January 2003



Photographer got exclusive access to Ground Zero with appeals to history, camaraderie
01/31/03 Photographer Joel Meyorowitz was relentless in his efforts to cover the tragic event of Sept. 11. Five days after the terrorist attacks, as Meyorowitz was corralled into an area for the public trying to view the ruins of the World Trade Center, he lifted his camera -- and then it happened. / By Skeeter Ellison

READ ME ANOTHER ONE: Cindy Erickson reads a story to the children who came to story hour Saturday morning in the USU Bookstore. The bookstore has story time every second Saturday of the month. The kids get read to, do a small activity, and then get a treat. / Photo by Amy Fuller

Providence council hears recommendations for smoother sailing
01/31/03 PROVIDENCE -- A Providence resident summarized an evaluation report Tuesday at the City Council meeting, aimed at resolving various conflicts within the city administration. / By Marie MacKay

Hyde Park tangles with issue of cat collars
01/31/03 Licensing cats is the responsible thing to do, a Hyde Park councilman says. / By Tiffany Erickson

Campus police encourage sex abuse victims to report it, seek help
01/31/03 Five sexual assaults were reported to the Utah State University Police Department in 2002, up from only one sexual assault each year for the past three years. The five warning signs that someone might turn abusive (or worse). / By Jasmine Michaelson

River Heights residents urged to speak up for bus route
01/31/03 River Heights resident Michael Yancey told the City Council Tuesday evening that they ought to voice their opinions about the need for a route through their city. This can be done, he said, at a public meeting held by the Cache Valley Transit District and Logan Transit District on Feb. 3. Yancey serves on the CVTD advisory board. / By Mark LaRocco

Habitat for Humanity looking for leadership, helping hands
01/30/03 Rosemary Hattgar seemed a little discouraged Tuesday night. The Utah State University junior sat on a low chair in the Christensen Service Center on the third floor of the Taggert Student Center at 10 minutes after 7 and laughed a little as she looked around. / By Jasmine Michaelson

ACCESS DENIED: The North Logan library has been the center of attention in a county-wide debate over library access. / Photo by Toby G. Hayes

North Logan library debate becomes county issue
01/29/03 LOGAN ≠ Access to a library is not an option for many Cache Valley residents. Non existence of a county wide library system leaves rural communities without reading resources. / By Toby G. Hayes

GOV. LEAVITT AT USU: Gov. Mike Leavitt spoke at USU on Tuesday, discussing Utah's delicate balance between growth and natural resources. / Photo by Toby G. Hayes

Leavitt to raise water rates to encourage conservation
01/29/03 LOGAN ≠ Utah needs to take drastic steps to prepare for the future, Gov. Mike Leavitt said Tuesday night at Utah State University. / By Toby G. Hayes

North Logan hospital wants zoning change for helicopter; neighbors don't
01/27/03 NORTH LOGAN -- Requests for a heliport created disturbance for many North Logan residents at Thursday night's Planning Commission meeting. / By Rachel Jefferies

Providence refreshes its cyberspace presence
01/24/03 PROVIDENCE -- Providence has a new home in the technological community. A newly revised Web site for the city was launched Jan. 1 and is available online at http://www.providence-city.com. / By Marie MacKay

LIPLOCK: Students become True Aggies at midnight Saturday in a group kiss at the "A" on the Quad. Shortly after this picture was taken, three naked men streaked the scene. / Photo by Amy Fuller

Smithfield Council nixes C-store owner's request
01/24/03 SMITHFIELD -- Convenience store owner Gary Andersen pleaded his case to the City Council last night and lost. Andersen appealed the city council's decision for a 10-foot planting area located in front of his business at 200 North Main St./ By Traci Fowler

Sherwood Hills expansion approved by Wellsville planning commission
01/23/03 WELLSVILLE -- For Sherwood Hills Resort in Sardine Canyon, the Wellsville Planning Commission meeting had a bittersweet ending. / By Jacob Moon

Paradise grows 25 percent
01/23/03 PARADISE -- The size of Paradise increased by about 25 percent Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the Town Council to annex two pieces of property. / By Landon Olson

