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NEWS | Midterms Elections

STUDENT LIFE | Abby Butikofer

Confused about the midterm election? USU political science professors explain the results.

USU student working her dream internship for Peruvian Embassy.

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SPORTS | 100 Point Club Men’s basketball improves to 2-0 on the season with 100-73 win over Hartford.

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Student and faculty commemorate Bassett-Meacham earns MWC Player WWI centennial of the Week honors By Margot Crabtree NEWS STAFF WRITER


In honor of the 100-year anniversary

of the end of World War I, professors

The Mountain West Conference announced Monday afternoon

and students throughout Utah State

the conference women’s basketball player of the week for Week 1.

the influence of the war on USU and

games of the season, a 72-61 victory at Washington State and a

from the era.

Meacham led the team in scoring in each game.

nial reached almost every department

high 23 points while going 9-of-15 from the field, along with six

a concert attempting to approximate

went a perfect 4-of-4 from the freethrow line, while playing 29

of the mathematics of preventing

that Utah State junior forward Hailey Bassett-Meacham was named The award comes after the Aggies won each of their first two

106-35 home-opener win over Northern New Mexico. Bassett-

University held events that examined the world through art and artifacts

Projects in honor of the WW1 centen-

Against Washington State, Bassett-Meacham went for a career-

on campus, ranging from events like

rebounds, three assists and a steal. The Layton, Utah native also

veterans experiences, to a discussion

minutes against the Cougars.

disease, to displays of nursing posters

On Friday against Northern New Mexico, she went 9-of-12 from

the field for 18 points to go along with four rebounds, a block, an

and other contemporary art.

“A lot of us who were working inde-

assist and a steal in just 17 minutes of playing time. USU’s 71-point

pendently on projects came together

gram history. It was also the Aggies’ first time scoring 100-plus

under one umbrella under a series of

victory over the Eagles was the largest margin of victory in propoints in a game since 2013-14.

This was the first time a USU women’s basketball player has won

a player of the week award since 2013-14 when Jennifer Schlott

and began to unify those projects

events that were interrelated,” said

Evelyn Funda, the associate dean of

the College of Humanities and Social

earned the honor five times. Bassett-Meacham became just the sec-


the Mountain West in 2013.

of the war. Funda said that the end of

time in program history, and the first time since 2016-17.

marked by celebration and relief, but

host No. 3 Oregon at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Ducks will

meaning in the wake of the deadliest

ever faced off against.

and witnesses to the conflict turned to

ond Aggie to be named player of the week since Utah State joined The Aggies are off to a 2-0 start to the season for just the sixth

Utah State will be back in action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they

be the highest-ranked team the USU women’s basketball team has

the war on November 11, 1918, was also a gaping loss and a search for

war in history to that point. Survivors poetry, music, and art as expressions of the grief and terror of the war.


The events showcased multiple facets

“It’s not just an important historical


PHOTO BY Iain Laurence The statue of the Doughboy, along with other monuments for soldiers, were dedicated on Monday, in front of the Military Science building on campus.

event, but it’s also a kind of cultural

displays in the anthropology and nurs-

we were kind of lost after World War

remains from the war. The Museum of

sea change,” she said. “As a culture,

I. It’s a profoundly important moment globally, not just in U.S. culture,

in how we see ourselves as human

beings, involved with each other, with other nations, as a global power.”

ing schools focused on the physical

Anthropology on campus is currently

displaying outfits worn by pilots in the war, curated by USU students in 2014 to mark the start of the war.

Molly Cannon, the executive director

Funda, who is co-teaching a course

of the Museum of Anthropology, said

with Susan Grayzel, worked with stu-

instrumental in forming the modern

on the events of 1918 this semester

dents to develop a poetry reading and antique roadshow for the centennial. “With the trench poetry, they went

from the ground up, they made the

decisions, they rehearsed, they decid-

the materials of World War I were

understanding of the war, offering unique insight and context for a

dramatically new kind of military conflict.

ed what to read, it was all them,” Funda said.

Events like the roadshow as well as

100 years of history: USU and the US Military By Shelby Black STUDENT LIFE SENIOR WRITER

A hundred years ago, Utah State University

was filled with soldiers training on the Quad and Old Main. Other buildings on campus were being used as barracks.

The university’s history is intertwined with

the United States military. This history will now be honored with a new war memori-

al being dedicated in front of the Military Science building.

USU has many sculptures and art pieces

around campus. Avard Fairbanks is the sculptor who created the busts of Washington

and Lincoln that are currently in front of

Old Main. Fairbank’s family contacted the

university to see if they would be interested in a donation of a model scale of Fairbank’s

“Doughboy of The West.” The answer was a resounding yes.

Katie Lee-Koven, executive director and chief

curator of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, has helped facilitate the project. The

statue will fall under the museum’s care and they will help maintain it for years to come.

Lee-Koven has been planning, working with

committees and writing grants to make sure

that the memorial would be ready in time for the centennial celebration of Armistice day.

“This has been such a rewarding process. The

fact that it has all come together is amazing. It has been very humbling to see the response,” Lee-Koven said.

Outside the Military Science building, the

ongoing construction has been in preparation for the installation of the memorial.

Jim Huppi, a university landscape architect,

and his landscape team redid the irrigation

around the memorial and cleaned up the area.

Huppi was excited to help design and install the memorial to campus.

“Artwork always enhances our campus. This

particular sculpture is a working model of a

sculpture that you can find large numbers of in cemeteries around the nation. Our memorial is a modified concrete pyramid, with the sculpture and plaques around it,” Huppi said.

