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VOICE OF THE STUDENTS

Volume LXXVIII•Number 14

April 21, 2016

USU Eastern's
Graduation 2016
Himonas announced as
commencement speaker
The Honorable Associate neighborhood in northwest
Justice of the Utah Supreme Price. Luke Olsen, son of HenCourt, Constandinos Himonas, ning and Ilene Olsen, will serve
a Price native, will be USU as valedictorian and Robbie EtEastern’s 78th commencement zel, son of Robert and Annette
speaker at its graduation cer- Leturgez Etzel, will serve as
emonies at 10 a.m.
salutatorian. Both
on Saturday, April
had perfect 4.0
30, in the BunnellGPAs.
Dmitrich Athletic
Justice HimoCenter.
nas, or Deno, to
Chancellor Joe
those who grew
Peterson will presup with him, was
ent his Chancelsworn in as the
lor’s Medallion,
s t a t e’s n ewe s t
the college’s highmember of the
est acknowledgeUt a h Sup r e m e
Judge Himonas
ment of service to
Court a little more
the university, to Brad King . than a year ago. That eventful
. . a friend, educator, legisla- ceremony was so dominated by
tor and stalwart guardian of family members who packed
Eastern Utah.
the gallery above the senate
The valedictorian and sa- chamber that it prompted the
lutatorian grew up in the same
see speaker page 3

21 outstanding students
to be honored
Twenty-one students will be
honored as outstanding in their
field of study at USU Eastern’s
Awards Ceremony on Friday,
April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Jennifer
Leavitt Student Center according
to Vice Chancellor of Student
Services Peter Iyere.
Outstanding art student is
McKahl Johnson, of Orangeville;
outstanding automotive student
is Robbie Mitchell, Price; outstanding biology student is Justin
Nielsen, Price; the Boni Nichols
Stick-to-it Award recipient is Jennifer Thayn, Price; outstanding
business student is Robbie Etzel,
Price; and outstanding chemistry
student is Ryan Cano, Price;
The outstanding communication student and history
student is Nathanial Woodward,
Price; outstanding cosmetology student is Jenny Martinez,
Price; and outstanding criminal
justice student is Stephanie Ann
Schofield Howcroft, Wellington;
outstanding criminal justice dis-

tance education student is Robin
Stewart, Tooele.
The outstanding elementary
education student is Shadayah
Perry, Price; outstanding engineering drafting and design
technology student is Jordan
Cooper Hussey, Price; outstanding family, consumer and
human development student is
Armandine Matonda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa;
outstanding health professions
student is Chloe Gordon, Price;
outstanding IT support and web
development student is Tyler Bryan Rowley, Cleveland; outstanding journalism student is April
Miller, Santaquin; outstanding
ADN nursing student is Charly
Hussey, Price; outstanding PN
nursing student is Kristi Leeflang,
Orangeville; outstanding social
work student is Ben Bjarnson,
Midvale; outstanding welding
student is Alex Skaggs, Spring
Glen and outstanding wildlife
science student is TJ Cook, Orem.

photo by Emilee Merrill/The Eagle

Eagle Frenzy, a week of non-stop activities celebrating the end of the academic year, experienced great student
participation. Students Celeste Smith, Hannah Slusinski and Makala McDonald danced the night away in the foam pit
on the first night of activities.

Celebrating diversity at conference
Esther Melendez
staff writer
emmelendz@gmail.com

Celebrating diversity was the
premise behind the third annual
Diversity & Inclusion Conference
hosted by USU Eastern on April 9.
Eight workshop sessions including “The Tyranny of the Majority:
Balancing Individual Freedom with
Minority Rights,” Presented by
Jennifer Truschka; and “Celebrating Diversity: Understanding out

LGBT+ Friends and Neighbors,”
Presented by Dannette Moynier;
“A Survivor’s Story of Domestic
Violence, “By Stacie James; “AlAnon & Nar-Anon Family Groups,”
by Sherry Arellano; “Gender Roles
and Sexuality,” by Tomi Lasley,
“Veterans: The Crisis, Barriers
and the Community,” by Traci
Ana Watters, “Unmasking Micro
Aggressions,” by Jan Thornton,
and “Focusing on What Matters:
Prevention of and Dealing with
Substance Abuse,” by Tiffany Van-





Calendar of Events
Theocracy in Utah
Fun Summer Activities
Last Will and Testaments
Whassupp?!?! by Sessions

(volunteer chair) Brandon Flores
(general committee member)
Kimberly Pratt (registration chair),
Jan Thornton (general committee
member) and Evette Allen (conference chair).
Allen, director of student life
said, “I think it went well. We had
a variety of presenters and a great
deal of positive feedback from participants. I think everyone walked
away having learned something. We
look forward to making the conference bigger and better next year.”

Eagle brings home 6 awards

Valedictorian and
salutatorian named
Two Carbon High School suing a degree in pre-medicine
graduates will serve as valedic- and hopes to make and fit prostorian and salutatorian of USU thetics for people with missing
Eastern’s class of
limbs.
2016 announced
Ser ving as
the vice chancellor
sa lut ator ia n is
of student services
Robbie Etzel. He
office.
graduated from
Serving as
CHS in 2014 where
valedictorian is
he received high
Luke Olsen. An
honors.
Eagle Scout, he
While at Eastenjoys sports, inern, he spent two
cluding basketball,
years assisting in
Luke Olsen
Frisbee golf, volthe tax center helpleyball, piano and
ing the elderly and
ukulele. His favorlow income fill out
ite jobs have been
their income tax
being a beekeeper
returns.
and physical theraHe plans to atpist’s assistant. He
tend the Universerved a mission
sity of Utah in
for the Church of
the fall majoring
Jesus Christ of
in finance with a
Latter-day Saints
Spanish minor and
in Samoa, is presieventually earning
Robbie Etzel
dent of LDSSA and
his juris doctorvice president of the Serving ate degree. Etzel enjoys the
Utah’s Network donating over outdoors and is an avid hunter,
100 hours of service. He is pur- golfer and angler.

sickle, Eileen Green, Dane Keil.
Fifty individuals attended the
conference and experience learning related to diversity, inclusion,
and social justice. Session evaluations from the conference were
overwhelmingly positive and
indicated that participants learned
new information, learned about issues facing certain identity groups
in the U.S., and were challenged to
start their “Pathway to Openness.”
The 2016 conference committee included Gina Farnelli

Eagle photo that won UPA’s 1st place

USU Eastern’s The Eagle
staff brought home six awards
from the annual Utah Press Association’s Better Newspaper
competition. In its sixth year of
membership in the UPA, The
Eagle staff won a first place,
two-second place and threethird-place awards.
The first-place award was a
photo of the downpour of rain
on the first day of fall semester
classes taken with an iPhone.
Students, Emillee Merrill and
Kiara Horowitz, had shocked
looks on their faces as they
walked along 400 north in front
of the Central Instructional
Building. The photo showed
muddy water flowing halfway
into the street, over the gutter

and sidewalks, stopping all
pedestrian traffic from crossing
the street.
The sports writers for The
Eagle staff won two-secondplace awards. In best sports
coverage, Kayla Newman of
Gilbert, Ari., wrote about the
volleyball season while EJ
Sanders, of Oakland, Calif., won
for the best sports column with
his “Talking Sports” bi-weekly
features.
Editor in chief, Nathaniel
Woodward of Price, scored
two-third place awards for his
editorial on literature, music and
dissent plus overall best news
coverage.
Horowitz of Bountiful won
third place for her Campus

Store ads.
The Eagle was judged in
group one of four-newspaper
categories that includes all
weeklies and university newspapers under 2,500 in circulation.
As a member of UPA, it has the
smallest circulation in the state
with 1,000 copies printed every
other week. A lot of its readership comes from its website at
usueagle.com.
Other college newspapers
belonging to UPA that won
awards includes Weber State
University and Utah State University winning seven awards
each, University of Utah winning six and Brigham Young
University four.

see awards page 3

Eastern debator gets full ride to Weber State University

In the first year of USU Eastern’s debate, teams faced nationally
ranked opponents. The team of
Rodrigo Leon and David Rawle
started their year at University of
Nevada at Las Vegas with a 4-2 preliminary record. The team ended
losing in quarterfinals and almost
beat the topped-ranked junior team
at the tournament. USU Eastern
continued to be well represented
in several tournaments and earned
major wins against top-notched





competition.
Leon and Rawle will no longer
be a team as both are attending
different schools next year. Rawle
asked about transferring since his
partner would not be returning.
“It was a hard hit to the team,”
Jeff Spears, director of forensics
at Eastern said. “I recruited Rawle
and Leon to be the cornerstone
of the team for two years,” However, with Leon transferring to the
University of Utah and Rawle not

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having a partner, Spears decided
to test the transfer waters to find
another school.
Spears talked about how quickly the transfer went, “I reached out
to Omar Guevara, Weber State’s forensics director, and within hours,
we were talking about a possible
full-ride scholarship.” This is not
surprising since Rawle and Leon
debated against WSU for the entire
year, ending with big wins.
“I was not surprised at how





easy it was to get a full ride for
Rawle,” Spears said. “He earned
it and it speaks well for the team.
I brought the debate program back
for two main purposes: to win and
to allow students to debate far past
their experience at Eastern.”
Leon and Rawle will be missed
at Eastern. They took a chance
on a newly formed program and
it paid off personally and for
the institution. Rawle will be

see debate page 5

Baseball’s Sophomore Night
Coach Vando
Larry Gelwix
New Logo for Eastern
Brittani Richens

Viewpoints

Page 2
Eagle editorial

Letter from a friendly local liberal

Computer labs & the 21st century
Money is tight at USU Eastern, that’s
a rhetorical statement. So why does
Eastern fund two separate computer
labs for student use? The library lab has
a room with 20 computers and another
17 on the first floor. The Reeves Building
has 92 computers on the second floor,
west end. Student computer labs were
needed a decade ago, but are simply
not being used on this campus or most
campuses.
Most students bring their own
laptops, tablets, etc. to campus so fewer
students need access to computer labs.
Eastern offers two student labs, with
student fees funding those labs. A
decade ago, higher education reduced
its labs to save money and more
effectively use the space.
An examples is a study at the
University of Notre Dame 10 years ago
wrote 75 percent of its seniors and 90
percent of its freshmen owned laptops.
They were looking for ways to redesign
its computing labs to encourage more
laptop use.
At Eastern Illinois University,
the current computer lab configured
exceeds student need and demand. The
school’s technology fee recognizes a
need to change and advance laboratory
support and management. As it stands,
it is inefficient method for appropriating
student-funded resources.
The University of Minnesota Duluth
discussed new learning space and
design in its computer labs. Indiana
State University has 24-hour labs open,
but dropped from 47 labs to nine or
fewer because of the drastic decline
in student use.

