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Today's word on journalism

Sunday, April 10, 2005

When words go to war:

"Words go to war as surely as soldiers do. They can be used to inspire troops, strike fear into the heart of the enemy or persuade neutral parties. . . . The careful selection of words in war is almost always a calculated attempt to manipulate perceptions. Whether an act of violence is called a 'suicide bombing' or a homicide bombing' depends more on the politics of the speaker than on any sincere attempt to describe objective reality. Even when the language of war is mechanical or colorless it may be deliberate, an attempt to shield both civilians and soldiers from the horrors of modern conflict."

--Michael Keane, author and educator, 2005 (Thanks to alert WORDster Brad Knickerbocker)

 

DECEMBER 2004

ARTS & LIFE

ART

Ten Thousand Villages brings the world -- and good works -- to Logan
In a quiet little shop in downtown Logan, you can find little pieces of the world. / By Jill Prichard

BOOKS

Small town life inspires Paradise author-artist
With two bachelor's degrees, years of teaching experience, and her own pottery studio, author Carole Warburton has recently added two novels to her list of accomplishments. / By Brooke Nelson

Post office murals gave moral lessons during Depression, author says
"Post office murals are more than pretty pictures." / By Loni Stapley

CULTURE

Feng Shui brings peace to your home, say designers
In this fast-paced world of ever-changing fashion and reality TV shows, another home and self improvement fad steals the spotlight as the number one quick fix of health, fortune and fame. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese design philosophy in which the positioning and physical characteristics of the home are believed to affect the fortunes of the owner. / By Rachel Fox

Let's go back to what Christmas is really about
I remember as a kid that I used to love Christmas. As I got older the season would mean less and less to me. I finally came to a point where I hated Christmas. So I decided to change that and get back to what used to excite me about Christmas. / By Camille Blake

Mormons -- lifetime or convert, from Maine to Utah -- appreacitate the ties that bind them
Jack, Peter, Molly, Mission Field, Lifetimers, Direct Descendent, Convert, Bashing, Anti-...
What do all of these things have in common? / By Teresa Eller

The big and the beautiful
Why is it still OK to make fat jokes? Why can we acceptably criticize their way of life? Like any other handicap, obesity can be a genetic disorder, and yet it is still socially acceptable to make fun. / By Nick Robbins

Work outside or stay at home? Moms must choose
Every day Alyson and her little brother Troy walk home from school and into an empty house. Alyson is only 12 years old, but she is in charge of her little brother, who is 9. / By Miriam Watkins

Writer puts Hyrum's famous springy dance floor to the test
It's not often that I will fork out $5 to make a fool of myself, and yet that is exactly what I did when I paid my cover charge to swing dance at the Elite Hall. / By Heather Williams

FEATURES

Cataracts affect children's eyesight; more research is needed
I remember not wanting to go to town with that dumb patch over my eye. I hated it, despised it. It smelled like bandages, hospitals, glue and it made it impossible for me to see. / By Sarah St. John

Cache residents remember the Great Depression
By 1932, Cache Valley had 1,500 unemployed wage-earners with Utah being one of the hardest hit by the Great Depression. With the unemployment rate in Utah reaching 35.8 percent, it ranked the fourth highest in the nation. / By Kelli Dodgen

Some tips for downsizing our 'supersized' meals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that obesity will soon surpass tobacco use as the major health problem in the United States. Poor diet and physical inactivity is now the number two cause of death in the United States after smoking. / By Stephanie Johnson

Bonkers about a good arm scratching

"That's my arm scratcher," Julie Mason said as she tucked her auburn hair behind her ears. The "arm" scratcher still had the merchandise tag attached to it. With a blue ballpoint pen someone had scratched out the word "back" the label and replaced it "arm." Mason said she received it as a present for her 20th birthday from a friend. / By Doan Nguyen

Going into labor? Consider the options for pain management
It's hard work getting a baby into this world. It isn't called labor for nothing, every mother's labor experience and degree of pain is different. Thank goodness for pain medication. / By Suzanne Hancock

Out of time before your're out of taskse? Here's how to regain control

At the end of the day, do you feel like you could use just a few more hours before you go to sleep? Do you have trouble remembering the many things that need to get done throughout the week? Are you constantly looking for your misplaced wallet, cell phone or keys? You might just have an organization problem. / By Rachel Allen