Along with the model-sized statue, bronze

plaques will be placed on the memorial. These bronze plaques were once displayed in Old

Main before the fire in the 1980s. They have

been in storage since that day, but now will be visible to the public once again.

Two of the bronze plaques have been dedicat-

ed by classes in memory of fallen soldiers from WWI and WWII. The third plaque is dedicated to the USS Maine that was destroyed in 1888. Ross Peterson, a retired university history

professor, is a expert on Utah State University’s

war involvement and history. Peterson has been involved in helping with the history behind

the memorial. According to Peterson the term “Doughboy” comes from the way soldiers looked in WWI.

PHOTO BY Iain Laurence

“Doughboy was a nickname for infantry

guys in trenches. It was in part because of the helmets and gas masks. All their equipment

made them look a lot heavier than they were,” Peterson said.

He further explained the significance of Utah

State’s role in WWI. During this time it was the first time that Utahns were drafted into war.

“What happened at Utah State was the pres-

ident at the time saw this as a opportunity to

help the war effort if they allowed training of the troops and basic training to take place at

campus. A lot of the students and people from

the valley were drafted into the war effort. In

of chemical warfare and it was before penicil-

from 18-45 got called up to go,” Peterson said.

picnic for anybody. Utah State became more

those days there weren’t differments. Anybody A large number of soldiers were stationed

at the university. Although the U.S. was

only involved in WWI for a year and a half,

Peterson explained that the University’s influence continued after the war too.

“For Utah State as a valley, it was a good

time of prosperity. Agriculture prices were

high and we were trying to feed a good share of the world,” Peterson said. “I think it was a prosperous time, but then there was the fact

lin. They had a huge flu epidemic, it wasn’t a

involved and had it’s buildings used as hospitals after that.”

The history behind the new war memorial

spans generations, wars and history. It will serve as a reminder of just how important

Utah State University was to the military and still is.

“I think anything that depicts a part of our see “HISTORY” PAGE 5




USU professors explain midterm election results ries in the state legislature to Proposition 2 –– the legalizing of medical marijuana –– being on the ballot.

“The marijuana proposition is a large part of it,” he said.

While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints voiced

opposition to Proposition 2, all three professors on the panel said the support for Prop 2 represents changing attitudes

toward marijuana across the nation, as well as a more moderate, secular-leaning future for Utah.

Steve Sharp, a political science instructor specializing in for-

eign policy, said despite the church’s influence, some voters

who wanted marijuana reform felt like the legislature would never achieve it; though they may have disagreed with the logistics of Prop 2, they supported it nonetheless.

Sharp used an example from one of his classes in which he

polled the students.

“Someone suggested the reason he voted for it even though

he wasn’t in favor of it was that he didn’t trust the legislature,” Sharp said. PHOTO BY Jason Rimando The hosts (from left to right) are: Damon Cann, Michael Lyons and Steve Sharp. They discussed the results of the Midterm elections and President Trumps standing. The event was held on November 7, 2018. By Alison Berg NEWS SENIOR WRITER

Despite losing in several key gubernatorial and Senate races,

three Utah State University professors on a Wednesday night

panel say Democrats performed as well as they possibly could


“When you look at some historical context, the Democratic

party actually fared pretty well in this election,” said Michael

“The Democrats seemed to be underperforming in a num-

ber of states that were projected to be very close, and they

appeared to be states that Trump had visited,” Lyons said. “This suggests to me that Trump’s campaign rallies in these states really helped the Republican party enormously.”

Damon Cann, an associate professor of political science, said

while Republican voters may wish their representatives would distance themselves from the president, that is unlikely to

Lyons, an associate professor of political science. “Given that


there wasn’t a major scandal, I think the Democratic Party

ning strategy in these elections,” Cann said. “Trump plays well

the economy is as robust as it is and we are not at war and

fared about as well as you would expect.”

Lyons attributed the Democratic losses in states like Indiana

and Texas to President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies in

those states.

“The distance-yourself-from-Trump strategy wasn’t the win-

with Republicans in Alabama, he plays well with Republicans around the South, he plays well with Republicans in West Virginia and Republicans in Indiana.”

The professors also spoke about Trump’s unconventional

behaviors and whether voters can expect to see erratic tweeting and lashing out on television as the new norm.

“Trumpism is about a blustery. Say whatever’s on your

mind despite the fact that it’s often inappropriate. For some reason, that is remarkably popular with segments of the

Republican Party,” said Cann, who is a Republican himself.

“The Republicans trying to appeal to white, lower-middle-class

males but also white women who don’t have a college degree, I think that trend probably continues in the Republican Party.”

However, Cann added, “I think much of Trumpism is about a Trump, not necessarily about the issues,” and voters can expect t to see some of the rhetoric around immigration and racial s issues die down.







As for local issues, Cann attributes the four Democratic victo-


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Fire consumed 102 acres worth of National Forest land near

Bear Lake, Utah this week as the Forest Service ignited piles to


wildland fuel accumulations,” Rockwood said. “It is also clas-

sified as crucial winter and summer habitat for mule deer, and possible sage grouse habitat.”


terribly wrong, the valley will not be filled with smoke like it


munities, said Milena Rockwood, the fuels technician for the

“Burning piles is certainly easier because you can burn when

destructive crown fires from engulfing the neighboring com-


Ogden and Logan Ranger Districts of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache

there is snow,” Rockwood said.

State Lands.

