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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Breaking News

The L.A. Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 119-109 Tuesday night to take a 2-0 series lead.

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Tabitha Lazenby received the Bill E. Robins Award. Page 3

Features Students share their plans for after graduation. Page 5

Sports USU’s softball team completed a six-game home stretch Tuesday. Page 8

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Equestrian team sends one to nationals By GREG AULLMAN correspondent

Brian Booth was able to end a one-year drought for the USU equestrian team by qualifying for nationals, which will be h in Nashville, Tenn. April 24. Booth is in his second year with the team. Last year he represented the team at the semi-final competition, but this year placed second in the individual competitions which will allow him to compete for the national championship. He will be competing at the National Finals Horse Show in the individuals beginner walk-trot class. The official title of the organization is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The more common name is the equestrian team, which is divided into two separate teams, an English style and a Western style. Booth qualified in the Western-style competition. “English is more horse jumping, Western is more cowboy,” said Rebecca Lewis, coach of the Western style. Booth was the only member of the equestrian team to qualify for nationals, after the team was shut out last year. Every member of the team qualified for nationals two years ago, and USU has held the distinction of being regional champs for the last three years, Lewis said. USU has the means, the demographics and the skills necessary to be a major force in equestrian events for years to come, she said. The current team finished seventh at the semi-final competition in Findlay, Ohio, ranking them as one of the top 21 teams in the nation. Equestrian events are relatively new to collegiate competition and USU has only fielded a team for the last eight years. Booth, a senior majoring in equine science and management, hopes to be able to parlay the animal training skills learned here at USU to a slightly different breed of animals. Booth’s goal is to one day work at SeaWorld training killer whales. However, because there aren’t many killer whale programs nationwide, Booth said he chose to hone his skills at one of the top agriculture programs in the nation. However, Booths road to nationals has not been made easy. Like most programs on campus, the equestrian team has been hit by recent budget cuts, forcing its only national qualifier to foot the costs of going to compete by himself. Costs include transportation to Tennessee, meals and hotel accommoda-

BRIAN BOOTH HOLDS UP HIS FIRST PLACE RIBBON after winning at USU’s Fall Horse Show in Logan. Booth will be going to nationals in Tennessee April 24 to represent the USU equestrian team. Photo courtesy of CODY WOODBREY

tions, just to cover the basics. Lewis said for anyone interested in joining the team, open tryouts are held in the fall. Notices of the tryout should be posted around the Quad and TSC with more specific times and places. Lewis said that typically 100 people try out but that everyone is invited, she said. “We have got riders who have been riding since they hit the ground and we also have riders who haven’t been riding until they came to tryouts,” she said. Participants from any major or background are invited. Booth is one of those

who hadn’t competed at all before coming to USU, but now stands poised to claim a national championship. For those interested in the equestrian program, whether as a donor, competitor or simply as a spectator, more information can be obtained by contacting Lewis, or Englishstyle head coach Colette Floyd. For those wishing to help pay Booths way to nationals, donations in the form of checks can be given to any member of the team, Lewis said. –gregory.aullman@aggiemail.usu.edu

Fieldhouse closed during summer By LISA CHRISTENSEN copy editor

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money in hand to begin construction of their building, construction for the Ag building will start as well,” he said. No official date has been determined as to when the new buildings will begin construction; however, the design for each building will be chosen over the course of next year as research and programming take place, Peterson said. “We’d like to start as soon as possible because the economy for construction is better right now than it’s been in years and prices could go up in future,” he said. Peterson said a large amount of credit must be given to Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, who worked closely with the Utah State University and the federal government in getting the ARS to put a new building on their list of projects. The total cost of the project is estimated around $100 million, breaking down into 40

Students who frequent the Fieldhouse will have to shift venues this summer. As of 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, the Fieldhouse will turn off the lights and close its doors for the summer, said Kevin Kobe, director of campus recreation. The HPER will remain open throughout the summer, he said, and even extend its hours to make up for the loss of the other venue. The closure is a money-saving measure, he said. Although the Fieldhouse is not directly affected by the budget cuts, campus recreation has to help provide resources to student services, which is funded from state and tuition dollars. Saving money in their department allows them to help out student services more, he said. Also, the Fieldhouse and HPER’s staff is funded through student fees, he said. “A way to be very conservative with student fee money is what it comes down to,” Kobe said. The closure is expected to save about $3,000 to $5,000, he said, depending on how many people would be hired to run the facility. Because of the drop-off in the student population over the summer semester few people use the recreation facilities and it just makes sense to consolidate, he said. There is a weight room

- See BUILDING, page 11

- See CLOSED, page 3

“I’m proud to be a Sri Lankan for the fact of how humble these people are. They never let these terror acts bring them down.” Page 14

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A MODEL OF THE USU CAMPUS depicts what the future agriculture and ARS buildings could look like. The buildings will be constructed on the east side of the Quad. GREG BOYLES photo

Designs for the new Ag building still in the works By GREG BOYLES assistant news editor

The design for a new building which will house some departments in the College of Agriculture is currently under review by university and state officials. The new building, which will be constructed on the east side of the Quad where the old library use to sit, will share the plot of land with another building owned by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS), which will be federally owned and operated, said Tom Peterson, building project manager for the College of Agriculture. While the state of Utah has already approved funding for the new College of Agriculture building and is ready to move forward with plans, the federal government has yet to provide all the funding necessary for the ARS building, Peterson said. “As soon as the federal government has the


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World&Nation

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Today is Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Amanda Mears who is celebrating her 22nd birthday today.

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC “Today” show news anchor Ann Curry is heading to two war zones this week. She is traveling to both Iraq and Afghanistan to report on how the wars are being reshaped under the administration of President CURRY Barack Obama. Her reports are to air on both the “Today” show and NBC’s “Nightly News.” NBC would say little about her specific reports, except that she The policy of The Utah Statesman is will be given some unprecedented to correct any error made as soon as access. She may also try to do possible. If you find something you some reporting in Pakistan. would like clarified or find unfair, Her “Today” colleague Matt please contact the editor at 797-1762 Lauer gets the rep, but Curry has or TSC 105. POLICE AND FBI AGENTS ESCORT the Somali pirate suspect U.S. officials identified as Abdiwali been a real globe-trotter. Since Abdiqadir Muse into FBI headquarters in New York on Monday, April 20. Muse is the sole surviving Somali the beginning of 2008, she’s tried pirate suspect from the hostage-taking of commercial ship captain Richard Phillips from the Maersk Alabama. to climb Mount Kilimanjaro AP photo and been to the Congo, Serbia, Pakistan, Japan, China and France. She’s been to Darfur four times since 2006.free society may First trainload of uranium not be beneficial for authoritarian tailings leaves Moab mainland China. MOAB, Utah (AP) – The first NEW YORK (AP) – Amber trainload of radioactive uranium tailTamblyn says she found a big ings has been taken from a dump site advantage in filming her new TV near Moab. series on location in New York. NEW YORK (AP) – A Somali teenager arrived appealed to President Barack Obama for his U.S. Department of Energy offiThe actress said a lot of shopto face what are believed to be the first piracy release. She said her son was coaxed into piracy by cials say they’re still testing equipment charges in the United States in more than a cenping was involved between shoot“gangsters with money.” and travel routes that are designed to tury, smiling but saying nothing as he was led into ing, adding: “No one goes back to “I appeal to President Obama to pardon my eventually move 16 million tons of their trailers.” a federal building under heavy guard. teenager; I request him to release my son or at uranium waste to a disposal site 30 Tamblyn, who starred in Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, the sole survivleast allow me to see him and be with him during miles away at Crescent Junction. TV’s “Joan of Arcadia” and the ing Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an the trial,” Adar Abdirahman Hassan said in a teleThe first trainload departed on “Sisterhood of the Traveling American ship captain, was to appear in a courtphone interview with The Associated Press from Monday. Pants” films, plays a New York room Tuesday on what were expected to be piracy her home in Galkayo town in Somalia. Don Metzler, project director for and hostage-taking charges. police detective in ABC’s “The The boy’s father, Abdiqadir Muse, said the DOE, says the system is expected to Handcuffed with a chain wrapped around his pirates lied to his son, telling him they were going Unusuals.” be fully operational after a ribbonTamblyn’s character is used waist and about a dozen federal agents surroundto get money. The family is penniless, he said. cutting ceremony early next month. to the finer things in life but has ing him, the slight teen seemed poised as he passed “He just went with them without knowing After May 4, a train with 88 con- through the glare of dozens of news cameras in a what he was getting into,” Muse said in a separate chosen a career that will take her tainers full of the sludge will depart drenching rainstorm. His left hand was heavily telephone interview with the AP through an inter- into different worlds. in the evenings Monday through bandaged from the wound he suffered during the preter. Thursday. This summer, train shipskirmish on the cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama. He also said it was his son’s first outing with ments are planned to increase to A law enforcement official familiar with the the pirates after having been taken from his home seven days a week. case said Muse (moo-SAY’) was being charged about a week and a half before he surrendered at under two obscure federal laws that deal with sea to U.S. officials. Utah’s carp removal David Letterman’s Top Ten Things piracy and hostage-taking. The official spoke on The young pirate’s age and real name remained Overheard In The Meeting Between program gets funds condition of anonymity because the charges had unclear. Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez not been announced. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Work – April 20, 2009 The teenager was flown from Africa to a New to rid Utah’s largest natural fresh- See PIRATE, page 15 York airport on the same day that his mother 10. “Donde esta ‘el Presidente dumbwater lake of millions of pounds of ass’?” unwanted carp is getting a $1.5 million boost. 9. “Sorry, Mr. President, they don’t The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sell Marlboros here.” says it’s contributing $1 million to the Utah Lake program. State officials 8. “Let’s get a picture of you shaking will provide $510,000. hands with Hugo Chavez to really piss The money will pay to remove off Rush Limbaugh.” about 5 million pounds of carp from the lake over the next year or so. WASHINGTON (AP) he didn’t want to see prosecutions ing of the CIA’s use of simulated 7. “Mr. Chavez, I have a book for you, Commercial fishermen began – President Barack Obama said of CIA agents and interrogators drowning and other harsh meth- too – Artie Lange’s ‘Too Fat To Fish.’” removing carp from the lake late last Tuesday the United States lost who took part in waterboarding ods while questioning terror year to help the June sucker, a native “our moral bearings” with grueand other harsh interrogation suspects. 6. “Does this breakup mean Lindsay and endangered fish that loses valusome terror-suspect interrogatactics, so long as they acted Obama banned all such tech- Lohan is back to dating guys?” able places to hide from predators tions and left the door open to within parameters spelled out by niques days after taking office. prosecuting Bush administration government superiors who held But members of Congress have 5. “Remember, you can’t spell Hugo Sentencing scheduled officials who vouched for their that such practices were legal at continued to seek the release without ‘hug.’” legality. the time. of information about the early for former hero At the same time, Obama said But the administration’s stages of the U.S. response to the 4. “I can’t believe they killed Edie on OGDEN, Utah (AP) – A former the question of whether to bring stance on Bush administration Sept. 11, 2001, terror under for- ‘Desperate Housewives.’” Ogden city police officer lauded for charges “is going to be more of a lawyers who actually wrote the mer President George W. Bush. helping end a mall shooting ram3. “Does Biden really think he’s fooldecision for the attorney general memos approving these tactics Lawsuits have been brought, page is being sentenced on a sexual ing anybody with those plugs?” within the parameters of various has been less clear. “There are a seeking the same information. battery charge. laws and I don’t want to prejudge host of very complicated issues Obama said Tuesday that he A Tuesday hearing was scheduled that.” The president discussed involved,” Obama said. is worried about the impact that 2. “I think there’s one thing we can for Ken Hammond in 2nd District both agree on – there’s a new star in the continuing issue of terrorThe president took a question high-intensity, politicized hearCourt. Last month Hammond the Hollywood galaxy by the name of ism-era interrogation tactics with on this volatile subject for the ings in Congress could have on pleaded no contest to a class A misZac Efron.” reporters as he finished an Oval first time since he ordered the the government’s efforts to cope demeanor charge of sexual battery. Office meeting with visiting King release last week of top-secret with terrorism, but that he could Weber County prosecutors say Abdullah of Jordan. Bush-era memos that gave the support such an inquiry if it were 1. “Is it too late for me to buy your Hammond engaged in a sex act with senate seat?” Obama had said earlier that government’s first full accountdone on a bipartisan basis. a teenage girl in 2005.

