Mass shootings leave lasting impact, survivor’s guilt takes more victims

While President Donald Trump was worrying about “making America great,” he could have been making American kind, compassionate, or — at the very least — capable of enacting and accepting change.

We’ve seen the headlines over and over. A lone gunman killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018. A domestic terrorists killed 58 people at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas in 2017. A madman killed 28 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

Tragedy strikes, and the world moves on, with or without you.

The nation watches on from a distance, offers its “thoughts and prayers,” and forgets anything ever happened the moment a Kardashian flaunts her newest body modification or shallow predicament to the cameras.

However, for the friends and families involved, everyday is another battle against the terrifying and sorrowful reality they have come to know. Some of those affected start charities, begin political movements, or simply try to learn how to live through the unimaginable.

Parkland prepared for the anniversary of the heinous act that ripped apart its community and pulled at the heartstrings of the nation. Valentine’s Day came and went without incident and Lori Alhadeff, mother of Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting, said she was relieved.

“I’m like, ‘okay, we did it, we got through it,’” Lori Alhadeff said in an interview with Buzzfeed News.

Then, two suicides shook the community.

Sydney Aiello was a 19-year-old college student, friend of Alyssa Alhadeff, and survivor of the Parkland shooting. Aiello died by apparent suicide one month after the anniversary of her best friend’s murder. Within the week, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School died by suicide; the name has not been released as the family wishes to remain private.

In the midst of the two suicides connected to the massacre in Parkland, Jeremy Richman, father of 6-year-old Avielle Richman, a victim in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, also died by suicide.

These events emphasize the need to address the lasting effects of trauma. When the “thoughts and prayers” end and the world is tuning in to a new and different crisis, the survivors are left in deafening silence. The survivors are left alone with empty seats in the classroom where students used to learn, with empty chairs at the dinner table where children used to eat, and with empty spots in the cafeteria where friends used to laugh.

Aiello struggled to attend her college courses because she was terrified to be in classrooms. She suffered from survivor’s guilt after watching her friends be murdered in front of her. Her nightmares began the day her classroom became a war zone and since that day a different war exploded within her.

The real tragedy is that nothing is being done.

New Zealand had its first shooting since 1997 on March 15. Fifty people died at Christchurch Mosque. One week later, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the ban of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. The United States has had 15 mass shootings since 2007 and has yet to pass anything.

Our nation was lost the day politicians refused to amend gun laws after 20 children died. Our nation was lost the day politicians prohibited change after 58 people were senselessly killed. Our nation was lost the day politicians blocked revisions after 17 teenagers lost their lives. Our nation is lost, our politicians are wrong, and something must be done.

Reach out to your representatives and tell them enough is enough. Tell them it is unacceptable for military-level weapons to be in the hands of civilians, and it is increasingly important to adapt the means in which people can acquire fire arms. Tell them times are changing and so should the background checks. Tell them it is unacceptable for countless children, students and Americans to have died without a second thought.

And while you continue to fight and wait for a response, check in on your loved ones. Check in with your friend who tweets affirmations each morning and with the guy in class who sits by the door and doesn’t say a word. Check in with your parents and cousins. Check in with yourself.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Nap pods beneficial to campus, students, should be built on campus

The average college student can typically be found doing schoolwork, eating or sleeping. While campuses do an adequate job taking care of the first two basic needs, the last one is often overlooked.

Universities should take more initiative to create a peaceful, affordable, on-campus location for sleeping for students.

Students who are involved in extra-curricular activities or athletics are on campus for multiple hours of the day. However, not all of their time is filled with activities. There are often large gaps in their schedules with classes in the morning, classes in the evening and on-campus events throughout the day.

According to an American Academy of Sleep Medicine article: “College students involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to have sleep deprivation… Insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness were frequent complaints among these students.”

For students who live on campus, this is not such a big issue. They have the freedom to go back to their apartments and take care of their physical and mental health. For those stuck on campus for the day, options to take care of themselves are minimal, especially when it comes to sleep.

Since gas is costly, the option to drive home for these breaks is usually not much of an option. Therefore, students need a space to sleep that is on campus and readily available for students.

Having nap pods on campus would have multiple benefits on the student body. Since students would be rested, there would be a happier and more energetic vibe on campus. This would also increase attendance since there are no temptations for off-campus students to stay at home after their breaks from classes are over.

