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Volume LXXVIII•Number 3

Sexual Assault Police
Report Released,
University Counselor
Accused of Misconduct
• Nathaniel Woodward editor in chief /

photo by Susan Polster/The Eagle

KUTV’s Dan Rascon interviewed VP Greg Dart as part of his story
on the police report issued last week.

Staffer attends gigantic
Salt Lake Comic Con
Daniel Pike

news editor
Salt Lake Comic Con drew
record attendance and big names
the weekend of Sept. 24-27. As the
epic convention
drew to a close,
it was estimated
that attendance
was well over
last year’s already impressive 12 0, 0 0 0
attendees, with
an estimated 25
percent of attendance from
out of state.
With three
days of comic
book and cosplay gear sales, art exhibitions,
meet-and-greet opportunities, and
several celebrity panels to choose
from, SLCC has much to offer. Lord
of the Rings’ Sean Astin and Cap-

tain America’s Chris Evans were
just two of the big names present.
Both had excellent turnouts and
were well received by fans.
SLCC is a special event in that it
holds records for the Largest-FirstYear Comic Con in North America,
Most Attended
Convention in
Utah and the
Largest Convention Per Capita
in North America, according
to Comic Con’s
official website.
This year, SLCC
has succeeded
in brea k ing
China’s existing
record for the
Largest Gathering of Comic
Book Characters with 1,784 people
dressed as comic book characters.
If a person has never seen
anyone dressed as comic book
see comic con page 3

Hawaiin cuisine shows off Innes
culinary skills in fund raiser
With the goal of raising $1,000,
USU Eastern’s Elmo Club, is
hosting a teriyaki chicken and
Hawaiian-style-Kalua-pork lunch
on Friday, Oct. 9 from 11:30 till
1 p.m. in front on the Central
Instructional Building. Cost is $5
per plate.
Chef for the day is USUE
theatre instructor, Brent Innes,
who spent two years in Hawaii
working in theatre and learning
how to cook Hawaiian. He said he
loves to cook, but his true calling is
grilling. “I love to grill anything,”
he smiled. However, according to
Corey Ewan, department head,
Innes’ wife Kimberlee might be
the better cook because she is the
Emeril Lagasse in their family.
For the lunch, Innes said he
plans to smoke the pork all night
before he begins the process of
making the sauce for the Hawaiian-

style-Kalua pork. He plans to cook
for 150 people, with lunch available
on a first-come, first-served basis.
All proceeds go to the Elmo Club,
which focuses on the advancement
of the theater program. 
The overall fund raising goal
of the club is to raise $2,500. The
club hopes to use the money to fly to
Hawaii to compete in the Kennedy
Center American College Theater
Festival. The KCACF is a national
theater program with 600 academic
institutions and 18,000 students
involved. It has eight regions which
showcase the finest theatre in each
of the regions.
If the Eastern students meet
their $1,000 goal, Ewan and Innes
plan to dye their beards pink and
electric purple, respectively. If
they reach their $2,500 goal, the
two professors will wear prom
dresses all day.

Calendar of Events
Gun control
Broken promises
Bridging the gap

USU Eastern police have released to the public the 64-page
report compiled by Chief of Police Sgt. Lynn Archuleta on Oct. 1.
The entire document has been turned over to the Carbon County
Attorney’s office where it will be reviewed and a decision will
be made whether criminal charges will be brought against any
of the four students being investigated. In those accused are two
members of the men’s and one member of the women’s basketball
teams with one additional student.
The assault, which was originally reported on Sept. 4, resulted
in a Code Blue being issued to students and staff. In the week
following the Code Blue alert, all men’s basketball operations
were suspended in response to what was described as “troubling”
emails and messages being sent between students allegedly
involved. In addition, some men’s basketball staff were accused
of witness tampering resulting in a temporary ban from campus.
The lengthy report went, at times, into graphic detail of the
alleged crimes and acts of the students involved in the reported
sexual assault. While the report is comprehensive and detailed,
testimony given by those involved are conflicting. Allegations of
alcohol consumption, unwanted sexual advances, assault, battery
and sexual assault all make appearances in Archuleta’s report.
On page 34 of the report, a statement given by Carbon County
Sheriff’s Office Detective Rory Bradley brought to light criminal
allegations against school counselor Darrin Brandt. As stated in
the report, “Detective Bradley explained to Chancellor Joe Peterson that the crime committed by Darrin Brandt is Utah code
see assault page 3

October 8, 2015

Jason Olsen awarded
faculty of the year

Fun, relatable, and interactive free time?” Rawle added that durare just some of the adjectives ing class Olsen would often make
used to describe USU Eastern’s jokes in the middle of his lecture.
“Outstanding Faculty Member of He is also known for wearing Dr.
the Year,” Jason Olsen. 
Who shirts to class and talking
As a teacher of English 1010 about both that show and other
and 2010, Olsen’s job
pop culture topics durisn’t set up to be easy.
ing class.
Typically students
Olsen thinks he redon’t enjoy English
ceived the award beclass as a whole,
cause, “I’m trying to
especially ones they
represent what USU
are required to take.
Eastern wants in a
However, there is
teacher. That’s about
something about his
getting to know the
classes that have stustudents, being there for
dents enjoying Engthe students and being
lish more than ever.
dedicated to the stuOne of his past
dents.” In other words,
st udent s, K ia r a
Olsen stated he wants to
Horowitz said, “He
help his students enjoy
Jason Olsen
wants to be interacEnglish so that they will
tive, and know his
want to learn English.
students more.” Also, she said, “He And he has tried to create an entakes the time to review papers vironment that is as enjoyable as
with us.” Another student, David possible to help make that happen.
Rawle said, “It’s fun,” and “he’s
Olsen was notified that he was
very relatable
receiving this award during the
Just a couple of examples, also summer. He received the award on
given by Horowitz, that support August 18, 2015. Olsen has been
these statements include a day where teaching as USU Eastern for eight
Olsen unexpectedly started walking years, and certainly has proved that
on the desks in the middle of class he deserves this award. As he tries
to capture the student’s attention.
to relate to students and continues to
When calling roll, Olsen would work in a one on one fashion with
ask a get to know you question such students, he’s also proven that, as
as, “What’s your favorite movie?” he stated he, “loves USU Eastern,
or, “What do you do during your and the students.” 

Medical assisting program offered on Price campus
Mara Wimmer

staff writer
Whether a person lives the
healthiest lifestyle or not they will
need to visit a doctor’s office eventually. It is with this premise that
USU Eastern is offering a medical
assisting program fall semester.
Doctors need assistance and that
assistance comes in many shapes
and forms, which are covered by a
medical assistant. Fall 2015 is the
first year the program is offered
on USUE’s campus. USUE can
start training individuals to join
an ever-growing job market.

“The job outlook for medical registration, additional testing is
assistants is very good,” Michele required. In order to get into the
Lyman, director of health profes- program, students must have alsions, said. “In 2012
ready completed Engit was listed as one
lish 1010, either math
of the fastest growing
1050 or stats 1045, be
health occupations
an actively licensed
by the U.S. Bureau
CNA or take Nursing
of Labor Statistics.
1000 and a hold GPA
They have predicted
of at least 2.75.
that employment of
During the first
medical assistants will
semester of the progrow 29 percent from
gram students take
2012 to 2022.”
phlebotomy, medical
The program takes
assisting administraLori Rager
two semesters to comtive work, anatomy
plete; however, in order to receive and physiology, if they have not
the national certification or already taken it, and administra-

tive-competency lab.
The second semester students
take clinical competency, the
practicum, and pharmacology.
The second semester is to ensure
students are ready to work in the
field. There are no classes over the
summer semester.
“Summer would be a good
time to get the advanced placement
credits, to get your transcripts in
order or take the prerequisites,”
Lori Rager, medical assisting
lead instructor at the Price campus, said.
Virgil Caldwell, director of
distance education and program
see Medical 3

Eastern’s Chamber Choir joins USU’s choirs for
performance at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
USU Easter n’s cha mber
students traveled to Logan on
Oct. 1, joining the three choirs
from the USU campus in the
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church for a concert titled,
“2015 Voices of Heaven.” 
The opening number of the
concert featured 150 singers
from the USU Chamber Singers
and USU Chorale, USU Wom-

en’s Choir and Eastern’s choir
si ng i ng “A ma zi ng G race.”
Three bagpipes, a drummer and
organ provided the instrumental music with the arrangement
by Mack Wilberg.
“The sound was amazing,”
said Kay Fox, director of the
Price choir.
The USU Chamber Singers
and USU Chorale are under

the direction of Cory Evans
while the USU Women’s Choir
is under the direction of Luke
Shepherd. All four choirs are in
the Caine College of the Arts.
Eastern’s choir next sang
a gospel piece titled “Hallelujah!” which was inspired
by Jeremiah 20:11-13 and arranged by Rosephanye Powell.
Fox said the USU Easter n

Members of the Eastern’s choir traveled to Logan to sing with the three USU Logan choirs last week.

