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Know thy enemy: A preview of the week in UVU sports

Photo by Byron Howard It’s a packed slate for the volleyball team this week. They start with a quick trip to Cedar City to take on Southern Utah Tuesday. SUU took part in last year’s Wolverine Invitational and fell to UVU in straight sets. After finishing last season 4-24 and a winless 0-13 on the road, the Thunderbirds should be a good tune-up for the Wolverines. Thursday, UVU volleyball will begin hosting its annual Wolverine Invitational. This year’s teams are Long Beach State, Montana and No. 8 Kansas. Hosting a top-25 program is a big deal for the team,...

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13 Reasons Why explores complexity of suicide

Netflix’s on-screen adaptation of Jay Asher’s best-selling young adult novel 13 Reasons Why is a compelling drama that portrays suicide and sexual assault in a unflinchingly, honest way. The story centers around 13 tapes that Hannah Baker left after her suicide., These tapes explain the 13 reasons why she committed suicide, and is passed around to the 13 people involved in those reasons. The series starts with Clay Jensen, the main protagonist, receiving the tapes. The viewer discovers the secrets within the tapes along with Clay, which presents a story of bullying, betrayal and sexual assault. The show doesn’t shy away from it’d portrayal of sexual assault. The scenes were filmed in long sequences with close-ups on faces and hands; the only thing you hear is breathing, leaving the image engraved in the viewer’s mind. Afterwards, when Hannah comes to terms with what happened to her and sees her abuser in the halls at school, we see Hannah attempt to seek help with someone who was obviously not trained to handle the situation. She becomes immediately discouraged. This is a reality for victims, and being honest about it on screen in a teenage drama can open-up room for discussion. We don’t see how Hannah decided to end her life until the final episode. In the book, Clay mentions within the first pages that Hannah swallowed a handful of pills,...

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Know thy enemy: A preview of the week in UVU sports

Photo by Sarah Sanchez The UVU softball team will play five games this week, featuring two in-state opponents and the final WAC series of the season. The Wolverines will start the week hosting Utah State on Tuesday. USU defeated UVU in six innings in Logan earlier this season 11-2 and have won six games this season by run rule. Keeping the Aggies’ explosive offense off the board will be a tall task; they’ve scored six or more runs in 18 games this season and are 17-1 in those games. The offense is led by Riley Plogger, batting .394 with...

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Know thy enemy: A preview of the week in UVU sports

Photo by Brigham Berthold The UVU baseball team opens a three-game series with conference opponent Chicago State on Friday with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. The Wolverines have not had trouble with the Cougars in the past, going 26-2 all-time. CSU has a poor record overall but has a .500 record in WAC play, including a series victory over preseason favorite Seattle University. The Cougars own a conference-low .252 batting average as a team and rank last in the WAC in every major offensive category. Infielder Matt Sullivan leads CSU with a .310 batting average with 26 hits on...

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Know thy enemy: A preview of the week in UVU sports

Photo by Brigham Berthold The baseball team faces crosstown rival BYU Tuesday night for the second matchup against an in-state foe this season. The Cougars sport a record just above .500 with a winning mark at home and losing record on the road. They have a plus-70 run differential over UVU on the season, showing a potent offense. The Cougars biggest threat in the lineup is outfielder Brock Hale, who is batting .398 with a .624 slugging percentage. He has 13 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs to round out impressive offensive numbers. Hayden Rogers anchors the pitching staff with...

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