Love (and change) your country, King vigil crowd is told
01/23/03 Utah State University students and faculty filled the Sunburst Lounge Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil put on by the USU Black Student Union and Multicultural Student Services in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. / By Jasmine Michaelson

Logan marchers ask to 'Give Peace a Chance'
01/22/03 LOGAN--Childen, parents, grandparents, dogs and "peddlers for peace" turned out Saturday in Logan for a march and rally in opposition to the prospect of a second Gulf War against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Millville protests DWR's unannounced closure of canyon
01/17/03 MILLVILLE -- Temporary restricted access to Millville Canyon by the Division of Wildlife Resources--minus the asking or notifying of city officials--brought residents of various ages to Thursday's Millville City Council meeting. / By Hilary Dunn

Trailer park wastes 'magic commodity,' Hyrum mayor says
01/17/03 HYRUM -- The City Council met Thursday night at the Civic Center to address the issue of water conservation within the Hyrum trailer park. / By Kelly Dunn

North Logan ponders library user-fee endowment for Hyde Park
01/17/03 NORTH LOGAN -- An offer to assist Hyde Park residents in using the North Logan library was proposed to the City Council Thursday night. / By Rachel Jefferies

Ribbon snipped to open fitness center
01/17/03 A Utah State University President Kermit Hall and two representatives of student government cut the ribbon Wednesday on the new Nelson Field House Fitness Center Wednesday. / By Jasmine Michaelson

African dance class offered at USU
01/17/03 A woman called out from behind the crowd--an animal-like sound. But before anyone had a chance to look back to see where it came from, four women were dancing out onto the floor, completely uninhibited, barefoot, in black tank tops and brightly colored sarongs and beaded necklaces. / By Jasmine Michaelson

The Oneida Stake Academy in Preston, Idaho, was constructed in 1895 and helped educate several LDS Church leaders, including Harold B. Lee and Ezra Taft Benson. The building is at risk of being torn down as the adjacent Preston High School is looking to expand. / Photo by Toby G. Hayes

Historic LDS building in danger of being torn down
01/17/03 PRESTON, Idaho ≠ In the Idaho end of the Cache Valley lies a piece of history that has almost been forgotten. Built in 1895, this little schoolhouse that helped shape the lives of two LDS Church presidents and gave shape to the Church Education System is at risk of being demolished. / By Toby G. Hayes

Hopi images display rapport with 'slightly cracked' photographer
01/17/03 As the legend goes, Kate Cory bought a round-trip ticket from New York in 1904 to go on a Western art tour and never used the return ticket, says English professor Melody Graulich. Cory found the life of the Hopi appealing and rejected 20th century conveniences. / By Jill Heffner

Pondering Einstein's Equations? Jamie Jorgensen's software can help
01/17/03 As you float off toward the writhing nuclear mass of the sun, ignorance will be neither excuse nor comfort. Fortunately, Jamie Jorgensen, an undergraduate student at USU, has created some software that can help us understand the Earth's gravitational field and Einstein's Equations. / By Marshall Thompson

Students apply theory to reality in political analysis class
01/17/03 Thirty-one future political science majors were baptized into the arena of political analysis last semester at Utah State University. Each undertook an in-depth evaluation of a competitive congressional or gubernatorial election race and predicted the outcome. / By Melanie Steele

WINTER STEAM-UP: A replica of the Jupiter engine of the Central Pacific fires its boilers shortly before New Year at Promontory, Utah. / Photo by John Cushman

Richard Luff: Fighting pollution with biology
Researchers and students at Utah State University are working to insure the clean-up of environmental disasters--such as oil spills and other forms of soil and water pollution--with biological solutions. / By Matt Stephens

Cherri Holbrook's Head Start research links language development and storytime
As a small child, Cherri Holbrook was read to frequently. She grew up on Dr. Seuss (his "funky language" making his books clearly her favorites), Ramona Quimby, and the Box Car Children. Her own and her siblings' reading levels were always significantly higher than class average, she says. / By Andrea Nixon

