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Today's word on journalism

Monday, November 5, 2007

On Objectivity:

"I still insist that 'objective journalism' is a contradiction in terms. But I want to draw a very hard line between the inevitable reality of 'subjective journalism' and the idea that any honestly subjective journalist might feel free to estimate a crowd at a rally for some candidates the journalist happens to like personally at 2,000 instead of 612 -- or to imply that a candidate the journalist views with gross contempt, personally, is a less effective campaigner than he actually is."

-- Hunter S. Thompson, from Fear & Loathing: CORRECTIONS, RETRACTIONS, APOLOGIES, COP-OUTS, ETC., a 1972 memo to Rolling Stone editor Jann S. Wenner, excerpted in the current (November 2007) issue of Harper’s Magazine (Thanks to alert WORDster Andy Merton)





Sculpture in the works in memory of van rollover victims
A sculpture is being designed to remember the USU students and professor killed in a van rollover that occurred two years ago. / By Riki Richards


'Little Lady, Big Apple' is easy, fresh and sassy
As a student, I find that any reading that isn't required for class must require as few brain cells as possible. My creative writing professor said the more work an author does, the less work the reader has to do. Hester Browne is one of those authors, and Little Lady, Big Apple is one of those books. / By Angeline Olschewski


Helicon West provides night of fun and culture
Helicon West is something that I had heard a lot about but only recently took the time to attend. This open-mic reading session is a bi-monthly event, and local creative writers from across the valley attend to read pieces of original work and to hear and support fellow writers. / By Whitney Hancock

Mormon culture is more than singles wards and Jell-O
In Andrew and Amy Royer's kitchen, Jesus Christ's portrait looks over the kitchen table -- a distinctly Mormon Jesus, who looks like he could have grown up in Provo. / By Ryan Cunningham

Fall Festival goes on, despite steady rainfall
Despite Saturday's steady rainfall, the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville continued with its annual Fall Festival. / By Natasha Austin


Howl packs in more than 4,200, with 4 partygoers arrested
Dwight Schrute, naughty nurses and a bathroom stall. . . . What are the costumes seen Saturday night at the USU Howl? / By Riki Richards

Porcupine Dam made Paradise a heavenly place
The town of Paradise wasn't always the paradise some consider it now, and wasn't always lush with farm land. It took work, money, and 1 million cubic yards of earth that makes Porcupine Dam to make Paradise what it is today. / By Tyler Larson

Cache Valley offers a variety of spooky seasonal attractions
With mistletoe and peppermint candy canes now coloring stores red, green and white, it's definitely the best time for taking advantage of the current holiday season: Halloween. / By Rebekah Bradway

Catch Wellsville's corn maze if you like to experience deja vu
"I think we've already been here," Abby Yerka said at least a dozen times Wednesday night while trying to escape from the American West Heritage Center's corn maze. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Richmond's Haunted Mansion is good, scary fun
The Haunted Mansion is giving Halloween enthusiasts yet another reason to stick with northern Utah when hunting for thrills and chills. Along with the Howl, Sherwood Hills, and a plethora of corn mazes, the Haunted Mansion aims to be the next big Cache Valley fall attraction and hopes to bring in a diverse crowd of both students and families. / By Brigitte England

A month on my vegan diet brings healthy benefits
Making the decision to become a vegan is very personal and can have a big impact on your life. There are many reasons why someone chooses to become vegan. The reasons range any where from the fact that you do not like meat to animal rights and everything in between. / By Jamee Hutton

Under 21 and partying? Here's what you need to know to avoid an MIP
What exactly happens when an underage individual is caught drinking? First, the student will be asked for identification and age. That individual will then be given a mandatory Breathalyzer test under the Implied Consent Law. / By Melissa McRoberts

SAAVI aims to help people get more savvy about preventing domestic violence
USU's Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information is a program that serves students, faculty, staff, primary and secondary survivors, male or female. SAAVI aims to create a violence free environment on campus. Prevention programs and events have been developed to help men and women develop healthy relationships. / By Jessica Wakley

MMORPG much? It's a brave new world in Halo 3 land
MMORPG, RPG, FPS, and RTS to the average joe mean very little, but in the life of a gamer these acronyms represent hours of effort and hundreds of dollars. / By Sam Broadbent

