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VOICE OF THE STUDENTS

Volume LXXVII•Number 9

Feburary 12, 2015

“Heart throbs”
invade campus
Josie Sue Slade
editor-in-chief
sladejosie@gmail.com

Last semester at USU Eastern
the HEART club was established,
but it wasn’t until this semester
that the club began their mission
to make a positive change on
campus. The club members, called
“heart throbs,” led by students
Kira Tadehara and Leslie Reyes,
intend to bring awareness to
mental illness and make a change
at USUE.
Or iginally
students Madison Woodward
and Tadehara
teamed up to
create HEART.
T hei r m ission
was simple; they
wanted to bring together and help at-risk
members of USUE’s community.
Their intention was to provide a
new sanctuary for anyone and
everyone going through difficult
times. Now in the new semester,
this dream started to become a
reality.
The first meeting of HEART
was on Jan. 30, and attendance
included 16 USUE students. Most
of the attendees were already
friends, but many new friendships
were made when students walked
in looking for a safe place to talk.
Tadehara said, “I am so excited for HEART and the places
it will go. I don’t know what else
to say except that this is going to
be great.”
With many lively members,
HEART meetings are never are
boring. Members meet once each
week to discuss possible events
they can host to bring awareness
to mental illness as well as ways
to help the community.
Although HEART’s goal is
focused on mental illness, members want to reach out to the community and offer their services.
Members of HEART plan to visit
local retirement homes as well

photo by Edison Lascano/The Eagle

Peace
Officer
Standard
Training
(POST)
Academy
class
simulation
held on
campus

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Daniel Pike

staff writer/dpike84501@gmail.com

f you were in or near the Student Activity
Center the evening of Feb. 4, you may have
heard gunfire and seen a masked man with
a gun running from police officers. Don’t worry,
they were non-lethal rounds and he was an actor
running from police trainees.

This was a Peace Officer Standard Training (POST)
Academy training simulation, which is part of Utah
State University Eastern’s Peace Officer Academy. In
this particularly exciting training simulation, the first
officer on the scene needs to call for backup, prioritize,
and direct fellow officers according to the needs of the
scenario-which requires some technical training, and
feedback from instructors.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director
of the Police Academy, Scott Henrie explains, “This
training module is designed to teach the officers how to
stage everybody. Not everybody gets there and chases

down the hall toward the bad guy. Since we’ve got a
back door in play in this scenario, we need officers setting up a perimeter, officers at the back door, officers
directing foot traffic and so on.”
The purpose of this type of training is to critique the
officers’ performance after the simulation. According
to Henrie, it is effective and efficient. “We’ve got two
instructors on site; so while one is running a simulation, the other is critiquing. We can keep it running
constantly. It works very well.”
The ammunitions used in these training scenarios
are “waxy” Simunition rounds; designed to be realistic,
yet non-lethal. Henrie says, “The rounds we use don’t
sound like much when fired, but we try to make these
scenarios as realistic as can be, so we use these crayonlike rounds. When it hits you, it stings, yet it’s soft enough
that it won’t penetrate skin or injure anyone. It’s good
enough for us to simulate live fire during training.”
Since its inception last fall, the POST Academy at
see POST page 3

Changes to USUE’s dining services in future
Christopher Palo
staff writer
christopher.palo1@gmail.com

A debt of $732,000, that’s the current debt
that Director Gillan Bishop inherited when he
took over the dining facility of USU Eastern, a
huge burden to any organization. This debt is
due to various outsourcing of the dining facility
to private companies. Once Bishop took over,
its dining facility operations started to turn a
profit, a small profit, but a profit none the less.
Under the previous manager, Becky
Archibald, dining services made a $38,000
profit. For the first time in years, the Golden
Grille made money.
Bishop’s goal is to cut waste and costs
everywhere he could, because if the Grille
continued on the path it was headed, it would
be shut down.

Bishop had some big changes to make.
He wanted to do his best to cut costs, but not
sacrifice the quality of food and not raise prices
to the students.
It was a tough job, but Bishop found places
to cut costs and make the Grille run properly. He started by looking at the employee
schedules; there was a lot of overlaps. He
rescheduled his employees so that there was
no cross overs on shifts; when one shifted
ended, another began.
Bishop also tries to keep the Grille or the
café open as often as possible. When the café
is closed the Grille is open, when the Grille is
closed, the café is open. The only times that
he has not been able to facilitate this is when
employees are sick and he just could operate,
but this is rare.
The café is all you can eat so Bishop
found a way to cut cost by offering a quarter-

pound hamburger instead of the half-pound
hamburger offered at the grille. Because you
could get as many burgers as you wanted at
the café, but you could only get one burger at
the grille, it saved money and allowed people
to get essentially the same amount of food as
before, Bishop said.
He made the utensils disposable saving
over $500 a month. It has been little changes
that have added up to big savings.
Bishop has even saved the students $100
a year on the most popular food plan that
provides 10 meals a month which used to be
$1,099 a year, but is now $999 a year. Students
with ID cards pay $6 for all-you-can-eat meals
Monday through Sunday.
Bishop’s goal is to make $80,000 in profit
this year, which would make the debt he inherited disappear in about six years.

see dining page 3

New soccer complex to be built at USU Eastern
Mashaela Farris
staff writer
mashlf26@gmail.com

The USU Eastern men and women soccer
programs are excited for the construction of
their two new soccer fields starting in March
2015.
Commenting on the current field the two
teams play on, freshman Cierra Golden says,
“Am I allowed to swear?” The hard packed
dirt field surrounded by the track hadn’t been
used for years, until USU Eastern started the
two soccer programs this year, so the condition
of the field is not the best according to soccer
standards. There are many holes and dips

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throughout the field making it difficult for a
player to trap and control the ball. The goalies
would often come off the field with scrapes all
over their legs from the hard packed dirt. To
help the field stay dry during the wet season
the soccer coaches poured kitty litter on the
wet sections of the field to keep a swamp
from forming. “I almost broke my ankle a few
times,” says Jackie Tagg when describing her
moments on the current field.
As anyone can imagine the news of two
new fields is exciting to the soccer players
at USU Eastern. The two new fields will be
placed on the Durrant property, which is north
of the current field. Not only have school officials and Carbon County decided to build

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two fields, but they have decided to reconstruct
the current field as well. “The fields will cost
about $1.4 million. I believe Carbon County
and Carbon Recreation will be paying for the
fields,” men’s and women’s head soccer coach,
Ammon Bennett said.
Bennett will soon meet up with a consultant
and discuss the plans for the new fields, “I will
have some input on the dimensions and layouts,
and I’m very glad I can do that.”
The college players won’t be the only
players who will get to enjoy the new fields;
Price Youth Soccer Association and Carbon
High School will also have the privilege to
play on them.
see soccer page 3

Flooding affects WIB
Two offices in the northeast
wing of the Western Instructional
Building were flooded on Jan.
30 when a rain pipe above the
offices broke, pouring water into
the offices.
A major storm front dumped
rain throughout Southeastern Utah
for three days the last weekend in
January. The rain pipe may have
been jarred apart when the new roof
was being installed fall semester. It
was in two pieces when the storm
hit, forcing the water through the
ceiling into the two offices.
Sustaining the most damage

was associate professor Heath
Earl’s desk, computer and printer
which were all covered in sitting
water. Assistant to the Associate
Vice Chancellor - Liberal Arts &
Science Division, Linda Jensen,
also had part of her office flooded.
Some furniture and the wall
between the two offices was damaged by the water in Jensen’s office.
A painting hanging on the wall
that associate professor emeritus
Don Burge thought was worth
$10,000, was not damaged by the
dripping water.
see flooding page 3

Utah higher ed chief looks
to curtail student debt
Shauntel Forte
guest writer
Capital West News

Utah’s higher education chief
wants to increase scholarships
for  students to keep them free
from student loan debt and increase graduation rates at state
colleges.
Com m issioner David L.
Buhler told lawmakers during
the first week of the legislature
that any bright student who wants
to attend college should be able to
do so. He presented statistics including the existing and proposed
costs of tuition for Utah’s eight

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as provide service to anyone else
in the community who needs it.
Each week new ideas are
thrown out and many events are
in the works. HEART members
plan to host one major event a
month as well as several smaller
ones through the weeks. The
club aims to keep active, both to
benefit HEART’s members and
the campus.
Reyes said, “HEART is a great
group. We do everything from
Valentine’s cards to bon fires. It’s
lovely.”
This week,
in honor of Valentine’s Day,
HEART members put together
“happy thought”
Valentines to give
out to USUE’s
community. The
hope is that these
Valentines encourages
positive thinking across campus.
A booth is set up in the Jennifer
Leavitt Student Center until Feb.
13. The Valentines are free to
everyone and HEART encourages
students, faculty and staff to stop
by and pick one up.
As an introductory event to
HEART, members organized
a bon on Feb. 27. Throughout
February, students may write
letters that address mental illness
and how it’s affected their lives.
The letters will be collected and
passed out the night of the bon
fire. As a group, people may burn
their letters or read them out loud
if they wish. Everyone is invited
to this event and bringing friends
is encouraged.
HEART meetings are every
Monday at 9 p.m in the WIB student lounge. Anyone is welcome
to the meetings and greeted with
open arms. For more information, contact Darrin Brandt at
435.613.5670 or darrin.brandt@
usu.edu. HEART has also started
a facebook page “USU Eastern
HEART” that posts upcoming
events.

