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Today's word on journalism

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A newspaper creed:

"An institution that should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty."

-- The New York World, 1883





'The Only Road North' tells of journey of faith and hope
Erik Mirandette was a sophomore at the Air Force Academy when his story begins. He had joined intent on making a difference in the world, and had been convinced that he had chosen the best road to lead him to that end. / By Cynthia Schnitzler


Chinese student, like so many others, adjusts to stress of living in two worlds
When the teacher walked into the room, Rui Cao stood up with all the other students. In China teachers are highly esteemed, and it is not only customary, but appropriate for pupils to show formal respect. As Cao waited for permission to be seated, she silently dreamed about her education. / By Miriah Griffith

Dutch student likes Logan but longs to stock his home fridge with beer
Pascal Coenen, an international student, said the first thing he will do when he returns home, after a semester at Utah State University, is "fill the refrigerator with beer." / By Ross Davis

Multicultural Student Services helps change negative stereotypes
It's hard to miss the ethnic minorities at Utah State. USU has about 1,500 international students, and 4 percent of the students are ethnic minorities. / By Kallie Olsen

Religious dialogue now much more open, thanks (or not) to the Internet
When a rebuttal to a speech given at October's Latter-day Saints General Conference was posted to the Internet mid-November, it sparked conversation in its best light, fire and brimstone in its worst, and highlighted the way in which the Internet is changing the landscape of American religious dialogue. / By Jen Beasley


Column: A woman in a wheelchair redirects a routine Saturday morning
My husband and I have our Saturday morning routine pretty much down. Sleep in until 10 a.m., run errands at 11, home by 12:30. Like clockwork. What we didn't expect on this particular Saturday morning errand run was a two-hour delay -- right in the middle of the road. / By Miriah Griffith

Facebook becoming central fact of life for some college students
During a hush in her day, Jean West, a Utah State University student and avid Facebook user, penned her life experiences in a journal. As her eyes poured over the freshly written words on the page, one recurring thought infiltrated her mind: addiction. / By Sam Broadbent

Cache Valley photographer 'a good noticer,' even with only one eye
"We need to catch this. You're going to lose your sight," the doctor said. Scott Smith at the age of 24 had developed melanoma in his right eye. To prevent the spread of the cancer his eye had to be removed. / By Jordan Olsen

'Halo 3' gamers destroy aliens night after night in nationwide college fad
As the aroma of freshly delivered pizza filled the room, Tron Arnold, Brett Bodily and Lucy Ward (a.k.a. Slut, V and Wonder Woman) prepared themselves mentally and physically for what would no doubt be an evening of high spirits, competition and entertainment. / By Jackson Olsen

Services, opportunities for valley's disabled population abound
His speech is slow and altered. His left leg is numb and he has to drag it behind him in order to walk. Once a week, he attends a physical therapy session at Mountain West in hopes to improve his mobility. / By Brittany Strickland

USU students provide Christmas cheer to Cache Valley families
Students walking through the Taggart Student Center at Utah State University recently may have noticed an added boost of holiday cheer. / By Jacob Roskelley

Alumni association offers benefits to current students
Being immortalized in stone in the surrounding area of the David B. Haight Alumni Center at Utah State University is only one of the perks that comes from being a lifetime member of the USU Alumni Association. / By Shanta' Green

USU bucks nationwide trend of sororities' decline
Nationally sorority recruitment numbers are going down, but this decline is countered at Utah State University, where sorority numbers have been on the rise since 2005. / By Ariel Wade

Even horses benefit from chiropractic treatment
There's a chiropractor for horse? Yes, in fact there is a chiropractor for most animals that are pets, and Cache Valley is showing a growing interest. / By McKenzie Cattani

Newton girl and her family will visit Hawaii, thanks to Make-A-Wish
There is a 7-year old-girl whose wish is going to come true this winter: she and most of her family are going to Hawaii for a week. / By Stephanie Hebert

Meet 'Doc' McNeal, USU's newest Carnegie professor
Dr. Lyle McNeal describes his students as family members. McNeal, known as "Doc" to all of his students, is on call 24 hours a day, particularly when it is lambing season at the USU South Farm. / By Riki Richards

Century-old barn now owned by Nibley city
In 1903 Ernest Morgan and his young family started with the bare minimum; somehow managing to build an extraordinary farm in Nibley that the city purchased proudly almost a century later. / By Kelsey Koenen

Separating elementary grades in Hyde Park brings benefits, a few inconveniences
Traditionally, students attend three or four schools before graduating, including elementary school, middle school, junior high or intermediate school and high school. So what is the reason behind the separation in elementary? / By Angeline Olschewski


