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Volume LXXVIII•Number 9

February 26, 2015

A vision for the
future of USUE
Daniel Pike

staff writer

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

SWAC comes to USU Eastern

Lejla Hadzialijagic
goes up for a layup
against the Bruins in
recent game.


Josie Slade


t’s as close to March Madness as Price,
Utah, will ever be with the Scenic West
Athletic Conference Tournament hosted on
USU Eastern’s campus Feb. 26-28.

men’s and
will play in
the SWAC

The 12 men’s and women’s basketball teams from the
SWAC will converse in Price to see who the best team in
the conference is and who will represent the conference at the NJCAA in
Kanas. Other schools besides USUE
participating include Salt Lake Community College, College of Southern
Idaho, Snow College, North Idaho
College and Colorado Northwestern
Community College.
The history of SWAC goes back
to 1986 when nine schools decided to resume round-robin
competition after is was discontinued in 1985. SLCC didn’t

start playing until 1987, and the current name was adopted
in 1990.
This year, USU Eastern hosts the SWAC Tourney in
the Bunell-Dmitrich Athletic Center. Hosting a conference
such as this one is a big task. To help with this task, USUE
brought in Rachel Lund as tournament director and go-to
person to help make everything run smoothly.
Lund is originally from Manti and graduated from Southern Utah University. She began
her work in higher education at
Snow College with Greg Dart,
USU Eastern’s vice chancellor
over student services. Taking a
break from her higher education
career, Lund continued her education and received her master’s
degree in mass communication
at the Walter Cronkite School
of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State
see SWAC page 3

“Not everyone gets
this experience. I
don’t know why you
wouldn’t go.”

Primary offense seat belt law passes Utah House
Will Glade
guest writer
Capital West News

After much debate, the Utah House of Representatives narrowly passed Rep. Lee Perry’s, R-Perry,
seat belt amendments.
HB79, the Safety Belt Law Amendments, was
brought to the floor of the house for a vote to determine whether Perry’s bill would inch closer to
becoming a law. The bill passed 41-32.
During the debate, democrats and republicans alike discussed either their support or their

opposition to the bill.
“I have a 21-year-old daughter and I want to send
a message to her and her friends anytime I can to
buckle up,” said Rep. Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton,
“That is a perspective, as a father, I want to portray.”
The bill, in its current form, would only allow
officers to issue a citation if the offender had previously received a warning from law enforcement.
Those who receive tickets would also be able
to obtain a fee waiver for the $45 ticket if they
complete a free online course about the importance
of seat belts.
“We need to consider beyond our rights and

think of the rights of others,” Rep. Douglas Sagers,
R-Toole, said in support of HB79. Sagers then referenced the idea that an individual’s rights end when
they begin to infringe on another individual’s right.
According to Perry, Utah has an 83 percent seat
belt-usage rate, which means that at any given time
83 percent of Utah drivers are wearing their seat
belts. Perry also stated that 50 percent of the fatal
motor vehicle accidents in Utah are due to people
not wearing their seat belts.
During the floor reading, Rep. Fred Cox, R-West
Valley, asked Perry about seat belt education during

see seat belts page 3

As any dedicated businessperson can attest, longand short-term goals are important for success. The
same holds true for the campus at Utah State University
On Feb. 5, USUE held an open house, at which
suggestions for a 10-, 30- and 50-year “master plan”
for campus additions and renovations were unveiled.
This project, which was kicked off Nov. 5, 2014, is
focused on campus growth and enhancing curb appeal.
A large part of an earlier master plan was the addition
of the nearly-complete Central Instructional Building,
which, “was built to meet the current need for space and
programs,” according to Associate Vice Chancellor of
Business Services, Eric Mantz. The most recent plan
was developed in anticipation of future growth, which
will incur more additions and renovations.
Mantz relates that inspiring campus growth is
important for many reasons, one of which is finding out exactly what is needed. “If we have growth,
we know which initiative to take next. We can start
building the things we need the most as those needs
become apparent.”
A few features are particularly appealing in phase
one of this plan, including additions to student housing,
the addition of a central clock tower and the construction of a gateway building and plaza—all of which are
anticipated for completion in 10 to 15 years.
Phase two is a long-term plan, aiming for completion in 30 to 35 years, and features an addition to the
West Instructional Building, as well as the construction of a new administration building to consolidate
all administration functions.
The third and final phase of this master plan is for
a “full build-out, at around 50 years” and will include
another academic building on the west part of campus
and a parking structure with a soccer field built on top.
Though most of these additions may be long-term
goals, students and staff can expect to see change on
campus sooner than the plan’s 10-year moniker would
lead them to believe.
Mantz says, “Our most immediate goal is to improve
campus appearance and curb appeal. We’re currently
installing new outdoor lighting, we’re doing some
landscaping and may install more outdoor benches;
possibly even a pavilion.”
Academic and athletic program expansion is important to current and future students, as evidenced
see future page 3

The entire campus lies within a 1/4 mile walking
radius, which is a five-minute walk.

The planning window is for a full build-out in
50 years.

Some facilities, amenities and programs may
have to move to other outlying properties in the
city that are owned by USU Eastern.

It is assumed that the University may acquire the
Parkdale Care Center property in the future.

The new CIB should be able to help meet the
space needs of the campus for the next four

Ebola affects USU traveling policies USUE preschool closes at end of year
Josie Sue Slade

Utah State University is not allowing anyone who has traveled
to African countries infected with
Ebola to return to any of its campuses.
Recent Ebola scares in America
set people on high alert, and USU set
precautions to aid in its prevention.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, Ebola was
reported in the United States for the
first time after a man flew back from
Libera to Texas.
Only a few cases were reported
in the U.S. and these cases have
since been taken care of. Although
the U.S. is now free from Ebola, the
disease is still a concern for citizens,

primarily those that traveled to “at
risk” countries last fall.
The first epidemic in West Africa
was reported in 2013 and Ebola
spread across countries since the first
reported case. As of Feb. 16, 2015,
confirmed cases exceeded 23,000
with over 9,300 deaths according to
An email was sent to all members
of USU Eastern by Suzanne Thorpe,
USU’s vice president for student
services, to inform students of risks
in West Africa. This email also highlighted USU policies for traveling
to “at risk” countries, mainly those
located in West Africa.
“First, effective immediately,
Utah State University will comply
with the CDC recommendation and
restrict all university-

• In the news: Iran’s Youth
• Burn bans
• The museings of a shy extrovert

• Whassupp?!

related travel to countries currently
listed in the Level-3 Travel Warning.
This means that travel is limited to
only university-related research or
humanitarian efforts and must receive prior approval by the provost,”
according to the email.
The CDC countries with a warning of Level-3 include Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The epidemic
is slowly being controlled, but it is
still recommended that all travel to be
stopped to these “at risk” countries.
If travel to these countries is
required, the CDC recommends
several practices to prevent the
spread and contraction of Ebola.
Practice careful hygiene (wash hands
frequently and carry hand sanitizer),
do not handle items that may have
see USU travel page 3

Utah State University Eastern will discontinue its preschool program at the end
of the current semester, mainly due to costs
and student demand.
The program was originally established
as a laboratory for instructing college students to be workers in child care. Despite a
concerted effort by USU Eastern to promote
its associate of applied science in child development degree, only one student actually
completed the necessary requirements for
the degree in the last 10 years, said Peter
Iyere, USU Eastern vice chancellor for
student success.
In addition, student enrollment in this
degree program has been consistently low.
Last year, for example, only three students
took a total of six credits in college-level
instruction based in the preschool.
“The fact that only one student has
completed the program in 10 years, coupled

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with the knowledge that student participation continues to be extremely low, led us
to this difficult decision,” Iyere said. “The
preschool program’s viability is primarily
assessed by the number of college students
who participate.”
Increased costs to run the program was
also a major factor in the decision.
To maintain the preschool, the department requires USU Eastern to hire an additional Ph.D.-credentialed faculty member
to supervise the preschool. As a result, the
college must expend around $75,000 annually for a new faculty member’s salary,
benefits and operating expenses. Student
fees cannot begin to cover this additional
expense, Iyere said.
Current workforce economic trends also
appear to be dissuading students from taking
this career path.
see preschool page 3

