UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | September 23, 2022

OPINION | St. George is not fun after the sun goes down

St. George is a college-student populated town with no night life.

With Utah Tech University being the center of St. George, and ultimately the reason many people come to this great town, there is nothing for college students to enjoy after classes and homework are done. The reason being that food, entertainment and general facilities close at 9 p.m.

I am a full-time college student and I work a full time job. On four out of seven days of the week, I work until 9:30 p.m. Usually I go straight from school to work with maybe a snickers bar to get me through the day. When I get off work, I would love to go get food. Unfortunately, it feels like most every food facility in St. George closes at 9 p.m.

Here are some of the places college students cannot enjoy after sunset:

Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A is a fan-favorite and is commonly a go to for college students. It’s close to nearly everything, and some chicken from Chick-Fil-A never sounds like a bad idea. If you’re like me, you get cravings for Chick-Fil-A when you can’t have it. For example, on Sunday it is closed like many other food options, although, that is another story.

St. George Escape Rooms

This enjoyable entertainment center is great to go to with a group of friends. You get to work together and try to escape the set up room with clues and hints. The thrilling part is watching the clock tick down until your doom. This is a fun experience for college students to enjoy with a group of friends or even a group date.

Don’t get too excited, you won’t be able to enjoy the fun after 8:45 p.m.

House of Jump

The House of Jump is the only indoor trampoline park in Southern Utah. Not only does it have trampolines, it has climbing walls, dodgeball, basketball, a stunt pit, and much more. House of jump has a variety of activities for everyone.

College students can let off stress and worry here, and ultimately jump their problems away, but make sure you do it before they close at 9 p.m.

Red Cliffs Mall

Red Cliffs Mall is one of the only ”bigger” malls in St. George. It has a wide variety of clothing stores, shoe stores, makeup stores, book stores and a food court. They have big name stores such as Dillards, JCPenney, Barnes and Noble, Bath and Body Works and much more.

Like a lot of other companies in the St. George area they also close early. Except, you might be surprised because this mall doesn’t close at 9 p.m.; It actually closes at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays. So if you thought 9 p.m. was early, its not for St. George.

The Fashion Place Mall in Murray, stepped up its game and is actually open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Therefore it is not uncommon for malls to be open past 7 p. m. especially for a college town.

Red Hills Desert Garden

Red Hills Desert Garden is a beautiful conservation garden and is actually Utah’s first. It has about 5,000 desert plants, dinosaur tracks, a stream and many other sights. Not only is it pretty in the day time, but it thrives at night. The track is lit up, and there are swinging benches that overlook the city.

Make sure to go check this sight out before it closes at 10 p.m. This might be one of the few places in the city that doesn’t close at 9 p.m.

Fiesta Fun Family Fun Center

Fiesta Fun is a great place for college students to hang out, relax and have fun. There are many different activities involving two nine hole mini golf courses, bumper cars, arcade games and bowling alleys.

The best part about this fun center is that it closes at 11 p.m.

Out of all the fun places things to do in St. George, it really is a bummer that most close pretty early. Most college students are up later than 9 p.m. and want something fun and relaxing to do after work is done. Even if places around town closed just an hour later, it would benefit the college students.

OPINION | Money can buy you happiness

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know how to spend it. 

As a full-time college student working a part-time job, life itself is just stressful. I worry about money all of the time. Whether it’s how I’m going to afford the soaring gas prices or if eating out is within my budget, I’ve found that many of my stresses and worries are related to money. 

I hear stories that involve lucky contestants winning the lottery and students earning big scholarships. Oftentimes I think to myself how happy I would be if I was placed in one of these situations that resulted in money overflowing my bank account. 

Understanding that money is the backbone to all things in this world has led me to believe that money truly can buy happiness. 

In order to survive, we need water, food and shelter. All these necessities cost money. What happens when we don’t have the money to buy clean water, healthy food and reliable shelter? We essentially lack the ability to survive, and those are just the necessities. 

Other things recommended for our day-to-day living include clothes, insurance, transportation and education. These cost even more than the necessities but are equally as important. 

The expense most relevant to the time period in my life right now is education. Education is not cheap, especially without financial aid. Not only do I have to pay for the education itself, I also have to pay for living expenses, transportation, food, fees and school supplies. 

