UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | November 08, 2022

Pop Culture Corner: Thompson-Woods scandal sparks controversy in Kardashian-Jenner family

Never cheat with your best friend’s sister’s baby daddy, especially when your best friend pays for your extravagant lifestyle.

I know it sounds obvious, but apparently this is information that needs to be shared. Confused? It’s okay, we all are, so let’s break down the Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods scandal. 

Let’s start with Khloe Kardashian; Khloe has had a string of famous relationships, including rapper French Montana, NBA player James Harden, and ex-husband Lamar Odom. But most recently Khloe finally believed she found her prince charming in B-level Cleveland Cavaliers Center Tristan Thompson.

After a whirlwind romance filled with trips to Cabo and NBA championships, Khloe announced her pregnancy with Tristan’s child in December 2017. In April 2018, days before Khloe gave birth, rumors that Thompson was having sexual relations with other females emerged. Khloe, rightfully so, was devastated. It took years of hard work, but eventually she did take him back. Then in February 2019, Tristan messed it all up. For good.

When word broke that Woods stayed the night alone with Thompson, the internet went ablaze. Here is the man who finally fought his way back into Khloe’s good graces, cheating on his baby mamma with one of her close family friends.

Everyone already knows that Thompson has participated in some appalling behavior, but it is the betrayal of Woods that has fans reeling. She risked her lifestyle, fame and friendships to hook up with a B-list basketball player. Woods is a close family friend of the Kardashians and Jenners and has been with the family through their many ups and downs, including Thompson cheating on a very pregnant Khloe. She was there for Khloe and no doubt saw the devastating effect the scandal had on her.

While affairs are a two-sided situation, Thompson is held to a lower standard than Woods. Thompson doesn’t have the family trust Woods had. His reputation is the playboy baby-daddy who cheated on his pregnant girlfriend. Sadly, his infidelity is expected.

At the end of the day though, he is still the father of Khloe’s child and will be around. Wood was only the best friend of Kylie Jenner. Neither of them is right in what they did, but Woods will be the one to take the fall for this drama.

The hardest part about watching this scandal is thinking about how much the life of True Thompson, the daughter of Khloe and Thompson, will be affected by this. This child will no doubt grow up in a life of luxuries, but will also have to deal with the fallout of an unfaithful father and all the drama that comes with it. Emotional trauma affects everyone; it doesn’t exclude the children of television stars or kids who grow up in mansions.

Luckily though, True will have Khloe to look up to. Khloe might not have the best taste in guys, but I have full confidence she will move on and work on being the best mother she can be for her daughter. And although I know it won’t happen, let’s stop giving Woods anymore attention or insta followers. She can monetize that and she doesn’t deserve it. As for Thompson… well, it’s not like he’s going to be LeBron anytime soon, so let’s not waste our breath on him either.

SBP finalists, eliminated candidates discuss the election

The two finalists running for student body president are Brett Coleman, a junior communication major from Midway, and Taylor Godfrey, a senior population health major from Buckeye, Arizona. The student body voted to eliminate Dane Campbell, a junior exercise science major from Prescott, Arizona.

Godfrey came in first place with 753 votes, Coleman second with 551, Campbell last with 479, and 19 voted “other.” The total number of voters came to be 1,800 out of a total enrollment of 9,950 and 6,125 being full time students.

Godfrey said she is going to continue to do what she can to put herself out there and let the students know she wants their voices to be heard. She has made it a point to speak to different types of student leaders such as the sports teams, international student leaders and veterans.

Godfrey mainly wants to accomplish a sense of community, she said. Something she loved about Dixie State University when she first came here was the friendly and inviting environment. However, since then she has seen a divide form between people around campus. Not that the environment has become less friendly, she said, but that it has become harder to be friendly to each other. She wants to create an inviting environment again and ensure that all students feel comfortable.

“I feel like I have the capabilities to influence people for the better,” Godfrey said. “That’s why I’m running.”

Godfrey believes her previous student government roles have prepared her to feel comfortable and have given her the ability to go out and get input from students, she said.

Godfrey said she feels relieved about how the election has gone so far. She was not completely confident in herself going into the elections because she knew that she and the other two candidates had viable arguments for being good candidates.

“Everyone that is running has something different to bring to the table,” Godfrey said. “It’s honestly what the students want.”

Godfrey said she is confident in what she has to offer to students, how she has promoted herself and her platform, and is confident in the support she’s had throughout the election process.

