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  • Young people will face a bleak future without Social Security benefits if Democrats continue to overreach their constitutional boundaries, said U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Friday, in the Education Building. Im always happy to be at this great university. Utah State University receives more federal dollars per capita than any other university in the nation. I spend a lot of time up here in this area, Hatch said. You have one of the best basketball coaches in the whole country. Hes a good friend of mine.

    Hatch said he did not prepare a speech because he wanted to answer questions that potential voters had about current state and federal issues. Hatch is up for re-election in 2012. I agree with the Tea Party people. I think its about time we reared up in this country and said Enough, were spending way too much, were going into debt too far, Hatch said. Should President Obama be re-elected, theyre sending you young people down the river. One audience member asked about the DREAM Act specifically why Hatch ultimately voted against it when he was the one who origi-nally drafted it. The DREAM Act would have offered in-state college tuition and citizenship to the children of undocumented workers. Current politi-

    cal conversation is teeming with debate over several immigration reform bills. They made it into an amnesty bill. I cant support amnesty, Hatch said. I dont think were ever going to get this problem solved until we secure our borders. I hated to vote against it, because I really believe we should never hold it against the children of people who are undocumented. He said government needs to give law enforcement the teeth to tighten border security. The revised DREAM Act was another Democrat overreach that expanded amnesty coverage.

    Erik Mikkelsen was named ASUSU presi-dent for the 2011-12 school year Friday after a successful campaign that put him more than 400 votes ahead of opponent Keenan Nuehring. The first thing Mikkelsen plans on doing when he is inaugurated April 15 is unite the executive board so together they can accom-plish more. He also plans to fulfill his cam-paign promise to put students first, to ensure the ASUSU council members recognize that they work for the student body and accomplish what the student body wants done. About 5,000 students cast their votes this year, a 60 percent increase in voting from the 2010 ASUSU elections. More candidates ran for positions than ever before, Nagao said. The elections com-mittee has worked hard to promote voting over the last month through social media and through direct contact with students. Elections would not have ran smoothly without the help of the dedicated volunteers. We also had more media coverage on campus which increased the awareness of elections. Wow, I dont know what to say, these last couple of days have been crazy, Mikkelsen said. I would really like to thank my elec-tion committee, they did a good job getting more people to vote than ever before. They all worked tirelessly on the campaign. When presidential candidate Ben Williams lost in the primaries, he made the decision to endorse Nuehring; however, this was not enough to win Nuehring enough votes. Nuehring said: I feel OK. I have been tell-

    ing people all week to read the platform state-ments, read the qualifications and to find out what is right for them and the student body. Whoever is right for the student body should be president. I am completely behind what the students want and I will support them in what-ever I am doing. Mikkelsens roommate and member of his campaign, David Peterson, said the week involved drama but not between the candi-dates themselves. He said one of the main things that made the campaign members and supporters of each candidate emotionally charged was how close the primary election was between Nuehring and Mikkelsen. They then wanted to work harder to ensure their candidate won the most votes. The Blue Goes Green fee, a student fee proposed to support sustainability on cam-pus, passed with a 56 percent approval rating, meaning student fees will now include another $0.25 per credit. Kate Gourley, a member of the sustain-ability council said, Were absolutely thrilled. Its exciting to have something pass that will really benefit the university... it has become the way of the future and will make the university more efficient and will get students involved in going green. Kirsten Frank was announced as the new ASUSU executive vice president while Kade Hansen, who began a write-in campaign begin-ning the day before primary elections, man-aged 330 votes. The loss was somewhat expected, Hansen said. I felt like it (running) was something I had to do. It was something I was completely capable of doing a quality job at.

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    BRIAN GREEN, TAI WESLEY AND POOH WILLIAMS, (left to right) three of six seniors on the mens baksetball team, were recognized before Saturdays game against Idaho State while family members accompanied them on the court in the Spectrum. Saturday was the final home game for six seniors, four of whom have been a part of the winningest four-year stretch in USU basketball history. TODD JONES photo. See Page 8 for full story.

    Sen. Hatch says USU receives most federal dollars per capitaBy DAN SMITH and KEVIN MCCUTCHEONnews senior writer, staff writer

    -See OBAMA, page 3

    Winningest senior class ever goes out in style during final home game

    ASUSU Election ResultsPresident Erik Mikkelsen 2258 Keenan Nuehring 1844 Executive Vice President Kirsten Frank 2950 Kade Hansen 330

    Student Advocate Jason Russell 1868 Rob Jepson 1787

    Programming Vice President Zach Larsen 1935 Jackson Cozzens 1754

    Athletics Vice President Ryan Ry Bay Baylis 2684 Michael Woodfield 1050

    Diversity Vice President Brooke Evans 2018 Jordan Allred 1642

    Service Vice President Maddie Busteed 2287 Tasha Jorgensen 1398

    Academic Senate President Tanner Wright 2103 Carly Vanderhorst 1502

    Blue Goes Green fee Approve 2305 Disapprove 1952

    By KAYLA HALL and ALLIE JEPPSONstaff writers

    -See FEE, page 4

    ERIK MIKKELSEN HUGS a member of his campaign committee after current ASUSU President Tyler Tolson announced his victory in last weeks presidential race. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo

    Mikkelsen named next ASUSU pres.

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    Company makes diesel with simple compounds CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts biotechnology com-pany says it can produce the fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow. Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The company says it can manipu-late the organism to produce the renewable fuels on demand at unprecedented rates, and can do it in facilities large and small at costs com-parable to the cheapest fossil fuels. What can it mean? No less than energy independence, Joules web site tells the world, even if the worlds not quite convinced.

    Republican governors fight Obamas plans WASHINGTON (AP) Their ranks swollen after the last election, Republican governors from Florida to Alaska are undermining President Barack Obamas agenda at every turn ahead of the Democrats 2012 re-elec-tion campaign. Some are rejecting federal money for high-speed rail. Many are fighting the presidents health care law. And several are going after the Democratic Partys bedrock constituency, pushing laws that would weaken the power of unions. Republican governors are doing what they said they would as can-didates, insisted Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who led the GOPs campaign efforts last fall and may seek the partys presidential nomina-tion. All this goes back to our com-mitment in the last election that were going to get control of spending for the sake of the taxpayers.

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    LateNiteHumorTop 10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Naming Your Baby Facebook Feb. 25, 201110. Should I sober up first?9. Should we go with Facebook or Lindsay?8. What about Twitter?7. Would I rather name her Surf 1977?6. Will her Facebook status always be, Hating Mom and Dad?5. Wait, theres a website called Facebook?4. Forget this nonsense, wheres the Late Show Bear?3. What if theres another Facebook in her class?2. Will Mark Zuckerberg pay for her therapy?1. Is this still a better name than Hosni?

    Police wont boot protesters from Capitol

    Kings Speech scores big

    First New Zealand quake victim laid to rest

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The occu-pation of the Wisconsin Capitol by protesters fighting efforts to strip pub-lic workers of union bargaining rights carried on Sunday after police decided not to forcibly remove demonstrators and end a nearly two-week-long sit-in. The state agency that oversees the Capitol had asked the throngs of demonstrators who have camped out inside the building since Feb. 15 to leave by 4 p.m., saying the building was in dire need of a cleaning. But in the hours before the dead-line came and after it passed, it was clear most protesters did not intend to leave voluntarily and police had no immediate intention of forcing them to go. Late Sunday night, Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said no demonstrators would be arrested as long as they continue to obey the law. People here have acted lawfully and responsibly, Tubbs said. Theres no reason to consider arrests. Tubbs said demonstrators who have

    occupied all three floors of the Capitol will have to relocate to the ground floor. He added that anyone who leaves the building will not be allowed back in until Monday morning, although police will allow union officials to

    bring food into the building for the protesters during the night. A cheer went up from the protest-ers around 7:30 p.m. after one of their coordinators, Erika Wolf, took a microphone and announced: Theres

    really awesomely good news that were going to be able to stay here tonight. If you want to leave its totally cool, because the doors will be open around 8 a.m. on Monday, said Wolf, 25, who works with the United Council of University of Wisconsin Students. Many said they would stay and again sleep inside the Capitol. It was a victory for peace. It was a victory for democracy, said Kara Randall, 46, a massage therapist from Middleton who had already spent five nights at the Capitol. Demonstrators began camping out inside the normally immaculate Capitol two weeks ago in an effort to fight legislation proposed by Wisconsins new Republican governor, Scott Walker, that would strip most of the states public employees of the right to collectively bargain. Labor leaders and Democratic lawmakers say the bill is intended to undermine the unions and weaken a key base of Democratic Party voters.

    JORDAN PETERSON LEADS a union song as protesters demonstrate at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Feb. 27,, on the 13th day of protests over the governors proposed budget. AP photo

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) A 5-month-old boy was laid to rest Monday at the first funeral for the victims of New Zealands devastating earthquake, as the confirmed death toll rose to 148 and the government considered a nationwide levy to help pay for reconstruction. Dozens of family and friends gathered at a small chapel in the stricken city of Christchurch for Baxtor Gowland, who was sleeping peacefully at home when he was struck by masonry shaken loose by the magnitude 6.3 quake last Tuesday. He died in a hospital, the family said in a statement read to The Associated Press by the childs great-uncle, Peter Croft. Inside the chapel, a slideshow of the smiling infants photographs flashed on a screen, as Sarah McLachlans song Angel echoed throughout the room. We have all been thankful of the support and good wishes expressed from New Zealand and around the world, Croft said, his voice shaking with emotion as he read the statement. However, we would like to think that today is for family and friends so that we can farewell Baxtor with peace and dignity. Authorities have named just eight victims of last weeks disaster Gowland and another infant

    among them. Superintendent David Cliff said Monday that the death toll had reached 148, based on the number of bodies recovered from the rubble. Officials say the task of identifying the dead is slow and difficult, and that unidentified bodies are included on a list of people considered missing, which currently num-bers around 200. Cliff said grave fears are held for about 50 of those counted as missing, signaling the final death toll could be around 200. The multinational team of more than 600 rescu-ers scrabbling through wrecked buildings in the decimated central area of the city last pulled a sur-vivor from the ruins at mid-afternoon Wednesday, making it six days without finding anyone alive. Police have said up to 120 people may have been killed in the downtown CTV building, where dozens of foreign students, mostly Japanese and Chinese, from an international language school were believed trapped. And up to 22 people may be buried in rubble at Christchurch Cathedral, most of them believed to be tourists climbing the bell tower for its panoramic views of the southern New Zealand city. Prime Minister John Key was meeting with his Cabinet on Monday to discuss an aid package for an estimated 50,000 people who will be out of work for

    months due to the closure of downtown. Key said measures being considered include an extra levy on all householders under New Zealands compulsory quake insurance system to raise the estimated $4 billion needed to cover an insurance shortfall. The package, to be announced later Monday, would also likely include wage subsidies and cash grants to Christchurch residents to ensure busi-nesses have cash flow and can continue to operate. Engineers and planners say the citys decimated central area may be completely unusable for months to come and that at least a third of the buildings must be razed and rebuilt. The government has said that virtually all services conducted in the down-town area will have to operate from elsewhere dur-ing the rebuilding period. Officials estimated that one in three of the cen-tral business districts buildings were severely dam-aged in the quake and will have to be demolished. Its quite clear that a lot of buildings are going to have to come out of the CBD, so where a building is condemned it will need to be taken down, Key told TV One on Monday. He said he expected much higher building code standards for new buildings so they will be able to withstand very strong earthquakes.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Kings Speech has been crowned best picture at an Academy Awards ceremony as precise as a state corona-tion, the monarchy drama leading as expected with four Oscars and predictable favorites claiming acting honors. Colin Firth as stammering British ruler George VI in The Kings Speech earned the best-actor prize Sunday, while Natalie Portman won best actress as a delusional bal-lerina in Black Swan. The boxing drama The Fighter claimed both supporting-acting honors, for Christian Bale as a boxer-turned-drug-abuser and Melissa Leo as a boxing clans domineering matriarch. The Kings Speech also won the directing prize for Tom Hooper and the original-screen-play Oscar for David Seidler, a boyhood stut-terer himself.