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StatesmanCampus News

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

‘Business world as the battlefield’ By CELIA CHILD staff writer

Staying flexible in the battlefield of business is not an easy task. Brenda Sun, professor in management and human resources, prepares students to work through ambiguity and business psychology in MHR 4890. This capstone class, business strategy in a global context, serves as a mini-tutorial for tangible experience before entering the world of business. “Business is psychology,” Sun said. Students must learn how to network and keep their internal principles intact, she said. Following the vision of the Huntsman School of Business, the course is guided with three pillars: ethical leadership, entrepreneurship and global vision. “You cannot strategize in a vacuum. The dynamics of business will constantly be evolving and so must the students,” Sun said. Bringing teaching experience from the campus of Cambridge in London to USU, Sun’s students have the opportunity to be stretched into adaptable business leaders. Sun’s course is filled with ambiguity, causing students to migrate from the forgiving requirements of the academic world to the real world of business, Sun said. To accomplish this transition, Sun brings in highly trained guest speakers to lay a foundation for real-life scenarios to aid in the students’ exposure to uncertainty. “Folks, you need to get out and talk to real people. You cannot strategize in psychological vacuums; networking is a key aspect of this. Building a foundation, connecting to real people, getting through to gatekeepers and not taking no for an answer points student in the right direction,” Sun said. “Eighty percent of jobs are obtained by networking and personal contact.

BRENDA SUN, LEFT, CHAIRS WELL-SUBSCRIBED networking workshop to help her ‘business cadets’ succeed March 30. Photo courtesy of BRENDA SUN.

You have to land the job and keep it.” Low maintenance and high performance is a must in the new and evolving workforce, Sun said. Students cannot be like politicians, talking without acting, she said. This is a class designed to re-wire the academic mind to the workforce mind with tools for innovated creativity. Learning to learn, relearn and develop strategy skills are not easily obtained in a college environment, but knowing how to handle emotions of stress during times of risk, ambiguity pushes students out of their psychology vacuum, Sun said. Manijeh Nouraei, a junior and student in the course said, “It is frustrating to know what she wants. We are always making sure we are on the same track. The first presentation can be nerve racking. Learning how to be flexible and ask the tough questions force our groups to grow in our interpersonal skills. In two months I have experienced extreme growth in Brenda’s

class. The skills are apparent in my job and success in the class. My ability to communicate ideas and ask for clarity has grown through the experiences in this class. Brenda is always available for questions and when I am uncertain.” The class begins without a step-by-step syllabus, laying a foundation for uncertainty. This encourages students to seek out clarification and establish a desire for accuracy, which are essential keys in the workforce, Sun said. Brandon Houmand, a USU senior, has become an advocate of Sun’s class program. “After spending time on an international internship and taking Brenda’s class, I now have a competitive advantage in the workforce. I wish I could have taken this course earlier. It has only enhanced my ability to perform under risk and pressure, while working with my team mates,” Houmand said. –c.child@aggiemail.usu.edu

BROOK EVANS RECEIVED THE ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’ AWARD at the Robins Awards ceremony Saturday night, and was presented the award by USU Vice President of Student Services Gary Chambers. The Robins Awards is an annual ceremony acknowledging those who have excelled as students at Utah State University. CAMERON PETERSON photo

Robins Awards name the best of the best at USU • • • • • • • • • •

Bill E. Robins: Tabitha Lazenby Man of the Year: Coy Whittier Woman of the Year: Brooke Evans Val R. Christensen Service Award: Ashley Walker Organization of the Year: HURD Achievement of the Year: Daphne Bukirwa Undergraduate Research of the Year: Trenton Olsen Faculty Research of the Year: Ron Gillam Professor of the Year: Jeffrey Doyle Gerald R. Sherratt Award: USU Librarians

Closed: HPER to remain open over the summer -continued from page 3 in the HPER for Fieldhouse weightlifters, and although the HPER has no indoor track, he said, the few people who would use it can take advantage of the warm weather and exercise outside, or use the outdoor track near the football field. The HPER makes sense to keep open over the summer, he said, because of its indoor pool. Campus recreation’s biggest concern in trying to make the decision to close the Fieldhouse during the break was trying to make sure their resources were used wisely, Kobe said. “We’re trying to do the best we can with what we have,” he said. The Fieldhouse will be closing before finals week is over because it will be used as part of the graduation ceremonies, Kobe said, and a day is required to ready the building for that use. It will reopen Aug. 17, a week before school starts, to allow for training of a new staff, he said. The HPER’s summer hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. –lisa.m.christensen@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Faculty Adviser of he Year: Frank “Fee” Busby Scholar of the Year: Jennifer Roth Female Athlete of the Year: Candice Clark Male Athlete of the Year: John Strang Talent of the Year: Brandon Lee Professional Adviser of the Year: Susan Parkinson Graduate Research Assistant of the Year: Boris Averkiev Graduate teaching assistant of the Year: Sita Bell Legacy of Utah State Award: Heather Barger

FLDS church negotiates trust settlement

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The parties in a yearslong battle over control of a polygamous church’s property trust are trying to negotiate a settlement on the assets, which were placed under state court oversight after allegations of mismanagement in 2005. Two days of meetings at the Utah State Capitol begin Wednesday. At stake is the ownership of the property and homes in the twin border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The land is held by the United Effort Plan Trust, once solely administered by leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But four years of state

intervention has changed the landscape of the communities once known as Short Creek. Court-appointed trust overseer, accountant Bruce Wisan, has altered the UEP to allow for only secular management of its assets. Other changes make way for private land ownership and allow former FLDS members who either left or were excommunicated to return to the community and claim a share of trust property. That’s rankled faithful FLDS, who believe the approach violates a core tenet of their religion – the Holy United Order – which calls for the sharing of assets for the benefit of those who adhere to church teachings.

Resolving those fundamental differences won’t be easy. “If there were an obvious, easy solution it probably would have happened by now,” Wisan said. The Utah attorney general’s office said it has been discussing a possible settlement with all sides since November and has drafted an initial settlement proposal that has been shared with Wisan and the Arizona attorney general’s office, which is also involved. Each party is also bringing their own proposals to the table. The FLDS have not seen the state’s proposal, their attorney, Stephen Clark, said Monday.

