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

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.

Utah Tech men’s soccer team loses to Sacramento State in the last minutes

The Utah Tech University men’s soccer team battled through but came up short in the last minutes of the night when Sacramento State took advantage of the last goal.

The Trailblazers kept the majority of possession of the first half and ended up with three shots on goal. Although the game was back and forth and the Hornets fought back with four shots on goal.

All shots were unsuccessful and Utah Tech’s starting keeper of the night, Jacob Zimmerman, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Gilbert, Arizona, played the full 90 minutes keeping goals out until the last minutes.

Head coach Jonny Broadhead said his main focus this season is to halt the number of goals scored on them from the previous season.

Broadhead said, “We attempted to get better defensively, we let in a lot of goals last year. Then the first weekend we let in 11 goals between two games so we thought we would approach it differently, we’ve got to keep more goals off the scoreboard.”

The men’s soccer team has put up a better fight than the previous season and has only let in one goal per game in the last four games straight compared to the 11 let in in the first weekend of last year.

With the focus on maintaining a strong defensive presence, it is also important to find a good balance between not letting goals in, but also putting goals in the back of the opponent’s net.

Utah Tech defender, Julian Herrera, a pre-nursing major from Las Vegas, had a major presence in the defense stopping the hornets on their strong offensive attack while also playing a major role in the offense by taking the first shot of the night.

Herrera said his main goal is to be better than last year in goals conceded and have a better overall leaderboard score.

“Considering that we have had a hard start to the season, we have already made a lot of little improvements,” Herrera said. “One of our team goals this year is obviously to do better than last year. We were in the middle of the leaderboard last year, so we’ve already had a better start.”

In the second half of the game, two Trailblazers came out with a good shot opportunity. One shot by midfielder Jimi Villasenor, a redshirt sophomore marketing major from Las Vegas, and the other shot by midfielder Guglielmo Bianchi, a sophomore recreational sport management major from Milan, Italy.

Unfortunately, neither shot was a threat to the Hornets’ goalkeeper.

Bianchi said his goal is to give it his all in warm-ups, games, practices and team meetings to be a better player for his team and a good example to set. Bianchi believes in his team and has good hopes for the rest of the season.

“We are a good team, I think that we can play against every team and have a good and even match with everyone we compete against,” Bianchi said.

The men’s soccer team will play its next two games against Gonzaga on Sept. 23 and Portland on Sept. 25.

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.

Utah Tech Volleyball team unstoppable against Cal St. Fullerton

The Utah Tech University volleyball team came out full of energy for the first home game of the season and shut out Cal St. Fullerton with a 3-0 win.

In the first set, the Trailblazers took an early lead and stayed on top throughout, finishing with a 25-18 win. The Trailblazers kept their energy high and had a total of 41 total attempts and 14 kills against Fullerton.

Hannah Howard, a junior general studies major from Bountiful, had the first kill of the game, followed up by a few more kills from Chayse Daughtry, a senior recreation and sports management major from Gilbert, Arizona. The team also had a few service aces to keep them in the lead. The Trailblazers left Fullerton in the dust with a powerful first set.

According to Daughtry, team bonding plays a big role in both the energy in a game and the results of each individual set.

“We bring a bunch of personalities, and want to be here,” Daughtry said. ”I think you can see that on the court with us.”

The power didn’t stop there, as the Trailblazers kept the energy up and fought through the second set. The score got close as the Trailblazers were tied with Fullerton more than once but that didn’t last long as the Trailblazers stole back the lead and left the score at the end of the second set 25-22. The team had a total of 13 kills and 37 total attempts.

From the stands, the team shows complete trust in each other even when the score is close. Head coach Camilla Hafoka notices both the coaches and players act in giving positive words of affirmation, which keeps the team energy alive in tough moments and plays a big role in winning sets.

Hafoka reminds the team in between sets and time-outs of what they are doing well and to be confident in themselves.

“Making sure they trust each other, and making sure they are confident in what they are capable of doing, and just reiterating what they are good at is important,” Hafoka said.

The Trailblazers didn’t let their guard down as they took a heavy lead on the last set and gave Fullerton no hope to win. With a score of 25-13, the Trailblazers left with a total of 14 kills and 35 total attempts, leaving Fullerton in the dust with a perfect 3-0 shutout.

The team kept up the high intensity and never let its teammates get down after a mistake. Instead, they hype each other up and play it off like it never happened.

Taela Laufiso, a senior English major from West Jordan said: “I think that being able to have a family aspect in your culture ups your level of play by a thousand. There is so much more to life than volleyball and that is what we focus on here. It is something that has improved everything in my life.”