    Other winners at the 83rd Academy Awards: Best Picture: The Kings Speech. Actor: Colin Firth, The Kings Speech. Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter. Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter. Directing: Tom Hooper, The Kings Speech. Foreign Language Film: In a Better World, Denmark. Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network. Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The Kings Speech. Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3. Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland. Cinematography: Inception. Sound Mixing: Inception. Sound Editing: Inception. Original Score: The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

    COLIN FIRTH ACCEPTS HIS AWARD of Best Actor for The Kings Speech, at the 83rd Academy Awards. The film was also awarded Best Picture. AP photo

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  • March is National Womens History Month (WHM), and Utah State Universitys WHM Chairperson, Ann Austin, is tell-ing students how womens history affects them today. If you do not care, do you like surprises? I can guarantee you will come to our workshops and be sur-prised at how the history of women continues to impact your own life and can help to round out the way your world is shaped, Austin said. With roots begin-ning in 1978, National Womens History Month was estab-lished in 1987 as a way to address the history of women throughout America and celebrate their contributions to soci-ety. A Presidential Proclamation is issued every year in honor of women, and many organizations across the country celebrate the month with various activities and events; the Center for Women and Gender Studies at Utah State is one of those organizations. In the past the center has hosted fashion shows and student showcases. This years activities have included in-depth looks into

    women and their cultures, vari-ous speakers and performances by female composers. Austin discussed Dr. Susan Shaw, an ordained minister who spoke on campus about the roles of women in the Bible. We received very positive com-ments. She encouraged people to look at Bible stories from the wom-ens point of view, she said. There was a very powerful reaction and lots of interest. On March 3, the center will be hosting Darrin Brooks and Nancy Hills, who will speak on the inf lu-ence of fashion on furniture and

    women in the 18th century. Dr. Susan Madsen will discuss what Austin calls grim statistics on women and educa-tion in Utah on March 22. Currently the center is seeking research and cre-ative submissions that embody this years theme, Our History is Our Strength. Men and women are encouraged to sub-

    mit works they have created about womens history, womens issues and contributions by March 15 at 5 p.m. in TSC 309. The seven categories they can participate in are: Research: Science, Technology, Engineering

    and Math; Research: Social Sciences, Education and Business; Research: Agriculture, Natural Resources; Audio/Video, Visual Arts, Written Works and Performance Arts. The winners of each category will receive cash prizes and selected students will have their work showcased. Austin said that the goal of WHM is to bring recognition to the forefront, and in so doing, round out our history. People have passed over the contributions of women because, for example, they werent the ones to write the declaration, Austin said. They were doing a lot hid-den from view. Austin, who is also a musician, gave the example of women com-posers throughout history and how all of the great music of the 16th through 19th centuries was com-posed by men. Does this mean women had no talents? No, she said. There were very good composers who were women and their music is not well recognized. Austin added some women were shy, busy or worried that their ability to compose was socially unacceptable. In modern fields such as math, science, education and medicine, there is the pressure of doing something that hasnt his-torically been a womans place, she said, and women have been down-played in those fields. Womens History Month helps those women to be recognized, she said.

    Students and staff are encour-aged to nominate women on cam-pus who have been role models to those who know them. An Early Career award will be given to a woman in her first eight years of a professional career and a Lifetime award will be given to a woman 65 or older who has accomplished much in her field. All are encour-aged to send letters to the Center for Women and Gender Studies to nominate women they believe deserve recognition, the deadline is March 1. Austin said the success of 2011 WHM events has been a bit of a shock. Im surprised, frankly. I didnt realize there was so much sincere interest in our Womens History workshops, she said. She added that being involved with it has given her a strong sense of empowerment and inclusion. She would love to see scholarships associated with women musicians that could help balance practice and school. She also said that one of her goals is to work with high schools and middle schools and showcase the accomplishments of young girls at the university. Many only hear half of the story, Austin said, and Womens History Month is one way to pro-vide a complete perspective of con-tributions throughout history.

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    Fringe Film Festival will award $2,000 $2,000 is up for grabs at the 2011 Fringe Film Festival, presented by Utah State Universitys Caine College of the Arts and the Logan Arthouse and Cinema. Entries must fit the 2011 Fringe theme Twitterpated: a Spring Love Comedy and be turned into the Chase Fine Arts Center Managers office (inside the Tippetts Exhibit Hall) with the official entry fee and form by April 1. The short-film festival, which is scheduled to take place April 15 at the Logan Arthouse, will have a different vibe than in past years, said Denise Albiston, marketing director for the Caine College of the Arts. This is a chance to offer greater expo-sure to Cache Valley film makers and display their talent in this community. Rules, regulations, information and the official entry form are available at the Fringe Film Festival website. Our goal is to make this film festival a little more like Sundance, except with a four-minute limit, said Jonathan Ribera, co-owner of the Logan Arthouse. Were working with the Caine College of the Arts to up the prize money from last years $1,000 and add a few new community-engaging twists. New aspects to this years film festi-val include requiring all films to follow the same theme, removing the use of required elements in films, increased prize money and greater interaction with the winning entrants as directors explain the creativity behind their films at the festival, said Albiston. The $2,000 cash prize will be award-ed to the entry that receives the Critics Choice Award, selected by a panel of professional judges. Other awards, based on the results of online voting at the festivals website may also be announced at the film festi-val. There is a $50 fee per entry and entrants must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible. For more information, call 435-797-9203 or visit the website.

    Utah State University plant ecologist Peter Adler is the recipient of a 2011 Faculty Early Career Development CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. The NSFs top grant program for early career develop-ment of junior faculty, CAREER Awards are given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and the integra-tion of education and research. CAREER awards provide fund-ing for up to five years to support a recipients proposed research and teaching project. Adler, who investigates plant population and community dynamics, is trying to understand what causes different plant species to increase or decrease in abundance over time. Hes using clues from the past to forecast the effects of future climate change on plant communities.

    Research conference features USU students The fifth annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) convened on the campus of Weber State University Feb. 18-19. The research of almost 40 Utah State University students was featured in the event. More than 300 undergraduate student researchers from most institu-tions of higher learning in the state of Utah who worked with faculty mentors shared their research in the form of posters and oral presentations. What happens when RNA goes bad? For Amy Crandall, who is a third-year student in biochemistry and who works in the lab of Sean Johnson, that question led to a fascinating study in which they are working to deter-mine the structure of Ski2, a protein involved in RNA degradation, using X-ray crystallography.

    Ecologist receives prestigious award

    Center wraps up Womens History Month By ARIANNA REESstaff writer

    Friday, Feb. 18

    USU Police responded to the trailer courts on a trespassing call. The complainant informed the police that someone has been living in a trailer that was condemned. Police are investigating at this time.

    USU Police received a complaint from an individual at the LLC who said another indi-vidual was harassed. Police are investigating.

    USU Police responded to the townhouses on a criminal mischief report. Complainant informed the police that someone had dam-aged the sticker that is located on the rear window of her vehicle. Police have no sus-pects at this time.

    Sunday, Feb. 20 USU Police recieved a report of a stolen vehicle on campus. The complainant later found his vehicle about four blocks away parked on the side of the road.

    USU Police responded to a noise complaint at the USU Trailer Court. Upon arrival police found that one of the trailers up for removal

    had two smoke detectors going off. Police removed the smoke detectors from service thus leaving two still in service.

    USU Police observed a suspicious vehicle. USU Police stopped the vehicle and deter-mined the driver was under the inf luence of alcohol. The driver was arrested for driving under the inf luence of alcohol.

    USU Police responded to a criminal mis-chief incident at the Eccles Conference Center. Police gathered information and filed a report with USU Police.

    Monday, Feb. 21

    USU Police responded to 477 N. 300 East to assist Logan City Police on a report of a fire. USU Police assisted Logan City Police with the incident. A report was filed with USU Police.

    Police responded to an utility problem in the Widtsoe building. The air supply in the building was not working properly. HVAC was called to evaluate the problem. HVAC corrected the problem without any further action.

    USU Police responded to a fire alarm in the Morgan Hall building. The alarm was activat-ed by a water leak in one of the Information Technology locations.

    Wednesday, Feb. 23

    USU Police responded to the Eccles Conference Center for a bicycle problem. The bicycles were locked to a handrail. A warn-ing was placed on the bicycles to park the bicycles at a bicycle rack.

    Police responded to the Mountain View Tower on a suspicious odor call. Upon further investigation, police arrested four individuals for possession of marijuana by consumption. Two of the four individuals involved were also arrested for drug paraphernalia and booked into the Cache County Jail.

    Thursday, Feb. 24

    USU Police responded to the 700 East tun-nel for a report of a dead deer on the ramp to the tunnel. The deer was moved to the park-ing lot for DNR to pick up.

    -Compiled by Catherine Meidell

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    Does this mean women had no talents? No. There were very good composers who were women and their music is not well recog-nized.

