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1 ' i ii ilU'll SfttsSii; UDSC5' V'i UTAH VALLEY 1 7M 1 ID C EL BUEN PANO EN EL ARCA SE VENDE I I 1 77 lUiU STATE COLLEGE vim A. .J.'., iiilijUJ VOLUME 33 ISSUE u U U Ibis tfuU -4 J n i V S SGHJlilO Si ii l Ej G IJ'y il By Shawn Mansell Your News Editor When shots go off in Afghanistan or bombs explode in Iraq, people in Utah feel them. "Sometimes when he calls I can hear gun shots in the background," Lindsay Flanagan of Orem said. "He" is her husband Sergeant Shawn Michael Flanagan, a National Guardsmen with 211 Aviation. He has been deployed to Afghanistan for 10 months. He is set to return in April sometime. Sometimes her husband relates being afraid in phone calls but never discloses the reasons. Her husband of 3 plus years isn't someone she would consider fearful. Flanagan does worry about her husband. She struggles with what she can't understand and what she doesn't know how to accept. "It's not fair," she said. "People say he signed up for this, but he didn't he signed up to defend his country." In August, Lindsay was reunited for two weeks with Shawn. "When he was here I held onto him like I wouiu never see him again," she said. Her husband, she said didn't relish returning to the front. "He said 'I don't want to go back but it's my duty'" Flanagan said. "I don't mean to idealize, but he's so brave." For Flanagan the war isn't something she is exposed to for a few minutes nightly on the news. It's life, and it's each and every day apart from her spouse. The nights are the roughest for her. "I have to have a light on. I have to have the TV or radio on for noise," she said. Shawn Flanagan's commitment was up in July. He isn't the only member of his family to answer his country's call to arms. His brother Patrick served in Qatar and Iraq. Shawn missed being reunited with his brother by three days. His father, Daniel, a veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, has been called out of retirement at age 56 to go to active duty. "They are amazing," W ffl W : M M H t'l :1 -1 i 1 3 I: I ' .1 a y vj7 she said of the family she married into. She has made it through the war because of the bonds she shares with the only other people capable of understanding her plight. Shawn's sister-in-law Charity and Lindsay have grown close. She also leans on the shoulders of the wives of other soldiers. And it helps if only a little bit because they know what it's like to have to go to a college graduation, religious ceremony or family funeral alone. "When you get married you expect to stay together and when he gets taken away it hurts." Lindsay Flanagan carries part of her husband's combat cost. "We'll never get that back," she said of the time away. When Flanagan has spoken out about her frustrations with the war or the toll Shawn's deployment can take strangers have been cruel. "I'm tired of people telling me he signed up," she said. "I get that a lot." Lost on Flanagan is the brand of patriotism that is exercised when it is someone else's life on the line. "If they think the war is so right why don't they go over there and fight?" rianagan asks iiiuoC questions In frustration she doesn't want anyone to go to the war and she doesn't want anyone to have to experience what she has endured. "I wouldn't wish this on anyone," she said. In the pain and ugliness of the situation Flanagan has seen resilience and dignity. Her nephew Wade missed out on having his father Patrick around for his formative first years. In Patrick's absence Shawn acted like a surrogate father. He'd play with Wade and tell him how his father was doing something noble for his country. Wade Flanagan didn't know why his uncle Shawn had to go away and be gone like his Daddy. But at 4 years old he demonstrated he had a grasp on a concept that eludes many. Wade M V Courttsy Photo Shawn and Lindsay Flanagan have been apart for the past 1 0 months while Shawn serves for the army in Afganistan. , , , .. , " ""1 M StU iM DOfl ill SMS! o out election frustrations By Joseph Gibbs News Writer Tuesday, the UVSC auto club got together to allow students to express their political views and blow off some steam at the same time. Two cars, painted with the names of President Bush and Senator Kerry respectively, were smashed with sledgehammers in the LA building parking lot. For two dollars, students could take thirty seconds and attack either car; for three they threw in a sandwich and a drink. Or you could just buy the sandwich and let others attack the presidential vehicles. Jason Bailey, member of the Auto Club said, "Everybody has the dream to bash something in, so that's where we got the idea." The elections gave students the perfect opportunity to do just that, with tensions running ' f i r V "' " ' Ryan MtekiNeiXNews UVSC students were blowing off some steam on Tuesday. The cars picked for demolition were a station wagon representing Bush and a sports car for Kerry. high nationwide in this hotly contested election season. The lighthearted and friendly outlet for aggression was welcome. Several students lined up to take their swing and make their voices heard. One student said, "I voted this morning but I want to do more, and have more of a say." By the end of the day, both cars were trashed. The car smash was to raise money to finance a trip to Las Vegas by the Skills USA auto club, to represent UVSC in several national competitions. EMI (3 iff G3a By Joseph Gibbs News Writer October 30, the Computer Science department hosted one of the regional divisions of the 2005 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM. The ACM competition is entering its 29th year, and has grown into the largest and most prestigious contest of its kind, with the number of teams quadrupling since IBM began sponsorship in 1997. This year, the world's brightest collegiate programmers will gohead-to-head, tackling a semester's worth of real world programming problems in one afternoon, while vying for a spot at the contest's world finals. Over the next three months, regional competitions across the globe are expected to draw more than ' LlJJlrlA-' L 3,000 teams from over 70 countries on six continents. Of these, 75 teams will compete at the World Finals, April 3-7, 2005, in Shanghai, China, hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong Uni versity. Courtesy Photo "With much of The Computer Science department the leading work hosted one of ACM's regional pro-in programming gramming contests. today dedicated to developing applications that will run on parallel supercomputers, this contest will give young programmers exposure to advanced programming environments," Gabby Silbennan said, who is the program director of IBM Centers for Advanced Studies, and Sponsorship Executive The ACM-ICPC aims to develop the next generation of information technology talent, and to ensure that the computer sciences education pipeline remains full. The Contest has operated on an open source platform for the past three years, allowing students to become familiar with Linux and Eclipse. This year, IBM will expose these programmers to POWER parallel computing technologies. Known for their enormous speed, memory, storage capacity and number crunching capabilities, IBM POWER-based parallel supercomputers have been used to solve some of the most difficult problems in physics, engineering, biology, geology and the environment.
|Title||UVSC College Times, 2004-11-08|
|Description||UVSC College Times was the student newspaper for Utah Valley State College from July 07, 1993 to June 2, 2008|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Valley State College--History; Utah Valley University--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||The College Times, 2004-11-08|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|