, using the Netflix series “Stranger Things” to inspire the event.

“I think it’s going to attract a lot of peo-

giving students the option to play old-fashioned arcade games, go through a haunted house or try out virtual reality.

“Last year, the main attraction was the dance, and I don’t real-

ly like dances,” Homer said. “But this year, they had a bunch of new things and other options for people like me. I really liked

how interactive the new activities, like the arcade and haunted

house, were. It was a lot better experience than just watching a hypnotist.”

Cy Robinson, USUSA activities director, said one of the goals

for the Activities Committee was to make the experience better holistically for students who may not be fans of the dance, and to also make it seem like a brand-new Howl experience for students who have attended in the past.

“We want to bring people back because they’re like, ‘Oh, what

else is going to be new?’” Robinson said. “The dance is the

dance, and people love it. But the TSC has so much variabili-

ty that we want to create a better experience for all students,

regardless of whether or not they want to dance, or they want to just come and watch their friends get hypnotized.”

Even without the addition of new attractions, multiple attend-

ees like Jadine Medina and Nate Hoffman, who are USU alum-

ni, and Jessica Medina, an SUU student, said they were eager to attend the Howl for the dance alone.

“I just look forward to dancing my butt off,” Jadine Medina

said. “I think it’s so fun, and I love it.”

Robinson explained that many of the activities were designed

to be based off the “Stranger Things” inspired theme. The

arcade was a nod to the second season of “Stranger Things,” while the Aggie Ice Cream was a reference to Scoops Ahoy, which was featured in the TV show’s third season.

see “Clean Up” PAGE 5

see “Howl” PAGE 5

Women’s soccer explodes offensively to break eight-game winless streak By Sydney Kidd SPORTS STAFF WRITER

After recording 17 shots and zero goals in

Friday’s 1-0 loss to Air Force Academy, the Utah

State University women’s soccer team was looking to get the bad taste out of its mouth.

Sunday’s match against Colorado College

proved to be exactly what the Aggies needed. The team exploded to go 3-0 over the Tigers,

scoring the same amount of goals in 90 minutes

as they had in the past seven matches combined. “You just gotta have faith — and once one falls

they all fall,” head coach Heather Cairns said.

According to Cairns, the previous lack of goals

by the team had resulted in a hit to her players’ momentum and confidence.

After Air Force scored early in Friday’s match,

the team battled back by outshooting their op-

ponents and having over twice as many corner kicks. But the Aggies still came up short.

“You just got to score the first goal of the match

at some point,” Cairns said. “That gives you a lot more spring in your step and you’re not chasing the game.”

On Sunday, the Aggies were finally able to

come out and get that first goal.

The goal came in the 17th minute off the foot

of junior defender Imelda Williams. Williams got the ball off a pass from junior midfielder Amber Marshall and knocked it into the lower right corner of the net.

Williams’ goal came after a frustrating Friday

where she missed several opportunities to score by mere inches. This included a shot on goal in

the 58th minute which was barely tipped out by the goalkeeper’s fingertips.

“The reason why I keep going is because I just

want to keep playing harder for my teammates,” she said. “Instead of just getting down, thinking... I’m going to get the next one.”

Junior midfielder Kami Warner netted the

second goal of Sunday’s match just 18 seconds into the second half. The midfielder shot the

ball from outside the arc of the penalty box and into the top of the net. Warner’s goal set a new record for the fastest second half goal in Utah State history.

By continuing to feed off that momentum, se-

nior forward Alecia Robinson was able to record the final goal of the match in the 50th minute

of play. Robinson worked her way through the Tiger’s converging defense and shot the ball

past a diving goalkeeper and into the lower left

Utah State junior Ashley Cardozo takes a corner kick earlier this season against San Diego State.

corner of the net.

In total, Utah State had 12 shots with six on

frame. Colorado College ended the match with

PHOTO BY Samuel Woubshet

streak suffered by the team and marks its second conference win of the season.

Utah State will return to Chuck and Gloria Bell

9 shots. All six of the Tiger’s shots on goal were

Field on Friday to take on Boise State in the Ag-

The match was Walton’s fifth clean sheet of the

is scheduled for 3 PM.

saved by freshman goalkeeper Diera Walton. season.

The victory also ended the eight-match winless

gies’ final match of the 2019 season. Game time





HOUSES ON HAUNTED HILL The ghostly myths claimed by two USU sorority houses

PHOTOS BY Iaian Schields

Alpha Chi Omega Sorority (left) and Kappa Delta Sorority (right) at Utah State University both share stories of ghosts of people who died in their houses haunting the houses. By Karcin Harris

NEWS STAFF WRITER Daria Griffith joined the Kappa Delta Sorority

while attending Utah State University. She was

excited to move into the sorority house in her junior year.

