UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | September 23, 2022

DSU women swim into their first season

Dixie State University women’s swim team took a deep breath and dove head first into its first season in DSU’s history.

DSU women’s swim team started its season Oct. 7 and will compete in five more swim meets until the conference championship meet Mar. 8. 

The new swim team is almost a full freshmen team made up of 14 freshmen and three transfer sophomores. The team currently practices at the Washington City Community Center, typically at 5:30 a.m., and will continue to until the Human Performance Building is built.

DSU athletic director Jason Boothe said head swim coach Benjamin Rae was able to recruit a bigger team than the athletic department had anticipated for the swim program’s first year.

About half the women on the swim team are from Utah and the rest of the team comes from Arizona, Washington, Wyoming and Alaska.

Rae said 17 is still a small number for a swim team, but one of the reasons DSU is so attractive in its first swim season is because there is a need for competitive swimming.

“[Swimming programs] are a need that is out there,” Rae said. “There is a lot of kids who want to compete in swimming and there is a lack of [swimming] programs.”

Boothe agreed there is a need for competitive swimming, plus, there are good swimmers in Utah and competitors are close.  

DSU’s women’s swim team is one of 13 teams in the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference.

Rae said the PCSC is kind of a catch-all conference because the conference features teams as small as Division III, many other Division II schools like DSU, and a couple bigger schools at the Division I level, one that is nationally ranked even. He said it is hard to know where DSU will fit in the conference.

“Make no mistake — I am a competitive person,” Rae said. “I want to win, and so our goal is to be the middle of the conference right off the bat, even with a limited number of swimmers.”

This first year team’s weaknesses are going to be in individual medley races in the breast and butterfly strokes, but its strengths will be races in the backstroke and middle distance free-style stroke, Rae said. 

One of Rae’s main goals for this first season is to make sure the team functions as a team.

“Even though you race mostly individually, you train together, you travel together, and so teams who have good chemistry are just going to be better,” Rae said.

Audrey Parrish, a freshman dental hygiene major from Wenatchee, Washington, said she thinks this first season is going well and the team gets along great, which makes things a lot easier.

“We are all willing to push each other, give constructive criticism and expecting each other to be competitive,” Parrish said.

Rae said the biggest challenge for the team this year will be getting up to speed with future recruits. The DSU swim team has already four prospect recruits who have times faster than everyone the entire current team. 

“Once we get through our first year, people will understand what we are going to be about and what it is going to take to [be apart of this program],” Rae said. 

The Trailblazers came in sixth place out of eight teams at the three-day Colorado Mesa Winter Invitational Thursday-Saturday in Grand Junction, Colorado. They finalized their point total at 354, and nearly every DSU swimmer finished their races with season-best times thus far.

The Trailblazers placed ahead of Division II competitors Colorado State University-Pueblo at 204 points and Adams State University at 81 points. The Trailblazers finished behind by about 100 points to two Division I schools: University of Wyoming, who scored 448 points, and Brigham Young University, who were at 466 points.

Assistant swim coach Jamie Beckstrand said the team has been phenomenal as a first-year program.

“They are really rising to the level they need to be at,” Beckstrand said.

Beckstrand said Rae has been a fantastic coach and that his greatest quality as a coach is his patience.

“[Rae]has trained teams that have gone to Olympics trials, and so I think he has had to hold back a lot,” Beckstrand said. “He has been patient building from where [these women] are.”

The Trailblazers’ next meet will be their only home meet against Colorado Mesa University Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Washington City Community Center.

Winter sports media day kicks off season

Bright futures are on the horizon for Dixie State University’s winter athletics.

DSU hosted its annual Winter Sports Media Day Tuesday in the Community Education Channel’s studio on campus. The event highlighted men and women’s basketball, and women’s swimming. Men’s basketball and women’s swimming are off to impressive season starts, but women’s basketball has been struggling. 

After a rocky start in the preseason, head coach J.D. Gustin said the women’s basketball team is not making any excuses.

“We’re still in the process of figuring each other out,” Gustin said. “It has been overwhelming for me and [the team] as well.”

Gustin said once the team’s confidence goes up, the stats will too.

“There are eight new players, and it’s a whole new team and a whole new program,” said Ashley Burge, a junior business major from Riverton. “We’re still trying to find that balance.”

