DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | May 16, 2022

DSU softball team energy continues the fight and defeats 3 teams

The Trailblazers fought their way to victory in three of the four tournament games on Feb. 24 – Feb. 27.

The team played its first game against Weber State University and lost 5-0. They played their second game against the University of Nevada and won 8-0. The team played its third and fourth games against Winthrop University and won the first game 8-2 and the second game 10-1.

DSU vs. WSU

In the first game of the Dixie State Tournament, DSU played WSU. The game remained scoreless on both teams until the fifth inning. WSU was able to capitalize and score a few runs.

Going into this game, the team knew they could defeat WSU, although WSU was able to capitalize one inning.

Shea Clements, a junior exercise science major from Las Vegas said, “There is always just one inning, not always just for us, but something just slips up and gets us at the wrong moment.”

Tyler Denhart, a sophomore criminal justice major from Seal Beach, California, said the games and innings don’t always go as planned.

“Weber State has some good hitters, and as a pitcher, some things just don’t go your way. It’s DI college softball,” Denhart said.

DSU vs. Nevada

The energy the team took in the game against Nevada is a big factor in the win. The team did not let Nevada score any runs. DSU scored three runs in the second inning and five more in the fifth inning ending the game.

“The team energy helped us to not stop the fight, no matter how cold it is or how delayed the games got,” Clements said.

Denhart said one of the things that worked well in this tournament for her was the ability to stay focused physically and mentally.

“I have been really good at staying in the game. I know it’s been hard for everybody when it’s cold outside and the games are delayed,” Denhart said.

DSU vs. Winthrop: First game

The team played another late and cold game against Winthrop on Feb. 26, and kept the same energy from the night as planned before to continue the win streak.

“If we just keep the energy we had tonight through the rest of the tournament, we got it,” Clements said.

The Trailblazers scored their first two runs of the game in the third inning, but Winthrop came back and tied the game in the fourth inning. Again in the fifth inning, the team came back and scored four more runs, followed by two runs in the seventh inning. The team came out on top with an end score of 8-2 against Winthrop on Feb. 26.

DSU vs. Winthrop: Second Game

In the last game of the tournament, Winthrop scored one run in the first inning which was the only run they had all game. DSU on the other hand, scored seven runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth inning.

Since DSU was up by nine runs, they did not finish the rest of the innings after the bottom of the fifth.

Head Coach Randy Simkins said the team is continually getting better with different parts of the game. The first weekend when the team was at California State, they didn’t pitch the game well and they were inconsistent hitting the ball.

In the last few games with Utah State University and these tournament games, Simkins has seen good improvement. “We have swung better and we have pitched it better in the back-to-back games.”

The DSU softball team will continue to bring the energy and improve for the next tournament at the UC Davis Tournament on March 4.

Hangout hotspots in St. George

St. George is a hotspot for college students, tourists and residents. Dixie State University draws its students in with the beautiful red rocks and outdoor activities. 

There are many places around St. George that college students frequent; outdoor and indoor. I asked DSU students their favorite places to hang out. If you are looking for a fun place to hang out, here are options for you.

Dixie Rock

Dixie rock is a staple for St. George. It is a hotspot for tourists and residents. There are tons of trails surrounding it that are fun to explore and discover new areas. The rock overlooks the city of St. George with gorgeous views. At night, you can see the city lights and might even catch a shooting star. 

“In the fall semester, me and my friends like to go up to the Dixie rock in the early mornings with our Dutch Bros and watch the sunrise,” said Zoe Hansen, a freshmen media studies major from Idaho Falls, Idaho. “We also like to do homework up there as well.”

She said it helps relieve the stress of being a student by going up at night, looking over the city lights and listening to music. 

Hot tubs

Hot tubbing is a great way to meet new people and make friends. Almost all of the off-campus housing units have a pool and hot tub at the disposal of its residents. It’s a great way to relieve stress and put yourself out there.

“Hot tubs are fun to hang out at because it’s a good way to meet new people especially in your apartment building or just around campus,” said Nataly Dockstader, a freshman general education major from Tooele. “That’s how I have met a lot of my friends down here at college.”  

Cafe FeelLove

Cafe FeelLove is a small coffee shop in Ancestor Square known for their specialty coffees and trendy foods. It’s a great place to get a cup of coffee and have a study session or hang out with friends. 