“The primary goal of pile burning is to remove hazardous

Rockwood said while there will be visible smoke, the scale

“Smoke and air quality are the main reasons there are not

er area and prevent large crown fires by burning the understo-

assessment completed by the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire &


Typically, she said, full-scale prescribed fires can cover a larg-

as a thinning measure in the spring. Igniting them prevents

The area was identified as “at risk” from wildfire by an

versity benefits.”


of the fires is small enough it will not affect air quality on a

prevent future disasters.

National Forest.

Yocom said. “This provides wildlife benefits as well as biodi-


Rockwood said removing a portion of the conifer trees out of

aspen stands reduces the risk of large, destructive fires.

The piles are made up of conifer trees which were cut down

PHOTOS BY Milena Rockwood/National Forest Service

Thin_pile-258 acres

While fires continue to burn across the West, purposely

igniting controlled blazes can not only prevent large fires and benefit the wildlife, but also improve the forest’s health, said

Larissa Yocom, a professor of wildland resources at Utah State University.

“If you put a fire in, it gives aspen a competitive advantage,”

noticeable scale.


more prescribed fires,” Yocom said. “Unless something goes


has been.”




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Death toll in California fires climbs as the search for more victims continues

PHOTO BY John Locher/AP Anthropology students observe as human remains are recovered from a burned out home at the Camp Fire, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Paradise, Calif.

PHOTO BY Chris Pizzello/AP Santos Alvarado, right, and his son Ricky recover a safe deposit box from their destroyed home at Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, following devastating wildfires in the area in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Malibu celebrities and mobile-home dwellers


in nearby mountains were slowly learning

The death toll from the wildfire that inciner-

reduced to ash. Two people were killed in

ated Paradise and surrounding areas climbed

to 29 — matching the mark for the deadliest

single blaze in California history — as crews

continued searching for bodies in the smolder-

ing ruins, with nearly 230 people unaccounted


Statewide the number of dead stood at 31,

including two victims in Southern California,

from wildfires raging at both ends of the state. Ten search teams were working in Paradise

— a town of 27,000 that was engulfed by

flames Thursday — and in surrounding

communities in Northern California’s Sierra

Nevada foothills. Authorities called in a DNA

whether their homes had been spared or

Malibu, and the fire destroyed at least 370 or so structures, authorities said.

The fire grew to more than 143 square miles

(370 square kilometers) and was only 20 percent contained.

Celebrities whose coastal homes were dam-

aged or destroyed or who were forced to flee expressed sympathy for the less famous and offered their gratitude to firefighters. Actor Gerard Butler said on Instagram that his

Malibu home was “half-gone,” adding he was “inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters.”

In Northern California, where more than

lab and anthropologists to help identify what

6,700 buildings have been destroyed in the


contended with wind gusts up to 40 mph (64

in some cases were only bones or bone frag-

All told, more 8,000 firefighters battled wild-

fires that scorched at least 400 square miles

(1,040 square kilometers) of the state, with

the flames feeding on dry brush and driven by

blaze that obliterated Paradise, firefighters kph) overnight, the fire jumping 300 feet across Lake Oroville.

Associated Press | The Utah Statesman

A firefighter sprays water on the remain-

winds that had a blowtorch effect.

ing hot spots in an area in West Hills, Calif.,

can understand and respond to,” Gov. Jerry


“This is truly a tragedy that all Californians

Brown said Sunday. “It’s a time to pull togeth-

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. The state fire agency said Monday that the

er and work through these tragedies.”

fire had grown to 177 square miles (303

the Trump administration. President Donald


California is requesting emergency aid from

Trump has blamed what he called poor forest

management for the fires. Associated Press

Deputy Coroner Justin Sponhaltz, right, of

the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, carries

a bag with human remains found at a burned

square kilometers) and was 25 percent conThe magnitude of the devastation was begin-

ning to set in even as the blaze raged on.

Public safety officials toured the Paradise area

to begin discussing the recovery. Much of what makes the city function was gone.

“Paradise was literally wiped off the map,”

out home at the Camp Fire, Sunday, Nov.

said Tim Aboudara, a fireighters union repre-


their own homes, most in the Paradise area.

11, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John The governor said that the federal and state

governments must do more forest manage-

ment but that climate change is the greater

source of the problem.

“And those who deny that are definitely

contributing to the tragedies that we’re now

witnessing and will continue to witness in the

coming years,” Brown said.

Drought and warmer weather attribut-

ed to climate change, and the building of

sentative. He said at least 36 firefighters lost Others continued the desperate search for

friends or relatives, calling evacuation centers, hospitals, police and the coroner’s office.

Sol Bechtold drove from shelter to shelter

looking for his mother, Joanne Caddy, a

75-year-old widow whose house burned down along with the rest of her neighborhood in Magalia, just north of Paradise. She lived alone and did not drive.

As he drove through the smoke and haze to

homes deeper into forests have led to longer

yet another shelter, he said, “I’m also under

California. While California officially emerged

where and you don’t know where she’s at. You

and more destructive wildfire seasons in

from a five-year drought last year, much of the

northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally


In Southern California , firefighters beat

back a new round of winds Sunday and the

fire’s spread was believed to have been largely

stopped, though extremely low humidity and

gusty Santa Ana winds were in the forecast

through at least Tuesday.

Some of the thousands of people forced

a dark emotional cloud. Your mother’s somedon’t know if she’s safe.”