Weary of frozen pot pies and take-out pizza? Give 'power cooking' a try
Almost any college student or young married couple will admit to eating unhealthily. Pizza, combo meals and frozen dinners followed by snacks on the way out the door tend to be quick (and expensive) fixes for meals. And we wonder where the Freshman 15 comes from, right? / By Kristen Skousen

Religious groups on campus help support students' faith
Recent visits of Eli Brayley, a 21-year-old self-proclaimed preacher, to Utah State University's campus have stirred emotion with students of USU. Brayley spent several days standing outside the Taggart Student Center preaching about the Bible and contemporary Christianity. Some students were glad for his visits and others not. / By Jake Neeley

Dreaming of a beautiful spring garden? Plant bulbs now
The vibrant and rich colors of orange, red and yellow come alive as fall arrives here in Cache Valley. Winter is coming quicker than we know and then it will be time for spring planting. / By Katie Wall

'Kickin' ash and takin' flames' -- Paradise volunteer firefighters are there
Many people try to do something for their communities. Some make sure they vote in the next city council election. Some make sure to shop at local stores to help the town economy. But others seem even more committed, those that fight fires. / By Tyler Larson

Targeting the odd woman out: Advance grant helps women in science and math
"Do you think she knows what class she's in? Should we tell her?" The two 20-something guys whispered like seventh-grade girls after hearing a rumor: quiet enough to make it seem like they were only talking to one another, but loud enough for the victim of the words to hear every syllable, no matter how false or demeaning. / By Rebekah Bradway

Making the classroom feel like home
Usually, USU students take a pen and a notebook to class. San Diego native Luke Wester, junior in landscape architecture and environmental planning, takes everything but the kitchen sink. / By Maddie Wilson

Aggies for Africa show heart and sole
Utah State University Students bared their soles Friday to help raise awareness about poverty in Africa, and donated their shoes to those less fortunate. / By Christy Jensen


COMMENTARY: Four simple rules of movie etiquette
Movie theater etiquette is a very important part of the movie going experience, but it is also a part that most people forget about. / By Jamee Hutton


Review: Radiohead ventures into new, emotional territory with a tour de force
After seven years of waiting, after seven years of wondering where arguably the most influential band of the modern age would go next, Radiohead does not disappoint. / By Jon Jacobs

Review: Jimmy Eat World chases a dimming light
When Jimmy Eat World announced in 2006 that it was working with legendary producer Butch Vig, famous for his work with the Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, excitement levels were understandably high. / By Jon Jacobs

Jazz Night at Citrus and Sage giving young musicians a chance to jam for the fun of it
Jazz has long been associated with smoky bars and liquored musicians, but students of the Utah State University Chapter of International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) are changing that. / By Christy Jensen

Wild Art

Thinking the unthinkable as mock disaster brings 'terrorists' to USU: A photo page by Heather Routh

Robinson shines, but Aggies fall to Nevada: A photo page by Heather Routh


Biz Features

Expert college drinker grades Logan's bars
After you hit up the ATM and make sure you have your photo ID, what are the best places to go? Let an experienced college drinker be your guide. / By G. Christopher Terry

Craving a hot chocolate fix? Pay your money, take your pick
I also know all about the remedies for winter trembling. They include large flames in a fireplace, warm soup or hot chocolate. / By Manette Newbold

Best chai in town? Surprise -- it's at Borders
I've always been a big fan of chai. I love the way it tastes, the way it smells, the way it always reminds me of Christmas even when it's ridiculously hot outside. / By Cynthia Schnitzler

Rating store-bought cupcakes -- oh, the things I do for public good!
Is there anything better than the rich creamy heavenly cloud of goodness that is found in a Hostess cream-filled chocolate cupcake? It's hard to fathom, but I decided it was a question that needed to be answered. / By Michael Sharp

Of all the cough drops devoured, generic cherry is unsurpassed
With a bit of humiliation, I admit that through my years of familiarity with common colds, the occasional strep throat, and a nasty bout of tonsillitis, I have become quite the connoisseur of cough drops. / By Whitni Webb

Bep's is Newton's old-fashioned country store
Bep's Country Market can be found in Newton, and as in any convenience store, the usual can be found such as soda pop, milk, and bread. "I try to keep my prices low so it doesn't pay to go to Logan," said Rebecca Griffin the store owner. / By Stephanie Hebert

Beer, Utah style -- Dave and Aaron review the microbrews
Utah is to beer as the Arctic Circle is to Speedos. That's an awful SAT question, but a fairly accurate statement. But even in the crux of anti-alcohol sentiment, beer survives. / By David Baker

