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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Grammatically Speaking:

"We owe much to our mother tongue. It is through speech and writing that we understand each other and can attend to our needs and differences. If we don't respect and honor the rules of English, we lose our ability to communicate clearly and well. In short, we invite mayhem, misery, madness, and inevitably even more bad things that start with letters other than M."

--Martha Brockenbrough, grammarian and founder, National Grammar Day

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Art museum celebrates ceramic artist-in-residence with exhibition, closing reception
The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University will feature an exhibition and closing reception Friday for renowned ceramic artist-in-residence Owen Rye.

Lois Rudnick to visit USU for presentation on Southwestern art
In a continuing series of events on the Utah State University campus, Lois Rudnick will present a slide lecture about the artists and writers who lived and worked at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Maynard Dixon, D.H. Lawrence, Martha Graham and many others.


'Richmond: A History in Black and White' published
After four years of collecting and preparing information, writing, editing, and printing Richmond: "A History in Black and White," Richmond City announced the book's release.


Beno's create Aggie tradition
Attending a university usually accompanies the territory of being asked several questions by friends, parents, and religious leaders to help students define themselves as patrons of their alma mater. All students attending Utah State will eventually face the question, "Are you a True Aggie?" / By Jason Chesney

Mesopotamia exhibit at USU museum
The Saturday activity series at Utah State University's Museum of Anthropology continues this weekend, with sessions that teach guests about Mesopotamian creation stories and writing.


Tiananmen Square photographer says he's 'no hero'
Jeff Widener admits to being scared when he took one of the most famous photographs in history. / By C. Ann Jensen

Lessons of motherhood, No. 4: Coping with the baby blues
So, what are the baby blues? According to webmd, a popular medical site, baby blues symptoms consist of the inability to sleep or sleeping a lot, change in appetite, extreme concern and worry about the baby or a lack of interest or feelings for the baby, feeling unable to love the baby or your family, anger toward the baby, your partner, or other family members, irritability, anxiety or panic attacks and a fear of harming your baby. These thoughts may be obsessive, and you may be afraid to be left alone in the house with your baby. / Erinn Stevenson

USU honors grad now making a difference at inner-city Baltimore school
While a 30-minute commute may be a pain to many individuals, Katherine Shakespeare treasures it. It includes a long stretch of 33rd Street, which has a wide, grassy median with many trees that shelter Baltimore's ill-kept roads. She cuts through a calm golf course before entering the "sketchier region." / By Cameron Salony

Lessons of motherhood, No. 3: Bathing your newborn
The first thing to remember when you start to bathe your newborn is that this infant has been swaddled and warmed for their whole life. Most newborns cry when they are cold and have no comfort. So, always make sure your infant is kept warm and is bathed in a warm environment. After someone has showered and the room is warm is a great place to start. / By Errin Stevenson

Tiananmen Square photographer remembers iconic shot of man and tanks
When Jeff Widener, photographer of the famous Unknown Rebel photograph, saw the tanks lined up entering Tiananmen Square he felt he had a good picture because of the composition of the tanks. / By Davis Archibald

Lessons of motherhood, No. 2: Preparing for recovery
I failed to realize the reality of the real labor: the recovery. Thank goodness I had prepared the home and gotten clothes ready. / By Errin Stevenson

Lessons of motherhood, No. 1: Inexpensive ways to furnish a baby's room
After I found out I was pregnant, I thought, it is time to go out and buy everything my baby needs! After looking around town and in catalogs, I found that everything was quite expensive, and my husband and I couldn't afford everything. So I found ways to make a baby room for very little money. / By Errin Stevenson


'Anvil -- The True Story of Anvil' is a Sundance favorite
Are you a Metallica fan? Have you ever listened to Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, or any other band from that genre and wondered where those bands found their initial sound? If you know your metal roots, one band comes to mind -- Anvil. This band inspired many metal artists who went on to sell millions of albums and tour to millions of fans…while Anvil quickly faded into obscurity. /By Ben Hansen

'God's Army' is 'Falling'
After directing so called "Mormon movies" such as God's Army, Richard Dutcher has made a different kind a film, one about becoming disenfranchised with life and the LDS faith. / By R.M. Monk

Woman may cheer, men may laugh at '27 Dresses'
She felt like she had "just found out (her) favorite love song" was written about a sandwich. / By Maddie Stapley


Mars Volta drifting deeper into unimaginable oblivion with laborious fourth album
When we were last left wondering what could possibly be going through the minds of The Mars Volta in 2005 with the overlong and schizophrenic Amputechture, it was clear that bandleader Omar Rodriguez Lopez gave no more thought to his previous band, At The Drive In, than he did to Celine Dion. / By Jon Jacobs

Pep Band has best seats and great spirit -- at men's home games
Music helps fuel the fans at the Utah State University Basket Ball games courtesy of the Aggie Pep Band.
/C. Ann Jensen

Review from Sundance: Velvet Revolver a different type of concert party
"Paris Hilton Presents Velvet Revolver with special guests The Bravery," was the official name of the event. My ticket stub and the phone calls made to the club confirmed that the doors would open at 9:30 p.m. Wanting to get a good spot for the show, I joined the line at 9 (I was the third person in line) and ended up waiting until 10:15 p.m. to get into the venue. By the time the show was ready to start, Harry O's floor was swarming like an anthill. / By Ben Hansen

Ingrid Michaelson a songsmith of crafty, challenging pop
For those of you who joined the other 38 million viewers in watching the 2006 season finale of Grey's Anatomy, you may have picked up on the tune Keep Breathing that played during the closing sequences. The song, written especially for the finale, was actually the fourth track the sitcom had featured from singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. / By Jon Jacobs

Review from Sundance: U23D is a must-see
Is U2 still the biggest band in the world? Are these musicians larger than life? If three-dimensional production has anything to do with it, the answer to both of these is a guaranteed yes. / By Ben Hansen

A musical remembrance: Juniper Chamber Music Festival to focus on Tiananmen Square
The Cache Valley Center for the Arts (CVCA) celebrates the seventh annual Juniper Chamber Music Festival with a special tribute entitled "Remembering Tiananmen Square" at 7:30 p.m., on Jan. 24-25 at the Ellen Eccles Theatre.

