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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 seminar to feature Freddie Mac executive and economist

January 20, 2009 | A Freddie Mac executive will be among the speakers at a USU seminar that will explore the causes of today's economic woes and what may lie ahead.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist of Freddie Mac, will be speaking at the Partners In Business Financial Service Seminar on the housing and mortgage conditions.

"Nothaft will offer an analysis of the factors that have led to the financial market distress," said Amy Merritt, assistant director of Partners In Business. "He will also provide an outlook for 2009."

The theme of the 39th annual seminar, sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and held at the Eccles Conference Center on campus, is "Weathering the Financial Storm."

Other speakers will include the recently retired president and CEO of Mountain America Credit Union, Gordon R. Dames and the executive vice president of retail banking at Zion's First National Bank, LeeAnne B. Linderman.

"The seminar will deal with the financial situation that the country faces, how we got to this point, and where we go from here," said the seminar coordinator, Melodie Coleman.

The Huntsman School of Business will be presenting Lars Peter Hansen, a 1974 graduate of USU, with a Professional Achievement Award during the seminar luncheon. Hansen, graduated with a degree in mathematics, and now teaches at the University of Chicago where he is the Homer J. Livingston Distinguished Service Professor of Economics. He will be the concluding speaker of the seminar.

Hansen, who has been recognized with several prestigious awards for his ground-breaking research, was honored last October with the 2008 CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) Group-MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications.

The seminar is free for students; others who would like to attend may visit or phone 435-797-2279 to register.



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