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Science Unwrapped explores matters of the heart Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to the Science Unwrapped presentation “Matters of the Heart” Friday, April 24, at Utah State University. USU physiologist Andy Anderson is featured speaker for the presentation, which is hosted by USU’s College of Science. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and open to all. “We’ll explore the structure and anatomy of the heart, as well as common ailments that attack this vital organ,” says Anderson, pre-med advisor and principal lecturer of human anatomy, physiology and human dissection in the USU Biology Department.

Museum of Anthropology holds Old West exhibit The “old West” is in the spotlight April 25 at the next “Saturdays at the Museum” series, presented by Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology. Those attending can learn how the culture of the old West was shaped by railroad workers, gold diggers and pioneers and how their culture impacts today’s culture. Museum guests can attend a lecture that examines the men and women of the old West and the ethnic groups who built the railroads and towns of the west. Activities for children are also planned. USU students and members of the public are invited to the museum any time during the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday hours. “We recognize the old West in a romanticized sense, much like that of the time of knights in European society,” said museum worker Zech Frederick-Jinks. “But in reality, the old West was not a place for the faint of heart. It was built by the strongest of men and women who left the comfort of the Eastern luxuries of paved streets and shops.”

International students at USU win English scholarship Two international students who study at Utah State University are the spring 2009 recipients of scholarships awarded by USU’s Intensive English Language Institute. The students, Ana Trujillo and WonHee Hong, received $500 scholarships. Trujillo, a religious studies major from Venezuela, is the recipient of the Larry and Yoko Elsner Scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Larry Elsner, a noted artist and professor in the Art Department at USU. Hong is from South Korea and majors in mechanical and aerospace engineering and received the Osamu Fujiwara Scholarship which honors the memory of George Meyer, international student advisor at USU. Fujiwara, who lives in Tokyo, is a USU alumnus, as is Yoko Elsner, who lives in Logan.

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Fourâ&#x20AC;Šseniorsâ&#x20AC;Štalkâ&#x20AC;Šaboutâ&#x20AC;Štheirâ&#x20AC;Šalternativeâ&#x20AC;Šplansâ&#x20AC;Šfollowingâ&#x20AC;Šgraduation

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Anamarie Lamb, graduating in environmental studies with minors in Portuguese, business and Latin American studies, is planning a service adventure to Mozambique this summer with the non-profit Carr Foundation. She said she wants to have a real impact on the way resources are balanced with sustainability. Lamb will be part of a diverse team of professionals who will survey Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique to find ways to restore its environment and animals to the pristine state it used to enjoy in the 1950s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to give people an incentive to manage their resources,â&#x20AC;? she said. She said John Wayne and other famous people used to visit the park and she would like to help bring tourist dollars back to Mozambique. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt I could make a difference and help people have better lives,â&#x20AC;? she said. She said the Carr Foundation was started recently by USU alumnus Greg Carr, who pledged $40 million over 20 years to the foundation. Lamb said she has always wanted to do this kind of work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I have a good excuse (to help),â&#x20AC;? she said.

After graduating this May, Terrin Williamson will arrive by boat-plane at the Enchanted Lake Lodge in Alaska. Williamson, graduating in 2009 with a degree in political science and international communication, will work four months this summer in the little island town of King Salmon, Alaska. She said she plans to spend lots of time walking the trails looking for wildlife such as bears, and learning to fish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty excited to learn deep sea fishing, she said.â&#x20AC;? She said she could catch tuna, marlin and halibut in the sea, or river fish for trout and bass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better than an internship, for one, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an adventure; Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been,â&#x20AC;? she said. Williamson studied in Kobe, Japan during her time at USU and speaks Japanese. Williamson said she may travel to Hawaii after her time in Alaska to work with Japanese tourists, perhaps leading horseback tours of the islands.

Cohen Summers is an Honors double major in finance and economics with a minor in marketing. After graduating in the spring, he said, he plans to head to Fiji along with two of his best friends to become create a boutique resort for eco-tourists. He said he and his friends want to help preserve the Fijian cultures which have existed for thousands of years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to grow and sustain the local economy and maintain and respect the culture,â&#x20AC;? he said. He said the new company will rely heavily on internal capital at first. He said the company will lead scuba dives for tourists. Summers said he wants to spend lots of time scuba diving this summer, too, working toward his divemaster certification. Summers said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been an adventure seeker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting paid to scuba dive and develop a business with complete control,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every aspect of this seems positive.â&#x20AC;?

Otis Nelson played Aggie football his whole four years as a student, playing wide receiver. Now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to graduate, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pinning his hopes for an exciting upcoming year on the NFL draft pick happening this weekend. He said the Minnesota Vikings flew him out to see their facilities last week, and his agent hopes to work out a contract for him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad, Orlando Nelson, played for the Vikings,â&#x20AC;? he said. He said if he gets picked up, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fly out for a twoweek mini camp in June, then come back to Logan to train hard the whole summer. In August he would leave for a new career as a pro-football player. He said he would also eventually like to use his entrepreneurial skills, because he will graduate with a business entrepreneur degree from USU this May.

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Seniors get ready to spread their wings By CATHERINE MEIDELL staff writer

It is time for all the USU students who have worked hard these past four years or more to put on their caps and gowns and start their careers. However, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that simple for most. Many seniors are looking for the options that suit them best and that can sometimes take months of searching. Some seniors are looking forward to attending graduate school so that they can score an even

better career. One senior majoring in management and human resources, Kara Bergloff, said she was offered a position as manager at Radio Shack. The catch is that she would have to relocate to Seattle and the pay wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what she dreamed it would be, she said. So it is back to the books for Bergloff, as she will be attending USU again in the fall to eventually get her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. On the other hand, Rich Wilkinson, a senior and history major, said he has a job lined up and still plans to get his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

degree. The job he will start in the near future is not where he would like to stay, Wilkinson said. He has big dreams of hopefully expanding his accounting minor during grad school so he can one day work for Bank of America as an accountant. For now he said he will be working â&#x20AC;&#x153;at my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company designing military aircrafts.â&#x20AC;? Ryan Knighton is graduating with a social work major and has already put his skills into action. He currently works at Bear River Mental Health as a development

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When it comes to looking for a job, most students are in the same boat. Starting early is the key to getting a good job, said Randy Jensen, assistant director at USU’s Career Services Center. He recommended beginning the search at least before the fall semester of a student’s senior year in order to begin working after graduation. To get started, Jensen suggested using Google to discover for which job title students actually want to apply. Researching jobs by title and reading the description will help students choose their favorites,

Jensen said. “Type in the job title and see what sites pop up,” he said. The next tip Jensen gave was to search blogs for those that relate to the field students are interested in. Students can get a perspective of day-to-day life in certain jobs by reading blogs, he said. Once students know what they want to do, they should research jobs by location, Jensen said. Find out what the market is like in the areas they would like to live. “Most major cities have a Web site called jobbank.com,” Jensen said. He also recommended www. careeraggie.usu.edu for a job search starting point. The most effective way to get a

job is to use networking, Jensen said. He said 80 percent of college graduates say they found a job through a network of friends, family and business associates. Jensen suggested putting an online resume on networking sites, and tailoring the resume for the type of job students would like to get. “Linked-in is probably the biggest Web site for professional resumes,” he said. Jensen said students can stop by the Career Services Center daily between 1:30 and 3 p.m. for dropin resume-building advice. The Career Services Center is located on the ground floor of the University Inn, Room 102. –brendon.butler@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Deaf education major feels strongly about gay rights Utah Statesman: Where were you born? Mckell Miner: Regrettably, I was born in Payson, Utah. US: How many siblings do you have? MM: Three older brothers and three older sisters.

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US: Describe your ideal weekend. MM: Early golf on Saturday morning, lunch at Joe Banditos, afternoon golf, topped off with a family trip to the cabin to waste the night away on the four wheelers, followed by a legit game of hand-andfoot. US: Do you have any bad habits? MM: I have horrible sleeping habits. Four a.m. is the new midnight. US: I grant you three wishes. What are they? MM: I wish I knew what happened to Walter Collins … Where are you Walter? I wish the Saints would win the Superbowl this season. I wish the movie “Death to Smoochy,” was never made. US: What is your most memorable pet? MM: I had a ferret when I was in elementary school and I loved that little guy. His name was Matika, named after the spider from “Jungle-2-Jungle.” Weird pet? Yeah, I know. US: Who do you idolize? MM: Dee Brown, my favorite ball player of all time.

US: If you could have a super power, what would it be? MM: If I could have one super power I would definitely want to fly. No telling what it would be like to have nothing hold you down.

US: What issue in the political world do you feel strongly about? MM: Gay rights. US: Where are your ancestors from? MM: I hail from Wales. US: If you had a time capsule, where would you travel? MM: March 26, 1979. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Front row, center court. Witness to the epic championship: Bird vs. Magic. US: Who is your celebrity crush? MM: Kyle Beckerman, the hottie with the body who plays for Real Salt Lake. US: What would your last meal be? MM: Ensalada Bajio. No beans, two limes and a side of KFC macaroni and cheese. US: What is your favorite item of clothing and why is it your favorite? MM: My toe ring. I’m pretty sure it has to be my favorite; it has been stuck on my toe since fourth grade. US: What is your favorite thing about USU? MM: Aggie basketball. –catherine.meidell@aggiemail.usu.edu

MCKELL MINER IS A SOPHOMORE IN DEAF EDUCATION who said her celebrity crush is Real Salt Lake player Kyle Beckerman. KRISTY JORDAN photo

Six things students need to know: Steps to writing a professional job-worthy resume First: What is a resume? A resume is like a sales brochure that describes abilities, experience (paid or unpaid) and education – all of which should support one objective. The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. Second: Decide whether to create a chronological or skills resume Ask, “Is my work experience related to the job I’m applying for?” – If yes, use a traditional chronological resume – If no, use a skills resume A chronological resume is often used when a person easily meets the skill, experience, and/or education requirements for a specific position. This format is good for demonstrating growth in a single profession. This format starts with the current or most recent employment, then works backward. The work experience section is the distinguishing characteristic of the chronological resume, because it ties the job responsibilities and achievements to specific employers, job titles and dates. The skills resume focuses on the professional skills a person has developed rather than on when, where or how he or she acquired them. The attention is always focused on the skill rather than the place or time the skill was obtained. Job titles and employers play a minor role with this type of resume. Skills resumes work well for mature professionals with a wealth of expertise and jobs, career changers, those returning to the workplace after an absence or college graduates who have little or no related work experience.