Coleman will continue to promote his platform to students around campus, but he wants to improve on talking to more students in general to give them the opportunity to make an informed decision. He wants to do better at reaching out to larger populations such as Multicultural and Inclusion Center, international students, art students and the athletics department, he said. 

“One of the areas I know I can improve on is reaching out to the athletes,” Coleman said.

Coleman said he loves DSU, and running for student body president is a great opportunity to give back to DSU and the students. He said he believes he is the most qualified person to lead students in a great way and represent them well.

“I recognized that I have the skill set that is needed as a student body president to help make sure the student association can continue to move forward,” Coleman said.

Coleman said he is feeling good about the election so far; it has been exhausting, but he has enjoyed meeting students and talking about his platform.

Coleman remains hopeful in the turn out and he and his team are working as hard as they can, he said.

Campbell said he is disappointed and shocked about losing, but thoroughly enjoyed his campaign. He put his heart and soul into it, he loved the marketing for his campaign, and he is glad he got to participate in such a cool experience.

“My one downfall was that I wasn’t forceful enough,” Campbell said. “I could have been more persistent when talking to people about voting.”

There are two pieces of advice Campbell would give to future candidates.

“Build a strong campaigning team,” Campbell said. “And if you have any desire to run, then start your freshman year and start getting your name out there because I believe if people know your name, that will help you monumentally.”

General elections will open Tuesday at 1 p.m and close Thursday at 1 p.m. Vote by logging into canvas and clicking on the link at the top of the page that brings you to the list of candidates to vote for.

DSN sports reporters go behind scenes of athletics, highlight players, coaches

When you support your Trailblazers at a game you may see action on the field, but the real action happens when Dixie Sun News sports journalists Monique Chavez and Issac Garcia go behind the scenes to report on the games.

Dixie Sun News is the voice of Dixie State University, and that is no exception when it comes to reporting on student athletes and the sports programs.

“I think there’s a lot of students on a college campus who are interested in following sports,” said Rhiannon Bent, assistant professor of media studies and adviser for Dixie Sun News. “Not only is it filling a need for our campus, but I think it’s also something that people find a lot of entertainment in.” 

Chavez, a junior media studies major from Ontario, California, said her love for sports began in middle school, continued through high school and she found a way to stay involved in sports through journalism.

Chavez said: “I did play sports when I was younger. I had three years of soccer and then joined my middle school’s drill team. In high school I was on the dance team for three years, on the cheer team for four years and was varsity cheer captain for two years. So it switched from sports to dance and cheer. I just wanted to perform.”

Chavez has been a sports reporter, a multimedia reporter and became sports editor this semester. Her favorite sport is football.

“I like understanding [sports] and being able to put myself in the position of the athletes and the coaches with their responses [to] my questions,” Chavez said when asked about her favorite thing about writing for sports.

Chavez said she likes the team work and competitiveness behind sports, and appreciates that everyone can bond over the thrilling environment at sporting events.

Being a sports journalist calls for a passion and knowledge of the games, and DSU Athletics has six men’s sports and nine women’s sports within the program.

Garcia, a freshman criminal justice major from Las Vegas, said: “I grew up playing sports. I’ve always been involved in them.”

When asked about how he became a sports writer for the Dixie Sun, Garcia said he saw the position of sports writer become available and thought it would be cool to watch sports and write about it.  

“I like going to the sports games and watching them,” Garcia said. “Just meeting new people, the coaches and players is pretty cool because it gets me more involved on campus, and plus I made friends out of it.”

Garcia said he has been attending a lot more DSU softball and basketball games recently and loves the environment. This is his first semester writing for Dixie Sun News, and he said he definitely has a preferred sport.

“Football is probably my favorite sport, just because I have always played it,” Garcia said. “It’s just something I grew up doing and fell in love with it ever since I was seven.”

According to DSU Athletics, there are 433 student athletes on campus, and that requires a wide-range of reporting for both staff members.

“They both have put in the time to make relationships with coaches and players, and that is a really important part of the job too,” Bent said when asked about Chavez and Garcia. 

Stealing serious situation at DSU

Facilities in the Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center have started taking preventative measures in hopes to curve the rising amount of theft on campus.

The Market now has a gate blocking off one of the exits, and the Campus Store no longer allows student bags inside the purchasing area. Both areas also have cameras and signs littering the problem areas.

