UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | September 23, 2022

Women’s soccer team beats PLNU 1-0

The Dixie State College women’s soccer team took a 1-0 win against Point Loma Nazarene University Saturday.

The Red Storm won this game for multiple reasons, one being they out shot the Sea Lions 16-6 throughout the entire game.

Both teams went scoreless until the 67th minute when DSC’s sophomore forward Kelsey Hansen found the back of the net. The shot was made by taking advantage of the Point Loma’s goalkeeper. Hansen displayed a header over the goalkeeper’s head and chased it down and shot the ball, which was the first and final goal of the game.

Midfielder Kasia Goodman, a freshman general education major from Springville, said the team has been focused on this win.

“We’ve been working a lot on defense and conditioning and just working together as a team,” Goodman said.

Aarika Andersen, a sophomore communication major from Bountiful, said the team was focused on scoring fast and finishing attempts at the goal.

“So far I think we’re really good at passing and being creative with our plays,” Andersen said. “We just need to play quicker and work on shooting and scoring.”

Senior goalkeeper Abby Johnson had one save at the goal and earned her second consecutive shutout.

This game was the Sea Lions’ first loss of the season and snapped their six-game winning streak. Hansen’s goal also broke PLNU’s consecutive minute shutout streak at 445.

This win put DSC and PLNU tied at the top of the PacWest standings at 4-1-0.

Goodman said the team has the confidence to keep the season positive.

“I think we had a few rough preseason games,” Goodman said. “We had a rough start, but now we’re really starting to pick it up and we’re going to finish strong. We’re going to stay strong and finish strong.”

Andersen also said she thinks the season has been going well and is looking forward to the rest of the season.

“I’m really excited about the season,” Andersen said. “I think that we have been playing really well, and I love all the girls.  They’re a lot of fun, so it’ll be a really fun year.  I’m excited.”

The Red Storm played again Monday night against University of Hawaii-Hilo and took another 1-0 win.

Sophomore forward Jennifer Mason took the shot from the middle of the field in the 69th minute and found the back of the net.

Hilo had a chance to score in the first half when junior forward Analysa Rodriguez had a clear shot that bounced off the left post, but DSC stopped the Vulcans and advanced to 5-3-2 for the overall season.

Diet, cleanliness, shots help combat flu season

Catching the flu will raise the body temperature while plummeting the GPA, but students can take measures to keep healthy this flu season.

Until spring, the odds of becoming ill are high, particularly of the flu. Strep throat, sinus and respiratory infections and the common cold are all prevalent during this time as well.

With so many viruses and so many ways to contract them, particularly being around thousands of other people on campus, there are also a variety of ways to decrease susceptibility to illness.

Pharmacist John LoPorto said getting a flu shot early can combat the flu head-on. There are numerous pharmacies and clinics that give flu shots, and LoPorto said those who are around children often should especially consider getting the flu shot.

In most circumstances flu shots significantly decrease the likeliness of getting the flu. What about sore throats, runny noses and earaches, though?

Lauren Randall, a sophomore psychology major from Upland, Calif., said she keeps hand sanitizer in her dorm and doesn’t leave herself vulnerable to viruses other people may have.

“I don’t share a lot of my stuff with others, especially living in the dorms,” Randall said. 

Strictly monitoring diet and physical activity will not only keep students in great physical shape but will also scare away sickness.

Tevin Glover, a sophomore criminal justice major from Las Vegas, said last year he didn’t eat well or exercise often; he missed multiple weeks of school due to illness. This year, though, Glover said he upped his water and Vitamin C intake, started avoiding soda and set a goal to jog nightly. Doing these things, he has been able to show up for classes in peak condition. 

Many times, following basic advice received since kindergarten can decrease chances of becoming ill. Shauna Zundel, registered nurse at the Dixie State College Health and Wellness Center, said washing hands and getting plenty of rest can remedy most things, particularly the cold. If students suspect they are sick, they can come to the Health and Wellness Center, located at 34 N. 600 East.

“If [students] are sick, the best thing to do is go to the Health and Wellness Center, and let us check [them] out,” Zundel said. “We can give you a release for your teacher, so you don’t go to class and spread illnesses.”