Kamin Thai serves real (and delicious) Asian cuisine
In a town full of national restaurant chains and American "Chinese" buffets on every corner, a small Thai restaurant offers something new. / By Natasha Austin

Best peanut-butter ice cream is at Cold Stone
Ice cream . . . who would want anything more? Ice cream is what makes the world such a happy place. Ice cream is the perfect treat that is most often craved by Americans. In all its delicious flavors that best suits any time of season in the year. / By Brooke Devey

Best vanilla latte is at Citrus and Sage
Hungry and addicted, the average coffee consumer drinks because there is no ending to their cravings. They are obsessed, they are intrigued, and they are in love with the high that accompanies their addiction. Their utopia cannot be attained in popular ways such as soda or alcohol; it is a euphoric gap between their sanity and their insanity. They take it seriously. / By Brittany Strickland

Investing Your Money 101: Why and how students should do it
Investing. We all hear about it. We see it on the news, we hear people talk about it, we hear about it in our history, business, and finance classes. But what is it really? Why do we hear about it so much but very few of us have any? / By Spencer Johnson

Knocking on doors: Hard sumer work pays off for some
It is 9 a.m. on a Saturday in an outskirt town of Minneapolis, and it is uncomfortably quiet. It is quiet because people are still in bed. Clark Lind steps out of a car filled with four other summer salesmen from Utah, all dressed in khaki shorts and matching polo shirts. The first door is knocked, opened and shut with few words exchanged. This routine will continue for close to 12 hours on a typical day working for American Alarm. / By Clint Merrick

Former DI site to open soon as Blackstone restaurant, complete with beer and wine
The former Deseret Industries building on Logan's Main Street is undergoing renovations to become Blackstone, a steak, pasta and seafood restaurant. / By Natasha Austin


Across Bridgerland

Utah Public Radio will switch to digital signal in January
Friend Weller, Utah Public Radio engineer, will tell you before he even begins explaining anything technical that UPR is going HD (or digital) and not "High Def." / By Rick King

Local News

ATV News for October 29, 2007: Traffic safety, the Howl, voter registration and weekend sports
With the recent pedestrian fatality near campus, this weeks ATV looks at traffic safety. There's also a look back at the crazy costumes at the Howl and information for students who need to register to vote. In sports we had an action-packed weekend with football, the basketball Blue and White Scrimmage and the cross country team wrapping up its third consecutive WAC title. / Producer: David Connell. Anchors: Mariah Harrison and Megan Tschida. Sports: Rick King

Microsoft Word upgrade leavs some students frustrated
The students at Utah State University might have found themselves perplexed their first few times using Microsoft Office when they came back to school this fall. / By Christy Jensen

City seeks applicants for Gwilliam's seat on Mendon council
There has been an empty chair on the City Council for over a month. Former Councilwoman Julie Gwilliam said she resigned because of a conflict. / By Cody Gochnour

Cache Rendezvous for October 25, 2007: Halloween hauntings, van accident survivors
This special Halloween edition of Cache Rendezvous features the Haunted For Rest, as well as real haunted places around Cache Valley. We'll take a look at Halloween fashions, and we have an interview with the two survivors of the USU van accident. / Producer: Britt Shepherd. Anchors: Mariah Harrison and Chris Garff.

Wellsville P&Z postpones subdivision decision
Mass confusion arose over a request to realign a property boundary at the planning and zoning meeting Wednesday. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Hyde Park gets excellent marks on annual audit
City Council members heard the external audit report for the 2006-2007 fiscal year, which said they succeeded in increasing the city's assets and decreasing its liabilities. / By Angeline Olschewski

Nibley residents tell planning commission neighbor's property is 'junkyard'
Some harried citizens attended the Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, due to complaints regarding the property of resident Ben Call at 524 W. 2600 South. / By Kelsey Koenen

Mendon man will serve 30 days for aggravated assault
David Matthew Funk, 34, Mendon, was sentenced Monday by Judge Clint S. Judkins to spend 30 days in Cache County Jail, fined $1,500 and put on probation for five years for aggravated assault, a a third-degree felony. / By Angeline Olschewski

Logan man killed in 4th North crosswalk
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup truck Wednesday at about 8:45 a.m. at the intersection of 600 East and 400 North. / By Angeline Olschewski