“My favorite place to hang out is Cafe FeelLove because I can go and get some good coffee, have a fun place to hang out and chat with friends or study,” said Tyree Hale, a freshman general education major from Riverton. 

Cafe FeelLove has a wide variety on their menus that aren’t too expensive for students. If you’re not into coffee, they also have a wide variety of teas and infused waters and lemonades. They offer a large menu of breakfast and lunch foods with a small boutique in the store. 

Dixie Bowl

There’s a great center for bowling and other games at Dixie Bowl. They have pool tables and a grill if you’re looking to eat while you play. 

“I like hanging out at Dixie Bowl because they have good prices and I enjoy the environment,” said Alexander Andersen, a senior communication studies major from Los Angeles, California. 

Bowling is a cheaper option for students and it’s a great environment to spend time with your friends. 

There are plenty of fun places to hang out and meet new people. Any of these hang out spots are great places to study, meet people and hang out with friends. It can be hard getting out into town as a college student, but finding these places are a great way to get away from the stress of being college students. 

‘Everybody’ does a modern take of ‘Everyman’

Dixie State University’s production of “Everybody” invites audiences to become comfortable with their fear surrounding death.

This production of “Everybody” is a modern adaptation of a 15th century play called “Everyman.” Directed by Matthew Koenig, assistant professor of theatre arts, the play follows the character Everybody who has just been told by Death that his time on Earth is up. Afraid to make the journey alone, Everybody seeks out “his companions” including Kinship, Friendship and Stuff in hopes that one of them will “accompany him to his appointment with Death.” Although all of the characters aren’t actually people, they are more like concepts, Everybody, Death, Kinship, Friendship, Stuff, etc. are all played by individual actors.

Koenig said the theme of the play is the idea that everyone has to come to terms with death and what you’ll leave behind when you go. “Everybody” is unique from traditional plays because most of the actors draw their characters out of a lottery for every show, so they don’t know who they will be playing each night. The lottery style of assigning roles is meant to symbolize the randomness of death.

Kailey Robinson, a freshman integrated studies major from Yucaipa, California, has embodied several characters including Stuff and Strength. Her favorite aspect about playing Stuff is she gets to pull back the layers of Stuff’s character. Strength is a joy for Robinson to play because the character is fun to portray on stage.

“Performing is always enjoyable, but something about this specific character lets me play around and have a great time,” Robinson said.

All of the actors portray the character of Somebody at one point or another throughout the show, including Brookelyne Peterson, a junior theatre major from St. George. Peterson said she was drawn to the play because the characters aren’t really people, but essences of feelings like friendship or love.

“In this show, characters aren’t specific to a certain type. These characters can be played by anyone at any time,” Peterson said.

Koenig said he enjoyed letting the actors explore their characters first without giving them much direction. As a director, Koenig said it can be tempting to control all aspects of a play’s performance, but allowing the actors to struggle and figure things out was the best choice he could make.

“I learned that creativity has to come intuitively,” Koenig said.

Robinson’s favorite memory from this production happened during tech week when the cast and crew were growing tired and “quite frankly a little delusional.” Koenig had been eating an apple while giving notes to the actors when he took the half eaten apple and placed it into his jacket pocket.

“Now we all give him sass for eating apples and poke fun at him enjoying linty apples,” Robinson said.

If you’re interested in seeing “Everybody,” the play runs from Feb. 24-Feb. 26 and March 1-5 and starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre. Students, faculty and staff along with community members can come and see the play for free. To increase accessibility and ensure that anyone can watch the play, there will be American Sign Language interpretations of the production on March 3-4.

Meet the candidates: 2022-2023 Student body elections

It’s time to meet the candidates for the first student body government of Utah Tech University.

There are six candidates for student body president, two candidates for vice president of academics and two candidates for vice president of clubs and organizations.

Student body president candidates

Holly Hurtado

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: West Jordan

Major: Earth, energy and environmental science

Instagram: @hollyhurtado96

Goals: Make students feel included and ensure they have more places on-campus to eat and have fun.

Campaign platform:

Hurtado plans to talk to students to see what they want/would like to see on campus as well as getting to know DSU students. She wants to make sure students have fun places to hang out on campus so they do not feel like they have to go off-campus to have fun. Lastly, Hurtado wants all students to feel like the university is a place they feel included and a place they can call home.