“Theft has increased quite a bit all over campus,” said Marci Miller, the operations and technology coordinator for the campus store. “We felt that one of the biggest things that [students] do is put things into their backpacks, so we feel that putting something like [the bag ban] out will help to lessen that a little bit.”

Cashier Reese Rasmusse, a junior computer science major from Toquerville, said he thinks the Market experiences theft multiple times each day. He said the most common items to be stolen are drinks and Subway sandwiches.

Catherine West, a freshman psychology and criminal law major from St. George, works at the campus store and said small items that students can fit in pockets and more expensive items, such as jackets, are the most commonly stolen.

The campus police are typically notified after criminal activity occurs within both of these facilities.

“Sometimes charges are pressed, but sometimes they aren’t,” Miller said. “But when it is very obvious, charges are pressed and then consequences happen and if you are a student, if you are on a sports team, you get kicked off your team.”

West said she helped catch a student who regularly stole jackets from the Campus Store just about a month ago.

“It was this same kid probably [stealing] quite a few times, but we haven’t had problems with [theft] since,” West said.

Rasmusse said while he thinks these measures may curve thefts to some measure there are still holes with the security. He said small items are easy to slip into pockets inconspicuously. West said he agrees.

“I think there is less [people stealing],” Rasmusse said. “But I do think it is still happening.”

SBP candidates discuss upcoming election, share personal stories

An ambassador, a Dixie State University Student Association officer and a softball player have goals and aspirations. Each are students at DSU furthering their education with the end goal of achieving their dreams. These are your candidates for Student Body President.

Charismatic and cordial are words best used to describe Brett Coleman, a junior communication major from Midway.  The DSUSA vice president of public relations is instantly likeable. With his smile and firm hand shake, he makes one at ease and eager to talk about uneventful happenings of the day or what is at the top of your playlist.

Q: What do you have on repeat?

A: “One that I listen to every single day is ‘You Will Be Found’ from ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ It’s just super impactful and it always reminds me that I’m not alone at the end of the day, and that even when there’s hard challenges and hard struggles I’m facing, or that others around me are facing, that you will be found. You will find somebody who will listen and who will help you.”

Q: Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

A: “My mother is just a very go-getter, strong woman that I look up to and admire, but she’s always been there to support me no matter what decision I was making. Both my parents really, have always just sacrificed for me a ton and have provided a way for me to be successful, and so I really look up to my mom and my dad I guess, for those reasons.”

Q: Why run for student body president?

A: “A lot of people think that being student body president is about being a figurehead. It’s not; being a student body president is about working for students to make sure that students have the right outcomes that they need at school. I know that I have the skills to be able to stand at the table with the board of trustees, I know that I can speak clearly and articulate what students are concerned about, I know that I can represent students well.”

At first glance, Taylor Godfrey, a senior population health major from Buckeye, Arizona, is a quiet student. Not in a reserved, timid way, but instead a thoughtful person who is aware of what’s going on around her. A silent observer, looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the world, especially at DSU. 

Q: In your own words, how would you describe yourself?

A: “I think there are some key components that makes me who I am. My religion is like my standards, my family is how to care for other people and have fun and athletics has taught me leadership, and all those things have made me very well-rounded. I would describe myself as very outgoing, quirky and I just like to have a good time. I like to mess around, but when the time comes [I can] be serious and know what needs to be done to get the job done well.”

Q: What has your experience been like at DSU?

A: “I feel like I’ve been able to become more myself here. I just wanted to make a name for myself and I feel like I’ve done that here. Not just making a name for myself, but because I love Dixie State [University] so much, I want everybody to feel the same way I do. I want this to be the perfect place for everybody.”

Q: What is the most important thing about why you wanted to run for student body president?

A: “I just think the biggest thing is change. Not necessarily changing campus but changing people’s lives. When I make contact with someone, I feel like not only have I become a better person because of the relationship I’ve built with someone I just met, or all the students that I’ve met on campus, that I know that I did something to make their time here at Dixie [State University] better.”

There is a laid-back, calm energy surrounding Dane Campbell, a junior exercise science major from Prescott, Arizona. When you speak with him, his energy is infectious enough that the worst day seems bright and cheerful. He’s easy going, polite and unafraid to tell you how a trip to China influenced him.

Q: What is a memory that you always go back to? How did it influence you?