    Ann Austin, Womens History

    Month Chairperson

    Sage Bowman, a USU student, stood up to ask for Hatchs thoughts on the recent decision by the Obama administration not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). If we start playing around with what marriage is, I think we all run into a lot of difficulty. And we in Utah understand more than most because of our former practice of plural marriage, Hatch said with a snicker. We do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. We basically felt we had to protect it with DOMA. Many of Hatchs answers were longer than the two-minute limitation he originally placed on himself. He incorporated humor in some of his replies because he said a lot of people dont realize conservatives can joke around, also. Hatch said his viewpoint on marriage is one of practicality, not of prejudice. The marriage debate also concerns religious freedom in the U.S. and there is a lot of angst about it. If the President of the United States is unwilling to support congressional enactments in his own Justice Department, then that flies in the face of what the Justice Department is supposed to, Hatch said. Its a very weird position to take. He said he disagrees with the liberal point of view because it grants power to the federal government and not the people. The Constitution is the peoples document, not the federal governments document, Hatch said. Another audience member asked Hatch about whether he thought health care needed reform before President Obama took office. USU College Republicans Chairman Terry Camp referred to the health care reform bill as Obama-care, a euphemism that pundits and politicians who do not agree with the bill have adopted. Every state has different demographics, every

    state has different problems, Hatch responded. Its good to allow them to work out their own problems rather than a one-size-fits-all federal government dumb-ass program. It really is an awful piece of crap. Hatch apologized for swearing and said he does not swear often. He said he is passionate about the health care debate and would repent for using the words that he did. Hatch said if he wins the 2012 Senatorial race he promises to take care of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare for the young people. Anybody who wants to can run against me, thats their right, but all I can say is I intend to win, Hatch said. When people look at what Ive done, what I can do and how hard Ive worked, I theyre going to say, Hey, that experience is good for Utah and the nation as well. He said regarding the 2012 Presidential Election, any Republican candidate that runs against Obama will be better than what we have now. Hatch received several laughs and much applause from the audience throughout his visit. His impres-sions of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy were met with more laughter. He was the single best Democrat legislator, head and shoulders above any other Democrat in the sen-ate, Hatch said. Camp said the College Republicans aim to expose students to the political environment and its candi-dates. He said Hatch has championed the charge for the balanced budget amendment and has advocated for Second Amendment and Pro-Life rights. On Monday, Hatch will introduce a bill to create a committee to reduce federal programs that he deems as unnecessary or as wasting taxpayer dollars, Camp said.

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    UTAH SENATOR ORRIN HATCH addresses students in a Pizza and Politics event held by USUs College Republicans. Hatch answered many questions on hot topic issues including heath care and the DREAM Act.BENJAMIN WOOD photo

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    USU scientists use past to learn about climate changeBy RANDALL HENRYstaff writer

    The earth goes through normal cycles of warm-ing and cooling, and scientists such as USUs Tammy Rittenour study how these changes affect the environment over extended periods of time. Rittenour, an assistant professor in USUs geol-ogy departmentwas the key speaker at Fridays Science Unwrapped in a continuing series covering climate change. Rittenour is also the director of the luminescence lab and is a paleoclimatologist. Paleoclimatologists study ancient climates using methods including the study of ice cores, fossil pollens, tree rings, coral and luminescence dating of sediment, accord-ing to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We get samples from all over the world and we date the last time sediment was exposed to sunlight, said Michelle Nelson, lab manager at the luminescence lab and assistant to Rittenour. In Europe we have climate records or tem-perature records that go back to the late 1700s, Rittenour said, so we need to rely on something else to cover those gaps, to cover the gaps in time. We only have a 110 years and the longer records are available using geologic records. Rittenour said observing variables in environ-

    mental proxies, which are observable remnants of the past, such as tree rings, can give a general idea of what the climate was like. These variables can then be compared to data that has been collected about the climate in the area as well as variables such as isotopes that are collected from ice core samples. Data can also be collected from biological sourc-es in the form of fossils. A fossil of a plant normally found in tropical regions that is later discovered in a region which is no longer tropical, is a strong climate change indicator, she said.. Rittenour said the main difference between paleoclimatology, climatology and meteorology is the span of time a subject is studied. Climatologists such as Rob Davies, assistant professor and physicist for USUs climate center, are primarily concerned with the last 30 to 50 years, while mete-orologists are primarily concerned with current weather lasting about a week or more. Shes really trying to understand the natural tugs on the climate, and shes doing that with data that goes back thousands of years, Davies said. Her data certainly has gone into results that all climate scientists are using. Davies said the data collected by paleoclima-tologists is used to help create the models of what normal weather looks like without human interfer-ence, which can then be used to compare what the

    climate looks like with human influences, espe-cially over the last 200 years. Rittenour has been involved in projects world-wide that have been used to further the data used in her research. She has projects in New Zealand, in Corsica, France, the Olympic Mountains, Southern Utah; shes been in the Grand Canyon, Nelson said. These projects and other like them allow for future predictions to be made, which can then be presented to other scientists for review, as well as to the public who can then use the information. Rittenour said its important for the average per-son to understand this so that they can see how the scientific community makes the claims that it does, and how the data she collects helps climatologists to form a baseline for their studies. For the average student it would be important for just understanding the system that we are in, Rittenour said. After Rittenours lecture, there were several booths available to help explain the different aspects of paleoclimatology. These included dis-plays of fossilized pollens, an explanation of how isotopes can be used to estimate climate and a fossil and rock identification table, as well as many others.

    randall.henry@aggiemail.usu.edu

    Frank said she feels the executive council for next year will be very efficient because they all know each other well and know how to work together. She said she has a lot of ideas that she is excited to implement and knows that everyone else does as well. One of her main hopes is that the people who did not win will stay involved. Ryan Ry Bay Baylis was elected as the Athletics Vice President and won by more votes than any other race, beating Michael Woodfield by 1,634 votes. I would say that I felt like the definite underdog in this, Woodfield said. Ry Bay has his name out there and good friends that are involved in athletics. He did a heck of a job with his cam-paign and I knew that it would be a tough battle to win. So, I am really happy for him; he is going to do a great job with all of his

    experience and will make the necessary changes to The HURD and athletics. I am confident in that. Baylis said:Its funny because elections usually leave a sore taste in students mouths, they have to change their walking routes so that candidates dont bug them, Facebook is absolutely spammed although without it theres no way I could have won but to see the number of people who took the 30 seconds out of their life to vote is pretty crazy. Baylis said one of the differences he noticed was the candidates were using technology to their advantage, bringing iPads and lap-tops on their dorm-storm and while campaigning on campus. If you give the voter an option of doing it right then, it guar-antees the candidate a vote instead of their f lier just getting tossed right into the garbage, Baylis said. Maddie Busteed received 889 more votes for Service VP than her opponent Tasha Jorgensen, who is the current Service VP, winning by the second most votes in the election. In the race for Programming Vice President, candidate Jackson Cozzens said he felt that fraternity membership gave his oppo-nent and winner in the election, Zach Larsen, a definite advan-tage. I knew it was a close race all along, Cozzens said. I probably should have joined a fraternity before I ran. Erika Norton, the new College of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) senator, said, Im excited to really work on implementing the things in my platform. In the meeting they talked about getting together with our opponents because they have great ideas too. Rhett Wilkinson, Nortons opponent said, It was definitely worth doing it. I knew I would be up for a tough competition going against Erika, we were both very qualified and had excel-lent platforms. I hope she carries hers out very well. Newly-elected engineering senator Riley Bradshaw is also the club coordinator for the College of Engineering Student Council. National Engineering Week took place the same week as election week and Bradshaw not only had to run his campaign, but take care of many events included in Engineering Week. Bradshaw said, Im very tired Ive worked really close with the last two senators and I feel like I know my way around the position really well. The Huntsman School of Business was the most contested race. Scot Marsden triumphed over five other candidates includ-ed finals opponent McKell Lyman to become next years Business Senator, Im ready to work, Marsden said, its time to put the shoul-der to the wheel. Marsden mentioned four core things he was looking to imple-ment into the next school year: More professional opportunities with the school, practicing the soft skills of business, like com-munication, through a debate club or monthly debates, increasing global vision by learning from international students and con-tinuing what Skyler Jenks, the current senator, has done.

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    TAMMY RITTENOUR, USU assistant pro-fessor of geology, explains methods that help scientists understand the causes of climate change. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo

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    ASUSU 2011-12 college senators College of Education

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    Morgan Parrish 281

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    Erin Fleming 53

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    Trevor Knudsen 208

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    AggieLife Monday, Feb. 28, 2011Page 5

    Student loans are a conditional gift

    Echoing the Native American tradition with dance

    PERFORMERS ARE SEEN HERE in costume preparing to dance for the 38th Annual Echoing Traditions Pow Wow. The event was hosted by the Natvie American Student council, and held Friday, Feb. 24 in the Nelson Fieldhouse. ANI MIRZAKHANYAN photo

    Controlling the animals

    When one is truly happy with their job, the line between work and fun is blurred to the point where it doesnt really exist. Every job has its ups and downs, but being a Logan city animal control officer seems a lot more up then down. On an average day, animal control officer Brian Lay could be catching strays or helping park rangers take care of wildlife. Lay said during the winter months they only get two or three calls a day, but during the summer they get upwards of 18 calls. These calls could range from a stray running around the neigh-borhood to a vicious dog destroying property and threatening people. When not on a call, the officers drive around in their own spe-cialized animal control trucks to find loose or stray animals. When you drive around you only see a couple around, but if you go anywhere else you see strays everywhere, Lay said, con-cerning the effectiveness of the animal control in the area. When Lay joined the force in 1997, there were only two offi-cers that patrolled throughout the day. In 2000, Logan City added an additional officer to make three officers spanning a 15-hour time period in the day. When we are off duty, the police take care of it. Unless its something they cant handle and they get in touch with us, Lay said. As an animal control officer, Lay spends most of his day responding to calls. Lay said his worst calls are animal noise calls. The dog could be barking for a while and we get the call and we go out there, but then the dog has stopped making noise. Then when we leave, we get complaints because we didnt do anything, Lay said. Lay said the best part of his job is the challenge of capturing stray pets. Its kind of like hunting, you have to outsmart the animal, he said. Once they capture the strays, the officers take them to the Cache Humane Society, located at 200 N. 2370 West, to be impounded. There, they look for the registration of the animal and try to contact the owner. Lay said the animal control isnt there to take away animals from owners, but rather to protect the public and keep the animal from hurting themselves or others. The animals are then kept at the Humane Society for four days in impound for their owners to pick them up. Lay estimated that half the dogs impounded are claimed by the owners. Usually, people around here care about their animals, he said. After the fifth day, the custody of the animal is turned to the Humane Society to be put up for adoption or, in the worst case