April 21, 2016

Nathaniel Woodward
editor in chief
new.rmsd@gmail.com

In 2006, the University of Wisconsin
settled on a 10:1 ratio of student per PC
in public labs, clusters or classrooms
and noted student use has been
flattening.
Five years ago, “Inside Higher
Education” published an ar ticle
saying campus computer labs will be
invisible, personal computers will be
shapeshifters and colleges will spend
less to make sure students have access
to the software needed for courses.
Neither of the USU Eastern labs are
used to capacity or even near capacity at
any hour of the day. Huge computer labs
are a waste of student’s fees. Weekends
in the Reeves Building shows hardly
any student use and the library lab is
locked unless a student requests for it
to be open. It has not been open this
academic year. Use at night is minimal
in the Reeves with one or less students
using its computers.
The hours of the labs are similar: the
Reeves lab is open Monday-Thursday
from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Weekend hours
are 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 to 9
p.m. on Sundays.
The library lab is open 8 a.m. to 10
p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are noon
to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 10 p.m.
on Sundays. No Eastern student labs
are open after 10 p.m., however USU
in Logan has labs open until midnight.
The student fee allocation committee
funds computer labs for a handful of
students to use. If students are not using
them, why are tax payers and student
fees funding them?

It’s easy to talk a big game, rhetoric is what
gets you elected, but sentiment means little
when evidence casts light on what kind of
leader you truly are. It’s great to say that you
are proud to be an American, but what are you
taking pride in? That we are 22nd in the world
in science literacy? Or how about we are only
the seventh most literate country? We are third
in median-house income.
What exactly makes us so amazing that
the world should continue to look to us as
examples? The party divisions are deeper than
they have been in a century, and for no reason.
Conservatives are outraged at the lack of
things democrats are doing to outrage them,
fishing for things to get angry about. Liberals
are unflinching, unwilling to reach a middle
ground on issues the other half feel strongly
about. What happened to the moderate? Both
world wars were fought after the moderates
were cast out. We must reach a middle ground
in order to restore civility.
It’s no secret I’ve been feeling the Bern since
the early days. But what does it say about the
unfounded outrage of our nation that I’m afraid
to put a sign in my yard for fear of property
damage? I dislike Ted Cruz’s policies, but never
doubt the patriotism of his supporters, same
with Hillary Clinton’s and John Kasich’s. When
did we get so afraid of differing views that we
began questioning each others integrity? Our
arguments are so reactionary that we care
little for facts, or even what a person actually
thinks. Saying all liberals want free things is
the same as saying all conservatives are racists,
ludicrous and shameful viewpoints.
Some rhetoric I’ve noticed coming from
both factions for years now is the miserable
job we are doing to take care of our service
people after they return from deployment and
leave military life. It’s a popular thing to say

you support the troops but the evidence shows
our leaders could care less.
Donald Trump shook hands with some
soldiers and Republicans went into a tizzy,
shouting how patriotic he must be. President
Obama forgot to solute a Marine once and
Fox News still hasn’t shut up about it. The
truth of the matter is, nobody cares about our
troops at the capital because nothing is being
done. A Democrat is in the White House, but
Republicans control the Senate and House, it’s
both their faults.
I’m going to offer my suggestion on how we
support our veterans, this may sound strange
but hear me out. A minimum wage; you read
that right, a minimum wage for all veterans
of all branches of the military. A program
funded by the federal government where,
no matter what job our veteran may have,
a subsidy would ensure that hero makes no
less than $25 an hour. Employers will pay at
least the legal minimum wage and the subsidy
provides the rest.
Where will this money come from? The
Panama Papers casts a bright shining light on
how corrupt the wealthiest members of our
country are, perhaps they could foot the bill.
Have you been paying attention to how much
money goes into Super PACS for candidates?
Maybe those benefactors could put their money
where their mouths are. A Javelin missile
costs $80,000, that’s a rocket held by a kid
who doesn’t make that in two years, fired at
a guy who doesn’t make that in a lifetime. So
my most radical suggestion would be that we
stop fighting endless wars and take care of the
mess we are making at home.
I don’t care if your pro-life,
pro-coal or pro-guns, be proveteran, that’s something we
should all agree on. It’s a small
step, but rallying together in a
common cause we both claim to
be in favor of, that’s what make
America great.

Theocracy in Utah’s politics pits church in hands of legislature
Alex Holt

staff writer
alexanderholt.usa@gmail.com
Many across the nation associate Utah with
three things: Moab, skiing and the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This article sadly isn’t about Moab
or skiing, so we will move right along to
the influence that the LDS Church has in
Utah’s politics, particularly in the 2016 Utah
Legislative Session that ended March 10.
It is important to note that even though it
is said that there is a complete separation of
church and state, sometimes the LDS religion
weighs in on some issues like SB73 and SB107.
SB73 was introduced in late January: the
Medical Cannabis Act, which would legalize
medical marijuana upon recommendation
from the patient’s doctor. Senator Mark
Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs) proposed the
bill.

Soon after it was introduced, it competed
against another bill sponsored by Sen. Evan
Vickers (R-Cedar City). The difference
between the bills was the extraction of the
psychoactive chemical THC.
Then, the LDS Church came out against
Sen. Madsen’s bill releasing this statement
by spokesman Eric Hawkins, “Along with
others, we have expressed concern about
the unintended consequences that may
accompany the legalization of medical
marijuana, we have expressed opposition to
Sen. Madsen’s bill because of that concern.
We are raising no objection to the other bill
that addresses this issue.”
Sen. Madsen later said that because of the
church’s statement, two senators had switched
sides and started to oppose the bill, which was
later defeated.
KUTV reported that after the bill was
defeated it denied the opportunity for at least
one family to return to their home in Utah, as

the provisions of the bill would allow whole
use of the plant.
Having full use of the plant helps control
stroke and seizure symptoms and does not have
the same side effects as prescription medicine.
SB107 is a bill that amended modified
provisions regarding hate crimes in Utah; it
was sponsored by Sen. Stephan H. Urquhart
(R-St. George).
SB107 was designed to strengthen the
weak laws that govern hate crimes in Utah
because current laws didn’t include protections
for gender, gender identity, sexual orientation
and disability.
The Church moved against the bill and
released a prepared statement given by
church spokesman Dale Jones, “The Utah
Legislature achieved something extraordinary
last year in arriving at legislation that
protected both religious liberty rights and
LGBT rights. Interests from both ends of the
political spectrum are attempting to alter that

balance. We believe that the careful balance
achieved through being fair to all should be
maintained.”
While the LDS Church opposed the bill,
Equality Utah, the Catholic Diocese of Salt
Lake City, and the Statewide Association of
Prosecutors and the American Civil Liberties
Union, among others, endorsed it.
Sen. Urquhart later apologized for the
Church’s statement and was disappointed
when the bill was defeated in early March.
These two bills, SB73 and SB107, were
defeated by the power that the Mormon Church
has in the state’s politics and whether that is
good or bad is up to Utahans to decide.
What Utah must decide for
the 2017 session is whether or
not the Church should have this
role and it is entirely up to you
when you vote for your state
senators and representatives
this November.

BYU’s Honor Code; a help or a hinderance for sexual assault victims?
Rodrigo Leon

prevented Barney from registering
for classes.
She is an out-of-state student and
needs to be enrolled to get financial
aid which allows her to stay in Utah.
Johnson has repeatedly asked BYU
to postpone its investigation on the
basis that they need Barney to stay
in Utah and the university shouldn’t
legally have the information.
The sad thing is that this isn’t the
only time the BYU Honor Code has
being used against rape survivors.
On April 7, other rape survivors
told their stories about how the
Honor Code was used against them.
Several people spoke and began a
petition requesting BYU changes
its use of the Honor Code when it
comes to reporting rape.
Many students at BYU claimed
that BYU uses the Honor Code
against rape survivors on a regular

staff writer
leon.rodrigo29@hotmail.com
In September 2015, Madi Barney, a Brigham Young University
student, was raped in her off-campus apartment and reported the
rape to the police who began the
investigation. Soon after the report
came into the Utah County Police
Department, Edwin Randolph, a
deputy sheriff and friend of the
accused attacker, released the case
file to BYU’s Honor Code office.
BYU began their own investigation against Barney. Utah County
Attorney Craig Johnson asked BYU
to postpone their investigation so
Barney can stay in Utah to finish
this investigation, but BYU refused
to postpone the investigation and

Monday

Tuesday

basis. BYU launches an Honor Code
violation when a rape is reported at
the school. When the rape is first reported an investigation is launched
and campus officials begin to ask
“what happened that night?” From
this question they launch a Honor
Code investigation to see if the survivor has broken Honor Code which
means expulsion without ability to
reapply for two years.
The worst part is, the Honor
Code violation is predicated off of
both the word of the survivor and
their rapist, since those investigations are only based on preponderance of evidence. This means that if
both are the only two in the area or
if the attacker’s friends back up their
story, they will likely get expelled.
The unique thing about this case
is that this rape wasn’t reported to
BYU. The attacker’s friend gave

Wednesday

Campus events

& other holidays & activities

April 21 - May 7
USU Eastern online calendar:
www.usueastern.edu/price/calender/

25

World Penguin Day

26

10 a.m. Piano
Recital (TBA)

27

Administrative
Professionals Day

Thursday

21

The Eagle published
6 p.m. Closing
Social
7 p.m. Chamber
Choir Spring
Concert
7:30 p.m. Rumors
noon Graduation
Practice, BDAC

