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Today's word on journalism

Monday, May 15, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

He walked a mile in her shoes, and boy, was he glad to take them off

STEP LIVELY: Christopher Barron, left, in pink heels, tries to keep his balance while walking a mile. / Photo by Brianna Mortensen

By Megan Sonderegger

April 13, 2006 | Christopher Barron, a Utah State student, walked clumsily in pastel pink heels, his shoes clicking heavily on the pavement with each painful step.

The cracked sidewalk caught him and he stumbled slightly, regaining his balance with a labored grunt and a small chuckle.

"I don't see why girls put themselves through this pain," Barron said. "I look at my regular shoes and think, 'What a beautiful architectural design of comfort.'"

Barron, along with several other men, participated in Wednesday's walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes campaign as a show of support. The campaign focused on increasing knowledge of sexual assault at Utah State and was part of USU's Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

Photo by Brianna Mortensen

As the walk continued, Barron veered of the concrete path onto the grass, where he said his feet were able to feel more comfortable. A friend rode by on his bike, and Barron waved and responded to the "how are you?" question by responding, "Not as good as you, you're on a bike!

Barron said he wasn't given a choice as to what shoes he wore. He said he was hadned a pair, and when he put them on they felt too tight. He thought they didn't fit, but then realized they were supposed to be tight.

As the end neared, the clicking became heavier and a silence among participants became evident.

"It has become a sober walk now," Barron said with a laugh. "There is not much talking and laughing. The pain has kind of become secondary. My only goal now is to finish this."

Participants crossed the finish line with cheers of support and encouraging music. Sighs of gratitude filled the patio as men traded in their heels for tennis shoes and sandals.

"This feels like an answer to my prayers!" Barron said.

Barron, along with other participants, said he felt the walk was a good experience and it increased knowledge of womanhood.

"That was a mile of soul searching, and I've come to the realization that woman have unique qualities that men will never have -- no matter how hard they practice," Barron said.

WALKIN', TALKIN': Getting into the spirit of the walk, men put some bounce in their step and their dress. / Photos by Adam Thomas

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