River Heights approves transit sales tax
There was a unanimous vote amongst City Council members to adopt the ordinance (2-2007) increasing the Transit Sales Tax within the city of River Heights. / By Brittany Strickland

Nibley council approves CVTD tax increase
Councilmen splurged Thursday night with unanimous votes regarding a sales tax increase and a consultant who will cost up to $30,000 for land ordinance review. / By Kelsey Koenen

Hyrum needs more time to smooth out its sidewalk law
After another night full of discussion and debate, the City Council decided Thursday they needed more time to smooth out the cracks in the city's sidewalk ordinance for new subdivisions. / By Dallin Koecher
Se requiere mas tiempo para pulir las grietas en la ley de veredas de Hyrum

North Logan OK's transit tax, traffic change policy
Council members approved many items on the agenda Thursday night, including an ordinance authorizing the public transit tax at .30 percent for Cache Valley Transit District services. / By Bria Jones

Paradise revises setback ordinances
The Town Council and Planning and Zoning Committee met Thursday to revise town setback ordinances and to further discuss ordinances for the proposed telecommunications tower. / By Tyler Larson

Wellsville gives county's reimbursement money to fire department
$18,056 was allocated by the City Council to the Fire Department's budget during a public hearing. The funds were received from the county for fires fought over the summer. Representatives from the fire department presented their budget and longterm strategic plan to the council. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Cul-de-sacs not popular with Mendon P&Z
Ty Haguewood presented the commission with a plan for subdividing his recently annexed property. The City Council voted Sept. 13 to annex the two parcels of land as A-5, Agricultural. / By Cody Gochnour

Cache Rendezvous for October 18, 2007: Student magazine, Man Skills
This week in Cache Rendezvous we take a look at the creators of the student-published magazine the Loganite and a local skate park. Our men from Man Skills make food without using kitchen appliances. / Producer: Ranae Bangerter. Anchors: Megan Tschida and Mariah Harrison

Smithfield P&Z grants permit for auto repair business on Main St.
A conditional use permit allowing an automotives sales and repair company to build a location on Main Street at 1200 South was approved Wednesday by the city Planning Commission. / By Debra Hawkins

River Heights council candidates meet voters
There are five council members and one mayor in River Heights. Last night, many of those same members shared the news of their current candidacy with the public. In a meeting held at the city office building, seven River Heights residents told the public why they should be elected to city council. / By Brittany Strickland

Smithfield city council candidates speak out on city's growth problems
The growing population of the city and recent gang problems were the topic of questions facing the candidates running for Smithfield City Council, at Tuesday's "Night out with the Candidates." / By Debra Hawkins

Richmond receives belated but big bill from UDOT
The Utah Department of Transportation sent a bill for $50,755.54 to Richmond city that would have been a bit more timely four years ago. / By Brigitte England

ATV News for October 15, 2007: Pumpkin walk, major fair, and a basketball transfer
ATV News goes to a pumpkin walk and shares what to expect from this Cache Valley tradition. If you missed the major fair, ATV will show you what you missed and and where to look for more information. And you'll meet Brayden Bell, the new basketball transfer from Ohio. / Anchors: Dave Connell, Britt Shepherd. Sports: J. Mitchell.

City Council hikes rental charge for Mendon Station
The City Council voted to increase hourly rent for special events in the Mendon Station, in which the body holds its meetings. / By Cody Gochnour

Millville planning commission frets about residents 'skirting the law' on accessory buildings
Residents not following the rules concerning accessory buildings could become a problem, said City Planner Harry Meadows at a Planning Commission meeting Thursday. / By Amanda Mears
La Comisión de Planeo de Millville se preocupa por residentes que no están cumpliendo con la ley de edificios accesorios

North Logan P&Z grants permit for day care center
Planning and Zoning approved a conditional use permit Thursday night for a North Logan resident running a child care center out of her home. / By Bria Jones

Hyde Park city council candidates answer questions from public
It was Meet the Candidates Night Tuesday, where each of the six city council potentials introduced himself and then took questions from the public. / By Angeline Olschewski

River Heights council orders resident to clean up junky yard
Marjean Melville is fed up. The reason: she says her neighbor has intruded upon her property and her patience by piling "junk" in his backyard. The conflict has been going for approximately five years. According to Melville's daughter, Sandra, all that their family wants is "the junk cleaned up and the fence fixed." / By Brittany Strickland