Devon Rice

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Bountiful

Major: Marketing

Instagram: @dink182_

Goals: Be someone who is familiar with what is going on during the name change process, and be someone who can make our newly rebranded university recognizable.

Campaign platform:

Rice wants to focus on policy improvement throughout the university, specifically in dining services and the box office to end the localized monopoly occurring. He also wants to focus on mental health by improving the social life on campus. Lastly, Rice wants to improve campus security by adding campus police and safety regulations.

Gus Brownsugar

Year in school: Sophomore

Hometown: Spanish Fork

Major: Management

Instagram: @gusbrownsugar

Goals: Continue the Trailblazer spirit during the name change process.

Campaign platform:

Brownsugar wants to renovate the Kenneth N. Gardner student center so students have a building with more dining and hangout options. Brownsugar wants to focus on active life, which means he would work hand in hand with the Provost to explore new master’s programs and degrees. He also wants to focus on equality for students such as the period project and House bill 162.

Ameila Slama-Catron

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Sandy

Major: Earth, energy and environmental science

Instagram: @slamacatron

Goals: Be the face of change when Dixie State University becomes Utah Tech University.

Campaign platform:

Slama-Catron wants to continue improving the inclusiveness throughout campus. She wants to embrace the change Utah Tech University will bring the academic side of our school. But she also wants to embrace the Dixie life and the traditions DSU students participate in. Slama-Catron wants this position because she is passionate about equal representation and opportunities for all students.

Katie Sanders

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: La Verkin

Major: Biology

Instagram: @studentpreskatie

Goals: Take her past student government experience and find new ways for students to learn and feel included.

Campaign platform:

Sanders plans to work on student success and this entails students completing internships, research projects, etc. that give them experience they cannot get in a classroom. She also wants to build the universities reputation by showcasing student achievements which will allow the university to be known for its student accomplishments and not just by the name of the university. Sanders wants to bring unity across campus by bringing students together, making sure students know they have a home here, and that all students are welcome and wanted.

Jose Toral-Martinez

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: St. George

Major: Communication studies

Instagram: @josetoral_98

Goals: Be an advocate, leader and inspiration for DSU students.

Campaign platform:

Toral-Martinez wants to focus on keeping DSU’s past and present traditions as we transition to Utah Tech University. He also wants to focus on mental health, inclusion, academics and student involvement to ensure we start strong as Utah Tech University.

Vice president of academics candidates

Karson Ray

Year in school: Sophomore 

Hometown: Hurricane

Major: Biology 

Instagram: @karson4vpa

Goals: Provide more funding for student projects, research projects, etc. 

Campaign platform:

Ray wants to provide funding to all students and be an open resource to them. He wants more students to know about and utilize the student initiative fund. Lastly, Ray wants to change the overall culture over academics by making things like tests and homework not have a stressful stigma. 

Laisha Noyes

Year in school: Freshman

Hometown: Groveton, Texas

Major: Biology

Instagram: @l.noyes.vp

Goals: Increase research and internship opportunities for students.

Campaign platform:

Noyes wants to increase research and internship opportunities for students of all majors. She wants students to know the correct internship and/or research projects available. Noyes is also willing to work with students, faculty and people outside the community to increase student internships on campus and in the community.

Vice president of clubs & organizations

Sean Rios

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Major: Criminal justice

Instagram: @sean_rioss

Goals: Ensure each club has a space to be heard.

Campaign platform:

Rios wants to focus on leadership and the proper leadership will allow clubs to thrive on campus. His other main focus is service and having the proper service so they are able to provide the best tools for clubs. Rios wants there to be inclusivity throughout all of the clubs and organizations as we transition to Utah Tech University.

Fernando Rodas

Year in school: Sophomore

Hometown: St. George

Major: Business administration

Instagram: @fernandope17

Goals: Build a bridge between clubs and the rest of the resources on campus.

Campaign platform:

Rodas wants to gain all resources necessary for the clubs and organizations and he also wants to make them more accessible to students. He would also like to have bi-weekly meetings with every club on campus. This will get the students to brainstorm ideas together and meet new people.

