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

DSU’s art show ‘Mapping: The Poetics of Utah Expression’ opens for public

Chatter echoes across the gallery as artists walk alongside their peers, explaining what their art piece represents.

Dixie State University’s art show, “Mapping: The Poetics of Utah Expression” displays various contemporary works through a series of paintings, print making and wire sculptures. 

Art curator Kathy Cieslewicz worked alongside Steven Stradley, a fine arts adjunct, to co-curate this semester’s art show and develop the theme.

“Think about everything that is mapped; our brain is mapped, our world is mapped and our universe is mapped,” Cieslewicz said. “We map our lives as we navigate through it.”

Together, Cieslewicz and Stradley reached out to several artists all over southern Utah to submit their work for the project. After reviewing the submissions, Cieslewicz said it was interesting to see what the artists sent to go along with theme of the show because some pieces represent the literal meaning of “mapping” while others go beyond the traditional meaning of the expression.

Because of the variation among the art pieces, Cieslewicz said the community will experience different feelings the moment they lay eyes on an artist’s work.

“Art is subjective so everything you think, do and say in your whole life connects at that moment you look at the art, and in a split second, you like it or don’t like it,” Cieslewicz said.

Aside from taking the time to examine the art in the gallery, Cieslewicz emphasized paying special attention to how the floor’s reflective surface impacts the artist’s work.

“One of my favorite things about this gallery is the way the art reflects into the floor,” Cieslewicz said. “This show will have some really impressive art reflections, including Steven’s piece.”

“Post- Studio”
Aside from being a driving force behind the art show’s development, Stradley also has pieces featured in the gallery. “Post- Studio” is compromised of remnants of other projects Stradley has worked on throughout the last six years of his artistic career. Acrylic paint, cinderblock, and variable wood sizes were used to form this piece.

“I did not make any of these pieces [specifically] for the show,” Stradley said. “They are fragments from different installations that I had kicking around the studio. Sometimes the artistic practice and the artistic residue of this practice forms a better work than I can make.” 

“Ghost Birds”
Abraham McCowan, a college of the arts adjunct, submitted his wood block print making piece, “Ghost Birds.” McCowan has been specializing in print making for over 10 years. His inspiration for the design emerged while he worked with a wildlife rehab over the summer in Kanab. Over 30 different birds were in the center, which created a chaotic situation for those volunteering at the rehab.

“We had four barn owls come in and they looked like aliens and were hissing at us,” McCowan said. “So I tried to capture the weirdness of the barn owls and how crazy it was with all those animals and trying to take care of them all.”

“Relativity”
Throughout graduate school, artist Chris Purdie’s lingering thought, “I don’t have enough time,” kept creeping up in the back of his mind.

“The end of graduate school was coming up and I was trying to think of things that I could do for my final show so time became a really big part of my life,” Purdie said. “So I started thinking about using clocks to create art with.” 

Also influenced by the program of art and technology, Purdie wanted to incorporate a moving element in his clock piece. “Relativity” is just one of many works Purdie has created involving clocks. “Relativity” features a clock tied to a string that extends 50 feet across the gallery. Every day, the clock moves across the string, and when the show ends in November, it will have moved completely across the gallery.

“I think this is one of the stronger pieces because people can see human existence inside this whole idea of a clock being the heart that creates the power and energy to do things,” Purdie said. 

The art show is free for anyone to attend in the Sears Art Museum Gallery inside the Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Art Center. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and runs until Dec. 8.

Veterans Success Center opens doors, celebrates open house, Marine Corps birthday

The new Dixie State University Veterans Success Center opened in the Val A. Browning Learning Resource Center this semester. The open house is set for Nov. 10. 

The open house will go from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting at the Veterans Memorial where they will pay tribute to the fallen and honor the colors. The open house falls on the Marine Corps birthday and will also celebrate that branch of the military. Three guests, including Senator Evan Vickers, will speak at the open house. Refreshments will be served following the speech, and guests will get the opportunity to explore the center and learn about the services offered. 

The Veterans Success Center offers personalized services to veterans such as benefit assistance, academic help, advisement and more. The center is equipped with computers, printers, a television, a lounge area, coffee and snacks — all free of charge. It is meant to be a place where veterans can connect with other veterans. 

