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As a result of rising costs, fewer donations and a shrinking endowment, Shriners hospitals are considering closing a quarter of their facilities.
Campus News Students lose their locks as part of Service Week. Page 3
Utah State University
HASS lacks research dollars, hit by cuts By J.P. RODRIGUEZ staff writer
USU President Stan Albrecht and Provost Raymond Coward met with faculty and staff from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) to discuss how the college and university may be affected by the budget cuts. The meeting took place Thursday afternoon at the Eccles Science Learning Center. At the meeting, Albrecht explained what the budget cuts are going to be for USU’s near future, and some of the things being done to lessen their impact on the university. “We are getting near where we need to be,” Albrecht said. “We are putting in place things that would allow us to recover.” He said the budget cuts will come in two stages. First there will be a cut of approximately $8 million, which is for the 2010 year, starting July 1. The cuts for the 2011 year will be more severe, he said. “There is almost $13 million that hangs on us, which starts the (fiscal) year a year
from July 1,” Albrecht said. The cuts combine to make almost a $21 million blow in the next two years, Albrecht said. Michael Kennedy, special assistant to the president for federal and state relations, said the goal of the university administration has been to make the shortage of funds less noticeable. “Much of our focus for this session was to minimize the impact of these budget cuts,” Kennedy said. Kennedy said because the federal government does not have to balance a budget like states do, they can print money
Speak Up “We are getting near where we need to be.” -Stan Albrecht, President of USU and pass legislative action to help meet it, such as the stimulus package. Money from the
USU PRESIDENT STAN ALBRECHT discusses the effects of budget cuts on the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences during a meeting in the Eccles Science Learning Center Thursday. CAMERON PETERSON photo
package can come to USU in several ways, such as money put for education or research projects. “The saving grace is that in the interim, the federal stimulus package was passed,” Albrecht said. “(The Legislature) was able to use part of that stimulus package and give us some of that money back.” In the meantime, USU has taken several steps to meet
these cuts. Albrecht said the first step was to eliminate vacant positions. He said they analyzed positions that needed to be filled and eliminated many of those. He said other steps included the furlough last month, which he said was difficult on the university community and
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USU’s offensive line is getting into the groove, returning 10 players that saw playing time last season. Page 8
Almanac Today in History: In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh, 54. Nine days later, the first effective anti-cruelty law in the U.S. was passed, allowing ASPCA to investigate complaints of animal cruelty and to make arrests.
KALAI PERFORMS live in the TSC Ballroom Thursday in a concert benefiting the Mali Rising Foundation, an organization that builds school in Mali, Africa. PETE P. SMITHSUTH photo
Aggie Shuttle celebrates 850,000th rider By BECKA TURNER senior news writer
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JORDAN EARLEY, BUSINESS AND MARKETING JUNIOR, is awarded Wednesday with a plaque by USU President Stan Albrecht for being the 850,000th rider on the Aggie Shuttle. BRIAN FRANCOM photo
Aggie Shuttles, a branch of the Parking and Transportation department, celebrated its 850,000th rider Wednesday. Jordan Earley, business and marketing junior, was greeted with cheers from a waiting crowd and USU President Stan Albrecht who presented Earley with a plaque, a pin and a $50 gift certificate to the USU Bookstore, said Lee Cannon, public relations for Auxillary Services. “This is the weirdest thing that’s happened to me all day,” Earley said. “I didn’t know they were yelling at me.” Albrecht said, “Jordan is an example of how effective the shuttles can be.” The university wanted to celebrate the shuttle service because of its efficiency and thought that promoting ridership was an effective way to do so, Cannon said. Fred Hunsaker, interim vice president, said, “We’re gonna break a million. These buses are extremely
efficient.” Hunsaker said he expressed his gratitude for the bus system being an effective form of transportation in these trying economic times. “With the economy how it is, we really have an opportunity here. It’s economically sound for you, it’s economically sound for me and economically smart for the university,” he said. The service is run on a low budget, with 70 percent of it coming from student fees, Cannon said. Alden Erickson, Aggie Shuttle supervisor, said, “The other 30 percent of the funding for the buses comes out of E&G (state) funds, from the state legislature, the ones that are getting cut now.” Not only are the buses economically friendly, but they are environmentally friendly, too, Cannon said. “The CO emissions are drastically lower than diesel fuel, so this gives us an opportunity to get exposure to decreasing pollution,” he said.
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Pointed paintings litter walls of Tehran
Today is Friday, April 10, 2009. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Mercer Owen, a sophomore majoring recreation resource management from Rupert, Idaho.