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students worked hard, knew
their music well and performed
Fox said her choir was energized and sounded great. “We
had a great trip and are looking forward to performing the
“Messiah” in December and
a return trip to Logan in the
spring for another concert. “It
was a great experience.”

photo by Emilee Merill/The Eagle

Men’s soccer
5 reasons to await baseball
Women’s soccer
Staff vs. BB students game


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October 8, 2015

Music: bridging the gap between the generations
Nathaniel Woodward
editor in chief

I remember the first time I noticed what
music was really all about: the song, the
band, where I was, everything. Sure I had
heard songs and bands, even attended a few
concerts but it was wasn’t anything special.
It was fall of 2000, as a teenager filled with
all the angst left over from the ‘90s, one evening after school, I turned on the radio and
Matchbox Twenty’s “Bent” began to play. I
was floored, I had never been affected like
that by a song. An event that was to play out
several more times in my life, the first time
I heard John Coltrane’s “Dedicated to You,”

Beethoven’s “Opus 131” and Linkin Park’s
“Hybrid Theory” album. I entered a whole
new world. All of a sudden I was part of a
cult whose leaders played symphonic poetry
to my soul. I had, as it turned out, watched
music affect others like that.
I’m old enough that I have grandparents
that served in World War II who I lived most
of my life around before they passed. My
maternal grandfather, Ross Norton, was
about the toughest guy on the planet, a Navy
man who served in the Pacific Theater during
the worst parts of the war, to say the least,
he had seen some things. A few stories he
told, hearing what he had gone through, it
was no wonder he was so tough. Imagine the
offspring of Bruce Banner and Don Rickles
and it would paint a good picture of him.

Renewed push for gun control
Rodrigo Leon

staff writer

When things go wrong, we work to fix
them. One way or another, we at least try.
The Umpqua Community College shooting
shocked the nation, yet this is almost routine.
The United States has had 15-mass shootings
since Barack Obama took office, according
to Time magazine. Countless lives lost, and
what have we done, nothing. Every time this
happens we cry, we talk about change and
we are shocked. Many Americans have lost
hope of change. Many Americans lost their
lives for nothing. Many Americans look for
a solution that has not worked.
In the U.S. we have the privilege to experience this as a tragedy so we brush it aside as
an instance. Ask people from other countries,
many will say that gun ownership is ridiculous. I grew up in Peru during a rough time;
I heard of shootings every day, had friends
look down the barrel of a gun and my generation was the lucky ones. My parents lived in
a time where shootings were commonplace,
almost one a week. That started to change
when the government got out of corruption
and straightened out gun laws. That led to a
rapid decrease in gun violence. It isn’t just
one place, though.
The United Kingdom has almost one fortieth of the amount of gun deaths per 100,000
people in 2013. The difference isn’t culture,
it is gun control laws. Australia has more
lenient gun control laws than the UK, but
more stringent than U.S. and they are still at
one twelfth of gun deaths per 100,000 people.
There is a clear pattern here. We are the only

nation in the world to relax gun laws after
a massacre. When 13 people were killed in
New Zealand, laws tightened. When 16 were
killed in Germany, gun laws tightened, and
when 35 were killed in Australia, most guns
were banned.
Most of these countries haven’t banned
guns entirely, but banned high powered rifles,
semi-automatics and other more dangerous
firearms. Small firearms or hunting guns
are allowed in most of these places. The
real question is why do you need an AK47, a weapon capable of killing hundreds
in a matter of minutes? No one is hunting
so many deer.
Realistically, there are other factors to
gun violence, but undeniably the greatest
predictor of gun violence is access. The
answer isn’t pretty and we hate to hear it, but
what is harder losing your guns or losing your
friends or family to gun violence?
You have to ask yourself, can you look at
Maria Alcaraz, sister of Lucero Alcaraz, in
the eye and tell her even though gun control
could help prevent the kind of violence that
took her sister’s life would you still advocate
for your guns? Could you look in the eyes
of a mother who lost her son and tell her her
son died in vain?
We are hesitant to give up our guns because
at the end of the day, these people are just numbers on a statistic sheet. Let
someone who has firsthand
seen the damages of gun
violence tell you that their
lives are more important
than your gun. At the end of
the day they are people
with dreams, hopes,
friends and family.

All my life I witnessed how battle hardened
of a man he was which I remember fondly.
But what makes me miss him the most is the
kinship we share due to what music can do
to our souls. When I was young, I was sitting
in grandpa’s workshop. He was a carpenter
who always had the radio playing loudly in
the corner. It was common to hear Conway
Twitty and Patsy Cline to which he seemed
to pay little to no attention to.
After I had finished my task of sweeping sawdust into manageable piles, an opera
piece began to play softly over the speakers.
It was in Italian and to a young child it was
more of a novelty than music, but as the song
progressed and the singer hit the high notes,
came the soft final few lines, and as they
were sung I noticed my brash grandfather

Utah’s removal of pro-choice
David Rawle

staff writer
What happens when the
choices we make are taken
away from us? When we no
longer have a say on what we
are allowed to do. Just imagine what our life would be
like in a dictatorship where
we no longer had choices,
and the few we did no longer
mattered. I know what you
are thinking, “this is the
United States of America,”
and “there is no way this can
happen here.” You don’t see
this is happening now. Last
week, Utah’s Gov. Gary
Herbert attempted to do just
this. He decided to defund
the Planned Parenthood
program. Before a firestorm
of arguments on what you
think is right begins, take
a second to listen to what I
have to say.
First, the argument that
this is good or bad is happening, and will probably
continue to happen throughout the century. There are
arguments for both sides.

What Herbert seems to have
forgotten, one of the U.S.
goals is to have the opportunity for all of their citizens
to choose. Freedom of choice
is one of the most important
aspects this country stands
for. This is why these debates can and will happen.
We can’t remove someone’s
right to choose, it’s unconstitutional, and against our
basic and unalienable human
rights. The simple fact that
we can debate this topic is
proof enough.
What is happening, however, is just as important.
Right now Planned Parenthood is suing the Utah
governor for requiring state
agencies to discontinue their
contacts with the women’s
healthcare providers. I believe that this is the right
action for them to take.
Even if I were to push my
beliefs aside, the governor
can’t just decide our choices,
especially when it comes to
dealing with a program like
Planned Parenthood. These
programs are created for
the betterment of society. It



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Cristopher Palo

The conflict in the Middle East has been
raging for nearly two decades. Though the
actual fighting has been dialed back a great
deal, there are still casualties unaccounted
for, the coalition interpreter.
These individuals have an essential skill
that the U.S. could not continue its operations

without. The ability to translate from the
dialects in the theaters of operation to English
so that service members can properly do
their duties is invaluable.
These interpreters are
more often than not local
nationals, who put not
only themselves, but also
their families at risk. They
trudge through the mud
and bake in the heat of
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Nathaniel Woodward

• All of the stupid crap. People acting like twits
• The heat in the black box
• Donald Trump, although good for a scary laugh
• Too many weeks till Christmas break
• Too many signatures “bureacracy”

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was created to give women
the ability to choose what
would happen to their body.
Choices again are the most
important thing that we
have, that everyone has.
We keep forgetting everything they do; we just
focus on the abortion aspect
of their program. According to Planned Parenthood,
they provide lifesaving
healthcare and education to
everyone in Utah. One of the
biggest things though, is an
STD test for rape survivors.
These rape kits saved many
lives. Planned Parenthood is
the program that helps with
all of this. When a family
doesn’t have insurance and
their daughter is raped left
with nowhere else to go, they
are there for her. One of their
t h e y
fo r i s
to prevent

America’s broken promises
viewpoints editor

Eastern’s Theatre Department

sitting in a corner wiping tears from his
eyes. Excuse my colloquialism but, what
the heck was going on?
Later I would learn that the song was the
Sad Clown Aria “Vesti La Guibba” from
Pagliacci sung by Luciano Pavarotti. A
classic if there ever was one, but what was
it about this song that reduced my mighty
grandfather to tears? I’ll never
know, but if he felt the same
way I do when I listen to a
song that catches me off
guard I understand. We still
have something to connect
us years after he passed,
a commonality which
bridges the gap of time.
Music gave that to us.

