The Writing Center produces quality papers and confident writers

Everyone knows that feeling of anxiety that bubbles up when you are sitting down to write a paper and you have no clue where to begin. You might try to write out a few paragraphs, only to delete them because they do not sound right. If this describes your past experiences with writing papers, maybe it’s time to switch up your writing habits.

The Writing Center, located on the fourth floor of the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons building, provides support for students who need an extra pair of eyes to read over their papers and writing assignments.

Noah Washington, a junior communication studies major from South Jordan, is the coordinator for the center. Washington said the Writing Center is designed to help students identify their own mistakes and learn how to correct them.

Currently, the Writing Center has eight tutors, some of whom specialize in certain formatting styles. Washington said the center has an English as a Second Language tutor, a Modern Language Association tutor, and the center is training and certifying an American Psychological Association tutor. Jennifer Farnsworth, a senior history and social sciences education major from Springtown, Texas, specializes in Chicago-Turabian style.

Farnsworth said, “Chicago style is the formatting style that is specifically used for history. So in a lot of my studies that is the kind of writing I have had to use over and over again.”

Along with specialized tutoring, Farnsworth said students have access to tutorials through the Writing Center that cover subjects including active and passive voice, how to construct thesis statements, sentence fragments and how to create a literature review.

Haylie Jacobson, a junior English education major from Riverton, is training to become an APA tutor. During her time at the center, she has found success through asking students questions aimed at helping them to better articulate what their writing struggles are. Jacobson said asking questions, rather than telling them what they should do, encourages students to develop the skills they need to improve their writing on their own.

Confidence is one of the biggest benefits students can take away from visiting the Writing Center, Washington said. The tutors are trained to provide honest yet helpful feedback to ensure students leave the center knowing more about their writing than when they enter.

Jacobson said she has noticed a similar confidence boost in students who continually utilize the Writing Center. Students will come in complaining about how bad their papers are, but as they continue visiting, Jacobson said she notices an improvement in both their papers and confidence levels.

For students who don’t know where to begin when tackling a paper, Farnsworth suggested taking notes while collecting research for your paper and creating an outline. Outlining keeps your paper organized and allows you to return to sections of the paper you are struggling with once other sections of the paper are complete, Farnsworth said.

“From my experience, just writing notes while you’re doing your research and outlining your paper, whatever kind of paper it is, creates this opportunity to make your paper flow a lot easier,” Farnsworth said.

Outside of resources provided by the Writing Center, Jacobson often directs students to utilize the library’s website. She said the website has citation guides to help students format their reference pages correctly. Farnsworth also points students toward the library’s article database to assist them in finding peer-reviewed articles to include in their papers.

If you are looking for extra writing support or specialized tutoring, the Writing Center takes both walk-ins and scheduled appointments. Washington encourages students to make an appointment so they have a set time to receive help. During finals and midterms, however, the center has an increase in appointments, so walk-ins are not always able to receive help.

A spring break of service

If you’re looking for something fun to do over spring break while also completing service hours, there is a great opportunity coming up for you.

Students will be traveling with Habitat for Humanity to Naples, Florida, to complete service projects on a construction site as well as volunteering at Naples city parks. Aside from any service students will be completing, they will also have the opportunity to attend fun activities they have planned. 

“I will be going over the timeline, the service we will be completing, the activities we will be doing, where we are staying, and the price,” said Abbie Scherzinger, a senior nursing major from West Jordan and alternative breaks coordinator. “I will also be going over what the money is going towards.”

All Dixie State University students are welcome on the trip, but there are only nine spots open. If you are interested in going on this trip, you will need to put a $200 deposit down for it at the Cashier’s Office by Feb. 4. 

“This is a great trip for any student interested in a transformative spring break​ experience, ” said Anilee Adams, assistant director of student involvement and leadership. “It is open to the general student population. Interested students should reach out soon for information because the trip will fill up quickly.”

“There will be service projects on five days of the trip,” said Liz Stewart, admin assistant for assistant vice president and dean of students. “We will spend four days building and painting homes with Habitat for Humanity and one day helping clean and clear debris at city parks.”

The trip in total will cost $1,200, which includes flights, lodging, cruise tickets, the botanical garden, museum, and the majority of the meals. 

