Author: Jaree Gaskin

An affair to remember might call for reinforcements

Though the bridal business is booming in Happy Valley, it’s no longer your Grandma’s wedding with stale cake and red punch. Wedding couture in Utah is moving out of the backyard and into the ballroom. On Feb. 13 Provo High hosted one of many bridal fairs held throughout the year. With vendors promoting everything from dresses and shoes to romantic after-wedding getaways, the fair offered ideas for every step of the planning process, including several you may not have considered. Because I’m only at the starting line of planning my own wedding, the Bridal Fair seemed a decent place to begin my journey. Armed with my two best gals and my Mum, we headed to Provo in high style and were not disappointed. The fair was 100 percent free and included prize drawings at nearly every booth. Fashion shows were held every hour where dresses from local shops like Alysse’s Bridal were modeled and displayed not only for the bride, but for the bridesmaids and mothers as well. For those that chose to drag their boyfriend/fiancé along for the party, there were contests for the sexiest biceps and who looked best in formal wear. The current social trend calls for a more formal affair, offering a meal rather than a snack. Thus, popular restaurants like Goodwood Barbeque, Café Rio and Magelby’s were offering samples of meal options designed to...

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Writers portfolio contest

The BYU English department is calling all writers to participate in the Writers Portfolio Contest that has until recently been available only to BYU students. The contest considers several aspects of a writer’s abilities and requires the submission of a variety of writing samples from f ive genres: scholarly paper, technical paper, popular/informative article, fiction/drama and poetry. One of these items must be accepted for publication in a professional forum. The competition is specifically for full-time students at BYU and UVU. With a deadline of March 1 it may be difficult to compile such a varied portfolio in a short amount of time. Scott Hatch, UVU assistant professor of English, pointed out that though it would be very gratifying for a UVU student to win the contest. They are interested in getting the word out to candidates interested in competing next year. “There are very few applicants that apply due to the lack of having a well-rounded portfolio,” said Hatch. This is actually beneficial to those that enter the contest because they have a greater chance of winning. Hatch pointed out that “every time you add a genre, the group size drops” because many writers tend to focus in their specific area of interest and may not have writing samples from the required five genres. It is never a bad idea to be adept at several writing styles. Hatch...

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Touchstones spring submissions

UVU’s premier literature and art magazine Touchstones is currently accepting submissions of creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry and or art for publication. Touchstones has been in print since 1997 and is operated by an all-volunteer staff in cooperation with UVU faculty members that share the responsibility of overseeing, editing and production. Touchstones staff members have the opportunity of working with a new mentor professor each semester. Touchstones is just one outlet by which UVU students are able to showcase their written and artistic abilities. Unlike some university publications that have open submissions, Touchstones showcases works entirely by UVU students. Feb....

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Putting your best foot forward

On Jan. 26 many students had the opportunity to participate in the Career Fair sponsored by the Career Services and Student Employment department. This was a great opportunity for students to mingle with representatives from major U.S. and international companies, make valuable contacts through social networking and gather information on available internships. Amber Collins, career counselor for CSSE, points out that many employers return each year to UVU because they are so impressed with the caliber of students that attend the fair. Employers have remarked that UVU students are open, enthusiastic and genuine, a definite advantage for UVU in comparison to another nearby university. Though no definite statistics are available, Collins estimates that an average of 30 percent of students dressed in appropriate business attire for the fair, a vast improvement from approximately 5 percent of students last year. “We are seeing definite improvements in our student body,” said Collins. With the downswing of the economy and the enforced hiring freeze that many companies are experiencing, it really pays to be competitive. Collins feels that there is always room for improvement and that students should always be putting their best foot forward. “It is important to remember that students are representing UVU,” said Collins, “and that dress and appearance are the initial draw that future employers look for while recruiting.” There are several hints to keep in mind that...

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Warp + Weave spring submissions

UVU’s speculative-fiction journal Warp and Weave is currently accepting literary criticism, short stories, poetry and art submissions for its upcoming publication. A bi-annual journal that officially became a student-run publication in 2002, Warp and Weave focuses on topics concerning science fiction, horror and fantasy works. Warp and Weave isn’t only a publication avenue for writers but also publishes works of art and photography. Mckenzie Hess, editor of Warp and Weave since 2009, notes that “contributors to the journal in the past have included UVU students, faculty, and community members, including high school students.” The journal is an effective way of giving science fiction and fantasy works proper attention in literature and art circles. The journal is the brainchild of Associate Professor Jen Wahlquist. Initial publications were submitted by students enrolled in Wahlquist’s science fiction classes in 1998. With the help of Associate Professor Jolayne Call, the publication ‘warped’ into Warp and Weave and now receives hundreds of submissions each year. Only 20 or 30 pieces are chosen for publication after passing a careful consideration process by a student editorial committee. Feb. 5 is the deadline for spring submissions. All interested parties should submit their entries no later than 5 p.m. either through email ([email protected]) or to the English department (LA 114). Official submission forms and complete entry requirements may be obtained from the English...

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