Author: McKhelyn Jones

Utah leaves the homeless out in the cold

By McKhelyn Jones | Art & Culture Editor Homelessness is a complex issue. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for it. Yet, there are things that can be done to increase the resources available for people in need. Last month, Draper City residents denied a proposal to build two homeless shelters near the city limits. While the reasons for the denial are valid, it still doesn’t change the fact that people in the state need help. Before we get all judgmental towards Draper, let’s check how we are holding up in the county. According to the Utah Department of Workforce...

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LatinoAmericana Celebracíon honors Latino(a) student achievement

The Latino Initiative celebrated its 10th anniversary, as well as Latino student success at UVU and Dixon Elementary during its LationoAmericana Celebracíon April 18 in the Grande Ballroom. “It’s not only UVU students or Latino’s who get awarded, but also students from Dixon, which is a school that is usually [serves] low income families or kids that struggle to get good grades,” said Jesler Molina, administrative assistant in the education opportunity center. “[Dixon] encourages them to get good grades through our program, and that’s how we motivate them to come over and get their awards here. Their families come...

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Contemporary art show focuses on social issues

Students enrolled in history of contemporary art displayed their art projects in several rooms in the Gunther Trade building April 12. Courtney Davis, assistant professor of art history, organized the event with students from her art history course and her honors ethics and values course. About 30 students participated. “So, it was basically [portraying] an ethical problem using creative medium,” said Khaliun Amarjargal, technology management junior and honors ethics and values student. “My problem, ever since coming here, I hate that we waste so much food when like half the population is starving. I couldn’t do [my painting] with...

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Conspiracies make for bad policy

By McKhelyn Jones | Arts & Culture Editor The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that a conspiracy theory “explains an event or set of circumstances as a result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.” However, I believe conspiracies are a way for people to make meaning out of horrible events, such as Sandy Hook or 9/11. However, people often use them to make meaning out of things like the language contained in John Podesta’s — former chairman to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign — hacked emails. This sparked “Pizzagate,” an event where employees of Comet Ping Pong pizza in...

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Music studies professor interweaves culture and music

As class is slowly filing in, Ross Hagen, assistant professor of music studies, is setting up for the day’s class. He’s put up a PowerPoint presentation titled Disco and Its Discontents and begins the lecture with a scene from Saturday Night Fever. He then asks why rock-n-rollers might dislike disco, setting the tone for the rest of the class. His lecture is incredibly interesting because it weaves discussion of rockers’ hatred for disco into a lesson on how disco influenced 1970’s music and culture. Ross has a way of tying culture and music together that makes you want to...

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