HNC Home Page
CRUNCH TIME: Students hit the books and the laptops in the library as finals get under way. / Photo by Jen Beasley

Today's word on journalism

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Dear WORDies:

All good things come to an end, they say. Not-so-good things, too, for that matter.

This marks the last word of the 11th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM (pause for shrieks, applause, heavy sighs, general hand-wringing and sobbing), the international daily email spam of soundbites about the press, free expression, engaged citizenship, spelling, public life, writing, and sweatsocks.

Normally, the WORD continues its reign of terror through the second week of May. But this year, WORDmeister Ted Pease is on sabbatical from his day job, and has the chance at a junket. "So," he mused as he headed for the airport, "enough is enuff."

As Xenocrates (396-314 BC) famously whipped, "I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." In the WORD's case, what could be more true?

The WORD will meet with moguls who think 11 or 12 years' accumulation of its "wisdom" might make a book, a movie, or even a weblog. Exciting times, enhanced by St. Mumbles' tender chemical therapies. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, dear WORDsters, keep the faith. Tom Stoppard's right: "Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little."

Nudge on.

Ted Pease, WORDmeister
Pease Omphaloskepsis Institute (POI)
Trinidad, California


MARCH 2007



Tremonton artist gaining recognition for his murals
An artist who has created art since he was 4 gets his juices flowing by "capturing a personality, or sunlight on a mountain." / By Jessica Wakley


Providence commission plans to spend $10,000 on book of town history
Would you pay $10,000 for a book about your town? The Historical Preservation Commission will, in four installments over the next two years. / By Trevor Brasfield


'Anything Goes' is final USU production
Utah State Theatre presents the maritime musical Anything Goes as a song- and dance-filled finale of the 2007 production calendar at Utah State University.

Catholics enjoying new building in North Logan
The Catholic Church finished its new parish, St. Thomas Aquinas, last July, and it is expected to serve as a place of worship for many families throughout Cache Valley. / By Emily Redfield

Fun of poetry spoiled by rigid instructors, former U.S. Poet Laureate says
Writing good poetry should come naturally, but takes continued effort, a former U.S. Poet Laureate told an audience of USU faculty and students Friday. / By Devin Felix

International banquet, Chinese New Year packs TSC like never before
A mixture of ethnic foods filled the Taggart Student Center with a warm, sweet aroma Saturday night at the Annual International Banquet and Chinese New Year Celebration. / By Stevie Stewart

An appetite to write
It has been a tiring night of work for Lesli Neilson, The Salt Lake Tribune's food editor and restaurant reviewer. / By Jessica Hyde

Study abroad helps students soar
An increasing number of university students across the nation are taking advantage of the opportunity to study and travel abroad and gaining great cultural insights in the process. / By Laura Mecham


Newton begins book giveaway program
The town library began a new program, "Make a Friend for Your Birthday," Monday. During the year, residents will receive a book for their birthday. / By Lisa Rose

Miss Utah USA, an Aggie, places in top 10
Up close and personal with Donald Trump and company, Miss Utah USA Heather Anderson made a good showing at the 2007 Miss USA Pageant in Hollywood, Calif., as she was a top 10 finalist. / By Stevie Stewart

Smithfield schoolkids push themselves in training for Health Days race
Rarely does one see kids stretching, running laps and reviewing math facts with pleasure, but this is the case for students at Summit Elementary School. / By Arie Kirk

An ode to Pasta Jay's: When battling arch nemeses, take the tortellone
I've racked my noggin, but no one strains his noodle like Pasta Jay. / By David Sweeney

Sweet Peas: Logan's alternative grocery store
Another happy customer said he always gets his favorite healthy snack from Sweet Peas. "They're the best." / By Jenifer Jones

Former USU student lets the world see through his eyes
I wanted to work in photojournalism ever since I took my first basic photography class at USU and I see myself shooting photographs even after retirement as a freelancer," he said. / By Ashli Robison

Principal welcomes the curious to check out charter school in Nibley
A "wide-open door" welcomes all parents and visitors of Thomas Edison Charter South School, according to Principal Eldon Budge. / By Alison Baugh

Gay-lesbian group to visit BYU-Idaho in April
"We come in pursuit of greater understanding," said Haven Herrin, co-director of Soulforce. "Our goal is to foster a conversation about LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender) people of faith. / By Missy Brunisholz
Organización homosexual/lesbiana planea visitar a BYU-Idaho en Abril

