Author: Kevin Olsen

Snubbed no longer: Utah Valley gets WAC invite

After coming so close a year ago only to be rejected, the Western Athletic Conference has officially extended an invite to Utah Valley University for membership. According Neil Warner of the Daily Herald,  “a source close to the school’s athletic department” broke the news early Friday afternoon. It’s rumored on Facebook and around campus the school has a press conference scheduled for Oct. 9 in the UCCU Center. The press conference will hopefully reveal more information along with an official statement from the school in regards to the WAC invitation. The timing seemed to make sense for the school. UVU Athletic Director Mike Jacobsen has worked for an invite into a larger conference this past. Last year’s Sports Editor for the UVU Review, Matt Petersen, reported that Utah Valley was rejected and denied an invite into the WAC, following which, the conference accepted Seattle University to fill the...

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What Love Is

It’s not easy to say exactly what love is, especially when everyone feels it differently and has unique experiences that lead them to believe that love does or does not exist. Growing up I always knew that I would eventually find someone to spend the rest of my life with, but I was always unsure of what it would feel like to actually love another person so deeply. Though I am not married or engaged, I’m no longer unsure. We met in eight-grade math class where we passed notes every other day. By the time 2006 rolled around we both had cell phones and (luckily) unlimited text messages. Eight years of friendship has now led us to be the inseparable team that we are today. Shelby has taught me what it really means to be in love. She’s extremely adorable and the funniest person I’ve met. I miss her the second she leaves until I’m able to see her again. Everything just feels right when we are together. But I didn’t learn to love simply because I like her, all these things traits are minor compared to the real reason we are in love, at least in my opinion. Famous researcher Brene Brown states that we make connections and gain courage by showing and embracing vulnerability. It’s an idea that seems new to many folks but I truly believe...

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Haunted Locations in Utah Valley

The clouds are covering the moon and my headlights are the only illumina- tion in sight as I drive down a long stretch of road surrounded by wheat fields. I’m returning from my uncle Clint’s home and I have two reasons to be scared: He just told me his stories of local hauntings, and I’m alone. If I can take anything positive from any of this, it’s that his stories, along with my good friend Kyle’s, definitely got me into the Halloween spirit. It’s something that hasn’t happened since I went trick-or-treating as a junior high student (and I was way too old for that at the time). The two men shared stories with me of four different locations in Utah Valley that have a known history of being haunted. I will do my best to recap their experiences, which when told first hand, would give anyone tchills.   CHLOE’S SALON 251 W. Main St. American Fork The story goes that the salon used to be home to a polygamist family that kept their lifestyle a secret from neighbors. It’s unclear what kind of deaths may have occurred there, but local residents now say that sometimes you can see the ghost of an old women peering out the attic window that can easily be seen from Main Street. Accounts from current employees of the salon stated that they would...

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Utah Valley falls short against conference rival Houston Baptist.

With wins against Texas-Pan America, Houston Baptist and NJIT, the UVU women’s Volleyball team entered Thursday night’s game 4-0 in conference play while winning six consecutive matches. But Houston Baptist was looking for revenge after falling to UVU on Oct. 6,  as they pulled away with the 3-1 (25-15, 17-25, 17-25, 21-25) victory over Utah Valley Thursday night. The loss put the Wolverines at 4-1 in conference play. Thursday night’s game was held as UVU’s annual Pink For a Purpose match where all proceeds being raised were going to the Lori Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund. Richards, a former UVU women’s volleyball coach of 18 years, passed away earlier this year from cancer. During the first set, senior Erica Nish was the first on the board. The contest seemed to be neck-and-neck as the kills were shared back and forth from UVU to HBU. It wasn’t until a few errors by Houston Baptist and kills from nationally ranked Lauren Stringham and Brookelyn Hall, along with a service ace from McKenna Tait that UVU started to pull ahead at around 12-7. The 10 total errors from HBU in the first set helped UVU finish set win 25-15. In the second set, Utah Valley had the game tied at 5-5. A kill from HBU in UVU’s backcourt started a scoring streak that brought Houston Baptist to lead 14-9 before UVU head coach...

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