Hyde Park will take part in stormwater study
With a unanimous vote, the City Council approved spending $4,000 to participate in the Utah Water Research Laboratory's assessment study of stormwater. Logan, North Logan and Smithfield have been invited to participate as well. / By Angeline Olschewski

Cache Rendezvous for October 11, 2007

Millville council considers MUD proposal
A plan to distribute brochures in order to protect Utah's Wasatch-Cache National Forest was presented at the Millville City Council meeting last week. / By Amanda Mears

ATV News for October 8, 2007: Outdoor fun, hockey and fighting domestic violence
ATV News takes a look at a production performed by USU students that promotes the fight against domestic violence. It will also show you what outdoor activites are available here in Logan that you can do before the snow hits. In sports, we'll have highlights from the hockey team's two big games last weekend. / Producer: Britt Shepherd. Anchors: Dave Connell and Megan Tscida. Sports: Heidi Kulicke

Hyrum decides to amend law for sidewalks in new subdivisions
Having a hard time coming to an agreement on installing sidewalks in a new subdivision, the City Council decided Thursday that amending a city ordinances would be the first step. / By Dallin Koecher

Semi truck rollover on Logan's Main Street clogs traffic for 11 blocks
A semi truck rolled over at the intersection of 600 South and Main Street in Logan late Thursday afternoon, spilling oil halfway across the street and backing up traffic for 11 blocks. / By Debra Hawkins

Lewiston P&Z grants preliminary approval for subdivision development
If confused shrugging were an Olympic sport, the Lewiston Planning and Zoning Commission would be headed to China in 2008; however, this is 2007 so on Tuesday Lewiston P&Z was on hand to listen to the mini-subdivision plan of Bill Wright. / By Jake Williams

River Heights P&Z passes septic tank request to Board of Adjustment
The Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday to discuss the possible sewer connection at 647 Summerwild Ave. / By Brittany Strickland

Wellsville council approves rezone on condition residents' concerns are addressed
The proposal to rezone a portion of the block between 400 South and 500 South was again met with public opposition at the Wellsville City Council meeting. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Nibley considers ways to raise funds for capital improvement
The City Council discussed the city's consolidated 2007Capital Projects Budget Thursday, which proved they would come up half of a million dollars short next year if they don't change their current status quo, possibly by raising sales or property taxes. / By Kelsey Koenen

Grant money denied for Newton's town building projects
The Committee Impact Board on Thursday denied a grant that the Town Council applied for to rebuild the Newton Town Building. Greg Jorgenson said about the meeting, "It was pretty disappointing." / By Stephanie Hebert

Cache Rendezvous for October 4, 2007

ATV News for October 1, 2007: Mock disaster, pie and Fry Street
On this week's ATV news, we take a look at the mock disaster on the Utah State campus last weekend, a pie-eating contest and a closer look at the Fry Street Quartet concert in the new performance hall. In sports we look at the USU Stampede rodeo. / Producer: David Connell. Anchors: Megan Tschida and Mariah Harrison. Sports Anchor: Matthew K. Jensen

Paradise officials discuss where to build wireless tower
The Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday with the Paradise Town Council to discuss building ordinances of a wireless telecommunications tower. / By Tyler Larson

Nibley approves development, once wetlands concerns are addressed
At a recent City Council meeting, the council first denied but finally approved work to begin on the Zollinger subdivision at 3350 S. 1500 West, on condition the council is assured that wetlands will not be harmed. / By Kelsey Koenen


The secret -- it pays to fly United, and here's how
It's true you get what you pay for. That's why I always fly United Airlines. They have consistently bungled service, and I don't have to pay for it. / By Jen Beasley

Parents, think twice before giving your child a cell phone
It appears true that we now live in a world dominated by cordless access and quick fixes. Cell phones are well-known commodities that are no longer a luxury but a necessity. / By Brittany Strickland

Too much good stuff packed into October?
What sense does it make to pack October, the month first known for Halloween, with seven other themes? Seven and a half, if you count the 15 days of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on September 15. We disapprove of cramming so many worthy and worthless (uh…less worthy, that is) causes into the month of October. / By Angeline Olschewski

Caution: Food labels aren't always what they seem
When walking up and down the aisles of the grocery store it is easy for a consumer to be very confused. Every item on the shelf has some new label that claims its authenticity of pure and healthy ingredients that can benefit you. How can consumers know the difference? Which one is better? / By Natasha Austin