DSU women’s swimming is kicking off its first season ever. They will be competing against several Division I teams in the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference this year.

Head coach Benjamin Rae said he believes the team will be successful and will start off their program in a great position.

“We had little over a year to prepare,” Rae said. “So the university gave us a good opportunity to be successful from the beginning.”

Women’s swimming will be competing in the Colorado Mesa Winter Invitational on Thursday, where they will face several teams they will meet in the RMAC.

DSU men’s basketball has had a share of the conference title in six of the last seven seasons, and the team is trying to start off conference play with some wins so they have a chance at the title again. After starting off the season 3-3, head coach Jon Judkins said the team is improving every week.

Men’s basketball has faced several injuries throughout the preseason, but Judkins is confident in his bench and is looking forward to another great season.

The men’s basketball team will start Pacific West Conference play against Concordia University on Saturday.

“Just looking back on last year, we did a really good job of always playing together,” said Brandon Simister, a junior biology major from St. George. “This year if we play together like we have been, we’ll have a good chance at the conference title.”

 

Holiday season about joy, compassion

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas season is finally upon us. Or is it the holiday season? America is incredibly diverse, and appealing to everyone is tough. 

The name of the “holiday” or “Christmas” season we are in has become a topic of concern when it really should not be. This season is about spreading joy and cheer, not about making sure everyone who gets a cup of coffee at Starbucks is not offended.

At most stores and restaurants are festive decorations, and while looking at them I see a trend. Each year it seems more and more that the season now marketed is referred to as “holiday season” instead of “Christmas.” This is done in order to include more people, because the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christian is dropping and therefore the term “Christmas” cannot appeal to everyone.

Is saying “Merry Christmas” offensive to those who are not Christians? The answer to anything that is offensive is look at the intent. Happiness and joy are prevalent emotions this time of year, and what someone wishes me is meant to further those emotions, not evoke negative ones. 

Folks like me love Christmas because it is a great time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, and reflect on how I live my life and a reminder to be charitable, courteous and loving. So when I say “Merry Christmas, ” it is not intended to offend anyone, rather it is a way to express joy and compassion.

As a Christian, it is imperative for me to reflect the light of Christ to all those who I come in contact with, and therefore I cannot conform to the “Happy Holidays” that are becoming more prominent. However, I would not be offended either if someone who was Jewish told me “Happy Hanukkah.” This season should be about much more than what we call it.

Remember where Christmas came from. It was not always a time to buy, give and get gifts. It is not about Santa, reindeer or caroling. Christmas came about to celebrate the birth of Christ when Rome became converted to Christianity. Kwanzaa is also a celebrated holiday this time of year, along with Hanukkah and Boxing Day, among many others. Despite the rich Christian heritage of the United States of America, no one holiday is greater than the other.

I do not take offense when I hear or see something other than “Merry Christmas.” “Happy holidays” is not intended to offend me, it just gives non-Christians a reason to celebrate and commemorate this season. It is incredibly important to remember and respect the intent behind the words and celebrations this time of year.

Whatever ever our religion or belief, I think we all can agree that whatever this season is called, it is about giving. Offense should not be intended or taken regarding the name of this special time of year. Remember the reason for the season. 

Letter to the Editor: Women’s sports not being promoted

I would like to address the lack of promotion for women’s athletic events on campus.

I am a member of the Dixie State University women’s basketball team. There have been multiple instances that the men and the women’s basketball teams play on the same night and posters around campus have only advertised for the men’s game. I think this is very disrespectful especially considering student government is who puts the posters together. I thought they were supposed to support all students. 

I understand the men’s team generates more supporters than the women’s team, but that does not mean they shouldn’t promote the games equally. I’m sure you can see why this would be frustrating. As a player on the team, I fully understand that the men’s team is going to have more supporters, but it is really terrible when your game isn’t even recognized on campus posters. The women work just as hard as the men do to play college sports so they should be supported by their fellow students just the same. 

I think that this issue needs to be brought to light especially because it’s our own student government who is failing to recognize and equally support all teams. Every team should get equal recognition for their sport regardless of what gender. Student athletes are a big part of the identity of Dixie State and they should be recognized for their hard work and dedication to education, their sport and this university. 

