Author: Sydney Flanigan

‘Not Gaining’ during holidays merits rewards

“The Season of Giving not Gaining,” is just one of the many free programs that Student Health Services offers to students and faculty. Students gathered in the Hall of Flags on Nov. 17-18 for the event to participate and to get further information. This event was geared toward holiday season weight maintenance. Participants are required to do service, weekly health challenges and to be within two pounds of their beginning weight at the end of the program to be eligible for prizes. Some of the prizes include Visa gift cards, movie passes, iTunes gift cards, UVU Bookstore gift cards and UVU Outdoor Education gift cards. Student Health Services is committed to helping the students and faculty to be healthy in five areas of health: physical, academic, emotional, social and spiritual. They frequently hold fairs, workshops and programs each month to help educate students in each of these areas. The department has been very busy with its wellness programs this year already. Many students just barely finished the Walktober program in October, which helped them to be more active and stay fit. This month, Student Health Services has held a body image fairs blood pressure testing, health risk appraisal testing and the holiday weight maintenance challenge. Weekly wellness workshops are always going on at Student Health Services. They are free workshops that have a different focus each week, such as...

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Aviation instructor beats the odds

For the first time in 13 years, a woman has won the University Aviation Association’s prestigious William A. Wheatley Award. Dr. Mavis Green of the Aviation Science department, became only the fourth woman in 55 years to win the award. Green won the award at the UAA Fall Education Conference Awards Banquet Oct. 7. The Wheatley Award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to aerospace education for more than 10 years. Why is there such a disparity, 51 to four, between male and female winners? It is in large part due to the fact that there are significantly fewer female pilots? In December of 2007, American Airlines said that of the 115,000 U.S. commercial pilots, only 7,100 were female, just over 6 percent. It took until 1975 for a woman to be hired as a pilot by an airline. Green explained one of the reasons for this difference. “If you’re heading for an airline job, it’s quite difficult on family life,” she said. “Airline pilots might be gone for a week or two at a time and their schedules may be changing. So that could be one factor.” Women in aviation are definitely in the minority, which can make it difficult to succeed. “It’s hard to operate in any group as a minority,” Green said. But she also offered encouragement. “Stick with it. Even though it’s tough, just...

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Rythmid Bumps in the Night

Odyssey Dance Theatre presents Thriller This month the highly acclaimed Odyssey Dance Theatre Company is performing Thriller in five different locations in Utah. The annual event has a reputation for being electrifying and filled with gripping adventures and pop culture references. Thriller has become a major hit in the 13 years since its creation. This year they are including classic favorites like Frankenstein, Thriller, The Curse Of The Mummy and Jason Jam, but are also adding some new captivating creations to the show. The show is famous all around the state. Performance locations this year are Park City, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George. Odyssey has won many statewide awards for their performance quality. This crowd favorite appeals to many different tastes. Thriller is riveting and intense, yet fun and humorous, and has many loyal fans. The founder and the director of Odyssey, Derryl Yeager, has been a major driving talent behind the many successes of the studio. In 2009, Yeager earned the Best of State title for Best Choreographer. “This show has become a phenomenon!” Yeager said in a press release. “Now in its 13th year, it has grown tremendously in popularity and we are busy performing the show throughout the entire month!” Not only is the owner talented and driven, but so are Odyssey Dancers. Eldon Johnson, Odyssey’s associate director and principal dancer, won Best...

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What do you mean, Santa’s not real?

I remember it clearly. “Mom, is Santa real?” “Uh…Yeah, but he died a couple weeks ago.” Oh the things parents put their poor, impressionable children through. We all had enchanting fantasies of Santa Clause when we were little, right up until they came to a screeching halt when we found out he’s not real. Although this is a painful ordeal for our poor, five-year-old selves, it is rather entertaining to our grown-up selves. The stories of how people found out the truth about fictitious good old Saint Nick might just  inspire a ho-ho-ho on your part. “At the first sign of speculation that Santa might be a sham, my siblings and I set up a spying system on Christmas. We all hid in different spots around the family room, and saw my mom and dad setting up presents and eating the milk and cookies.” -Braiden Rindlisbacher “I knew Santa wasn’t real when one year I got an I.O.U. from Santa with a picture of the bike I wanted on it. I never did get the bike.” -James Delli Gatti “My mom was in a hurry one year and took us Christmas shopping with her. We asked her why she was buying so many presents since that was Santa’s job. She was flustered and mad, so she just said the first thing that popped into her head: ‘Because Santa fell...

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Of apples and hourglasses

Unfortunately, none of us are perfect. Even the hottest models out there get Photo Shopped. We all have things about our bodies that we hate, but there are ways to play up your best features and make the bad ones not as noticeable. By following these simple tips you can learn how to compliment your shape. WOMEN: Pear Shaped — Is your bottom half larger than your top half? Have wide hips with small shoulders? You’re pear-shaped. This is easily fixable by wearing things that draw the eye upward. Things like unique patterns and bright colors help to do this, and detract from your hips. You’ve got an excellent upper body, so if you can get that to balance your lower body, you’ll look fabulous. V-neck shirts help emphasize your upper body, and wide belts emphasize your waistline. Try to veer away from tapered bottoms or large pleats in skirts because this will make your hips and thighs appear even larger and draw a lot of attention to that area. Dream Dress: You’ll be the bell of the ball in an empire dress. This is a strapless dress with a flowing bottom that comes to below the knee. Top it off with a decorative shrug, bolero, or shawl that will draw away from your hips and thighs. Apple Shaped — Apple shaped women have a larger bust, waistline, ribcage,...

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