The 29 dead in Northern California matched

the deadliest single fire on record, a 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. A

series of wildfires in Northern California’s

wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. ___

Contributing to this report were Associated

from their homes were allowed to return, and

Press writers Janie Har and Daisy Nguyen in

way through the fire zone in Los Angeles and

in Chico, California; and Andrew Selsky in

authorities reopened U.S. 101, a major free-

Ventura counties.

PHOTO BY Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP A firefighter sprays water on the remaining hot spots in West Hills, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 2018.

San Francisco; Paul Elias and Martha Mendoza Salem, Oregon.

PHOTO BY John Locher/AP A bag containing human remains lies on the ground as officials continue to search at a burned out home at the Camp Fire, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Paradise, Calif.




Living out the internship of her dreams USU student, Abby Butikofer interns for the Peruvian Embassy in Washington D.C. them and work out details for an event they are


putting on with them. I just felt so grown-up,

Growing up with a dad in the Air Force, Abby

Butikofer has always had her eye on the White House, but not in the way one might think.

fancy and professional.”

Butikofer’s highlights of her internship so

far include editing one of the ambassador’s speeches given in New York and attending

Instead of politics, Butikofer’s interests were

a produce conference where she was able to

in mathematics. While her dad worked in the

Pentagon, she had D.C. dreams of her own, but

as a math major, she was a little unsure of how to make it happen.

meet with congressmen and senators and shake their hands.

She also had a special experience on her way

to one of these meetings that she said she will

That is until she received an email saying

that there were some internships available in

D.C. including an opportunity at the Peruvian

Embassy for Spanish speakers to work in some of their departments. From there, Butikofer

never forget.

“I was walking past the capitol building on my

way to the House of Representatives building

in business casual, looking like a young professional and got stopped by a news station who

was hooked.

wanted to interview me regarding the #metoo

“I served a mission for the Church of Jesus

movement with Brett Kavanaugh’s investi-

Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru which

really caught my attention,” Butikofer said. “I decided it was right up my alley and the best of both worlds since I would also be able to

gation, and sure enough I was on the news,” Butikofer said.

Butikofer loves that her internship at the

Peruvian Embassy gives her an opportunity to

speak Spanish.”

get outside of herself and see the world in a

Butikofer applied to the Peruvian Embassy

Economics department because she thought it

was most relatable to math, and thought that it would be a good way to explore that avenue in preparation for graduate school.

Three weeks before the start of fall semester,

Butikofer was given the news that she had been accepted for the internship of her dreams at the Peruvian Embassy.

new perspective.

“I feel like every day I go in and do something

important. I know I’m just an intern but it’s

a good experience to go in and feel like I’m changing the world,” Butikofer said.

Because of her mission experiences in Peru,

Butikofer has come to love the people she

served with, which has helped her better appreciate her internship.

In her day-to-day life, Butikofer has learned

“I kind of understand the Peruvian people and

how to write diplomatic cables and how the

am able to work with them in a professional

trade war with China can affect American

environment,” Butikofer said. “I am able to

trade with Peru. She often attends meetings

and conferences with important people in the D.C. area.

“In my first week, I went to coffee with

continue working with them in a different way than I was before and am able to continue to

Butikofer said. “The embassy had me meet

list, which included studying abroad and doing

increase my Spanish vocabulary.”

an internship, both of which will be completed

Embassy with Butikofer, and loves that

ories they have together include visiting the

Sam Paepke also works at the Peruvian

someone from the Council of the Americas,”

USU student, Abby Butikofer is spending this semester in D.C. working for the Perfuvian Embassy.

Butikofer engages

following this internship. Some of the memsights all over the city, riding the train and

herself in anything

appreciating Peruvian culture together.

her are engaged in or

when she walked into her room in D.C. Walker

that people around are excited about. “She is outgoing

and a deep-thinker,”

Halea Walker reconnected with Butikofer

and Butikofer served together in Lima, Peru, on their missions and are now roommates.

array of opportunities that come her way,” Walker said.

To those who are interested in applying to

and writing them

internships in D.C., Butikofer recommends

Butikofer about her

Politics about the internships available.

down and talked to “post-mission” bucket

and exciting places all around the east coast.

“I’ve been to several different museums, went

on a tour of the Capitol Building, the Pentagon, Mt. Vernon, the Holocaust museum and many different monuments,” Butikofer said.

Butikofer said she knows she is only a 22-year-

something to help Peru.

tures and plan new

belief of setting goals

When she isn’t working, Butikofer spends her

time soaking up the city life and traveling to new

“She is passionate about life and her posi-

tive attitude helps her enjoy to the fullest the

Paepke has a strong

on hold. This is a great experience.”

old college student, but feels like the work

Paepke said. “She also


said. “Don’t be scared of putting life and school

Walker appreciates that Abby is high-energy

and fun to be with.

loves to have adven-


talking to the Institute of Government and “There’s really no harm in applying,” Butikofer

she is doing is important and that she is doing “Being here in D.C. reminds me that I can

make a difference. D.C. is a really amazing city and I love being in the center of everything,” Butikofer said. “This is where America hap-

pened. I love being surrounded by the action.” — kortni.marie.wells@aggiemail.usu.edu



Local Store Celebrates 15 Years of Fair Trade as an extension of the alternative gift market at


Logan’s First Presbyterian Church. Julie Barker, a current board member, said she has been

The only fair trade non-profit store in the

with Keller since the beginning.

state of Utah, Global Village Gifts, is marking

“I assisted with store operations, coordinat-

its 15th anniversary this year right here in

ing volunteers and was a part of the board of

Cache Valley.

directors. When Sally retired, I was instrumen-

The store is part of the Fair Trade

tal in getting the store moved to its current

Federation which means the store pays a

location. It was a tremendous undertaking but

living wage to its producers in developing

has proven to be a great location,” Barker said.

countries, fights against child labor, respects

Barker grew up overseas and has traveled to

the environment and gives opportunities to

many of the countries where the handicrafts for

disadvantaged creators.

the store are made. Swain started volunteering

“Something that I love about our products

before she became the current store manager

are that they are made with sustainability in

and says that she has seen a lot of change over

mind,” said store manager Clarissa Swain. “A

the years.

lot of the items utilize upcycled or recycled

“The community has shown us that there

materials. We have animals made from old

flip flops, glasses made from discarded wine

bottles, bags, dishcloths and throws made from used saris. The list goes on.”