What she wasn’t anticipating was being as-

signed to live in the former room of the resident ghost, Patty.

Griffith, now an Alumnus member of Kappa

Delta, said Patty was a student at USU in the

1970s who died either by suicide or from a car accident.

Griffith had her very first encounter with Patty

right after she moved into Patty’s old bedroom.

“The very first night, I was moving stuff in and

getting things organized,” she said. “I would go

back and forth between the bathroom and our

bedroom, just moving things. When I was about

take care of everyone and make sure everyone’s

I walked over to the door and it just shut. It

that I noticed was every time someone had an

to go out of the bedroom and into the bathroom, slammed in my face.”

Griffith said she looked around for other people

or an open window to explain the door slam-

“The ghost is harmless and just likes to mess

doing their homework,” she said. “Something

with people,” she said. “His name is Lester.”

instance where Patty was involved, someone

dated an Alpha Chi Omega member. When thei member broke up with him, he hung himself ins

was doing something they weren’t supposed to. us.”

the boiler room in the basement of the house. t “Lester still hangs out in the basement,” Still-p

to go to bed.”

her presence, including glasses of water falling

tions being knocked over or falling off the walls

school year. Griffith said that first encounter was

that shouldn’t have been and pictures of Patty’s

and sometimes hearing footsteps when no onei is around.”

SD card.

room, they get “instant chills” and she has felt

ming and found nothing.

Griffith felt the slamming was a “cue from Patty The door slamming continued throughout the

“the most significant thing” for her belief in Patty and noted that “none of the other doors in the hallway would do that.”

As she stayed at the Kappa Delta house, Griffith

began to feel that Patty was not a vengeful ghost out to torture anyone.

“Now she’s kinda the old grandma that tries to

That’s what makes me say she’s looking out for

Stillings said Lester was a USU student that

Griffith mentioned other ways Patty showed

to the floor for no reason, doors being locked

name on the wall vanishing from the camera’s The Kappa Delta house is not the only sorority

house said to be haunted by a ghost.

Liz Stillings, a USU student, is a member of Al-

pha Chi Omega, and she said the ghost at their house is friendly as well.

ings said. “Lots of girls report things like decora-n

Stillings said when anyone goes into the boilerw

Lester walking behind her in the basement.

h Stillings said everyone in the house feels Lestera

respects everyone as long as they respect him.


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USU may lose access to ride share program By Josh Wilkinson NEWS SENIOR WRITER

Students at Utah State University may soon

have one less option for transportation.

On Dec. 15, USU will lose its subscription to

Zimride, a student ridesharing program, un-

less the program coordinators at USU successfully raise the remaining $2,500 required for

renewing USU’s subscription for another year. Meg McCarthy and Alexi Lamm, USU Sus-

tainable Transportation Coordinator and USU Sustainability Coordinator respectively, are

trying to raise these remaining funds. On Oct. 22, McCarthy and Lamm met with the Utah

State University Student Association Executive Council to ask for help in raising the remaining amount of money.

“We’re here today because we are in danger

of losing [Zimride], and you guys are our last option,” McCarthy said during the meeting.

“We’re coming to you guys to ask if you will fund this program for half of what it costs.”


According to Lamm, USU has provided access


service through USU.

Traditionally, the $6,000 subscription fee has


been paid by the USU sustainability carbon


offset fund, which is comprised of donations

from USU faculty and staff through an option-


al donation on faculty transportation authori-


zation and reimbursement forms.


However, McCarthy said the travel forms

have recently changed, making it more diffi-

“We can cover $3,000 of it through the

donation fund that is coming through staff or faculty, but we don’t have the other $3,000

to be able to cover the cost of this,” McCarthy said at the meeting.

Several days after the meeting with the Ex-

ecutive Council, Zimride offered to renew the

subscription at a discounted rate for USU, lowering the yearly subscription price to $5000,

McCarthy said.

Zimride through USU have to use a university

services offered by Zimride, including a fully

to access the service.