Some students are hesitant to address illness and take necessary steps to clear things up, such as missing class in order to rest because they fear they will get behind. Addressing symptoms early is key to preventing things from escalating.

Bryce Powell, a sophomore general education major from Park City, said once the signs show up, it is inevitable they will make people feel under the weather, but there are steps to take in order to make things milder.

“Once symptoms show, drinking water and orange juice can work as damage control,” Powell said. “Keeping yourself from getting hurt [is also necessary], so you don’t compromise your immune system.”

Sometime during flu season, throats may scratch and mucus may pour out of noses. However, by approaching the situation quickly, students will not fall behind.  

iPhone 5 offers few upgrades from 4S

Apple is giving Android an even bigger run for its money with a thinner phone and larger screen.

The iPhone 5 officially hit stores Sept. 21, and according to an article by David Thier titled “Apple’s 5 million iPhone 5 Sales in First Weekend: ‘Disappointing,'” which was published Sept. 24 in Forbes Magazine, the initial sales of the phone were far less than anticipated.

Apple reportedly expected to sell between 6 million to 10 million units, and the actual sales caused Apple stock to drop by 2 percent. But despite the lower sales, iPhone experts and owners agree that the latest version is the best.

Simply Mac employee Tyler Green said there’s no mistaking the new iPhone is top-of-the-line. But he said those who currently use the 4S might want to hold onto their phones and forego an upgrade just yet.

“It’s really an obvious comparison,” he said. “The 5 is better. But is it worth the $100 difference if you buy a brand-new phone?”

Simply Mac employee Landen Ferguson said he’s content with his 4S as is. Many other iPhone 4S users may possibly fall into the same camp, which could have lead to the lower sales of the 5.

“I didn’t feel like they made enough upgrades to justify upgrading from the 4S to the 5,” he said. “I’d say if you’re on a 4 or earlier, definitely do the upgrade.”

Brandon Price, a senior communication and theater major from Brigham City, pre-ordered his iPhone 5 after his 2010 Android failed over the summer. He said the cost was worth the product.

“If you’re upgrading from a 4S, it would be a little tougher of a decision, but if you’re coming from a 4 or not having an iPhone, it’s definitely worth the price,” he said.

Price said the phone was a huge step up from his Android. The network and processor are incredibly fast, and he said he was especially impressed with Siri.

“In the commercials, [Siri] is like, really quick,” he said. “But it’s actually like that when I’m talking to Siri.”

Green said the processor speed is the fastest on any iPhone, and it’s 4G LTE compatible—something that hasn’t been available on an iPhone previously.

“[The 4G LTE] is actually faster than the Wi-Fi at my house,” Price said. 

In addition to the faster processing speeds and 4G LTE compatibility, the iPhone 5 is slimmer and noticeably lighter than the 4S. The new version is backed with aluminum, rather than glass, and the lighter material is coming with pros and cons.

“The big thing we’ve been reading online and hearing from customers is…the aluminum scratches because it’s a softer material (than glass),” Green said. “It’s just aesthetics, but I think it’s going to [result in] less repairs because you’re not actually having to repair broken glass.”

Price said he loves the light phone, and he said he’d prefer a scratch to broken glass any day.

“When you look at it, you don’t notice a difference,” he said. “But holding it, it’s significantly lighter…and the glass backs were so infamous for breaking.”

The iPhone 5 also has a larger screen. While it still isn’t as large as some Android screens, it’s still increased noticeably from 3 1/2 to 4 inches. Almost everything has been upgraded from the 4S.

“Even small things, like the external speaker, has a little more quality to it,” Green said. “And the new port is faster. It can go upside down and right side up.”

The new port size, which has been scaled down significantly from the standard port Apple consumers are used to, is rumored to be one of the few items customers are not happy with.

“[Apple has] been using this port since early 2000 with the original iPod,” Green said. “It’s the only company that hasn’t changed their port over that time.”

Ferguson said customers shouldn’t expect to pay too much money to have a new iPhone work with their other Apple products.

“I think the biggest thing people are upset about is that it’s just change,” Ferguson said. “Apple did make an adapter that’s going to allow them to use all their accessories with their new phone. I think once people get used to it, it won’t be a problem at all.”

