December 2003



RUGGED AND FROSTY: The Wellsvilles stand tall and white in this view from Providence's north bench Thursday. / Photo by Nancy Williams

Armed Forces easily meeting recruiting goals during volatile world events
12/15/03 While military recruiters stationed in Logan cannot directly speculate about the impact the war in Iraq and the attacks of 9-11 on recruiting, they can say recruiting goals are being met or surpassed nationwide and in Cache Valley. / By Earl Scott

Business of saving downtown Logan needs more input, say store owners
12/14/03 Logan City and the Downtown Alliance have drastic plans to revamp downtown Logan, but according to some people with ties to downtown, the city is going about it the wrong way. / By Scott S. Jardine

When will the 'Big One' shake Cache Valley?
12/14/03 It is hard to imagine for Logan residents that the ground they are living life on could rise up in heaving, violent convulsions during the next earthquake. It could be a reality sooner or later in Cache Valley and around the Wasatch Front. / By Shang Hun Lee

Student debt a growing concern
12/12/03 Student loan volume more than doubled from $16.4 billion to $37.5 billion between 1990 and 2000, according to the American Council on Education. The number of loans made also doubled from 4.5 million to 9.4 million. / By Mark Thatcher

USU students launch new Rotoract Club
12/11/03 Determined to supplement their higher education with hands-on service and leadership opportunities, students at Utah State University officially formed the Rotaract Club afgter their recent officer elections on campus. / By Ken Hadfield

Jay Black makes a point about newspapers to a class at Edith Bowen Laboratory School. / Photo by Justin Lafeen

Edith Bowen students learning power of print by producing own newspaper
12/11/03 Beginning next week, students at EBLS will read their very own student-written newspaper. Mary Jackson-Smith, a volunteer parent heading the project, said, "I have always loved writing and love to see kids express themselves in writing." / By Justin Lafeen

USU Wright Flyer to soar over Brigham City on historic Dec. 17 anniversary
12/10/03 The Utah State University Wright Flyer will take to the skies at the Brigham City Airport between 10 a.m. and noon Wednesday, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight.

Idaho students 'dial up' to learn at virtual schools
12/10/03 They begin their day just like any other traditional elementary school students. They get dressed, brush their teeth, eat breakfast and head outside to begin school. Then . . . they venture outside into the crisp Idaho mountain air to start the generator and rush back to the warm house. Now they can download. / By Alison Aikele

Utah's 'Aunt Bee' settling in as governor
12/10/03 "I've been pleasantly surprised with how the news media has covered me. I look better in print though," said Gov. Olene Walker, jokingly referring to her physical appearance. / By Will Wheelright

USU students seize chance of a lifetime in grassroots politics
12/10/03 USU students are living in the chance of a lifetime in Utah politics. The 2004 Utah Governor's race is shaping up to be a dynamic and dramatic event. / By Callie Taggart

Students trying to show Colorado's ancient Indians strangely stayed put
12/09/03 Eight thousand years ago people who lived in what's now Colorado weren't doing something everyone else around them were: Migrating, traveling or trading with other tribes. / By Emilie Holmes

Poet explores connection between environmentalism and literature
12/08/03 When people think about "poetry," they usually do not connect that term with environmentalism and vice versa. On Thursday, famous American poet and environmentalist Gary Snyder showed that they should. / By Matthias Petry

Republicans use $2 cookies to argue that affirmative action is legalized discrimination
12/08/03 Cookies for sale. One glance at the prices, however, might cause any white male to rethink his decision to buy. "Two bucks for a cookie," one said. / By Jamie Karras

USU researchers study effects of coercion in research
12/03/03 "Student Subjects Perception of Coercion in Research Participation" is the name of the study by Azure Midzinski and Professor Melanie Domenech-Rodriguez. Their aim is to improve recruitment practices in research projects. The primary part of their study is a questionnaire full of real-life-inspired scenarios, starting with this one: "You are enrolled in a psychology course. The syllabus explains that you can earn bonus points (worth an additional 3 – 5% of your grade) by participating in research outside of class and turning in a 1- page reaction paper to your professor."/ By Mark LaRocco