Third: The essential sections of a resume – Heading (name, address, telephone, e-mail) – Objective statement or headline – Education – Work experience (if using chronological) – Professional/relevant skills (if using skills) – Skills (computer/technical) – Projects or related courses

– Early childhood and upbringing. – Weaknesses or exaggerations (keep it honest). – Long paragraphs – use short statements or bulleted items. – Hobbies, unless they relate to professional interests or show traits an employer wants. Fifth: Optional sections on a resume – Military experience – Professional and student organizations

– Activities/leadership/service

– Publications/presentations/conferences

– Work history (if using the skills format)

– Certifications/licenses/additional training

Fourth: Items to exclude on a resume

– Honors/awards

– Personal data (height, weight, age, marital status, religion, health). Employers want to avoid any possible hint of discrimination.

– Hobbies/interests

– Titles (i.e. “Resume,” “Curriculum Vitae”). – Reasons for leaving a job. – References – create on a separate sheet. – Salary – if a salary record or requirements are requested, discuss it in the cover letter.

– Foreign language skills – Willingness to relocate and- availability – Work permit/visa status Sixth: A few last tips to remember: – Be clear, concise, accurate and make sure the resume is easily readable. – Proofread for typos, spelling errors and grammar usage. Of surveyed college recruiters, 95 percent indicated that poor

grammar or more than one spelling error would definitely lessen interest in a candidate. Often when e-mailing, people tend to be careless with typos, spelling errors and grammar. – Have someone else edit the resume for errors. – Keep the resume one page (two if you have advanced degrees or lengthy work experience). – When mailing and e-mailing a resume, always include a well-written cover letter. – If mailing, use good-quality paper; white, off-white or buff-colored paper is best. – Resumes often get less than one minute of an employer’s time – make that time count. Students may wonder if they can use one resume for all jobs, but the USU Career Services site states, “A resume should be targeted to the job you are seeking or to the company to which you are submitting your resume.” The site advised students to research the company they are applying for to determine which kinds of positions are available. For more personal advice regarding a specific resume, students can visit the Career Services Center in University Inn Room 102 from 1:30 or 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. – Information compiled from http://www. usu.edu/career/students/resumes.php, by Natalie Curtis


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WednesdaySports SOFTBALL

April 22, 2009

Lady Ags finish series with win USU women By CONNOR JONES sports senior writer

The Aggie women’s softball team closed out their six-game home stretch Tuesday playing three games in two days against the New Mexico State Aggies. USU went 1-2 with NMSU losing back-toback games on Monday before they came out swinging Tuesday morning to take a win from the hard-hitting Newmags. Game one of Monday’s double header was slow for the Aggies who went down 5-0 by the third inning. At the plate USU went three-up-three-down five straight innings, giving junior pitcher Kate Greenough little rest between outings. Greenough went seven innings, allowing nine hits, five earned runs and striking out six from NMSU. It wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh inning that USU got on the board with four runs, but it was too little too late for the Aggies who ended the game 4-5. USU was unable to keep their bats hot for game two, with the only hit coming in the form of a bloop fly ball over third base by freshman pinch hitter Gina Rawls. New Mexico, on the other hand, had no problems

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at the plate poking out 15 hits in just five innings before the mercy rule ended the game early. New Mexico State is far above all other WAC teams in home runs hit this season with 59 coming in to the week and 62 now, the three additional home runs all came in that second game – two of which sailed over both fences, landing in the middle of 800 East. Senior pitcher Lindsey Benson took the loss for the second game, but it wasn’t all negative. Benson now stands alone in the No. 3 spot for USU’s career strikeouts at 387 K’s. “We didn’t play very well today,” said third-year head coach Candi Letts. “The team knows what they have to do to qualify for the conference tournament, and we just didn’t give it the energy today.” The top seven teams in the WAC qualify to play in the conference tournament which takes place next month at Fresno State. “We have to have a good attitude about it,” said junior catcher Simone Hubbard. “We gotta come out fighting tomorrow.” That is exactly what they did. After letting New Mexico State score one run in the top of the first inning USU fought

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USU’S SIMONE HUBBARD hits a foul last Friday against Louisiana Tech. The Ags wore pink to benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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Utah State women’s tennis will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii where they will compete in the Western Athletic Conference Championship Thursday, April 23 at the University of Hawaii Tennis Complex. USU enters the tournament as the seventh seed of nine teams and will begin the championship with a match against No. 36th-ranked and secondseeded Boise State at 4 p.m. (MT). This marks the second meeting between the two schools this season. The Aggies look to redeem themselves after a 7-0 loss to the Broncos February 6. The first round for USU and Boise State will be a rematch of last year’s WAC Championship where the second-seeded and No. 40thranked Broncos defeated the seventh-seeded Aggies, 4-0. Advancement in the tournament will be determined by Thursday’s matches. The winner of the match between USU and the Broncos will continue action Friday, April 24 against the winner of Thursday’s match between third-seeded Nevada and sixth-seeded Idaho. The Aggies ended regular season play by hosting three WAC matches at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club Friday, April 17 through Saturday, April 18. USU went two for three on the weekend over Louisiana Tech, 7-0, and San Jose State, 4-3, and a loss to Nevada, 7-0. Utah State improved its season record to 5-19 and 2-6 in WAC play.

Connolly tabbed athlete of the week BY USU ATHLETICS CORNERBACK KEJON MURPHY, left, intercepts a pass during the annual Blue and White game Saturday, while wide receiver Xavier Bowman, right, eludes defenders after catching a pass. Both units look to be more aggressive this season. PATRICK ODEN photos

Bring on the big play

WR’s and DB’s look to be gamebreakers in ’09

By TIM OLSEN and PAUL KELLEY sports editor and assistant sports editor

With the implement of the spread offense at USU, one of the most visible changes to the causal eye may be at the wide receiver position. The spread incorporates multiple formations and receivers in order to work, and the sheer number of wideouts on the field will be something new for the Aggies. “In this offense the wide receivers are very, very important,” said offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin. “Not only do they have to be able to catch the ball and get open, but they have to make blocks and any big play downfield on runs should have to be established by wide receiver blocks.” With the departure of senior Otis Nelson this year’s wide receiving corps has some new faces and is relatively inexperienced. However, with the implementation of the new system, pretty much every receiver is on the same page. “A lot was put on their plate early, but instead of knocking all the peas and corn and everything off the plate … finally this last week they were able to digest it and understand it,” Baldwin said. “I felt much better with their understanding, and once you understand I think you can play to your level of ability.” Xavier Bowman, Nnamdi Gwatcham and Omar Sawyer are the senior receivers, but both Bowman and Gwatcham have been limited this spring with injuries – Gwatcham especially, with a wired jaw. Bowman did play well in the Blue and White game, and talked about the benefit of the new offense after. “From a receiver’s standpoint it’s just enabled us to make more plays, and put us in a position to better benefit the team,” he said. “It basically puts the offense in attack mode now.” One of the strongest contributing classes could be the sophomore class. Austin Alder, Eric Moats and tight end Tarren Lloyd have all looked

impressive in spring drills and should provide competition and depth at their positions. Baldwin expressed excitement about his sophomore group and their abilities, as well as the things they need to work on. “Eric Moats came out of nowhere as a walk-on and is very talented, he won a starting position this spring. No one’s guaranteed in the fall that they’re starting, but he will start as the No. 1. He just does everything right, is a bright kid and just has the capable hands to make the catch in traffic. Stanley Morrison has explosive speed but just has to play consistent. I really like his abilities, but now we’re challenging him to play on a daily level of what his abilities are,” he said. Baldwin was especially impressed with Alder. “In the first two weeks he was not even on the depth chart and the last two weeks he showed up to compete. He continued to make plays, and he was one of those guys that didn’t comprehend everything … once he did, his abilities started to take over. He’s faster than I thought and makes the catch in traffic and that’s what we need,” he said. The ability of these receivers to step in and contribute will be important because opposing defenses will be unable to focus on one specific player, therefore opening up the running game for both the running backs and quarterback Diondre Borel. “(The spread offense) just makes it so much harder for defenses in all aspects, especially with the run,” Bowman said. “It’ll create a lot more space for our running backs and one-on-one situations.” Having a stable of capable receivers will not only allow the Aggies to flourish in the spread system, but will allow them to rotate throughout the game, staying fresh while wearing out opposing defenses. “I do know that the wide receivers are very vital in this offense. In the spread you want to run the football as you spread them out, but you also

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Elaine Connolly of the Utah State women’s track and field team was named the America First Credit Union Utah State StudentAthlete of the Week award for the week of April 12-19. The USU award is chosen by a statewide media panel. Connolly, a junior from Bountiful, Utah won the 800m in 2:09.16 at the USU Mark Faldmo Invitational on Saturday, which is the second-fastest time in Utah State history. Connolly’s time is also the top time in the Western Athletic Conference this year and an NCAA regional qualifying time. Connolly was also the first leg of Utah State’s 4x400 relay team that finished second in 3:46.57. This is the second week that a member of the Aggie women’s track and field teams have garnered the accolade after teammate Sonia Grabowska earned the honor last week after her school-record performance in the pole vault. It also is the third week in a row for a track and field studentathlete after men’s team member Steve Strickland collected the award on April 6 for his school-record time in the 3,000m steeplechase. Connolly and the USU men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue action Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25 at the BYU Robinson Invitational in Provo, Utah.