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Page 2

In the news

What Iran’s youth can
teach American youth

In Iran, two-thirds of the 78 million population
was born after the 1979 revolution. Much of this
population is young and living in an oppressed society
that Americans cannot understand. In Iran, gathering in large groups on the streets, singing in public
and verbally yearning about love is forbidden. The
day-to-day things we do would get us killed in Iran.
In Iran there are three types of Islam. The Islam
that makes up most of the population, radical Islam
and third Iran. With this third Iran, youth bring change
through the way they dress and how connected they
are to the world.
With the desire to play an assertive role, Iran’s
youth practice peaceful rituals and frown upon violence. Unlike most of the youth in America and the
world, Iran’s youth are politically active and engaged
in their community.
Eighteen years ago, they brought presidential candidate Mohammad Khatami to power in an attempt
to give themselves more freedoms. With a strong
push, they became a reform movement that would,
and still does, take Iran by storm.
There is a key lesson we can learn from the reform
movement; stand up for what you believe in and don’t
be afraid of the consequences. When the voting was
rigged by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, millions
of people stormed the streets and protested. These
protests lasted six months and 150 people were killed
for their beliefs.
As they flooded the streets, they knew it was
against the law, they knew that some of them would
be tortured or worse. Many people who died had long
lives ahead of them and hopes for the future. They
still held strong and stood up for what they believed.
Where is this passion in America? The youth in
America have rights that people in other countries
can only dream of. We can wear what we want, sing
as loud as we want and even speak our opinions
without fear of dying. Yet, as a nation’s youth we
are quiet. We don’t speak out about what bugs us out
of fear of “being politically correct” or some other
similar reason.
If you believe in something, speak out until you
can’t speak anymore. This world wouldn’t be anything
without people’s passion and conviction for what they
do and believe in. If America’s youth continues on the
path they currently are on, we will allow ourselves
to be oppressed.
In honor of people who die for what
they believe in, in honor of Iran’s
youth, you have one challenge.
Stand up for what you believe in. I
don’t care what it is; I don’t even
care if I agree. Speak your mind
and don’t fear the consequences;
you owe it to the world.


news editor

Sam Czarnecki

staff writer
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposed a wood-burning ban for
several northern Utah counties
including, but not limited to, Salt
Lake, Utah, Weber and Tooele.
The suggestion first came from
the Utah Air Quality Board, and
Gov. Herbert first mentioned the
ban in late 2013. Utah legislature
voted on it late last year and opened
the issue to public commentary on
Jan. 1, 2015
The main reason for the ban is
to cut down on pollution. Wood
burning increases the amount of
fine particulate, or PM2.5, in the
air, a concern in areas around the
Wasatch Front due to its potential
as a health-hazard. Wood burning
accounts for about 5 percent of
Utah’s total emissions, which is
significant in itself. The ban would
outlaw wood burning in several
counties from Nov. 1 to March 15,
leaving only those who depended
on wood as their sole source of heat
able to burn.
Many responded to the proposal
with contempt. There are those who
regularly supplement their electric

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or gas heating with wood burning,
those who have invested in expensive low-emitting woodstoves, and
those who make a living by chopping, moving and selling firewood.
Many people burn wood and related
objects as an effective garbage
disposal with the added benefit of
heating their homes.
Now, there are a couple of great
reasons for this ban to go through,
one of which concerns efficiency.
In order to match gasoline, a greater
amount of wood must be burnt,
mass for mass, releasing more
pollutants than gasoline would.
Another issue regards the degradation of air quality that wood burning emissions cause. Polluted air
is harder on the human body and
is a serious concern for those who
suffer from asthma.
The concern that our government has for cleaner air is honorable, but is it effective? I don’t think
so for two reasons; the first of which
being cultural standards. It is a part
of our culture to burn wood for heat
and fuel. Our ancient ancestors did
it, and it works effectively for us as
well. A good woodstove looks nice
in a home too.
My second reason has to do with
the wisdom of targeting wood burning as a pollutant. Yes, of course it’s



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don’t just want to survive anymore,
I want to live.
I’m done waiting for people
to reach out. I’m taking matters
into my own hands and applying
the only advice I have for making friends: jump in. I’m not just
jumping into the humble kiddie
pool anymore. I’m diving into an
unfamiliar, Olympic-sized swimming pool.
After reflecting, praying and
graduating in the spring, I’ll attend a different college in the fall.
For the first time in my life, I’ll be
away from home. The close friends
I’m most comfortable with will be
miles away and so will my family.
I’ll have to work harder than ever
before to make friends, and though
I should feel terrified, I’m surprised
to say I’m not.
Perhaps after all these years of
fighting my hardest to be confident, I’m sick of stumbling over
myself and being shy. I’m tired
of trying to make friends without yielding any results, and I’ve
decided I’m ready to dive in, no
matter what lays in wait. Whether
I’m standing tall or shaking in my
boots and whether its
sharks or dolphins
I meet, I’m going
to make friends at
my new school and
have a great time
doi ng it, a nd
in the process,
I’m going to tone
down on the silly

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a pollutant, it does pollute. But even
though it burns less efficiently than
gasoline, fuels including gasoline
and coal are burned much more
prevalently throughout the country.
Our government should focus
less on something so domestic
as burning wood and turn their
attention toward development
and perpetuation of renewable
alternatives. Heck, the new Nissan Leaf runs on nothing but
electricity, costs about $25,000,
and only gets around 100 miles
per charge, which won’t matter in
the near future due to the growing
infrastructure of charging stations.
Affordable technology that does,
for now, use coal to produce the
electricity needed. But even then,
the electricity that comes from
burning coal is more efficient
in mechanical applications than
the coal could ever be, and even
that won’t matter once
solar energy becomes prevalent.
If it ever reaches
t hat p oi nt, of
course, but our
government is
w it h wo o d
b u r n i ng a t
the moment.

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I’ve endured a handful of nasty
experiences over the years that
made the task daunting. For me,
socializing is like swimming in a
pool full of dolphins and sharks. All
I know is there are a lot of people;
some might be nice and some might
be mean and I have to jump in to
find out which is which.
Because I’m so me, though, before I jump, I start thinking about
everything that could go wrong. I
panic that I may not be capable of
swimming. I worry that the dolphins will be too happy doing their
dolphin thing to let a newcomer
join the ranks. I fear I’ll get bitten by sharks. Sometimes, I look
into the water and cringe because
holy crap, it’s green—and not that
beautiful tropical green water you
see in pictures. The green that tells
you the filter is broken, or there’s
something that died in the pool and
was never fished out.
Needless to say, I often back
away from social interaction before
it happens.
It drives me insane. I want to
make friends, go to activities and
go on dates, but instead I sit around
twiddling my thumbs, worrying
if my fellow dolphins and sharks
will bite.
And you know what? I’ve had
enough. For too long, I’ve been
unwilling to leave my comfort zone.
Though I’ve known there’s something better waiting beyond it, I’ve
rationalized waiting around with
claims of, “at least I survived.” I

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Some people like big, loud
parties. Others prefer scrolling
through Tumblr. A few find joy in
both. Some are a bit scared to make
friends, despite their desire to be
around people.
It’s an interesting dynamic, to
say the least. Wanting to be around
people, but being too shy to make
friends—such is the life of the shy
extrovert. Or to put it into perspective, such is the life of yours truly;
Katrina Ashlie Wood. I like being
around people.
But wait, did you read that right?
The girl who’s written articles about
trying to make friends and struggling to do so actually likes people,
despite her ineptitude around them?
Well, yeah. I love spending time
with groups of people, telling jokes
and making others laugh, listening
to loud music and dancing like
nobody’s watching. I find joy in
shining and sharing my happiness
with others. Every once in a while,
I enjoy being the center of attention
and receiving recognition for my
talents. Simply put, I love being
around people.
But being around people I don’t
know? Trying to make friends? I’d
almost rather grab a snake by the
fangs or touch a spider, and both
freak me out.
Making friends isn’t impossible.

Josie Sue Slade

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Plans for USUE’s future campus in 10 years and the 50-year plan.