Paper airplane wizard knows when to fold 'em, hold 'em
Utah State junior Randy Fischer in the aviation technology/professional pilot program loves planes. Not only does he fly big metal ones for school, but he is also darn good at making small ones out of paper. He's been doing it in earnest since he was little. / By Jen Beasley

Football players help raise more than $1,800 for Ryan's Place
Members of the USU football team wandered around the Spectrum on Thursday night with their helmets held out, trying to gather money for Ryan's Place. With a little help from other volunteers, they raised more than $1,800. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Documentary filmmaker, author recounts pervasive and personal fear of J. Edgar Hoover era
After desperately protecting a deep family secret for nearly a half-century, Millie McGhee-Morris told several USU students Tuesday that she embraces her history in order to keep from it from repeating itself. / By Stevie Stewart


African documentary more than 'flavor of the week,' Aggie filmmaker says
In a Ugandan classroom, the children's attention is divided between two oddities: a large, noisy box in the front of the room and a blond woman with a smaller, quieter device in the corner. / By David Sweeney

Childhood make-believe leads to role in Cannes film for Smithfield actor
As a young boy, Matt Sorensen would pretend to be a cowboy -- toting a toy gun and riding stick horses. That childhood game became reality last summer when he was cast to play a cowboy in the independent film, The Hayfield. / By Arie Kirk

Just in time for spring break: Reasons for a chick flick marathon
Chick flick marathons usually last all night. My roommates and I have been having a chick flick marathon for 35 days and still going strong. In our marathon we watch at least one chick flick a day, but averaging two. / By Natalie Archibald

'What's Done in the Dark' to be screened, and author to speak, for Black History Month
Millie McGhee-Morris, a nationally known author and playwright, is stopping in Logan during her cross-country tour for Black History Month.


Multicultural 'Messiah' making its mark in Cache Valley
"Breaking the sound barrier" has an entirely different meaning for Utah State University audiology students and Cache Valley musicians. Flying into its sixth annual performance, the community production of Handel's Messiah is becoming a tradition that transcends language, hearing and religious barriers.

Lone Sly Noise is back with 'Satanic Music To Dance To'
The group has followed up its atmospheric debut Warm and Fuzzy with a variety of new studio trickery and sounds.

Folk-pop artist makes triumphant return to Logan, gets crowd to sing like Tiffany
Folk-pop artist Drew Danburry deliverd an energetic show Saturday to devoted fans who had long awaited the singer's return to Cache Valley. Danburry, a native to Huntington Beach, Calif., has drawn a following in Logan since he played at Club Scooters in Hyrum in February 2005 when he first began touring. / By Christy Jensen

Ukelele/guitar player wins title of USU Idol
The TSC Ballroom was filled with music Wednesday night, as USU students competed for the title of USU Idol. / By Britt Shepherd

Review: 'USU Idol' a winner despite issues with sound, judges
With American Idol making its way to the top of the charts in its sixth season, how could you go wrong trying to imitate it? / By Ben Hibshman

Wild Art

Red rocks and solitude: Moab at spring break / Photos by David Sweeney

Images of Native American traditional clothes and dances from USU Pow-wow / Photos by Gideon Oakes


Business class bringing big names and big ideas to USU
LDS concert pianist Jon Schmidt is coming to perform at USU thanks to a project for a management and human resources class. / By Britt Shepherd


Across Bridgerland

USU associate professor pleads not guilty in Internet sex chat sting
A Utah State University associate professor accused of coercing a minor over the Internet left Salt Lake City with his wife after entering a plea of not guilty at an arraignment in U.S. District Court Thursday afternoon. / By Stevie Stewart

Huntsman signs university residency bill on last possible day
Jonny may have come lately, but he did come. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed 13 locally sponsored bills into law Tuesday in Logan, approving them on the last day possible in the 20-day window to sign or veto bills after the 2007 legislative session. / By Jen Beasley

Local News

Providence commission approves money for town history book
The Historical Commission crossed its first hurdle in having a $10,000 book become a reality at the town council meeting Wednesday. / By Trevor Brasfield