Lamm said the subscription fee pays for

contained database system, statistics the pro-

identification number, or the USU A-Number,

“There’s a record of who took the ride, when

gram shares with the University, website main-

they took the ride,” McCarthy said. “If any-

with other travelers.

ity built into the system.”

tenance and a program that links students up

McCarthy also said using Zimride is a signifi-

cantly safer option than services such as Uber

or Lift. According to McCarthy, people who use

thing bad were to happen, there’s accountabilMcCarthy and Lamm also said Zimride is at a see “Zimride” PAGE 5

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cult for faculty and staff to contribute as much






Exploring the final frontier Getaway Special Team making a comeback

@shelby4pres Today I had brunch with Noelle Cockett and all of my Aggie dreams came true


Few projects left Earth’s atmosphere and

I feel bad for all the people I saw today on campus in their winter coats, boots and hats. Seriously, a bunch of peeps in full out winter gear. I mean what are they gonna do when winter actually gets here? They’re gonna be human popsicles. @USUAggies #AggiesAllTheWay

faded in and out at USU.


s Utah State University’s Getaway Special Team is working towards their goal of sending a CubeSat into space while also developing students from all majors. By Kortni Wells STUDENT LIFE STAFF WRITER

A 10-centimeter tall cube will soon make

eits way through the galaxies of time and nspace. An inflatable arm, used to control

the satellite, will then be used to carry a -payload of food and water up to the Inter-

-national Space Station.

From there an astronaut will send it out einto the void of space to start its orbit. There, it will gather data that engineers

rwill use as inspiration for future projects.

A slight amount of air in lower orbit will

hopefully stabilize the arm of the satellite,

and like a long tail, will stop it from a con-

tinuous spin. This stabilization will help the

satellite fly like an arrow.

“The hope,” said USU Getaway Special

Team member and electrical team lead

Nik Clark, “is that the arm of the satellite,

where the payload is, will become a rigid

structure when exposed to UV light.”

According to Clark, NASA is interested in

knowing if things can be inflated in space,

making for a more lightweight and compact


“It also means you can pack things into a

small size that later expands into a bigger

size,” Clark said.

But none of this is guaranteed. Although

Utah State University has been putting

engineering experiments into space for

four decades, a shift in NASA program-

ming led to a period of scientific stagnation. The NASA program that was known as

Getaway Special once allowed university payloads relatively cheap access to orbit.

A team at Utah State University, aimed at

taking advantage of the program, started small with one payload on one shuttle.

The cost was $15,000 and funded by Gil-

bert Moore, a former USU faculty member


At least 11 payloads, with three to six ex-

periments on each, were flown during the NASA GAS program.

Then, NASA terminated the GAS program.

USU’s GAS team entered stagnation and

The stars still wait. The future is watching. Now, with a renewed partnership with

who donated the first payload allotment. As

NASA and 40 years after the initial pay-

team, at USU was born.

orbit, and team members are committed to

a result, the Getaway Special team, or GAS Jan Sojka was there from the beginning.

At the time, he was a postdoctoral fellow,

interested in creating a three-dimensional

load, Utah State has another opportunity at building a legacy that fellow Aggies will be proud of for years to come.

Six years ago, past students submitted a

model of the Earth’s upper atmosphere,

proposal to NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initia-

This model was used to predict the en-

way for the return of USU’s GAS team, but

known as the Ionosphere.

vironment where the space shuttle, space

station and many satellites circulated the Earth.

For his Ph.D. research, he launched three-

stage sounding rockets into the northern lights.

Though emotions ran quite high in those

launches, he felt the most rewarding feel-

tive. The space agency’s approval paved the

Chaz Cornwall, the GAS team coordina-

tor, said, while the team’s primary focus has been to produce something functional that gets to space, the projected end result is more than that.

“We’ve been told this project should be

the USU GAS team.

that we can do this,” Cornwall said.

prove those people wrong, and show them

This past summer, Sojka felt the team was

Sojka thought as he watched his project

making little progress with its CubeSat,

pride that I was associated with a student

But skepticism and other obstacles weren’t

come to life in the sky. “It was a sense of payload on board the shuttle. My payload.”

@USUAggies @USUAdmissions there is no prettier campus in all the land.

to get its experiments back into space.

abandoned, but really, a big part of this is to

“I sure am pleased to be a rocket scientist,”


there was still a long way to go if USU was

ings came from launching something he built on the space shuttle with students on

some say that there is a live raccoon in the field house

working in a methodical, constructive way. see “GAS” PAGE 6

Movie Review: 1978’s “Halloween” By Scott Froehlich STUDENT LIFE CONTRIBUTOR

Horror movies are in high demand during Oc-

tober, especially on Halloween. We all know the

blueprint for what makes a “good” horror movie: blood, gore, the occult, promiscuous teenagers and a killer with an insatiable bloodlust.

No other category of these films captures those

elements as well as slasher movies and 1978’s “Halloween” has been attributed as the pioneer of the genre.

