Author: Amanda Hollman

The great dress debate

Thursday, Feb. 26, a Tumblr post about a dress went crazy viral with one question: is it blue with black lace or white with gold lace? The post flooded social media platforms, sparking debates  with strong opinions between those who saw blue/black and those who saw white/gold. Even celebrities joined in on the quest for the truth. It seemed that it was about an equal division, with about half seeing each color combination. Fifty UVU students were also divided, in a surprising way. 22 saw blue and black, 22 saw white and gold with six who saw both. So...

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Wind Symphony changes STEM to STEAM

The wind symphony’s annual children’s concert on Feb. 18 was a hit for audiences of all ages with great music and a positive message tied together with entertaining humor. Titled Dr. Calamari and the (Mad) Science of Music, the performance included an animated short designed by a class ofDigital Media sophomores called Cyborg Shrimp, the Rise of Dr. Calamari. The students, taught by Professor Rodayne Esmay, created the film so that it could be shown while the symphony played along to it. “I’ve come here to awaken your brain,” said Dr. Calamari, actor Marvin Payne, when he made an...

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Choreographers design their way to the top

Utah Regional Ballet held its sixth annual Choreography Design Competition Feb. 6-7 in the Ragan Theater, where the six finalists had their choreography performed. Two choreographers were selected for one of three divisions: emerging, students who have yet to be paid for their design; pre-professional, those currently enrolled in an institution or elite training program; or professional, for professional dancers, choreographers and/or educators that have experience. Rose Hutchins, the emerging division winner, is a ballet major at UVU. Her design, titled “Degas,” had a Hispanic feel to it. Along with the five women, two men group scene, there was...

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FanX 2015: a nerdtastic event

Photo credit: Amanda Hollman Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience is back for their fourth con and continues to be a popular event filled with fans in cosplay, panels, vendors, celebrities and fun. Day two of the event brought a lot of “Whovians “and “Potterheads” anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see their favorite celebrities.  FanX was able to bring three “Doctor Who” guests: Matt Smith, 11th Doctor; Karen Gillan, Amy Pond; and Billie Piper, Rose Tyler. Tom Felton, Harry Potter’s Draco Malfoy, was also a guest. “I’m kicking myself for not coming earlier…I will be back for sure,” Felton...

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VoiceLine performs with charisma, harmony

Photo credit: Amanda Hollman   The fine acoustics of the Ragan Theater were filled with the harmonious sound of UVU’s a capella group, VoiceLine, on Thursday evening with the largest audience that the group has ever had. The nine young men were sharply dressed with green ties, tan suit coats, suspenders, and topped off with classy sneakers. The icing on the cake was the members’ charismatic personalities throughout the performance. A member gave an introduction to the song before they performed it. The descriptions varied from entertaining to inspirational. “Everyone goes through challenges..but this room is full to the...

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