Swain said the store also has a lot of prod-

ucts that use earth-friendly alternatives to standard materials such as tree-free paper made from recycled cotton or elephant poop.

“Elephants are inefficient digesters, so the

fibrous materials in their waste can be washed and turned into a pulp just like regular paper made from trees,” Swain said.

Artisans for Global Village Gifts come from

is a strong demand for ethical products and a PHOTO BY Annika Johnson Global Village Gifts celebrates their 15th anniversary off their opening. The store is a non-profit, fair traide retail shop.

all over the world and Swain said they are paid a fair price for their work.

“I love the focus that fair trade has on

empowering women. A large percentage of our products are made by women artisans,” she

said. “Some of them have escaped sex traffick-

gives them an opportunity to build a life for themselves and be independent.”

Global Village Gifts was the brainchild of

then 71-year-old Sally Keller who began her interest in fair trade in 1994.

“I’ve been retired now for six years,” Keller,

ing, some have been striped of opportunity

now 86, said. “A poster in the store details my

ties or because of sexism. They all have unique

have been multiple managers.”

because of the social norms of their communi-

backgrounds and unique challenges. Fair trade

history as the founder and since I left, there

Keller explained that at first the store started

unique shopping experience. Global Village was run exclusively by volunteers for nine years. It

has grown so much since its beginnings and it is a continual effort to evolve with the needs of the store and keep up with the changing dynamics.”

Global Village Gifts can be found at 69 East

100 North in Logan.






Going down the rabbit hole with Sink Hollow the Utah State Creative Writing Contest in February. This contest is for USU students only. A panel of judges from the English

department selects the winners and there is also an awards ceremony.

With the opportunity to have students art

and work shown at a higher level, Kunz said students should not feel nervous to submit their pieces.

“Get ready for rejection. The greatest

writers and poets all have to deal with the

notion of someone not liking their work, but there is always a place that will eventually

welcome you and appreciate the type of art you are creating,” Kunz said. “It is impera-

tive that writers and artists are making their voices heard. I think that students who feel even a slight urge to submit should fo it.

Don’t let doubt worry or fear stop you from having a voice.”

The Sink Hollow publication hopes to keep


create the semi-annual publication. They are

me the chance to figure out why creative

ty members.

getting my story published or making a ton

helped out by a advisory board of five facul-

The Utah State University English depart-

ment literary magazine, “Sink Hollow” is

gaining quite a reputation. Since the first

edition in 2016, the publication has grown in staff, submissions and influence.

The literary journal compiles submissions

from undergraduates that fall under the cat-

egories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art. Marie Skinner, managing editor, explained

what type of work the publication looks for. “We aim for diversity, we look for pieces

that speak to us, but also surprise us. We think it’s important that we get a good

range,” Skinner said. “Creative writing has

the power to show us who we are, but also show who other people are. We are looking for that really unique piece that tells

us something whether about ourselves or someone else.”

The staff is made up entirely of under-

graduate students. They work together to

One of these members is Robb Kunz, an

english professor and faculty advisor.

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a completely different perspective. It’s

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or not is something that it is important.”

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and a surprising amount from internation-

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nity to take their work to the next level. The

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“Watching Darwin run, it’s like every single

time he gets the ball I’m like ‘I can’t believe it.’

Same with every time Jordan throws a ball, it’s

phenomenal,” said USU senior safety Jontrell Rocquemore.

The 804 yards by Utah State marked just the

third time this season an FBS team surpassed

the 800-yard milestone. The Aggies are also the

only team in the nation with two or more 700+ yard performances.

“I’m always amazed,” Love said of this season’s

offensive performances. “It’s really just a fun

thing to be a part of. To be able to do stuff like

that every week, I mean, it’s really just fun. It’s a

testament to what we do every week (in practice).”

Following last night’s Boise State victory over

Fresno State, the Aggies now control their own

destiny to a potential conference championship

and an opportunity to host the MWC title game

on Dec. 1. USU went 6-0 at home this season,

outscoring opponents by a combined total of 357-128.

“It means so much to us,” Rocquemore said of

the team’s unblemished home record. “We take a

lot of pride playing at home. To go 6-0 is really a great completion of what we wanted to do.”

The Aggies are now 9-1 on the season, and a

PHOTO BY Holley Stringham Utah State senior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver attempts to get past San Jose State cornerback John Toussaint during Saturday’s game. The Aggies had 510 passing yards and five passing touchdowns in the game, as they went for a program-record 804 yards in the game.

Senior day supremacy for Aggies Utah State offense goes off for program-record 804 yards in 62-24 victory over San Jose State By Jaden Johnson SPORTS CONTENT MANAGER

14 days ago in a game against New Mexico, the

Utah State football team set a program record for most total yards in a game with 704. That record didn’t last long.

