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PUT AWAY YOUR TOYS: Sunday brought perfect weather for hot-air ballooning over the Old Mendon Highway -- but when it's over, you still have to pack up. / Photo by Nancy Williams

Today's word on journalism

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"Paranoia means having all the facts."

--William S. Burroughs, Beat Generation writer (1914-1997)




Tips from USU upperclassman on how to buy textbooks (and not spend $900)
Each year, the average American college student spends about $900 on textbooks, according to a 2005 report by the Government Accountability Office. This small fortune is often paid by students heading into the campus bookstore with their class schedule and no idea of what exactly they're looking for. / By Brooke Barker

USU professor publishes book on curriculum
Martha Whitaker, associate professor of elementary education at Utah State University's College of Education and Human Services, is a co-author of Triple Takes on Curricular Worlds, a curriculum theory book that allows readers to think broadly about the diverse perspectives teachers bring to their work.


Richmond's Pepperidge Farm is an exemplar of cultural diversity
Pepperidge Farm is not just a factory making cookies and little goldfish-shaped crackers. It is a melting pot of diversity. / By Jason A. Givens

From Peru to Montana: A snapshot of alpaca
In Cusco, Peru an old Quechua woman sits on courtyard steps knitting her family's livelihood into a floppy winter hat. / By Jennifer Despain
De Perú a Montana: Una fotografía de alpaca

USU's Museum of Anthropology Invites All to 'Celebrate Your Museum'
The Utah State University Museum of Anthropology joins hundreds of other museums across the state Saturday, Sept. 16, in offering special programs and extended hours during "Celebrate Your Museum Day."


Rodeo team member takes his turn in the arena for a shot at the big-time
Every rider hopes to make it to the short-go-round on the big night, but only those who have proven themselves among the top 10 have a chance to compete for the prize. / By Brooke Barker

Alaskan Postcard No. 4: A strange interview on the last frontier
I set out to find another job. My job search started and ended at the most expensive restaurant I knew of: The Heen Kahidi Dinning Room at The Cape Fox Lodge. / By Ginger Warburton

Adrenaline junkies, right this way
Riders can't turn back once they've been buckled and closed in behind two doors to be lifted and dropped from the world's tallest drop ride at the Celebration Centre just south of Logan. / By Rebekah Bradway
Si eres propensionado a la adrenalina, vente aqui

Is it the love bug, or bug love?
The average guy would probably remember to bring something back for his loved one after a long trip -- jewelry, candy or a postcard -- but not Josh Der. / By Brooke Barker

Brother's mistake produces joy for one happy uncle
Sometimes the biggest of mistakes lead to more joy than things we plan. His name is Tyson and he's the bucket-assed son of my brother. / By Chris Williams

$50,000 in debt at 23? Don't let it happen to you
This summer I spent a long time talking to the manager at the store I worked at. Mostly because there isn't much to do in a shoe store for eight hours a day, but also because she liked to tell people about her personal life. / By Holly Adams Mitchell
23 años y con una deuda de $50,000? No permita que esto le sucede a usted

Reporter's Notebook: Getting Tasered sucks!
I don't care if you are a heavyweight, a Taser gun will bring you down. At the hands of the Cache County Sheriff's Office this reporter can attest that getting "Tasered" is both disabling and humiliating. / By Ryan M. Monk
Cuaderno del reportero: ¡El ser tirado con un taser no es changa!

Newlyweds negotiate 'Falling Rocks,' win Week of Welcome game show
A Utah State University newlywed couple won a stay at the Anniversary Inn for beating competitors in a mock The Newlywed Game for the university's annual Week of Welcome (WOW). / By Rebekah Bradway
El Juego de los Recién Casados en La Universidad / Escrito por Rebekah Bradway


Keep flying, 'Flyboys'
captures all the fun of flying, all the intensity of aerial combat and all the inherent danger that comes with it. Did I mention the movie is based on a true story? / By Ryan Pence