There is no website that holds information for this trip, but students are welcome to email [email protected] with any questions they have. There will be another meeting held with the nine students that put their deposits down, which has not yet been dated. 

Scherzinger is hosting a meeting on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the student government room in the Gardner Center to go over information for this upcoming humanitarian trip. The meeting is not mandatory to attend the trip. You can contact Scherzinger for information given during the meeting. 

New offensive coordinator for 2022-2023 football season

Dixie State University had a tough first full season in Division I football. With the sudden opening of the offensive coordinator position, the program saw an opportunity to make a change.

This change is coming in the form of a new offensive coordinator, Craig Stutzmann. 

Stutzmann played four years of collegiate football at the University of Hawaii. After a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, Stutzmann got his first coaching position in 2003 and has been a coach ever since. 

After Stutzmann’s disheartening single season in the CFL, he was ready to move on from the game of football, even after being approached by his agent with an offer to play in the Arena Football League. The CFL just wasn’t what he expected it to be, causing him to lose interest in the game entirely.

“It left such a bad taste in my mouth,” Stutzmann said. “You know what, I’m done playing football, I’m going to get into something else.”

Stutzmann returned home to Hawaii in search of a new career. After bouncing around for a year or two, he was approached by a former teammate, and the current defensive line coach at the University of Oregon, Tony Tuioti. Tuioti had gotten a head coaching job at Kalaheo High School, and wanted Stutzmann to come help out. 

“I told him I didn’t want to, but I ended up going to a practice and helping them out just to get stuff started for them,” Stutzmann said. He fell in love with coaching and has been doing it ever since.

Washington State and Hawaii, Stutzmann’s most recent coaching jobs, have been two of the most prolific passing offenses of the last decade in college football. As the quarterback coach at these schools, he played an integral part in their success. He is excited to implement his offense, coining the “spread and shred.” Inspired by the “run and shoot” offense, this new offense was brought to life while Stutzmann was coaching at Emory and Henry, a small Division III college in Virginia.

“I think there are some things that the run and shoot lacks that this spread and shred type offense can bring to the table,” Stutzmann said

Stuzmann’s tenure at Washington State University ended due to a firing over vaccination complications. Stutzmann, along with four other members of the WSU football program, were fired for not complying with the mandate that required all employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine. He is ready to move on from this controversy by getting back to what it’s all about, football. 

“What happened at Washington State was unfortunate,” Stutzmann said. “I am very blessed to have the opportunity to have another job from coach Paul Peterson, and to get back to what it’s always been about, being around and coaching and mentoring young men.” 

Stutzmann has always been intrigued by coaching at DSU. With family close in Las Vegas and the great weather, DSU made sense. 

When asked what his goals for next season were, Stutzmann had a simple answer.  

“Win more football games, winning football games is the most important thing on the field,” Stutzmann said. “Whatever our offense can do to contribute to the overall success of our team we’re going to do.” 

For head coach Paul Peterson, the decision to hire Stutzmann was one that came from respect for his work. 

“He’s got a tremendous amount of experience at all the levels that he’s coached,” Peterson said. “I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for the work he has done, and his quarterbacks have always produced.” 

Quarterback Kobe Tracy, a redshirt freshman mechanical engineering major from Chubbuck, Idaho, said he is excited to see what changes Stutzmann will make for the team. 

“First of all, Coach Stutzmann seems like a great guy, I have heard a lot about the offense he is bringing in before he got here and sounds very exciting to be a part of from a quarterback’s perspective,” Tracy said. 

DSU startup company merges into UV360

The rise in outbreaks of COVID-19 has caused people to be in hysteria when it comes to disinfecting themselves, their loved ones and their household.

The FDA has been on top of guiding US citizens with ways they can stay safe. One solution for disinfection is UV sterilization with UVC lamps.

Steribin and Vioguard were two companies created to combat the spread of germs using this method. Recently a merger between the two UV disinfection companies was created under the name UV360. Its mission is: “to provide protection and peace of mind with the power of UV Light.”

Why did the merger take place? CEO of Steribin, Jon Cole, said: “When the leadership of both companies discussed the opportunity, it was seen as a mutual benefit to strengthen the companies and their long-term visions. As a combined group, we are able to better support our clients through our expanded product portfolio.”

Steribin started as a local incubator at the Atwood Innovation Plaza in 2018. What were the key secrets to the startup?