Lawrence Epstein, a doctor quoted in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine article, said: “After two weeks of sleeping six hours or less a night, students feel as bad and perform as poorly as someone who has gone without sleep for 48 hours. New research also highlights the importance of sleep in learning and memory. Students getting adequate amounts of sleep performed better on memory and motor tasks than did students deprived of sleep.”

Universities are responsible for the mental health of students. Having a safe place for students to get rest is a vital progressive step all colleges should take.

To show your support, email Dean of Students Del Beatty at [email protected] or Student Body President Cajun Syrett at [email protected].

‘What Were You Wearing?’ exhibit fights stigmas, educates community

Did you know one in five women fall victim to sexual assault at some point in their lives? Did you know women make up 91 percent of sexual assault victims in the United States? Did you know 20-25 percent of college women are victims of sexual assault or the fact that over 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not get reported?

DSU Women’s Resource Center and the Dove Center have teamed up together to showcase the “What Were You Wearing?” exhibit here on DSU’s campus. The exhibit will be on display to the public on the main floor of the Holland Centennial Commons building April 1-12 and in the Eccles Fine Arts building April 15-19.

This exhibit attempts to debunk the claim that what a woman wears leads to sexual assault. It displays a plethora of outfits that victims were wearing during the time they were sexually assaulted. Outfits range from simple sleepwear to full-on sweat suits, exemplifying that no matter what is being worn, anyone is subjected to sexual abuse.

“Clothes can be distracting, but it is not the reason why someone would perpetrate a felony on someone else,” said Elizabeth Bluhm, sexual assault advocacy manager. “Someone makes that choice to do that, and it’s not the victim’s fault.”

Bluhm also touched on other inaccurate myths that should be brought to light. Some of them include:

  • Rape is committed by complete strangers, however, a vast majority of cases are committed by someone that is closely acquainted with/has a relationship of trust with the victim, coaches, teachers, intimate relationship partners, bishop, etc.
  • Men can’t be raped, but three victims on display are men.
  • That rape is all about sex, whereas it’s about power and control.

Sheena Luy, Women’s Resource Center student intern, said she also agrees with what Bluhm was saying in regards to it not being about what you wear.

“We want to let people know it is not the stereotype that the clothing is the reason for sexual assault,” Luy said. “Women can wear whatever they are comfortable in and express themselves in any way they want, although, certain occasions call for certain clothing, so dress accordingly. However, it’s never about what you are wearing when it comes to sexual assault, it is about the rapist, it is never the victim’s fault.”

Florence Bacabac, director of the Women’s Resource Center, said she is excited to have the exhibit showcased and encourages everyone to stop by and give it a look.

“Stop by and look at the exhibit and spread the word with your colleagues, classmates, friends and family,” Bacabac said. “Know more about dispelling the myths of sexual assault while you check out the exhibit.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, contact campus police at (435) 236-4000, or Elizabeth Bluhm at (435) 668-5081. You can also schedule a free therapy session through the health and counseling center which can be reached at (435) 652-7755. If it is an emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

DSU students play big role in ‘The Aquabats Supershow’

Planning birthday party is proving troublesome. There aren’t any musicians who want to play at a superhero themed party. Then you realize there is a music group that are superheroes. The Aquabats! But they can’t come to your party; they’re in some city called St. George. You wonder what on Earth they could be doing there.

“The Aquabats” were in St. George last week finishing the last bit of filming for their television program. With the help of DSU Film and Dixie State University students, the filming wrapped Wednesday.

Producer Jordan McArthur said “The Aquabats” started as a rock band 25 years ago and had a children’s television show on Hub Network, but since the network shut down, their television show could no longer air. McArthur said fans of the show have been asking for a comeback since it went off the air, so he put together a Kickstarter to raise money to produce more episodes.

Through the Kickstarter, fans and producers joined together and invested in bringing back “The Aquabats Supershow,” McArthur said. With this combined effort, filming new episodes became a reality after raising over $600,000. However, filming in California was too expensive, so that is what brought filming to Utah.

“Working with the Utah Film Commission, they have a very friendly policy with people coming from out of state,” said Christian Jacobs, who plays MC Bat Commander. “They help you with tax incentives and things to help bring the budgets down and put more on the screen.

