Storm trick Rockers, break records Halloween night

Halloween came early for Dixie State University football this year.

The Storm tricked their way to a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record 589 rushing yards, a treat that gave DSU the 48-25 win against South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Freshman quarterback Blake Barney led the Storm with 384 total yards and four touchdowns, including a 2-yard score on the opening possession to give DSU the 7-0 lead. Barney, a graphic design major from St. George, said he gives all the credit to his offensive line. 

“Our [offensive] line was able to dominate the line-of-scrimmage today,” Barney said. “Everyone who carried the ball ran hard, and our schemes were perfect. There were a lot of factors to our success today.” 

DSU continued the offensive onslaught throughout the afternoon as the Rockers couldn’t find an answer for the Storms’ potent ground attack.

After a SDSM field-goal, the Storm went on to score 20 unanswered points, which gave them a comfortable 27-3 halftime lead. 

The second half didn’t see any change as the Rockers couldn’t seem to slow down the DSU offense. Barney opened the half with a 13-yard touchdown scamper and followed it up by throwing a 60-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Nate Stephens. 

After allowing a couple Rocker touchdowns, the Storm knocked the will out of their opponents with a 12-play and 91-yard touchdown drive that ate up more than six minutes off the game clock. Senior tailback DeJon Coleman capped-off the drive with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone.

DSU allowed 455 yards of total offense, forcing it to score on virtually every possession in the second half. The Storm were forced to punt just once and were able to limit their turnovers, dominating the game and controlling the time of possession. 

With 291 yards on the ground, Barney broke yet another school record in the win. Coleman added 144 yards on 16 carries and senior running back Myles Burton tacked on 83 yards on 10 attempts. Freshman tailback Orlando Wallace and receiver Damarrio Hammonds each hit pay-dirt with a couple of rushing touchdowns between the two of them. 

On the defensive side, sophomore corner Colton Olson, senior linebacker Robert Metz, and junior corner DeShawn Perkins led the Storm with nine tackles each. Olson also had the sole interception for the DSU defense. Metz, an integrated studies major from Tucson, Arizona, said he thought the team was well-prepared coming into the game. 

“The bye-week was huge for us,” Metz said. “It gave us a chance to heal up and get back to the basics to really prepare for these guys. We weren’t afraid to make plays, and we’ve got to continue to play with that chip on our shoulder going forward.” 

The Storm will have a rematch with Humboldt State University, who thrashed DSU to the tune of 66-7 Sept. 19. It will be the final home game of the season for the Storm as they attempt to avenge the early season drubbing Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.

Identity committee refines search for DSU’s new mascot

Different desert animals, mythical beasts and icons of the American Southwest are all being considered to be Dixie State University’s next mascot. 

Ideas for the new mascot will be narrowed down in the coming weeks from input by university stakeholders including students, faculty, alumni and community members. 

An online survey with six to seven different proposals for the new mascot will be public within the next month, said Jordon Sharp, director of student involvement and leadership and director of the identity committee. The identity committee is also using research and data compiled by Love Communications, an advertising and communications firm based out of Salt Lake City, to make its decision on what the mascot will be. 

Sharp said some of the mascots being considered are the Heat, Suns, Scorpions, Rattlesnakes, Raptors, Dragons, Coyotes, Pioneers, Trailblazers, Renegades, Mustangs and Red Devils. However, the official choices for the survey have not yet been finalized and may be changed and refined as time goes on, Sharp said.

“We’ve been combing through past data we’ve collected over 10 years on what students want in a mascot, and we’ve also been collecting new data to see what the stakeholders want in a mascot,” Sharp said.

Looking at options

The identity committee and Love Communications recently met with alumni, faculty, and focus groups composed of members of the DSU Student Association, DSU Student Alumni Association, D-Crew and ambassadors.

“In these meetings, the student leaders were all able to come together and voice their opinion on what we as the students would like to see happen,” said Student Body President Matt Devore, a senior integrated studies major from Mesquite, Nevada, and member of the identity committee. “I’m just [part of the identity committee] as the student voice and student advocate.” 

