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Coach Terrance Grant leaves his mark on Trailblazers

Trailblazers are saying goodbye to a Dixie State University staff member who was their coach, their adviser and their mentor- both on and off the field.

Terrance Grant brought a unique contribution to Trailblazers football, the Multicultural Inclusion Center, and to campus with his set of skills and experience. Grant was the wide receivers coach for the Trailblazers while also being the coordinator for Black and African American students at the MIC. His two roles on campus allowed Grant to bring a fresh perspective to each environment.

Ali Threet, Dean of Students, said Grant was perfect for his most recent role at the MIC due to his range of skills.

“With being a coach, [Grant] has gained the skills required for the [coordinator for Black and African American Students] position,” Threet said. “He wasn’t just a coach but a mentor to so many student athletes, and he’s someone students could relate to.”

Wide receiver Damani Wilks, a sophomore sociology major from Las Vegas, Nevada, said it is important to him that coaches relate to the athletes on a cultural level.

“[Grant] cares about us as players and as people,” Wilks said. “He keeps it real with us and knows how to talk to us.”

Wilks said having a coach who also did work at the MIC helped Grant bond with students, helped athletes stay involved with campus events, and helped athletes gain a more well-rounded experience in their sport.

Likewise, defensive back Darrius Nash, a senior sports recreation major from Los Angeles, said it was important to him that Grant was someone who knew how to not only coach different types of athletes, but mentor them in their academic and personal lives.

“He gave me a lot of insight on my own life and showed me that he’s there for me,” Nash said. “It’s important to have that connection and understanding because teams need that type of chemistry to function.”

Grant said his time coaching and his time working with the MIC was a rewarding experience, and both his roles went hand-in-hand.

“The only difference between both jobs is the X’s and O’s,” Grant said. “On the field, you’re not just a coach–you’re a life coach… I’ve helped athletes get through a lot in the classroom, at home and on the field.”

Grant said coaching is all about the athletes. Students’ first priority is their performance in the classroom. The athletes he’s worked with often faced challenges that ultimately affected their studies. Along with technical football skills, Grant was a mentor to his athletes throughout their challenges. Grant gained experience offering guidance and seeking resources to assist Trailblazers, which became his primary responsibility as an MIC student coordinator. Advising students happened naturally for him whether it was a student athlete or a Black Student Union member at the MIC.

Grant said it’s important for DSU to have advisers for different student demographics because it helps with retention and contributes to the positive student life experience of Trailblazers.

“For some students, this is their first time away from their families and their cultures,” Grant said. “It’s important that they have someone to go to who can relate to them and help them feel more at home in a new place.”

He said the MIC and its student coordinators play an important role in creating a sense of belonging for all students, as well as educating students about each other’s cultures and experiences.

“The MIC is for everyone so every student should feel welcome,” Grant said. “It’s for students of all walks of life to learn, go to events and be exposed to new things.”

Threet said the MIC will be looking to hire not only a new coordinator for Black and African American students, but a coordinator for Asian and Pacific Islander students, as well as a coordinator for first generation students. She said MIC student coordinators should be relatable to students, someone who can work with diverse populations and should be familiar with resources available to students. Student coordinators also advise an MIC student club and assist with events. Threet said she hopes to see these positions filled by mid-May. She said DSU students, athlete or otherwise, who Grant worked closely with are welcome to work with any other student coordinator at the MIC.

“With quick turnover, students often feel the growing pains of change and some uncertainty,” Threet said. “The MIC is for all students, and any student who needs support can come to the MIC and talk to any of the student coordinators, or they can even reach out to me.”

Threet said, with her open-door policy, she prioritizes making herself available to students and is happy to offer support for any student feeling lost without Grant on campus. She said having Grant at DSU was a positive experience for everyone, and he is always welcome back to work with Trailblazers again.

Grant’s time at DSU officially ended in March, but he said it was a memorable experience overall.

“The most memorable experience wasn’t a single event, but the people I got to work with like the Black Student Union group, my wideouts … my MIC team and [Threet,]” Grant said. “Remember to come in, work hard and stay positive. You all have it in you.”

To learn more about Dixie Athletics, the MIC or the Black Student Union, visit dixie.edu. 

DSU announces new executive director of intercollegiate athletics

After conducting a nationwide search, Dixie State University has selected a new executive director of intercollegiate athletics after Jason Boothe stepped down Jan. 7.

