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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)

Volunteers answer 'Extreme Makeover's' call, sending line down the hall

By Irene Gudmundson

October 16, 2006 | The scene: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's volunteer table Monday in the Taggart Student Center.

By 8 a.m., when the sign-ups actually opened, the line stretched the front of the USU Bookstore.

"There was a girl here at 5:50! I didn't wake up 'til 7," said Erin Didericksen, a public relations and marketing student in charge of the service opportunities for this project.

Amanda Davis, a junior majoring in speech communications, didn't arrive until 8:30 but she was still able to sign up for Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

"I'm nervous. I don't know what we'll be doing," she said.

Extreme Makeover is Davis' favorite show. She watches it every week and said the chance to help out is great, even if she has to do it alone. Her husband has to work that night.

Davis and the other 109 on-site volunteers have to arrive a half-hour before their shift in work clothes and closed-toed shoes. They will do odd jobs, said Didericksen, such as getting water and doing clean-up. Members of the Kartchner's construction team will be hitting the nails and swinging the sledge hammers.

USU's Career Services is volunteering as a group, said assistant director Randy Jensen.

"I watched the show last night and then on the news they said it was in Logan," he said.

By 8:40 there were around 50 people signed up said Didericksen and only three time slots on Tuesday were left open for volunteers.

Jackie Marchant, a junior majoring in nursing, heard about the show at work from the FedEx man whose brother is doing the cabinets for the new home. Most student learned about the show from friends and like Marchant, saw the chance to volunteer this morning on the way to class.

"I've watched the show since it aire and it's amazing that people devote their lives to giving to others," said freshman Megan Olson.

Virginia Todd, a sophomore majoring in political scienc sees it as a great opportunity to serve. As does junior Justin Hill, who added that the show is actually a "good reality show" to watch.

Beside the 110 volunteers needed on-site Tuesday, 60 to 90 volunteers will be serving at the benefit concert Wednesday night starting at 7.

Volunteers will be doing everything that night, said Didericksen, from set-up to take-down.

Sign-up sheets for on-site service were filled by 9:11 in the morning with 220 volunteers, made up of individuals, clubs and other USU organizations. Sixty people are on the waiting list for on-site help.

One hundred and sixty students signed-up for the benefit concert. This was not the last chance to get involved. A clothing drive started today and runs through Thursday; boxes for warm weather clothing are in all the major buildings on campus and other service opportunities are being held all week.

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