Sheep lost last month in canyon rollover turns up in River Heights
RIVER HEIGHTS -- It's "better late than never" for a River Heights area sheep. As reported by Public Works Supervisor Kent Parker in Tuesday night's City Council meeting, the sheep was found near the city pumphouse by local residents. / By Mark LaRocco

Pacanos gets 1-15 years for securities fraud
01/13/03 LOGAN -- First District Court Judge Gordon Low sentenced Eugene Pacanos of California to one to 15 years of work-release prison for 2nd degree felony securities fraud and theft Monday.
/ By Jasmine Michaelson

Wellsville opening a third well to keep town from going dry
01/09/03 WELLSVILLE -- In August of 2001, Wellsville's city manager went to check a water pump that wasn't working and discovered the gravel pit tank was empty. "It was very frightening to see you don't have the water you need," Don Hartle said. / By Karina Fain


Lessons learned on the beauty pageant circuit
01/31/03 I first developed a love for competing in pageants the summer I turned 15, when I participated in the Miss Teen of Washington Pageant. I was the youngest contestant, not to mention the tallest, the skinniest, and one of the only girls with braces. Needless to say, I stuck out like a sore thumb. / By Shante' Tinsley

Why is McCall Staheli happy all the time?
01/30/03This small-town girl from Payson is anything but ordinary. Her smile is infectious and spreads like wildfire to everyone she passes by. A person just can't help but wonder why McCall Staheli is so happy all the time. / By Ginger Kelley

Life with a sibling in a wheelchair
01/28/03 I don't know how many times I've been asked what it's like living with my brother. And in my 22 years I have yet to come up with an accurate description to answer that question. He's special, he's different, and he's my brother. Is there really anymore to it than that? / By Shante' Tinsley

OH, TO BE A DOG: When the sun shines, it's dog weather -- perfect for playing in the snow. Bailey the retriever enjoys the Sinks. / Photo by John Cushman

'Ballet just takes me to a different world'
01/27/03 A lot of little girls dream of becoming a beautiful ballerina when they grow up. Becki Erickson was no exception. / By Sharalyn Hartwell

Traveling that long road to recovery
01/27/03 Brittany Stoddard loves frogs. Of course, the only ones she has are stuffed or ceramic. Her 8-year-old sister Danielle colored a frog picture for her that hangs on the wall at the end of her bed. Several stuffed frogs lounge around on her bed and even the "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" frogs reside on her TV. / By Ginger Kelley

Tim Trask was inspired by a $3.99 shirt at Fred Meyer. / Photo by Toby G. Hayes

Hawaiian shirt will help master's student say 'Aloha' to graduate school
01/17/03 They say clothes make the man. But to Tim Trask, clothes are making him a step closer to a master’s degree. “You have everyone from CEOs of companies to students who are wearing Hawaiian shirts,” said Trask, a Utah State University master’s student, writing his thesis on the history and cultural impact of the island garb. / By Toby G. Hayes

Mother and daughter compare campus life 25 years later
01/17/03 Lynda Burton Blau decided to come Utah State University in 1975 from Salt Lake City. She chose to come because it was away from home but close enough that she could go home if she needed to. Lynda compares her educational experience to what it is today and confesses that things were a lot easier when she went to school./ By Lindsey Blau

Photographer Marci McPherson mixes art and research
01/16/03 It wasn't until her senior year at Utah State that Marci McPherson found her passion in life. After majoring in philosophy, English teaching and theater education, she went into illustration. As part of her curriculum, Marci took photography--and loved it. / By Ginger Kelley

Cancer patients and their families find support in many places
01/15/03 Oct. 15, 1998, started out as a normal day for Ogden resident Frank McFarland. He got up, got dressed, and went to the doctor for a quick check-up before heading to Snow Basin to ski with some friends. However, Frank never made it to the ski hill. / By Sarah Dallof

Tips to stay slim this year
01/15/03 New Year's is the time for the healthy resolution, right? Wrong. / By Becky L. James