    Student loans can be a convenient and helpful way to pay for tuition and other college financial responsibilities. USU students use a combination of grants, loans, parental support and personal income to pay for their education. For those with less financial supplementation from parents or grants, loans are generally the next option. Stafford loans are awarded based on need, similarly to grants. Loans, however, must be repaid after graduation. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) uses the students income along with their parents income and assets to calculate how much, if any, financial aid will be awarded. Ashley Erwin, junior in public relations, has received both grants and loans to fund her edu-cation. Erwin attended community college in California before coming to USU. She said her student loans are a backup plan to help her pre-vent working full-time and going to school full-time simultaneously. She now works part-time

    and said she can enjoy her college experience more fully. I think it will be worth it because of the expe-rience I will have and I will be able to teach my children. I will be able to communicate and par-ticipate in intellectual conversations with others, she said. Erwin said coming from California, where schools are very expensive, she feels going to USU is a good opportunity for her. She considered going to San Diego State, where she said she would be paying more than $15,000 before hous-ing and books. That would scare me, she said. I dont know if I would have gone all the way through because I dont know how I would have made it. Though USU tuition is less expensive than many other schools, after four years, student loans can add up. Melissa Crook, a USU graduate, is still paying off her student loans. At peak, she owed around $20,000. She said the prospect of paying off her debt is overwhelming. (Getting loans) got me done with school fast-er. But at the same time, I still have to pay it all

    off and the interest rates are ridiculous, Crook said. She said the interest on her loans range from 6-7 percent. To pay back the loans, Crook is working full-time at Smith and Edwards in Willard, Utah. She said the loans have a monthly payment plan, but to stay on top of them, she pays every two weeks. Her plan is to pay it all off in six years, but well see, she said. She currently owes around $16,000. Crook has two bachelors degrees, the first in FCHD from BYU, and the second from USU in secondary education with a mathematics empha-sis. Her first degree was paid for by scholarships, but the second had conditional funding through the T.H. Bell Scholarship. She said this fund, set up by the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, helps students who already have a bachelors or higher degree. When she decided not to become a teacher, she had to start paying back any money

    Seeking to make a global impact, Utah State University gradu-ate students are attempting to raise money to spend a month in Vietnam assisting children with hearing loss. Janet Fuller is a teacher at Sound Beginnings Preschool, located on USUs campus. Fuller teaches children that are deaf and hard of hearing and has become the link between USU and the work The Global Foundation has sought to do in countries around the world. Fuller traveled with the foundation to Vietnam during the sum-mer of 2010 to help train 90 teachers from around the country about teaching children with hearing loss. Fuller then returned and sparked interest among students and faculty in the gradu-ate studies program in auditory learning and spoken language at USU. Graduate students Jeanette Smoot, Jane Fenton, Liz Hankins

    and Kate Powell are setting their summer sights on Vietnam along with Dr. Lauri Nelson. Each add to a variety of services they have to offer. Smoot and Fenton are studying speech language pathol-ogy, Hankins is studying audiology and Powell is in deaf educa-tion. Fuller said their help, along with the nations top experts, will change lives in Vietnam. Thus far, Ive had the opportunity to apply my knowledge in several practicum settings and loved all of the kids and families I worked with. Now, I have a chance to do essentially the same thing an ocean away, Smoot said. Smoot also said it will be exciting to work with top experts in her chosen field and is looking forward towards helping teachers and parents of children with hearing loss reach their full poten-tial. Im proud to be an Aggie and excited to apply what Ive learned at USU to make an impact half way around the world, she

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    Bob Marley fan wants to change name to McLovin

    Utah Statesman: When was the last time you lied, to whom and why?Jordan Jensen: I told this girl I would take her to California for spring break, turns out I cant take her. She knows the truth now.

    US: What is the most awkward thing a girl has done to you?JJ: This girl told me to shake my hips and give her some sugar! I kind of liked it.

    US: What is your ideal date?JJ: The girl plans it, pays for it and gives me some sweet lovin! Just kidding but seriously.

    US: What is the coolest place you have been to?JJ: Zimbabwe for my mission. I loved it there, the people are great and the experience was awesome. The land is crazy and we ate weird stuff all the time.

    US: If you could change one thing about your physical appearance what would it be?JJ: I wish I could grow a freakin sweet man-beard oh wait,Ive already got one of those!

    US: What are you usually doing at two in the morning?JJ: It is impossible to sleep at our house before two, so I am usu-ally having a nice couch-sit or out doing something pointless.

    US: If you could change your name what would you change it to?JJ: I would change my name to McLovin. Who wouldnt want that name?

    US: Have you broken a bone?JJ: Yes, one time I broke my arm snowboarding. I once broke my nose twice in the span of three days while playing basketball. However, I have never had a bloody nose in my entire life.

    US: What scares you the most and why?JJ: Getting paralyzed, not being able to move and not being able to do things that I used to do and want to do would be rough. It would be really hard to deal with, for me.

    US: Whats your worst pet peeve?JJ: I cant stand people who think they know everything, even when they are wrong and they still think they are right after get-ting proved wrong.

    US: Have you ever gambled at a casino?JJ: Yes, I am hitting up Vegas over spring break, but it isnt gam-bling if you know you are gonna win.

    US: Do you have any pets?JJ: Yeah, I have a new pup named Koda. He is a purebred Siberian husky, and he is seven weeks old. He is the bomb.

    US: You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere you choose, where would you go?JJ: I would go to Fiji, because they have sweet beaches and I want to live on one of those houses on the ocean.

    US: If you could meet a per-son who is dead and one that is alive who would they be?JJ: For the dead one I would want to meet Bob Marley because he is the man! And for the living one Id choose Nelson Mandela, because he is a very wise man.

    US: What do you think of relationships?JJ: Theyre good for some people, but theyre not for me

    right now. Slow roasting is the way to go.

    US: What is your topmost ambition in life?JJ: To be happy, and to do that I want to get money and a beauti-ful woman.

    US: What drew you to your first crush?JJ: Obviously her outward appearance because thats what I saw first, and thats what always draws me in first. When I first see a girl I definitely notice what she looks like, and that is what gets me interested to find out more.

    US: What would be your dream vehicle?JJ: I dont really have a dream vehicle, if it gets me from point A to point B, its golden.

    US: How did you become the person you are today?JJ: Good clean living. Learning from the stupid things Ive done. Taking things as they come and never regretting my choices.

    US: If you are stranded on an island what three things would you want?JJ: My iPod, gotta have my music. Some Dr Pepper, a lifetime sup-ply to tickle my taste buds, and obviously a beautiful woman to keep me company.

    US: Are you superstitious or do you have superstitious habits?JJ: Yeah, I always have to be wearing a lucky band on my wrist. Right now its a brown one, and its not being too lucky because I got a ticket last night. Apparently the person who gave it to me is unlucky.

    US: What things put you in a good mood?JJ: Eating food, playing and watching sports. Although watching and playing sports can put me into a bad mood also. It depends on the outcome.

    US: What makes you unique? Do you have any odd or unusual habits?JJ: I can speak click language, I get distracted easily and I cant multi-task. Thats not really unique but its unusual. I am also not a True Aggie yet.

    US: Ninjas or pirates?JJ: Ninjas, I am actually a part-time ninja. I taught all the great ones.

    US: What do you miss about your childhood?JJ: I miss being able to act like a kid every once in a while and not be judged for it. I wish I could have no worries and just be able to worry about eating and sleeping and do whatever I want. Stress free living.

    US: Which is harder to do: Tell someone you love them, or tell someone you dont love them back?JJ: Thats a tough one, I think telling someone you love them would be harder, because then you are the one going out on the limb. On the other hand, if you tell someone you dont love them back its also hard because you feel like a jerk. Just dont play around with the L bomb.

    US: What is on your bedside table?JJ: I got some candy, some gum, my iPod, my scriptures, my cologne, thats all. And whatever else gets thrown on at the end of the day.

    US: What are your favorite activities?JJ: Basketball, golf, snowboarding, longboarding, wakeboarding, anything on a board. Doing crazy things with my friends, like jumping off first dam in the winter.

    US: Are you a clean or messy person?JJ: Messy, but every once in a while I get in a cleaning mood. I like things to be clean, I just dont like doing the cleaning. Thats what mommys are for.

    US: Mountain hideaway or beach house?JJ: In the winter Id choose the hideaway in the summer Id pick the beach house.

    victoria.hepworth@aggiemail.usu.edu

    JORDAN JENSEN CAN SPEAK African click language, and would pick ninjas over pirates. His worst pet peeve is that he hates people who think they know everything. VICTORIA HEPWORTH photo

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    Loans: Most think debt is worth it -continued from page 5

    STUDENTS USE MANY MEDIUMS to recieve enough money to pay for college. Parents, jobs, grants and student loans all contribute to getting an education. CARL R. WILSON photo

    she had received from this scholarship. Vincent Bauman, a junior in biochemistry, has borrowed $4,000 in Stafford loans and said he thinks he might eventually have to borrow more. I dont like it, I dont like being in debt, Bauman said. I feel like I owe people money. I know I will have to pay it back someday and it will be more than I borrowed. He said he hoped to pay back his loans in the summer, but will probably just have to get more anyway. He said he worries about how long it will take to pay them back based on his familys experience with student loans. My stepdad is still paying his student loans off, Bauman said. It sucks, that sums it up. Though his financial status is difficult, he said he thinks using loans will eventually be worth it. Its not a whole lot of debt and I should be able to get a better job because of it, he said. Bauman said he does wish his family could help out more. My grandma buys my books, he said. I would rather (my family) help pay over getting more loans. Some students turn to their parents and other family members to help pay for their education. Cody Caldwell, a sophomore in computer science, said his parents have helped out.

    I borrowed some money from my parents, but not a lot, he said. Caldwell said he had bor-rowed about $500 to supplement what his schol-arship would not cover. Todd Kendall, a junior in civil engineering, is less concerned about repaying his $20,000 in Stafford Loans. I dont worry a lot, he said. I figure as long as I keep on going, I will be able to manage. I know I will be able to get through. Kendall has a plan post-graduation to pay off his debts. After I graduate and have a fixed job, Ill treat (student debt) like a car payment and set money aside each month. Ill probably pay back more than the actual minimum to get it out of the way quicker. Kendall said he believes loans are a good choice if you need them. I was hard-pressed for money. I didnt really have any extra money to pay for school. So (loans) are what I used to pay for school and con-tinue in my education, he said. Students seeking more information about grants, loans and scholarships can contact the Financial Aid office in the Taggart Student Center.