IT specialists assure Canvas glitch won’t happen again

Canvas’s temporary malfunction effected students and college campuses around the state. 

After being down for a total of 105 minutes, students using Canvas state-wide had the ability to look up scores and change grades just as a professor could on Sept. 11.

Jared Johnson, Director of IT instructional support services said Canvas was doing an update that malfunctioned, which allowed this type of access.

Out of the 278 students in Utah who were logged on to Canvas, 39 of them made changes to grades.

“Fourteen students from Dixie were granted access,” Johnson said. “No scores were altered, though.” 

Hanna Condie, a general education major from West Valley, was unsure of what to do if she was in a situation to change her grades.

“I think I would be really tempted if given the option to raise my grade, but in reality I think I might be too afraid to get caught,” Condie said.

But Kaden Foremaster, a communications major from Enterprise, felt differently.

“I just think it would be really dishonest,” Foremaster said. “I would feel too guilty to go to such measures just for a grade.”

Austin Farnsworth, a general education major from West Valley, didn’t know how something like Canvas allowing student access could happen.

“I really don’t understand how this could happen,” Farnsworth said. “It doesn’t make sense why they wouldn’t tell us students why this would happen.” 

Even teachers were unaware of the problem. Lecia Langston, an adjunct business professor from Hurricane said that she had no idea that Canvas had made a mistake and it concerned her after she was informed about the extended access.

“I use Canvas for most of my assignments, so the fact that students would be able to see everything is a little bit frightening,” Langston said.

Johnson said they have a log showing all the activity of Dixie State College students during the time that Canvas was down.

He said one DSC student saw he had had more options and extended access and reported it to his professor right away. 

Most students that had expanded access just saw more options than they usually see in Canvas and ignored them.The Canvas engineering team addressed the issue and applied a fix.

Johnson said the odds of this happening again were very slim and Canvas technicians would not and could not let something like this happen again.

CBU volleyball bests Dixie 3-1

The Dixie State College women’s volleyball team lost against California Baptist University 3-1.

The first set of the game started off neck-and-neck. Through the whole game neither team stayed too far behind.  DSC followed through with its hits and it began as an even game.

Senior outside hitter Brita Jensen brought some powerful hits over the net that made multiple game changing points in the first set.

The team stayed consistent with its hits and gave CBU powerful serves to help it stay in the game.

The team was on its game with its blocking, as well as right side junior Pauline VonDinklage with razor edge digs. Unfortunately she couldn’t cut it with the first set. The Lancers won 21-25.

DSC started off strong in the second set. But the team had trouble keeping the ball in bounds with its hits.  Its passes resulted in giving the Lancers a few easy points. 

That’s when freshman middle Mercedes O’Neal, a general education major from West Jordan, came in to save the day. O’Neal rotated to the right side after normally playing middle blocker. She had multiple kills that turned the game back over to Dixie. DSC won the second set 25-19.

“My team drives me,” O’Neal said. “I want to be a leader on the court, and I know if I put the balls away that it’s going to help us, and then I don’t have to depend on anyone else if I can get my job done.”

DSC came back again being tied 1-1. A point saving block helped keep Dixie where they wanted to be.

DSC moved the ball around nicely as they were consistent in scrambling and striving to keep the ball in-bounds. Dixie never stayed more than 5 points behind in this third set.

But Dixie got off track in the final moments and resulted in a Lancer Victory with 19-25 on the third set.

The fourth set started off with Dixie trailing behind. DSC worked as a team to try to catch up to CBU by making many digs and blocking every other tip. DSC started catching up. With a time out on the fourth set, the score was 8-14 Lancers. 

It didn’t matter where the ball landed for DSC. Dixie played every ball as they attempted to keep the ball in-bounds.

Some of Dixie’s efforts gave CBU some easy points, and CBU won the final set with the match win at 19-25.

The Red Storm play Point Loma Nazarene Friday at 8 p.m.

Hotel Transylvania a Halloween delight

Mummies, zombies and an invisible man fill the rooms at “Hotel Transylvania,” a spook-filled mansion meant to keep all monsters safe from those creepy, evil creatures they call humans.

“Hotel Transylvania” wasn’t what I was expecting: a spooky movie that resembled “The Nightmare before Christmas,” an entertaining cartoon for children and adults.

