Students from the University of Utah Medical School will spend part of their holiday break travelling to rural towns in Utah to encourage and inspire high school students to seek careers in medicine.

Hurricane, Utah, January 2, 2014 – Few from rural Utah would argue that there is an over-abundance of access to medical care. It has been recognized for years across Utah, and rural communities nation-wide, that there is a growing shortage of health care providers in our small towns and cities. Medical students from the University of Utah would like to see that change. Harnessing the motivation and altruism of these young, hard-working medical students, the Utah Rural Outreach Program (UROP) sends medical students to communities in Utah to engage high school students in their biology or anatomy/physiology classes about the opportunities presented by a medical career.

It is well documented that people who hail from rural communities are more likely to return to them to establish medical practice after training. Therefore, it is critical that rural students have ample exposure to career opportunities and guidance on educational pathways to achieve them, whether as a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse, physical therapist, or any number of possibilities.

On January 2nd and 3rd, Utah medical students will be visiting classes in Hurricane and Kanab. They will talk to students about their own journey to medicine, the reality of pursuing the right education, and will likely have some sensational projects to do with the kids (think Gross Anatomy!)

The Utah Rural Outreach Program is supported by Utah Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), www.ahec.utah.edu and is partially sponsored by the Utah Academy of Family Physicians, an organization that seeks to address barriers to access to medical care, as well as to improve the health of all individuals through effective delivery of world-class medical care.

Kristen Lilja, University of Utah Medical Student

Jennifer Dailey
Executive Director
Utah Academy of Family Physicians

Album Analysis: 2013’s top 20 boast memorable, commendable collections

The Album Analyzer had his hands full this year.

Yielding the strongest selection of releases since the new millennium, 2013 included so many memorable albums that ranking them can incite a headache. However, these 20 efforts deserve recognition.  

20: “The Next Day” by David Bowie

Bowie’s strongest effort since 1977, “’Heroes,’” meshes all the best parts of his past work. Following releases by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young in 2012, he’s part of a long list of rock gods who continue producing classic work. Standout Track: “The Next Day”

19: “You’re Nothing” by iceage

This Danish punk group’s sophomore album thrashes through four decades of fast-paced, angsty guitar music and includes one of 2013’s strongest singles: “Morals.” “Morals,” with its end-of-times intro and multiple tempo changes, provides the strongest feelings of melancholy and confusion music can create. Standout Track: “In Haze”

18: “Woman” by Rhye

Rhye lead singer Mike Milosh’s lush vocals caused much confusion when the duo’s debut album dropped this spring because critics and fans alike assumed only a songstress could sing so high. His words, compounded with steady keyboards and driving bass, make for as great of a ‘80s impression as Haim provides. Standout Track: “The Fall”

17: “MCII” by Mikal Cronin

I’ve praised Cronin’s ability to capture the essence of summer before, yet his pop-rock tunes hit as hard in the snow and ice as at a sun-kissed barbecue. His progression as an artist hasn’t ceased despite success, with multiple indie groups, and “MCII” expands on everything that made his self-titled first album a solid listen. Standout Track: “Am I Wrong”

16: “Days Are Gone” by Haim

The Haim sisters’ album kicks off with three singles, “Falling,” “Forever” and “The Wire,” that by themselves highlight music from the ‘80s and its better qualities. “The Wire” provides the most throwback, radio-friendly rock effort since Muse’s 2012 hit “Madness,” and its squealing strings and dramatic hook show the band’s potential. Standout Track: “My Song 5”

15: “Sleeper” by Ty Segall

Cronin’s buddy and creative partner, Segall, released an album so brief and simple this fall that even dedicated fans could have missed it. However, “Sleeper” and its haunting instrumentals competed with releases by Drake, Lorde and Justin Timberlake and outshined those projects in almost all aspects. Standout Track: “She Don’t Care”

14: “Muchacho” by Phosphorescent

With his sixth album, Phosphorescent has perfected that Willie Nelson-meets-Wilco sound he’s spent a decade developing. Take “Terror in the Canyons (The Wounded Master),” where the piano keys and slide guitars hover under down-home lyrics to highlight both country and pop music’s most subtle intricacies. Standout Track: “A Charm/A Blade”

13: “Yeezus” by Kanye West

West’s self-coined “yeezy season” began in early summer and stretched clear to the release of his awkward “Bound 2” video in mid-November. While rap purists can’t hold the MC’s latest project in as high regard as 2010’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” the album’s most anthemic tracks, “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves,” are on par with 2013’s best hip-hop songs. Standout Track: “Blood on the Leaves”

