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Today's word on journalism

Friday, May 12, 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

Tennis player honored for 4.0 GPA

By Aaron Falk

April 27, 2006 | Senior tennis player Andrea Barker was honored Wednesday for the four most important points of her college career -- a 4.0 grade point average.

Barker, the College of Education's valedictorian, was named the Whitesides Recipient, during the 51st annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon. The event honored 143 athletes, manager and trainers for earning a 3.2 GPA or better over the course of the year.

"It is a special award for me, because I was not sure I would finish up here after I got married my sophomore year," Barker said. "I have had such a wonderful time being up here. Doing sports has taught me how to balance everything."

An exercise science major, Barker was one of 36 selected from more than 600 applicants to the University of Utah's graduate school program, where she will work toward becoming a physician's assistant. Barker racked up an 8-14 record in singles play during her final season at Utah State.

In all, approximately 45 percent of USU's student athletes earned the qualifying marks of a 3.2 GPA or better.

Special recognition was also given to runner Dustin Vetica, who was the recipient of the Aggie Achievement Award. The senior Vetica battled with spine injuries he sustained in a car wreck his sophomore year of high school. He still went on to earn high school All-America honors and compete at Utah State.

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