NEW YORK (AP) – “South Park” may have accomplished the impossible – getting Kanye West to check his ego. The Comedy Central show skewered the famously selfimportant rapper on its show Wednesday night. WEST OF West ‘SOUTH PARK’ responded Thursday on his blog, saying the show was funny, but that it also hurt his feelings and has helped The policy of The Utah Statesman is him realize that maybe he needs to to correct any error made as soon as stop saying how great he is. possible. If you find something you Said West in his typical all-caps would like clarified or find unfair, mode: “I JUST WANT TO BE A please contact the editor at 797-1762 DOPER PERSON WHICH STARTS or TSC 105. WITH ME NOT ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE HOW DOPE I THINK I AN IRANIAN MAN WALKS PASS AN ANTI-U.S. graffiti painted on the wall of the AM.” former U.S. Embassy on the anniversary of freezing Iran-U.S. diplomatic ties, in Tehran, on Thursday. The VANCOUVER, British Columbia United States and Iran have not had diplomatic relations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and subsequent (AP) – The new and improved hostage taking at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. AP photo Britney Spears apparently isn’t a fan of cigarette smoke – or any Utah accountant fined other kind of smoke, for that matter in alleged Ponzi scheme – while she’s performing. The 27-year-old pop star left the SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Federal stage for about 30 minutes during a regulators have obtained a $2 million concert in Vancouver on Wednesday judgment against a Utah man they night, apparently because of smoke accuse of participating in a Ponzi in the audience. scheme. NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Somali pirates and destination – and was expected to arrive Saturday According to The Vancouver William D. Perkins of St. George their hostage American sea captain were adrift in night, said Joseph Murphy, a professor at the Sun, Spears’ concert was halted says he’s an accountant who, along a lifeboat Thursday off the Horn of Africa, shadMassachusetts Maritime Academy whose son, about 15 minutes into her perforwith his clients, got taken by a larger owed by a U.S. destroyer with more warships on Shane Murphy, is second in command of the vesmance, and an announcer told conscheme. the way in a U.S. show of force. sel. The elder Murphy said he was briefed by the certgoers to put out their cigarettes. The U.S. Commodity Futures The U.S. brought in FBI hostage negotiators shipping company. Some audience members grew Trading Commission says Perkins and to work with the military in trying to secure the A U.S. official, who asked not to be identified impatient while waiting for Spears his bookkeeping service must pay a release of Capt. Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vt. because of the sensitivity of the situation, said and her troupe to return to the $354,000 fine and return more than An official said the bandits were in talks with the a Navy team of armed guards was aboard the stage, the Sun reported. $1.6 million to investors. Navy about resolving the standoff peacefully. Alabama. After she returned and ended Regulators say Perkins took a comAs the high-seas drama stretched into a second Earlier in the day, the USS Bainbridge arrived the show, Spears – who has been to mission putting investors’ money in a day, the freighter that was the target of the pirates near the Alabama and the lifeboat with the pirates rehab and is on the comeback trail bogus fund that promised to double steamed away from the lifeboat under armed U.S. and Phillips. Maersk shipping company spokesafter a long stretch of troubles – told their returns in a year with the tradNavy guard, with all of its crew safe – except for man Kevin Speers told AP Radio the lifeboat was the crowd, “Don’t smoke weed.” ing of commodities futures. the captive captain. out of fuel and “dead in the water.” Spears’ publicist, Holly Shakoor, The pirates tried to hijack the U.S.-flagged The U.S. Navy sent up P-3 Orion surveillance issued a statement apologizing to Police identify body of man Maersk Alabama on Wednesday, but Phillips aircraft and had video of the scene. fans about the delay. found in Tooele County thwarted the takeover by telling his crew of about Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, said more ships would be sent to the TOOELE, Utah (AP) – Police have 20 to lock themselves in a room, the crew told stateside relatives. area because “we want to ensure that we have identified the man whose body was The crew later overpowered some of the pirates, all the capability that might be needed over the found earlier this week wrapped in but Phillips, 53, surrendered himself to the bancourse of the coming days.” a tarp on the side of Interstate 80 in David Letterman’s Top Ten Little dits to safeguard his men, and at least four of the President Barack Obama was getting regular Tooele County. Known Facts About Queen Elizabeth Somalis fled with him to an enclosed lifeboat, the updates on the situation, said spokesman Robert Authorities say the man is 28-yearII, April 2, 2009 relatives said. Gibbs. Attorney General Eric Holder says the old Jose Guadalupe Alvarado-Ortez. On Thursday, the Alabama began sailing United States will take whatever steps are needed They are still looking for infortoward the Kenyan port of Mombasa – its original to protect U.S. shipping interests against pirates. 10. From 1978 to 1980, was the center mation about why the man’s body square on “Hollywood Squares.” was wrapped up and left near Delle. Tooele County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis 9. Holds weekly talks with her United Scharmann says the death is suspiStates counterpart, Queen Latifah. cious but it’s not clear yet how he SINGAPORE (AP) – Oil expected first quarter results Information Administration died. prices rose to above $50 a barrel while teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. said in its weekly report on 8. On Facebook lists her romantic staAlvarado-Ortez’s body was found Thursday in Asia as strongersaid same-store sales rose more Wednesday. tus as “it’s complicated.” Monday by a Union Pacific worker than-expected results from U.S. than analysts’ forecasts. 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First annual Aggie Locks collects donated hair Briefs Campus & Community
By BENJAMIN WOOD staff writer
USU students walked away from the TSC International Lounge without their hair Thursday, part of a Service Week event to help in making wigs for cancer patients. The Aggie Locks event had 20 committed donors before the first cut was made, a number that organizer Jamila McFarland thought a success. When the clippers stopped at 2 p.m., more than 60 donations had been collected, nearly all of which trimmed on site. The event began with an introduction by USU First Lady Joyce Albrecht, who spoke on her experiences as both a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and as a patient. She was followed by Heidi Aschlimen, an Ogden-area teacher who recently lost, and regrew, her hair in treatment of her cancer. “It’s not about what we look like, or how our hair went that day,” Aschlimen said. “It’s about reaching out and helping others.” McFarland said the Aggie Locks idea came partly as a result of a conversation with Albrecht. Albrecht mentioned the importance of leaving a mark on the university and McFarland felt inspired to do something that would have a positive impact. She eventually pitched the Aggie Locks idea to the Service Center, who included the event into the annual Service
Week. “They were totally supportive,” McFarland said of the Service Center. Cache Valley stylists from Kutting Edge Salon, Kakoi Salon, Valhalla Salon and private stylists Katie Hess and Katie McNeal volunteered their services. Participating students received coupons to have their new hairdos styled after the event McFarland said. The donated hair will be sent to Wigs for Kids and Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths. Donors had to say goodbye to a minimum eight inches of hair, which they did with a smile. Albrecht commended the donors on their service. “You are making a difference in the lives of every one of these cancer survivors,” Albrecht said. The event was also planned as a way to raise awareness for cancer patients and treatment. Both Albrecht and Aschlimen spoke of their experiences being diagnosed, treated and subsequent recoveries dealing with the disease. “If you’ve never been around someone dealing with chemotherapy, it’s a rough ordeal,” Aschlimen said. “It’s hard, not only on you, but on your family.” Albrecht said, “I now appreciate each day more than ever.” Aggie Locks was one of many events of the week encouraging service from students. Brett Healy, ASUSU service vice president, said this year’s Service Week was a big