12: “Modern Vampires of the City” by Vampire Weekend

The band’s most mature, non-snobbish effort sheds the irritating pretention that crowded Vampire Weekend’s early work. By growing up and capturing life from the perspective of people other than the Ivy League frat brats lead singer Ezra Koenig crooned about before, Koenig and crew’s new direction includes more inspiration and introspective lyrics. Standout Track: “Hannah Hunt”

11: “Acid Rap” by Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper’s free mixtape that dropped this spring gives both hip-hop heads and mainstream music fans an accessible look into the genre’s future. Hailing from Chicago, this charismatic teen chronicles the troubles of his neighborhood through improvised chants and potent punch lines. Standout Track: “Everybody’s Something”

10: “Silence Yourself” by Savages

London’s helter skelter, all-girl rock group channels its tremendous hype into a first album that is based on recurrent themes. Among other excellent, high-temp tunes, “Husbands” stands out as one of 2013’s best songs as lead singer Jehnny Beth chants “husbands” for the better part of two minutes. Standout Track: “Shut Up”

9: “…Like Clockwork” by Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme’s ability to stay relevant while other prominent rock ‘n’ roll figures from the past decade fade away is exhibited with the band’s sixth album. “I Sat by the Ocean” sounds like a more emotional Led Zeppelin; “If I had a Tail” creates such an absurd scenario even the most level-headed listener must ponder the positives and negatives of having a tail. Standout Track: “Smooth Sailing”

8: “Run the Jewels” by Run the Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike trade spares rhyme-for-rhyme throughout their debut project, and the odd couple’s ability to combine Southern trap beats with Wu-Tang-esque verses shows great depth. From the album’s first track, El-P’s production includes catchy motifs that filter in every now and again to add great cohesion. Standout Track: “36” Chain”

7: “Wondrous Bughouse” by Youth Lagoon

Pink Floyd with a bigger sense of urgency may sound like Youth Lagoon here, as his psychedelic grooves move so fast listeners might miss the album’s lush, organic sounds. Take “Dropla,” track six, where Youth Lagoon chants, “You’ll never die.” After even three minutes of this, it’s unclear whether he’s lying or not. Standout Track: “Mute”

6: “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire

Doubling down with its two-disc fourth album, Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” emulates island music similar to The Clash. Taking the best qualities from its previous three albums and meshing them with entirely new sounds, Arcade Fire continues evolving, and the project’s strongest song, “Here Comes the Night Time,” proves this. Never has an act combined the laid-back vibes of a dancehall with the sincerity of folk music. Standout Track: “We Exist”

5: “Dream River” by Bill Callahan

Alt-county’s most elusive figure eases a bit with “Dream River” and presents a look into the dreary, lackadaisical life of a recluse. “Well, the only words I said today are ‘beer’ and ‘thank you,’” Callahan repeatedly whispers over strings and empty drum kicks. Despite the desolately placed stories through the album, his emotional depth throughout eases the sorrow-filled lyrics at times. Standout Track: “The Sing”

4: “Old” by Danny Brown

Much like Arcade Fire’s latest project, Brown splits his third album in half, with Public Enemy-molded burners on the front and dubstep-duping dance tracks toward the end. Brown’s versatility with this project proves he’s on the rise, and the constant turns throughout “Old” make predicting his next moves nearly impossible. Standout Track: “Dip”

3: “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” by Foxygen

Foxygen’s nine-song “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic,” clocking in at just more than 30 minutes, takes listeners on a cosmic voyage that covers rock music — past and present — and its finest characteristics. From the melancholy chorus on “No Destruction” to the funk-packed, choir-backed “On Blue Mountain,” this underdog of an album one-upped 2013’s most anticipated releases.

2: “The Electric Lady” by Janelle Monae

Disco-dotted and reeking of ‘70s themes, the album dips through numerous genres and tackles subjects like alienation and loneliness. When Monae isn’t screaming over thick bass lines and dirty power chords, she teams up with the likes of Prince, Miguel and Erykah Badu — creating a comprehensive overview of both past and present urban music. Standout Track: “Give Em What They Love”

1: “Monomania” by Deerhunter

The year’s best album dropped during the three-week span in May that also provided releases by Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend and Savages. With “Monomania,” Deerhunter captures the culmination of nearly a century of guitar music, and the individual tracks could each represent any era of rock. “Pensacola” zeroes in on Southern comfort like The Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd; a modern-day Chuck Berry or Elvis may bust out “Back to the Middle” during concerts in packed basketball arenas. Nothing Deerhunter does here fails to sound momentous and groundbreaking. Standout Track: “Dream Captain”  

Recycling doesn’t take much effort

For living in such a beautiful area, I would think digging up large areas for landfills and wise use of natural resources would be more of a concern.

