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Volume LXXVIII•Number 12

Larry Gelwix

Gelwix will keynote the
afternoon segment of Utah
State University Eastern’s 37th
Annual Women’s Conference on
Friday, April 8, in the Jennifer
Leavitt Student Center. He will
discuss being a demanding and
inspirational coach throughout
his career.
Gelwix requires all of his
players to adhere to a nonnegotiable honor code that includes
avoiding alcohol, tobacco and
Formulated what he calls the

Connie Sokol

“Five Championship Strategies
for Sustainable Success,” these
principles focus on Horizontal
Leadership: staying away from
things you know are wrong;
attitude and effort; WIN-what’s
important now; and focusing on the
final score in life. He encourages
his players to be true to the beliefs
of their own individual faith.
Known for his quotes, called
Gelwixisms, he says, “good
decisions don’t make life easy,
but they do make it easier;” “the
true test of a person is what he will


March 24, 2016

t is not the 418 wins and 10 losses while at his team’s earned or the movie “Forever Strong”
the helm of Highland High School rugby which was based on his team’s history. It’s about
team that coach Larry Gelwix received his philosophies of building better character in
national recognition for in his lifetime. It is youth that turn into better character in adults that
not the 20-national-rugby championships he hopes to be remembered for.

do when no one will know;” “the
essence of a lie is not the words
you choose, but the message you
convey;” “if you lose integrity,
you’ve lost everything;” “I want
you to be forever strong on the
field, so that you will be forever
strong off the field;” and “practice
doesn’t make perfect, practice
makes permanent.”
Gelwix received the “Pioneers
of Progress” award from the Days
of ’47 Committee which honors
and recognizes modern pioneers.
He also received the “Best of State”

award as the “Best High School
Coach” in Utah, the “Educational
Service Award” from the Utah
Department of Corrections, and
named the recipient of the BYU
“Outstanding Service” Award.
The national media labeled Coach
Gelwix as the “Winningest Coach
in America.”
His accolades include his
team winning a bronze for
the United States at the World
School’s Rugby Championship
in Zimbabwe, Africa, in 1998.
The movie “Forever Strong,”

which chronicled his coaching
career, became the in-flight movie
for more than a dozen airlines
Known as the “Getaway Guru,”
Gelwix has hosted the “Travel
Show” radio broadcast for 20 years
(12 years on KSL and eight years
syndicated by Clear Channel). He
co-owns Columbus Travel where it
was named Best Travel Agency in
Utah and one of the top 10 travel
agencies in the country.
A renowned speaker throughout
the world, he explains the dynamics

of leadership, developing winning
strategies and attitudes, plus
championship companies staffed
by championship people.
Connie Sokol
Brought back by popular
demand, Connie Sokol, has been
a favorite Utah and national
speaker for over 15 years. She was
the keynote of the USU Eastern
Women’s Conference several
years ago.
A mother of seven, Sokol is a
TV contributor on “Studio 5 with

see women’s conference page 7

Explaining USU
Eastern’s merger

Warm weather coming

photo by Jorge Lascano/The Eagle

Golden Eagle baseball players enjoy the food in the cafeteria as well as the warming weather which makes practicing
and playing in conference play more enjoyable.

SFACs awards programs
Rachel Prows

staff writer
Figurative tears roll down a
student’s face as they sign a check
for their college tuition, fees and
housing. Looking at the receipt that
breaks down where this large sum of
money goes, the student notices that
there is $250 for “student fees.” A
little confused at what the money, that

could buy them 62 Big Macs from
McDonalds is being used for, the
student brushes it off apathetically
for the rest of the semester.
The Student Fee Allocation
Committee (SFAC) is a group
consisting of the EUSA executive
board and students chosen by the
board from different fields of study.
The process can vary from taking
around four to eight weeks with
see SFAC page 3

Calendar of Events
Atheletics equal prison
Can America be great again?
Whassupp?!?! by Tucker Hall

Through the College’s many of identity and affiliation with the
iterations of names — Carbon Col- College.   Because of the richness,
lege, the College of Eastern Utah and strength, and depth of this tradiUtah State University Eastern — our tion, the College should never, in
community has invested its pride and my opinion, replace the Eagle with
identity in the College. People think another mascot.
As we consider the Eagle as a
of this place as “our College.” The
affinity with the College runs deep, symbol of pride and identity, we
and leads to loyalty and support that is should reflect on the merger and our
integration with Utah
essential for our future. 
State University. The
Basically, people
merger brought us many
around here think of
benefits and basically
the College as “our Colsaved our College. In
lege.” And because it is
addition to setting us on
“ours,” people devote
solid financial grounds,
effort and resources
the merger opened up a
to build it up.  This
vast array of new opporcommunity support is
tunities (new programs
very important, and we
of study, upgraded sershould never diminish
vices, shared classes
or weaken the affinity,
Chancellor Joe
Peterson explains
and access to the reor the extent to which
sources of a world-class
students, alumni and SE
research university) and
Utahns think of USU
it allowed us new economies of opEastern as “our College.”  
At the Price Campus, our ath- eration (shared instructional services,
letic’s mascot, the Golden Eagle, has shared academic resources, shared
been the most traditional symbol of administrative support — many
identity with the College through its things we could never afford by
iterations. The Eagle mascot stands ourselves when we existed as CEU).
At the Logan Campus, folks use
in the minds of students, alumni, and
the community as the rally-point
see Merger page 5

Recruitment from Logan eyes Police stats on campus
Mara Wimmer
staff writer

Every person affiliated with
USU or any of its extensions and
campuses felt the effects of the joining of all the offices; however, the
offices of enrollment and recruiting
felt it in the shift of responsibilities.
Instead of only dealing with enrolling students of one location, it is
a statewide ordeal. Any students
planning on, or already attending
USU, goes through one office.
“The change has significantly
impacted the office of admissions,”
Craig Whyte, associate director of
enrollment and recruitment said.
“As we are now responsible for
the processing of applications and
assisting students to become admitted to USU, regardless of which
campus they attend throughout the
state. We also work with students
for the awarding of scholarships, as
well as residency. Our scope and
area of responsibility has greatly
increased over the last year.”

As this is the first year of blending the enrollment and recruiting
long-term effects have yet to be
seen. All of the campuses are
working hand-in-hand to make
the transition easy and effective
for everyone. Each campus has
recruiters that recruit specifically
for them, but have information for
all of the campuses in the USU.
Who knows what impact this will
have on the Logan campus,” Whyte
said. “But, we do have processes
in place to help determine key
factors about enrollment at the
various campuses. We work very
closely with our colleagues at the
USU Eastern campuses (Price and
Blanding), as well as the regional
campuses and sites. We have specific recruiters who represent these
campuses, as well as admissions
officers who handle applications
specific to each campus.”
Diversity is one of the many
benefits of attending school at
USU, no matter the location. With
such a wide variety of courses and

see enrollment page 7

Tammie Pantelakis
Dinosaur bones
Ewan at Lyric Theatre
Setting the record Straight
Cooking with Toby

Stacy Graven

staff writer
2015-2016 has been quite the
year for campus police. Lynn
Archuleta, USU Eastern police
sergeant, explained that, “there
have been several violations
or arrests this year.” The most
recent incident involved three
students. This incident was in
relation to marijuana use and
Most of these occurrences
seem to go through a criminal
passage, meaning that there was
a citation arrest or physical arrest and they have to go through
the court system. Most people
seem to think of an arrest as
physical with handcuffs and
transportation to jail. However,
this isn’t the case. An arrest can
also be an issue of a citation to
the guilty party.
Another route that can be
taken is through the USU Eastern student code of conduct. In
this instance, the student would

have to interact with Jeff Spears,
residential life director, or Greg
Dart, vice chancellor of enrollment management, to resolve
the problem and discuss the
student code of conduct.
Archuleta said, “For both
routes, there can be a fine to pay
or hours to work off. Whether
they go through the judicial/
court system, or through the
school, this tends to be a result.
“Students generally have to go
through one system or the other.
They don’t usually have to go
through both the judicial and
school system. It doesn’t happen
often that they experience both
Since combining with Logan’s USU campus, the way
things are handled here on
campus have become more
intertwined with Logan. Archuleta’s boss, also resides
there. For more information
on campus safety and police,
Archuleta provided a website

Men’s baseball conference play
SLCC wins NJCAA title
Trevor Clingman
Excitement for soccer program


Page 2

March 24, 2016

Is it possible to make America great again?
comment vulgar retaliations online
or stop me in the store to express
your anger, you can’t do what
writers do without a thick skin, so
I welcome it.
I’ve written of my disappointment with the American culture
where we set ourselves apart as a
God’s chosen few with blithe indifference to the customs, folklore
and beliefs other’s hold dear. We
share countless links and videos
online demanding the world accept
our way of life, an asinine artifice
imposed without a second thought.
Yet how dare anyone disagree with
us? In this age where a push-back
against political correctness is
advocated passionately, many of
those trumpeting the cause be-

Nathaniel Woodward
editor in chief

I refuse to accept that I am entitled to more than any other human
on this planet. I don’t care if they
are American, Syrian, Mexican,
Laotian, Chinese, Hmong or German, every single life on this planet
has worth and I outrightly deny that
I am more deserving of any shred
of happiness or decency than they.
I’ve made my choices, expressed
my opinions and have the gall to
sign my name every week to what I
believe and that specifically is why I
am going to write this article. Some
of you will get upset, undoubtably
some will send me enraged emails,

come enraged at the slightest hint
of dissent.
Disagreement is fuel to the fire
of democracy. Embrace differences
with respect and understanding
and progress will inevitably be
the outcome. However, our elected
leaders have entrenched themselves
deep behind party lines, unwilling
to understand why their idealogical
adversaries views are important
to them. This behavior radicalizes
the citizenry who in turn elect
radicalized leaders who become
increasingly staunch in their
extreme views deepening the rifts
that divide us.
Where will this end? The
unwillingness to compromise on
political decisions has and will lead