USU's international students tell why they came here, why they stay
Maria "Camila" Quezada, a native of Colombia, was registered at Los Andes, "the best university in Colombia," where she planned to study industrial engineering. Her parents were paying for her entire education, but before school began Quezada decided to travel to the United States. / By Julie Oliver

Kid sister isn't rebellious -- she has NLD
Growing up, my little sister was labeled a smart aleck and manipulative. Her teachers always said while she appeared very smart, she sometimes asked stupid questions and talked back. /By Emilie Holmes

USU's unofficial ambassador to the world, Leon D'Souza, ready for the American jungle
Leon D'Souza grew up in Bombay watching America in soap operas and old TV shows. "My images were high-rises and ritzy downtown parties," D'Souza said. He was shocked on the drive up to Logan when he saw signs that read, "Watch for deer." / By Julie Oliver

Fire's lesson: Attitude is everything in life
It all started the night our family invited some of our cousins to go to my grandparents' back yard for a party. Their yard is a long, steep ravine with a fire pit at the bottom. / By Rachel Schwab

Lynn Hulse, a seriously dedicated Santa Claus, is coming to town
Everyone thinks they know someone who is "really into Christmas," but not everyone knows Lynn Hulse. For starters, this guy starts watching It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and A Christmas Story in July. / By Tamber Weston

Jump on the 'band' wagon to support cancer foundation
Six months after the first yellow "LIVESTRONG" band went on sale, 150,000 bands are being sold each day. / By Deja M. Powell

Pricey business delivering babies may result in fewer OB/GYN doctors in the future
Barry Noorda loves delivering babies. / By Megan Maughan Roe

Think you are alone with your battles against alcholism? Think again
When Les woke up in jail, battered, beaten and bloody, he knew it was over. He knew what he had longed to know for years. Les clearly knew he couldn't out-think it, he couldn't avoid it and he most certainly knew he couldn't out-live it. He surrendered. He was powerless. / By Denise Albiston

Hyde Park councilman learns to live with muscular dystrophy
The life of City Councilman James Skidmore drastically changed 10 years ago when he was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD). / By Katy Jessen

Cosmetic surgery is more common than you'd think
Christy was a typical high school student she had A's her entire life. She excelled in many areas and was active in school activities. / By Seth Quillen

Tuition increase, lack of class options prompt some Aggies to pursue academic goals elsewhere
Samantha Greenhalgh, of Nibley, could have gone to almost any university she wanted. She graduated from Box Elder High School in 2001 with a 3.98 GPA as well as a score of 32 on her ACT. / By Chris Calvert

Snowstorm ushers Santa into Richmond
Thick holiday snowflakes were falling the Saturday night after Thanksgiving, as community members gathered at the city park to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with the annual lights-on party. / By Kate Richards

Bookmobile brings Sherid Peterson back to Wellsville
While a group of fourth-grade students from Wellsville Elementary school huddle around a book and laugh, their teacher apologizes for bringing her books back late. / By Aaron Falk

Richmond's 'horse-friendly' spirit invited Logan transplant to put down roots
When Farol Nelson told her husband a year ago that she wanted to move somewhere more rural, he said if she found a place he would go. / By Kate Richards

Massages, dogs help Aggies with stress
If you were feeling a little stressed Wednesday, you would have enjoyed the second annual Stress Fest. / By Josh Russell

Youth council in River Heights keeps kids involved with service
What is a better way to get the youth of the city involved than to put them on a youth council? / By Camille Blake

Providence residents light up with holiday spirit
Candy Canes trim every sidewalk you see. Gingerbread men stand in the snow, greeting visitors as they come and go. / By Megan Maughan Roe

City theater has long been Lewiston's 'heart'
Where else can you go to the movies for only $2, where you know all eight theater employees' names, and can enjoy 50-cent dill pickles from the concession stand and then after the movie use the theater phone to call your mom to get picked up? / By Beth Huffaker

MOVIES

'Neverland' will be a good bet come Oscar night
be I did start out in a theater filled with teenage girls ogling to get a peek of the Sexiest Man Alive, Johnny Depp, but by the end of Finding Neverland, we were all like kids again, believing in fairies and hoping our happy thoughts would give us flight. / By Nick Robbins

Alexander the Great: Star-studded cast but a possible Oscar nomination?
Greeks are the hot stuff this year. If you don’t think so you can go ask any Hollywood producer. / By Ana Antunes

MUSIC

Music's a powerful motivator for workouts
Utah State University Students are pounding the pavement and rocking out to music as they jog with headphones while exercising. / By Natalie Andrews