28

7 p.m. You are the
“U” in U.S.A. Open
Auditions

BYU the case file illegally, yet BYU
is still pursuing a case against them.
This type of Honor Code investigation against the survivors
has immense chilling effects on
rape reporting at BYU. The fear
of being kicked out of school for
reporting means that many rapes
go unreported. BYU acknowledges
this yet “doesn’t apologize” for this
use of the Honor Code. The problem is that they are criminalizing
rape survivors. They have given
no justification for why they have
been using the Honor Code in this
manner. Now ask yourself should
it be okay for BYU to use illegally
obtained information to punish a
woman after she’s been sexually assaulted? That is this case alone, but
is it okay for BYU to punish people
who have been sexually assaulted
for reporting this crime. Is the Honor

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Friday

8 a.m. Free Breakfast
noon Baseball @
USUE
7:30 p.m. Rumors

29

USU Eastern
Blanding
Commencement
10 a.m. Voice
Recital (TBA)
noon Baseball
(away)
9 p.m. Institute
Dance

Code more important than the law
or these survivor’s health or any
sense of justice?
BYU refused to halt their investigations which are putting the
rape case in danger of failing. How
is it acceptable to potentially allow
a rapist free because the Honor
Code may or may not have been
broken? They care more about this
“Honor Code” than the health of
their students. If the Honor Code is
supposed to support good Christian
values, then why would it allow a
criminals to go free, why would
it punish the victims,
why would it ignore
the pleas of those who
need help?
On Tuesday April
19, the Salt Lake Trisee Honor Code
on page 3

Saturday

23

noon Baseball @
USUE
7:30 p.m. Rumors

30
10 a.m.USU
Eastern Price
Commencement
noon Baseball
(away)

Weekly

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mon-Fri “Student
Art Show”
Gallery East in
CIB, free, open
to public
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mon-Sat
“The Other
Side of Utah
Art Exhibit”
USU Eastern
Prehistoric
Museum,
regular museum
admission

The Eagle

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April 21, 2016
Late night breakfast

Rafael Silkskin:

First job gone wrong, Part XI Final Installment
Kiara Horowitz
staff writer
elircsdragon@gmail.com

I knelt on the floor, clutching
Prince Bradmir close to me.
“Is he okay?” Captain asked.
I nodded, “A little shaken, but
no harm done.”
Captain shook his head, “She
got away.” He stood up holding
onto a chair for support.
“She always does,” I snorted.
“I should know.” I glanced at
him, “Why did you confront
Melanie?”
Captain met my gaze. “I
heard you yelling and decided to
check it out.” He nodded, “You
were right.”
“So, you’re letting me go?” I
said hopefully.
“Give me the Prince and
leave before I change my mind,”
Captain said. Grinning, I stood
and passed the child over to him.
“I must be mad,” he muttered.
“We’re all mad Captain,” I
said. “That’s what keeps us sane.”
He glared at me. “Get out.”
I ran to the window, opening
it and leaped out. Landing on the
patrol wall below, I jumped over
the side. Back on the ground, I
ran for my freedom. I didn’t stop
until I reached a stream not far
from camp. I fell to my knees on

its bank and pulled off the mask.
I threw it into the water where it
dissolved. Glad to be rid of it, I
splashed water on my face and
scrubbed vigorously. A bit of
my magic was back and I used
it to return my hair from gray
back to apricot. I sat back on my
heals, enjoying the cool breeze
for a moment.
Getting to my feet, I walked
through the trees to our camp site.
The clearing was clean without a
trace of us ever being there. I walk
over to the large tree where our
hut used to be. Squatting down,
I dug through the leaves until I
found my pack. I knew Randolf
would leave it for me. Opening,
it the first thing I saw was my
holster. I smiled, I really am lucky
to have Randolf for a teacher.
Finding a clean set of clothes I
changed, and shoved the filthy
clothes down into the pack as far
as they would go. Strapping on
my holster, I picked up my bag
and made my way to the road.
As I walked into town, the
sky to the east glowed pale on
the horizon. Since it was still
early morning, the only people
out were late night party victims
and shop owners. I walked past
them avoiding eye contact and
entered a tavern on the main street
called “The Cherry Tree.” It was
Randolf’s favorite place, but then

he had a weakness for cherries.
The workers were cleaning up
from the night’s excitement. I
stayed out of their way and took
a seat at the bar next to Randolf.
Randolf sat sipping a cherry
wine, not looking at me. “I
thought I told you not to take
forever.”
“I didn’t,” I muttered. The bar
maid approached me. “One pint
of cherry ale please.” She walked
away to get my order.
“So how did it go?” Randolf
asked.
“Everything is happily ever
after,” I reported. The bar maid
returned with my drink and put
it down in front of me. She held
out her hand expectantly.
Randolf pulled out some
money. “It’s on me,” he said,
giving it to her. She left us alone
with our drinks. Randolf finally
looked at me. “So, how do you
feel, finishing your first job?”
I picked up my drink with a
groan and downed a good portion of it.
“That good, huh?”
I lowered the tankard. “You’re
doing the next one.”
Randolf smiled. Shaking my
head I wondered if my first job
could of gone any worse. Considering what happened, I’d done my
best. I returned Randolf’s smile,
feeling better about myself.

Last Will and Testaments

Make your mark; you never know who is watching
Most of you don’t know me and that is okay, I don’t
know most of you. I am a girl who likes to hide in her
room. I am an introvert with extroverted tendencies. I
am comfortable talking to people once the conversation
started, but don’t like to be the one to start a conversation. Once you get to know me, however, you usually
can’t get me to shut up, especially about things I am
passionate about.
One of the things I am most passionate about is my
education. I started at Utah State University Eastern
when it was still the College of Eastern Utah fall 2009.
I was the first graduating class of USU-CEU and
earned an associate of arts degree. I took a year off
before returning to school where I spent a year and a
half taking pre-requisite classes for nursing, before I
found my true calling in life, social work.
Now I am all set to graduate with a bachelor’s of
social work degree and will walk the stage April 30
with many of you. Can I be the first to say, congrats on a
job well done? Not everyone makes it to where you are
right now. I am the second person in my family to get an
associate degree and the first to get a bachelor’s degree.
Never be afraid of taking a path that seems difficult
or unfamiliar. One of my favorite poems, “The Road
Not Taken,” by Robert Frost ends with this stanza, “I
shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and
ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I

Photo by Emilee Merrill/The Eagle

USUE students gather together for a late night breakfast at the Eagle Cafe after a full night of fun
with a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” showing, casino night and hypnotist show. Foods served
included eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, fruit and waffles with multiple options of toppings.

The Panama Papers: the evil of offshore trading
Nathan Pena

staff writer
nathanjp98@gmail.com
The business world was rocked
with scandal as a corporate service
provider, Mossack Fonseca leaked
11.5 million documents and records
that reveal information on more
than 214,000 offshore companies
connected to people in more than
200 territories and countries.
These records consists of holdings of world political leaders, global scandals and details of dealings
with drug traffickers, billionaires
and celebrities as well as the Syrian
Air Force’s bombing efforts. These
records and documents have been
dubbed the Panama Papers.
The Panama Papers lists different entities and individuals that
participated in offshore trading
through tax havens, most of which
have a large political standing in

the global table. Members cited in
the Papers include King Salman
bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman
Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia;
Vladimir Putin, president of Russia
along with the Presidents of Ukraine
and Argentina.
Through the information of the
Panama Papers, these individuals
have been in connection with the
Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca,
the firm that leaked the documents.
The firm is a key player in the
industry as it helps powerful entities
protect their assets by transferring
them to areas around the world
where jurisdiction on finance and
business are relatively low. The
leaked documents revealed that the
clients have been involved with arms
dealings, drug trafficking, financial
fraud and human-rights crimes.
These involvements are not
without consequences. Beneath
millions of documents are real victims of offshore trading. In Russia,

orphaned girls as young as 13 are
kidnapped and sold to others for
sex. In Uganda, a company aided
by Mossack Fonseca, was able to
avoid paying $400 million dollars in
taxes by transferring the company’s
main address from one tax haven
to another.
Because of this, Ugandan families remain starving and undernourished as well as their hospitals and
other public institutions lacking the
proper equipment.
The Panama Papers are being
investigated by the International
Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who were given the
documents by a German newspaper
Süddeutsche Zeitung, who was given the documents by an anonymous
source. Had it been left unchecked,
the world of offshore trading would
continue to propagate among companies and the crimes individuals
and entities have committed would
remain buried.

took the one less traveled by, and that has made all
the difference.” I chose a path that was not without its
obstacles. Like many of you, I struggled with money,
finding a job, paying for college and making my life
work the way I wanted. I persevered and you can as well.
Naeem Callaway said, “Sometimes the smallest step
UPA was created in 1893 to represent Utah’s publishcontinued from front page
in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of
ers. The organization is Utah’s oldest trade association.
your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.” You never
“Utah has great newspapers representing every area It’s website reads, “as an organization, we represent
know where you may end up, but you won’t get there
of the state and the Eastern student’s work is judged Utah’s finest, most respected journalism. UPA annually
without taking that first step. Never give up on your
against other universities plus professionals. Winning in recognizes excellence in the state’s newspapers and
dreams, for you never know where they may lead you.
any category is a real honor,” adviser Susan Polster said.  presents awards to industry leaders.”
Let me leave you with these last words from Louis
Leo “Lou” Holtz, “This is the beginning of a new day.
You have been given this day to use as you will. You
Lisa. Married for more than 26
continued from front page
can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is
years, they are devoted to their two
important because you are exchanging a day of your
Justice to wittingly observe: “It is working on the family ranch spread daughters Alexandra and Katherine.
life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be one
truly my Big Fat Greek Confirma- across Carbon and Emery counties.
Upon graduating from law
forever; in its place is something that you have left
tion proceeding.”
He spent endless hours riding horses, school, Justice Himonas returned to
behind...let it be something good.”
His daughter, Katherine, calls driving cattle and mending fences. Utah and spent 15 years working as a
So go, be free, my friends. Wander out into that great
her father, “the quintessential suc- His mother opened a beauty shop in litigator for a Salt Lake City law firm.
big world full of adventures, trials and successes and
cess story.”
In 2004 he was selected by Gov.
Price in the 1970’s and they taught
make your mark on the world. You never know who is
Himonas is a great example of their son to work and study hard.
Olene Walker to preside over the 3rd
watching, now or in the future, that wants to follow in
the special people who make up
Himonas flourished in debate at District Court where, as a trial judge
your footsteps. Show them that what was one a daunting
this immigrant-rich region of Utah; Carbon High School and graduated for more than a decade, he oversaw
task, is achievable. Get ready for your new beginning.
those who embody hard-working, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta thousands of cases, including more

family-loving values; individuals Kappa from the University of Utah than 100 jury trials, all of which
-April Miller
with innate humanity, a strong in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in exacted his full attention.
sense of community and deep love economics. He received his juris
In Feb. 2015, Gov. Gary Herbert
of education.
doctorate degree from the University nominated him to the Utah Supreme
He is the only child of George of Chicago in 1989, where, more Court where he was unanimously
and Chris Himonas and grew up importantly, he also met his wife confirmed by the Utah Senate.

