Author: Natalie Sullivan

Cultivating Utah Pride

Natalie Sullivan | Editor-at-large | @nhillsullivan Since I moved to Utah two years ago, I’ve discovered a general distain of “Utah culture” by its very own citizens. This reaction has puzzled me to the very core. It seems very odd that Utahns feel this way, especially in comparison with other states. Alabamans are proud of their Southern mentality and Illinoisans are proud of their Midwestern accent. But I often ask myself, and others, ‘what’s wrong with Utah’? There seems to be a stigma that Utahns are close-minded. If anything, I would argue that the people in Utah are abnormally...

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Piper on the roof

Since high school, Kevin Saunders has enjoyed sharing his bagpiping talent with a whole host of different audiences. His list of many performances, both formal and informal, has included funerals, birthdays, committee meetings and weddings—indoors, outdoors, in the sun and rain, on street corners, in forests and even once atop a barn. Recently, after coming home from a two-year bagpipe hiatus for an LDS mission in Taiwan, Saunders has even added the rooftops of UVU to his list of peculiar performances. Each Wednesday after a class in the computer science building, Saunders grabs his bagpipe case and heads out...

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Everybody’s having a ball, except you

Photo credit: Melissa Henrie When an organization wants to put on an exciting event, Ryan Rock, owner of the new company Utah Bubble Balls, will often get a phone call. “We get contacted by corporate events, partner with birthday party organizations…festivals. There are many groups who are interested in renting from us,” Rock said. Although, Rock’s company doesn’t have a set location, he and his team have begun delivering bubble balls and hosting numerous events since last January. Bubble ball participants get strapped into the center space of the ball, somewhat like an oversized life jacket, and get sent...

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Caputo’s conversion to food

On 314 West 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City, food enthusiasts gather to partake of an international food experience. In search of an exploratory dining experience, food lovers from all backgrounds have made Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli a well-known hot spot for specialty foods. Through expansion of their locations and products, Caputo’s is importing more, selling more and helping to grow the foodie craze in the surrounding Salt Lake area and beyond. Premium restaurants in Salt Lake, as well as some in Utah County, go to Caputo’s for ingredient recommendations and also a source for the ingredients...

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More of what they love

Photos by Mike Poulson When Nathan Packer and Mike Poulson first met as skydiving instructors in Ogden, they brainstormed on making a club and instantly became friends. Now, their club, UVU Indoor Skydiving, hopes to perfect their craft while becoming the first collegiate indoor skydiving team in the nation. Through judging based on live Wi-Fi broadcasting and go-pro cameras, UVU’s team, hopes to compete simultaneously with indoor skydivers all over the world from Ifly in Ogden. “Right now we’re looking for sponsorships—$10,000 to $15,000 to actually put the team together, but that will give us suits, training and the...

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