Cross country team preps for NCAA regionals after All-Conference inductions

Five people made the All-Conference team this year at the Conference Championship in Hawaii.

Dixie State College’s cross country women’s and men’s teams competed at the Conference Championship on Oct. 20 where the women’s team had three All-Conference champions. Senior Rachel Young made first team and freshmen Brianna Decker and Celeste Gutzman made second team.

The men’s team also had runners make the All-Conference team. Sophomore Rodney Warr made second team and freshman Zach Smith made third. 

The cross country women’s team took fourth place out of 14 teams overall and the men’s team took sixth out of 13 teams overall.

Head coach Justin Decker said he was impressed by how both teams did.

“We’ve never done this well at any conference championship before,” Decker said. “We have a good young team, so we’ll only be able to keep building a strong team.”

Decker said the humidity in Hawaii affected all the running times.

“We only arrived the day before the race, so the runners couldn’t prepare for the humidity,” Decker said. “Every team’s times were slower, but they pushed through.”

Smith said he did pretty well considering the change in climate.

“We had to do three laps on a golf course with a pretty big hill,” Smith said. “But I just kept focusing on trying to catch the person in front of me, especially on that hill.”

Smith said it’s all about mentally preparing yourself for the run.

Decker said prior to this year, Young was the only runner to make All Conference where now three of the five women are freshman All-Conference champions.

“Next we have the NCAA West Regionals here,” Decker said. “We have all week to prepare for the upcoming event.”

Decker said he has high hopes for the women’s team.

“If the girls place in the top five, they will be eligible for Nationals,” Decker said. “Rachel Young has been working really hard to make it to Nationals, and she is one of the top girls to possibly go.”

Decker said he is looking forward to the upcoming race and excited for the years to come.

“We have a great team to build on in the next couple years,” Decker said. “We’re excited for what is to come.”

The cross country teams compete in the NCAA West Regionals Nov. 3 in Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii.

Men’s soccer to take on APU for senior day

The men’s soccer team is seeking one last win against Azusa Pacific University to end the season on a high note.

Dixie State College plays APU on Nov. 3.

APU is one of the California teams that is new to the conference. The Red Storm are counting on a comeback after a 2-0 loss in California.

Dixie currently has a 4-7-2 record in the conference and a 5-10-2 record overall.

“This season has been a little bit frustrating,” head coach Danny Ortiz said. “It had its ups and downs, and I think the guys expected a little more of their season than they got. Some things were in our control and some things weren’t.”

Ortiz said the work the boys put in was good as a whole.

“The game of soccer is sometimes cruel when it comes to outcome,” Ortiz said. “It just happens to be one of those seasons where you get into a little bit of scoring slump, and it is just too hard to climb out of by the time we got to any home games.”

He said there have been some unforgettable times for Ortiz this season.

“The most memorable moment was the comeback against Grand Canyon,” Ortiz said. “Even though they fell short, I think it showed out a lot about what this team was, and the fact that they knew we could play against anybody.”

Ortiz said they played four nationally ranked teams and played well every single time.

There were two athletes that really stood out throughout this season: seniors Tyler Albretsen and Francisco Rivero.

Ortiz said they have worked hard and are good students. He said there are many things off the field that he thinks are special about them as much as there are on the field.

“Tyler works hard,” Ortiz said. “He’s the leader on the field and he shows the guys exactly what is about to be here, the attitude that needed to happen both on and off the field, and how to carry yourself.”

Both of them have been here all four years, and they bring great talent to the team.

“Frankie is the exact same way,” Ortiz said. “He is a good individual and a great teammate. He always gave the best he could do whenever he got to the field.”

With it being Albretsen and Rivero’s last year here, they have had some great moments with Dixie soccer.

“Most memorable soccer moment was last year when we beat Grand Canyon University our first game of the season,” said senior midfielder Albretsen, a psychology major from Pleasant View. “We went there and won, and I scored the game winner. After that we went on a seven-game winning streak and beat other great teams. It felt good to win with my team.”