Awards

Speaker

Looking forward by looking back
It is said, “All good things must come to an end.”
This is true for me as my time at Utah State University
Eastern comes to an end.
Like so many of the students at USU Eastern I came
here for the “cheap” tuition, small campus and the great
scholarship they offered me with no feeling for Price,
Utah, whatsoever. However, over the past four years,
well more like two because of a two-year break for an
LDS mission, I have truly come to love and appreciate
the town and the campus here in Price.
To continue with this “farewell” paper I would like
to congratulate all of those who are graduating this semester whether with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
I, like many of you, had no idea of what to study
when I first entered into college. After three semesters
of just focusing on completing generals, and having a
lot of fun, things sort of just fell into place for me to
become a special education teacher, with a minor in
American Sign Language. It is because of this decision
in my life that I have to leave the quaint and amazing
city of Price.
As I look back at my time here, there are some
people I would like to thank for their help in helping
get to where I am today.
First I want to thank my parents for their love and

Honor Code
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bune revealed that Barney has filed a
federal suit against BYU for blocking
her from registering for classes after she
reported rape to the police. BYU has since
said they are reviewing the relationship
between its Title IX department and its
Honor Code board.

Congr at s
2015-2016

Graduates!

support in all that I do. My parents are some of the
hardest working people I know. They both have had jobs
since way before I was born to support their children,
and help them become strong and independent adults.
My parents have seen so much potential in me for many
years that I just barely started noticing in myself only a
couple of years ago. I know with support I can obtain
my goals. Thanks Mom and Dad for all you do for me.
Next I would like to thank my professors that I have
had since beginning college. I have had many great
professors that have helped me become the responsible
adult that I have become since entering college. One
professor in particular is Susan Polster. Under her, I have
blossomed, and I am proud to have her as a great friend.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who ever
smiled, waved, talked or spent time with me in any way.
College would be so boring without friends or acquaintances. So thank you so much for making my time in
Price worth all the stress, sad times and happy times
worth it. I’m truly grateful for everyday I’ve spent here.
With so many great memories from Price, I look
forward to making more as I move onto Logan. I love
you all. Good luck with all your future endeavors


-Emilee Merrill

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April 7, 2016

Annual USU Eastern Student Art Exhibit at Gallery East

USU Eastern’s Art Department hosts the Annual Juried Student Art

Show from April 14-29 at the Central Instructional Building’s Gallery
East. The art show was open to all USU Eastern students to submit work
and includes all art forms and media.
Previous USU Eastern student art shows included a variety of media
including oil painting, drawing, graphic arts, printmaking, photography
and ceramics. “I am pleased that, in addition to drawing and
painting, we had photography and 3-D Design classes this
year, so I was excited to see the quality of work submitted
this year,” says gallery director, Noel Carmack.
A reception and awards ceremony will be on Thursday,
April 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. Students, family, and the public
are welcome to attend. The gallery is free and open to
the public during the academic year from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
If you have any questions, contact Noel Carmack at 435.613.5241
or by email at noel.carmack@usu.edu.

Jaycie Miller advising at USUE since 2016
Casey Warren
staff writer
email@gmial.com

Jaycie Miller is a new addition to the Utah State University
Eastern campus. She was hired
and began her career in the spring
2016 semester. “I am an academic
advisor and I cover students with
last names R-Z, anyone in the
Huntsman School of Business and
anyone getting a bachelor degree.”
She has received her degrees
through two different universities. “I have both my bachelor’s
and master’s in social work. I
went to USU in Logan for the
BSW and then the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for
my MSW.”
Loving her experience at Utah
State made Miller’s career choice

an easy one. “I absolutely, 100
percent, no doubt about it, loved
my time at Utah State. From the
day I started working with students
up there, a month into my freshman year, I knew I wanted to stay
there. I felt like USUE was a great
place for me to start my career and
get back to a place that I loved.”
She has a love for the students
she serves. “I love learning about
my students and trying to help
them sort out the different pieces
of their lives. Life isn’t just about
school, so seeing and hearing my
students start to open up about
those other areas is really cool.
Building up those relationships
and getting students to trust me
are my favorite parts of my job.”
With such a great accomplishment, Miller deserves the right to
brag. “It’s super cheesy for an advi-

sor to be proud of her education, in mind for her next five years. “I
but I am. I was a first-generation feel like I should have more prostudent and grew up in a house fessional goals, but the first ones
where education
that came to mind
was the goal, but
were first, road
there wasn’t a set
trip to or through
plan to get there.
every state: HaI worked ridicuwa i i exclud e d,
lously hard and
Alaska included.
got my bachelors
I’ve made it to 24
in three years. I
of them so far, so
got into an awethe plan is to keep
some program for
going. Second, my
my masters and
birthday falls on
finished that in a
the Super Bowl
year. I know what
every few years. It
it’s like to work
will happen again
Jaycie Miller
three jobs, go to
within the next
school full time
five, so I think it
and still have a life. It was crazy would be awesome to get tickets
hard, but I did it even when life for my birthday. This one is a little
tried to get in the way.”
more crazy, but still possible.”
She has some exciting goals
Life experience has taught

Miller an important lesson. “Don’t
be afraid of chaos. I don’t mean
you have to enjoy it all the time,
but just don’t be afraid of it. We
all have our comfort zones and
everything outside of them is a
little scary. But over time you
learn to master more and more
of the craziness, and there is less
that can scare you. I haven’t always
liked my chaos, but I’ve learned
that it won’t last forever.”
If she could choose to live
during any time period, she would
choose 1867 as well as 1692. “I’d
like to go to 1867 if I could be
in the South. It’s after the Civil
War, and I think it would be cool
to meet people who went through
it and see how they rebuilt. My
other one would be 1692 in Salem,
Mass. so I could know more about
the witch trials. That’s one part of

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”
Nathaniel Woodward
editor in chief
new.rmsd@gmail.com

Nearly a decade into the Marvel cinematic universe
phenomena, the most anticipated film to date is only
weeks away and the Internet is abuzz with fan theories
making guesses as to the plot and storyline of the
film. Perhaps the most hotly debated topic would be
the question of which one of our beloved superheroes
will not make it out of “Captain America: Civil War”
alive. If you wish to go into this experience completely
uneducated on the source material, avoiding possible
spoilers, stop reading now, those of you who remain, let’s
discuss some possibilities of which masked vigilante
may be leaving us.
1-Lt. Colonel James Rhodes/Iron Patriot/War
Machine. Iron Man staple and fan-favorite Rhodey
played by talented actor Don Cheadle is a contender for
this tragic honor. The most obvious clue comes from
the first trailers released for the film which shows a
unconscious and possibly deceased Iron Patriot being
held by a distraught Tony Stark. This would clearly give
enough fuel to the fire to spark an all out Cap vs. Iron
Man brouhaha but would Marvel make it that obvious?

I’d say there is much more to Rhodey’s story line than
an early death.
2-Ant Man/Scott Lang. This is out there, but hear
me out. Paul Rudd’s portrayal of cat burglar turned
super hero Scott Lang was so well received that talks
of his own major franchise were not only expected, but
demanded. Ant Man, like Guardians of the Galaxy was
so quirky and endearing that bringing Lang into such
a serious plot is very risky. However, killing off such a
fun-loving and likable character would seriously set the
mood for the rest of phase-three, signifying that truly,
nobody, however jovial, is safe.
3-Captain America/Steve Rogers. To fans of the
Civil War Comic Series, Cap is probably the strongest
candidate to meet his untimely demise. The series culminates in a beleaguered Captain America sacrificing
his freedom in order to protect his remaining superpowered friends. Only to have Crossbones (played by
Frank Grillo in the film) dispatch the beloved hero with
a sniper shot. So if this movie will remain true to the
source material, kiss our favorite good-ole-boy goodbye.
4-Black Widow and Hawkeye. Both these super
assassins have criss-crossed each Avengers storylines,
playing supporting roles while never stepping out significantly enough to warrant their own film. The little
glances we have gotten into their lives has painted a

very complex, but incomplete picture of the two buddies
whose bonds run far deeper than any other duo in the
Marvel franchise. Which is why they should both meet
their ends, at the hands of each other no less. These
two long-time allies are shown to be on different sides
of the conflict and naturally would be matched up in
the grand melee that surely must apex the film. Poetic
justice would see these two meet there ends in the most
Kafkaesque way possible.
5-Iron Man/Tony Stark. However unlikely, given
Robert Downey Jr.’s strangle hold on Marvel’s success,
this would make an interesting turn. In the first Avengers
film, Captain American accused Stark of not being the
one to take one for the team, this would be Iron Man’s
chance to prove him wrong. Tony sacrificing himself
for Steve, after everything, would catapult “Civil War”
into a whole new level of emotions, bringing Downey’s
character development to completion.
Whatever may come it is important to remember
how many movies in this saga remain and above all
to remember Marvel’s track record of keeping people
dead. Loki died, twice, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury, Bucky
Barnes, Pepper Pots and Groot have all seemingly met
Stan Lee (see what I did there?) yet walk among us today.
With the resurrection infinity stone still out there don’t
rule out a reappearance of any of our fallen heroes.

history that I definitely want to
know more about.”
Miller definitely lived the “college life” when she was a student.
“I loved the freedom of college
and how creative we could be to
entertain ourselves. My college
life was full of spontaneous things
like building mattress slides or
driving around town in a truck
tub or camping out for days for
football and basketball games.
Everything we did was random
and crazy, and it’s how I met my
best friends.”
She wants all students at USUE
to remember, “it’s okay to make
mistakes and not have it all figured
out right now. You’ll get it. Don’t
be afraid of new experiences
or doing something that sounds
ridiculous at the time. Those will
be the memories you keep forever.”