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MICHELLE, JUNIOR IN HORTICULTURE, donates her hair Thursday to Aggie Locks. Hair stylists were located in the TSC International Lounge and chopped off volunteers’ hair to be used for wigs for cancer patients. This was Michelle’s third time donating her hair. PETE P. SMITHSUTH photo
success. “It has been so good,” Healy said. “The students have really come and helped us out.” Healy said all of the activities this week, from the annual Blood Battle to Monday’s mini-golf fundraiser, have had steady streams of students. The Orphanage Support Services Organization’s orphanage project, held Monday and Tuesday, was a particular success. “We almost had too many students,” Healy said. “We got a ton done.” Service Week ends this year with an Extreme Room Makeover
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CONTESTANTS EAT AS MANY SCOTSMAN DOGS AS POSSIBLE during the Scotsman Dog Eating Contest Wednesday in front of the Quick Stop in the TSC. Scott Klein, far left, was declared the Scotsman eating champion. BRIAN FRANCOM photo
service project Saturday. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. in the stadium parking lot and any interested student is invited to help, Healy said. “Just bring yourself and some clothes to work in,” Healy said. After the culmination of the week’s activities there will still be a number of ongoing service events. Students can visit the Service Center on the third floor of the TSC for more information on current and upcoming projects. –email@example.com
Bus: Rider gets surprise -continued from page 1 This is possible because the buses run on natural gas, Erickson said. “USU is the flagship program in CNG, or alternative fuel, use in the region,” Erickson said. Aggie Shuttle Services is the only bus system in the state of Utah that runs on natural gas. Gordon Larsen, representative from Questar, said, “This is huge for the state, for the shuttle buses to be running on natural gas.” Erickson said he was an advocate for public transportation because of the opportunity it provides to sustain a better air quality. Cannon said, “Fifty people on the bus are 50 people not in cars. We don’t want to be known for pollution, we want to be known for productivity.” The factor that helps the buses to be more environmentally friendly, is the same factor that depletes the cost of the system, Larsen said. “Natural gas saves from one-third and up to one half of what regular gas costs,” he said. Erickson said they couldn’t operate to the magnitude they do without natural gas. “We run 10 buses and roughly 123,000 miles a year and are able to run on a budget of $50,000 a year. That’s pretty incredible and it’s all because of natural gas,” he said. Earley said the buses have helped to lift the burden of commuting to school. “They are really convenient. It makes it so much easier. I live around Logan and it makes it so I don’t have to drive,” she said. “It’s the best shuttle I’ve ridden on.” –firstname.lastname@example.org
Cache Valley envisions its future By MACKENZIE LOVE staff writer
Envision Cache Valley’s steering committee got a glimpse of a possible future Wednesday afternoon after taking a survey in the Ballroom of the Taggart Student Center. Envision Cache Valley is a process where growth-related issues are explored based on ideas and opinions from the public. Christie M. Oostema, project manager of Envision Utah, said it was a project initiated by the regional council of Utah and Cache Valley who wanted the public’s opinion for ideas on development. “We were asked to come in and facilitate a process thinking that if local leaders had a good sense of where the public was at and what their goals were for the future, they could really use that as a framework for starting on general plans,” Oostema said. Some of the issues in the survey included private and public transportation, housing development, land and water conservation and road and highway development. Those surveyed included professors, students and residents of Cache Valley. Oostema gave a projected view of Cache Valley by the year 2040 based on recent trends in development and discussed ways those trends can change or stay the same. Oostema said the primary objective is to take the ideas and the trends from the public and create scenarios from that information. After the survey was taken, the workshop allowed students and residents to mark on maps where they would like to see new devel-
opments or land preserved. Louis Hurst, graduate student in science in bioregional planning, said he came to the workshop at his own accord and liked looking at the ways Envision Cache Valley is planning for new developments. “I don’t necessarily have strong opinions,” Hurst said. “I’m kind of looking at how this compares to traditional planning techniques and how a group of citizens can analyze the landscape.” Kevin Fayles, community relations manager for Envision Utah, said the surveys and maps help them to see the ideas of the citizens of Cache Valley. “The survey gives us a sense of some values and some priorities. Around the third week of May we’ll go to open houses and we’ll share results,” Fayles said. “We’ve had somewhere close to 60 maps and all of those maps give us information and lead to scenarios.” Fayles said in addition to taking the online survey, students should go to planning commission and city council meetings and let their voice be heard. “Just get involved. This is your future. This is a chance for people to let elected officials know what is important to them,” Fayles said. Oostema also said students should let officials know what they would like to see happen to the future of Cache Valley. “I think it’s really important that they weigh in. A lot of times public processes are primarily attended by people who are older and this is really your future,” Oostema said. “ We need to understand what people who will be here for decades and decades are hoping for.” Envision Cache Valley has had workshops
USU STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF discuss how they believe Cache Valley should be developed in years to come. Envision Cache Valley is a program that allows residents to voice their opinions on growth and development. BRIAN FRANCOM photo
since February with more than 1,500 people involved. The workshop Wednesday was the last workshop but students can still voice their views through an online survey found at www. envisioncachevalley.com. –email@example.com
Utah Senator Bob Bennett and the Utah Rural Development Council host the 8th annual Rural Business Conference April 14 in Heber Valley, April 15 in Roosevelt and April 17 in Brigham City. The conference is co-sponsored by USU Extension. Conference sessions will address challenges and opportunities unique to each area and offer advice on accessing small business capital, increasing sales and reaching new markets. There will also be discussions on the economy, health care reform and other issues of national interest. For registration and other information, visit www.ruralutah.com. Because of generous donations from many sponsors, there is no cost to attend the conference, except for the cost of lunch provided by a local organization.
Choral groups present ‘Voices’ USU’s Chamber Singers and the USU Chorale present the choral program “VOICES” Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in USU’s Performance Hall. Under the direction of Cory Evans, “VOICES” features an eclectic blend of choral music and is highlighted by a guest appearance of the local Beatles cover band Get Back for a collaboration with the choirs for a number of great Beatles tunes. The USU choral groups are based in the Department of Music in the Caine School of the Arts. Tickets are $5, and free to USU students with ID and are available at the CSA Box Office by calling 797-8022, online at http://boxoffice. usu.edu, or at the door. Evans is director of choral activities in the music department, and is pleased to feature Get Back in a return visit to campus. Evans said he intentionally designed a lighter concert for April because the choral groups have performed a number of serious, major works, including “Carmina Burana” and Beethoven’s “Ninth.” “I thought it would be fun to have the band play a few numbers on their own, then join us for a few of our favorite Beatles tunes,” Evans said.
