Author: Erica LeMaster

American Fork Main Street: a history of activities and attractions

American Fork Main Street offers a taste of culture to the community as well as passersby in the past, present and future.   This main street, like many of the main and center streets in Utah county, is lined with early 20th century buildings that serve as mom and pop businesses, offering a wide variety of products and services.   It is surprising how much culture is hidden from the naked eye of the pre-occupied driver who passes through.   American Fork Main Street is a central place where people can drop off their cars to get an oil...

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Skin is skin regardless of origin

“Skin Trade,” a documentary exposing the fur industry, had its first screening in Utah County this last Wednesday in LI 120 as a part of the Environmental Ethics Symposium on Animal Ethics. Keith, an animal rights attorney and “Skin Trade” director, was present to explain the film and answer questions. Keith said that her main motive for making the film was “to get people to stop wearing fur” and to try to get the world to understand that they were being “defrauded” by the fur industry. She warned the audience prior to the showing that there would be some very disturbing points in the movie which would be difficult to watch, but she assured the viewers that she made the extra effort to balance the hard-to-watch moments, making the film simultaneously “fun, exciting, informative and educational.” She wasn’t kidding. There were points in the film that brought members of the audience to tears or made them cringe in disgust, but the movie as a whole left a definite impact for reasons other than its shocking footage. It was enlightening and left those watching with the realization that the murder of animals for vanity’s sake is unacceptable.The film provides a comparison between the disgust and legal ramifications that the senseless murder of a neighborhood dog might entail versus the impunity enjoyed by the fur industry to commit similar brutal animal...

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New Science Building a go

The new science building was approved March 11 through Senate Bill 282 by Utah’s House and Senate and awaits the signature of Gov. Gary Herbert. The new science facility will cost a total of $45 million and will provide 160,000 square feet, including 27 labs, 12 state-of-the-art classrooms and a 400-seat auditorium. Since spring 2009 UVU has expanded its student body by just over 3,000; creating a current total of 26,322 students. The Pope Science Building was built when there were only 8,000 students attending UVU. With the numbers of new students continuing to climb the space provided by the university needs to expand as well. “This building has been my top priority since I took office in a June of last year,” said President Holland in press release. “I cannot imagine a gift having more impact anywhere in Utah higher education today.” In an interview last month, President Holland noted that $1 million had been raised for the new building, and the minimum target was between $2 and $3 million. Holland also noted his optimism about the remainder of the funds arriving within the next month. The goal, although seemingly impossible, was met through fundraising by the UVUSA College of Science and Health academic committee, and donations and fundraising by groups including the Student Alumni board, the Marc and Debbie Bingham Family and many other private donors as...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s about that time again — February — and Valentine’s Day is knocking at the door. Make this year the best yet by getting the perfect gift for that significant other without ending up with an empty wallet and having settled  for purchasing the stereotypical presents of this hallmark holiday. In this day and age, chocolate and a cheesy card purchased from the local Walgreens won’t cut it anymore. Gifts need to be both creative and meaningful. Find something that is important to them and build on that. Consider what this lover likes that sets them apart, show them that you remember things they have said and be considerate towards what is happening in their life. Making homemade gifts is never a bad idea. They’re perfect for showing that you care because of the time and work that was put into them, plus they’re creative and easier to make meaningful. Put in the honest effort to make a nice old-school styled heart-shaped valentine or love letter instead of the store-bought card. Make baked goods instead of buying candy or make their favorite dinner instead of taking them to a fancy, overly expensive restaurant. Some popular creative and unique low cost gift ideas are: Get their favorite picture framed for them. Get them a digital picture frame or key chain. Make a scrapbook or flipbook. Create a personal work of...

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Provo’s New Pizza Pie Café: The real Italian flare that goes into real American pizza

This Italian-inspired while Americanized restaurant is a great place to enjoy an evening with friends, colleagues and loved ones. You can even grab food to go because although it’s a buffet, you can select delicious items from their to-go menu. As you make your way to enter the restaurant, the smell of tomato sauce, cheese and bread assails your senses before you even set foot in the door. In the host area, the happy-to-help employees are eager and excited to see you. The main front dining room is one of four different dining areas, each one having its own...

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