Author: Tiffany Thatcher

Evolution of dating

August 27, 2012   The other day, I was sitting on a train and noticed something strange about a couple sitting near me. I was disgusted and amazed to see the woman casually stick her finger in his ear and then wipe her findings on her pants. I don’t think this strange social grooming is an okay thing to do. In my opinion, this symbolizes the step backward we have taken in the evolution of dating. Many things have changed in dating over the years, such as the words we use. We now call it a hot date, but with a twinkle in her eye, my grandma still calls it “stepping out.” Dating evolution brought us to “courting,” but since then, we have digressed to the words “going together” and now “going out.” Back in times of courting, the dating scene was simple but now the dating world is complicated and...

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A first Halloween

Nov. 4, 2012    When people come from other countries, Halloween is one of the things they may be excited to see since it is an American holiday. Naturally, Halloween becomes a part of their experiences as international students. Christine Chipala is a UVU student from Malawi, Africa, enjoys Halloween, but doesn’t understand it. “Halloween is weird because I don’t get why people dress around looking scary and all,” Chipala said. Chipala had watched Halloween festivities before she moved to the U.S., so it wasn’t a surprise, but she chooses not to celebrate it. Unlike Chipala, student Silvia Holovat embraces Halloween with enthusiasm. “Halloween is amazing for me—children, adults and pets using costumes on the streets and at the universities was great,” Holovat said. “We don’t celebrate Halloween in Argentina, but it is one of my favorite holidays...

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Student heads up the development of new family history app

Tom Hester is a UVU student who has been working on an app that would eventually make finding the grave of anyone in the world, very easy. This free app is called BillionGraves. “There are two parts to it,” Hester said. “One for those with picture phones and one for those who want to do indexing.” The indexing part is available on desktops as well as smart phones. Indexing is when someone transfers the information from just a picture of a document, to searchable text, which makes it easy to access and sort through. The app was started by a company that went out of business, so the app went into hibernation for a period of time until it was picked up by the owner of New Skin. Hester has followed the app since the beginning, his title, support project consultant. “In 2008 it came out, then died and came out not available for windows, only android and iphone,” Hester said.         It is now available on all smart phones, and has become very helpful for Latter Day Saint members who put an emphasis on family history. Billiongraves is Partners with Family Search, which a program that many LDS members use for indexing. But the LDS are not the only one using the app. Hester said he works with those from many different faiths. “I’ve worked...

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Dating Column: The Fall

Falling is submitting to gravity. Falling in love is submitting to that other pulling force. With gravity, it is easy to know what you are falling to, because you just look down, but in the case of love, you can’t see the future. Yet, people fall in love and get married every day. For my first three years of college I had a strange fear. I was afraid of married people. They didn’t make sense to me and I just didn’t like them. I didn’t want to see them or talk to them. I remember being secretly upset many times when I would walk by some good looking, young, married guy. I felt like everyone and their dog was married. Fortunately in the past year, I have gotten over my fear, and this may be because I am less afraid of marriage. I have decided that although marriage doesn’t make sense, it probably makes life more rewarding. You can be comfortable as a single person and function well as an adult in society, or you can get married. Marriage is probably not the most comfortable option, but I decided that comfort is not the most important thing. The question is: How do you make such a choice? Marriage doesn’t make sense. Anyone can admit that to gamble one’s happiness on one single person is not foolproof. Last week I...

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Sober Campus

Last week I went to a newspaper conference with the UVU Review and like previous conferences, it became very clear that our paper is not like most. Most college newspapers have a reoccurring topic that the Review hardly touches on. This topic is anything regarding alcohol. Headlines like party crashing, DU-Why and best beer for your buck, would seldom to never show up in the UVU Review, but this is prevalent in most other college papers. It is not that UVU students don’t drink. As a UVU custodian, I found many beer bottles in the women’s restrooms on campus while cleaning. The girls bathrooms have the added bonus of a feminine napkin disposal within the stalls, creating the opportunity to not be seen throwing the bottle away. However, the five bottles found each semester doesn’t really compare to the amount of drinking done in other state campuses. This was obvious when attending classes with other schools at the conference. It is interesting to hear instructors for the conference say things like, “I know what you guys do on the weekends,” and to hear fellow students say, “Dang I’m so hung over.” These types of comments made me feel so alienated and odd, which is probably true. LDS members know that the life they live is different from the rest of the world, but I don’t think many realize how...

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