The movie takes place in the fictional town of

Haddonfield, Illinois, and begins with a 6-yearold boy, Michael Myers, killing his older sister in

1963. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to his hometown to

track down his younger sister, Laurie Strode,

played by Jamie Lee Curtis. What commences is the methodical stalking of Strode and her friends, with the backdrop of Halloween as an anniversary of Myers killing his other sister.

In pursuit of Strode, the Shape, as Myers was

referred to in the script, slaughters his sister’s friends. Also featured in the movie is Dr. Sam Loomis, who was Myers’ psychiatrist while he was in the mental hospital and acts as the uncom-

missioned bounty hunter attempting to return his

patient to the institution. His character provides in-

sight into Myers’ motives, or lack thereof, and fills

the audience in on how disturbed



murderer truly is.

To him, Myers is more

of an evil entity than he

is a human being. One of the most chilling scenes in the movie has Loomis describing his first impressions of the troubled 6-year-old.


Now, the plot of the film is straightforward and

sounds that accentuate the jump scares and lead

“I met him 15 years ago,” Loomis says. “I was

recognizable as a common theme in horror. It is

science, no understanding in even the most rudi-

ever, that makes this a classic. The movie is rife

flection of the overall production of “Halloween.”

old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face

The audience members are teased with suspense

rest of his crew had to be creative with what little

told there was nothing left. No reason, no con-

the execution of the acting and directing, how-

mentary sense of life or death. I met this 6-year-

with long pauses and eerie moments of silence.

and the blackest eyes. The Devil’s eyes.”

then caught off guard when the action finally

The movie’s climax sees Myers track down and

chase his sister in the ultimate game of cat and

takes place.

An underrated aspect of “Halloween” is its

mouse. Instead of playing the damsel in distress,

soundtrack. Director John Carpenter composed

Strode asks if the man attacking her was “the

of only four notes played on a synthesizer. The

matter of fact, it was.”

long periods of silence with shrieking, unpleasant

Strode holds her own. At one point in the film,

the score himself, with the title track consisting

Boogeyman.” Loomis simply responds with, “As a

music acts as a pulse for the film, breaking the

the audience down dark halls of the unknown.

The minimalist nature of the soundtrack is a re-

On a budget of only $325,000, Carpenter and the

they had to work with. Because the movie was

filmed in California during the spring, not Illinois

in the fall, the crew had to spray paint leaves to

give the appearance of fall to the warm Southern

California neighborhood. Even the mask worn

by Michael Myers was just a $1.98 Captain Kirk mask painted white.




Utah State has worst offensive performance since 2008 By Jason Walker SENIOR SPORTS WRITER

In a physical sense, Utah State traveled to

Colorado Springs to face Air Force in a clash

of Mountain West division rivals. Mentally, the Aggies did not make an appearance on the

gridiron all night as they lost their first conference game of the season 31-7.

From the opening kick to the final whistle,

the Falcons dominated just about every facet of the game, a fact attested to by USU head coach Gary Andersen after the game.

“We got beat by the better team, no question

about it,” Andersen said in a postgame inter-


view on 92.3 KBLU Logan LP and 97.5/1280


The Zone. “Air Force pretty much dominated both sides of the football game.”

On offense, AFA (6-2, 4-1) ran for 285 yards

in the first half alone. By the end of the night, the Aggies (4-3, 3-1) allowed 448 rushing

yards, their worst defensive performance in

that category since at least 2000 according to College Football Reference.

“Tonight they just got the best of us,” Aggies

defensive back Shaq Bond said postgame.

“They schemed against us very good. They did some things we didn’t see on film a lot. They

added in some new stuff we hadn’t seen. But we adjusted well but at the same time, they

PHOTO BY AP Photo/David Zalubowski Air Force fullback Taven Birdow falls into the end zone to score a touchdown as Utah State cornerback Cameron Haney attempts to make a tackle in the second half of Saturday’s game at the Air Force Academy.

Predictably, holding on to the ball for a paltry

“We’ve got to find a way to get some things

foregone as Air Force ran the ball eight times

got the best of us.”

14 minutes and running 36 plays — the lowest

going offensively,” Andersen said. “And until

allowed Air Force to enjoy a 45:43 to 14:17

at least 2000 per College Football Reference —

win football games.”

put Utah State down 24-7. The response to

ran just 36 plays to the Falcons’ 84. Being out

offensive performance. They gained just 128

decrepit during the troubling stretch. Jordan

15-yard drive. In the fourth quarter, the last

few favors for a defense already struggling to

beatdown at the hands of the University of

averaging 334.3 yards per game with a 68.2

That complete domination on the ground

play total in a single game for Utah State since

advantage in time of possession. Utah State

led to, or was a product of, the Aggies’ woeful

on the field for such a long period of time did

yards on offense, the fewest since a 58-10

stop the run.