Guitar ensembles in spring concert
Multiple guitar ensembles are featured in a spring concert at Utah State University Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall. The concert follows a long performance tradition in the guitar program in USU’s department of music and the Caine School of the Arts. Tickets are $5, and free to USU students with ID and are available at the CSA Box Office by calling 797-8022, online at http://boxoffice. usu.edu, or at the door. “This is the 32nd year guitar ensembles have performed on the Utah State campus,” said Mike Christiansen, guitar program head. “Much has changed over the years, but the program has developed a loyal following and the concerts are always popular with audience members, regardless of their musical taste.” Two acoustic and two electric guitar ensembles are featured in the spring concert.
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Public relations conference to be one of biggest in Utah
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Gary Hawkins Brant Whitehead Freshman Whitehead, an undeclared business program. He major says Gary Brant Hawkins is a from graduate Sandy, Utah, was caught skimming the sports section he enjoys reading student from of TheDelmar, Utah Statesman Wednesday The Statesman each Calif., who is whilecurrently lounging in in the the business engineering buildday it is published ing. Forget the longboards and bicycles,and particularly Brant wants to be the first person at likes “Street Speak.” USU to sport a motor-cooler around Hawkins can usually campus. “That would be awesome!” be caught reading he says. Brant wins an “I Got Caught The Statesman in Reading It!” T-shirt, and is eligible for the HUB of the TSC. more prizes. Thanks for reading, Grant! Thanks for reading, Gary!
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The first annual Public Relations (PR) Conference, Monday, April 13, aims to put all students in a “Position to Win,” which has been adopted as the conference’s theme, said Alyson Bauer, junior in public relations. All Utah State University students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the conference, hosted by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The day-long event begins with breakfast and an introduction by Troy Oldham, a lecturer in the department of journalism and communications, said Justin Miller, public relations senior. At 9:30 a.m., a keynote speaker, Ron Gunnell, head of Public Relations of Special Projects for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will address the audience for roughly an hour, he said. “Oldham will be speaking on PR perception and reception, the art of perception in business and in life,”
Miller said. At the conclusion of Gunnell’s speaking, the group will break up into groups to attend two of four options for workshops, or breakout sessions, Bauer said. The four different, hour-long workshops will be presentations by Sarah Reale, PR specialist at USU; Lexie Kite, freelance journalist; Tim Brown, partner in the corporation Richter7; Rachel Greenwood, communications manager for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Adam Pollock, public relations senior, said, “They will be talking about strategies to improve business and image.” Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the East Ballroom in the TSC, followed by another series of breakout speakers. This series will include Rolf Koecher, editor of Davis County Clipper; Chris Thomas, owner and officer for Intrepid Group; Nile Easton, senior public information officer for the Utah Department of Transportation. Jason Rogers, public relations senior, said the event
is also an opportunity for students to network. “This is a great opportunity for students to meet and associate with business professionals,” Rogers said. Miller said the last speaker of the day will be Pete Codella, president at Codella Marketing. “Codella will be speaking on maximizing the clientagency relationship,” he said. The day will end with closing words by Kevin Crouch, PRSSA chapter president, and a closing Aggie Ice Cream social at roughly 3:35 p.m., Bauer said. Miller said the theme is based on putting students in situations to help them overcome stumbling blocks in their future careers. “The theme was chosen because of the hard economic times we have right now, to help put students in a position to win,” Miller said. Pollock said, “We anticipate this to be one of the biggest PR conferences in the state of Utah.” –beck.turner@aggiemail. usu.edu
HASS: 2011 may bring more cuts -continued from page 1 done quickly because there was little time to work out all the possible problems. He said there will not be a furlough for the 2010 year, but they will keep the option as a reserve for 2011. Albrecht said if the economy fails to improve, it may prompt the Legislature
to reach into some of the rainy-day fund money to help USU get through that year. He said while he criticized the state Legislature at first for not using the money right away, he feels now that they made the right choice by saving those fund for the near future if needed. “We are continuing to do some positive things in a difficult economy,” Albrecht said. “I think this is because students are willing to step up.” He said many of the budget cuts could be made up by raising tuition by 47 percent. Despite this, he said students should not think they are making up the budget cut with their tuition dollars. “We are not going to load this into the back of the students,” Albrecht said. “That will not happen.” Some tuition increases, though, are still needed, Albrecht said. There will be a 1 percent tier one tuition increase, he said, while tier two will be increased by 4.5 percent. How the budget cuts will affect different colleges is not uniform, Coward said. “We do treat different colleges differently,” Coward said. He said some colleges have the capability to bring funds from other means, such as through research. HASS, however, does not have the same opportuni-
ties as some other colleges like engineering, he said. “We asked everyone to put 5 percent plans,” Coward said, referring to plans to make budget cuts of 5 percent in each college. For HASS, however, this was lowered to about 2.1 percent. Coward said the plan allowed them to look at the different colleges, and adjust to each one. “We have to take into account all of those variables. And protect some of those colleges so they are not devastated,” Coward said. Kennedy said with the budget cuts, grants and other money for research are now more crucial than ever. “It is important for USU to get research dollars,” Kennedy said. “Schools and faculty need to watch out for research opportunities, or we risk leaving some money on the table.” Albrecht said the university will withstand the rough financial winds; however, it might not be an easy ride. “We’ll get through this,” Albrecht said. “But I cannot stand here and say that a $21 million cut will be taken without much difficulty.” –jp.rodriguez@aggiemail. usu.edu
- Part 3 of the Colleges and Budgets series will continue Monday, April 13.