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October 8, 2015
religious studies minor at USU Eastern

Rafael Silkskin:
First job gone wrong, Part I
Kiara Horowitz
staff writer

I crept quiet and swift, like
a shadow, toward the king and
queen’s bedchamber. It was
difficult to keep back a smirk.
The guards were there to keep
out trespassers, but they never saw
me coming. And who would? A
young man in the shadows is never
noticed. This would be easy, what
else could it be since I was taught
by the best.
Placing my hand on the
door, the wood blurred and I
stepped through. I stood in the
room for a moment taking in
my surroundings. I glanced at
the large bed where the king
and queen lay sleeping, snoring
loudly. I smiled, nothing could
wake them.
The moonlight filtering in
through the windows of the doors
of the balcony gave me all the light
I needed. My reason for being
here lay in a crib on the other side
of the room. I approached and
leaned on the side of the crib. The
baby, Prince Bradmir, lay in the
mist of pillows and blankets still
wide awake. That didn’t surprise
me, the child was about a month
old and in a room this noisy, who
could sleep?
“Hey, little guy,” I whispered,
gently stroking his cheek. “You
probably don’t remember me.”
Bradmir’s little hands reached up
grabbing mine. I leaned closer, one
of Bradmir’s hands tried to seize
the scruff on my face. Luckily
for me it was too short so he

Comic Con

only succeeded in brushing my
cheek. “Copy cat,” I smiled and
straightened up.
Bradmir returned the smile
and tried to laugh, but only
managed a gurgled. “Don’t worry,
I noticed you’re cute.” I sighed,
reaching into the brown-leather
holster strapped to my waist and
leg, pulling out a small red-leather
pouch containing a variety of
knives each especially crafted
for a different purpose. I took out
the one I wanted. At first glance it
looked like a dull, iron model of a
dragon’s head, but when I gently
pressed down on the horn in the
middle of it’s forehead, a short
crystal-clear blade ejected from its
open mouth. Glow blades were the
best for work in the dark.
“I’m sorry about this, but I have
a job to do.” I took his left hand.
My thumb rubbed his palm, the
nails on my hand glowed gold,
numbing the babe’s hand. “That
should help.” I placed the blade
against the child’s middle finger
and made a tiny cut. In the dim
light I couldn’t make out the color
of the blood. The blade sucked in
the blood like a sponge, turning
it dark blue.
I raised an eyebrow, I did
not see that coming. At least it
explained why Randolf insisted
that I double check before
tomorrow. I released the dragon’s
horn and the blade retreated back.
I returned the knife to its place
in the pouch and shoved it into
the holster. Well, this was great.
Not only were Randolf and I out
of a paycheck, but it didn’t make
sense either. His blood should


year’s CC would have been a place to start.
The size of the exhibition floor and the
number of vendors present are enough to
keep one busy for a full day: hundreds of

within the last five years.
“Although, Caldwell had the vision for
the MA program, he realized the importance of having a medically trained person
to take it to a high level,” Lyman said.
With the success of the program at
the Blanding campus and the local need
for medical assistants, the program was
brought to the Price campus through a
grant and financial assistance from Castleview Hospital. The program has only a
few students; however, the January session
and the spring semester hold promises of

A new history minor is being offered at USU Eastern; religious studies. Students met with
history professor Dr. Susan Rhoades Neel to discuss the new minor. Pictured clockwise from left:
Nathaniel Woodward, Dr. Neel, Ms. Gardner, Jake Cottam and Brandon Martini.


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76-8-306 Obstruction of Justice in
a Criminal Investigation, a class
B misdemeanor, which states, (1)
An actor commits obstruction of
justice if the actor, with intent to
hinder, delay, or prevent the investigation, apprehension, prosecution
conviction, or punishment of any
person regarding conduct that
constitutes a criminal offense.”
The complaint comes after
Detective Bradley stated, “Darrin
Brandt caused a safety risk to all
parties involved by disclosing the
alleged sexual assault as well as the

names of all involved to the basketball coaches and entire team at
practice, especially prior to police
having any knowledge of it.”
Vice Chancellor of Student Life
Greg Dart stated, “We take any
allegation of wrongdoing very
seriously, and we investigate it as
fully as possible.”
After the release of the report
and the accusations against Brandt
many statewide media outlets produced stories. KUTV sent a news
van and reporter to campus while
The Salt Lake Tribune released

an article titled, “USU Eastern
counselor put on leave after being
accused of hindering sexual assault
Provided in the report were
items of evidence seized during
the investigation including cell
phones, laptops, pictures and text
No arrests have been made in
the case while the county attorney’s office decides whether to file
charges. As always, those accused
of any crimes are innocent until
proven guilty in a court of law.

booths selling books and comic books,
original and printed art, superhero and
steampunk costumes and weapons, light
sabers and other Star Wars merchandise,

costumes for adults, kids and pets and just
about any other random sci-fi or comic book
related paraphernalia one could imagine.
If you couldn’t make it this year, be as-

sured that the success of this and previous
conventions should ensure that next year will
see a bigger, better convention, comparable
to other national Comic Cons.

a large increase.
“This is the first semester where we
have had an MA program, it is brand new
and an exciting addition to our campus,”
Greg Dart, vice chancellor of enrollment
management and student affairs said.
“What we believe is that we will have
significant interest in the program going
Lyman and Rager are both looking to
move the program forward in certification.
Rager hopes to get the program to offer
both paths: registered medical assistant

and certified medical assistant. Currently
the program is centered on the registered
medical assistant and does not quite offer
the certified medical assistant. All that is
required is accreditation for the program.
Lyman is communicating with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education
Schools (ABHES) to give the program
and the school the distinction of meeting
the ABHES criteria and standards.
“ABHES is recognized by the secretary
of education as being a reliable authority
as to the quality of training offered by

educational institutes,” Lyman said.
The beginning of the year saw the
beginning of a program. With an everincreasing job market instructors and
administrators expect to see growing
interest in the program over the next
few semesters. To register for the spring
semester, all applications are due Nov.
20, 2015. For the fall 2016, students must
apply before Aug. 5, 2016. Students who
plan to participate in this program can
talk to Lyman, Rager or Dart for more

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the day all the while at risk of getting shot and killed along side
U.S. forces. They do it all in outdated and often times unserviceable
protection equipment, all on the promise of a better life in the U.S. 
They are offered a golden ticket for them and their families to
come to the U.S. as political refugees, because if they stay in country
after knowingly aiding the jihadist enemies, they and their families
will be tortured, raped and murdered.
These interpreters are either being denied their visas or their
application processes are taking three to four years to complete, the
whole time they must hide and run from those that would do them
harm for helping us.
There are 20,000 visas allotted to interpreters. Since 2001, only 22
percent of the promised visas have been issued. This low percentage
is due to the inane bureaucratical practices and, let’s be honest, a fear
of the all-mighty, “what if?”
These men and woman have been assisting the U.S. government

with the Global War On Terror, at extreme risk to themselves and their
families’ lives. Shouldn’t we be honoring our promises?
In 2008, a congressional act was created to address this issue; it
was titled The Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act of 2008. In 2009 a similar
act was established for Afghani Refugees called the Afghan Allies
Protection Act of 2009.  
Some attention has been given to the problem but not nearly enough.
After the withdrawl of U.S. forces from Iraq, thousands of Iraqis had to
go into hiding, scared for their lives after being let down by a country
that was supposed to help them.  
John Kerry announced that the U.S. would increase its acceptance
of Syrian Refugees from 85,000 in 2016 to 100,000 in 2017. That’s a
15,000 refugee increase in one year, yet we can’t get the 22,000 that
we have been promising to get here for nearly two decades.
The Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations, “have
made it clear that they will use the refugee crisis to enter the United

states.” U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley stated.
The U.S., trying to look compassionate on the global stage, is
putting its safety in jeopardy and completely disregarding its promises
to those who have served it. Kerry, with the backing of the Obama
administration, is not promising a, “concrete and foolproof plan to
ensure the safety that terrorist will not enter the country,” said Bob
How can elected officials go back on their promise and create a
potential terrorist state in the country they were elected to protect?
If the government is expecting the people to just trust them, they are
sorely mistaken. The trust of the government is non-existent. Benghazi,
Bergdahl, Ferguson and Iran are all ingredients in a recipe for distrust.
Too many times the government has let us down and we have accepted
it. Isn’t it time we look at our elected leaders and say, “we elected you
to represent us, we are not subservient to you. You should fear us, not
the other way around.”