Other great memories have become a result of the soccer program.

“My most memorable soccer moment would have to be in my freshman year,” said senior forward Rivero, a criminal justice major from Paramount, Calif. “My first game I played was against the national champions of that year. Nine freshmen started off that game, and [Dixie] had the lead, which had never been done before with that opposing team.”

Albretsen said he is going to miss being with the other players.

“Being a senior you realize this is the last games and the last teams you are going to play with for college,” Albretsen said. “You kind of look back and try to have the best times you can. You just try to meet everyone and hang out as much as you can.”

The two men said being with their teammates is where they have made the best memories overall.

“Just the way the guys are with each other,” Rivero said. “Everybody is pretty comfortable with each other. We have a good time and everybody gets along. I love being around them.”

Along with missing the fellow players, Rivero said he will miss the level of soccer and the competition.

“It’s something that you can’t find everywhere,” Rivero said.

Both boys want to thank the fans for coming out and supporting their team this season.

“[The fans] really do affect how the guys play and are an extremely important part of the game,” Rivero said. “It makes the team feel good when they go out and support.”

They also thanked their fellow soccer players and coaches for the four years of soccer.

Albretsen said he will miss all the players, especially his friends Frankie and Jordan.

“All in all, both qualities in the young men show what being a student athlete is about,” Ortiz said. “It’s not just coming and playing hard. It’s about what you do in the classroom and on the field, and I think they are both great examples of that.”

The Red Storm play their last game at 5 p.m. at Hansen Stadium.

Red Storm women’s soccer aim for win at final game

The women continued to hit as hard as they could against California Baptist University and Azusa Pacific University last week, but they didn’t hit hard enough.

The Dixie State College women’s soccer team faced off against CBU on the Lancer’s home turf in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, and freshman midfielder Megan Marchbanks was able to net one goal in the 72nd minute.

Senior goalkeeper Abby Johnson, an integrated studies major from Escondido, Calif., made seven saves, but unfortunately the Lancers got four goals into the Red Storm’s net. CBU took the win 4-1.

“It’s frustrating, obviously,” Johnson said. “The hardest part about it is that we’re not to our full potential. We were able to gel so well earlier in the season, and it’s not happening the way we’d like it to now.”

The loss put DSC at 6-8-2, 6-6 in the Pacific West Conference.

The Red Storm was hoping to break its losing streak against APU, but the Cougars bested them 3-0 at Saturday’s game in California. This puts the DSC women’s soccer team at its seventh consecutive loss. 

Sophomore forward Jennifer Mason led with four shots, but the Red Storm never found the back of the net. 

Johnson made eight saves, but the defense wasn’t enough to keep the Cougars from scoring two goals in the first half and finding the back of DSC’s net again in the second.

Head Coach Linda Huddleston said there were several obstacles to overcome in the APU game, and not all of them had to do with the team.

“There are several considerations,” Huddleston said. “We’ve had some injuries, we’ve had some illness, and we’re playing the top teams in the conference. Azusa had 11 seniors on their team, and we have three seniors.” 

Huddleston said in addition to APU’s senior lineup, the California team members were also larger than many of the Red Storm players. The referees at the Cougars’ field allowed a different type of game to be played than Dixie was used to.

“We play a different style of soccer than these teams,” Huddleston said. “The referees let them play really rough. We need to be tougher. Yes, they’re bigger, they’re knocking the heck out of us, the refs aren’t calling anything, but we need to play our soccer.”

For the three seniors playing for the final time at DSC, the game means more than just ending on a win.

Senior defender Dacee Stephens, an integrated studies major from Logan, said her final game will be the one where she and her team pull their expertise together. 

“We have the talent, we have the skill, we have everything,” Stevens said. “We just need to put a full 90-minute game together. Now it’s finally ending, it’s finally done…(and) we’re ready for it. We’ve been preparing all week.”

