Author: Timothy E. Wood II

Alise Allen and the little things

A chain link fence stands, checkering the land.  Gear teeth churn the machine heart to life.  A tree, a plant, a weed nestles the sidewalk in the middle of urbanization, its stems and fronds and leafs a blueprint of natural jigsaw.   Alise Allen is in her closing semester of finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts this summer.  Over the last four years, she’s taken photos of the undermined significance of the little things that surround the passersby in the street, on the road and throughout the urban clockwork rhythm of construction and industrial progression.  Selections of her art...

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Best Dance Crew final face off

In the most attended event during Homecoming week, the final competition for UVUSA’s Best Dance Crew took place Nov. 17, Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the Ballroom. The finalists included We are Martian, Double Vision, The Primas, Mafia by Design and Haeday.   The groups competed with their chosen songs and styles of hip hop to place in the top two crews who would have an improvised dance off to determine the winner. We are Martians traced the floor in robotic space-themed movements, followed by Double Vision’s backpack, sweatpants shuffle pop, accompanied with some comedic elements. The Primas...

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UVU Polar Plunge

A shiver as the hoodies come off, a gasp as the water wraps around the nearly naked bodies, then the sound of music and splashes accompany the race against time.   For the third year in a row UVU hosted the Polar Plunge competition, a test of endurance and keen eyesight.   Kim Reynolds, Outdoor Adventure Center coordinator, lead the event’s organization.  A large inflatable pool was set up in the courtyard in the empty water pond and filled full of water to chill in the morning air.  Before the contestants could dive in (divided into two heats of...

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Visit “The Island of Dr. Moreau”

In the course of human history, scientists, theologians and philosophers have been led to evaluate and question the workings of the natural world around them. Questions denote a lack of understanding, and people tend to fear what they do not understand. Why do animals act the way they do? What of the variations we see among plants, animals and human beings? These conundrums have provoked many (often notorious) individuals to make attempts at taming the natural world. H. G. Wells addresses the possible ramifications of such tenacious — if at times wanton — acts in one of his many...

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A modern master reveals his secrets

Many novice writers study literary classics in hopes that some intellectual genius might rub off on their pliable young minds. However, any astute aspiring writer with intentions to succeed in any material sense of the word won’t neglect the work of contemporary authors who receive a lot of buzz. Stephen King is one such author, and while many find his novels and stories disagreeable, the fact remains that with a wildly and consistently popular body of writings, King is a major success. In 2000, King took a break from the fiction that made him famous and published a half autobiography, half crash-course book, ON WRITING: A MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT — one of the most instructive works that anyone interested in writing can read. Its accessible language and simple suggestions create a comfortable, almost conversational interaction with the text in which King guides the reader to discover what makes a great writer and how to go about becoming one. Among other invaluable pointers, he reveals his trade secrets about adverbs, passive and active voice and how to create a compelling story that is alive on the page as opposed to dead and neglected on the dusty shelf. For readers who are looking for something besides an instruction manual, however, there is a personal side to the book. This is where the memoir part comes in. King gives snapshots of...

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