Preparing for
Miss Utah
If you’ve walked through the Jennifer
Leavitt Student Center in the past few weeks,
you may have noticed a box labeled “shoe
drive” greeting you on your way back from
classes. When seeing something like this, the
questions of who is sponsoring this and why
immediately pop up. If you’re searching for
these answers, look no further than Miss USU
Eastern Celeste Smith.
According to Smith, the shoe drive is a
project that is taken on by all of the contestants
of the Miss Utah pageant. The goal is to set up
donation boxes like the one seen in the JLSC
around the community to gather shoes for those
in need. A noble cause indeed, but where do
they go after the drive ends on May 7?
“The drive is held to benefit children and
families in West Africa,” Smith explains, “The
shoes are given to children in the area, or are
sold to help get clean water and help communities. It’s great!” With a requirement of 1,000
pairs of shoes, Smith has her hands full with
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Nathan Peña: 17-year-old student graduates with associate degree
Stacey Graven
staff writer
stcgraven06@gmail.com

Nathan Peña, a USU Eastern sophomore, is 17 and receiving
his associate degree on April 30. Born in Miami, raised in Saudi
Arabia and being Filipino provides Peña with a background quite
different and diverse than those in the states.
“Being born in the states was a coincidental blessing in disguise,”
he said. His parents were visiting the states when his mother became
sick. Doctors advised her to not travel. This allowed him the chance
of being a U.S. citizen.
At a young age, his parents instilled in him the goodness of the
states and the culture. For example, he was introduced to cartoons
like Tom and Jerry as well as DC/Marvel, Harry Potter and Star Wars.
Before Peña attended kindergarten, his parents taught him
how to read and write. Being bored in the class where he already
knew the material, he tested out of kindergarten and moved onto
first grade where he took another test, moving to second grade. He
said, “Whatever it takes,” to learn and continue in school, so be it.

As he progressed through school, Peña realized his life in school
had become a, “series of AP’s and A’s.” He joined many school clubs
that occupied lots of his time, but never was distracted from his
studies. He was in a school where boys and girls attended classes
in different buildings.
When high school came, things seemed to change. He said, “I
came to think that knowing things was taboo.” With the popularity contest of high school and trying to fit in, his grades dropped a
little. Realization hit soon thereafter.
Peña said, “I got to the point that I didn’t care what anyone else
thought and realized that high school isn’t life.” The same can be
said of college.
When his senior year came around, “the term college was on
everyone’s minds.” His father helped him find a college that suited
him. His father suggested USU and that’s when they found the USU
Eastern extension. The only question that arose then was, “whether
it would be Blanding or Price.”
When he chose Price, Peña chose a few of his favorite things about
being here. He immediately liked the mountains and recognized how
“everyone seems friendly in Utah. It’s a different feeling and vibe
than other states.” That’s something he noticed right away. Everyone

looks for a friend in college and he found and made many friends.
He said, “College is really not as scary as it first seems. I’ve
come to learn how to pass through
mistakes and hurdles. There is always that glimmer of hope.” Even
though everyone experiences their
own hurdles, there are ways to
overcome them.
Reaching the end of his last
semester at Eastern, Peña is making plans for the future. His, “main
goal is to get into law school.” He’ll
continue in history and business,
then take time for an LDS mission.
When he comes back, he hopes to
enter BYU.
He said, “there are so many opportunities in the states. You can’t
deny the possibility of a better future
for you. The future isn’t as bleak as
it seems.”
Nathan Peña

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April 21, 2016

Tim Riley and the museum
Mara Wimmer

During his career Riley has
traveled to many locations to
staff writer
work on or examine sites. “I have
miloveheart@gmail.com
worked in Arizona, Nevada, New
Mexico, Utah, Texas, Wisconsin,
At Utah State University East- Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and
ern, students can take many diverse Michigan, that is it in the U.S. and
classes. One of the classes offered in the American Somoas.
at USUE is Anthropology 1010
“If there is something like a
which is taught by Tim Riley, the pipeline or rail line, you might just
curator for the USUE prehistoric be going through and identifying
museum. Riley is
where a site is, in
an anthropologist
that situation I have
mainly focused on
worked on hundreds
paleoethnobotany,
of sites. But, if you
which is the study
are going to go back
of how people used
and test it to see if it is
plants in the past.
eligible for the criteria
“Paleo means
under the law, I have
old. Ethno is peoworked on maybe a
ple, right? Ethnicity,
hundred sites around
ethnography. And
the U.S., maybe a
then botany which
couple more than that.
Tim Riley
is plants,” Riley said.
And the full on, what
“One of the best
they call data recovery
ways we can understand what or mitigation which would be like
people ate in the past, they ate a complete excavation, would probmostly plants and animals, is by ably be along the order of fifty or so.”
looking at their remains.
Riley has been the anthropology
“I was an undergraduate who professor three years and the curator
worked at a site in New Mexico. For at the museum for four years. The
my senior undergraduate thesis, I museum is a federal repository and
looked at plants from that site and an accredited museum that means it
how they used them. They were is required to have professionals on
corn farmers but, they ate a lot of staff to take care of the collections.
wild plants too. I thought that was At the museum, there are about 60
neat and decided I am interested in exhibits and 15 dinosaurs on display;
substinance, I want to study how including one of the most complete
people made their food living in mammoths in the Americas.
the past. So, paleoethnobotany
“A lot of my job is working
was a good way to go about that.” with these collections,” Riley said.

“Either doing research on them or
Along with the opportunity
maintaining them, checking the to volunteer, Riley is looking for
conditions and dealing with issues a student to intern with him. The
if they need repair or stabilization, intern would work with him on the
accepting new collections found on excavation site through the summer
federal land today.”
and the next academic school year.
Along with his work at the The student will also be able to comuseum and at the college, Riley author a paper with Riley.
is working on an active site in East
“They can contact me,” Riley
Carbon. He is looking for students said, “or stop by the museum.
to volunteer and help on the exca- Students, faculty and staff all get in
vation site.
for free. So, you can always come
“It is a house that was lived in in and say you are here to see Tim
a thousand years ago by people Riley and if I am around, I’d be
we call the Fremont,” Riley said. able to see you. Or you can email
“The Fremont were corn farmers me at tim.riley@usu.edu or at my
who lived at the same time as the office at 435.613.5290.”
more famous
ancestors, the
Pueblo. These
people lived in
smaller communities, sort
of hamlets or
farmsteads.
“The one
I am looking
at is basically
what is called
a ‘pit house.’
It is a structure
that they dug
partially into
the ground and
then roofed.
I am always
lo ok i ng for
students [to
photo courtesy Tim Riley
help] if they
want to volun- Riley and Chancellor Peterson out in the field.
teer.”

USUE business students bring home awards
Nathan Pena

staff writer
nathanjp98@gmail.com
Seven USU Eastern PBL
Business students competed in
the Future Business Leaders
of America state leadership
conference at Snow College in
Richfield, Utah, bring home
six awards.
This PBL conference included several events where colleges
from throughout Utah compete
in categories centered on areas in
business and entrepreneurship.
“Our students participated

very well,” stated to Henning Olsen, head of USU Eastern’s Business Club. “They were dressed
appropriately and represented
USUE in a professional manner.”
Students representing Eastern at the conference included
Christian Biese, Jacob Alvarado,
David Colorado, Terrill Benally,
Nathan Pena, Josie Ramstetter
and Allison Scott.
Biese brought home four
awards: third place in impromptu speaking, fifth place in
public speaking, third place in
business presentations and third
place with Alverado in business

decision making. Pena placed
fifth in impromptu speaking
while the team of Ramstetter
and Scott placed second in
emerging business issues.
“This was the first-time
conference for these USUE
students. Most of the students
who attended had never been
to a business meet,” Olsen
said.
“With this experience
behind them, they will know
what to expect next time. The
best part of the event was to
photo by Emilee Merrill
witness students discover their Eastern students who attended the
potential in business.”
competition

Setting the record straight:

The Higgs Boson
Nathaniel Woodward
editor in chief
new.rmsd@gmail.com

Existence is a tricky puzzle to solve, the philosophy of it has
torn us apart for thousands of years, however beyond the subjective
conveniences of belief there is a reality which exists where we search
for answers using testable and falsifiable methods. Sometimes we
search and are disappointed and sometimes we discover something
new and have to rewrite everything, such is the nature of discovery
through the scientific method.
Science does not care what you believe and frankly that stinks. If
only I could will my desires into existence. Like any academically
inclined person, my theories and ideas are hard-won and dear to me
yet regardless of how much I wish for them to be true, I must accept
a reality in which they are not.
The answers we seek through science are often frustrating, if they
fit our hypothesis at all they may take decades or centuries to prove.
Such is the case in a theory proposed by Dr. Peter Higgs in 1964
which could explain precisely how our existence is even possible.
Everything on our scale: humans, plants, bugs, clouds, mountains,
planets, stars and galaxies are possible because of gravity, the glue
that holds everything big together. Gravity’s existence depends
upon an object having mass, but mass was difficult to explain, why
something had mass had no real world explanation.
This question was examined by Higgs and a team of physicists
and what they proposed was a medium which subatomic particles
could travel which gave them the characteristics required to gain
mass. Therefore forming the universe in which we live. Named the
Higgs Field, this theoretical medium consisted of countless bosons
(particles which can exists in the same quantum location) packed
together, as a particle moved through, depending on how massive it
was, it interacted with the field either a lot (more mass) or a little (less).
A good way to visualize the Higgs Field is by thinking of a pool
of water, the water is the field and objects moving through it are the
particles gaining mass. A larger object like a whale moving through
water would meet a lot of resistance in the pool and therefore move
more slowly making it interact more while a smaller/slimmer object
like a dolphin would cut through the water quickly, interacting less.
Since the discovery of the Higgs particle was a major announcement, many are aware that it was indeed found to exist, confirming
the decades old theory. However, what real-world applications does
this discovery have? The Higgs Boson fills in a gap of our standard
model of particles, which gives us more to work with as we test
other theories and ideas.
What is particularly interesting is the information the existence
of the Higgs gives us in trying to understand dark matter, something
thought to make up a hefty majority of mass in the universe. If we
can either confirm or observe dark matter, countless doors will be
open to us, changing everything we know about our cosmos.
Science and its methods can be summed up by the
word “potential.” Potential is a double-edged sword
as its implications can swing drastically from the
exhilarating to the tragic. How we wield this awesome power will define us as a species, will we
build or destroy, inspire or dishearten, discover
or ignore. It is not immune to bias, atrocities and
controversy, but we must make a decision. Who
are we going to be?