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OMAR SAWYER, 85, catches a pass from QB Diondre Borel, 12, over Curtis Marsh, 23, during the Blue and White scrimmage. Sawyer turned the catch into an 80-yard touchdown. PATRICK ODEN photo

want to throw the ball vertically,” Baldwin said. “I think that’s important for our wideouts, and I hope they notice that we will have some vertical shots.” Another wrinkle the spread offense brings to the wideout position is the ability to run and throw the ball via end-arounds, reverses and similar plays. These new plays were given a preview most recently in the annual Blue and White game. Alder scored on a 49-yard touchdown run off a reverse, and Morrison connected with Moats for a 44-yard reception on the Blue team’s first play from scrimmage. “From the beginning to the end there was a tremendous improvement, I’m excited they came up with big plays – in the last scrimmage especially,” Baldwin said. “There’s four catches over 60 yards for touchdowns, so when the receivers can do that type of thing you’ve got big play potential. So I was excited about their play.” –t.olsen@aggiemail.usu.edu Defensive back’s When looking at this year’s secondary compared to last year the main that has changed is pressure. Cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond said there will be a lot more man defense with blitzing and trying to force the ball out. He is expecting his cornerbacks to be a big part of this. “We are going to be putting a lot more pressure on the corners, which is good,” Raymond said. “If they can match their intensity every weekend and play great they can make us a good defense.” A big part of what will make or break this “good defense” will be how the players that Raymond calls his top three right now will perform. Senior Kejon Murphy, junior Chris Randel and junior Curtis Marsh all are expected to be the core of the cornerbacks this year. Marsh moved from running back to cornerback in hopes to bring more speed and athleticism to the defense. Raymond said he feels that Marsh is making a good transition. “The transition went good for him,” Raymond said. “He still has a little way to go but his progression has been real good. I am really pleased with his progression and getting out there and competing, and I think he is becoming a good cornerback.” Nothing is for sure, though. There are many young players that had a very good spring that might just give the top guys a run for their money. “Chris Harris has made a great stride, he came from receiver over to cornerback and he has done real well,” Raymond said.

Raymond said all of his cornerbacks that have been on campus and participating in spring ball have been competing well, and that any of them have a chance at playing this fall. On top of all the cornerbacks that are already here in Logan, two more will be joining the Aggies this June. Jamain Olsen and Rajric Coleman are both junior college transfers that will be playing for USU this fall. “I expect them to come in and enhance us and make us better, to make us a better secondary,” Raymond said. Another important part to the secondary is the safeties. The safeties are led by senior James Brindley, who was a main factor on the defense last year. Brindley has big goals for this season. “A goal would be to go to a bowl game – that’s my biggest thing, just to win as many games as possible,” Brindley said. “I want to be the best safety in the WAC, and to be the leader in tackles and interceptions.” Defensive coordinator and safeties coach Bill Busch is also excited about Brindley. “We have an established player in James Brindley. He is someone that has a lot of playing time at Utah State and has done a tremendous job,” Busch said. “He has done a great job for us during the spring also. We are very excited about him and where he’s at.” Busch says after Brindley it is a work in progress, but there are a lot of bright spots among them. “There is Cache Morgan who is someone that had a great spring and is competing for a position and doing a great job for us, also Joey Schrader who is a junior college transfer came here from Snow and has done some great things for us also. Walter McClenton is also someone that has done a very good job and had got himself into some playing time,” he said. “We moved Sheldon Armstrong from corner to safety and I really, really like the way he came along. He is just a redshirt freshman and has a chance to be a good football player for us. We are looking forward to those guys. Washington Igboeili also made some strides for us this spring.” As with the cornerbacks, the safeties are planning on playing a lot more pressure defense this year. Busch said they want to have a very aggressive style of play. “The safeties fit into it obviously in a lot of ways – sometimes they are in coverage on receivers or tight ends, they’re sometimes in the middle of the field with certain things we are doing and a lot of times they are involved in the pressures,” Busch said. –p.d.k@aggiemail.usu.edu

Finish: Offense leads Ags to win -continued from page 8 right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the first. Although New Mexico was first to draw blood, USU’s defense was impeccable not allowing another maroon Aggie to cross the plate. Greenough was back in the circle for USU, pitching all seven innings, allowing five hits, with one earned run, no walks and seven strikeouts. It was like a different offense at the plate for USU’s Aggies. The blue Aggies struck out only two times compared to the 11 K’s they had in two games the day before. The team doubled their hits compared to the previous day’s double header improving from five hits in two games to 10 hits in one. Junior right fielder Emily Reilly went 2-for-3 on the day. Joining her was class-

mate and center fielder Nicole Rupp who went 2-for-4. Hubbard went 1-for-3 on the day but made her line drive up the middle count driving in two runs. Two defensive standouts were freshman short stop Jasmine Harris and senior first baseman Aubrie Stroman. The softball team’s hosts their annual Home Run Derby today at 4 p.m. at the LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field. The cost to participate is $1. USU travels to Reno to play first-place Nevada Friday and will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The teams then play a single game on Saturday at noon. –c.h.j@aggiemail.usu.edu

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1. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best player in the draft? Much like 2007 the best prospect in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NFL draft, the best overall prospect is a wide receiver. Michael Crabtree is a physical game changer who is capable of helping a team right away â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something rare for a rookie at that position. Crabtree has quick feet, great hands and the ability to get physical with defenders or leave them in the dust. As on overall specimen, his athleticism is hard to match. Also, coming off his redshirt sophomore season, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young and still has a lot of potential. Maybe just as impressive as his ball catching skills is his fearlessness. Crabtree has no problem going over the middle to make the tough catch and a nose for the end zone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; see Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 win over Texas.

I kind of donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like there is a clear-cut best player in this draft, but I have a good feeling about Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. Curry has all the physical tools to be a stud in the National Football League to go along with a solid head on his shoulders. That combo leads me to think he can make an immediate impact as a rookie while learning the ropes of the NFL on the fly. As much hype that the top quarterbacks and offensive tackles are getting, those positions always seem to be hit or miss at the top of the draft. Sure, they could end up as home runs for whoever drafts them, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go with Curry.

As high as I am on Crabtree, the Lions should not take him with the No. 1 pick in the draft. QB, LB and offensive tackle are the Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most pressing needs, and while Mathew Stafford is the trendy pick, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most viable. Dante Culpepper has lost 30 pounds and looks good in spring drills, and even a relative return to form will be more than adequate for the Lions. Left tackle Jason Smith should be the Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; No. 1 pick. Detroit can take a lesson from the Miami Dolphins who finished the 2007 season with a 1-15 record before taking left tackle Jake Long from Michigan with the No. 1 pick last year. With a solid line and a serviceable QB, the Fins went 11-5 and made the playoffs. Smith is the best tackle in the draft, and should be able to anchor the Lions O-line for years to come.

If past history holds up, the Lions will most likely draft the best wide receiver available only to promptly ruin what should have been a very promising young career for said wide receiver. I think the Lions finally break away from that stigma this year and draft Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford. After trading away Jon Kitna and letting Dan Orlovsky depart via free agency, the Lions have a glaring hole at QB that they might as well address with the top player available at that position. Taking a quarterback that high is always a gamble for a team, but having a guy like Calvin Johnson for a young QB to throw to could certainly make the learning process much easier for both Stafford and the Lions.

Hands down the biggest surprise of the playoffs so far has been the play of the Chicago Bulls. I know KG is out in Boston, but Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the boys should be able to handle the seventh-seeded Bulls in the first round. Instead, rookie Derick Rose tied and NBA record with 36 points in his first playoff game and chipped in 11 assists to lead the Bulls to an overtime upset. There hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been this much basketball excitement in Chi-town since No. 23 was doing his thing. Even after that first game wake up call the Bulls gave the Celtics all they could handle in the second game before bowing out 118-115. This should be a great series and I hope it goes to seven games.

So far itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be the Chicago Bulls. Sure the Celtics are without their best player in Kevin Garnett, but the Bulls are playing without Luol Deng for the playoffs along with having their best player being just a rookie. Chicago is a very inexperienced playoff team going against a veteran Celtics squad who just happen to be the defending champions. I feel it is worth noting that the last time the Bulls were in the playoffs they won their first round series against then defending champs Miami. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still very much an uphill climb for a young team with a rookie coach, but to come out of Boston tied 1-1 with the Celtics needing late game heroics to pull that win is encouraging for the Bulls.

