Author: Cheyenn Clayburn

U. S. National Taekwondo Team members coach UVU club

Samery Moras was ranked 4th in the U.S. for her Taekwondo skills in 2014. Photo courtesy of UVU Taekwondo Club   U.S. National Taekwondo Team members Samery Moras and Jared Reed are striving to get members of UVU’s Taekwondo club to form a team capable of competing in the National Collegiate Championship in the spring of 2016. To meet this goal, Moras said that it would take time and dedication, but she thought it was possible. Previously, Moras and her sister ran the taekwondo club at the University of Utah. Last semester she transferred to UVU where she decided...

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APS connects with foster teens through stocking exchange

Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice national honor society, combined efforts with Utah County Department of Child and Family Services Dec. 4 for its second annual Christmas stocking exchange. For this event, both the APS club and students in the criminal justice department put together approximately 100 stockings. Each stocking was filled with various gifts such as candy, simple toys, socks, gloves and gift cards that were purchased by students. These stockings were then given to over 50 teenage foster children that attended the event at UVU after the APS induction ceremony. “The stocking exchange went really well,” said Jeremy Baker, APS treasurer. “We were able to donate more than enough stockings and there was a joyful atmosphere at the activity.” All of the extra stockings that were donated were given to DCFS to give to other foster teens who were unable to attend the event. The teens that were able to attend, spent the night going through their stockings, socializing with UVU students, and making Christmas decorations for the DCFS office. “This event was amazing and a great way to reach out to youth in foster care,” said event coordinator and Assistant Professor Marcy Hehnly. DCFS clinical social worker Terri Sawyer said that she thought the main benefit of this activity was that it showed these foster kids that somebody cares about them. “Often times these children are...

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Club of the Month Program takes clubs to the next level

Cheyenn Clayburn | Staff Writer   Each year the clubs office chooses an initiative to help improve the quality of clubs at UVU. This year they chose to focus their efforts on improving and emphasizing the club of the month program. “This program helps clubs help themselves,” said UVUSA club Ambassador McKenna Einfeldt. The club of the month program consists of a different challenge being issued to all of the clubs each month. The challenge is announced during the Inter Club Council meetings, which are held the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month. These challenges typically require that the clubs do a task that will help raise their publicity or gain members. The winner for December’s club of the month is the Women’s Lacrosse club. To win they set up a booth at the Freshman Thanksgiving event. While there, they posted pictures of one of their members helping out at the event and tagged @uvuclubs. Last month’s winners, the Society for Human Resource Management club, performed a community service project with six of its members in attendance and tagged @uvuclubs in a post. For that project the SHRM club participated in the Make a Difference Day Oct. 19 by putting together feminine hygiene kits. Sean Costello president of the SHRM club said that the best part about winning the November club of the month was the free publicity and...

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Spectrum club responds to LDS policy

The Spectrum Club provides safe environment for all individuals Cheyenn Clayburn | Staff Writer Many members of the UVU Spectrum club have an LDS background and were affected by the latest policy changes that were announced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Nov. 5. Since the announcement the Spectrum club has strived to be a forum for individuals to come and talk and receive support. “It makes them feel like they have to choose between their sexual orientation or gender affiliation and being LDS,” said Karen Deysher program manager of the LGBT student services. The purpose of Spectrum club is to promote awareness and to provide a safe environment on campus for all students, staff and community members. It is intended to be a place where they can feel free to be themselves without being judged “With Spectrum I found a second home. I didn’t have to pretend. I could be my genuine self,” said Spectrum President Spencer Carter. Since the announcement the club has strived to be a forum for individuals to come and talk and receive support. Several faculty and staff members have also contacted the LGBT Student Services to find out how they could become more educated to help support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals in their departments. One way they can do this is to go through...

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UVU, BYU unite to ease hunger in Utah Valley

Valley United Food Drive begins on campus Cheyenn Clayburn | Staff Writer Photo credit: Mike Richardson The UVU and BYU student alumni associations have teamed up for the third annual Valley United Against Hunger Food Drive, which will run from Nov. 9-30. All of the funds and food collected from this drive will be donated to Community Action Services and Food Bank. The donations will then go to families in Utah Valley who are struggling. The funds will be divided between buying more food and helping sustain other programs that Community Action provides. As part of the food drive, food...

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