As a first generation, non-resident college student, I remember feeling very anxious about attending college because I did not know how I was going to afford it. Due to this worry, I didn’t look forward to furthering my education, and I noticed my happiness decreased as I got closer to beginning my freshman year. 

Thinking back, if money wasn’t an issue, I definitely would have been more excited to attend college. I wouldn’t have had to worry about finding a job right away or filling out numerous scholarships throughout high school. I would have been able to relax knowing that I had the expenses of college taken care of without all the stress. 

Stress plays a big role in determining what makes people happy. Having the money to pay for unexpected inconveniences such as a popped tire or a cracked phone screen allows us to ride smoothly over the bumps of life. When individuals have more money, it doesn’t mean they have less problems. It just means that they can pay to get out of those problems quicker and easier which makes having money a lot more desirable.

Besides the important things in life, having more money also allows individuals to buy the things that they want. Whether that includes fancy cars, trendy clothes or the newest iPhone, materialistic items that people desire are often the things that make them happy.

Other things proven to make people happy are being able to give to others. Whether it’s food to the homeless, gifts to our friends or money to charities, people feel good and successful when they have the ability to lend a helping hand.

Feeling successful also leads to happiness. A common factor in success is determined by how much money an individual makes. When a big salary is presented, feelings of accomplishment allow people to feel happy because they know they have more control and financial flexibility over their life.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to the facts. A recent study found that there was no specific value at which money stopped affecting an individual’s happiness. The study showed that rising income resulted in higher well-being for participants.

Whether we choose to spend our money wisely or in a way that best suits our desired lifestyle, money can and will buy us happiness.

OPINION | She-Hulk is proof that the MCU is in an awkward place

I remember when I was excited about the surplus of Disney+ shows coming from Marvel, but now I can’t help but dread what comes next out of concern for my sanity.

“Avengers: Endgame” was such an incredible end to a saga over a decade in the making. At least, that’s what it should have been. I would like to think Marvel has a new “Endgame” in mind, but “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”, along with “Thor: Love and Thunder,” continues a trend of taking characters with fantastic dramatic beats and tarnishing it with the “everything needs to be funny” motif that Marvel’s been going through recently.

It’s akin to a teenager trying to find their clique in middle school. How do they do it? By attempting to make people laugh to the point that it becomes annoying. I should know, I was one of those kids. She-Hulk and Thor are the same in that regard. Instead of putting a focus on character development, they go for unfunny recurring gags (looking at you screaming goats).

Is it funny? Sometimes yeah. Will I remember it in two weeks? No, in fact, I’ve forgotten what we were talking about already.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) has the potential to be a great character. However, I can’t take her seriously if one moment she’s defending The Abomination in court, and then twerking with Megan Thee Stallion in one of the most cringe-worthy sequences I’ve ever seen put on a screen.

It’s not like Marvel isn’t capable of writing characters that can be funny as well as have incredible dramatic moments. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a perfect example of a balance well struck in both character and comedy.

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been nothing but filler to me. We have slight glimpses into the overarching story that marvel is trying to tell. The problem is that the plot of the films/Disney+ shows themselves are usually of zero consequence to the overall story.

Who knows, maybe “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” will manage to end on a high note. There are hints of a story about responsibility and being yourself, but so far, it’s a “Deadpool” wannabe in tone, and a “Shrek” looking CGI crunch-fest in reality.

I can only hope that 2022 ends with a bang for the MCU in honor of Chadwick Boseman with “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Because heaven only knows what will happen if they mess that up.

OPINION | Justice for Bobby from ‘Queer Eye’

Bobby Berk’s contribution to the hit show “Queer Eye” causes the other members to pale in comparison, but he gets by far the least recognition and screen time.  

“Queer Eye” is a home and lifestyle makeover series on Netflix. The “Fab Five”, consisting of Tan France, Bobby Burk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, and Antoni Porowski, all specialize in different aspects of life to help turn around the participants’ lives.

Bobby’s specialty is design. 

The group usually only has about a week to finish their makeover. In this incredibly short time span, Bobby does a complete remodeling of the person’s home. In just a week.

