Author: Kate Ayer

UVU Athletics department begins random drug tests

Illustration by Trevor Robertson Although steroid use isn’t an imminent threat at Utah Valley, the athletic department educates athletes on the dangers of drug use and implements random drug testing. Steroid use has been in the sports world limelight for years with high-profile cases like Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones and Alex Rodriguez. Steroid use is strictly prohibited and highly condemned in the sports world. Many athletes find that to be a deterrent, but many don’t. “In my opinion steroid use is simply cheating,” said Riley White, a UVU baseball player. “There is no way to justify steroid use.” However,...

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Behind the Zion Curtain

Kate Ayer, staff writer   Utah’s Legislature is taking on the liberalization of liquor laws—again. And the LDS Church made it clear—again—that it is strongly opposed to the amendments, which propose increasing the number of liquor licenses, privatizing liquor sales, demolishing the “Zion Curtain” and removing the “intent to dine” requirement.   These proposed amendments are on the docket this year mainly due to Utah’s multi-billion-dollar per year tourism industry. Tourists want to drink and to accommodate them the Legislature is considering these changes.   That’s all good and well—but what about us local Utahns? These amendments should be...

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A change in the anti-discrimination policy

April 1, 2013   Nearly a year after the on-campus harassment of a gay student in March 2012, UVU has amended its anti-discrimination policy to list sexual orientation as a protected status. The change, which took place Jan. 2013, was an effort championed by Tom Hawkins, UVU family studies major and co-chair of UVU Spectrum, also known as the Gay/Straight Alliance. The effort put forth by the administration to change Policy 165 was spurred in 2012 when Hawkins, who at the time was running for vice president of clubs, received numerous hateful emails regarding his sexual orientation. One anonymous student sent an email saying, “Because of Tom Hawkins’ sexuality his judgment is impaired, and biased.” After reading the hate mail, Hawkins said, “My initial reaction was to quit the race… However, I quickly decided to…turn a negative situation into a positive one.” Students, faculty, staff and the administration rallied behind Hawkins in the cause of...

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UVU welcomes first ever Special Olympics club

After previous attempts to found a Special Olympics Club at UVU failed due to lack of momentum, Andrew Goates, president of Special Olympics UVU, has finally succeeded. Goates successfully founded Special Olympics UVU two years ago after his volunteer experience with Special Olympics BYU inspired him to start a program on our campus. “To me, coaching is the most rewarding. I feel like you get more interaction with the athletes. It’s been our goal for a long time to have a team because we can make the biggest impact that way,” Goates said. And have a team we do. After two years as a club, Special Olympics UVU has officially become a team, and their first event will be this summer.  Competing with the team will be athlete Meiling Tsoi who participates in bowling, ice hockey and running. Tsoi recently moved here from Michigan in September 2012. She came here to “do something new, be in a new environment and meet new people,” and Special Olympics UVU has helped her achieve that goal. “It’s fun doing things you’ve never done before,” said Tsoi. If you feel inspired to take Tsoi’s advice, Special Olympics UVU is always recruiting volunteers. “There’s never a surplus of people to help out,” said Goates. Special Olympics UVU is also always recruiting new athletes. If you would like to volunteer, or know someone who is...

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A change in the anti-discrimination policy

Nearly a year after the on-campus harassment of a gay student in March 2012, UVU has amended its anti-discrimination policy to list sexual orientation as a protected status. The change, which took place Jan. 2013, was an effort championed by Tom Hawkins, UVU family studies major and co-chair of UVU Spectrum, also known as the Gay/Straight Alliance. “When UVU claims to be an inclusive campus, examples like this are what make it so,” Hawkins said. “The university and the administration are going above and beyond what is required to make sure students feel secure, safe and as if this...

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