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by this ambitious plan.
A quality education is paramount; however, student
leisure should not be negleted, which is why there is
room in this plan for new quads, courtyards and plazas.
Since most of the additions and renovations in this
plan are tentative, Mantz understands the need for the
plan to remain fluid. “The best part about having a
flexible plan like this is that it is scalable to growth.


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The preschool was originally
established to prepare college
students for work in childcare and
child development. At the time
the preschool was proposed, Head
Start was the largest employer of
preschool workers in Utah.
In the years following, Head
Start has increased the required
credentials for preschool aids. In
addition to its requisite for preschool
aids to have at least a high school
diploma, it began requiring at least
a two-year college degree.
Iyere said the economic incentive is just not there for students
to pursue a degree to be qualified
to work for Head Start and other
private and public agencies. The
median salary in Utah for childcare
workers is $9.20 per hour, according


Growth will spur action on the master plan”.
Mantz and his department want to encourage students and staff to take part in this stage of planning.
He says, “Our old plan was out of date and needed
to be updated to reflect what our students and staff
want -- what we all want for our campus.
“This is their campus; and since this plan is largely
dependent on the preponderance of the people, we

to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
“This economic reality is obviously a significant disincentive for
students who may be interested in
preschool work,” Iyere said. “Students have been very reluctant to
invest two years’ time and tuition in
preparation for a job whose median
salary is very close to minimum
wage. This economic environment
probably accounts for the fact that
only one student has graduated in
10 years in this program at USU
Eastern and so few students are
enrolling in individual child-care
related courses today.”
USU Eastern Chancellor Joe
Peterson said decisions to close programs are never simple or easy. He
said this decision came after many

months of careful assessment and
consideration, including the impact
it would have on the community.
He said it is not the intent of the
college to cause any hardships, but
that changes in the marketplace are
inevitable. Modifications, large and
small, require the college to make
course corrections on an ongoing
basis in order to stay relevant and viable to its students and core mission.
“We are very aware of the need
for quality preschool services in
Price,” Peterson said. “Our hope
is that closing our preschool will
increase demand for private providers and spur growth in the private
sector. In fact, one consideration for
closing the preschool is that the college does not want to compete headto-head with the private sector.”

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Lund is excited for what this
tournament will bring to USUE
and the surrounding community.
“It brings the opportunity to
show off our community and can
be very beneficial to the community with the money teams bring
in,” Lund said.
Current USUE students have
a unique opportunity. Since the
SWAC Tournament moves to
different schools every year,
USUE only hosts the tournament

every six years. Not every student
who attends USUE receives the
chance to attend SWAC at home.
Lund said, “Not everyone gets
this experience. With the addition
of home-court advantage, I don’t
know why you wouldn’t go.”
This year, Chancellor Joe
Peterson is paying for USUE students to get into the tournament.
Normally students are required
to pay $5, but both Lund and
Peterson hope to encourage more

students to attend the tournament
and give USUE teams a home
court advantage.
Students only need to show
their student ID at the BDAC
ticket office to receive a ticket
to the game. There will also be a
drawing for an iPad at both men’s
and women’s basketball games.
If you have any questions or
comments about SWAC, please
email Rachel Lund at rachel.

need more input, which is why we now have the survey
available. online.”
Further information is on display in the library,
as well as information on how students and staff can
provide their input on this master plan through a fast
and simple online survey. If you want it on campus,
let your voice be heard -- after all, closed mouths
don’t get fed.

Seat belts

continued from page 1

driver’s education classes.
“When I was 16, and I
was taking drivers ed., we
had the opportunity of seeing
lots of very gruesome photos
of crashes. I was wondering
if we still had that policy
here in Utah—and that was
over 30 years ago and I still
obviously remember that.
Instead of changing the law,
perhaps we need to change
our education in that area,”
said Cox.
Rep. Keven Stratton, ROrem, agreed. “I think that
we would do ourselves much
better by putting resources
and an effort behind education and not feel like we have
solved the problem by passing a bill, that in my opinion,
doesn’t need to be passed.”
Also speaking in opposition to the bill was Rep.
Daniel McCay, R-Riverton.
“It is interesting,” he said,
“We have all heard the
phrase many, many times:
those who would trade a
little bit of liberty for a little

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blood or fluid, avoid funerals
or burial rituals that practice
handling the body of someone
who died from Ebola and
avoid contact with bats and
nonhuman primates.
USU is requiring that
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bit of safety deserve neither.
And what I love is, each one
of our colleagues who has
spoken in favor of this bill
says, or something to this
akin, ‘I am usually in favor
of liberty, but… I’m in favor
of this, but… I’m in favor of
that, but….’ Colleagues, it’s
time for us to get our butts out
of the way of people.”
Beyond the issues of
education and personal liberties, some lawmakers
seemed more concerned
with the economic impact
of the bill.
Rep. Don Ipson, R-St.
George, a businessman himself, said, “We talked about
workers comp., and it is
critical that we do all we can
to bring those cost down for
businesses; and this is one
way that we can do it. I fully
support this bill.”
Perry claims that passing
this bill will save Utah millions of dollars because of
resources saved due to the
decrease in fatal accidents.

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not be allowed to return to
campus until USU student
health services and Bear
River Health Department has
cleared and given permission
for the return.
If you have any questions
or concerns, please contact
Judy Crockett at

ath is certainly not for everyone. It
is a subject that only makes sense
to some; especially when you add
the alphabet and odd symbols. However,
Utah State University Eastern’s newest
math teacher, Sebrina
Cropper, has loved
math since she was
a child. Even then,
when asked what her
favorite subject, was
she always replied
that it was math.
Cropper was born
and raised in Utah.
She lived in American Sebrina Cropper
Fork until she finished
high school. She attended college at USU in Logan where she
got both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
She then taught English in China for a
year. “It was amazing. It was a great learning
experience.” Cropper said. “I was teaching
English for private elementary schools who
wanted native English speakers to help with
accents and things like that. It wasn’t rigorous as far as English details, but more just
the verbal part of it.”
Even though Cropper always loved
math, she didn’t necessarily always want
to be a teacher. “When I started college
it was interesting because I was debating
which under-grad classes to take to get my
breadth requirements, and for the science
bit, I like science a lot. I always have. But it
was funny; the thought of not taking a math
class was tragic.”
This was almost a sign for Cropper.
Although her destined major had not been
determined, she decided to study abroad in
Japan for a year. When she returned, she
decided that although she might not want
to teach math, she wanted to research it.
The teaching came later.
The only time Cropper thought of
growing up to be a teacher was after being
inspired by one of her teachers. She said,
“It was eye opening to see that math has so
much research potential.”
The most satisfying thing Cropper says
she does weekly in her career aspect is,
“helping the student’s maybe see math a
little differently.” She began her teaching
career as a teacher’s assistant while working for her master’s degree, then moved to
adjunct work.
If money were no object would Cropper
still be teaching? “That isn’t why I got into
it. It isn’t a huge money-making business.
It is something I enjoy. I think it’s better to
do what you want to do,” she said.
The most worthy cause on Earth for
Cropper is not to make a million dollars or
have her name in a star alongside celebrities, but, “to make a difference, a positive
difference, in whatever it would be. It’s
interesting how much one person can do,
not necessarily in the world scale, but it
does effect the world in the bigger picture.”

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February 26, 2015

Artists who
drove the
Civil Rights

what it

Skyler Winder

staff writer

Musab Al Saleh

The religion is essentially peaceful and loving where knowledge is light;
extremist groups give Islam a bad reputation
Christopher Palo
staff writer

ISIS, 9/11, Al Qaeda, The Taliban, Jihad, mass executions; these are the terms and names that come to mind
when most say the words Islam or Muslim, but there is
another side to the story.
Islam is the largest religion in the world, with its followers numbering in the billions. The extremists groups that
give Islam a bad name account for only 10 to 15 percent of
the total religion. That number concerns the Western World
because that 10 to 15 percent is about 300 million people,
which is the population of the Unites States. There is cause
for concern from the extremist groups, but what about the
billions of others that live and worship Islam peacefully?
Musab Al Saleh, a native of Saudi Arabia and a Muslim,
explained that the Islamic extremist changed the Quran.
He said that it never actually said anything about killing
Westerners, that killing is only for self-defense purposes
only, or if the law of the country allows it. For instance, if
you murder someone, then the law has the right to behead
you, much like capital punishment laws in America.
“There are similarities between Islam and Judaism,” Al
Saleh said, bringing Islam a little closer to home for some
of us. It makes sense that Islam and Judaism have similar
stories in the tomes because they originate from the same
region of the world. In fact, Al Saleh says that the Quran
is a combination of the Bible and the Tora.