McArthur said they came to DSU to film new episodes of “The Aquabats Supershow” because the DSU Film hanger is an ideal place for film production with an insulated roof and plenty of space. There was enough room at the hanger that they were able to recreate sets from the original production, McArthur said. DSU students have been helping with lighting and as production assistants.

Wyatt Naplin, a senior film major from Grantsville, said he originally got involved being on set for “The Aquabats Supershow” in January when he took a film class at DSU and was invited to help. They invited him back as a production assistant when they returned for final filming.

Getting the opportunity to work on the set of a film or television program is an invaluable way for film students to gain experience in the industry, Naplin said.

“It’s the most practical real-world thing you could do as a film student because it’s the real deal,” Naplin said. “You do shoots at the school, but they’re not on the same level. You don’t have the same amount of things to be done.”

“The Aquabats Supershow” isn’t entirely gone from the world; you can watch episodes of their first three seasons on their YouTube channel, so be sure to tune in and watch “The Aquabats”on their zany adventures.

Men’s golf works for consistency

The Dixie State University men’s golf team is putting in the hours at practice in preparation for the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic.

The team practices four times each week at southern Utah golf courses including The Ledges Golf Club and The Entrada at Snow Canyon. In addition to team practices, each of the players use their time to practice on their own. Triston Gardner, a freshman general studies major from Ivins, said his favorite thing about golf is the mental aspect of it. Gardner said he began playing golf when he learned to walk but started taking it seriously when he was ten years old. Gardner said he enjoys practicing at Dixie Red Hills Golf Course in St. George the most.

“It’s just tricky,” Gardner said. “It’s one of the shortest courses in St. George, but it’s also really hard for how short it is. It’s one of the hardest courses and that’s what makes it fun, just having to figure out shots.”

Head coach Brad Sutterfield said: “[Our] strength is we’re deep. The travel squad we’re going with, anybody can win out of the five that go. Normally in the past you usually have two [or] three guys that are capable of winning and the other guys are good, but this year I think out of all our five, any guy can win and be the low on the team.”

Sutterfield said consistency is what the team needs to work on most.

“I think around the greens we need to get a little better, a little sharper, but overall I think we got the talent, we just need to put it together,” Sutterfield said.

Gardner said chipping is his favorite aspect of golf and he considers it his strength. He said his favorite tournament of the year so far was going to Hawaii for the Hawaii Hilo Intercollegiate Tournament because of the beautiful weather, fun course and getting the chance to go to the beach everyday.

While at tournaments, Gardner said he tries to stay as calm as he can and take it shot by shot when he is out on the course.

“I just focus on staying relaxed and having fun,” Gardner said. “Breathing is honestly something I think is super important and that’s something I use to calm me down.”

Aside from breathing routines, Gardner said for his pre-shot routine he visualizes his ball flight before he hits it and commits to that. While Gardner is considering becoming a business administration major, he said his goal for now is to figure out exactly what major he wants. After college, Gardner said he hopes to become a professional golfer. As for his goal before finishing the 2019 season, Gardner said he would like to finish in the top three.

Noah Schone, a freshman general studies major from Washington, said his favorite part about practicing with the DSU team is getting better at the things he is not as consistent at each day. While Schone said his favorite aspect of golf is driving, he believes he is best at putting.

“We all have the same goals, we all have the same mindset: to get better and to eventually turn pro,” Schone said. “So that’s what we’re all shooting for and working towards.”

Schone said he began his golf career at four years old when he lived at a golf course with his family. Since then, he played on the Pine View High School men’s golf team and is now going through his first year as a Trailblazer. Schone said he takes advantage of golf tournaments in town to help prepare him for bigger tournaments.

“I try to play in every event that I possibly can,” Schone said. “Recently, three of us just played in winter champs at Sunriver in Green Springs. I feel good about how I’m playing and ready going into Dallas, so I’m excited.”

Schone said his mindset at tournaments is having a good attitude and being positive.

“I don’t try to change much,” Schone said. “I’m going to play well if I have fun so I just try to have a good time, stay focused on what I’m doing, but have fun overall.”

For his team goal, Schone said he would like to make it to nationals. For his personal goal, Schone strives to beat his lowest score which currently sits at 63.

“We’ve never been to nationals in Dixie State [University] history and we got a really good chance with regionals here at Ledges in St. George,” Schone said.

The Trailblazers will be in Dallas April 1-2 to compete in the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic for the first time.

