Horatius At The Bridge spoke volumes to the audience

“Horatius At The Bridge” may have been a silent production, but it spoke volumes to the audience

The play was presented as a pantomime, which is when the actors mostly use sound effects, grunts and music while acting; there is no dialogue in these types of plays.

“Horatius At The Bridge” was produced by Micheal Harding, associate professor of theater. The production aired the Feb. 26-29 at the Eccles Mainstage and was free admission.

By fighting viciously upon their wooden bridge and dancing across the stage, actors showcased the original written story of the play they’ve been practicing since fall semester.

“Horatius At The Bridge” tells the story of two twin sons, Demetius and Horatius, born to the king and queen. Their father, the king, fights against a neighboring enemy and takes their king’s daughter and the twin’s sister, Venezia, as a hostage to marry one of his sons. The queen soon falls ill and dies, leaving the king heartbroken. He then kills himself, leaving his sons a scroll to tell who is the king next. Demetius is next in line to be king and to marry Venezia.

The nearly silent play is full of plot twists and chaos.

The production has elements of Greek, pantomimes and original work so theater students can hit all the major genres that they need in order to graduate, said Chelsea Richards, theater program director.

Although the play is composed of darker stories, students still came out and enjoyed the play the theater program produced, said Richards. 

It’s a whole different experience than anything you’ll ever get,” said Dusty Ravsten, a junior theatre major from Tremonton who also plays Dementius. “There are musicals, there’s Tuachon, but here you’re gonna get a way different experience than that here and it will impact you.” 

Connor Buehner, a theatre major from Salt Lake City, who also plays Horatius, said that actors practiced every night for around three hours to make sure they produced their best work.

“All actors have been enthusiastic about the production and their hard work has finally paid off as they end the last show,” said Jeff Jarvis, dean college of the arts.

If you missed “Horatius At The Bridge,” another theater production, “Proof,” is set to debut at DSU.

“Proof” is about a girl who’s father is an insane mathematician and she then starts to believe she is following in his footsteps and becoming insane. The play revolves around math equations, numbers and ideas. Keep an eye out for “Proof” in late March at the black box in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center.

Dixie Blaze Dance Team: final showcase and auditions

The Dixie Blaze dance team danced its way out of the season on Feb. 22 in its Blaze Review showcase where they had the chance to perform one last time.

Coach Kori Esplin said the Dixie State University dance team has been working toward bringing exciting performances to the students at DSU. The team performed at football and basketball games and also got to perform in this year’s Dixie’s Got Talent.

The showcase in total had 18 dance routines, 10 of those performed by the Dixie Blaze. Other dance companies from around the area came to perform as well, including the DSU cheer team.

Kodi Jo Drew, a junior biology major from Aurora, said her time on the team has been a great experience for her and brought her new opportunities.

“I love how involved we are on campus,”  Drew said. “We got to perform on Dixie’s Got Talent and we are heavily involved with the student government and the cheer team. It’s really fun to just be a part of a community.”

Although the season is over for the Dixie Blaze dance team, they have built memories together that will last a lifetime, Drew said. 

Reilly Harris, a freshman nursing major from St. George, said being on the team has been a blast for her and the girls have been very supportive of each other. She is looking forward to continuing on the Dixie Blaze dance team and being involved on campus.

Deja Nicholes, a freshman general education major from St. George, said her experience on the Dixie Blaze has been incredible and she is hoping to continue dancing for as long as she can.

“I never want to stop dancing,” Deja Nicholes, a freshman general education major said. “It’s definitely a for life thing and I want to continue doing some college dancing and maybe in the future tryout for the big things.”

The team recently had the opportunity to visit New York and explore the city.

Nicholes said the trip was a fun experience for the team and they got to experience some great shows and dance classes.

They took a class from Neil Shwarts at Broadway Dance Center, Nicholes said.

The trip also offered bonding experiences for the team and lasting memories, Harris said.