Al Saleh stresses that the Quran is not allowed to be
interpreted or changed at all and that what the Quran says
is what is meant, unlike some of the Western religions like
Christianity or Catholicism, which allow for interpretation
of sacred text.
According to Al Saleh, Muslim law allows for forgiveness, unlike western law where if a person is found guilty
and is imprisoned for a crime, they have to stay and do their
time. Muslim law allows for the family of the victim to
forgive the criminal or dish out the punishment. “It is based
on the eye-for-an-eye rule in the Quran,” Al Saleh said.
The Quran also teaches that knowledge is light, again,
another area that some Western religions fail to address.
This is how the main body of Islam acts feels and worships. Islam does not recognize the extremists; they take
up holy wars against Westerners on their own accord, not
because Islam says to.
These extremists are usually from rural poverty stricken
areas of the Middle East where a Sheik controls the area
and has little to no influence from the rest of the Islamic
world. The Sheik reads the Quran a certain way and interprets it the way he feels it was meant to. This is where
he breaks away from Islam because Islam allows for no
interpretations of the Quran.
Being the head of the region, a father figure if you will,
the Sheik commands the hearts and minds of his people
and tells them of this interpretation. That is where the next
extremist group is created.
According the Wikipedia, the U.S. has had a hand in
creating these extremists. In the 1970s, during the Cold

War, the CIA funded and trained Bin Laden and a group
of local Arab nationals, who would later form Al Qaeda,
in order to kick the Russians out of Afghanistan. When
the Russians were pushed out of Afghanistan, the Afghan
people looked to the U.S. for further help and guidance in
rebuilding their country. America backed out and offered
no more assistance, allowing war lords to take over power
vacuums left when the Russians toppled local governments.
With no more assistance and help, Bin Laden and those
local Arab nationals formed Al Qaeda and set its sights
on the country they felt betrayed them.
Essentially, the U.S. created the terror organization
known as Al Qaeda, but
these are not the Muslims that vastly populate
the Earth. These are the
extremists, the lost and
misguided children of a
giant religion.
Islam is essentially a
peaceful and loving relationship. It’s the extremist
groups that are giving it
all a bad name. As the
Quran says, “Knowledge
is light.” Let knowledge
guide you to what’s right,
and don’t hate an entire
religion based on the acphotos courtesy Musab Al Saleh
tions of a few.

Photographic observations by Andrew McAllister featured in Gallery East throughout March
An exhibit of photographs by Andrew McAllister, titled
Andrew McAllister: Photographic Observations by a New
Westerner, will be displayed at USU Eastern’s Gallery East
from March 2 through April 2.
McAllister, a Cache Valley-based photographer
who documents the social and natural landscape of
the Intermountain West, has a particular affection for
the high desert canyons and bookcliffs of southeastern
Utah. His evocative—sometimes stark—images of this
region often show the distinctive contrast between the
uncompromising topography and traces of human life
on the landscape. His photographs document isolated
roadways in the wilderness, small town commercial
districts, the Colorado Plateau, and the experiences
of visitors in the National Parks.
According to McAllister, his photographs are “intended to inform rather than entertain and to provide
viewers with a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between mankind and our environment.”

McAllister is a transplant to Northern Utah in 2011
from the swing state of Ohio, where he received a BFA in
photography from the University of Akron. He has exhib-

ited his work widely. His clients include: The Akron Art
Museum, Incite Creative Harwick Standard Kilgore Trout

The key to riches: faith
Jesse Malan

staff writer
Desire is our first step to obtaining our wishes and dreams.
What we desire consciously influences our sub-conscious mind. In
return, our sub-conscious mind
consistently influences us. If we
influence our sub-conscious mind
in acquiring our goal, then we will
acquire it much faster than if not.
This article will expound on how
to speed up this training and bring
about lasting results.
To embed our desire into our
hearts, to put it into the process of
making it a reality, you will need
Faith. Some may argue and ask how
faith can help reach their goal. Let
me explain.
First off, what is faith? Faith
is your planning, your idea, your
thought. But, this is not all, faith
is a mixture of belief and emotion.
This is so important for anyone to
know if they are to train their mind
with speedy results.
If making $100,000 gets you
excited, you must keep that excitement. Picture in your mind that
money (if something other than
money is most desired, picture that
in your mind instead). Do not allow
doubts to sway you away from what
you most want. (In a later article
I will teach you how to meet and
overcome your doubts).
The next step is to devise a
plan to obtain that goal. If you are

struggling with finding a way to
obtain your goal, don’t sweat it.
As you train your mind and study
successes of others, your mind will
devise a plan with which you can
obtain your dream. Focus only on
those who have gained their desires
by good and honest work. Also,
give yourself a date whereby you
will have accomplished reaching
your dream. There are many good
reasons for this. (Note: This does
NOT have to be hard work.)
Verbally tell yourself that you
can obtain your goal. Doing so
causes what you say to greatly
impact your sub-conscious mind.
Stating aloud your thought with
faith, that emotion which so impresses the mind, an emotion that
even you sincerely believe, will
impact your mind tenfold of what
a thought alone could do.
This formula is to be repeated
every morning and night. Doing so
throughout your day will also help
speed up the training.
Think of when someone you
trust gives you a compliment, say
they notice your attractive smile.
When said in the light of true praise
you feel good and you generally
accept the compliment with gratitude. You truly believe what that
individual said about you. Your
sub-conscious mind will learn
from that experience and remind
you throughout your day that you
have an attractive smile. Whenever
you see that kind someone, you
will be reminded to smile around

them because your conscious and
sub-conscious mind accepted the
Now turn the table. Say someone said that same compliment, but
they did so in a joking manner or
even without emotion. How would
you feel? Would you believe it?
Probably not, or if you did, perhaps
not as readily as you would in the
above situation. Why? Because

Gear Star, and Summa Foundation. He is working as the
Staff Photographer for the Caine College of the Arts at
Utah State University, Logan.
Gallery Director, Noel Carmack, says “I think
visitors to the gallery will have a strong connection
with Andrew’s photographs. They will find his images
of the rugged landscape, desert highways, and eerily
vacant industrial structures haunting and familiar.”
An opening reception and gallery talk for the
exhibit is scheduled for Friday, March 6 from 6 to 8
p.m. in USU Eastern’s Gallery East, located on the
northwest corner of the SAC Building. The exhibit
is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. or by appointment through April 2. The gallery
is closed on weekends and holidays. Attendance to
the gallery is free and open to the public.
Any questions about the exhibit should be directed to Carmack at 435-613-5241 or by email at noel.

there was no sincere emotion in
the words. The thought was there,
the words were said, but they were
weak, almost powerless. They did
not convey the message to you
and your sub-conscious mind that
those words were true. They held
no real bearing.
Training your sub-conscious
mind is the same way! You must
think of your desire. You must see

yourself obtaining it. You must state
aloud your plan in which you will
execute and obtain your dream and
also the date with which you will
obtain it. You must state all of this
at least every morning when you get
up and every night before bedtime
with real, sincere emotion. This is
how you train your sub-conscious
mind. This is the beginning to making a reality of your dream.

