Author: Alex Solomon

UVUSA’s strides to improve the campus

  In 2006, the college formerly known as UVSC, a name almost universally replaced by it’s new moniker of UVU, received news that it had officially been accredited as a university, establishing itself on the same level as many surrounding universities in Utah.   From the new library to the relocation of the dance department to the GT building, and changes in the food court vendors to the construction of a new science building, UVU has started to take a new shape, with change and growth buzzing in the air.   UVUSA played a big part in UVU becoming a university. Through much dedication, diligence, and a desire to make this institution a better place, past student body presidents have sat in on several meetings and hearings to really pushed for accreditation.   “UVUSA will aid students in changes that are going to be done on campus. We will change our focus with the tides. If students bring concerns to us and we will address them and involve them rather than just listen.” -David Millet, Vice President of academics   Another big change in UVU recent history was that of the new Science Building currently under construction.  The Science Building is a direct result of UVUSA’s involvement doing fundraisers, projects and gaining support.   In addition, UVUSA has also worked to improve student parking and accommodations by making plans...

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They can sing, they can dance, they can act!

UVU is a melting pot of different cultures and events, and this fall promises some very exciting performances for the student body and surrounding community. The performing arts departments are pulling out all the stops this semester. As fall inches around the corner, departments such as theater, music, fine arts and music are working fervently to bring their best talent to the stage as a new semester commences. They have prepared several performances to share with the campus and community that will showcase just how talent its students are. Coming up on Nov. 4, 5 and 8 is a special show entitled “Carmina Burana.” The music, theater and dance departments are each collaborating for this performance. “This is our biggest project of the year,” said Nichole Ortega, head of the Dance department. “[Each] department is working hard for this show. UVU Mastwerworks Chorale and Symphony Orchestra will join the Utah Regional Ballet Ensemble, which has residence on campus, and the UVU Repertory Ballet Ensemble in producing Carmina Burana.  Several Chorales from local high schools such as Orem, Lone Peak, Timpanogos, and Maple Mountain High will also join the ensemble. Carmina Burana boasts of over 200 dancers and features original choreography performed by the Frankfurt Opera in 1937. The theater department has some other special performances up its sleeve. It has invited Baron Kelley, professional actor and scholar to perform...

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Benefits of a UV ID card

Obtaining a UV ID card is more than just getting another piece of plastic to carry around in your wallet. There are several benefits that students can take advantage of right here on campus. Although a UV ID is required to schedule a session in the library study rooms, it can be used to as a pseudo-bus pass, as well. Another benefit is the Greenbucks feature, which allows students to put money into an account and use the UV ID for on-campus transactions. As part of the Greenbucks feature, the Gold Plan can be used specifically for purchasing food on campus. “The Gold Plan is basically a meal plan, and you can purchase food from any vendor on campus with the ID card,” said Michael Cox, Campus Connection. “At the end of the semester, any left over money gets transferred to a Flex Bucket, and can be used to buy anything on campus. It also carries over into the next semester.” Cox explained if a student were to reinstate the Gold Plan for the next semester, he or she would have to deposit enough money to bring the Flex Bucket amount back up to $300. The UV ID can also be upgraded to the UV PlusCard, which is used as a debit card for students with accounts at Utah Community Credit Union. ID’s are available at the Campus Connection...

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A Midsummer Day’s Play

Summer is in full swing, and has brought with it blue skies, birds and the Grassroots Shakespeare Company’s summer tour. UVU enjoyed a real treat with the company performing on campus twice. Their first performance was on Wednesday, June 8, where they performed “As You Like It” on the Quad, and again on June 15 at the UVU Alumni House with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. “I’m really proud of everybody,” said Alex Ungerman, one of the companies founding members. “It usually takes 2 months to prepare for a show, and we’ve done 3 shows in 1 month.” The Grassroots Shakespeare Company was founded three years ago by Ungerman and Mark Oram and have been touring every summer since. The goal of the company is to perform the works of Shakespeare as they were originally performed with minimal practice, costumes, and props. Grassroots now consists of 11 cast members of both BYU and UVU students. Ungerman stated that the Grassroots Shakespeare Company also do what they call “play-a-day” workshops, which he noted are an authentic experience similar to how Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. “Theatre majors and students of other majors are all encouraged to participate in the workshops,” said Levi Brown, a student and cast member. “Anyone who is studying Shakespeare should give [the workshops] a try.” “It’s a really fun and unique experience,” said Davey Morrison-Dillard, a BYU...

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Catching Up with Kappa Sigma

If you’re looking for a club to join in the fall, then look no further than the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 2009, Kappa Sigma established a branch, or “colony”, on UVU Campus and has continued to grow since. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity is a social group for young men to interact and support each other and form lasting personal and professional relationships. At the heart of Kappa Sigma Fraternity are the Four Pillars which act as guidelines a they strive for excellence in scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service. “Honestly, our main goal and mission statement is to create a tight-knit, well- functioning and organized group of gentlemen who are ready to take on the obstacles everyone faces after college,” Kappa Sigma brother Bektur Abdrisaev said. “[they] carry the ideals of fraternal bonds and courtesy into not only their careers, but into every aspect of their lives.” Kappa Sigma Fraternity was founded on Dec. 10, 1869. Today, the fraternity boasts a rich and diverse membership, with over 280,000 members worldwide. Notable members include actor Robert Redford, former senator Robert Dole, and founder of CNN Ted Turner. The fraternity offers many resources to its members, including weekly tutoring, experience in business management, event and fundraiser planning and networking opportunities with not only fellow fraternity members on campus, but to students across the world. “Most alumni members are in management positions,” Abdrisaev...

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