Johnson said she hopes the younger women will learn to savor each game.

“What we’ve come to realize is how fast it goes by,” Johnson said. “The majority of the team still has two years to go after this. In reality, they have to play each game like it’s their last. That’s one thing we’ve tried to instill (in them).”

DSC now ranks 6-9-2, 6-7 in the Pacific West Conference, and the Red Storm will have their chance to break their losing streak at the last game of the season Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

“We would love everyone’s support,” Johnson said. “It makes a world of difference. I don’t know if people realize that it helps having someone to play for.”

PinkDot Utah to make first appearance in St. George

A sea of pink will engulf Vernon Worthen Park on Nov. 3 as the Support Love Courage Council brings PinkDot Utah to St. George.

According to a press release from the Support Love Courage Council, St. George was selected as the second city for the event because of acceptance levels toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. PinkDot Utah will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

This year will be the first event, and eventually the Support Love Courage Council hopes to expand to all areas of Utah. The event will include speakers, a potluck picnic and the main event: the formation of a human pink dot.

The Dixie State College Gay-Straight Alliance Club will be attending the PinkDot Utah event to show its support in the community.

The GSA has been a club on campus since 2007. Matt Smith-Lahrman, head of the sociology department, has been the adviser of the club for two years now. He said students have become a lot more open about who they are on campus.

“This is a tough place to be gay or lesbian,” Smith-Lahrman said. “I think we’re getting some students who are proud of who they are.”

Members of the club said they generally feel accepted on campus now that the club has been around for a while. Jennifer Gibson, a sophomore elementary education major from Las Vegas, said there have been problems in the past but nothing recent.

“I’ve heard things [in the past] about how some people would try to underhandedly undermine the events now and then,” Gibson said.

Shanell Johnson, a senior communication major from San Diego, said the GSA exists as a resource for students who may feel unaccepted.

“If anyone is questioning themselves, we have resources here,” Johnson said. “If anyone is confused, or anything, then GSA would be the place to go whether it’s about sexuality, their gender, anything.”

Gibson added on as well.

She said, “Even if you don’t want to come to meetings, we know of people you can talk to: hotlines, counselors, all sorts of things.”

The GSA has put on events throughout the semester. For the most recent one, in honor of National Coming Out Day, they constructed a full-size closet on campus and had people walk in and out.

Johnson said the main event they have coming up will be a candlelight vigil for Transgender Remembrance Day. The official day is Nov. 23, but the GSA is holding its event on Nov. 16 before the Thanksgiving break.  She said it will most likely be held in the amphitheater on campus just after dark.

The GSA holds meetings every Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Luck will be a lady tonight; “Guys & Dolls” begins run Nov. 8

Fun was the word of the day to those in DSC’s upcoming theater production of “Guys and Dolls.”

The romantic comedy is about two love stories between Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide, and Sky Masterson and Sister Sarah Brown. Nathan, who is friends with Sky, bets Sky that he can’t get a date with Sarah. The comedy plays out as well as the romanticism as Sky is a high-stakes gambler, and Sarah is a missionary for the Salvation Army. This play takes place in the late 1950s.

Everyone had good things to say about the play and how it was coming along. Most everyone was in agreement that this play’s overall feeling is fun. 

Ken Peterson, associate professor of music and the vocal director for this play, said, “The musical is just fun, the characters are comical…gamblers and missionaries and the interactions you can imagine.”

Mindee Anderson, a sophomore theater major from Salt Lake City, said the overall feeling has been “fun, it’s just extremely fun, it’s not too serious, and it’s just very very charismatic.” 

Not only are there good reviews about the play itself but also about the cast performing in it. 

Stage manager Brook Owen, a senior integrated studies major from St. George, said, “I love what the cast has done with it.” 

She said being the stage manager and having to watch the plays over and over again can get a little dull.