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public colleges and universities.
The University of Utah is the
flagship institution of Utah’s eight
public colleges and universities.
Financial limitations are a
large deterrence to college admissions and many can’t afford
it. At the same time, the state has
the responsibility to help prevent
student debt, he said.
Buhler said, “There are several
means by which students have
received financial help, but could
we be doing more?” He said he
wants funders to team together
with the state to increase collegiate funding.

see debt page 3

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An exercise in exercising mind over matter

while talking with a friend, I
said I would become healthy
news editor
after high school.
katrina.wood.247@gmail.com
“I’ll just wait till college,”
ou know how some- I said, to which she kindly
one always makes a informed me of the dreaded
New Year’s resolu- freshman 15. There was less
tion or overall goal to get time in college to work out,
healthier? And you know how and without the positive influthey never do it? Guess what? I ence of school or my mom, I
made a goal like that once, and was less likely to make good
I actually followed through. choices for my health. I realIn high school, I told ized how hard I was going to
myself I never had time to have to work to attain my goal,
work out. Though I wanted but I was adamant in my decito be healthy, I came up with sion to wait. I was determined
excuses. There were chores to to become healthy, but I just
do, friends to hang out with, didn’t want to do it in high
homework to finish, and hey, I school.
had to live while I still could.
Funny enough, my proEventually, a day came when, crastination did end. The

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summer after I graduated high
school, I started exercising of
my own free will. I gave it everything I could and promised
myself never to back down. It
didn’t matter how tired I was
or how busy I got; I was going to be healthy. No one was
going to stop me.
That summer marked
the first time I ever lost and
kept weight off. I dropped 20
pounds before college started,
and kept it off throughout my
entire first three semesters of
college. Though I haven’t lost
any weight since that first 20
pounds, I’ve increased my
amount of exercise and done
my best to watch what I eat.
I’ve toned, made impressive

improvements with my health
and experienced an awesome
confidence boost I wouldn’t
trade for anything.
I can run a mile without
stopping, keep up in my
aerobics class and fit easier
in most of my clothes. I have
more energy in what I do,
and because my metabolism
sped up, I can
eat freer than
before. All in
all, becoming
healthy has
been an awesome experience,
and one I
suggest to

see exercise page 3

Laziness rapidly overtaking hard work
Christopher Palo
staff writer
chrsitopher.palo1@gmail.com

There is an elephant in the room when
it comes to life, and that is that the lazy
are prevailing over the hard working.
More and more people choose to live
off the government because it’s easier,
and that’s this generation’s mentality.
Something for nothing. That’s what
most young people today want. They

are not the Y-generation; they are the
give-me generation.
Free school, free clothing and free
health care, even free housing. There are
government programs that if you don’t
make enough money to live in the home
you want, you fill out a form and they
basically subsidize it for you. If your rent
is $1,200 a month but you don’t make
enough, they pay what you can’t.
There is a philosophical idea that
spread throughout the generations.

Perhaps it skipped this generation, or
at least most of it.
That philosophy is
that objects have
more meaning if
you work for it.
If you work and
save, you pour
sweat and blood
into something.
When you
see laziness on page 3

Letter to the Editor

USU Eastern nursing programs are fully accredited
Dr. Sandie Nadelson, RN
USU Nursing Program Director
sandra.nadelson@usu.edu

In January, I was sent a link to
an Eagle article which was about the
USU nursing program’s accreditation.
I read what was written and felt that
the information was misleading. Comments made to me from other people
who read the article confirmed my
belief that what was written could be
easily misinterpreted. I am writing to
clarify the facts so that others are not
misinformed. In the article, implications were made that our nursing
program had lost accreditation. This
is not true. In addition, words that I
supposedly made at the State Board
of Nursing’s Educational Committee
Meeting were included in the article.

I had not said what was written in
the article. I verified that I had been
misquoted by listening to the recording of the meeting which is available
to the public at: http://utah.gov/pmn/
files/archive/130985.mp3. The part
about USU starts at 44 minutes and
45 seconds and runs until 59 minutes.
So, what I want the public to know
is that the USU Nursing Programs are
fully accredited by the Accreditation
Commission for Education in Nursing. The practical nurse program was
initially accredited in 2006 and is
accredited today. The program which
the students go through to become
RN’s, which is called the “Associate”
program has been accredited since
1991 and is also still accredited through
ACEN. The accreditation has not been
revoked. Anyone can look up the ac-

creditation status of both programs at:
http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.asp. If for
some reason we lost accreditation, we
have a plan that will protect graduates’
ability to take the NCLEX (the nursing
licensure exam) and license in Utah.
I hope in the future when information like this article included gets
spread that people will take the time
to check out what is the true by either
looking at the website or calling me
or someone else in nursing. We want
the community to value the hard work
and dedication put in by all the people
in nursing and not wonder about the
quality of the education that is available
at USU Eastern. If you have questions
about the accreditation of the nursing programs, feel free to call me at
435.797.5519 or email me.

The sanctity of dissent against war
Nathaniel Woodward
staff writer
simplyscienceusu@gmail.com

I wasn’t going to write this article.
I was afraid of what the repercussions
may be, and that’s exactly why it must be
written. As a country, have we become so
star spangled awesome that it is now entirely intolerable to think war is a terrible
thing? Recently, comments were made
by several prominent Hollywood activists that incited the full blown “patriotic”
fury of many impassioned admirers of
the biopic “American Sniper” based on
the real life experience of former Navy
Seal sniper, the late Chris Kyle.
The American lifestyle forged a new
attitude of international elitism which

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makes it obscene to even suggest that
this film was anything but “amazing.”
Heaven forbid someone dislike its message. War is a fundamental failure of
the human race. Resorting to putting
bullets and shrapnel into the bodies of the
citizens of other nations when we feel no
other option is necessary is a tragedy of
unequalled proportions. Eighty million
people died as a result of World War II.
Think on that. If every one of those people
were only five feet tall, laid end to end,
they would wrap around the earth more
than three times. Countless lives have
been destroyed by war, and that should
never be celebrated.
Each and every death is a tragedy. At
one point, that human in the crosshairs
was a toddler learning their ABC’s, sit-

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ting on their mother’s lap, learning to
drive or having a first kiss. Regardless of
life choices, each human life has meaning
to someone and celebrating the loss of that
life shows how intellectually un-evolved
we can be. War has not been avoidable in
the past and in the defense of the lives of
others, it may have even been required.
However, a certain melancholy should
arise from the act of killing.
“American Sniper” is no more than a
propaganda film manufactured to make
money, period. To disagree with that
opinion is perfectly understandable, but
to call for the boycott and silence of those
who hold these views is a form of fascism propagated by ignorance and then
sheltered under the user’s interpretation
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Just vaccinate
Josie Sue Slade
editor-in-chief
sladejosie@gmail.com

When Ebola was reported in the United
States, people panicked
and bought masks and
other preventive measures. Yet more and more
parents are refusing to get
their children vaccinated
for diseases that they are
much more likely to come
in contact with. Why is it
that people are concerned
about something that
won’t affect their lives,
but willing to risk the
lives of their children over
something like refusing
the vaccinations that were
developed to make the
world safer?
The notion that vaccinations do more harm than
good is sweeping across
the next generation of
parents. Not only is this ill
founded, but dangerous to
the unvaccinated children
and newborns. Doctors
wouldn’t administer vaccinations if they weren’t
done for a reason. Without
vaccinations, there would
be more deaths from
diseases we can prevent.
The key word here is
“prevent.” The latest Center for Disease Control
statistics show 102 cases
of measles were reported
in January. In 2014, a record number of cases were
reported: 644 in 27 states.
In 2000, measles was put
on the eliminated diseases
list in the U.S.
With less parents vaccinating their children,
it gets riskier for parents
to take newborns around
other children without
the fear of their child
contracting a disease. The
2015 outbreak of measles
stemmed from Disneyland. Many families go
to Disneyland on vacation, and the outbreak
has made it obvious that
there is a larger risk of

contracting this preventable disease than ever.
No family should fear
their child’s health while
on vacation, merely because of someone else’s
decision.
Vaccines work. If you
believe they do not, do
your research. There is no
argument about whether
or not they work; they
do work. Most people
have never seen a case
of the measles. Lots of
new parents haven’t even
seen a case of the chicken
pox. They get it in their
head that because they’ve
never seen a case, they
don’t need to vaccinate.
This is far from truth.
With vaccines, you would
see the measles and you
would want the vaccine.
While there are risks
involved in the measles
vaccine, they are mild
compared to getting the
disease. The measles,
mumps a nd r ubel la
(MMR) vaccine risks
include fever, temporary
joint pain, rash and swollen glands (all of which
go away). Some of the
worse side effects can
include seizures or drop
in the platelet count that
can lead to bleeding. The
worst side effects happen
in one of 30,000 doses.
This risk is less likely than
death from measles. The
risks are minuscule on the
grand scheme of things.
It’s pointless to not
take advantage of medical achievements we
are given. If you are not
vaccinating your child,
you are putting them
at an unneeded risk.
Instead of pretending
that we live
in the dark
ages, get
yourself
and your
children
vaccinated.

