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Today's word on journalism

Sunday, February 26, 2006

"America loathes the White House press corps. This is especially true when the journalists preen for the television cameras, yell at the press secretary to achieve a dramatic effect, act bratty and petulant, appear openly disrespectful to the president and the vice president and generally behave like unruly 5-year-old children playing in a sandbox."

--Jon Friedman, columnist, MarketWatch, reviewing journalists' confrontations with White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan over the Cheney hunting accident, 2006




So, Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar
Picture the disheveled genius who worked on relativity and "the Big One" meeting the obscure, stylistic painter and getting together for a few drinks and friendly conversation.

Typical student's take on New Year's resolution: 'Haven't even started' to keep it
Although New Year's resolutions are good motivators, they have become stressful, time consuming, failed goals, according to USU students. / By Megan Sonderegger


Cache Valley women 'Curve' to the beat
Exercise is as varied as the people who do it. There is hiking and biking, kicking and skipping, rowing and bowing, marching and arching, wrangling and angling -- and then there's curving. / By Shauna Leavitt

USU students to lend helping hands in New Orleans over Spring Break
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans have had help from many organizations, including the American Red Cross, the USA Freedom Corps and the LDS church. Utah State University will add its name to the list at this year's Spring Brea. / By Jen Pulham

Bridal Faire a little overwhelming for some, but free cake helps a lot
A crowd of excited chattering girls, their mothers and a few of their less-than-enthusiastic fiancÚs filled the Taggart Student Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday during Bridal Faire. / By Megan Sonderegger

Transfer students, midyear enrollees stuck with limited class, scholarship options
Fewer scholarship options, limited class options, late enrollment, frustration and delayed credit transfers are a few of the problems mid-year freshmen and transfer students face, said Jen Putnam, USU's associate director of recruitment. / By Megan Sonderegger

Fat stats: Aggies turn out by the score for a pinching and a dunking
More than 60 people got their body fat percentage measured by being dunked into water in the HPER on Tuesday night. Some wanted find out their body fat percentage so they could make goals to lower it and get in better shape. Others were just plain curious. / By Julie Garcia

Hypnotherapy helps test takers, smokers relax and improve their lives
Chad Austin was never good at taking tests. He'd study. He'd prepare. And then, after all that, he'd panic. / By Jen Beasley

'Mentally trapped with despair': Anxiety disorders becoming common among young adults
A racing heart, dizziness, a sudden feeling of fear: Many people who experience these symptoms think that they are having a heart attack. They even go to the emergency room. What they are actually experiencing is an anxiety attack. / By Jen Pulham

Bridal Faire to be one-stop mall for brides-to-be
Chelsa Seegrist and Kirk Dimond are getting married. As busy students at Utah State University, they're taking a simpler approach to planning their wedding: bridal fairs. / By Marie MacKay

USU 'Scribendi' creative writing contest entries sought
Utah State University's department of English invites students across campus to enter their creative work in the annual Scribendi Creative Writing Contest.


What makes USU's new performance hall 'world class?' Experts dissect perfection
The Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall opened its doors to the public Jan. 12, prompting those who walk through its doors to generally say the same thing. "World class." / By Aaron Falk

Wild Art

A teasel teaser / Dramatic winter photo by Ted Pease

Scenes from the Preston Hill Climb. / Photos by Robert McDaniel

Ice fishing (nice fishing?) at Foster Reservoir / Photos by Robert McDaniel



Textbook-purchasing options can cut prices that students pay, but there may be a hitch
Christmas has passed, tuition was paid, you are officially broke. You wish you didn't give your mom that George Foreman she'd been wanting. Now it is January and you have to buy textbooks. So why do textbooks cost so much? / By Camille Blake


Across Bridgerland

'Ya want bus fuel with that?' Vehicle powered by fry oil visits USU
Greasy french fries are becoming more than an American icon for some. They're a means of transportation. For 490 days, a 36-foot bus from the non-profit National Outdoor Leadership School has been traveling throughout the United States -- fueled entirely on recycled vegetable oil. / By Marie MacKay

Local News

North Logan Planning Commission welcomes two new members
The North Logan Planning Commission met Thursday night for the first time this year to welcome two new members, elect the new 2006-07 chairman and say goodbye to the city planner. / By Diana Hurren