The research from Love Communications will help create the mascot ideas for the survey that will be unique to DSU without any alternative definitions and without any trademark issues, said Aaron Evans, vice president and group account manager for Love Communications. 

Evans said Love Communications has researched the history and heritage of the St. George area and DSU, the history of DSU’s former mascots, prior student input on the mascot, and what makes mascots successful at other universities.

“In meeting with everyone at the university and in the community, it became more and more clear how invested the overall St. George community is in Dixie State and the history of the university,” Evans said. “So we feel strongly that the ideal mascot will play off that and resonate with students and the community in a way that the Red Storm doesn’t do.”  

Jordon Sharp, director of student involvement and leadership and director of the identity committee, tweets on Oct. 20, asking for the public’s ideas for the new mascot of Dixie State University. Ideas for the new mascot are currently being evaluated by the identity committee and Love Communications, an advertising and communications firm based out of Salt Lake City.  

Moving forward

Sharp said, while it’s impossible for everyone to be happy with what the mascot will eventually be, the identity committee will try to make sure there is no group on campus that feels silenced or unable to weigh in on the process.

“But if we open it up for a complete vote, a lot of people aren’t thinking about branding and components that are important for the institution,” Sharp said. 

After the survey, the list of potential mascots will be narrowed down to three choices. Sharp said the final decision will be made by Love Communications and the identity committee after the three finalists have been analyzed by “higher-end stakeholders,” including administration, faculty members and alumni.   

“Love Communications and the (identity) committee will choose one authentic brand that we feel encompasses who we are and where we’re going,” Sharp said. 

The mascot isn’t scheduled to be chosen for another several months and won’t be implemented until fall 2016, Sharp said. DSUSA will help implement the mascot by distributing swag with the new mascot logo once it is chosen. 

Devore said whatever the mascot ends up being, “it’ll be better than the Red Storm.”


Students win funding for projects at Legislation Day

Student entrepreneurs will have a chance to pursue independent projects after winning the Legislation Day competition held by the Dixie State University Student Association.

The DSUSA has announced the winners of its competition held a few weeks ago which offered student groups, clubs and organizations a chance to make presentations and vie for $3,000 in prizes. Legislation Day gives student government a way to utilize funds not already earmarked for senate purposes.

Warren Anderson, DSUSA vice president of academics and a senior accounting major from Santa Clara, said he could not speak as to why the winners were chosen because the decision was made by an entire panel. The judges consisted of Anderson, his assistant and eight student senators.

“Each of us filled out a rubric for each group and then we added up all the totals when the event was over,” Anderson said.

The presentation rubric was divided in seven categories and included evaluating project development, fund necessity, organization of ideas, the number of students affected, how students are impacted, the impact the project will have on DSU, and whether the presentation was delivered with passion, clarity and confidence.

The physical science and biology department students took first place and won $1,250 for a peristaltic pump for the biology department. The second place prize of $1,000 went to the finance club, and third place with a prize of $750 also went to members of the biology department for independent cancer research.

According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, peristaltic pumps are capable of delivering fluids in large and small amounts in a variety of environments. It is a process similar to many biological systems.

Finance club president Tyler Brooks, a senior finance major from Santa Clara, said the club presidency and its members were delighted to be able to pursue their plans.

“We felt the clubs and departments involved in Legislation Day had valid arguments for receiving the reward,” Brooks said.

The club plans to use its winnings to pay for a trip to Salt Lake City to introduce its members to graduate studies at the University Of Utah and develop relationships within the master’s program in finance. Students will also have an opportunity to make personal contacts while taking corporate tours at Goldman Sachs and Zions Bank .

Brooks said the goal of the trip is to give students a good understanding what potential employers are looking for and then ultimately lead to future employment and placement in graduate programs. He said the club had been planning the trip all semester, and attaining funding was its only concern. 

“It will benefit the finance club tremendously,” Brooks said. “The finance club is grateful to the university for holding such events where we could participate.”

Several other groups that presented at the event and did not win will have to seek alternative sources of fundraising for their projects. These proposals included extending the broadcast area for the campus radio station, X 91.3, purchasing video equipment for student filmmakers, and receiving funding for a possible TEDx talk.