USU Eastern H.E.A.R.T Club



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The way Bishop is cutting costs,
but maintaining quality shows he
is on his way to succeeding in
that goal.

Flooding

photo by Edison Lascano/The Eagle

What does Gibby and kissing have to do with each other? True Eagle, that’s what. True Eagle
is a tradition at USU Eastern where students gather around Gibby on the night of the full
moon and kiss over him. Competitions are held for most kisses, most romantic kiss and others
and all who participate receive a free shirt.

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USUE has trained and
graduated seven corrections officers. As Director
of the Police Academy,
Henrie has 10 law enforcement cadets in his
ranks, six of which are
self-sponsored. The other
four are sponsored by
Carbon County’s Sheriff’s office.
Upon completion of
the program, graduates
can take their knowledge,
skills and certification
to any law enforcement
agency-including highway
patrol, city police depart-

Debt

ments, county sheriff’s
departments, or corrections agencies such as
Adult Probation & Parole.
With Henrie, “hoping for
a 100 percent placement
rate,” POST Academy is
doing well for itself and
the community it serves.
The increasingly demanding physical fitness
tests have been known to
be a deterrent to hopeful
cadets. Henrie says, “This
should be the last thing
stopping a person from
becoming a police officer. So what we’re now

doing is recruiting early
and starting a physical
fitness program over the
summer so those that
couldn’t pass the fitness
test will be ready by the
time they come in for
the final exam. We can
and will help make them
ready.”
With Henrie’s dedication to his department
and trainees, those who
commit themselves to
this program are nearly
guaranteed success.
Law en forcement
isn’t everyone’s career of

choice, but is extremely
rewarding for those who
choose to pursue it. Henrie expects all 10 of his
cadets to graduate, and
anticipates increased recruitment in the future.
He feels that he could
handle at least twenty
cadets at any given time,
so there are plenty of
spots open. Anyone who
wishes to inquire about
joining Henrie’s ranks can
contact POST Academy
on campus in the police/
purchasing building, or at
435.613.5300.

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Members of the Higher Education Appropriations
Subcommittee applauded the fact that Utah holds the
third lowest tuition in the country, yet the cost of tuition
is proposed to increase by 2.5 percent.
“Why does the cost continually increase? We need
to continue to keep tuition as low as we can,” said
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City. Buhler said that
the amount lawmakers are able to put into the system
dictates what we are able to charge.
Along with addressing student debt, Buhler outlined the goal to increase college enrollment by one to
five percent, with increased funding. About eight out
of 10 Utah high school graduates who enroll in college
attend a Utah System of Higher Education institution.
The Board of Regents has projected two growth
scenarios; one for a 1 percent growth and the other

Sanctity

for 5 percent growth. Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart, R-St.
George and committee chairman, suggested open
enrollment as a way to increase students.
“We could offer increased counseling to those
admitted. We are responsible for them once they enter
our doors,” Urquhart said.
Rep. Jon E. Stanard, R-St. George, said he wants
more counseling to help students connect to postgraduation professions.
The committee concluded by hearing from Weber State University President Charles Wight, who
shared success stories. Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar
City, suggested all Utah universities follow Weber
State’s model.
“We should help to implement these great rates in
all of our institutions,” Vickers said.

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of patriotism.
To claim one doesn’t understand or get to have that opinion
because they did not serve in
the military is unjustified and
inconsistent with the Constitution
they reference so often when it
behooves them.
It is a dishonor to the memory
of soldiers who have sacrificed
their lives to glory in the bloodshed of battle. Kyle wasn’t a hero
for the lives he took; he was a hero
for his work when he came home,
for the lives he saved. Debate has
and will wage on over the concept
and actions of war, but this article

Exercise

is intended to demonstrate that it
is reasonable to dissent from the
loud and hateful speech of those
who would wish or threaten to
silence you. “American Sniper”
is a movie in poor taste, designed
to prey upon the wallets of the
patriotic eagerness of a nation so
absorbed with its own awesomeness that it calls for the figurative
heads of those who dare to dissent to it.
I love where I live, I enjoy the
freedoms it affords me and am
devastated that men and woman
gave their lives for me to enjoy
those things. I am grateful to

them. Grateful that they answered
the call of the moral failings of the
human race, sent to war when the
leaders of nations failed to lead.
When planes attacked a sleepy
naval installation and when a
narcissistic dictator put 10’s of
millions of civilians to death,
for those who rose up when those
actions were necessary to put an
end to the bloodshed. Killing
should never be celebrated. Life is
precious and fleeting. Remember
there is a sanctity to dissent, an
admired holiness to speaking out
against what you think is wrong.
Consequences be damned.

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any who have thought of doing it.
Though it is difficult starting out
and can be down-right frustrating, it’s worth it in the end. Best
of all, it can be done without
any special secrets, strategies
or diets.
Becoming healthy was—and
is—a mindset. I didn’t do it to
impress anyone, but to improve
my state of life. I did it because I
loved myself, and because I loved

myself, I didn’t cheat myself. I
watched what I ate, kept to my
schedule and never let a bad day
kill my confidence. I realized I
was beautiful the way I was, but I
wanted to prove to myself I could
do hard things.
And I really did it. I overcame years of self-hate, quick
judgments and disappointing
results. I proved to myself that
I wasn’t going to be lazy and

unhealthy forever, and proved
to everyone else that I was more
than capable of doing difficult
things. Through my hard work
I grew closer to becoming the
woman I want to be, and I became
more accepting of others in the
process. I learned there is no
secret to doing to hard things.
All you have to do is work. It
will be difficult, but success is
more than possible.

Soccer

comments about an issue, he will
do all he can to change it. This
is your café, after all, and you
should be happy with it.

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Jensen said, “Due to the quick
response of the facilities department, major damage was averted.
The roofing company was immediately contacted and arrived to take
care of the problem.
“The computer, desk, printer
and other items in Dr. Heath Earl’s
office were not damaged. There
was only minimal damage to the
wall paint in my office. The wall is

True Eagle

Bishop advises the students
to utilize the suggestions box
for any and all comments and
concerns. If he gets enough

being scraped and repainted at the
present time. We were very lucky
that there was no major damage
to any furniture or equipment in
the offices.”
Sheila Burghardt, USU facilities manager added, “As part of the
project to install a new roof on the
WIB, the roof drains were removed
and reinstalled by a contractor
working on the project. The sup-

ports for the drain pipe on the NE
corner failed during the storm.  The
contractor repaired the drain pipe
on Jan. 30.
“I met with Melanie Nelson
on Feb. 2, to assess the damage
and found one wall needs to be
painted. In addition, all drain pipes
connected to the roof drains have
been inspected to make sure there
are no problems,” Burghardt stated.

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These will be the first soccer specific fields built in
Price. Many soccer fanatics around Price are excited
to see the improvement in skill from the youth players
now that they have soccer associated fields to practice
and play on. Bennett is planning to have youth soccer
tournaments on the new fields and is excited to see new
talent through inviting teams to games and tournaments.
“What we currently have as a field is a definite turn
off to recruitment. But the new fields helps the recruits

Laziness

feel like the college is serious about soccer. The idea
of new fields is 100 percent used as a recruiting tactic,”
said Bennett.
Many are excited and can’t wait to see the impact
the new fields may have on the community and on the
soccer programs. The new fields may increase the play
of soccer from the locals in Price and the two USU
Eastern soccer teams are simply excited to have a decent
field to play on.

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finally get it you know its true
value, you know exactly what it
took to get that new car, new phone
or new house. No one knows that
value but you, and because of that
knowledge, you take special care
of it. You protect it because you
do not want your hard work to
go in vain.
If something is just given to
you, you don’t know what it took
to get that object. It was just given
to you. There was no work involved
and because of that, you disregard
it and even treat it poorly because
it has no value to you.
The same goes with life. There is
something to be said about working
hard. It gives you a sense of pride
in yourself and you are making a
difference in the world, even if it is
just being off government assistance
programs.
Government assistance programs are not programs that hand
out free stuff for nothing. Taxes
pay for those programs, and those
taxes come from someone. That
someone is the hard-working-tax
payer.
In theory, these programs are
good programs, but are being taken
advantage of by people who love
the idea of living off the system so
they can play and not work. These
people give excuses such as: I was

born here so I deserve it, or I have
to spend time with my kids and
can’t work, or I’m using money
that would otherwise be spent on
war. That last statement is a laugh.
There hasn’t been a tax increase to
cover the two conflicts the United
States has been engaged in in the
last 11 years.
“Contrary to popular belief,
no one owes you anything. Get
out and earn it.” A slogan on a
T-shirt from Rangerup.com, gives
an insight into the economy. So
many people are worried about the
economy and how we are currently
over $18 trillion in debt, according
to www.brillig.com. That is a giant
number, and it’s rising on average
$2.4 billion a day.
A large portion of the debt is
from the two wars we have been
engaged in. But what about all
the assistance programs and the
money being pumped into them?
The people who get on them often
get so comfortable, they never get
off of them.
Welfare is a good program
for people having a hard time
financially, but some have said,
“I can’t get a job because I smoke
weed and I don’t wanna stop, so
I’ll just go on welfare.” It’s that
mentality that put us in debt that,
if you were to spread that debt out

to the 300 million people living in
the U.S. evenly, including children,
each person would be responsible
for $56,674.02. That is more than a
lot of people make in a year.
A solution to this problem is to
find a love in work that the average
citizen used to have. The more
people off assistance programs,
the more money the government
could put back into the national
debt. The government needs to put
stricter standards on the assistance
programs, like drug testing and
actual proof of employment search.
Some lazy and apathetic people
of this country are bringing it
down, and the government is not
helping. Offering more assistance
programs is basically leading the
rabbit with a carrot, putting more
and more people under the control
of the government, making these
people so reliant on the government so they will vote for anything
just to keep their benefits.
Be the better person. Work
and be proud of yourself. Never
be too good for a job. Show this
generation that working hard is the
right thing to do. We need to take
matters into our own hands and fix
our problems. Put down the hash
pipe, get off your butt and make
your own money to buy your own
stuff and be proud of yourself.

