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4. Ritual

Martha Sims Utah State University Press ePub

Groups frequently devise ceremonies or performances that enact deeply held beliefs or values. These are rituals, and they make our inner experiences of traditions visible and observable to members of the group and often to outsiders. Have you been initiated into a club or other organization in an elaborate ceremony? That's a ritual, one that marks your status as a full-fledged member of the group and tells the rest of the group as well as outsiders that membership is important—it makes you special, different from others who don't belong to the group. If you have ever taken part in or seen a court trial, you have probably seen witnesses place their left hand on a Bible and raise their right and swear to tell the truth. That, too, is a ritual, which makes it clear to all involved that truth is both a sacred and secular principle that the US legal system venerates. Participating in that ritual implies that the witness, too, recognizes that truth is a founding principle of the law and agrees to uphold it, regardless of the witness's faith or belief in the binding power of the oath. This ritual and the principle it symbolizes are so powerful that if a witness refuses to take part, his or her testimony may not be accepted, and if it is discovered that a witness has lied, he or she may be punished.

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3 Lorin Milton

Richard Negri Utah State University Press ePub

Lorin Milton is a cowboy’s cowboy. Though born in 1918, he continues roping steers in rodeos and raising cattle on his spread in Torrington, Wyoming.

In his younger days he cowboyed in the Book Cliffs, at Art Ekker’s spread at Dubinky Wash, and in the nearby Ten Mile Wash area located on the high plateau north of the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. He also covered the west side of the rivers, where the members of the Wild Bunch once took refuge in the canyons of the Robbers Roost area, and ranged throughout the San Rafael Desert.

He speaks of Dubinky as an area rather than just a wash. Driving the Dubinky Well Road, today’s visitor will discover a nonfunctioning windmill and a stock watering tank that has been vandalized with guns and graffiti. The windmill and stock tank are located alongside a dirt road some six miles from Utah 313. Three-quarters of a mile before reaching the windmill, the road crosses Dubinky Wash. The Ekker Ranch was located down the wash about a mile and a half south of the road.

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14 : The American Experience

Raye Ringholz Utah State University Press ePub

“It’s started,” Dr. Victor Archer thought.

The new medical director of the uranium miner study laid the letter on his desk and sighed. It wasn’t much. Nothing conclusive. Not enough to prove that the “European Experience” was being repeated in America. But the report Archer received from Uravan, Colorado, that day in September 1956, read like a portent.

Dr. David J, Berman had admitted a patient named Tom Van Arsdale to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Van Arsdale, a fifty-one-year-old hardrock miner from Nucla, Colorado, had spent over half of the past sixteen years working in uranium mines. He had received a physical from the Public Health Service field examiners in 1953 and was part of the uranium miner study cohort. He had lung cancer.

Although the thirty-four-year-old surgeon and radiation specialist had only recently taken over Dr. James Egan’s duties at the Salt Lake field station, Archer recognized that there were indisputable parallels to be drawn between Van Arsdale and his Old World counterparts. The average age of the German and Czechoslovakian miners who died of lung cancer was forty-seven. Van Arsdale was fifty-one. Most of the European workers had died approximately seventeen years after their first exposure to uranium. It had been sixteen years since Van Arsdale’s initial contact. Typically, the foreign miners died within months of their diagnosis. Accordingly, Van Arsdale’s days might be limited.

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9 : “The Future of America”

Raye Ringholz Utah State University Press ePub

JAY WALTERS, JR., wasn’t the type of man you’d expect to find in Jack Coombs’ address book. Coombs, a Sigma Chi at the University of Utah, had graduated in 1950 with a B.S. in Business, after which he began his career with J.A. Hogle and Company, Salt Lake City’s oldest and most prestigious brokerage house. One year later, Coombs left Hogle’s to join the ultra-conservative Harrison S. Brothers firm as a partner. The young man had an air of honesty and dependability. He moved in Utah’s better circles. With his dark wavy hair, blue eyes and athletic build, he was popular with the young-married country club set.

Walters, on the other hand, was sixtyish, had a swarthy complexion, a bay-window and thinning strands of straight, greying hair. An elk’s tooth dangling from his watch chain rivaled anything he had in his mouth. He favored seedy double-breasted suits with suspenders and cowboy boots. His conversation was laced with obscenities. His wallet was usually empty. Walters was a product of the old days when brokers formed mining companies on the floor of the stock exchange, raised the money and then went out and broke rock themselves.

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Chapter 6 - New Directions for University Writing Instruction

Anne Beaufort Utah State University Press ePub

As I begin this final chapter, I wish first to honor the acts of courage and integrity of all of Tim’s teachers to teach him well, as well as Tim’s own dedication to learning and to making a meaningful contribution to society. I am privileged that these individuals have allowed me to get to know them and to try, through this research, to provide suggestions for how we all might teach writing better. And to all who read this for the sake of this same enterprise of teaching well and learning well, I say, we are in this inquiry together. Knowing readers will make their own connections and draw their own conclusions from this work, I offer final thoughts only as catalyst for furthering the inquiry we are in together.

It seems to me that three things need to be noted at the end of this case study.

First: a developmental model for understanding writers’ growth, for designing curriculum and assessment measures and for training teachers (whether writing teachers or teachers in other disciplines) and tutors needs to encompass the five knowledge and skill domains used here to frame the analysis of a writer’s growth. To focus on one or several aspects of writing expertise to the exclusion of the others represents less than a full view of the developmental process for gaining writing expertise. This theoretical lens can be useful not only in designing curriculum and understanding what the causes are for individual students’ writing problems, but also in designing tools for assessing writing development.

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