Author: Ben Norell

UVU braces as President Obama presents education budget

President Barack Obama’s planned education cuts to the Pell Grant and other federal aid programs have students and faculty at this university apprehensive for 2012. According to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, the budget calls for a $100 billion cut over the next 10 years, eliminating two-a-year Pell Grants and the subsidy that pays interest on the loans of graduate students while they were enrolled. The budget has raised numerous concerns from students and faculty, who believe a better solution is necessary. “Anytime there are changes in Pell eligibility, it impacts students,” said Linda Makin, chief planning, budget and policy officer. “We believe the change last year that allowed students to have the summer Pell Grant was beneficial because it allowed students to get through their education in a smaller time frame.” Makin went on to say it would be unfortunate if the two-a-year Pell Grants were removed because it increased enrollment and provided an alternative for students who could not find summer work in the down economy. In addition, students completing their graduate studies at public institutions would be disadvantaged if they were forced to pay interest on their loans while attending school.     “I wouldn’t have been able to finish my school without financial aid because I don’t make enough from work,” said Curtis Whiting, a sophomore in the Business Management program who will complete his associate degree this...

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Outdoor Rec. offers trip to St. George

For those looking to find a way into the outdoors, UVU boasts all the tools to start. The Outdoor Adventure Center has a climbing trip planned for St. George November 4-6 that will guide students to some amazing climbing destinations. The OAC periodically plans trips of this nature that are extremely affordable for students. UVU students are privy to some of the world’s best and most accessible rock climbing. Within a couple hours’ driving distance, there are thousands of routes available for all climbing disciplines. The Outdoor Recreation Department, coupled with the OAC, makes access for students safe and easy. The Recreation department has rock climbing classes that can equip students with the necessary knowledge to head up to the nearest wall and climb safely. “Even though the Outdoor Recreation major has become more academic, those classes still serve the same purpose,” said Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation Department Chair Jason V. Slack. “They are for students to be active and participating. The indoor climbing courses are all taught at The Quarry, and the outdoor climbing classes are taught by an adjunct faculty...

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Shallow water, deep secret

On Jan. 26 the Animal Allies Club in conjunction with the Cinema Studies Club and Peace and Justice Studies Club sponsored a showing of the 2009 film “The Cove.” “The Cove” is a documentary about the yearly dolphin slaughters that take place in the city of Taiji, Japan. Jorgen Hansen, Co-President of the AAC, said he saw the film in Salt Lake City last year and wanted to bring it to Utah County so that more people would be able to see and experience the film. With close to 100 attendees Hansen was able to do just that. When asked if he was previously aware of the dolphin slaughter, Rob Steffen, President of the Cinema Studies Club, said, “I knew nothing about [the slaughter], so it was pretty shocking.” The Cinema Studies Club works to bring many different types of films to students. They often focus on films that expose viewers to new ideals or issues. After the showing the mood in the room was very somber. Many of those who attended had not seen the film and found it eye-opening. “I feel motivated,” said Steffen. “I want to do something because it’s horrible. [The killing] can’t continue, it just shouldn’t.” While the film was free, attendees were encouraged to donate to Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary. Ching is a no-kill nonprofit animal rescue organization for all types of...

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