University president Richard “Biff” Williams announced Ken Beazer is the permanent executive director of intercollegiate athletics March 30.

Beazer has served as interim athletic director since January when he was selected to replace Boothe.

“Ken was named our Interim Executive Director for Intercollegiate Athletics on Jan. 14 and has just done a wonderful and tremendous job,” Williams said.

After a thorough nationwide search, the top candidates were selected to come to campus to meet with different organizations, coaches and student athletes. Williams said the choice for the new athletic director was obvious. Beazer was later selected to remain in the position following the search.

Beazer will be the third athletics director during DSU’s NCAA Division I era following Dexter Irvin, 2006-2010, and Boothe, 2010-2022.

Previous experience

Before Beazer’s occupation at DSU, he had many accomplishments as the director of intercollegiate athletics at Southern Utah University from 2006 to 2015. During Beazer’s time at SUU, he led the university as they transitioned to the Big Sky Conference in 2012. 

Beazer also served as director of athletic development at Utah State University.

“He developed and initiated at the time, the largest capital campaign in the history of USU athletics which included the fundraising for a 25 million dollar renovation which is now the Maverick Stadium,” Williams said. 

Along with his experience, Williams is looking forward to having Beazer’s competitiveness, determination, passion, integrity and visions contribute to building the foundation of Trailblazer Athletics.

Visions and goals

Beazer said he has evaluated every playing and practicing facility we have over the past two and a half months and stated every facility needs an upgrade. 

The improvements Beazer mentioned include, but are not limited to, a clubhouse addition for the women’s tennis team, the softball facilities, and additions to the men’s and women’s golf programs. 

“Facilities is one area that we can as an institution be top of the league, or close to the top,” Beazer said.

Beazer also stressed the importance of finding common ground amongst the community and believes athletics is something that can be agreed upon during the name change process.

“I don’t think there is anything we do as an institution that brings the community, alumni, student athletes, students, faculty, staff, everybody together for one cause, at one moment, like athletics,” Beazer said.

Tassels, titles and traditions

The three T’s of Beazer’s focus are tassels, titles and traditions, and believes everything is built upon them. 

For tassels, Beazer emphasized the importance of student athletes graduating and making the process easier for them. 

“If you’re not in this game to win it, you shouldn’t be here… we have got to be pushing for championships, personal bests and things in that nature,” Beazer said.

Beazer is looking forward to working with the community to create and maintain traditions at DSU. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity President Williams has entrusted in me to lead Trailblazer Athletics into the NCAA Division I era,” Beazer said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with our student athletes, coaches, staff and community to advance the university’s mission through high-level athletic competition.”

DSU women’s track and field prepares to compete at UVU invitational

The Dixie State University women’s track and field team will compete at its second outdoor invitational of the season on March 31 at Utah Valley University.

DSU will travel to Provo after nearly a three-week break since last competing at the Ben Brown Invitational. During this invitational, the Trailblazers set two program bests, along with 13 additional top-10 program records. 

The team plans to build on the past invitational and has been preparing for the past few weeks. Although the team has not competed since the second week of March, they have not veered down on the intensity. 

Head coach Derrick Atkins said, “We have been building up our work capacity and continuing to fine-tune our race strategies.”

Atkins encourages the team to look at the practices during the week as “rehearsals” and the invitationals at the end of the week as “performances.” 

High jumper Morgan Callens, a finance major from Kingwood, Texas, takes Atkin’s advice to heart as she implements it during her preparation throughout the week.

“On Wednesday, I run my practice like a meet,” Callens said. “I will practice a minimal amount of jumps at a higher intensity.”

Along with high-intensity practices and heavy weight lifting, Callens said the team was able to focus on the team bonding aspect of preparation over spring break. 

Sprinter Sadie Edwards, a communication studies major from Provo, is looking forward to competing in her hometown with the support of family and friends.

“I always feel like I can run better when my number one fans are there,” Edwards said.

She knows her teammates will do well and is looking forward to her teammates competing, specifically those that have been injured during the majority of the indoor season.

As the week of practice comes to an end for the Trailblazers, it is time for them to start preparing mentally to compete. 

Atkins said every athlete has a different mindset and approach for preparation.