USU Eastern’s Theatre D epartment
production of “Merchant of Vegas”
February 26-28
Be in seats by 7:15 p.m.
Geary Theatre
(students $1 with activity card)

photo courtesy Brent Innes

Some of the cast of “Merchant of Vegas” are (L-R) Matt Russell, John Behn, Mckylin Rowe, Jen Thomas.


he list of names contributing
to the Civil Rights Movement
is a long one with famous
names at the top such as Rosa Parks,
Anne Moody, and of course, Martin
Luther King Jr. Other names are lost
among the names listed and artists
of the Civil Rights Movement are
among those names looked over.
African American artists not only
voiced the difficulties and hardships placed upon them but also
encouraged others to stand up for
themselves and join the movement.
Every name on the list of activists
played a crucial role in joining all
of us together.
In Chicago, a group of artists
formed a strong bond and began to
work together to take their part in
pushing the movement forward in
1968. One artist who stood above
the rest was Barbara Jones-Hogu.
Jones-Hogu was born and raised
on the streets of Chicago and was
a proud member of the Black Arts
Movement. She worked as one the
muralists for the “Wall of Respect,”
a public work of art encouraging
people to express themselves and
become who they aspire to be.
As Jones-Hogu’s life continued
on, so did her dream of equality. She
joined different groups who fought
for African American independence
and focused mostly on supporting
artists like herself. Though her life
is now finished, her legacy lives
on to inspire many artists to reach
their full potential and fight for their
own cause.  
Throughout the Movement,
artists felt inclined to join the cause
because they could voice their
opinion and their art could act as
a form of political defiance. Where
protests and speeches failed to get
the point across, art could voice the
main point: equality.
One artist who fought for equality like none other was Robert
Indiana. He was a creator of signs
which fit perfectly into the cause
where signs and posters were an
essential factor in many protests.
Although Indiana was not African
American, he fought alongside those
Artists of all races became activists for this cause and many groups
formed to help reach out to other
activists, although no group compared to The Organization of Black
American Culture. This group, made
up of scientists, historians, academics, writers and artists, created the
famous “Wall of Respect.” The wall
featuring many artists’ works, was
a symbol of a more understanding
and accepting generation. With the
wall came rules. Amongst these
rules artists were not allowed to
sign their names on the wall for
any reason as to keep the message
clear. If artists were approached by
the media about the wall they would
first need permission to talk about
the artwork.
The wall was funded by the
community so no one group or
individual could claim rights to the
wall or benefit from the publicity
the wall received. According to a
report by Jeff Robertson from the “Wall of Respect”
was demolished in 1971 due to fire
damage to the building. Political
motivations were not involved in
the decision to remove rather than
restore the work, but some still
believe outside forces had a hand in
the demolition of the wall.
The message of the wall remains
clear in the hearts of those who were
alive during its existence. The wall
was perhaps one of the greatest
symbols of the Civil Rights Movement and inspires artists to continue
the long hard fight for pure equality.
Many believe Black History
Month is outdated and is a holiday
we need no longer celebrate but with
generations, races and genders all
still fighting for equality, maybe it’s
a holiday that needs to be celebrated
more than ever. We need this holiday
to remember what we did when we
chose to fight each other and what we
did when we chose to stand together.

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February 26, 2015

Annual Eastern Student Association Elections
Feb. 23-27 cast your vote for next year’s student leaders

Results will be announced at the Election Stomp on Friday, Feb. 27, at 9-11 p.m.

name is Ben
Bjarnson. I
am running
for this position because
I see where
and how to
improve stu-

dent life.
An experience I have had while working in a group to accomplish a goal is
when we had a student call meeting not
too long ago. We all had things on our
minds, and we all wanted to voice our
concerns. They are being talked about
and we will see positive change happen
because we cared enough to speak up.
My greatest strength as a leader is
how I can envision change. I see it, I
believe, and others have confidence in it.
As a student leader, I know I would
represent all students of Utah State
University Eastern, and in that role I
feel I can represent all interest objectively. Right now I feel I represent the
entire demographic of students from
those just starting to those finishing up
their journey.
I think I have a unique perspective that others find valuable in
their decision-making process, and
that I learn even more from those
around me than they do from me. 

My name is
Nate Gutierrez.
I am r unning
for this position because of
the growth I’ve
gained while at
USU Eastern. Being here for the last three years I have seen
exponential change. My goal is to make sure
that the execution occurs. I will make sure I
am the first one here in the morning and the
last one out at night. More than anything I
would love to give back to the school that
has given so much to me. Having roots
in the area, I want to bring community
involvement back to the campus. Working
well with others has always been a strength
of mine and I want to involve the student
body, after all, we are the voice for the
people. Another great experience I had was
working as a vice president in high school.
I feel I represent this university and feel it is
our job as ESA to represent and reach out
to every issue and suggestion. My goal is to
get out and visit on-and-off-site students and
see how we can meet each and everyone’s
needs. Clubs are vital to enrich everybody.
Personal experience and advertisement
will be a priority. We love the diversity
of students and the flare they bring to this
school, working with their needs will also
be a major component. I would love to
work as hard as it takes with my team to

My name
is Jared Jones.
I was born in
Kansas and
lived in South
Dakota, California and Utah
after my dad
retired. When I was 20, I went on a
mission for The Church of Latter-day
Saints. When I got back I decided to
come to Price for school and have been
a student at USU Eastern three years
and have seen the good days and the not
so good days of student life. I want to
make the campus more student friendly.
To make this happen, I would like to see
the Student Center become more for the
students by playing music or having a
radio station run during the day and by
finding a place for administration in a
building more conductive to their likes
and needs. The BDAC needs equipment
replaced that is worn and broken. The
Campus Store needs to be part of the
library with possibility some sort of
snack shop added for students so they
don’t have to leave to get food when they
study. I would like to see Reeve’s Building either extend the computer lab hours
or moving it into a place more centrally
located, perhaps the library. To accommodate these ideas, expanding the library
would make sense to have all in one place. 

Wong: kind, patient and loves to help others
Carly Dalton

staff writer

Rita Wong, an
international student from Hong
Kong, is a hardworking, loyal
and trustworthy
friend to anyone.
She wants to help
others become
the best version
of themselves,
and that has motivated her in life
to value others.
Rita Wong
W hen people
first meet Wong,
they notice how kind and patient she is.
She loves helping and getting to know
others. The first thing she notices about
others is their attitude for life. She enjoys,
“the feeling when you help someone know
their value and watch them improve their
life, especially when their life lights up

another life.”
Wong has one older brother and a
younger sister. Her family life was pretty
rough growing up, so she had to work
to help support her family. The most
memorable thing about her childhood
was, “spending quality time with her
family, eating dinner together and just
catching up with their week.”
Wong has an outgoing and fun personality, and during her free time she likes
going to the, “movies since she never had
a lot of free time to do so before.”
A dream vacation for her would be to
have the opportunity to, “go to Europe
and travel across the continent.” She loves
the culture and different architecture
throughout Europe. She, “wants to learn
and explore many of the cities to better
understand the culture and environment.”
The biggest change that Wong’s had
to implement in her life is coming to
America, since the culture, humidity,
landscape and many other things are different than Hong Kong. With the help of
her host family, which she values dearly,
she has been able to make this change.
Her favorite thing about living in

Price, “is living with her host family. They
let me know a lot of American things,
they treat me as a daughter and let me
feel I am apart of them. Plus I have a lot
of good friends”
Wong’s biggest influence is her aunt.
She lives in Hong Kong and is a psychologist. “When I was little, she always took
care of me, let me know how to be a good
person and the value of myself.”
The best advice Wong has ever
been given is, “even if you have a good
education, without a good attitude and
behavior, it is useless.” With her education she wants to major in nutrition or
be a pharmacist, because she likes being
healthy and likes helping others achieve
their goals of being healthy.
If she was to have any super power it
would be, “the power of happiness, and
to stay far away from the wicked people.”
One of Wong’s greatest accomplishments is serving a mission for the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 2011 and 2013. One of her converts
is serving at the Salt Lake Temple. She
loves bringing happiness to others and
helping others in need.

Put away your Gamecube and try the 3DS
Katrina Wood

news editor
Sometimes there’s nothing like going
fishing, catching bugs, making money
and talking to your best friend, “Punchy”
the cat.
I love the “Animal Crossing” games.
Though they’re simple and feature no
overall goal, they provide a fun, comical
environment full of furniture to collect,
clothes to buy, friends to make and a
mortgage to pay—which is a lot less scary
than it sounds. A humble life-simulator,
“Animal Crossing” is a nice escape that
doesn’t resort to over-the-top violence
or crude humor.
As a player since the first game,
I’m always thrilled for new additions
to the series, and “Animal Crossing:
New Leaf” for the 3DS is no exception.
While following the formula that makes
its predecessors hits, “New Leaf” adds a
surplus of additions that keeps the game
fun, fresh and addicting.
You begin your tale on a train ride to
your new home, where, as in every other
instalment, you are asked a series of questions by Rover the cat that determines
your character’s facial features, your
town’s name and what you’d like your
town to look like. Once Rover finishes,
you’re off to start your new life.