Health and safety fair provides fun and safety for kids on Halloween

The children’s health and safety fair involved the St. George community in promoting safety this Halloween with its biggest project of the year.

The Dixie Students Nurse Association planned the fair and other health science programs members of the healthcare community were also invited to participate.

DSNA president Jorden Gary, a junior nursing major from St. George, said the main goal of this fair was to create awareness of what the health science department at Dixie State University has to offer.

“We want to help promote health, involve all the clubs, and get everybody involved in the community,” Gary said.

This fair has been one of the biggest projects the DSNA has planned this semester, and this is the first year this event has taken place.

“We wanted to plan an activity where all the health science programs could be involved,” Gary said.

The fair included booths where children and their parents could walk around,  trick-or-trick, and learn different safety tips.

The fair benefits the students and the community by educating children on how to be safe and healthy, Gary said.

The DSU student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association was able to have its mobile clinic at the fair and showed kids it’s not scary to go to the dentist.

Randi Goodell, a senior dental hygiene major from Bountiful, said this was a good activity for the dental hygiene clinic to get its name out there and gain experience.

“We want to get kids involved, show kids its fun to go to the dentist, and inform them about oral health,” Goodell said.

Ashtin Barclay, a senior dental hygiene major from Circleville, said service fairs and activities are one of the many things the program does throughout the semester to create awareness for the services they provide.

The dental hygiene mobile clinic goes out twice a week to workforce services, nursing homes and elementary schools, Barclay said. The students rotate out in the mobile clinic, so they each have turns practicing the skills they learn in the classroom. It is really beneficial for the students to be able to have the hands-on experience. 

The event had a lot of children involved, and one set of parents said they were enjoying being able to promote safety while having a good time. 

Other members of the healthcare community were also involved such as the Intermountain Healthcare’s life flight program.

Flight Nurse Steve Connolly was involved in setting up a life flight booth at the fair to show what kinds of things the program has to offer.

The life flight program tries to be involved in as many community activities as possible in most parts of southern Utah.

The health science department does not have any big activities planned for the rest of the semester, but it is happy about the outcome of this event, Gary said.


Soccer teams play last home games of season

With only one game left in the season, Dixie State University women’s soccer aims to win out the season while the men prepare to battle for the conference title.

The DSU soccer teams each played two games over Halloween week. Both teams played Thursday against Hawaii Pacific University and Saturday against Chaminade University.


The DSU men’s soccer team began the week ranked No. 2 in the Pacific West Conference and needed to win both games in order to play for the conference championship.

DSU men kicked off first against HPU, which is ranked No. 3 in the conference.

Both head coaches said they were excited to see how the teams would battle against each other for the No. 2 spot. 

“It is exciting to be at this point in the season where two teams are meeting up with both having a chance to win the conference,” HPU head coach Chris Fisher said.

HPU proves stronger on the offense with three scorers at 14 or more made goals for the season, and DSU has only one scorer at 16. However, DSU holds up on the defensive end this season with six shutouts and 70 saves compared to HPU with four shutouts but only 39 saves.

“Not giving up goals has been incredible for us,” DSU head coach Josh Pittman said.

The teams came out battling in the first half, and about midway through, junior midfielder Michael Ropelato scored for DSU. HPU tried to answer back in the first half but was unable to convert.

Senior midfielder Santiago Alejandro added another goal to DSU’s lead early in the second half. HPU continued to chase the two goals and scored around the 84-minute mark and left only six minutes to play. 

DSU answered back three minutes later with another goal scored by Alejandro.

HPU fought resiliently to create scoring opportunities for itself but fell to DSU 3-1.

Fisher said the first goal by DSU hurt them.  

“It puts us in the position to have to win on Saturday to put us in that position for that final game,” Pittman said. “We still have a lot of work to do.” 

The Storm played the last ranked team in the conference Saturday hoping to seal the deal to play for a championship next week.

Freshman midfielder Gabby Medina helped start DSU off strong by scoring just eight minutes into the first half.

DSU maintained that lead for the rest of the game, but wouldn’t score another goal. DSU held CU 1-0 for a shutout.

Pittman said CU was a good team to beat before facing Fresno Pacific University.