BUSINESS

BIZ FEATURES

He wrote 'BER' on the 'BAR' sign, and has been cutting hair ever since
Ralph Wyatt said he hears about a variety of topics from his clients that come in, such as, divorce, girlfriend problems, politics, religion, and people in the community in trouble with the law. "We just listen and they just have to let it out," Wyatt said. / By Doan Nguyen

Nibley woman's family led her to practice natural healing
Joan Elder is used to being "out of the norm." Ten years ago, suddenly a new widow, she designed and oversaw construction of her dream house. She can pogo stick up and down stairs, make a heavenly ice cream cheesecake, and has impeccable aim with a gun, according to her 25-year-old son, Russ. / By Michelle Bundy

Meet Maggie Malouf, diva of desserts at Hamilton's
She is 19 years old, 5-foot-2 and stands on two milk crates to reach the counter. Never went to high school. And she does sinful things with chocolate, according to Ted Pease. / By Ann Passey

Brides-to-be helping pick out their own engagement rings
Spring semester 2004, sophomore Desi Nyborg, 19, had only one goal: to get a date with Jarom Burbank. / By Tamber Weston

Smithfield Implement - 89 years old and still going strong
There is one store in Smithfield that is continuing to withstand the changes of the business world. / By Katie Ashton

Is there a Kohls in North Logan's future? Stay tuned
Rumor has it that a Kohls department store is coming to North Logan. / By Ann Passey

BIZ NEWS

Macey's move to Providence nourishes town's commercial boom
Macey's, a couple of fast-food restaurants, retail stores and new housing developments are making growth a hot topic in Providence. / By Megan Maughan Roe

NEWS

ACROSS BRIDGERLAND

Understanding Cache Valley's air pollution -- and what we can do about it
Old Man winter is back and he has brought his inversions to the valley again. Just a month ago the valley air was back under scrutiny for poor air quality. After Thanksgiving, snow storms dumped in the mountains and valleys while colder than normal temperatures lingered into Cache Valley. / By Todd Stewart

'Stuff a Bus' project raises more than $5,000 for Santa's subs in Cache Valley
Last year in front of Wal-Mart, Stuff A Bus was able to earn $3,000 worth of Christmas items, which included cash, toys and canned goods. However, this year "Stuff a Bus" was able to earn nearly $2,200 in cash as well as over $3,000 worth of toys and canned food. / By Katie Gildea

Online classes ease students' scheduling and tuition concerns
A common myth among students is that classes through the extension center are more expensive than those taken through the university. / By Julie Jenkins

Cache Humane Society meets the challenge as donors pony up $130,000 to complete shelter
Cache Valley’s first and only full-service animal shelter is now scheduled for completion by June 1, 2005, following receipt this week of two grants totaling $130,000.

Serpentine tank trap at the gate just the tip of post-9/11 security at Hill Air Force Base
At speeds slower than a walking pace, I guided my black 2000 GMC Yukon full of car seats and empty fruit snack wrappers from side to side through the 10 barriers known as the Serpentine. With each passing curve my shoulders cringed waiting for the high-pitched sound of screeching iron digging into the side of my sport utility vehicle. The whole time I was thinking that if I hit one of these things, my husband will strangle me. / By Denise Albiston

Woman pleads guilty to drug charge
While pleading guilty to a Class A misdemeanor, emotions ran high for Rebecca Burr at her final pretrial Tuesday. / By Katie Ashton

Man draws 2 days in jail for first DUI conviction
Following a guilty plea to three Class B misdemeanor charges and one Class C misdemeanor, Raphael Lopez-Gonzales was sentenced to two days in jail and charged a fine of $1,325. / By Brooke Nelson

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONALS NEWS

How effective are teen 'boot camps?'
The success of boot camp can vary from teen to teen, with the outcome dependent upon the attitude of the youth as well as the parents. / By Christin Bott

Saluting G.I. Jose
Like so many immigrants from south of the border, Daniel Caro's parents moved to the United States from Juarez, Mexico seeking a better life -- especially for their children. Life in the heart of Mexico's cotton belt hadn't been easy. Underemployment, political strife, drug trafficking, you name it, the Caros had seen it all. And they wanted out. / By Jimmy Quezada

LOCAL NEWS

Hyrum's growth puts pressure on water infrastructure
With the recent decision to deny new hookups to the pressurized irrigation system, one has to wonder if the continued growth in Hyrum is negatively affecting the water supply. / By Heather Williams