Looking forward to keeping the wins going, the Trailblazers will take on the University of California, Berkeley Sept. 9.

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.

Students reminisce on their favorite summer 2022 memories

Although summer may be over, the memories students have made will never be forgotten.

While some students were focusing on work and making major life decisions over the break, others were enjoying the scenery of southern Utah, traveling around the world, and moving to St. George. Whether students found work locally or back in their hometowns, many discovered their favorite memories of the summer were when they were making money. 

Allie Robbins, a senior exercise science major from Delta, worked thirty-hour weeks as a massage therapist at her own business, Läka

“The comments I had people give me this summer were the best,” Robbins said. “People thought I had been working for five or ten years, and I hadn’t even been licensed for a full year. That was just a really good compliment knowing that I am in the right field of work and doing what I love.”

After being licensed last July and starting her business in January, Robbins has returned to Utah Tech from a two-year gap to finish what she started. 

“It’s nice that I see the light at the end of the tunnel knowing that I will finish my degree,” Robbins said.

Other students made life-changing decisions, throwing them even further into the adult world. For some, attending college marks the first step of transitioning into adulthood, but a close second for Utah residents includes getting married.

Brandon Blair, a junior finance major from West Jordan, tied the knot with his fiance in July. 

“The whole summer was me leading up to the wedding, so it was a little stressful,” Blair said. “I didn’t get the normal break that you get over the summer, but the wedding went good. The stress was all for nothing in the end.”

After beginning a new chapter of his life, Blair returned to school with a new addition to his family.

“It’s definitely tough being back in school just because the first couple days of the semester are hard to get back in the swing of things, but being married definitely makes it nicer,” Blair said. 

With Utah being home to five national parks, 43 state parks, and many other spots to enjoy outdoor activities, students chose to spend their summer exploring Utah.

James Barrow, a sophomore biology major from Keene, New Hampshire, enjoyed some of his favorite hobbies including mountaineering and big-wall rock climbing.  

“Being able to get up these multiple thousand foot walls in less than six hours was super cool,” Barrow said.

After morning classes were eliminated from many schedules, students looked forward to sleeping in during the summer. As for Barrow, 2 a.m. alarm clocks allowed him to avoid the heat of southern Utah while enjoying traditional mountain climbing. 

“Just being able to mentally and physically push myself while mountain climbing makes life seem really easy,” Barrow said.  

Students also enjoyed venturing out of Utah. They traveled to other states and countries to enjoy different sceneries, attractions, and cultures. 

Justin Thornley, a freshman general education major from St. George, traveled alone to Spain to visit his family.

“Traveling was really fun,” Thornley said. “It was a different experience, especially going all alone. I definitely thought it was really fun going to the beach, traveling around and seeing a different culture than mine.”

With the summer before college marking a new chapter of freedom for many students, Thornley was able to practice his newfound independence while traveling abroad.

“I’d say I had an amazing summer because going to Spain by myself was a new experience for me,” Thornley said. “It highlighted more independence and how I can be my own person.”

While many students blocked out any thoughts of school, some students moved to the United States to prepare for their first semester at Utah Tech. 

Cirkeline Lundbert, a freshman business management major from Copenhagen, Denmark, flew over 10 hours to make St. George her new home. 

“Moving here was very stressful because I had to bring all my suitcases, pack up by myself, and move without my parents,” Lundbert said. 

Despite this big change, feelings of exhilaration filled students as they set up dorms, shopped for school, and settled down to prepare for this semester.

“Everything is exciting, like the whole experience of being alone and independent,” Lundbert said. “I think it’s very overwhelming, but I’ve already learned a lot about myself.”

Although summer break has come to an end, the memories made will long be remembered.

Best of sports during the 2021-2022 school year

The transition to Division I athletics has resulted in bigger games and better upsets.

Here are some of the best games from the 2021-2022 school year.

DSU vs. SUU

The Dixie State University men’s basketball team started its season with a hard-fought loss against Gonzaga University Nov. 9 but came back with a win against in-state rival Southern Utah University Nov. 12. 

Both DSU and SUU came out fighting during this game. The first quarter started with a back-and-forth battle, but the Trailblazers later broke away going on a 15-2 run. This resulted in a score of 41-27 for DSU at the 3:03 mark. 

The Trailblazers outscored the Thunderbirds 21-5 during the last six minutes of the first half igniting the crowd for the rest of the game. This led DSU to open up the second half of the game with a comfortable 17-point lead which was also the biggest deficit during the game. 

DSU came out on top with combined efforts from the starters and the bench. Four Trailblazers had 10 or more points, and the bench had a combined total of 37 points compared to 20 bench points by the Thunderbirds. The final score was 83-76.

