Dixie State falls short in heartbreaker

Despite holding a four-point lead with less than four minutes left in the game, the Dixie State Red Storm relinquished the lead and fell to the Azusa Pacific University Cougars by a final score of 72-65.

The Cougars came into the game sporting a 7-3 overall record and a 1-1 record in the Pacific West Conference. Dixie State University held an identical conference record but was just 4-4 overall on the young season.

APU jumped out to a quick 12-6 lead within the first four minutes of the contest behind some hot 3-point shooting from senior guard Bruce English and sophomore forwar, Corey Langerveld. The Red Storm countered with a 14-8 run of their own to tie the game up at 20 with eight minutes to go in the first half.

The Cougars continued to shoot well from behind the arc as they finished the first half shooting 41 percent from deep. They rode that hot shooting as well as tough defense to a 35-28 lead into halftime.

Junior forward Josh Fuller and senior guard Mason Sawer lead DSU at the half with 6 points apiece.  Sawer also dished four assists during the opening twenty minutes.  Junior Forward Joey Schreiber led the Cougars with 10 points.

Coming out of halftime, the Cougars extended their lead 40-31 before DSU went on a 10-0 run and took the lead for just the second time in the game.  The Red Storm were led by Fuller, who scored six of the 10 points during the run.

Head coach Jon Judkins said he was happy with the player’s energy during the beginning of the second half of the game.

“I was happy with the energy we had to start the second half,” Judkins said. “Then we kind of laid back, hoping they would miss instead of making them miss.”

It was a back and forth battle over the next seven minutes until the Red Storm took their largest lead of the game on an emphatic dunk by sophomore guard Trevor Hill to take a 53-49 advantage. Dixie State could never extend its lead past four points as it held a 60-56 lead with less than four minutes left in the game.

The Cougars then connected on three 3-point baskets on their next four possessions to take a 65-62 advantage with just over two minutes to go.  Azura Pacific never looked back from there as it went on to win 72-65.

“They hit some threes at the end of the game, and we couldn’t get anything going,” Judkins said. “Give Azusa credit—they are a good team.”

The Cougars shot 46 percent from the field and nearly 42 percent from behind the arc.  Dixie State assisted on 15 of its 22-made field goals but shot a mere 38 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range. 

When asked about the loss, coach Judkins said: “It’s tough, but I told my team that this is how we were last year. We went on a winning streak after the [holiday] break.”

Fuller led the Dixie State offense as he put in a career-high 25 points on 10-15 shooting from the field.  Sawer recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. 

Schreiber was the high scorer for APU with 18 points.  Langerveld contributed 14 points to the effort, and English finished with 12 points to help the Cougars reach an 8-3 overall record.

Dixie State will take a break for the holidays and will resume their conference play Jan. 5 at home against Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Student senate funding more academic projects, on track to break bill records

The Dixie State University student senate is on pace to break last years’ record of number of bills passed.

The student senate is a group of students that help other students reach their academic goals by using funding from student fees. They’ve allocated $10,670 for nine different bills and Legislation Day so far in this semester. 

Darren Stapleton, a senior biomedical major from Syracuse, wrote a bill to receive $6,000 for a new rotary evaporator for the physical science department in November. The senate allocated over $3,700 for the evaporator, which was the highest amount of money given out all semester, including all the prize money at Legislation Day combined.

“Our current rotary evaporator is really old, and it has been losing a lot of product, which is money,” Stapleton said. “It’s also really big and bulky, so it was harder for some of the smaller girls to work with.” 

Other bills passed included nearly $1,000 for students to attend a pre-med conference, $675 for an education student to teach in Switzerland, and $550 for music students to attend the Utah opera.    

Warren Anderson, a senior accounting major from Santa Clara, is the vice president of academics and head of the DSU student senate. Anderson said he thinks the senate will pass as many bills this year as it did last year, if not more.

“The biggest thing that we look for is how many students will the bill affect immediately,” Warren said. “Then we look for how it will affect the institution as a whole, and how will it affect future students.” 

Stapleton said students need to know about senate funding and take advantage of it. 

“Undergraduate research is a huge part of a lot of applications for graduate school, and in order to do that, you need capital equipment most times,” Stapleton said. 

A student can only write up one bill per semester. The senate funds up to 50 percent of each bill passed, and the department of study covers the remaining cost.

Students who contact the student senator for their departments are helped on a first come first serve basis. Senators can be contacted in the student government room on the second floor in the Gardner Student Center.

Preliminary mascot finalists revealed in survey

Dixie State University students, faculty and community members will soon identify themselves as either a raptor, marshal, rock hound, sun warrior, wrangler or blazer. 

