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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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What makes a perfect date in Logan? Girls talk, you listen

By Ryan Kent

February 20, 2009 | Male students of Utah State University are in luck. Have any of you guys spent countless nights trying to think of the perfect date to take the girl of your dreams on? Is there such a date that could exist in Logan, Utah? Search no more. I took a completely unscientific poll on Facebook and asked over 100 girls their thoughts and experiences on what would make the perfect date and with their help the perfect date lies on the threshold.

Through the series of questions asked to the girls on locations, activities and advice, one question stood out because it was the only one unanimously agreed on by every single woman. It was that not one single girl wanted to be taken to a movie theater.

"No movie theaters please," explained Olivia Stainbrook, who will be transferring from Weber State to USU in the fall. Going to the movie theater would be an instant turn-off. She went into details about how the guy should make it personal, fun and to not try for a kiss on the first date.

When taking a date to a movie theater the personal touch becomes lost and the communication layer is broken down. The so-called getting to know you stage is delayed and it seems you're stuck with someone you don't know all that well within an environment where talking is frowned upon.

People need to get outdoors and construct fun activities. In fact, an astonishing 85 percent of the women interviewed would like to have an fun activity, engaging conversation and the date to be located outdoors.

Jessica Meyers, junior at USU, says "I love doing anything that you can turn into inside jokes and enjoy the little things. Conversation is a big key."

There is a need to get outside and explore the many options available. "It promotes conversation. That means, no movies or loud concerts or anything that keeps you both from talking to each other," said Dennie Hughes, USA Weekend magazine's contributing editor and RelationTipswriter.

Logan doesn't have a lot of choices as far as fine, exquisite dining. Hamilton's and Iron Gate Grill are a little on the higher end but luckily for the men, most women don't prefer either one. Of the interviewees, 60 percent said if going out to dinner was their choice they'd enjoy dinner at Cafe Sabor, a restaurant specializing in delicious Mexican cuisine and great prices, especially to USU students who on Wednesday receive the college night discount. Live bands also frequently perform Cafe Sabor encouraging the students to come out. Cafe Sabor is conveniently located at 600 West Center Street in Logan. The building is actually wonderfully set on an old railroad track giving it a lively and old-fashioned look.

"Cafe Sabor has a vibrant atmosphere that is fun and layed back. It is an easy place to talk and have a good time. Our staff makes people feel comfortable and welcomed," said Marlo Wilkey, general manager of Cafe Sabor.

Of all the dates explained, one stood out. Erica Beckstrand, freshmen at USU, said she went on one that they all acted like tourists in Logan. They went and took pictures of the tabernacle, Old Main, the temple, the mall, and the Bluebird. It was really fun for her. Out of the ordinary ideas usually leaves a more impressionable memory but isn't required.

The most popular and ideal date that 88 percent of the girls agreed to was a simple, cheap date. The date consisted of a hike or drive up the canyon, enjoying a night's fire, talking and getting to know each other better. Next, eating a homemade dinner or being taken to Cafe Sabor. Finally, top the night off with a movie at either person's house and cuddling.

Jennilyn West, student at USU, wanted to add that, "Him making me dinner would be extra special because not all guys can cook."

Guys, you know what to do now go out and do it. If you don't have a lot of money and can't take her to Cafe Sabor then make her something that she can eat and won't kill her. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, ice skating, snowboarding or walks by the dam are a must and all conveniently located all over Logan. Don't forget to be vocal and when having a good conversation next to a warm fire, don't be shy to cuddle. Top it off with a movie at your place and not one in the theaters. Oh, and don't forget to make sure you save the kiss for another date. It'll keep them wanting it more the next time around.

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