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Feburary 12, 2015

Desire to see the change in
your life is key to life’s riches
Jesse Malan

staff writer
jesse.malan3@gmail.com
The necessary keys to help anyone who wants to
grow rich: whether it be rich in money, rich in mind
and rich in one’s own self, is the premise behind this
series of articles.
To begin, the reader must close his/her eyes, think
and also picture in his/her own mind what they want
most. The reader may want to one day own a fine horse,
have a successful marriage
or own a million dollars. The
reader may choose what he/she
wants, what is really wanted.
Hold that thought, and picture
having or accomplishing what
that thought is. Feel it and give
time to that thought.
This is the beginning to gaining what one wants.
This first step is called desire. This is not to be confused
with plain hope or a mere want or goal. This desire is
a determination, a seedling that has the potential to
grow into a gigantic oak, a dream waiting to be turned
into a reality writes Napoleon Hill in his book Think
and Grow Rich. This should be a burning desire to be
and to do. That is the starting point where one may
begin to grow rich. Rich in money, mind and one’s
own self. Thought is where it all starts.
The mind is the birth place of ideas and imagination. The mind is the starting point, the creator
of our future. The mind is also the most loyal, true
ally, obeying every order given to it by the user. To
help the reader understand the mind better, it will be
divided into two parts: the conscious mind and the
sub-conscious mind.
The conscious mind is our awake or alert part of

our brain. It is where we think and decide. The subconscious mind is the habit forming, automatic part of
our brain. It is the part that controls how we act. It is
the part of our brain that “tells” us things. Whatever
we choose to feed our conscious mind becomes our
sub-conscious mind’s duty to remind us.
For instance, if one tells them self that they are a
terrible person or that what they do is dumb and allow
this to go on for some time, the sub-conscious mind
will loyally remind the one person that they are dumb
or terrible. Would this not, after some time, create the
oppressive destruction of depression? Certainly it will.
On the other hand, if one
chooses to see themselves as a
man or woman with honor and
standards and continues to feed
on those thoughts, soon enough
the loyal mind will remind the
one person that they are honorable and upright because they
chose to think that way.
This is called training the sub-conscious mind,
also known by psychologists as auto-suggesting or
as Dr. Joseph Mercola writes this is an “Emotional
Freedom Technique.”
When one learns to master their own mind, then
one has learned to master all.
The world is at the fingertips of all mankind. It is
up to the individual what is made of it. The mind holds
the “secrets,” the keys, which make our dreams come
to reality. Opportunities lie at the door, if one will
learn how to gain access to them. Work is required,
but it doesn’t always have to be hard work.
This is the first of a series of articles on how to
grow rich and obtain one’s dreams. I hope that this
information will be reviewed often, daily at best, to
remind one to improve their own situation, for daily
application will cause the mind to remind and reveal,
to the active reader, how to gain their dreams.

Under the Crown with Danielle Parke
Danielle Park

staff writer
daniellepark@hotmail.com
It’s pretty safe to say that we
are all getting an education at
USU Eastern. Sure, we learn about
numbers in math class, cells in
biology class and writing skills in
English class, but if we are being
completely honest with ourselves,
we are learning more about life
than anything else. As we keep
busy with our classes, homework,
work, sports and hopefully having
some sort of a social life, it can
become overwhelming to keep
up with it all.
Recently I’ve started paying
attention to what I am learning
outside of my classes and how
these things affect me. What I’ve
noticed is how critical the power of

having a positive attitude impacts
me. I can almost hear the words
my mom says to me, “If you have
a positive attitude, positive things
will happen to you,” and, “positive minds live positive lives.”
To my regret, I learned to
brush these words off throughout
my life, thinking happiness was
much more complicated than
that. Oh, if I would have listened
to her!  Had I listened, I know I
would have been a lot happier in
times of stress, worry and grief;
not having to learn this all on my
own, when the answer was right
there in front of me.
At first trying to keep a positive
attitude wasn’t easy. I started to
notice how often little things that
happened throughout the day
could really bug me. The list went
on and on. But once I began to look
past those things and focus on the

good things that happened in the
day, I noticed how much happier
I was beginning to be. My once
long days began to fly by, my least
favorite classes began to become
my favorite, and I noticed myself
smiling a lot more and saying
hi to people I didn’t even know.
Happiness began to become an
everyday thing. 
We are constantly learning
new things, both inside and
outside the classroom. As we go
about our lives, let’s all try to learn
to keep our minds
positive and our
thoughts happy. 
My mom isright; thinking
positively will
u lt i m a t ely
draw positive things
to us.

From Delta to Orem to Phoenix to Price; new
academic adivser hopes to help students
their games this semester and looks forward to watching
soccer when the season comes.
staff writer
Cook has two main goals to accomplish in the future.
kpfelice@hotmail.com
Those goals being to get started in the MBA program or
to get his second bachelor’s degree in MIS (Managing
Utah State University Eastern has welcomed a new Information Systems). Although he has not decided yet
academic advisor to campus this semester. Jeff Cook, which one he is going to go for first.
previous Utah State alumni, is now on staff and ready to
When the fall semester arises, Cook will be teaching
teach college success and provide guidance to students.   a college success course where, because of his interest
Cook attended Delta High School, Utah Valley in business, he hopes to get creative with his teaching
University and later furthered his studies at Utah State approach. He plans to implement the ideas he has
University in Logan where he earned a bachelor’s degree learned from instructors and experiences and apply
in Business Marketing.
that when teaching the curriculum.
After living in Utah all of his life, Cook moved to
In the position of an academic advisor Cook says,
Arizona after receiving an opportunity to work as an “What is rewarding is knowing students have someone
academic advisor at the University of
to get advice from. You get to see
Phoenix. Being originally from Utah
the different types of students
where his family and friends are, he
and where they are going in
later decided to come back. With a
life and then go on to see them
job position at USUE offered to him,
graduate.”
he decided to take up the opportunity.  
With Cook now added to
“I got some experience working for
the advising staff, there are four
the University of Phoenix… Since I
academic advisors to give more
went to Utah State, I thought it would
opportunities for one-on-one
be fun to work for them and the Eastern
student advising and more availextension,” Cook said.
ability. Student’s utilizing their
As far as how tough it is to move to
opportunity to receive academic
a new town, Cook says, “I have moved
help and advice is something
a lot, the transition is not difficult.” The
Cook finds important. “It is
hardest part is, “adapting to a new place
important to meet with your
and learning the culture of this area.”
advisors at least once a semester
Having never before been to USUE,
and make sure you have a plan.”
one of Cook’s first impressions of the
As well as offering guidance
Jeff Cook
school and Price as a whole that he
with classes and future plans,
found shocking was that for such a
Cook is also willing to proofread
small town, it is a pretty big campus.
student’s resumes and help critique them.
If the people here could know just one thing about
When Cook first moved here, he read a book called
Cook, he would want everyone to know, “I am fun and “Becoming a Learner” by Mathew L. Sanders, who is a
hope people will take my class.” Another fact about him professor at USU.  “Now as an advisor, this is something
would be that he likes business and enjoys keeping up I wish I would have read when I was first starting school,”
on articles of business and topics in the business field. he says. “It would have changed my whole mind set
Something Cook likes most is athletics. He has of how I studied and how I prepared for classes.” He
enjoyed watching the basketball team and attending encourages all of the students at Eastern to read it.