Now don’t get me wrong, the other members are valuable to the show, but Tan throwing a couple of beige cardigans into their wardrobe, and Antoni teaching them how to make a single dish is nothing compared to what Bobby does for these people’s lives. 

Bobby being a heavy hitter isn’t the problem. The problem is the lack of respect this man gets. 

Throughout the course of the episodes, it feels like we maybe get five minutes of Bobby screen time, while we get what feels like 15 minutes of Jonathon throwing product into the participant’s hair that they’ll never buy again. And the screen time isn’t even really of him, it’s just montages of him completely transforming a living space. 

To dismiss the guy who renovates the space participants reside in, and in turn raises their net worth by thousands as just a side character, is unreal. 

Now to be fair, this structure is what makes the show unique. There is an obscene amount of home makeover shows available to consume. It feels like TLC has at least 700 on its own, so not focusing on this aspect is what makes the show such a fun, and standout viewing experience. The show is all about using their specialties to connect with the participant on an emotional level, and it’s hard to do that throughout designing a home. A little more Bobby love would not hurt anyone though. 

This criticism of Bobby doing the most and being seen the least is nothing new. Fans of the show have shed light on this fact for years now. Interviewers have even brought it up to Bobby himself. 

He of course responded cordially. Bobby essentially said he loves the image of being a hard worker, and that he is ok with the lack of screen time. His job is just too tasking on a time crunch to be available for the extra time in front of the camera.

The show seems to have internalized the criticism. In the newest season aired in 2021, it felt like Bobby had a much bigger role in the participant’s life.

With season seven currently in development, us fans of the show are anxiously waiting to see if Bobby and his relentless hard work awards him more time on the screen.  

OPINION | The countryside is where home is

When people think of country living, they imagine isolated farms in the middle of nowhere. When I think of it, I see peace. 

I grew up in a small town in Montana, a town that would be considered isolated. I was two-hours from a Walmart and surrounded by miles of trees. If I would have finished high school there, my graduating class would have been about 40 students. When people hear about my hometown, they automatically assume I hated how small and isolated it was, but I loved it. 

While I would prefer to live slightly closer to grocery stores and shops, I want the peace of being out of the city. There aren’t busy streets, neighbors right next to you, and constant city noise. Being in the country allows you to have your space without the worry of being watched by everyone around you. While some might prefer to be in the middle of everything, I enjoy being a little more secluded. 

Living countryside allows a slower pace of life. You don’t have to be surrounded by a fast-paced city always keeping you on your toes. Living in a country community, you can make friends for life. Those small towns are close-knit and you can find friends that you’ll always have around. You wouldn’t have to worry about being at every party you hear about and enjoy a peaceful evening with your closest friends.

There’s something about being surrounded by nature that just makes life more enjoyable for me. Being able to walk out my front door and not see another house or look out my window to endless trees sounds like paradise. The city can be so overwhelming; there’s never ending noise, people everywhere, and the traffic is horrendous. People in the city have such hardened personalities, and they don’t seem to appreciate the smaller things in life. 

City living is also more expensive, not only the housing, but the cost of living. Saving money is almost impossible when it all has to go towards bills, groceries and gas. 

According to an article by Wealth Meta: “On average, households in urban areas earn $15,779 more than households in rural areas but they also spent $7,808 more than rural households. That leaves urban households have an extra $7,971 to save or invest.”

Living in the country allows more freedom, even in the prices. It’s normal to find land with twice the amount of space for half the price.

In rural areas on average housing is about 30% cheaper, 20% more people own their homes, and 14% more own their home outright.

While having a car is necessary in the country, it’s not as stressful as getting gas in the city because there’s less expenses in other areas of living. 

Country living gives more freedom with less cost; it’s the best of both worlds.

OPINION | Literature classes need to focus on modern-day celebrities

A literature class is “not the same as it was” now that Harry Styles is the focused author of the course.

Universities across the country have started to include pop culture celebrities into their course studies. Such classes focus on Beyonce, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. Incorporating modern-day celebrities into course curriculums would benefit our university. It would add a focus on the literature of the current world and should be considered. 

These classes are not just a scheduled time to fangirl. Students will not just come in, dance around to their favorite songs by the artist, and then go home. These classes are just as serious in academia as classes that focus on the influential individuals of decades ago. It is a class to analyze song lyrics, discuss race and gender, and observe the way fans influence celebrities and vice versa. 

