Author: Gloria Kajo

Where is the Snow in Utah?

Growing up in a country with a temperature that seldom dropped below 100 degrees should make the sight of snow something to dread.   But for me, I had mixed feelings. As much as I love the hot weather and dreaded living in a state where it snows like crazy, I wanted to experience seeing snow every morning when I wake up. I wanted to walk in it and play with it like I had seen in movies.   My curiosities lead me to Utah, 7,247 miles away from my beloved warm country Nigeria. So far I have experienced only two winters—and I’ve hated it. Another winter was definitely something I did not look forward to.   When it started getting dark at 5:30 p.m., I knew the dreaded winter was drawing near. At that time I knew my wardrobe needed some serious help, and I knew I had to change my tires to get ready for the white stuff.   But when Thanksgiving came and I could still wear a shirt without bundling myself up with sweaters and jackets, I was happy, wishing and praying that the snow would hold off a little longer.   By the time Christmas lights were up and there was still no presence of snow, I had mixed feelings. I couldn’t imagine Christmas without snow.  Especially considering the fact that my brother was...

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Tip your hat

The season for berets, beanies, caps, trilbies, boots, scarfs and hats has come. And it’s hard to keep up with fashion especially when the cold won’t permit, but guess what has taken over the fashion industry and making winter clothes more stylish? Fedora hats.   Fedoras dates back to the 19th century and it became part of female fashion and grew in popularity in the early 20th century.  Back then it was worn mostly by detectives and gangsters in movies, including other movie characters like Indiana Jones.  It later became a dead fashion, but a recent revival of fedoras...

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The UVU International Center announces the winners of its annual photo contest

This year was the eighth annual International Photo Contest and after the top twelve photos were chosen, three were selected to be the winners. With more than 350 photos from 39 participants from UVU faculty, staff and students, judges had a hard time picking the best photos.   Christina Ruth, a senior majoring in photography from Atlanta, Georgia, won first place for her entry titled “Capitol Line.” Brian Anderson, a senior majoring in digital media from Sandy, Utah, was in second place with his “Guard on Duty,” and Alicia Trujillo came in third place with her entry titled “Deviento.”...

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Utah fires at-will

For people who are not looking at the contract or agreement they sign when they get a new job, it’s time to start looking closely because the words “at will” may be embedded somewhere in there.   Utah is one of the states with at-will employment laws, meaning an employer can fire an employee without any cause or notice.   Employees at UVU who have an at-will agreement can be fired tomorrow without being given any notice or reason because UVU employment policy is in line with the state’s law. In addition, employees have no say except if they...

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Quick Response codes not so quick to be used

With social media over taking traditional media, everyone seems to follow trends on Twitter, status updates on Facebook and LinkedIn updates, but there is one aspect yet to be fully explored. The square, pixilated bar-code type graphics, which can be found on just about anything, are becoming more popular.   Quick Response, QR, codes stand as a useful social media tool used all walks of life, but not many know how they work.   They are 2-D codes that can be scanned by most smartphone cameras to get information from a different location on line. QR codes are just like the barcode used by most stores to track inventory, but its slightly different because it has more storage capability.   The codes are now used to link people to the digital content of a particular item or story by corporations, churches, advertising agencies and newspapers, including UVU Review. In short, it can be used by anybody who can create the codes.   Chris A. Oakeson, the HR business partner for Henry Schein Practical Solutions, happened to be at UVU for the career fair and had made use of QR codes in her company.   “It is an effective technology and it allows for faster and better information access,” Oakeson said.   The code saves the stress of writing down excessive information that is important. Instead of hauling a bulky newspaper...

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