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sexual assault and to help even minors get
through sexual violence and abuse from
others when they have no one else to turn to.
Keeping it running is key for their safety.
Even if you don’t believe that it is safe. Think
about what these people will do. Whether
Planned Parenthood stays or not, people
will attempt to choose what happens to
their bodies.
Those who don’t have a choice are forced
into a life they aren’t prepared for. Victims of
rape have no one to turn too. What will they


New history minor offered

continued from page 1

development, originally started the medical assisting program in the latter part of
2005. Lyman took over the reins of the
program in December 2010. When she first
took over, Lyman met with the American
Medical Technologists Association and
found what it took to be a certified program.
Since then, the program shifted to cover
the topics required for students to become
nationally certified medical assistants. The
program has graduated 49 students and 80
percent of those have gone on to be certified. Thirty of the 49 students graduated


photo by Emilee Merrill/The Eagle

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characters like Iron Man and Spider Man, or
videogame characters like Sephiroth from
Final Fantasy VII or any of the countless
variations of Steampunk characters, this


have been gold.
I gave myself a good shake.
The answers to these questions
were not going to come to
me while I stood in the royal
bedchamber. I needed to talk to
“Well, kid,” I breathed. “After
tomorrow you’ll never see me
again,” I shrugged, “Unless you
do something stupid.”
I walked to the balcony doors
and placed my hand on it. A
quick step through and I was on
the balcony. I leapt onto the rail
then dropped to the lower roof.
Sliding down the shingles, I
reached the edge, fell and landed
on the guard wall. I rolled a few
feet behind a barrel. Sitting still
I listened carefully, but no one
noticed. Once I was satisfied that
the guards hadn’t heard me, I
breathed into my hand. The night
was warm, but my breath made
a ball of vapor. The ball twisted
into different shapes. I studied
them, there were four guards I
needed to worry about. Two were
talking, one was asleep, the fourth
was walking in a steady rhythm.
Memorizing the beat, I took my
Jumping onto the barrel,
I threw myself over the wall.
The wind whipped past me,
straightening my curly hair. I
hit the ground and rolled several
yards away from the castle. When
I finally came to a halt, I lay flat
on my back staring up at the star
filled sky and waited for the trees
to stop spinning. Once everything
seemed solid, I got to my feet and
vanished into the forest.


do if they contract an STD? They’ll be lost in
the sand. The alternative is life threatening.
Think about it for a second before you
just brush that idea away. People buy and
sell organs off the black market; people
try to do “self-patch up” jobs when they
are panicking, that leads to infections or in
the most extreme cases, cause the loss of a
limb or even death. These are things that
people are doing today. Do you actually
think these people aren’t going to look for
any other way?

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October 8, 2015

“Little Shop of Horrors” opens in Peterson Black Box Theatre
ights, camera, action…
let the season begin for
USU Eastern Theatre
as they officially open
their production and
officially open the Peterson Black
Box Theatre in the new Central Instructional Building this weekend.
The rock ‘n’ roll, science fiction
spectacle of “Little Shop of Horrors” opens the inaugural season for
the state-of-the-art theatre. Corey
Ewan, Ph.D., directs the play and is
thrilled to be in this new space. “We
have waited a long time for this type
of performance space. We are now
on par with any college/university
in the state.” The theater is also the
only fully functioning, LED space
in Utah’s higher education system.
“Little Shop of Horrors” is the
classic, nerdy boy meets pretty girl,
nerdy boy falls for unattainable girl
(because of her pain and nitrousoxide-loving-dentist boyfriend),
meets man eating, alien plant
who grants him his every desire
in return for feeding it a “secret
formula.” Basically a story we
can all associate with, right? Little
Shop is a throw back to the science
fiction films of the ‘50s, but with a
catchy-tune-filled score.
The cast includes Price natives,
Ben Jones and Christian Johnson as
Audrey II, appearing on alternating nights. They performed in last
year’s, “Les Miserables.” “They are
absolutely hilarious with the role
and the music,” Ewan says.
The love-struck couple is played
by Heather Bone, from Spring Glen,
who is Audrey and Donnie Owen,
from Panguich, who is Seymour
Krelbourn, the boy with the plant.
“They are delightful and have great
vocal moments; very heartfelt and

sad, with a sly sense of humor,
Ewan said.
Cameron “Bacon” West, from
Mona, plays Mr. Mushnik, the
owner of the failing florist shop
that becomes Audrey II’s home.
Josh Bone, from Spring Glen, plays
Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., a sadistic,
gas-guzzling dentist.
Playing the Ronettes, a kind of
Greek Chorus, ‘60’s-girl group that
rounds out the cast include Chloe
Clark, Stansbury Park; Jennifer
Thomas, Castle Dale; and Rhiannon Bradley, Price; visualize this
group as Hercules’ muses. There
are a number of past actors in the
chorus as well as some new faces.
Ewan says the cast has worked
incredibly hard on this production.
“This group is here from 6 to 10
p.m. every night, working in a new
venue, with equipment we have to
break in.
“It has had its challenges: an
overheated theater, missing light
board, orchestral score that has just
been out of reach. We have been
beset with difficulties not unlike the
opening of new amusement parks,
some of the rides just don’t want
to run; it takes time and patience.
Like the character in Shakespeare
in Love when asked how the show
will go on despite all of the calamities he replies, ‘It’s a mystery,’ I can
say the same thing. Somehow it all
comes together.“
Brent Innes created a world in
which the characters can inhabit
and truly become part of. “Although minimal in scale to accommodate our larger cast, Innes
created Skid Row, the setting for
Little Shop. Brick walls, street
corners and a phone booth symbolically putting us into this musical

Seymour, played by Donnie Owen watches as Audrey II eats his friend.

world where hope is at a premium.
Yet in this depressing setting, the
colors and graffiti on the walls help
remind us that this is a comedic
world as well. Audience members
will find themselves so close to the
action that they might get up and
sing with the cast,” Ewan said.
DeeJay Laughbon, has returned
to her roots at USU Eastern to be
stage manager. She received her
BFA from USU and just got back

from a tour as stage manager in
Alaska and will leave for Tasmania
after Horror’s close to be a stage
manager for a cruise ship line.
The costumer, Macy Lyne, is a
freelance designer, originally from
Price, working out of Houston,
Texas, and all points where her
work is in demand.
Josh Roberts, from Kaysville,
is a graduate of USU Logan and
designed the lighting for Little

photo by Emilee Merrill/The Eagle

Shop while Daysha Pedersen put
together simple, fun and exciting
choreography. She comes to us
from Orem, Utah.
“We are fortunate to have this
caliber of talent working with our
students. They get to see how
professionals in theater work. To
have our students see first hand the
dedication, talent and hard work is
an invaluable lesson, particularly
at this level of their education,”

Ewan said.
“Little Shop of Horrors” runs
two weeks starting Thursday, Oct. 8
and continuing to the 17. Sundays
are dark and on Saturday, Oct. 10
at 2 p.m., a matinee performance
will be presented.
Ewan hopes the community
will join USU Eastern Theater in
the grand opening of this exciting
new performance space and this
exciting, fun show.

Sixty miles from Price

photo courtesy USU Eastern Art Department

Nolan Salix “paints” by using the process of alchemy as chemicals applied to the surface of his “canvas”
age the metal. This piece “Enduring Composition” is on display at Gallery East Oct. 5 - Nov. 6, 2015.

Nolan Salix’ “Precious
Perspectives” at art gallery
Montana artist Nolan Salix has
made the mining industry a major
theme of his visceral paintings and
he brings his compositions to USU
Eastern’s Gallery East in a show
titled, “Precious Perspectives”
from Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.
Salix’ work combines the declining mining structures of the
West with eroding, weather-beaten
landscapes. Often, he even uses the
sheet metal made from copper, steel
and other alloys that are extracted
from these mines as the supports
for his paintings. This makes for
an unusual pairing of theme and
“My works are representations
of mining landscapes across the
west,” Salix explains. “Utilizing
materials that are mined or processed at the sites, I try to communicate about the place.’” The
copper and tarnished metals he uses
as his painted surfaces are tactile
emanations of the mines and mills
that fabricate them.
The exhibit evokes opposing
paradigms about resources in the
landscape: the intact ecosystem
with dependent plants and wildlife and the extraction of precious