Ashlee Burge
Junior business major
From Riverton

Upward: Make your 2017 resolutions more meaningful

When you are writing your goals down for 2017, don’t leave out the one that can have the biggest impact.

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and soon many people will be daydreaming, talking about and writing down their resolutions for 2017. Let’s not write down the worn-out resolutions we do every year, and make them a little more meaningful this time around. 

Since I can remember, the week before New Year’s my parents sat the kids down and had us write down our New Year’s resolutions. Mine were similar every year: get good grades, save money, and live healthier. As most stories like this end, my goals fell by the wayside, and I continued about my year not making any significant changes to accomplish my resolutions.

I’ve wondered about this cycle and have puzzled over why this happens. As I reflect on the resolutions I’ve made in the past, I realize that they’ve almost always been exclusively self-serving.

What if we made our resolutions about connecting with others and adding value to the world around us?

In the 75 year-long Grant Study done by Harvard University, it’s been shown that good relationships make us happier and healthier. The study followed the lives of hundreds of people from different backgrounds through their lives and concluded that human connection was the factor that connected people who described their lives as satisfying.

This year, cultivating quality relationships is at the top of my resolution list. Not only because it is sort of self-serving (who doesn’t want to be happier and healthier?), but it also involves helping the people I care about and the people I haven’t yet met.

Here are some things you can try if you have a similar resolution:

Put your phone down

My most meaningful moments, conversations and memorable nights happened when I either forgot my phone at home or decidedly left it in my purse.

I am a slave to my phone on most days and many people in my generation are as well. Whether it is checking work emails, scrolling through Instagram, or watching YouTube videos, our portable distraction devices put a wall between us and the people who actively want to be a part of our lives. The tool created as a utility to make our lives easier has simultaneously hindered our potential to be present and in the moment with the people closest to us.

Respect the relationships you have by resisting the urge to check your phone when you’re with the people you care about. You might be surprised how much more satisfying the interaction is.

Stop the small talk

Small talk is the death of meaningful human connection. Instead of talking about the weather, sports teams or celebrities, allow yourself to be genuinely curious about the person you’re interacting with. Everyone has a different background with a unique story to share.

Ask questions. Be curious. Not only will you form a deeper connection with the person, but you’ll probably end up learning something new. Don’t waste your time or theirs by talking about stuff that doesn’t really matter.

Provide help

In a world where so many people are afraid to ask for help when they really want or need it, being attentive can go a long way in forming a solid connection. Whether it is with a friend, co-worker, romantic partner or family member, being of service to the people we interact with adds value to the relationship. Not only will it improve the tone of the relationship, but you’ll also probably feel happy you were able to be of service to someone.

Not only should you look for ways to help the people around you, also learn how to accept help without a fuss. Put away your pride when someone reaches out to help — it is doing as much good for them as it is for you.

As much as we’d like to believe we can do it all on our own, we need quality human connection to be happy, healthy people. Let’s make 2017 a fulfilling, happy year.

Tailblazers secure two wins at home

The Dixie State University men’s basketball team has turned things around after a lackluster start to its season.

After beginning the season 0-3, DSU has now won three straight games including home wins against Sonoma State University Friday and Western Oregon University Saturday.

The Trailblazers started things off against SSU in its first home game of the regular season. Things started out fairly even midway through the first half, but near the end of the period, DSU began to pull away and went into halftime with an eight point lead.

DSU maintained the lead throughout the second half and would eventually extend it to a game-high 12 points midway through the second half. The Seawolves, however, clawed its way back into the game trimming the lead to two points with 13 seconds left in regulation.

DSU fought off the rally and held on for the victory at 64-62. Each team shot an identical 42 percent from the field but the Trailblazers forced 23 turnovers to aid in the winning cause.

“We figured out ways to win,” head coach Jon Judkins said. “That is something that good teams do and they’ve figured out how to do that.”

Sophomore guard Brandon Miller led the way for DSU with 19 points including 6-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Redshirt senior forward Josh Fuller added 13 while junior guard Trevor Hill notched 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Trailblazers then squared off against WOU and started the game on fire.    

