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When counting college degrees, more Utah legislators bleed BYU blue

By Miranda Collette

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Feb. 9 2014 4:41 p.m. MST

Another Aggie, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, received all four years of his schooling at USU. However, after getting a “D” in his freshman algebra class, he said he learned to take education more seriously.

“It was obvious that I didn’t have my mind on education. I loved to ski … but some friends of mine during finals week decided they were going to go to Grand Targhee Resort to ski for a couple of days. I still had one final left and I had to decide, 'Should I take my final that evening or leave with my friends that morning to go skiing?' So I missed the final to go skiing and ended up with a ‘D’ in the class,” he recalled.

Niederhauser’s “D” is insignificant when compared to the 76 bachelor’s degrees, 33 master’s degrees and five doctorates held by legislators. Instead, lawmakers look forward to the future with excitement, not just in terms of lawmaking but, according to Niederhauser, also for the annual Aggie Ice Cream.

“We have Aggie Ice Cream a couple times a session, and that’s always something to look forward to. All legislators love the Aggie Ice Cream. There’s always a little bit of rivalry, but not too much,” he said.

Utah’s 104 legislators hold degrees from the following universities and college:

Utah: University of Utah, BYU, Utah State University, Weber State University, Utah Technical College, Stevens-Henager College, Westminster College, College of Eastern Utah, Salt Lake Community College, LDS Business College, Utah Valley University, Southern Utah University, Dixie State College.

West: University of the Pacific Dental School, Oregon Health Science Center, Radio Operational School of Engineering, University of Phoenix, Stanford University, University of Washington, California Western School of Law, Colorado State University, Williamette University. University of Idaho, University of California, University of South Dakota, University of Hawaii, Gonzaga University.

South: University of Houston, Miami Dade College, Baylor Law School, Columbia College of Missouri, University of Louisville.

Midwest: University of Notre Dame, La Salle Extension University, Loyola University in Chicago, Michigan State University, Indiana University Bloomington.

East: George Mason University, Williams College, Cornell University Law School, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Army War College, University of Virginia.

Miranda Collettte is a writer with Capital West News, a service of BYU and BYU-Idaho communications students covering the Utah Legislature.

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