Meetings on Thursdays
@ 4 p.m.

Upon leaving the train station, you’re
greeted by the villagers and mistaken
for the new mayor. Before you know it,
you’re hurled into a position of power that
gives the game a lot of freedom and life.
As all “Animal Crossing” games do,
your town is impressively empty when
you first arrive. With a few neighbors, a
handful of trees and a couple of stores to
visit, there isn’t much to do at first. Yet
as mayor, you have the ability to make
your town boom.
One of the simplest, but most effective
ways to do this is through town projects
and ordinances. Ranging from huge and
costly projects that will open new stores,
to smaller humble projects that will put a
bench in your town, town projects decorate your town with features that make the
environment feel fuller and more alive.
Ordinances establish rules that benefit
players’ different playstyles. Players who
only play late, for example, can launch
the late bird ordinance so shops open
later and close later.
And speaking of which, “New Leaf”
is no slacker when it comes to shops and
activities. There’s an abundance of new
shops in “New Leaf”: the Re-tail, Kick’s,
Leif’s Gardening Store and more. Like
“Animal Crossing: City Folk,” they’re
located in one convenient location. Unlike “City Folk,” however, you have to
work to unlock most of them.
It takes time, effort and a lot of bells

to open all the stores, and while the convenience of having from the beginning
is nice in “City Folk,” there’s a sense of
accomplishment that can’t be beat with
the gradual growth of your town’s Main
Street in “New Leaf.”
Needless to say, however, it’s costly
to unlock all the stores and pay your
mortgage at the same time—especially
when your mortgage is over 7,000,000
bells. Luckily, there’s a place in “New
Leaf” you can catch the costliest bugs
and fish anytime of the year—the island.
An all-summer, all-the-time getaway,
the island is filled with beetles, sharks,
butterflies and all sorts of items that can
be sold for major bank. Additionally, the
island features mini games that can be
played with friends and used to purchase
island-specific rewards, such as a wetsuit
that lets you swim and catch new kinds
of fish.
There’s many features “New Leaf”
has to offer that I didn’t cover—such
as Club LOL, the Dream Suite and the
Roost Café—that make it simple to see
how easily one can lose track of time.
Though it’s not a game for everyone
by any means (especially for fans of
first-person shooters or games heavily
driven by story), it’s a nice way to kill
time or distract yourself from studies.
It’s a relaxing game with lots to do, and
one that will entertain newcomers and
old fans alike.

Meet in old SAC
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contact Brett Allen @
for more information

I a m Jacob
Pedigo am a jun ior attending
USU Eastern. I
am running for
ESA vice president of activities
and majoring in
psychology with a minor in business.
It is my desire to become an I/O
psychologist. I have been involved
in the ambassador team and brought
students to campus so that they could
experience the activities and resources
available for them. I am passionate
of this school and want to make it a
better place for all students.
•First item I want to focus on
is the revamping many of the
traditional school events, and create
new events that provide more
entertainment and variety to our
activity list.
•Second, overhaul the current
advertising program on campus,
to improve overall awareness and
enthusiasm for events.
•Third, add more events, big and
•Fourth, student input needed on
events. If you want it you should
be given the chance to get it.  This
school need to be a balance of
education and great student life. 

I am Kaylee
Jo Denver and
was bor n and
raised in Roosevelt, Utah. I am
the oldest child
of three, and the
only girl besides

my mom.
I love to read, play sports (especially soccer and volleyball) and to
watch movies.
I have two mottos I live by: “Live
without regrets” and a quote from
Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you
cares a whole lot. Nothing is going to
get better, it’s not.” This quote is the
reason why I held so many leadership
If I want a change, I have to be
the change. That is why I am running
for VP of activities. My platform is I
wanted to bring back the tradition of
doing True Eagle either every month,
or every other month. I would also like
to incorporate a formal dance.

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submissions for 2015
Katrina Wood

news editor
Every spring, a small
group of USU Eastern students collect student works
and showcase them in,
“The Nighthawk Review”
“The Nighthawk Review” is USU Eastern’s
literary magazine, and
has been published every
spring for about 35 years.
Originally titled “Rainbow
World,” the magazine gives
students a chance to publish
their written work, whether
it be short stories, poems,

essays or plays. With Jason
Olsen as supervisor, members of the literary magazine
collect student submissions
and organize them into
the newest edition of “The
Nighthawk Review.”
Students participating
in the literary magazine
this year include Brandon
Wheeler, Laurel Huntsman,
Nisheal Watson, Katrina
Wood and Josie Slade. Each
submit their own works to
the magazine.
Students attending USU
Eastern are encouraged by
members of “The Nighthawk Review” to submit
their creative works of

writing. Along with the possibility of their works being
published, some instructors
offer extra credit to students
who submit their work.
Additionally, those who
have their work published
will be invited to an event
where they can read their
work out loud.
Submissions are due on
March 4 and can be handed
in at the Writing Center in
the WIB, or through email at
Additional questions
can be answered by Olsen
through email at jason.

On the Shoulders of Giants Part IV
Nathaniel Woodward
staff writer

Dear Bridgette,
Science is hard, no doubt about it. It is
easy to get caught up in the idea of something
rather than in the reality of it. However, just
because something is hard doesn’t mean you
cannot do it; the harder things often end up
being the most worthwhile. The concepts of
science are fascinating and relatively easy
to memorize while the actual work behind
those concepts disenchants many who begin
to study them. Pushing through the frustration of mastering the little processes that
make a field understandable may be one
of the most difficult things you have to do.
An Italian-American philosopher named
Vince Lambardi said, “The team that runs the
best and blocks the best wins the game.” It’s
not the 100-yard touchdown run that wins,
its the inch by inch you gain that allows for
the greatest successes to be made a reality.
In the mid 20th century, a young student
with dreams of becoming a chemist enrolled
at Cornell University to study and fell in
love with that amazing field. Unfortunately,
because of the high cost of an education, he
quit school and took a full-time job to support
his family. Seeing a father experience losing
his dream to study science hits home to me.
I’ve spent many sleepless nights buried in
books to make sure that doesn’t happen.
This man had a daughter named Mary
Maynard Daly who saw her father’s shattered hopes and dreams, fought diligently to
overcome the frustrations of studying, low
finances and balancing her time against the
demands of life to receive her degree. While
this isn’t unique, what getting her degree
meant and what she contributed shows how
early struggles can pay off big.
After Daly’s undergraduate work in
chemistry, she began graduate school, remarkably finishing her master’s degree in
only a year. Under the supervision of another
great scientist, a nutritionist named Dr. Mary
L. Caldwell, Daly was awarded the first
chemistry doctorate in history for an African

American Woman. Her later research was
critical in our understanding of how cholesterol contributes to the risk of heart attacks.
Something that seems so simple now was
revolutionary for science then.
Next in Daly’s career, she helped establish
the link between cigarette smoking and lung
damage. Imagine the lives she saved due
to just that research -- and she is not done
yet. In my view, her greatest contribution
is her skill in teaching young students and
instilling in them a deep love for academics
and science. She was affiliated with several
universities and scientific institutions over
her life, most notably as a biochemistry
professor at the prestigious Albert Einstein
School of Medicine (Yeshiva University) in
New York, where she fostered the imagination and innovation of future leaders in the
medical field. Her dedication showed how
that, inch by inch, year by year, hard work
and determination, even in a world dominated with prejudice, can change everything.
Being able to think outside the box, to
take a step back and observe a problem then
come back with an incredible, innovative
solution will forever be Daly’s legacy. The
namesake of her University, Albert Einstein
once said, “Imagination is more important
than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.” If you ever
get stuck on a problem in life, remember to
take a step back and use your imagination.
Your mind is indescribably useful when
you get creative.

