Author: Benjamin Burton

Honrando a los muertos

Lleno de celebración y festividades, aún los muertos tienen su propio día en México. Pero aquí en los Estados Unidos, hay mucho menos conocimiento de este día. “Pienso que es una fiesta Mexicana,” dijo Jonathan Coyne, un estudiante de la universidad. “No estoy seguro si está celebrado sólo en Centroamérica, o si se celebra en Sudamérica también.” Para informar a la comunidad de lo que se trata este día importante para los mexicanos, el museo de Woodbury ha creado un altar para los muertos, como es la tradición de México. “Estamos tratando de unir a la comunidad,” dijo Melissa Hempel, conservadora del museo.  “Queremos ofrecer actividades para que la comunidad participe.  Al tener este altar aquí, estamos invitando a cualquier persona de la universidad o de las áreas locales a traer cosas para poner en el altar.” El museo edificó este altar según la costumbre mexicana del día de muertos.  Encima del altar se pone la caléndula-la Flor de los Muertos- porque según la tradición, las caléndulas atraen a los espíritus de los antepasados por el olor que tienen.  También pusieron calaveras alrededor del altar, porque el esqueleto es el símbolo de este día. El museo dió a la comunidad la oportunidad de traer fotos y recuerdos de sus seres queridos que han fallecido para colocar en el altar como lo hacen tradicionalmente en México.  Sorprendentemente, no hubieron muchos...

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Honoring the Dead

Mexico is a place full of celebration and festivities, even the dead have their own holiday. But here in the United States, there is less understanding of what happens on that day of the dead. “I think that it’s a celebration in Mexico,” said student Jonathan Coyne. “I’m not sure if it is celebrated only in Central America, or if they celebrate it in South America as well.” In an attempt to better inform the local community of this important holiday, the Woodbury Museum has created an altar for the dead, following the tradition in Mexico. “We’re working on community outreach,” said Melissa Hempel, museum Curator. “We want to offer activities for the community to take part in. By having this altar here, we are inviting anyone from the university or local areas to bring things to put on the altar.” The museum built the altar according to the tradition of the Day of the Dead. Because of its scent, the marigold flower, called the Flower of the Dead, is placed on top of the altar in an attempt to attract the spirits of those who have passed on. There were also skulls placed around the altar, since the skeleton is the symbol of this holiday. As is traditional for families in Mexico, the museum gave members of the community an opportunity to bring pictures and memories of their...

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Fixing an error in the admissions system

You might think that the Admissions Department would have a running total of students attending school that speak a native language other than English. Think again. After an interview with Ryan Burton, Director of Admissions, it was discovered that this is not the case. “The reality is that if UVU were to try and analyze the information in its current state, I think it would be greatly misconstrued by the lack of data,” Burton said. “What I found out was that as new employees were coming through, they weren’t being trained on how to enter the information into the system,” he said, referring to the information asked on the admissions application. Burton clarified that the questions found on the online application are automatically stored into the Banner system, but those from the paper application have not been entered for quite some time. “We have asked these questions for many years, but we didn’t actually enter the information into the banner system until about four or five months ago when it was brought to my attention,” stated Burton after explaining the paper application process. “Maybe 15-20 percent of the current students will have the information in the system.” The main contributing factor to this problem is that all students born outside of the U.S. have to fill out the paper application instead of the online version, which makes the process...

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