Layton, Mathews, Price triumph during final elections

Gregory J. Layton, D’Andre Mathews and McKell Price conquered final elections Friday and are already preparing for next semester.

Layton and Clint Post battled for the president position, and Layton won with 534 votes, while Post gathered 296.

Mathews and Alex Lambson competed for the vice president of academics position, and Mathews walked away with 471 votes, compared to Lambson’s 358.

Price independently assembled 803 votes. 

Layton, a senior English major from Cottonwood Heights, said each candidate strived for success, and he is excited to take the next step into being the next student body president.

“We put in a lot of work, and it showed in our results,” Layton said. “I am extremely excited because I have a lot of ideas and expectations for next year.”

Mathews, a junior biology major from Las Vegas, said because he lost the student body president elections last year, it helped him know how to work through election week.

“Looking back, I’ve learned to not have expectations and just work hard,” Mathews said. “I think what happened was the right thing. The right people are here who needed to be here.”

Price, a sophomore communication major from Brigham City, said her favorite part of elections was the opportunity she had to interact with students and help them understand who she is as a person, and it also gave her a chance to get to know others.

“I wanted to be meeting students … and letting them know that they have a say on campus,” Price said. “It was fun going out there talking to people.”

Post, a senior communication major from Weiser, Idaho, said although he wasn’t successful in achieving the president position, he still feels good about what he did and is grateful for the experience.

“I got to know a lot of students, and that was the highlight of everything,” Post said.

Post said he is grateful for the students who supported him and appreciates how far they helped him go during elections.

Lambson, a junior CIT major from Santa Clara, said he wishes he tried harder and used different ways to gain more votes.

“I’m a little disappointed about it, but at least I lost to someone who knows what he’s doing,” Lambson said.

Both Lambson and Post have not given up and are considering the possibility of running for student body president next year.

The voter turn out ended with less votes than last year, which was a surprising result for most people. Layton said the 2013 election week ended with approximately 1,400 votes, while Friday ended with just more than 800.

“There was definitely a decrease in students voting,” Layton said. “I hope to see it increase.”

Layton said now that elections are over, the next step is to fill the remaining student government positions. He is hoping to create a student government that is more open to students and less of a clique.

Mathews also stressed the importance of having a student government that is diverse and accepting of all students.

“I want someone representing each demographic and [pulling] them under one umbrella to bridge that gap,” Mathews said. “All we’re trying to do is go out and inspire people.”

Mathews also said he, Layton and Price are going to focus on getting to know the students personally and working to help each student’s voice be heard. He said this helped with the vote turnout because they were all going out to personally interact with students. 

Mathews said if the student government consisted of a large demographic with a lot of diversity and people who personally interact with students, the Dixie State University Student Association will more accurately represent the student body.

“No one goes missing, and no idea goes unheard,” Mathews said. “Let’s go out and really find out what’s going on.”

Price said her next move is to get everything ready for next year by making plans and putting them into motion.

“[I need to talk] to students and [make] what they need to happen in clubs happen,” Price said. “I’m just excited for the whole process.”

If students are interested in filling the remainder of student government positions, they can visit the dixiestudentlife.com website and fill out an application. 

Layton said the biggest thing next year’s student government is going to focus on is what Dixie State University students want for their school and in their student government.

“I would love to hear ideas from any student,” Layton said. “I like to listen, and I want to hear people’s ideas.”

Layton said if anyone has an idea he or she would like to share, please email him at [email protected] or visit the student government room in the Gardner Center.


Sears art invitational

This year marks the 27th annual Sears Invitational Art Show and Sales held in the Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit runs from Feb. 15th to March 30th from ten a.m. to six p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and two to six p.m. Sundays. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge.

This exhibit features more than 200 pieces of artwork from 120 artists from  not only Utah, but from all around the country. This show features a variety of representational art including landscape, portrait, western and impressionistic pieces said Kathy C. Cieslewicz is the Curator at Dixie. The exhibit is very successful, as many emerging artists find their way to the top as art collectors and investors discover their talents.

The Best of Show Purchase Prize was awarded to Royden Card from Bloomington. Card’s award winning piece is called “Book Cliffs II,” an acrylic painting. His work will now be featured as part of DSU’s Permanent Art Collection.

