Author: Dave Iba

Tutus, Triptychs, Timpani & Two-Minute Soliloquies

Many aspects of UVU’s diverse academic community are underappreciated, one of which is the School of the Arts. But an event on Feb. 24 and 25 titled “Tutus, Triptychs, Timpani & Two-Minute Soliloquies” provided an opportunity for over 100 students and faculty members to shine. Many lined up and filled the Ragan Theater waiting to see what the arts at UVU has to offer. The program was filled with dance performances put on by the dance department and music performances both vocal and instrumental. The theater department also got involved with a few short theatrical performances. One in particular that was quite a crowd pleaser was a short excerpt from the Irish play “The Cripple of Inishmaan”  which brought laughs and much applause from the audience. It turned out to be a great performance by both Colin Thomas and Natalie Devine who played the main parts in this theatrical short. Throughout the program there were short videos played which featured photography students, painters and sculptors. They all briefly explained what art does for them on a personal level. Many said that art was a way for them to express themselves and one student said, “I’m not very good with words, but my art helps me to express myself in ways I didn’t know how to before I became so involved in graphic design.” Because the Ragan theater isn’t an...

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Travel books

If you ever walk into Barnes and Noble or Borders make your way over to travel section. Whether you are planning a trip or not, the time to prepare is now. Travel books are a key component to a successful trip especially if you travel on a whim. I didn’t find this out until I was in Argentina with a million questions and a girl in my hostel referred me to my travel book. I felt dumb when I had to tell her I didn’t have one. Don’t miss out in Buenos Aires like I did and buy a travel book beforehand. These books will help you in every aspect of your trip; everything from planning your itinerary to figuring out which beaches are safe to sleep on. As a kid I asked my parents for Legos every Christmas and every birthday. I didn’t get them until I was 15 years old, about five years too late. Now I only ask for travel books. Thank goodness they listen to me now. I’ve read most of the books from the company Lonely Planet, they are the best references if you ask me. Just glancing over my shoulder I see on my bookshelf the books on China, Peru and Western Europe. My storage unit is full of them, and I’ve never been to most of the places. Having your trips planned...

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Adrenaline junkies’ paradise

The Banff Mountain Film Festival went off with a bang this year. Every adrenalin seeking junkie in Utah Valley showed up for this years film festival.  The hallway upstairs in the Student Center was lined with people waiting to get in. Local and national sponsors showed up and had every thing from backpacks and sleeping bags to head lamps and carabineers out for people to try out. Posters of famous rock climbers and mountain bikers were given out for free. The Banff Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) World Tour brings the excitement, the spectacle, and the richness of the mountains and mountain culture may sites around the world. Featured a spectacular, inspiring, funny, exciting, and thought-provoking mountain films from around the world, the BMFF is an exhilarating exploration of the mountain world from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline-packed action sports. This year’s films included extreme mountain biking shorts, a canoe trip across Canada with two parents, their three-year-old boy and their dog, a rock climbing film, and squirrel suit jumping films. During the film festival people are encouraged to yell and shout during the films. Which makes the Banff Film Festival not only fun to watch but fun to attend. When you get a chance to check out this film festival next time, it’s a must...

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A call to all students to live your lives

Dear fellow students of Utah Valley University, I ask you what better time than now to travel, what better place than (insert dream location) and why the hell not? Now is the time for you to escape what many people call the best time of your life and have a better time (meaning this summer, don’t drop your classes and leave now).  Get out of good ole’ Happy Valley because there is so much more out there to see. “But Dave, how ever could I travel in this economy?” you ask. Economy ecscomony. You don’t have to go live in Paris where it’s five euros for a small soda. There are some really cheap places you can travel. You are at a great place in your life when you can take out loans that don’t need to be paid back until after you graduate and you are making the big bucks at some super successful law firm or pest control company (wink). Let me help you out: www.fafsa.org; enough said. Actually, one more thing: Whatever you do, don’t go to a payday loan company. I urge you to go to your local bookstore or even the Outdoor Adventure Center in the student center and look at their travel books. Pick one out that looks good and put all doubt and money concerns aside. Talk to guys and gals who...

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Chaffetz: The Nayonator

When you think about Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah District 3) what comes to mind? Perhaps his embarrassing outburst toward TSA officials. Maybe it’s his leg wresting match with Steven Colbert on “The Colbert Report.” If these events are all that you know about Chaffetz, you’re not alone. Chaffetz isn’t known for pushing hard to get his legislation passed because he really hasn’t pushed hard for anything. If he is known, it’s for seeking attention from the media. Mr. Chaffetz, that’s not what we want from you. We want you to write bills that will benefit us in Utah. I’d rather...

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