Harris said it was her first time in New York. For her, it was the small things that were the most memorable, such as getting lost on the subway and getting yelled at by a random lady.

“We grew as a team for sure when we were there,” Harris said. 

Auditions for next year’s Dixie Blaze team will be held on April 17-18.

DSU students ‘break bread to break boundaries’

Bon Appetite!

Dixie State University students have the opportunity to sample foods from different cultures at the “Taste Around the World” event.

Taste Around the World is an event presented by the DSU Multicultural and Inclusion Center as a part of Diversity week on campus. 

“This has been our biggest signature event as a department,” said Mike Nelson, assistant director of the MIC. “It focuses on food from various cultures, races and ethnicities, but that’s not exclusive to only multicultural students.” 

Nelson said this event is a way for DSU students to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. Trying new things and learning new ideas from different cultures is an essential way to add inclusivity on campus.

“Food is such a connector,” Nelson said. “Food is one of those things that is so unique to every individual culture. With every individual and family, there are those special recipes that grandma passed down from generation to generation; it’s universal.” 

Culture is not a term that is only explained through the aspects of race and ethnicity, Nelson said. Culture can involve the geographic region you come from or even your religious practices. It is anything that involves your family history and origin. 

Nelson said even Utah has a particular culture, so local students can get involved at the event as well. 

“At freshman orientation, we asked our in-state students ‘what is something that is a part of Utah culture?’, almost all of their answers were ‘fry sauce,’” Nelson said. “So, culture is not just something that is exclusive to students of different races, but something all of us can enjoy.”

Jasmine Magana, a senior Spanish major from Los Angeles, said she is preparing chicken floutas with guacamole, salsa, cheese and sour cream. 

“Growing up, my mom and I would make hand-made tortillas corn and flour,” Magana said. “We would make flautas, also known as taquitos, stuffed with chicken and cheese. To top it off, we make a tomato salsa, add cabbage, a drizzle of Crema Mexicana and a sprinkle of Cotija cheese. My mom says the salsa is the main thing that brings it all together.”

Magana said “Taste Around the World,” is the chance for students to broaden to their flavor pallet. It also gives those who cook a chance to share what they learned while growing up in their home kitchens.

“The way you prepare something makes it yours and the different flavors that are added makes it unique,” Magana said. 

Another student who is excited to prepare a dish from her culture is Miss Native Dixie herself, Phyllis Kitseallyboy. The senior exercise science major from Kirtland, New Mexico, is preparing frybread with squash, corn and ground beef. 

“At this event, I’m able to share my Navajo culture with DSU,” Kitseallyboy said. “So many people are intrigued by the food me and the Native American Student Association have put together.”

Nelson said frybread is a staple to the Native American diet. It is a dish students can always expect to see at “Taste Around the World.”

“Frybread is four simple ingredients,” Kitseallyboy said. “Blue Bird flour, salt, baking powder and hot water. You knead the ingredients into a dough, then fry it. It was a super easy bread to make and it reminds me of home.”

“Taste Around the World” is an event that brings everyone together and can even help you make new connections and friends, Kitseallyboy said.

Nelson said the variety of dishes prepared are almost never the same annually, but students can expect to see Dutch-Oven potatoes, Cowboy beans, several Asian and African rice dishes, Polynesian food and more.

“By breaking bread, we are breaking barriers,” Nelson said. “Many students will go to the event and experience a particular dish they have never eaten before; it opens their eyes.”

Other events happening during Diversity Week include “Conversations at High Tea,” “Operation Underground Railroad,” the “El Baile de Primavera” dance, “Pizza and Politics” and the “Treat Yo’ Self” event.

Make your journey through your 20s easier with these tips:

Navigating your 20s can be rough, but it doesn’t have to be.

Any tips and tricks for a college student can be helpful; however, when it comes to navigating your years outside of being a teenager, life can be a little tricky. Here are just a few tips from students entering their 20s or are already in them:

When entering your 20s, it’s important to start gathering and organizing the important documents you may need in the future.