2. Who should the Lions take No. 1?

3. NBA playoffs biggest surprise?

4. What must the Jazz do to compete? Defense, defense, defense. The Jazz have always been known as a smashmouth team and their ability to score is tops in the NBA, but after winning 12 straight games in February to March, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve looked downright listless. Boozer looks slow, AK looks like he traded in his 47 for some pompoms and random players like the Lakers Trevor Ariza score at will. When Utah is healthy and everyone is on the same page I seriously think the Jazz can compete with any team in the NBA. Right now, however, there is something not right in the locker room, and until that problem is resolved I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the Jazz going anywhere. There needs to be a serious commitment to defense though, or you can stick a fork in the Jazz.

Simply put, the Jazz need to play as a team. The past couple years when the Jazz were making noise in the regular season and playoffs, they did so because they had enough talent and athleticism to be a good team, and their team chemistry made them a playoff contender. That chemistry seems to have fallen apart this season (looking at you Carlos Boozer), and along with it the hopes for another Jazz playoff run. Winning pretty much solves everything, but the Jazz havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been the same caliber team this year as they were the past couple seasons, and when losses start to pile up, so does blame when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with NBA-sized egos. I think the Jazz have to take everything they can from what will soon be a playoff series loss.

5. Rant With the NFL draft coming up this weekend I need to vent some serious frustration. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, I love the draft and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m stoked to see who my team takes and where my favorite college players go. My problem with the draft is the money. Players selected in the first round make a ridiculous amount of money. As the No. 1 overall selection a year ago Jake Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract automatically made him the highest-paid linemen in the NFL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a rookie. The amount of money â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially guaranteed money â&#x20AC;&#x201C; handed to these kids is unbelievable, and something needs to be done about it. A cap needs to be placed on rookie contracts and they should not be allowed to make more than veterans in the league their first year. They need to prove themselves a superstar before being paid super money.

Simply put, there is nothing better than playoff hockey. I know most casual sports fans need their fill of drama, scandals and over-inflated egos constantly crying over the disrespect they get from fans and media, and they can get all that with most sports. In hockey, though, they just play hockey. The TV coverage doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to cram endless amounts of marketing down your throat, they just talk about hockey. Each period of play has one, maybe two commercial breaks. They have occasional stoppages in play that last usually about 15 seconds before getting right back to the action. To top it all off, the players play like there is no tomorrow. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama between two players, they actually get to fight each other. Hockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TV ratings have been skyrocketing each year for the last three years. Tune in and see why.


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Red Cross: Sri Lankans in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;catastrophicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; situation COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Sri Lankaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northern war zone face a â&#x20AC;&#x153;catastrophicâ&#x20AC;? situation, the Red Cross said Tuesday, amid fears a final assault against the Tamil Tiger rebels would lead to a dramatic rise in casualties. The United Nations and others have called for a negotiated truce to allow civilians to leave the rebel-held coastal strip â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the government says more than 52,000 had escaped since Monday. But it has refused to heed the international pleas to halt the fighting, saying it is on the verge of crushing the separatists and putting an end to the 25-year-old war. The U.N. estimated more than 4,500 civilians have been killed in the past three months. The rebels said more than 1,000 civilians died Monday in a government raid, while the government said it rescued thousands after they broke through a barrier built by the insurgents that protects their last stronghold. Human rights groups say the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are holding many people in the enclave against their will and using them as human shields. Those groups have also accused the government of indiscriminate shelling in the region. Both sides deny the allegations. Thousands of civilians also fled in packed small boats, and they were picked up by navy patrols and transported to camps where Tamils who have escaped the war are being held. More than 2,000 people in about 100 boats were picked up Monday. The Red Cross said about 50,000 civilians were still stranded, while Human Rights Watch put the number between 50,000 and 100,000. The U.S. government released satellite images Tuesday showing about 25,000 tents housing civilians squeezed into the last small strip controlled by the rebels, a coastal strip of about only 8 square miles (21 square kilometers). The State Department estimated about 125,000 people were in the conflict zone before the exodus over the past

IN THIS PHOTO RELEASED BY THE SRI LANKAN POLICE Tuesday, April 21, ethnic Tamil civilians who escaped from the Tamil Tiger controlled areas are seen arriving Monday, April 20 at the government controlled areas in Putumattalan north east of Colombo, Sir Lanka. AP photo

two days. A worker for Doctors Without Borders said hundreds of wounded were arriving at her hospital in Vavuniya, south of the war zone, in government-arranged buses, and some had died en route. The hospital is overcrowded with 1,200 people being accommodated in a facility with only 400 beds, said mental health officer Karen Stewart, according to a statement from the aid group. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres was concerned about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;dramatic situationâ&#x20AC;? for civilians still in the war zone, said commission spokesman Ron Redmond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are innocent civilians â&#x20AC;&#x201C; women and children â&#x20AC;&#x201C; caught in the middle of the conflict ... so the high commissioner is saying there should be a pause in the hostilities and the LTTE should allow civilians to leave,â&#x20AC;? Redmond said. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara denied that 1,000 civilians died, saying 17 civilians were killed Monday by rebel shelling and by three suicide bombers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our troops are rescuing the trapped civilians. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the LTTE which

is preventing civilians from fleeing,â&#x20AC;? Nanayakkara said. It was impossible to get independent accounts of casualties because journalists are restricted from the war zone. The number of fleeing civilians made it clear that the government had vastly underestimated how many people were caught in the fighting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both sides need to show far greater concern for civilians, or many more civilians will die,â&#x20AC;? said Brad Adams, Asia director for the New York-based group Human Rights Watch. A final government offensive â&#x20AC;&#x153;could lead to a dramatic increase in the number of civilian casualties,â&#x20AC;? the International Committee of the Red Cross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The situation is nothing short of catastrophic. Ongoing fighting has killed or wounded hundreds of civilians who have only minimal access to medical care,â&#x20AC;? said Red Cross operations director Pierre Kraehenbuehl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot remember ... as much concentrated pain and exposure to violence with very, very minimal possibilities to reach anywhere that could be called safe.â&#x20AC;?

Death of polo horses a mystery WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Organ by organ, veterinarians are taking apart 21 prized polo horses to uncover what killed them mysteriously over the weekend during preparations for a match in one of the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top championships. Simultaneously, state authorities have opened a criminal probe to determine whether the deaths were intentional, a result of negligence or simply a terrible accident. With careful cuts to their muscular bodies, the investigators look for lesions, fluids, bruises and hemorrhages, any obvious signs of

sickness. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re removing the hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and spleens, and cutting small samples to be tested for toxins. State officials believe the horses died from an adverse drug reaction, toxins in their food or supplements, or a combination of the two. Two days after the horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; deaths, authorities say they have not uncovered any crime but continue to investigate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure from a law enforcement standpoint that there was no impropriety ... no purposeful harm or laws violated in Florida,â&#x20AC;? said Terence

McElroy, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which is handling the case with help from the Palm Beach County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. The horses from the Venezuelan-owned team began collapsing Sunday as they were unloaded from trailers at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, with some dying at the scene and others hours later. They were set to compete in the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U.S. Open tournament ahead of the finals this coming Sunday, and were seen as top contenders.

Building: State funding in place, awaiting OK from federal government -continued from page 1 percent for the agriculture building and 60 percent for the ARS building, said Michael Kennedy, special assistant to the president for state and federal relations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two sessions ago we were able to secure a General Obligation Bond from the state for $43.1 million,â&#x20AC;? Kennedy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the help of Sen. Bennett, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve secured a little more than $10 million from the federal government,â&#x20AC;? and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the process of securing the remaining $50 million. Kennedy said the ARS and the federal government are both on board this project, but due to the many projects the ARS are needing to fund, the federal government is still trying to come up with the money. The ARS is the main scientific agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, stated the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site. The main job of the ARS is to discover solutions to agricultural problems which plague U.S. citizens through research and development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination,â&#x20AC;? the Web site stated. Utah State University has decided to add a new Ag building because the current Agriculture Building is too old and does not have the technology necessary to train students in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day and age, Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The current Ag building is 50 years old.

The labs are so antiquated that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of sad. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to train students for the 21st century in them, when it was designed so many years ago,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. The new agriculture building will have highly technologically-equipped classrooms, some laboratories, conference rooms, amenity spaces, an open access computer lab, faculty offices and potentially a cafĂŠ, Peterson said. Peterson said this is also the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opportunity to put something new on the quad that represents the 21st century and also reminds the university of its roots. While the new agriculture building will be open for students to use, the new ARS building will be restricted to personnel who are directly involved in federal research and will be card access only, Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ARS building will have some College of Agriculture research and scientists, but it will be predominately federal agricultural research activity,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. The presence of an ARS building on USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus will allow the university to collaborate with federal agriculture researchers, something that will enhance the College of Agriculture, and the university as a whole, Peterson said. The proximity of the researcher will also save both organizations money, something that is on the front of everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind right now, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;greg.boyles@aggiemail.usu.edu

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ou have to network.” “It’s all who you know, not what you know,” or at least that’s what everyone tell you. The real secret is that networking does not work. Really, we should say that networking as understood by the general public doesn’t work. This may be the reason you are getting frustrated about potential employers not calling you back about the job that was “in the bag.” Most people think that networking is about collecting business cards and making sure that someone “inside” knows their name. It may be more effective than walking into an interview cold, and different mindsets can ensure greater business success. Let’s pretend you actually are a good candidate for the job. In the name of “networking” you could “butter up” the representative in order to “get in” with the company, but professionals can see through your acting. Networking is not selfishness, but relates more to service. Too often in business, individuals seek their own interests without regard for the effect it will have on others. Unfortunately, this has carried over into our job prospecting and even our personal lives. If you often find yourself thinking about how you can benefit from the person you are talking to, you might want to rethink your strategy. In the words of Thomas J. Stanley, “Me, me, me is dull, dull, dull. It’s give, give, give before you ever receive.” Individuals who harbor a “me first” attitude find very few people willing to partner with them. The roots of networking lie in proof. As you show people or businesses that they are your main priority, they will choose to work with you. You must prove it to them. You may be the person for the job, packed with all the skills they need, but if you can’t validate those capabilities, you may find yourself puzzled as to why the phone just isn’t ringing. Companies gamble every time they make a hire. Prove to them beforehand that hiring you will make perfect sense. Asking for a job is merely a way to solve your problem. Seeking to help the company and solve their problems is a way that you can be a positive contributor. It always comes back around. So does networking really work? Yes it does, but only if done with the right intentions. Prove it by bringing new customers, not more liability. It is about who you know, but it is more about what you do for who you know.