Kyle Wells, dean for college of business, said: “The secret to most startups is timing, and the timing was perfect for Steribin.”

He said it was convenient for them to have started right before the pandemic, especially when now all we think about is germs.

Cole said the company thrived during its time at the Atwood Innovation Plaza and plans on continuing to support the local innovation atmosphere inside the AIP.

Steribin’s goal was to eradicate the severe contamination problem inside airport security bins. These bins were found to be 18 times more contaminated than airport toilets. The solution: use ultraviolet sterilization.

For UV sterilization to occur, scientists use UVC energy waves, which have a high enough energy to kill off microorganisms. This includes any type of virus or bacteria. It has proven effective against foodborne pathogens, molds and yeasts. It is easy to use and no chemical residue is left behind.

However, just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s safe. Studies have shown UVC light is dangerous for humans. This requires higher safety standards. UVC lamps and protective shields are most often used when performing this procedure. The FDA recommends avoiding direct exposure and contact especially with skin and eyes.

What does the future look like for a company like this? Cole said: “UV360 aims to be an innovative solutions provider to solve difficult disinfection challenges across an array of industries, such as hospitals, food processing, and airport security. In addition, we will continue development on several new products that have yet to be announced.

Cole will continue to head the company moving forward and said: “With more than 16 years of combined experience in UV disinfection, our skills can increase safety and reduce the spread of illness.”

DSU men’s basketball optimistic for the future

Dixie State University’s men’s basketball team continues to improve this season with a record of 11-10.

The DSU men’s basketball team defeated both University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Chicago State on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. These two wins brought the team’s record to 11-10. So far, the team has had more wins this season than the previous season. The 2020-2021 record was 8-13.

Head coach Jon Judkins said, “There’s some games that we lost that we could have or should have won but you’re going to have those, but on the other hand, we have had some games that we should have lost that we won. So far we have won more games this season than we did last year, so that to me is an improvement.” 

On Jan. 12, the DSU men’s basketball team played California Baptist. The team was down eight points with 1:33 left and were able to close the deficit.

Brock Gilbert, a junior business management major from Syracuse, said team has many talented players and are all capable of putting up points any night. Gilbert also said the team is unselfish and has the ability to control the game when they play good defense. 

In the UTRGV game, four Trailblazers scored in double digits. The team was up 50-33 at half time, and concluded the game with a score of 85-74.

Cameron Gooden, a junior recreation and sports management major from Frisco, Texas, said, “Everybody just looks out for one another, and we hold each other accountable.”

Gooden also said he can tell everybody is in way better sync than last season as well.

Judkins said, “It’s been fun coaching [the team], they are very coachable and they try hard. As a coach, all I can really ask is for them to pay attention and give me everything they have, and these guys have done that.”

The next three games DSU men’s basketball team plays are against Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and New Mexico State. Gooden said these games are all very winnable.

“We have to come out there and execute the game plan, buy in, and the rest of the season is looking real good,” said Gooden.

Judkins said the team pushes the ball up the court, plays lockdown defense and shares the ball.

“It’s exciting to see that we are getting better, and I think we still have a ways to go, but I see improvement and I’m excited for that,” said Judkins.

DSU men’s basketball continues its season at Sam Houston on Feb. 3.

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Dixie Blaze dance team new competition opportunities

The Dixie Blaze Dance Team finally has its first opportunity to compete against other Division I dance teams.

Dixie State University recently transitioned to DI athletics in July 2020, providing sports teams opportunities to compete at a higher level. For the first time ever, the Dixie Blaze will represent DSU as a DI dance team on Feb. 26-27 in Anaheim, California.

The team will be competing for nationals in the category of hip-hop against other teams who are also competing for the chance to bring home a first place nationals title.

The Dixie Blaze started their 2021-2022 season performing at half time shows at DSU football and basketball games. As the competition gets closer, the team is focusing most of their practices on choreography, mental preparations and motivational encouragement.

Ruby Thorsen, a freshman management major from Draper, said practices are going well as the team prepares for the upcoming competitions. One main factor the team relies on after practice is their motivational speeches.

Zaylie Parkin, a sophomore integrated studies major from West Jordan, said the motivational speeches are anything to lift the team up. This includes quotes, videos and pictures that the dancers find. The team attempts to relate these to what the team is struggling with at that practice.