Veterans club president Sean Jordan, a sophomore theater education major from Beaver Dam, is one of three work-study students employed by the Veterans Success Center. He said the purpose of the open house is to raise awareness among the community, including current students and non-students.

“It will be an opportunity for people to come in, see what’s going on and see what their campus is being used for,” Jordan said.

He hopes to attract veterans outside of DSU and possibly even register them for classes at the university to have them start using its benefits.

Jordan said there are 187 veterans at DSU who are receiving military benefits. However, there are approximately 300 total veterans on campus, which means most veteran students are not taking advantage of their military benefits. His biggest worry is determining why all 500 are not using their veteran benefits, and then figuring out how to change that, Jordan said. 

“There’s a lot of financial aid you can get, but a lot of them don’t know where they can come,” Jordan said. 

Veterans club secretary Jonathan LaForce, a senior English major from Los Angeles, is another work-study employee of the center. He said the center takes great pride in being able to help veterans apply for college, get registered for classes and create degree plans. Aside from college registration, the center also helps give assistance with tuition payment programs, locates resources available to veterans, and ensures veterans get compensation and pension from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Part of what makes the center work, LaForce said, is that the staff members are all veterans themselves. He was a marine and served in the Utah guard. He said having mutual ground helps them relate to each other and creates a comfortable and welcoming space. 

The Veterans Success Center staff also assists veterans who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While they are not certified counselors, they are always willing to talk, which is a big help for those going through PTSD, LaForce said. If that is not enough, they refer and even transport veterans to get the professional help they need. 

“Often just talking and really listening to people is enough to help them to remember that they are not forgotten, that they are not worthless, and that things are getting better,” LaForce said.

The staff has big plans for the future of the Veterans Success Center, said Cody Fisher, veterans club vice president and sophomore accounting major from Fruita, Colorado. He and the other two work-study employees envision a daycare center for veterans and single parents to utilize while they’re in classes. In the near future, the center also plans to employ tutors, which lends to one of the main efforts of the center—supporting veterans academically.  

Fisher also said having a strong veteran’s center will draw people to DSU if they know they’ll find support there. A large part of that strength comes from expanding its clientele, recruiting people to get involved with the center, and growing its space to better serve larger numbers. Although the center just recently upgraded to the office in the Browning Learning Resource Center, Fisher is already thinking about expanding to a larger space. To get more space, it needs to show the university that there is a need, he said. 

“[We have to show them] who’s passionate,” Fisher said. “Who wants to make Dixie State University a better place? The Veteran’s Center does.” 

Money obstacle tackled for prospective study-abroad students

Studying abroad isn’t as out of reach as students may think.

Price is often the biggest obstacle when it comes to spending time abroad, but there are multiple ways to fund a study abroad trip, and the skills students gain from their experiences can set them apart from other graduates. Plus, students can get credit for studying abroad.

Tory Leech, the study abroad program coordinator, said financial aid, scholarships from the university, grants — and scholarships from the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), can all help fund a trip abroad.

“[Studying abroad] is life changing,” Leech said. “Even if you can only go for two weeks, it will change your perception on life. Being able to immerse yourself in another culture will definitely change your world perspective.”

Leech said studying abroad is something unique to put on a resume, and other countries provide research opportunities not available in the U.S. For example, DSU’s trip to Costa Rica last year allowed environmental science students to study an environment radically different from St. George’s.

Some trips abroad are a semester long, some a year, and others are just a few weeks in the summer. These trips are mainly led by third party groups like the USAC or faculty, and they can all be for credit; however, the amount of credit depends on the length of the trip and whether it is service or strictly schooling.

Dr. Peter Gitau, vice president of student affairs, conducted a faculty-led trip to Kenya last year, and around ten students came with Gitau. He built the trip around three components: university learning, service to a village and a travel safari. 

This two-and-a-half week service-learning trip was planned to help students become culturally competent while helping the community. The group helped teach at primary schools, raised money for the community through car washes and selling raffle tickets, and stayed with a host family to help with chores.

Maitlyn Johnson, a sophomore integrated studies major from Bountiful, was one of the students who traveled to Kenya. Her favorite part of the trip was teaching at the primary school. One day while teaching English class, she read a story where there was an activity to make a kite.

“I had to search for a good 30 minutes to find supplies to make a kite,” Johnson said. “I ended up using [the school’s] correction sticks, which were used to beat the kids if they were bad, to make the frame of the kite.”