Callens most crucial time of mental preparation is when she is warming up, specifically her warm-up routine. She also reminds herself to not be intimidated by the other jumpers.

“To focus, I have to remember I deserve to be here as much as they do,” Callens said.

Edwards reminds herself to stay mentally tough and focuses on the finish line while running. She also likes to talk to her parents before her races and is looking forward to having them at the UVU Invitational.

At the 2021 UVU Collegiate Invitational the Trailblazers took a No. 9 finish out of nine teams. During the invitational this year, Atkins would like to see PRs, school records and season bests.

Stay up-to-date with the women’s track and field team at the UVU invitational at dixiestateathletics.com.

Making extra money in college 

Making money in college can be difficult. Balancing school with your job and trying to fit a social life into the mix can be challenging.

Here’s a list of ways to make some extra cash without having to get a job.

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Donating plasma

BioLife is a quick way to make money while also helping people in need. Donating plasma is super important as plasma can only come from healthy adults and can’t be synthetically made in labs. 

According to the American Red Cross, “Plasma is commonly given to trauma, burn and shock patients, as well as people with severe liver disease or multiple clotting factor deficiencies.” 

At the St. George BioLife Center you can get up to $900 after eight donations. Donations typically take around 20-30 minutes and you have a team to take care of you to make sure the donation goes smoothly. 

The BioLife website says that before a donor is accepted they must pass a medical examination. This is to ensure you’re healthy and the donation won’t impact you or the plasma recipient negatively.

Apply for scholarships

Another easy way to get money in college is applying for scholarships. Dixie State University has a plethora of opportunities ranging from the Tylenol Scholarship, which is for students pursuing a career in healthcare, or the CEC TV Sports Production Scholarships, which is for students who want to be involved in videography and broadcasting live events. Most scholarships have a GPA requirement of 2.5 or above and students must be enrolled full time at DSU, which means at least 12 credits. 

According to DSU academic policies, “Most financial aid requires undergraduate students to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to receive full benefits, although some academic scholarships require 15 credits per semester.”

FAFSA

Applying for financial aid is also a great way to help students stay out of debt. Complete a free application for Federal Student Aid form to see if you’re eligible for aid. Once a student receives FAFSA it doesn’t need to be paid back. Some students can even receive up to $6,495 in Pell grants for the full academic year.

Pells grants were created to help students in low income houses have the opportunity to get an education. DSU also has the lowest tuition in the state which makes it an even better option.

FAFSA is the largest provider of student financial aid in the United States. Through them about 10 million students each year are able to go to college or a career school.

Doordash, Uber Eats and Lyft

If none of those options sound good enough, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Lyft are also easy ways to make money on your own terms. Delivering food and taking people on short rides can actually make you more money then you might think. The average DoorDash delivery driver actually makes anywhere from $15 to $25 an hour.

Although staying debt free in college may seem daunting, there are resources to help students achieve their goals. For more information on scholarships and eligibility check out the DSU financial aid website, or go to the financial aid office on the first floor of the Holland building to learn more about how to apply for scholarships, FAFSA, and other opportunities you may be eligible for.

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5 ways students can cope with anxiety

Anxiety can affect college students both academically and socially, with 44% reporting they suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Anxiety is a word that is used a lot when talking about being stressed out in general but anxiety is something different.

Dr. Adam Moore, clinical director of Alliant Counseling, said, “Anxiety is generally a feeling of worry; a feeling that something is wrong, concern about the past, fear for the future, or worry that doesn’t seem to be about anything specific at all.”

Music therapy

Music therapy is one way to cope with the effects of anxiety. It can reduce your blood pressure and heartbeat by engaging your neocortex of your brain which is responsible for calming and reducing impulsivity.

Freshman mathematics major Mya Tremyne from Farmington, said: “I try to find something that will distract me for a bit before getting back to what needs to be done. Usually, music is a good distraction for me.”

While distractions are good for when you are stuck in a rut or need a temporary reprieve from daily life, Dr. Moore said: “If the anxiety persists, it’s probably not something that can be managed by just avoiding it. You’ll most likely need to do something more proactive, like seeking some kind of treatment for it.”

Disability Resource Center

Dixie State University offers students with anxiety and other mental health concerns accommodations. Students need to provide documentation from their healthcare provider to the Disability Resource Center. Students have the opportunity to get accommodations at any point during the school year, but they are not retroactive.