Yet it was nothing like that at all. The only thing that rattled my bones  or gave me the creeps was the occasional roar from Big Foot and a couple spooky sections where Dracula bore his teeth.

I expected ooze and slime, ferocious yellow teeth and weird-looking bugs. But while I knew the movie was about Dracula and his daughter I still expected a little more “typical” monster. Instead I got “Hotel Transylvania.”

Dracula is trying to protect his daughter from the outside world and he thinks he has done a good job. But when a human wanders into the hotel, his daughter’s birthday turns into chaos.

The movie was geared toward children 8 and yo. The film was innocent in language and humor, but as a 20-year-old college student, I loved it.

The story was solid and the lesson taught was one that all families have to learn some time or another: letting go. This meant it was relatable and I liked that.

Also, the movie was nothing but childish humor, which is my favorite kind. What is ever better than hearing a child laugh at something he or she thinks is funny and not what their parents are laughing at? I heard a lot of children laughing during the film, which only made it better. 

Frankenstein’s wife was a hoot, the brainless zombies were hilarious, and the hippie human was totally chill. But in all actuality, my favorite characters weren’t in the main cast.

The gremlins that held no emotion and ate anything were adorable, but they also ruined others’ fun! And the little baby werewolves that destroyed all that was in their path and kept their parents on their toes couldn’t have been better. Oh, and the skeletons! I just adored the skeletons. I have to giggle each time I think of them.

The movie made me feel like a child again. It was the same excitement children used to feel toward Halloween trick or treating and helping their mother put up her not-so-scary but cute decorations.

The film is not only worth it for the plot, but it’s also worth it for the feeling you get.

While “Hotel Transylvania” may be geared toward the younger generation, it’s a great show for families to take their children to. Plus, if you’re an animated film lover, check it out before Halloween. It’s a great get away from the ghoulish, evil films that take over the entire month of October. Plus, who couldn’t use a good laugh during the scariest month of the year?

 As Dracula would say, “Enjoy the show, Blah Blehh Blah.”

Campus sleepyheads map out perfect nap nooks

If you have deemed the Dixie State College campus a good place for a snooze, you are not alone.

Taking an accidental snooze in the middle of class isn’t the only naptime DSC students are getting on campus. Some students have found favorite spots outside the classroom to go zonk out during their free time.

Some of the more popular dozing zones include the red couches in the foyer of the Eccles Fine Arts Building, the couches and Lovesacs in the Gardner Center and, weather permitting, on the cement slabs that surround the fountain by the old gym.

“The Eccles couches are the best place for naps because it is quiet, and the couches are super comfortable,” said Alexis Holden, a junior communication major from Fairfield, Calif.

Holden said napping there is convenient because she knows many of the people in the building, which makes napping in public a little less uncomfortable.

Other places that students consider worthwhile crash pads are the couches in the student government room, by the windows on the upper floors of the Holland Centennial Commons, and the classroom their next class is held in (as long as its empty). 

“The couch in the student government room is really comfortable,” said Jill Wulfenstein, a junior communication major from Pahrump, Nev. “It’s nice because I am usually spending all my time on campus and in the government room, so if I need a little power nap, it’s right there.”

If none of the buildings on campus suit your napping needs, or if you’re a little shy when it comes to public scenes of snoozing, another option to try is your car.

“I sleep in my van because its super comfy,” said Derek Owen, a senior biology major from St. George.

Owen said he usually parks for naps in the dirt parking lot by the Eccles building, but on days it is too hot to be out in the sun, he parks under the trees by the Burns Arena for “optimal nap time.”

But why are students taking their siestas on campus instead of heading home?

For most, the biggest issue is travel time.

“I don’t go home because it’s too friggin’ far away!” Wulfenstein said.

Owen agreed that the distance is a hassle.

“I live in Bloomington Hills, kind of by Desert Hills High School, so it is not really worth the time it takes to drive back and forth,” Owen said.

Travel time becomes a bigger issue for students who don’t have a car to use.

“I take naps on the student government couches because I ride my bike to school, and it is just easier to stay at the school than ride all the way home and have to rush to get back,” said Ezra Hainsworth, a sophomore communication major from Mt. Pleasant. 