“I paint to give back, to share that surprised sense of discovering beauty in places where it is not expected,” Card said. “It is a process that gets done with paint and brush, born of personal unction and a love of beauty. Beauty which finds its form at my fingertips without words, in the action of creation – brush on canvas. The painting, when complete, surprises even me”.

New artists are invited to submit pictures of their artwork each year, for consideration of an invitation to participate. When an artist is accepted to join the show they are invited to submit two original and recent pieces of artwork.

“Being a part of the Sears Invitational has given me the opportunity to be amongst my artist friends and also make new friends in the artist community.” Said Brady Richardson, a member of the Art Department at Dixie and a participant in the Sears Invitational Art Show said, “It has helped my artist family grow.”

Richardson’s ceramic piece that is featured in the Sears Invitational Art Show is called “Good Energy Lamps.”

“There is a lot of unique and beautiful pieces of artwork at the exhibit this year.” Said Tarah Kershaw, a freshman integrated studies major from Payson. “One of my favorite pieces of artwork at the exhibit was ‘old Tin Lizzy’ by Dianne J. Adams, a watercolor that is for sale for $1,875.”

“The DSU Sears Museum Gallery exists for the enjoyment and education of the students and community.” Said Cieslewicz. “It’s free, easy to get to, and has international artists that will inspire and engage the viewers. The gallery is inviting and beautiful.”

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Survival of the fittest becomes reality with CrossFit

The fight for the title of the fittest man and fittest woman on earth is afoot, and everybody can be a part of it.

CrossFit was designed to test strengths in all areas, generally high intensity and fast paced, to include everything from weightlifting to gymnastics movements to rowing marathons.

As quoted from Crossfit.com, “We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable.”

The games start with the open, and it’s all about community on a world-wide scale. There are five workouts over the course of five weeks, one workout a week. Considering anybody can participate, regions are set up for competitors to be ranked in.

“It got to be so big that they couldn’t hold these events at just one location in one weekend, so they decided to do an online competition,” said Kyle Boyer, owner of CrossFit Dixie and a competitor in the open and regional competitions for the games the last four years. “It’s an opportunity for everybody that wants to do it (to) be a part of essentially the largest fitness competition in the world. It’s pretty cool.”

At the end of the five weeks of workouts, the first of which was announced Feb. 27, the top 48 men, 48 women and 30 teams from each region move onto the regional. The top three from each region move on to the games in the summer, which crown the fittest on earth.

Even though the games are everywhere, CrossFit Dixie is keeping it local on Friday nights after each open workout gets announced. The same local events were held last year during the open and they had a positive response, as do other small competitions that get more of the CrossFit gyms in the area involved.

“We started this thing with some of the local gyms,” Boyer said. “It’s called the neighborhood throw down. We try to do one a month. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s a time to get out and meet other people that are like-minded.”

CrossFit goers in St. George include former college athletes and doctors as well as current Dixie State University students and teachers.

Matt Medina, a senior psychology major from Tooele, frequently attends the local “throw downs” and is participating in the open workouts.

“I’ve only done two throw downs, but they’re fun,” Medina said. “[My mentality] is pretty much the same for every workout. Every workout you’re kind of competing against the people around you, whether or not you’re in a competition, so I feel like it’s the same.”

CrossFit workouts can be just as much a mental exercise as well as a physical one.

“I think our bodies crave hard work,” Boyer said. “I think it’s something that they were designed to do. When people get away from that, and then they come in and they do this, they get excited about it.”

Adjunct communication instructor Daniel Zapata has been consistently training for the open and likes the sense of community that CrossFit gives to everyone involved.

“It’s mostly just for fun,” Zapata said. “I’m just going to go into it with hopefully a decent mindset and just try to get through it. [The open] is a really good thing because if you want to test your fitness, anybody and everybody should be allowed to jump in and do it.”

CrossFit has become a sport over the years, but those who have yet to try it out should not let the high intensity of the physical aspects of it hinder their spirits.

“The CrossFit community is strong,” Boyer said. “It’s not going anywhere. It just keeps growing.”

Despite encouragement from people like Boyer, who only want to help people with their fitness and strengthen the community, there are still those who think it’s not for them.

