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Today's word on journalism

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

News from the vast wasteland:

"I'm here to propose that we replace the bad old bargain that past FCCs struck with the media moguls with a new American Media Contract. It goes like this. We, the American people have given broadcasters free use of the nation's most valuable spectrum, and we expect something in return. We expect this:
1. A right to media that strengthens our democracy
2. A right to local stations that are actually local
3. A right to media that looks and sounds like America
4. A right to news that isn't canned and radio playlists that aren't for sale
5. A right to programming that isn't so damned bad so damned often."

--Michael J. Copps. Federal Communications Commission, 2007 (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson)





USU landscape architecture students to conduct workshops in Sanpete County
One hundred-twenty students and professors from Utah State Universityís department of landscape architecture and environmental planning will travel Feb. 6 to Utahís Sanpete County Feb. 6 to conduct an intensive design workshop or "charrette."


JCOM professor co-authors book to accompany National Geographic film
A Utah State University professor has collaborated with a Lost Boy of Sudan on the memoir God Grew Tired of Us, a National Geographic Press book published this week.


'Scope' entertains while addressing relevant social issues
Scope is the story of a U.S. Army sniper who shot an "enemy soldier" in Iraq. The sniper later meets the wounded soldier in a hospital and although the sniper was trained to perceive the enemy as less than human, he feels compelled to help make his victim comfortable in the hospital. / By Stevie Stewart


'One-Acts' continue at USU
The advanced directing class from Utah State University's department of theatre sweeps the Christmas-break dust off the Studio Theatre floor to open 2007 with An Evening of One-Acts.

Plans for Ryan's Place unveiled at River Heights Elementary gym
Roughly 250 people gathered in the gym at River Heights Elementary Tuesday night to see the unveiling of the community park design. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Designer gets ideas from 'playground experts' for project to remember drowned boy
Ryan's Place will be a children's dream world. Designed in a single day by playground designer Barry Segal of Leathers & Associates, a nationally recognized playground design group, it will encompass as many elementary schoolchildren's ideas as possible. / By Mikaylie Kartchner
Diseñador recibe ideas de 'expertos en zonas de juegos' para un proyecto e memoria de niño que murió ahogado

When candy makes size matter (especially when it comes to the important things in life)
Some things are better small. Sports cars, credit card bills, taxes, the time spent paying taxes and credit card bills, number of bad hair cuts, cleaning, even the number of fights you have with a girlfriend should be kept small. / By Taylor Scott


USU singer/songwriter Libbie Linton brings 'organic' flair to Logan's music scene
These days, any yahoo can string together words in a semblance of song. Utah State singer/songwriter Libbie Linton says there's a sincerity shortage among pop musicians that encourages the prevalence of mindless, predictable radio-rock. / By David Sweeney

USU student Ryan Morse's new CD catchy, touching
After years of entertaining Utah audiences with his charming stories told in song, Ryan Morse, a 22-year-old junior at Utah State University, released his second album, Green Is My Favorite Color by Far. / By Ben Hibshman

Utah band Vierwers Like You finds its energy in ska
The three members -- Devin Felix, Jeremiah Graves and Fathead Hylton -- launched in a ska version of the Christmas song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The bassist was supposed to show, they said, but couldn't make it. This was the first time any had played that song together. / By Chris McCormick

CAPSA to host benefit concert Saturday
CAPSA, the Val R. Christensen Service Center and the USU Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Information Office (SAAVI) are presenting a benefit concert to raise awareness about rape and domestic violence at Utah State University.

Wild Art

Sledding on Old Main Hill, complete with sofa / Photos by Devin Felix

It's baaa-aaa-ack! The return of winter, with lines of white cars and loud snowblowers / Photos by Patrick Oden


College of Business honors Eagle Gate College president
The College of Business at Utah State University has decided to honor someone with a Professional Achievement Award who knows quite a bit about the business of college.

Offbeat 'Bombshell' like a CD exchange, except for clothing
Owner Matt Monson said, "The concepts might be a little confusing at first, but once people come in for the first time it's not hard to understand." Customers are asked to bring in their used, fashionable clothing that is in good shape in exchange for store credit or cash. / By Jason Timpson


International News

Physicist-author finds ways to embrace both passions
Finding something you are passionate about and doing something you love was the message of Alan Lightman's speech at the Arts and Lecture series Wednesday afternoon./ By Alison Baugh

Origins of Darfur genocide hard to simplify, but massacre easy to grasp, panelists say
What is the recipe for genocide? In Sudan, the largest country in Africa, hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered or raped since 2003 in a conflict raging between groups generally labeled as pastoral Arabs and agricultural Africans. / By Jen Beasley
Los raíces del genocidio en Darfur son dificiles de simplificar, pero de masacre son fáciles de entender, dicen miembros de panel

Novelist and physicist Alan Lightman to speak at USU
He will be part of a roundtable discussion focusing on writing in and about the sciences at 9:30 a.m. in Eccles Conference Center Room 307-09. At 3 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom, as the Moyle Q. Rice lecturer, Lightman will deliver a public talk, “The Physicist as Novelist.” Finally, at 7 p.m. in the Caine Room (Family Life Building 212) Lightman will conduct a master class.