DSU’s Identity Committee has created the survey along with Love Communications, a firm that helped gather research on the new mascot, where students can rank six mascot preliminary finalists. The results won’t determine the mascot, but it will help the committee make its ultimate decision. The finalists have been determined based off of 10 years of research. 

Jordon Sharp, chief marketing and communication officer, said the finalists are subject to be “tweaked,” and are being shown so the public can have a general idea of where the committee is headed. 

The choices will show up in different orders for each participant who takes the survey. The finalists are as follows and are listed in no particular order: 

  • Raptors (Rocky the raptor)

  • Marshals (Marshal the mustang)

  • Rock Hounds (Red the rock hound)

  • Sun Warriors (Apollo) 

  • Wranglers (Red the cowboy)

  • Blazers (Blaze the buffalo) 

Sharp said all six of these potential mascots and identities are unique to DSU in some way and either tie to DSU’s history, geography or its strategic plan. The committee aimed to create an identity that wouldn’t fit at any other university, Sharp said. 

“We have a unique opportunity here with our geography and our history that we can play on things that other places wouldn’t be able to do,” he said. 

One of the first criterion the committee searched for in a new mascot was its athletic appeal. Sharp said something that is tough and that students would want on a hat is a characteristic of a good athletic identity. Similarly, Athletic Director Jason Boothe said a tough mascot is important when battling an opponent. 

“If you just look at all the other [mascots], they have that toughness and strength to them,” Boothe said.

The survey is composed of “mood boards,” which include a summary of the identity, visuals, and its branding strengths. Those who participate in the survey will have the opportunity to make comments or other mascot suggestions at the end. 

Sharp and Boothe both said being on the Identity Committee has been a challenge because there are several publics the university needs to please. Sharp said finding an identity that no other institution has was a tall order because there are over 4,000 higher institutions in the nation. 

Coming up with an identity that doesn’t offend anyone and makes mostly everyone happy has been the most challenging part, Boothe said. 

“There’s always going to be someone who complains no matter what we do,” Boothe said. “It’s one of those things that we have to take our time with and make sure we do our due diligence.”

Sharp said coming up with a brand that’s authentic, clear and marketable will help distinguish DSU from other institutions.

“If you would have told me we would have had six identities that met all of our criteria, I would have said no way,” he said. “I feel like we’ve been able to do that.”

The survey is available online at dixiestate-nickname.com. 

DSU Dining Services clean despite some students’ inclination otherwise

Dirty dishes, not enough variety, and employees not wearing gloves are the complaints some are saying about the Dixie State University Dining Services, especially in the Red Rock Café. 

Wa’t Manor, a sophomore communication major from Las Vegas, eats at the food court daily and said the metal utensils are often so dirty he uses the plastic ones. Sarah Ladwig, a freshman early childhood education major from Fresno, California, said she is often concerned with servers not always wearing gloves and dishes that aren’t always clean. 

But despite the complaints of uncleanliness, “DSU is one of the cleanest establishments that employ teenagers and young adults in St. George that I’ve inspected,” said Klint Frei, health inspector with the Utah Public Health Department.

Most of the issues that arose in the health inspection for the Red Rock Café were common and relatively minor, Frei said. The Red Rock Café didn’t have clean floors behind equipment and sinks, part of the flooring was damaged, and the conveyer belt dishwasher in the kitchen was not hot enough during the last health inspection, Frei said.

Water in a conveyer belt dishwasher is required to be heated to 180 degrees, but Frei said the water in DSU’s kitchen was around 168 degrees, which is 8 degrees higher than the temperature usually required to kill salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website

“The floor [in the kitchen] was chipped in places, and I could see the concrete aggregate,” Frei said. “It’s not a health hazard right now, but it could be in the future if it’s not addressed.”

Celeste Whaley, a freshman English major from Magna, has worked for DSU Dining Services for four months. She said she has witnessed her coworkers not wearing gloves when they should have been, not always using timers to make sure food is completely cooked, and sneaking samples of the food being served. 

“I’ve told all the staff that the day I don’t find a dirty dish is the day I’ll take them all out for ice cream,” said Paul Blaser, production manager and chef for Dining Services. “They’re not perfect, but our staff really tries to be as clean as possible.”

Gloves are not the cure-all for cleanliness in the serving area, Blaser said while demonstrating wiping his nose on his pair of gloves.

According to Utah food handler code, gloves are required to be worn when serving to “eliminate bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food.” This does not apply for all of the tasks servers do in the kitchen like when using utensils or on the grill, said Martin Peterson, director of Dining Services.

A checklist for cleaning the serving area and kitchen is also revised each month to be as comprehensive as possible, Peterson said. 

“Dining Services held a focus group last week with four students for two hours to discuss the good and bad of [Dining Services],” Peterson said. “The cleanliness of the serving area never came up as an issue during the focus group. But if there are any complaints, we’d love the feedback to improve.”