Campaign & election dates

Feb. 28 – March 3: Primary campaign

March 2 at 8 a.m.: Voting begins

March 3 at 3 p.m.: Voting ends

March 3 – March 10: Final campaign

March 8 at 1 p.m.: Voting begins

March 10 at 1 p.m.: Voting ends

Winners will be announced on March 10 after 1:30 p.m. via social media @dsupolitics.

Click here to vote on the dates and times listed above.

2022-23 Utah Tech University student body candidates

Here are your 2022-2023 Utah Tech University student body candidates for student body president, VP of clubs and organizations and VP of academics.
Sydney Johnson | Sun News Daily

‘We trust in the process’: DSU women’s track and field team breaks 6 records

Dixie State University’s women’s track and field team closed its 2022 indoor season with the breaking of six school records.

The team competed at the 2022 WAC indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 18-19. The championship consisted of multiple events across the span of two days, 13 of which the Trailblazers competed in.

Day one

The Trailblazers started off the record-breaking weekend with the 400-meter event. Addi Wyatt, a freshman pre-medical radiography major from Middleton, Idaho, broke the 400 record finishing with a time of 1:01.36.

Wyatt said her main goal was to beat her own times. “It was not so much about the competition around me, but it was about myself,” Wyatt said. “I knew that I had times I could beat.”

Wyatt prepared for the WAC indoor championship by practicing every day, staying healthy, maintaining a healthy sleep schedule, and balancing her daily activities. 

The day continued with Ashlynn Gilhula, a freshman exercise science major from Ontario, Canada, competing in the 60, crossing the line at 7.82.

She said the meet is something the team has been working towards since August. “It was good to see everything click and new PRs set…” Gilhula said.

The first day of the meet concluded with Gilhula setting another program-best time in the 200, finishing with a time of 25.92. Gilhula said she was motivated by her teammates and her coach’s support. 

She also said one of her main motivations while competing was herself. “I wanted to show that I belong,” Gilhula said.

Day two 

On the second day of the meet, Grace Mclaughlin, a freshman criminal justice major from Rockford, Illinois, broke the 3000 record with a time of 10:20.60s. This time is more than 23 seconds faster than the past record.

“For preparation, I feel like it’s mostly showing up for practice every day and the mental preparation of trying to stay calm during the race,” Mclaughlin said.

McLaughlin’s main source of motivation during the meet was to score points for Dixie State. She came in 10th place during her 3000 race and 11th place during her mile run.

All in all, the women’s track and field team was prepared for the WAC indoor championship. “We trust in the process. That’s something that coach is really big on… We were physically ready and mentally ready,” Gilhula said. 

The Trailblazers also broke records in the 4×400 relay and the shot put.

The women’s track and field team will begin their outdoor track and field season at the CSU Fullerton – Ben Brown Invitational in Fullerton, California, on March 11.

2022 Oscar nominations

Every year, movie lovers everywhere celebrate the Academy Awards, or more commonly known as the Oscars.

Recently the nominations for this year’s Oscars were released. Popular movies like “Dune,” “West Side Story,” “Don’t Look Up” and more popped up in multiple categories. Let’s look at the nominations from a couple of categories.

Best Directing

“Belfast,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, is a story about family. In the film, Branagh showcases a young boy and his family struggling during the turbulent times of the late ’60s in Belfast. Throughout the film, we’re taken on a family’s journey through heartbreak, sadness, joy, gratitude and love.

“Drive My Car,” directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, shows the story of an unlikely relationship in Japan. An aging actor/director is offered to direct a prestigious film in Hiroshima after the death of his wife. Along the way he comes to face with the unknown and a 20-year-old girl who becomes his chauffeur.

“Licorice Pizza,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, tells the story of a tumultuous first love in the San Fernando Valley during 1973. During his high school picture day, Gary Valentine, a 15-year-old shoots his shot with 25-year-old Alana Kane and from that point on we are introduced to their crazy love affair.

“The Power of the Dog,” directed by Jane Campion, explores the story of chilling rancher Phil Burbank and the fear and awe he strikes in people’s hearts. After his brother comes home with a new wife and her son, Phil begins to harass and torment them endlessly until love begins to find its way.

“West Side Story,” directed by Steven Spielberg, is the story about a forbidden love that takes place between two rival street gangs from different ethnic backgrounds. During the film, we see the characters’ different viewpoints and how they have to overcome their differences.

Best Picture

“Belfast” was nominated for its second award of best picture.