Implementing such classes on campus would not be a “new” or “unknown” practice. There have been university courses that focus on feminism with Beyonce and Rhianna since 2015. Instead these courses are a way to continue to adapt and change with the times. It is a way to revolutionize literature, culture and music classes at our university. 

I commonly find myself not being able to connect and easily getting bored of reading the same, out-dated poems and pieces of literature. Much of what I read, while it has great significance in the literary world, does not spark a want in me to dive deeper. These readings are simply so I can pass the class and move on.

Similarly, many students have said that English courses are not their favorite because the required readings are boring and don’t make sense. Being able to bring in the influential celebrities of today would allow me, and hopefully other students, to be more involved inside and outside of the classroom. 

The University of Texas at Austin is opening up a course to look at Taylor Swift’s song lyrics in the same way that students commonly have to analyze Shakespeare and other older poets. Students will have to find “literary devices, figures and tropes of traditional poetry in her work.” This class will show that Taylor Swift’s songs are more than just her singing about love and heartbreak. Her lyrics include “richer literary traditions… both topically but also formally in terms of how she uses references, metaphors, and clever manipulations of words”.

Texas State University also will open a course focusing on Harry Styles. Louie Dean Valencia, associate professor of digital history at Texas State, has the goals of this course to have discussions and research into the influence that Harry Styles has on society. The learning goals for this course will include looking into “questions about gender, sexuality, race, gun control [and] sustainability,” that are more asked about now than ever before. Creating a class that focuses on our culture through the lens of how it is influenced by iconic celebrities of our time is beneficial for students. 

Universities are also being careful in the celebrities they chose for these courses. Each of the celebrities that now have a class focused on their works is very accomplished. Taylor Swift has won 11 Grammys, was the first woman to win album of the year three times, and has another plethora of awards from her career. Harry Styles has three Grammys, lots of nominations, and wins under his belt from his days in One Direction and as a solo artist. These two singers, in particular, stand for good causes and try to influence people to be kind and to be their true selves.

Having classes with celebrities as the key author is not to take away the greatness and importance of the other key literary theorists, authors and influential individuals that came before them. I would like to be able to see the ways that the trends or teaching of older popular literature and influential individuals can be seen in the people of today’s age. 

Utah Tech could benefit from considering and implementing classes that focus on music artists that students adore and can learn a lot from their music and influence on society.

OPINION | #bamarushtok is the best side of Tik Tok yet

I am obsessed with #bamarush and #rushtok, and that’s an understatement.

I know what you’re thinking: What is this #bamarush and #rushtok that you speak of? Well, buckle up, and let me tell you all about it.

Last year was the start of #rushtok, and this year’s sorority rush week has been deemed as season two of #rushtok. For those unfamiliar, #bamarush refers specifically to the sororities at the University of Alabama, and #rushtok refers to all universities with sororities who take part in rush week.

We get to see viral videos in this corner of Tik Tok from each sorority chapter, along with women who participated in previous years, who are taking to the video-making app to share their rushing experience. This includes, but is not limited to, content like “what’s in my bag” and “rush week necessities” videos, house and room tours, and endless dance videos that promote each chapter.

To fully understand the magnitude of the impact of sororities on campuses, there were 2,556 women who attended rush week events at UA this year. Those who want to participate in rush week to potentially get accepted into a sorority must register the summer before–a whole year before they can even attend.

Though the dancing, tours and hauls are fun to watch, what is most intriguing is the behind the scenes that give #bamarush and #rushtok a unique twist. This side of Tik Tok started out with simple, trendy videos, but it has turned into much more.

#bamarush has become such a phenomenon that it is getting its own documentary that has been in the making since last year when the viral trends began. However, a spokesperson for UA told The New York Times that the university has not authorized any third-party entity to document any recruitment activities and does not allow the media inside buildings such as residence halls and sorority houses.

I’ve never even considered being part of a sorority, but binge watching the viral Tik Toks has been quite the way to market each sorority chapter. I am part of the audience that has been sucked in, and I now want to join in on the fun of having 100 besties and dressing in matching clothes with them.