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ARMY STRONG By SETH BRACKEN staff writer
Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters worth about $11 million a piece carried Army ROTC members and several USU professors on a series of training flights Thursday afternoon. The flights served a dual purpose. They functioned as advertisement and recruitment as well as a training option for the members of the army ROTC, said Major Paul Faletto. Also on the flight with Faletto were the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Yolanda Flores Niemann, and Associate
Dean Ed Glatfelter. The Blackhawk helicopter is a utility transport vehicle that carries cargo and people, and also helps in medical evacuation situations, said Private Aubry Ayers, crew chief. The Blackhawk can go up to 215 mph, safely fly up to 14,000 feet and can carry 10 passengers, the flight crew plus 8,000 pounds of external cargo. These particular helicopters have been in use since the 1980s and the Army spends more time on maintenance than flight time, said Sergeant Jason Townsend, crew chief. “Pretty much anything you can think of putting in the heli-
copter, we can come up with a way to carry it,” Townsend said. Townsend has served two tours in Bosnia, one in Iraq and he is headed back to Iraq before the end of the year. He flew similar helicopters when he was in active duty and faced a variety of difficult situations – one of his fellow crew members was even shot in the leg, Townsend said. And while no one was being shot at during the training, the ROTC takes this opportunity to help prepare the cadets for more realistic situations very seriously, Faletto said. “We try to do a crawl, walk, run approach to training,” Faletto
said. The classroom learning is where the crawling happens and where the basic outline and training happens, Faletto said. The practice flights, like this one that take place annually, are the walking steps, he said. “And when they get to Afghanistan, they’ll be running,” Faletto said. About 40 percent of the Army ROTC members from USU end up in active combat duty, Faletto said. But many use the training obtained in the ROTC to add diversity to life, to give back to the country because of patriotic desires and take advantage of the
leadership training. “Leadership is different than management,” Faletto said. Major Jeff Bruce said the Army ROTC focuses on training the cadets to be leaders and the benefits gained from joining the ROTC can be applicable in any career. Many of the cadets go on to be in the National Guard or the Army Reserves and receive training one weekend a month and for two weeks during the summer, Bruce said. For more information on how to join the Army ROTC call 797ROTC or e-mail scott.sparrow@ usu.edu. –firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDENTS IN THE ARMY ROTC RECEIVE PREFLIGHT TRAINING BEFORE THEIR FLIGHT, LEFT, after two helicopters landed in the HPER field to pick up the students in order to give them some real world experience, right. TYLER LARSON photos
Hopping for a cure By COURTNEY SHOEN staff writer
In the time it takes to complete the Circle K club jump-a-thon Thursday, April 16, three American children will be diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Last semester, Matt Brown, former USU student and member of the Circle K Service Club, suggested a fundraising event to benefit children like his nephews and nieces who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. The jump-a-thon, called Hop For a Cure, is the biggest service activity Circle K has hosted this year and will last from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., said Jared Curtis, senior in engineering and former president of Circle K. “At first I was hesitant about the idea of a jumpa-thon because I knew it meant a lot of work,” Curtis said, “but then as an organization we decided to go through with it because it is a great project that will benefit so many people.” Cameron Lewis, junior in business administration and current president of Circle K, said teams of five people or fewer are challenged to jump rope until 3:30 p.m., the end of the jump rope competition portion of the service project; at least one person from each team needs to be
jumping at all times. The Hop for a Cure festivities will begin with Just Jumpin’, a local Cache Valley jump rope team, performing in the TSC Patio. Following their performance, the jump-a-thon will begin. The team that consecutively has one person from their group jumping the longest amount of time wins, Lewis said, and that team could win up to $300 in prizes. Lewis said there is a $5 per-person entry fee, all of which goes towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, “We are hoping to raise
- See JUMP, page 7
‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ not out of this world “Monsters vs. Aliens” is quite possibly the most literal title for a movie this year. There is no mistaking exactly what you’ll get when you go to this movie. Monsters and aliens battling it out. As with most DreamWorks animated pictures, this film is full to the brim with voices from A-list stars. “Monsters vs. Aliens” begins as Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde”) is about to marry the love of her life, local weatherman Derek (Paul Rudd, “I Love You, Man”). That
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is, until she is hit by a meteor. Soon after she is hit we see the effects. Due to the celestial chemical compound being carried inside the meteor, Susan grows, and grows and grows. It’s attack of the 60-foot woman all over again as she bursts out the
Almost instantaneously the Army shows up and corrals Susan away to a top secret government lab where other “monsters” are kept. B.O.B. (Seth Rogen, “Knocked Up”) is a Jello-like blob, Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie, “House”) is apparently the smartest mad scientist in the world, Link (Will Arnett, “Arrested Development”) is a part human, part fish – the missing link in human
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When Justin Copier came to USU as a freshman in 2004, he was already a star. Copier and his friend Kevin Knight’s stand-up comedy act, “Fat Kevin’s Comedy Club,” had gained the attention of Salt Lake television stations for packing an audience into Salt Lake’s Avalon Theater and donating the proceeds to the newborn intensive care unit at University of Utah Hospital, he said. While double majoring in marketing and economics at USU, Copier said he met Ricky Hacking, also a marketing major and a standup comedian with a gift for physical comedy. Copier said Hacking became known throughout Logan for showing the crowd what it might look like if the Bible’s Goliath weren’t
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as manly as the story says or what Spiderman would do with his webspinning powers if he visited the country. Copier says his own humor isn’t as physical as Hacking’s, but is based on writing good jokes. For example Copier said, talking about dating, “I think that the first minute of the date is extremely crucial in determining how the rest of the date will go. That’s why I put a lot of emphasis on the way that I honk the horn when I pull up to a girl’s house.” Copier said he and Hacking spent a lot of time performing in Logan at comedy nights at the old Funatics and presenting at TSC events. He said current students might remember Hacking for being voted “Mr. USU,” and participating in the comic improv group, “Can I Have Fries With That?” Copier graduated in Spring ’07 and Hacking in Spring ’06. Now the two alums are reuniting