“Coda,” directed by Sian Heder, shows Ruby, a child of deaf adults, and her life as the only hearing person in her whole deaf family. When faced with a rash decision that could be life changing, Ruby finds herself torn on whether to help her family or pursue her love of music.

“Don’t Look Up,” directed by Adam McKay, tells the story of two astronomers who go on a media tour in order to inform the public of an oncoming “planet-killer” asteroid. This comes due to the president and the rest of the White House having a highly relaxed attitude towards the whole situation.

“Drive My Car” was nominated for its second award of best picture.

“Dune,” directed by Denis Villeneuve, examines the story of Paul Atreides and the downfall of his people on the planet Arrakis. The planet holds Spice which is the most precious substance in the universe. But those who have tried to control its production have trouble maintaining their position.

“King Richard,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, takes a look at tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams and their upbringing by their father, Richard Williams. It also examines their relationship they have with him as their coach.

“Licorice Pizza” was nominated for its second award of best picture.

“Nightmare Alley,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, tells the story of an ambitious conman and his hookup with a psychiatrist who appears to be much more dangerous than he is. Throughout the film, we go on Stanton Carlisle’s personal journey to finding out who he truly is.

“The Power of the Dog” was nominated for its second award of best picture.

“West Side Story” was nominated for its second award of best picture.

There were also plenty of actors and actresses who received nominations. Familiar names like Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Andrew Garfield popped up for best actor while Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Chastain were recognized for best actress amongst others.

The 94th Academy Awards will take place on March 27 at 6 p.m. on ABC.

Women’s Resource Center hires new director

Dixie State University’s Women’s Resource Center has never had any full-time staff members until now.

DSU hired Dru Bottoms to be the new director of the WRC, a center designed to help women, non-traditional students and families.

The WRC provides many services for students on campus from mothers’ rooms, to support groups and private scholarship partners.

The WRC can also help with internships. Bottoms said the WRC partners with businesses in the community who want to help students get internships through a mentoring program. The WRC is working to expand their mentoring program for the fall 2022 semester.

The WRC also provides financial aid opportunities for students in need. This opportunity is called the laptop grant, and the money for the grant is privately donated to the WRC. Applications for the laptop grant will open at the end of April. Last year the WRC was able to give out eight laptops, but the amount of laptops given depends on how many donations the WRC receives.

Bottoms said DSU partners with the American Association of University Women, a non-profit organization that gives scholarship money only to DSU students. DSU female students can apply for this scholarship before March 2, 2022. Last year the AAUW gave $40,000 in scholarships to DSU students.

Bottom said the people who choose the scholarships base their acceptance rate on a students ability to complete a program or how much a particular student needs a scholarship.

The WRC also works with Utah Philanthropic Educational Organization. With the help of local women, the organization helps students find scholarships through UPEO. By doing this, UPEO gives scholarship opportunities to students who may have a lower a GPA or may not qualify for other scholarships. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 2, 2022.

Bottoms said these two organizations are great because it provides students the necessary resources they need to become successful after graduation.

“That is a huge part of what we do here, [at the WRC] finding the resources to get women through school, to get them partnerships and mentorships,” Bottoms said.

Starting in the fall 2022 semester the WRC will start an on-campus support group. DSU’s Booth Wellness Center also has support groups for anyone to attend.

Bottoms wants DSU students to know that just because they are the women’s resource center doesn’t mean they can’t help families and non-traditional students find the resources they need.

OPINION | Class sizes in college matter

Class size matters to help students achieve academic success and confidence in the classroom.

Being in a classroom of 40, or even 80, other students is very intimidating. Maybe you feel dumb or shy when asking a question in front of this many students. These are all things that should be considered when a university is structuring its class schedules and admitting students.

Smaller class sizes allow for one-on-one interaction with your professor and getting more help to better understand what you are learning.

According to Schools, “The potential benefits from a more familiar relationship with your professors are numerous: future research opportunities, recommendation letters, and less competition for office hours are just some of them.”

At Dixie State University I have had personal experiences with large and small class sizes. Large classes are more common in general education classes.

I knew being in a smaller class has more advantages because of my interest in and grade in my small math class. I took this math class once before in a large class size. Upon starting the small math class I immediately knew I could not and would not miss a class. I also never passed a math exam in the larger class. In contrast, I have already understood way more in the smaller class than in the larger class.