Utah in 2008 (116 on that day).

little bit,” Bond said. “Not going to say a lot

theme in Aggieland for several games now.

was tough being out there a lot. “

offense consistently failed to string together

“Yea, I could say we started to wear down a

because we still played until the finish but it

The offensive ineptitude has been a running

Against Colorado State, LSU and Nevada, the offensive drives.

we do that, it’s going to be awfully tough to The passing game has been particularly

Love, began the season on a furious pace,

completion percentage in his first three games.

In the four following games, Love has completed 60 percent of his passes in a game just once (60.8 vs AFA on Saturday) and has thrown for more than 200 yards once (204 vs CSU). All

told, Love’s numbers since Sept. 22 come out

The touchdown drive early in the second half

that situation by the Aggies was a five-play,

chance to forge a comeback, USU held the ball for all of 46 seconds prior to the team’s final drive of the game that started with 2:48 left on the game clock.

“To beat these guys…all three phases have

got to contribute in a very positive way. That didn’t take place,

Andersen said. “You’ve got to be in there in

to 154.3 yards per game, a 50.4 completion

the possession battle.”

tion ratio.

“is not acceptable for anybody” on the staff or

in the first half and went into the break

large amount of blame upon himself and the

percentage and a 4-6 touchdown to intercepThough Utah State managed just 44 yards

down 17-0, coming out of the locker room, the team showed life. The offense took the

Andersen added that Saturday’s performance

among those on the field. But he did place a coaches.

“When it doesn’t happen on the field you’ve

second-half kickoff and drove 75 yards in nine

got to look at us as coaches,” Andersen said.

between Jordan Love and Siaosi Mariner.

put it right back on us and say we need to be

plays, capped off by a 27-yard TD connection Additionally, the defense held Air Force to its

shortest drive of the game, six plays for seven yards, forcing the first Falcons punt of the

“You can’t blame it on the kids you have to

able to do a better job of coaching, better job adjusting to whatever it may be.”

The loss drops Utah State to fourth in the


Mountain division of the MW standings. Wyo-

game on either side of the ball from then on.

1, 3-0) all stand above the Aggies. Next week,

That would be the only bright spot of the Air Force’s punt was downed on the one-

yard line of Utah State. One three-and-out

later and the Aggies had to punt into a heavy

wind, handing the ball to the Falcons with just PHOTO BY AP Photo/David Zalubowski Utah State head coach Gary Andersen looks on in the first half of the team’s game against Air Force Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The Aggies had the wost offensive performance since 2008 against Utah on the night.

to gain each of those 41 yards.

41 yards of turf between them and the end

zone. The conclusion to that drive was almost

ming (6-2, 3-1), Air Force and Boise State (6USU will host in-state and non-conference rival BYU. The Cougars are one bye week

removed from beating Boise State at home. Email: jasonswalker94@gmail.com @thejwalk67


PAGE 5 “They did an excellent job,” Sojka said. “The

but is focused on providing opportunities for sub-

Members like Jack Danos, the mechanical team

“Because of the chances that people before us

am gave the team a year before he pulls the plug.”

took, I have this great opportunity, and I’d like to

cancelled our mission,” Danos said. “We’re now

Nelson said.

at the point where assuming we put in the work

has been revived through the passion and deter-

ing or non-engineering backgrounds.

“It started out super frustrating because it felt

like whenever we met a barrier, people were tell-

ing us we shouldn’t be doing this, but we’ve had

from what they had worked so hard to achieve.

Tests failed. Experiments and trials didn’t work.

GAS had little direct contact with NASA in the

“Howl” FROM PAGE 1 The Activities Committee

works together for months to

ference held at USU.

Sojka said he challenged the team in the 40

hours before Higginbotham arrived to “get their act together.”

sure everyone is having a fun

launch date will be set.

checked off by NASA, the GAS team has reason


deliver, the current team found success.

“I find that the team I have now, I think, will be

able to pull it off,” Sojka said.

Caleb Smith, the GAS communications team

lead, explained that most of the teams before

them had space projects that usually fell apart right at the PDR stage.

“It’s a really cool project very few people get a

ideas. Committee members

they’re safe,” she said. “If I

time, but mostly making sure

then vote on their top three.

see something going on, I’m

oping decoration ideas and

help out. I don’t want anyone

“We really wanted to nail

Along with being the largest

going to be an upstander and to get hurt.”

