Author: Jennie Nicholls-Smith

The Price of Beauty

“Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty” debuted this season on VH1. The premise is the pop star and her friends travel the world in hopes of being enlightened on the lengths women from other countries will go for beauty. Simpson’s journey takes her to France, Rio de Janiero, Thailand and other locations. What could have been a good premise, unveiling the beauty myths that exacerbate self-image issues within the global community and encouraging their rejection, instead  pretty much just follows Jessica Simpson and her friends on a worldwide pampering trip. Simpson and cohorts are greeted in each country by a “beauty ambassador” and are then taken to a spa to receive that nation’s signature beauty treatments. The only part of the show worth a damn are the interviews with women that have gone to extreme measures for beauty. The interviews are at times gripping, but with the show being completely superficial are not presented as authentically as they could be. Jessica Simpson should not make television shows. Or music for that matter. Her Proactiv commercial testimonials have more depth than this wasted opportunity of a...

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As Seen On TV

Alright, 2010 has been here for two whole months and only now is The V getting around to previewing things you should be looking forward to on TV this year. If you’ll excuse our tardiness, here are a few things that will come to fruition this blessed year. -“Lost” Series Finale, May 23 Lost has taken some severe turns for the weird in previous seasons and now in season six, viewers will finally figure out what the hell has been going on to Oceanic flight 815 survivors. Won’t it be a cop out if the plane never crashed and it was all just some crazy alternative universe messing with Jack’s head? Well, with the way things are going, it just might be that and that would be a LAME ending to an awesome show. -“Mad Men,” Season Four Premiere (Fall or Winter 2010? Maybe?) Oh, Don Draper, what a sight you are for sore eyes. With the season three finale ending with an impromptu beginning of a new ad agency and Betty Draper considering divorce, season four will have plenty of shock value. But really, “Mad Men” made smoking, promiscuity and binge drinking glamourous again, and that is more than reason enough to watch. -“Arrested Development Movie” (Might be 2010, but more likely 2011) Michael Cera finally got off his high-horse and signed on to play George Michael Bluth...

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Math goes tech

Ah, Math. The singular source of graduation frustration in so many of us. Luckily, in the technological age we live in, the internet can save us from failing math multiple times (hopefully). Two seniors studying digital media, Rob Steffen and Josh Benson, have launched as their senior project a podcast of Professor Ben Moulton’s Intermediate Algebra lectures, available for free download. This podcast is the first UVU produced content on iTunesU, a strictly educational, not to mention free, part of iTunes. “By nature of us being the first, we are working out how it would work for other interested departments,” said Steffen. But according to Steffen, all you really need to create the podcast is a microphone, so anyone can potentially develop content for iTunesU. I mean, Berkeley and Harvard do it, so why not UVU? The math podcast is a way for students to catch things they may have missed in class or to jog your memory for, say the GRE exam. “It is the virgin marriage of math to technology,” said Steffen. Side note: Rob Steffen works for UVU Review as the Video Producer, but hey, this story is pretty great, UVU is finally delving into the digital world of informational media. His position on the paper was in no way leveraging. Well, kind of. But the merit of iTunesU’s inauguration outweighs the aggrandizement of Rob Steffen’s...

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The State of the University

Dear students, The State of the University address will be delivered this Thrusday at 2 p.m. in the Ragan Theater.  Although this address may seem like a formality, this speech discusses issues facing our school and student body. More specifically, it aids in understanding the myriad reasons the school functions as it does. Maybe because of my involvement with the student newspaper I have been particularly engaged in these addresses. However, I encourage each student to attend and take interest in the institution you pay tuition to attend, just as taxpayers should take interest in the State of the...

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Low-maintenance Valentine’s Day

You may have planned to go to the ever-so elegant (not) Olive Garden with your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, but as the Mayans would have it, the holiday falls on a Sunday. Your plans are dashed because your love will be oh-so disappointed if you decide to break the Sabbath just to schmooze over each other (and let’s be honest, most everything worth doing in the Valley is closed Sunday). What are you to do? How are you to proceed? Luckily, UVU Review has planned some full-proof alternatives, so you and your lovely can maintain that burning fire while also staying in the ghost town that Utah County becomes on Sundays. Restaurants are out. Dessert in is IN. Making dinner might be TOO obvious, so how about something for your SWEETie? (Pun totally intended.) Make some cupcakes with candy hearts on the top that say, “Kiss Me” or “UR A QT.” If cupcakes aren’t your thing, you can do something more extravagant, such as impressing your special someone with crème brulee or chocolate dipped strawberries. But trust us, something homemade is going to be much more appreciated that purchasing something from a bakery. Slow dance in the dark. Remember why middle school was so special? It was a combination of awkwardness and monthly dances. Why not turn the lights low and put on some of your favorite romantic tunes?...

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