Women’s tennis refines doubles play

The Dixie State University women’s tennis team’s improvement in doubles play has given it a strong start to the 2018-2019 season.

The Trailblazers have won nine of the eleven matches played this season. Although they have only played a single conference game thus far, the Trailblazers are 1-0. DSU has two scheduled conference games left in the season.

DSU’s 9-2 start to the season is a great improvement from last seasons 5-6 start. Head coach Eric Pelton said this season has been a good year and the team has dominated more so than they have in the past.

“It hasn’t just been one or two players that have improved,” Pelton said. “They’ve all improved overall which has helped their singles and its helped their doubles a ton. They’re playing more aggressive and overall as a team.”

In DSU’s first four matchups, the Trailblazers won six out of the 12 doubles matches played. Since then, the Trailblazers have won 13 of the 18 doubles matches. Isabel Heras, a freshman exercise science major from Saipan, said one of the teams greatest improvements this season has been specifally their doubles play.

“In our doubles game we attack more at the net and we approach more,” Heras said. “We’ve been doing a lot of drills during practice to help us.”

Megan Lynch, a sophomore business major from Albuquerque, New Mexico, said the team has learned how one another plays in doubles.

“We learned what our strengths are, what are weaknesses are, and how to help the other player,” Lynch said. “We’ve kind of synced up a little bit more.”

Lynch said the team has also really been motivating each other more on and off the court.

“When we’re watching other people’s matches, we’re cheering a lot,” Lynch said. “It’s helped pump up our players on the court. I think we’ve just gone out there and played our game and I think its been pretty successful so far.”

DSU’s next home match is on April 12 at 3 p.m. against Idaho State University.

Former DSU student murder trial pushed back

The trial for a suspected murderer of a former Dixie State University student has been pushed back one month due to overscheduling in the court. Nearly 10 months after her unfortunate death, friends of the victim are continuing to honor her memory and remember her as the trial draws near.

Kevin Mcatlin has been charged with the murder of 33-year-old Elizabeth Carter, which took place in June 2018.

Mcatlin was suspected after detectives found a bloody fingerprint at the scene matching Mcatlin’s. He was later apprehended in Moab, before being transferred to Washington County.

Mcatlin waived his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial due to the need to prepare for the trial, Flint said. This involved hiring investigators to look into witness statements and do background checks.

The trial, originally set to take place mid-March, has been rescheduled to April 15 due to an automobile homicide case set to take place the same day. As the automobile case was older, the suspect had been in jail longer and the case didn’t settle, so they had to try that case first, said defense attorney Edward Flint.

Carter was found by two employees of Jensen Property Management in the bathtub of her apartment located on Bluff Street, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case.

These two employees were carrying out a follow-up inspection to Carter’s apartment. When no one responded, they enlisted the help of a locksmith to unlock the door for them. When they arrived inside, they found the body in the bathroom covered in various cushions and blankets. Autopsy reports revealed that her throat had been slit, there were 17 puncture marks on her neck and shoulder, and slashes on the back of her neck.

As a DSU student, Carter studied art and psychology. Scott Williamson, a friend of Carter’s, attempted to get her an honorary degree, but too much time had passed since she had been a student prior to her death.

Williamson described Carter as “a hurricane.”

“She was a free-spirited, hippie, loving, nonjudgmental person,” Williamson said “She’d be there for anybody, you’d call her, she’d be there.”

Carter was a loving mother as well, said Williamson, and her and her daughter shared a great bond.

Williamson has a show on Radio Dixie dedicated to Carter titled, “The Liz Show,” where he plays randomized music as a tribute to how he and Carter used to pass time through playing random songs. This show takes place on Fridays at noon.

A foundation is also in the works by Williamson dedicated to Carter, but it has not yet been finalized or publicly announced.

Students prepare for DSU drag show

After months of preparation and the culmination of three different clubs, Dixie State University is getting ready to show off a variety of performers in its first ever drag show.

Put together by the theatre club, LGBT Student Association, and Dixie State University Student Association, this show is set to be held on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Seven contestants are set to perform, said Cassandra Smith, president of the theatre club. The event will also feature two professional queens as a collaboration between LGBTSA and Southern Pride.

Sam Kuo, a freshman sociology major from Baltimore, Maryland and president of LGBTSA, said he hopes the show helps project DSU as a more inclusive and accepting school.