metals embedded within the soils.
Salix’ paintings are impressions
of observed degraded landscapes,
large-scale transformations of
mountains and valleys, biologically simplified plant communities,
tailings and byproducts from extracting resources from the Earth.
“This adulterated landscape with
distinct forms and copper hues,
mimics clear Caribbean waters
and surprises my senses in its stark
beauty,” he writes.
Salix’ imagery is emotional
and evocative—colorful visual
statements that represent human’s
use of the Earth’s resources and
sometimes depredating presence
on the landscape. The paintings
often depict aging plant stacks,
millworks and abandoned open
pits, signs that humans left industrialized “marks” on the landscape.
Salix was born in 1970 in the
smoggy Los Angles Valley, which
took him to the emergency room on
occasion for air-pollution poisoning. He was later raised in Dallas
and moved to Oregon, where he
worked for a travel trailer factory,
Boise Cascade Timber Company
and various industrial food plants.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp.
Reserves six years while attending
Aquinas College in Grand Rapids,
Mich. A semester of his education
was spent on the rural Western
Coast of Ireland.
In 2000, he and his future wife
moved to Bozeman, Mont., to attend graduate school. Salix studied
under Harold Schlotzhauer, Sara
Mast and Jay Schmidt, and was
encouraged to paint larger, more
physically involved works.
In 2004, Salix graduated with
a master of fine art’s degree in
painting from Montana State University. He has since taught art at
MSU, Utah State University and is
teaching at University of MontanaWestern in Dillon.
A reception and gallery talk will
be on Friday, Oct. 9, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Students, family and the public are
invited. The gallery is located in
the Central Instruction Building
and is free and open to the public
during the academic year from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any questions can be answered
by Noel Carmack, Gallery East
curator, at 435-613-5241 or email

photo courtesy Mike King

USU Eastern Museum features Mike King’s Pinnacle Peak “Fireset” in fall art show.

Capturing the beauty of the
outdoors of Eastern Utah has been
at the heart of Mike King since
he first picked up his camera. He
chose some of his favorite works
to be exhibited at the Utah State
University Eastern Museum from
Oct. 2 through Nov. 13 on the
second floor gallery.
Michael M. King, associate
professor of wildlife resources
at USU Eastern in Price, grew
up in Price and earned degrees
at Utah State University (Ph.D.)
and Brigham Young University
(BS and MS) where he researched
desert bighorn sheep, mule deer
and white-tailed deer. He has been
at Eastern 19 years.
King initially developed an
interest in photography, “while
involved in research and teaching. And what began as an effort

to improve my teaching and
presentation materials, ultimately
lead to a desire to improve my
photographic skills and share
my love of nature and the beauties of the natural world through
Though my favorite places
to photograph include anywhere
I can carry my camera, but I am
particularly fond of the wonders,
both biological and geological, of
Southeastern Utah.”
Most recently, King entered
a photo of lichens and fallen
leaves at BYU’s Monte L. Bean
Museum’s 2015 contest and took
third in the “Nature” category.
He submitted a photo of a young
bison bull in the Lamar Valley
of Yellowstone National Park
and was chosen for the July 2015
cover of the Society for Range

Management’s professional journal  “Rangeland Ecology &
Lloyd Logan, museum director of education and exhibits said,
“[Mike’s] knowledge of natural
history, eye for composition and
photography skill all combine to
present to the audience a fresh,
and often intimate, presentation
of scenery and organisms we see
every day. I have no doubt that,
after viewing this show, you will
have an enhanced appreciation of
our surroundings.”
USU Eastern’s Museum is
located at 155 East Main Street
and is a multi-faceted venue that
includes paleontology, archaeology, geology and an art gallery.
The exhibit is open Monday
through Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.

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October 8, 2015

Set the record straight double feature
Nathaniel Woodward

• Nuclear power

Saving money in college
Nathan Pena

staff writer
Being a college student is difficult. Aside from the countless
homework, the myriad of class
requirements as well as braincrunching and stress-inducing
exams, is the problem of getting
by with the little money you have
when you have bought books,
paid tuition and fees plus rent.
When you have money, it just
simply vanishes with a purchase
of the latest game or the newest
trend. Here are tips on how to
save and spend money wisely.
Keep a mental record of
expenses. Students sometimes
go overboard with spending
and before they know it their
wallets are drained dry. Keeping a mental record of expenses
prevents students from using

all of their money in one go
and saves money for when they
need it.
advises to: “For one month save
every receipt of everything you
purchase, from a pack of gum,
a tube of toothpaste to your
computer. Log each expense in
a notebook. When the month is
up, tally up what you’ve spent and
take a good look at just where
most of it went.”
Cheap is not bad. Students
tend to look at something
cheap and find it to be poor
quality. However, many stores
have good quality products on
sale and at a cheaper price.
“Shop secondhand whenever
possible,” thesimpledollar.
com says. If you are looking
for a product that becomes a
need to buy, do not go exactly
for the newest edition of the
product, search anywhere for

older editions or product models
that would naturally be sold at
a cheaper price.
Prioritize your spending and
saving. Do you need something
paid off for school or do you
need to buy something in the
coming months? The best way
to use your money wisely is to
deal with unpaid fees first, then
save for your spending later. advises to, “pay
the balance each month” and to
“pay on time, every time.” Your
education as a college student
should always come first.
These tips should not be
followed strictly; everyone has
their own ways of saving and
spending wisely. And with these
tips, life as a college student in
respects to spending and saving
money wisely can be easier even
with the stress that naturally
comes with it.

Shelly Heath joins nursing staff
Casey Warren

staff writer
The certified nursing program
is one of the largest programs
offered at USU Eastern and to
maintain that standing, USU Eastern hired Shelley Heath. She is the
professional practice instructor as
well as the program coordinator
and is from Price.
Heath earned a bachelor’s of
science in nursing from Western
Governor’s University. She brings
an understanding of the nursing
field and enthusiasm to the CNA
Talking about high school,
Heath shares, “I wanted to be a
nurse by my senior year. Mrs.
Ghiradeli was the nurse who
taught the health occupations
class when I was in high school.
She was a big influence. I wanted
to do something to help people.”
Heath was convinced her family actually found her decision odd
because of her childhood. “I was
afraid of anyone who was sick or
injured as a child. I would literally
scream/cry or runaway just seeing
someone on crutches in a store. I

also ran out of a doctor’s office
when I was about five because I
was terrified about getting vaccines prior to kindergarten.”
Heath began her nursing education at the College of Eastern
Utah. One of the reasons she de-

Shelly Heath

cided to come back as an instructor
was to, “give back and share my
years of nursing experience with
About her own experience
Heath says, “I was trained by some
of the best nursing instructors at
CEU. I will never forget Diana
Baker. She was the only nursing
instructor that could bring you to
tears, yet make you feel so proud

of what you accomplished. Donna
Cartwright was also an amazing
nursing instructor. She was
incredibly knowledgeable.”
As an instructor, Heath is
able to influence the lives of her
students and advise them as they
earn their degrees. “I love to care
for others. It is very rewarding to
see others heal, succeed or gain
knowledge and know I may have
influenced them in a positive way,
even if it was small.”
As the CNA program coordinator, Heath is able to help students
succeed in their dream. Nursing
students have a large advantage
at hand with their instructors and
program coordinators. With multiple new nursing faculty members
this year, great knowledge is being shared and students are given
many opportunities for growth
and progress.
It almost seems like Heath is
perfect, but she divulged that she
was a little rebellious in junior
high. “I hate to admit this, but I
did hold a bag of nails for a friend
in junior high while she placed
them under a teacher’s car tires.
Yes, the principal did catch us. It
was terrifying.”

“It was a masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity
laughing at the futility of life and
the effort of life… But there was
life.”- Jack London. Every second
the existence of life seems to be
in contrast to the will of the universe, constantly life defends itself
from peril. Life went on with this
struggle, until a Herculean effort
on the part of life during the 1940’s
in Oak Ridge Tenn. Ironically this
effort was to destroy other life in
such a way as to prevent the loss
of more life.
As life conquered the atom, its
building block, a new age dawned,
terrible and wondrous all at once.
The events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 demonstrated man’s
unintelligible capacity to take the
divine sacred power of science
and turn it against itself. So, understandably, as those who looked
to turn this wretched atrocity into
something beautiful the public
looks on in passionate ignorance.
Today’s standard nuclear powered facility relies on cool-water
reactors run by uranium-rod technology, an obviously outdated and
potential hazardous process which
creates unsettling amounts of waste
products. These waste products

