PoliSci student runs for office
A USU senior announced his candidacy for Utah House of Representatives District 1 on Wednesday. Oakley Nelson, a 25-year-old political science student from Elwood, Utah who graduates this May, is running for retiring Rep. Ronda Menlove’s seat this year.
Legislators dish up treat
Coolers full of dry ice and Aggie Ice Cream were rolled into the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday. The Government Relations Council, along with Big Blue, continued the long-standing tradition of Aggie Ice Cream Day at the state Legislature this week. In fact, those in the Student Involvement and Leadership office cannot remember a time when Aggie Ice Cream wasn’t served at legislative sessions.
Students vote on new food items for next year
About 350 students participated in this year’s annual Food Day at The Junction on Wednesday night. The event featured representation from USU Dining Services and from various regional food brokers. Students had the opportunity to see what the campus is already offering and what could be offered in next school year’s menu.
Paying it forward, the Center for Women and Gender Awards honor Cache Valley women
Amid the music of the Blue String Quartet, the nominees for the Center for Women and Gender Awards received recognition for their achievements. The Center for Women and Gender hosted the fifth annual CWG Awards in the TSC Ballroom Tuesday evening. Nominees were selected more than six months in advance, said Melissa Keller Adamson, senior staff assistant for the CWG.
Summer sales a big risk but yields big rewards for students
When students are promised five-digit sums of money to travel to a different part of the country and go door-to-door to sell services like cable, pest control and home security systems during the summer, some jump at the opportunity. But it’s a hit-and-miss business.
University programs seek to meet national standards
The graphic design program and the School of Veterinary Medicine at USU have both applied for accreditation and are expecting to hear back on their status. “These kinds of reviews take time, but we fully expect a positive response on accreditation in the future,” said Chris Terry, associate dean for the Caine College of the Arts.
Fiefia second two-term student body prez
For the second time in USU history, a presidential candidate was voted to serve a second term during the 2014 USU Student Association student government elections. Doug Fiefia received 1,885 votes, including USU regional campuses, claiming almost 53 percent of the total count.
Valley water levels looking good
The last three weeks have brought a large amount of moisture and even more relief to Cache Valley residents. Water levels are now 112 percent of normal, said USU Cache County extension agent Clark Israelsen. Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said January to the end of March is a critical time to build water and snowpack levels.
Taking a journey for a cause
Crowds head to USU Dominican night for fun, raise money for home for elderly
The USU Dominican Student Association and audience members joined together Saturday night at the Areito Banquet to celebrate Dominican culture and raise money for a home for elderly people in the Dominican Republic. The home currently houses about 300 people with a staff of 11 nuns.
Final election results 2014
Senate candidate drops out, write-in comes close
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources senatorial candidate Patrick Adams withdrew from the race Wednesday afternoon. He decided to spend the fall semester studying abroad in London. “We are surprised by Patrick’s news but excited for his opportunity, and we hope this inspires some natural resource students,” said Shelby Frauen, elections committee co-chair.
Albrecht: Expect proposal to raise Tier II tuition
USU faculty and staff need a 3 percent pay increase, which is twice what the Utah Legislature is considering, USU President Stan Albrecht said in a presentation to student government leaders Tuesday night. Albrecht came to the USU Student Association Executive Council to warn them about a potential proposal for a Tier II tuition increase from his office, in addition to the requests made by student involvement.
Professor's paper gets big award
An associated professor in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business won a $1,000 prize for the best paper in the journal Public Choice. Diana Thomas’ paper entitled “Two-tiered political entrepreneurship and the congressional committee system” argues when political entrepreneurs — somebody in the political process who pursues their own interest — aren’t allowed to pursue their own interest, they change the rules of the game.
Catering steps up the wedding biz
Helping the students and staff of USU have memorable wedding celebrations is at the center of University Catering’s marketing push for 2014. “We want to provide them with a nice wedding opportunity, … one that exudes elegance without being expensive,” said Alan Andersen, executive director of Dining Services.