Providence debates $25,000 fee for 18 months of using Logan library
What would you do for a $25,000 library card? Would you allow the city to increase your property taxes? / By Trevor Brasfield
Providence discute honorarios de $25,000 por usar la biblioteca de Logan por 18 meses

Little League quietly becoming an issue in Providence
Some people would not call this a controversy, yet many in this town when asked to make a statement or be interviewed on the subject, declined to comment. / By Trevor Brasfield

Newly formed Nibley Youth Council ready to roll up its sleeves
After attending a leadership conference last month, the newly formed Youth City Council is ready to lend a helping hand to the city. / By Alison Baugh

Historic barn pending development
Barns. Not much of a novelty in Cache Valley, but thanks to the Nibley City Council one barn will be sticking around. / By Shannon Kay Johnson
Establo histórico esperando desarrollo

Cache Rendezvous broadcast for 03/29/07
Cache Rendezvous visits some pressing immigration issues in Cache Valley and takes a look at some
secrets in Old Main. We also take a look into the life of Schootah Steve, a Utah Statesman comic
strip character and his artist. / Producer: Britt Shepherd. Associate Producer: Ranae Bangerter. Hosts: Amanda Wouden and Cena Pope.

Hyde Park resident is denied rezoning of her property
Karen Peterson wanted permission from the City Council to rezone her three-acre property, but after many concerns voiced by neighbors, the council unanimously denied her request Wednesday night. / By Laura Mecham

Hyrum Library and Museum on verge of a big move
To say that Hyrum Library and Museum are getting an upgrade is probably an understatement. They will soon move from their cramped quarters in the basement of the Hyrum Civic Center to their brand-new $4.2 million building across the street, gaining more than five times as much space in the process. Additional upgrades will also be added, including a café and bookstore. / By Devin Felix
Biblioteca y museo de Hyrum en borde de un movimiento grande

Woman pleads guilty to violating no-contact order
Elizabeth Huff pleaded guilty to violation of a no-contact order, a class A misdemeanor, at the 1st District Court Monday afternoon. / By Miriah Griffith

A-TV News broadcast for 03/26/07

Cache Valley winter air not as bad as you might think
Cache Valley has been tagged as the worst air in the nation, but is it as bad as its reputation? / By Miriah Griffith

JCOM students win 11 awards at regional contest; Hard News Cafe takes top honors
Utah State University students won 11 awards Saturday in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Mark of Excellence contest for 2006.

Logan council approves Dry Canyon project, rejects more coal-based power
The Logan City Council broke its record for its longest meeting Tuesday night after it deliberated for five hours over major topics including the Dry Canyon Project and the Intermountain Power Plant Unit No. 3. / By Christy Jensen

Paradise council considers laws, public opinion on whether to allow second home
After weeks of debate the Paradise town council is still a "hung jury" over the issue of whether planning and zoning should allow Roland Leishman and his family to have a second dwelling on their lot. The council has, however, decided to consider existing laws as well as conduct a public opinion poll. / By Marilyn Shelton

Richmond council joins movement to make April 'Child Abuse Prevention Month'
Richmond City Council unanimously passed a motion to dub April "Child Abuse Prevention Month." / By Jena Stout

Cache Rendezvous broadcast for 03/22/07
In this edition of Cache Rendezvous we see what some USU students did on their exotic spring break. Also we sit down with ASUSU President Noah Riley to talk about his term in office. Finally, we visit a local restaurant for a taste of India. / Producer: Albert Poulson. Associate Producer: Cena Pope. Anchors: Britt Shepherd and Paul Garrett

Lewiston gets its own bus stop for trips to Logan
Lewiston residents have a free lift to Logan twice a day as Cache Valley Transit announces that one of Franklin's bus stops will move to downtown Lewiston. / By Stevie Stewart

Wellsville temporarily blocks subdivisions to await sewer permit
The Wellsville City Council voted to support a temporary code amendment that block any more residential or commercial subdivisions until the state can issue a new sewer permit. / By Riki Richards

Smithfield sets April aside as Child Abuse Prevention Month
Smithfield will recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month after the City Council voted Wednesday to adopt the proclamation. / By Arie Kirk

Nibley councilman resigns from position after employment termination
After an unexpected termination of his employment at USU yesterday, Wells and his wife decided to move to Las Vegas to be closer to their children and allow Wells to continue working in the communications field. / By Alison Baugh