Are we ever too old to be princesses? I was 'Enchanted'
I have a confession to make: I have fallen into the Disney trap. More specifically the Disney princess trap. Whew. That feels better. I've been holding that in since I was a toddler. / By Maddie Wilson


Kappa Delta Sham-Rocks for a good cause
Beethoven once said, "Music can change the world." Last month, around 200 students and community members gathered in the Taggart Student Center International Sunburst Lounge to do just that. / By Kathryn Locke


Biz Features

True Aggie Cafe caters to students with low-priced sandwiches, textbooks
When it comes to saving students money, the True Aggie Cafe has got that covered for books and food. / By Christy Jensen

Cache dairy farmers, now No. 2 in Utah, struggle with urbanization, low prices
Mark Gibbons has been farming all of his life, just like his father and grandfather before him. "I can't think of anything I enjoy more than running the ground," Gibbons said. / By Davis Archibald

Logan weighs in othe great debate: 'Happy Holidays' vs. 'Merry Christmas'
When customers shop at T.J. Maxx this holiday season, they are greeted by employees wearing lanyards with "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah," "Happy Kwanza," and "Feliz Navidad" written on them. / By Whitney Schulte

News we can use: Where's the best public restroom?
This past week, I visited several public restrooms to find the cleanest and safest, and graded them accordingly. / By Natasha Austin

Sportsman's Paradise sells outdoor experiences to hunters and anglers
The Sportsman's Paradise isn't an outlet store selling all the top rifles and fishing poles, it's the real thing -- a paradise for sportsmen to use those items for what they were meant for, hunting. / By Tyler Larson

Paradise still a haven for White family's trout farm
Trout farming isn't a common crop to find at a farm in Paradise, but Grant White, the owner of Trout of Paradise has been keeping it up for over 30 years. / By Tyler Larson

Biz News

Logan not yet caught in home crunch, but real estate experts are wary
The real question on the market today is: Buy, sell or hold? Economists have seen a large drop in the market value of homes in the last 18 months, leaving homeowners feeling hopelessly confused. / By Zane Buxton

Cache Valley Electric working on new, larger headquarters
Cache Valley Electric's corporate office is at 919 North 1000 West, and just south is the location for its new office building. Construction has begun on the 13,000-square-foot, one-story building that will be finished in June 2008. The building will be about 40 percent larger than the current office. / By Trenton Walker

Bar owners, smokers say Utah's impending ban is a real drag
The ultimatum has been set, and the consequences will be high. As of January 1, 2009, all bars and private clubs in Utah will be forced to impose a smoking ban. While this may seem as an inconsequential law to some, there are others whose livelihoods may be at stake due to the recently passed law. / By Tyson Smith

Home businesses thriving in Cache Valley
For some this is the season of giving, for others it's crunch time. Gay Jamison, business license coordinator for Logan city, is swamped with requests and renewals for home-based business licenses during this time of year. / By Kelsey Koenen


Across Bridgerland

Utah ranked worst in nation for depression
Happy Valley may not be so happy after all. A recent report by Mental Health America, formerly the National Mental Health Association, lists Utah as the most depressed state in the union. / By Gideon Oakes

Inversions will only get worse unless valley makes real changes, experts say
As winter approaches, health is once again a major concern within Cache Valley. Residents are familiar with polluted air and inversions; they deal with them on a yearly basis. But many are beginning to wonder how bad it's going to get before changes are made. / By David Buhler

Soaring price of oil is breaking Cache Valley farmers, agent says
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline at the pump is $3.06, up from $2.28 last year at this time, according to the American Automobile Association. The rise in fuel prices has had a dramatic effect on agriculture, LaMar Clements, president of Walton Feed Inc., said. / By Stephanie Hebert

Local News

Providence 'wet water' efforts will continue, spokeswoman says
Providence is growing and as it does so it will need more water than it now has. Mayor Randy Simmons' plan to transfer water rights from other communities was met with considerable opposition from a group of residents known as People for Wet Water. / By Cody Gochnour

Logan man arrested on suspicion of prescription fraud
Matthew Lyman Brown, 25 of Logan, has been arrested on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining subscriptions, forged prescriptions, possession of a controlled substance, possession of prescription substance without a prescription, interfering with arrest and psychotoxic chemical abuse. / By Cody Gochnour

Drivers urged to be cautious in winter, especially in canyons
With the winter snowstorms coming and accidents on the rise, Cache County sheriff's chief deputy Dave Bennett said drivers need to slow down in order to avoid sliding off the road and hitting other cars. / By Amanda Mears

Man gets 45 days in jail for assault while drinking
Eric M. Swenson, 22, was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in the Cache County Jail for two counts of assault, a class-A misdemeanor. / By Amanda Mears