Johnson funded the trip with her FASFA.

“There is no way I would have been able to afford the trip if it wasn’t for the fact I had just gotten a ton of grant money from the government,” Johnson said. “I had to fill out a special circumstances form for FAFSA because my parents income had decreased dramatically. So they ended up reimbursing me…and I used all that money to go on this trip.” 

Johnson said studying abroad was the greatest experience of her life.

“[Studying abroad] stretches you beyond your imagination,” Gitau said. “If you’ve always grown up around people who look like you, or think like you or speak like you, then what happens is after you graduate you are in a world where you don’t have the skill set to be successful. Study abroad helps you gain the skills to work with different cultures and people.”

Gitau said study abroad can also help students develop perseverance. Especially over a long trip when students want to quit, and they have to find the will to stay and continue to learn.

“America is huge, and many times you don’t learn about people from outside of the U.S.,” Gitau said. “Many times our perceptions are very stereotyped because we haven’t been there, but when you go to a place and experience it, then that stereotype is broken — and that is of immense value.”

The study abroad trips for this year have not been released yet, but the possible destinations will be available in mid-October. For more information on study abroad, visit studyabroad.dixie.edu.

Pushing STEM on students is killing the arts

In recent years, the U.S. government has made a push for younger generations to abandon the arts and move toward STEM careers.

STEM is the acronym used to discuss careers pertaining to science technology, engineering and mathematics. Whereas countries such as Korea and Mexico are within the top 10 countries with the most science-educated population, the U.S. is found far lower on the list, ranking at 39 out of 40 countries according to the Organization for economic co-operation and development(OECD) online library.

I fear this is a race we can never win, and that’s okay. I don’t want to be a part of the most science-based society in the world; I am perfectly content with the wonderful mixing bowl of mathematics, visual art, music, sciences and more.

The U.S. has always been competitive, striving to keep its “better than thou” mentality and stature in every sense of the phrase, but having dropped so low in core subjects has caused fear to build in the pit of every politician’s stomach. Fear makes people, especially those in power, do very short-sighted things.

While the department of education continues to pump standardized testing down the gullet of every teacher across the nation, counselors are left to lead as many students as they can down the path of STEM-centered careers. Passionate painters are soon replaced with physics professors, and quiet writers are shoved out of the limelight by quantum mechanical engineers.

It doesn’t sound too ominous until you consider the idea that each culture is built on the arts. Language, visual arts and music all built the world each person lives in and created an identity for each generation, each nation and—in the case of the U.S.—each state.

At the moment, instead of creating a nation of creative, critical thinkers, we are creating a mindless mass who can memorize and calculate quadratic equations but when a problem arises, they have no coping skills. This can be seen through the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, programs that are more than happy to “prepare students for college” but only in the academic sense, and only partially so. Schools aren’t getting students excited about college and they definitely aren’t putting as much emphasis on the arts as they should be.

I took so many A.P. classes in high school, I lost count. My senior year I was cornered into taking more than I wanted to by my counselor.  

If I hadn’t already had an idea of what college was really like, I know that my first couple of semesters would have been a whirlwind of confusion and misery. A.P. does not prepare students for college.

A.P. does just the opposite when attempting to prepare students for college by not introducing coping skills failing to get students excited about learning. 

In these programs, personal wellness, creativity and coping skills are thrown into the wind, replaced by this fear of failure and the need to “just pass.” The arts offer students the ability to creatively solve problems within their own lives and allows students an outlet to express themselves and their emotions. 

In these classes, passing does not equate to a college credit. If students want that college credit they were promised, they must pass a standardized test.

Standardized testing, required by A.P. classes, are killing high school students and limiting college students, and the government’s interference in education is unwanted, unnecessary and unhelpful. 

Reintroduce creativity to the classroom and stop cutting funding for music, art and theater programs. STEM is important, but not more or less important than the sanity and health of our students and society.

Women’s Resource Center partners to supply free bras, hygiene products

The Women’s Resource Center is continuing to partner with outside organizations to provide services to women and those in need.

The WRC and Support the Girls Southern Utah are coming together to offer free bras and hygiene products to faculty, staff and students on campus. The service began Sept. 5 and will continue to run through Dec. 8.