They jumped out to an early 12-point lead which was led by Fuller who scored 10 points in the first five minutes of action. The Wolves battled back and tied the game at 35 with just under 90 seconds to go in the first half, but DSU would enter halftime leading by two points.

Fuller continued scoring in what would be a career night for him as he scored seven of DSU’s 12 points to open the second half. Fuller would go on to finish the night with 30 points, his highest total at DSU, and 13 rebounds.

“Our focus coming in was to be crisp on offense,” said Fuller, an accounting major from Rexburg, Idaho. “All night I was getting great passes. We were able to move the ball inside and out and because of that, our offense was flowing at a great rate.”

There was a scary moment for the Trailblazers midway through the second half. Miller drove the ball to the baseline and as he collected himself to shoot a layup, he collapsed with an apparent non-contact knee injury. As of now, there is no timetable on his possible return Judkins said.

DSU held an 11-point advantage with just over seven minutes to play. The Wolves would threaten to erase the lead, but the Trailblazers slammed the door to earn their third straight victory, 78-73.

DSU assisted on 20 of its 25 made field goals while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

“I’m very happy with that stat,” Judkins said. “I thought we shared the ball well. We had some good looks that we missed, but whenever I see 20 assists, I’m happy.”

The Trailblazers’ defense limited WOU to just 35.7 percent on field goal attempts, the lowest shooting total by an opponent this season.

“Getting a few stops in a row really gets us going,” said junior forward Zac Hunter, a finance major from American Fork. “It allows us to get out and run, and I think that’s when we are at our best. It wears on a team when we are able to do that.”

Hunter finished the game with 14 points followed by junior guard Brandon Simister who was two assists shy of a double-double, finishing with 13 points and eight assists.

With the win, DSU moves to 3-3 on the year. It will begin conference play Saturday when it hosts Concordia University-Irvine. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. inside Burns Arena.

Film Fangirl: ‘Moana’ perfects typical Disney tropes with stunning animation, storytelling

After the so-called Disney Renaissance that began with “The Little Mermaid” and tapered after “Mulan,” Disney has worked its way back up the ladder with hits like “Frozen” and “Zootopia.” And now comes “Moana,” one of the greatest of them all.

“Moana” tells the story of, well, Moana, a young woman driven by her love of both her island and the sea. In typical Disney fashion, she is held back by well-meaning parents but must eventually choose her own path. And so she sets off on a journey to find the demigod Maui and to restore the heart of the mother goddess Te Fiti, guided by the spirit of Moana’s grandmother and the ocean itself.

Say what you will about Disney, but this studio knows how to weave a fairytale. Though Disney may arguably not be the most original of storytellers (is any movie ever fully original?), the studio hits a long-awaited perfection with “Moana.” Disney has built upon its own tropes throughout its history — a young woman with an “I want” personality, the often lackluster love interest, the animal sidekick and all that singing. With “Moana,” Disney has brought these tropes to full fruition, with a three-dimensional heroine, no need for a love interest and powerfully upbeat music, all of which work together to tell a story paying homage to Polynesian culture while also speaking to the hearts of anyone who watches the film.

First and foremost, “Moana” boasts astounding animation. The animation of water is perhaps the most dazzling, with bright blue tones and photo-realistic movements. Honestly, I felt like I could reach through the screen and touch it. Every scene feels rich and colorful.

The voice acting is fantastically on-point. Rather than casting a well-known Hollywood actress, Disney cast 16-year-old native Hawaiian Auli’i Cravalho as Moana. Based on her performance here, she is sure to have a long, illustrious career ahead of her. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson brings Maui to life with believable slips between easygoing and passionate. To top it off, I had no idea he could sing, but sing he does. And fabulously so.

Rounding everything off is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s excellent songwriting. I suppose it’s no surprise coming from the creator of “Hamilton,” but each song in “Moana” has lyrics that are actually meaningful for the characters and builds upon the Polynesian presence in the film. Rather than sounding like interchangeable ditties from top 40 radio, the music brings Moana’s world to life. While I doubt “Let It Go” will be fading away anytime soon, Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” will surely be sneaking into Disney fan’s playlists to give “Frozen” a run for its money.

