Students' choice: Favorite parts
of the USU experience
By Kandice Crompton
April 22, 2009 | As we wind down to the end of the
school year many students find themselves thinking about
the good times they've had over the last nine months.
After speaking with many people I have compiled a list
of some of students favorite activities from this school
year. Feel free to reminisce and add to your list of
memories from this 2008-09 school year!
Poetry & A Beverage
"I really enjoyed Poetry & a Beverage,"
Melissa Kitchen, a sophomore in social work, said.
Poetry & a Beverage is sponsored by ASUSU, and held
about once a month at USU. Students can play music,
sing songs and recite poetry. Kitchen played at one
herself in January, with friend Ben Oman.
Kitchen also enjoyed The Halloween Howl.
Kitchen and her sister dressed as zebras and went
with their roommates, who dressed as a bear and a cowboy.
The Howl is one of the largest Halloween parties in
Utah. The Taggart Student Center fills with people from
all over Utah and southern Idaho to dance, play games,
watch magicians and get hypnotized. Over the last few
years there has been a crack down on costumes and alcohol,
but this is one of USU's essential traditions!
The '80s Party
The '80s party was a dance in the TSC and sponsored
by ASUSU. Held Aug. 29, it celebrated the fact that
USU had their first wave of students that were born
in the 90's.
Brit Clark, senior in public relations, said she really
"It was publicized really well, the activities
were awesome. They had blow-up stuff, sumo wrestlings.
They even gave everyone glow sticks. And everyone dressed
up," Clark said.
Nikki Gordan, senior in social work and Alpha Chi
Omega, said one of the highlights of her year was living
in the Alpha Chi Omega house, on the corner of 800 East
and 700 North, across the street from campus.
"It's easier to live with 14 girls than four,
there's always something going on," Gordon said.
Greeks host activities throughout the school year, and
invite both Greeks and non-Greeks. One of Gordon's memories
that involved her Greek sisters was the Paint Dance
during Homecoming week.
"One girl had oil based paint, not water based,
and it stuck in peoples hair for a long time,"
True Aggie Night
Gordan also enjoyed the Homecoming True Aggie Night.
"It's just good roommate fun," said Gordan,
who did not become a True Aggie herself, but enjoyed
watching other people kiss on the A and people looking
for people to kiss.
According to www.usu.edu/traditions/trueaggie,
"Today one can become a True Aggie by receiving
a kiss on the 'A' under a full moon at midnight by somebody
who already is a 'True Aggie,' or on Homecoming or A-Day
by somebody who is not." True Aggie tradition is
run by the Student Alumni Association.
There are many great clubs at USU to join, and they
all participate in, and host, different activities throughout
Kamille Chlarson, a senior in religious studies, is
a member of the Religious Studies Club, and said one
of her favorite events of the year was the Religious
Studies Club pilgrimage in March. On the pilgrimage
the members traveled around Salt Lake and Utah County
visiting a Buddhist temple, a Zen center, an agnostic
church, a polygamist group, and ended at the Festival
of Colors at the Hari Krishna temple in Spanish Fork.
The USU Hockey team was organized in 1994, and has
been playing as club since then. The Aggie team has
been playing at the Eccles Ice Arena
"The hockey games were fun," Kory Crompton,
an undeclared freshman, said. While hockey is a club
sport, a lot of students are die-hard fans, and the
games are always loud and exciting.
"I went because I heard we were way good and
I wanted to see people fight,"Crompton says.
"They're the funnest!," Amanda Kramer said.
Kramer, a junior in public relations, said she attended
between 10-12 games, "I went to about half the
No one can deny that the USU men's basketball team
had a great season. David Fredrickson, an undeclared
junior, was only able to attend two basketball games
this year, but said one of his favorite memories of
the year was when the team was in the playoffs.
"The whole school just stopped to watch. People
just stopped in the hallways to watch the final game
we were in. And everyone sighed at the same time when
we lost," Fredrickson remembers.
While we did not make it to the end of the tournament,
it was a very memorable season!
The 2008-09 school year was a great year. As we wind
down to the end of the semester, look back on the last
nine months and think about how much fun you've had!