Author: Tiffany Frandsen

Your Story Matters: Mental Health Benefit Concert

Collin Cooper | @coop.97 Saturday night, I got to attend the Mental Health benefit concert put on by Hope For Help in our own Grand Ballroom. The event started with an explanation of the movement, and an introduction of the idea that your story matters. They invited the group of students in attendance to stand and enjoy the show, and it was off to the races. The first group to take the stage was Springville Synthpop duo, Coral Bones. The group consisted of Chris Bennion, who took vocal duties, as well as some guitar and synth work, and Landon...

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Women of the Mountains Conference Draws International Lecturers

  International 3-day Women in the Mountains Conference encourages women in matters of health, leadership, economic issues. Tiffany Frandsen | Managing Editor | @tiffany_mf Photo credit: Gabi Campbell | Photo Editor | @gabicampbellphotos   UVU hosted representatives from United Nations Women, the State Department, the Mountain Partnership, the World Bank, local universities and ambassadors from mountain countries (including the ambassadors from Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Romania) for a conference to discuss the challenges facing women. The international conference was co-organized by UVU and the International University of Kyrgyzstan. The three-day conference addressed matters such as health, family values, heritage, economic...

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Capturing the Syrian Crisis

Is the shocking photo of a drowned toddler necessary to bring attention to the Syrian refugee crisis, or is it just distasteful jingoism? Tiffany Frandsen | Managing Editor | @Tiffany_mf Nilufer Demir snapped the photo of a drowned 3-year-old who had surfaced on a Turkish shore after he and his family attempted to escape the slaughter of the ongoing Syrian crisis. The horrific image sparked two media frenzies—the ethics of the photo itself, and the urging of governments to accept refugees. While the refugee situation is being debated in government buildings and on social media feeds, the ethics of whether the photo should have been shared at all are being debated between journalists and editors, prompting several outlets to defend their choice to publish. First, some background: Publishing a photo of a child is risky business. Publishing a graphic image is also risky business, if not handled correctly. This photo combined the two. For most of the world—really, anyone who doesn’t know the family—it’s heartbreaking because when they see the photo, it reminds them of their own children or they see children in life-threatening danger. For the 3-year-old’s father, it’s heartbreaking because it is a photo of his own child. Since Sept. 2, when Turkish news agency Dogan Haber Ajansi published the photo, Abdullah Kurdi has expressed no negative feelings about his son’s image being circulated, and has said that...

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New center provides LGBT resources

The Multicultural Center has opened a new lounge to provide a place for LGBT students and allies.   Tiffany Frandsen | Managing Editor | @tiffany_mf   Spectrum–a club to discuss issues facing LGBT students at UVU that used to meet in an obscure nook tucked away in the Woodbury Business Building–has a new place to meet students and provide resources: The new LGBT Student Services Center in room 126 of the Liberal Arts Building. The center is under the umbrella of the Multicultural Center, and is opening fall semester, 2015. As of press time, the center looks non-descript; open windows construction was nearly complete. The center joins other centers in the Multicultural suite geared toward including oft-underrepresented populations. Students will have access to peer mentoring, one-on-one advising, a library of resources, a network of other students and peers, as well as a plethora of other services through the center. Students can also connect with Spectrum at the center. Barney Nye, the director of Multicultural Student Services, will advise the club. Spencer Carter, a sophomore in the Computer Science major will be co-president, along with James Pulley, of Spectrum this year. “Hopefully we’ll have banners and flyers and a public face there. As for where the meetings take place, that will depend on our members. I want the new resource center to be our public place, a place where people...

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Ring the bell

Two UVU students receive scholarships, ring the New York Stock Exchange trade floor bell Tiffany Frandsen | Managing Editor | @tiffany_mf Photos courtesy of TD Ameritrade   Every year, TD Ameritrade grants the NextGen Financial Planning Scholarship to 14 students across the country. This year, two of those recipients were UVU personal financial planning students Martha Tullis and Junghyun Lee—a reward that included going to New York City and ringing the closing bell on the trade floor of the New York Stock Exchange as TD Ameritrade’s guest on Wednesday, July 22. TD Ameritrade has committed more than $2 million...

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