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A pat on the back to the graduating seniors and valedictorians. And a jab in the ribs to the Fieldhouse for taking student fees and then closing the facility for the summer.

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ForumLetters Cutting degrees lowers diversity To the editor: The economy is forcing budget cuts and wiser use of financial resources in many areas. One area is that of education. Unfortunately great schools like Utah State are also forced to overcome financial hurdles. Utah State offers many different programs, bringing a variety of students and creating the diversity of people and ideas that makes those who are enrolled glad to call themselves Aggies. The proposed budget cuts include restructuring departments and some of the majors within those departments. Departments like HASS have considered dropping their less popular degrees. What about those students who came to USU solely because they offer a specific degree? Many of these students would be lost if less popular options were dropped. Diversity among the student body would also be lost if these programs were dropped. Every student at USU has something unique that only they can offer. There are better alternatives to saving money than dropping programs. I attended discourses given by several lecturers last semester, while it is great to hear from someone new I could have gone without hearing them. Especially with how much money USU would save by bringing in gradu-

ate students, rather than paid lecturers. I’ve found through experience that it’s easier for me to relate with graduate students than with some famous person that wrote some book that sold x amount of copies. Graduate students can present the information we as students need to know without all the extra fluff and irrelevant material that you usually get from lecturers. If USU can bring in four graduate students for the same amount of money they would need to bring in one lecturer it would be money smart to start using our graduate students more often. Taylor Read

Accountancy at USU worthwhile To the editor: I recently had a conversation with a friend, and she explained how she loved her major, but her department was weak. She despised how the faculty ran the program, and was frustrated over how poorly they taught the material. She felt that the whole program had been a waste of her time. I am graduating this spring from the School of Accountancy and my experience has been completely different. I have taken a class from nearly every professor in the department, and I have positive things to say about all of them. Many of the professors have received degrees from notable universities

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Letters to the editor • A public forum and have several years experience in the public accounting. Their classes have all been high quality; none of them fall into the realm of a “fluff” class. Outside of the classroom setting, they have helped me with career advice and with my applications to graduate school. The School of Accountancy has given me multiple opportunities. The clubs and organizations within the school have offered ample opportunities to network with professionals. I have also been involved with working as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, which has helped deepen my understanding of the business world. The School of Accountancy is a strong program. According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey in 2008, USU accounting graduates received more than 400 job offers last year. According to the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy, USU ranked with the 5th highest percentage of graduates passing the CPA exam on the first try. James Quigley, CEO of Deloitte (the largest accounting firm in the nation), is a graduate from Utah State’s accounting department. If anyone is considering a career in business, particularly in accounting, I would recommend USU’s School of Accountancy. It has been a very worthwhile experience. Nathan Needham

Life is meant to be loopholed, so take advantage

t always seems to be the end of the semester when I make astounding discoveries, discoveries that involve taking advantage of certain prime situations. If only I had known about these loopholes earlier. I would have much more greatly abused my knowledge to get gain at this university. Imagine me heaving a ginormous sigh of regret. Curse the if-onlys and might-have-beens. For instance, did you know that you can check out 30 books at a time from the Merrill-Cazier library? Holy smokes. Next time you see me in this gray, concrete building, I will have a little red wagon piled 30 stories high with bound writings of erudition. Imagine the possibilities. I could wipe out an entire collection in one go. And get this – grad students and professors have permission to take out a hundred items. I think I would faint if I had that privilege. It is extremely tempting to steal the identity of a grad student. Jatie K. invited me to go to a Robins Awards dinner of sorts last

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week. She got the “in” because she was playing her violin as entertainment for the honored few. I got the “in” because I was her best friend. The dinner, full of elegantly gourmet finger foods and fancily posh lemonades, was held just outside the TSC. I expected there to be a guest list, because everyone was dressed so formally in tuxes and gowns that it made me feel queasy about my belongance, but, amazingly enough, the event was considerably open. No one asked me any questions as I piled heaps of kabobs and peppers and chocolate mousse cups onto my plate. Speaking of dinner, you gotta love spending three hours gorging your face in the Marketplace (the cafeteria in the TSC). I did not come up with this brilliant idea on my own; Dr. J did. On occasion he hops into the cafeteria with his laptop and backpack, sets up camp at a table in an obscure corner, and goes on a homework marathon, taking occasional breaks to eat watermelon and watch YouTube clips of Mongolian vocalists. Jatie

K. and I decided that this would be the perfect method (minus the Mongolian vocalists) to get our heinous Music Theory project out of the way. We arrived at the Marketplace before 4 p.m. and we stayed until 7 p.m. We spent our time munching on egg rolls and scouring musical scores for 21stcentury techniques and elements. We got way too comfortable; we even took off our shoes and socks. I can still picture Jatie now, shouting excitedly across the boothed table, “This is the biggest tertian chord ever!” “That deserves some Aggie Ice Cream,” I respond as we resultantly oblige ourselves. Speaking of Aggie Ice Cream, did you know that you can use those blue free ice cream coupons (that the Food Science people award for test-tasting delectable foods in the blessed room of Nutrition 209) as credit for other items? Approximately two coupons equals one sandwich or baggie of squeaky cheese. Ugh. For all of this time I have been getting ice cream with my coupons instead of

a substantial, nutritious and hearty lunch. Here’s the plan: taste test as much food as I possibly can, hoard the awarded coupons and have a five course meal that culminates with a single ice cream cone of glory. Mmm, good. I am positive that I have put panic into the hearts of all the librarians, Marketplace managers, engineers and taste-testing organizers out there, for sharing these epiphanies with the innocent brains of each literate, Statesmansavvy student, but in all frankness, my dear comrades, life is meant to be loopholed. You can bet your bottom dollar that I will continue to seek out these secret loopholes lurking on campus until the bitter end of my stay in this Logan place. Consider it a service to mankind. USU, watch out. (And thanks for feeding me.) Melissa Condie is a junior majoring in music education. Comments can be sent to m.condie@ aggiemail.usu.edu.

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Sri Lanka: A student’s perspective

he latest reports from the aid organizations, inside the no-fire zone along the coast of Mullaitivu, estimate more than 100,000 people are held as a human shield by the rebels. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, well known as L.T.T.E., have been shooting at innocent civilians who are fleeing into government forces seeking protection. The world’s largest hostage rescue mission, started by Sri Lanka Army 58 Division, indicate more than 30,000 civilians were held hostage by L.T.T.E. terrorists at the northern boundary of the no fire zone. Meanwhile, three L.T.T.E. suicide cadres ran in to the civilians and exploded themselves, killing 17 and injuring nearly 200 civilians. On April, 20, Sri Lanka government gave a final 24-hour period to the L.T.T.E. leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his group to surrender. The Sri Lanka president ordered relief to the escaped civilians, and the U.N. steps up efforts to provide humanitarian assistance as well. Sri Lanka’s government has been battling the Tamil Tiger rebels in a civil conflict that has lasted nearly 25 years. I was a year old when this war started July 23, 1983. That evening, L.T.T.E. ambushed a military convoy in the north of Sri Lanka outside the town of Jaffna. In order to

avoid any violent retaliation acts from the population due to the ambush, the government decided to quietly bury the 15 soldiers. July 24, the day the 15 servicemen were to be buried, the beginning the events dubbed “Black July” became the worst days of Sri Lankan history. Mobs around the cities started assaulting Tamils, while looting and burning their properties in retribution for what happened. Many of the Sinhalese and Muslims tried to save the lives and properties of Tamils despite the activities of the gangs. My parents have told me that how they helped their Tamil friends and for weeks all they had to feed us were potatoes. When the government declared an emergency curfew, these gangs began vandalizing government properties such as trains, buildings and buses. This would have been genocide but the security forces were able to regain control in the cities the violence broke. The country’s economy fell a part and many Tamils flew out to other countries seeking protection. It was civil war in the northern part of this beautiful island. Sri Lanka is a country with four main ethnic groups who are trying to live in peace since their independence from the British in 1948. Sinhalese are a majority of 75 per-