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MEn’s Bracket

Women’s Bracket

USUE hosts SWAC Region-18 Tournament
Masi Steel

sports writer
This weekend, USU Eastern hosts the NJCAA Region 18 Tournament
featuring College of Southern Idaho, North Idaho College, Snow College,
Salt Lake Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community
College and USUE.
All teams are getting ready and are excited to compete for the top
spot and a shot to go to the national tournament. For the first time in
a long time, two spots for both men and women teams will advance
to the tournament. These spots will be offered to the first and second
place teams.
This tournament will be a great boost to the economy of Price, all

On Thursday,
Feb. 26, bring
your student I.D.
& get into the

*You will also be
entered into a drawing
for both games to win
an iPad
•Men vs. NIC @ 2 PM
•Women vs. NIC @ 5:30 PM

hotels and restaurants will receive a lot of business from the visiting teams
and fans. Athletic director and coach David Paur said he is excited for the
opportunity to host the tournament. Both Eagle teams are preparing and
are ready to test the skills they have been working on all year against the
other teams of the conference one last time.
The women’s team is confident after beating both College of Southern
Idaho and North Idaho College on the road two weekends ago. Paur was
impressed by the on the road victory, he said that not many USUE teams
have made that journey and come back victorious.
Paur is confident, saying, “The way we played last weekend on the road
against NIC and CSI, and the way that we have been playing in the last half
of our season we have a good shot of going to the national tournament.”
Paur states that most of the women’s teams in the region are even and
anyone has a shot to go to the tournament. The team to beat would be
Salt Lake Community College; with their impressive record, they will be

the hardest to beat.
Assistant men’s coach Justin Brown says his team is looking forward to the tournament, all of the teams are even and at this point, it is
anyone’s game. We are working hard and are focusing on strengthening
their defense.”
All of the athletes are excited for the tournament. Men’s captain Josh
Van Weezep said, “I think it’s a great opportunity for us. We’ve had a rough
season with some tough losses. We have the talent to win the tournament
and having it here is a great opportunity for us. We are ready to roll.”
Women’s captain Bryanna Adams said, “The team is ready for the
tournament. Records don’t matter anymore it only matters how the team
shows up and plays all the teams are even. The team is working hard
and ready for the challenge. We are excited to play NIC during the first
round, we have already beat them three times. I think that we will go far
during the tournament.”

Women’s team
finishes strong
with a road sweep
Abbie Bird

sports writer
USU Eastern ended region
play on a good note, with a three
game winning streak against
Colorado Northwestern Community College, the College
of Southern Idaho and North
Idaho College. They continue
to keep the same mentality and
stamina from those games as
they prepare for the SWAC
region tournament held in the
BDAC on Feb. 26-28.
They started off their streak
by beating NIC on the road on
Feb. 12, by six points, 71-65.
Sophomore guard and captain
Bryanna Adams showed the
team the way with 19 points,
with Caroline Fischer chipping
in 14, Ana Borges 16. Eastern
shot 39 percent from the field,
and NIC was just short with a
percentage of 37.
Adding another win to their
record, Eastern beat CSI on
the road on Feb. 14, squeezing
by with one point, 93-92. Both
teams battled hard the entire
game, and the leader of the game
was back and forth. At the final
stretch, Jamie Smith hit a three
to cut CSI’s lead to two points.
Ficher received the ball seconds
before the clock went out and
dropped another three, giving
the Eagle’s their one-point lead
to end the game. Adams led the
team in points with 21; Borges
had 14 and Smith 12. Smith also
had nine assists and Lejla Hadzialijagic had nine rebounds.

On Feb. 21, Eastern traveled
to CNCC, where they acquired
their third road win: 74-61. This
game was much closer than the
past few times Easter played
CNCC. Spartan’s post Jamie
Revels proved to be a worthy
opponent throughout the game,
as she dropped 26 points on
Eastern, but the Eagles answered
with four players scoring in
double digits. Maddy Murphy
had 19, Ficher 15, Borges 15, and
Jessica Anderson 13. Anderson
had a double double with her 13
points and 13 rebounds.
On preparing for regionals,
Adams said, “I think we have
done all we can do to prepare
for the region tournament. We
have played each team and we
know how they play, we just need
to go in and be mentally tough
and ready when we play. I think
if we go in and believe that we
are going to take it, we’re going
to take it.”
Head coach Dave Paur said,
“We have to remember that every
team is 0-0 right now. It is a new
season and what happened in the
past doesn’t matter. We may try
a few new things on defense and
offense, but at this time, execution of what we already have
is critical. If we knock down a
few threes and don’t foul, we
will be okay.”
USUE finished in fourth
place in region; they were tied
for third, but lost a coin toss to
Snow. Since they are seeded in
fourth place, Eastern will play
NIC on Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in
the BDAC for their first game in
the SWAC Region Tournament.

Ana Borges goes for the layup against SLCC.

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

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February 26, 2015

Men’s record
starts over
Play NIC Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

Jordan Mellen

sports writer
The Utah State University Eastern men’s
basketball team played their last three regular
season games within the past two weeks on
the road. Now with the regular season over,
the Golden Eagles are anxious to prove
themselves going into the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament, which is held
in Price on their home court in the BDAC.
On Feb. 12, the USU Eastern men’s basketball team traveled to play North Idaho
College, a team they had already lost to at
home by three and on the road by seven.
The game resulted in an 82-66 victory for
North Idaho.
The leading scorers for the Eagles were
Andre Hogan with 17 points, Royale Ewing
15 and Phillip Winston 11. Winston led the
Eagles in assists with five, followed by Nathaniel Wright with three. Sherman Daye had
10 rebounds on the night and Karoui Hamdi
five. As a team, the Golden Eagles went 2662 in field-goal attempts, 8-26 in three-point
attempts and 6-12 in free-throw attempts.
On Feb. 14, the Eagles played at the
College of Southern Idaho. The Golden
Eagles played a good game against the
top-10-ranked CSI, but came up short at
Southern Idaho, who came out with a last
minute 83-79 victory.
Hamdi led the Golden Eagles in points
with 15, followed by Juwan Moody 14 and
Josh Van Weezep 11. Winston and Moody
each finished with five rebounds, and Ewing had four. Marcelo Ruediguer had seven

rebounds for the Golden Eagles and both
Wright and Hamdi finished with six. The
Eagles went 28-56 in field-goal attempts,
6-22 in three-point attempts and 17-24 in
free-throw attempts.
On Feb. 21, the team traveled to Colorado
Northwestern Community College to conclude their regular season. The game ended
in a 69-65 victory for CNCC.
The leading scorers for USUE were Daye
with 18 points, Karoui nine and Ruediguer
seven. Daye and Winston each finished the
night with three assists for the Eagles. The
leading rebounders for the Golden Eagles
were Daye with 12 and Winston seven.
As a team, the Golden Eagles went 24-56
in field-goal attempts, 3-17 in three-point
attempts,and 14-24 in free-throw attempts.
About the conference tournament, Coach
Adjalma Becheli (Vando) says his team
needs to play good basketball to succeed,
considering that three teams in the conference are ranked in the nation’s top 25. “It’s
not going to be easy. We need to improve in
some areas. We need to play smart and work
defense. We need the offense working and
need to be patient and make good decisions.”
The Eagles played the majority of their
games on the road and are excited to be on
their home court, and are feeling confident
regardless of the level of competition.
“Its always good to play at home in front
of the fans and students. Its good to play
on the court you practice on everyday. We
get a new start and just need to take it one
game at a time,” Vando says. The SWAC
tournament will be ongoing February 26-28.
The Golden Eagles play against NIC on Feb.
26, at 2 p.m.

Juwan Moody with a tight shot against North Idaho College.