Saturday afternoon at Maverik Stadium, the

Aggies shattered that record, eclipsing it by 100 yards as they moved the ball for 804 total yards in a 62-24 victory over San Jose State.

After exchanging three-and-outs on each teams’

first possessions, it was the Spartans who made

their way onto the scoreboard first. A low snap caused a rushed punt by USU junior punter Taylor Hintze. The ball rolled a few yards across the

turf before SJSU freshman safety Tre Jenkins

scooped the loose ball and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown.

The Aggies quickly followed that up with a

score of their own on a seven-play, 68-yard drive

capped off by a 42-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jordan Love to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Nathan.

USU fans remained on the edge of their seats

through much of the first quarter, as the Aggies exchanged blows with the Spartans in a 10-7 first quarter slugfest.

“There are standards that we’re going to hold

internally with the coaches and the players, and I don’t think we played up to our standards early in the game,” Utah State head coach Matt Wells said of the team’s slow start.

Then, the onslaught began.

The Aggies finished the first half on a 38-3 scor-

ing run, including a stretch of four straight pos-

sessions which ended in a USU touchdown

Junior running back Darwin Thompson also

during the second quarter.

did his part contributing to the Aggies’ record

453-115, allowing just 17 Spartan rushing yards.

ing and receiving yards and three touchdowns.

By halftime, Utah State had outgained SJSU

The Aggies went to the

performance, going off for 255 combined rush-

perfect 6-0 in conference play. Only five other

teams in program history have exceeded nine wins in a season.

While this has been a season full of record-set-

ting performances and this is perhaps one of the

most dominant Aggie teams in program history, Rocquemore said they are far from finished.

“Coming off of these games, the one thing I re-

ally think about is how much better we can be,

how much things we can fix, how much things

we need to work on,” he said. “We can get so much better.”


locker room holding a 38-10 lead.

“A lot of teams get

tired this time of the year,” Wells said. “They get



they get mentally tired,

and our guys continue to drink the Kool-Aid a little bit. They keep buying in.”

Love’s afternoon end-

ed when he earned a well-deserved rest after

throwing his fifth touch-

down of the game, his second



plishing the school record-tying feat this season.



32-of-42 passes for a

career-high 491 yards,

the third-most yards in a game by an Aggie quarterback.




there, true freshman Peasley led the Aggie offense the rest of the way.

Utah State senior wide receiver Jalen Greene hurdles a San Jose State defender as he fights his way to a touchdown during Saturday’s game.

PHOTO BY Megan Nielsen

Total domination for women’s basketball in 106-35 victory

By Daedan Olander e SPORTS STAFF WRITER ’ s In their first regular season home game of the

lyear, the Utah State women’s basketball team successfully defended home-court against the

eNorthern New Mexico Eagles, winning the dgame 106-35 and improving to 2-0 on the

eyoung season. + The game was distinctly one-sided, as the contest began with a 10-2 Aggie run, and Utah

sState never let up, finishing the first half with a n34-point lead, 47-14.

e Northern New Mexico was unable to stop aUtah State’s offense at any point during the

-contest, the Aggies moving wherever they wanted to on the court which led to 22 first-

rhalf points in the paint and shooting better nthan 50% from the floor.

p On the other end, the Eagles’ offense was conesistently stymied by a suffocating USU defen-

,sive effort. In addition to nine first-half steals– fwhich led to 14 Aggie points– junior forward Marlene Aniambossou also forced two Eagle

foffensive fouls. a The non-competitive half allowed USU head

acoach Jerry Finkbeiner to spread around minutes and give ten different Aggie players time

aon the court; his faith in them was well-foundred as all ten scored during the game.

e “We had some really good individual things








start to percolate up which I hope in the weeks to come and the months to come become a

foundation and an expected result,” Finkbeiner said of the offense.

Play in the second half was much the same as

the first. Utah State continued to dominate on both ends of the floor with their stout defense

leading to quick offense. An Aniambossou bucket late in the fourth pushed USU past the

100-point mark for the first time since the 2013-14 season, and the final score of 106 was

the most points scored in a game since a win in 1979-80 against Northern Arizona, 110-93.

“It feels great. It’s really encouraging and mo-

tivating like if we keep putting work in,” said

Utah State freshman guard Steph Gorman of

the high-scoring game. “We can do stuff like this again.”

Northern New Mexico’s point total of 35 was

also the fewest points allowed by an Aggie de-

fense since the 2015-16 season in a game against Nevada.

Even more historic still was the margin of vic-

tory of 71 points, the largest differential in Utah State women’s basketball history.

The Aggie defense was led by junior guard Ol-

ivia West who was a terror in the opponent’s backcourt, picking the opposing ball-handlers’ pocket multiple times and finishing with four steals on the game.

USU junior forward Hailey Bassett-Meacham

PHOTO BY Annika Johnson Utah State junior guard Olivia West dribbles the ball in Friday afternoon’s game against Nothern New Mexico. USU’s 71-point victory was the largest margin of victory in program history.

was again another key contributor, scoring 18

p.m. in the Spectrum against the No. 3 Oregon.

Aniambossou, West, Shannon Dufficy, Rachel

women’s team sport to come into Cache Valley,”

points on 12 shots in just 17 minutes of action.

Brewster, and Steph Gorman tallied double-digit point totals for the Aggies.