“Every team is good in this conference,” Pittman said. “We’ve got a lot of momentum going and things were just a little off for us today.”

The opportunity to play for the conference championship is what the Storm have been working for all season, senior midfielder Alex Galvan, a finance major from Guadalajara, Mexico, said.   

“Since the first day [Pittman] told us we were going to be in that championship, and here we are,” Galvan said.


DSU women won both games this week, hoping to win-out the season against HPU.

DSU head coach Kacey Bingham said she wasn’t worried about the team’s confidence after its last game on the road ended in a loss.

“This team is pretty motivated no matter what they want to win,” Bingham said.

The women’s team faced off against HPU, which was on a three-game winning streak.

Bingham said she wasn’t taking the game lightly and was relying on her seniors to set the tone for the game.

The first goal for DSU was a shot by freshman forward Tori Washington but was scored with an own-goal from an HPU defender in the first half.

Both teams came out more aggressive in the second half, and DSU tried to maintain the lead while HPU chased one goal.

Freshman forward Darian McCloy scored for DSU with 15 minutes left on the clock. HPU attempted to create scoring opportunities but was shut out by DSU 2-0.

DSU got the eleventh win of the season and beat its record from last year with 10 wins.

DSU woke up early Saturday morning to play its last home game against CU and send its seniors off on a good note.

DSU came out firing in the first half and out-shot CU 17-2. DSU had a lot of looks at the goal, including a penalty kick missed by senior forward Jasmine Arollo, but was only able to score one goal in the first half by McCloy.    

DSU continued to take shots in the second half, followed by more saves by CU. Arollo made the next goal for DSU with 20 minutes left to play.

However, CU didn’t allow a DSU shut out with the final goal scored by freshman midfielder Kelli Fryxell in the last minute and ended the game 3-1.

Arollo said the team is aiming to win out its season in a competitive game against FPU on the road.

“I will be very happy to end my senior year like that,” Arollo said.

Honors program receives grant with hopes to expand opportunities for DSU honors students

Dixie State University’s honors program was awarded a $500,000 grant to help the experience of honors students on campus. 

The grant was awarded to the honors program by Dr. Craig Booth, a DSU alumnus and local medical practitioner. He said he wants to find ways to support the university and to leave a legacy for his family by granting this money to the honors program.

Representatives from the honors program hope to one day have an honors house or a floor of a dormitory dedicated to the honors program. 

“We’re not shy,” Mark Jeffreys, honors program director and department chair for interdisciplinary arts and sciences, said. “We intend to build something here that other universities will be envious of when we’re done. This grant is a huge first step in doing that.”

Booth said probably the top students of each high school in St. George don’t come to DSU and usually choose to attend a school in northern Utah. He said he wants this grant to entice more students to come to DSU.

“The university is new,” Booth said. “It will take us a number of years to grow up, and the more motivated students we can get to come here, the sooner the university will become more substantial.”

Honors program adviser Beth Axelgard said she hopes to create a student-centered program, and the money from the grant will help honors students’ experience at DSU.

“This money will go toward scholarships but not in the traditional sense,” Axelgard said. “It will be for grants that will allow [students] to study abroad or field study opportunities.”

Axelgard said the money will also be used to help develop unique courses for honors students they would otherwise be unable to take.

Some of the courses offered in the honors program are honors seminars, including contemporary issues, introduction to great works, honors junior seminar, and senior thesis, according to the honors website. Maintaining a 3.5 GPA is one of several requirements to be an honors student.

Jeffreys said the grant will be used to help better the experience on campus for honors students.

“The primary goal is to enrich the experience of honors students on this campus to the point that [the university] is an attractive destination for the very best students and our local community,” Jeffreys said.

Jeffreys said strategizing for the grant money for the honors program is still an ongoing process.

Students who are interested in the honors program and who qualify for it should contact Axelgard at [email protected]

Women’s soccer beat record; men’s prepare for PacWest conference

Dixie State University women’s soccer beat it’s previous record while DSU men’s soccer is one step closer to playing for a conference championship. 

Women’s soccer

The women’s team claimed its eleventh win over Hawaii Pacific University Thursday, beating last year’s record of ten wins.