Cooking with Toby:

Shish kebabs

Tainá Soranzo: business management major
Jorge Lascano

photographer
quitoyecuador@gmail.com
Two sisters from Veranópolis, Brazil, set
their dreams of playing volleyball in the United
States. In fact one sister, Tainá Soranzo was so
exited, that she took a year of English classes
while still living in Brazil.
“Being an athlete is what affects the school
I decide to go,” This is how Soranzo decided to
attend to Des Moines Area Community College,
USU Eastern and her next university.
Her sister came to the U.S. in 2012 to play
volleyball for DMACC in Iowa. In 2013, she came
to her sister’s sophomore night, accompanied by
her parents. During that visit she signed a contract
to play volleyball at DMACC. They knew about
her because of her sister.
Soranzo started her bachelor’s degree in

business administration and management at
DMACC, as she went through her general studies and playing her first year of volleyball for the
community college.
When Soranzo was almost done with her

Taina Soranzo

first year, she got on the NJCAA website to see
if she could transfer and found USU Eastern. She

contacted Brittney Lee, volleyball head coach.
When she got an answer, it was to inform her
that she got a scholarship to come to USUE and
play for the volleyball team.
Soranzo is a sophomore at USU Eastern and
is planning to transfer to University of Northwestern Ohio, where she will continue her business
management studies.
Price is a small town Soranzo likes a lot. Not
because of the city, but because of the people.
“People here are really nice and always want to
know more about Brazil.” She says that she loves
when people show interest in learning more about
her culture and apparently everyone around Price
always ask her about her country all the time.
Soranzo knows that she has to graduate.
Although she works hard in the classroom, the
most important thing is her volleyball.
She plans on finishing her four-year program
and stay in the U.S. to work for few years before
going back to Brazil.

USUE takes home gold at SkillsUSA

USU Eastern’s technical students brought home two gold, five
silver and a bronze medal at one of
the largest SkillsUSA competitions
held in Salt Lake City, on April 1.
The two gold medal winners will
compete at the national SkillsUSA
competition this summer.

Automotive Technology
The automotive technology
department’s Robby Jewkes, who
is a Carbon High School student,
earned gold medal after defeating
23-high school students. Eastern’s
Robbie Mitchell earned a bronze
medal after defeating seven students
from college programs in the state.
“Only the top three students
from high schools and colleges were
recognized: six total and Eastern
took two of those awards,” Stan

Debate

Martineau, automotive instructor,
said.
In Job Skill Demonstration, students are given six minutes to teach
something they have learned as a
student. Eastern’s Phillip Raiche
placed second, which according to
Martineau, “was good considering
the projector would not work and he
had to change his presentation on the
spot.” Brett Allen placed fourth and
Joshua Begay placed fifth.
Other automotive students who
placed included Jessica White
who placed ninth overall, “placing
both our college students in the
top 10,” Martineau said. Baylan
Nelson placed 13th in high school
automotive.

Medical Assisting

Jessica Cocciolo won a gold

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one of the top debaters at Weber
and Spears reported the possibility
of adding three-new-policy teams
next year.
Spears said, “Those two really
paved the way for something great
at Eastern. People know we are
back and need to make sure they

remember that.” He receives phone
calls from all over the state about
potential debaters.
“Keep them coming! We have
alumni support and institutional
backing to make this program
great again. We are just getting
started,” he said.

medal in medical terminology.
She earned an associate of science
degree and is a limited practical
radiology technician, certified nursing assistant and plans to become a
radiology technician.

Welding

In individual welding, Eastern’s
Cameron Allred, won a silver medal
in collegiate welding while his
teammates: Ryland Barney, Joshua
Shoemaker and Dakota Lantz won a
silver medal in welding fabrication.
In high school welding, Nathan
Hyer placed fifth while his teammates of Trey Richardson, Jasper
Thayn and Jordan Hunter earned a
silver medal in welding fabrication.
Instructor Mason Winters was
extremely proud of his welders
and said they spent many hours

Miss Utah

dedicated to practice in preparation
for the competition. The fabrication
team had the task of building a
park bench from a specified bill of
materials using limited fabrication
tools and equipment.
“All of the competitions were
close between the front runners
and could have been won or lost by
only a few points. The competition
from other colleges is getting better,
which means we will have to step
up our game and return the gold to
our program next year.
“I like to see that the competition
is getting better because it will only
make everyone better as a whole,
making the Utah representatives
better and more prepared for the
National SkillsUSA conference,”
Winters said.

Toby Foster

staff writer
metastablechaos@hotmail.com
With the summer heat getting
closer, many people will be starting to have BBQs. A common entree that many people grill is shish
kebabs. Their origin comes from
the nomadic Bedouin culture of
the Middle East. It was used as
a way to eat using disposable
utensils that can be found easily.
In their original conception most
believe that they were just meat
on a stick however over time they
became more complex.
The most common kebabs
are made with beef, onions, bell
peppers and tomatoes. These
are easy to find and use. Many
grocery stores even sell pre-made
marinades and washes that would
work well with this combination.
Today, we have an extremely
wide variety of kebabs in existence. The Greeks have suvlaki
made for either lamb or pork. In
Armenia, meatballs are shaped
around the skewers and seasoned
with pepper and parsley. China
has a street food, called chuanr,
which is a deep-fried kebab.
These are made with any meat,
then served to on the go with










2 lbs of chicken breast
1 orange
1 cup olive oil
1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp minced garlic

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this one, but loves the opportunity to help.
Along with the Shoe Drive, Smith draws passion and experience from her personal platform
in the competition- Reading for Success. In
representing this campaign for literary learning in elementary students, she helped invest in
a personal passion of hers, and enjoys getting
younger children involved with that passion. “I

have always had a great love for reading. These
days, people think it’s not the most entertaining
thing to do, but I just love it, that’s why I chose
this platform”.
Smith said she grateful she chose Reading for
Success because she has been able to take a lot
from the experience, and has enjoyed getting to
work with elementary –aged children , showing

cumin and sesame oil.
I could go on, but we need to
talk about today’s recipe. Shish
Taouk is a Lebanese-citruschicken kebab. Lebanese food
is noted most often for its use of
citrus fruit and lack of red meat.
I found these delicious concoctions at a Mediterranean restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas. I
went home and found a recipe
for them and started modifying.
Two years later I think I finally
got it perfect.
Traditionally, shish taouk is
served over a bed of rice and
without vegetables accompanying it. Though, it does go well with
with potato and zucchini chunks.
When I make this, I follow
my recipe exactly, but I know
not every college student makes
as much as I do so here are some
suggestions on how to cut back
on cost. Canola oil makes a good
substitute for olive oil. Orange
extract can be used instead of
squeezing and zesting a fresh
orange. Cayenne pepper is pretty
expensive, especially if you do
not use it for many foods. Chili
powder and paprika can replace
it. Garlic powder can be used
instead of minced garlic, but it
is worth it to use minced garlic.
If a grill is not available, this can

Shish Taouk
Cut chicken into 1.5 inch squares. Place in a gallon
zip-lock bag. Zest about 1 tablespoon of the orange
peel. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice from
both halves into the bag with the chicken. Combine
the remaining ingredients into the bag and all to sit
in the refrigerator for 18 to 24 hours.
Skewer the chicken and grill over char coal. Serve
over a bed of rice.
them great literature and even getting to work
with these children to help them reach reading
goals and understand what they’re reading.
The Shoe Drive and Reading for Success
are programs that help people, and give Smith
invaluable knowledge, experience, and credibility
that she will need as she prepares for Miss Utah
on June 13-18 with hopes of making it the final
12 on the final day of the pageant, and ultimately
taking home the title of Miss Utah 2016.

Sports

Page 6

April 21, 2016

“Sophomore Day” for USU Eastern baseball

Landon Salva pitches against SLCC on the Eagle’s second to last home game of the season.

Cory McKendrick
sports writer
corymckendrick@gmail.com

Honoring the sophomores, law enforcement and a win against Salt Lake
Community College climaxed the USU
Eastern baseball team’s last home games
of the season.
USU Eastern honored the team’s nine
sophomores on April 7-8. The sophomores
on the team are: Austin Geurtsen, Brandon
Eyring, Cory McKendrick, Bennett Bradford, Manny Begay, Will Bierlein, Reggie
Gates, Jason Maughan and Christian Bonilla. The sophomores were accompanied
onto the field with parents and friends in
a pregame ceremony which also included
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day for
USUE.

“It was a great day to honor not only
our sophomores, who play a big role
on this team, but to honor the men and
women who fulfill the roles of protecting our community and country with
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It
was good to see so many fans out to see
the game and we were pleased with how
everything went, it was an excellent day,”
Coach Scott Madsen said.
The sophomores shined in game one
of their last home games at ColosimoCarlson Ballpark against SLCC. It started
with the Eagles striking first offensively
in the bottom of the first inning. Gates
reached base on a SLCC error and took
second on a wild-pitch and advanced to
third on a single from Bierlein. Freshman
Colton Hill drove in Gates to score the
game’s first run on a sacrifice ground ball
to the first baseman.

Freshman Colton Hill bats against SLCC on April 8, the Eagles won 5-4.