College athletics equates to prison
Rodrigo Leon

staff writer
The NCAA March Madness tournament
has taken off and is running full-steam
ahead. We are seeing immense feats of
athleticism. These athletes astound us with
their abilities and what they can do and we
celebrate the work they do to get there. With
all this praise we lose sight of what it really
means to be a student-athlete.
Intercollegiate sports are so competitive
that you just can’t “be” the superstar, you
have to work more hours of hard work than
anyone else to “become” the superstar. Talent

alone can no longer cut it because out of the
hundreds of millions of basketball fans, odds
are your talent isn’t unrivaled; hard work is
what begins to separate the high school state
champ and the NBA’s first-round pick. You
have to start doing the “new impossible” to
become a professional player.
The odds of becoming an NBA player
are miniscule. There are about
546,335 high school basketball players in the United
States and there are only 446
NBA players on the opening
rosters of 2015-16 season,
counting international players. That gives you a .08
see athletics on page 3

to more government shutdowns,
debt, and overall inaction on issues
that matter. You can be pro-life but
keep caring what happens to that
life once it enters the populous. You
can dislike political correctness
but understand the word “retard”
can hurt someone who cares for
someone with special needs. You
can be afraid of a culture you don’t
understand but pick up a book and
learn from their perspective instead
of being told by biased sources.
You can disagree with a politician
without calling their character into
question, for all you know you could
be in the wrong.
I don’t expect everyone to
believe the way I do, nor do I wish
for that. America should not be a

homogenous solution of similar
views, race or culture but a terrific
mixture consisting of widely
different lifestyles. I’ve written
articles on Islam, war, politics,
faith, relationships, history, movies
and science each time trying to
explain why these things should
matter and its my sincere desire
that they hit home or give insight
you may have not previously
We scream, kick
and whine about immigration but don’t
take the time to
understand why
these people are
see America on
page 3

Fan Experience coming to SLC
David Rawle

Stores and artists rent out space in the convention
center to sell to the specified geek demographic.
These booths help add to the unique experience.
These booths offer a wide variety of
experiences and merchandise, whether it be
selling hand-drawn artwork, jewelry inspired
by a T.V. series of some of the fans favorite
characters, to actually meeting some of your
television hero’s for a photo.
Last year, FanX had an
attendance of 50,000, whereas
this year’s numbers are
expected to break records set
even by last year’s Salt Lake
Comic Con, which reached
over 125,000 plus members.

staff writer
In 1970, San Diego held the first Comic-Con.
It was called the Golden State Comic-Con and
drew in about 300 people. The Golden State
Comic-Con was initially held for comics’ fans.
Now 46 years later, this tradition is still being
celebrated. Today the convention averages well
past 100,000 attendants annually.
On March 23, 2016, Salt Lake City is hosting
Fan Experience (FanX). Unlike Comic Con,
FanX specializes in all pop culture, not just
comic books, and other related genres. At FanX
and Comic Con there are many different booths.

Victims are never responsible for the abuse; only the abuser can stop the behavior
Kira Tadehara
guest writer

I wanted this article to reflect the humorous side to me; I’m a pun master, I tell amazing
jokes and I am witty as Hell. But these last
few days have been sobering and hard. I am
obtaining my sexual assault advocate training from the Utah Coalition Against Sexual
Assault, and it is mentally exhausting. Instead
of writing my piece on dogs filled with dad
jokes and bad puns, I am writing on sexual
violence, yet again.

This is a trigger warning: please read with
caution if you are a rape survivor, a domestic
abuse survivor or a trauma survivor. (And
if you don’t need this trigger warning, don’t
mock those who do because Hell has been
brought upon them and they don’t need any
comments from Satan’s minions.)
During the class, we covered an array of
topics including IPSV, or Intimate Partner
Sexual Violence. We heard a recount of a
domestic violence situation in which male
entitlement almost killed an entire family.
You are never, under any circumstances,
entitled to someone’s body. Never. I had to
listen to the survivor explain that her husband

their abusive partner than at any other time.
They can’t simply “leave,” not when they have
nothing to leave with or to go to. Instead of
asking, “Why didn’t they just leave?” Start
asking, “Why do they keep abusing their
partner? How can I help?”
By asking why they don’t leave, we perpetuate the idea that somehow they are at
fault for their abusers transgressions. Make
no mistake: the only person
that can stop a rape, a sexual
assault, or a murder is the
person trying to commit
the crime. To place blame

would keep a cycle going: Honeymoon Phase,
Tension Phase, Explosive Phase. He treated
her like a queen, then become increasingly
aggressive and agitated, and then violently
assault her sexually and/or physically. I often
hear, “Why didn’t she just leave? If I were
her, I would have kicked his butt!” Unfortunately, you probably wouldn’t have. I’m
not doubting your butt-kicking skills, but I
know how powerful an abuser can be. They
degrade you, they harm you and they make
you seem like it is your fault they sent you to
the hospital. Manipulation is the greatest tool
of oppressors. A survivor is more likely to be
murdered within the first 48 hours of leaving

see abuse on page 3

GOP and Democratic Caucuses
Alex Holt

staff writer

USU Eastern’s Tucker Hall Resident’s

Kitchen included
Quiet at night
Lot’s of room in the dorms
Professors really care about
the students
• Privacy
• Small campus

Wi-Fi seem to go out a lot
Low club participation
Lot’s of furniture is broken
Dryers don’t dry clothes all the
way first-time around
• Limited-class choices
• Mailboxes in the Student Center



Campus events

& other holidays & activities

March 24 - April 9
USU Eastern online calendar:




Live from New York,
it’s Saturday Night! Last
November, Donald Trump,
2016 Republican presidential
candidate hosted the famous
late night television show
despite protests from many
Since then, Donald Trump
has only gotten stronger in
his campaign, with fellow
Marco Rubio dropping out of
the race, leaving only Cruz,
Carson, and Kasich to fight
Hillary Clinton is also
drastically leading the primaries on the Democratic



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side of things against Bernie
Sanders winning Ohio, North
Carolina, Illinois, and Florida
on March 15th, while Sanders
didn’t win anything.
It seems that the primaries
are quickly becoming a comedy sketch much like the ones
shown on Saturday Night
Live. In fact, SNL is known
for portraying the candidates
in funny entertaining ways,
and sometimes even has
political figures on the show
including Clinton, Trump,
Palin, Obama, and McCain.
On March 22, Utah, Arizona, and Idaho all had their
primaries and things pretty
much turned out as predicted.
In Arizona, Clinton won
57% of the vote to Sander’s
40%, thus allowing Clinton


to win the state and get 44
delegates while Sanders only
got 30. Trump won Arizona
outright with 47% of the
vote and all the state’s 58
While Clinton and Trump
won Arizona, the other two
states up for grabs- Utah
fell to Sanders and Cruz
not surprisingly as the two
state’s high LDS population
contributed to their wins.
Cruz took all of Utah’s
40 delegates with
69% of the vote;
Sanders on the
other hand
took 78% o
Id a ho’s a nd
80% of Utah
see caucus
on page 3



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March 24, 2016

Rafael Silkskin:

Choir concert

First job gone wrong, Part VIII

Kiara Horowitz
staff writer

The idea of facing Melanie in a
closed room with a child involved
doesn’t appeal to me. But what
other choice do I have? It’s my
job to make sure that children are
safe, and where they belong. Just
because I think the king is an idiot,
the idea of Prince Bradmir in the
hands of a fairy as messed up as
Melanie sickens me even more. I
clenched my fist. On the bright side,
if Melanie still believes that the
prince is useful to her she wouldn’t
dare use any really powerful magic
in fear of hurting him. With that
realization in the front of my mind,
I stepped into the room and closed
the door behind me.
“Hand the prince over, Melanie,” My voice caught in my throat,
as I stared not at Melanie as I expected, but at the biggest, meanest
looking goose I’d ever seen since
I was eight years old. Pressing my
back against the door, I tried not
to make any sudden movements.
The goose glared me down over its
orange beak with its beaded blue
eyes. Behind the goose I could see
Melanie sitting in a chair with the
prince on her lap.
“How did you get out?” Melanie demanded.
“You insult me,” I said bravely.
“After all I am Rumpelstiltskin.”
Melanie rolled eyes, sighing
in annoyance. “Randolf,” she
laughed. “I really should have
guessed. He never tires of puppy
guarding you.”
“Is this a golden egg laying
goose?” I asked, changing the

Dear Editor:

“One of the best,” Melanie
responded. My heart sank, magical
geese are the worst. “I gave him as
a gift to that money grabbing king
in order to gain his trust.”
My gaze flashed from the terror inducing goose to Melanie. I
couldn’t decide which to fear more.
Until I noticed a flicker of gold
running down Melanie’s ankle.
She’d been in contact with silver
recently. Well, it explained why she
was just sitting there leering at me.
However, it does leave me with one
large-feather-covered problem.
Melanie raised her right hand,
almost triumphantly. “I think the
prince would enjoy some entertainment, don’t you agree?” Not
waiting for my answer, she snapped
her fingers, the sound echoing off
the stone walls. The goose lifted
her wings and let out a honk that
became a roar. The teeth along the
edge of its beak grew into fangs,
and the claws become talons. The
goose roared again, diving at me.
I did the only intelligent thing I
could think of; I screamed and
flung myself to the right.
Rolling away, I got to my feet
in time to see the goose pull her
fangs out of the door she’d just bit
through. It didn’t phase her at all.
The goose came at me a second
time, roaring and flapping her
wings. Spotting an iron candle
stand in the corner, I grabbed it
and shook off the unlit candles.
“Back, back goosy.” I said,
shoving the legs of candle stand
into the gooses face, jabbing it
forward and back. The goose bit
down on one of the legs and tried to
pull the stand away. Doing my best
to rip the leg free was hard because
my own limbs were trembling.
With the goose’s mouth occupied I