USU panel Jan. 23 to focus on genocide in Darfur
A discussion panel for students is planned for next week, with the aim of increasing awareness of the crisis in Darfur. The panel, scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Ballroom of the Taggart Student Center, will feature Dr. Chris Conte, a professor at USU and African specialist, along with several African students. / By Coy Whittier
Panel tratando de Darfur planificado para el 23 de enero

Local News

Soldier/journalist urges students to be skeptical of war reporting
Truth in war reporting, or the lack thereof, was the central theme of Army Reserve Sgt. Marshall Thompson's lecture Tuesday at the Eccles Conference Center. / By Dave Archer

ATV News broadcast for 01/29/07
We'll take a closer look at skulls displayed on campus, Cache Valley's air quality and a benefit concert for the fight against domestic violence. / Producer: Cena Pope. Assistant Producer: Amanda Wouden. Anchors: Brit Shepherd and Ben Gertz. Sports: Chad Giles

Cold weather causes flood in parking terrace elevator
Students and staff who park in the new Aggie Terrace got an unplanned workout this weekend after a broken sprinkler head caused an elevator shaft to flood. / By Gideon Oakes

Newton Planning Commission elects absent member as new chair
A 5-0 vote in his absence elected Roland Griffin, a three-year commission member, to the position of chairperson. He replaced MaRee Bird, who served the last two terms. / By Lisa Rose

USU fisheries program listed among top 3 in nation
An emerging standard for measuring graduate school faculty members' productivity in U.S. universities ranks Utah State University's doctoral program in fisheries science and management number three in the nation.

Smithfield City Council discusses urban and rural possibilities
During a meeting held Wednesday night, the City Council discussed possible amendments to existing ordinances in order to adequately handle and control impending growth. / By Arie Kirk

Cache Rendezvous broadcast for 01/25/07
This cold edition of Cache Redezvous shows you how more than 100 Cache Valley residents took cold to the extreme this weekend for a good cause, and takes you to Hardware Ranch and the iceskating rink. / Produce: Amanda Wouden. Associate Producer: Chad Giles. Anchors: Ben Gertz and Cena Pope

Nibley P&Z approves new business for emergency preparedness and gluten-free products, discusses Commercial Design Standards
A new wholesale food storage business will be a part of the Nibley community. Edward and Stefanee Chalfant of 858 W. 2770 South received permission to open their new business called Mix It Up! / By Alison Baugh
La Nibley P&Z aprueba Negocio Para Preparacion de Emergencia

Tremonton homeowner denied rezoning for horse property
Tremontonís Planning Commission meeting debated several issues Tuesday night while the town showed little interest in the Title II Amendments. / By Jessica Wakley

Providence council struggles with issue of banning dogs in parks
Playing fetch with your dog in the park might not be allowed, according to Providence City Council Tuesday night during a somewhat confusing and heated meeting. / By Maddie Wilson

Annual USU Scribendi Creative Writing Contest submissions due Feb. 2
Utah State University's department of English invites students across campus to enter their creative work in the annual Scribendi Creative Writing Contest.

Newton residents go without water after iron leaks from well
Many residents were advised not to use their water throughout most of Friday and Saturday because of high-iron content, which leaked from a private well. / By Lisa Rose

ATV News broadcast for 01/22/07
Find out where your tuition money is going, where to find your textbooks and see some dragon dancers from USU's Tiptoe through Asia Banquet / Producer: Albert Poulson. Associate Producer: Paul Garrett. Anchors: Amanda Wouden and Chad Giles. Sports: Ben Gertz

Study of course evals shows students keenest on fairness, less so on participation
Who's monitoring the monitors? Results from a study of teacher evaluation forms by a group of researchers in the department of business administration may change the way Utah State professors approach teaching. / By David Sweeney

ASUSU working on keeping slate of election promises
Before campaigning, potential student officers concoct campaign goals and whole-heartedly aim for the betterment of Utah State University with little knowledge of priority issues that might take precedence. / By Stevie Stewart

Students get bitten repeatedly to link snakes' aggression, resistance to toxin
Amanda Mortensen and Ashley Wilkinson are snakebit. But the Utah State University juniors aren't down on their luck; they're just doing research. / By Jen Beasley

Candlelight vigil honors Dr.King
Nearly 100 people gathered in the Sunburst Lounge of the Taggart Student Center Tuesday night to pay tribute to arguably the most prolific civil rights leader of the last century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / By Gideon Oakes


Saddam's execution may widen Christian-Muslim divide
I turned away from the throng to face a television set, my eyes open just a chink, my ears unable to pick up on the commentary through the rumbling din of the transit crowds. I tried to coax myself back to sleep, but the words roused me out of my quiescent slumber. "Hussein...executed..." / By Leon D'Souza

Our humanitarian hypocrisy
Far from being "the largest rogue state of all," the well-known controversialist argued, America is in fact an "abstaining superpower," intervening abroad to advance its self-interests, but also endeavoring, benevolently, to defend and uphold broader humanitarian interests. / By Leon D'Souza


Staying fit when it's freezing
With snow on the ground and frigid Logan temperatures, it can be difficult to stay active during the winter. Luckily, local organizations offer solutions for those who want to stay in shape during the winter. / By Britt Shepherd

'Spectrum magic' evident as Aggies come back to nip Boise State
Nearly everyone has heard Yogi Berra's phrase, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Luckily for Aggie fans, it looks as if Utah State has bought into that philosophy, as the Aggies were able to turn a late 13-point deficit into an improbable 80-79 victory over Boise State Thursday night. / By Dave Archer

Hammer drops on Idaho as Aggies run winning streak to three
No wonder LeBron James is considered one of the best players in the NBA. He's got the right shoes. It appears that Utah State's Nick Hammer has figured that out, after he scored a career-high 15 points and provided a key spark off the bench for the Aggies in a 74-56 victory over the Idaho Vandals Monday night. / By Dave Archer

Aggies muzzle the Bulldogs, get first WAC win
Utah State picked up its first WAC victory of the season with a 69-49 victory over Louisiana Tech, which included a strong second-half defensive performance that saw the Aggies hold the Bulldogs to just 17 points on 25 percent shooting. / By Dave Archer

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