Author: Mindy Harward

Fun & Success

At the end of 2010, Doritos and Pepsi MAX held a contest to see if everyday, regular people had what it took to “crash the Super Bowl” and create a commercial to air on national television in front of the biggest audience in the country. It was then that local residents Tyler Dixon, Tyler Marshall and Eddie King decided to put their creative skills and production talents to the test and see what they could come up with. The result ended in a commercial called “The Best Part,” and thanks to the votes of friends, family and fans of...

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Laptops in class. There seem to be two camps on the subject: those who use and love them and those who despise them. There is an obvious fine line appearing between the two camps on laptops in class. To those who are users of laptops in class, what could be better? Most students have been required to know how to type since elementary school, making typing speeds frequently faster than handwriting. Obviously, this makes taking notes easier and more efficient. But laptops also mean the Internet, which means a world full of technology, all a click away. What chance does a professor have of keeping students’ attention when, instead of learning about the Gettysburg Address the old fashioned way in a classroom with a textbook, one can just go to Wikipedia and get the brief CliffsNotes version – or, even better, go to YouTube and watch a reenactment of it. Still, if students were only using their laptops for class-related materials, it would not be so bad. But, with multiple windows and multiple tabs, it’s too easy to multitask and not focus on just class-related materials. Facebook, Twitter, email and ESPN are just a few common distractions that are seen on the average laptop screen, and unfortunately, that isn’t just seen by the laptop user. Students behind and around the laptop are also subject to the distractions, willing or...

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Student spotlight: Bowls for Humanity

By selling handmade bowls filled with warm soup, Bowls for Humanity fundraiser helps put a roof over the Utah County homeless. Most people see a problem in society, wish there was a way to fix it and move on with their lives. Occasionally, some will donate a few dollars to the charity of their choice, hoping to make some small difference, but even then, proactive measures are not taken. That is not the case with Tammy Rodeback, a senior getting her BFA with an emphasis in Fine Arts. On the eve of 2007, Rodeback found herself watching the news about a homeless Provo man who had frozen to death in his Jeep. The man, Larry Edward Carter, was 48 years old and had been struggling with homelessness for fifteen years. Carter passed away only four blocks away from Rodeback’s home. Struck by the fact that there wasn’t a homeless shelter in Utah County, Rodeback felt a change needed to happen – the sooner the better. It was then that she was inspired to organize Bowls for Humanity, a charity dinner where local potters make bowls to auction off to the public. The bowls, which are all hand-made, are filled with soup, so not only are individuals helping the homeless problem in Utah, they are also getting a beautiful piece of art and are receiving a warm meal. The first...

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The ultimate birthday present

Freshman Dane Anderson doesn’t like to make birthday lists. So instead of getting a bunch of presents that would be nice to have but serve no purpose for his 24th birthday, he asked for something different. He asked his friends and family to donate whatever money they would spend on him to “charity: water,” a non-profit organization devoted to bringing clean water to those who don’t have it. “charity: water” was initially founded by Scott Harrison on his 31st birthday in 2006. Harrison, a prominent party promoter in New York City, had the realization that he had far too many possessions that he took for granted while people in other countries didn’t even have clean water to drink. Harrison threw himself a birthday party and asked everyone who came to bring $20 to donate instead of gifts. Over 700 people came to the party, and with that money they funded six water wells for a refugee camp in Uganda. Since the founding of “charity: water,” the organization has raised over 10 million dollars, which translates to 721,000 people in 15 countries that now have clean water to drink. Anderson, upon hearing about the charity, was inspired to give up his own birthday and help the cause. So far, he has raised over $1000 – nearly half of his original goal of $2200. “I am so thrilled. I have been...

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Making a positive difference

Student Body President Richard Portwood is probably someone that you’d recognize, even if you don’t actually know him. The man seems to constantly be on campus organizing activities, attending many meetings and events, and still he somehow finds time to make it to classes. Being student body president can’t be an easy job, but Richard takes it in stride and does it all with a smile. He initially ran for president to make a positive difference and improve the image of UVU, and many can agree that he’s doing a great job. Name: Richard Thomas Portwood Year: Junior Major: International Relations Minor: Economics Where are you from? Born in Chicago, IL, and grew up in Park City, UT. What made you choose to come to UVU? Initially to transfer to a different school, but even when I got accepted to transfer I decided to stay because of the unparalleled opportunities UVU provided for me. What are your post-UVU plans? Graduate school and a career that gives me personal satisfaction, while also providing for my future family. What has been your favorite UVU class? English 2010, [because I] learned the basics of how to write research papers. How about your favorite UVU professor? Financial Accounting Professor Steve Teeter What do you do when you’re not a student?  Do you have a job or any unusual or interesting hobbies? I love...

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