I used to live in a mountain community of about 7,000 where recyclables would have to travel 78 miles to be recycled. There were separate bins for glass, metal and paper next to the trash dumpsters in my 20 plus units complex.

It was worth it because so many people in the community participated. I have lived in seven different households since I have been in southern Utah, and none of the members recycle.

I will admit I have thrown away more trash while living in southern Utah than I think I ever have. It bothers me every time.

Harmon’s, 1189 E. 700 South, has bins outside that are not sufficient for the amount of recyclable products that come out of that store, but that is because people are not putting stuff in them.

If the community returned their recyclables from that store to those bins more often, there would either be more bins or they would be emptied more often.

On campus there are bins all over, but I’ve seen plastic pop bottles and papers in classroom trash bins when there is a recycle bin just down the hall.

Recycling can be a habit. If you want to do it, you will. I automatically think about it when I have something to recycle.

St. George, combined with the surrounding communities, has a large enough population to have a big effect on the recycling industry. Continuous effort in recycling would amount to enough recyclables to create a need in the industry. The more materials to be picked up, the more jobs it would create.

The more materials picked up, the more materials would be recreated to be sold without mining or logging. This would reduce natural resources being used for raw materials and landfills.

This is just a portion of what could be said about recycling. There are many other arguments of why to recycle. Find whatever will motivate you; It is an advantage to everyone.

Our View: Tobacco ban too strict

It’s official: Dixie State University will be a tobacco-free campus starting Jan. 1, 2014. 

We stand by the decision to encourage smokers to quit. We support a policy that would only allow tobacco use in designated areas. We were even willing to support the policy the board of trustees were given that would have allowed smokers to use their cars for a quick nicotine fix — as long as the windows were sealed shut. 

It’s no secret that smoking can lead to serious health issues. However, it’s also no secret that we’re all adults capable of making our own decisions. We don’t think it’s up to the trustees to tell every student how to live his or her life. 

The original policy that was drafted with the help of DSU President Stephen Nadauld would have limited smoking and tobacco use to the privacy of vehicles, thus eliminating second-hand smoke issues. The trustees amended the language so smokers can’t light up in their own cars. 

If the trustees think they’re stopping people from smoking, then the trustees are wrong. What they are doing is making criminals out of people who are not criminals.    

They’re forcing the very few students and faculty who do smoke to leave campus to do so. They’re creating an even larger disconnect between the tobacco users and the rest of the campus. 

What’s worse is this was all done under the umbrella of a healthier campus. If that is indeed the case, then why are we still selling candy bars and carbonated soda? Why do we park The Beast around campus and serve up fatty hamburgers and greasy fries? Why are the trustees willing to let people make poor decisions about what to put into their stomaches but not into their lungs?

Shouldn’t we give people a place to smoke where they won’t bother others instead of chase them off campus? It seems like the kinder thing to do.

Banning tobacco on the entire campus without designating at least one area where people can smoke was a poor decision. We can only hope it won’t set a precedent that will eventually lead to stricter regulations — in the name of health — on everything else we do. 

If the trustees want to retain all the students they can, then they should rethink this policy and at least allow our students and faculty a place where they can smoke.

Reserve moving in together for after marriage

“Do you want to move in together?” 

These words are said by couples all over the world once their relationship reaches what they deem to be serious. Most couples consider this the next step to enhance their relationship and become closer. Some feel living together will help them because if they choose to get married, there will be no surprises once they tie the knot.

Moving in together shows a lack of confidence in your loved one. If you love someone enough, it should not matter whether the person leaves the toilet seat up, leaves dirty dishes on the counter, or forgets to turn off the lights before leaving the house.

According to an article published in 2011 on PBS.com by Dr. Thomas Bradbury, couples who live together before marriage are more likely to fight with one another and use aggression toward each other. They are also likely to judge one another and try to change the habits of the person.