As a student of USU Eastern, I want to express
my disappointment in a recent change to the new
website for our beloved campus in Price, Utah.
Before that change to the website of eastern.usu.
edu, a person would come across a picture of a student with the option to either visit the Price campus
website or the Blanding campus website. Now when
you visit the stated website, a newer version pops up.
Don’t get me wrong I’m a big fan of the new
pictures and sleek outline. This cool version has information on both of the Eastern campuses and links
to cool websites such as “Price City” or “Blanding
City” that leads a person to website that gives ideas
of what to do for a weekend or a vacation.
After you click on the link that leads you to the
Price campus website, the sleekness continues. Some
of the new features on the website include a spotlight,
or news, of what’s going on throughout campus.
There’s a link that leads to an event calendar or
academic assistance. In fact, most of the things that
were on the old website are included on the new one.
However, ever since visiting this “new and improved” website, I never found a link on the front
page that leads straight to Canvas or Banner. I had
to go searching to find a link that could lead me
to Banner (I never found a link for Canvas), and I

could hear Prince Bradmir crying
from across the room. Narrowing
my eyes, I tightened my grip on
the shaft of the candle stand. I
shook the stand as hard and fast
as I could and managed to slam
the goose’s head against the wall,
stunning her long enough for me
to pull the stand’s leg free.
I held the stand across my chest
as if it was a bow staff. “Okay,” I
cleared my throat. “Come at me
you big ugly goosy you.” I would
like to think that under different
circumstances and with more
blood in my brain, I would’ve come
up with something more threatening, but then again I am yelling at
a stupid bird.
The goose shook her head to
clear it before flapping her wings
and coming at me with nothing
held back. Her fangs and talons
flashed in the early morning
light that started filtering in from
the windows along the east wall
behind me.
The light gave me an advantage,
since it blinded the goose and not
me. I swung the stand as fast as I
could, blocking her violent attacks.
Unfortunately the light only gave
me the one advantage, the goose
isn’t as weak as I feel. The weight
of the iron stand was zapping my
strength. The goose could tell that
I’m fading fast. She flew above me
and grabbed the shaft of the stand
in her talons, lifting me into the air
and slamming me into the wall.
The impact knocked my breath
right out of my lungs. I let go
of the stand, falling to the floor
and landing in a heap. The goose
dropped the candle stand on top
of me, bruising my back and right
shoulder. I squeezed my eyes shut. I
didn’t need to see her finish me off.

finally found one after going through five pages of
information that I already know.
Now some of you may be thinking “So what?
Who cares?” Well, I don’t know about you, but as
a student, I use my Banner and Canvas, especially
Canvas, accounts a ton. It’s in Canvas that I’m able
to message my professors if I have a question or if
I’m going to miss class. In Canvas, I get updates
on school assignments. I turn in my assignments
on Canvas. I even take quizzes and tests through
Canvas. To me Canvas is a big deal because I want
to succeed in college and Canvas helps me do that.
Now through Banner I’m able to keep myself
updated financially. I pay by tuition and other bills
through Banner. I get my final grades on Banner. I
register for classes on Banner.
I really think I don’t need to continue here. I’m
also pretty sure that I’m no the only student at USUE
that uses Canvas and Banner a ton.
With so many people using these tools, don’t you
think that they should be easy to find to find without
having to search for them? I do!
I hope that someday soon that whoever made
our, I admit, beautiful and cool looking new website, will put these two important tools back onto
the front page.

Sincerely, Emilee Merrill

photo by Emilee Merrill/The Eagle

Multiple choirs come together

Members of Carbon High School’s vocal jazz, USU Eastern’s chamber choir
as well as Pinnacle High School’s choir came together on Monday night for a
spring concert on USU Eastern›s campus.
The event featured numbers sung by individual choirs as well as five special
numbers performed by a joint choir under the direction of Dr. Corey Evans from
the Utah State University Choral Department. Numbers included spirituals,
contemporary pieces and even a British Madrigal.

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fleeing their native homes. We complain about how
difficult our lives have become from our homes worth
hundreds of thousands of dollars while a family of
4 are being gunned down in the lime fields of Michoacan. A grandmother lays a single flower on the
casket of her beloved 3-year-old granddaughter who
died of malnutrition as we complain that “Steve,” the
over-the-phone IT help, has a funny accent.
We buy god-awful trucker hats with slogans like
“Make America great again” for $30 while the 12
year old who made it in a sweatshop in Indonesia just
saved up enough money to pay his disabled mother’s

percent chance of getting into the
NBA as a high school student. That
jumps to about 1.2 percent if you
play ball in college. To go from a
college player to the NBA you have
to essentially dedicate your life to
playing basketball, but what does
that mean for your grades.
Historically we have seen that
college athletes take generally
easier classes and majors, but we
also notice that their academic performance drops dramatically during the season. They take classes
that they can pass and stay eligible
to continue making money for the
university. The reason that it is a
prison is because they cannot stop


rent for another week. Our outrage is pathetic. Two
children die every minute from hunger in the world
and we care about a presidential candidate’s emails.
I expect more of us, if we want to be great again,
let’s start doing what America does best, innovate. We
are inherently engineers, that’s our birthright. When
tragedy hit the world, we figured out a solution and
helped. When fascism rose and threatened peace, we
figured out a solution and helped. When disease ravaged a continent, we figured out a solution and helped.
It’s time again, the world needs us to be America
again, we need us to be America again.

working on their sport because if
they do, they start underperforming and their scholarships get cut,
which for many college athletes,
is the only way they can afford to
attend college. If their scholarships
get cut they have to drop out.
The universities they play for
can basically hold these athletes
as prisoners of a system that can
profit off of them. The worst part
is that the university can’t lose off
this deal. Either the player succeeds
and plays professional sports, from
which the school has gained a great
donor and a success story, or they
fail and the school got four years
of fruitful, essentially free labor.

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votes taking 43 delegates total from both states.
Clinton took only 5 delegates from Idaho and Utah.
But she still is in lead across the nation, so Bernie has
some catching up to do.

This system gets worse when
you look at low-income students.
When you have the highest concentration of low-income students
in college athletics, this system
becomes even worst because there
is no escape. On top of that college
athletics has a higher percentage
of low-income participation than
regular college students. This
means that low-income students
are getting scholarships to play
collegiate sports, unable to pay
for college otherwise, they become
stuck in this exploitative system,
because unlike their higher-income
counterparts, they can’t afford to
ditch sports for their grades.

We are already half way through the primaries
and on to the parties’ conventions in July when will
finally get a nominee from each party. But it looks
like Clinton and Trump already have won.
Let’s just hope that this entire election is a prank
from NBC’s Saturday Night Live, so we can get to
the actual election.


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on anyone else other than them does
a great disservice to the survivors. As
much as I wish I could be Deadpool
and sweep in with some snarky comment as I blast some nerd butt’s head
off, I can’t. Violence doesn’t stop more
violence. “It is important to relay to
the victim that ‘No one deserves to be
abused’, and that he/she is not alone. Do
not tell the victim what to do or place
any negative blame on his/her actions.
Let the victim know that they are not
responsible for the abuse, and that only
the abuser can stop the behavior (Utah
Domestic Violence Coalition, 2016).”
It is NEVER your fault that someone
abuses you. Please speak out and stand
up to abuse.

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Horned Dinosaur’s pelvic bone
points to a Utah original
page 4

ying bones tell no lies and the of which 28 are unique to the Beehive
truth being whispered from state, the most famous of these being the
a hip bone of a young horned Utahraptor, Carpenter says.
dinosaur found in Utah’s San
Cifelli had previously found in MonRafael Swell is that its origin and age may tana a little skull of a small ceratopsian
not be what scientists previously thought. related to Protoceratops in rock roughly
Sorry Central Asia, but North Ameri- the same age. That dinosaur was named
ca, Utah in particular, may actually have Aquilops. Its discovery was not so unexbragging rights to this distant relative pected because it fit in the early evolutionof Triceratops, according
ary scheme of ceratopsians,
to Kenneth Carpenter,
and was even the right age,
director and curator of
Carpenter says.
paleontology at Utah State
“The Utah pelvic bone,
University Eastern’s Prehowever, is totally surprising
historic Museum.
because it shows the presence
It appears that these
of an even more advanced
horned dinosaurs were
ceratopsian, and so it was not
roaming Utah’s ancient
what was expected,” Carpensea shores around 98 milter says. “It is like finding
lion years ago, some 8
a Boeing 747 in a Da Vinci
million years prior to the
ones found in Uzbekistan
While intact skeletons
and New Mexico, accord- Dr. Kenneth Carpenter are always the preference,
ing to Carpenter in a paper
scientists have learned to make
recently published in the science journal due with whatever is left them. In this
“Cretaceous Research,” and co-authored particular case, the Utah native horned
by Richard L. Cifelli, curator of vertebrate dinosaur left behind a pelvic bone that
paleontology with the Oklahoma Museum provided many clues to its species and age,
of Natural History.
specifically characteristics of immature
“Prior to this discovery, it was a toss- bone that closely resembled the ilium of a
up as to whether they originated in the ceratopsid Agujaceratops, Carpenter says.
United States or Central Asia because
The ancient bone measures a little
advanced horned dinosaurs of the same over 10 inches long. It was found by
age were found in both places,” Carpenter Nick Czaplewski in 1991 during the
says. “This specimen pushes the evidence first complete field season in the Cedar
towards a North American origin and from Mountain Formation by parties from the
here migrating across an ancient Bering Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. It
land bridge to Asia.”
was discovered among the bones of longIt means, that at least for now, Utah can ago fish, turtles and crocodiles between
claim more than 71 species of dinosaurs, volcanic ash beds southwest of the San

March 24, 2016

Pelvic bone found among bones of long ago fish.

