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Monday, October 29, 2007

Scene: Calvin and Hobbes are reading the newspaper.

Calvin: "I like following the news! News organizations know I won't sit still for any serious discussion of complex and boring issues. They give me what I want: Antics. Emotional confrontation. Sound bites. Scandal. Sob stories and popularity polls all packaged as a soap opera and horse race! It's very entertaining."

Hobbes: "Then commentators wonder why the public is cynical about politics."

Calvin: "You can tell this is an in-depth story because it's got an article next to a chart."

--Calvin & Hobbes by cartoonist Bill Watterson, 2005


JUNE 2005



Gay and out in the Beehive: 'If you can make it in Utah, you can make it anywhere'
Like most college students, he has walls covered with pictures of family and friends. He works to juggle school and work and most of his meals are microwaveable. But Rayshawn Carr doesn't fit in. / By Emma Tippetts


Snakes, fossils and natural history of Logan Canyon at the Stokes Natures Center
Skulls, snake skin and skat are everywhere. Fossils can be found at your fingertips. Worms are the preferred way to eliminate waste. / By Ann Passey


'Statesman' movie critic won't settle for the shallow review
Creativity flows through his veins. From dancing to eating, every activity in his day is done with a creative perspective in mind. Casey T. Allen. One colleague guessed the T stood for theater, since drama is a part of Allen's everyday life. / By Ann Passey

New 'Batman' finds strength in the fear factor
Immense fear guides the new spinoff of the ever-so-popular Dark Knight. And, boy, did director and co-author of Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan, embrace the concept of fear to give his audience a movie with feeling and dark excitement. / By Jeremy Wilkins


Check out the new Transplants CD
A review by Jeremy Wilkins

Utah Festival Opera unites some of world's best with local talent
Seats within the masked orchestra pits of Grand Operas are reserved for musicians who can master a 500-page score in less than three weeks. David Sweeney, a USU music performance major (trombone), has been invited to fill one of the orchestra pit seats for the Utah Festival Opera Company's (UFO) 2005 season. / By Shauna Leavitt


Summerfest: A selection of pictures by Jeremy Wilkins


National & International News

House spares the ax for public broadcasting, including Utah Public Radio
The Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB) and its supporters breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly against a proposal to cut 26 percent of CPB's 2006 funding. / By Shauna Leavitt


USU's Middle Eastern dancers shake their way to fun and fitness
She's about to go on stage and shimmy. She made her own costume. She practiced the steps. Her arms and thighs are sore from swiveling and shaking. She did the workout and now it's time for her hard work to pay off. / By Brooke Barker

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