Author: Lorna Marie Larson

Monster Bash

Darkness. Monsters. Murder. Spaghetti? The event was titled “An Affair to Dismember,” and the night of gruesome mayhem welcomed all who dared join in the mysterious murder over a “worm” spaghetti dinner served on good china. It was a taste of Halloween in early September. Zombies, pirates, an evil bridesmaid, a pilot and even a Jeffree Star impersonator were among those in attendance at UVU Spectrum’s Murder Mystery Night on Sept. 1. Suspicion ran rampant after the mystery characters had been decided. The list included an evil dentist, a green witch, a mummy and others. The game included scripts, clues, interrogatory questions and, of course, a murderer and victim. The mystery lasted through several hours of laughter and caused suspicion to be cast on everyone. The Bridesmaid from Hell, also known as the club’s co-chairperson Ronni Sorensen, considered the night a success and a frighteningly good time. “Everyone did their best to get into character and, although we could lie, be evasive or change the subject, [this was] sometimes more suspicious than if we had just admitted the truth outright,” Sorensen said. Murder and detective work appeared to make this group of zombies and monsters ravenous because even after the event was technically finished and the mayhem had subsided, several of the close-knit group went off-campus to Village Inn for a late-night snack. The next activity for Spectrum is...

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Shopping for foreign treasures at Many Lands

There is a sense of being in a foreign country when wandering the aisles of the Many Lands store in Provo. The dimly lit aisles of unusual groceries often have unpronounceable foods not tasted by the typical American palate. For the more commonly known items, such as soy sauce and tea, the price of getting authenticity includes the cost of importing such delicacies. There are foods from over 20 different countries at Many Lands, but they specialize in Asian foods since Peter Smith served an LDS mission in Asia and later married an Asian woman. Over 15 years ago, the store included a Chinese café referred to by Smith as the “great mistake,” since both store and café were too much for the couple to take on themselves. Perhaps it is this desire to keep things manageable which maintains their status of being such a secret in the area and having no online presence. The secrecy is sad for those who crave the rich variety of imported goods at Many Lands. There are groceries like Swedish Knackebrot (rye cracker), spices and sauces from several countries and cuisines, many types of tea, drinks such as passion fruit juice and many unfamiliar canned and frozen items. There is also a variety of Asian candy such as the popular Hi-Chews which taste similar to Starbursts and gummy candy with flavors such as...

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Spectrum is a fun club for everyone, not just homosexuals

Karaoke and laughter wafted down the halls of the Student Center. Looking into the room, there were instant calls to stay and sing along. After a night of amusing vocal antics, invites to the next scheduled gatherings ensued. This was an event put on by the UVU Spectrum Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning Intersex and Straight Alliance. That rather lengthy name was created to include everyone at the university who feels marginalized for their sexuality or is friendly and accepting of those with various sexual lifestyles. The club has teamed up with UVU’s suicide prevention team/hotline to create an “It Gets Better” video for The Trevor Project. This project helps those struggling with their sexual identities in a straight world learn how to cope and not commit suicide. This sort of help for those in need of an understanding community is one of Spectrum’s main goals. In its first incarnation over fifteen years ago, the school’s gay and lesbian club was known as Freedom Rings after the rainbow rings often worn as a symbol of homosexuality and unity. Today, there is more acceptance of bisexuals and the transgendered and much less fear for members to come out to the rest of the student population. Current co-chairperson, Ronnie Sorensen, stated, “As a recently ‘come out’ bisexual woman, I’ve been very well received by the club and its members.” Pink T-shirts...

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FunSANITY

Anime Club video fundraiser a huge success Rooms in the student center were filled to overflowing on March 31, the night of the video game tournament. The event was a fundraiser for the university’s Anime Club. The crowd was so intense that outer doors were opened for air circulation and when a third room was available, it was taken over to start the Halo: Reach tournament on the big screen. While waiting for the space, many people huddled around TVs, taking turns practicing the game. Club President Chris Bryce said, “It was insanity – sheer insanity!” Bryce was in nearly constant motion solving one glitch or other the entire night, and the Anime Club all worked together to make the event such a success. Three times more money was raised than the last tournament fundraiser. Caleb Summerhays, club secretary, said, “The fundraiser was a success among all the chaos that was going on.” The money raised is used to keep the anime club going with new shows to watch, food and promotional materials. The main draw this semester was the StarCraft II tournament, getting over fifty participants and causing Super Smash Bros. Brawl to take a back seat. The projection TV and commentary made it almost a movie-watching experience for those waiting to compete. Rock Band 3, Marvel Vs. Capcom, Dance Dance Revolution and a variety of Mario games...

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The fantasy of building a career

Unlike the usual science fiction and fantasy conventions that focus on costumes and appeasing fans, the Life, the Universe & Everything symposium was an art and creative writing event focused on teaching writers and artists how to see weaknesses, improve skills, learn about the industry and make connections to help establish fantasy and science fiction oriented careers. James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner series and The 13th Reality series was a keynote speaker at the event. “I came (to LTUE) for the first time eight years ago, and I wish I had known about it sooner. . . . Go to conferences to make your own lucky breaks,” Dashner said of the information and influential people met at LTUE. Dashner was adamant in his address to aspiring authors, saying, “with zero exception (they) should have an agent” to help them improve their work with effective editing since agents know which editors of which publishing companies will most appreciate and want to publish your work. He explained that not all agents are created equally, so he recommended people find an agent that responds quickly to questions, shows obvious progress on your goals for your career and works with your personality. “If you have a willingness to work hard, to rewrite and revise as many times as it takes, you will be ahead of 99% of the other [aspiring authors].”...

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