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    AggieLifeMonday, Feb. 28, 2011 Page 7Live long and prosper

    College life is full of excit-ing opportunities, expanding horizons, meeting new people and preparing ourselves for endless possibilities. It is also full of double fudge brownies, pumpkin chocolate chip cook-ies, soda, stress headaches, late nights, hours of television and cramming for tests. Although getting a college education prepares us for our professional future, we dont often consider the toll it might be taking on our physical future. Too often in our Western culture, we take our health for granted and assume that when we fall sick, we can go to the doctor and take a pill to get better. Especially at our age, we dont feel or even consider the immediate effects of our daily diet and physical decisions. Our bodies are so good are healing themselves that we mistakenly believe we can use and abuse our bodies indefinitely and never pay a penalty. Also, we mistakenly assume Western medicine has all the answers and can fix whatever ails us. Most people start treating heart disease when they find out they have heart disease. Sadly, by this point, it is too late to reverse the damage that has been done. If there are certain illnesses that run in your family, start treat-ing them now with a healthy diet and lifestyle. When we widen our perspective of ways to take care of ourselves, the results are incredible. Our medicine is very good at treating injuries, illness and health crises, but not especially good at helping us understand that preventative medicine and long-term health are really our own responsibility. Eastern medical philosophies such as Indias Ayurveda and Chinese medicine both emphasize the importance of our bodies being in balance, and each use diet or herbal remedies to help return us to a state of balance and natural health. We should have this same perspective with Western medicine. Diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity are excellent examples of conditions that have become pandemic in the U.S., but both are very responsive to healthy lifestyles of good diet, exercise and a healthy weight. Another example of the limitations of western medicine, from one of my family members, was a bladder infection that turned into a chronic prostate infection. This family member was on antibiotics for six months to keep the infection under control and whenever he went off antibiotics, the infection would immediately return. Rather than resign himself to taking antibiotics, which take a huge toll on your immune system, for the rest of his life, he asked sought the help of an Ayurvedic doctor. He was pre-scribed a very strict diet of rice, lentils, and certain vegetables. He was not allowed meat, dairy, wheat, fruit, sweets, coffee, or many other essential western foods. It was challenging, but after a month on this diet, he was able to go off antibiotics. In combination with some other natural treatments, he was able to stay healthy without continuing the strict diet. Not all alternative treatments have to be this extreme. One of my favorites is taking a garlic supplement when Im starting to feel a cold coming on. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that strength-ens the immune system instead of tearing it down. Another favorite is red raspberry leaf tea, also know as a womans best friend. Im telling you ladies, it works wonders for cramps or any other female reproductive issue. It is also a natu-ral hormone balancer. I have never had to take pain medica-tions since I started drinking this tea. You can get it in the health food section of most grocery stores. We have so many resources at Utah State to help us with a healthy lifestyle. The Wellness Center is great resource for nutrition guidance. I think every student should be required to take NFS 1020. It teaches you the basic science behind nutrition along with recipes and tips to be happy and healthy. Take advantage of all the physical education classes offered each semester. Its a very convenient and fun way to add activity into your life, and you get credit for it. We also have beautiful canyons to play in that are so close and not at all crowded. Try trail running, rock climbing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing or snowboarding. The ORC on campus can rent you whatever you need for these activities. Any lifestyle change can be difficult, but have fun with it and make sure you are choosing activities that fit well with who you are and what you like to do. Use your money wisely so that you can spend what you need to on quality food and activities. I like to think of it as an investment spending more money and time on a healthy diet and yoga classes are saving me hun-dreds of dollars in the future on medical bills. My quality of life is also better for it. Taking good care of yourself will not only ensure you a healthier future, but it will also help you make the most out of life now. Youll have more energy to write that paper and the mental alertness to ace that test. So grab an orange and get to it!

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    VIETNAMESE TEACHERS CELEBRATE after learning how to help children with hearing problems maximize their potential. Four USU graduate students are raising money so they can continue and expand training this summer in Vietnam. photo courtesy JANET FULLER

    Animal: Outsmarting the pet -continued from page 5

    ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER BRIAN LAY works to pick up strays and respond to calls in Logan city. He said the worst part of his job is helping out with euthanizing. BRECK BYINGTON photo

    scenario, to be euthanized. Lay estimated out of the half that are not claimed, about half are put up for adoption and half are euthanized. We are set up for the purpose of saving animals; giving them the chance to survive, said Alyssa Walker, front office manager of the Cache Humane Society. The Society currently has space for 50 to 60 dogs and 40 to 50 cats up for adoption, Walker said. The 2-year-old shelter is filled to the brim with animals. We are filling up, with all of the surrenders currently. We have had nine this last week, she said. The worst part about the job is helping out with euthaniz-ing the animals, just feeling them get all tense and then sud-denly limp, Lay said. That is why you should spay and neuter your animals. Unless you are holding them when they die, you shouldnt make that call. When an animal is turned over to the Humane Society, they are fixed for this reason. Walker said the Cache Humane Society currently offers a fos-ter program. We have six puppies and a dog in foster care we are cur-rently looking for more foster homes, we are trying to expand that program, she said. From bats to cats to iguanas, the Logan city animal control officers aim to serve and protect. Animal Control can be con-tacted through the police department or through their own dis-patcher at 435-716-9489.

    alexander.h.van_oene@aggiemail.usu.edu

    Hearing: Trying to raise $15,000 for Vietnam -continued from page 5

    said. In regards to teachers, Fuller said, They definitely want to learn. They definitely want help. The only factor preventing the trip is the cost. Currently, the students are putting togeth-er fundraisers to help them achieve their goal of $15,000. According to their student-run blog, http://aggiesgoglobal.blogspot.com, the amount will not only cover travel costs, but hearing aids, sup-plies for hearing aids (specifically solar powered batteries), books, early intervention materials and toys. Fuller said these supplies are very much in demand and pro-vide great tools to teachers and parents. The blog also states that only $982.16 has been raised so far. Fuller said a few hundred American dollars goes a long way in Vietnam and the supplies they could give this school would help them make a long lasting impact. A hearing aid for one child had a price of about $100, but to a parent in Vietnam that could be their entire years salary. Implants are rarely an option due to a cost of about $20,000. According to 2005 World Health Organization statistics, 278 million people are suffer-ing from moderate to profound hearing impairment. Current hearing aid production meets less than 10 percent of global

    need. Fuller said the students will not only bring supplies, but help experts train and prepare teachers. They will have con-sultation sessions with parents and children. These students will also have the opportunity to help set up a brand new intervention building the school had just received a grant for. Fuller said that early inter-

    vention (from birth to age 3) is crucial to children with hearing loss because they cannot receive government help until the age of five. This entails children losing crucial development years, and even when they do receive help, it is only through the 8th grade. The cause is meant to give back for years

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    she traveled across Southeast Asia and saw how few children were getting the help they needed. Fuller said this organization does much more than just help a child obtain a hearing aid. It can help give them a strong support system. I am so excited to work with this organization because its addressing the whole child, Fuller said. Fuller described her work as beyond rewarding even though it sometimes can pose challeng-ing and require her to think creatively. But when a child speaks their first word, Fuller said it has a profound impact.

    The kids cry, the parents cry; Their whole lives they have been told their child would never speak, Fuller said Fuller said this opportunity will get the graduate students out into the real world and help them practice the skills they have been learning here at USU. We need help in America, but we are just a small percent-age, Fuller said. Whatever they learn, they bring it back here and it makes them a better person.

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    With a 6-0 win over Texas A&M Friday, fol-lowed up by a 9-6 victory over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Saturday, USU hockey sealed up a berth to the ACHA division two national tournament on Saturday. The tournament will be held in San Jose, Calif., March 15-19, 2011. It was a long time coming. USU has, in years past, been a heavily favored seed moving into the regional tournament, but has been eliminated every year that any player on USUs current roster has played for the Aggies. Awesome! head coach Jon Eccles said of the wins, Some might say that this was like getting a monkey off our back. But really it was more like getting a gorilla off our back. Just joy, USU alternate captain Billy Gouthro said of the regional title. Its my third year, and its our first trip to nationals. There are guys that have been here five years. We came together tonight and this weekend for them. USU captain Kent Arsenault, who is one of those five-year players, shed tears of joy moments after the final buzzer sounded in Saturdays game. Its a great feeling, he said, and thats the way you go out as a senior for sure. Its a dream right now, and Im just going to live it for the weekend. Having earned a trip to nationals, the Aggies say theyre aiming to do some damage and hopefully win a championship. Its nice to get to go, Aggie goaltender Dan Cornelius said, but if you dont do well, theres really no point in going there anyway. So, were going to go, and hopefully we can come back with a champion-ship. Utah State came out hot to start the weekend and never cooled off against the Aggies of Texas A&M. From the beginning of the game until about the 14:00 mark in the first period, A&M had difficulty mov-ing the puck out of their own zone, let alone putting together a solid offensive attack, and USU made sure to take advantage. The Aggie defensemen excelled in this game at poking the puck away from the Texan forwards and disrupting passes, especially senior Jay McFadden. With just more than 15 minutes remaining in the sec-ond period, McFadden disrupted a play and caused a turnover at the A&M blue line. My linemates, Riley (Orr) and (Joel) Bass(on), McFadden said, we were on the forecheck. They put a pass across the middle, and I picked it off. It was there, so I took the opportunity and scored. The game was never in doubt after McFaddens score, but the final nail in A&Ms coffin was a spectac-ular goal, highlighting USUs speed, communication and reflex. Tyler Mistelbacher looked on from the slot as Brendan MacDonald fought the puck away from two

    A&M defenders on the baseline. MacDonald passed to David Wyman, who one-timed a laser to the wait-ing Mistelbacher. A&Ms goalie never had a chance to react, and Mistelbacher one-timed the puck to the net, falling as he shot. The two passes and the shot were made in less than half a second. Having cruised through round one, USU then looked to their next opponent: the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona. If players make plays, then Dan Cornelius is most definitely a player. With 12:25 remaining in the second period, USU was maintaining a 3-2 lead at great effort against the Lumberjacks. NAUs Greg Park intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and was clearly on approach for a goal-scoring opportunity when USUs Jeremy Martin flew in and side-swiped him to prevent a monumental momentum shifter. The officials awarded Park a pen-alty shot. Cornelius managed to deflect the puck away. The puck ricocheted off his right leg pad, hit the post, and clinked harmlessly away. I knew we needed that one, Cornelius said. It was 3-2, and we couldnt let them get back into it. I actually pulled my groin that play. Im in quite a bit of pain, but its regionals. You cant quit.

