Author: McKenzie Stauffer

Staying outside for the summer

Utah is not a bad place to spend the summer. There are a number of fun things to do while school is out and the weather is nice. No need to stay cooped up inside wasting away your precious summer days. There are plenty of exciting outdoor activities to do in Utah that require little funds and effort. National Parks Utah’s five national parks, otherwise known as the “Mighty Five”, are famous for their red rocks, breathtaking views, amazing rock formations and fun hiking trails. Zions, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands are all great weekend destination places...

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Bastille wows fans during Wild Wild World Tour

Bastille received an overwhelming welcome of screams and chants as they took the stage for their Wild Wild Word Tour at the UCCU Center on April 13 in honor of their latest album, Wild World. “We are Bastille and it’s so nice to be in Utah. Thank you for having us. … This is definitely the loudest crowd we’ve had this tour,” said Dan Smith, lead vocalist for Bastille. The screams and the chanting turned into singing as Bastille sang some of the their most popular songs like Pompeii, Things We Lost In the Fire, Lethargy and Power. “This...

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Haphazard! introduces audience to unconventional, non-western music

From the violin and keyboard, to the cymbals and drums, a number of students from various majors joined Doug Smith, assistant professor and percussion area coordinator, and Donna Fairbanks, department chair of the school of music, to perform using non-traditional musical patterns April 4 at Centre Stage. Haphazard! was performed by the UVU percussion group. The musicians played musical numbers ranging from Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 1 in E Major, which sounds like it should be used as the theme of a Jane Austin film, to Lou Harrison’s Canticle No. 3, an unconventional non-western style of music that sounds like...

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Jeffrey R. Holland encourages unity during LDS General Conference

Members and non-members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gathered together at the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City to listen to the LDS prophet and Apostles testify of Jesus Christ and give guidance April 1-2. During the Saturday afternoon session, the audience sustained all 12 apostles and the three members of the First Presidency of the Church. The audience sustains a church leader by raising their hand at the appropriate time. This action shows their support for the leader. The majority sustained the brethren, while a few opposed and were taken note of. The crowd awed as Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor of the First Presidency of the LDS church, announced that Jeffrey R. Holland would be speaking. “I love listening to Elder Holland. He is the best,” said Kyler Miller, finance sophomore. Elder Holland has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles for 22 years. He is also the father of UVU’ s President Matthew S. Holland. During the session, Elder Holland spoke about the power of unity. He used the analogy of a choir in his talk to better articulate the idea that everyone is welcome in the LDS church and by Christ. Elder Holland explained that in the ‘ Lord’s choir’ there is room for everyone and that a variety of voices are needed in order...

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The School of Arts hosts banquet to honor outstanding students and faculty

The School of Arts hosted a banquet in honor of students and faculty who have thrived in the music, dance, theatre and art & design programs on March 27 at Centre Stage. “It is always a privilege to be around those who are high achievers,” said K. Newell Dayley, dean of the School of Arts. “For you high achievers we say thank you. … This is all for you.” A handful of students from the various art programs were given awards of merit, Outstanding Student Awards and Valedictorian awards. Alyssa Y. Liu, a music performance senior, was awarded the...

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