Election: And then there were two
Final candidates for USU/SA offices debate, explain plans for future
Increasing student involvement and executive transparency were themes of the night as the final candidates for USU/SA executive offices debated Tuesday night. The topic was fitting, considering the half-empty TSC Auditorium included a majority of candidates and those volunteering on their campaigns.
Candidates present plans to Greek community
Candidates for USU Student Association elected positions met in the Greek town hall meeting Monday night to discuss ways to improve USU for students. Incumbent USU/SA President Doug Fiefia discussed his campaign to lower cost of tuition for student by bringing down the tuition level from 13 to 12 credits.
Campus protest raises sexual assault awareness
Carrying neon-colored signs and calling out chants, Take Back the Night participants marched across the USU campus at 5 p.m. Friday to raise awareness for sexual assault and abuse. “It’s so neat to learn about what we can do as professionals and students to end violence on campus,” said Kellie Rieben, an event organizer.
Pageant highlights women of engineering
Dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “I’m Bringing Sexy Back,” Olivia Leonhardt, a junior in mechanical engineering, prepared alongside fellow contestants for the Society of Women Engineer’s Miss USU Beauty Pageant that began 6 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom. “I’m really excited see everybody else’s talent,” Leonhardt said.
E-Week activity exceeds expectations
Community night seeks to reach out to people through pinewood derby, educational activities
Hundreds gathered in the Taggart Student Center on Thursday night for Engineering Week’s annual Community Night. 400 people were expected, but that number was well exceeded, said Taylor Bybee, president of the Engineering Council. “This is the best turnout we’ve had in the four years we’ve done it,” he said.
USU/SA candidates address residents
USU/SA candidates addressed questions and concerns of on-campus housing residents at a town hall meeting Wednesday night. Many centered around future improvements to publicizing campus events and resources and improving relations between residents and administrators.
Phishing scammers target USU professors, IT asks for caution
Computer security threats targeted USU professors on Jan. 16 and again on Feb. 12, said Bob Bayn, security analyst for USU’s information technology department. Three professors were victimized by a phishing scam, resulting in stolen bank account information, Bayn said.
USU/SA: Exec. Council raises some scholarships with Tier II tuition
The USU Student Association Executive Council passed a resolution Tuesday recommending an increase in Tier II tuition by 29 percent to increase scholarships for the USU Spirit Squad and Utah Statesman as well as secure scholarships for student government positions.
STE2M center opens at USU
Campus program hopes to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration
USU recently welcomed a STE2M center to campus. The center, run by David Feldon, is a place where students can go and collaborate with others in the fields of science, technology, education, engineering and mathematics. Feldon said STEM education focuses primarily on work in these fields.
Harmony in Sochi
Olympic spirit transcends political stigmas in Russia after rough beginning
For the last week and a half, 88 nations from around the globe have come together to focus on one thing: the Olympics. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which began Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, have brought several social issues into the public eye. Stacy St.
Aggies think evolution debate is unnecessary, respectful
A week before Charles Darwin’s birthday, Bill Nye and Ken Ham met in a highly publicized debate about evolution. On Feb. 4, the Creationist Museum in Petersburg, Ky. streamed the debate online to approximately 3 million viewers. The debate was a result of an exchange of online videos between the two arguing whether creationism should be taught in school.
Ag comm club attends national conference for first time
Four students in the Agriculture Communication Club traveled to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. last weekend to attend the National Ag Communicators of Tomorrow conference. This is the first year the Ag Com club has been a chapter of the national society, and the first time USU students have attended the conference.
Students hungry for service
For a donation of $5, students and community members can have an evening of food, a performance by the African Student Association and presentations raising awareness of the need for sustainable systems around the world at the annual Hunger Banquet. Students Together Ending Poverty is hosting the event at 7 p.