“If you really are skeptical about what it’s about, go in there and try it,” Zapata said. “If you think it’s easy, go in and try it. If you think it’s stupid, come in and see how the people are — the results that people get. I think that will change anybody’s mind.”

Dirty campus bathrooms prompt daily cleaning

For the place that is all about doing your business, the only business that people want to see is cleanliness.

Public restroom preference on Dixie State University’s campus is ruled by a clean floor and fancy new features. Restrooms at DSU range from old to new, which can be a reason students and faculty prefer one bathroom over another. Sometimes bathroom goers run into bathrooms that are just plain dirty.

The care that goes into the upkeep of specific bathrooms around campus factors into how well it functions, its cleanliness and whether or not anyone using it wants to continue doing so.

There is at least one bathroom in every building, but some are more favored than others. Students find that the newer bathrooms are cleaner. 

“I went into the one in the McDonald building downstairs,” said Rylan Powell, a junior biology major from St. George. “That one was like — wow, it was terrible. Dirty and nasty.”

Shayne Mickel Chadwick, a senior integrated studies major from American Fork, said she has been unimpressed with the Jennings building’s restrooms in the past because they were dirty. She prefers the bathrooms located in the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons.

“They have long mirrors to take selfies in,” Chadwick said. “I’m dead serious.”

Students agree the best bathrooms are the cleanest ones. Sometimes good qualities of favorite restrooms are the particular things that are not in every campus bathroom.

“I like the bathrooms in the Holland building,” Powell said. “They’re really new … They’re kind of cool.” 

Spencer Chatland, a sophomore integrated studies major from Fillmore and a staff member for DSU’s Custodial and Maintenance Department, said each restroom is constantly cleaned.

“We clean them every day and every night,” Chatland said. “There’s a day and a night shift, and they get cleaned on every shift. The part-timers do it when they’re there, and then the full-timers do it when they’re not, so they get cleaned multiple times.”

Despite the regular cleanings, Chatland said he has seen some dirty bathrooms as well, like in the old gym.

“That’s probably the worst that I’ve seen,” he said. “When I was cleaning in there it was just really [beat up], but that’s just because those bathrooms are really old, too.”

Overall, people want to enter and leave a restroom without treading over filthy floors or dealing with outdated appliances. Sometimes it’s as simple as the need for a personal space to check appearance.

“Cleanliness [is an important quality],” Chadwick said. “And of course, in a female bathroom you want lots of mirrors because you know that everyone’s checking themselves out before they walk out of that bathroom.”

Working students frequently miss out on enriching extracurricular activities

Working students feel the pressure to participate in extra-curricular activities that are meant to enrich their college experience. 

In order to obtain their degree, students understand they need to earn money while going to school so they can pay for school fees. While students say it’s important to get involved while in college, sometimes the pressure of working while being a full-time student is hard, and it makes it difficult to participate in extracurricular activities.

Michael Sowell, a sophomore psychology major from Salt Lake City, works at Jimmy John’s and said although management is pretty flexible with his school schedule, it would be difficult for him to get involved in some extra-curricular activities.

“I would have to work a lot less,” Sowell said. 

Jordon Sharp, director of student involvement and leadership, said getting involved in college is necessary to have a complete college experience and can also help a student land a job upon graduation.

“It is natural for students to feel they can’t afford or don’t have time for student involvement; however, in my experience and what research overwhelming illustrates is that students can’t afford not to get involved,” he said. 

Sharp said students who are involved on campus not only make their degree more valuable upon graduating, but also students who get involved on their campuses have better grades, are more marketable, transfer less, graduate more, have more friends, and enjoy their college experience substantially more.

Some students see the value in getting involved, and they want to; however, they are oftentimes forced to put off enriching school activities because of work.

Kaitlyn Browning, a freshman general education major from Rexburg, Idaho, and Micah Beatty, a freshman general education major from St. George, are both full-time students who work. In addition to work, school, family and friends, Browning and Beatty are also planning a wedding this semester.

“I want to [get involved] as we go through college, but it’s difficult right now,” Browning said. “We have work, school, the wedding and everything else. But we’re working on it.”

Beatty said not only is it hard to focus on campus events outside of the classroom, but also teachers should be aware that many of their students work and to keep that in mind.

Sharp said getting involved is necessary to fulfill professional goals.