Santa comes early to Paradise fire department
Troy Fredrickson, chief of the town's volunteer fire department, will finally be able to pay the bills thanks to the nearly $14,000 the Town Council recently allocated to its emergency services. / By Brooke Nelson

Solutions to valley's winter air pollution problem challenge local task force
This week the Cache County Council will vote on a resolution plan. / By Beth Huffaker

Smithfield gravel pit study committee will decide fate of Long Hill by spring
While Smithfield residents are concerned about the possibility of losing Long Hill to a gravel pit, City Council members are happy they have balanced representation on the gravel pit consideration committee. / By Katie Ashton

North Logan center gives parents a hand through stressful moments
Free babysitting is a mother's dream. The Child and Family Support Center in North Logan can make this dream come true. / By Ann Passey

No thief, just a forgetful driver, police say
Reported gas theft from the 7-11 on 1400 North and Main Street turned out to be an honest mistake Thursday. / By Kate Richards

Clock is ticking for River Heights - expand or die
River Heights is not a city known for its commercial businesses. So how has this city been able to stay afloat for so long? / By Camille Blake

Asthmatics suffer in Cache Valley's winter air pollution
The simple act of breathing became a difficult task for some Cache Valley residents last winter. Utah State University student Ann Passey, of Logan, said she can remember few winters as bad as that of 2003-04. / By Chris Calvert

Rules for Richmond's preschools may get stricter next year
Preschool regulations may be tightened in Richmond in the next year when a new business ordinance is drafted. / By Kate Richards

Paradise election judges, swamped by turnout, need more voting machines and help
November's presidential election drew a deeply divided electorate to the voting polls in recently unprecedented numbers, and Cache County citizens were no exception as this year's voter registration and turnout broke county records. / By Brooke Nelson

County's new ambulance plan looks good to Wellsville, fire chief says
Despite recent protests from Smithfield Mayor Ray Winn, Wellsville is looking forward to the new ambulance plan, effective Jan. 1, Volunteer Fire Chief Reed Bailey says. / By Aaron Falk

Covered wagons to be restored for Wellsville's celebrations
While the city's largest celebration, Founder's Day, is more than nine months away, city officials are already thinking about and making plans for improvements. / By Aaron Falk

Business license fees in Hyde Park won't increase
The City Council voted 3-2 not to increase business license fees in Hyde Park after a previous public hearing and a discussion. / By Katy Jessen

Wellsville P&Z approves rezone for photo business
The Planning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of resident Becky Blankenship's home to a level-one commercial zone Wednesday night. / By Aaron Falk

Richmond P&Z will send annexation plan to City Council
Richmond's Planning and Zoning Commission approved sending a proposed annexation ordinance to the City Council at the Tuesday night meeting. / By Kate Richards

Man pleads guilty to prescription fraud
Christopher Stanley Spence pleaded guilty to two counts of acquiring illegal prescriptions, a third-degree felony, Monday in 1st District Court. / By Beth Huffaker and Megan Maughan Roe

Police department won't happen soon for Wellsville
While the city of Wellsville would like to see an increase in the number of law enforcement officers patrolling its streets, it's not something that will happen anytime soon, Councilwoman Marceen Parker says. / By Aaron Falk

Paradise will pay firefighters $400 per year
The Town Council approved recommendations by the fire chief to compensate the volunteer department's officers and began revision of the town's general plan at their meeting Wednesday night. / By Brooke Nelson

Storm water ordinance on Hyrum's agenda for new year
A storm water utility must be added to the ordinances of the city soon after the new year. / By Heather Williams

Lewiston passes annexation plan
Only five Lewiston residents, two being City Council members, came to the public hearing meeting Tuesday night to voice concerns about the town's proposed annexation plan. / By Beth Huffaker

Nibley's youth council provides service, experience
Teenagers in this city know they can be involved in their community. All they have to do is be on the Nibley City Youth Council. / By Michelle Bundy

Lewiston considers allowing apartments in commercial zone
The Planning and Zoning committee got into a little dilemma Tuesday night when trying to decide whether or not to grant permission for building apartments in a commercial zone. / By Beth Huffaker

Old Rock Church in Providence needs a savior, owner tells historic preservation panel
The best way to save the historic Old Rock Church is to create a nonprofit foundation to upkeep the 135-year-old building, owner Karl Seethaler said at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting Tuesday night. / By Megan Maughan Roe

Logan man pleads guilty to selling pot
In his final pretrial appearance, 21-year-old Zachary Bassett pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony for distribution of a controlled substance Tuesday in Logan. / By Aaron Falk