More than a ropes course, experiential learning changes lives
01/15/03 Some students feel Utah State University lacks adventure. Those students haven't experienced the challenge initiative course offered by the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation./ By Mark Stocking

WAHOO!: Doug Robinson and Natalie Norr get a face full of snow on their late Friday/early Saturday ride down Old Main Hill. Below, the hill became a bustle of activity Saturday afternoon after the first big snowstorm of the year. / Photos by Amy Fuller

Theurer's Market in Lewiston, doing business for 67 years
01/13/03 LEWISTON -- The first store I saw upon arrival in Lewiston was Theurer's Market, the 1935 expansion of a Providence store owned by Henry Theurer. It may not be the perfect place to get Christmas gifts, but the market has everything for one's day-to-day needs. / By Joseph M. Dougherty

Gay in Utah -- growing up, coming out
01/13/03 Imagine what it's like to be different. No, I mean really different. So different that at times you are afraid to let others in and see who you really are. Not exactly the lifestyle you were hoping for? For many gays and lesbians, this is their reality. Some feel it is their only option. / By Shalee Sucher

Utah's Neleh Dennis goes from second-place 'Survivor' to Channel 2 reporter
01/10/03 Some call her Sweet Pea. Others know her as "that girl from the reality TV show." To most though, she is simply Neleh. / By Julie Ann Grosshans

WHERE'S WALDO?-- A moose hides among bare trees in Logan canyon near the Tony Grove turnoff. / Photo by Nancy Williams

Neither snow, rain nor sleet shall stop Lewiston's letters
01/08/03 LEWISTON -- It almost seems like some sort of outpost, even though the city's center is only 2.3 miles from the highway. / By Joseph M. Dougherty

Canadian students fly south to Utah for college
01/08/03 Just as Canadian geese fly south of the border, many Canadian students are flocking to American colleges and universities for reasons such as religion, weather and fun. / By Amanda Davis


CONGESTION IN THE LANE: Off an offensive rebound, USU's Cardell Butler goes up for a short jumper over a few Cal State Fullerton defenders in USU's 61-60 victory Jan. 25 at the Spectrum. / Photo by Cory Hill

New kickboxers 'amazed' at fieldhouse workout
01/24/03 Jessica Clark leads her counterparts through various drills and exercises ranging anywhere from warm-up stretches to a very vigorous set of punching and kicking combinations. / By Skeeter Ellison

Snowshoe in the moonlight with ORC
01/16/03 The Outdoor Recreational Center (ORC) is holding an annual four-hour moonlight snowshoe hike starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.The staff at ORC has put together this trip each year since the ORC was first created in hopes that all who need a renewal of existence may come and enjoy the majestic beauty in Cache Valley. / By Skeeter Ellison

COME ON IN: Bryan Nelson, a freshman at USU, checks a student's ID card at the front desk in the Fieldhouse's new Fitness Center. Each student must have a valid USU ID cards to come and work out. Below, elliptical runners take advantage of the new equipment. / Photo by Amy Fuller

Sarah Peterson, triathlete: 'You're capable of doing more than you think you can
01/13/03 LOGAN -- When you get a mental image in your head about a triathlete, most likely the image looks nothing like Sarah Peterson. She's the first to admit that. / By Krista Rowles

Long Hollow ski area opens at the Beav
01/13/03 LOGAN CANYON -- There are more runs for skiers this season as "The Beav" just got bigger. / By Toby G. Hayes

Mountain bikers find happy trails around Logan
01/10/03 "Awesome trails, the outdoors and your friends--that's what it's all about," said Steve Lutes. / By Dylan Taylor


How you gonna keep them down on the farm? Just ask Libbie Gittins
01/30/03 Even if she tried she never would escape it. Whether it was teaching 4-H, spending countless hours in the kitchen canning food or helping out at the county fair, Elizabeth Gittins always wound up embracing her agricultural heritage. / By Sharalyn Hartwell

Straightedger: Getting in (and out) of the gang
01/30/03 Kiss my hand, Ryan can remember his friend saying to a petrified high school kid in a park a few years ago. Ryan Poland and his friends had caught the boys apparently picking on some younger kids. But Ryan and his friends weren't just average teens hanging out. They were members of a movement called Straightedge, which was known for violence. / By Marshall Thompson