Grandpa knows Cache Valley history, from Depression eggs to Dansante jitterbugging
12/19/03 "You never know what is going to happen," Alma Lavern Riggs said. He has lived in Cache Valley all his life, in the town of Nibley. He was born Aug. 29, 1927, and keeps the history of the valley in his head. / By Ellie Riggs

Mr. Fixit boasts smart hands and fast feet
12/18/03 In the middle of Mark Jeppson's living room sits a 46-inch TV with the guts hanging out, the circuitboard dangling by colored wires. Three DVD players rest above the other huge TV, and a half-fixed digital camera sits in an adjacent bedroom. "When something's not fixable, he'll toss it," says his roommate. But he'd rather fix it. / By Mark LaRocco

Talkin' about divorce among teen-age friends
12/18/03 Six seventh-grade girls, teen-agers, eat their sandwiches and talk. They're not talking about the boys playing basketball on the other side of the gym. They're talking about divorce. It's a thread that binds five of them. / By Jenn Carroll

Professor studies ways for marketing's image to shed its darker tones
12/18/03 Marketing is more than getting people to buy what you have to offer, Ken Bartkus says. It is putting the products people want and need right under their nose. Bartkus considers this view of his profession as being a "reluctant marketer." / By Jacob Moon

From Pixie Stix to getting dumped, Nobody Special musician finds inspiration
12/16/03 It really was about 20 years ago when Michael Chidsey's father smacked on The Beatles' Sgt. Peppers vinyl record and brought young Mike's craving for music to life, while 5-year-old Mike was taught the fine art of air-guitar by his father. / By Ellie Riggs

New student services officer glad to watch his Aggies mature
12/16/03 There's a different gust of wind coming through the office of Utah State University's student services department this year. One of the doors is being left open a lot more -- and students are coming in. / By Emilie Holmes

Political activism touches history, biology, religion for Gordon Steinhoff
12/16/03 Gordon Steinhoff couldn't decide whether to go into philosophy or biology, so he simply got a master's degree in both. / By Mark LaRocco

How to ace that job interview
12/12/03 Your palms are sweaty, your mouth is dry and your mind is blank. Your usual charming, confident and qualified self is now bland and unable to say an intelligent word. Why does this happen to so many young graduates? / By Lara Louder

Eight big myths about diet and exercise
12/12/03 I don't lift weights because they will make my muscles look bigger. I exercise in the morning because I will burn more calories. When it comes to exercise, more is always better. Have you heard these? / By Melissa Taylor

Jobless and graduating? How to find work and avoid post-grad depression
12/10/03 For those of you out to get the most of the college experience, and even those out to party and have a good time, this guide can help to avoid some long dreadful jobless months ahead. / By Karina Velez

Car shopping? Wear a poker face, bring a calculator, stay focused
12/09/03 Car salespeople, particularly those who specialize in used cars, have bad reputations for their high-pressure tactics and dishonest dealings. "Many consumers have the impression that a car salesperson will do anything it takes -- lie, cheat, misrepresent, flatter, beguile or sweet-talk to make a sale," said John Seiter, a professor at Utah State University and expert on persuasion and deception. / By Debra Crowther

Calls to USU's switchboard always answered by a real person
12/09/03 Dialing zero on a campus phone brings students to an all-knowing resource. / By Irene Hannagan


Anonymity in a sweaty suit, yes, but being a sports mascot has its upside
12/19/03 He's the one fan that arrives at every event early and always leaves late, yet no one really knows who he is or what makes him tick. Nor will they, because anonymity has kept him silent. / By Jake Moon

