Author: Weslie Graham

Wear green and win prizes

Wolverine Wednesday is a campus activity growing in popularity. As implied, it occurs every Wednesday at Centre Stage from noon to 1 p.m. and usually attracts around 300 participants. “Wolverine Wednesday is intended to increase school spirit,” said Gretchen Palmer, a student life intern overseeing the event. “It’s an opportunity for students to get a cheap lunch and socialize.” The main attraction of the gathering is indeed the cheap lunch catered by J Dawgs, which offers a large, delicious hotdog with a choice of ketchup or J Dawgs’ special sauce – a tasty condiment similar to a sweet barbeque sauce. There are also a variety of typical hotdog toppings to choose from, as well as a drink for $3 if the purchaser is wearing green. Cost is $4 without the school color. If wearing green, participants are allowed to spin to win a prize. This oftentimes involves standing in a relatively long line to spin a wheel that when stopped will point to the designated prize, which varies from a Sharpee marker to a candy bar or a Tide pen. Wolverine Wednesday also provides entertainment for those seated in the tables around Centre Stage as they eat their lunch. Typically, a sports team is featured so that students have the opportunity to get acquainted with Wolverine Athletics. “We have many different teams and clubs come to Wolverine Wednesday,” said...

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Fighting the Freshman 15

Six easy steps  to losing weight  on campus The dreaded freshman 15. It could happen to anyone if it hasn’t already; the sad truth is that doesn’t just happen to freshmen. Unfortunately, like a cold sore the day of family pictures, it can hit anyone at anytime. Luckily, there are preventative actions and cures for that 15 pounds of unwanted weight and they cost less than picture touch-ups. In fact, they are wallet friendly, as well as simple and easy to fit into a typically busy semester. STEP ONE on the road to weight loss by semester is to eat a healthy substantial breakfast first thing in the morning. Oatmeal is highly recommended. It’s affordable, sticks like glue throughout the day and is approximately 160 calories. STEP TWO is to schedule an early morning cardiovascular elective class such as aerobics, zumba or possibly even pilates. Doing this ensures that the heart rate is raised and the body is burning fat at least two to three days a week, or else the class is failed and hard-earned GPA is negatively affected. An early morning class also forces better sleeping habits, which will positively affect weight loss. STEP THREE is wise vending machine selection. High calorie vending machine snaking can be both hard to track and expensive. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly cheap and conveniently located candy bar behind glass....

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Computers in the classroom Distraction or asset?

With constant development in technology, the ownership of laptop computers among students at Utah Valley University is growing in popularity. The use of laptops in the classroom is growing as well, and the question of whether students tend to use them for educational or personal purposes is open for debate. According to Wilson Hansen, a freshman at UVU, “The laptop serves as more than just an access point to worldwide knowledge, it also enables the student to enhance the classroom experience by, in a way, removing the walls of the classroom and turning a sit and stare session into a real learning experience.” Hansen claims to use his laptop for educational purposes while in class. On the other end of the spectrum, Amanda Wardle, a senior, admits to using her laptop in class, but never for class work. However, she said that her computer is definitely an asset to her education. “I have long breaks between classes and my laptop allows me to do my homework wherever I am,” Wardle said. “It makes classwork more convenient and provides many instant resources.” Regardless of the purpose of laptop use in the classroom, Scott Carrier, a professor in the communications department, is opposed. According to him, the majority of students using their computers in class are not using them for schoolwork. “I think it’s rude,” Carrier said. “I have to be...

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Lacrosee wins Gem State Tournament

The lacrosse team has continued to prevail in their fall ball season. In the team’s biggest rivalry game of the year, the Wolverines triumphed over Westminster with a final score of 8-7. Midfielder Quinton Jorgensen scored the winning goal with 1:30 left in the game. Jorgensen would later suffer a broken hand with 30 seconds remaining. The game was won with heavy aid from freshmen defenders Brandon Shields and Randy Butts. According to head coach Kevin Perkins, senior leader Kyle Barlocker anchored the defense and helped win the game. On face-off this season are returning players Austin Neilson and Colton Hansen. UVU has successfully beaten Westminster in the last four of five games the teams have played. Following the Westminster game, the team traveled to Boise to compete in the Gem State Tournament. The team first played against Montana State, setting the tone for the tournament with a final score of 4-2. The team then played Boise State, dominating with a 17-5 victory followed by a 7-2 win against the University of Montana. They played Western Oregon as well, remaining undefeated with a score of 7-6. “It was the only game we were behind in,” Perkins said. “The score was 4-2 at halftime so we made some adjustments and had a 5-2 run in the second half.” The championship game was played against the Idaho Vandals. The 5-1 final...

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Lacrosse tearin’ it up early in the season

After an incredibly successful spring season, the lacrosse team began their fall season the only way they know how, with a victory. The team played Tribal West on Saturday, Sept. 11, and won  with a final score of 15-13. Coach Kevin Perkins is hopeful for the team this year, and says that all the new faces bring a lot of new talent. In his debut game, freshman Freddy Davis scored five goals. Coach Perkins stated that new goalie Wesley LeFevre is solid in the cage and learning the speed of college very well. Also new to the team, and excelling early in the season, are freshmen Randy Butts of Sandy and Steve Boles of Orem. Benefiting the team with his return this year is midfielder Larry Sullivan. Coach Perkins noted that Sullivan is a solid player that has a direct impact on the outcome of games. Understandably pleased with his team, Perkins says that they are a hardworking bunch of student athletes with positive attitudes and a hunger to continually improve. He says his goal for the season is to come together as a team, to win a few games and lose a few games. “Being a practice season, losses and wins are important,” stated Perkins. “No feeling like losing a game can help you become better and more focused.” “Winning games is what we do,” said Perkins. “That’s...

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