Sam Czarnecki
Josie Sue Slade
First impression from packaging/commercials/reviews?:
Josie: Nothing major stood out to me. I
think people either loved the game or hated
it. I wouldn’t know until I played.
Sam: This game came out a while ago. I
thought it looked way cartoony, and the concept
escaped me when I was a kid.
First impression on the first in-game day?
Josie: Not bad. The game seemed alright
to me, but nothing was catching my attention.
Sam: The little cinematic at the beginning
instilled a sense of fear and suspense in me,
as I was still fairly young, but I found the
gameplay intriguing.
Your reaction when it really hit you how
little in-game time you had to complete the
goal of GETTING OFF THE PLANET
ALIIIIIIIVE?!:
Josie: I quit.
Sam: I panicked. Each in-game day is only
about 13 minutes, and there are only 30 days to
win the game. Getting the parts also requires
lots of patience, which is not readily at hand
when one is rushing to collect them all.
Setting aside your differences with the
game, what do you think of the little Pikmin
creatures themselves?:
Josie: Probably some of the most stupid
little creatures I’ve met. They kept drowning
themselves if I got too close to the water.
Sam: I think they’re cute. They’re tiny,
they’ve got flowers on their heads, and they
have this sort-of mob personality thing going for them. Pikmin are cute. And violent.
I like them.
What is one thing you would change
about the game?:
Josie: The controls. They are my pet peeve
for this game. Especially when you are trying
to navigate the map.
Sam: The backstory. The Pikmin are really smart, they should have built their own
civilization by now.

staff writer/s.czarnecki@gmail.com
editor-in-chief/sladejosie@gmail.com

Gameplay

Sam: I love the strategic
Josie: It’s rather redundant to me, but it gameplay and the level
has some good things design, but the Pikmin in
this game are fairly stupid.
going for it.
Story/Plotline
Josie: Really
the only thing
going on is the
crash. I was bored
before it began.

Sam: All that happens is
that the main character, Captain Olimar, crash-lands on a
planet, with the sole intent on
escaping said planet.

Game Mechanics
Josie: Some of it’s alright I suppose. But it’s
extremely hard to navigate
around the map and switching between pikmin is a
pain.

Sam: Switching between Pikmin is tough,
they keep falling off
easily-avoidable ledges,
but the puzzles and fights
are solid.

Music
Josie:
Sam: I loved it. Well composed,
T h e r e i s good old-fashioned Nintendo
soundtracking.
music?
Characters
Josie: The Pikmin do
have personalities, which
is surprising. Even if they
all have the same one,
there is a different one for
each color.

Sam: Two Stars.
There was only one,
but there were technically two considering
all the Pikmin as a
whole.

TOTAL
Josie: I really don’t
plan on playing this game
again. It’s annoying and
I nearly bashed in Link’s
head a few times for making me play it.

Sam: This game is
tough, annoying, and
lots of OCD planning
goes into beating it effectively. I enjoy tough
games, I liked it.

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February 12, 2015

From Venice to Vegas
Combining gambling and Shakespeare
on the main stage of USU Eastern’s Geary
Theatre seems like an oxymoron. However,
the last two weekends in February, the cast of
“Merchant of Vegas” will do just that…play slot
machines and recite Shakespearean lines as
the production unfolds into the classic comedy.
In a philosophical interview, associate
professor Corey Ewan, who doubles as an
actor and costumer for the production, says
there is not death in this play, which is not a
spoiler. “There’s too much hate in the world,
and through the production, people will see
how to respect each other, despite differences.
It’s about choices people make and the ones
they don’t.”
Ewan wants the play to be fun for the
audience: the lights, colors, costumes and
enjoyment of the languages. “All the common
phrases in the play we can thank Shakespeare
for…phrases that were coined over 400 years
ago.”
Shakespeare’s work is universal. His plays
are as relevant today as they were when he
wrote them. “He writes about the cultures,
themes and situations that we write about
today,” Ewan said.
“Merchant of Vegas” is an adaptation of
“The Merchant of Venice” which was written
by Shakespeare between 1596-1598. The
“Vegas” production was adapted by Wade
Arave, who directed a play last spring for
Eastern. A theatre graduate, Arave worked
in the enrollment management office until
June ’14.
With Arave’s departure, Ewan brought
in California native, Jarom Brown, to direct
the production. Brown is a graduate of Dixie
College, Utah Valley University and William
and Mary. He is an adjunct professor at Weber
State University.
“Brown is like the twin I never had,” Ewan

Student of
the Month

Lark Barney
A graduate of Lone Peak High School in
Highland, Utah is USU Eastern’s outstanding
student for February.
Rachel Lark Barney is a freshman at Eastern
where she is part of the SUN leadership group.
She received the presidential service award for
completing 250 hours of service including planning and executing service activities.
Before coming to Eastern, Barney served on
the Alpine Youth Council as historian where she
planned community- and service-based activities. She also planned, prepared and attended
monthly council meetings plus the Utah State
Legislative meetings.
As a volunteer for the River Meadow Senior
Living, Barney planned events for the seniors
including the Harvest Ball and Valentine’s
Dance. She prepared and planted flower beds
each spring, plus visited with the seniors where
she learned valuable life experiences.
Barney was a mentor in the Big Brother Big
Sister program from 2012-14. Besides developing one-on-one activities weekly, she mentored
fourth grade students and tutored math, reading
and science students.
Barney’s work experience includes working
as a wedding photographer assistant, teaching
and choreographing dance as well as being a
cashier at Firehouse Subs in Lehi.

said. “He looks at theatre like I do, he’s a
artistic doppelganger for me.”
He’s knowledgeable about Shakespeare’s
text; brings energy and creativity to the play,”
Ewan said. For the students who have no
Shakespeare experience, Brown works with
their talent to introduce them to the first master
of play writers. As a director, he is bringing the
best performance out of each actor.
Like “Venice,” the “Vegas” production
will be remembered for its dramatic scenes,
and uses Shylock’s famous “Hath Not a Jew
Eyes?” speech.
Ewan and most of the actors think act
four, the courtroom scene, will be the most
memorable for the audience. “Who is nice in
this play, who is selfish and who is guided
by revenge,” Ewan questions. The sentence

Bath Houses with Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. I
slammed both ideas together and came up with
a design I hope patrons will like,” Innes said.
The cast includes Libby Petereit, Mckylin
Rowe, AJ Brimley, Jen Thomas, Nicole Manley,
Josh Bone, Aaron Bone, Matt Russell, Chloe
Clark, Donnie Owens, Stanton Rodriguez,
Stephen Ewan, John Behn, Innes and C. Ewan.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5
for high school students, $3 for children
ages 7-13, $3 for USU Eastern faculty and
staff and $1 for USU Eastern students with
current activity card. No children under 6 will
be admitted. The plays runs Thursday, Friday
and Saturday: February 19- 21 and 26-28.
Because of limited seating, Ewan advises
patrons to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m. on
the night of each performance.

photo by Edison Lascano/The Eagle

passed in the courtroom is harsh with no
show of mercy.
Eastern’s production uses the ‘50s-‘60s
Rat Pack era to evolve its famous characters.
It is set quasi-round on the Geary Theatre
stage with the audience on three sides. The
set is built on an elevated stage with a roof
over it. Eastern’s Brent Innes designed the set
for the production.
“My idea for the set is to combine Roman

Photos (L-R) Josh Bone, Donnie Owens,
Libby Petereit, Stanton Rodriguez, Matt
Russell, John Behn, Mckylin Rowe, Jen
Thomas.

On the Shoulders of Giants Part III
Nathaniel Woodward
staff writer
simplyscienceusu@gmail.com

Dear Bridgette,
When you look up into the night sky and see the stars, you instantly
have a connection, not only to those distant suns, but to every human
over the past 200,000 years. Ancient Greek philosophers stared into the
same dark skies and noticed that some of the stars moved contrary to the
movement of the others, they named these “Planētēs” or “Wanderers.”
Like the eight wanders we have in the night sky who move contrary to
the norm, I want to write about a wanderer who, despite heavy resistance,
moved against what was expected and changed everything.
Cecilia Payne was born in May 1900, in England to a loving mother
and a academic father. She was the top of her class and attended Cambridge University where she studied physics and chemistry. She even
wandered to an island off the coast of Africa to view a solar eclipse to
test Einstein’s recently published Relativity and Photo-Electric Effect
Theories. However, Cambridge would not allow her to graduate because
the university did not grant women degrees and would not until halfway
through the 20th century. This was the second time Payne had to wander
to follow her dreams.
Payne found an opportunity to study astronomy at the newly created
graduate program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., so she
left for America to pursue her dreams. Taking interest in the stars, she
wondered what they were made of, rejecting the hypothesis that they were
made of the same materials that the Earth was. Beginning her doctorate
work in the new program was difficult, not only struggling to be taken
seriously in a field dominated by men, but also not much was known about
the composition of stars. She had little academic material to build upon.
During her research, Payne came across the work done by Harvard
scientists Annie Jump Canon and Henrietta Swan-Levitt who developed
a classification for stars based on the type of light they emitted. It hit her
like a falling apple, these lines separating the types of light or “spectral
lines” not only explained how to classify a star, it showed the kind of
materials being burned. As she measured, she discovered that the Sun and
other stars were not made up of materials similar to Earth, but contained
huge quantities of hydrogen and helium gas, a revolutionary discovery.
Payne’s research allowed her to finally stop her wandering and
awarded her a much deserved doctorate degree. Her dissertation is
still regarded as one of the most brilliant in the history of astronomy.
The lessons one learns from her life are countless, but what proves the
most powerful was her willingness to go wherever she
needed, to search wherever she
had to and do whatever it took
to realize her dreams. Like a
planet wandering across the
night sky moving against the
conformity of stellar rotation,
you have to push through the
darkness, lighting your path to
discover and explore. It will be
difficult, but when your wanderings come to an end, I promise
it will be worth it.
-Dad