After a tough first couple innings where
SLCC scored four runs scattered over four
innings, starting pitcher, Bradford settled
in to keep the Eagles within striking
distance as the score remained 4-1 going
into the bottom of the seventh inning (of a
seven-inning game). Bradford threw three
consecutive scoreless innings to give the
Eagles a chance to comeback from the
three-run deficit.
Begay led off the seventh inning with
a single and was moved to second after
Nathan Hedberg singled. The Eagles had
the bases loaded following a McKendrick
single. Freshman Zac Lundell hit a ground
ball to the SLCC shortstop who misplayed
the ball, allowing Begay and Hedberg
to score and McKendrick to advance to
third base, bringing the score to 4-3 in
favor of SLCC.
Another sophomore chipped in to tie

the game at four when Gates singled to
bring home McKendrick and tie the game
4-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Bradford
took the mound to begin extra innings in
the top of the eighth inning. He held SLCC
scoreless in the inning giving the Eagles
the chance win the game in the bottom
of the eighth.
Again another sophomore got a big
inning going when Begay led off with a
walk. Trevor Mlait came in to pinch run
for Begay, with Hedberg up to bat. Hedberg
drew a walk to bring McKendrick to the
plate with zero outs and runners on first
and second.
McKendrick hit a ball over the left
fielder’s head to bring Mlait around to
score and win the game for the Eagles on
a walk-off RBI double. Bradford got the
win on the mound for the Eagles throwing
a complete game; eight innings pitched,

photos courtesy Tyson Chappell

striking out four SLCC hitters.
This is the second weekend in a row
that the Eagles have won the game in walkoff fashion, the previous weekend against
Colorado Northwestern Community College and then against SLCC. ColosimoCarlson Ballpark treated the team well in
its last home games of the season.
USUE dropped the last three games
of the series against SLCC losing 10-1,
8-0 and 10-1. The Eagles traveled to
Henderson, Nev., to play the No. 8-ranked
College of Southern Nevada Coyotes over
the weekend of April 15-16. The team lost
all four games in the series against CSN
by the scores of 4-0, 10-0, 4-1 and 5-3.
The Eagles travel to Twin Falls, Idaho,
to play the College of Southern Idaho in
the upcoming weekend of April 22-23.
Follow the Eagles baseball team with live
stats from CSI’s athletic webpage.

Coach Vando: finishes 4th year at USUE mens basketball helm
Tainá Soranzo

sports writer
tainasoranzo17@gmail.com
As Adjalma Vanderlei “Vando” Becheli
Jr. finishes his fourth year as coach at Utah
State University Eastern, he reflects on his
24 years in the coaching profession.
He came to Utah State University
Eastern in 2008 from Brazil. At first Coach
Vando was assistant coach two years of the
men’s team, after that, he served two years
as the assistant coach of the women’s team.
Vando always had the desire of coaching in the United States. He knew former
Eastern Coach Chris Craig well. Craig was
the one that made Vando’s dream come true
by asking Vando to help him in his program.
His program is going into the right

direction, Vando said. “I’m trying every
year to get my program involved in the
community. I know it is important for the
players to have contact with the community
and sense that he is representing our school
and this community.”
Coach Vando has a very simple philosophy, “Give the people who play for me
a chance to have fun playing basketball
and through basketball, prepare them to
have success in life with discipline and
hard work.”
He said, “In a junior college level, we
work with many second chance kids and
my job as a coach and as an educator, put
this kind of kid in a position that they can
have success in life using his gifts as a
basketball player plus a good student to
achieve their goals and for sure be a better
men in life.

“Discipline is everything. You have to
have discipline in your life if you want to
be a successful person. I try to show these
players the importance of discipline, try to

Coach Vando

make them understand and turn them on a
very disciplined person.”

As a coach, Vando tries to get better
every year by studying a lot, talking to other
coaches and watching basketball.
Another thing he does and believes is
one of the most important attributes
to improve every year as a coach is
he re-evaluates himself to find out
where and how he can improve.
Vando tries to assist and counsel
his players by helping them transfer
to a four-year school. If his players
ask him, he can give them his opinion
and concerns but, “At the end of the
day, I let them decide which school
they want to go.
“I never pushed anyone to go to
a certain school. I always told them
that they need to go where they feel
more comfortable to go.”
The person that had most influence

in Coach Vando’s life is his grandpa. His
grandpa taught him to be a good man, to
like and respect people and work hard for
everything he wants in life.
“You have to be a correct person and
have respect and then people will listen to
what you have to say,” he said.
Vando is proud of himself for what he
has achieved as a person, a role model and
coach. He said, “My whole life, I’m trying
to treat people with love and respect and
not to be unfair to anyone.”
Some of Coach Vando’s awards are
Coach of the Year in Brazil, 2004, head
coach; State Champion in Brazil undefeated (32–0), head coach; Conference
Champion, Utah State University Eastern,
2009-10, assistant coach; and third place
in NJCAA National Tournament, 2009-10,
assistant coach.

Larry Gelwix: the guru of guiding you to become your best in life
Edmond J. Sanders Jr.
sports writer
edmond_james@outlook.com

This semester
I don’t care about
your grades. Natu ra lly telling a
14-year-old boy this
will have him tangled, especially if
you’ve emphasized
the importance of
academic excellence preceding, but have
him exultant as well.
Son, I don’t care about your grades, I
care about you. I care about you giving
your best every time in order to be your
best. Understand if you go to class, do all
your assignments, study and give it your
all and still manage to fail the course,
son I’m proud of you because you gave
it your all.
This was the father, coach and life
approach of Larry Gelwix. This attitude
was the foundation of his success as
a coach and businessman. His 418-10
record, including 20-national championships in 36 years of coaching Highland

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High School rugby, CEO of Columbus preach or he practiced what he now separates him and his teams from the
travel, as well as 20-plus years as a radio preaches.
rest of the nation.
talk show host.
In 36 years of coaching; having
The vertical-coaching approach
The foundation of his attitude was coached more than 3,000-plus athletes versus the horizontal-coaching approach
his behavior which led to his success as in his career, it’s safe to say his legend- are idealogies coaches adhere to. The
a coach or individual. Born in Oakland, ary career is one that all coaches at all vertical approach is a coach who’s all
Calif., and raised in San Francisco Bay levels of athletic competition desire. about winning and is the dictator of the
area, he understood, “Forever Strong” But it was his approach to coaching that team in his approach.
prior to preaching it
However, Gelwix beto his rugby athletes
lieves in the horizontal
and Hollywood movapproach. “I can’t win
ie, “Forever Strong.”
without you, you can’t win
Gelwix, a BYU
without me, so let’s focus
graduate and 3-year
on cooperation instead of
varsity rugby alumni
competition against each
earned has a bachother.” His team was a
elor’s and a master’s
democracy, he believed
degrees in organiequality led to success.
zational communiGood players, good
cations. He served
coaches and a good game
as a missionary for
plan, but eventually you
the Church of Jesus
have to move from good to
Christ of Latter-day
great. In order to be great
saints in the Central
you have to do your best.
States missions.
If we lose we didn’t play
Gelwix, has lived
our best; however, if you
a life I envy and many
get beat, that means you
admire; however, he’s
did everything you could
a true testament of
and just got beat, its honor
Larry Gelwix, the Coach, CEO, and radio talk show host
practice what you
in that.

These are messages that were relayed
to a group of young men of the Highland
rugby team; however, words of wisdom
that can be carried into everyday life by
the CEO of a business to middle-school
athlete of tomorrow. Gelwix truly believed
and proved over 36-plus years of coaching
that, “Attitude and effort will carry you on
to all your wins in life. It’s what will I do
when no one will know what I do, that’s
the measure of character.
Gelwix lived by a motto of acronyms,
W.I.N, What’s Important Now. Expect to
win and understand is what you are doing
today what you want for tomorrow?
It was a blessing and a great honor
to have the privilege to meet, listen and
learn from Coach Gelwix as he spoke to
the athletes of USUE. What stuck with me
was his line to ask ourselves, “Will I leave
here changed or merely entertained?”
Remember to change your attitude you
must change your behavior,
behavior follows attitude
and when life gets tough
a champion will just
simply put wood on their
fire. Be forever strong on
the field and you’ll be
forever strong off.

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April 21, 2016

USU Eastern Athletics adopts new logo
Utah State University Eastern’s Athletic Department announced the adoption of a new
Eagle logo to be used for campus
sports. The logo carries on the
campus tradition with the Eagle
mascot, and introduces an updated
look and feel to the Eagle image.
Along with the new logo, the
athletic department signed a fiveyear contract with Under Armour
to become the exclusive provider
for athletic uniforms and apparel.
USU Eastern, who competes
in the Scenic West Conference of
the National Junior College Athletic Association, has seen steady
growth over the past several years

in its sports teams. Adding men’s
and women’s soccer two years ago
brought more student athletes to
campus and created a demand for
other schools in the conference to
add soccer to its athletic line up.
Starting in the fall, three more
teams: softball, rodeo and dance,
will make a presence on campus.
“We’re very excited about adding teams to our athletic department. The new logo and Under
Armour contract will raise the
image of all of our teams and athletes and the institution as well,”
said Greg Dart, vice chancellor of
student affairs for USU Eastern.
“It’s great for everyone, we get