Rafael Swell in the Mussentuchit Wash
area, Carpenter says.
Carpenter became interested in analyzing this single bone ever since he first
saw it in the OU museum collections 10
years ago. He knew then that it belonged
to a ceratopsian. But it wasn’t until a year
ago that he had the time to describe it.
He and Cifelli spent about 11 months in
research and writing before publishing

the paper in late December.
The main significance of this find is
that it supports the hypothesis that this
group of dinosaur inhabited the earth during the earliest Late Cretaceious period,
which means it had a longer history in
North America than previously thought,
Carpenter says.
In late January, Carpenter published
another paper in which he helped to

name a new genus of stegosaur showing
that the dinosaurs of the Jurassic period
were far more diverse than what scholars
previously thought.
The truth these bones utter about
time, history and diversity, combine to
provide scientists greater clarity of what
life was like on earth millions of years
ago, including some of Utah’s earliest
residents, Carpenter says.

Pantelakis is helping
students afford school
SSS students visit the University of Utah Library.

photo courtesy Riley Crismore

TRiO Student Support
Services hit the road
Nate Gutierrez
guest writer

Twenty-four TRiO Student Support
Services students toured the University of
Utah and Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
in February.
Academic advisor Gina Farnelli; administrative assistant Taren Powell; driver
Tanner Hackney; tutor mentors, Riley Crismore and Nate Guiterrez accompanied the
participants. They said the students gained
new experiences, career connections and
stories for a lifetime.
The students traveled to the University
of Utah where they were met by admissions
counselor, Rayshawn Carr. U of U student
ambassadors provided a campus tour and
discussed the Utes being part of the PAC12 Conference and ranked in many sports.
They told the students to watch out for the
Utes come March Madness.
The U’s library has many resources and
is the hangout for students, providing silent
and social areas. There are also rooms with
glass walls, allowing students spaces to write
and work together. Light is no problem either,
with skylights bringing in natural light to
the bigger rooms.
Everyone agreed that the Heritage Dining Hall had amazing food choices available.
The meals were based on where the food
originated including an expansive salad
bar, dessert options and many choices. The
dining hall felt less like a college cafeteria
and more like eating at a restaurant, with
meals costing about $8.
With any bigger campus, knowing
where to park and which campus shuttle to
take is useful. The shuttles are bumpy, but
go quickly from stop to stop. The students

thought it is nice that they can catch a UTA
bus (or TRAX) from campus, should you
need to travel downtown or elsewhere.
The second stop was the Loveland Living
Planet Aquarium at the Draper location.
Students watched the 4D film, Nature’s
Wonderland: Galapagos. It combines 4D
and real-life effects. The group felt the bluster
of wind, the spray of water, the crashing of
waves and the rumbles of erupting volcanoes.
There were many amazing exhibits at
the aquarium, but the Eastern group enjoyed
the Gentoo penguin and river otter feedings,
watching the antics of the otters, petting
starfish and stingrays and the massive shark
tunnel tank that allowed them to watch a
menagerie of species swim over.
While the main focus of the exhibits was
largely animals from far off locations, the
students liked the exhibit showcasing the
animals native to Utah. Students learned a
great deal of information and maybe even
a few majors were turned.
The students’ learning agenda was a
record of their most memorable moment,
what they learned and it was used as a
raffle ticket for prizes from the U of U and
aquarium. Raffle winners were: Destani
Barnes, Lindsey Elias and Dakota Noyes.
SSS is a program with the goal to aid firstgeneration college student’s matriculation,
overall learning experiences, retention and
This trip and similar activities shape
the cultural and social component essential
to SSS programs, providing students
opportunities to expand their cultural, social
and academic abilities as they broaden their
Stop by the Jennifer Leavitt Student
Center in office 225 and meet the friendly
staff to learn about its program and services.

Casey Warren
staff writer

After serving over a year as financial
aid counselor, Tammie Pantelakis loves
helping Utah State University Eastern
students. She holds a master’s degree in
social work received from Utah State
“I come
very large
f a m i ly, I
am the baby
of seven
and the first
person in
my family
to go to
Tammie Pantelakis
college and
earn a degree.”
She strives to give every student
the opportunity for higher education.
“The most rewarding part of my job
is meeting with students who might
not otherwise be able to attend or
continue attending without funding. [I
am able to] assist them in finding the
resources to stay and formulate a plan
for continuing their education.

The most difficult part is on the rare
occasion [when] we can’t find any type
of funding for a student or maybe they
don’t qualify for aid. Our goal is to assist
everyone in obtaining their education,
so when we can’t fund students it is
really hard for me.”
Pantelakis enjoys being a part of the
USU Eastern family. “My favorite part
about Eastern is the community climate
we have on campus. We maintain a close
knit, hands on approach and it allows
us to get to know the students and each
other on a much more personal level.”
Pantelakis has many achievements
in life, but one in particular sticks
out. “My largest accomplishment is
deciding to go back to school as a
non-traditional student and achieving
my goal of getting my master’s degree
while raising a family.”
Spare time and traveling are a few
things Pantelakis enjoys. “In my free
time I love to be camping, at any chance
we get we pack up and take off to have
fun camping with our friends and
family. [When it comes to traveling]
I’m a bit of a wanderer. My ideal would
be to just take off and enjoy sights
along the way and see where I land.
My all-time favorite place to be is in
Lake Powell.”

Her unique talents are worth
knowing about. “I am fluent in sarcasm
[and] I am an amazing stick-figure
artist, just ask my seven year old, she
tells me I’m the best!”
In the next 10 years, Pantelakis
hopes to accomplish some goals.
“I would like to finish getting my
licensure and start doing therapy again.
My passion in life is helping people and
that is one of the most intimate ways
to make an impact in someone’s life.”
For her, inspiration starts where
her life began. “My parents have
always been my biggest inspiration and
support. They are two of the hardest
working dedicated people I have ever
met. In all my years, I have never heard
them say they couldn’t do anything, so
coming up in life not being able to do
anything I wanted wasn’t a thought. It
was always more of a question of how
I was going to make it happen.”
Pantelakis’ advice for USUE
students is, “Don’t give up! Everyone
has had a rough semester and questioned
if college was for them and felt like it
wasn’t going right. College, as a whole,
is a learning experience. That rough
semester was just a lesson on what
doesn’t work for you in college so you
can readjust and carry on.”

Russell on campus to talk about “Caretaker”

Josi Russell

Imagine that you and your
family are immigrating to a
new colony in a distant galaxy.
You and hundreds of migrants
are safely tucked into a stasis
chamber to peacefully slumber
away the fifty-year space journey.
Suddenly you are awakened,
mid-flight. Everyone else is
still asleep and you have only
a computer to talk to--for fifty
years. Then you discover the
ship is off course.

This is the premise for the hit
science fiction novel, Caretaker,
written by Josi Russell, a professor
of English at USU Eastern’s
Blanding campus. Russell will
be visiting the Price campus on
Thursday, March 24. She will
discuss Caretaker and its justpublished sequel, Guardians at
the USUE Library at 6 p.m.
Josi Russell’s science fiction
novels explore familiar human
relationships in unfamiliar

USU Eastern Cosmetology Department presents

What a Woman Wants Expo

contexts. She lives in the alien
landscape of the high desert
American Southwest with her
family and a giant tortoise named
Caesar. Russell is captivated
by the fields of linguistics,
mathematics and medicine, by
the vast unknown beyond our
atmosphere, and by the whole
adventure of being human.The
event is free and open to the
community. Refreshments will
be served.


Friday, April 1 , 5-9 pm & Saturday, April 2, 10 am-6 pm at Tuscan Center • Fundraiser for USU Cosmetology Dept.

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March 24, 2016

From “Rabbit Hole” to Rumors;
a changing dynamic for actors

Setting the record straight:

Questions II

Donnie Corwin

Nathaniel Woodward

staff writer

Put away the costumes, take
down the set and dim the lights!
Just like that, another production
from USUE’s theater program is
on the books. After the culmination of months of building the setting and characters of Rabbit Hole,
Associate Professor Corey Ewan
enjoyed a short breather before
diving into the final production of
the season- Rumors by Neil Simon.
Though he feels audience
attendance for Rabbit Hole was
under what he would’ve liked,
Ewan views the show as a success,
and thinks that the members of the
audience were able to “appreciate the humanity and realism of
the show.” Tired but optimistic,
the seasoned professor remains
eagerly excited for Rumors and
feels that it brings a different, but
equally compelling element than
Rabbit Hole.
“It’s a farce, and it’s one of
the most popular plays that is out
there at the moment. I’ve busted
a gut reading it and seeing it, I
think it’s a really great show and
people will have fun watching
it.” Ewan describes the plot of the
play as four couples celebrating
the 10th wedding anniversary of
the New York City mayor and his
wife, when a complicated situation
arises. The bulk of the story is the
couples trying to figure out the
route of the problem when none
of them are being fed the correct
information, and it makes for an
outrageously funny experience for
the audience.

editor in chief

photo by Emilee Merrill/The Eagle

Cheryl-Lynn Uiva’a and Brayden Summers are in rehearsals for “Rumors,” the final performance of the
2015-2016 theater season.