Mental health discussion with Brandt: don’t be afraid to question
Josie Slade

editor-in-chief
sladejosie@gmail.com
From a very young age we are instilled with what
we call “world perspectives.” These perspectives
shape everything we do. From how we view the world
and ourselves, to how we do things. While some
perspectives can have a positive effect, many of these
perspectives negatively impact our lives and force us
to believe things that aren’t true.­
Darrin Brandt, director of the disability resource
center said, “Most of our perspectives about the world
are experienced into us as we’re very young. We learn
through socialization. We’re taught that certain things
are good and certain things are bad. We are taught that
we need to be a certain way to be happy. If we are a
different way then we are bad, then we will be sad.
These perspectives are usually given to us by people
who are just as imperfect as we are.”
Many of the habits we have are learned, are given
to us by the people who raised us. This can vary from
your parents to your teachers. All of these people have
an impact on our lives, often without even realizing
that they do.
Let’s say that, in a hypothetical situation, we are

faced with a second grader and the teacher he sees
everyday. One day this boy goes into class when the
teacher makes one snap decision. In front of the other
students, the teacher kneels down and tells this boy,
“It’s okay. You’re just a slow learner.” This statement,
even if untrue, has given this boy a perspective that
will follow him through the rest of his life. From that
moment, he begins to believe that he is dumb.
A perspective on someone like this one can change
the course of their life forever. If you go through school,
through life, believing that you are dumb and can’t
do it; then you won’t be able to do it. Our minds have
more power over us than we realize. This is why world
perspectives have power over us and is why we need
to step back and reevaluate how we look at the world.
Brandt said, “We all struggle with these perspectives that are founded in untruth. What if I believe that
the only way to be happy is to make a lot of money,
when the reality is I only make enough to scrap by?
With this perspective it would matter little what else
I had, merely because I had been taught to only see
that one perspective as truth. I wouldn’t see the good
things I have in my life. These perspectives are infecting our country, infecting our world.”
World perspectives can follow us everywhere and
effect nearly everything we do and you don’t grow out
of them. In order to overcome perspectives, we need

Guest director at USU Eastern for “Merchant of Vegas”
These qualifications make him the perfect person
to take this classic play and put a spin on it and makstaff writer
ing it so that the story could be told in Las Vegas.
christopher.palo1@gmail.com
When asked what the hardest part of the play was,
Brown responded, “…staying true to the author.”
How do you make the perfect super hero movie? Bringing knowledge of Iambic pentameter to the cast
Answer: Joss Whedon. How do you tastefully and ar- allows the actor to know exactly where the author
tistically turn the Shakespearian
wanted emphasis on words. Brown
play The Merchant of Venice into
starts almost every rehearsal with a
an into a 1960’s Las Vegas adaptasession where the actors read the script
tion with casino floors and mob
by “scanning“ the dialog. Higher and
bosses? Answer: Jerom Brown.
lower emphasis bases on syllables alMuch like Whedon, Brown
low the actor to emphasize the exact
roams the stage with fiery hair
word that Shakespeare would want
and a luscious beard. He moves
emphasized.
about with and energy that
When the actors take the stage they
causes the cast to get excited
are much more prepared because of
about the play, laughing and
Browns guidance. There’s no question
joking and letting the actors
what the lines mean or what the author
experiment feeling out the role
meant because Brown has explained
making it their own. The players
everything at their feet, giving them
move around the stage according
free reign to focus on the emotion and
to the visions of the production
acting of parts and not where a “thou”
in his head. He shouts not from
or a “thee” should be.
Jerom Brown
anger, but from excitement. He
Brown has made this play his own
leaps and runs and laughs. He is
and turned it into something wonderful
not afraid to show his emotion about the show.
and exciting. The dates of the show are Feb. 19-21 and
Brown is originally from the San Francisco Bay Feb. 26-28. Go and watch this master of Shakespeare
area of California. He graduated from Utah Valley work his magic and enjoy yourself as you become pulled
University, where he received masters of fine arts into the play, becoming one with the actors. You will
and a master of letters degree with an emphasis thank yourself for attending this masterful performance
on Shakespeare.
by not only the director but also the cast and crew.

Christopher Palo

to take a step back and question the world around us.
The hardest thing thing to do is to stop and question
not only the world, but what you believe. How can
you know what you believe is true if you don’t stop
and question it every once in awhile?
“There are other names for these perspectives,
prejudices, bigotry, self-harming beliefs, irrational
beliefs, thinking errors. But whatever you call them,
they negatively affect our lives and limit our abilities to
be happy and successful in life. These things demand
that we have to be a certain way, that we have to do
things a certain way. It leads us away from thinking,
“I’m okay the way I am. I don’t have to be any different.” This limits our potential and our happiness.”
For a challenge this week, take a moment and
evaluate how you view the world. It can be something as simple as how you view the way your dress
or something larger. Just question, it doesn’t matter
what you question. Humans need to change in order
to learn and grow. If we all knew everything about
the world from a young age, we wouldn’t need things
like a college education. It’s time to stop and take a
moment to question.
For more information on this topic and other mental
health issues stop by the student counseling center
in room 223 in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center
(JLSC) or contact Brandt at darrin.brandt@usu.edu.

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February 12, 2015

Eagles defeat
CNCC,
Snow; lose
to SLCC
Jordan Mellen

staff writer
jordanmellon9@gmail.com

T

he Utah State University
Eastern men’s basketball
team is coming off a few
key conference wins, but
are looking for more. “We’ve been
playing more aggressive and showing
more energy on the court. We’ve been
attacking and it has worked for us the
past week,” said Juwan Moody.
“We’re going to go in playing
aggressive and look for the win
throughout the whole game. We’re
going to work to stick to the game.
Play consistent the whole game,”
Moody said.
Colorado Northwestern Community College traveled to Price Jan. 31
to face off with the Golden Eagles,
resulting in an 83-65 win for Eastern.
Leading scorers for the Golden
Eagles were Josh Van Weezep with
16 points, Andre Hogan 14 points and
Hamdi Karoui 11 points. Karoui led
in rebounds for the night with nine,
followed by Nathaniel Wright with
eight and Sherman Daye with six.
Phillip Winston and Brandon Sly each
had five assists. As a team, USUE went
33-66 in field-goal attempts, 10-31 in
three-point attempts and 7-14 in freethrow attempts.
Eastern had another home game on
Feb. 5, as Snow College came to Price.
The Golden Eagles had a comeback
from halftime. They squeezed by
with a win.

Hogan led the way for the
Golden Eagle offense with 19
points, accompanied by Moody
14 points. Wright led the team
in rebounds with 10, followed
by Karoui and Hogan who each
had six. Winston tallied up
nine assists on the night. The
Golden Eagles finished 26-52
in field-goal attempts, 10-22 in
three-point attempts and 10-20
in free-throw attempts.
On Feb. 7 the Golden Eagles
played another home game
against Salt Lake Community
College who hold a 22-0 record.
This game ended in favor for
Salt Lake as they went home
with a 77-59 win. Moody was
the leading scorer for the Golden
Eagles with 14 points, followed
by Wright’s eight points, and
both Marcelo Ruediguer and
Daye with seven points each.
Winston finished with six assists,
along with Hogan’s three and
Daye’s two. Daye led the team
in rebounds with 14, followed by
Ruediguer with 10. The Golden
Eagles went 24-67 in field-goal
attempts, 6-29 in three-point
attempts and 5-10 in free-throw
attempts.
The Golden Eagles are looking for three big wins in the next
two weeks. The team is excited
to take the energy with them on
the road as they conclude regular season conference play. The
team plays North Idaho Feb. 12,
and two days later, Feb. 14 will

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

USU Eastern’s Philip Winston takes a shot against Snow College last Thursday.