    USU ferociously reclaimed the momentum 50 seconds later when Matt Ferriss long slapshot took a deflec-tion from Tyler Mistelbachers stick and found the twine. It was USUs fourth goal in the midst of a five-goal scoring run. Despite surrendering a goal against NAU in the second, the Aggies widened their lead to five in the third period. With 7:30 remaining, USU notched its eight goal, turning what had preiously been a close game, into a blowout. Billy Gouthro then scored an empty net goal, and hats littered the ice. It was Gouthros hat-trick goal and the one that put NAU down for good. I just wanted to focus on playing good and doing the little things right. My linemates came to play, and it went in the net for us tonight, Gouthro said. As the buzzer sounded, the USU bench cleared and the party began. The Aggies had finally earned their way to the ACHA National Tournament in San Jose, and they were obviously enjoying the experience. Weve always been devastated at regionals, Cornelius said, and its finally nice to get to go.

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    Seniors finish undefeated home season with revenge over Idaho

    With emotions running high on Senior Night, the No. 23 Utah State Aggies could have gotten caught up in the festivities and stumbled at home against the only Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team that has beaten them all season. Instead, the four-time WAC Champs put the celebra-tion on hold for 40 minutes while they went to work. Senior forward Tai Wesley scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds in his last home game as an Aggie in front of a sold-out Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to lead the Aggies 84-68 over the Idaho Vandals. Both teams sputtered out of the gate, but the Aggies quickly got back to their effi-cient offense and suffocating defense. I thought we were aggres-sive and active, Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said. We struggled early scoring, but our guys were bound and deter-

    UTAH STATE PLAYERS AND COACHES celebrate the teams fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship following Saturdays win over the Idaho Vandals. Fans flooded the court to celebrate with the team on senior night as players, coaches and fans cut down the nets to celebrate the title. STERLING BOIN photos

    Aggies fourth-straight title sends seniors off riding highBy TYLER HUSKINSONassistant sports editor

    Aggie women fall just short of upsetting Lady Techsters

    The USU womens basket-ball team led by one at half-time against No. 28 Louisiana Tech, but did not pull off the Senior Night upset, losing to the Lady Techsters 78-70. Aggie head coach Raegan Pebley said her team felt like they should have beaten Louisiana Tech. Im not taking a moral victory out of this because the taste of loss is bitter, Pebley said. I feel that a team like La-Tech who are going unde-feated in league this year, they are used to being in a position where teams are coming after them and how to respond in those situations. The Aggies came out strong, going on a 6-0 run to start the game. Five minutes into play, sophomore forward Chelsea Burns blocked a shot, which led to a 3-pointer by freshman guard Jennifer Schlott to put USU up 14-8. Lousiana Tech seniors Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey and Adrienne Johnson led the comeback with 10 points each in the first half, which ended 36-35. The Lady Techsters have trailed at halftime only seven times this season. Aggie junior forward Ashlee Brown said the game felt natu-ral for her. I felt good playing with the players who were on the court, Brown said. Even on the bench, they keep it alive. The crowd was great tonight, and we appreciate them com-ing out, of course on senior night. We just wanted to zone out and try and get the W. Brown led the Aggies with

    By TAVIN STUCKIstaff writer

    Gouthros hat trick punches ticket to nationals for USU

    USU CENTER BILLY GOUTHRO slices through the Lumberjack defense during Saturdays game against Northern Arizona. Gouthro scored three goals in the game, the last of which was an empty-net goal to twist the knife against Northern Arizona and send Utah State to the national tournament in San Jose. ANIE AGHABABYAN photo

    By LANDON HEMSLEYstaff writer

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    16 points and 12 rebounds for her ninth double-double this season. The Bulldogs did not retake the lead until 13 minutes left in the game when senior guard Martina Holloway hit a trey to go up by one, 47-48. Down by as much as 10 in the second half, the Aggies made one final 6-0 run to get within four. Sophomore guard Devyn Christensen was fouled as she made a jumper before sinking the free-throw to pull within seven. She stole the ball a minute later, leading to a layup by sopho-more center Banna Diop, 67-71. Christensen ended the game with 15 points, Diop with 10 points and 11 boards. A margin of four was as close as the Aggies got in the closing minutes of their comeback effort that fell short in the eight-point loss. Pebley said the problem was the Aggies were fighting back instead of building a lead. I think the big point of the game was when both of our bigs had four fouls, Pebley said. That was a point where we were able to get some stops, but we didnt get great conversion on the offensive end and werent able to build any type of cushion. Johnson led all scorers for the Lady Techsters and earned her 27th career double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Wysinger-Mackey

    had 18 points and seven rebounds. Four Tech players scored in double-digits. USU senior Alice Coddington said Johnson is a powerful scorer. She did a great job tonight, no question, Coddington said. Shes a great player in our conference and credit to her really good offen-sive scoring. Shes got a great game; shes strong and powerful. USU had 22 points in the paint to the Lady Techsters 30. La-Tech had 16 second chance points while the Aggies had eight. 17 of Louisiana Techs points came off of turnovers while USU had 10. The Aggies were able to force 17 turnovers from Louisiana Tech, something Pebley said is right around where her team needs to be, but ultimately lost the battle of the boards 50-40. We still have the rebounding battle to deal with, Pebley said. When we could get our defense set, we were pretty disruptive to what they do. The Aggies will travel to Hawaii on March 3 and San Jose State on March 5 to close out the regular season. We just need to get back up on the horse, Pebley said. I feel like our team is hungry.

    tavin.stucki@aggiemail.usu.edu

    Dogged: Aggies falls short of upset -continued from page 8

    USU GUARD DEVYN CHRISENSEN corrals a long pass on the fast break during Saturdays 78-70 loss to Louisiana Tech. Utah State pushed the Lady Techsters all the way down to the wire in an effort, which eventually came up short, to hand Louisiana Tech its first loss in Western Athletic Conference play this season. JON LARSEN photo

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    mined to get back at Idaho and get a win. We played good in a lot of different areas. We shot the ball well and rebounded the ball pretty well. It was a good win. After Wesley made an easy lay-up to start the game, the Aggies would miss eight consecutive field goal attempts and find themselves tied with Idaho at five apiece just five minutes into the first half after a lay-up from Vandal sophomore center Kyle Barone. I couldnt be prouder of our guys, Vandals head coach Don Verlin said. I feel like they fought all game long. I played a lot of guys that havent played much. They came in and did a good job, and I couldnt be happier. Senior guard Brian Green would hit a 3-point-er while closely guarded by senior guard Jeff Ledbetter to spur a 12-2 run, capped by a mid-range jump-shot from junior guard Brockeith Pane. I just wanted to come out and play really hard, Green said. We were kinda struggling in the beginning offensively. I just tried to shoot the ball in and it was going in. A jumper from Wesley would push the Aggie advantage to 21-10 before the Vandals put together a run of their own. The Vandals were able to get a few easy lay-ups off some offensive boards that lead to an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 21-18. The Aggies would respond however, and a put-back lay-up from senior guard Tyler Newbold sparked a 18-5 run to end the first half. The Aggies held Idaho to 38.5 percent shooting from the field and 14.3 percent from 3-point land. We really wanted to come and beat Idaho, Green said. Obviously they beat us. We were really focused on this game and not much on the Senior Night, and not much about the future, just Idaho. I thought we came out and played hard and aggressive. The Vandals came out firing to start the sec-ond half, but the Aggies had found their rhythm as well. The Vandals cut the lead to 11 points off a 3-pointer from Ledbetter, but that is as close as it would get thanks to the Aggie offense. The Ags shot a blazing 63.2 percent from the

    field and 57.1 percent from 3-point range during the second half and finished the night shooting 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point land. Pane finished the night with 18 points, while Green added 15. They are a very good basketball team, Verlin said. They are very well-coached. They have six very good seniors as you saw here tonight, and the fans here did a great job of pay-ing tribute to the guys who have put in so many hours. They are a good team, a top 20 team for a reason. After the final buzzer sounded, it was time for celebration and reflection. It feels wonderful, Newbold said. This is something that you want to experience every year, competing for a championship, and I have been lucky enough for four years that I have played we have won them. I have had guys that I have wanted to be on the court with, and I have played for teams that always wanted to win. It has been an awesome experience for me, and I wont ever forget it. Morrill said, Thats a special group of guys, and what theyve done is unbelievable. They show up every day. They are high-character guys. I firmly believe that if you have character in your program, it goes a long, long way, and those guys have provided unbelievable character and stabil-ity for Aggie basketball the last four years. Despite the victory and the celebration, the Aggies will be looking to stay focused as the sea-son closes and post-season action begins. We have to regroup on Monday, Morrill said. We cant have a let-down. Theres a lot of carrots out there to play for. Obviously weve won the league and thats great, but theres a lot more good things that can happen if you keep win-ning. Thats the way weve got approach it. The Aggies finish the season with a two-game road trip. First up for the Aggies are the other Aggies of New Mexico State. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. Wednesday from the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M., and the game can be seen on ESPN2.

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    Champs: Aggies cut down nets again -continued from page 8

