Author: Celeste Tholen

Women and racism

Filling the Ragan Theater to its capacity, Dr. bell hooks gave her capstone lecture on Friday, April 1, finishing her week spent on campus. As a feminist scholar, hooks lectured about racism through a feminism framing, lending understanding to how women are a part of, and pass on, racism. She discussed the relationship between women using examples from the media, research and personal experiences. Her critical analysis of these situations connected women and racism, as well as how it is passed on through the relationships women have. She mentioned not just friendships between women, but also family ties, particularly that of motherhood. To begin her argument, she discussed the traditionally-strained relationship between women of color and white women, particularly affected by the role of the white woman and the colored housekeeper working for her. Hooks said that while the white woman feels the need to be loved by her charges, colored women have generally felt misused, taken advantage of and ill-paid. According to hooks, this fosters racism, or a feeling of supremacy within the white woman, and encourages “exploitation ethics.” Further, she discussed the different campaigning technique used by First Ladies Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama. According to hooks, while Clinton was alienating herself from anti-feminists, Obama was endearing herself to the same group. Although Obama was educated at an Ivy League university as a lawyer, she promised to...

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Can you tell me how to get to UVU?

Now that you’re out of high school and out of college, getting to school involves more than the school bus vs. driving yourself scenario. With the spike in enrollment this year and no change in the amount of student parking, students may want to consider all of their parking and commuting options before fall semester. According to Parking Services, the number of passes sold in the last year almost doubled the 1700 passes sold the previous year. What that means for anybody trying to find a parking spot is some serious competition, especially if one insists on parking in lots near the liberal arts building. Parking Services Supervisor Tena Medina said, “A lot of students don’t know there are other parking lots they can park in with their yellow passes … [and] shy away from parking far away. But the time they spend walking is the same they would spend finding a closer parking spot.” In addition to locating other parking lots, Medina recommends showing up a few minutes early to secure any spot, near or far from your class. It should be noted that Parking Services has moved to a new location at 723 South 1200 West and that passes are available not only there, but at One Stop and online. Furthermore, you are no longer required to bring in vehicle registration or fill out a form to...

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New Roads, New Jobs?

How the Nu Skin Project on Center Street May Affect You Provo Center Street’s historic south side between 100 West and University Avenue is in for a transformation. Nu Skin, a multilevel-marketing company, has its corporate headquarters at 75 West Center Street, and plans to extend into a plaza and atrium that will connect a new corporate building to the existing headquarters, essentially covering the area between 100 West and 100 South. Provo city council members voted that existing businesses vacate and relocate to accommodate the plaza, giving Nu Skin the go-ahead on the project. So does this affect us here? Considering that many are not aware of the new plan for Center Street, it seems it may not. But when students are looking for jobs in the fall and later when they are looking for internships or careers, they may find the expansion beneficial to them. According to Nu Skin, the project will bring around 400 new employees into the company’s downtown offices. Truman Hunt, president and CEO of Nu Skin said, “We recognize the great potential of this expansion project and the important role it will play in helping to revitalize downtown, generate economic development and provide additional green space for Provo.” So economically, this may be a good move – and let’s face it, most people are more worried about the economy than about preserving historical...

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New master plan should include bike paths

While some students, due to how far away they live, may not realistically be able to take a bike to school every day, those of us who live closer may find it in our benefit to do so. Student Body President Richard Portwood said, “We don’t have the capability of building more parking… [Alternative modes of transportation] are essential to our development.” With overcrowded parking lots, and our inability to expand parking, biking is a good alternative. If more people were to bike, perhaps the greatest concern most would have would be finding a spot on the bike rack closest to your classes. Think biking may be too time-consuming? How long do you spend each day driving to school and getting a parking spot? How much do you spend on the gas it takes to get you to school and a parking pass each year? Have you tried getting yourself around in something other than a car? Let’s do some math. Setting a realistic parameter, let’s consider a person within a three mile radius who drives to school each day. Unleaded gasoline in Orem is currently, on average, $2.82 a gallon. A midsized vehicle may get (on a high) 26 mpg. If that were to be a constant price, each year (not including any summer semesters), that student spends $106.42 on gas only to get to school. Add in...

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The art of ignoring people in the hall – and its potential downsides

The halls at UVU do more than keep students warm in the winter and cool between summer classes. A string of buildings connected by halls provide numerous opportunities to practice the skill of avoiding possibly awkward encounters. You know what I’m talking about here, guys. We’ve all done it. Each of us has foregone the “do unto others” thing and ignored someone in the hall. When standing back for a moment and looking at this peculiarity, two types of methods can be identified: the preventative and the remedial. The preventative method requires one to consistently be on guard, although to the casual observer it looks passive. Earbuds in, holding a phone or otherwise creating a blockade between you and a potential encounter fall into this category. Now, some may not mind saying hello to familiar faces. But when a face isn’t such a welcome one, remedial action may be taken. This takes the form of rummaging through a bag, pretending your mom is calling, or if worst comes to worst, a quick dodge into the bathroom. If not executed smoothly, however, these attempts are painfully obvious and draw attention when you want to be obscured. In these situations, a last ditch effort to avoid the person may be made, or a cover up head nod may be employed. With that in mind I ask, why are we so reluctant...

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