Eric Love

staff writer
One of the exciting and educational prospects among the new
groups introduced fall semester is
the Center for Diversity and Inclusion located in the Jennifer Leavitt
Student Center room 213. According to their pamphlet, “The Center
for Diversity and Inclusion at USU
Eastern offers services for students,
faculty and staff to explore issues
related to diversity, inclusion, and
social justice.”
“It goes under the premise of
inclusive excellence,” says Evette Al-

how they can advocate for what’s
considered marginalized groups
in the U.S.”
Students may be familiar with
awareness events, as the Center
held a Hispanic Heritage Awareness
event Sept. 22; these events will
continue all year according to Allen, she said, “Coming up is Native
American Heritage Awareness; we
will do something for Black History
Month, Women’s History Month,
and LGBTQ awareness.”
With this being the inaugural
year of the Center for Diversity
and Inclusion, the center’s goal,
is to achieve awareness. “As time
increases people often indicate
that diversity programming is not

are a difficult problem and debate
rages far and wide on what to do
about them. One extreme seeks to
ban nuclear energy all together,
while another doesn’t believe the
environmental implications of
transporting radioactive waste
amounts to much danger. In the
following paragraphs, I hope to set
the record straight on both ends.
The answer, I believe, does
not rest in deciding whether
to continue nuclear programs
or in finding suitable locations
to store its dangerous progeny,
but in updating the technology
used in producing nuclear power
altogether. The typical uranium
rod will last well under a decade
before its contents are spent and
it becomes unusable, but after
the events of Oak Ridge and the
Manhattan Project, a new method
was tested, proven highly successful, then oddly abandoned. The
advancement known as Uranium
Salt Reactions provided decades
of use for a single cycle, greatly
cutting down on waste. Today
some small labs are beginning
to produced nuclear reactions for
energy using salt reactors with
exhilarating results.
Another issue lies in the

tragedies at Chernobyl, Ukraine,
and Fukushima, Japan, where
the nuclear reaction was left unchecked resulting in a “meltdown”,
releasing huge amounts of toxic
radiation into the surrounding
ecosystems. As scary as they were,
it was due to lack of oversight
and common sense in construction that led to these cataclysms,
while salt reactors have built in
fail-safes which can prevent such
“meltdowns” from occurring. In
fact, the worst disaster related to
nuclear power production in the
United States released the equivalent of one chest X-ray into its
surroundings, far less than could
ever do any harm.
Our cult of the imagination
strives to unite the warring ideals on both sides of the issue by
presenting evidence of the reality
of our situation. We are burning
through fossil fuels at an irresponsible rate, all the while destroying
the climate of our planet. If we
could provide a sustainable, reliable and profitable way to produce
the electricity we need all the while
producing desirable careers for our
energy sector, we may in the end,
triumph over the futility existence
and truly live.

• GMOs

For the first 200,000
years, our specie, Homo
Sapien, had eek’d out
a meager existence,
sur viving on a system of ever-evolving
farming practices and
techniques. Historians
recorded clearly the
years that crops resulted
in feast as well as in
famine, but due to our
ingenuity, the yea rs
of famine were soon
to become something
only found in our history, maybe. The recent
uproar over genetically
modified organisms, or
GMOs, has sent the internet and social media
a tizzy with passionate
groups emblazoned with
slogans like, “March
against Monsanto” and
documentaries angled to
cast shadow on the scientific practice. What’s
wrong with these organizations isn’t their concern over the well being
of their lives and loved
ones, but their utter lack
of any credible evidence
to support their passionate claims. I intend to
set the record straight
on three leading argu-

ments given by those
in opposition to GMOs.
1. GMOs are too recent an invention to truly
know what their effects
will be. This is simply
not true, we have been altering the genes of plants
since the Neolithic age
and likely before. By
planting and breeding
only the plants with
specific attributes we,
alter the genetics of all
those to follow. Recent
advancements allowed
us to take a desired trait
from an entirely different species and inject
it into the DNA of our
plant. To assure you that
this is indeed safe, over
1,700 studies have been
published examining
the effects of GMOs and
not a single one casts
doubts on their safety.
The one study that can
be found showing abnormalities in lab rats
who consumed a GMO
is a French study that
was discredited almost
i m mediately due to
shoddy data and unethical practices and was
later redacted entirely.
2. GMOs cause farm-

Eastern’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion
len, director of student life. According to Allen, “Diversity and inclusion
are two different things. Diversity is
different people coming together, but
inclusion is really valuing someone’s
background.” This idea of inclusive
excellence is evident in the various
programs and services offered by
the Center including: a diversity
and unity retreat, an annual diversity
conference, 1-on-1 trainings, global
week and awareness events.
One of the events, the diversity
and unity retreat, gives students an
opportunity to spend a weekend
learning about themselves and issues
dealing with social justice. Allen
said, “It will be a little in-depth work
on themselves and their biases and

editor in chief

needed; however, when looking at
some of the statistics you will see
that there are still several groups
Allen hopes that equity can
be derived from this awareness.
The difference between equity
and equality according to Allen is,
“equality means we all arrived on the
same level, whereas equity means
that we help those who didn’t arrive
on the same level to get to the level
that other people are.”
To get involved with the center,
just get into contact with Allen or
diversity representative, Vivika
Corona, located in the JLSC room
207. Allen said, “We definitely need
anyone who wants to get involved.”

ers to use more pesticides. One of the overlying purposes of GMOs
is to limit or cease the
use of pesticides. In
fact since GMOs first
came to grocery stores
in the mid 1990s, less
pesticides are being used
than ever before. The
one that has increased
is glyphosphate, a mild
pesticide which is 25x
less toxic than caffeine.
3. GMOs are unnecessary since we grow
enough food to feed
ourselves already. This
infuriates me more than
a ny ot her a rg ument
presented. The World
Health Organization
(WHO) reports that two
children every minute
die of hunger. Please reread that last sentence.
If that doesn’t sicken
you I’d hang up my
What I ask as we
continue the journey
into our cult of the
imagination, above all,
understand what constitutes actual, hard fought
science. Your links by
David Avocado Wolfe
a nd t he Food Babe

are preying upon your
willingness to overlook
facts in exchange for
what you want to hear.
Modern charlatans with
Internet access seek
daily to sail you down
the river and spawn zealots for their non-issues
all the while themselves
become wealthy. Children die in droves with
empty stomachs while
the technology to save
them sits in factories
and journal articles,
anxiously waiting for the
day when these zealots
will care enough to view
actual research. This
topic, I care much about,
being a father I can’t
stomach the thought of
my children starving
and in a world where
the population continues
growing irresponsibly,
those WHO figures will
continue to rise unless
we begin to view science as a tangible savior.
We’re are a species who
not 60 years after learning to fly put a person on
the Moon, don’t believe
for a second we aren’t
capable of incredible
and wondrous things.

Hawaiian lunch fundraiser set
With the goal of raising $1,000,
USU Eastern’s Elmo Club, is hosting
a teriyaki chicken and Hawaiian-style
Kalua-pork lunch on Friday, Oct. 9
from 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. in front
on the Central Instructional Building.
Cost is $5 per plate.
Chef for the day is USUE theatre
instructor, Brent Innes, who spent two
years in Hawaii working in theatre
and learning how to cook Hawaiian.
He said he loves to cook, but his true
calling is grilling. “I love to grill
anything,” he smiled. However, according to Corey Ewan, department
head, Innes’ wife Kimberlee might
be the better cook because she is the
Emeril Lagasse in their family.
For the lunch, Innes said he plans
to smoke the pork all night before

he begins the process of making the
sauce for the Hawaiian-style-kalua
pork. He plans to cook for 150 people,
with lunch available on a first-come,
first-served basis. All proceeds go to
the Elmo Club. 
The overall fundraising goal of
the club is to raise $2,500. The club
hopes to use the money to fly to
Hawaii to compete in the Kennedy
Center American College Theater
Festival. The KCACF is a national
theater program with 600 academic
institutions 18,000 students.
If the Eastern students meet their
$1,000 goal, Ewan and Innes will dye
their beards pink and electric purple,
respectively. If they reach their $2,500
goal, the two professors will wear
prom dresses all day.

Cooking with Toby: his grandma’s sweet-tooth cherry bars
Toby Foster

staff writer
It is pretty rare that I end up with a
sweet tooth, so you get to benefit from
it. Today’s recipe is cherry bars. This
is a great recipe to use for a date or
party. It is easy to make but looks super
fancy if trying to impress someone
with your culinary skills.
There is really little to talk about
health wise and cost wise this time
since, we are dealing with a dessert
after all. All I can think of is that for
a gluten free option you can use sweet
potato flour in place of the standard
flour and vegetable shortening instead
of butter for a lower cholesterol option.
And this is a family recipe I got
from my Grandma so as far as I know

there is nothing to discuss about
it historically. Instead, I will just
discuss some of the purposes of the
ingredients and what would happen
without them.
Flour is the basis of every pastry
and is what gives them their signature
texture. If it were left out, the dough
would just be a liquid, and when you
baked it you would have syrup in your
pan in the end.
Then we have butter that gives it
additional moisture that will not bake
out like water, milk and eggs will. Also
it will make the dough less sticky so
when the time comes to put it in a
pan you can manipulate it more and
spread it more easily.
Baking powder is a form of leavening, meaning it makes it rise and fluffy.
Leaving this out will leave your cherry

bars dense and heavy and not all that
appetizing. The flour will rise a little
bit on its own, but still not enough to
make it appetizing.
Vanilla extract is more of an extra
flavor in this recipe, but in others it is
important because it is slightly acidic.
If you make a recipe with baking soda
it will cause the a chemical reaction
necessary for it to rise.
Eggs are a culinary glue and holds
things together. They can add some
health benefits by adding protein
instead of just being pure carbs.
Sugar and pie filling are to make
it edible. We really would not even
eat this if it weren’t sweetened by the
sugar and pie filling. One final note,
cherry pie filling is not the only kind
that this recipe will work with; any
pie filling will work and taste fine.

