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Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Last WORD (or two) Puts -30- on Season 10

Some guy named "Anonymous" (who seems to have said and written quite a lot) once said, allegedly, "A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking." That's the place where the WORD finds itself today.

So as the 113th graduating class of Utah State University streams for the doors (and the faculty scrape themselves off their classroom floors), the WORD and I join the flocks of hopeful summer folk. "The point of good writing is knowing when to stop," said writer L.M.
Montgomery. I'm stopping, and commit myself -- and you all -- to whatever gentle summery muses are out there.

The WORD will escape, as usual, and afflict the unsuspecting once again in August. Until then, summer well, friends.


MAY 2005



Writing your magnum opus? Some tips to get happily published
Many writers have the desire and even the talent to become published authors but many lack the knowledge on exactly what it takes to become published. Should a writer get an agent or contact the publishers themselves? Should they self-publish or submit their work? / By Melissa Dymock


Does eating really make friends? Ask Chad Giles
Things changed when Chad Giles began the eighth grade. He caught a flu that kept him in bed for several days. He couldn't do anything fun, so he spent all his time eating. One morning his mom made him pancakes and he ate 13 of them. Soon Giles became the topic of conversation. / By Coreena Payne

Fashion and good sense may not match as women buy shoes for spring
Flat and the high-heeled shoes are the trends for spring. Beaded, slipper-style shoes with no heel and thin soles come in a plethora of colors and adorn shoe racks everywhere. The high-heeled sandal is also a hot item. Trendy or no, shoes like these might not be the best bet for your feet. / By Kate Richards

Every day a battle for woman who turned to purging for self-image
Roberta couldn't get the image of the "thick rubbery, blob," out of her head. After dinner she headed towards the bathroom, turned on the sink to distort the sound and purged. After she was done, she brushed her teeth. This became routine for her. / By Camille Blake

TV-watching linked to obesity in college students
You know you're obsessed with "24" when it's 12:09 a.m. and you're posting to an online message board about the latest episode. And you have a midterm in the morning. / By Kate Richards

Good sense, healthy habits are the key to losing weight
Is there a quick fix for weight loss? Unfortunately no. However, there are many cleverly disguised diets that are offering instant weight loss with only eating certain foods. / By Collin Searle


Sex assault information coordinator taking 'holistic' approach -- including educating men and buying huge shoes
Rachel Hickman admits it was never her plan to be a victim's advocate. Yet here she is, pioneering the position of USU Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information Coordinator—a position first not just at Utah State, but for all Utah colleges. / By Brooke Nelson

Help in a hurry in the high Uintahs? Looks like a job for Life Flight
A woman had been thrown from her horse and needed help fast. Unfortunately, she was in the high Uintah Mountains and an ambulance can't get to her. That's where Life Flight came in. Bill Butts had to drop off a paramedic, and the paramedic hiked to the injured woman and scouted a landing area. It was the smallest area he said he ever landed, in a forest at 11,000 feet. / By Heather Williams

Can't remember the last good night's sleep? CFS a possibility
Orange, orange, green, green, orange. Five neon cylindrical earplugs are scattered on Natalie Nyman's nightstand. Nearby is a picture of her walking across the stage in a cap and gown at her high school graduation last year. / By Natalie Andrews

When it hurts too much to open a jar or a door -- that's life with RA, for one USU student
Paige Catron's date was going to arrive any minute. She started feeling nervous as she put on her make-up and combed her hair. She popped in four Ibuprofen before he arrived. Her date picked her up and they made their way to the Fun Park to go rollerblading. / By Holly Scott

King of the teenage pranksters grows up -- but still laughs at streaking, rat-tossing
In the spring of 1997 Jadee Talbot was sitting at Franklin Covey Field in Salt Lake City, watching his high school's baseball team play for the state championship. His team was losing badly. "I thought to myself, my team is losing, the fans are bored, how can I improve this situation?" Talbot said. / By Branigan Knowlton

USU students drive trucks to pay for college's long haul
The stereotype is that of middle-aged, white males wearing flannel, with scraggly beards and sporting the now fashion trendy trucker hats. Two Utah State University roommates are breaking this mold. / By Katie Ashton

Learning to live, and exhale, with depression
She was worried that she might have a problem trusting people. Or that problems from her past may be the cause of her anxiety. She feared overcoming abandonment issues. / By Natalie Andrews

Cancer and chemo: Mom chose the hard road instead of abortion
She was so sick that she didn't have enough energy go back to bed from the master bathroom after vomiting. That's when Melinda Stoor decided to see her doctor. "The doctor told me I was pregnant. My husband and I thought we were done having children," she said. / By Brooke Barker