Baseball lover Stallworth hopes for shot as NFL receiver
12/18/03 Chris Stallworth's a player. He's been a wide receiver for Utah State's football team for four years and known for his athletic abilities in baseball as well as football. Yet, he still can win a game of Halo, the X-box game. / By Amber Bailey

Aggie women blow shot at first victory, fall to Northern Colorado in OT
12/14/03 Up by five with less than a minute to play, USU (0-5) looked to be in good shape to put the game away. Guard Amber Elliott had other plans. / By Earl Scott

Legendary rivalry between Packers and Bears has roots 80 years long
12/14/03 "Football is war," said Logan resident and Packers fan Graham Terry. "Those guys understood that, back in the day when men were men." / By Julie Sulunga

Hunting: What an obsession
12/12/03 Mule deer are one of the hardest big game animals to hunt in North America. Despite the many difficulties and obstacles that one faces in pursuit of these great animals, thousands of craved lunatics swarm the mountain sides of Utah in hope of finding that one great buck. / By Skeeter Ellison

Opinion: A call to all loyal Aggies
12/11/03 Are you a loyal Aggie or are you there only when times are good? All Aggie fans should be excited to know that USU will join the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. When joining a better conference, an institution needs to have adequate facilities. USU currently doesn't. / By Ronald Johnson

Hooked on running? Local marathoners share their stories
12/10/03 Running marathons is a culture, a lifestyle, something that pushes individuals beyond their expectations. One might be inclined to ask, "Why would anybody be crazy enough to go through such pain?" / By Matt Hawks

Utah's ski resorts have much to brag about
12/10/03 The Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts in Salt Lake City were the top American resort and the second best in North America according to Skiing magazine, for the second year in a row. / By Bart R. Liechty


Guys, want a six-pack by Spring Break? Start working out now
12/18/03 Start now if you want a flat stomach by March 8. / By Mike Robins

Cheap and easy cooking cuts stress level
12/18/03 When hunger sets in during class and your stomach starts to rumble you know you need food and fast. But who has time or the money for something healthy? You grab a Pasta Roni or Cup of Noodles and head to work. Sound familiar? It's the stressful, busy life of a student. / By Stacy Young

School uniforms a benefit or a curse? Jury's still out
12/18/03 It's 7 o'clock in the morning, time to get ready for school: khakis, a white button-down shirt and black shoes are the day's attire, just like yesterday. / By Jill Heffner

Scrapbooking preserves memories for generations to come
12/18/03 There are as many scrapbooking stores in Cache Valley as copy centers and those copy centers available carry scrapbooking supplies. / By Alison Huston

Life is just a plate of fortune cookies, maybe
12/18/03 I'm a fairly large believer in the truth of fortune cookies -- well, OK, I think most of them are generic enough that they really would work for anyone. / By Melissa Yardley

I'm dreaming, just like you, of homemade soup at the end of a cold day
12/16/03 I've grown a little food obsessed; I'm always one to take advantage of a free meal, and relish it. Plus, coming home after a long day of classes and eating is one of the highlights of my day. / By Kirsten Nielsen

Student gourmet gallops from fridge to cold cereal cupboard
12/16/03 Today I ate cold cereal, generic Corn Chex, to be specific -- again -- for "dinner." So, what's the big deal? / By Hilary Judd

Pilates, yoga aim to fix both body and soul
12/16/03 For many people, the days of vigorous, demanding workouts are over; several contemporary exercises are bursting into the fitness scene that focus less on the body, and more on the mind and soul. / By Shanna Nielsen

Half of USU students married at graduation, yes, but divorce common
12/14/03 Students at Utah State University are saying "I do" and taking the plunge into marriage, on the flip side students are also saying "I don't." / By Darlene Sallee

Exercise: A quick and easy stress buster
12/14/03 The in and out routine of daily living often times can become monotonous and often times very stressful. For college students the change in lifestyle and continuing pressure of good grades while maintaining a job can become overbearing. / By Brandie Davis