Cherry Bars
½ cup butter
¾ heaping cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
¼ tsp baking powder
1 can pie filling
Melt the butter in the microwave. Mix butter,
sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time and mix
after each egg. Mix in flour and baking powder.
Spread 2/3 of the batter on a greased 9-by-9-inch
baking pan. Spread the pie filling over the batter.
Spoon the remaining batter on top of the pie filling randomly. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.
Allow to cool for 1 minute. (Optional) Sprinkle
powdered sugar over the top. (A double batch can
be made using an 18-by-26-inch cookie sheet)

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Men’s soccer sitting
at 11-3-1, No. 1
conference seed
Jorge Lascano

USU Eastern men’s soccer team is sitting at 11-3-1 as they wrap up their season
this weekend in Colorado against Otero
Junior College who holds a 9-1 record .
Eastern has won their last three games
at home defeating Sheridan Community
College 3-1, Northwest College 2-1 and
Westminster 4-0. They barely squeaked
by Weber in Ogden 1-0.
Mourchid Youssef was a one-man show
against Sheridan 4-8) on Oct. 1 as he scored
the Eagles three goals; two were unassisted
while the final goal was a pass by Andres
Garza. Sheridan’s only goal was scored
by Vanja Hodovic from a pass by Carlos
Rubio Garcia. Both teams received yellow
cards with Sheridan’s coming in the first
half, 1:43 into the game; Eastern’s came
in the second half at 1:48.
“We played okay, not well. We lost to
Sheridan in Wyoming earlier in the season
so we needed the win,” coach Ammon
Bennett said. “I guess you could say we
played well enough to win, but I would not
call it a great game.
We gave Sheridan too many opportunities to score. The corner kicks got us back
on our heels a little bit.”
Against Northwest, it was a windy,
cold afternoon when the game began
and the Eagles were up 2-0 at half. “The

wind was to our advantage and we were
up 2-0 quickly.
“The second half, Northwest outplayed
us. Again it was not a good game, but we
were good enough to win,” Bennett said.
A pass from Alexis Beiza helped
Mourchid Youssef score the first goal
and Beiza passed again to Jake Clements
for the second goal in the first half. NW’s
Charlie Gleisinger scored its only goal in
the second half.
The Eagles faced Westminster College
on Sept. 26 and won 4-0 with goals scored
by Youssef, Garza, Chase Virgil and Raul
Cavasos. Youssef’s and Virgil’s goals were
unassisted with Garza’s goal from a pass
by Sam Kunckler, and Cavasos’ goal from
a pass by Austin Kennedy.
“The team played great. It was our
second victory over Westminster and we
controlled the entire game from the beginning,” Bennett said. All four goals were
scored in the second half.
The match against Weber State was
horrible even though the Eagles won 1-0.
“I’m not sure if it was the three-hour bus
ride to Ogden, but the team had no energy,
no pace,” Bennett said.
With seconds remaining in the 90-minute game, Mike Brady was assisted by
Luis Rico with a corner kick into the
18-yard zone.
The men start their playoffs Oct. 24.
They are the No. 1 seed and if they keep
the ranking, the playoffs will be hosted
at Eastern.


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Mike Brady, #4, gets air as he receives the ball.

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

USUE Baseball: 5 Reasons you should be anxiously awaiting baseball season
Kayla Newman

sports writer
1) Baseball season comes right at the end of winter, when spring is
arriving. It comes with sunshine and optimism for a successful season.
Each season starts with a clean slate, while the successes of the year
before can still be savored, the failures can be set aside and new goals
can be made. While the USUE baseball team is currently in their “fall
ball” season, the team has over 40 guys on the roster, all of them are
fighting for a spot on the spring team, which will take about 20 players,
so they can go into a new, successful season.
2) Baseball is a timeless sport that can be understood and loved by

everyone. The clock doesn’t run out, there is no coin toss, no confusing, technical rules of any sort, nothing like that. Yankee’s shortstop,
Derek Jeter was asked why he loved baseball. He said, “I think because
everybody can relate. You don’t have to be 7 feet tall; you don’t have
to be a certain size to play. Baseball is up and down. I think life’s like
that sometimes, you know? Back and forth, up and down, you’re going
through this grind. I think people like watching it.”
3) Baseball is an impressive sport. It’s not like football, where any
big guy can hit another big guy really hard, baseball takes keen focus
and talent. It’s been said that the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a
round ball square in the middle with a round bat. Now add in the fact
that the ball is coming at you at speeds close to 100 mph with movement,
the feat of hitting the ball becomes even more impressive. The Eagles
have already been hard at work during the preseason, perfecting their

swing, working on plays, and working off the field to improve their
agility and strength to become even better at this impressive sport.
4) Baseball is more like a marathon than a sprint. The season is long,
giving a team multiple opportunities to make something of themselves.
The USUE men’s baseball team starts their regular season Jan. 29 and
plays all the way through May 14. This gives the Eagles time to prove
they are one of the better teams in the conference.
5) Just imagine sitting at an afternoon USUE baseball game, the
blue sky stretching above the field, the smell of freshly mowed grass,
the sound of crack of the bat and the cheers of the crowd. Baseball assaults to all the senses- in a good way. While some argue that baseball
is boring because it is so slow, that’s the relaxing part. Just enjoying
the game and being there to support your team is what baseball is all
about. Start the countdown for the Eagle’s Spring season.!

Women’s soccer holds a
7-3-2 record
Jorge Lascano

USU Eastern’s women stand at a 7-3-2
record as they travel to Colorado this weekend to take on a national powerhouse team
from Otero, a team they lost to earlier in
the season 1-0.
The ladies took on Northwest on Oct.
2 and beat Northwest 3-1. “It was a great
game, we played really, really well. We only
made one critical mistake and gave NW one
opportunity to score and they did,” coach
Ammon Bennett said.
Eastern’s first two goals came at the
hands of Lindsay Bray who was assisted by
Kennedee Tracy. Mckenna Brown scored
the second goal with the assist by Nicole
Scharman, which ended the first half.

In the second half, Brown scored the
third goal with an assist by Jacquelyn Tagg.
The ladies had lots of energy in the game,
Bennett said.
On Sept. 26, the ladies took on Mesa State
University club team at home, winning 2-0.
“We did not play great. In fact we played
down to the level of the other team that was
not particularly good. We had to have a ‘come
to Jesus talk’ after the game to get everyone
back on track,” Bennett said.
All three of the losses the Eagles sustained
this year were from nationally ranked teams,
including a loss to the defending national
champions 1-0. They also lost to the No. 2
team 1-0 on a penalty kick and last year’s
region champs 1-0.
“Right now we are preparing to go to
nationals and need to beat these tough teams,”
Bennett said.

Women’s soccer schedule
•10/09: USUE @ Otero CC
•10/16: USUE @ Iowa Western CC
•10/17: USUE vs. Monroe College
•10/22: USUE vs. SLCC
Freshman Alyssa Lopez fights Northwest athlete for possession of the ball.