“Make it work for you,” he said. “You will see that involvement does not subtract from but will enhance your personal and professional goals.”

Browning said teachers who take attendance should also be mindful that some students who miss class aren’t skipping because they simply don’t want to go but because they have obligations at work.

“The only thing I’m not a fan of is the attendance,” she said. “Today I have to go into work earlier than usual because I want more hours because I need to pay for college. It’s difficult having to be required to be in class when you may already have a good grasp on the material.”

Sharp said students should get involved because the memories made during college are priceless.

“Ultimately, if students don’t get involved at college, they will wish they had,” he said. “The memories you make being involved in activities like the Great Race, painting the D, making a Homecoming float, or becoming a ‘True Rebel’ [are] what you will remember years from now as you drive by Dixie State.”

DSU spring football commences

The Dixie State University football team is filling in the gaps and doing some spring cleaning on the team in preparation for next fall.

Dixie has brought in two new junior college recruits just in time for spring ball.

Although Dixie is receiving a lot of freshmen next fall, the mid-year signing class is one of the smallest DSU has had so far. Dixie is hopeful for an even better outcome than last year with only two new mid-year recruits: junior wide receiver Aubrey Reed from College of the Redwoods and junior wide receiver Nate Stephens from Shasta College.

“We didn’t have a big mid-year signing group, [but we brought in] two receivers,” head coach Scott Brumfield said. “That was the area we thought we could bring in some depth and experience with JC kids.”

Although the numbers for this year’s recruits are small, Brumfield doesn’t see it as a bad thing.

“We are starting to show a lot of depth, so we don’t have to go out and bring in nine or 10 guys,” Brumfield said. “[There is] nothing wrong with that; it is just nice to just have to bring in a few individuals instead of mass numbers.”

The Storm lost the majority of their receivers — Mitch Frei, Randon Willard and Joe Don Duncan — last year. So Brumfield said the big focus was getting the mid-year players to get some experience during spring ball.

Defensive lineman Chris Campbell, a freshman criminal justice major from Las Vegas, said the new recruits are adjusting well to the program.

“They both have great hands and the quickness,” Campbell said.

Campbell said the two receivers both have the ability to get open to make a play when Dixie needs it.

Brumfield said the team is focusing on the fundamentals now that Dixie has filled some of the holes the seniors left behind.

“Our plan is to get out and build off some of the good things we did last year,” Brumfield said. “Basically our motto is to get back to fundamentals and go back to doing the little things.”

Those little things, such as clarifying linemen’s assignments, tackling better, and running better pursuits after the ball carriers, will broaden possibilities for Dixie next fall. Brumfield said it isn’t his plan to install a lot of new things into the program but to correct those fundamentals and techniques.

Campbell said in order to correct the small things, they have been focusing on tackling circuits, such as pursuit drills, learning how to fight off blocks, and paying more attention on how to wrap up the ball carrier.

With the start of spring ball, the coaches have been able to look at a lot of red-shirt freshmen who were on the team last year, Brumfield said. He said he is excited to see how they play.

“This is their time to shine and show us what they can do,” Brumfield said.

Dixie’s preparation will lead up to a scrimmage Saturday.

That’s What She Said: Why Female role models stand out in literature

   They’re the women everyone wants to be  —  from their magic book bags to their bows and arrows, every young woman in the world wants to take at least one step in Hermione Granger’s or Katniss Everdeen’s shoes.

   At least, that’s what I’ve thought.

   I used to think female characters in literature were worlds apart from female characters in movies and television. More often than not, it would seem the role of women in a film is for eye-candy  —  something pretty to look at. The media are all about visuals and too often lack the inside perspective of a character’s thoughts that books have to offer.

   That’s why I prefer reading about strong women more  than watching them. But, I’m scared women my age are being influenced by poor examples of female characters in literature who aren’t true to reality or to themselves.

   Little girls are conditioned to admire what they see in movies and on television. But those sexy superheroes and Disney princesses are not what women are really like. In books, female characters are more like us. They are unique but ordinary in the sense that they wish for a simple life.

   The best example of this is in “The Hunger Games” because Everdeen’s thoughts carried me through the story. I could read what she’s thinking as everything happened: how scared she was for her life, how unsure she was of her decisions, or how she wished everything was back to normal. These are the things more women of my generation should be thinking about  —  women who fear failure like the rest of us but don’t let their insecurities define them.

