Author: Joshua Martinez

Aviation and Public service

Exemplary Engaged Learning Student   Kirsten Verdi College of Aviation and Public Services All it took was one flight for Kirsten Verdi to start her future in aviation. “I caught the buzz on my first flight and it never left,” Verdi said. “It’s definitely an addiction.” Verdi, a junior, received her private pilot license in high school in New York. She is the UVU flight team captain and is leading her team to a national competition this year. Not only does Verdi study aviation, she is also a flight instructor. “I love my job,” Verdi said. “I take someone who knows nothing about flight and turn them into someone who is certified. There is nothing more rewarding.” Exemplary Engaged Learning Student  Bradley Fuhriman  College of Aviation and Public Services Ever since he could remember, Bradley Fuhriman wanted to be a cop.  Now he is living his dream and studying criminal justice at Utah Valley University. “I’ve always loved criminal justice, especially police work,” Fuhriman said. Fuhriman, a senior, loves that all the teachers in the criminal justice program have plenty of experience in the field. He said the teachers at UVU have been a big influence on him, one in particular, former adjunct instructor, Wade Raab. Fuhriman plans to pursue his dream further after graduation and join a local police agency or try to be a correctional officer. BS...

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All work, maybe a little more pay

After a long day of work at Rockin’ Robbie’s, international student Arthur Minasyan heads home to his small apartment and is greeted by his four roommates. He relaxes for a minute before remembering the many bills he has yet to pay, and the stress overcomes him as he tries to balance his finances. Minasyan, a student from Armenia, is not the only student who works for UVU Dining Services, earning close to minimum wage, $7.50 an hour. The current minimum wage in Utah, as well as nationally, is $7.25 an hour. In his State of the Union address on Feb. 12, President Barack Obama announced a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.00 an hour. “Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour,” Obama said. That would be a welcomed change to many college students, including Minasyan. “I would love Obama if he did this,” Minasyan said with a big smile. Minasyan works 20 hours a week. Before taxes, this calculates out to $150 a week and $600 in a four-week month. After paying rent on an apartment, buying groceries, making payments on a musical keyboard and donating to religious charities, Minasyan is left with little to spare. “There is...

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