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

Hadzialijagic returns strong

Like father, like daughter

the United States since she was 4 and started to
play basketball when she was 13. Two years after
sports writer
she started playing basketball, she joined the West
Jordan High School team.
Hadzialijagic spent four years at West Jordan High
Lejla Hadzialijagic is a 20 year-old basketball
player for the Golden Eagles. She was the driver School and was the top scorer and rebounder her junior
during a car accident that happened almost five and senior year. She was all-state her junior year and
months ago involving three players on her team. all-region her senior year. With a good performance
Hadzialijagic lost control of the car to avoid road her last two years, Hadzialijagic was recruited by the
debris and crashed into the medium, getting hit by Golden Eagles and accepted their offer. “I thought it
was a good place to go because I
another car on the left back side of
did not want to be too far from my
her vehicle. She had a total loss of
family the first years of college.”
her vehicle.
Hadzialijagic joined the Utah
On Oct. 23, Hadzialijagic and
State University Eastern team fall
two of her teammates were riding to
2013. She is a sophomore and has
Salt Lake City around 8 p.m. when
been helped the team a lot to make
the crash occurred. “Everything
their best record of 19 – 9 since the
happened so fast, and when the car
2003 – 2004 season.
stopped I could not move my left
“This year we have a strong
arm. I could not grasp what was
returning sophomore group who
happening around me on that very
played together last year. Also the
moment. I could just remember
freshmen have worked hard and
Carol next to me trying to keep me
bought into our system fast to help
awake.” Soon a crowd of people
us to succeed,” she said. The team is
stopped to help until the authorities
in the fourth position in their confershowed up. Hadzialijagic and Shelby
ence and have big expectations for
Cornforth, who was in the back seat,
the region tournament.
were taken to the hospital.
Lelja Hadzialijagic
“I was happy to be back and
Caroline Ficher was in the front
totally recovered from my injury.”
with Hadzialijagic and she walked
Hadzialijagic was back in the
out of the car with no injuries.
Cornforth pulled a couple muscles in her back. courts by the end of November. She is now a big
Hadzialijagic was the most affected: her collar bone contributor for the team, averaging six rebounds
broke. “When I found out about my broken collar per game.
USU Eastern will be hosting the region tournabone, I was worried about how long it would take
me to recover.” The girls had their first games at ment, Feb. 26-28. “I think we are a hard team to prepare
the Jamboree tournament at Salt Lake the very next to play against and if we knock down shots and play
day, and only Ficher was able to play. Hadzialijagic the way we have been playing the past few games,
stayed out for the first eight games of the season. It we will do well in this tournament.” The team is hot
after road sweeps in Idaho against North Idaho College
took her a month to recover.
Hadzialijagic is originally from Austria, with and the College of Southern Idaho, and in Colorado
a Croatian and Bosnian background. She lived in against Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Something you don’t know about her is that she
tried out for “The Voice” and made it into the second
round of off-the-air auditions. Covington is most
scared of becoming overweight, getting old and birds.
It’s a family tradition to play sports at USU Eastern, “I would rather swim in a tank of sharks than be in
formerly the College of Eastern Utah, with Jasmine a room with two birds.” She is bad at procrastinating
Covington following in her father’s footsteps of play- and biting her nails.
Covington has been playing volleyball since the
ing in the BDAC.
seventh grade. She played at Glover
Covington hails from Phoenix,
Middle School in Spoken, Wash., then
Ari., to play for the volleyball team.
at Boise High in Idaho and North High
Covington is six-feet tall and comes
in Arizona.
from a family of athletes that have
For someone who wants to play colattended Eastern: her father atlege volleyball, Covington’s advice is
tended in 1990 as a men’s basketto, “make sure that you don’t get caught
ball player and her mother played
doing anything stupid that would ruin
basketball in high school. Both of
your chances of playing.”
her parents used to play basketball
What motivates her to keep playing
and she used to play, but decided to
is her drive to further her education
focus on one sport. Her 5 year old
while playing the sport she loves.
brother plans on attending Eastern
Her most prized possessions are her
to keep the family tradition going.
clothes and pink scooter she bought
After college, Covington plans
because her other one was stolen on
on moving to Atlanta, Ga., to record
campus. If she won the lottery, she
music with NNTME records.
would buy a lot of shoes, clothes and
The craziest thing that she has
hair stuff, and buy her mom a nice
done is when she rented a U-Haul
Jasmine Covington
truck and moved all the furniture
Something she used to do that got
from her house and stored it in the
truck. “My mom thought that my family had been on her parent’s nerves was scare her mom. “I would
robbed, so right before she called the police I told hide in places for up to 30 minutes just so I could scare
her.” A hero in Covington’s life is Beyoncé because
her that it was a prank.”
The most embarrassing thing Covington has been in Convington’s eyes, she’s the queen.
If Covington could pick a super power, she would
through was in sixth grade. “I had to fart, so I let it
out and it was not a quiet one, and the whole class be a shape shifter so she could change who she was
or what she was every day. One of the saddest things
laughed at me.”
She got to meet Tatiana Ali who played Ashley Covington ever encountered was when she was little,
Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” She was in a her dog, a baby husky named Shuko, was stolen from
movie with her mother called “A Warm Place” when her backyard.
Her favorite quote is, “You catch a lot of flies with
she was 6. Some other hobbies of hers are singing,
honey, but you will catch more honeys by being fly.”
playing guitar and piano and doing hair.

Marcelo Ruediger

Baseball starts home season
Shaun Peterson
sports writer

USU Eastern’s baseball team traveled to Las
Vegas, Nev. for four games last weekend. After close
losses, the Eagles came home with a win to finish
their second road trip 1-3.
Head Coach Scott Madsen said, “After watching
his team battle day in and day out to get that victory,
it is nothing short of amazing. We have played one
of the toughest preseason schedules to date. The
excitement these players continued to have is one
of the best experiences that I have been around, especially to get that from a team that is so dominant
[Western Nevada]. We have only beat them a total
of five times. It was earned by the entire team and I
couldn’t be any prouder of these men.”
In the Eagles’ first game against Colorado Northwestern Community College, they found themselves

down 3-1. After Hadley Thorpe was hit by a pitch,
Greg Ashley and Austin Guertsen both singled to
plate one run, then pinch hitter Taylor Nielson then
brought in the tying run on a fielder’s choice.
After both teams went scoreless in the ninth,
the Spartans scored a run in the bottom of the 10th
to steal the victory. Pitcher Sean Hardman threw a
solid game, going six and a third innings, allowing
three runs and striking out five.
The Eagles took on Salt Lake Community College and their offense had another rough time as they
scattered only four hits to take a loss 3-1. Pitching was
once again solid. Bennett Bradford went five and two
thirds, only allowing one run and striking out four.
Catcher Kelby Landon lead the way with two hits.
The team then took on the talented Southern
Nevada Coyotes, who are nationally ranked. Sophomore Cooper Beck gave an outstanding pitching
performance going five innings allowing two earned
runs. He left in the sixth with the game tied at two,

Covington follows in father’s footsteps
Michaella Crooks

sports writer

but the bullpen was not able to contain the Coyotes as
they ran away with a 10-2 victory. Bryce Blackburn
went 1-2 with a stolen base and Greg Money went
1-3 with a double.
The Eagles saved their best for last as they took
on Western Nevada College. Down 1-0 in the top
of the seventh, the Eagles loaded the bases with two
outs, then freshman Cooper Thorpe was able to flick
one up the middle for a infield single to tie the game.
But they weren’t done. Center fielder Brandon
Eyring came up with a huge single to plate two runs
and take a 3-1 lead. Third baseman Thorpe then put
the game out of reach with a towering three-run home
run over the left field fence to give the Eagles their
first win of the season 6-3.
Thorpe said, “It was a great team effort. Our
pitching was awesome. It’s nice to see our hard
work finally pay off.” Dakota Carlson pitched a gem
for the Eagles going six innings, allowing one run
and striking out four. Greg Money was 2-2 with a
double and a single. 
The Eagles start SWAC play with a home and
away series with SLCC on Feb. 25 and 27.

Former player killed in Mexico
A professional basketball player who played at College
of Eastern Utah from ’94-’96 was killed in an automobile
accident in Tlaxcala, Mexico, Feb. 16.
Tyler Wayman Newton was recruited to CEU from
Kent, Wash., by head basketball coach Ronnie Stubbs. The
six-foot, 11-inch center graduated from Kent-Meridan High
School in ’94 and was named to the Washington All-State
basketball team.
After graduating from CEU, he continued his basketball
career at Fort Hayes State University in Hayes, Kan. After
college he played pro-ball in China, Columbia and Mexico.
According to his obituary, he played in every part of Mexico
except Baja. He was returning from a basketball tournament
with his teammates when the accident happened.
Coach Stubbs remembers him as a good person and good
basketball player. “He had a great upside.”
Funeral services are pending. Family and friends can share
memories of Newton online at
His family set up a memorial scholarship in honor of Newton
with all proceeds going to the USU Eastern basketball program.
Contact Vicki Noyes at 435.613.5256 for more information.

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