Author: Collin Lawrence

LGBTs await SCOTUS DOMA decision

The conservative right against the liberal left once again. “Judge not, lest ye be judged,” Matthew 7:1. The score is most likely 4 – 4. All tied up. It seems to always come down to the final vote. This is the American way. Never agreeing on anything. Always fighting, never compromising. At least this isn’t left up to Congress who seems to just let things expire, fall off cliffs and commandeer the reigns of reason. The Defense of Marriage Act and California Proposition 8 have both been discussed at some length by the Supreme Court of the Unites States....

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Phillip Phillips

Everyone knows smaller concerts are better. The UCCU Events Center is just that. It is acoustically sufficient but small enough to make every seat a good seat. Orem is lucky to have a quality location for big names in music to play at. The night started off with a small band from Denver called Churchill. They were energetic and played a great opening song. Most of the seats were already full and the floor was standing room only. Strong vocals from Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly were strong and passionate. They hit the notes and gave the crown all it could ask for. For some reason fans just didn’t respond. Nobody was dancing on the floor. When Tim made his way out to the crowd, everyone seemed anchored to their seats. Churchill didn’t play a long set but the opening song set a great tone to the night. They played a little cover and before long, it was time for their last song. For this, Phillip made his first appearance. There seemed to be standing room only on the stage. But the mandolin player seemed to steal the show. Tim was out in the crowd again, winding through fans on the floor trying to get them more excited. Phillip stayed on stage and worked his guitar with a frenzy. Intermission hit the crowd like the end of Thanksgiving dinner....

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Get out of here

You can’t just stay here all your life. You can, but it won’t do you any good. Why would you want to stay here anyway? Sure, there are plenty of attractive young single people like you, but those will be here forever. You can also find them all over the world. So don’t use that as an excuse. Utah Valley is comfortable. I get that. Maybe you just got here from somewhere else in the western United States. The climate may be different, and the lessons you’re learning about being an adult might be very new. You still use a washing machine and dryer to do your laundry. It’s likely you don’t even use money in your everyday life, rather you swipe your card for whatever you need whenever you need it, rarely having to plan ahead. There will be very few times in your life when you will have the opportunity you have now. Nobody is depending on you for their financial support. While you may have started a small collection of usable furniture, most of it can be purchased again at a very low price. Most of you have a brother or sister getting back from their mission or graduating high school willing to buy or at the very least take care of your car while you’re away. The time is now. Programs to keep your status...

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Class times and dates to be announced

Finding the perfect combination of classes while maximizing your time on campus is a challenge for anyone. Working from a limited number of options makes getting to that desired degree harder every semester it seems. Add in the complications of only coming to school on a Monday Wednesday Friday block or Tuesday Thursday, and you’ll be left with a list of classes offered that reminds you of high school electives. The university wants to figure out what its students want to learn about in their chosen fields. It only serves them a benefit if they offer classes they can fill. Paying an instructor to teach ten people isn’t quite the financially efficient model that benefits the establishment. So why aren’t they asking students directly? Every opportunity to capture their target audience is available. Utah Valley University knows it has a diverse student pool to draw from. But are they on the map? For a trade school specializing in a few industry supplying programs and expanding on others, knowing the market and supplying the current demand are going to make this a regionally impressive university. Some are just out of high school or back from a mission. Many are working students trying to balance a schedule that is already packed with commitments. UVU is on the map. The state legislature has set aside $ 54 million for a new classroom...

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Who won the popularity contest?

empower – 1. to give the authority or power to do something #avenue – 2. a thoroughfare running at right angles to streets laid out in a city laid out on a grid pattern   IGNITE – 3. arouse or inflame (an emotion or situation)   On your mark. Get set. And, we’re done. That was exciting. Glad that’s over. Now, back to the daily grind. You may have noticed some extra buzz and excitement around campus this week. Apparently, there was an election. Most of you rocked the vote by abstaining, which may be what your parents taught you about most collegiate activities. The debate went down, and then you left town. This probably isn’t your first reminder that someone won the popularity contest. It may very well be the last one though. Last year there was an election. It happens every year. It’s sure to happen next year too. Other than these short-lived events, I’m not sure I remember hearing much about the elected representatives during their time in office. I’m sure they were doing important things, right? They have a budget to spend and meetings to attend. How much and how often aren’t really on my mind, but the results of the two should be on the forefront. If I remember right, the candidates last year wanted to enhance the multicultural and diversity on campus in...

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