Guymon has high hopes for SWAC Tournament
Michaella Crooks

sports writer
michaella_volleyball@comcast.com
Not far from USU Eastern is Huntington, Utah, a
small community where you can find Mark Guymon
and his family. He is from a family of six with three
sisters and two brothers. His favorite food is chicken
wings and pizza. Some things that he enjoys doing
are collecting vinyl records and listening to 60’s
and 70’s music. Guyman also like to write musical
lyrics and play guitar, but doesn’t have much time
with basketball season going on.
Guymon, number 13, is a part of USU Eastern’s
men’s basketball team and plays forward. After USU
Eastern, he says, “I’m not sure if I want to continue
playing basketball, but I do want to become a physical
therapist and go to physical therapy school.”
Guymon looks up to his parents. “My mom and
dad have supported me my whole life and come to
all my basketball games and are always there for me
when I need them.”
Guymon’s dream vacation spot would be Austra-

don’t like to spend money, but
lia because he likes the outdoors,
would put it in savings and,
hiking and exploring new things
so he can explore the outback
when I was ready to, spend it,
with his Subaru. In 50 years, he
I would spend it to help others in any way I can. I’m not
sees himself married with a famreally selfish, so don’t think
ily, being a physical therapist and
I would be selfish with it.”
hopefully be close to retirement.
Guymon has never had
He likes living in Utah because he
likes the outdoors, but he also likes
any serious injury. “The
worst injury I ever got was
Colorado and California.
in high school when I disloGuymon’s favorite basketball
cated my pinky finger playing
player is Dennis Rodman. “I like to
basketball and to this day,
style my basketball--the way that I
my pinky is still messed up.”
play--after him because he is super
good at rebounding and defense and
Something Guymon used
that’s what I like to do.”
to do when he was young that
got on his parent’s nerves
One of the memories Guymon
was when he would put the
has from last year is when he put a
fake tattoo on his back and one of
Nerf hoops up all over his
Mark Guymon
his teammates saw it and thought
house. “My parents would
he had a legit tattoo. “I would never
get really mad at me because
it’s loud and I would use the microwave as my shot
get one, so it was pretty funny.”
If Guymon won the lottery, he would probably save clock. So my mom would take my basketball and
the money because he’s super thrifty with money. “I hide it so I couldn’t play,” he said.

Guyman started playing basketball at a young
age. “I played junior jazz and in middle school at
Canyon View Junior High. I played high school ball
at Emery High School and after that, I came to USU
Eastern to play here.” Guymon stated.
Guymon likes the comfort of being close to home
because a lot of people in the community support
him. He is close to home and it’s easier for his family to come to his games. “I feel like I get a lot of
support and it’s cool to play where you come from;
it means a lot to me.
So far Guymon says that, “at the beginning of the
season we looked good and we were winning games,
but through the middle of the season, we struggled
a lot. We had to figure out a lot of things, like what
would work best for our team.
“Now towards the end of the season, things are
starting to look better and we found what was best
for the team. We have had our ups and downs this
season, but in the end I have high hopes.
“We get to host the SWAC basketball tournament
this year, so I think that we have an advantage by
being able to play at our gym. I have high hopes for
our team and I know we can do great things.”

Spanish Fork natives continue to play for USU Eastern
Michaella Crooks

sports writer
michaella_volleyball@comcast.com
Spanish Fork High School graduates continue to
make USU Eastern’s baseball grow. Cooper Beck is
one of those graduates who should help the Eagles
this season. Beck grew up with a family that consist
of four sisters and no brothers. He is the middle
child. On the men’s baseball team, he pitches and
is a first baseman.
When Beck is done with USU Eastern, he plans
on going somewhere else and playing baseball. And
after that, he wants to become a SWAT sniper.
Beck wants to sky dive off of the Eiffel tower.
He lives with no regrets because he has none. He is
not scared of anything unless he is in a tight space.
Hobbies he enjoy include hunting, horseback riding, four wheeling, boating; basically anything to
do with outdoors. He also loves music and can play
the piano and guitar.
The worst date Beck has ever been on was when
he went to a dance called the masquerade ball and

things make me mad, like
went with a girl that was bigger
and older than him. “The date was
in athletics. If I am giving
fun. Then when I went to take her
100 percent and someone
home, she tried to kiss me and I
isn’t, that makes me mad.
Also people talk bad about
just ran away.”
me and I have never given
If Beck had one day off from all
his responsibilities and was given
them a reason to.”
unlimited money, he would buy as
A hero in Beck’s life
many guns as he could, go shoot
is his father. “He is just a
really cool guy. You would
them all and probably go down to
have to meet him because
Henry’s good deer hunting unit and
shoot a big deer. Guns attract Beck.
he is one of a kind. When I
“I have been around them my whole
watched him while growing
life and it’s just fun to me. It’s just
up, he has never been scared
of anything and that’s a way
been a part of my life since I was
of life. People don’t have
a baby.”
to be scared of everything,
An embarrassing moment in
stuff is going to happen to
Beck’s life was when, during a
Cooper Beck
football game, a kid went to tackle
you. You don’t have to be
him and pulled his pants all the way
scared.”
down to his ankles. “I just went running down the
Something that got on Beck’s parent’s nerves
field with everything around one leg and I scored when he was younger was when he would throw rocks
at his parent’s windows. “There was a bee’s nest in
a touchdown. It was embarrassing, but awesome.”
It’s not hard to get on Beck’s bad side. “A lot of a tree by my house and I threw a rock at it. And it

hit the bee’s nest, but also hit my parent’s window.”
If Beck could have any super power, he would fly.
Beck expects the team to compete. “We are
playing in the SWAC, which is a tough baseball
conference. One of the best in the nation. We can’t
be scared of anyone because we play the big schools
like CSI and SLCC. You don’t hear much about USU
Eastern so we plan on coming out and just showing
the world what’s up and that we are here to compete.”
The team this year is a group of great guys and
competitors. “You can put them in any position and
they are going to do their best and compete.”
USU Eastern is a home away from home for Beck.
“It’s a place that you can hang out with friends and
not have to worry about anything.”
Beck’s favorite memory so far at USU Eastern
is all the bus trips with the team because it’s fun to
hang out and get to know the team. Last year and
this year are going to be different. “Last year there
were people on the team that thought they where
to good to play here, but the team this year is full
of people who care about the sport. They know
their roll and they are fine with it and its going to
be a good year.

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February 12, 2015

WalshJennings’
beach
volleyball
career
Masi Steel

sports writer
mason.steel5@gmail.com
When beach volleyball is
mentioned, the name Kerri
Walsh-Jennings follows. With
teammate Misty May-Treanor,
they are considered the greatest
beach volleyball team of all time.
Jennings earned gold medals
in 2004, 2008 and 2012. She was
born August 15, 1978, in Santa
Clara, Calif. Her entire family
was athletic; her father was a
minor-league baseball player, her
mother earned the Most Valuable
Player two times at Santa Clara
University.
Walsh-Jennings attended
Archbishop Mitty High School
in San Jose, Calif., and graduated in 1996. After graduating,
she played indoor volleyball at
Stanford University. While there,
she became the second player in
the NCAA history to be named
First-Team All-American all four
seasons she was there, in 1996-99.
She gained a degree in American studies while also gaining
a reputation for one of the best
all-around collegiate volleyball
players in history.
After college, Walsh-Jennings played on the U.S. National
indoor volleyball team. They
competed in the 2000 Olympic
games, finishing just shy of a
medal, taking fourth overall.
She then turned her attention to
beach volleyball and teamed up
with May-Treanor, where they
went on to be the best team to
ever compete in beach volleyball.
The team was unstoppable
for over a decade. In 2002, the
team was named Federation
Internationale de Volleyball tour
champions, and in 2003, they
were named the “Team of the
Year.” Walsh-Jennings was also
named the Association of Volleyball Players’ Best Offensive
Player and MVP; she received
the same honor again in 2004.
In 2004, the pair went to
Athens, Greece, to compete in
the Olympic games, with an
89-game-winning streak. They
came away from the games with
their first gold medal.
After the 2004 games, WalshJennings married Casey Jennings, who is also a excellent
beach-volleyball player. WalshJennings gave birth to the
couple’s first child in May 2009,
Joseph Michael Jennings. The
couple had their second child
the following May (2010), named
Sundance Thomas Jennings.
The team of Walsh-Jennings
and May-Treanor continued to
dominate the sport and headed
to their next Olympics in 2008,
in Beijing, China. The pair won
their second gold medal and
broke their own record by winning 113 matches in a row and
19-consecutive tournaments.
In 2011, Walsh-Jennings
returned after giving birth to
her second son. They earned a
silver medal in the FIVB season
opener and a gold medal in the
Beijing Grand Slam, and finished
second place at the World Championship. During the 2011 year,
Walsh-Jennings accumulated
42-first-place wins internationally in her beach career.
For the 2012 Olympic games
held in London, England, WalshJennings and May-Treanor
teamed back up to win their
third consecutive gold medal.
Walsh-Jennings then had her
third child in 2013, a daughter,
Scout Jennings.
Walsh-Jennings has been an
inspiration to me during my volleyball career. She has achieved
so much, but has not forgotten
wh e r e s h e
came from
and what
is important in
life
a nd
fa m ily.