Almost 'Everyone's Hero'
Finally the answer to an age-old question: What did the bat say to the ball? Well, not a whole lot. / By Ryan Pence

The illuminating 'Illusionist' plays with mind and mood
Magic, mysticism, murder and mystery encompass The Illusionist in a story craft-fully woven to entice, enlighten and expand the imagination of a skeptical audience. The Illusionist invites us into his show, so he can manipulate our minds to think one thing while he conjures something else to stay one step ahead. / By Ryan Pence

The wick of 'Wicker Man' burns out
The Wicker Man
: the relentless tale of a missing child, an overworked police officer and unhelpful community of female fascists. That all adds up to frustration and questions that are in need of answering, and that was just from the audience's perspective. / By Ryan Pence

Wild Art

Top of Utah Marathon lets runners flex their muscles / Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Let the hands do the talking: Photos and info on Deaf Awareness Week by Brianna Mortensen

Apostle L. Tom Perry visits the Business College/ Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Is it art or just the rain? A sampling of startling photos of the USU downpour / Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Red Zone events take shot at a dangerous time / Photos by Mikaylie Kartchner


Biz Features

Not too late, or too early for women to plan for retirement, professor says
It's the same at 19 as it is at 50. Prepare now. Save now. / By Irene Hannagan
No es demasiado tarde, ni temprano, para que las mujeres preparen para su jubilación, dice una profesora


Across Bridgerland

U.S media don't have best coverage on war, soldier-editor says
Thompson, a 2003 USU journalism graduate who returned from Iraq in August, spoke to Brenda Cooper's Media Criticism class about the media coverage of the war, and explained to them why he thinks Al-Jazeera, a controversial Arabic television station, has the best war coverage. / By Kathryn Kemp

Soldier-editor back from Iraq to walk across Utah for peace
In an effort to raise awareness for his dream of bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq, Marshall Thompson will walk from the top of Utah to the bottom. / By Jason A. Givens

Local News

Hyde Park council OKs flag lot
"This land is your land, this land is my land" was the running theme of Wednesday night's City Council meeting. / By Natalie Cook

Nibley P&Z postpones Maverik decision, hears residents' safety concerns for roads
Residents expressed concern over road safety, and a prospective business failed to meet standards at the city's Planning and Zoning meeting Wednesday. / By Jacob Fullmer

Providence plans for another volume of city's history book
In a meeting with the City Council Tuesday, Jay Hicken, a member of the city's Historical Preservation Commission, presented recommendations for a new volume of Providence and Her People, a book which will be released in 2009 to commemorate the city's sesquicentennial. / By Dave Mehr

Wellsville will move city park's batting cage
City Council members voted unanimously Thursday in favor of a proposal by Boy Scout William Cox, 15, of Troop 109, to move the old batting cage in Wellsville City Park. / By Landon Bench

North Logan nears approval time for land-use plan
While still in its young years as a city, North Logan is bringing life and whole new meaning of community to Cache Valley. / By Erin Wadsworth

Hyrum considers how to prepare to battle avian flu
Hyrum city is considering preparing for the bird flu. At Thursday's City Council meeting, Jan Cavanagh, a registered nurse, told council members what the town should do about the avian flu. / By Ryan M. Monk
Hyrum considera cómo preparar para combatir gripe aviaria

Hyde Park has big plans for Lion's Park
A newly paved footpath winds into the overhanging trees and up the hill of Lion's Park on the east side of Hyde Park. Though the park itself is more than 40 years old, many new developments have been taking place lately. / By Natalie Cook

Hollow Road property owner disputes Nibley's sewer requirements
One Nibley resident objects to the measures the City Council is taking to protect the area's drinking water. Nathan Zollinger, a longterm Nibley resident, has been trying to build his home up Hollow Road near the Blacksmith Fork River for over a year and has been "pretty patient" with the legal process. / By Jacob Fullmer
Dueño de propiedad por Hollow Road ha disputado los requisitos de cloaca

'Brutally Honest' lives up to its name in TSC
USU students took full advantage and decided to be "brutally honest," complaining about tuition, professors' qualifications and salaries, and support for Aggie sports. / By Irene Hannagan