Megan Benn, a sophomore biology major from Lompoc, California, said no one really tells you when you need to have all your important documents such as tax records, birth certificates and medical documents organized, but you will need them.

Benn also addressed the concern of being pushed off of your parent’s insurance once you turn 26.

The advice Benn wished to have had when entering her 20s was how to act around people. Benn said when you act childish people will treat you so.

Benn said the best part of her 20s is feeling like an actual adult. Even though you’re legally an adult at 18, Benn said her adult life didn’t start until she reached her 20s.

Benn said, “You don’t really realize how much of an adult you become until you reach your 20s.”

KateLynn Norton, an incoming freshman who will be majoring in criminology from Las Vegas, Nevada is 24, and said she would have liked to have known the benefits of keeping a full-time job, since this can help with things such as car payments and insurance.

Norton would advise those entering their 20s to go to school and stay in school.

“Go to school,” Norton said, “That’s one thing I really wish I had done.”

While in her 20s, Norton said she wants to graduate college, start her career and settle down to start making a family.

Samantha Lyden, a freshman art major from Lehi, said she wishes there was more advice available to her.

“I would like to get advice on doing things like taxes,” Lyden said, “Nobody really teaches you how to do it so I would like advice on that.”

When she graduates, Lyden said she wants to be able to function and know how to live without relying on the steady pace of being a student.  

“I’ve always been a student; I’ve never not been a student,” Lyden said, “So it’s really scary when you grow up and you have all this freedom that you don’t know what to do with.”

Whether it’s filing taxes or gaining newfound freedom, Lyden said she wants her 20s to be full of adventure and doing things for herself and hopes others can do the same.

DSU men’s golf battles strong winds in spring debut

After almost four months of being out of action, the Dixie State University men’s golf team is getting back into the groove of competing.

Davis Heslington, a sophomore criminal justice major from Beaver, said the team is thrilled to be playing again after a long break and feeling refreshed.

“I think sometimes it’s easy to get burned out, [we] get a little break and [we] get back into it,” Heslington said. “[We] have a lot of energy and excitement about getting back into the groove of things.”

The Trailblazer’s first match back was at the California Baptist Lancers Joust on Feb. 24-25. The team had a rough return. After day one, the Trailblazers stood No. 10 out of 13 teams at the tournament and shot plus 25-587.

Brock Nielson, a junior communication studies major from Salem, had the best score after day one; finishing plus 6-146 and being in a seven-way tie as No. 27.

On day two, the tournament took a turn for the worse. The Trailblazers were battling 40 miles per hour winds; however, the team managed to move up one spot on the leaderboards and finished as No. 9. Heslington finished as DSU’s best golfer by shooting plus-13 223 and placing No. 20.

Heslington said he took advantage of the 40 miles per hour winds since he plays better with wind. He said grinding everything out, hitting the ball good, making good puts, staying in the moment and staying mentally tough is what got him through playing in the tough weather conditions.

Heslington said: “Things [won’t] go your way, especially when it’s that windy; you can’t control everything. You almost got to have fun with it and laugh about things and try as hard as you can because it’s the way it is and in those conditions it’s tough.”

On the other hand, Nielson dropped in the leaderboards to a seven-way tie for No. 47 and shooting plus 19-229.

Nielson said he and the team can’t prepare for tough weather conditions when the wind is that bad. He said the only thing he could do is have a good mindset and figure out how to play through tough weather conditions.

“I wanted to climb the leaderboard and thought if I could throw a good round together, I could make up some shots on the guys in front of me just because of how bad the weather was, but it didn’t work out that way,” Nielson said.

Head coach Brad Sutterfield said his team is rusty in a few places and he was not happy with the results, but not overly disappointed.

“We got a lot of work to do, but I’m encouraged by some of the things I saw,” Sutterfield said.

Despite the tough go around with the performance by DSU and the tough winds, the Trailblazers were the only Division II team at the tournament; the majority of teams at the tournament were Division I.