Peterson said the most common feedback he’s received is for more variety with chain restaurants in the Red Rock Café after the success of Subway

“We are currently in the process of negotiations with two different chain restaurants for the [Red Rock Café] that will be announced in the spring,” Peterson said. “They’ll be open in August of next year.”

Those with feedback for ways Dining Services can improve can leave a note in the suggestion box in the Red Rock Café or email [email protected]

A Dixie State University Dining Services employee prepares a meal at the Red Rock Café. Despite some complaints that cleanliness codes are not always followed, health inspections reveal otherwise. Photos by Jake Brown.

Spanish department entertains with Christmas competition

Anyone walking through the Gardner Student Center Monday afternoon probably heard familiar Christmas tunes being sung but with less-than-familiar words.

Students from eight different Spanish classes gathered for the second annual Spanish department Christmas event to participate in competition-style caroling. Small groups treated the audience to Spanish renditions of English songs like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Little Drummer Boy,” but also performed Spanish originals “Feliz Navidad” and “Mi Burrito Sabanero.” The winning group received a basket of fruit and chocolate after the competition and will have a pizza party.

Quade Peterson, a senior communication major from Kaysville, was a part of the winning group who performed “Feliz Navidad.” He said events like this show there are “a lot of different people here taking the [Spanish] classes.”

“We do events like this once in a while as a department,” Peterson said. “It’s a great program. The professors try to make it fun and light.” He said his group’s preparation for their performance was not intensive.

Luis Arevalo, an assistant Spanish and Latin American Literature professor, organized the event to give students a way to practice speaking Spanish outside of the classroom.

“We are going to repeat this next year, and we would like to invite the community,” Arevalo said. “We’d like to make it an international event to encourage, for example, the Chinese students to come, and if they do Christmas carols in Chinese, I’d like to see that.”

The Spanish department hosts other annual events like the Day of the Dead celebration and Spanish poetry night. All students are invited to attend.

Intramural flag football teams outshine NIRSA

Two of Dixie State University’s flag football intramural teams mercy ruled their way past their competition to become regional champs for the first time.

Three of DSU’s flag football teams traveled to University of California, Los Angeles, to compete in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association region VI tournament Nov. 21 and 22.

Every team competed in two games of pool play to determine seating before single-elimination bracket play began.

One of DSU’s men’s teams, the Walk Ons, lost both pool games and was one and done after also losing its first game in bracket play.

The Gremlins, DSU’s coed team, won both pool play games but still had its doubts, playing against bigger schools like Arizona State University during bracket play, said Mackenzee Collins, a junior general education major from Evanston, Wyoming, and the Gremlin’s captain.

“We always felt like we were the underdogs and knew we had to just keep playing well,” Collins said.

However, the DSU men’s team, the Ducks, had a good feeling after winning both its pool play games and going in as the No. 1 seat,  said Damien Culver, a junior biology major from Palmdale, California, and captain for the Ducks.

“We had, by far, the highest point differential, and so we kind of knew we were a little bit better than most the teams there,” Culver said.

Instead of field goals, teams get an attempt at an extra point. Men’s teams were mercy ruled at a 19-point lead and coed teams at a 25-point lead with two minutes remaining in the game. 

The tournament was made of 23 men’s and seven coed teams. 

The Ducks mercy ruled all their competition, scoring an average of seven touchdowns and only gave up an average of one touchdown per game.     

The Gremlins nearly mercy ruled their way to region champs with just one point shy, beating the University of Las Vegas Hawaiian Princesses by 24 points. The Gremlins also scored a total of 260 points and only gave up on an average of 13 points.

On top of the Ducks and Gremlins winning the region VI championship, DSU players were awarded five of the 12 individual trophies. For the men’s division, Damien Culver was named most valuable player, and Dalton Smith was named to the All-Tournament team. For the coed division, Brock Anderson was named MVP, while Jeff Lee and Collins were all named to the All-Tournament team. 

David Howell, intramural coordinator and a physical education health and recreation adjunct instructor, said he is glad the intramural program gives students the opportunity to compete for something more. 

“It is the teams wanting to be successful and competing hard here at DSU and going on to do the same thing at UCLA are the real reasons why they were able to succeed and why we are successful as a program,” Howell said.

DSU paid for the teams’ $375 entrance fee for the regional tournament and gave them a travel stipend between $500-$700. The teams each received a trophy and their $400 entrance fee paid for the eighth annual NIRSA national flag football tournament, being held Jan. 2-4 in Pensacola, Florida.  

Howell said DSU is able to provide the teams transportation which covers around 75 percent of the trip costs.

The Ducks are confirmed to go and  have set up a page on Gofundme to help their efforts in raising the rest of money for the trip. 

