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Today's word on journalism

February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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USU launches emergency system

January 16,2009 Students, faculty and staff on the Utah State University Logan campus can now sign up to receive emergency alerts through the USU Emergency Alert system.

"In case of an emergency on campus, the USU Emergency Alert system will allow us to contact a large number of people in a short amount of time," said Steve Mecham, USU director of public safety. "Those who sign up can be contacted by cell phone, text, land line and e-mail."

The system is currently set up for the Logan campus community, but will eventually spread to all USU campuses across the state.

Signing up in Self Service Banner allows the campus community to receive notification of campus threats to personal safety. These threats may include fires, snow closures, building closures, evacuations, and severe weather.

"Signing up for USU Emergency Alert isn't only important, it's necessary," said Gary Chambers, vice president of student services. "The Emergency Alert system is part of the campus safety initiative aimed at keeping students, faculty and staff informed and safe."

The system was instituted in response to incidents in places around the country ranging from college campuses to churches, grade schools and malls.

"These all serve as notice that it can happen anywhere," Mecham said. "In any disaster people need to know what is going on, what to do and when it is safe to return."

The campus safety Web site can be accessed from the university home page at or by going directly to More information on the Emergency Alert system, including frequently asked questions, can be accessed at Anyone associated with the university is encouraged to visit these Web sites and learn more about the program and how to stay informed.

To sign up to receive voice, text and email alerts log into USU Access and follow these instructions:

To sign up for voice and text alerts:

* Log into USU Access and select Personal Information

* Select View/Update Emergency Alert Phone Numbers

* Enter up to 5 voice and text message contact numbers

To sign up for email alerts:

Your preferred email will also be used to send you an alert. Please update it in USU Access.

* Log into USU Access and select Personal Information

* Select Update E-mail Addresses

* Follow the instructions on that page

The system will be tested on Jan. 29.


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