Rebecca Gillespie, disability resource center coordinator, said: “Large percent of our students experience anxiety. If a student is registered with us, we can facilitate accommodations for their courses. The most common accommodation for anxiety is the testing accommodation ‘distraction reduced testing environment.'”

Talk it out

If you or someone you know has anxiety, then try talking it out. Talking can help especially if you find someone who will listen to you. When you are talking to someone, ask them to listen rather than try and solve your problems.

Kelly Kendall, part-time instructor of the college of humanities and social sciences, said: “Avoid isolating yourself, talk about your mental health. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, talk about it and realize you are not alone and share your feelings.”

Dr. Moore said: “Talking through it usually helps us realize that our worries are often not very realistic or that things are better than we fear they are. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is realize that we don’t have to control the future or fix everything in the world.”

Let it go and reality check ourselves

Whenever you are dealing with a situation that is out of your control, follow Elsa’s advice from Disney’s “Frozen” and “Let It Go.” You will thank yourself later for taking a step back to assess what was causing you anxiety.

Kristi Shaw, licensed mental health counselor, said: “Reality check, or evidence check, is one way to get anxiety in check, since anxiety is a way our bodies tell us that we are in danger.”

Hit the gym and get your workout on

Grab a gym buddy, hit the gym and workout to shake off anxious feelings. You can post awesome #gymselfies or #gains pictures on social media.

Shaw said: “One of the most helpful things to alleviate symptoms of anxiety is exercise. It releases endorphins which can immediately help bring us back to reality.” If you need more motivation take some from Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” Balboa: “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.”

These tips can help you out if you are struggling with anxiety, but if you feel like you need help, reach out and talk to someone. Talk to a therapist or reach out to your family. You don’t have to go about this alone. Having a good set of coping mechanisms and a good support system really helps.

DSU offers resources at the Booth Wellness Center for those who are wrestling with mental health. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health, seek help from mental health professional.

Men’s golf team did not for see outcome at UCSD invite, looking to battle back for next invitational

Dixie State University men’s golf team competed in the UC San Diego Invitational March 21-22 and took a team placement of 9 out of 14 teams.

Josh Pehrson, a sophomore finance major from Kaysville, held the best score for DSU with 218, placing T-16 overall. Brock Nielson, a senior communication studies major from Salem, followed right behind with the second-highest score for DSU with 220, placing T-28 overall.

Triston Gardner, a junior business major from Ivins, held the third-best score for DSU with 222, placing T-40 overall. Davis Heslington, a criminal law major from Beaver, trailed right behind and held the fourth-best score for DSU with 226 and a T-54 placement.

Head coach Brad Sutterfield said Pehrson played well, but overall the team played below average to average at this tournament, and they will need to put in the work to get these results up.

“We will get a little more prepared for the course we are playing and work on getting better with the short game,” Sutterfield said. “Around the greens, we need to get a little better and sharper.”

Sutterfield said the few things they need to keep up are being able to battle back after a bad hole and score below par.

“Davis got off to a rough start in the first round but was able to battle back and gain some ground,” Sutterfield said. “In the second round, Triston gave us an under-par score, and any time you can get an under-par score it is very helpful.”

Heslington said being able to come back from a poor start was what went well for him during the invitational.

“I learned a lot about myself and how to grind out a round where things aren’t going the way I want,” Heslington said.

This tournament did not go as expected for Heslington as he expected to score better than he did.

“It was definitely worse than I would have liked, but it is golf and you never know what is going to happen,” Heslington said.

To improve for the next event, Heslington plans on getting better hits off the tee and chipping the ball better.

Gardner said other than the few things that didn’t go as well as planned, he felt he did well in other aspects of the game.

“I honestly feel that I hit the ball well enough to easily take top 10, if not top 5,” Gardner said.

One major inconvenience for the athletes competing for DSU was shots on and around the greens. Gardner said in this tournament he experienced one of his worst putting performances ever and didn’t perform well because of the condition of the greens.

“I feel that I could have won the tournament if I put well, not even good, just well,” Gardner said. “I only putt bad as I hit most of the greens in regulation and proceeded to miss putts due to the terrible greens.”

The tournament didn’t go as expected for Gardner, as he was expecting to score much better than he did: “I did much worse than I expected in the tournament. I expect to win every tournament I play in to play my best,” Gardner said. “I expected no less than the top 20 and took T-40.”

