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Monday, April 24, 2006

Dueling masters on words:

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

--William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962), on Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

--Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961), on William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962)

Range Management Club shows its plant knowledge at competition

By Marie Christensen

March 23, 2006 | Identifying specific plants by their stems and buds is no easy task -- just ask James Stuart.

He along with six other members of Utah State University's Range Management Club took on the task at an international competition sponsored by the Society for Range Management.

"Range plant identification is very difficult," Stuart said. "You're not looking at full plants."

Plant identification is one of several contests the students participated in last month at the competition held in Vancouver, British Columbia and left home satisfied with the results.

Stuart placed fifth in the public speaking category behind Club President John Reese, who placed second. The club as a whole placed third as well in the poster contest, receiving a cash prize.

"We've improved a lot from last year," Stuart said. "We felt like we're taking steps in the right direction."

The competition also includes a two-hour test called the Undergraduate Range Management Exam that includes 127 questions on different areas of range management. "Everything that we'll learn here in the university in four years is put all together," Stuart said.

Aside from participating the competition provides an opportunity for USU students to interact with professionals in their field of study and receive hands-on experience, Reese said.

"The most beneficial thing of the conference is interacting with professionals," Reese said. "The goal of it is basically to get students involved at a professional level."

Stuart said he received 15 job offers while he was at the competition. Reese hopes they will be able to get 12 to 15 students to attend the competition next year in Reno, Nev. They have already begun raising money for it, he said.

In conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, members of the club are cutting down juniper trees and selling the posts for about $5 to $7. They already have 300 posted ordered, Reese said.

In addition, they will also be holding a symposium with a guest speaker and invite ranchers and government employees.

There are currently about 25 members of the club. Those interested in joining can attend a meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium of the College of Natural Resources building.

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