'Lemonland' offers a clear-eyed look at breast cancer
12/12/03 You will never look at lemons the same again. Utah State University instructor Corrine Ellsworth put together, Lemonland to dispel myths about breast cancer for her graphic design thesis project last spring. The Web site uses the fruit as a metaphor to describe the disease that is prominent in women and likely in men. / By Julie Ann Grosshans

Chocolate: Making people happy, one truffle at a time
12/12/03 Aphrodisiacs, antidepressants, and antiseptics: who needs modern medicine when a Hershey bar does the trick? Believe it or not, chocolate has been used as these cures and more throughout history. / By Miaken Christensen

Opinion: Partially hydrogenated may be deadly
12/09/03 If the words "partially hydrogenated" are in the list of ingredients, don't eat it. / By Crystalyn Flitton

How to remove the annoyance from moving
12/09/03 The organizing, packing, lifting, and hauling. It's enough to make a grown man cry. / By Jody Long


Listen and pay attention, even if it's only to your voicemail
12/16/03 Try telling anyone in the world today that you have a cell phone but that it's rarely on -- better yet try telling them that, though you have the phone, there is also no voicemail. / By Melissa Yardley

Here they are! Great life lessons I've learned in four years at USU
12/14/03 Not only have I had to deal with the "senioritis" that struck when I realized I only have to go to school 70 more days before I graduate in May (yes, I am counting and yes, I know that is pretty sad), I have also begun pondering what I have really learned in my four years at Utah State. / By Myrica Hawker

I dream of Dagwood
12/14/03 I was on my way to displaying incredible brilliance once. Until I opened my mouth. / By Hilary Judd

Bicyclists, watch where you're going on campus
12/12/03 It's a nice day outside; the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and then WHAM! The bicyclist going Mach 3 smashes into your arm. Not just a myth. I can honestly say, from personal experience, that being hit by a bike going downhill and incredibly fast does not feel good. / By Ginger Kelley

Why don't they teach Flirting 1010 here?
12/09/03 As a girl, understanding the male race has always been a mystery to me. Likewise, I assume boys are utterly confused by girls, too. This is why I am wondering why a university wouldn't offer classes such as Flirting 1010, or Communicating with the Opposite Sex 1050. / By Holly Scott

Why suffer in Utah? Stop whining and look for an exit
12/09/03 I live in Utah. I love it here and think that it is a great state. Over the years that I have been here I have come to the realization that not all people like Utah. Even to the point they would say that they hate it here. But what I don't understand why all these people stay. / By Dane Bergeson

LETTER: Article on summer jobs gives a distorted picture (12/09/03)

To whom it may concern:

I just read an article written by Jeff Burton back in 5/3/03, about Summer Jobs, and I didn't think it represented the full picture about companies offering summer jobs. I currently own Alliance Marketing, Int., and will employ about 80 college students this summer. I am a USU graduate, and operate my business in Logan. I do not feel represented by Jeff's article; his stance was very negative about my type of business.

1. He used the example of Joe Burnard who made $20,000 as a sales rep last summer, and compared it to being a little better than staying in Logan working a minimum wage job. A person working minimum wage in Logan would make $3,300 during the summer. That to me is a far cry from $20K. Why would Jeff not point that out.

2. People work door-to-door summer jobs work hard to earn money, but it is seldom about greed. Who is the smarter person? The one who works in Logan for $4,000, and then must continue to work throughout the school year to pay their bills . . . or . . . the person who worked hard during the summer to make $16,000 and can focus 100 percent on school during the school year. It isn't about greed, it's about maximizing your summer. Both people worked for 16 weeks of summer, but one made $4,000, and one made $16,000. And the one who made $16,000 will probably get better grades during the school year because he or she doesn't have to work that after-school job to make ends meet.

3. The issue of Gross vs Net. The person who made $4,000 still paid taxes, meaning they only netted about $3,000. The person who earned $16,000 will still take home at least $12,000, and that is if they aren't able to itemize all their summer expenses.

