Author: Paul Keep

Technology and thinking

On Sept. 17, Mark Wrathall, author of How to Read Heidegger, presented his paper, “An Education in Thinking: Heidegger on Learning to Resist Technology.” “We live in a world where we are driven by technological forces,” he said. He claimed that technological advances have the ability to solve problems for us, and this is eliminating our need to think. He further claimed that training and skills are being replaced by technology. Some technology has increased our amount of leisure time, but others, such as TV, have consumed it, according to Wrathall. He believes that education has been affected by this trend as well. Expressing the importance of education he said, “If we do it right, we are liberating our students.” He believes that students are just being given information on how to do things, when teachers really just need to get out of the way and let students learn. Wrathall expressed the idea that schools are training us to produce and consume commodities. When asked what we can do as students Wrathall said, “Find things that let you pursue your passion, then you commit to them.” Wrathall, a professor of Philosophy at University of California, Riverside, was introduced by long-time friend and UVU President Matthew Holland, and spoke to about 70 students and faculty in the Library Auditorium. He has authored and edited various works about the philosophies of...

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The new science building’s road to approval

The recent approval of the new science and health building was met with great excitement by many at UVU. The approval allocates $45 million to UVU for the building project. Heavy involvement and lobbying on Capitol Hill proved to be a success at the end of a long struggle. A few trades were made in order to push the project through, one of which being construction on Geneva Road which will now be postponed a year to make room in the state’s budget. In an interview, Sam Rushforth, Dean of the College of Science and Health, expressed gratitude to university President Matthew Holland and Val Peterson for being the main men at the Capitol. The legislature chooses which projects will be funded based on a point system involving three categories: need, health, safety, and fundraising. UVU, being a new establishment, scores very low on health and safety, but has been the highest on the need list for the last six years. This year the science and health building had double the need points than its next competitor. Fundraising paid a legitimate role as well. UVUSA sponsored and co-sponsored a variety of events such as “Haircuts for Science” and “Soles for Science.” The young age of the university put UVU at a disadvantage when it came to raising money from alumni. “We just don’t have the alumni base out there...

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Tom Zeller Jr. speaks on climate change: “I still remain an optimist”

On Feb. 25 New York Times editor and writer Tom Zeller Jr. visited the Ragan Theater to speak about the impact businesses are having on the global climate. Zeller has spent the last 12 years covering everything from technology to politics, but the last year and a half Zeller has been writing on the issue of climate change. He admitted to knowing very little about the issue and not having a great passion for the environment before this recent undertaking. “The last year and a half has been an education,” said Zeller. He passed that education on to a crowd of nearly 200 UVU students and faculty. One of the issues discussed was balancing the importance of our environment with our need for things like heat and light. Zeller illustrated the value we place on nature at the start by having the audience close their eyes and imagine a perfect place. The global climate change debate has always been passionate, but very slow going. Zeller believes this has a lot to do with businesses’ reluctance to take personal responsibility and action. One willing individual is Ray Anderson of Interface Global who has pledged to not only stop polluting, but to erase their carbon footprint completely by the year 2020. Although progress is small, Zeller’s glass remains half full. He expressed that the subject of global warming’s validity is less...

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Keeping up with the Times

Jan. 22 marked the first session of the New York Times Global Review at UVU. The international center is sponsoring a weekly discussion group that will review events covered in The New York Times throughout the week. Danny Damron, the director of the International Center, has collaborated with a local Times representative to bring this idea to UVU. All students, faculty and staff are invited to pick up a free copy of the Times and participate in lively discussion every Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in WB 147. When asked the goal of this activity Damron said, “To gain a greater exposure and understanding of issues and how they impact us and to acquire the ability to argue and debate constructively.” The ground rules were set at the beginning of the meeting so participants can be assured of a respectful environment. Those being that the issues are to be the key focus and any opinions are welcome. A different faculty member every week will act as mediator to keep discussion going. They ask that you come with newspaper in hand using the Times as a springboard for discussion. “There is very little opportunity for students to experience a model of analytical disagreement,” said Damron. The opportunity to experience such a model is now available to those who wish to take advantage. This will continue throughout the semester...

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Higher education information has a new home

The new information source for furthering your education is HigherEdUtah.org. Moving from its old home at utahsbr.org the site has both a new look and approach. The site’s focus is on ease of use and the utilization of social media such as Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. “That’s what’s most appealing to me about this site – it’s another avenue to tell our story,” said Chris Taylor, Associate Vice President of College Marketing and Communications. The purpose of the site is to provide students the necessary academic and financial preparation to further their education in Utah. It will help keep people updated on events and accomplishments from the state’s colleges and universities and will discuss subjects that effect higher education both nationally and locally. This source provides all who are interested with up-to-date news on events occurring in education throughout the state of Utah. The site contains blogs posted daily that discuss things such as financial aid deadlines and common federal student aid mistakes. Combining efforts with companion sites such as UtahFutures.org, uesp.org and uheaa.org makes the site a well rounded source for all your education needs, concerns and inquiries. Students seeking information would benefit from browsing the site and its links. The site can advise students on anything from how to pay for school to career...

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