No one injured when car hits school bus
At the last stop of the day, a Cache County school bus was rear-ended Tuesday at 1350 W. 1800 South in Logan around 4:30 p.m. / By Ann Passey

USU police officer injured by car while directing pre-game traffic
A Utah State University police officer was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at 800 E. 900 North, just prior to the USU basketball game Saturday. / By Beth McEvoy and Megan Maughan Roe

OPINION

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 7: Words from the wise on New Year's eve
I was told by my former supervisor, mentor and friend, JR Roby, that, "If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got." People make resolutions, but don't know how to change their lives to accomplish their goal. / By David J. Jenkins

Relief, not politics, please!

Antagonizing major contributors to international relief efforts is not in the best interests of the distraught masses tormented by tragedy. In the end, these countries – many of them among the world's poorer nations – need our support. They cannot afford to be caught up in the sanctimonious crossfire between Europe and the United States.
/ By Leon D'Souza

'Americans is chickens' -- that's why we love virtual thrills

I first realized it after my mission. I wanted to go cliff jumping with Adam and Keith at Red Fleet Reservoir State Park -- about 15 miles north of Vernal. / By Mark Grammer

In public schools, where's the line between church and state?
I recently received an e-mail that talked about how a couple of post offices in Texas had been forced to take down small posters that said "In God We Trust." The law, they said, was being violated. / By Melissa Whitney

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 6: Christmas blessings during a difficult time
I have just awoke this Christmas morning. A blanket of darkness covers the landscape of Baghdad while a blanket of chill settles in around us in our cots. It isn't as cold this morning as others of late, but the wind is blowing and that always makes it seem that much colder -- lonely, I suppose. / By David J. Jenkins

Why the U.S. should stay away from the Iraqi Special Tribunal
The Iraqi Special Tribunal must not be seen as an American sock puppet lest its credibility be undermined in the Arab world – to deadly effect.
/ By Leon D'Souza

Scantrons, naps, independence . . . I'll miss USU

My freshman year was a little rough as I dealt with homesickness, a new town, a new school and living with roommates for the first time. But I survived . . . and kept going. / By Loni Stapley

Women need emotional help after choosing abortion
It's been discussed many times that it is wrong to kill an unborn baby, but the unborn baby is not the only one affected when an abortion occurs. Performing an abortion also has detrimental side effects on the mother. / By Shealene R. Rounds

No excuse for snowy mess on Cache Valley roads
There's a problem in Logan city and Cache County when it becomes winter. Most everyone who drives in or through any other place in the state can identify two main differences between Cache Valley and, well, outside of Cache Valley. / By Emilie Holmes

Bush has chance to achieve presidential greatness
Bush begins his second term with an all-encompassing agenda. Having already overhauled the nation's intelligence agencies, he is already pushing to radically reform the nation's tax code and Social Security regime. And he has support for his agenda. / By Evan Fetters, Hard News Cafe political columnist

Cyclists should heed USU's rules
I love bicycles, when they are in their proper place. / By Dane Bergeson

Don't let Utah Legislature stifle GRAMA
The Utah Legislature is now reviewing requests by a number of cities, including Salt Lake, along with the Utah League of Cities and Towns, that ask for further restrictions to be placed on our freedom of information. / By Evonnie Mnyandu

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 5: A look of hope, but no smiles or waves, from a teenage girl
I noticed that in front of us, two lanes over, was a mini-van. There were four older men, and what appeared to be a 17- or 18-year-old girl inside. She was just sitting there, inside the van, occupying the middle row of seats. Her forehead was glued to the window, eyes focused, gaze fixed, staring at us. / By David J. Jenkins

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 4: The driver rushed the cordon and . . . 'Blat! Blat!' I fired twice
I was watching my sector when I heard the first shot. I stepped around the front of the vehicle to see my counterpart at the rear with his weapon raised. I saw the small vehicle bearing down on our position. / By David J. Jenkins

Getting past the rhetoric of the 'traditional marriage' crowd
The arguments against gay marriage sound very convincing, but Republicans have been very good at controlling how things "sound" for over a decade. / By James Mouritsen

Let's all do our part to clean up Cache Valley's winter air
It doesn't take much. We can carpool, ride the bus or even walk to school. / By Sarah St. John