Whether you have just a few minutes to catch some quick shut-eye, or a couple of hours to kill before another class or activity on campus, taking a nap at school really isn’t that uncommon. If you visit these nap spots, you might even end up with a sleepy-time snuggle buddy to catch some Z’s with.

‘Aladdin’ brings record crowds, dollars to Tuacahn

   Come on down. Stop on by. Hop a carpet and fly to another Arabian night at Tuacahn.

   Tuacahn’s production of Disney’s “Aladdin” comes to a close Oct. 19. With only three more weeks to go, the production has already profited $4 million in revenue, Tuacahn CEO Kevin Smith said.

   “It’s outsold anything we’ve ever done, including ‘Little Mermaid,’” Smith said.

   One of the biggest attractions of the show, aside from the three camels, is the magic carpet ride, with Jasmine and Aladdin soaring over the audience.

   “That’s the biggest moment in the show,” said Jaren Conklin, master of automation at Tuacahn and a junior theater major from Dammeron Valley. “It’s the signature moment….”

   Conklin and his crew handle the magic carpet scene. Conklin has to make a last-minute decision each show night as to whether or not weather permits for flying.

   Conklin said if the magic carpet cannot fly due to weather, the audience would be disappointed because it’s the highlight of the show.

   “We try to push it as hard as we can,” Conklin said, after explaining certain weather conditions, such as rain or wind, sometimes make it a tough call. “Our cap on wind is 20 mph, so if it goes over 20, then we can’t fly.”

   In such circumstances, there is always a backup plan. Conklin said if flying is not permitted, there is a contraption on stage that mimicked a magic carpet. Jasmine and Aladdin stand on the imitation carpet and sing the whole song while hovering up and down.

   Conklin said luckily he has never had to call off the magic carpet scene.

   “It wouldn’t be very magical if we had to,” Conklin said.

   Show times are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. 

   Smith said the best nights to get seats are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, but there are still tickets available for every night.

   Originally, the production showed three nights a week, but Smith said it was selling so well that a fourth night was added.

   Conklin said the cast of “Aladdin” is extremely talented.

   “This is by far the biggest equity cast we’ve ever had, so they’ve got a lot of professionals here this year,” Conklin said. “The guy who plays Aladdin is actually on ‘Glee.’”

   Smith said the Genie is another character who has helped the show become a success.

   “Genie’s very funny,” Smith said.

   Andrea Luikart, a junior communication major from St. George, said her favorite character was the Genie.

   Viewers might already have preconceived ideas of how the Tuacahn production should be, based on the Disney movie. Luikart said she thought the character portrayal of the Genie in the Tuacahn production was right on with the Disney character.

   Tuacahn has an ongoing contract with Disney, originating back to Tuacahn’s first Disney production, “Tarzan.”

   “We’ve kind of developed a relationship with Disney over the last few years,” said Kevin Warnick, managing director and technical producer at Tuacahn.

   Warnick said Tuacahn must stay with the Disney script, but there is more freedom when it comes to design elements, such as sets and costumes.

   Warnick said changing design is OK “as long as we remain true to the characters of the show,” meaning lead characters, such as Jasmine and Aladdin, need to be portrayed as they are by Disney.

   Only a small number of “Aladdin” showings remain at Tuacahn before the season ends, but viewers can look forward to other events.

   Friday night 3D movies are now showing at Tuacahn through the end of October. Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller” returns this Halloween season, followed by Tuacahn’s first ever winter production, “Plaid Tidings,” beginning in November at the Dixie State College Cox Auditorium.

College students must fulfill civic duty: vote

As a college student, it is hard to find time to focus on anything other than school, your job and homework; you barely have enough time throughout the day to do the little things.

One little thing that turns into a big necessity is taking the time to learn about the people who are possibly going to be running America’s future, and, more importantly, your future.

You do not want to vote for the candidate because of his or her race, background or wealth. You need to vote for the candidate who best represents your views and can direct your future to the best possible outcome.

I do not agree with all issues on both sides of the political spectrum. However, I do understand there will never be a perfect candidate that sees eye to eye with you.

So, why does this election and our votes matter? What if we do not like either candidate running for office? Should we even bother voting?

