Author: Mark Evans

Will hand sanitizer do the job?

The halls are now populated with dozens of hand sanitizer stations dispensing the clear liquid that is supposed to save you from a debilitating week of missed classes resulting from swine flu. It seems self-explanatory what a hand sanitizer should do for you – sanitize your hands; in other words, get rid of all the germs. This is what many hand sanitizers do, but there are some that actually create an environment where bacteria and those “bad germs” can multiply and spread. The CDC has said that for a hand sanitizer to be effective it must have at least...

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UVU Digs deep for Young Cancer Patient

A young Provo girl with brain cancer has become the focus of three charitable events to be held at UVU. The proceeds of ticket sales at the women’s soccer and volleyball games and a benefit concert put on by J.R. Richards, lead singer of Dishwalla, will go toward her recovery. Hannah Laursen, a 9-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a brain cancer this last summer, is in good spirits despite undergoing three surgeries in one week, completing two rounds of chemotherapy and will finish her last radiation treatment this week. UVU’s women’s Volleyball and Soccer teams have dedicated the proceeds of their next games to Hannah. “We felt like this would be a good cause for the volleyball team to get involved with,” said Sam Atoa, head coach of the UVU Women’s volleyball team. “We are trying to raise as much money as possible for her recovery.” The volleyball team will be taking pledges from spectators before its next game for every dig the team makes during the game. The team totals anywhere between 45 and 60 digs per game, which would result in $45 to $60 per person that pledges. The volleyball team’s game on Oct. 23, against Houston Baptist, is when the dig-pledges for Hannah will be taking place. The fundraiser for Hannah is only a part of the “Pink With a Purpose” efforts of the UVU...

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Law School Anyone?

For many UVU students planning on continuing their education after their bachelors, there is help on campus from councilors able to point them in the right direction. But for those students planning on attending law school after graduation, they have an expert at their beck and call. UVU is the proud home to one of the nations best known pre-law advisors, Eileen Doyle Crane J.D., who has been pre-law advising since before pre-law advising was considered a career choice. “It’s an incredible privilege to be in that intersection of a persons life in which a student makes huge decisions about their future,” Crane said. “I think of that as a sacred privilege . . . and I’m nuts about it.” After raising eight children, Crane decided to go back to school to further her education. She established BYU’s pre-law program in 1990 and graduated from BYU’s political science program in 1993. She left her pre-law advising post and went to law school in 2004, believing her pre-law advising days were over. But pre-law advising would call her name again, this time from UVU. “I missed pre-law advising tremendously,” she said of herself after graduating law school. “So, I came down here to offer my services to UVU.” Crane’s job requires less of her than she gives it. That is evident by her dedication to understanding and knowing for herself...

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Hi, I’m a Mac

Hi, I’m a Mac I’m proud to be a Mac for so many reasons I can’t count and new reasons pop up every day. Macs just work. My computer and its operating system are made by the same company,  making a beautifully seamless harmony between hardware and software. The Mac OS is the most advanced operating system on the market running on a solid UNIX core that has zero viruses. Can PC’s say the same? If its not enough of a hassle to remove a virus, its even more of a hassle keeping up with the latest virus protection software. Did I mention Macs don’t get viruses? Everything from your web browser  and video editing software is made by the same company that sold you your keyboard, screen and CPU and they are specifically designed to take full advantage of every ounce of power your computer has to offer. Microsoft makes PC’s operating system and Dell, Gateway, Acer, eMachines, HP etc., are making the hardware. Can they really be successfully collaborating at all levels? PC Magazine rated Macs #1 in customer support. Walk into an Apple store and you have a Mac Genius at your beck and call. PC support? Who do you call, Microsoft or Dell? PC World rated Macs #1 in reliability which, no doubt, has something to do with the fact that all updates, software and...

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Gearing up for voter registration

Bringing the political process to Utah Valley University could not have better advocates than Miss UVU and the Student Government Chief Justice. In an effort to increase the number of students registered to vote this November, Tom Merrill, UVU’s student Chief Justice, teamed up with Christina Lowe, Miss UVU, to register students for the upcoming election.

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