Though the above is certainly
true and the heart of the play is
harmless laughter, Ewan warns
that as with Rabbit Hole, there are
uses of mature language and more
mature subject matter. “Everyone
sees that it’s a farce, so they think
‘Oh, it’s all for fun, there’s nothing
to worry about’ and it is all for fun,
but there are quite a few uses of
mature language and themes, and
Neil Simon [author of the play]
is very adamant about his script
remaining unchanged and un-

edited.” Basically, the directions
for this play are to leave the young
children at home and come witness
a great play at the CIB Black Box.
The show opens April 14,
and after two goods weeks of
rehearsal, Ewan is excited for the
show. He also has high hopes that
with the help of more advertising
and marketing to the community,
more people will come out and
help USUE Theater close out an
eventful season. “We invite the
community to just come have

fun and not think for a few hours.
This a really great show to end on,
because it’s just door-slamming,
knock-about fun. There’s no real
message, so it’s simply great fun.”
Drenched in sarcastic humor
and great characters, this play
gives the audience the unique
opportunity to simply be a spectator amidst a world of hilarity and
chaos for a night, and promises a
night of honest fun for spectators.
Rumors will run April 14-16 and
21-13 in the Peterson Black Box.

Another journey to Lyric Theatre
Donnie Corwin
staff writer

Associate professor of theater
for USUE, Corey Ewan is known
for his passion for what he teaches,
his rivaling love for Pepsi and his
almost father-like involvement
with the actors and students he
Along with these characteristics, Ewan is also known for taking
a small break from directing and
stepping on the stage in the USUE
productions himself. From tackling
famed-Shakespeare villains Shylock and Claudius, to having fun
with a minor role in Little Shop
of Horrors, he is not opposed to
showing his years of experience on
stage and sharing the moment with
students. If you have enjoyed Ewan
in any of these aforementioned
performances, it is interesting to
know that Price isn’t the only place
he takes his acting prowess.
The Lyric Repertory Theater in
Logan has a long-running tradition
of great summer shows giving actors from all around the country
an opportunity to work as paid,
professional talent and improve
their resumes. Ewan was among

one of the many cast and invited
to perform this summer, taking on
two different musical roles.
He ventures up to
Logan after the first
half of summer classes
in mid-June and stays
until early August.
Though it has been a
few years, this will not
be Ewan’s first summer
working at the Lyric,
performing in shows
such as Amadeus and
Singing in The Rain and
also directing Arsenic
and Old Lace and other
He worked at the
Lyric as a student in
1985-86, then began
coming back for shows
in the 2000s, taking acting and directing roles
in 2005, 2008 and most
recently 2011.
After a few busy
summers away, Ewan
was happy to get cast for
this season and able to
accept. He will have his
hands full with the roles
he’s been given, according to the man himself.

“They invited me to play R.F.
Simpson in Singing in the Rain, and
I will also be reprising a role from

2005 as Paul Sycamore in You Can’t
Take It with You. I have some good
friends that are reprising their roles
in the latter. My part in
Singing in The Rain is
a smaller one, but introduces its own challenge
and works well with
my broadcast teaching
schedule,” Ewan says of
the roles he’ll be taking
on this summer.
It’s especially poignant that he’s taking
on a role in You Can’t
Take It with You, since
that’s the front-runner
for next year’s musical at USUE. Along
with that, the associate
professor is excited to
take a small step away
from directing to enjoy
a different challenge in
the arts.
But why? Why leave
a job a few blocks away
from your house to
pack up your life for a
few months and act in
If you ask Ewan,
photo by Emilee Merrill/The Eagle
there are quite a few
Corey Ewan
factors. “The money

Once again my email inbox is bursting at the seams with emails
from my readers, some with follow-up science questions to what I have
written and many more with additional questions they have asked me
to answer. It has been my interest since my first article to educate my
readers on science concepts that get a bad wrap or are misunderstood,
so I am more than happy to research and provide answers.
Q1-Devin from Price, Utah, asked, “How small are atoms? I’ve
seen the math, but can’t visualize the concept.” That’s a really fun
question to visualize once you get ahold of exactly how unbelievably
tiny atoms are. I found the answer in a biography I recently read
about Albert Einstein who gave the number of atoms you’d find in
an average-sized human.
Using his formula, if we made each atom in your body the size of
a popcorn kernel, it would bury the entire continental United States…
200-miles deep. That’s the distance from your toes at sea level to the
International Space Station.
What’s even more amazing is the structure of the atom itself,
which, believe it or not, is almost entirely empty space. The atom
consists of a nucleus of hadrons (protons and neutrons) and a shell of
“orbiting” electrons and to get an idea of how wide of an orbit these
electrons have, we’d have to imagine an atom the size of an American
football stadium. If a single atom was this size, the electrons would
be in the nosebleeds while our nucleus would be at the 50-yard line,
only the size of a grape.
This means our nucleus would have to be incredibly dense, on
the scale similar to our first analogy. To get an understanding of just
how dense a nucleus is, I have to borrow an example from a recent
TED talk where we are asked to visualise that our atom’s nucleus is
the size of a 1x1x1 box. To get the inside of this box to the density of
an atom you would have to fit 6.2 billions cars inside. Wow.
Q2-Karen from Henderson, Nev., asked, “How is it that I can
control my breathing but don’t have to, like when I sleep?” Because
your brain is awesome Karen and the biology that makes it work is
very, very old. Look at the relationships we have with other forms
of complex life on Earth. What are the things we have most in common? Hearts and lungs would be great examples not just today, but
throughout hundreds of millions of years.
The structure of our brains paints a beautiful biological picture
of how we share common ancestry with all other life on the planet,
notably what makes humans, well, human or what sets us apart. The
forward parts of our brain, above your eyes, contain centers where
we developed “higher processing,” things like personality, reasoning,
decision making or logic, all attributes that gave us huge advantages
on the evolutionary path.
So more basic processes like breathing would naturally be located
further down, in our cases, in the brain stem. Our bodies need oxygen to make cells function, simple as that, so in order to maintain a
good supply, our brains utilize tiny control centers where the signal
to breathe in and stop breathing work together.
Your brain knows when to take a breath by measuring how acidic
your blood is becoming. Since you can’t have gas bubbles floating
around in your blood, your body binds the spent oxygen atoms to
carbon atoms in the form of carbonic acid as it makes the trip back
to your lungs to be expelled as carbon dioxide.
Your blood pH is on the basic end of the scale, around
7.4, so when you have excess carbonic acid in your
blood the pH begins to drop, causing your blood to
become more acidic, something your brain wants to
avoid. As your brainstem centers monitor your blood
pH it sends the single to breathe in whenever if feels
the pH is getting a little low. Remember that the
next time you hold your breath and feel that “burn”
in your chest.
is nice, for starters,” he says with
a chuckle. “It’s an opportunity to
work with new people, gain new
knowledge and make more memories. I can soak up the information
and experiences from the Lyric and
bring back to the students. Most
of all, it is great to recharge. Even
though I love this job, it’s easy to
get burned out and feel on-edge.”
With all of these advantages, it’s
easy to see why Ewan jumped at
the opportunity.
One of the other main reasons
Ewan makes the journey to Logan
this summer is the opportunity to

Cooking with Toby: making salsas
Toby Foster

staff writer
I really should stop biting off more than I can chew,
but this is a project that spoke to me. At my work, we
just got a new item that requires us to put pineapple
salsa on it and I don’t like pineapple and haven’t tried
it, but all the other workers say it’s not the best work
corporate has put out. So all things salsa have been
on my mind.
Let’s start with the base. A salsa is traditionally made using crushed ingredients so it comes out
soupy. There are innumerable variations so this will
not always hold true with what you find in the store
or make yourself.
Most people like to use a food processor or blender
instead of crushing their ingredients, which is perfectly okay, but this makes keeping the consistency
true to salsa and not more of a hot sauce, tricky. The
solution is to pulse it as you make it. This gives the
larger chunks time to settle to the bottom so they will
be chopped up instead of the smaller bits that have
already been reduced to the right size.
If you want to leave everything in larger chunks,
I recommend a Pico de Gallo. When you make Pico,
everything is cubed and the balance between base
flavors and the onions and peppers leans more heavily
on the peppers and onions.
The base flavor of salsa is usually tomatoes, however I have seen tomatillos, mangoes, pineapples, and
even the buds of the cholla cactus used as such. Each
adds dimension to the taste and needs to be balanced

properly. Some of the sweeter ones like mango you
will want to go light on the onion and garlic, but use
herbs like parsley to compliment. Some of the softer
fleshed bases you may want to avoid blending since
they will become a puree too quickly.
Onions are an important flavor to use and to know
more about. Your golden onion is the most commonly
used because it is right in the middle between sweet
and sharp. If you are looking for a harsher flavor, the
white onion gives you just that and Vidalia onions
takes you in the opposite direction and offers a sweeter
alternative. Green onions have a fresh spring flavor
and red onions have a mild flavor without becoming
overly sweet.
When you go to look at peppers, you really need
to know what you can handle. No matter what pepper
you talk about, the seeds and veins add heat. If you
gut a habanero pepper properly, the heat is bearable
to most people.
That said, we will start at the bottom and work
out way up, all bell peppers have no spice. They are
sweet. An Anaheim chili is extremely mild and has
a sweet and tangy flavor. Next up are poblanos. Still
pretty mild, but not as sweet, their flavor is rich yet
earthy. Jalapenos are the most common pepper used
in the states and they are somewhat hot and have a tart
flavor. Serrano peppers are my favorite with a good
amount of heat to them and a smooth smoky flavor.
They offer a lot of potential to most salsas. Habanero
peppers are pretty infamous for their heat but have a
surprisingly citrusy flavor.
Seasoning a salsa is really up in the air. Most salsas
need some salt and pepper but beyond that anything

goes if you look for the right flavor combos. Cilantro
it the most commonly used herb and lime juice is
often used to accent.
This brings us to my kiwi salsa. A friend of mine,
when I asked if she would call me crazy for making
this, said, “I would call you crazy as I reached for the
tortilla chips.” I went for a recipe more for the masses,
rather than my personal tastes. If you want your batch
hotter like I do, you can either skip gutting the peppers or replace the bell pepper with three habeneros.
This can be served as a dip or as a topping for fish or
poultry. Either way, buen provecho!