Smithfield P&Z approves rezone despite neighbors' objections
Despite complaints from several residents, a request to rezone property in southwest Smithfield passed after much debate by the Planning and Zoning Commission. / By Tracy L. Lund

Paradise discusses updating city's Web site
Finding information about Paradise may get easier with a more accessible and complete Web site, City Council members said Wednesday. / By Rebekah Bradway

Providence P&Z deals with anonymous hate mail, closed design meetings
Several important items were on the agenda for Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting in Providence, but aside from these, Chairman Blaine Sorenson expressed concern about an anonymous letter he received recently. / By Dave Mehr
La comisión de Providence trata con cartas anónimas, cerró las reuniones de diseño

Texas A&M professor seeks to balance Florida Key mammals, human presence
Sandy beaches, hibiscus plants and dark tans -- some things Cache Valley doesn't have to offer its residents and tourists. The Florida Keys can, however, as many people have come to find out in recently. / By Brooke Barker

USU marching band gets new uniforms
Thanks to the generosity of David and Amie Dunkley, the Utah State University Marching Band will have a new look as members take the field in the university's home football opener. The process of getting to the final uniform has been thorough, and there is a collective sigh of relief as the band's members agree — it's great to be able to wear new uniforms. It's been 17 years since members of the Aggie Marching Band have been able to say that.

Cove Dam coming down; Bear River to flow free again
In Caribou County, Idaho, about 38 miles north of the Utah border, in a place engulfed by farmers and fisherman, a construction team is well into its work on the Cove Dam. But the workers aren't repairing. This time the dump trucks, backhoes and hard-hat soldiers are destroying. This time Cove Dam is coming down. / By Mikaylie Kartchner
Se están tumbando la Presa de Cove; El Río Oso comenzará otra vez
| Escrito por Mikaylie Kartchner

Financial Planning for Women Program receives grant money
The Financial Planning for Women program, developed by Utah State University professor Jean Lown, has received a $25,000 grant from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

National & International News

Ban on carry-on liquids, aerosols and gels adjusted
New guidelines issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were put into effect this week after weeks of a total ban on all liquids, gels, and aerosols on U.S. commercial flights. / By Jennifer Lund


Soooo... what can you do about people's inane questions?
There are a few questions I really hate. / By Justin Siebenhaar

My 'Cheers' is the dentist's office, where everybody knows my name
When I was in sixth grade I got my first root canal. I walked out of the dentist and my mom picked me up in our new forest green Dodge Durango. / By Sarah Reale

Just drag me kicking and screaming into seniorhood (as long as I've got my suede boots)
I actually prefer the term "fourth year student." Senior just sounds old, so final, so wise, so unfun and business suitish; what if I'm not any of these yet? / By Alexis Lear

'Is my sister going to die?'
It was October and I was laughing. I don't know why, but I was. Then Cami, my sister six years older than me, called me on my red house phone. / By Jen Pulham

Gymnastics got me into the 'girl world' but I kick butt in tackle football
My brothers are one and two years older than me and growing up I was very close to them. I would wear a tee shirt and shorts, and avoid dresses and skirts as much as possible. I was what they would call a tomboy. My mom told me that as soon as I could walk, I would do anything and everything my brothers were doing. / By Megan C Tschida

Sick of just hanging out? Want a date? Check out the new rules
In 1997, a book was written by two women who caused an overnight tsunami in the wide world of dating. "The Rules," was an instant hit with all the women who continued in their dreary lives of dateless weekends. It became the talk of the town, from Oprah to 20/20; finally the dating bible had arrived! / By Jessica Alexander

My calling? Obtaining spiritual enlightenment by crushing cockroaches
From philosophers of ancient Greece to Buddhist monks of the Far East, many great and wise men have dedicated their lives to obtaining true enlightenment by understanding their true purposes in lives. These people are losers. / By Steve Shinney