Donna Walter, a senior psychology major from Washington, helps maintain the WRC and is employed through work study. Her goal is to make the WRC a welcoming and safe environment for any in need, regardless of age, background and even gender, she said.

“I’ve had fun decorating [the office] so it feels homey and comfortable to students,” Walter said. “It’s [important] for students to feel like they can relax and take some time out of their schedule and have somebody to listen to them.”

Walter said the team believed only two or three girls per semester would take advantage of the service provided through the partnership, but she has seen two to three girls per week.

“This program allows us to give women on campus the option to use their funds on groceries and those types of things instead of feminine hygiene products and bras,” Walter said. “We can help them budget better. Bras are expensive, and it’s hard to decide whether it’s more important to eat or feel comfortable.”

Dr. Florence Bacabac is an associate professor of English and the WRC director. Bacabac has been working since 2012 to establish a safe place and viable resources for women.

Bacabac stresses the importance of female hygiene and comfort when studying in college.

“[These purchases are] extra baggage if you don’t have the financial means,” Bacabac said. “The [WRC’s] main focus is helping women reach their academic and professional goals. We just want to alleviate the stress so [women] can focus on their schooling.”

Support the Girls Southern Utah was founded by Dixie State University alumna Emily Havens in January of 2016. While working on a piece for the Spectrum, Havens learned of the resources made possible through Support the Girls and found there was no chapter for Southern Utah.

“[This service] is not just for homeless women or women who are in dire need, it’s for [women] and anything that will make them feel more comfortable about themselves,” Havens said. “Sometimes you get super poor [in college, and] you don’t know how you’re going to afford some things.”

Plans for this service began just before the start of the fall semester. Havens contacted Bacabac and explained the need many women have for the service.

“It’s restoring dignity to women in a small way but [also] such a big way,” Havens said. “Nobody who’s never had to walk around without having the option to wear a bra or not knows how uncomfortable and [distressing] it can be.”

Support the Girls Southern Utah has drives for bras all year round. In July, the chapter donated bras to FLDS women, and currently the organization is working to donate bras and feminine hygiene products to those affected by the hurricanes and earthquakes all over the nation.

The WRC has also partnered with the DOVE Advocacy Service to provide survivors of sexual assault the ability to meet with a certified advocates in a private setting every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This partnership began Sept. 6 and will run through Dec. 6. Walter said this service is not just for women.

“We don’t want anyone to think we’re discriminating [against them],” Walter said. “We are a resource for women, but we can offer [aid] and support to anyone.”

The resource center is also responsible for updates around campus, such as the lactation rooms for student mothers within the Taylor Health Sciences and Holland Centennial Commons buildings. Scholarships, internship opportunities and awards are posted frequently on the center’s website to help women maintain their student status.

“It’s important to make women aware of things available for them on campus and helping them stay excited about their [futures] and enjoying [DSU] while they’re here,” Walter said. “We want to help women on campus stay in college, but if they have to leave, we also want them to know that they will always be welcome back when they are ready. Things happen.”

In recent years, the WRC has been awarded grants to undertake projects such as the Body Image Literacy Campaign, and award hard-working women on campus with resources such as scholarships through the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and laptops donated by private donors. The WRC is actively working to provide day care for student parents, as it has been one of the most highly mentioned services.

Support the Girls Southern Utah and the WRC are accepting donations of new or gently worn bras and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products until Dec. 8. Anyone wanting to give to this cause can drop their donations off at the WRC office located in room 489 in the Holland Centennial Commons Building. Students who cannot find their size when taking advantage of this service are still able to receive bras. Havens reaches out to other chapters to obtain their sizes.

“Our community has donated all of [the bras] I’ve collected, maybe minus about 200,” Havens said. “It’s been pretty amazing.”

Pocket Points app rewards students for staying off their cellphone

Students go to class to learn, yet most of them just go on their phones during lectures. 

Science News for Students reported college students use their cellphone around nine hours per day. Two college students at California State University, Chico—Rob Richardson and Mitch Gardner—saw a problem with the distraction cell phones cause in the classroom so they came up with a solution. In 2014, the duo created and launched Pocket Points, a free app that rewards students for staying off their smartphones in class. 