Unauthorized trails lead to problems in Millville Canyon
Problems caused by off-highway vehicles, including dirt bikes, ATVs and other motor vehicles such as dune buggies, on unauthorized routes could be a problem for Millville residents. / By Amanda Mears

Breast cancer patient, 24, helps organize support services for LRH treatment center
Two days before her 24th birthday, Cassidy Bull discovered a lump in her left breast. She was leaving town for a week and didn't have time to get it checked, so she brushed it off telling herself, "Breasts can be lumpy." But she knew. This lump was different. / By Angeline Olschewski

No new road from Paradise to Powder Mountain, officials say
With growing controversy surrounding the new development proposal for Powder Mountain, many Paradise residents are concerned as to what impact it may have on their community. / By Tyler Larson

Sunday beer sales OK'd by Hyrum council
The battle whether to keep Sundays dry in Hyrum came to end Thursday with a 4-1 vote, as the City Council passed a resolution to change the city's beer sales ordinance. / By Dallin Koecher

Valley's winter air pollution a serious problem, officials say
PM 2.5 is in our air at levels that are close to being over the limits set by the EPA. The problem is compounded by the winter cold and weather inversions. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Smithfield's library woes still unsettled
Karen Bowling, the children's librarian, said she feels although the library is a wonderful asset to the community, the building itself it just not big enough to serve the needs of the area. / By Debra Hawkins

Wellsman man arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse
A Wellsville man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Two victims were described as "very, very young." / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Man sentenced for meth possession
Robert Craig Downs, 27, was sentenced to no less than one year and no more than 15 for his guilty plea to a second-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamines. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Carlson declared the winner in Mendon's close council race
With the new year comes a new City Council, mostly. Mayor Michael Morgan and Councilman Jon Hardman thanked council members Leslie Larson, Allen Gardner and RoseAnn Brandley at last month's council meeting, the last of the year. / By Cody Gochnour

Effort to ban smoking on TSC patio is moving along
A petition to ban smoking on the Taggart Student Center patio and other popular smoking places on Utah State University campus was signed by over 1,000 students in spring semester this year. Since then, not much action has been taken. / By Miriah Griffith

Cache Rendezvous for December 6, 2007: Belly dancing, St. Nick and holiday treats
It's the final Cache Rendezvous of 2007, and we will take a look at an interesting, ancient, Middle Eastern art form: belly dancing. We also have an interview with the one and only Saint Nicholas, and yes, it is the real Santa Claus. Find out how to make a common holiday treat even more tasty (and even more fattening). We also have some tips to keep your stress levels down during this busy time of the season. / Producers: Jessica Hyde and Matt Jensen. Anchors: Chris Garff and Kevin Peterson.

Excessive drinking -- six Bacardis in an hour -- a risk for many USU students
The party picks up speed as the drinking starts getting more out of hand. Students are drinking beer and shots of whiskey like they're water. / By M. Kathryn Hanberg

Providence woman draws jail sentence for stalking
A 19-year-old woman was sentenced to 33 days in the Cache County Jail after being charged with stalking, a class-A misdemeanor, after incidents that occurred around August of this year. / By Bria Jones

ATV News for December 3, 2007: Travel tips, basketball, and skiing
A-TV News takes a look at USU's most popular holiday service project and gives you some travel tips to help in having a safe and efficient holiday. Kenny Reid covers all of last weekend's basketball action and tells you which of Utah's ski resorts are already open for business in A-TV Sports. / Anchors: Megan Tschida, Jessica Walker, Kenny Reid. Producers: Blake VanTussenbrook, Heidi Kulicke and Rich Epperson.

Largest donation in USU history
The Utah State University College of Business received nearly $26 million from Jon M. Huntsman Monday at a ceremony held in the Taggart Student Center. / By Riki Richards


Utahns watching, waiting for Supreme Court ruling on DC guns
"The biggest Second Amendment court battle in history is about to begin. One that will have a huge impact on you, your children and every other American gun owner for generations." These are the words of National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre in reference to the upcoming Supreme Court decision on District of Columbia vs. Heller. / By Kimberly A. Hinckley


Benazir Bhutto, RIP
Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister and the first woman to lead a Muslim nation, is dead. And the world is poorer for her passing. / By Leon D'Souza

Freshmen: Listen up
The next time you visit your college campus, freshmen of Utah State University, try to notice what we veteran college students have been noticing for years: There are a disproportionate number of you young pups walking about. / By Jake Williams

Grandma's 100th birthday reminds us that time is short -- but we all have today
I recently took a trip to Florida to visit my grandmother for her 100th birthday. While it was great to be able to head south for a few days and enjoy the sunshine and the warm weather, it was kind of unfortunate that it was the weekend right before finals week. / By Cynthia Schnitzler