Rape: a survivor's journey to hell and back
Lily is not a victim of rape, she is a survivor. Lily, 22, used to be a designated driver for her friends. Late one night she was walking alone through an alley towards her car when she was attacked and raped by a stranger. / By Heather Williams

Youth of Utahns saying 'I do' linked to high divorce rate, hectic lives like Jessica's
Being a divorced, single mother is nothing to sing about, but Jessica Dunyon's life is best described by the lyrics from a Beatles song: "Lady Madonna, children at your feet, wonder how you manage to make ends meet." / By Branigan Knowlton

Here's the skinny on which diet is the best one for you
Whether it's counting numbers, controlling portions, limiting carbs, or it seems society has become inundated with diets plans that guarantee a slimmer waist-line and a happier, sexier you. / By Nick Robbins

Captain of the Improv-uh-bles' ship likes riding the waves of laughter
The couple is arguing over which brand of TV dinner they should purchase. Swanson's? Or Hungry Man? Fed up with the debate, the husband begins to walk away, exaggerating his dependence on an imaginary walker ­ an awkward motion made only more comical by his size. / By Aaron Falk

Does absence make the heart grow fonder? A tale of two long-distance relationships
August 2004: Zac Griffith was leaving Phoenix, he had a reason to stay, but school was starting. He had met and engaged the girl of his dreams. Catherine. / By Brooke Barker

Non-traditional college students -- married with families -- are a growing population on campus
Chris Cordero is anticipating graduation like most other seniors. Sitting in the seats at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum will be his pregnant wife and two daughters, applauding him as he receives his degree. / By Leslie Syme

Community gardens connect people with fresh veggies, good dirt and friendly companionship
Five years ago a physician at the Logan Regional Hospital noticed an unused piece of land. Together with the Utah State University Extension Service, Dr. Doug Hyldahl built Logan's community garden, which now has over 90 plots and close to 70 participants. / By Ann Passey

In the fight against cancer, support groups are here to help
Cancer, a topic that most try to avoid, has proven to be unavoidable. The thought brings feelings of heartache, and for some bad memories. Why do we try and hide from it? The fact is people are scared of it, and by avoiding it all together there is a feeling of safety. / By Dusty Allen

How will you spend this long, long summer
With summer comes liberation from long library hours, early morning group projects, and "less than nutritious" study snacks. USU students now ask, "What next? How is the entire summer going to be spent?" / By Lindsey Pendleton Smith

Tips from a waitress on how to be a good customer
Food serving is the quintessential college student job; just the right job off campus where you can depend on other students to pay your tuition through tips. / By Camille Blake

Time on your hands? Orphans could use your support this summer
Many students would like to spend the summer traveling, experiencing another culture, and participating in service. If you are looking for this kind of opportunity, than the Orphanage Support Services Organization is a program you will want to get involved in. / By Tobey Roos

Beloved Aggie bus driver makes the most of his job
Covered in Utah State attire, Lloyd Tanner stood on the corner of the hotel parking lot in Boise, Idaho, waving his big blue Aggie flag. He held the flag high above his head wearing his Aggie game day T-shirt, blue Aggie shorts and a blue Aggie baseball cap, as he fought against the wind, struggling to remain standing. / By Coreena Payne

Feeling poorly? Maybe you don't need antibiotics -- drug resistance is a growing problem
Antibiotics are a great thing until they are abused. There should be moderation in all things. "Our body has the ability to fight of many things, but taking too many antibiotics weakens our immune systems overtime," said Paul Johns, M.D., of Blackfoot, Idaho. / By Molly Hillyard

Preserve your memories by learning to 'scrapbook'
As a broke and busy college student with a demanding schedule and not a dime to spare, the time and money available to start a new hobby seem impossible. Luckily, there is a perfect hobby for you. Scrapbooking can be an enjoyable, affordable, and time-efficient hobby that allows you to expand your creative ability while preserving your memories. / By Kristin Forsyth Bishop

New ways to treat fibromyalgia
Faith Ryan wakes up at 6 a.m. Saturday to make her breakfast: four tablespoons of Epsom salt and three cups of lukewarm water. She waits. Half an hour later, she heads for the bathroom. She finds seven crystal stones in the toilet bowl. An hour later, 17 more stones. / By Jennifer A. Reese

A dentist as a hero? Yep, he keeps smiling despite life kicking him in the teeth
Clark Alan Dana knows about fights. He's never slogged it out in a parking lot with a high school nemesis, he's never even slogged it out on a boxing video game, but Dana has fought some of life's greatest battles. / By Branigan Knowlton

Disneyland, oranges and second grade shaped speech communication prof's life
He didn't have good enough grades to get into a four-year college. He didn't even know he wanted to go to college. Professor John Seiter now has a doctorate in speech communication and is a professor at Utah Sate University. / By Holly Scott