Yes.

Your vote is important because economic issues will affect your future, even if you try and run away from them. Let’s face it: You can’t hide from our economical state. Politicians are constantly debating and discussing issues such as student loans and the rising cost of tuition.

Picture this: You are a freshman in college who just paid your first tuition bill. A new president is elected into office part way through your second semester. Tuition your sophomore year is double the amount than it was your first year because the new president feels that college students are just full of money and should pay more.

I hope you caught that sarcasm. 

If more college students voted against this president and his or her views on college tuition, this scenario may have played out incredibly different and benefited your pocketbook. 

There are 44 million college students who are eligible to vote. But in the 2008 election, only a rough estimate of 23.9 million of those college students actually exercised their right to vote.

Imagine how the outcome could have changed if those 20.1 million college students who did not vote ended up casting a ballot.

Within the next four years a lot will change in your life. You may be graduating from college, heading on to your first professional job, getting married, starting a family, or all the above. The candidate you vote for in this election will route the course for the next four years, and you have to keep in mind all of the aspects that will affect what you will be doing in the future.

Not only will we be electing a president, but we will also be guiding the makeup of the Supreme Court of the United States. A president’s term ends after four years, but a member of the Supreme Court is appointed for life. Since the president is responsible for nominating judges to the Supreme Court, his or her social and political opinions could live on indefinitely.

This means if you do not like a particular presidential decision, and it passes through the Supreme Court, you may be stuck with the repercussions of this for more than just the current president’s term.

Voting is a domino effect: Your vote gets a president elected, the president makes decisions and places others in charge of your future, and you live under that authority.

If you do not take the initiative to vote in November, then you do not have the right to complain about the negative outcomes that may take place. Don’t we all want the right to complain if things do not go our way?

You need to make sure you are informed. Get to know the candidates and what they stand for. Do not take this lightly. Voting is a privilege that others have fought and died for. The least we can do is show up at the polls on Nov. 6 and perform our civic duty. 

Make sure to find out about how and where you can  vote in this presidential election.

Saving yourself for marriage will make relationship stronger

Sex: My first time will be awkward, brief and ugly, so it makes sense to wait until I’ve committed to being with someone for the rest of my life. 

Naturally, people will say I only feel this way because choosing abstinence would make the fact I’ve never had sex seem less pathetic. I have a difficult time arguing with this, but I also have a difficult time believing sex doesn’t mean more when waiting until after the wedding bells.

Sex is fun—my friends and 50 Cent have told me so. The fiery passion it creates has the potential to make new lovers reach a level of togetherness that merely holding hands and cuddling cannot create.

For those who weren’t born great lovers, though, early sex can overshadow everything else that a successful relationship is built upon. You can be caring, intelligent and a good listener, but if you don’t know what you’re doing in the bedroom, all the other qualities may not matter.

People will argue that it is good to cross this realm early because if the lovemaking is bad, then you can end things before the relationship gets too serious. This makes sense, but an important aspect of relationships is being able to work together to build up areas that need improving; couples should look at having a great sex life as a challenge and not a test.

Other problems will arise in a relationship, and when they do, can great sex solve them? No. The time spent working on loving, compounded with other important lessons and trials, can be vital, though.

Couples who aren’t married can work on problem solving, but waiting also combats another bump in the road: the monotony of marriage.

People who are dissatisfied with their marriages often gripe that it is because nothing changes. Well, if you leave some stuff for marriage, the problem is solved. The challenge of becoming a good lover can take months, years or—for someone as clueless as I—a lifetime. One of the only ways being married can feel different is if you set boundaries for what you wait to do until you take the leap.

Also, early in a relationship there are so many questions that must be asked:“Should I grasp her hand during the scary part of a movie?” and “Can I fart in front of her if we’ve just eaten Mexican food?” are very good questions, but “When should we have sex?” has the ability to make a less experienced lover vomit and pass out. Tackle and perfect small things first, and your relationship can last.

I have no religious affiliation that molds my opinion, and I do not judge those who don’t wait. It’s tough; I’ve waited for nearly 20 years, but I can wait a little longer. In principal, marriage is lame, and in many cases foolish, but by building a relationship from the ground up, my first time will be the best two minutes of my life.