But while “Moana” as a film is astounding, it must be noted that some viewers may be disappointed by the mishmashing of Polynesian cultures. It’s important to remember that not all Polynesian cultures are the same, nor are they interchangeable. Much like the problem when Asians are treated like they are all Chinese, we must remember that’s not the case. “Moana” has a bit of an excuse in that it takes place before these separate cultures came to be, but we modern viewers need to listen to our Polynesian family members and friends when they bring up concerns with “Moana.”

Despite these cultural problems, “Moana” stands as a testament of strong, emotional storytelling that will speak to your soul. Go see it. Now.

Grade: A

Waiting to get married until after college benefits students

If undergraduate students wait to get married until after they get a degree, their future and their wedding plans are more likely to be successful.

I am 19 years old and I feel like I have so much to accomplish before marriage, like traveling around the world and maintaining a steady job. So instead of worrying about school while planning a wedding, I’m going to wait until I graduate, and other students should do the same.

A marriage is more likely to succeed if the couple has graduated from college first, said Stephanie Sternberg in CNN article “Saying ‘I do’ while studying at the U.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 18 percent of undergraduate students choose to get married before getting a degree. Marriage is a good life decision, but it would be a better decision to be able to afford a nice wedding and not have to worry about schooling while living a married life.

Social environments change over the years, like teenagers getting married, or young adults working instead of earning a degree. It’s why students have come up with different perspectives about marriage, but what does not change is the financial opportunities that single students get, like the cost to rent a single dorm, which is about 250 dollars a month, compared an apartment for a married couple, which is about 600 to 800 dollars a month.

As a single student I save about 2000 dollars a semester by living at home. I can afford groceries and other personal expenses while working two minimum wage jobs. It would be hard to be working a minimum wage job, or one close to minimum wage, and trying to afford school and maintaining a household.

It’s financially more difficult for married students today than five years ago, said Kelly Roberts, a marriage and family therapist and clinical instructor at Oklahoma State University in the article “Saying ‘I do’ while studying at the U.” She cited in the article the decreasing number of student loans available and how married students are taking on more jobs to cover expenses.

I have two jobs and it is tough to keep up with a busy schedule and work at the same time, just taking care of myself, which would be more difficult for married couples.

When a couple graduates and they both have stable jobs, they are more likely to be able to afford a dream wedding with all of its perks like a high quality dress, venue, reception and all the details in between without having to pay for tuition, books and other bills. 

According to WeddingWire, the findings of its 2015 Newlywed Report estimated that aaverage engagement ring costs $4,758. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, undergraduate student makes between 1800 and 2500 dollars a month, and a graduate makes between 3200 and 4500 a month. That means almost 20 percent of their monthly salary goes toward the engagement ring alone. Which shows that graduate students with steady jobs are more likely to comfortably afford an engagement ring plus other wedding expenses.

Students with a degree have more opportunities of having an average cost wedding, without having to worry about tuition, loans and homework.

DIY projects become fun, easy Christmas gifts

There are great ways to be productive while binge watching your favorite series on Netflix. 

With Thanksgiving now over, attention has firmly turned to Christmas, which means it’s time to finally figure out what to get everyone. I love homemade gifts, both for giving and receiving, and I picked three simple ones to share that won’t break the bank.

Sassy embroidery
I’ve recently gotten into embroidering, and I discovered it can be converted into quick and easy presents. For this project, the things you will need are as follows:

– 1/4 yard of beige duck canvas fabric  

– One 6-inch embroidery hoop

– Two embroidery floss colors

– One packet of embroidery needles

All of these items can be found at Walmart or other local crafts stores for under $10.

To start, sandwich your fabric snugly between your hoops and tighten the knob. 

Once your fabric is taut and secure, sketch your design. I chose a simple mix of plants and words for my embroidery.

Choose the color of thread you want as your dominant color. This is what you will be using to color in all your words. Embroidery floss has six threads twined together, but since I want the lettering to be bold, I chose not to separate the threads before threading my needle.

Follow your sketched word lines. If you find yourself at an impasse, don’t be afraid to knot that end off and start with a fresh thread.

For the leaves of your plant, a simple satin stitch will work to fill them in. This should also work for the flower you’ve drawn, if you chose one like mine.

Now, you don’t have to finish off with a scriptural reference, but I found it perfect for a couple of my family members who are religious with a healthy sense of humor.