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

Annual USU Eastern Cosmetology Bake Sale
All proceeds go to Carbon County’s Cancer Society
Tuesday, Oct. 13, JLSC multipurpose room • 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. (students will deliver to campus offices)

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The staff prepares to take on the two USU Eastern basketball teams

photo courtesy David Mathis

Staff vs. players round 2: A rematch for the ages
It’s officially a challenge. USU Eastern’s staff formally challenges
the men’s and women’s basketball teams to the annual match on
Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Bunnell Dmitrich Athletic Center.
Height, age, gender, speed and athleticism will be featured in the
grudge match that pits the best of the staff against the best of the
men’s and women’s basketball teams.
If you thought last year was fun, this year will prove to be even
better. “We have done a lot of outreach to the community this year,”

Jeff Spears, director of residence life and student conduct said. He
had professional posters made by Eastern’s marketing manager,
David Mathis, to advertise the event. Admission is bringing a nonperishable item to be donated to the Carbon County Food Bank,
Spears’ said. “People get to watch great basketball and help stock
the food bank shelves.”
Kristian Olsen, director of enrollment, added, “We will also be
giving away prizes to the students that attend and have been working

out the details for a slam-dunk contest.” He hopes the USU Eastern
community supports all the staff wanna-be athletes.
Spears said that last year the staff lost by a few points, but had help
from Basketball Assistant Coach Justin Brown. “We were substituting
every minute. It was like a hockey-line change,” Spears smiled as we
asked him what he remembers from the game.
“I think we also felt like kids again stepping on the court with athletes of USUE’s caliber. This year should be no different,” Spears said.

USUE women’s volleyballhome game coverage
The team goes 2-1 on a three game homestand
Kayla Newman

sports writer
Nothing beats the feeling of
playing a game on your home court,
having your warm-up playlist blasting
through the gym speakers, hearing
the crowd cheering for your team and
killing a team and sending them back
home with a loss on their record. This
is exactly the kind of feeling the USU
Eastern women’s volleyball team
experienced last weekend.
Friday, Sept. 25 was the first
game of conference
play. The Eagles had
an advantage over their
competitor, Central
Nevada College, as
they had beat them
twice in tournament
play during preseason.
The first set was won by
the Eagles 25-12, the
second set was won by
the Eagles 25-15, and the third set
was won by the Eagles 25-16. Paige
Eyring lead the team with 14 kills
against CSN, with Kayla Newman
in second place with 10 kills and
Jessica Snarr with five.

The next day, the Eagles played
their second conference game of the
season. Coming off of a shut out game
the night before, the team went into
their next game against Snow College
pretty confident. The Eagles lost the
first set 19-25, but beat the team in
the next two sets 25-20 and 29-27.
Snow College came out strong in the
fourth set, beating USUE 30-28 after
a long and tiring set.
With two sets under each team’s
belt, the pressure was on in the fifth
set. The Eagles fought hard against
Snow, but came up short, losing the

the Eagles, but they went into their
next home game with their heads
held high.
Tuesday, Sept. 29 was the third
conference game for the team and
the last home game for a couple
weeks for the Eagles. The team lost
the first set 23-25 against Colorado
Northwestern Community College,
but came back and shut them out in
the next three sets. The second set
was 25-23, third set, 25-21 and the
last set, 25-12, showing the team
no mercy and coming out with the
win. Newman lead the team with 24
kills against CNCC,
Eyring coming in
second with 15 kills
and Allison Kittell
with eight kills.
T h e wo m e n’s
volleyball team has
been hard at work
in the gym and the
weight room and
was proud all their
hard work got to
pay off on their home court. The
Eagle’s next home volleyball game
is Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. in
the BDAC against Northern Idaho
Paige Eyring, #10, spikes the ball in last week’s home game.

Nothing beats the feeling of
playing a game on your home
court... except winning on your
home court
last set 13-15. Eyring again lead the
team with 22 kills against Snow,
Newman coming in second with 21
kills, and Marlee Adams with 11
kills. The loss was devastating to

photo courtesy Tyson Chappell

Sports performance athleticism is F=MA
Edmond James Sanders Jr.
sports writer

Sports performance is mandatory to
athletic enhancement and professional
enrichment; it’s the Cheech to Chong. If
you didn’t understood that analogy, I just
assigned you with your first homework
assignment. However, training can’t be
something you dabble in if you plan on
dominating the collegiate ranks, getting
drafted to the professional ranks and
actually being a force.
If you want to dabble in strength
training, friendly weekend games at
the park may be more suited for you.
Efficient sports performance training is
necessary for anyone who considers “Ball
is Life.” I express emphasis on “efficient”
because many high school athletes and
junior college collegiate athletes are
unaware of what efficiency in strength/
conditioning training looks like. Many
do a few sets/reps of different exercises
with a five-minute recovery between sets
or go straight to throwing big boy weight
on the bars.
I see athletes train as if “Body
Building is Life.” They train body parts,
usually the more visible ones biceps,
triceps, quads, abdominals, calves or
don’t train at all or enough. High school,
junior college, Division 1, professional,
we’re seeing a series of athletes of

different sports go down to injuries.
Most of the time, the reason is simply
they are out of shape for the demands
of their sport.
Athleticism is accelerated mass, not
the ability to move heavy loads of weight
in linear motion at slow rates of speed.
Athleticism is coordination, balance,
proprioception, flexibility of muscles,
foot/ankle strength, rhythm, reactivity,
biomechanical efficiency and variety of
different strengths; absolute strength,
accelerating strength, explosive strength.
Athleticism is a neurological ability that
can be trained and enhanced no matter
who you are.
Developing the perfect athlete must
include all of the above; you have to
develop a perfect foundation. It’s the
same process when constructing the
perfect building; you have to have a
flawless frame that keeps every afloat
because one flaw in that foundation and
that building is no longer stable, at risk
of collapsing and financially depreciates
in worth. Like the building, you start
from the ground up; therefore, with an
athletic foundation it starts with feet as
they control the body’s ability to move
in space.
Leonardo Da Vinci discovered,
“The body has geometric proportion to
it. The human body works maximally
only at specific joint angles, completely
dismissing the notion that athleticism

is only a genetic trait because it can be
taught.” For those we see with great
athletic ability who seem to inherit it,
is solely based on their activeness and
choices early in childhood.
Gavin MacMillan, founder of Sports
science lab said, “All muscles and tendons
are elastic in nature and therefore, their
ability to accelerate and produce force is
determined by their ability to store elastic
energy and heat in the muscle/tendon
complex. The elastic-strength capability
of the muscle complex determines the
level of athleticism that can be achieved.”
Rapid eccentric to concentric changeover
speed creates athletic power. One of
the main lifts all athletes do is a squat;
however, squats are biomechanically not
the correct or most efficient movement.
Squats develop absolute strength and
that is the strength needed for elite
athleticism, however, it loads the heel
to avoid patella-tendon damage creating
undue stress on the vertebral and femoral,
training the incorrect muscle sequences
used in jumping, running and lateral
movement. The force created by those
movements is positioned in the forefront
of the foot that initiates a totally different
muscle-firing sequence than the heel.
Anyone who wants to feel and move
like a world-class athlete, the way you
train determines your career altitude.
Stop going in the weight room and
stacking three plates on each side of

the squat bar and sacrificing form or
bench pressing all the time followed by
dumbbell curls.
Focus on technique, cor rectly
performing each exercise to maximally
fire that muscle; focus on moving your
body and weight biomechanically
correct. Focus on movement prep,
exercises that fire up the muscle you are
about to work, to gain greater strength in
that session. Put emphasis on stretching/
foam rolling as it will prolong your career
and unlock athletic ability.
Strengthen the feet and ankles as
they produce more force in the starting
phase of jumping and running than all
of the muscles in the leg combined; all
aspects of athleticism lies in the feet.
Those Swiss balls you use to sit on in
the gym, great for athletic achievement
as it stretches and strengthens the limbs
while stabilizing the core, making it one
of the most dynamic yet simple exercise
tools available. It’ll also have you feeling
sore, tight and uncomfortable, however,
it leaves you feeling relaxed, loose and
develops muscle symmetry/aesthetics.
Pool work doesn’t get much better on
the limbs, and is great for rehabilitation,
sports performance, contraction speed
and aesthetics. The water demands fluid
movement to generate velocity; therefore,
working on biomechanic efficiency and
speed of movement at a decreased risk
of injury.

If you want to become the athlete you
always dreamed, start breaking down a
blueprint step by step of what needs to
be done and improved. Acknowledge
what your athletic weaknesses are,
muscle imbalances, etc., and be honest
with yourself, your career lies within
your hands.
Start training more efficient and
consistent and stop training like a body
builder or CEO of bank who has no
intentions of being a world-class athlete.
Your work ethic, your grind must match
your dream or it will never be more
than just a dream. One exercise creates
ballistic stretching and elasticity and
that’s jumping roping, however, there is
always a catch and that’s jump roping
correctly will lead to greater explosion,
more spring and efficient movement. It
creates a rubber band effect in muscles
that will have them fire just as rubber
band would if you stretched it completely
out and released.
With all this new
information let’s get
better and become
the best athletes we
can. Good better
best, never let it rest,
until your good is
better and your better
is best. Just don’t
work hard, work
smart and efficient.

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October 8, 2015