Providence council discusses use of Logan library for all residents
Residents pay $163 a year to use the Logan Library. However, this could change within a year and a half. / By Maddie Wilson

Library use is changing with use of Internet, Logan council is told
The City Council met Tuesday to honor the city employee of the month and discuss planning for Summerfest. / By Christy Jensen

McChesney wins ASUSU presidency, credits his communication style
ASUSU elections concluded Wednesday, leaving 16 winners from the original 54 candidates, with presidential candidate Peter McChesney beating Staci Mecham by 347 votes. / By Devin Felix

Heard on the street: Providence residents weigh in on Romney and religion
Americans should focus on Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's "hideous, revolting idea for a health care plan" instead of his religious views when considering him for president, according to one Providence resident. / By Maddie Wilson

Cache Rendezvous broadcast for 03/08/07
Spring break fashion, what to pack and a close look at the expected weather. Also we'll show you what the ROTC was doing in Green Canyon, and take a closer look at the outcome of ASUSU elections week. / Producer: Amanda Wouden. Associate Producer: Renae Bangerter. Anchors: Chad Giles and Amanda Wouden.

Hyrum council checks out this little muddy piggy
Hyrum City Council dealt with the usual city business at Thursday's council meeting: discussing the town water supply, approving a new member of the planning and zoning commission, and watching a pig wrestling DVD. / By Devin Felix
El concilio de la ciudad de Hyrum examina este cochinito lodoso

ATV News broadcast for 03/05/07

Newton grapples with short-, long-term water issues
Even Newton, with a dam in its back yard, still faces water problems. Town Council discussed two of these water issues Thursday night. One issue faces the town now, but another will affect it in two decades. / By Lisa Rose

Wellsville emergency pamphlet wins praise
Wellsville's emergency preparedness plan has received praise at an emergency training conference. / By Riki Richards
Wellsville folleto de emergencia gana elogio

Cache Rendezvous broadcast for 03/01/07
We're hunting for treasures in this edition of Cache Rendezvous. We're searching for who's running for office, what to wear in this cold weather and geo-cachers who found our cache, "Bird's Eye View." / Producer:Ranae Bangerter. Associate Producer: Albert Poulson. Anchors: Amanda Wouden and Britt Shepherd.

Fitness club planned in Hyde Park
VanNatter and Russell said they want the fitness club to be a friendly and comfortable environment and something that will benefit the community. / By Laura Mecham
El club de la aptitud planeó en Hyde Park

County Council to be petitioned for $10 vehicle fee
Research done by the CTAC indicates that Cache County doesn’t have the infrastructure to support projected growth. Funding is a main concern for long-term planning. / By Miriah Griffith

Providence bans dogs from parks
The Providence City Council decided Tuesday to ban dogs from city parks, unless they are service dogs, there is a city-sponsored event or they are in an area specifically authorized by the city. / By Maddie Wilson
Providence prohíbe que los perros estén en los parques

Fire chief to decide fate of Wellsville subdivision
The Wellsville Planning and Zoning Commission decided to leave the fate of one subdivision in the hands of the fire chief. / By Riki Richards


Islam vs. democracy: Must one disqualify the other?
On the thorny question of Arab democracy, John Waterbury is something of a Gloomy Gus. The Middle East scholar and president of Beirut's American University has been known to undermine the idea as a manifestation of misdirected idealism, divorced from the realities of a deeply politicized Islam. / By Leon D'Souza

Why can't it work in Iraq?
We won the war, much to the chagrin of the new majority. Now we need to consider the occupation. With defeated territory you have only two choices: you withdraw or you annex. / By Shannon Johnson


Aggies let third place slip away in loss to Fresno State
Just looking at the stats, the Utah State Aggies should have won Saturday night's contest against visiting Fresno State. / By Dave Archer

Aggies use 'sixth, seventh and eighth man' to top No. 9 Nevada
Coming in with an impressive 26-2 overall record, including a 13-1 mark in WAC play, No. 9 Nevada had every reason to be confident it could knock off the Utah State Aggies at the Spectrum Thursday night. / By Dave Archer

Copyright 1997-2007 Utah State University Department of Journalism & Communication, Logan UT 84322, (435) 797-3292
Best viewed 800 x 600.