The arts have no place in public education
"A comprehensive education is a well-stocked pharmacy, but we have no assurance that potassium cyanide will not be administered for a head cold." This quote by Karl Kraus clearly illustrates one danger that comes from giving children too much in their education. / By Leslie Mason

Alternative treatments for depression need serious consideration
When something just isn't working, it's always a good bet to check out the alternatives. Depression medication is one of those things that just don't seem to work for some people. / By Whitni Webb

Organic, locally grown pesticide-free food is best
The saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is a lot easier to abide by when you like apples. For years, I didn't. Or so I thought. Every time I bought an apple, it would end up being mushy, in the case of "Delicious" apples, or too sour, with "Granny Smith," or too soft, or too bruised. / By Graham Terry

Acceptable language is a little more 'slutty'
It's thrown around in magazines, movies and television and is used as a joke, a way to demean and describe a woman's sexual lifestyle. While some are still offended by the four letter word, others would say its losing its sting. / By Manette Newbold

Closing slaughterhouses means US horses are inhumanely killed in Mexico
Americans have a soft spot in their hearts for horses. This was especially evident last year following the tragic injury during the Preakness to the horse, Barbaro. / By Stephanie Hebert

Imaginative play is the essence of childhood, not playgrounds
We didn't need much. Just our imaginations, a front yard full of grass and our hands. My friends and I had it all. / By Maddie Wilson

Parents must protect kids from online perils
The dangers of the Internet are very real and will always be present. This hazard will quite probably only get worse with time. But the Internet is not the real danger here. The real danger is a negligent parent. / By Whitney Hancock

Hate the high price of gasoline? Look at the whole picture
As a nation, the United States frequently ignores problems that don't seem to touch us. We also have a nasty habit of perpetuating others' misery for our own financial gain and to keep ourselves comfortable. / By Cindy Schnitzler

Save your money, don't buy organic
There is a growing trend in the United Sates to buy organic food. Like a whirlwind of ignorant consumption, more and more Americans are taken in by false assumptions and unproven benefits. / By Michael Sharp

Dealing with addiction to virtual worlds and video games
When Halo 2 premiered Nov. 9, 2004, the boys in my dorm disappeared. I was unaware of the release of the video game, and so each day I would pass by their apartment, press my nose to the door jamb, and take a whiff expecting to smell rotting body. / By Angeline Olschewski

Daggett County jail escape spotlights a bigger problem: Failure of our penal system
In the aftermath of the recent escape of convicted murders Danny Martin Gallegos and Juan Carlos Diaz-Arevalo from the Daggett County Jail, corporal punishment has made a remarkable comeback. State corrections brass have been mercilessly flogged, whipped, and shamed in the stocks of public opinion. / By Jen Beasley

What's your favorite cereal? People can be like breakfast foods
Just like the cereal, the "granola lifestyle" comes in various types and flavors, crunchy granolas, honey bunches of oats, and plain flakes. / By Sam Broadbent

Organically grown beef? There's more to the label than you might know
Whether it is a miscommunication or a misunderstanding, most people have no idea what it means to be eating organically grown beef. The misconception is that organically grown animals have better lives than non-organic. / By Riki Richards

From General Sanchez's desk: A convenient truth
Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez is frothing at the mouth about the incompetence of the Bush administration. The war in Iraq is a 'desperate struggle,' he says, 'a nightmare with no end in sight.' / By Leon D'Souza

Hunting for real conservationists
You are outraged. Chaffed about being duped, made to look like a fool. Left with an empty feeling because you were misguided by the stereotypes that control the decision-making processes in the human brain. How could it be? / By David Baker

Letters to the Editor: Horse slaughter editorials way off the mark

Stop playing the 'prejudice cards'
Playing cards is really getting old. Just as one card seems to have been taken off the table, another arises, and we have to start a whole new cat and mouse game. When does it end? We're really tired of playing this game. / By Whitni Webb

O'Reilly comments prove racism's alive and well in America
My how the mighty have fallen! Fox News Channel representative and conservative icon Bill O'Reilly has gotten himself into a deep mess, and this time there is no one he can yell "Shut up!" to but himself. / By Spencer Johnson

