Author: Brandt Whiting

‘Contours of Knowledge’

On Friday, Dec. 3, the second annual “Contours of Knowledge” was presented by students, faculty and staff members showcasing their imaginative, interdisciplinary ideas to the public in the library auditorium. “[This] is students presenting their work in a scholarly context,” said Jans B. Wager, chair in Interdisciplinary Studies and Cinema Studies. “The work is fascinating and we welcome all within the community to come.” One month prior to the conference, students and members of the academic community submitted a one page brief, summarizing a proposed presentation in the following categories: academic papers, short films, panels and workshops. The process is not easy; it is juried so not everyone who submits gets in. The interdisciplinary conference was a great opportunity to present ideas and offer diverse/interdisciplinary work to the public, as well as pave a path toward graduate school. For more information about Interdisciplinary Studies visit the their website...

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Poetry by Rob Carney

English professor, Rob Carney recited poetry on Friday, Dec. 3, in the library auditorium during the Second Annual Contours of Knowledge, an Interdisciplinary Conference. “He expressed real feelings and thoughts no matter how simple the words,” said student Alexa Pulley. “He was funny, quirky and unique. I never got bored.” Carney is the author of three books of poems. With more than 130 poems and flash fictions published and winner of the 2002 Pinyon Press National Poetry Competition and two time winner of the Utah Book Award of Poetry, Carney is an all around respected writer. When asked, “What inspired you to write poems?” Carney responded, “I like reading it so much I wanted to write my own.” “A rock signs his name on a broken window…,” Carney quotes from one poem entitled, ‘Story Problems.’ According to those in attendance, Carney’s attention to detail and emotions ran deep with each and every word spoken. His poetry was more than words; it was the rebirth of the writer’s...

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Active awareness

On the evening of Sept. 27, a pedestrian crossing 800 South, the road between the testing center and the free lot, was struck by a driver heading westbound along the street. Police said the student was wearing dark clothing and listening to his iPod. According to unnamed eyewitness, they heard a thud and saw him flying through the air. Pedestrians need to remember that they have responsibility for their own safety. Pedestrians cannot always rely on drivers to stop. The string of recent car/pedestrian accidents here on campus attests to that. When walking in traffic areas, including parking lots, pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings. They also need to remove distractions like headphones or anything that takes away from the ability to hear or see what is going on around them. Texting, though common, is not the only distraction facing drivers; anything that takes their eyes off the road even for a moment is a distraction that can lead to an accident and possibly a fatality. Applying make-up, eating, talking on the phone or focusing on an unruly child in the back seat are all examples of distractions. The split-second decision to take your eyes off the road can have lasting consequences for both driver and victim. The consequences of harming another human being and the thought of being responsible for the loss of life can be...

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