Eagles struggle
in third round
of region play
Abbie Bird

sports writer
abbierosebird@gmail.com
The Lady Eagles snatched another win
versus Colorado Northwestern Community
College on Jan. 31, but suffered two tough
losses against Snow College and Salt Lake
Community College as they have started
the third round of Scenic West Athletic
Conference play. Even though they haven’t
started off the way they planned, the team
and coaches continue with a positive attitude as they have three more games until
the region tournament begins, which will
be held in the BDAC.
In the game against CNCC, sophomore
Maddy Murphy led the way dropping in 16
points, helping the Eagles get their 87-55
win. Caroline Ficher also pitched in 14
points. Lejla Hadzialijagic pulled down nine
rebounds, six of which were offensive and
assisted in getting the team more shots off.
On Feb. 5, the Eagles started the third
round of region play against long-time
school rival Snow College. Eastern lost by
one point in overtime, 80-79.
The game started off well for the Eagles
as they shot 43 percent from the three-point
line, making nine, and having an overall
field-goal percentage of almost 50 percent.
At half time Eastern led by 15. In the
start of the second half, they lost their
composure as a team. Barbara Cousino
led the team with 18 points; Jessica
Anderson and Ficher both had 12. Both
Cousino and Jamie Smith made critical
three pointers at the ending stretch to get

the team into overtime.
Head coach Dave Puar said, “When we
are behind, we play better, as most of our
games we have come back in the second
half and won. Since we were ahead, we just
coasted and weren’t sure what to do, so we
got nervous. You can’t shoot when you are
nervous. Plus Snow made a good run on
us. In overtime we just made a couple of
mistakes and lost. We were in a position to
win. The game could have gone either way,
but unfortunately we lost.”
Feb. 7, Eastern battled in another tough
game against the nationally ranked SLCC at
No. 6. The team lost 80-70. Ficher steered
the way with 26 points and eight rebounds;
Cousino had 12. The game was lost in the
first half; the Eagles were down by 10. In the
second half, both SLCC and Eastern scored
31 points. SLCC sunk 21 points from free
throws, which is a real game changer in
close games. Coach Paur continues to lead
his team in a positive way, and is confident
his team can still perform well in these final
few games. “I would like to see consistency
in these final games. To be successful in
the upcoming region tournament, we need
three or four girls to score in double digits.
“They all need to step up. We have about
six players capable of doing so, but if we
can get three to four we will be hard to beat.
We also need to work on stopping dribble
penetration like we did in the second half
versus SLCC,” Paur stated.
Eastern heads to Idaho this week to
take on North Idaho College on Feb. 12,
and the College of Souther Idaho on Feb.
14. They will play their last region game at
CNCC on Feb. 21.

Lejia Hadzialijagic going up for the layup against Snow College

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

Harris overcomes heart problems to do what he loves
Marcelo Ruediger
sports writer
marceloruediger5@gmail.com

Bryan Harris is a 21 year old basketball
player who transferred from the University
of Maryland last year to join the Utah State
Eastern team. The guard who comes from
a Division 1 school is six foot, two inches,
185 pounds and is really good at driving to
the basket. Harris was out for five games
because of a groin injury. He said, “I
cannot wait to get back on the court with
my teammates. They are like my family.”
Harris was back to the courts against Salt
Lake City Community College on Feb. 7.
Born in Oxon Hill, Md., Harris started
playing basketball at four. His father, a
big lover of basketball and a former high
school player, was the reason he also grew
the love for the sport.
Harris attended high school in Maryland where he played basketball for four
years until the head coach from Massanutten Academy recruited him. After a good
season averaging 24.5 points per game, he
took a scholarship from Wofford College.
Due to a heart surgery, he had to medical
redshirt the one year he spent at Wofford.
The following year Harris transferred to

University of Maryland as a freshman a freshman in high school. “It was really
where he spent one year before coming tough year, but I felt blessed just to be
alive and getting back on the courts was
to Price.
When Harris was 13, he found out he like a bonus.”
Rheumatic Heart Disease is so rare that
had Rheumatic Heart Disease, a disease
that can accelerate his heart beat and cre- Harris is in the national medical book for
ate problems such as lack of air and bad being one of the very few people in the
entire world that had
body blood circulation
this disease.
among other problems.
After playing four
“When I found out
about it, I was confused
years of high school
basketball with no
because I was young
heart problems, Harand not aware of was reris headed to Wofford
ally going on, but when
College in 2012 – 2013
I saw my parent’s reacwhere once again he
tion, I knew that was
something bad.” He had
had to be strong and
face a new heart disto take strong medicaease called Supraventions for the following
tricular Tachycardia,
four years and for a year
or SVT. “This time
had to stay away from
the basketball courts,
I was a grown man
and it was so hard for
gym or any type of
me to know that I had
physical activities. For
another heart problem
two months, he could
and that that literally
not even attend classes.
Bryan Harris
had absolutely nothHarris had to follow a tough routine of
ing to do with the
first one.”
medications and doctor
STV makes your heart beat fast for no
appointments for a year until he could get
back to play the sport he loves in 2007 as reason other than exercise, high fever or

stress. “Sometimes I would practice really
hard and run so much and would be good,
just tired as any normal person, but other
times I would only be shooting or doing
lay ups and I would be feeling like I just
ran a 1,000 lines.”
At 18, Harris had a heart surgery and he
thought all his problems were over. “There
was only a 2 percent of chance that it would
reoccur and guess what? It did.”
Harris’ heart disease came back, which
is rare, and in the same month, he had to
have another surgery to finally get his heart
cured. “At that point I did not know what
to think. I was so out of luck and such
rare bad things were happening to me all
together. I honestly thought about giving
up basketball after I found out that I would
need another surgery.” However he ended
up doing the surgery and came back to the
courts the following year at the University
of Maryland.
Since then Harris has not had any
problems with his heart. “I hope I am all
set now and that my heart gives me no
more problems.”
After all those problems that Harris
overcame, he is happy to be playing the
sport he loves and is looking for another
opportunity to go to a Division 1 school
and do what he knows best, play basketball.

Baseball struggles for win, comes up short in Arizona
Shaun Peterson
sports writer
petersonshaun@yahoo.com

USU Eastern’s Baseball team got off to a rocky start
last weekend in sunny Arizona as they began a six-game
road trip that left the Eagles winless.
Defensive errors plagued the team throughout the weekend, but the Eagles hitting and pitching looked encouraging
according to head coach Scott Madsen, who expressed
optimism about the team’s play. “The first weekend always
seems to be tough. It is a time when we learn the areas we
need to work on. The team played well at times. We just
need to put it together for an entire ball game.”
The Eagles began with a two-game series in Tucson,
against Pima Community College, where they came out
aggressive after leadoff hitter Austin Geurtsen was hit by
the pitch. Sean Hardman and Greg Money both singled to
load the bases. After a strikeout, second baseman Bryce
Blackburn walked to bring home the first run. Hardman
reached home on a fielder’s choice to give the Eagles an
early 2-0 lead. The Aztecs stormed back tying the game at
three after three innings of play, eventually scoring five in
the fourth and two in the fifth. The Eagles bats went cold
with only one base hit in the final four innings, ending the
game with a 10-3 defeat.
Game two saw the Eagles struggle offensively as they
only managed one run on four hits. Freshman outfielder
Bennett Bradford hit a triple, and then scored on a passed
ball. Pima scorched the ball, scoring 12 runs on eight hits,
finishing the game with a 12-1 victory.
The team then headed to Yuma, Ariz., for a four-game
series with Arizona Western College. The Eagles sent ace
Hardman to the mound where he delivered an outstanding performance, denying the Matador’s any earned runs

with six strikeouts in seven innings of work. Defense
proved to once again be the Eagles demise giving AWC
five unearned runs on the day. The offense scattered four
hits throughout the seven innings, giving the Eagles their
third straight loss, 10-0.
The Eagles eliminated their scoring woes early in the
fourth game, when left-fielder Greg Ashley reached base,
followed by sophomore first baseman Money’s single to
bring him home, giving them an early lead. After both team
scored a pair of runs over the next four innings, the Eagles
managed a 3-2 lead going into the bottom half of the fifth.
The Matador’s bats proved to be too much for the Eagles
as they put up seven runs on seven hits in the next three
innings to pull away with a 10-5 victory.
The bright spots on the day where Money who went
4-4, and Ashley who recorded three hits. Freshman lefty
Dakota Carlson gave a great debut performance on the
mound, going 5 1/3 only giving up four runs.
Game five found the Eagles tied going into the third.
sophomore third baseman Hadley Thorpe, walked followed
by a triple from first baseman Hardman, scoring Thorpe. Left
fielder Ashley then singled to score Hardman, giving the
Eagles a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the third. Hopes
were high, but the Matadors charged back, leaving the Eagles

down 6-4 going into the seventh. Sophomore third baseman
Shaun Peterson took a walk and waited for Ashley to single
him in and cut the lead to one, but late in the game defensive
miscues gave the Matador’s four more runs in the seventh
and eighth. USUE couldn’t recover and lost 10-7.
The Eagles played their best game of the trip and took the
Matadors to extra innings. With the game tied at 2-2 in the
bottom of the sixth inning, the Eagles called on Sophomore
Jayce Hill to get them out of a no out bases loaded jam. After
striking out the first batter, Hill produced a ground ball to
third baseman Thorpe who touched his base and fired to
first for the double play. Both teams scored a pair of runs
and the game was all tied at four after 9 innings of play.
After the Eagles couldn’t produce a run in the top of the
tenth, the Matador’s came through with triple and a single
to seal the victory and the four game sweep. Thorpe started
the game for the Eagles and pitched great going 4 2/3, only
allowing four hits and two runs. Hill was also outstanding
out of the bullpen going 3 1/3 with 3 strikeouts. Geurtsen
and Bennett Bradford both had a pair of hits to lead the
way for the Eagles.
The Eagles head to Las Vegas on Feb. 13-14 for their next
three games against Prairie Baseball Academy, Southern
Nevada and Colorado Northwestern.

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