Author: Yvette Cruz

Latin American celebration

For the past few years, the Latin American community in Utah Valley has gathered in the Grande Ballroom for an annual celebration with the purpose to honor its members for their various achievements.   The name of the event “Celebracion Latinoamericana” is Spanish for Latin American Celebration.   “This event brings great opportunity for us to really connect with the community and to have the community understand what UVU is all about,” said Ben Reichert, multicultural chair for UVUSA.   This year the event hosted over 900 people including families and friends of the award recipients to community members...

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Salsa Chocolate: Provo’s best-kept social secret

The art of dance is often described as an escape from reality, a tool for individual expression and even the window to one’s soul. But to this man, it’s more than just business and pleasure.   Arieh Alexander Steinlauf is the current owner of the historic Southworth Hall in downtown Provo.  He was born in Los Angeles and has lived in Park City, Logan, Salt Lake City and various parts of Utah County.   Arieh first got involved with dancing when he was a student at Utah State University.  He auditioned for the ballroom dance team because he was looking for an opportunity to build more than an acquaintance relationship with others. He made the team, marking the beginning of his career as a dancer.   Arieh was part of a show in Orem with Louis Van Amstel, called Latin Revolutions, which allowed him to work with artists such as Alex Mazo, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Edyta Sliwinska from Dancing with the Stars.   “I was able to be exposed to such high caliber artists that were not just talented but also unbelievably disciplined. That really got me where I needed to be as an artist to open up,” said Arieh.   As a natural dancer, he picked up different rhythm and steps quickly and decided to try transitioning into salsa dancing.   “Salsa [dancing] to me is personal because...

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Haley Hendrickson on American Idol

As she sang her heart out in front Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson she heard those four words every person auditioning for American Idol wants to hear: “You’re going to Hollywood!”   When American Idol first aired in 2002, Haley was excited. People pushed her to try out each season, and finally, after ten years of being encouraged, it really felt right. Hendrickson thought it would be a great opportunity to be heard and let her music get out there, even if she didn’t win.   Haley Hendrickson, 19, grew up in Orem with her family.  Her...

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Scarves: The accessory that keeps on giving

Scarves are the one fashion accessory that never seem to go out of style. They are worn globally year round. Scarves have proven to be good for more than warmth, they are a statement of fashion worn by both males and females. They are very affordable and can even be made using a simple piece of fabric. Being quite the versatile accessory, there are numerous ways to wear a scarf. With so many scarves in the world and so many occasions to don one, it’d be a shame to sport it the same way every time. Check out these...

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UVU winter fashion do’s and don’ts

Whether or not you’re much into fashion, you should know—it’s not going anywhere.  But as you’re getting dressed for the day, whether you’re donning your best outfit or throwing on whatever is comfortable, do you ever wonder what the opposite sex thinks of your fashion choices?  UVU students were asked what they do and don’t like to see on the opposite sex as far as winter fashion goes. Here’s what some of them they had to say:   “I love it when men wear fitted, button-up shirts with the sleeves rolled up.” –Tuare Garrido, senior   “I don’t like...

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