A: “I had an opportunity to go to China when I was 12. We got to go to the more poor, poverty stricken towns and be with the people, go into their homes, talk with them and it was just absolutely incredible to see how much love and joy they had when they literally had nothing. Everyone wants material possessions and that kind of stuff they think will make them happy, but honestly, it’s the people you surround yourself [with]. That’s going to make you happy. I’ve just been able to kind of remember that from that experience.”

Q: Why was it important for you to run for student body president?

A: “Dixie [State University] has absolutely transformed my life. Before this I had actually attended one, two, three, four different colleges. It just didn’t feel right. My school suffered, my friend[ships] suffered, I came here to Dixie [State University] and it literally has been just my niche, my bread and butter. It’s been what I have loved and I’ve been able to get so involved here. I really want to give back to Dixie and serve all the people that have been serving me for the past two years.”

Q: What is your favorite movie and why?

A: “I absolutely love ‘Batman Begins’ because it tells the story of someone who is lost, and is trying to find his way in life and then eventually finding it and training and working hard to become, well, to become Batman and fighting crime and all that stuff and I am a diehard Batman fan.”

They may be running for student body president, but Coleman, Godfrey and Campbell are not much different from every day students at DSU.

The primary elections are Feb. 28-March 1, where one SBP candidate will be eliminated. The general elections are March 6-March 8 and will determine the new student body president.

Con: Student government elections are pointless if running unopposed

If student leaders are elected while running unopposed or with a minority of the students voting, there is no point in holding elections.

During the 2017-2018 student elections, all three elected leaders ran unopposed. Even when there are multiple candidates for an elected position, students feel that it doesn’t matter or that there is too much pressure around elections to make voting enjoyable.

Dixie State University’s student elections are mirroring the nation-wide epidemic of voter apathy amongst young people, and the solution is not to hold more elections. With midterms in full swing and graduation around the corner for seniors, student elections come at an inconvenient and already-stressful time.

In a Twitter poll posted by Abby Doman, only 35 percent of the participants said they were planning to vote in the upcoming student elections, as opposed to the 65 percent who said they were not. Even then, however, the poll only accumulated 17 votes throughout the 24 hours it was posted.

It is important for students to have a voice, but when a practice makes students feel their impact is smaller than reality, it is sure to have adverse outcomes. Student elections with limited voter turnout or unopposed candidates do just that.

There are plenty of resources on campus to help students become politically invested and educated for any which way they lean. The Institute of Politics, College Democrats, College Republicans and other outlets on and off campus have ways to help students get involved. Students will survive, and maybe even benefit from, a spring semester without the pressure to vote for seemingly pre-decided student representatives.

It may be policy to hold elections, but the system is broken; tradition shouldn’t be the only reason or driving force behind such a detrimental part of misconstruing to students that they don’t have a voice.

It’s time to reassess the process of electing student leaders. If polls are absolutely necessary, let’s find a way to involve more students – obviously the emails, campus rallies and door-to-door canvassing aren’t cutting it. If, throughout the process of examining what is beneficial for students, it’s found that polls are not necessary, let’s try something new. Just because it’s what has been done in the past doesn’t mean we have to do it now.

The world is changing, and we would be fools not to change with it.

Pro: Student government elections are important

Just as voting is important in local, state and national elections, voting in student government elections is important too, no matter the number of candidates.

Candidates for student government running unopposed is a situation Dixie State University is fairly accustomed too. In fact, in last year’s elections, all three positions ran without opposition. However, that does not mean voting in these elections is not important or that hosting them is unnecessary.

Student government elections are similar to other elections in a lot of ways. First and foremost, elections allow students to have a voice about the happenings within the university. Both those running and those voting are able to address potential issues and things they would like to see improved.

“I believe Student Government is a bastion of discussion, students’ rights and an amazing forum for change,” Chris Kernan-Schmidt, a writer from the Fourth Estate, said in a Sept. 2018 article. “It is important for us as students to be represented accurately, but the only way we can ensure this is to vote and participate.”

Some say that because students run opposed, it is not worthwhile to hold these elections. However, when students take an opportunity to stand up for what they believe will make the university a better place, it is always worthwhile. It is also vital for a university to allow students to explore their rights and express themselves in a way that also provides a fantastic opportunity for involvement.

Opportunity to civilly express disagreement is not possible without student government elections. If the positions were appointed rather than elected, voters would have a much harder time voicing their disapproval.

