Author: Nathan Vineyard

Becoming Polyneices Part 2: The rehearsal

“I just like books – I’m not a fighter!” was all I could think to myself as the fight choreographer was going over my character’s moves for the first time, teaching me how to act. After getting a callback from the audition in August, I have been rehearsing with the cast and crew of Antigone almost every evening for the last month and a half, trying to become the character Polyneices. I’ve never tried acting before, and going behind the scenes is like discovering that there are laws in physics. Antigone is a rich, deep, ancient and powerful play written by a Greek general, Sophocles. But it’s much more than a classic; it’s one of the cultural jewels of Western civilization. It doesn’t just talk about politics, family, tradition, order and reason. It shows you. It invites you to participate in the physical unfolding of its philosophy. “First, you’ll stab at him like so; then, you’ll do a roll, turn back around, get up and then smash into his shoulder, breaking his arm.” Adam Argyle, the fight director, has a beautiful way of turning violence into art and turning a ghastly duel into a poetic metaphor. That is the kind of intelligent, applied poetry you see every day in rehearsal. With one small movement or word, you can release something beautiful that was not there before. Scott M. Stringham,...

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Becoming Polyneices

I’ve never done anything like this. Yet on the evening of Aug. 28., I found myself in front of the director citing a one-minute monologue, hoping to land a role in the upcoming play Antigone that had been personally commissioned by President Holland. Antigone  is an ancient Greek play about law, family, tradition, rebellion and love. It’s deep. It’s insightful. It’s a beautiful piece of literature. The first performance will be Oct. 7 at the student center’s quad. It starts at 5 p.m. The first time I heard about the play, I saw it on a digital sign by the front desk of the library. I noted the date and time, and I placed it in the calendar in my Blackberry. I love reading Greek philosophy and Greek poetry, so I thought this would be an incredible chance to experience both in a whole new way. I’ve never been to a Greek play, so I reasoned that at least I’d know where the theater was located, so I could get there early and get a good seat. I never imaged I’d actually get a part in it. The auditions took place in the Noorda Theatre. The theatre was much smaller than I thought it was going to be, but its size made it very intimate and quiet. I got there, and there were several other people practicing their monologues....

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Community care: how donating gives back

The next time a news story is blasting over the television about people in other communities polluting, destroying, robbing, demanding or taking something from someone they should not, remember there are many people on this campus who unselfishly choose to give back. There are 92 different endowed scholarship funds and over 100 annual scholarships at UVU. On Aug. 12, the first-ever endowment scholarship for this school’s MBA program was created. The endowment started with a $30,000 gift from a local businessman who wants to remain anonymous. He started the fund to honor one of his business heroes, Gardner Russell. Using his financial success from business to help students across the globe, Russell has been an inspiring figure to the donor. “He was vital in setting up technology trade schools throughout Central America,” the donor said in a press release from campus Marketing and Communications. “These tech schools will result in 700 job-ready graduates this year, who were previously unemployed or under-employed.” Mr. Russell continues to inspire and uplift those around him. Because it is an endowed scholarship, it will begin funding students’ education in the fall of 2012. The principal amount will never be used; only returns from the invested capital will be payed out. This endowed scholarship will continue to help generations of students. This is exactly what makes living in Utah Valley and attending UVU so great....

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Freshman Reading Program an introduction to campus education

You might have seen the ads for the Freshman Reading Program around campus. The program is a structured way to experience intellectual life with other interesting and thoughtful people who want to express, explore, evaluate and experience provoking ideas within a university context. We all come from different backgrounds. Some of us may not have had the chance to really get to know books, experience reflective conversation or learn for the sake of learning. That opportunity is presented in this program. It includes much more than skimming some pages to do well on a quiz. It introduces you to some of the best ideas that exist and allows you to engage others who are interested in talking about those same ideas. On Aug. 24, President Holland invited students to his home to think over and talk about the ancient Greek classic Antigone. For some, it might have been a new experience. It can be difficult to voice your opinion or to even develop an opinion. However, once given the chance to talk about something interesting, you get a taste for it that grows and becomes sweeter with every new addition to your interest. Antigone explores the origins of our society’s values. It may cause you to think about the fundamental truths of our culture and our intellectual heritage in a beautiful medium. Why is the rule of law so...

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