What's the rush? We shouldn't fast-forward through childhood
Laughter charges with the anxiety of another closing school day as the children glance at the clock. Youthful imagination -- watercolors entitled "My Thanksgiving Vacation" and "How do I feel today?" -- wallpapers an otherwise bland fifth-grade classroom. / By Corey D Clawson

Moi, addicted to texting? No! (Is that my phone?)
I'm not addicted to my cell phone. OK, I may be pretty bad sometimes when it comes to texting. But it's hard to just ignore the gentle vibration of the phone in my front pocket. It's almost like Pavlov's dogs. The phone vibrates and my fingers start tingling, itching to press some buttons. / By Andrea Edmunds

Come Sunday morning I found peace up on the roof
The patchwork terrain came closer with each second. The passing air made it difficult to breathe as I dropped through the clouds. I clawed at nothingness with frantic urgency as I tried to keep my body upright. / By D.A.

You know summer's over when the frat boys return to the White Owl
Some say the first signs of college starting are empty bins of pens and loose-leaf paper at Wal-Mart. / By Tyler Riggs

Why I hate the war in Iraq
I hate the war in Iraq. In fact, I hate any war at all. And it's for one selfish reason: A month ago I watched my little brother leave for boot camp, and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. He is 18 and just graduated from high school. But instead of registering for freshman classes at the University of Utah, he signed up to become a United States Marine. / By Kathryn Kemp

After 12 years in USU trenches, I'm finally graduating
Usually, when it takes someone 12 years to graduate from college, they come away with something more than a bachelor's degree. Usually. / By Joey Hislop

Brother's mistake produces joy for one happy uncle
Sometimes the biggest of mistakes lead to more joy than things we plan. His name is Tyson and he's the bucket-assed son of my brother. / By Chris Williams

Joe, my buddy - you've enriched my life
Friendship is a funny thing. When we look for someone to make a friend with, we generally look for someone we think is like us. Someone who acts like us and shares the same interests. We look for someone who is witty or intelligent or fun. / By Joseph Sheppard

After 15 years, I can finally say goodbye
Driving just to drive happens to me a lot. The drives are never planned, they just happen. Nothing ever comes out of the drives, except once. That one drive changed my life. / By Marty Archibald


Of course I sucked as a high school athlete -- I had to wear No. 53
I miss the old high school days when the teacher would leave the classroom for a few minutes, then one of the jocks would go sign their name on the chalkboard. Of course, it always had to be accompanied by their number. / By Jon Cox

Can Cubbies lose the Bartman curse?
To most people, the name Steve Bartman means nothing. For Chicago Cubs fans, myself included, the mere mention of his name sends shivers down our spines and makes us want to rip our Derrek Lee jerseys in rage. / By Matt Lenio

Aggies fall early and fall hard in 48-0 loss to Utes
The Aggies went down hard to the Utes on Saturday in their second shut-out defeat of the season. The University of Utah beat the Utah State 48-0, making the Aggies 0-3 and their offense scoreless for the year. / By Mikaylie Kartchner
Los Aggies caen temprano y duro en una perdida 48-0 a los Utes

New club team hopes to give racketball a name at USU
Last semester Doug Holt represented USU at the National Racquetball Tournament alone. This school year, as he rebuilds the racquetball club team, he hopes to change that. / By Kathryn Kemp

Aggie fans in the seats a key to winning, Guy says
USU football needs its fans in the stands. That's the word from Coach Brent Guy, who spoke with KVNU's Al Lewis about last Saturday's 38-7 loss to Wyoming. It's how USU students can help the Aggies win, he said at the weekly Brent Guy radio show, Thursday night in the TSC Marketplace. / By Irene Hannagan

Aggies wanted for USU tailgate party at BYU
Utah State University alumni, friends and family are invited to a tailgate party as the Aggies take on Brigham Young University Sept. 23 in the LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The party is at Helaman Field, just south of the Lavell Edwards Stadium, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The game begins at 1 p.m.
Se necesitan Aggies para la fiesta preliminar del partido con BYU

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