The first goal for DSU was a shot from Tori Washington, but was scored with an own-goal from an HPU defender in the first half.

DSU scored another goal in the second half and held HPU to shut out, 2-0. 

Men’s soccer

Both coaches from men’s soccer said they were excited to see how the teams would match up against each other with DSU being No. 2
  and HPU No. 3 in the Pacific West Conference.

Emotions were high and cards were pulled, but DSU sealed the deal with its third goal in the second half with about 12 minutes left.

HPU men weren’t able to answer leading DSU to face Chaminade University Saturday, and one game closer to playing Fresno Pacific University for the PacWest Conference title.

The final score was 3-1.  

“It puts us in the position to have to win on Saturday to put us in that position for that final game,” head coach Josh Pittman said.  “We still have a lot of work to do.” 

Halloween carnival caters to community members with special needs

Spooky music and creative costumes haunted the Gardner Student Center Ballroom Thursday night for a Halloween event hosted especially for the special-needs community and their families. 

The Special Needs Carnival organized by the Dixie State University Student Association was open to students and the community and filled the ballroom with princesses, superheroes, cowboys and other costumed attendees. Clubs on campus provided Halloween activities like face painting and cookie decorating, as well as lots of candy and prizes. 

Sarah Beacco, a junior integrated studies major from St. George and the youth support service leader for DSUSA, helped organize the event. She said one of the goals of the carnival this year was to extend invitations to more than just students on campus and see attendance grow.

“We tried to reach out to a lot more of the special needs individuals within our community,” Beacco said. “As far as we know, it is the only Halloween event that’s put on in the city for special needs individuals and their families.” 

Justin Tuft, a St. George resident with special needs, said his favorite part of the carnival was the bowling game and getting to dress up in costume. 

“I’m a disabled beach bum because I’m in a wheelchair,” Tuft said after fishing for guesses about his Hawaiian shirt and shorts. “It’s the best way to get someone to push you around.”

Tuft hula-hooped with the help of someone dressed as Spider-Man and some friends while he sang a rendition of Jimmy Buffett’s song, “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

Terrence Johnson, a senior communication major from Los Angeles representing the Black Student Union, said if students came and saw the fun other people were having, they would want to be a part of the carnival.

“I am dressed up as a six-foot two-inch, red Elmo,” Johnson said. “I see a lot of kids smiling because they see that a lot of people care and support [them].”

Johnson said some people with special needs may normally feel left out or like they are unable to participate in some activities, and that is what makes the carnival important.

“This is all for them,” Johnson said, referring to the carnival and his heavy costume, wiping away sweat from his forehead and putting on his large, furry Elmo mask. 

Students affected by depression tend to dropout

Depression hurts, depression harms, and depression can affect anyone, including college students at Dixie State University.

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program conducted a study of more than 150,000 college freshmen nationwide in 2014. According to the survey, 9.5 percent of freshmen often felt depressed at school. This shows it doesn’t take long for new students to become affected by depression.

Student Body President Matt Devore, a senior integrated studies major from Mesquite, said he recognizes depression as an issue at DSU, and he’s doing what he can to help through his role in the Utah Student Association.

The Utah Student Association is a statewide collection of student body presidents who hold meetings to discuss the interests and rights of students across Utah.

“Each year, we come up with a statewide initiative; something we feel can impact all the students in our state,” Devore said. “At the initial meeting, we came up with a mental health campaign.”

Devore said the association decided on a slogan for the campaign: Stand Up to Stigma.

According to Psychology Today, mental health stigma is divided into two types: social stigma, which is marked by discrimination toward an individual with mental health issues, and self-stigma, in which the sufferer feels ashamed of their mental health issues due to the discrimination.

“That [campaign slogan] goes along with the mental health issues, whether it be depression, suicide prevention, anything like that,” Devore said. “We’re just ‘standing up to the stigmas.’”

Devore said this mental health campaign will go into effect in the spring. Through the association, the student body presidents from each school in Utah will pick a week to discuss mental health issues and what options are available for students who are suffering.

Although this program is in place, Devore said DSU doesn’t have as many depressed students compared to the other universities in Utah.