Rumor has it sorority girls will even pay for a recruitment coach to help them get through rush week and get into the chapter they want. These coaches help with putting together outfits, training for events, hairstyles, getting sponsors, letters of recommendation, and more. For those who invest at this level, it almost seems like rush week is being turned into a pageant. Honestly, if you’re loaded or have daddy’s money, why not hire a coach? It sounds kind of fun.

Now, let’s talk about #rushtok moms. I haven’t seen a ton of these Tik Toks, but I have stumbled across a few. If you think watching a girl pack her rush week bag was entertaining, just wait until you see a #rushtok mom pack her bag for move-in week. Seeing a mom be just as excited as her daughter to be part of a sorority is so pure. #rushtok moms have even started to do the viral #rushtok dances, and I am still trying to figure out if this is in a mocking way or a “I’m living through my daughter” way. Whatever it is–I love it.

From #rushtok moms, possible recruitment coaches, endless dancing, and a documentary, we get to have an inside look at what it is like to be part of a rush week all thanks to #bamatok. As a college student at Utah Tech University, I don’t get to see or experience what it would be like to be in a sorority, so that is part of the reason why I am one of #rushtok’s biggest fans because I feel like I get to be part of it all.

OPINION | Biden’s loan forgiveness holds out hope

President Joe Biden announced that he is enacting loan forgiveness to help middle class families “breathing room,” as they prepare for their careers.

Biden’s loan forgiveness is much needed as it will give 45 million Americans a leap forward to success.

As a college student who has taken out student loans, it has built a sense of hope that I did not make the wrong decision in investing in my academic success.

Student loans are one of those things that you second guess. You ask yourself if it was the right decision, is it worth the debt, should you drop out and try to save for college? With the student loan forgiveness it provides reassurance to those who have taken out loans that they won’t be as stressed in the future. Who wants to go through a stressful four years of college just to stress about loans after they receive their degree? The answer to that is no one.

A lot goes through someones mind as they are told that a significant amount of money they owe will be forgiven. Personally, this made me more invested in my education. As a 20-year-old, there was already stress about things like, payment plans for student loans and if retirement was even an option because of student loans. It put a lot more stress on my back than I already had working a part-time job, going to school full-time, and having an internship all while fully supporting myself mentally and financially.

Many people wonder why students decide to take out loans. Don’t they have parents to help? Well, take into consideration that three in 10 students have the responsibility of paying for their higher education by themselves with no help from parents or family. Leaving seven in 10 of students in debt by the time they earn their degree in an undergraduate program.

Loans can, and have, stopped a lot of people from reaching their goals. From having a family to getting a job in the career you actually studied for, people have made tough decisions to not go on to completing their goals due to being in severe debt. This leaves graduates at a loss of hope for society and for higher education.

Personally, the criteria that has to be met in order to be considered for loan forgiveness is honorable. Over 40 million Americans would have benefitted mentally and financially after this plan goes through. It holds out hope for this rising generation of higher educators to make a difference in the economy.

OPINION | The best and worst movies of Summer 2022

There are few things more satisfying than sitting in a comfortable lounge seat with popcorn on your lap and a drink to your right knowing you paid good money for a movie that did not disappoint.

The movie theater should be a place of quality entertainment and story telling; out of all the movies that came out this summer, it was obvious which movie was an all-around fan favorite. If you’re looking to relax and enjoy an entertaining family film with fun-filled action, humorous dialogue and character looks which turned into viral trends, “Top Gun: Maverick” is your best choice.

”Top Gun: Maverick” – Swoons summer audience with record-breaking profits

After loving the original “Top Gun” there was no way I was going to miss seeing “Top Gun: Maverick.” Being a fan of both the handsome Tom Cruise and the breath-taking Miles Teller, there was no doubt in my mind to see this on the big screen. The relationship of Tom Cruises character Pete ”Maverick” Mitchell and Miles Tellers’ character Bradley ”Rooster” Bradshaw made the movie. In the scene where the characters are stuck in the enemy territory their conversation holds with a long pause that left the audience filled with laughter.

The movie played the audience well by forcing them to feel a variety of emotions including excitement, joy, sadness, fear, awe and contempt. There was not a dull moment in this movie, as the scenes are short, sweet and straight to the point. The producers did a great job of building up suspense to the last scene making viewers wonder if they were actually going to complete the mission.