Chill out this summer with Cache Valley ghost stories
The prickles on the back of your neck, the shivers, shaky hands and unsure steps overcome you as you approach. Every sound is magnified and fear grips you. / By Blaire Saunders


USU undergrads live their dream of becoming filmmakers
Filmmaking is not just a hobby for a couple of juniors at USU, it's their life. Tyler Atkinson, a junior in liberal arts, and James Cawley, a junior in graphic design, write and direct their own films. Both plan to continue making films once out of school. "It's all I've been able to concentrate on," said Atkinson. / By Heather Williams


Music in academics: How one teacher works miracles through orchestra
Emphatically she strikes the music stand with her fist, startling a few of the players closest to her. "You are so awesome!" she praises. "You're going to make those judges cry." / By Brooke Nelson

Scottish pipes and Australian didjeridoo fit this international studies major
It's Sunday night and familiar sounds can be heard echoing through the halls and walls of Bridgerland Apartments. The vibrating sounds almost transport listeners to the highlands of Scotland where a skirted man plays certain musical instrument: the bagpipes. / By Brooke Barker

Broken snowboard leads to a love affair with a steel-string guitar
Scott Biggs, a redhaired, blue-eyed junior at Utah State University, is studying biology and hopes to become a dentist one day, but when he is not studying his biology notes, he is studying his guitar. / By Jennifer A. Reese

Utah musician Russell Dixon still livin' that amazing grace
In an instant he thought of his favorite song, Amazing Grace, while sitting in his music recording studio. Taking off his shoes to be completely comfortable, Russ Dixon offers to tape the interview; recording is second nature to him. / By Jill Prichard

Is downloading music from the Internet theft, or not?
Today, anybody can reproduce and distribute easily any files throughout the entire world. The Internet has become the largest threat to copyright law as the advent of the Internet and digital technology; this issue is not an exception for Utah State University. / By Ok Joo Chung

Utah musician Ben Nelson is 'up for the challenge' of going pro
For seven years Ben Nelson has been pounding out rhythms and writing songs on his guitar. He first discovered his talent in his hometown, Veyo, Utah, during his senior year at Dixie High school. After wandering into his dad's closet, he found a guitar, and began to learn of his unknown talent. / By Candace Pugmire

Slam dancing of the '70s led to mosh pits of today
Rather than trying to ruin the structure of society, the punk movement was about expressing oneself, and one of those forms of expression was slam dancing. / By Elizabeth Livingston

Northern Utah bands are plentiful but need more exposure
Like many college towns, Logan has its fair share of local bands, but unlike many college towns, Logan lacks a permanent or reliable venue for those bands to play. This lack of a venue leaves local bands with little hope of exposure. Exposure that may some day lead to bigger and better things. / By Jason Timpson


Finals week and the run-up to graduation . . . Gosh / Photos by Jared Ocana

Flooding soaks Cache Valley / Photos by Nancy Williams and Ted Pease


Biz Features

One last night at the Firehouse, and thanks for all the fun
On a Friday night in April, Tara Turley called her friends and invited them to meet her at Firehouse Pizzeria. It was Turley's last time going into the restaurant -- not as a customer, but as an employee. / By Jennifer A. Reese

While other university dairies dry up, USU's Caine keeps churning out research
Cache Valley could not see life without it. Utah would miss its technological advances. And there would be an outcry from dairy commodity groups in neighboring states. / By Katie Ashton

USU students create their own summer jobs
For broadcast student Ryan Reeder, residential sprinkler systems installation provides the money to pay for schooling and living expenses through the academic year. This seasonal occupation is a perfect fit for the student trying to put himself through college. / By Keith Bessinger

Students ready to hit the trail for a summer selling all sorts of things
"Summer is a time for relaxation and refreshment," said Maria Jones, a junior majoring in business. Many college and university students share the same view. / By Belinda Lopez

Making the perfect wedding cake means sweating the details, baker says
After four hours of cooking cake layers, Megan Cowdin, pulls the last layer out of the 350-degree oven. Each layer takes only 30 minutes to bake, but there are eight layers to this wedding cake. / By Camille Blake

'The clay talks to me,' says ceramics business owner, and it told him to quit being an engineer
Many of K. Rasmussen's pots are imprinted with leaves and grasses and many of his glazes are reminiscent of a landscape. Stylized landscape, he said. Cache Valley and its surrounding mountains inspire his work and people can interpret the glaze designs as they wish. "Sunsets or clouds or whatever people see in it," he said. / By Kate Richards

Biz Opinion

Making knitting looms turns into a business
When I decided to start a business I never thought I would be selling and making knitting looms, after all I had higher ambitions than knitting looms. / By Samuel Phelps


Across Bridgerland

USU receives second-largest gift in its history
Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht announced that the university has received the second largest philanthropic gift from an individual in the university's history, a $4.5 million gift from the estate of Ray L. and Eloise Hoopes Lillywhite.