Even after the promising undefeated start, the

Aggies will have to prove themselves in the toughest game of their season Wednesday at 7

“I don’t think there is a higher ranked men or

Finkbeiner said. “The Oregon game on Wednes-

day night will be a standard for us for the rest of the year. We won’t play anybody better than

this team… Oregon is one of those games we circle on our calendar.”

Men’s basketball eclipses 100-point mark in second straight game with 100-73 win over Hartford



nior forward Dwayne Brown Jr., the Aggies cruised to a 100-73 win over Hartford, win-

ning each of their first two games for the fifth time in six seasons.

Utah State has now eclipsed 100 points in games,




against Montana State on Tuesday. The last time USU had 100 points in consecutive games was in the 1994-95 season. This season, how-

ever, is the first time in program history that the team has started off a season with two straight 100-point games.

Brown tied a career high in points with 24 off

the bench, 19 of those coming in the first half. The 24 led all scorers in the game and contrib-

uted to the 59 points scored by the Aggie bench.

points in that span and with senior forward

from Brown, Taylor and freshman guard Tauri-

junior guard Sam Merrill. “Dwayne (Brown

night during that run. Smith had high praise

didn’t need as much production from Merrill,

just bringing energy and playing hard,” said

Thanks to a career night from Utah State se-


these first two games have done a fantastic job

“All the guys that have come off the bench

Jr.) obviously had a ton of mismatches tonight and he was able to get to the rim and finish.”

Quinn Taylor netting 10 of his 12 points on the for Taylor after the game.

“I don’t know how to describe Quinn Taylor,

The spark Brown provided off the bench was

he’s just Quinn Taylor,” Smith said. “He’s de-

an ideal manner. Hartford went on a 9-0 run

to get out of him every night. He makes other

sorely needed as the game didn’t start out in in the first 2:18 of the game, making three of their first four shots — all of which were

to find points even if I don’t get shots up or if

Utah State didn’t just explode on offense

just over two minutes. In the 32-8 run by the

And when you get down like that you’re never

going to get a nine-point play, so you’ve just

I’m missing shots.”

Merrill, who had a career-high 37 points on a

career-high 18 field goal attempts, took just

Aggies, the Hawks shot 3 of 13 from the floor

at halftime. Merrill finished with 14 points,

and 1 of 6 from deep. By the end of the game, Harford only made 37.5 percent of its shots.

seven shots all night and had only three points four assists and four rebounds.

Friday’s game was the first part of the MGM

“It all starts on defense,” Brown said. “They’re

Resorts Main Event tournament that includes

and we made them frustrated and they

elling to Las Vegas to face Saint Mary’s and

a great team, they’re a great shooting team

run with a 32-8 run of their own over the

couldn’t make shots. We played great defense.”

course of the next 11 minutes. Brown had six

the beauty of our team, we have enough ways

significantly after giving up three 3-pointers in

got to chop wood.”

Smith’s squad responded to the Hawks’ 9-0

“They were trying to deny me catches as

guys better.”

ing a new coach with a new team, I loved how “We didn’t panic. We played with great poise.

keying on him the whole night

much as possible,” Merrill said. “I think that’s

during its run. The defense also tightened up

we responded,” said head coach Craig Smith.

it’s star guard who had the Hartford defense

pendable, you know exactly what you’re going


“You’re never glad that that happens, but be-

awn Knight, who had 14 points, the Aggies

With good defense and solid scoring nights

three home games for Utah State before trav-

then either Arizona State or Mississippi State.

The Aggies’ next game will be at home against



LEARN TO CODE, EAT FREE FOOD, AND GET YOUR IDEA BUILT NOVEMBER 16-17 PHOTO BY Tim Carpenter Utah State senior forward Dwayne Brown Jr. (2) dunks the ball over a Hartford player in Utah State’s 100-73 win on Friday evening. Brown Jr. tied a career-high 24 points in the game, including 19 points in the first half.






Mountain Worst Conference

Despite a 9-1 (and counting) season USU’s premier bowl options are bleak


column, or submit a letter to the editor on a

new topic, email your submission to opinion@ usustatesman.com.

All college football rankings are a sham.

Most rankings don’t matter, and the ones

that matter are more of a justification of actual ranking of

teams. Utah State

being ranked 14th in

the past two AP polls is a nice footnote for the media guide and

gives some nice pub-

the MW’s remaining bowl tie-ins rank in

towards the body that will likely be respon-

final spots of the Playoff rankings, USU’s

marquee matchup.

the postseason? The conference that has

that even if the Aggies were included in the

Editor’s Note: To submit a response to this

thought than an

winning streak. The fact of the matter is

destiny would still fall in the hands of

the bottom 12 for payouts, and none offer a In an era where bowl season is expanding

another team.

at a torrid pace, the MW has proven them-

chain of events already happening, and has

four teams widely regarded as among the 50

Most of Aggie Nation has realized this

focused their anger at the Playoff Committee for seemingly slighting Utah State by not

including them in the rankings. Again, there is truth to that gripe, but that misses on the

selves incompetent. The conference fields

best in the nation, and at least three of them will have to live with postseason opportunities outdone by most of Conference USA. We’re used to the Mountain West being

In an era where bowl season is expanding at a torrid pace, the MW has proven themselves incompetent.

licity, but it holds no

is the same confer-

ence whose television deals relegate a large

chunk of their games to Facebook. Those who

watch Utah State ver-

rankings really only matters for its top 10

sus Cincinnati, USF, or in the AAC champi-

towards the conference’s handling of events

cooler discussions and angry Twitter feuds. All that is not to say that I’m not upset

with the Playoff committee leaving Utah State out of their first two rankings this

season. Despite shellacking nearly everyone who dares share a football field with them, the Aggies are still considered lesser of a

team than that of 6-3 Iowa State team who

struggled with Akron and lost to TCU. Aggie nation has every right to hold anger.

