Author: Caden Damiano

Pizza and counter terrorism

Pizza and Politics is a guest-speakering event, held one Tuesday a month, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Pizza and Politics offers free pizza to all UVU students who attend. Topics range from law enforcement to presidential elections, all with the aim to help students become more aware of the world they live in.   In the past, however, the attendance atto the event has been lackluster, at best. The average number of attendees has ranged from 20-30 students. A blip on the student body radar, seeing as the guest-speakers deliver great, informative talks and then open up the...

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Keeping the sword sharp through clubs

Sophomore Isaac Perez has been in a couple of clubs during his college career. One was a mentor ship club for youth, which he participated in during his first year. Another was in the marketing club, which applied to his major. When asked about why he joined the marketing club, he said, “I wanted to get to know the major and see what it was all about.” Why did he do that? What’s the difference between learning in his intro classes and joining the club? This week is Club Rush week, and even though UVU student participation is common...

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Do students realize how valuable internships are?

  photo credit: Tim Gouw Construction Management adjunct professor, Creggan Wagstaff, is a big advocate of UVU. While Wagstaff was studying as a student at UVU, he had an internship every summer between semesters. When asked about how he found those internships, Wagstaff stated “I didn’t find them through the typical UVU channels.” Instead, he had to put in his own efforts to find internship opportunities. Wagstaff now works for a construction firm who poached him from his first job. He was so valuable that he didn’t even have to apply. All he had to do was make a sexy resume, not graduate from a popular school like most students believe, and companies flocked to him. A common misconception of UVU is that it is a school that doesn’t lead to prime career opportunities.  This belief started because before UVU was a university, it was a junior college and a trade school, a feeder for BYU transfer students. BYU was the place to go because it had connections to big companies. Recently, however, it has been the other way around. Now students from BYU are transferring to UVU. What has changed? There is no doubt that UVU has come a long way since it became an accredited university. The student population has grown exponentially in the last 5 years, and it’s looking like it will be the largest college in...

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How social norms take the “genuine” out of service for young adults.

In Utah, the culture of the LDS church permeates almost every aspect of the everyday lifestyle of most Utah residents. Simply stated, everyone, adherent or not, is Mormon “by association.” This means that most people know the general ins-and-outs of the religions quirks and follies. One thing that is unique to the religion itself is the volunteer missionary service performed by the churches young adults. The practice of putting two years aside for church service can be mistakenly seen as a rite of passage to Utah Mormons. Meaning that is seen as something that is expected, rather than encouraged. This can lead to some negative results among the church youth who might go for the wrong reasons because of the social norm. Many parents groom their children to be missionaries, like a Spartan parent would raise their child to be a warrior. This makes it tough for a teenager to let their family down, so some go anyway. They do so with the wrong motivations in mind, causing more harm than good. An acquaintance of mine observed this in his high school friend, who, he said felt pressure to go because his girlfriend would only marry him if he served a mission. He went, but ironically, she left him anyway. In contrast, most effective missionaries have parents who led them to go on a mission, rather than micro-managed their spirituality...

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