for one night in Salt Lake City for a stand-up comedy show par excellence at Olympus High School in Salt Lake. Copier said the idea of the upcoming show on April 17 is to bring their best jokes to the Salt Lake crowd, and to give Logan fans a chance to hear both old favorite jokes and new jokes written since graduation. Copier says in an attempt to sell out the 1,300 seat auditorium, they’ve hired Chet Cannon from MTV’s “The Real World” to emcee the show. The show is also sponsored by Real Salt Lake and Spoon Me yogurt shop, Copier said. The show will be in the Olympus High School Auditorium at 4055 S. 2300 East in Salt Lake City. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., goes until 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Join the Facebook group “Fat Kevin’s Comedy Club” to RSVP. –firstname.lastname@example.org
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â€˜Splendid Sunsâ€™ is an insightful read â€œA Thousand Splendid Sunsâ€? by Hosseini does so in a masterful way Khaled Hosseini is a walk through with historical context and multi-laythe previous 30 years in Afghanistan ered characters. seen through the eyes of two Afghani The second facet of the story is a women who are forced into marrying a spirited young woman named Laila, traditional Afghan man 30 years their whose family dies amidst the chaos of senior. the warring tribes while the Taliban is Hosseini is an Afghanistan native consolidating control over the counwho impacted the literary world with try after the Soviet withdraw. She is his first novel, â€œKite Runner,â€? which forced into marrying Rasheed also to was later made into avoid embarrassa movie. Hossieni ment because she takes us back to is pregnant and she Afghanistan in believes the father to his second novel, be dead. and tells the story The story has sevof a bastard child, eral plot twists and Mariam, whose is an easy read that father is very wellflows seamlessly and to-do and hid the pages practically his mistress and turn themselves. bastard child in a However, the real Grade A small hut outside of merit in the book is â€œA Thousand Splendid the timing and the the city of Herat. However, when opportunity it proSunsâ€? 15-year-old Mariam vides the reader to by Khaled Hosseini makes a trek to the experience a nation city on her birthday that is very influbecause her father ential in American did not fulfill a foreign policy curpromise to take her rently. to a movie theater, Many news she is disappointed to learn that her outlets have dubbed the war in father is ashamed of her and refuses to Afghanistan â€œMr. Obamaâ€™s Warâ€? see her. Upon returning to the house, because of an increased emphasis he she finds that her mother has hung has placed on the war there. Elections herself. are coming up in Afghanistan and the Mariam is then forced to marry United States has pledged $40 million. Rasheed, a man that is old enough to With all of the resources, money and be her father. He is an abusive man man power that are used in that corner who mistreats Mariam physically and of the world, the need to understand emotionally. After miscarrying her the culture and situation is as imporfirst child, Mariam becomes increastant as ever. ingly introverted. Mariamâ€™s story is â€œA Thousand Splendid Sunsâ€? is just utterly desparaging, with very few that, splendid. It is a relevant story that positive turns in the plot. will entertain and provide a different However, it does offer an interestview on the turmoil in Afghanistan. ing insight into the plights the average â€“email@example.com woman has to face in Afghanistan and
Aliens: For little kids only -continued from page 5 evolution, and finally thereâ€™s Insectasaurus, a Godzilla-sized bug that doesnâ€™t do much more than waddle around and groan. Turns out that the meteor that hit Susan is also being hunted by an evil alien that goes by the name Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson, â€œThe Officeâ€?), because of the material contained inside of it. Much of the humor in â€œMonsters vs. Aliensâ€? seemed forced and unnatural. Most of the jokes and gags are spelled out, instead of engaging you on a deeper level. People may say, â€œWell, itâ€™s just a cartoon, what do you expect?â€? I would argue
that Pixar movies, while they make some terribly cute cartoons that are beloved by children everywhere, still maintain a clever awareness of adults that may be watching. There are also a lot of famous voices featured here, but I couldnâ€™t help but ask, â€œWhy?â€? Take Wilsonâ€™s character Gallaxhar. It is hardly noticeable itâ€™s even him. Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Renee Zellweger and Kiefer Sutherland are also featured, but their roles are so minor that itâ€™s hardly even worth having them in there at all. Itâ€™s almost like DreamWorks said â€œThereâ€™s
a few really popular shows like â€˜24,â€™ â€˜The Officeâ€™ and â€˜The Colbert Report.â€™ Letâ€™s get those people.â€? But, in the end does it really matter? No. Because the kids watching the movie could not care less about whoâ€™s doing the voices and thereâ€™s not enough clever, witty humor to keep the adults in the audience involved. It seems hard for DreamWorks Animation to understand that a bunch of big name stars doing voices for a cartoon doesnâ€™t necessarily translate into a good film. â€“aaron.peck@aggiemail. usu.edu
Jump: Circle K fundraiser -continued from page 5 around $1,000 for the cause and get 30 or 40 teams to enter,â€? he said. Teams can sign up on any day Monday through Wednesday at a registration table in the TSC basement along with several other ADay activities, Lewis said. The winning jump rope team will be decided at 3:30 p.m. by a panel of volunteer judges from the A-Day and Circle K organizations. â€œIf two or more teams tie for the longest consecutive jumping streak,â€? Lewis said, â€œthen weâ€™ll have a jump-off, and whoever jumps the longest without messing up will win some of the awesome prizes and gift cards we have.â€? This service event is unique because it is more
interactive and entertaining than the typical 5K fun run or blood drive, Lewis said, plus all of the proceeds benefit a very worthwhile organization, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. According to the CFF, in the 1950s, few children with Cystic Fibrosis lived to make it to elementary school, but because of money raising efforts like those of the Circle K Club, children currently diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis are expected to live into their late 30s. The CFF defines Cystic Fibrosis as â€œan inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States.â€?
Lewis said Cystic Fibrosis basically causes sticky mucus to clog the lungs and make it especially difficult for little children to breathe. Children with the disease often also have persistent coughs, lung infections, poor growth and weight gain and difficulty with bowel movements, the CFF said. By participating in the jump-a-thon, or even just donating a couple dollars to the cause, USU students can contribute to research efforts to help children with Cystic Fibrosis. â€“firstname.lastname@example.org
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Quayle and Wilkinson honored Utah State’s Gary Wilkinson and Jared Quayle were both honored by CollegeHoops. net on Thursday as Wilkinson was named a second-team high-major All-American and Quayle was named to the honorable mention team. CollegeHoops.net is the web’s largest independent college basketball site. The CollegeHoops.net All-American teams are voted on by staff writers and include players from the Atlantic-10, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Western Athletic and West Coast Conferences. In all, 34 players received All-American honors. Joining Wilkinson and Quayle on the various All-American teams were three other players from the state of Utah and one from the WAC as Utah’s Luke Nevill was named to the first-team, BYU’s Lee Cummard was named to the second-team, and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Nevada’s Luke Babbitt were named to the honorable mention team.
