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Album Analysis: The final best of list from the Analyzer

This being his final column, the Album Analyzer says goodbye but leaves you with a parting gift: the 10 best albums released during his time at Dixie. Here’s part two of the list, counting down from 10 to one. 10: “XXX” by Danny Brown (2011) Brown debuted with 22 tracks of oddball stanzas and oftentimes […]

Editor’s Note: Student journalism saves

I’ve logged more than 150 articles and 80,000 words for Dixie Sun News in seven semesters; however, another stat is on my mind as my time at DSN ends: one — the number of times I gave up student journalism.  Frustrated with how journalism’s reality — scary interviews and quick deadlines — differed from common […]

‘MZBEE’ tells of experiences, history that brought her to DSU

Students seeking advice on how to cope with a loved one’s death, how to advance far in Dixie Idol or how to make a mean salad should look no further than Red Rock Café. BernNadette “MZBEE” Jefimoff, a faculty member who works in Dixie State University’s Red Rock Café, braved both Chicago’s harsh winters as […]

New deadline forces students to drop earlier

Early-semester procrastination will be more difficult for Dixie State University students starting in the 2015-16 academic year: The deadline to pay tuition to avoid being dropped from classes will now be one week before classes start. Prior to the change, students had until the semester’s third week to make payments and remain in classes. David […]

Album Analysis: Analyzer lists top projects dropped between 2011-2015

Unless a serious “Dixie Bro,” a student’s college experience ceases at some point, but the killer albums that played the backdrop to those times shouldn’t. The Album Analyzer graduates next month; thus, it’s time to look back at the best projects released during his time at Dixie State University — from fall 2011 to spring […]

Centennial ‘D’ highlight of D-Week

Dixie State University’s infrastructure and academics have advanced over time, but its aura keeps alumni coming back — particularly for spring semester’s D-Week. Hal Hiatt, board of trustee member and Alumni Association president, said he can’t help but notice campus’ physical changes since his time as a DSU student. Even if his alma mater looked […]

Second Act New Works Festival showcases student, community work

Lucifer told Michael to do God’s work Thursday night in the Black Box Theater in the Eccles Fine Arts building. That, of course, preceded Lucifer’s banishment from Paradise — chronicled in the Dixie State University student-directed and written play “The Fall of Lucifer.” The Second Act New Works Festival, which ensued Thursday and runs until […]

Dixie Fest random, successful

The music played was as much of a hodgepodge as the event itself. Prior to Dixie Fest 2K15’s start, a hip-hop remix of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” blared through speakers out onto the Encampment Mall, this year’s concert location. Later, disc jockeys competing in the inaugural DJ Battle mashed up classic rock, disco and […]

Album Analysis: Courtney Barnett sticks to her style with new LP

Just one album in, this Aussie is like a rolling stone. Courtney Barnett’s lyrical excellence came to fore after 2014’s sprawling, witty EP, “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.” “I notice you stopped talking to me; now you’re talking to me all the time / Do you know you’re no good at listening, […]

DSUSA primary elections narrow large field from 9 to 6

The slew of campaign posters spread across campus just got a bit sparser as three candidates for Dixie State University Student Association executive council positions bowed out in primary elections. Primaries, held from Monday to Tuesday night, narrowed the field of the three positions up for grabs — student body president, vice president of academics […]