Author: Elizabeth Steele

Expecting the unexpected

Reverberating waves of sound filled the library Wednesday, Dec. 1, as poet Alex Caldiero used his considerable talent to awe, stun and inspire those who were in attendance for his poetry reading. Caldiero enhances the perspective and understanding of language using a variety of techniques, such as drums, distinctive syllables and silence, with the objective to incorporate all language. “I want to include and work with as much language as possible, and sounds are an integral part of language,” said Caldiero. “Also, to evoke certain experiences in childhood that we forget. Childhood is a magical time for language.” Colleague Dr. Scott Abbott, who collaborates with Caldiero in teaching the course “Language, the Most Dangerous Possession,” shared his experience of attending Caldiero’s performance. “It’s really powerful. I always leave one of his performances with a whole bunch of new ideas and feelings that I’ve never had,” he said. “Sometimes you wish you were in New York or San Francisco. Tonight I’m glad I was in Orem, Utah.” There were those who were caught off guard by Caldiero’s performance; however, that is why Caldiero’s former student Meghan Wiemer keeps returning. “You know you’re expecting Alex, which means you don’t know what to expect,” Wiemer said. “It can be something that is uncomfortable, funny, moving or all three. It seems I never hear the same poems twice, so it’s always really fresh.”...

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Debatable dynamics of immigration

A considerable uproar could be heard throughout the halls of UVU as the Revolutionary Students Union club protestors stood outside the ballroom auditorium chanting “Shame on Sandstorm” on Thursday, Nov. 18. The debate that is one of many that will be held at the request of student government and their professors. Their objective is to participate in controversial issues so they may be well versed in all kinds of arguments. Five individuals were asked to help educate student by volunteering their time.  These officials include Utah legislators Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, and Chris Herrod, R-Provo. The debate also included Esperanza Granados of American Civil Liberties Union of Utah; Dimitri Mumulidisz, executive director of Utah Democratic Lawyers Council; and Mark Alvarez, an immigration attorney and member of the Utah Minority Bar Association. Sandstrom was the official protestors were focused on, because of a policy he has written that some say has many similarities to the controversial policy that Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer enacted. Sandstrom tried to make it clear that his policy differs from Arizona in many ways. “My bill only enforces and cites current federal law,” Sandstrom said. “I’m not doing anything different from current federal law.” In the debate he covered some of the larger issues that are part of illegal immigration, such as identity theft, and the importance of honoring and obeying the rule of the law....

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The power of networking

Within the intimate setting of the Alumni and Visitor Center, graduates and current students enjoyed dinner on Wednesday while learning how to create new relationships in order to build and strengthen their personal networks. Career Employment Counselor Sue Stephenson spoke on the importance of networking and what it can do for a person’s career. She also gave tips on how to correctly conduct formal and informal job searches and what potential employers look for in candidates. The main focus of Stephenson’s presentation, however, was the advantage that comes with creating networks. “It’s about building relationships,” said Stephenson. “That turns the whole paradigm around; it’s not so stressful.” She says when the focus shifts from worrying about making a good impression to making a friend, natural benefits ensue. Anna Culp, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, was job searching when she discovered that coming to alumni meetings is a great way to create networks and practice meeting new people. “I don’t think it’s ever too soon to start creating networks,” said Culp. “Having a degree shows that you can finish an academic test, but having a network is what is going to get you a career.” Joining the Alumni Association, whether as a member or as part of the leadership organization, provides strong benefits when trying to create networks. Alumni Relations has set goals to promote student success,...

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‘China will come to you’

Concerns and implications over China’s rapid industrial growth were addressed Tuesday, Sept. 14, during a presentation on China’s future economic place in the world. Brett Heimburger, director of Asia from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, began by stressing the magnitude of China’s growth to students. “China’s growth is so significant it does not matter what job you decide to pursue,” Heimburger said. “It doesn’t matter whether you never decide to travel abroad or not, because even if you don’t go to China, in many respects China will come to you.” Heimburger delved into the history of China’s manufacturing market and then shifted views to China’s current key trends: the rise of the middle and upper class and their aggressive spending on health, beauty, travel and entertainment. And how American companies see growth potential in China with its huge population and low manufacturing cost. Although China is on its way to surpassing the U.S. as the world’s largest economy, there are extreme challenges with such dramatic growth. Some of the challenges that Heimburger chose to focus on were China’s state of unemployment, poor legal environment and their escalating pollution. “The air pollution is terrible,” Heimburger said. “For a country whose energies are going to double in the next 20 years, if you have carbon emissions that double along with that, it’s going to cause serious problems.” Heimburger concluded...

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Brett Heimburger to speak on China’s economy

Already one of the largest markets, China has a the worldwide presence and will likely continue to grow. As the Global Engagement’s advertising campaign states, “You can’t ignore 1.3 billion people.” In order to gain a better understanding of China’s place in the world, the Global Spotlight, which is sponsored by the International Center, will welcome Brett Heimburger, Regional Director of Asia with the State of Utah International Trade and Diplomacy, to speak. The presentation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the library auditorium. Heimburger’s interactive presentation will cover China’s future economic place in the world. “Brett Heimburger’s presentation will highlight China’s phenomenal growth, trends and challenges in the coming years,” said Jacob Perry, assistant to Heimburger, in regards to the presentation. “Heimburger will also discuss the opportunities and challenges companies face when approaching such a large but relatively underdeveloped market.” The Global Spotlight has organized a series of lectures on China, with Heimburger starting it off with his economic lecture. There will be further presentations as part of the Global Spotlight: China project.  Perry also suggested that addressing issues on China’s economy is a great place to start the spotlight. “As the world continues to shrink, and the scales tip toward the east, it becomes ever more important for students to understand China’s future economic place in the world,” Perry...

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