Anti-slaughter laws would be deadly for horse industry
Six horses, abandoned on the side of the road in Smithfield, Utah. Another ten left to rot in a field of their own feces in Brigham City. This is only the beginning: if the American Horse Anti-Slaughter proposal become law, thousands of horses each year will face a fate worse than death. / By Kristen Encheff

Closing slaughterhouses will hurt horses, not save them
House Bill 1711, which would shut down the only remaining fully operational horse-slaughtering facility in the country, is currently on the floor of the Illinois General Assembly. The only other two horse-slaughtering facilities in the country are located in Texas, and their operation was greatly limited earlier this year by similar legislation. / By Cindy Schnitzler

Bring free towels back to Fieldhouse work-out room
Only there was one important thing missing. Students entered the gym, hopped on their machines to begin their workouts. To their surprise, there were not towels provided from the Fieldhouse. Whereas, in years prior towels have always been provided for the students to use. / By Brooklynne Devey

Cheap date complaints? Girls should wear the pants (and wallet)
Sit in The Hub near a table of girls, and there is a strong possibility that in the course of their conversation you will hear complaints about the "non-existent date" for which Utah boys are notorious. / By Angeline Olschewski

'Chinese-free' nutrition labels are a good idea
Food For Health International, an Orem dietary supplement company, recently led the way in improving customer awareness by adding to their nutrition labels the words, "Chinese-Free." / By Michael Sharp

Admissions should find itself a better motto
After years of USU's recruitment theme as "Think Utah State," it would seem USU couldn't find a more boring motto to attract potential students to our campus. However, find it they did, as they are now leaning toward the theme "Find Yourself at USU." / By Rebekah Bradway

Aggies shouldn't be afraid to wear their BYU shirts in public
Utah State, U of U and BYU shirts cannot exist on the same campus. It's an unwritten law. Well, if that is the case, there are many impostors of the law out there. And, somehow, the sun still comes up every morning. / By Maddie Wilson

Sony's tumble from 'top dog' a long time coming
It wasn't very long ago that multimedia conglomerate Sony held complete dominion over the video game industry. / By Mack Perry

Get rid of unsightly mud paths on campus
Boy, if there is one thing that really grinds our gears, it is the boneheaded shortsightedness of the landscape architecture / environmental planning firm USU seems to hire for every radical landscaping project it undertakes on campus. / By G. Christopher Terry

Hang up and drive
There are certain things that shouldn't be done while driving such as putting on make-up, changing clothes, reading, and in this reporter's opinion, talking on a cell phone. / By Stephanie Hebert

Get rid of 20-hour student work week
In college, most students agree that we have a work-to-live state of mind. This is an unfortunate but true reality in the life of a student. Even more unfortunate, perhaps, is the fact that students are limited to a 20-hour work week for on-campus jobs. / By Whitney Hancock

Law should serve and protect us, not climate of fear
Today, police are doing nothing more than protecting and serving the status quo. With their actions toward college students lately, officers are unknowingly creating a climate of fear. / By David Baker

SCHIP veto would be a mistake
One has to question President Bush's motives for so insistently vetoing the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP. The argument against his stance seems overwhelming: the $35 billion bill passed 265-159 in the House and 69-30 in the Senate, with 18 fellow Republican senators breaking from the President on the issue. / By Ryan Cunningham


San Rafael Swell showcases unique Utah landscape
There is a place where time stands still. Where the only changes that can be seen year-to-year are the changes Mother Nature makes to her sculptures. / By Stephanie Hebert

'The Deer Hunter' a wife's tale of snow and recharging spiritual batteries
I vowed, before my husband even talked me into going deer hunting with him, I would under no circumstances leave the camper. . . . Wrong again. / By Riki Richards

Tour de St. George enjoys amazing scenery, weather
Seventy-nine-degree temperatures were enjoyed by participants of the Tour de St. George last weekend while Northern Utahans suffered through a cold couple of days. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Editorial: Football's bowl championship system needs major repairs
If you ask any regular person about their position on the current BCS system, they probably wouldn't be able to tell you what the acronym represents, let alone their feelings about it. / By Spencer Johnson

Aggie football team hopes new facilities bring change in team's record
Utah State football fans have sure been hoping that last year's one-win season was a fluke. Many prayed that quarterback Riley Nelson's departure for a LDS mission wouldn't have too big of an impact on the team's success, and with the new facilities built behind the north endzone, lack of equipment certainly can't be used as an excuse for losses. / By Tyson Hyde

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