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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Lots to consider when looking for a place live for the summer

By Kandice Crompton

April 22, 2009 | Don't just think about the price this summer!

As people scramble to find a place to live this summer it is important to remember that cost should not be the only determining factor is choosing a place. Students are more than willing to share their experiences to help other students learn from their mistakes. Here is a list of a few of the many places around Cache Valley that students live over the summer, and a testimonies from students who have actually spent their summer there.


Nikki Gordan, senior in social work, lived in a house on 100 east on summer.

"I really loved that summer" Gordan said. "The landlords decided to let us have pets, so we had two medium to large sized dogs running around, and a cat."

Gordan said that one thing to remember when thinking about summer living is that people aren't home very much, and you will get a lot more visitors that want to "crash on your couch."

While there are houses all over Cache Valley, Gordan's was next to a grocery store, and in the center of Logan.

"It was nice to be able to walk to everything, work, the grocery store, just everything could be walked to."

"I love living in houses over the summer" said Jo Olsen, a senior in public relations. "I usually have to be on campus a lot during the summer for A-team stuff, so it's really convenient."

Old Farm

Old Farm, located on 800 east and 1000 north, is advertising for the summer. While the east side of Old Farm (referred to as the "old side") is rented out to summer citizens, the south side (the "new side") is rented out to students.

Melissa Kitchen lived in Old Farm the summer of 2008, and said "I liked it a lot!"

"It was pretty social. It wasn't very crowded, and I got to know people better [in the summer than during the school year]".

In the new side of Old Farm each apartment has two shared bedrooms and one private. There are five people to an apartment, and three and a half bathrooms.


Clarksburg, below the new parking garage on the west side of campus, is advertising for the summer.

Kamille Chlarson lived in Clarksburg the summer of 2007.

"It was a nice place, I liked it a lot!"

Clarksburg apartments have five private bedrooms and five bathrooms spread over two floors. The bottom floor of these three story apartments has a large living room and kitchen.

"You have huge bedrooms and your own bathroom." Chlarson says.

Darwin Avenue

Darwin Avenue is located as close to campus as you can get, immediately behind the LDS Institute building. Houses are split into different apartments. Summer rates are being advertised.

David Fredrickson lived in two different houses on Darwin Avenue. The summer of 2007 was spent in what is referred to as the blue light house. The summer of 2008 was spent in was is referred to as the Pink house.

"The summer I spent in the blue light house was more fun than the summer at the pink house. When I lived there I worked every night. It was lame, at least for me." Fredrickson said.

Fredrickson said that Darwin is social during the summer, and remembers when a neighborhood cook-off contest was organized.

Each house has a different number of rooms and roommates, and students will need to call the manager for more information.

There is a lot to consider when finding a place to live this summer, but Logan is a great place to spend those four months. Start looking now for the best deals, and have a great summer!



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