“These motivational speeches help us stay motivated and encourage us to keep pushing to our end goal,” Thorsen said.

Thorsen said she plans on rehearsing outside of practice to help prepare for the stress the competition brings. Thorsen takes every opportunity she has to rehearse the routines and choreography. She spends time practicing at the Human Performance Center (HPC) training rooms in front of mirrors.

“My personal goals for the competitions are to go 110% during the practices and performances,” Thorsen said.

Brooklin Pace, a junior business administration major from Herriman said, the team is like a family and they are each others biggest supporters, everything they do is for each other.

A few members of the Dixie Blaze said their nerves are intensifying as the first competition is transpiring.

Parkin said she is nervous because the team has a lot to prove this year, and they want to give a good first impression.

“It is nerve racking going into a competition like this knowing that we are going to be competing against other experienced DI teams,” Parkin said. “It is also scary knowing that we are representing DSU as a DI dance team for the first time ever.”

Pace said the scariest thing about going into these competitions is competing itself. She finds she is most nervous about being on the mat and performing.

“Being DI is crazy, we are so excited to cheer on the other teams and show them that we are ready for what is ahead,” Pace said.

Thorsen said she is most nervous for the performance with her team. “I don’t want to let my team down since we have worked so hard and we continue to put in the work.”

The Dixie Blaze, representing DSU as a DI dance team, will finish out its season with its newest opportunity to compete at a higher level.

Dental Hygiene Program: A day in the life

Their schedule is not the average 12 credit load of classes, going to class from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and studying for a couple of hours in the evening. Dixie State University’s Dental Hygiene Program prepares its students to become registered dental hygienists. Which involves a hefty amount of grit, mind power and determination.

Savannah Thomson, a junior dental hygiene major from Henderson, Nevada said: “I have to be to the school by 7:45 [a.m.] and then we start at 8 [a.m.] in class and then we go until 12. We have lunch from 12 [p.m.]-1 [p.m.] and then we go back to school from 1 [p.m.]-5 [p.m.].”

Thomson said the work doesn’t end here though. Similar to DSU student athletes, once a DSU dental hygiene student is done with a full day of classes the rest of the day is spent studying.

“It’s definitely the most challenging semesters I’ve ever had of school.” Thomson said. “If you are not willing to go to school from 8 [a.m.]-5 [p.m.] everyday, and then right when you get home start studying for five to six hours, it probably isn’t for you, but it’s super rewarding and it’s going to be a great job.”

Thomson said the dental hygiene students are enrolled in at least 20 credits every semester they are in the program. The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree consists of credits in lectures, labs and clinics.

Mariella Mancia, a dental hygiene major from St. George, said they have days with regular classes and labs and other days are clinic days which is when they get to work hands on with patients.

“Every course in the program directly applies to the field, and we have different instructors for each course,” said Ali Stum, a junior dental hygiene major from St. George. “We spend the majority of our days in the Taylor Health Science Building.”

Stum said in their first semester they practice requirements on each other and in their second semester they get to treat real patients.

“I’m challenged and pushed so that when I step foot into private practice I’ll be more than prepared,” Stum said. “We have some of the greatest instructors out there, who are experts in the field of dental hygiene.”

The program prepares its students to become registered dental hygienists by providing students with hands-on experience. The public can book appointments to get services done by the students at a discounted price. The students primarily do the work with faculty supervision. The full list of services offered is on the program’s website.

Mancia, Stum and Thomson all said they love how hands-on school is. Their instructors are super involved, they get to work with real people, and they get to practice on each other.

“One of our instructors always says, ‘With our training we expect you to be better than all of us combined,'” Stum said.

Dental hygiene students are expected to complete the program prerequisites and then are eligible to apply. Once accepted, students will be enrolled in the program for two years including summer semesters.

“I would like to say that if anyone is interested in pursuing a career in dental hygiene you will not regret it,” Mancia said. “You’ll be making a difference in the life of others and providing a living for you and your family.”

DSU women’s track and field team breaking records

Dixie State University athletes are breaking individual records and setting record highs.

The DSU women’s track and field team completed its second indoor meet of the 2021-2022 season after a meet at Brigham Young University where no records were broken. Although, a week later, multiple records were broken at Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Team Challenge in Arizona on Jan. 21.