Wild Art

Snowstorm: Photos of a snowy day (Jan. 9) to welcome students back to campus, by Nancy Williams


Local News

Cache Rendezvous for Jan. 31, 2008: survivial tip, soul food, and a cure for winter blues
In today's Cache Rendezvous, we learn a valuable survival tip from the manskills specialists and learn how to cook up some soul food in Aggie Kitchen. We also visit Al's Sporting Goods for our "Main Focus" and learn how to cure those winter blues. Kenny Reid also gives us a snowy forecast in weekend weather. / Producer- Blake VanTussenbrook. Director- Jessica Walker. / Hosts- Rick King & Kevin Peterson

Blood drive under way to fill winter's special needs
The Val R. Christenson Service Center and American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive in the Sunburst lounge of the TSC this week. / By Jason Chesney

Undergraduate research suggests grazing permits more valuable during drought years
Public grazing permits for Utah's ranchers are more valuable during drought years, according to a research project that began more than a decade ago at USU. These findings were "shown off" Jan. 24 on Capitol Hill, by the only undergraduate involved in this study. / By Lisa Rose Woodworth

ATV News for January 28, 2008: Hinckley's death, student health insurance, and basketball records
This is the first edition of ATV News for the 2008 year. The lead stories are the death of President Hinckley of the LDS church, and whether student health insurance has become mandatory. The leading story in sports was the record breaking moments of the Men's Basketball team, and an update on gymnastics and the women's basketball team. / Anchors: Heidi Kulicke and Chris Garff. Sports anchor: Jordan Mitchell. Producer for the show is Megan Tschida, associate producer Kevin Peterson, and director is Matt Jensen

USU Scottish Association to host Robert Burns
A celebration of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, will be held Friday, Feb. 1, on the campus of Utah State University. The event includes dinner, readings, traditional toasts, music and more. The evening gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center’s Stevenson Ballroom.

MTV News comes to student debate
MTV News came to Utah State to film a student political debate designed to discuss different political parties' perspectives on issues with government. / By Marshall Young

River Heights snow plow should be back at work by Monday
Residents of River Heights will notice the snow being removed from their streets a lot faster now. / By Paul Kelley

USU's religious studies program to host bestselling author
Utah State University's Religious Studies Program brings a national expert on the subject of religious literacy to campus for a lecture, and everyone is invited to the free event.

America in a 'two-racial system,' MLK vigil speaker says
More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King with a candle light vigil Thursday night in the TSC. / By Tyler Larson

New councilman sworn in at Lewiston
Newly elected council member Matt Curry was sworn in Tuesday night at the City Council meeting. / By Davis Archibald

Candlelight vigil to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Black Student Union at Utah State University has organized events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including a keynote address and a candlelight vigil Thursday. Activities are open to everyone.

SAAVI invites volunteers to assess website
Volunteers are needed to assess the effectiveness of Utah State University's Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information office Web site. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in focus groups later this month to discuss what works ­ and what doesn't.


An open letter from USU President Stan Albrecht on the death of Gordon B. Hinckley
As president of Utah State University, I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley and to the entire LDS community for the loss of this wonderful, caring person whose presence touched the lives of many people in the USU community.

Strange musings from the bakery: One nation, under God, indivisible, with hypocrisy and justice for all
If the accusations are to be believed, you can edit out the debauchery, gross sexual perversion and partial nudity from the celluloid world, but it's much harder to rid one's own life of such deviance. / By David Baker

Strange musings from the bakery: Violent thoughts from Utah's Hollywood binge
The whole plan for the Sundance Film Festival was to get as drunk as humanly possible and roam the streets trying to pick fights with celebrities who had wronged me in the past./ By David Baker


Healthy living tips for college students on the go: Quick and easy exercise
Who wants to put on that "Freshman 15" during the college experience? / By Heather Maile

Polar Plunge sends frigid fanatics into Hyrum Reservoir
Saturday was like any other day at the beach at Hyrum Reservoir. A gentle breeze blew over the snow as a group of ice fishers pulled plastic sleds loaded with gear. An earlier group was already cutting holes in the ice or reclining in camping chairs. A winter day like any other. / By Jacob Fullmer

Carroll sets scoring record in USU's ninth straight victory
Jaycee Carroll became Utah State's all-time leading scorer after hitting a three-pointer with 13:35 left in the first half against Idaho on Saturday night at the Smith Spectrum. / By C. Jake Williams

Win record belongs to Morrill after Aggies survive Boise State
Utah State outlasted a physical Boise State team Thursday night to give Stew Morrill his Aggie career record 226th win. The final score was 82-78. / By C. Jake Williams

Icy plungers will be 'Freezin' for a Reason'
Nearly 100 volunteers have committed to diving through a freshly cut hole in the ice at Hyrum Reservoir this weekend in support of local Special Olympics athletes./ By Jacob Fullmer

Morrill ties USU career record with victory over New Mexico State
On a night hyped by Jaycee Carroll's pursuit of the Utah State career scoring mark, it was the home-team defense that secured Stew Morrill his 225th career victory, tying the record set by legendary coach E. Lowell Romney. / By C. Jake Williams


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