Author: Kyle Spencer

F*** you, Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has changed significantly over the course of history, and it’s time for another revision. Kyle Spencer | Managing Editor | @kyledspencer Photo Credit: Gabi Campbell | @gabicampbellphotos If we were celebrating Valentine’s Day as the pagan party holiday it began as in ancient Rome, the men here would spend part of the day trying to increase the fertility of young women by spanking them half-nakedly with goat hides. That is according to historian Noel Lenski, who teaches at Yale University. Rather than fretting about what gift would accurately convey the love they feel for their significant other,...

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The lifeblood of the independent student voice

Photo by Brooke Morill Kyle Spencer | Managing Editor | @kspence With eyes full of naiveté, I walked into the former UVU Review newsroom two years ago this fall. People rushed past me as they were throwing the newspaper together on what was a hectic “build day.” Some gave inquisitive looks without vocalizing any thought, but one person verbally acknowledged my presence. He asked what I was interested in writing about, and I figured sports was the only topic I was somewhat qualified to cover. I left an application on the sports editor’s desk, and though it hasn’t been...

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Video games as art

Kyle Spencer | Managing Editor |@kyledspencer Photo Credit: Brooke Morrill | Photo Director |@brookemorrill   Philosophy professor Thi Nguyen considers the common definition of art to be outdated. Part of that idea comes from the fact that the term is constantly evolving, and now has to make room for video games and other representations of creativity. “Art forms weren’t always considered as such when they were compared to past mediums,” Nguyen said of the ongoing transformation. Novels, paintings and even music are now usually classified as art upon observation, but were once heavily debated by society to determine their...

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Higher education

Kyle Spencer | Managing Editor | @kyledspencer   John’s room inside an apartment built in the 1980s off Orem Center Street is cluttered with bags and boxes of snacks, clothes, video games and school supplies. On top of a bookshelf, littered with textbooks and paperback novels stacked on top of one another, are a bong and a pipe. “Sorry about the mess. I just moved into this room at the beginning of the month and haven’t had time to organize it,” John says three days prior to the beginning of October. He removes a pile of literature stationed on...

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No more hunger games for NCAA student-athletes

If former U.S. President John F. Kennedy was right when he said, “the war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation,” then NCAA Division I athletes inched closer to actual freedom April 15. The NCAA Legislative Council approved a long-awaited rule to provide both walk-ons and scholarship athletes with unlimited meals and snacks in accordance with their involvement. Before the provision, student-athletes under scholarship were allotted three meals a day, so it isn’t like they were necessarily starving, but a stringent schedule makes it nearly impossible for any of them to obtain a means of income. A routine...

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