Halloween party in Utah, the

PHOTO COURTESTY OF Madlyn Petty Several Howl attendees came in a costume including a live snake.

by having University Police

as well as Logan City Police there, and all of our volun-

we’re more likely to be able to get there.”

The Howl, as the activities

teers get trained to handle

committee explained, is held

Robinson said.

for students to escape the

excited for this event.”

it every year. Students are

tempted to keep the Howl

to the Howl in her four years

alcohol and drugs are forbid-

capacity for the event and the

she wishes there was more

police officers and Logan City

non-dance events being held

keep students safe.

tickets and they wouldn’t cap

Howl saying ‘Wow, that was

Howl, a Timely Warning

be way to many people in

“I want people to say they felt

this year.

“I’m not a big fan of dances

or crowds of people, but hear-

dangerous nights on camassault reports following

encouraged to stay in groups, den, and multiple campus

officers are on duty trying to The morning following the

Notice was sent to students

ing about the new activities

stating that three sexual as-

said. “I had no idea about it

of the Howl, and that police

and told me about it, and I

Students are encouraged to

more aware of what they

if they have any information

makes it more appealing,” she until my roommate came back

saults were reported the night were already investigating.

wish they just made everyone

reach out to the USU Police

were doing this year.”

about these crimes.

Katie Petersen, an activities

committee member, moni-

“No undergraduate-led team has put a CubeSat

into space from USU,” Cornwall said. “We’re here to make history.”

—kortni.marie.wells@aggiemail.usu.edu @kortniwells

“Zimride” FROM PAGE 3

pus, with record-high sexual

promotion about the extra

space in 2020 or 2021.


have a party,” Robinson said.

at Utah State, and she said

deadlines, a CubeSat from USU is headed for

the right track. We just have to keep pushing.”

because, if you don’t have

Shay Schwab has never been

Assuming the team meets its current goals and

chance to do,” Smith said. “We’re definitely on

Howl is also one of the most

“We wanted to make people

to celebrate. Where teams of the past failed to

“I’m in charge of just making

by compiling a master list of

students attend, you don’t

With a year left to go and preliminary reviews

Student Lounge arcade and

a theme, which is decided

down the promotion this year

workforce, not just learning it in the classroom.”

consisted of the International


marketing strategies.

real-life experience because I’m actually doing

area of the TSC, which mainly

ice cream.

From there, they begin devel-

“I’ve learned a lot more practical skills than I

tored the “Starcourt Mall”

plan and create the Howl. The process starts with developing

she has participated in while in college.

some of the same things I will be doing in the

Sojka is now confident in the team’s ability to

Launch Initiative during the Small Satellite Con-

GAS team to be one of the most fulfilling things

With their preliminary design review, or PDR,

its critical design review, or CDR, where the

enough to stop a determined group of engineers

Emma Hind, a communications major, found the

have in class,” Hind said. “It’s given me a lot of

behind them, the team is making strides towards

ginbotham, the director for the NASA CubeSat

bers from any major, regardless of their engineer-

so much success and enthusiasm that we are fi-

nally breaking down those barriers,” Nelson said.


The team of 20 members is growing slowly but

steadily. GAS continues to welcome new mem-

mination of its members.

preliminary process, except a visit from Scott Hig-

be able to continue that for future generations,”

we’re going to fly this thing to space.”

Alex Nelson, the chief engineer, said the team


sequent cohorts of students to do the same.

lead, entered the project at a time of uncertainty.

“We had several things that could have basically

One of the goals of USU’s Getaway Special Team is to determine if objects can be inflated in space.

GAS is not just about putting things into space,

demonstration worked perfectly, and Higginboth-

“We try our best to make

the Howl as safe as possible

situations and be upstanders,” Another way they’ve at-

safe is by creating a stricter

dance, now only selling 5,500 tickets.

“We used to cap it at 7,000

the dance, so there would

the field house and it would get sketchy,” Robinson said.

“Since we’ve scaled back the

amount of people allowed at the Howl, it’s become a lot safer of an event. It allows

our volunteers to have a better way to view the situation and it disperses the people,

so if there’s a situation in the

middle of a cluster of people,

in hopes of creating a space

stressful college environment, have a good time, bond with their friends and meet new

people, and they hope they

achieved that for as many students as possible this year. “I hope people leave the

so much fun,’” Robinson said. safe, they enjoyed the activities and dance, and that it

was a positive experience and

worth their time. That’s really what I hope for this year, and

I think we can accomplish it.” —nichole.bresee@aggiemail.



significantly lower cost than similar services like Uber or Lift, as students and faculty would be carpooling with a

need to go. This means that

passengers who need to get to areas outside of the Wasatch

front may have a harder time finding transportation.