To use it, students simply open the app and lock their phone. The app tracks how long the phone stays locked and the student earns points accordingly. Points can then be redeemed for discounts and free items at restaurants like Tropical Smoothie Café, Swig, and Honolulu Grill. They can also be redeemed at select online retailers through the app.

Bryar Topham, a junior business administration major from Delta, has gotten free pizza, yogurt, cookies and other discounts through Pocket Points.

Topham said he was always using his phone inside of class and outside of class, but Pocket Points helps him focus on lectures and even encourages him to be more social. He turns it on whenever he’s on campus, even between classes or while studying at the library.

“I feel like our entire generation has a phone addiction,” Topham said.

According to the PEW Research Center, “67 percent of smartphone owners have admitted to checking their phone for calls or messages when their phone hasn’t vibrated or made any noise.” The research also showed that it is a sign of cell phone dependence, and should serve as a warning to the user.

Topham said he has to put his phone on “do not disturb” mode so he doesn’t get notifications at all; because even when he locks his phone using Pocket Points, he’s still tempted to unlock it when it lights up.

For Chelsea Ponce, a junior media studies major from Quito, Ecuador, curbing her cell phone addiction was a big concern. She said she would respond to texts or surf social media when classes got boring. When she heard about Pocket Points from a friend, she gave it a try. Ponce said since she’s downloaded it, the app has helped her with her problem.

“You still want to look at your phone, but because it’s like a game you just look at it and [remember] ‘I’m earning points, so I’m just going to stay off; I can do it,’” Ponce said.

Topham said one of the most rewarding parts of the app is not the discounts, but seeing his name on the leaderboard—a list of the people with the highest scores. For him, the feeling of accomplishment is motivating and rewarding enough.

Participation in class discussion is another area Topham said he has seen improvement in since he started using Pocket Points. He said it saves him the embarrassment of having a professor call on him to answer a question when he’s clearly distracted by his phone. 

Russ Cashin, a college of humanities adjunct professor, said it takes away from the lecture when students text. His policy prohibits phone use during class time, but some students still use their devices. Cashin does allow students to take notes on their laptops, but that can sometimes interfere with learning as well.

 “The phone use is a bigger problem,” Cashin said. “If they’re on the phone texting or typing, then they’re not paying attention to me and it distracts from the lecture.”

He said it seems like people use technology to replace knowledge. Instead of putting in the work to figure something out, people usually just look it up online. It’s taking away from memory and social interaction, Cashin said.

However, Cashin feels the benefits of technology can outweigh the distraction when managed properly. A learning management system like Canvas is an example of a constructive use of technology, he said.

Really, the use of technology is up to the students. It is their decision to pay attention to his lectures, or not, Cashin said.

“Even if class might not seem interesting sometimes, we’re here to learn and the phone is a big distraction,” Ponce said.

Topham agreed and said it’s up to each individual what he or she does during class time.

“It’s on the students to manage themselves,” Topham said. “If they want to be on their phones the whole time, they’re going to get less out of the class and that’s on them; it’ll reflect on their grades.”

 

Locals Only: Climb underground in Snow Canyon lava tubes

Video by Spencer Ricks

Directions to Snow Canyon Lava Tubes from Dixie State University (15 minutes): 

-Head north on S 1000 E from DSU.

-Turn left onto Red Hills Parkway. Follow this road for 3.4 miles.

-Turn right onto UT-18 N/Bluff Street. Follow this road for 7.3 miles.

-Turn left to enter Snow Canyon State Park on Snow Canyon Drive. Without a Utah State Parks Pass, there is a $6 entrance fee per vehicle to access the park.

-Follow Snow Canyon Drive for one mile.

-Park at the Lava Flow and Whiterocks trailhead parking lot, which will be on your right.

-Follow the trail from the parking lot for about 0.25 miles before you reach the first lava tube.

Locals Only is a series by the Dixie Sun News exploring unique places around DSU.

Ep. 1: Nudie Pools
Ep. 2: Little Black Mountain

Trailblazers take third loss of the season against Central Washington

Although the first 12 seconds of the game seemed strong for the Dixie State Trailblazers with a 75 yard touchdown by Running Back Sei-J-Lauago, a sophomore from Paramount, California. A direct snap for the two point conversion put the Trailblazers up by eight giving them their only lead of the game.   

Minutes later No. 34 Christian Cummings, from Central Washington University, scored on a combined 27 yards making the score 8-6.