The next problem is couples moving in with each other just for the physical perks of living with someone. You look at movies like “Friends With Benefits” and it encourages this behavior. Their relationship is based purely on their physical emotions and needs, and that is not what a relationship should be based on. I am not saying that a physical relationship is bad; that is bound to happen at some point. But when a relationship is based purely on having a sexual relationship, that is a problem. If you are just attracted to someone because of this, that is not love — that is lust. 

People who are in love with one another should want to get married to show the world their love and celebrate the relationship they have created. After they are married, the next obvious step would be to buy a house together, where they have a shared place to live and grow closer as a couple. The uncertainty levels are down because you have already committed to that person and will try harder to get through disagreements.

Living together before marriage has negative effects on relationships, and any two people who truly love each other should wait to share a space together until the question, “Will you marry me?” is asked.

Testing cohabitation waters key before wedding

I hog all the hot water and insist on listening to ‘90s rap in the wee hours of the morning.

If I ever decide to tie the knot, I need to know my significant other can tolerate living with me and all my quirks. Moving in before marriage is the best way to make an intelligent decision about whether or not to marry. 

Romantic relationships tend to bring out the emotional side in all of us, but it’s important to approach aspects of a relationship with a logical mindset. Aspects like moving in together, marriage, or the fact your significant other may not agree with how you handle money, are situations that are best approached level headed.

I moved in with my boyfriend after years of dating and careful thought. Family and friends are constantly asking us when they’ll be receiving wedding invites. But the truth is, I don’t know if we’ll ever get married. Sharing a life and home together and having an intangible commitment to each other might be enough for us.

Whether you’re dating, cohabiting or married, what matters is your mindset. If you’re committed and taking relational steps in a methodical manner, like testing out cohabitation before marriage, those are the things that will help the relationship succeed.

Living together prior to marriage helps couples gain insight to a big and unpleasant part of life: fighting. The way a couple handles fights could potentially make or break a relationship, and the best way see how fights unfold is to share a space. Whether you’re married or unmarried, there’s likely to be an abundance of arguments. However, if the fighting becomes intolerable or abusive, it will be a simpler situation to remove yourself from if you’re unmarried. 

According to the “First Premarital Cohabitation in the United States:2006–2110 National Survey of Family Growth,” published April 4, 2013, by the Centers for Disease Controlmore people are moving in together before marriage and staying together longer. 

I hate the saying, “Why buy the cow when you’re getting the milk for free?” And if you’re a woman, you should hate it too. First off, we’re being compared to an animal and a possession.  Secondly, what exactly is the “milk” here? Is it sex? Is it housework? Is it cooking? If so, is that where society thinks the value in a woman lies? Because that is not where my value lies. And if I want to give away my “milk” to someone I love and am committed to but not married to, that’s my choice and that’s OK.

In every type of romantic relationship there are risks involved. Your partner might cheat, spend all the money, or annoy the hell out of you with her ‘90s rap obsession. But living with a person is the best way to get a look into who an individual truly is. And if and when I ever get married, I demand to know the good, bad and the ugly aspects of my partner.

The Skewed Review: Final thought before goodbye

I’ve seen columnists come and go during my tenure at Dixie Sun News; I’ve been a part of the integration of programs at this publication; I’ve been a writer, photographer, videographer, cartoonist, editor and editor-in-chief; and now, I’m on my way out. 

I’ve never been a fan of the “goodbye” column. But now I can’t help but write one considering this will be my last Skewed Review written under the Opinion banner of this paper. 

I want to give a special review to the people who work almost around the clock to bring you the news each week. DSN is not a class. It’s a job. And while many of you may think writing an article or two every week is easy, the fact is it’s a lot of work and a lot of stress. 

These students and advisers deserve your praise. They work hard not just for grades, but also for your approval, which, I might add, they rarely get. Considering the amount of disdain that comes their way, they should each receive a medal for their hard work in spite of it all. 

I know; I’ve written about that before. But I just want to remind you all of that fact as I move on. 

I want to thank all the readers who have shown me support over the past four years. Even though the words of kindness were few and far between, they never fell on deaf ears. I also want to thank those of you who took issue with my words or who thought I was somehow attacking you. You have reminded me that, despite those days where I think the world is a good place, there are still people who will disagree with each other — often in the most hateful way they can. 

In other words, you keep me grounded. So thank you. 