“We’re [at] the lower-end of depression,” Devore said. “I would say because we have that sunshine, (and) we have that different kind of atmosphere, we don’t have as much depression.”

Devore’s personal goal for his mental health campaign is to make sure students know where to get help. He’ll incorporate Stand Up to Stigma into his campaign by letting students know their friends are a great resource.

“Your friends are here to have a connection [with you],” Devore said. “You need to be able to talk to them, and that can help you right there alone.”

Donna Walter is the president of DSU’s National Alliance on Mental Illness club. The club just took off this year, but she said she is already seeing depression on campus.

“When somebody starts a new change in their life, like college, chronic depression doesn’t show itself until after you get in and find out the work load, find out what you need to do and what’s required,” Walter said. 

Walter said depression contributes to DSU’s dropout rate.

“It’s a lot of work to go to school, but it’s even harder to go out and flip hamburgers at McDonald’s,” Walter said. “[Depressed students] think, ‘This is too hard, I’m going to take the easy road,’ so they drop out and end up working at McDonald’s or somewhere like that.”

Walter said non-depressed students should go out of their way to reach out to students who are suffering.

“If we see people who are shying away and look like they’re struggling and having a hard time, just be their friend,” Walter said. “It only takes 10 seconds to smile at somebody or ask them, ‘How’s your day?’ [or] ‘Would you like to go have lunch with us?’”

Walter said the club’s main focus is toward campus, but it hopes to gradually get more involved with the community. She said they’d like to do more service projects, as well as a 5k run to help bring awareness.

Students interested in receiving help from NAMI are welcome to seek out its services through OrgSync or by contacting psychology adviser Debra Decker at [email protected]. Counselors are available through the Health and Wellness Center at 435-652-7756.

“Don’t be shy to ask for help,” Walter said. “That’s why we’re here. We want to help.”

Millennials lack political knowledge

Millennials don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to politics: That’s not a harsh criticism, just a fair assessment. 

What is wrong with us? When dealing with my peers, that’s a question I seem to ask myself on a far too regular basis.

My generation seems detached, removed and even institutionalized by the social norm. Most millennials, including myself on occasion, are more concerned about the “turn up” or acting in a “savage” manner more than they are about serious issues that directly affect their lives. 

We are extremely uneducated on our nation’s political situations. In fact, according to a recent Reason Foundation Poll, approximately 77 percent of millennials couldn’t even name a senator from their home state. 

To test students’ awareness of their own government, I scoured campus for unsuspecting victims of this oh-so-very-tough question: Who is the current governor of Utah? 

I asked about 10 students the same question and received varying answers. Only two students were able to correctly identify the governor by his first and last name: Gary Herbert. One student answered, “I think it’s Harry or something,” another guessed “John Boner.” I’m assuming he meant John Boehner, the former U.S. Speaker of the House, who resigned from his position Oct. 29 due to recent controversy. 

If young people don’t know who their governor is, I think it’s safe to say they don’t know where he or she stands on key issues or how he or she represents their interests as U.S. citizens. 

Another prime example of this absence of knowledge is how we are treating the ongoing campaign for next year’s presidential election. 

Every time I log on to the breeding ground of ignorance that is modern social media, I see a lot of dialogue about today’s candidates. Something I don’t see is any actual policies or issues being discussed. 

We are so caught up in anticipation of what outrageous sound bite Donald Trump is going to provide next, what pantsuit Hillary Clinton will don for the debate, or how loud they have to turn up Ben Carson’s microphone, that we don’t pay attention to their actual qualifications or stances on important issues. 

Yes, Bernie Sanders does always looks like a bird stole his hat and he hasn’t realized it yet. Yes, that same bird has obviously woven some sort nest on top of Donald Trump’s head, but do you care? No, and if you do, you’re just feeding the problem because none of those things directly reflect his or her ability to hold public office. 

Instead, focus your efforts on doing your due diligence by researching the candidates, their backgrounds, intentions and policies. Care about something that actually matters for a change, and if you don’t care, then stop pretending you do. It’s political involvement week on campus, which gives you a chance to educate yourself, get involved and register to vote. If you forfeit the right to vote, you forfeit the right to complain.