Owen said, “I love being to rehearsals; it is fun to watch over and over again.”

Along with the positive attitude with the cast, there is also a lot of talent.

“One of the hallmarks of the things we like to do with the musicals here at Dixie is because we have so much vocal talent, to make sure the singing is first rate,” Peterson said. “Not only will you see great sets, be exposed to some great comedy, some delightful characters, you will hear extraordinary singing, I mean, the quality that you would hear in one of our collegiate choral ensembles.”

Director Michael Harding welcomes all to come see it and said he has formatted it to fit families and college students.

Owen said her favorite part of being the stage manager was, “the whole thing.” 

Peterson said that if you haven’t seen it, don’t spoil it. He suggests not researching it before you watch it but rather come and be surprised. He also wants to remind everyone that it is only $1 for students, so bring a friend or a date. The play will run Nov. 8-10 and 13-17 in the Eccles Mainstage at 7:30 p.m.

Goldilocks syndrome spreads throughout campus buildings: too hot, too cold, just right

Controlling building temperatures on campus may not be rocket science, but it’s more complicated than you might think.

Dixie Sun News polled 106 students via text message and 28 faculty members via email about their opinion of building temperatures on campus.  

The poll consisted of four options: cold, just right, hot or depends on the day. The results leaned a bit chilly.

In response to the question, 40 students responded “just right,” 38 responded “cold,” 14 responded “hot,” and 14 responded “depends on the day.”

Most of the more detailed and opinionated responses were about classes being too cold.

Brittany Hammontree, a junior biology major from Pahrump Valley, Nev., said, “If I could compare [classroom temperatures] to one thing, then it would be an ice box.”

The faculty’s results paralleled the students’ results.

In response to the question, 10 faculty members responded “just right,” 13 responded “cold,” three responded “hot,”  and two responded “depends on the day.”

Eric Young, assistant professor of communication, wrote, in response to the poll, that his building temperature is like a “meat locker.”

Other teachers expressed their building temperatures to be too hot.

“[This building’s temperatures] are out of control,” wrote art professor Glen Blakley. “They need to redo the [air conditioning] system in the North Plaza.”

Controlling the building temperatures requires more than just turning up a thermostat; it deals with money and government mandates. 

According to an executive order from former Gov. Michael Leavitt issued on June 21, 2001, building temperatures must be in the limits of certain mandated temperatures. 

“Heat will be set at a maximum of 72 degrees during scheduled occupancy and 69 degrees for unoccupied times,” according to Dixie State College’s Campus Services’ temperature policy. “The summer temperatures will be 75 degrees during scheduled occupancy and 80 degrees when the building is not scheduled.” 

If the buildings are required to stay within those temperature boundaries, then why are some students and faculty uncomfortable with the building temperatures? 

Facilities Operations Director Doug Whitehead and Kerry Dillenbeck, heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialist, have the answer: thermostat problems.

“Every time we add on to a building…we changed the design and balance of it,” Whitehead said. “It makes a difference how the air flows; how the [thermostat] senses.”

The underlying problem is that thermostat positions control the temperatures of areas that it doesn’t even sense. This causes a heating or cooling unbalance. 

“If you have a lady bring in a heater; she warms up her section,” Whitehead said. “And if that’s the section the thermostat is in, then that tells the thermostat ‘Hey, I’m warm in here. Call more cooling.’ Her heaters will raise up the thermostat to try and cool it down, and these other two offices are freezing to death because she has a heater running.”

Thermostat issues are apparent in three buildings, if not more. 

North Instructional

The North Instructional building used to be an institute for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Whitehead said the building has been added on to since he has been at DSC and that has caused thermostat unbalance. 

“[The NIB] is our worst one because they started out with more open spaces and they started petitioning them off to make classrooms and offices,” Whitehead said. “The thermostat may be down 35 feet from where some of those offices are. It’s never going to get any sense out of that room.”

