Author: Landon Young

Alumnos internacionales, actividades y muchas expectativas

Empieza un nuevo semestre lleno de actividades para los alumnos internacionales en UVU. El inicio de las actividades crea gran expectativa  en los alumnos.   Dinar Kunakaef, 22 años de edad, y estudiante de negocios internacionales, es  el actual presidente de los alumnos internacionales en UVU.  Dinar es de Rusia y llegó a los Estados Unidos hace cuatro años.   Empezó como voluntario apoyando las actividades  culturales de los alumnos internacionales. Y aunque no es fácil, desea obtener un buen resultado en su mandato como presidente.   “Tenemos planificadas muchas actividades, queremos que los alumnos internacionales se diviertan, y participen de las actividades,” expreso Kunakaef.   Para el semestre de otoño la oficina de alumnos internacionales tiene una agenda cargada de diversas actividades, de corte cultural. Festivales, competencias y conferencias. Pero también hay retos y desafíos para dar un mejor servicio a los alumnos.   Al margen de las actividades, los alumnos internacionales tienen muchas expectativas; una de ellas es recibir más información  de las actividades en UVU.   “Hace falta más propaganda y no me entero de las actividades. También me gustaría que hubiera más actividades relacionadas con nuestras culturas,” dijo Yalina Peña, estudiante de negocios.   Otro de los puntos mencionados por los alumnos internacionales, fue la falta de información sobre las becas.   “Yo no sabía que habían becas para los alumnos internacionales, me enteré por...

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Owlz end losing streak

Today the Owlz fought back after a two game losing skid, and got the win against the Great Falls Voyagers, 8-4. Right hander Baudilio Lopez gave the Owlz five strong innings only giving up one earned run.  The offense today was supplied in part by C.J. Cron. He gave the Owlz their first lead of the game in the bottom of the 6th inning, with a monster two run home run to right center.  He later added another RBI with a base hit in the bottom of the 7th. Having been plagued by mistakes of their own, the Owlz reversed their fortunes tonight and took advantage of some mistakes by the other team. In the bottom of the 7th with runners on first and second, center fielder Drew Martinez, laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. That play ended in two runs for the Owlz when the third basemen for the Voyagers made a wild throw to first trying to get the speedy Martinez. “When the guy (Martinez) is the fastest guy on your team that puts extra pressure on the other team to make that play,”  said Owlz manager, Tom Kotchman. The Owlz scored four runs total in the 7th, proving to be the difference in the game. Pitcher Junior Carlin proved to be human, allowing his first run of the season when...

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Early offense enough for second straight night

  The Orem Owlz relied on another big first inning to hold off the Billings Mustangs in a 5-4 win. For the second night in a row the Mustangs took a 1st inning lead only to see the Owlz came back in the bottom of the 1st, scoring three runs.  And the Owlz never looked back. The Owlz Taylor Lindsey played an all star caliber game going 2 for 3 with a walk and scored two runs. He also put his mark on the defensive side of the game. “There were really a couple key plays tonight, the play that Lindsey made over his head when he stuck out his glove and made that catch was outstanding,” manager Tom Kotchman said. Frazier Hall also put his bat to good use, driving in three of the Owlz 5 runs. He should have had one more but a monster home run was called back in the bottom of the 4th, a ball that appeared to be fair. “It makes it tough when your fair poles are not real tall, it’s a tough call for an umpire to make,” Kotchman added. After the home-run was called back, Hall stepped back into the batters box, shrugged it off, and delivered an RBI double, scoring Taylor Lindsey from second. That turned out to be the difference for the Owlz. The pitching was not a...

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Owlz come up short in loss to Raptors

The Owlz rally fell short as they lost Wednesday to the Ogden Raptors 8-6. The Owlz started off strong again with three runs in the first inning. All came with two outs. After that inning, the Owlz failed to put any runs on the board until the bottom of the sixth, when Brennan Gowens knocked in two runs with a base hit up the middle, cutting the Raptors lead to two. “You can’t depend on two-out hits all game, and we got two of them in the first inning,” manager Tom Kotchman said. The closest the Owlz got after that was in the bottom of the seventh when catcher Abel Baker, again with two outs, hit an RBI base hit to left field, scoring Kaleb Cowart from third to cut the lead to one. Later in the inning, with runners on second and third, Jerod Yakubik grounded out to first, ending the rally. The Owlz never got another shot after that, going down in order in the eighth and ninth innings. Ryan Crowley started the game for the Owlz and pitched well through the first three innings, but was pulled in the top of the fourth after giving up a lead-off triple to Noel Cuevas. The weather was less than ideal with rain showers off and on throughout the game and a strong wind for most of the night....

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Owlz rely on defense in 3-2 win over Casper

The Owlz relied on a three-run first inning and great relief pitching to get a 3-1 series win over Casper, Thursday. Logan Odom, the big 6-foot-6 righty from USC, struggled with his command early with three walks and a hit batter in one inning of work. Odom was  pulled after loading the bases in the second. Garrett Baker then got the nod. In his first big league appearance Baker was put into a tough situation, trying to hold on to the Owlz’ early three-run lead. He struck out the first batter with three straight pitches and got the next batter to ground into a 4-3 inning-ending double play made by Taylor Lindsey. “Coming in with the bases loaded and no one out was a little nerve racking but I was able to get through it and come out with the win,” Baker said. The Owlz started the game off with some hot bats, lead by Taylor Lindsey’s lead-off triple. Ryan Jones then came through with a RBI ground out to second. Later in the inning catcher Abel Baker had an RBI stand-up triple of his own, followed by Jarrod Parks’ RBI base hit to right. Then the bats went cold. The Owlz failed to put a hit on the board for the rest of the game. Instead they relied on their relief pitching and some great defensive plays. “Thats...

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