“Hopefully, [the show] will build a bridge between St. George’s LGBTQ community and DSU,” Kuo said.

While St. George, specifically Southern Pride, has put on drag shows before, this is the first DSU exclusive show.

Contestants will have the opportunity to dress in drag, wear full drag makeup and perform to their choice of song.

One contestant, Ashley Dinkleman, a senior theater major from Pomona, California, is performing “Dark Side” by Kelly Clarkson.

“I [want to do this] to show another part of me,” Dinkleman said. “I want to show my colors.”

The event was preceded by a drag boot camp, which was held on March 29. This event was open to all students and taught participants confidence on stage and how to perform as well as building their drag persona and look.

Smith said she hopes the show becomes an annual event and has a positive impact on DSU.

“[The show] helps draw attention to more minority representation,” Smith said. “The queer community here is kind of small, but it’s very strong. I’m hoping this will help give the [LGBTQ+] community more pride in themselves.”

Kuo said he hopes the show will inspire bravery and confidence in DSU students and encourage them to have fun and be themselves.

Dinkleman said she’s proud this is the first drag show on campus.

“I think it’s about time that all types of clubs come together,” Dinkleman said.

Smith further said she wants those on campus who aren’t in the community to see and become acquainted with the community and gain good experiences with them.

Smith said students can expect “runway walks, fabulous outfits, and fabulous people,” along with lip syncing performances.

“I think it’s gonna be the best show ever,” Dinkleman said. “Come in and have some fun. We’re [going to] give you a show you’ll never forget.

You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll: ‘The Ramones’ present ethical dilemmas

By Stephen B. Armstrong

My mother used to work the occasional weeknight when my sister and I were kids — she taught art to adult students in Washington, D.C. My dad, always well-meaning, would take us to McDonald’s for dinner when Mom was gone, and then over to the mall to get books at B. Dalton.

I remember riding home one night from one of these school-night outings, squished up on the backseat of my father’s Ford Escort listening to the Ramones’ first album. A neighborhood friend, Adam, had loaned me his copy. To hear the songs over the noise of the car’s manual transmission, I had to press the portable stereo’s foam-wrapped speakers to my ears. The tracks all sort of sounded the same to me back then, with Johnny Ramone’s jackhammering guitar riffs and Joey Ramone’s wet shower curtain of a voice. I liked the music a lot.

As we got back and my dad rolled up our driveway, I told him I’d come in the house soon. Then over the next five minutes or so, I finished listening to the album’s second side, which ends with a track in which Joey declares “Today your love / Tomorrow the world! / Today your love / Tomorrow the world!”

The song’s yearnings for romance and global domination to this day strike me as paranoid–even psychotic–but there’s great art in Joey’s delivery as he manages to swathe the madness with melancholy and hope. Ever since that night, honestly, there’s never been a period in my life when I wasn’t listening to the Ramones.

The musical output of their 20-year run, I can tell you, is made up for the most part of charming but resolutely goofy takes on topics like lobotomies, worm men, dancing cretins, pet cemeteries and UFOs. The corny kitsch that distinguishes so much of the Ramones catalog, in fact, left me early on suspicioning that the guys in the band, despite their ability to come up with great hooks, were probably all nitwits or at least pretended to be. “D-U-M-B!” Joey cries out on “Pinhead.”

This willingness of mine to regard the Ramones as a low-brow put-on made it possible to ignore several songs that should have bothered me at a moral level, I’ll admit, ones like “Pinhead” and “Weasel Face” that make light of disabilities and physical shortcomings. But I’ve always allowed myself to ignore their cruelty.

Tracks about Nazis recorded during the band’s early years, as well, never struck me as anything other than bad taste gags, especially since two of the band’s founding members, Joey and Tommy, were Jewish. As Johnny Ramone explained in his autobiography: “We thought … Nazis were funny. We thought sniffing glue was funny, too.”

So I’ve never experienced much in terms of worry or remorse, either, when I’ve praised the Ramones to others, my five-year-old, for example, or when I’ve found my foot tapping along to a track like “Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World,” the song I mentioned previously, even though it has lines like “I’m a shock trooper in a stupor / Yes I am / I’m a Nazi schatze / Y’know I fight for the fatherland.”

My perception of — and affection for — the Ramones, however, has undergone some painful changes recently. Clownish songs about brownshirt wannabes no longer seem as goofy and harmless as they did, not now, that is, as anti-democratic, autocratic and racist ideologies exert an increasingly dangerous influence over our country.

