Author: Connor Haugen

Movie Review: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro’s signature part monster flick, part fairytale love story. With dark, gritty tones and his use of makeup and prosthetics instead of CGI, del Toro returns to the roots and style of his earlier works evoking feelings of Pan’s Labyrinth.   Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), main character, is a wide eye doe mute janitor for the Occam Aerospace Research Center in the early 1960s. Elisa’s friends are a sassy black woman named Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) a down on his luck gay advertising artist. Guillermo blends and mixes...

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UVU Symphony Orchestra serves earful at holiday feast

UVU Orchestra Symphony gave a feast for the ears in the Grande Ballroom Thursday Nov. 30; they played classical songs from well-known movies such as Ronin and Wanted. “Originally we had the theme of holiday feast, and then we included Firebird from Fantasia 2000,” said Cheung Chau, the conductor and director of orchestra. There wasn’t much of a holiday feeling with the first four pieces because they played songs such as Time to Say Goodbye and O Sole Mio, sounding more like a drama to be heard in Romeo and Juliet.  However, Firebird is played by many orchestras around...

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UVU Percssion brings diversity to music

UVU’s percussion ensemble gave a riveting performance, Nov. 28 in the Grande Ballroom. Bodies trembled, beats thundered and wicked souls were soothed during the performance. The ensemble was based in the center of the ballroom as a conglomerate of instruments in a rough circle, which was encompassed by four groups of roughly 44 chairs each. This was the last show of the tour after using a Grant for Engaged Learning of $10,000 to travel to Gunnison, Castle Dale and Monroe Utah. The UVU Percussion performed mainly in town halls and in high schools. “It was just cool to play...

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Star-giving focuses on student connection

UVU’s mentor program held its annual freshman Thanksgiving dinner in the Grand Ballroom Nov. 8. The force was strong as the crowd gathered for this Star Wars themed event. Everything from fried chicken and mashed potatoes to lightsaber and laser fights were a part of this strange and enticing event. “It’s something a lot of students could relate to, and with the new Star Wars movie coming out next month we could get more people here, which means we could feed more students.” said Jared Nusink, a biology major and team lead in the mentor program. The mentor program...

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