1 red bell pepper
2 jalapenos
1 poblano
¼ cup chopped red onion
5-7 Kiwis
¼ tsp sea salt
1 ½ tbsp honey
1 tsp oregano

Remove stems, veins & seeds from the peppers.
Pulse in a blender/food processor until chopped. Pour
into a bowl with the onion. Peel & cube the kiwis, then
add to the bowl. Add salt, honey & oregano. Allow to
sit at least 5 minutes before serving.

grow. Even after achieving a doctorate, staring in numerous plays,
directing for years and taking the
role of professor, he admits that
there are still things to be learned in
theater. “I have to learn how to tap
dance for Singing in The Rain. I’ve
never done that before,” he laughs.
Whether it’s a new routine, technique, role or position, it is evident
that Ewan is extremely passionate
about what he does and feels there
is never a time when you can stop
growing. He looks forward to his
newest opportunity to act this summer at the Lyric Repertory Theatre.


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other symbols to create affinity and identity.  The
University’s athletic mascot is Big Blue, a Blue Bull.
The student section at athletic events is called the
HURD, and students scream, “Be seen!  Be loud!  Be
HURD!” And fans sing a fight song, “Hail the Utah
Aggies.” Whenever one goes to a ball game in Logan,
one sees these symbols — the blue color, the Bull, the
HURD, and the Aggies — and one senses that that
the affinity and identity with the University also runs
very deep. One senses that this affinity is important
for the University because it motivates people to invest
resources and effort in building up the University.
We can and must be both Eagles and Aggies, and
I have studied examples where just this sort of thing
has happened. For example, in the Texas A&M system the main campus students refer to themselves as
“Aggies,” and the sports mascot is a collie dog named
Reveille. Also, at a merged campus four hours away
in a town called Texarkana, the intercollegiate athletic
mascot is the Eagle, not a Collie Dog, but students at
both campuses refer to themselves as “Aggies.”  At
Texarkana, students are the “Aggie Eagles.”
For our health as an institution, we must nurture
and maintain our strong traditions. We must proudly
identify ourselves as Eagles and allow this tradition to
deepen and grow. However, at the same time, we must
more fully join the proud “Aggie Nation” and more fully
enjoy our identity as Aggies and the benefits that come
from being part of this great University. We should
avoid the false dilemma, the ill-founded “either-or” that
would force us to be either Eagles or Aggies, but not
both. We must identify with the College as “our College,” and with the University as “our University.” We
must be Eagles. At the same time, we must be Aggies.


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March 24, 2016

Conference play begins
Cory McKendrick
sports writer

Cory McKendrick makes contact with the ball against CSI last weekend.

photos courtesy Tyson Chappell

photos courtesy Tyson Chappell

Chase Decosse attempts to stop a runner from the Colorado Mesa University Club team.

The USU Eastern baseball team
wrapped up their first three weekends of conference play against Salt
Lake Community College, College
of Southern Nevada and College of
Southern Idaho. The Eagles played
SLCC on March 3-4, CSN over spring
break on March 11-12 and finished
playing CSI on March 18-19.
The Eagles played 12 games, winning four and losing eight against the
three teams. They beat SLCC in the
third game of the series and CSN in
the first game of the series. Opening
against two historically good baseball
programs was a great way to gauge
where the Eagles were doing well,
and where they needed to improve.
Against CSI, the team split the
series winning two games and losing
two. There have been improvements
each weekend for the team as they
look to keep improving from week
to week in conference play.
Coach Scott Madsen said, “CSN
is a great team, but we showed what
we are capable of and that we can
beat any team we come up against.
After this series we were able to see
what areas we need to improve in.
We have a very big series against
CSI [College of Southern Idaho] this
upcoming weekend, and opening the
season against CSN will help us in our
preparation for them [CSI]”.
In the series against SLCC, the
game scores were: 10-0 loss, 21-15
loss, 6-4 win, and 8-0 loss. The game
that the Eagles won was a thrilling
finish. Coming off of a huge offensive
performance, scoring 15 runs in the
previous game, the Eagles found
themselves in a tie game of game
three in the top of the sixth inning,

for the Eagles. USUE never looked
the score 2-2.
Austin Pitcher was up to bat with back after the huge fifth inning and
two outs and the bases loaded with a won the contest 11-5.
The Eagles improved in the series
two balls and one strike count. The
next pitch was a fastball that Pitcher against CSI. On day one of the series,
drove over the right field wall for the team continued their hot hitting
a go-ahead grand slam home run. scoring 16 runs on 23 hits in the first
With the Eagles leading 6-2, starting two games; losing game one 8-6 and
pitcher Kaidyn Longman finished the winning game two 10-3.
In day two of series USUE came
complete game win, only allowing
two more runs for a finish of six to out flat, losing game number one
15-0. The Eagles bounced right
four in favor of the Eagles.
back in the first two innings of
In the series against
game number four, scoring
SLCC, the Eagles were
11 runs in two innings givp a c e d o f fe n s ive l y
ing themselves and 11-0
by Pitcher who had
lead going into the third
two hits including
inning. The pitching staff
the home run and
led by Pitcher, Longman
six RBIs. Austin
and Kirk Haney closed out
Geurtsen had five
the game allowing five runs,
hits and two RBIs.
with the final score in favor
Will Bierlein had
of USUE as 13-5.
four hits. Cory
The Eagles were led ofMcKendrick had
fensively in the series by
fou r h its, t wo
Bierlein who had five hits,
RBIs and two runs
Nathan Hedberg seven
scored. Bennett
hits, Geurtsen six hits,
Bradford had two
Colton Hill five hits and
hits, two RBIs and
McKendrick eight RBIs
three-runs scored.
in the four-game series.
Game one against
The Eagles continCSN was the Eagle’s best
ue conference play on
of the series. In the bottom
March 24-25, when they
half of the fifth inning,
take on the Western NeUSUE was trailing three to
vada College Wildcats
one. CSN’s starting pitcher
at home. Game one
began the inning by giving
will begin at 1
up a single to Trevor Mlait and
a walk to Pitcher. Geurtsen hit
a sacrifice fly to score Mlait
and Beirlein grounded out
Chase Decosse
to second base. CSN then
p.m. on Thursday, with game two
brought in a relieve pitcher to try and
following immediately after. Game
get them out of a tough inning.
With two outs in the inning, the three will begin at noon on Friday,
Eagle’s bats went off for seven con- with game four following after. All
secutive hits and scored nine more games will be played at Colosimoruns in the inning. In total, the fifth Carlson Ballpark located at 1050
inning yielded 10 runs on eight hits North 1100 East Price, UT.

Exciting time for USUE men and women’s soccer
Travis Hill

sports writer
“There are a lot of things to be
excited about” when it concerns
Eastern soccer according to Ammon Bennett, head coach of both
the men’s and women’s soccer
teams. Some of which include
recruiting, spring games and our
new division.
“On the women’s side there
are about eight girls who could
come back,” while on the men’s
side, “quite a few more. Potentially
twenty guys could come back,”
Bennet says. “What we’re after on
the girls side is that ability to finish. And for the guys, it’s not about
the talent. It’s about the attitude.”
Bennett adds, “There probably
will be more of an international
flair on the men’s side. Six, seven
guys may be international players.”
With a handful of games coming up this spring for both sides
Bennett is taking advantage of
every opportunity. “We get to

asses lots of players in lots of
different spots,” he says. “The
biggest things we want to see is
the attitudes from the players, a
wanting to improve, conditioning,
and for us coaches it doesn’t matter
so much if we win. We just want
to see attitudes from players for
next year.”
With the addition of three
new schools to the region (Snow
College, Salt Lake Community
College and College of Southern
Nevada) tactics will have to be
different next year. But Bennet
isn’t worried. In fact he is excited.
“We’re at a good spot to win the
region tittle.” Bennett says, “We’re
potentially in a spot where the
playoffs, instead of being three
games to get to nationals, would
only be one.” Those ambitions
are not without their challenges
however. Bennett adds, “Since
we’re the established program,
they’ll [all the new programs] all
be coming after us.”
Bennet says, “I’m excited about
the new league, but not to play
everyone four times next year.”

Courtney Honeycutt, a second
year player on the women’s team
said, “Our soccer pitch provides
a compelling atmosphere for both
players and fans. Being that the
field is surrounded with Sessions
and the military base on one
side and bountiful seating on the
other, the enclosure contributes a
real stadium semblance. The only
problem with the field however is
the field. The condition of the grass
is poor to say the least.”
It may be inconvenient for
players and coaches to play so
many games against the same few
opponents, but being that they are
so close, both the schools and the
league will save money; money
that can be used to add new fields
and improve the existing one,
Bennett said.
“The city is building two new
fields. They are going to put one
large grass area on the Durrant
property where we could play. And
hopefully we can recondition our
field,” Bennet said.
Like Coach Bennet said, it’s an
exciting time for Eastern soccer.