“Because not everybody uses

driver or passenger already

it, trips that aren’t along the

need to go.

trickier,” McCarthy said. “But

headed in the direction they “It’s different than Uber or

Lift because the person driv-

ing is somebody who is taking a trip, and they’re willing to

share the extra seats in their car,” Lamm said.

According to Lamm, prices

are determined by the driver

of the vehicle and are usually in the $10-$15 range, as

opposed to the higher costs of other ridesharing services.

“Uber or Lift would be like

$100 from Logan to Salt

Lake,” McCarthy said. “Man, when I was a student, I did not have $100 to spare.”

However, Zimride does have

some drawbacks. According

Wasatch front are a little bit

it does allow a lot of students

a ride when they don’t have it

or a way to justify a trip when maybe they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do it.”

USUSA President Sami

Ahmed said during the meet-

ing that the executive council would discuss whether or

not USUSA would help fund USU’s Zimride subscription.

USU will have to inform Zim-

ride of their decision to renew or cancel their subscription by Nov. 13. If the subscription is

canceled, students and faculty can still use Zimride by up until Dec. 15.

to Lamm and McCarthy, destinations are determined by

—jshwilki@gmail.com @jshwilki

where the drivers are headed, not by where the passengers

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A P P L I C AT I O N F O R M S C A N B E O B TA I N E D AT W W W. S K I T H E B E AV. C O M O R AT T H E BEAVER MOUNTAIN OFFICE PHOTO COURTESTY OF Madlyn Petty Activities at the Howl expanded this year to include arcade games, a haunted house, and virtual reality experiences.

“Clean Up” FROM PAGE 1 ple. I think it’s a popular theme to have picked, so i think that’s awesome,” Daria Griffith, a volunteer, said.

Benson said the process was

simple to pick a theme. The activities committee went

through about 80 to 90 dif-

not too far gone. I like it, too,

it down until an anonymous

creepy, so it goes along with

ferent themes and narrowed majority vote chose “Stranger Things.”

Brynne Shoemaker, a lead,

said, “I think it’s really fun. I love that it’s a good time to

have this theme, too, because

season four just came out. It’s


because it’s kind of eerie and the theme of Halloween.”

“I’ve always heard that going

to Howl is one experience, and volunteering is a totally dif-

ferent experience. From what I’ve heard, it’s more fun and better,” Benson said.

W W W . S K I T H E B E AV . C O M



USU set to host Mountain West cross country championships


Utah State is set to host the MW cross country championships on Saturday, with both the men’s and women’s squads putting together strong seasons and looking to compete for a conference title. By Dalton Renshaw SPORTS CONTENT MANAGER

For the first time in program history, Logan, Utah will be host to

the Mountain West Championships Friday, Nov. 1.

Coming to Logan will be two of the top 30 men’s programs in the

nation and four of the top 40, including Utah State, who is cur-

rently ranked 22. Boise State is the only team from the Mountain West ahead of the Aggies in the rankings at 18. The women are

equally as accomplished this season, if not more, with three of the top 15 teams in the nation hailing from the Mountain West.

The Aggies have been one of the most consistent programs in the

conference this season and will be able to show off their talents

in front of the home crowd. In addition to being ranked in the top 25, the men’s program has won four of six competitions it’s been

invited to and come second in another. The Utah State women

women’s 5k. Although cross country can be an individual sport,

tain West player of the week awards.

and it’s something the Aggies excel at.

have won four competitions as well and have received two MounThis past weekend, both the men and women won the Utah

Open held in Salt Lake City and had some standout individual performances.

“It was good to get the team win for both the men and the wom-

en,” said third-year USU head coach Artie Gulden. “The women’s race spread out a little bit more than we thought it would early

teamwork is one of the biggest ways to succeed and earn a win, “For the guys, we packed up well and worked together,” Gulden

said. “We had a group of five together for probably at least half the race, which was good to see them work together. Like the

ladies, they worked the latter part of the race and pulled away from Utah Valley.”

Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will be

on, but our ladies did a good job of staying patient and working

back in action this weekend, as they host the Mountain West

mile, which was good. A lot of our ladies ran tough, and some of

Dona Reeder Cross Country Course. The men’s 7-kilometer race

the latter part of the race. We made up a lot of ground the last them ran by far their best races in Utah State uniforms.”