- See ALL-AMERICAN, page 10
GARY WILKINSON, 55, drives for a layup during the WAC tourney. PATRICK ODEN photo
Finding a new groove The 2009 version of the USU offensive line enters the season with new coaches, schemes, teammates and a new work ethic, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming what they and their coaches consider the closest group on the football team. “We hang out a lot together on and off the field,” said USU senior guard Brennan McFadden. “We’re a tight-knit group always joking with each other … our lockers are all next to each other and we’re basically like a little family within a family.” McFadden, the lone senior on the line, is the leader of a group that is returning 10 players that saw playing time last season. “We had two seniors leave and I’m the only senior on the O-line this year, and these guys always give me a bad time about being the old guy,” McFadden said. “It’s a young line, but it’s an experienced line, so that’s good.” That experience has and will continue to come in handy as the linemen learn what McFadden at first called a “foreign language” from their new coaches. Along with implementing the new spread attack on offense, the line has a new position coach Alex Gerke – a man, head coach Gary Andersen joked, could be a little rough around the edges. Junior tackle Spencer Johnson said, “(Gerke) makes sure he doesn’t let any of us slip up, whether it’s football, school or helping
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USU FRESHMAN BACKUP QB ADAM EASTMAN lines up the offensive line during the Aggies first official scrimmage of the season. The offensive line returns 10 players that saw playing time last season and are enjoying their transition to the spread offense. CAMERON PETERSON photo
out in the community. He’s always stressing how all the little things are going to add up to something big.” True to form, Gerke said the offensive line has been really working for the first time since his arrival. Some traditions have carried on, however, and one of those continues to combine the Oline’s passion for food with their enjoyment of being together. “Coach Gerke, for Spring Break, took all the O-linemen out to a buffet and we did business there,” McFadden said. Though the group has found no new hot spots since this tradition was revealed last year, they have not put any restaurants out of business either – though Johnson did express interest in a new Hawaiian BBQ he’d heard about. Getting back to the gridiron, Andersen has noticed the work ethic his linemen have picked up. “Overall I see hard work, I see toughness that is progressing. I see the ability to finish, which is progressing, and I see them paying more attention to detail and less mistakes,” he said. “We’re progressing, but we’re by no means where we need to be at, but that would hold true for the whole football team.” Compared to their preparation for last season, the linemen have noticed a difference in their intensity and work ethic as well. Both McFadden and Johnson spoke about how prepared their group is becoming and how that will help them in the fall.
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JARED QUAYLE, 21, sets up the offense at the WAC tournament in Reno. PATRICK ODEN photo
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“Everyone’s working hard, everyone’s running and everyone’s flying around,” Johnson said. “It’s tough learning a new offense, but the effort is there … if you have a lot of effort, it’s going to show up on the field.” The offensive line is looking to build on a season in which they helped the offense average 137.8 yards per game on the ground and tie for the third-best red zone efficiency in the country. This season the Aggies will look to keep that percentage up, but get into the red zone more. A former offensive lineman, Andersen knows that the hard work his front group is putting in will pay off. “Good football teams work hard, a lot of teams in this country work hard, but we like to deem ourselves as the hardest working team in the country. How you can prove that factually, I never know that, but I do know this, these kids work extremely hard,” he said. “Hard work can get you in a position to win football games, it can get you in a position to do things right, but it doesn’t win football games … players have to make plays to win football games.” McFadden, Johnson and the rest of the offensive line are hoping the work they’re putting in now, allows them to do just that in the fall. “I think everyone should be excited, we’re going to come out and showcase,” Johnson said. “Come out and watch the scrimmages and you’re going to get a taste of what’s going to happen in the fall.” –email@example.com
Utah State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will split up and head to two different meets Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 9-11. USU will have athletes at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosted by UCLA. The rest of the Aggies will head to the Javier’s Wildcat Invitational hosted by Weber State on Saturday at WSU’s Stewart Stadium. “This is a meet where there will be a lot of good competition,” said veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel about the UCLA meet. “We are looking forward to another outdoor meet and another opportunity to improve before the WAC Championships at home this year.” At the Rafer Johnson/ Jackie Kersee Invitational the Aggies will compete against 21 teams with athletes from Azusa Pacific, Cal Poly SLO, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge, Cal State San Marcos, California, Mississippi Valley, Pepperdine, Point Loma, Rice, Seattle Pacific, Southern Illinois, Stanford, Texas A&M, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, USC, Utah Valley State, Washington State and host UCLA Thursday’s action will begin at 10:45 p.m. (MT) with the decathlon and action will conclude at 7:30 p.m with the women’s hammer. The first events on Friday start at 10 a.m. with the men’s 110m hurdles prelims and action on Friday is scheduled to end with the 10,000m at 11:25 p.m. Action will resume Saturday at 12:15 p.m. with the men’s high jump and will end at 3:55 p.m. with the men’s 1600m relay. In Ogden, USU will face athletes from Utah, BYU, Utah Valley, Idaho State and host Weber State. Action will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw and long jump. The final event of the day, women’s 4x400 relay will begin at 5:55 p.m. In the Aggies’ last action at the Pepsi Invitational hosted by Oregon, junior Steve Strickland set a new Utah State school record in the 3,000 steeplechase clocking it at 8:49.53, which is also a regional qualifying time. Utah State women had a total of 20 top-five finishes, while the men had 15 at the meet in Oregon. Following the weekend in Los Angeles and Ogden, the Aggies will host their first meet of the outdoor season, the Mark Faldmo Invitational at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium on Saturday, April 18.
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1. National Championship game thoughts I had no real favoritism either way in this game. On one hand, I wanted Michigan State to win because my gut feeling told me to pick them as champions three weeks ago when I was filling out my bracket. On the other hand, I have really enjoyed watching Tyler Hansbrough the last couple years and figured a championship would be the perfect way for him to cap off a pretty stellar career. Mostly I just wanted to see a good game, and I was horribly disappointed. UNC fans would not have been out of their place if they had wanted to start the â€œwinning team, losing teamâ€? chant with about 30 minutes to play ... thatâ€™s how bad it was.
If it wasnâ€™t for Michigan State playing like a bunch of scared schoolboys in the first half, this might have been a great National Championship game. We canâ€™t place all the blame on Michigan State, though. I donâ€™t know that any other team in the country would have done any better. Maybe UCONN would have made it a 10-point game instead of a 17-point game. But, in all honesty, UNC played this tournament with a passion that other teams would have had a hard time matching. They are by far the best team in the country, itâ€™s just a shame they had to be so good that there was no chance of a competitive National Championship game.
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2. Who will win the Masters? Iâ€™m going to go off track with my prediction and just say that no matter who wins this weekendâ€™s Masters tournament, it will be the feel-good story of the year for the golf world. If somebody other than Tiger wins it, I have zero doubt that most major newspapers will find something inspiring to shamelessly talk about for hours on end to paint the picture of that golfer having overcome so much to achieve their dream of winning a major tournament. Chances are they would have just caught a hot streak. If Tiger wins it, then he will have made a courageous and triumphant rebound from that knee injury.
