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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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Students reacting to recession differently than older citizens

By Alice Bailey

January 30, 2009 | Utah State students are reacting differently to the recession than the average citizen, according to student employment and the on-campus Zions Bank.

Zions Bank USU campus branch manager Scott Twiss said Zions as a whole is doing better than many other financial institutions, being one of the only banks reporting earnings in the third quarter and building new branches throughout Utah. Twiss said the business in his specific branch has done well, even for Zions, and has stayed the same throughout the last few months.

"We are in a very unique environment up here where our clientele is, for the most part, a younger generation than most of the traditional branches," Twiss said.

Twiss said the age gap and the different cultures the younger and older generations grew up in factor into the different reaction to the recession.

"Look at those people that grew up through other depressions, other recessions as compared to now. I think a lot of the youth out there are going to experience their first recession," Twiss said.

He said a few people have come in inquiring if their money is covered, but the numbers are small. Twiss said this doesn't mean that the clientele at USU doesn't know what is happening with the recession, the reaction is just different.

USU student employment coordinator, Paula Johnson, said the job board in the last two or three months has slowed down to about half of what is normal, but the demand for these jobs by students hasn't increased.

"The referrals have been about the same. The amount of students coming in applying has been probably about the same," Johnson said. Recommend

Johnson said she doesn't know what percentage of students looking for jobs are finding them, but jobs are still available. Johnson said the summer job fair on Feb. 10 should be a good opportunity for students who are looking for employment to find it.

So while the recession is in the mind of many USU students, they are going about their lives as they normally do.


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