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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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Sen. Robert F. Bennett joins chorus for USU concert

January 21, 2009 Utah Sen. Robert F. Bennett is the featured guest for a concert that celebrates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Bennett will narrate Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait" in the concert offered by the community-based American Festival Chorus, directed by Craig Jessop, USU music department head in the Caine School of the Arts.

The concert, "Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration," is Jan. 31 in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU campus (approximately 1110 E. 610 North, Logan). Concert time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $10 and free to USU students with current I.D. Tickets are available through the Caine School of the Arts Box Office (435) 797-8022, online ( or at the door.

In addition to Bennett, a number of other guests are involved in the multi-media concert celebration. In addition to the Copland work, the chorus will present "America the Beautiful," "Shenandoah," the story of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and other traditional favorites appropriate for the patriotic tribute.

"This concert is a combined cultural celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the 100th anniversary of the organization of the NAACP, Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday and the inauguration of the first African-American president," Jessop said.

Jessop invited Bennett to join the American Festival Chorus for the performance, and the senator was able to work the invitation into his schedule.

"Sen. Bennett is a great advocate for the arts and we are honored to have him join us," Jessop said. "He was a natural choice he loves music and he loves the arts. He has a great love of this country and for Abraham Lincoln."

"A Lincoln Portrait" is an orchestral work written by American composer Aaron Copland, known for many selections that are folk-based or reflect the American character, including "Fanfare for the Common Man," another work that will be featured in the Logan concert. The work is narrated with excerpts from Lincoln's writings and speeches, including the Gettysburg Address. The work was composed and introduced in 1942 as part of a patriotic effort commissioned by conductor Andre Kostelanetz.





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