Austin Fietkau jumps for the ball in a game agianst the LDS Business College

photos courtesy Tyson Chappell

SLCC men’s basketball team stuns nation by winning NJCAA title
Brett Smart

sports writer
After a stunning performance at
the Region 18 tournament and a victory in the district playoff, unranked
Salt Lake Community College set
their sights on the NJCAA Finals
Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.,
last week
Before this, SLCC struggled in
the region, finishing third going
into the SWAC tournament. SLCC
had to figure something out quick
to extend the life of their season.
“The players figured it out during
a pre-practice meeting one day,
with (Conner) Toolson describing
the theme as, ‘We’ve got to change
something, because this isn’t working.’ The coaches rebuilt the team’s
confidence,” according to the Salt
Lake Tribune.

The team emerged at the Region
18 tournament with a new life,
dominating each game by 25.6
points. Their win against North
Idaho College came as a surprise
to most. SLCC was 0-3 against the
33-0 NIC, who were ranked third
in the nation. That didn’t seem to
matter to Tyler Rawson of SLCC,
who scored 22 points and topped
the team off with four consecutive
free-throws, ending the game 8673 and taking the region 18 title
for SLCC.
Eastern fans remember going
overtime with the Bruins and losing
89-93, falling just short of a better
spot in the SWAC tournament,
perhaps even a title.
SLCC moved on to the district
playoff, facing Cochise College
from Arizona. Rawson set the
tone with a dunk after the tip.
SLCC maintained dominance over

Cochise as Gibson Johnson scored
30 points and Rawson recovered 11
rebounds, winning the game 99-73.
In the NJCAA tournament,
the Bruins took out Northeast
Mississippi in the
first round 77-64.
Connor Toolson
le d t he t ea m
with 16 points.
The Bruins had
extended their
season another
played the next
day against Odessa, the Bruins took the
game from the number-four
seeded team. Their upsetting win
is one of many that occurred in the
Bruins’ post-season. The score was
led by Tad Dufelmeier scoting 23
points. The Bruins finished strong

in the second game, defeating
Odessa 92-86.
In the next round, the Bruins continued their post-season
campaign, driving through the
NJCAA quarter
finals against
Southwest Tennessee 105-76 in
a stunning display of athletic
Tennessee had
scraped for an
upset against
Nor th Ida ho
College 73-72,
but SLCC had carried their momentum from
Odessa. Rawson scored 23 points
and Toolson scored 18.
Gillete Community College was
next on SLCC’s hit-list. The way
had been paved for SLCC to make

the finals after NIC was eliminated.
Gillete was a bigger target being
ranked eighth in the tournament,
but SLCC was blowing through
like an avalanche. Toolson scored
20 points, Johnson scored 14 and
Rawson scored 17 with 11 rebounds.
Their teamwork resulted in a crushing victory over Gilete 83-47.
The NJCAA finals were played
between SLCC and their host,
Hutchinson Community College.
Hutchison came off an upset against
second-rated Northwest Florida
State 116-90 in the quarter finals,
but struggled against Ranger in the
semifinals winning 84-81.
When SLCC met Hutchinson in
the finals, SLCC took the lead and
ran for the first half 42-27. SLCC
seemed to relax in the second half,
scoring less as Hutchinson worked
to close the gap. Bashir Ahmed of
Hutchinson scored 22 points, but

it wasn’t enough to close the gap
SLCC created.
Toolson and Rawson were at
the top of their game, with Toolson
scoring 28 points and Rawson gaining 11 rebounds. SLCC ended the
tournament winning 74-64 over
Hutchinson, effectively “shushing
the crowd,” as Coach Todd Philips
put it.
This is the fourth season in a
row that Conner Toolson has ended
in a championship. “‘I guess it’s
getting to be a little bit normal
for me,’ Toolson said. ‘But I know
it’s not normal,’” reported the Salt
Lake Tribune. Three of those championed years were spent at Lone
Peak High School, where Toolson
and his team won three consecutive
state titles, and this year, a national
title with SLCC. Toolson is signed
to play with UVU next season as a

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March 24, 2016

USUE players recognized at SWAC Tournament

Barbara Cousino

Phil’ Winston
sports writer

Six players from USU Eastern’s
basketball teams received allocates
at the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament. Four of the
six were named Second-Team-All
Conference and two were named
honorable mention at the champi-

Solomon Rolls-Tyson

onship game hosted by College of
Southern Idaho.
Returning guards and captains,
Brandon Sly and Phil Winston,
were named Second-Team All
Conference. According to the two
sophomores, they set high standards
for the team and themselves. They
worked hard and led the team
every day.
Sly averaged 15.9 shooting
47.5 percent from the field, four

Tevin Farris

Brandon Sly

Phil’ Winston

Ana Borges

rebounds and four assists per game.
At 5-foot -10-inches tall, the Riverton High School graduate from
Riverton, Utah graduates from
USU Eastern in May.
At 6-foot-two-inches tall, Winston averaged 15.1 shooting 43 percent, four rebounds per game and
five assists per games. Winston hails
from Lakewood, Wash., where he
played at Clover Park High School.
Some considered Sly and Winston

the best backcourt in the country
by leading their team to 18 wins.
Solomon Rolls-Tyson, from
West Midlands, England; and Tevin
Ferris, from Gary, Indiana, also
received acknowledgement for the
individual stats. At 6-foot-8-inches
tall, the sophomore forward from
England averaged 12-points shooting 50 percent from the field, with
six rebounds and one assist per

At 6-foot-8-inches tall, freshman forward Ferris averaged nearly
a double-double with 10 points and
eight rebounds shooting 44 percent
from the field. Rolls-Tyson and Ferris both received SWAC honorable
The women’s team was led by
returning starting guards Barabara
Cousino and Ana Borges who
were both named Second-TeamAll Conference. From Maipu St.

Santiago, Chili, Cousino averaged
13 points shooting 37 percent from
the field, five rebounds and two assists per game, plus a single game
three-point record for Eastern. The
5-foot-8-inch sophomore graduates
from USU Eastern in May.
From Vill Cisper, Brasil, Borges
averaged nine points, six rebounds
and two assists per game. The
5-foot-11-inch sophomore also
graduates from Eastern in May.

Playing baseball since 5: Trevor Clingman Youssef Mourchid: transitioning to USUE
Tainá Soranzo

sports writer
A Utah native joins Eastern’s
baseball team to play with his
twin brother who was already a
member of the baseball program.
Trevor Clingman was born in
Stansbury Park, Utah. He lived
in Tooele County since he was
4 years old and started playing
baseball when he was 5 years old.
Before Clingman came to
Utah State University Eastern
he went to two different schools:
Colorado Northwestern Community College and Victor Valley
College, in California. In both
schools he played baseball, but
got injured both years.
Clingman decided to come to
USUE to stay closer to his family. He played against USUE’s
baseball assistant coach, Matt
Goshis, in high school and college
level. He came for a visit and got
the opportunity to play with his
twin brother.
He believes, “This year has
been a pretty good year. I feel


like it might not seem that way
on paper right now, but really as
a team we have gotten better and
better every weekend.
“I feel like we haven’t quite
played to our full potential yet,
but once we piece it all together,

Trevor Clingman

we will be a top contender in this
very competitive conference.”
Clingman expects his team,
“to finish in the top half of the
conference and go into the conference tournament as a team
that could beat any of the other

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weekly meetings varying from 1 to
3 hours each.
“The meetings are lots of discussion. When we are done discussing,
we discuss some more. We read
the requests that are made and try
to make a decision based on how
much the students use the services
and we also ask the represented
organizations to provide us with a
request form for what they would
like to have, how they are used, and
how much they have saved from the
student fees,” states Ben Bjarnson,
student body president.
SUN Center, student life/activities, the BDAC, internet for the
campus and many more things are
funded by the $250 dollars required
of the students that could be used for
1,000 packages of Ramen noodles
instead. Some of the resources are
used by students more than others.
The computer lab in the Reeves,
for instance, is not used as often as
the BDAC or library. Giving more
money to the less-used resources to
keep them open longer than needed
or give upgrades that aren’t necessary
is what the SFAC decides on.
“Some requests are just too much
and cannot be fulfilled without asking for money from the students,”
Bjarnson says. The SFAC asks
some of the organizations for more
information in order to make the best
decision. None of the organizations
ask for less money, in order to provide
funding for those that need it more,
deductions need to be made.
Currently there is also a bond to
pay for the student center, in which
$55 out of the student fees has to be
given to until it is paid off. The bond
is currently set to be paid off around
the year 2018. After the JLSC is paid

off, the $55 allocated to it will be
freed from the bond to be distributed
to other organizations or maybe even
stay in the pockets of the students.
The SFAC attempted to put more
money aside in the bond to have it
paid off faster, but the motion to do
that was denied by administration,
so the bond remains at $55. That is
approximately 23 gallons of Great
Value 2% reduced fat milk.
With all of the organizations asking for more money, there has to be
cuts made in places to accommodate
the changes. Some requests just have
to be met because of requirements
from Logan, but other requests are
unnecessary. The people who oversee the computer lab in the Reeves
requested an outrageous increase to
try and accommodate costs that were
predicted to rise in the future with no
guarantee or need. Claiming to have
less money than all other campus
computer labs, they felt entitled to
have more money to roll in during
the free time they have because there
are only two people seen in the lab
on 3/21/2016 at 3 p.m.
Looking into the numbers, the
SFAC tried to reduce money from
places like the Reeves computer
lab, that didn’t show as much of a
need for it as other organizations,
but when the final decisions were
returned by administration, they
gave back a portion of the money
that the committee took, leaving
other organizations like the SUN
Involvement Center and newspaper
with less funds.
“I know the administration
means well. One thing I remember in
a training for student government is
that they encouraged us to be brownnosers towards administration. A

Val J. Halamandaris Award
The Caring Award is presented to a USU Eastern
student in honor of Val J. Halamandaris, who grew up in
Price, attended Carbon College. Halamandaris received
his B.A. degree from George Washington University
and his law degree from the Catholic University School
of Law. He is a member of the D.C. bar, the bar of the
U.S. District Court Circuit Court of Appeals, and the
bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout his career,
Halamandaris has remained committed to care.

