Author: Connor Haugen

UVU puts on its own Cirque du Soleil

In Symphonique, a continuation of the Mixtape Live event put on by UVU, major companies worked with UVU students such as Millennium Dance company and Aeris Aerial Arts to put on a show just short of Cirque du Soleil. Death-defying performances coupled with  a mixture of old and new age music breathed life into an already astounding spectacle March 30 at Mountain View High School. “I think it’s the best college show I have seen…ever,”  said Drew Baumgartner, a former UVU student. Rightly so, with beautiful choreography, perfectly executed and well-balanced with aerial performances and singers, it was all...

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The Greatest Showman lip sync battle for literacy

UVUSA, United Way and other UVU volunteers held a lip sync battle for literacy March 14 in the UVU grand ballroom. Focusing less on theme and more on awareness and charity, this event’s main goal was to raise money for children’s book and teachers all across Utah. This is the third year this event has been put on and the first with cash prizes. “It turned out, honestly, much better than I thought it would be,” said Josh Otterson, the event organizer. From starting 20 minutes late, to having no physical information on United Way, it was a little...

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The Vagina Monologues teach acceptance of women’s sexuality

V-day, not valentines, actually stands for Vagina day and is inspired by Eve Ensler’s 1995 Vagina Monologues. UVU has produce the performance for 12 years, and the Peace and Justice club held the mantle this year at Center Stage Feb. 22. The director and ‘award winning’ actress Rebekah Dunford put together a group of women and one man to read off a series of statements and stories, collected by Eve Ensler from women all over the world. “We try our our very best to have as much diversity as possible in the different genders, race, ages and everything,” said...

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UVUSA brings ‘30s culture to UVU

UVUSA put on a swinging jazz dance Jan. 19 in the Grande Ballroom. Local jazz performers from the Utah Swing Orchestra taught people to jitter and jive like it was 1939. “It’s kinda like a date night and an opportunity for students and non-traditional students to come out and enjoy a fancier [event],” marketing junior and special event chair for UVUSA Kylee Keele said. She believes that not a lot of millennials want to get involved in history and culture from the past.  Keele wanted this event to be a learning experience where students could get a taste of...

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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 the...

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