Infinity scarf
I have always found infinity scarves easier than regular scarves. Mostly because it hides the fact that I don’t always pay attention when I crochet. This simple round scarf is a perfect gift to kick off the winter season, and it won’t demand much effort from you. Supplies for this scarf will be:

– One yarn ball (approximately 315 yards, medium weight)

– One H-hook (5.0 millimeters)

This project‘s components should be available at Walmart or your local craft store for under $7.

I prefer soft yarns, like Caron Simply Soft, but these instructions will work with any medium weight yarn.

First, create your slip knot.

Next, chain 200. If you want your scarf longer, be sure to add chains in units of two. Then slip stitch your chain so it makes one whole circle. Be sure to check that it hasn’t gotten flipped around.

Chain two straight up from your joined circle.

You will then do double crochet throughout the entire circle.

To close off this group, chain two and then repeat, starting your new grouping in the first stitch of your new row.

When you get to the end of a complete round, join your scarf together with a slip stitch instead of chaining two. Then repeat the above steps until you have 12 rows, or whatever thickness you prefer.

Pumpkin cookies in a jar
For family-sized gifts, cookies in a jar save you time and money. I have a large family that is determined to keep adding nieces and nephews, so this saves me a lot of time and money.

The measurements I’ll be giving for this will create one cookie jar:

– One 32-ounce mason jar

– Ribbon

– Hole punch

– One index card

– 1 cup white sugar

– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

This project is a little hard to price, as it depends on where you shop for your ingredients. I was able to assemble the jars for under $11 per jar.

Carefully funnel the flour into the jar, followed by the sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.

Once all the ingredients are settled, add your chocolate chips.

As a purely optional step, you can take your mad embroidery skills and add a bit of flair to the top of your jar, embroidering the name of the family who is going to receive the jar.

After you’ve capped your jar, fill out your recipe card with the needed wet ingredients and baking instructions.

Attach the instructions to your jar with a length of ribbon, and you’re done.

Hopefully these ideas help with your gift planning and take some of the holiday stress away.

Our View: Students should strive for objective news

In a world saturated by fake news, conspiracy theories and speculation, objective journalism is in a rocky state.

The 2016 election was the tip of the iceberg for fake news. Some are even calling 2016 the year of “post-truth” because of this.

There was a broad range of fake news stories, from Trump winning the popular vote to Pope Francis endorsing Trump and many, many more. Our own president-elect has even had his fair share of jumping the gun on misinformation. An example of this is when Trump tweeted “Just out according to @CNN: ‘Utah officials report voting machine problems across entire country.'” CNN had to later correct his tweet and said it was just Washington County, not the country.

According to an article by BuzzFeed News, an analysis found 38 percent of the time three major right-wing Facebook pages published fake news, and nearly 20 percent of three big left-wing Facebook pages did the same.

As journalists, it’s our duty to be objective. We’ll admit that it’s nearly impossible to be objective 100 percent of the time, but good, honest journalists will always strive to be objective. Complete objectivity doesn’t exist because no person is completely objective. To compensate, journalists need to have good journalistic practices like double-checking facts, researching before-hand, and giving both sides to a story. As the Dixie Sun News staff, we strive for these things.

We live in a time where our president-elect has repeatedly called out the media for not being objective. So, as journalists, we need to strive to continue to be objective and make sure what we’re putting out there doesn’t add to the already large pile of fake news. 

Consumers may not know which media sources they can turn to in their time of finding news.

Facebook and Google have recently taken steps to assure that fake news doesn’t spread, but that is still not enough. Some consumers are taking these fake stories as fact, and that is not OK.

It’s very common for consumers to confuse fact with opinion, such as cable news network talk shows and opinion sections in newspapers.

Pause before pushing the share button on social media sites. Make sure what you’re putting out there is true and accurate. Even though consumers oftentimes don’t create the fake news, consumers are responsible for spreading it. Don’t just rely on one media site for your news, be aware of your own biases, and read beyond the headline. Headlines are meant to grab attention and can be exaggerated. 

Don’t be the bearer of fake news.

There’s a whole industry built on fake news and clickbait articles, and every click is a vote for what kind of journalism you’d like to see endure. Let’s make it the honest kind.