The upper-level classrooms in the north part of the NIB are controlled by the thermostat which is in the basement or downstairs area.

“The lower area is naturally going to be colder so that satisfies, and then these guys have classrooms with mega people in it and they get hot,” Dillenbeck said.


Whitehead said the Jennings’ system is fighting itself because brand new electronic controls are basically looking at a system that used to be a pneumatic system, or air-driven. 

Also, he said when the building was remodeled, they separated large rooms into smaller rooms.     

This caused three to six offices to be on one central sensor that controls all of the offices. 

Whitehead said the problem with the Jennings remodel was that the planners were more concerned with the aesthetic design than mechanical design. 

“They want to make [renovated buildings] look beautiful, but they don’t think of the functionality of it and how the buildings are going to work heating and cooling-wise,” Dillenbeck said. “The Jennings got some upgrades, but not everything.”


Whitehead said multiple rooms in the Udvar-Hazy have computers in them that were never intended to have computers.         

“Every time we go into a classroom and we see computers, if there is one student sitting there [at a computer], then that is two extra students they didn’t design the room for,” Dillenbeck said.

Whitehead said some rooms designed for 30 people can easily have the heat of 80 to 90 people from the electrical equipment.

Working with the remodeled buildings is a challenge.

“When you are dealing with these old buildings, sometimes it’s pretty tough,” Dillenbeck said. “We try to do what we can in that particular situation, but it is hard to keep everyone happy.”

A little common scents goes a long way; students talk olfactory pleasantries

Baked goods just as they come out of the oven, a patch of roses as you walk by, and the smell of the opposite sex’s body odor may be exactly what a person’s nose is itching to sniff. In fact, it may be what attracts a person to the opposite sex.

B.O. in this case means any type of bodily odor, not just stinky sweat. It means any type of odor that the body produces naturally. And yes, each sex is attracted to it.

According to an article posted on psychologytoday.com titled “Sensoria,” Gayil Nalls explained how a person’s personal “odor-prints” play a huge role in how they choose significant others. Nalls wrote that each smell is as unique as a person’s fingerprints.

These smells are noticed in an unconscious way and usually attract people in a sexual way. So how do the different smells like cologne or perfume affect the opposite sex?

Karman Wilson, a senior communication major from St. George, said her sense of smell is heightened.

“I can tell when a person smells good or bad, and it affects me,” Wilson said. “When I used to date, I made it a point to tell the other person how sensitive my nose was.”

Wilson said this always made dates try their hardest to smell good.

“A good-smelling man is always attractive,” Wilson said. “But if they decide to bathe in their cologne, it tends to give me a headache. There is always a point when you can go too far and use too much.”

Spencer Anderson, a junior business major from Phoenix, said perfume is good but people can use too much.

“If a person smells good, then it’s definitely more attractive than someone who stinks,” Anderson said. “But smell can be overpowering and that is never good.”

Anderson said there is never a problem with just a clean body.

“As long as somebody is clean, their natural smell is probably the best,” Anderson said. “I like perfume but some stinks too.”

Anderson said his favorite scent is the smell of ocean, but he doesn’t want the women he dates smelling that way.

“I guess I like sweeter smells,” Anderson said. “So if that means I like a fruity smell better, then I like a fruity smell.”

While the psychology of peoples olfactory senses indicates humans are attracted to each other by their natural smell, some Dixie State College students indicate that both scents have a huge impact in their attraction to the opposite sex.

Campus TV buffs rank top 5 Netflix picks

Episode after episode, back-to-back seasons, Dixie State College students idle away their downtime with Netflix.

It’s easy to lose track of time with online access to about 20,000 TV show episodes and about 3,000 movies. According to a Dixie Sun Poll conducted on Oct. 22 including 15 students, 14 out of 15 students on Dixie’s campus stream content using Netflix regularly.