Complaint gives University Inn new advertising policy
The University Inn and Conference Center is operating under new restrictions concerning advertising and services to the public. The State Board of Regents updated its policy regulating auxiliary enterprises after an audit showed several university businesses were competing in the private sector.
'Vagina Monologues' highlights taboo topics
It’s a word so uncomfortable that people avoid saying it, said Jordan Ames, the assistant director of the Vagina Monologues. “People get really, really uncomfortable when you talk about a vagina,” Ames said. “The word ‘vagina’ is kind of a taboo.” The Vagina Monologues took place in the TSC Auditorium at 7:30 p.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The Jolt shows off world class talent in Logan
World-renowned jump ropers combined with Logan’s Just Jumpin’ jump rope team to wow a local audience at the annual Jolt jump rope exhibition in the Logan Recreation Center Saturday night. Eight world-class, professional jump ropers visited from out of town to help draw a crowd to Jolt, an event that raises money for the Just Jumpin’ program.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Aspen one step closer to being state tree
Utah is in the process of changing the official state tree from Colorado blue spruce to the aspen. The bill supporting this change, Senate Bill 41, is sponsored by state Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, and was passed in the Senate on Monday. “S.B. 41 is just a two-word change in state law to change the state,” Okerlund said.
Legislature considers upping age minimum to buy tobacco
The Utah Legislature is looking to change the statewide legal smoking age from 19 to 21 years old this legislative session. If passed, the new law could take effect as early as May 1. The bill, Senate Bill 12, is sponsored by state Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden.
Former Blue Square employee charged with perjury, theft
The preliminary hearing for a former Blue Square employee charged with perjury and theft, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was rescheduled for 9 a.m. March 29. Mitchell Watson, who was in a managerial position at the apartment complex, is accused of embezzling money from residents.
Employes produce tasty treats at annual bake-off
Banana bread bars win over lemon pie variation and "Smacos"
Mickelle Anderson and Lisa Hathaway were named the winners of the annual Dining Services Cook-Off on Wednesday in The Hub. The Cook-Off was held in The Pit, adjacent to The Hub, from 11 a.m. to noon. It was sponsored by USU Dining Services and Campus Catering and had a pastry theme.
Parking at USU to see changes this summer
The Parking and Transportation Committee passed a resolution that will change the operating hours in the Big Blue Terrace and open more parking stalls across campus beginning in July. Daryn Frischknecht, Student Advocate vice president, and Emily Esplin, Executive vice president, are voting members of the committee and announced the changes at the USU Student Association Executive Council meeting Tuesday.
Davis: Get to know the rules
Health officials say sexually transmitted illnesses an actual problem at USU
The most common myth about sexually transmitted infections on campus is that there aren’t any cases of them, said James Davis, director for the Student Health and Wellness Center. He said they do exist at USU and they are a problem for some demographics.
Concert series spreads through word of mouth
'Speakeasy' performances give musicians exposure
Students gathered in a dimly lit painting studio in the Chase Fine Arts Center Tuesday night to watch musicians perform contemporary pieces in their second Speakeasy Concert. The event is part of an underground concert series put on by string music students.
Humans of USU: Taylor Darger travels the world in dreams
The Utah Statesman interviewed Taylor Darger, a junior in plant science from Herriman, Utah. Utah Statesman: You’re watering plants. Taylor Darger: Yeah, this is my job. I’m the student, like, whatever that is. I work for the teaching greenhouse. It’s just a work study program.
USU students connect with past thru SCA
Special Collections and Archives provides chances to learn
Special Collections and Archives is tucked away on the lower level of the Merrill-Cazier Library. Coming out of the elevators, it’s not hard to notice the wooden replica of the sculpture “Lion Lucerne” by David Hughes, an early 20th century carpentry professor at USU.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: En clean air
Art students educate on the importance of healthy air with mural
Between USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Quadside Cafe sits an interactive mural created by four art students. Placed in the cafe area on Jan. 23, the super-sized color-by-numbers was joined by a nearby flyer, explaining the image would be unveiled as students helped fill in the colorless shapes.
