* Winner: When you think of camp, it's usually in the context of hiking, fishing and cooking over an open fire, right? Not so for the nearly 200 attending "camp" at Utah State University this week. They are concentrating on financial matters as part of the 18th annual Utah Business Week, sponsored by the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
The students are divided into 16 companies, each of which must develop a product and create a logo and radio spot for it. Each day they make decisions on marketing, transportation, pricing, sales, human resources and research and human development. Maybe those activities aren't as exciting as taking a rafting trip, but they're certainly worthwhile both in the short term and long term.Loser: The curtain has fallen on edited movies at the Varsity Theater at Brigham Young University. Rather than run the risk of offending a filmmaker, administrators decided to simply discontinue the wildly popular but problematic editing of films. The policy of showing edited movies has been under review for six months. Opposition by Paramount to Towne Cinema's cutting of a nude scene and a love scene from "Titanic" encouraged BYU to institute its new policy now rather than wait until fall semester begins in September, when administrators had originally planned to announce it. BYU is considering featuring movie classics under the new policy. That way it could still show "Titanic," the more tasteful one made in black and white in 1953. That sounds like a much safer policy.
* Winner: It was indeed a very special delivery. Karl "the Mailman" Malone used his trucks, not the postal service, to take food, clothing and toys to a Navajo Indian reservation in southeast Utah. The humanitarian mission, a cooperative effort between the Karl Malone Foundation for Kids and Ya'at'eeh Kemish (Navajo Santa) Inc., was funded in part by earnings from Malone's recent foray into professional wrestling.
The reservation, which covers a remote 2,000 square-mile area in southeast Utah, is home to 6,000 Navajos. Sixty percent live in isolated areas without water and electricity. Many supplies were transferred from the semis to four-wheel drive vehicles for delivery. It was a delivery the Najavos appreciated receiving and one Malone enjoyed sending.
Loser: Once again, El Nino is getting the blame for something bad. This time it's because agressive honeybees popularly known as "killer bees" are migrating toward more densely populated areas in Southern California and Nevada. The hot-tempered bees have taken advantage of a wet spring and a profusion of pollen sources to expand their range to areas not far from Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.
They arrived in California four years ago but were largely confined to desert areas until the heavy El Nino rains helped them expand. Our only hope is they never find their way this far north.