First-time viewers of a movie genre such as “Top Gun” might assume the movie is marketed more toward the male audience. However, in both of the “Top Gun” movies, the directors/producers import a scene that is circled around female gaze. For example, the beach scene in ”Top Gun: Maverick” was a scene directed toward the female audience, which is important because it makes the movie something everyone can enjoy.

In “Top Gun: Maverick,” the beach scene with Miles Tellers’ dance moves and handsome ‘stache swooned the crowd and eventually turned into a viral trend where men are doing the “rooster ‘stache.” The mustache became one of the most recognizable traits of the movie.

It is no doubt that this 4.8 star movie broke profit records and set itself as the highest-grossing film for Paramount Pictures. In North America, in just seven weeks, the movie brought in $601.9 million, beating “Titanic” at $600.7 million.

”Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” – leaves casual Marvel fans underwhelmed

If you are looking to watch a movie and be so utterly confused, the new “Dr. Strange” is the one for you. Unlike many other Marvel movies, in order to enjoy and understand this movie you need to have watched the full series of “Wanda Vision” as well as every other Marvel movie.

This movie had so much potential to be great after the success of the first “Dr. Strange,” but it didn’t live up to its expectations

It comes as no surprise that this movie was not released in movie theaters. The movie seemed as if it was an elongated Disney TV show excluding the unreasonably violent scenes, such as the death of Sinister Strange

With an overall 3.6 star movie review, this movie easily made the bottom of the list for Summer 2022 movies.

It was a great summer of movies, excited to hopefully see a third “Top Gun” come out next summer as well as a Marvel movie that does not leave the audience dissatisfied.

OPINION | ‘Love Island’ vs. ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

This week, a hot new bombshell enters the villa, “Love Island” vs. “The Bachelorette.”

With these shows marking two of the most popular reality TV dating shows in the nation, “Love Island U.K.” reigns superior to any show in “The Bachelor” franchise.

“Love Island” brings in both male and female contestants; instead of thirty males or thirty females fighting for the star of the show, “Love Island” gives contestants the opportunity to explore a love interest with a person of their choosing.

Also, when looking up the couples that remain together after the final episode of each show, “Love Island” has many couples that are still together, and even married. When looking at how many of “The Bachelor” franchise couples are still together there were even fewer couples remaining. In fact, many had split shortly after the finale episode of the season.

The lack of couples still together in “The Bachelor” franchise has something to do with intentions. All of the contestants are on the show for one reason, and one reason only: making the woman or man fall in love with them. It’s a game of competition where every single person on the show does not truly love the star but still wants to be loved more than the other members. In fact, many cast members have been exposed for wrong intentions while being on the show. Contestants just want to essentially “win.”

The British TV show also brings in a more diverse cast than “The Bachelor” franchise does. With islanders from places like London, Newcastle and Essex, people from all over the U.K. are represented on “Love Island.” Because every other reality TV show represents Americans living the “American Dream,” I enjoy that “Love Island” dives deeper into different parts of the world allowing the audience to see people that are not shown on other shows.

Another thing the audience is able to see on “Love Island” is the growth that occurs amongst the cast members. I have noticed from watching “Love Island” the cast grows into a close family. They laugh, they party, they settle arguments, they support each other–anything that would happen in a real family. It makes the environment of the show a much friendlier atmosphere and allows the audience to feel the positive energy through the screen.

Specifically on “The Bachelor,” the girls do not always get along. In fact, they often sabotage each other to grow closer to the bachelor. I mean, why wouldn’t they? They are all fighting for the same guy who is giving all the girls unequal amounts of attention. The point is, at the end of the show, how many of the girls can say they felt that the other contestants treated them like family? 

Speaking of the contestants, one thing I like about “Love Island” that “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” do not do is bring new people into the villa. This changes up the groove of the cast and allows for more entertainment. It also allows the cast members that haven’t made a meaningful connection to possibly do so with the new islanders. And that’s what it’s all about, making meaningful connections to hopefully find love.

When it comes down to finding love, and a reality dating TV show is the only way to go about it, I’d rather find love in the villa than accept the final rose.