Sustainability club needs 1,000 pounds of plastic bags
It takes 1,000 years for a single plastic grocery bag to biodegrade, according to the Students for Sustainability Club, which is why they’re taking action on campus by facilitating the Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. Not only can students get rid of the cache of grocery bags under their kitchen sinks, but their effort could help USU receive a new bench made from recycled materials.
Accounting students offer free tax assistance
USU’s international accounting society, Beta Alpha Psi, is hosting volunteer income tax assistance workshops Feb. 4 to April 1. The workshops will be held Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in the George S. Eccles Business Building room B120.
Officers claim they fulfilled 2013 election platforms
Student elections for the 2014-15 academic year are around the corner, and current officers are reflecting on campaign promises made nearly a year ago. “I think there’s a dual responsibility in fulfilling the platform and also holding them accountable and investigating their platforms,” said Trent Morrison, last year’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences academic senator and current marketing intern for Student Services.
President signs ag bill
Extra funding in the bill will support ag research, make cuts to food stamps program
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that increases subsidies for agriculture on Feb. 7 at Michigan State University. The bill has a proposed budget of approximately of $1 trillion. It also cuts spending in the Food Stamp program by $8.7 billion.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: EC discusses new logo, other updates
The USU Student Association ran an exceptionally long meeting Tuesday, hearing Tier II tuition presentations and discussing new legislation. Amid everything else, a few big announcements were made.
Relationship wellness stressed
Student Health Services hosts week to teach about healthy relationships
Love may be in the air this time of year, but not everyone knows what to do with it. Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility Week, hosted by USU Student Health Services, aims to educate students about these issues.
“This time of year, most people reflect on the relationships they have or want to have,” said Ryan Barfuss, USU prevention specialist, who was in charge of the event.
Mother: Cooper's suicide not in vain
It was a friend who raped Kristin Cooper on Aug. 4, 1995. Five months later, it was her mother who found her dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Her mother, Andrea Cooper, presented the Kristen’s Story Tuesday evening in the Taggart Student Center to raise awareness of acquaintance rape among USU students.
“The number one issue for our office is awareness,” Sexual Abuse and Anti-Violence Information intern Ian Hanock said. “The national average is one in five college women are sexually assaulted. Most people don’t think it, but that holds pretty true to our campus as well.”
Protecting "The Blind Side"
Sister of football player Michael Oher visits USU, tells story behind blockbuster movie
The Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom was packed during Wednesday’s Common Hour featuring Collins Tuohy, sister to adopted brother Michael Oher, whose story was turned into the 2009 movie “The Blind Side.”
Tuohy said no matter where she goes, she always gets asked two questions: What everyone in her family is up to now, and was the movie accurate?
“My little brother is playing college basketball in Baltimore,” she said. “So I have two brothers in Maryland. They are about 10 minutes apart. Michael is in Phoenix right now training. He’s trying to get back to the Super Bowl.”
Programs asking EC for Tier II tuition money to add more employees
Requests for an increase in Tier II tuition were given to the USU Student Association Executive Council on Tuesday, and all groups requested money to finance an additional staff position.
Different programs and departments at a university receive money from students’ tuition, labeled “Tier II.” Examples include the library, IT services, academic advising and partial employee compensation. The numbers vary from university to university and are set according to the amount of requests.
Researchers looking for what makes meat tasty
Students and community members participated in taste tests to help USU researchers figure out whether what cows eat affects the quality of meat last month.
Jan. 30 was the last day of the experiment where participants were given samples of meat to smell, taste and evaluate. According to Silvano Martini, an associate professor in the nutrition, dietetics and food sciences department, participants were given six meat samples and were asked to rate how much they like each meat sample in all of five categories: smell, flavor, taste, juiciness and overall.
“The upper level of the scale says, ‘I like it extremely,’ and the lower level says ‘I don’t like it at all,’” Martini said.