TV-watching builds fat children -- it's up to us to change that
It isn't that rare to see an overweight adult, because let's face it, the older we get, the harder it is to stay small. However, shouldn't kids be little and muscular? Don't they run around all day long, with endless energy? / By Jennifer Cranney

Why do antidepressants still carry a stigma?
The prescription drug Prozac developed to treat depression, has a rising number of American users and a simultaneous rise in a negative reputation. After much talk in the recent years, I ask, if so many people are counting on it to overcome depression and other mental disorders, why does it hold such a strong stigma? / By Allyson King

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 3: Surviving (literally) the holidays and studying my bum off
The past couple of weeks have been exhausting. Missions, food, missions, sleep, missions, studies. . . . Not necessarily in that order. Missions, of course, are our top priority (the whole "needs of the Army" thing). I have been consuming my time with a lot of courses in journalism. / By David J. Jenkins

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 2: Your call cannot be completed because the phone's on fire
I emerged from "the house" early one morning, about 0400. I was going to the phone center to make a call, and as I exited the building, I looked up to see a huge plume of white smoke rising into the air. / By David J. Jenkins

An Aggie's letter from Iraq: Homemade bombs at 0-dark-30
Greetings from Baghdad . . . The advent of the Internet has made every soldier a correspondent. Ours is David J. Jenkins, a 1998 graduate of Utah State University's English department. His current home of record is Moses Lake, Wash., but he is serving in Baghdad, Iraq, with the Oregon Army National Guard. Today he presents the first of an occasional series of letters from Iraq to his fellow Aggies. / By David J. Jenkins

'The liberal media lies' -- if you're a Bush fan, that is
"There is no insurgency in Iraq. Iraq is stable, more stable now than it was even before the war." So said my brother-in-law at our Indiana Thanksgiving. I could understand having a discussion as to whether the violence and loss of life will be worth the cost in the end, but completely ignoring the fact that it exists -- that I couldn't grasp. / By Evan Fetters, Hard News Cafe political columnist

SPORTS

Geocaching: A hot new sport in Cache Valley
Geocaching was invented in Portland when somebody hid a container full of "treasure" and logged its GPS coordinates on the Internet. People were encouraged to find it. Since then, the sport of geocaching has grown. / By Cy Martz

USU students 'taste the joy' as yoga classes bloom in Logan

zens of students began their yoga class 11:30 in the morning Nov. 11 in a sitting position with their eyes closed, shoulders back, spines straight and tail bones tucked. They took deep breaths as they meditated.
/ By Doan Nguyen

Extreme sports cure stress for some
Extreme sports are comprised of dangerous sports that offer adrenaline rushes to the participant. It is in this definition that we find the cure for stress. Adrenaline. / By Justin Dunkley


Running's great for health and fitness, but know your limits

Thousands of middle-aged individuals are picking up on this running-obsession trend, to the point where running is creating dangerous injuries. / By Julie Superti

Can sports massage help athletes perform better?
Massage has been around for centuries as a form of healing therapy. It is used to help relax the patient. With massage the masseuse has specific aims in mind. Sports massage is directed to the athletes specific needs in his sport, even down to his position played. / By Camille Blake

Snow blading? How about snow biking? New winter sports abound
In Cache Valley when the going gets tough, the tough get going -- to the slopes. / By Lynze Wardle

Most important stats in college athletics? Graduation rates
Utah State Athletics recruits the right way -- education first. No, the Aggies may not be headed to a bowl game, but they can be proud of being recognized nationally for graduation rates. / By Josh Combe

Racing enthusiasts should try a Ducati
Most people have heard of the Ducati racing bike for one reason or another, be it for the high speed capabilites, advanced machinery, or aerodynamic design. / By Jason Miskin

Football's bowl championship system -- could we have playoffs instead?
A playoff would eliminate, or a least limit, doubt or controversy in the national champion. / By Rodney Wilson

'This is what I want to do,' Brent Guy says in taking over Aggie football
With a 1993 Las Vegas Bowl ring in his right hand and a Utah State cap on his head, former Arizona State defensive coordinator Brent Guy was introduced as the new USU head football coach Friday. "That is why I came back," Guy said, showing the ring to the standing-room-only crowd in Champ Room. / By Aaron Falk

Richmond's sports complex offers recreation to northern Cache Valley
The crack of a bat hitting a homerun and the fresh smack of a soccer ball lunging toward the goal while fans cheer eagerly on are all familiar sounds for the Cub River Sports Complex in Richmond, but those sounds have been muffled temporarily by the snow that covers the fields. / By Beth McEvoy

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