"GUNG-HEY-FAT-CHOYĒ (HAPPY NEW YEAR): Jesse (7) and Phylicia (5) Flores of Logan look in the lion's mouth that was displayed at the Whittier community center Saturday afternoon. The lion's head is used during The Lion Dance to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Trained dancers/marshal artists get in a line, one dancer puts on a lion's head and the others hold the tail. The ceremony starts at midnight and once the dance begins the lion must always keep moving. The dance is supposed to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck for the New Year. Strings inside the head make the ears wiggle and the eyes blink. / Photo by Amy Fuller

Love and forgiveness bring redemption from harrowing street life
01/22/03 She never wanted to be a wife or mother. She only wanted to get high. Then she met her husband and had something worth living for. Believing she would never live past age 20, Jennifer Hoffman is now all of the things she thought she could never be. At 31, she is a wife, mother, and no longer a drug addict./ By Jessica Kelly

Living in an apartment, on a shoestring budget? Tips for decorating your personal sanctuary
01/15/03 Trying to decorate an apartment or dorm can be difficult. Students are faced with boring white walls, hideous carpet, limited space and of course, a next-to-nothing budget. / By Karla Seigenberg

Writing a better ending to the old tale of 'the puppy and the pee'
01/13/03 The day has finally come. All the necessary preparations have been made and excitement and anticipation fill the air. It is time to bring home the puppy. Everything is going great and the puppy is, of course, cute as a button. There's only one problem. Buddy won't stop leaving presents in shoes, on the rug, or in other various locations scattered strategically around the house. / By Patty Welch

Stuck with the infamous Freshman 15? Here's some help
01/08/03 Between all the classes, homework, papers, work and roommates, what college student really has time to exercise? The "freshman 15" has become infamous, and if you're not careful, will become unavoidable. / By Jamie Baer


Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) knew absurdity of war
01/23/03 The last regiments are marching over the final hill. With the passing Wednesday of World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin from Alzheimer's disease and its complications, the roster of journalists who had first-hand experience covering the pivotal event of the 20th century grows ever more tiny. / By Mike Sweeney

'Must it take my whole life, this cry for peace'
01/21/03 VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" is playing on the radio. On Saturday nights we listen to a program that is popular across Canada. It celebrates the Fifties, some of the Sixties and the innate, North American Right to complain about anything in the world. / By Sherry King

A note to freshmen from a senior: You will survive
01/14/03 I remember walking around campus, my nose buried in my schedule, praying hard I wouldnít get lost. I was a freshman. Yes, starting college was a little scary and I felt out of place. To make it worse, I thought I was the only one who felt that way and I thought I must not be normal./ By Janice Schofield

Democracy still a four-letter word in rural China
01/09/03 One rule of thumb for most foreigners in China is that you don't discuss the idea of individual rights and freedoms--or what we plainly call democracy--with the locals. It's that simple. / By Leon D' Souza

Letters to the Editor

Weaknesses in 'American Idol?' There are none to show me, says Missouri fan

Feb. 3, 2003 -- I'm writing in response to "What's wrong with American Idol?"

Absolutely nothing is wrong with American Idol! Why is it, that when someone feels the need to write about Kelly and Justin, they make it sound like they are not credible as artists??!! Give me a break!!

"Kelly Clarkson’s career lies in the thin balance of her next single. After being ill, keeping up with appearances, filming for a made for TV American Idol movie, and having to clear up false allegations that there is a romance between her and Justin, she hasn't had time to find the perfect sappy power-ballad that will send her career into two-hit-wonder status (I told you I was a fan)."

First off, I voted them into their positions. I love them BOTH, and I am VERY anxiously awaiting their CD's. However, most of what they are doing right now, is not of their deciding. It's management. They are graciously along for the ride, and a bumpy one it's been to start! It just appears that some people voted for them, so they would have something else to aim at . . . for target practice! Let's put this into perspective. When I taught my children to walk, I didn't do it to push them down . . . for a good laugh!

