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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Pre-show party, donations among student projects for 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

By Brooke Barker

October 16, 2006 | The big service projects may not begin on-site until after the demolition Tuesday afternoon, but students at USU are working on another service project in conjunction with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

"My goal is that everyone who wants an opportunity will get it and my fear is that not everyone will have the chance to help," said Troy Kartchner, the project leader for Kartchner Homes.

A Cache Valley family of 10 was selected Sunday morning by the show to receive a brand new home. Crews will be working around the clock, beginning with Tuesday's demolition, to create a 5,500-square-foot home for the Pauni family by Oct. 22.

With slots for only 110 students to sign up to volunteer on-site available Monday morning, the chance for every student to help with the project shrinks.

"When I went by at 10:30, the slots were already full to help on the home," said Kirsten Thompson, a sophomore majoring in deaf dducation. "It's OK though, I don't have that much extra time this week."

Thompson still managed to snag a spot to help set up for Wednesday's benefit concert.

"We hope everyone can feel like they're getting a hand in this and that they're getting a chance to help the family," said Sarah Reale, a senior in public relations. Reale is responsible for coordinating the pre-show party Wednesday on the HPER field that starts at 5 p.m.

There will also be donation boxes in various buildings around campus throughout the week, for students to drop off summer clothing in good condition. The clothing will then be sent to Tonga, where the Pauni family is from originally.

"People from Tonga don't care a lot about possessions, but they are lacking as far as needs go," said Erin Didericksen, a senior in public relations. "We wanted to help the people who have ties to the family."

Didericksen has been responsible for coordinating the donation drives and on-campus service projects.

"A company volunteered to come and take the donations, and ship them to Tonga for us," she said.

On Tuesday, students will also be able to put together ABC books for children in Tonga at 2 p.m. in the Sunburst Lounge at the TSC.

"When we talked to people we found there were two things the people in Tonga needed: clothing and school supplies," said Didericksen. "Most of the books the children have are from the 1970s."

She hopes they are able to make several hundred throughout the day, which will then be sent along with the clothing.

Donations will also be taken throughout the week for a Pauni family fund at the Wells Fargo Branches in Cache Valley, and on campus. A benefit concert is scheduled for Wednesday. Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band, Isaac Hayden and Polynesian dancers will perform at the Spectrum beginning at 7 p.m.

"Projects like this help bring a community together to help a family," said a member of the show's design team, Ed Sanders. The London native said that the show is like a modern day barn-raising in communities across the country, and he and others from the show hope that when it's all over, and the crews have left, neighbors have become friends.

More information about volunteering, donations and a complete list of activities can be found online at www.kartchnerhomes.com.

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