This is the 19th time both teams have met up since Aug. 30, 2008. DSU recored the first win on Oct. 6. 2012 outlasting CWU 29-12. They went on to win a second victory on Sept. 2015 en route to a 49-20 win.
The Wildcats extend their series lead 16-2.

DSU was forced to punt and was sacked at the one yard line allowing Cummings to run the yard and receive a Central Washington touchdown giving them a score of 8-13. Then a field goal by No. 98 Gavin Todd put Central Washington up 8-14.

Central Washington would start the second quarter with the football. No. 4 Reilly Hennessy rushed the ball for nine yards with a fumble. Central Washington was able to put up another touchdown and a field goal, with a score of 8-21.

DSU answered right back with a pass from quarter back Malik Watson, a senior from Pittsburg, California, to wide receiver Kasey Allison, a sophomore from Moreno Valley, California, for 18 yards making yet another touchdown (14-21).

Towards the end of the half, Hennessey would run the ball in the end zone to give Central Washington the lead. (14-27)

Entering the second half, Central Washington started with the ball leading to another touchdown from Hennessy with a connecting pass to another Wildcat player broadening the score 14-34. 

The Wildcats were able to capitalize on DSU incomplete passes giving them the opportunity to run 16 yards rushing and another Cummings touchdown. (14-41) Field goal was good.

“You can’t make mistakes, and turnovers are going to kill you,” said head coach Shay McClure. “If we get opportunities  to play teams like Central Washington, we can play with anybody if we are doing what we are supposed to do.”

The Trailblazers experienced a drought for the third quarter, while Central Washington kept putting points on the board. At the end of the third, the TrailBlazers were down 14-49.

 “I think we came out strong, but we had too many simples that we can’t have that is ranked 20th in the nation,” said wide receiver Kasey Allison, a sophomore from Moreno Valley, California. “We can’t go out there and make mistakes like that; we have to go in and draw it up and see how we can improve.” 

The Trailblazers, needing desperate yards, fought for a comeback in the fourth quarter with a complete pass from Watson to wide receiver Josiah Blandin, for 12 yards and a touchdown widening the score 20-49, but the field goal  attempt was no good.

The Trailblazers stopped the Wildcats from running the game and gave DSU another opportunity to converge.  Jeffrey Coprich rushed the ball giving DSU another six points.

“I don’t think I am efficient; I think my Offensive line is efficient and my coach are and how efficient are running lines are,“ said running back Sei-J-Lauago.

The Wildcats came right back with a touchdown of their own from Jojo Hillel who rushed for 25 yards. (26-57).

After a timeout from DSU,the Trailblazers came out with energy to run the ball 46 yards for a touchdown by Lauago. (32-58) The two point conversion was good.

The trailblazers wanted to give the hometown something to leave with by scoring a much needed touchdown from Watson to Blandin to end the drive.

The Trailblazers gave it their all but was unable to secure a victory and will look to win Western State on the road next Saturday.

Central Washington will jump to 4-0, while DSU will go 1-3, 1-3 in the RMAC.

Central Washington entered the game with a 3-0 record and nationally ranked at No. 20 in the AFCA Division II. The Trailblazers are 1-10 against ranked opponents securing its first win over a ranked opponent last season against Colorado Mesa. 

Sei-J Lauago ran the ball for a gain of 134 and one touchdown for the night. Teammate Jeffery Coprich run the football for 17 and one touchdown.

DSU ended the night running 25 first down and a total of  284 passing yards. DSU improved from last season having they lost to the same team with a score of 18-40. 

Men’s soccer takes home two wins

Dixie State University men’s soccer kicked the season off to a great start as they defeated two PacWest competitors.

Within the first 12 minutes of the game, midfielder Jandir Porta, a sophomore from West Valley City, scored a goal against Chaminade University of Honolulu, with the help of midfielder Angel Estrada, a sophomore from Pasadena, California. 

The play made its way from the defensive line to midfielder Gabby Medina, a junior from Mesquite, Nevada. Medina then made a clean pass between two Chaminade defenders to Estrada who assisted in Porta’s successful shot on goal. 

Although Chaminade had several shots on goal, the team was no match for DSU’s defensive line and goalie. Toward the end of the second half, Chaminade came close to scoring after receiving a free kick shot from the 28-yard line just shy of the goal on the left hand side. 