   Granger from the “Harry Potter” series is another prime candidate for the perfect female role model in literature. J.K. Rowling got everything right with the most brilliant witch in the wizarding world. Granger puts books before boys, is loyal and protective over her friends, and keeps fighting against Lord Voldemort even when her true love, Ron Weasley, leaves her.

   What worries me most is that too many up-and-coming authors are misrepresenting young women with characters like Anastasia Steele from “Fifty Shades of Grey” and, heavens forgive me, Bella Swan from “Twilight.” These poor characters couldn’t be further from the truth about us women in real life.

   I recently read “Fifty Shades of Grey” around Valentine’s Day, thinking I might be in for a sappy romance with the bonus of explicit and erotic sex scenes. Oh boy, was I ever wrong.

   I was met face-to-face with the most submissive, wishy-washy and air-headed girl I’d ever encountered in a book. Steele is the worst example of a strong female character.

   She succumbs to a rich man’s sick sexual advances, and, although I give her props for attempting to exercise her sexual freedom, she still got caught in his web. I’d be a terrible feminist, though, to say I blame her and only her for the sad situation she got herself in. On that note, Christian Grey can go jump in a well.

   But Steele became a mainstream icon, and who knows how many women identify with her.

   Listen ladies, don’t let poorly written females make you want to behave like them. I encourage women to find the authors who create the women who are more like them and more likely to be remembered for their bravery and their brains.

   To read more about strong female characters you may identify with, stylist.co.uk offers a list titled “Literature’s Feistiest Females” on its website.

DSU football team has chance to right its course

National Letter of Intent day is a chance for high school students to continue their dreams unhindered.

The Dixie State University football team has had a rough go the past few years as it has a record of 10-33 since 2010. Seven of the 10 wins have come in the past two years, and it seems the bleeding has slowed to a steady flow rather than gushing profusely.

For 21 future Dixie State students, the dream of playing football in college continues.

Arguably, the top recruit in this class is quarterback Tyler Newman from Henderson, Nev. Newman was named the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year. In his awesome senior season, Newman threw for 3,979 yards and 42 touchdowns with nine rushing touchdowns. He broke a Nevada state record with nine passing touchdowns in a single game Oct. 11.

According to rivals.com, Newman was looked at by Princeton, Cornell and Harvard. The fact he was recruited by these Ivy League schools shows he either values being close to home or he values football and is planning on using Dixie as a stepping stone to a bigger program or the National Football League.

Newman has a chance to make a difference at Dixie State as long as he starts, which looks good as Griff Robles ended his four years of eligibility. If Newman gets playing time, he should be the next All-American for DSU football.

Newman has a great arm and is mobile enough to get out of the pocket and make a play. In his highlight video on hudl.com, it shows Newman throwing the deep ball, dodging an onslaught of rushers and speeding past cornerbacks and linebackers.

But a team can’t have a great quarterback without a good receiver, so head coach Scott Brumfield also signed wide receiver D’Vonte McKneely from Corona, Calif. McKneely averaged more than 14 yards per reception over his career.

According to rivals.com, McKneely was also looked at by University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles. But McKneely suffered an injury that kept him on the sideline most of his senior year. This may have led to him signing with DSU.

If McKneely can stay healthy, he could be a huge asset to the team. He has great speed with a 40 yard-dash time of 4.6 seconds. He is a big receiver and has the ability to get open and make a play in the air. DSU will be young next year if Brumfield starts these players, but there is great potential to become one of the top Division II teams in the nation.

Brumfield also knows DSU can’t win without a good backfield, so he signed a big running back.

Also coming to Dixie State is running back Devin Bisby from Portland, Texas. He rushed for 5,833 and 70 touchdowns in his high school career. He also averaged 7.5 yards per carry.

In his highlights on hudl.com, Bisby has the speed to outrun anyone chasing him, but he is big enough to put a linebacker on his back if he needs to.

If Brumfield chooses to play these three upcoming freshman with a few other signees, Dixie State could be on its way up and become one of the premier teams in the nation.

For more information on all the recruits from National Letter of Intent day, visit dixieathletics.com.