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Disadvantages of online classes

By Sarah Phelan Illustration by Tyler Carpenter In the midst of the technological revolution, online learning has begun to dominate universities across the globe. In spite of the many apparent advantages of online classes, this platform comes with a plethora of issues. One of these is the overall quality of learning. Online classes often consist of hundreds of students and instructors can find themselves buried in grading tasks, unable to provide effective and timely feedback or one-on-one discussions with students. Class discussions are often less involved and constructive than those in face-to-face classrooms. Furthermore, a simple copy and paste...

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Class group work disadvantages higher achieving students

By Sarah Phelan Whenever a group project is announced in class, most people roll their eyes, dreading having to orchestrate schedules and divide up the workload. It’s a pain to deal with the freeloaders and poor communicators, but what many people don’t consider is that some students have to compromise something very important in group projects: their grade. It is not uncommon for higher achieving students to have to lower their standards to collaborate with others. Their ideas may go over the head of their peers, or their writing and presentation style can clash disastrously. Of course, they are...

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UVU theatre performs recreation of classic Russian story

The classic Russian author Anton Chekhov wrote in a way that resonates with the most basic human emotions: love, complacency, depression, denial, longing for something more. UVU’s department of theatrical arts performed “The Seagull” by Chekhov in the Noorda Blackbox Theatre March 1. Jeremy Sortore, the director,  approached this piece with a different Russian tradition than what is usually seen in the United States. Sortore’s years studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School, where “The Seagull” was originally debuted in 1896, gave him the ability to see this production for what it was truly meant to be. Sortore said...

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Tolerance is the wrong way to think

By Neil Goslin | Contributor The world engages in tolerance and racial relations in a variety of ways. The new movie The Black Panther engages in a few different types of racial discussions and scenarios. In The Black Panther, race is not the only issue of course. There are issues of identity, such as the primary villain who was abandoned and then Americanized to an extreme and dangerous point. What is tolerance really? Tolerance is a condescension. Tolerance is a way for a person in power to look down at minorities and less privileged and say, “I guess I’ll...

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The negative impact of perfectionism among Mormons

By James S. McGraw Illustration by Tyler Carpenter Over the last several years there has been an increased concern from scholars and mental health professionals about the negative effects perfectionism has on a person’s well-being. Researchers typically define perfectionism as “setting unrealistically high standards, rigidly adhering to them, and defining… self-worth in terms of their achieving these standards.” With this definition, it should not be surprising that perfectionism has been found to be an element of numerous mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, sexual disorders, OCD and experiences such as suicidal thoughts. For this reason, many...

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