All I’m saying is that anger would be better

served elsewhere.

I was at Utah State in 2012, the last season

in which Utah State football was in a com-

parable situation as to now. My first year at

USU, it was a goal to be on the front row as much as possible. That was a special sea-

son, and I still remember rushing the field

after the Aggies clinched the WAC championship to close out the regular season. For

their dominant season, USU was rewarded

with… a trip to Boise and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU finished 22nd in that season’s final BCS rankings and had to watch

Northern Illinois get thoroughly outclassed by Florida State in the Orange Bowl. The

Aggies had to settle for a 41-15 dismantling of Toledo.

A strikingly similar scenario is playing out

this season. Even if the Aggies close out

the regular season with a win over Boise

State and a MW title, barring an upset, USU will likely be watching UCF snatch the G5 bid to an NY6 bowl. Is there an argument

that Utah State might be more deserving?

Perhaps, though it’s hard to form that argu-

ment against a team currently on a 22-game

onship game, the worst possible bowl game

they might go to is probably something like the Birmingham Bowl versus an SEC team

or the Military Bowl versus some team from the ACC. The Birmingham Bowl pays out $1.65 million while the Military

a quality replacement after the conference lost Utah, TCU, and BYU? The conference

who led the charge in busting the BCS but failed miserably in capitalizing on it?

The best-case scenario for the MW is one

Even in that pipe dream, though, one of the

sus Hawaii on a tiny phone screen are well

teams. Beyond that is only fodder for water-

conference that thought San Jose State was

if not the worst. This

conferences in FBS,

larger problem here.

Hypothetically, if UCF were to stumble ver-

ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, or SEC? The

where Utah State, Fresno State, or Boise

Aggies do this season or to which bowl game they may go. The College Football Playoff

only one bowl tie-in with any of the AAC,

among the worst-run

were irked by having to

weight for what the

sible for relegating USU to Albuquerque for

aware of the MW’s ineptitude. Yet anger

over the past decade pales in comparison to the anger spewed at the Playoff Committee.

Again, Utah State fans have reason to hold

ill will toward the Committee and their

rankings, but shouldn’t they also feel ill will

State grabs the G5 bid to an NY6 game.

other two teams will end up twiddling their thumbs in the postseason having to play

some team from the Sun Belt. As it is, probably two of the teams can expect the same

fate. That is neither the fault of any of those teams nor the rankings.

It’s entirely the fault of the Mountain West


Daniel Hansen is the station manager for

92.3 Aggie Radio and a sports writer for

the Utah Statesman. An English and Public

Relations major, he’s a massive fan of food, music and sports, and is very much single.

Bowl pays out over $2 million each year. That’s a far cry from the $4 million UCF would miss out on

from the Fiesta Bowl, but relative to other bowl games, it’s a nice payout and a solid matchup.

For Utah State, however, the

safety net after an NY6 game is much more bleak. If the Aggies

manage to defeat Boise State and then Fresno State in a likely MW title matchup, USU would earn

a nice paycheck of $2.76 million versus a Pac 12 team in the Las

Vegas Bowl. After that, the Aggies’ bowl options become a Wheel of Fortune of suck. Another trip to

the Potato Bowl, the Hawaii Bowl, the Arizona Bowl, or the New

Mexico Bowl. Only the Hawaii and New Mexico Bowl pay out at least $1 million, and all four matchups

are against teams from either the Sun Belt, MAC, or Conference

USA. Even a conditional spot to

the Cheez-It Bowl, should the Big 12 or Pac 12 fail to fill the spot,

isn’t that much more tantalizing, paying out only $1.03 million to

take on the seventh or eighth-best

Pac 12 team. After the Vegas Bowl,

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USU Men’s Basketball vs Utah Valley University Wolverines 7:00pm Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

USU Opera Theatre 7:30pm 18 W Center St Logan, UT

Women’s Basketball vs Oregon Ducks 7:00pm Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

USU Physics’ November Demo Show 7:00pm, Free ESLC 130

Nancy Hills White Dress Exhibit 9:00am Fine Arts Center

Sounds of the Stadium 7:30pm Daines Concert Hall

Utah State University Drag Show 8:00pm Taggart Student Center Ballroom

String Chamber Music 7:30pm Russell/Wanlass Concert Hall USU Opera Theatre 7:30pm 18 W Center St Logan, UT



Starting Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. and ending Friday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. there will be a special vote on proposed changes to the Utah State University Student Association (USUSA) Constitution. We encourage you to take part in this student-driven initiative and vote. In order to vote, visit vote.usu.edu. USU BLANDING CAMPUS ACADEMIC SENATE OVERSIGHT This resolution requests to amend the USUSA Constitution to allow the USUSA Academic Senate to: - Approve proposed charter changes of USUSA Academic Senate officers, -Approve appointments made by the respective USUSA officer to fill vacancies of elected and appointed USUSA Academic Senate officers, -Levy charges of misconduct and incompetence in office towards USUSA Academic Senate officers in addition to authorizing the USUSA hearing board to hear such cases.

This resolution requests to amend the USUSA Constitution to add the USU Blanding Campus as a USUSA Service Region within Regional Campus Student Government.

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The Utah Statesman, November 13, 2018  

The Utah Statesman, November 13, 2018  

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