Utah State sophomore Devin Pancake finished first in the men’s

6k race, while sophomore Leann Larkin finished second in the

Conference Cross Country Championship on at the Steve and

will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the women’s 5-kilometer race at 10:45 a.m.

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Office Debates: Candy Corn How does the classic Halloween treat measure up against the Kit Kats and Reeses of the world?

While I can’t match the overall

intensity some of my coworkers seem to possess in alarm-

ing quantities *cough, Daniel, cough.* I feel it is my job as the

opinion manager at the States-

man to push back on the tide of bitter libel and voice some

much needed support for a de-

lightful, colorful snack that is as synonymous with Halloween as

LOVE would be that of the sweetest

HATE Candy corn is not just a treat.

ambrosia that is candy corn.

It’s an experience, and one I en-

memories are associated with


So many wonderful childhood

that unique taste and singular

joy having each year on October

To hate candy corn is to hate

texture. And everytime some-

your own taste buds, as they’re

flooded with a sense of grati-

eating equation. To blame an

body eats the candy, they are tude for the immense privilege of simply partaking.

And not content being limit-

clearly the things at fault in this innocent sweet for your own shortcomings is a tragedy.

I hope all those who disagree

Santa is with Christmas. And

ed to pleasing just one human

with me here at the Statesman

to write in a manner of cheer

mixture of orange, yellow and

obviously never experienced

so, in that festive spirit, I choose

and goodwill, rather than angst and terrible bitterness.

If Halloween had a taste, it

sense, candy corn is also a vivid

white, catching and pleasing

the eye for all who gaze on its

get the help they need. They’ve

true happiness, and I pity them. -- Daedan Olander, opinion con-

triangular grandeur.

tent manager

Candy corn is to candy what

We don't talk about it as if it

to walk this earth, but how can

cream. No one thinks "wow,

So why should candy corn

sugar crystals during spooky

vanilla ice cream is to ice

you know what my life is missing, vanilla ice cream." But we gladly eat it when it's offered.

just killed our first born child. receive the same treatment?

No one is proclaiming candy

corn is the best piece of candy

you say no to a bowl of colored season?

-- Alison Berg, news content manager

Candy corn is an absolute

“An hour ago a giant fireball

eral pieces of candy corn and

it was far preferable to spend-

abomination. No one eats sev-

thinks, “That was a pleasant experience.” A worse candy

has never graced my palate. It is a depressing and lachry-

candy corn.

I’m sure the creators of this

were melted and made into an

hell is paved with good inten-

would be put to better use if it adhesive to fix the leaky pipe

under the kitchen sink. Fun

fact: when Ron Swanson from

Parks and Recreations said, Candy corn has never — and

WILL never — be the pre-

ferred candy of Halloween.

Unless of course you’re ask-

ing your local dentist what he gives away to his patients to

ensure your cavity comes with a little side of unhappiness.

USA Today recently released

all be in more support of it!

a poll of the most-favored

Yeah it may be pure sugar, have

cific candy! I think we should

Design Manager

Reese’s taking 36% of the

-- Savannah Knapp, Graphic

he was actually talking about


a chalky aftertaste, and cause

cavities BUT it’s a holiday spe-

ing another second with you,”

mose globule of plastic which

Despite what my colleagues

say candy corn is not that bad!

consumed my entire face and

candies in America, with




meant well, but the road to


D E D h creating the culinary equiva-s lent of Satan’s feces? CandyP H corn is a conspiracy, designedT solely to rob us of the joy de-D O rived from actual candy. GiveT me literally any other candyV T instead. Give me a swift kickC in the mouth. Force-feed me aC

bag of sawdust. Just keep yourB

vote. Somehow, candy corn

nasty-ass candy corn away M from me. P -- Daniel Hansen, managingB s editor a t m c B jelly beans, the makers were B

vote, proving that six percent

of earwax, rotten egg, vomit,

tions. Then again, I’m not sure they ever had good intentions. How else could you set out

to make a candy and end up

came in fifth with 6% of the

of Americans had to deal with the horrific experience of

candy corn lobbyists breaking into their homes and forcing them at gunpoint to reply to

the over-the-phone survey in

candy corn’s favor. When Jelly

Belly was perfecting the Harry Potter themed Bertie Bott’s

tempted to replace the likes

P M from the flavors with candy R corn because it’s essentially i w the same experience for those l unlucky enough to have the b i taste touch their palates. 4 -- Dalton Renshaw, sports M content manager D C I dirt, earthworm and booger

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