He also has personal goals for
this season. “I have goals to finish with a batting average above
.300 and beyond that, just to be
a leader who does so by example
on and off the field.
“As a catcher, I have a goal
every week to go out and call a
good game and make whatever
pitcher I am catching feel comfortable so they can pitch to the
best of their abilities,” he said.
After he graduates from
USUE, “I will be hanging up the
cleats and finishing my bachelor’s
degree at the University of Utah
or at Utah State University.”
“If another school showed
interest in my brother and I, we
would love to continue playing
ball, especially with each other as
teammates. We have been playing
together since we were 5, so if the
opportunity to continue playing
at the college level was presented,
I’m sure we would take it.”
The overall record of Eastern’s baseball team is 9-19 and
4-8 in the Scenic West Athletic

Solomon Rolls-Tyson

“When I was younger, I used to together and the coach was really
kick ball with my older brother as he interested as he came over to our
was my inspiration. I would follow house after practice for dinner.
him to practice and watch him play
“He explained to my parents that
so I could repeat the skills that he my brother and I were really talented.
would perform on the soccer field. The coach told my parents that he
Eventually I became old enough would not only give my brother
to practice with his
a scholarship to
team, so I started
his university, but
banging with the
would help me find
big boys.
a community colPlaying with the
lege in the USA.”
older guys was hard
Mourchid exas they were a lot
plained that he
stronger and faster
was happy when
than me. However;
he found out that
this just made me
he was going to be
strong not just physiplaying in Price,
cally, but mentally
Utah. “I guess all
as well. I started
of that hard work
to grow as a soccer
paid off. Everyday
player and now these
I would play soccer
Youssef Mourchid
so called “men”
and work on my
were struggling to
game after school,
keep up with me.
not caring about anything else but
“Anyway, one of the coaches soccer. My parents would tell me
from a university in America came that all I had to do was concentrate
to watch my older brother play at on school work, but I learned how
practice. The teams were split into to balance both school work and
two and we were placed on the same soccer and I guess that’s the reason
team. We both played really well why I am here today.”

sports writer

French soccer player Youssef
Mourchid had a great season this
year playing at the striker position;
scoring 12 goals in 13 games. At the
end of the year, Mourchid received
the Golden Boot as he was a great
competitor throughout.
Mourchid said, “In my freshman
year, I found it hard to communicate
with my teammates as my English
wasn’t very good! However I believe
that soccer is an universal language
and if you can play, than it talks
for you, this made my sophomore
year a lot easier for me because my
team mates respected me for my
skills, which made communicating
a lot easier.
Furthermore, Mourchid looks
to take his talents to the next level.
He would like to play at either a
four-year school or go back overseas to France and play for a pro
club. “Playing soccer in the USA
has been a great experience for me
and I would recommend it to any
foreigner back home.”

concept that they cautioned leaders
about is that our administration can
out weigh all of the students and
leaders,” states Bjarnson, “If they
don’t like a student, they know they
won’t be there in a year or two and
that is kind of the curse of every
higher education campus. So when
the administration makes a change
that is insignificant to the student
fees, I have the fears that they are
doing it for personal reasons that
benefit them more than the students,
but I also have the hope that their
heart is in the right place.”
To accommodate the money that
was asked for, the SFAC attempted
to add $5 to the student fees. That
is the equivalent of 1.7 packages of
Oreos. When the fee allocation chart
was returned, the price of student
fees remained the same and administration took the reigns of making
the decisions without SFAC. They
added the money where they wanted
it without asking students where
they want their money to go and
submitted it without consulting the
committee that spent so many long
weeks of boring meetings deciding
on. Will the students ever know? Not
unless they read this article. College
students make the decision to stay
apathetic in these situations and just
sign the check that they have to in
order to get a piece of paper that will
help them get a mediocre job in the
future to pay off their student loans.
Looking at this, it should leave a
question in the minds of the students.
Should the administration get any say
in where the student fees go?
“I think having a say and having
a final decision are two different
things. The final say, which is what
the administration does have, I don’t
think is good, unless they address the
entire SFAC on the changes they are
rejecting or changing,” said Bjarnson.

The Val. J. Halamandaris Caring Award was established in 1996 by Bill Halamandaris, Val’s brother. It is a
fitting tribute to a USU Eastern student who demonstrates
the spirit of caring, humanitarianism, and volunteerism
exemplified by Halamandaris. Any USUE student in
good standing and who will be graduating this year is
eligible for nomination for the Caring Award.
A student may nominate himself or herself or may be
nominated by someone else—a faculty or staff member,
another student, or someone off campus. Applications
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resources available.
“We’re still early in the process
and following things very closely,”
Whyte said. “As we represent USU,
as a system – rather than 33 different
campuses/sites working independently, we are seeing increased interest from potential students. USU has
a ‘fit’ for almost any student and our
goal is to help these students find their
right ‘fit’ within the USU system.
“We serve a very large, and
diverse student population. Luckily,
USU offers something that no other
school in the state can offer.”
While USU has some costs involved, it offers more opportunities
that many other colleges in the state;
however, with the Eastern campuses
there is a more budget-friendly option as well.
“There are many benefits. Open
access to a quality, Tier-1 research
institution – regardless of location
throughout the state, or nation, if
we look at online programs,” Whyte

said. “Students aren’t required to
move away from home to have access
to USU. For the most part, we’re in
everyone’s community!
Secondly, I would argue value is
a major benefit for students. It is true
that our costs are higher than other
colleges or universities in the state
– but the quality of the programs,
with access to D-1 sports, research/
hands-on-learning, residential campuses and many other things, is hard
to match.”
USU is dedicated to its students
and making their school years the
best they can. What may seem simple
for a student to accomplish is not
always easy behind the scenes. Staff
works tirelessly to ensure students
can maximize on all the resources
offered at USU.
“One thing that we’re working
hard on is the ease/availability of
USU to students throughout USU,”
he said. “If a student wants to take
a class in Blanding, then Salt Lake

Women’s Conference
Brooke Walker” and a national
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She’s the bestselling author
of 14 books including her
fiction: “Christmas Kisses: An Echo
Ridge Anthology” and “Caribbean
Crossroads.” Her nonfiction books
include: “What Every 6th Grader
Needs to Know;” “Faithful, Fit &
Fabulous;” “Simplify & Savor the
Season;” “Create a Powerful Life
Plan;” and “40 Days with the Savior.” 
Back to basics: real life, real
solutions, real joy is her newest valuebased, life-changing program to get
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principles she writes about. From
her book, “Faithful, Fit & Fabulous,”
Sokol shares simple principles with
doable practices to address important
areas of a person’s life.
Sokolbelievescreatingapersonallife plan and setting goals from sixfocus areas: joy in womanhood,
feel fit and fabulous, balance in
motherhood, getting organized,
developing healthy connections
and establishing financial peace and
As part of her regular appearances
on the “Studio 5 with Brooke
Walker” segment, Sokol offers a free

in the Vice Chancellor’s Office (Reeves 183) or the
SUN Center (JLSC 210). The application deadline
is April 8, 2016.
The Eastern student selected for the Caring Award
will be presented with a trophy and a $100 cash award
at the Academic Awards Ceremony on Friday, April
29, 2016.
Nominees must have involvement in college activities providing direct service to others and/or similar
direct service involvement in the community. Positions
of leadership support, as opposed to direct service, are

followed by online, and then Logan,
we can accommodate that. But, it
isn’t a ‘natural’ thing that automatically happens. It requires processes,
technology, training and a lot of work
behind the scene to ensure it happens.
What often is ‘student friendly’ can
be challenging to implement on the
back-end. It requires a dedicated
staff to ensure things actually work.”
The road ahead with this system
is unknown, but USU wants to offer
students everything they can reasonably can. As problems arise they will
be dealt with and fixed, he said.
“Decisions aren’t made quickly
and are not made without a lot of
research and analysis,” Whyte said.
“It has been a smart move in that
we’re providing more options and
resources to students, both prospective and current, than they’ve ever
had before. The change in recruitment, scholarships, marketing and
admissions should create positive
results for years to come. We know
there are a handle full of challenges
and obstacles, but we work through
these as they arise.”

download on her website revealing
“The 10 Ways to Look Great Without
Losing Weight.” She believes there
so much talk about losing weight,
that even if it is part of the end goal,
she wants everyone to look and feel
great now.
Social media sites from Facebook,
Twitter, Pinterest and Instragram are
all part of Sokol’s world which she
calls “Connie’s Corner” to connect
with other like-minded women.
Sokol marinates in time spent
with her family and eating decadent
treats. For her TV segments, blog,
podcasts and more.

acceptable. The CARING AWARD nominee must
• Good standing at USU Eastern
• Graduating this year
• Intrinsic commitment to voluntary service
• Initiative and innovation in problem-solving
• Persistence in overcoming obstacles
• Advocacy for change that alleviates, or
considerably improves, the status quo
• Continual caring as demonstrated by volunteer

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