Unfortunately, not all the players on the Gremlins are able to make the trip Howell said.
He said the intramural program is working to find players to fill those spots before the registration deadline. 

“[The NIRSA tournament] is a great opportunity for students and a great way to get [DSU’s] name out there,” Howell said. “I am optimistic we will be able to get everything worked out for both teams.” 

Stereotypes and society shape how men and women act

 The way men and women think is slightly different, but, overall, there isn’t much of a difference.

I-Shan Yang, an assistant psychology professor, said updated research has shown men and women are a lot more similar than many believe.

“According to the most updated neurobiology research, it shows that our brain actually possesses both (female and male) traits,” Yang said. “We rarely ever have people who just have what we call the ‘male brain’ or ‘female brain.’”

Yang said men and women not only act the way they do because of biological components, but also because of how society has shaped the different roles of men and women.

“There is a biological base, but I think more in how we are acting out and (how we) behave. That’s more about how you were taught,” she said.

Yang said people can’t base how they act or think on just genetics.

“Genetics are not everything,” she said. “There are people who are genetically built a certain way, and their life has nothing to do with it.”

Environmental factors also play a role in how men and women act and think, Yang said. She said, depending on where someone grew up, women gravitate toward career fields such as education, nursing and counseling because they are considered more feminine. Whereas men gravitated toward career fields such as engineering, mathematics and physics because of their learned masculinity.

Katrice Schimbeck, an adjunct communication instructor, said stereotypes play a big role in how men and women act.

“When we watch movies and partake of media, we are taught how to act,” Schimbeck said. “Sometimes stereotypes are perpetuated by media, and they’re cultivated in society.”

The prevalence of media, social media and the Internet is changing culture, Schimbeck said.

Yang said these stereotypes also cause men and women to act a certain way because of how society wants them to act. In society, women are taught to be more caring and observant, while men are taught that it’s not OK to show their emotions, she said. 

“A lot of men are emotional,” Yang said. “They’re just not comfortable sharing that in front of other people. They do have feelings, but in their male group, it’s not allowed to act that way, so they kind of hide it.”

Schimbeck said studies show men and women communicate in the same ways.

“As for communicating, it depends on the situation,” Schimbeck said. “We have different styles of communicating in different situations, and when we communicate in mixed gender situations, studies show that we pretty much communicate the same.”

The amount of expectations for men and women in society can be either a good or bad thing, Yang said.

“The more rigid the societal expectation is, the higher the chance of people suffering,” Yang said.

Senior art students celebrate their work at art exhibit

While many Dixie State University students are stressing out over finals, several are being celebrated for their hard work and artistic accomplishments.

Senior art students at DSU have one last chance to showcase their talents before they graduate and head toward the rigors of professional life.

The DSU Art Department Senior Show opening gala was held Nov. 20, and the exhibit is on display in the North Plaza Building through tonight. The show features multiple works of graphic design, drawing and painting, using several different mediums. Featured artists are Emma Schaub, Rachel Kjar, Scott Garrett, Lindsay Rose and Thomas Stirland.

Schaub, a senior art major from Gilbert, Arizona, said it’s awesome having her work on display.

“I think my exhibition shows how far I’ve come,” Schaub said. “I’m also fairly relieved that it is up, and nothing has fallen off the walls yet.”

Schaub has a passion for graphic design history, and she said layout design is by far her favorite form. She included invitations in her display because they showcase all she has learned at DSU. Her emphasis was in graphic design, and she hopes she can continue with it professionally when she moves to Arizona the day after finals.

McGarren Flack, an art department adviser and lecturer, said the exhibit is the pinnacle show for seniors and should be representative of all their work while at DSU. The shows provide an opportunity for the students and university to network with people in the industry and make contacts with possible future clientele.

Flack said it is difficult for students to gain exposure for their artwork, and campus shows are invaluable for gaining experience.

“It’s a relief to have it all done, but it is also very gratifying to be able to share some of my projects in more of a public setting,” said Rose, a senior graphic design major from Orderville. “It’s a bit of a new experience to have people approach me with questions about the things I have on display in the exhibition that they otherwise wouldn’t have seen.”

Rose started to draw at a very young age and is a self-taught artist. She likes to use a variety of mediums, but her specific interest is in modifying electric guitars with digital design. Her focus now is on learning about the limits of guitar customization and plans to pursue a career in graphic design in St. George after graduation. She said the most important thing she has learned while studying at DSU is persistence.

“The things I do are a constant process of refinement,” Rose said. “Some of my best projects have been the ones I’ve dedicated the most time to.”

Flack said the spring senior show will be divided in two separate exhibits with nine artists on display at each showing, including painters, graphic designers and ceramicists.