Last . . . "Made for TV American Idol Movie"??? Low blow! You're shooting them out of the water before they had a chance to swim!
Sit back, grab some popcorn and a Coke. Forget about the war going on outside, or inside for some. Smile at the actors/actresses, enjoy the great music. There . . . that isn't going to hurt, is it?!

Peace, Lisa Hunsel
Independence, Mo ~37~

What's wrong with American Idol? (see Les Roka's commentary, below)
Jan. 30, 2003 -- In the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind the audience learns of the life and times of Chuck Barris, a man whom I would consider a forefather of reality television. Mr. Barris is the creator of such television programming as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and probably his most famous creation The Gong Show.

After seeing the Confessions and learning the concept behind The Gong Show (being that it aired and was canceled long before I was even conceived.), I was rather awestruck to see how such a concept has evolved to become one of my favorite shows: American Idol.

Oh yes, American Idol, the television sensation that allows viewers to talk about something less profound than the Middle East at the water cooler the next morning. Americaís obsession with Idol is a sheer phenomenon; people who refuse to vote for a President of the United States will call in to cheer on Kelly, Justin, or even poor Tamyra (I am still bitter about that one).

After reading the article by Les Roka (see ARTS, Jan. 24), I was rather taken back that somebody would be against the concept of American Idol. Isnít that un-American? Understand, I completely respect Professor Rokaís opinion, being that he currently controls my grade, but I think that his idea of what American Idol and Simon Cowell means to viewers maybe a little skewed. American Idol isnít understood to be the be-all end-all source and authority on talent, thatís what TRL is for. I also believe that Mr. Cowell is seen to be nothing more than a sharp-tongued gong.

I, as a viewer, donít take Mr. Cowell as serious music critic. Much like, I donít see his lineup of clients as serious musicians. I believe that the 30-million viewer strong American Idol phenomenon is sparked by Americaís need too escape. They want to escape from the world of lying CEOs and pre-emptive strikes and relax to the tunes of bad over-stylized cover songs. I mean, letís face facts; Justin Guarini is much easier to look at than Hans Blix.

Kelly Clarksonís career lies in the thin balance of her next single. After being ill, keeping up with appearances, filming for a made for TV American Idol movie, and having to clear up false allegations that there is a romance between her and Justin, she hasnít had time to find the perfect sappy power-ballad that will send her career into two-hit-wonder status (I told you I was a fan).

The show, in my opinion, has simply given young people a new way to become a pop-star. Before American Idol, the path to bubble-gum stardom was set. For young girls, all you had to do was wear low-rider jeans, a skimpy top, and have shirtless backup dancers. Young men found themselves getting with four of their best-looking friends and eventually suing their manager. Lou Pearlman fights more lawsuits from young boys than the Catholic Church.

Pop music post September 11th, has been facing a backlash. Listeners, with the dawn of artists like Avril Lavine and Alicia Keys, have started demanding substance. I personally hold Carson Daly responsible. The pendulum is swinging back to music requiring a message rather than a jovial mood. This same thing happened back in the days of Kurt Cobain, and we all know how that worked out. Vocal technique hasnít been a major concern for pop artists since the birth of MTV. Itís all about image, just ask Milli Vanilli.

With war looming, and our economy going down the proverbial toilet, American Idol gives itís viewers a chance to escape. It gives young people a fantasy that they can be Americaís Idol and Simon Cowell gives the country somebody to despise whose name we can actually pronounce.

So as for me, I think that I will enjoy the glorified Gong show for as long as FOX producers will allow and I will listen to Simon Cowell, with a grain of salt, for as long as Paula Abdul will allow.

-- Cy Martz is a USU student from Brigham City


Simon Cowell's false 'Idol'
01/24/03 America's love affair with manufactured pop apparently has blossomed once again as the second-season opener of Fox's American Idol scored big on its overnight Nielsen ratings. Or is this another manipulated ploy to rejuvenate pop's sagging market share? / By Les Roka


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