Sutterfield said one of the reasons that he wanted his team to be in the tournament was because of next year’s move to DI. He said the tournament would be a good gauge of what the team needs to do, see where they’re at, and giving the team confidence for DII events.

DSU’s next match will be at the Notre Dame De Namur Argonaut Invitational.

Heslington said he’s glad the team competed at the California Baptist Lancers Joust because it toughened up the team by playing in bad weather conditions and playing against tough teams.

Heslington said: “[The tournament was] a good stepping stone to start our season out. Tough course, tough conditions, and it shows us what we need to work on.”

The Notre Dame De Namur Argonaut Invitational will take place on Mar. 9-10 in Belmont, California.

DSU student body president elections quickly approach

The race for student body president is approaching and the candidates have announced what their goals would be if they were elected.

Ava Chollet, a junior biology major from West Covina, California, and Ryan Miggin, a junior accounting major from Syracuse, are two candidates running for student body president. They both share similar goals of wanting all to feel included at DSU.

“My number one goal is to be a voice for all students,” said Miggin. “Not just a [voice for a] couple [of students] that are actively involved now, but for all of the students on campus.”

The student body president represents all of the students on campus: it is crucial for the president to be involved in all that goes on around the school grounds including events, committees, clubs and games.

Miggin said he aspires for his shot to give back to his community and campus.

“As the student body president, I hope to take to meetings what the students want,” Miggin said. “I have a couple of things that I want [to change], but those things don’t matter. It’s all about what the students want.”

Chollet also wishes for the opportunity to achieve her goals.

“I hope to increase the resources that help students succeed both in academics and extracurricular activities, ” Chollet said. “I plan to enhance students’ experience by making sure to listen and act on campus.”

By listening to the needs and opinions of different organizations and clubs, Chollet said she understands how important this is to listen and understand to cause necessary change.

“Because I have had the opportunity this past year to work with students who are involved with clubs on a daily basis, and I know the value of listening to the concerns or questions of each student,” Chollet said. “The power if listening inevitably promotes action.”

Penny Mills, a junior communication studies major from Orem, is also running for student body president, but was unavailable for a comment.

Taylor Godfrey, a senior nursing major from Buckeye, Arizona, is the current student body president for the Trailblazers, and will be doing what she can to help the next one to fill her position.

“Take advantage of every opportunity you have to aid the tremendous growth our university is experiencing and foster the continuation of that growth,” Godfrey said. “The people of this university is what makes DSU so special and is what keeps the [DSU] spirit alive.”

Godfrey said her position as student body president is an experience that she will never forget.

Primary voting for the election begins March 4 at 8 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. on March 5. After this time period, the two finalists with the most votes will be in a final voting race from March 10 – 12, which will end at 1 p.m.

Last year, students were able to vote on the Canvas homepage, but it has not yet been announced how students will be able to vote this year.

OPINION: Step up and vote for Super Tuesday

With Super Tuesday coming up, the future of America is shifting ever so slightly but with a lot of votes, it can change the way you want it to.

New voters are turning 18 and questioning how the voting process works. I didn’t even gain interest in voting till I turned 19, which left me behind from the rest of my peers who were starting to really enter the adult world and make their own choices.

Voting allows one to chose how they live and speak their ideals which is the ultimate way to participate in our democratic society as a functioning adult.

Voting is not only a rite of passage, but a way for young adults to explore their political interests and learn about what they believe in. Although Super Tuesday is only the election for a presidential primary candidate, it helps support your ideals by voting for certain policies and the candidates whom you support. Even if they don’t win, letting even one voice be silenced goes against our First amendment rights.

The United States Census Bureau found the number of voters between the ages 18-29 was up 16% from 2014-2018. More people who were ethnic were voting as well. Groups who were less active in the past have become more active voters for their futures.

Taking advantage of the right to speak for the future you want is a key way to make the world a better place. Don’t let family opinions dictate your vote and feel free to say you’d rather not share your opinion if you know it might cause controversy.