“The victory was DSU’s 20th-straight regular-season win overall and 14th-consecutive conference result,” said Steve Johnson, associate athletic director-media relations, on Friday morning’s press release.

Two days later, DSU competed against Biola University, a team that has been officially welcomed into the PacWest Conference for the 2017 season. 

“We’ve played [Biola] before…and today they were full of energy,” said head coach Jonny Broadhead. “They’re a little bit faster in playing the ball [compared to Chaminade] and know where they are going.”

With the first half at a stand still resulting in a 0-0 total score, Biola proved to be a challenge for the Trailblazers. 

Nevertheless, Broadhead came back the second half placing midfielder Zach Beckman, a junior from Centerville, in center-mid during the second half in hopes of changing the flow of the game.

Broadhead said he wanted to address “the battle of energy versus composure” by placing Beckman in center-mid to help the defensive line keep a tight frame throughout the remainder of the game. 

“I probably should’ve asked [the players] to play a little tighter, but because [the first half] was 0-0, I wanted them to take a little gamble,” Broadhead said. 

And that gamble proved to be in favor of the Trailblazers. 

With less than 20 minutes remaining in the first half, the center referee calls a foul on Biola giving DSU a free kick from the 18 yard line.

Forward Ather Dawood, a senior from Tucson, Arizona, took the free kick launching the ball toward the bottom lefthand corner of the goal, which then slips past the keepers hands and rolls into the net.  

That was Dawood’s  first goal of the season. 

“I think my goal was lucky, but I’ve been wanting to score for the longest time for my teammates,” said Dawood. “And [that goal] wasn’t just me…it was the whole team.” 

Now with six wins under the men’s soccer teams belt, two of which were PacWest matches, it is on its way to a winning season, one that will guard the team’s championship title. 

Football injuries can lead to depression

Football is a high contact sport, and it is often asked whether or not the amount of head injuries and concussions can lead to depression, and in some cases, suicide.

According to a study released by the NFL titled “2016 Injuries Data,” there was an average of 243 concussions between 2012 and 2016.

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, died by suicide while in prison in April.  According to an article written by ESPN, “Advanced stages of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy found in Aaron Hernandez’s brain,” researchers at Boston University found signs that Hernandez suffered from CTE, a common disease among football players. A lawsuit has been filed by the Hernandez family against the NFL and New England Patriots accusing them of hiding the  dangers of the sport. CTE can only be diagnosed during an autopsy and is often caused  by repeated traumatic head injuries. 

While concussions are a common cause for concern, Dixie State University players and staff members said DSU is very good at taking care of players and making sure they feel safe and emotionally protected.

Bruno Silva, head football athletic trainer for DSU, said head injuries are not as common as some may think. He said  approximately 10 out of the 120 players have or sustain head injuries each year.  Silva also said  DSU has a very strict protocol set by the NCAA it must follow when a player sustains a head injury. The protocol has specific steps that must be completed by the medical staff to allow players back on the field, such as assessing the players head and cervical spine to check for injuries. 

Silva said he is always on the field with the players. The school has two certified athletic trainers during every away game and five on the field during home games. DSU never competes without a physician onsite. 

 Offensive lineman Braden Petersen, a senior business administration major from Draper, said DSU has great medical staff on hand and makes him feel safe on and off the field. 

“If there’s anybody who needs any type of help whether it be psychological, whether it be just trying to figure out how to better attack school, better attack life, depression, anxiety all those things, they provided us with a great doctor [Dr. Ron Chamberlain],” Petersen said.

Because football is a physical contact sport injuries are inevitable .

“You’re going to see it in any game, and in football you see it a lot just because of the type of contact we go through,” Petersen said.  

Quarterback Malik Watson, a senior sports management major from Pittsburg, California, agrees with Petersen saying concussions do happen almost every year although the seriousness of those injuries may vary. Watson also said the support system that the players have is very strong, and the coaches are trustworthy and give the players a safe place to go if  need.

Watson and Silva have known players who have retired due to head injuries; however, none of them have ever known any fellow teammates or players who have died by suicide. 

Concussions happen in football and multiple head injuries can lead to CTE; however, DSU football players aren’t worried. The players feel safe knowing they have medical support for any physical or emotional injuries they may face during the season.