When we talk about the Masters, what we are really talking about is Tiger Woods. Honestly, would anyone even care about it if Tiger werenâ€™t playing? It was nice to actually hear news about the event not related to Tiger. Seventythree-year-old Gary Player will play in his last Masters, and thatâ€™s pretty cool. That said, I donâ€™t think Tiger will win it this year. He played good at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but I still donâ€™t think he is fully back to true form. I hope I am wrong because I love it when Tiger wins, everyone loves it when Tiger wins. I think he will finish in the top five, but not first.
3. Thoughts on spring football Robert Turbin is all that is man. That would be the best way to sum up USU spring football right now. We all saw what he was capable of a year ago as a freshman and it looks like it was anything but a fluke. In case you need a quick refresher on Turbin, go search his name on YouTube. Youâ€™ll learn all you need to know really quickly. The sophomore runningback appears to stand out just a little bit extra from even the rest of the standout players that are currently on this Aggie team. Quarterback Diondre Borel might be as good of a scrambler as there is in the entire NCAA and the Aggiesâ€™ defense is looking fast, mean and hungry. I think the darkest days are behind us, especially with the core of players currently in place.
At this time the last couple of years there was so much hype about whether this would be the year that Brent Guy turned it around and started winning. This year there seems to be a different kind of hype. People donâ€™t seem to be wondering if we are going to win this year. They are hyped and already expect us to win. Everyone seems like they are ready for us to open the season with a big win at Utah, and then cruise past BYU a couple week later. I like it. I really like this kind of hype, it feels great. I think if there was a year to do all that this is the one. We return 21 starters from last yearâ€™s team that was a few coaching decisions away from a 6-6 season.
4. Rant In light of this past weekendâ€™s scare of Stew Morrill interviewing for another head coaching position, I feel it necessary to remind people just how lucky Aggie fans are to have Morrill at USU. If it were about the money or a job in a bigger conference, USU would probably be going into year seven or eight of the postMorrill era. Keeping the Aggies above being just a mediocre program for the last 11 years has been Morrill. For USU there are no greener pastures for coaches. Maybe Morrill felt the need to remind everyone that he doesnâ€™t have to be here if he doesnâ€™t want to be, even though I think itâ€™s pretty obvious he wants to be here. Howâ€™s about giving him a little more credit than criticism for being the winningest coach in school history.
I find it interesting that there were so many voices for the athletic fee increase. However, at the same time there are not many people trying to get involved in athletics. Right now there are applications available to be on the student government athletics committee, a committee that had a major role in the planning and promoting of the athletic fee, and many USU athletic events. There are many passionate sports fan at this school â€“ donâ€™t they want to be a part of shaping the image of their schools athletic program?
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CHAD CAMPBELL CHIPS on the 13th fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club Thursday. Campbell started his round with five straight birdies, the best Masters start ever. AP photo
Campbell jumps to early lead AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Chad Campbell ran off five straight birdies, the best start ever in the Masters. Jim Furyk charged up the crowd with four straight birdies late in his round. Even that notoriously slow starter, Tiger Woods, got in on the action. Anyone worried that Augusta National had lost its excitement only had to listen to the sweetest of sounds Thursday. The roars returned to the Masters. Campbell led an assault on the record book with nine birdies in 15 holes before two late mistakes made him settle for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Furyk and Hunter Mahan. “It is nice to hear some noises again,” Sandy Lyle said. Augusta National cooked up the perfect formula for record scoring – warm sunshine and only a gentle breeze, along with inviting hole locations and greens that were soft and smooth. The cheers came from all corners for 11 hours of golf that produced six eagles and 354 birdies. There were 19
rounds in the 60s, the most ever for the first round, and only four fewer than the entire tournament last year. It was so easy that Woods nearly broke 70 in the opening round for the first time in his career. Playing in his first major since winning the U.S. Open last summer, Woods ran off three straight birdies late in the afternoon and was poised to climb even farther up the leaderboard until he missed birdie putts of 8 feet and 4 feet, then hit a shot over the 18th green that led to a bogey and a 2-under 70. Even so, it was his first time to break par in the first round of the Masters since 2002, one of four years he’s won a green jacket. “They must have felt sorry for us,” Campbell said. Masters chairman Billy Payne had said this year would be an important test to show that supersizing the golf course – it has been stretched more than 500 yards this decade – would not take the thrills out of the Masters. The weather was ideal, yes, but the club did its part, too, with greens softer than they have been all week and hole locations that allowed players to attack the pins. The result was 38 rounds under par, another Masters record for the first round. Greg Norman played for the first time since 2002, and the 54-year-old Shark was shocked by all the changes. Even more shocking was that he shot a 70 and was mildly disappointed. “Really could have shot a nice, mid-60s score today,” Norman said. “I’m not complaining.”
All-Americans: Honored -continued from page 8 Players named to the CollegeHoops.net high-major All-America first-team include Patrick Mills (Saint Mary’s), Tyreke Evans (Memphis), Dionte Christmas (Temple), Ahmad Nivins (St. Joseph’s), and Luke Nevill (Utah), while the second-team included Stefon Jackson (UTEP), Lee Cummard (BYU), Jermaine Taylor (UCF), Gary Wilkinson (Utah State), and John Bryant (Santa Clara). Wilkinson, a 6-9 senior forward from South Jordan, Utah (Salt Lake CC), was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year this past season as he led Utah State to a school record 30 wins (30-5), its second-straight regular season WAC title, its first WAC Tournament Championships, and the school’s 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament all-time, including its sixth in the last 10 seasons. As a senior, Wilkinson led Utah State in scoring and rebounding with 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC in scoring and free throw shooting (.826), was fourth in field goal shooting (.580), and sixth in rebounding. Quayle, a 6-1 junior guard from Perry, Utah (Western Wyoming CC), earned second-team all-WAC honors and was named to the league’s all-newcomer team in his first year at USU after ranking third in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.05), sixth in assists (3.74), sixth in steals (1.43), seventh in free throw shooting (.764), eighth in three-point shooting (.388), 11th in scoring (13.1) and 12th in rebounding (6.0). Quayle was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 second-team this year, as well as being named to the WAC’s all-tournament team. Wilkinson’s other honors this year include being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 WAC Tournament along with receiving first-team all-district honors from both the NABC and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).
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