Finally, I want to thank Rhiannon Bent, Dixie State University assistant professor of communication. If you’re a part of the communication department, or if you have taken a few communication classes, then you probably know who I’m talking about. If you’re not, then you’re missing out on knowing a very driven and determined human being. 

Bent is the adviser for Dixie Sun News, and I’ve seen her teach great things to a lot of us and also scare a few of us away. 

But those of us who faced our fear of her saw what was truly scaring us in the first place: not a person, but the idea of a person who won’t take failure for an answer. 

In spite of my shenanigans, she’s still managed to find the patience to not only put up with me, but also teach me. I’m the first to admit I can be scatter-brained and distracted, and it takes a strong person to continue putting up with a person like me. 

So although there have been times when I’ve let her down, she has given me the strength to continue on as a journalist. It was because of her that I landed my next gig as a copy editor at The Spectrum, St. George’s most established news source. 

So while there have been many things I learned and forgotten at DSU, and many more things I’ve simply chosen not to learn in the first place, I can thank the communication department, DSN and especially Bent for helping me become someone worth hiring.

I will continue writing Skewed Reviews, which you will find at www.TheSkewedReview.com. But this one will be the last appearing in this newspaper. 

Again, thanks. 

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Campus officials respond to harassment complaints

Multiple women on Dixie State University’s campus were sexually harassed this semester by the same man.

The problem came to light when Sheila Gelter, a junior education major from St. George, had a particularly uncomfortable encounter with the man in question. She said it occurred on a Sunday when she came to the campus library to study after church.

“I made the mistake of wearing high heels and a dress,” Gelter said. “He followed me all the way from my car to the second floor of the Holland building. He made comments like, ‘I haven’t seen you around here before. Can I take you out for dinner sometime?’ I was so uncomfortable.”

Gelter works as a receptionist in the library of Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons where the man continued to approach her.

“He uses the same lines with a lot of the girls it seems,” Gelter said. “They say he asks them out or comments on how sexy they are.”

Brieana Rebman, a senior nursing major from Bountiful, was with Gelter when the man made inappropriate comments about her dress.

“I’m just wondering why they can’t ban this guy from campus if he is lurking and hitting on girls,” Rebman said. “I wonder why they aren’t doing anything but just watching him.”

Campus police have been able to settle Rebman’s question, which has also been sitting on the minds of the other women — the same women who campus police have gathered statements from about this man’s questionable behavior.

“We’ve investigated every call we’ve gotten, and we have nothing we can sink any legal teeth into,” Campus Security Director Don Reid said. “This guy’s just got bad behavior.”

In a situation like this, Reid said the only legal action they are allowed to take is to get a full criminal history check, arrest record and any other legal documentation linked to the perpetrator. They also have asked the women who know of this man to give campus officers a call whenever they see him behaving strangely.

“He walked out [of the Holland] one day, and it gave me the opportunity to stop him and talk to him,” Reid said. “The man said, ‘How come every time I turn around I see you?’ And I said, ‘Well, because you’ve earned that. There’s not enough of us to follow everybody around, but if we’re following you around, you’ve earned it.’”

Another DSU student, who requested anonymity, had a face-to-face encounter with the man that made her particularly uncomfortable.

She said while on her way to her math class Nov. 11, the man stopped her to talk and she politely told him she was late. She went inside to her classroom, but he followed her and walked past her classroom door at least four times while looking inside at her.

“The next day, I was in class, really focused on math,” she said, “I looked over, and he was across the hallway, leaning against the wall just staring at me. I looked up at him again, and he just laughed and walked away.”

When she finally went to campus police, they expressed their gratitude that she had decided to speak out about the incident.

“When a girl comes to us and says there’s this guy who hasn’t really done anything wrong, but he’s been acting kind of strange and weird, we really appreciate that,” Reid said. “That’s why we encourage girls to be vocal about these things. It doesn’t matter if he seems weird and trivial; it doesn’t matter to us — just tell us.”

After gathering a report of the man’s records and statements from the women, Dean of Students Del Beatty brought in the man to review his behavior and the concerns from everyone involved.

Beatty said the man in question has agreed to refrain from bothering women anymore. Beatty also emphasized the man is still a student at DSU and is going to be respected as such as long as his behavior no longer violates the student Code of Conduct.

“We are super proactive in protecting the students,” Beatty said. “If we don’t know there’s a problem, then there’s no way we can work to solve it. So we tell students all the time: If you feel unsafe, then you need to let somebody know.”