    USU Men are tracks WAC champs, Gensel named Coach of the Year

    The mens and womens track teams proved their mettle in a highly competitive Western Athletic Conference championship meet that came right down to the wire for both teams. The men earned the title of co-conference champi-ons, tying host team Boise State with 177 points. Boise State and Utah State dominated the field, combining to score 354 of the 517 points scored, or 68 percent. In distant third place was Louisiana Tech with 94 points. The Aggie women came up just shy of a conference title, coming within one point of five-time champion Louisiana Tech. The goal of any team is to stay in the hunt and win championships, USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. We showed our team is one of those teams. It went close on both sides, right down to the last event. Its moments like that that are bittersweet. We all performed pretty well, and you either drive for the win or lose by one point. On top of earning another conference title for the Aggie men, Gensel was named mens indoor track and field WAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in five years. The women had only one individual cham-pion in Sonia Grabowska, who crushed the com-petition in the pole vault with an NCAA auto-

    matic qualifying and new USU record mark of 1311.25. The rest of the women were no slouch-es, either, with a number of second and third-place marks between them. Katelyn Heiner took runner-up in the 400-meter with a time of 55.32, which was good for the fifth fastest time in Utah State history. Heiner was also an integral cog in the third-place 4x400 relay team also consisting also of Hollie Bosworth, Aubrie Haymore, and Kylie Hirschi. Their time of 3:44.82, although not quite fast enough for a conference title, was the sixth-fastest time in school history. In order to win the conference meet, the team needed to finish second, which they missed by .18 seconds. That was really bittersweet, Katelyn Heiner said of the results of the race and the meet itself. I was the last leg, and when I got the baton I was quite a bit behind, so I just gave it all I had. Everybody put it out there for the 4x400. Weve never run that fast before so I was glad to be on that team. You start thinking we could have picked up a point here or there, but then again we could have lost a bunch of points too. Hirschi, a freshman, notched another top-five USU time, running 2:12.70, tabbing second place in the 800-meter. Hannah Williams slid into 10th on the all-time list with a 4:59.69 in the mile, which earned her third place. School-record holder Ruth Hilton was second in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 9:54.73. Kim Quinn was just behind in 9:55.61. Lyndsey Spencer took second place in the shot put with

    a throw of 48 8.25, the third farthest throw by a Utah State athlete. Just behind her was fellow Aggie Spela Hus, who threw a 47.75. The Aggie men took home eight different event titles, highlighted by senior Clint Silcock and Armahd Lewis. Silcock capped off an unde-feated indoor season with a high jump of 72.25, earning his third straight indoor conference title. Lewis was the only Aggie to win two events, running a career best 6.77 in the 60-meter dash, edging him up the record books from fifth to fourth. He also took home top honors in the 200-meter with a time of 21.46. Lewis earned co-honors for Performer of the Year along with Idahos Markus Geiger. Since the fall, I had started working to get Athlete of the Meet. Ever since last year at the conference meet I said I want to get that next year. That was my seasons goal, and I got it, Lewis said. Im feeling confident about my goals for outdoor because I set my indoor goals and got them at the first meet. Parker Bluth fin-ished close in Lewis footsteps, earning second-team All-Conference honors, placing fourth in both the 60-meter and the 200-meter with times of 6.95 and 21.91. James Allred won his second 800-meter run title, finishing in 153:24, just ahead of team mate Jason Holt, who finished in 1:53.86. Eric Larsen led a strong Aggie pack in the mile, winning in a career-best time of 4:09.32. Also in the pack were Hunter Nelson, Aaron

    Clements and Chio Lopez, who finished fourth, fifth and sixth with times of 4:14.46, 4:14.59 and 4:16.17 respectively, each earning second-team All-Conference honors. Daniel Howell rounded out a mid-distance distance trifecta, winning the 3,000 meter run in 8:26.54 John Johnson capped off one of the stronger indoor seasons seen by a male Aggie pole vaulter in a while, finishing second with a height of 16 1.25. The mens 4x400 team of James Allred, Tanner Hunt, Bluth and Lewis took second in a very competitive relay, with a time of 3:14.16, the fourth-fastest time in school history. For Hunts combined effort in the 4x400 and third-place 47.99 run in the 400-meter he earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors. Next up for Utah State is a last chance quali-fying meet held at the University of Washington on March 5, and then the NCAA Indoor Championships held in College Station, Texas, on March 7. So far, Silcock is the lone Aggie who has already automatically qualified for the competition, with Grabowska qualified for an at-large bid, so the majority of the track team will be gearing up for the first outdoor action of the year, which will take place at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz. on March 17.

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    Gymnasts battle fatigue, injuries in falling to Utes and Broncos

    The Aggie gymnasts faced a tough weekend of competi-tion, taking on the University of Utah at home on Friday night before heading to Boise State to face the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. In the end, the Aggies fell to both teams, but competed well. Fridays meet ended with Utah in the lead, 196.550 to the Aggies 193.150. On Sunday, the Broncos came out on top, 195.475 to 192.650. Utah was not ranked this week after holding the No. 3 spot for two weeks. NCAA rules require teams to have three away meet scores by a certain point in the season before they can be ranked. Their trip to Logan was that third meet and they will likely return to the rankings Monday. Boise is cur-rently standing at No. 13. It made for a long weekend for the gymnasts, and head coach Jeff Richards said you could see that in their faces, but they did a good job of hiding it as they performed.

    You could see they were a little tired, but they were doing well and fighting hard, he said. Fridays meet got off to a rough start when junior Rebecca Holliday was injured during her warm-ups on the vault. She hyperextended her knee and was not able to com-pete. There was not time to put someone else on the rotation so the team was forced to compete only five girls, as opposed to the regular six. She said she would be fine to compete in bars, but I told her that this is where team comes in to play, Richards said. Is competing really the best thing? Or is it better to be selfless and let someone else step up and have their chance? Senior Jackie Dillon said she felt a bit of a weird vibe during Fridays meet, but that it all pulled together alright. Becca started out with her hurt knee and that kind of threw us off a little but we pulled together and kept it going, she said. Holliday did not compete Sunday, but is hoping to be ready for the meet this Friday.

    Even though neither meet resulted in a win for the Aggies, there were plenty of personal successes. On Friday, both senior Jackie Dillon and freshman Rachel Vaske earned career-highs on their all-around scores. Im very proud of myself, Vaske said. I was sick and couldnt work out with the girls Monday and Wednesday, I just had Thursday of working out by myself. Im pleased with my performance. Both meets resulted in new high scores on the beam for the team this season. They earned an overall score of 48.075 on Friday, only to top it Sunday with a 48.200. Were getting a lot more confident and its definitely showing on beam, Vaske said. The beam can either make you or break you. Sundays beam scores were consistent for everyone. There was only one fall and that score ended up being the one that was dropped. We got our stuff together and got the scores we needed, five for five, junior Nicole

    Simoneau said. We expected the scores to be higher, but we dont have any control over that. Simoneau earned her ninth bars title of the year on Sunday with a score of 9.800. Theres not much to say, she said. I just did my routine the way I know how to do it. Richards said, Nicole is a fighter. She always persists and is just a rock. Overall, the team felt like Sunday went well, even if they didnt have the scores to show it. Its an OK score, but its disappointing, it really is, Richards said. We performed much better. We were aiming for the 193.5, and felt like wed earned that. With only two meets left in the regular competition season, the Aggies are feeling good and feeling confident. Were where we want to be, Richards said. Our routines are coming together, and the girls are looking and feeling more confident. The Aggies return to the Spectrum on Friday, March 4,

    for the last home meet of the year. This will be senior night for Dillon and Lyndsie Boone. Its always a bittersweet thing, having that last home

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    The College of Engineering has many great opportunities for students studying within the various engineering majors. There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research in conjunc-tion with graduate research. We also have many student clubs that are chapters of pro-fessional societies. This last week, concurrently with elections, was National Engineers Week 2011 and there were several events engaging students and the local community in engineering-related activi-ties. National Engineers Week is part of the National Engineers Week Foundation which according to their website is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engi-neering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and apprecia-tion of engineers contributions to society. Each year for Engineering Week at USU our student council, known as Engineering Council or E-Council, organizes and coordinates several activities and events for engineering stu-dents. This years council president is Emily Chipman, a senior majoring in civil engineering, and she was the primary organiz-er for the weeks activities. The activities that ensued last week included: ferrous liquid (magnetic liquid), free breakfast and ice cream, lunch provided by College of Engineering Dean Scott Hinton, club competitions, the engineering awards luncheon, Nerds vs. Zombies and a community night. The club competitions were put on by engineering clubs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Some of the competitions

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    If it aint broke, dont fix it, right?Thats how the old saying goes. Its perfectly applicable in many ways at Utah State. We dont see anybody clamoring for a change at the head coach position for mens basketball, because what we have is obviously working. We dont see anybody demanding that the Quickstop be closed down in place of something better, because that place is always at least decently busy. So why is it that the formerly named College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences feels the need to try and alter its moniker from the previously mainstream College of HASS to simply CHASS? Is it an effort to sound hip? Is it to try and give it a new image now that the arts portion of that college has seceded off to form a more perfect union for itself? HASS still works just fine. The arts are gone, but now the A in HASS can represent the and that was so long ignored from that title. Even at last weeks student elections when the new CHASS senator was announced, the crowd reacted by shouting, HASS! People are familiar with the College of HASS. Now with this new endeavor of nomenclatural alteration, the college is facing the issue of a lot of confusion, albeit mild, of having to explain to everyone exactly what CHASS is. This is all without even addressing the issue of redundancy, which is probably inevitable. For the most part, every other college at Utah State University has not tried any stunt like this. They simply go by their names of College of Engineering or College of Agriculture. Even the colleges that are named after somebody are referred to more often as just the College of Education rather than the proper full term of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. But if CHASS is supposed to be short for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, then saying College of CHASS is redundant. For HASS students, do you really want your graduation ceremony to simply be referred to CHASS, rather than something a little more proper like the College of Humanities and Social Sciences? It just seems like CHASS is dumbing things down and trying to be something its not. It also seems like an institution of higher edu-cation should be trying to come across as smarter and more well put together than to make some misguided attempt at a slang term nobody seems to like. Also, the word just sounds like something gross. Were not sure what it is, but it just sounds wrong.

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    All hail our new legislating executive All Hail the new U.S. President our great Supreme L e g i s l a t o r ! After describ-ing his par-tys perfor-mance in the N o v e m b e r elections as a shellacking, some of us feared our great president would back off from his mandate to change our nation into a new and improved version. But we neednt fear when the president said he was humbled, we can now see that he realized he had not been doing enough. We all know what a great legislator he was as a senator at least for the half-term for which he had a chance to show his greatness let us rejoice that he is bringing his lawmaking prowess to the White House. I hear my critics starting to rumble: It is true, the new Obama is not wholly new. Indeed, presidents have been influencing lawmaking for some time. Their insistence on making law-making an essential part of their campaigns has made it difficult for the true transformers to present themselves as such. Furthermore, the Obama administration first started to uphold its mandate to rule above the law last year. In April, it placed a moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Though it was necessary for the president to convince the Republicans and, okay, even Democrats that it was acceptable policy by arguing that it would be for a brief time while the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was assessed, Obama did not let his crisis go to waste. The moratorium is still in effect. It has not been easy to support this policy. But our fearless leader is never one to give in to public pressure.