The team will practice and work on the short game before continuing to the next tournament at UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate on April 11 at the Sandpiper Golf Club; hopeful to improve their scores.

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DSU replaces former confederate soldier statue after 10 years

A new bison statue has taken the place of a formally removed Confederate soldier statue on Dixie State University’s campus.

The negative effects the Confederate soldier statue had on the university and those affiliated with the university is why that statue was removed one decade ago. It took this long to find an adequate replacement to represent the university.

With this statue replacing the previous Confederate soldier statue, removed in 2012, it shows and represents the university’s efforts to move forward in a new direction, as does the name change.

Jyl Hall, director of public relations, said: “DSU eliminated confederate references on campus a decade ago, it does not represent who we are as a university. However, the Trailblazer identity does accurately portray the university community as the forward-thinkers we are, and this statue does an excellent job of depicting this.”

The new statue, created by Douglas Van Howd, symbolizes a new beginning and goes right along with the name change to Utah Tech University. Hall said the statue is an indicator that who we are as a university is not changing even though the name is. As the new name of DSU, Utah Tech University, takes place, the bison will remain as the university’s mascot.

Hall said, “We have kept the pedestal in front of the Cox vacant until we found the right piece because the Dixie name is cherished by our community. We knew it was important to get the replacement statue right.”

The new statue is not part of the Trailblazers Art in the City Project, but still displays the trailblazer and bison attributes. DSU’s bison represents a trailblazing spirit that is shown throughout the campus and community. The bisons throughout St. George represent a trailblazing spirit in the community. Each bison is unique and is sponsored and designed by a designated artist.

Hall said, “The Trailblazers Art in the City project, which places hand-painted bison around town, are key in fostering a university-community relationship and letting the community know they are an important part of Trailblazer Nation.”

The new statue is one step further into the rebrand process of DSU to Utah Tech University, which will officially take place July 1.

Resiliency is key for student success

Students say the most important factor to overcoming obstacles financially, emotionally and mentally, is having resilience.

Resilience in personal and academic lives

Having resilience in your academic and personal life is key to building a strong foundation in your mental health. Being resilient helps you focus more on yourself than on problems you cannot control.

Hailey Nailor, academic adviser for general education and student success, said, “I think resilience is important for anyone because you have to figure out how to go forward, but specifically for college students because college is designed to push you to your limits.”

Expectations in resilience

To be resilient is to build yourself up after being knocked down. Many people wonder how this is possible with financial and family problems. There is such a high expectancy for students to show resilience, but there are many of them who find it challenging.

Peer coach Cambrie Richardson, a sophomore elementary education major from St. George, said: “I think the expectation to be resilient comes from yourself most times. We have this expectation to always be resilient for others when we really should be doing it for ourselves.”

Becoming resilient is a slow and rewarding process. There is more to learn about yourself as a person when you have the confidence. This is most important when investing in yourself and your academic success and future.

Matt Smith-Lahrman, professor of sociology, said: “Half the battle is just not giving up. You have to have faith that being a student and getting a bachelor’s degree is going to pay off in the end.”

Motivation

Without confidence and faith, there could be consequences in your future personally and academically. Most times, when students feel failure, they lose that sense of confidence to keep making progress.

Nailor said, “Theres always gonna be barriers so you have to find a way to first motivate yourself but you also have to have the will to figure out what to do.”

Effects of COVID-19

In today’s day and age, COVID-19 has made being resilient astronomically harder. Professors and support staff have seen a decline in mental health as well going through quarantine and coming back to trying times.

Smith-Lahrman said, “We see more students with anxiety and more emails from students saying, ‘I can’t get out of bed today.’” 

This stops the road to resilience and the healing process seems harder.

Nailor said: “Gen Z wants more to be face-to-face and have human connection with people and that has increased even more with COVID-19 and quarantine. It has changed how students yearn for that person to person contact.”

Outcomes

On the other hand, there are students who have taken this opportunity to change for the better. It has helped them grow and look forward to the changes they will see in the future.

Becoming resilient isn’t a process that happens over night. It takes time to adapt to being fully confident and reassured in your daily duties.

Richardson said, “Being resilient is developed over time because you can only gain it from experience and going through obstacles that come your way.”