A world free of nuclear weapons
Nuclear weapons today present tremendous dangers, but also an historic opportunity. U.S. leadership will be required to take the world to the next stage -- to a solid consensus for reversing reliance on nuclear weapons globally as a vital contribution to preventing their proliferation into potentially dangerous hands, and ultimately ending them as a threat to the world. / Reprinted with permission of the Wall Street Journal

Grandma turns 100, still visits the 'old people' on Sundays
Last weekend my grandma turned 100 years old. People look at me funny when I say that. They ask, "You mean your great-grandma?" And I have to smile and shake my head. "Nope. My grandma." / By Cynthia Schnitzler

Christmas presents come from the strangest people
In your family, Christmas presents probably come from Santa Claus, Uncle Larry, or maybe Baby Jesus. In mine, they come from April Norman. / By Jen Beasley

A wee rant on inflatable yard decorations
I don't remember reading about the Abominable Snowman attending the birth of our Savior, worshipping next to a shepherd, but that is the scene portrayed on the lawn of a home on 200 North. / By Angeline Olschewski

What I learned in college
I've ordered my cap and gown and sent out my announcements. It's looking like I'm going to pass all my classes this semester which will give me exactly 120 credits. So, as long as I finally take all six CIL exams this week, I'm graduating from college. / By Manette Newbold

Fight encroaching adulthood - make a snow angel
I don't know what stopped me mid-stride to stand there but I was glad I did. As I stood there and watched the snow wafting down around me I remembered the excitement I used to feel as a child when it snowed. / By Stephanie Hebert

If the world were a MySpace chatroom, monkeys could run it
I used to naively believe that humanity was good and decent and more intelligent than the world gives credit. / By Whitni Webb

Memories of my long-awaited white Christmas
As a child, each year I hoped for one thing when it came to the holidays -- a puffy and powdery "white Christmas" -- and each year, that never happened. Then, finally, when I was 11 years old, my wish came true. / By Brittany Strickland

Goodbye Aggies, it's time to move on
Four assignments, three after I turn this one in, and two final exams left. The countdown is on with two weeks left in my Aggie career. / By Michael Sharp

Bah! Snow turns the world into crippled guppies sliding around
The situation being what it is, snow is foreign, strange and frightening to me. So I deal with my unfamiliarity with the snow in the same way most Western minds deal with things that are strange -- I build up a blind hatred and condemn them without any knowledge or context, cultivating an impossibly irrational paradigm regarding all things white and powdery. / By David Baker


Cache Valley almost un-American in its lack of rabid sports fans
Maybe we don't eat, breathe and sweat sports every second of our lives, but there is something intrinsically attractive about the world of athletic competition. / By Jake Williams

USU gym rats fight the trend of college students' weight gain
Tate Secrist, also a USU student, wakes up every day at 8 a.m. to begin his daily routine. Secrist attends classes for the first few hours of the day, followed by a take-out lunch from his favorite fast food joint, which he usually eats with his girlfriend. Then he finishes his day off with sitting behind a desk crunching numbers and figures for an insurance brokerage. The sweat from his day comes from stress and too many stairs. / By Sam Broadbent

Whatever sport you choose, getting exercise is critically important
"It's easy to say 'no' to yourself," said USU Professor Dr. Richard Gordin, "but it's harder to say 'no' to a group of people that are depending on you." / By Cody Gochnour

Go skiing, go snowboarding -- just get out and play in the snow
I'm so glad that it finally snowed. I don't care for freezing temperatures unless there's snow. Somehow, for me, the snow makes the negative temperatures worth it. / By Cynthia Schnitzler

Cycling in Cache Valley: A fan's guide to the best rides
If you're into scenery and exercise but aren't ready to tackle the mountains, these routes may be for you. / By Paul W. Larson

Rowdy, die-hard fans help give Aggies an edge in Spectrum
"You you you you you suck!" can be heard echoing across the Spectrum at USU home games, taunting the opposing team. / By Renae Cowley

Sled dogs training hard, even if only in mud, for K9 Challenge
The fourth annual K9 Challenge dog sled race, Jan. 17-19, will begin at the Sinks at the top of Logan Canyon trail head and travel up to 100 miles along the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. / By Justin Badger

Eating disorders on the rise for female athletes
Many girls feel the pressure to look thin. Some become obsessed with losing weight taking drastic measures to reach perfection. Eating disorders in female athletes are becoming more common. / By Crystal Degen

Critical Mass rides Logan streets to call attention to bikers and their rights
Although Critical Mass mostly happens in big cities such as New York and Salt Lake City, members of the USU cycling team Cole Gibbons and Jonathan Kidd thought Logan could benefit from such an event because of the lack of bike lanes around the valley. / By Christy Jensen

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