Newton P&Z worries about water for new development
Commissioners discussed potential water issues surrounding future development of the town and kennel-owner conditional use permit procedures at a Zoning and Planning meeting Thursday. / By Molly Farmer

Smithfield council rezones ag land west of town to residential
Housing for low- and moderate-income families will not be an option, said the Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation, after the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to rezone agricultural to residential land Wednesday night. / By Di Lewis

Hyde Park hears engineers' plans for alternative north-south road
A proposed road will provide an alternative to Main Street for north-south commuters in Cache Valley, but it won't connect all the way to Smithfield for another 20 years or so, representatives from JUB Engineering told the Hyde Park City Council Wednesday. / By Brad Plothow

Lewiston council appoints Bodily to vacant seat
Kim "Fizz" Bodily was appointed council member, commonly an elected position, in a tie-breaker Jan. 17 at Lewiston's City Council meeting. / By Megan Sonderegger

Providence residents concerned about possibility of groundwater contamination
Due to current skeet-shooting practice taking place near the Providence Canyon water source, groundwater could potentially be contaminated by lead pellets, says Mark Thompson, a resident of Providence. / By Taylor Scott

Noted nature writer, scientist and activist to visit USU
Carl Safina, winner of a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation, a noted nature writer, scientist and activist, will deliver the Moyle Q. Rice Lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Haight Alumni Center.

Millville considers cemetery improvement project
The Millville-Nibley Cemetery president submitted a water proposal to the City Council, which will improve irrigation and enhance the condition and appearance of the cemetery. / By Shauna Smith

Nibley approves housing development
A possible development is planned to be located across from Thomas Edison Charter School (1280 West on 2350 South), but would not be probable without the approval of the City Council on Thursday night. / By Renae Bangerter

That picnic in Paradise will cost a bit more now
The price of picnicking in Paradise went up Wednesday night when the Town Council unanimously agreed to raise the rental fee for the town's two parks and the town hall. / By David Baker

Vigil highlights King's message for all races
Dozens gathered Tuesday for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in the Taggart Student Center. / By Julie Garcia

Richmond plans to liven up winter with bluegrass music nights
Samuel Schropp is planning a new southern bluegrass night at the city building once a month. The mayor and City Council approved the activity and agreed to use some of its budget at Tuesday's meeting. / By Brooke Barker

ASUSU discusses regulations for election
The ASUSU Executive Council discussed Tuesday, whether it should be allowed to support candidates who will run for an ASUSU student government position this semester. / By Marie MacKay

Candlelight vigil Tuesday for King
USU's Black Student Union and the office of Multicultural Student Services will host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., candlelight vigil Tuesday. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center International Lounge.


Stew wins No. 400 on national TV
Utah State kept Hawaii winless on the road before a packed house Monday night in the Smith Spectrum. The 63-52 victory was freighted with significance -- it was Coach Stew Morrill's 400th career triumph, it avenged an earlier loss to the Warriors, and it was all broadcast live nationwide on ESPN. / By G. Christopher Terry

You know it's an ugly game when Aggie fans cheer for 'Headband' in defeat of SDSU
With about 13 minutes to go in the Aggies' 72-51 win over South Dakota State Friday night, the Smith Spectrum crowd began chanting, "We want headband!" in an effort to get SDS Coach Scott Nagy to put in a backup guard with questionable taste in headgear. / By G. Christopher Terry

Polar plungers pay the price
Nearly 70 participants plunged or walked into Hyrum Lake during Utah Special Olympics first Polar Plunge donation event on Saturday. / By Angel Larsen

USU hands Louisiana Tech first WAC loss
No WAC opponent to date had been able to solve Paul Millsap and the Louisiana Tech defense, which had been holding opponents to a league-low 62.6 points per game. / By G. Christopher Terry

USU blows out Vandals, 83-58
The Aggies worked quickly to expand their six- point halftime lead against the University of Idaho Saturday night, shooting 70 percent from three-point range in the second half. / By G. Christopher Terry

Aggies out-shoot Broncos in WAC home opener
Boise State's Coby Karl led all scorers with 23 points Thursday night in the Spectrum, but USU's Nate Harris scored 20 despite being hampered by foul trouble, and the Aggies won 75-69. / By G. Christopher Terry

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