4. There are some companies that might exaggerate their potential earnings, and that is something that I wish could be controlled. My marketing company prides itself for being for the "masses," in that most anyone with the desire to work hard will earn between $10,000 and $30,000. Very few people have ever worked an entire summer and made less than $10K, and very few first year reps have ever made over $30K, but the most every sales rep has made between $12K and $17K. At $12K, that person averaged about $18 per hour. Housing was paid for, including furniture. Extra bonuses were given daily and weekly. Try to find FREE housing, and an $18 per hour job in Logan for the summer. . . .

5. Our sales reps have a chance to move up within the company, managing groups of four to eight people, and working daily with high level corporate clients. This job offers true career training, and their pay will range from $20K to $80K depending on their position and if they work year round. We raise up career employees as well as hiring for summer jobs. The students give heed to what is written about our industry, and it would be a shame for someone who could truly benefit to never give it a try and be stuck working for their $4K to $6K (GROSS) pay.

Doing homework on a company before you dedicate your summer is a great idea, but so is doing your homework before you write an article!

From a concerned graduate. . .


Theron Watson

Alliance Marketing Int.
2150 N Main No. 8
Logan, UT 84341
(801) 573-5240


Theater professor puts accent on quality
12/18/03 Theater professor and voice coach Adrianne Moore said she isn't interested in getting rid of someone's dialect, but to teach actors tools that they can use at a moment's notice. Like speaking like Braveheart when needing a Scottish touch. / By Amber Bailey

Other studies may provide bread, but art is the butter, artistic USU couple says
12/18/03 The bust on the floor next to the fireplace is more than life size. It's John's bust. A pixilated photograph reflects in Penny's renovated mirrored door on the opposite family room wall. This is home. This is also John and Penny Pinnock's art studio, where ideas and inspiration abound. / By Jenn Carroll

Santa Claus as a pop spiritual icon?
12/16/03 Christmas, in popular culture, exists ideally with Santa Claus, but without Christ. / By Alex Jackson

Kurt Bestor aims to counter bombs with peace and music
12/12/03 While his Christmas concerts don't have an official theme, this year the indirect theme will be "Peace on Earth," says Utah musician Kurt Bestor. "For every bomb that's dropped [around the world], I'd like to drop a musical bomb," he said. / By Emilie Holmes


Worn Out by John Hansen. / Photo by Jenn Carroll

Bits of artist's face, father's gloves animate startling sculpture
12/09/03 A patron rounds the corner, then stops quickly, surprised by the man sitting on the floor with his head bowed and arms slumped over his knees -- Worn Out. The man on the floor is striking, solid, quiet. Very quiet. He doesn't move as the patron leans forward to touch him and ask if he's OK. / By Jenn Carroll

This left feels strange: Greatest hits twisted by Bon Jovi
12/09/03 What you get with Bon Jovi's This Left Feels Right is anything but just a "greatest hits acoustic" album -- it's more like completely different songs that happen to have the same lyrics as some good old classics. / By Matthias Petry

Giant, cropped faces create 'conversation' in art
12/02/03 A picture is worth a thousand words. Or, a dialogue. Jennifer Suflita, an art major at Utah State University, paints faces in larger-than-life proportions. Because these faces belong to people that are large-in-life. Her life. They are all close friends. / By Amber Bailey

'Oh, you're a music major?' If they only knew what it takes, talented USU violinist says
12/01/03 The halls are dark and the building is empty. The silence is tense and eerie at times, but is broken with the dull hum of a Brahms concerto on a distant violin. Each new hum shows signs of life in the Fine Arts Building, even at 11:30 p.m. / By Jennifer Mortimer

Grant winner captures light directly in 'purest form' of photo image
12/01/03 Light is the source of everything. Or so believes Shibata, an undergraduate photography student at Utah State University. / By Jake Moon


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