A university may not hire more staff or faculty but admit too many students, which would result in overflowing or large class sizes.

As stated by CollegeRaptor, “This leads to a situation where there is no other choice than a professor to teach a class of 400 students that all need the class to graduate.”

Students pay thousands of dollars to attend a university where they are expected to consume information. The outcome should get them ready for the real world and their career. But what if a class is too big to feel like you are getting something out of it?

I constantly felt like being in a larger class caused me to fall behind. I was afraid to admit I did not understand the content and did not get what I needed out of the class. The professor was too concerned with being on par with the course calendar than actually making sure all 45 of her students were understanding the content being taught.

According to Inside Higher Ed, “A class size between 31 and 40 may well be the maximum limit before an instructor is forced to incorporate more time-saving, but less academically meaningful assignments to the detriment of student learning and, ultimately, student achievement.”

Small class sizes have helped both in academic success and providing an influential learning environment.

It is hard to keep track of numerous students. Most professors teach multiple classes with many students in each. With that said, they do not have time to make sure all students come to class or stay in class. Professors could make attendance mandatory, but students still do not show up.

CollegeRaptor also said: “You can slip in and out the back doors hardly noticed. If you don’t attend, your professor may never know, and there are no penalties. It is much harder to have the nerve to walk out of a class of 20 students.”

Being in a large class, and in college in general, comes great responsibility. It is easier to miss class when there are more students in the class. Professors are less likely to comment on your absence if they are in charge of a huge class rather than if there were 20 students in the class.

A large class size takes away the productivity and time spent to assure students’ comprehension of a professor’s subject. A class of 50 or more students results in not enough resources for professors to check on each student to ensure they are getting the proper learning they deserve.

Smaller class sizes allow students and professors to be more engaging throughout a semester rather than feeling ignored. Having a more appealing class with an involved professor can result in academic and personal success in and outside of the classroom.

DSU club sports: opportunities to get involved with more competition

Dixie State University offers student-run club sports for students to join and compete.

A couple of the club sports training and practicing right now are men’s lacrosse, volleyball and competitive climbing.

Men’s lacrosse club

Mathew Barahona, a sophomore criminal justice major from San Diego, California, is the president of the men’s lacrosse club. He has played lacrosse since sixth grade, and wanted the opportunity to play in college.

Barahona said he had a couple of offers to play competitively in New York and Texas, but they were to expensive. Therefore, Barahona decided to start the men’s lacrosse club his freshman year to allow other lacrosse athletes the opportunity to compete without traveling far and pay cheaper tuition.

“There are so many guys that play lacrosse, so I started the club to give them the opportunity to play at the next level,” Barahona said.

Being a part of a club allows athletes to create a closer bond and memories with guys who share the same passion, Barahona said.

Garrett Hobbs, a freshman exercise science major from Prescott, Arizona, is the co-president of the men’s lacrosse club. Hobbs said his favorite memory of being on the team was when the team went to dinner.

“We went to Applebees and saw Dixie State cheerleaders, we got this guy who was super shy to go up and get all of their numbers on a napkin, it was a fun time,” Hobbs said.

Competitive climbing

DSU competitive climbing club started training once a week to prepare for competitions. Club coach, Jonathan Frei, said the team prepares by working on different aspects of climbing, like movement, finger and grip strength and climbing conditioning.

The club has qualifiers that will start on March 5. The winners of the eight categories will go on to compete in the state boulder championships April 10 in Salt Lake City.

The team is working with other climbing walls in the state to grow as a sport and create a bouldering series together for the fall.

“Collegiate climbing is growing, so we are looking at four to five competitions at the collegiate level each semester against other universities in the state,” Frei said.

Men’s volleyball

DSU men’s volleyball is another club sport that is currently training. The team is registered for two tournaments this season and will compete in the national tournament in April.

Rhett Smith, a sophomore independent studies major from Queen Creek, Arizona, is the co-president of the club. Smith said his favorite part of being on the club is “making new friends, staying in shape, competing in tournaments and watching his teammates improve and develop skills.”

The men’s volleyball team is searching for a coach, and whilst doing so, the practices are open gym, developing personal skills and scrimmaging peers.

DSU has these club sports available to give athletes an opportunity to compete at the next level, make new friends, get involved on campus and enjoy life at college more.