Dustin Campbell, a junior psychology major from Santa Clara, said he watches a wide variety of TV shows on Netflix everyday after work.

“If I can’t find something else to do, I just keep watching,” he said.

Jeffrey Knowlton, a junior English major from St. George, said during the four days he recently had been ill, he watched his favorite childhood TV shows and also an overwhelming amount of documentaries.

“I watched an episode of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ with James Franco in it,” Knowlton said. “I had seen it before when I was a little kid, but it was terrible, not like I remember.”

Erik Reisner, a junior computer science major from St. George, said Netflix is easy to access and reasonably priced at $7.99 a month. However, he said the selection of movies available isn’t always the best as there isn’t newer content.

At www2.Netflix.com/top100, the top six most viewed movies currently include “The Blind Side,” “Crash,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The Bucket List,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Unlike Netflix’s most viewed list, 30 students said they prefer using Netflix for watching TV shows. Their top six favorite shows were “Walking Dead,” “Vampire Diaries,” “White Collar,” “Workaholics,” “The Office” and “Gossip Girl.”

“I’ll watch whatever looks interesting,” Reisner said. “The most recent thing I watched was ‘How I Met Your Mother.’”

Campbell said he prefers Netflix to regular TV because he doesn’t have to be annoyed by commercials.

“It’s better than actual TV,” Knowlton said. “People are trying to sell me things on TV. Also, the movies out [for rent and in theaters] these days are all junk.”

Netflix’s selection is good enough for Campbell, as cruising through entire seasons of “The Office” with friends is well worth the time. He said when one episode is done, he can start another one and not have to wait a week.

Student, local input wanted for DSC’s university name change

With the continued growth of Dixie State College, plans to gain university status are underway—as are procedures to change the name of the institution.

One of the measures in achieving higher status will take place at the campus town hall meeting Nov. 1. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to attend the meeting and share possible ideas of what the name of the college will be for future generations. The meeting will be held in the Gardner Center Ballroom at 7 p.m.

An additional meeting will be held for interested community members at the Community Arts Center, 86 S. Main St., on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.

Johnson said not only is the meeting going to be informative, but it will also be interactive, and those who attend the meeting are encouraged to share their input.

“Thursday’s campus meeting will serve as an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to discuss the naming options the college has as we continue the transition to university status,” Johnson said.

DSC officials have partnered with the St. George firm of Sorenson Advertising as part of the process to change the name.

“Part of the reason why we partnered with Sorenson Advertising is we’re going to use their impartial expertise in research and fact-finding capabilities to help us analyze the data that is gathered from all of the institution’s stakeholders,” Johnson said. “Once all of this research and data is analyzed, the information will be presented to President Nadauld and our board of trustees for their consideration and final decision.”

The majority of community members who have always lived in southern Utah know the area as Dixie, and a number of these people have worried feelings about the “Dixie” being taken out of the name.

Brandy Salisbury, a junior education major from Washington, said it won’t be the same if “Dixie” is not a part of the institution’s name.

“Keeping it Dixie would be more beneficial for the community,” she said.

Jessica Barson, a freshman nursing major from Springville, asked, “What does (the word) ‘Dixie’ mean?”

She was interested in knowing why there has been so much controversy in the word, but she said “Dixie” should definitely remain in the changed name.

Although community members might not be happy with “Dixie” leaving the name, people who have lived outside of the area see controversy in the connotation the word gives.

Sociology professor Matt Smith-Lahrman said there is heated controversy between locals and non-locals.

“If we’re going to be a university, we want to attract people outside of Utah,” he said.

For those outside of Utah, the “Dixie” in Dixie State College might be mistaken as a reference to the confederacy.

Smith-Lahrman would like to know if “Dixie” is staying in the name. He had a number of questions he would like to ask at the town hall meeting. One in particular was, “Is it a done deal, as far as keeping ‘Dixie’ in the name?”

