USU Eastern: where?
The Deseret News, Utah’s second largest daily newspaper, ran a story titled “USU Eastern shutters dorm as enrollment fears mount across state.” Information and a front-page photo from the Jan. 17 edition of The Eagle were used in the article. However, this is not what caught The Eagle staff’s attention. It was two of the 16 comments about the article.
Raybies from Layton, Utah wrote, “I know there’s a Utah State University, but ‘Utah State University Eastern?’ C’mon guys …admit it. You made up that university, right?”
Tilka from Portland, Ore., wrote, “If the board of regents has any sense they would have shuttered the school several years ago. Think about it – a college in Price, Utah? The only kids who go there now are those playing sports and locals.”
Both comments brought smirkish grins to the staffer’s faces and the temptation to use the power of the pen to set the authors of the comments straight. They know firsthand that the first amendment to the constitution grants freedom of the press to all, but was it worth the time and effort to craft the responses needed to educate the authors of the two responses.
Instead they recognized that a member of the Deseret News staff read The Eagle’s article and chose to do a story from the statistics used in the article. They also gave a photo credit to The Eagle staff.
The one point members of The Eagle staff felt obligated to set straight for the writer from Portland, Ore., was the statement about only locals and athletes attend the college. Of the 25 members on The Eagle staff, one is from Carbon High School, seven from Emery High School, two from Union High School, one from Provo High School, two from Payson High School, two from Kamas High School, one from Canyon View High School, one from Logan High School, one from Bingham High School, two from Riverton High School, one from Nevada, one from California, and one from St. George. Hmmm, we had to throw those stats in.