Just this past week, vandals knocked over headstones marking Jewish graves in a Massachusetts cemetery. Last October, an anti-Semite goaded by internet conspiracy theories shot up a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people.burgh-shooting .And a year-and-a-half ago, white power revolutionaries wearing khakis and polo shirts marched across the campus of the University of Virginia, one of the intellectual capitals of the South, aping Nazi rhetoric as they shouted “Jews will not replace us! We will not be replaced!”

I’m too much of a supporter of the First Amendment to argue for censorship in popular music. Nor have I ever cottoned to the idea presented long ago by Tipper Gore that music can make good people do bad things. I refuse to believe, as well, that a track as silly as “Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World” could lead someone to embrace Nazism and violence. Yet I find it not at all hard these days to summon in my head the image of a fledgling fascist, a burnished Wehrmacht helmet on his head and Apple AirPods pressed into his ears, listening to this song as he daydreams of rallies, flags, white ethno-states and murder.

This thought distresses me enormously, and I find myself wondering, for the first time really, if I’m doing something wrong now whenever I drop the tonearm or press the play button and listen to the Ramones — the world’s first punk band — and return to that rich, rich sound that first pierced me in the back of my dad’s little car 35 years ago.

Stephen B. Armstrong co-hosts Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll with Katie ‘n’ Steve Thursdays at noon on Radio Dixie 91.3 FM.

St. George offers unforgettable date night locations for DSU students

You have worked up the courage to ask that special someone on a date, and now that they have said yes, it’s time to make a plan. Luckily, there are some unique spots here in St. George for great date opportunities.

“Hiking in Snow Canyon is always an awesome place to go,” said Bailey Buehner, a freshman graphic design major from South Jordan. “You have that excitement of discovery when you hike, and that makes a date more personal.”

This year is Snow Canyon’s 60th Anniversary, and this beautiful state park offers more than 38 miles of trails varying in difficulty and is home to diverse plants and animals. The park provides opportunities for climbing for those who are starting out for the first time and advanced climbers, as well as hiking, biking, horseback riding and more. To get into Snow Canyon, the cost is $10 per vehicle or $5 for pedestrians. 

Snow Canyon makes for a perfect opportunity to go exploring and share those common interests of adventure and the outdoors with your date. There is so much to see between volcanic rock and sand dunes, and this park is perfectly accommodating for any level of interest or skill.

  • Dixie Bowl:
    • Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Located at 146 E. City Center St.

“You almost step back in time at Dixie Bowl,” said Kyle Seaich, a junior business administration major from St. George. “If you are into that it’s great for bowling, and they also have food, pool tables and an arcade so there is more than one activity if you want to do more.”

Dixie Bowl is an intimate place that boasts an old style charm with 12 bowling lanes, pool tables and arcade games. This place is truly a hidden gem. The staff is friendly, the food is decent and they offer tournament bowling if you are up to the challenge.

  • Laser Mania Family Fun Center:
    • Monday – Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. – 11 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Located at 67 UT-34.

Alec McCormick, a sophomore film major from Las Vegas, said: “One of the best places for a date is Laser Mania. Not only is it really fun, but it doesn’t cost a lot to have a good time.” 

Laser Mania is located in the heart of the downtown area, and they offer blacklight mini golf, laser tag, virtual reality, a 4-D movie ride, bumper cars and an arcade. 

McCormick said Laser Mania makes for a great date night because doing fun activities is more special than the typical dinner and a movie.

Laser Mania has one of the best arcades in St. George. Not only that, but all of the activities they offer are reasonably priced. The blacklight mini golf is so unique, and the welcoming staff gives Laser Mania such a lively vibe.

  • Mystery Escape Room:
    • Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Located at 46 W. St. George Blvd.

Anna Platero, a junior criminal justice major from Helper, said: “There is so many fun places around here, but I love to go to the escape room. The goal is to escape from an area before the time runs out, so it is the perfect group date activity.”

Platero said there are several different rooms you can choose to escape from, and each room has a unique theme so that keeps things interesting, because this date activity requires teamwork.

Mystery Escape Room is located in Ancestor Square in downtown. Prices differ based on the time and room you choose. 

Between unleashing your inner adventurer or showing off your bowling skills, there are many places in St. George to have an amazing date night neither of you will forget.