cent of the population, and the L.T.T.E started killing every Sinhalese and Muslim living in the northern and eastern part of the island, who are the minority in the area. In July 1987, the L.T.T.E. carried out their first suicide attack and since then, has carried out more than 200 suicide attacks. L.T.T.E. expanded their vision and surprised with assassination of many Tamil human rights activists, including India’s ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This became a treat to other Tamil and Muslim activists in the country and they had no other choice than holding arms for their own survival. Many Tamils, Muslims and even Sinhalese start leaving to other countries due to the unstable situation in the country. In 1991, when I was in third grade, I experienced my first suicide bomb attack. It was about a block away from my classroom. All I remember is a bright yellow light I saw through my right eye and the building shook enough to throw my teacher away from the table where she was sitting. I wasn’t tall enough to peek over the window to see anything or wasn’t really sure what was going on. In the 22 years I grew up in Sri Lanka, I have escaped from many bombs within a five or 10 minute time span. I won’t forget when I was in the tenth grade, the attack was about a mile away from my high school. I was going to the leading Sinhala Buddhist high school in the nation which was high target on L.T.T.E’s list, because it had sons and relatives of many armed force personals serving in the battle field. There were already military standing outside a 20-foot brick wall fence around school. The sound of massive explosion occurred in our ears. We were in fear since it sounded like it was at the school’s front gate. This time I was tall enough to watch over the window and all I could see were people rushing wounded to the hospital. Suddenly, I remembered that my dad drove through this road during that time. I was

scared until he walked into my class room, knowing how I would be feeling. I never hated neither the Tamils nor Muslims. We all sat in the same classroom, sharing the same desk. The Sri Lanka government never fought this war against the Tamils. This is a war against a group of terrorist who belong to the Tamil ethnic group. The government doesn’t have any intention to end this conflict by weapons but a political solution. They have already started the process giving power to the minority ethnic leaders in the eastern province. The Sri Lankan government has appointed the L.T.T.E. eastern province leader Colonel Karuna as a member of the parliament and a government minister. He laid down arms and surrendered to the armed forces. The Tigers have been declared a terrorist organization by 32 countries, including the U.S. As many as 70,000 people have been killed by this war and thousands of innocent people have been displaced. Sri Lankan people are tired of this war. Regardless of the suicide attacks, people and social institutions function as they should be and ranked high in developing in the nation. Today there are many Tamils living in other countries protesting against the Sri Lankan government, and are fighting to end this war against terrorism. I’m proud to be a Sri Lankan for the fact of how humble these people are. They never let these terror acts bring them down. They have lived through them, with courage to live a better life. They had faith in the armed forces that this war will end soon, in hopes they can live again in harmony. This column was written by Varuna Ponnamperuma, a junior majoring in international studies and management information systems.

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Wanted: Computer hackers ... to help government WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wanted: Computer hackers. Federal authorities arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking to prosecute them, but to pay them to secure the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s networks. General Dynamics Information Technology put out an ad last month on behalf of the Homeland Security Department seeking someone who could â&#x20AC;&#x153;think like the bad guy.â&#x20AC;? Applicants, it said, must understand hackersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tools and tactics and be able to analyze Internet traffic and identify vulnerabilities in the federal systems. In the Pentagonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget request submitted last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon will increase the number of cyberexperts it can train each year from 80 to

250 by 2011. With warnings that the U.S. is ill-prepared for a cyberattack, the White House conducted a 60-day study of how the government can better manage and use technology to protect everything from the electrical grid and stock markets to tax data, airline flight systems, and nuclear launch codes. President Barack Obama appointed a former Bush administration aide, Melissa Hathaway, to head the effort, and her report was delivered Friday, the White House said. While the country had detailed plans for floods, fires or errant planes drifting into protected airspace, there is no similar response etched out for a major computer attack.

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Court documents list his name as Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, which the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents have said is incorrect. His parents said he is only 16; law enforcement said he is at least 18, meaning prosecutors will not have to take extra legal steps to try him in a U.S. court. It is extraordinarily rare for the U.S. government to try teenagers with crimes, and the dispute over the defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age could present a challenge to prosecutors. Experts said that teenage defendants are entitled to greater protections under international law, and his age could factor into a prison sentence if he is convicted. Experts say international law recognizes that people under 18 are less mature, and more easily manipulated by adults, the claim being put forth by the defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents. The government has not said how it knows the defendant is 18, but verifying his actual age could prove difficult because of the anarchy that has ruled Somalia for two decades. Under international law, prosecutors must show the suspect belongs in federal court because the alleged crime would be a felony if it had been committed by an adult. They also must show it was a crime of violence and weapons were used. Sandra Jenkins, a lawyer who has represented juveniles in federal court in New Orleans, said she expects the initial battle over his age will come when prosecutors claim heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an adult and a defense lawyer tries to convince a judge heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. At that point, the defense would likely file a motion claiming the court is without juris-

diction, she said. Museâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worried family asked the Minneapolis-based Somali Justice Advocacy Center to help get him a lawyer, said the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, Omar Jamal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we have is a confused teenager, overnight thrown into the highest level of the criminal justice system in the United States out of a country where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no law at all,â&#x20AC;? Jamal said. Muse speaks no English, he said. The suspect was taken aboard a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Bainbridge, shortly before Navy SEAL snipers killed three pirates holding Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips, of Underhill, Vt. The U.S. officials said the teenager was brought to New York to face trial in part because the FBI office here has a history of handling cases in Africa involving major crimes against Americans, such as the alQaida bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998. Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights lawyer, said he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somali suspect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think in this particular case, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas,â&#x20AC;? said Kuby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age.â&#x20AC;?

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Ahmadinejad dropped Holocaust denial from speech GENEVA (AP) – A day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caused an uproar with a speech attacking Israel at a U.N. conference on racism, the U.N. said Tuesday that Ahmadinejad had actually dropped language from the speech that described the Holocaust as “ambiguous and dubious.” The U.N. and the Iranian Mission in Geneva did not comment on why the change was made. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, however, said he had met with the Iranian president before his speech Monday and reminded him the U.N. had adopted resolutions “to revoke the equation of Zionism with racism and to reaffirm the historical facts of the Holocaust.” Ahmadinejad may

have decided to drop the Holocaust phrase that was in his original text to deliver his condemnation of Israel in a more palatable fashion for many countries. Still, Ahmadinejad’s accusation that the West used the Holocaust as a “pretext” for aggression against Palestinians still provoked walkouts by delegates including every European Union country in attendance. But others, including those from the Vatican, stayed because they said he stopped short of denying the Holocaust. The walkout came after Ahmadinejad accused Western nations of complicity in violence against Palestinians surrounding the foundation of Israel. The original text of his speech said “following

AN ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWISH BOY stands in front of a Nazi flag on display at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 21. Frenetic Israel came to a standstill for two mournful minutes on Tuesday as air-raid sirens pierced the air in remembrance of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. Israeli leaders vowed that there would not be a second Holocaust, their pledges ringing in the shadow of a U.N. conference against racism in Geneva perceived as anti-Semitic. AP photo

World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless on the pretext of Jewish sufferings and the ambiguous and dubious question of Holocaust.” U.N. spokeswoman Marie Heuze said U.N. officials had checked back with the interpreters and the Farsi recording of Ahmadinejad’s speech, and determined that the Iranian president had dropped the terms “ambiguous and dubious,” referring instead in Farsi to “the abuse of the question of the Holocaust.” Adding to the confusion, the live English translation of the speech did not mention the word “Holocaust” at all, while the French stayed true to the spoken words of Ahmadinejad. The English translator apparently was following the prepared text and stopped speaking when the Iranian president changed the wording. The meeting turned chaotic from the start when two protesters in rainbow wigs tossed red clown noses at Ahmadinejad as he began his speech with a Muslim prayer. A Jewish student group from France said it had been trying to convey “the masquerade that this conference represents.” The United States and eight other Western countries had already boycotted the event that started on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, because of concerns Muslim countries would drown out all other issues with calls to denounce Israel and restrict free speech when it comes to criticizing Islam. Over 100 other countries on Tuesday approved a 16-page declaration calling on the world to combat intolerance. The declaration did not mention Israel, but among dozens of other points, it reaffirms a 2001 statement issued after the U.N.’s first global racism meeting in South Africa

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that recognized the “plight of the Palestinians” while affirming the Jewish state’s right to security. That support of the 2001 document was cited by President Barack Obama’s administration as the reason it boycotted the Geneva meeting. African-American groups participating in the conference sharply criticized Obama and his administration for not attending and not signing its declaration against racism. “The boycott of the

Obama administration both saddens us and angers us,” said Jaribu Hill, executive director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. “We will not let Mr. Obama off the hook simply because he stands inside black skin, or because his campaign served to energize and inspire thousands of young people and people of color,” she said. Ban, the U.N. chief, was heartened at the adoption of the declaration by consensus and urged countries not at the conference to rejoin

the fight against racism. In Paris, France’s foreign minister criticized the U.S. decision to stay away from an event featuring Ahmadinejad while declaring itself open for negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. “More than a paradox, it could really be a mistake,” Bernard Kouchner said. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a note Tuesday thanking those nations that boycotted the Geneva conference.

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- Textbook Buyback, TSC Bookstore, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - USU Ceramics Guild Annual Spring Pottery Sale, Fine Arts Visual 121, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Toby Hooker, Doctoral candidate, department of biology, Biology and Natural Resources building, 1 to 2 p.m. - Research Council, Old Main, 3 to 5 p.m. - Computer Information Literacy (CIL) computer systems workshop, Eccles Science Learning Center 053, 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. - USU Guitar Club, Libbie Linton CD release concert, TSC Auditorium, 7:30 to 10 p.m. - “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Ellen Eccles Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - Brazilian Guitar Concert, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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