    The gulf economy, slammed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, must now also deal with the effects of losing its drilling economy, on which it is highly dependent. A former EPA chief has declared that the mora-torium is doing significant damage to the gulf economy. It is not easy to support the drilling moratorium, but we must thank our leader for protecting our waters from the unsightly mess of those drills. To make matters worse, the courts have opposed Obamas moratoriums. In June, the first was shot down by a judge who declared it was overly broad. Obama stood by his guns and made a new moratorium that stopped the exact same drilling. When these disre-spectful courts declared that this one was also too broad, our leader had his response in hand: he would simply not let his administra-tion issue drilling permits. Voila! Why keep making policies that the courts are going to disrespect? We cant let naysayers push us around. Let us take a moment to thank our media for supporting our glorious president in such times. Just imagine if the general populace was aware the president was being held in contempt of court! So maybe the November elections did little to affect Obamas policies. Perhaps instead he simply saw how effective simply enact-ing his will could be. Maybe he had formerly suffered under the disillusion that the consti-tutional authority of the president was lim-ited to executing laws and not making them. Though I hate to suggest such, maybe it was Ms. Pelosis open contempt for the constitu-tion that inspired our leader. We all know no one really cares about the old yellowing document anyway. Though, as Obama in a

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    with the increasing cost of college, this decrease in federal financial aid will affect many USU students. Thanks goodness USU fac-ulty and students can look forward to eventually tak-ing advantage of the $5 million estate tax exemp-tion. Thank senator-for- life Hatch for supporting con-

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    Edible Car Contest similar to pinewood derby, only with vehicles made only of food. Have the fastest car and longest distance to win. Put on by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers student chapter. Paper Towers build the tallest free-stand-ing tower out of newspaper to win. Put on by the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter. Beta Bowl similar to jeopardy for engi-neers. Put on by Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi. Marker Madness develop a catapult to throw and land a whiteboard marker in a classroom garbage can. Also put on by Tau Beta Pi. Calculator Quick Draw be the first to solve math problems on your calculator, Put on by the Society of Women Engineers student chapter. Ms. Engineering Pageant and Nerdy Man Contest girls participate to show their beauty, brains, and nerdiness while the men answer questions and share their talents. Also put on by the Society of Women Engineers student chapter.

    With about 300 attendees, the first ever USU Engineering Community Night was a huge success. The goal of the community night was primarily to reach out to anyone in the community, particularly youth, to intro-

    duce them to different aspects of engineering. Student clubs and groups from our college showcased several projects and technologies relating to their majors including: concrete canoe, flight simulator, ECG monitoring, rock-ets, robotics, steel bridge, etc. We also had a speaker, lead EECOM Flight Controller for all NASA Apollo missions, Sy Liebergot, share his own experience with the Apollo 13 crisis. Many youth do not know of the wide range of opportunities in engineering fields ranging from environment to aerospace, biological processes to computers, buildings and bridges to engineering teaching programs and pro-fessional piloting. Some do not choose the engineering career path, because they want a career that will help people when in real-ity engineers help people just as much, if not more than many other professions. Just take a look at what is around you and you will see that engineers have touched nearly everything from the house you live in to your laptop to the clean water your drink. Also, engineering is not just for nerds. Anyone who has an aptitude for math and science should definitely consider becoming an engineer. Our colleges motto is Creating Tomorrow Today, and right now our students are doing just that by learning the skills and gaining the knowledge necessary to become good and ethical engineers. There is a bright future for engineering ahead.

    Cami Lyman is the ASUSU engineering senator.

    former life was a professor of constitutional law, he might have had delusions about its applications to 21st century American government. However it happened, we can sleep at night knowing that Obama will stop at noth-ing to ensure his great chang-es are enforced. Today we are only seeing his negation of the law. Though 26 states won a court case charging that ObamaCare was uncon-stitutional, his administration has assured us it would not respect such an outrageous claim. Just last week, we saw him declare the his admin-istration would not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, that declares marriage on a federal level to be between a man and a woman. Our nation with all its petty rival-ries and contention has been stuck too long in the past. I have great hope that tomor-row will see more active legis-lation from the White House.

    Finally we have been given a leader who will show us into the present and guide us into the future. Internationally, our old alli-ances are not needed. This is a new world and we must leave our euro-centrism, with those staunch allies we have had for so long. Obama is paving the way, selling our most loyal ally, the United Kingdom, to gain a foothold with Russia. An essential part of Britains strategy is not to let the world know just how many nuclear arms it has. To finalize the New START trea-ty, which aims to limit nucle-ar arms levels between the United States and Russia, the Obama administration gave Russia the serial number of every Trident Missile we sup-ply to Britain. After all, what use is an ally such as Britain today? They only have the third largest military expendi-tures in the world Russia is fifth and have been a loyal

    ally for more than 100 years. All Hail the New Presidency. But let us hope that Obama knows what he has done he must now ensure that the other side never gains executive power again. Just imagine if a President Palin took the sort of power our great leader has. Why, the federal government could stop enforcing Roe v. Wade, start enforcing abstinence-only education and creation-ism maybe even replacing evolution education and start marauding our troops all over the world without any congressional input. Let us then, once again, have hope that Obama will not hold back on change and that he will ensure we never have a president who will push us back into the 20th century.

    Charles Major is a graduate student studying business.

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    On the road to ever-more federal control of our choices

    A California county recently banned fast-food restaurants from including toys in their kids meals. The goal of this new ban is to reduce rampant obesity in todays youth by breaking the link between unhealthy food and prizes. On the face of it, the effects of this ban seem trivial: so what if there are no longer any toys with meals? But however petty this law may seem at first glance, its implications are anything but. If we accept the underlying premise of this ban, that it is proper for the government to outlaw practices with which it disagrees in the name of whats best for us, then the debate is no longer about whether the government should control our lives; it is merely a question of how much. Our lives are comprised of a constant series of deci-sions, ranging from the foods we should eat to the careers we pursue to the relation-ships we choose to have any number of which it might be asked: is that a healthy choice? Is that really best for you? If we accept that it is the government, and not we as individuals, who decide the answers to these ques-tions, there is no logical end to how intrusive the govern-ment may become in order to purportedly protect us or our children from obesity or any other real or alleged harm. If kids meals should not include toys, then maybe McDonalds should be banned from having play-grounds because these might attract children to eat there.

    Or maybe the companys mascot, Ronald McDonald, should be banned because he appeals to children. Or perhaps fast food restau-rants should not be allowed to paint their exteriors with bright, cheerful colors but instead must look drab like cigarette cartons and ads are forced to do. And maybe banning fast food restaurants in general would be a good idea since theyre not healthy for anyone, as has already been done in other California towns. The logical consequence of banning toys in kids meals is the governments ever-increasing control over what foods a restaurant can sell, how it can sell them, and what we as consum-ers can eat. This means that someone who usually eats healthy foods but likes to occasionally bite into a juicy cheeseburger may no longer have the choice to decide whether he can do so. This decision will be left up to the government. Or a mom who on occasion purchases kids meals for her child for the convenience of an easy and quick bite may no longer have the luxury of deciding to pursue that option. Uncle Sam will decide what any parent feeds his child.There are those who will scoff at this slippery slope argument. But if these predictions seem too speculative, remem-ber that the laws of today

    were the parodies of yester-day. Back in 1994, many peo-ple thought it was absurd for tobacco companies to argue that anti-smoking legislation opened the door to regula-tion of food. Sixteen years later, here we are. Where will we be in 2026? Once a legal principle is established and increasingly entrenched as this law will further entrench the principle that govern-ment should control our food choices history shows us that the implications of such a principle will be carried out over time.This nation was rightly found-ed on the premise that we have the right to exercise our own choices, even when our decisions might be mistaken or when others disagree. If companies want to offer toys with their kids meals, even if these meals may be considered unhealthy, they should be free to do so. Likewise, parents should be free to decide whether they want to purchase such meals for their children. And of course, those that oppose such practices should be free to advocate their opposition. What the fast-food toy ban does instead is sidestep all of these freedoms and paternalistically impose a course of action on law-abid-ing Americans. Our govern-ment should not be making these choices for us under the ostensible goal of doing what is in our best interest. We should be able to decide that for ourselves.

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    - Recent Alumni Art Exhibit, Tippetts- Communication and Leadership Seminar, Eccles Conf. Center, all day- Powder Wagon, TSC Parking Lot, 8 a.m.- Career Fair, TSC, 9-3 p.m.- Safe Spring Break, Library, 10 a.m.- Meditation Club, TSC, 1:30 p.m.- Math Anxiety Workshop, TSC, 3:30 p.m.- Wild Wednesday, Stokes Nature Center, 4 p.m.- Mens Basketball at New Mexico State, 9:05 p.m.

    - Recent Alumni Art Exhibit, Tippetts- Communication and Leadership Seminar, Eccles Conf. Center, all day- Abstracts due for Student Showcase- Student Fellowships application due- Safe Spring Break, Library, 10 a.m.- Womens Tennis vs. Weber State, 12 p.m.- CIL Short Course, ESLC Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.- Movie Documentary I.O.U.S.A, TSC Auditorium, 7 p.m.- TSA Show: Mrs. Hill, Studio Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

    Todays Issue

    Today is Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Todays issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Maddie Dunn, a freshman majoring in biology from Sandy, Utah.

    WeatherHigh: 36 Low: 28Skies: Partly cloudy

    Today in History: In 1940 Mario Andretti, is born in Montona, Italy, on February 28, 1940. In a career that spanned five decades, Andretti was known for his versatility as a driver, taking the checkered flag behind the wheel of sports cars, sprint cars and stock cars on a variety of race courses.

    Almanac

    Darrin Brooks and Nancy Hills present, Big Hair, Big Chair: The Power and Influence of Women in the 18th Century as part of Womens History Month. The event is free and is open to all. MC Library 101 March 3 at 3:30 - 5 p.m. Annual Spring Book Sale. From beach reading to scholarly texts, theres something for everyone. All books only 25 cents, only three days. Sale starts 9 a.m. March 2, continues during regular library hours, and ends 5pm Friday, March 4. Come to the Atrium of the Merrill-Cazier Library, and find something to entertain, feed, or boggle your mind from our diverse selection. Spring fever? It is time to get started with seeding and transplant-ing. Get weekly up dates on what you can do to help at the Student Farm. Always a blast! studentfarm@lists.usu.edu. Who will be USUs next design star? It could be you! Contestants will have 1 hour to design a light fixture from recycled materials. The event is Feb. 28 at 5-7:30 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom. Ceremony to honor women over 65 from the community for Early Career and Lifetime Achievements. Awards will be presented. TSC Ballroom 6:00 p.m. on March 14. Abstracts due March 1 for Student Showcase, USUs celebra-tion of Undergraduate Research. Submit at this site: https://research.usu.edu/undergrad/htm/sharing-your-research/student-showcase Maceys Little Theater cooking classes is hosting Heritage Cooking with David Sidwell. He will teach us how to make perfect Sour Dough Delights! He will even have a starter straight from San Francisco. Come Hungry-Leave Happy! March 3 at 7-8 p.m. First Club Meeting for the USU Aggies Against the Grain: Celiac Awareness and Support Club will be held March 2 at 5:30 p.m. Business Building room 202A. EVERYONE is welcome, no need to be Gluten Intolerant.

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