He said it seems as if the decision has already been made by administrators and trustees, so he’s interested in knowing if people’s input is still worthwhile.

Johnson said public input will indeed be beneficial as Nadauld and the board of trustees need “the most amount of information possible so they can make the best decision for the institution.”

“We are lending voices and we are listening to every constituency of our campus,” Johnson said. “We’re not going to turn a blind eye or a blind ear to anybody if they have an opinion about something, and that’s why we brought in Sorenson Advertising. They were brought in to be an independent, third-party, unbiased entity in this endeavor.”

Johnson said the unveiling of the name will take place either July 1, 2013, or Sept. 19, 2013, the latter marking DSC’s 102 birthday.  He said the push is for July 1, but because a majority of students won’t be in class during summer semester, the formal celebration of gaining university status will likely be Sept. 19, so more students will be able to be a part of the event.

St. George nights come alive with sounds of karaoke

Whether you’re crooning your favorite tunes or you’re just there for the food, local karaoke hot spots create an exciting nighttime activity.

Applebee’s was one of the first to bring a karaoke night to the St. George restaurant scene. Since then, places like Wing Nutz, Honolulu Grill and The One and Only have picked up on the trend to cater to the karaoke crowd.

So what drives the business-end of karaoke nights?

At Applebee’s, located at 156 S. River Road, success revolves around a good disc jockey and mass appeal.

“Our DJ is very well-established, and I think we market it right towards all age groups,” said Applebee’s bar manager Dave Durfee. “You’ll see anybody here, from high school kids to seniors to young kids.”

Applebee’s has made a name for itself among the college-age demographic as one of the major places to sing the night away.

“I like Applebee’s because there is more people that participate to listen to than just your group of friends,” said Tanner Holt, a sophomore integrated studies major from Spanish Fork.

While some go because they like the scene, others go because they feel their options are somewhat limited.

“I honestly don’t know of many places here in St. George who do karaoke, so I go to Applebee’s normally,” said Asia Smith, a senior health occupations major from Shanghai.

Honolulu Grill, located at 706 E. 700 South and 490 W. St. George Boulevard, follows close behind Applebee’s in popularity points, but students like and dislike the karaoke scene there for different reasons.

“I like Honolulu Grill’s better because the participants sing better and the music doesn’t have to be as loud,” said Aubrey McBride, a senior integrated studies major from St. George.

Holt, on the other hand, appreciates a diverse crowd that isn’t always offered at Honolulu Grill.

“If you go to Honolulu, I have noticed it is usually your friends, a couple regulars and maybe one or two new people, where you never know what you will get at Applebee’s,” Holt said.

There are now two Wing Nutz restaurants in St. George, 1091 N. Bluff Street and 15 S. River Road, but only the one on Bluff Street offers karaoke.

The One and Only, located at 64 N. 800 East, is a different experience because the fact that it is a bar requires an age restriction at the door. However, drinking is not a requirement for participation in karaoke night.

“We aren’t here to entice people to drink,” said Jill Mayer, owner of The One and Only. “On my karaoke nights, I serve a lot of water and soda.”

Mayer said she loves the karaoke crowd, especially the college students because they bring a fun energy to the establishment, and they are what help drive the business, whether they are drinking or not.

Students have many reasons for attending karaoke night, but the most common is a love of music and a good time, even on a weeknight.

“I like karaoke because it’s something I can go out and do in the middle of the week with a big group of my friends,” said Patrick Boyle, a sophomore theater major from Pasadena, Calif.

Whether students are participating or not, they are most likely going to be entertained in some way.

“I definitely go to karaoke to participate, but it’s also an added bonus to kick back and relax and watch other people have a good time singing,” Smith said.

“I don’t like to sing, but it is fun to listen to your friends and all the different people and is just a fun and different atmosphere,” Holt said.

So whether you’re a singer, a watcher, a drinker or just there for the food, karaoke night is bound to bring some entertainment into your week.