According to a 2015 Prairie article: “[Voting] is a basic right that people… have, and it is a right that should be exercised. It is an egregious shortfall in society when the people’s voices are not heard, and their rights are not upheld. If someone is eager for change, the only option is to let his or her voices be heard and vote for that change.”

DSU is a growing school, so these are not problems we will face forever. Therefore, changing a process that works nationwide to solve a rare issue that won’t be around for long seems counterproductive.

Student government elections are important. Voting is important. These things do not change, no matter the circumstances.

DSUSA elected students must meet position descriptions

With student government elections coming up, you may be wondering, “What exactly does the Dixie State University Student Association do?”

The student government is organized into six branches, with a vice president over each branch. Each elected vice president has a seat on the executive council, and the council includes the student body president, vice president of academics, vice president of clubs and organizations, vice president of student life, vice president of public relations and vice president of service.

According to the DSU catalog, the mission of DSUSA Student Government is to provide students with learning, service and extracurricular opportunities, to create unity and a unique DSU culture, and to offer a voice to the student body.

The student body president is involved in student activities and leads the President’s Cabinet to make sure every student has a voice. To find out more about the duties of the student body president and what the position moderates, click here.

According to campus resources, the vice president of academics assists students in achieving academic and life goals. The Student Senate funds academic pursuits such as research and conference presentations, and advocates for the students’ collective academic interests at DSU.

“I oversee all the clubs here at [DSU],” said Hillary Beecher, vice president of clubs and organizations from St. George. “We make sure students are being part of a club or have that little family envision so they can be a part of something.” 

Beecher said her job is to make sure the 80-plus clubs and organizations on campus are spending their funding correctly, representing DSU and getting their service hours in.

Brett Coleman, a junior communication major from Midway and the vice president of public relations, said, “Most of [my job] is focusing on the advertising that we do to make sure students know about the different events that are happening on campus sponsored by the student association.”

Coleman said he loves the interaction he has with students as well as the team he leads.

Aspen Fairbanks, a junior psychology major from Salt Lake City and the vice president of service, said: “I get to oversee the service branch within the student government. My team works with a bunch of community partners within St. George. We get to plan service events, volunteer opportunities and we also get to go on these things called alternative breaks.”

Alternative breaks are a way to travel for the fall and spring breaks while making a difference and helping others.

According to the DSU catalog, the Service Council plans and organizes a major monthly service project and two large-scale Campus to Community service projects.

Fairbanks said having close connections with people out in the community and being able to see first-hand the differences and impacts those organizations are creating is a privilege.

Bailey Zimmerman, a senior communication major from St. George and the vice president of student life, said, “As the vice president of student life I oversee the student life branch, which consists of three event directors and an administrative assistant, and we plan all of the student events.”

The student life branch plans at least one DSUSA event each week, such as the Wednes “D” activities on Wednesday.

Zimmerman said she loves seeing an idea her team has and the passion that comes with it, as well as students having a great time at events like dances, carnivals and pageants.

Each student can get involved with Student Government today at http://www.dixiestudentlife.com.

Traditions Week promotes the ‘Dixie State Traditions’ app

The Dixie State University Alumni Association is hosting Traditions Week from March 4-8 to promote the “Dixie State Traditions” app, which strengthens the connection between students and alumni.

Traditions Week is full of events to raise awareness for the traditions app, said Jyl Hall, director of public relations. The traditions app is free and available on iPhone and Android. It includes DSU swag, DSU deals and the list of traditions.

Students and alumni use the app to keep track of DSU traditions and which ones they have participated in, Hall said. The purpose of this app is also for students to have fun completing DSU traditions with their friends, to remember these times and to pass it on to their kids, Alumni Association Director John Bowler said. 

The importance of having these traditions is the connection not only between alumni and students but also between the past and present, Bowler said.

“Traditions are about learning why we’re called [DSU],” Bowler said. “We want there to be a feeling of connection, family, and to have that familiar feel to it.”

Alumna and library assistant Ellen Bonadurer said the traditions give students an opportunity to build memories and relationships that make the university experience last a lifetime.

The week will consist of alumni sharing stories of the great times at DSU and will provide opportunities to use the traditions app, Bowler said. He said the goal is for alumni to get more students involved in school activities and to have fun. These activities will lead to more students knowing about the app and how to use it.

There will be a campfire with s’mores on Monday, and the alumni will tell fun stories of DSU in the past, Bowler said.