The Jazz process
On Monday, April 11,

Tai Justice

sports writer
justicec@emeryschools.org

the Utah Jazz played their
biggest game in six years.
They were at home playing
the Dallas Mavericks for a
chance to make the playoffs.
The Jazz controlled their own
destiny. Win in their final two
games and they would make
the playoffs for the first time
in four years. The Jazz were
keeping the game close and
then the ghosts of the Jazz
past came back.
Deron Williams and
Wesley Matthews hit big
shot after big shot. Matthews
hit some ARE YOU KIDING
ME?? shots to stop every Jazz
run. Rudy Gobert rolled his
ankle in the first quarter and
didn’t return. With Derrick
Favors already limited with
right knee soreness, the Jazz
defense dropped off. The
Mavericks ended up beating
the Jazz 101-92. The game
was the Jazz season in a
nutshell: missed open shots
and injuries happening at the
worst time.
Un l i ke t he Houston
Rockets, the team the Jazz
are fighting with for the last
playoff spot, making the
Playoffs was not essential
for the Jazz this year. They
have been limited by injuries
and are still a young team.
We should have a bright
future. The Rockets have put
everything into this season
and their future is in the air.
Even if the Rockets make
the playoffs, it’ll be a short
four-game series against
the Golden State Warriors.
For the Rockets, getting
swept by the Warriors does
nothing. For the Jazz, it
would’ve meant four-ABC/
ESPN games, experience
going forward for a young
team.
The Jazz had their chances
t h i s season. At home vs. a
Clippers team
that sat all its
starters, it
was a throw
away game
for the them.
For Ja zz
fa ns, it

finally looked like we’d
caught a break. The Rockets
lost the night before and
everyone in the arena was
ready to celebrate finally
making the playoffs again.
The Jazz lost by three in
overtime. They blew a sevenpoint lead with 2:30 left
in the game. The Jazz still
controlling their own destiny
going into Monday night, they
lost again.
T h e Ja z z a r en’t a n
embarrassment, they aren’t a
joke. They aren’t the Cleveland
Browns or Sacra mento
Kings. They’re a respectful
organization that does things
in a respectable way. Jazz fans
haven’t endured dysfunctional
ownership or incompetent
management. The Jazz are a
stable organization.
We’ve endured struggles,
but for the most part, we’ve
always been competitive. The
Jazz have terrible luck.
Having a great team
during the time Michael
Jordan was dominating,
losing game seven to the
Rockets when Jordan was
playing baseball, Jordan push
off, Tim Donaghy, Derrick
Fisher, Spurs and Lakers
beating us in the playoffs, our
best player and coach hating
each other, injuries, the list
goes on and on and on for
two decades.
After a while, you become
used to breaks going against
you. I was at both the Clippers
and Mavericks’ game and
as soon as a play or two
went wrong, the crowd went
quiet. We sat on our hands
as the Jazz started making a
comeback because we know
something bad is going to
happen and if it doesn’t, we
are pleasantly surprised.
Falling short this year isn’t
an embarrassment, just the
reality of not getting to taste
postseason basketball, which
would develop this young and
talented roster at a faster pace.
Maybe this young core can
learn from this experience.
These last two home losses
weren’t June 14, 1998, in game
six. It’s not a game seven loss
to the Lakers in 1988. It’s
not the game seven loss to
the Sonics in 1996. It’s just
another mark on the prison
wall as we await the day we
can finally rejoice.

more activities to attract students
to USU Eastern which helps our
overall enrollment, and our sports
teams are a great link to the community.”
Dart said the process for developing the new logo was smooth
from the start. USU Eastern’s new
Eagle logo was created at no cost
to the school through utilizing
design resources available to
USU Eastern through Utah State
University’s Marketing and Communications Office in Logan.
The campus will incorporate
the new logo and programs into
the Bunnell-Dmitrich Athletic
Center over the summer. Plans

include murals in the entrance,
adding the new logo to the basketball court, and adding the new
logo to walls and areas around
the building.
Plans for updating the weight
and fitness equipment, which
serve the community as well as
the campus athletes, are being
made as well.
Dave Paur, who has played,
coached and been involved with
USU Eastern athletics for several
decades, added his excitement
about the changes and potential
they bring to USU Eastern. Paur
serves as USU Eastern’s athletic
director and BDAC manager.

“All of this news means good
things for our department and
the institution,” Paur said. “New
teams, new look and feel, each
bit of it builds off the others and
the result is we’re creating new
opportunities for students to play
collegiate sports, get a quality
education, and grow the image
of our school.”
Street banners featuring the
new logo went up this week
t h roughout t he com mun it y.
The banners serve to highlight
the campus with graduation
approaching on April 30, and
promote the new logo throughout
town. Gear and apparel featuring

the new logo will be available at
the campus bookstore starting
in the fall.
The fall 2016 USU Eastern
athletic lineup includes men’s
and women’s soccer, men’s and
women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, softball, rodeo,
cheer and dance.
These teams attract students
from local communities and
around the state, and will also
include several international students from throughout the world.
Stay informed about USU
Eastern’s team schedules and
other athletic news at usueasternathletics.com.

Barbara Cousino: USUE’s Brazilian sophomore
Tainá Soranzo

sports writer
tainasoranzo17@gmail.com
Cousi ño st a r t e d playi ng
basketball when she was 5 years
old. Her mother and oldest sister
were high school basketball
players. She carries the tradition
of the family playing basketball,
another family tradition is being
a good guard shooter.
She b el ieves t hat, “O u r
c o n f e r e n c e [S c e n i c We s t
Athletic Conference] was a
hard conference and we lacked
experience due to the fact that
we had a lot of freshmen.
“I feel like everyone gave their
all and put everything into the
season that they could and we had
good and supportive coaches.”

Cousiño was named to the
Second Team All-Region last
season, and believes, “it helps
me because, like I said, our
conference is a hard conference so
to get recognized in it is a big deal.
It shows the four-year schools that
I am a good player and my efforts
don’t go unnoticed.”
She has played for the Chilean
National basketball team since
2009. During this summer, she
plans to go home where she will
play a tournament in Venezuela
with her national team.
Cousiño is a well-known
player in her country and has
won a lot of individual awards
playing for her national and high
school teams.
She has won best shooter, MVP
and best scorer in tournaments.
The most points Cousiño has ever

scored in one game were 35 while
in high school.
As a player in the U. S.,
Cousiño believes that since her

Barabara Cousino

freshman year, “I’ve grown as an
individual on and off the court.
“I also feel as though I’ve
grown more verbal which made
my social life grow as well as
being able to communicate with
my teammates more and be a
more verbal player on the court.
I feel it was a huge growth.
“I’ve grown up a lot. It’s very
important to have communication
with your teammates and give to
them my experience.”
For next year, Cousiño is
planning on either going to
New York or Miami to continue
her basketball career and her
education.
She visited a four-year school
in Miami, a NCAA D2, April 15
and will visit another four-year
school in New York, a NCAA
D1, April 30.

Meet Brittani Richins: coach of the new softball program
Brett Smart

sports writer
b.jaysmart@hotmail.com
With a coach, roster and Scenic
West Athletic Conference schedule,
softball will officially begin spring
2016 at USU Eastern.
Softball is the next sport to
come to USU Eastern. The program
is already lined up with a nearly
complete roster and season schedule
with the SWAC. The Eagles softball
coach, Brittani Richins, was hired
six weeks ago and has already begun
recruiting and appointing staff.
Coach Richins is happy with her
recruiting so far saying, “I think all
the players will be key to the success
of the team.”

There are six listed recruits
for the Eagles softball team. Two
come from Richins’ hometown,
Bear River, Utah. Mckayla King,
and Parker Fronk are both currently
catchers for the Bears and are lined
up to play for USU Eastern next
year. They’ll be joined by Kali
Thompson, a pitcher from Manti;
Sierrah Anderson, an outfielder
from Tooele High School; Cassidy
Howe, a middle infielder from
Murray High School; and Kacie
Allman, a middle outfielder from
Provo High School.
Richins played softball at Bear
River High School, helping take
the state title her freshman and
sophomore years. She graduated
in 2005 and took a year off before
playing at Weber State three years,

followed by two years at Lamar
Community College and two
years at Adams State University
in Colorado. After finishing her
education, Richins spent time
as an assistant coach at Lamar
Community College. Now she
prepares to start a new softball
program at USU Eastern. “We’re
excited to start a program in
Utah which will open 24 possible
scholarship options for girls wanting
to continue their education,” Richins
said.
Collegiate softball hasn’t been
part of the school for more than 20
years and people all around Carbon
County, and even Eastern are excited
to get it back. “We are already
seeing so many interested student
athletes who want to play softball

here. Students are drawn to the
new coaching staff and understand
they get the chance to play in the
best junior college softball league
in the country and that Eastern is
building its athletic program into
something great,” said Greg Dart,
vice chancellor of student affairs and
enrollment management.
The USU Eastern women’s
softball team will be playing
their games at the Carbon County
Softball Complex at the Carbon
County Fairgrounds.
It’s safe to say that most everyone
is excited to see softball back at USU
Eastern and the team is more than
ready to get started with the brand
new coaching staff, and The Eagle
newspaper is excited to follow their
story next season.

Edmond James Sanders II: athletics and academics
Solomon Rolls-Tyson
sports writer
rollstyson@gmail.com

The 6-foot-6-inch athlete,
Edmond James Sanders II, grew
up in Oakland, Calif., where he
said growing up in the Bay Area
was a lot different to the other
communities he has been to due
to the upbringing of the reality he
was exposed to.
He said his parents raised him
with politeness and discipline
as they helped him understand
that life is not about just you,
it’s about how many people you
can help live life to the fullest.
After graduating from high school,

Sanders decided to further his
education in Arizona. There
he was able to leave his mark
based on the understandings that
he inherited from his parents;
however, many people were able
to inspire him.
After a year and a half in
Arizona, he decided to head
across the states and see what USU
Eastern had to offer athletically
and academically.
To those who don’t know
Sanders, he is an exceptional
athlete who hopes to play multiple
sports including basketball and
baseball for the Eagles.
Coming out of high school,
he had opportunities in the above

sports along with football and
track, however injuries and other
life mistakes hindered a lot of his
opportunities.
Sanders’ past experiences
developed the understanding that
he carries with him today as he
uses it to help others succeed and
grow. If you’ve ever been to the
BDAC, you may have seen him in
there helping athletes and students
push themselves to their limits as
they pursue their desired goals.
Sanders is a double major in
engineering and kinesiology and
after receiving his undergrad
degree, he hopes to pursue his
master and doctoral degrees in
biomechanics/human movement.

He also writes a sports column
for The Eagle where he received
second place in the Sports Column
categor y at the Uta h P ress
Association awards ceremony.
Sanders is writing a book
called “Inheritance of Mentality:
Strength of a Woman.”
As he finishes his time at USU
Eastern, he plans to continue
his education at the University of
Texas-Austin, play professional
ball, obtain his degrees, compete
in martial arts tournaments and
finally enlist in the U.S. military
and attend BUD/s & Special Forces
Assessment and Selection Process
to be endowed in a brotherhood of
special operators.

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