As attendance and income drop, can America's zoos -- and Willow Park -- survive?
Monkeys, wallabies and Asian waterfowl are lurking in your back yard. Across from Cache County's Fairgrounds is a tiny, underdeveloped zoo. A small barn, donated by the Tupperware Corporation while in Logan for an annual convention, was the first building for the small-town menagerie. / By Jill Prichard

Local News

Seven bodies serving science at USU cadaver lab
Over each station is a white erase board that has the name of the cadaver, age, occupation and cause of death. The youngest cadaver is George, who was 32 and an Army soldier who died of a brain tumor in 2004. / By Jill Prichard

Paraplegic 'Matt the Cat' completes his long road to graduation at USU
"We all counted and I fell 23 times on my head," Matt Maw said. When he fell the 24th time, he knew he was done with his tricks. Maw was practicing his triple back flip like he always had, but this time he wasn't as fortunate. He didn't just get up and try it again. He fell right on the back of his head and couldn't get up. / By Coreena Payne

Logan's Catholic community gets rady to move off campus
With the recent election of Pope Benedict XVI comes the dawning of a new era for the Roman Catholic Church. Correspondingly, Logan's St. Thomas Aquinas Parish is facing its own new beginning. / By Noah Riley

Rural gangs a growing problem, police say
The images of gangs and urban life almost always go hand in hand. People in rural areas have been heavily influenced by Hollywood's interpretation of gangs, so when asked to describe gang lifestyle most Logan residents answer back with a description loosely based on Boyz N the Hood, The Warriors, Scarface, New Jack City and so on. / By Adam Kyle Kay

National & International News

Stress still disabling Vietnam vets
The newlyweds lie asleep in their bed. Suddenly she feels his hand across her face. He jumps out of bed screaming, yelling for her to run. She shakes him to consciousness. / By Karina Velez

One answer to soaring gasoline prices: Driving on leftover grease
The exhaust smells like french fries as Bob Basham drives his 1981 Volkswagen truck in search of a good restaurant to fuel up. / By Joel Featherstone

New bankruptcy law will affect many Utahns, make debt relief tougher
Bankruptcy is not easy for anyone, and it just got harder. Nick, whose name has been changed at his request, filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy about two years ago after finding himself unemployed with about $18,000 of debt from loans and credit cards. "It was a last-ditch sort of solution," Nick said. "It was helpful." / By Amy Moore


A friend's revelation personalizes college women's risk for eating disorders
As a 20-year-old college student at Utah State University I have had my ups and downs with my body image, and I know that I am not alone. / By Nicole Sleight

Graduation means welcome to your 'quarterlife crisis'
When I was 5 years old I wanted nothing more out of life than to be a mountain climber. When I was 12 I was absolutely sure I would be a lawyer. By 18 I was headed to college with dreams of becoming the next Barbara Walters. Oh to be young and know it all. / By Brigit Farfel

Hurry up and wait: Reflections of a senior happy to have taken five years
Five years: that's how long it's taken me to graduate, even with a full class load each semester. Some have heckled me, saying, "It shouldn't take that long," or asking if I'm an engineering student. "Come on," I say with a chuckle. "I'm not that smart." / By Ashley Stolworthy

Aggie moments mean much more to graduating seniors
As graduating seniors at Utah State University are cramming for their finals, thinking about how funny they are going to look in those oversized gowns, and even more about what they are going to do after that big day. / By Tara Turley


Try kickboxing to punch up your exercise regimen
Kickboxing is a unique workout that is punching its way into the lifestyles of many students and adults spicing up their regular exercise routines and bringing many benefits. / By Ashley Albrecht

Demolition derbies provide a great way to rid yourself of latent road rage
Old dilapidated cars sitting next to houses or in fields are eye sores to neighbors, but to demolition derby enthusiasts such as Dan Tyler of Bedford, Wyo., they are beautiful works of art. / By Dustin Merritt

Want to be popular? Run a marathon
Training a minimum of three months, following a rigorous schedule every day of the week, and devoting at least 64 hours of time: All for one day of glory. / By Gina Blake

Don't hide in the house this summer -- get out there and seize the day
Don't waste your summer sitting inside playing Xbox, put it away and head outside to find your summer entertainment. Learn to rock climb, play golf, mountain bike, camp, or go on that vacation you have always wanted too. / By Connor Cottle


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