Voting for a more sustainable future has been a priority of Gen-Z and should be prioritized for all generations of both the present and future. Voting for a new “green deal” could ban plastic bags or plastic straws and lower greenhouse gas emissions, which is a concern for scientists globally.

This is just one way voting and researching for the proper candidate can make all the difference. Bernie Sander’s campaign is famous among cannabis lovers as he aims to legalize weed, make weed-related convictions go away and he says he will ensure that the tax money goes back to the communities. His goal is meant to persuade both those who want cannabis legalized federally and those who favor the tax benefits the products will reap, mainly the state.

With medical and recreational cannabis becoming more legal within some states, the tax on these products will generally go to benefiting the community in some way. In this election, weed legalization and how each candidate will handle it has a large effect on the outcome, its a main policy concern for U.S. citizens along with climate change crisis and dealing with foreign affairs.

Nevada legalized medical and recreational cannabis in 2016 with a 21% tax on all cannabis products. That tax is divided into going toward school districts, public transportation and city construction. This legislation was voted on the state level, but the community has been successfully prospering from this new law regardless.

Even at 18, U.S. citizens are expected to make adult decisions and become financially dependent, even for things they cant use such as marijuana. You pay taxes and live with the issues; trust yourself to know the best way to vote.

The front runner of the Democratic Party Bernie Sanders policies can be found online along with each of the top five other candidates: Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg,Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, and Amy Klobuchar.

Vote. Make a difference in your community and in your country; don’t stay silent.

Mr. Dixie 2020 winner crowned, continues family tradition

Six competitors of the Mr. Dixie 2020 James Bond themed pageant took the stage by embodying their inner spy by cartwheeling, jumping and running on stage to music.

Jefferson Beatty, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from St. George, earned the title of Mr. Dixie 2020, keeping the family tradition alive. Beatty’s mother was a former Miss Dixie winner; as was his sister, Krissia Beatty, who also went on to win Miss Utah.

“I’m glad I can carry on the tradition, even if it’s just a spoof pageant,” Beatty said. “It feels good to be part of the family.”

While Mr. Dixie is a spoof pageant and not a part of a greater organization like Miss Dixie, the contestants were still judged in the following similar categories: activewear, on-stage interviews, platform, evening wear and talent.

Beatty walked the “runway” stage with his northern during the evening wear portion where he showed off a white tuxedo. He performed a high-energy jazzercise routine for his talent, complete with sweatbands and ribbons.

The first runner-up was Evander Benedicto, a senior accounting major from Cebu City, Philippines. For his talent, Benedicto played the guitar while singing an original song about DSU and highlighting how he met his fiancé here. The performance ended with him on his knee once again, to reenact their proposal. She also joined him on the stage for the evening wear portion.

“My favorite moment was the camaraderie between everyone in the back,” Benedicto said. “Everyone was just having fun. At one point I was playing the guitar and we were all just singing along back there.”

Benedicto said more people need to get involved in the pageant because it is an unmatched experience.

“We only had six contestants and this kind of experience should be shared with a whole bunch more people,” Benedicto said. “It’s an experience that’s not worth missing out on.”

The second runner-up was Cory Obray, a junior graphic design major from Calgary Alberta, Canada. Obray performed a swan lake ballet piece for his talent, adding his own comedic spin to it.

Mr. Dixie 2019 winner Brett Coleman, a senior communication studies major from Midway, said this competition is all about representing DSU.

Coleman said: “Be yourself, but remember you are here to represent Dixie State [University]. It’s about embodying that. Focus on what it means to be a Trailblazer and to be at [DSU], and you’re going to be more likely to win.”

Beatty said he will now go on to proudly wear his crown and sash until he fulfills the duty of hosting next year’s Mr. Dixie pageant.

“I am proud of how much work the guys put in,” Coleman said. “Tonight really showed how much they care about [DSU] and want to find success as students who are involved and have a good time on campus. Ultimately, being involved is what Mr. Dixie is about.”