Breaking the first record of the meet, Rylee Jacobsen, a freshman nursing major from Malad, Idaho, set the indoor mile school record time at 5:35.83.

Jacobsen said, “It’s exciting; I never expected to be running this fast right now.”

Jacobsen said she was surprised when she found out she had set a record because it is not her best time. She is already showing improvement and is ready to beat the record the next chance she gets.

Jacobsen said her personal goal for the end of the season is to set a mile record for herself at 5:20.00.

Breaking the second record of the meet, Addi Wyatt, a freshman pre-medical radiography major from Middleton, Idaho, set the school record for the 400 meter dash at 1:02.13 at her first meet. Wyatt knew the record already set and she made it her goal to beat it.

“I felt good after I beat the time, but I know I can get better time; it is not the time I want to be at outdoors, but indoors I am happy with it,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt’s personal goal for the end of the season is to get her 800-meter dash down and become a part of the 4×4 team.

The third record broken at the meet was done by Sadie Edwards, a freshman general studies major from Provo, who also set a record for the 400-meter dash at 1:02.24.

Edwards said, “this experience was exciting because the track and elevation made it so much harder to run, so to still be able to beat my record is thrilling.”

Edwards’ end goal is to get her own personal record in the 400-meter dash and get a 0:57.00.

Head coach Derrick Atkins said the team is continuing to improve, as this is only their second meet. It is a process to get the athletes to their own individual goals. The team has to continue to work and build to improve and there isn’t a stopping point.

“Every athlete can improve in one way or another,” Atkins said.

Keeping high expectations, Atkins said the goal for his athletes this season is for every player to get their own personal record.

The athletes will continue to practice daily and individually work on their own goals to keep improving in their future meets.

OPINION | TikTok is far from being overrated

When in doubt, TikTok it out. This seems to be the case for people these days as they try to find entertainment to keep them occupied.

TikTok was initially invented in China. It kept growing more and more in the United States. The question is, why? I think it all began when we were stuck in quarantine due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. We had nothing to do and nowhere to go. TikTok seemed to be all it was hyped up to be. I, for one, do not think it is overrated. It brings joy and laughter and there are perks that come with it. 

For all young adults (and even some older ones) TikTok has been something to do on your free time while also enjoying it completely. It is, in fact, not overrated and if others (who didn’t use it) gave it a shot, they would be completely surprised as to what they will find.

Although we have similar platforms to TikTok, Instagram Reels are not as popular. Could this be a coincidence or just appealing to popularity? Despite Instagram being around for years, TikTok is still the most popular when it comes to watching videos. TikTok has a more sleek and innovative design, meaning it is pleasing to the eye when you open it and easy to navigate. It does not seem overwhelming like Instagram can feel when you open it and see multiple stories that you have not seen and probably won’t ever see . It has more discussions and chatting available in the comments to include yourself.

On TikTok, you can come across a lot more than just renegades. It can be informative as well as eye opening.

The Gabby Petito case gained millions of views and trending hashtags on TikTok. It was all everyone was talking about for weeks. As well as more sensitive topics like anxiety and stress being talked about and helping others with not feeling alone. This is important because it can bring light to topics that should be discussed. It also helps people get through tough times and feel like they belong to a community or group.

Long attention spans are hard to come by in this generation. I cannot keep as good of attention on 15 minute YouTube videos as the 60 second to three minute videos on TikTok. This has been one of the few downsides to TikTok that I have run into because I have gotten used to the shorter videos.

Posting videos on TikTok is not for everyone. Luckily you don’t have to. You can be a viewer, creator or both. Both can be equally as fun, exciting and entertaining. Personally, I have been a part of the creating and viewing side of TikTok. They are equally as enjoyable and worth it when you have a one hit wonder video that gets a couple thousand views and likes. Although I have heard there are some neat tips and tricks to follow if you do want to become an active creator.

TikTok has grown tremendously over the past few years, and it keeps growing day by day. There is such a variety of topics on the platform that there is something for everyone.

For everyone, TikTok is something to do on your free time while providing you with unlimited entertainment. It is, in fact, not overrated and if others (who didn’t use it) gave it a shot, they would be completely surprised as to what they will find.

Overall, TikTok is easy to use, self-sufficient and completely worth the time spent.