Not only was this a crucial win for DSU, but it also drew a crowd of 4,105. At the time, this was the largest home crowd since the change to DI. It was also the ninth-largest crowd to attend a game in the Burns Arena in DSU’s NCAA era.

The win against SUU set the tone for more matchups throughout the rest of the season, especially for in-state rivalries. This leads to the DSU vs. Utah Valley University upset.

DSU vs. UVU

The Trailblazers took on the Wolverines for the second time during the 2021-2022 season Feb. 19 and came out with a win to split the series. 

The Old Hammer Rivalry broke the attendance record once more with 4,270 people. This was the largest crowd in DSU’s DI era. 

DSU trailed behind UVU for the majority of the first half but started chipping away at the lead around the 13-minute mark. 

Cameron Gooden, a recreation and sports management major from Frisco, Texas, raced down the floor with a steal to challenge UVU guard Justin Harmon in the paint. 

Gooden’s efforts resulted in a dunk for the lead with a score of 29-27. The Trailblazers went into the second half leading with a score of 36-32.

This game turned out to be an overtime thriller which was not expected when DSU was down three points with less than 10 seconds left. The crowd started to disperse but quickly rushed back when Gooden was fouled on a successful jumper and made a foul shot that tied up the game 70-70.

The Trailblazers outscored the Wolverines in overtime and finished with a score of 80-75.

DSU vs. BYU

The DSU baseball team took on Brigham Young University April 5 at the Bruce Hurst field. This win brought the Trailblazer’s season record to 14-14. 

The game remained scoreless due to the good fortune of the Trailblazers getting out of a bases-loaded one-out jam from BYU. DSU posted two runs of its own in the same inning.

The Trailblazer’s initial rally began when two of its base runners committed a double steal. Mathew Ivancich, a junior recreation and sports management major from Wildomar, California, scored on a wild pitch. The pitch also allowed Shane Taylor, a sophomore general studies major from Las Vegas, Nevada, to proceed to third base. Taylor later scored on an ensuing sacrifice fly.

BYU pushed a run across the plate in the top of the fifth inning, but DSU responded with four runs to take a commanding 6 to 1 lead. The rally of runs was contributed by multiple players, including a home run by Kaden Hollow, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho.

The Cougars attempted to make a comeback throughout the rest of the game but fell short. Although DSU was outhit 13-9 by BYU, the Trailblazers came out on top with a score of 7-5. 

The new record attendance was set at the Bruce Hurst Field with 1,951 people in attendance.

All-in-all, DSU athletics has proven themselves capable of defying odds. Keep an eye out for the coming 2022-2023 matchups as DSU transitions to Utah Tech University.

DSU women’s golf team looks to end season on high note, prepares for WAC championship

The Dixie State University women’s golf team will be looking to blaze the trail of its future while competing in the WAC championship April 18-20, in Kerrville, Texas. 

The team is still in its NCAA Division I transition, so while the athletes can personally medal, the team is not eligible to compete as a team for the WAC championship. However, head coach Lindsey Stucki is still excited for the athletes to compete. She sees this tournament as an opportunity for the team to continue to grow their game as well as show off how much their game has already grown. 

“We will definitely be computing our own score to see where we stack up with these other schools,” Stucki said. “The girls have been practicing hard, and this tournament will be a great experience to build upon, as all but one of them competing will be returning to Dixie State next year.”

Abby Livingston, a sophomore health administration major from Novi, Michigan, preaches finding confidence in herself and her team as the key to success. 

Livingston is the team’s leading scorer and is one of three other players on the team with four years of collegiate experience. Dating back to her years at Eastern Michigan University, her game and numbers have consistently improved. Coach Stucki’s faith in her abilities, her commitment and her love for the game has led to her having the best year of her career. She credits this consistent growth to the confidence she has in herself. 

“To prepare for tournaments, the WAC Championship in this case, I like to go in with full confidence within myself and my team,” Livingston said. “Feeling like I am in a leadership position, I always love to help my teammates out as much as I can. I remind them of how talented they are and that they are all great players.” 

Abbey Porter, a sophomore nursing major from Alpine, expressed a similar sentiment and credited the tight-knit nature of the group as the driving source for their growth and success on the course. The real friendships they have built as a group has inspired improvement across the team. 

Porter also said the team has put extensive preparation off the course. 

“We have taken a lot of time this year to prepare,” Porter said. “From studying stats to working on specific yardages, we have put in the work outside of the golf course to prepare well for our tournaments.”

While the transition to Division I has been a process, Stucki spoke positively of the growth of the team. Stucki said the transition has been somewhat of a slow one, but she has still seen the team consistently improve.