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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Utah State hockey coach quits

By Ryan Avila

November 26, 2008 | USU hockey head coach Jerry Crossley walked out on the team after its recent loss to Eastern Washington. After speaking with the team, it became obvious this event would take place.

"Crossley has walked out before, but this time he walked out for good," said left wing Kent Arsenault. "It just felt like he was finished. Crossley walked out without saying a word to anyone."

With a winning season it is still a mystery why Crossley walked out, but Jon Eccles, former general manager and goalie coach, has stepped up as head coach.

"This is a positive change for the team because Jon was an excellent assistant coach, and the team and I feel he will do a good job as head coach as well," said right wing Walter Voisard.

Jon Eccles feels Crossley has been a big influence on the team, but is now grateful for the opportunity to take over as head coach. As head coach Eccles plans to improve the chemistry and discipline of the team. "We are on working team building and makeing the team a family," said Eccles.

Eccles starting playing hockey at the age of 12 and has loved the sport since. More then just being part of the team, Eccles has built relationships with the players and has a goal to help each player earn a degree.

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