The “alumnight” spike ball tournament will be on Tuesday. This night is meant to bring alumni and students together to have fun, Bowler said. There will be an entrance fee of $5, which the alumni association will use to buy the prizes for the winners.

Wednesday will be the weekly Wednesday event hosted by the DSU Student Association. There is a possibility that the activity will be something to promote the app, Bowler said.

There will be a scavenger hunt on Thursday using the app to get students familiar with how it works, Bowler said.

“Foodie Friday” will be a day of special offers at places where students and alumni would consider their traditional food or hang out places, Bowler said. Vendors include Swig, Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy Johns, Pizza Factory, Larsen’s Frostop and Iceberg. Students can get a special offer at each place by using the app.

Bowler said there are less than a couple hundred people using the app that the alumni pays $3,000 per year to have, which they have had for three or four years.

If Traditions Week has a good turn-out and the Alumni Association notices a significantly higher number of users on the app, they may continue to do something similar every year to promote the app, Bowler said.

“If students get involved, all the traditions that I enjoyed as a student and still enjoy today will grow and last,” Bonadurer said.

Celebrate DSU and upload photos to the traditions app to become a Traditions Keeper. Once students complete their first tradition, they are considered a traditions keeper. As they complete more traditions, they advance to different levels of a traditions keeper.

If students complete all 52 traditions, they get a tradition medal at graduation, Bowler said. The purpose of the DSU traditions is to get students ready to become alumni.

“[These traditions] allow us to get together and celebrate who we are, who we were and who we hope to become,” Bowler said.

Student election policy not readily available

By Jonn Holland and Noelle Spencer

According to policy 4.1.1. of section 541 student government, guidelines for eligibility to run for student office may be requested. However, the guidelines are not readily available. 

Candidates running for student government are campaigning for student votes at Dixie State University and to do it correctly, the DSU Student Association must follow the student election policy. This policy is separate from the student election policy and is part of DSU’s policy library. The policy library is found on DSU’s website. The Student Election Information Packet, as well as DSUSA’s constitution, are the guidelines policy 4.1.1 refers to and those are available upon request by either the student body president, vice president of student services or the director of student services.

To the knowledge of the Dixie Sun News, section 541 student government was last updated April 26, 1996. If the policy has been updated since then, there should be physical evidence pointing to when it was last updated or what the updated version entails, but none of this information is provided anywhere.

 These policies need to be up to date and readily available for anyone who may be interested in this information.

“The student association contract [policy], as far as the constitution, it doesn’t show it correctly,” said Brett Coleman, a junior communication major from Midway and DSUSA’s vice president of public relations. “That’s something we’ve asked to have changed and it just hasn’t happened yet from our understanding. That’s what I understand. I don’t know if it’s just not been pushed again. I think it’s just one of those things that it’s an IT thing, making sure that it’s uploaded.”

Student Body President Cajun Syrett provided a copy of the Student Election Information Packet, which contains the guidelines candidates must follow while campaigning. He also provided access to DSUSA’s constitution.

Syrett was helpful in obtaining the documents; however, faculty and administration who were approached as sources for an article concerning how the Student Election Information Packet is created, how often it is updated and statistics from previous elections were less willing to cooperate.

After unsuccessful attempts to interview Luke Kerouac, director of student involvement and leadership, his response to an email said, “Unfortunately I am booked this afternoon and tomorrow. I have a consultant coming and will be with him and in meetings all day and will be unavailable for an interview.”

Another attempt to receive information concerning student election statistics from past years was unsuccessful with an email from Kerouac which said he was too busy and would not be able to reply to messages within a timely manner.

Scott Mathie, assistant director for student involvement and leadership, was the only DSUSA adviser that responded to questions concerning why it was important for students to vote, but would not reply to emails concerning where to find previous school years’ statistics of student government elections. 

An email was sent to Del Beatty, assistant vice president and dean of students, which included questions about the student election policy. In his response, he said, “I’m the wrong person for these questions.  I do not advise student elections.  You’ll need to speak with one of the DSUSA advisers (Luke Kerouac or Scott Mathie).”

Beatty said he agrees with university policy that guidelines for student elections are available upon request, but further communication with DSUSA advisers was left unanswered.

The Dixie Sun News staff wanted to supply DSU students with information about policies and guidelines candidates running for student government should follow during their campaign. Due to efforts to gather substantial information from real sources were met with unhelpful responses, the Dixie Sun News cannot report on those guidelines and how they guide candidates effectively.