References reign supreme

April 24, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some say finding a job is a full-time job—hours poured over resumes and cover letters and time preparing for interviews, but never forget possibly your most powerful resource: References. Professional references can be better understood from two points of view: formal and informal. A formal reference would be one who can attest to your professional […]

Creating a crafty cover letter

February 19, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Creating a crafty cover letter is crucial to finding yourself in the “keep pile” on future employers’ desks; with the Career Development Center (CDC) and a few cover letter dos and don’ts you can get the job. Prospective employers refer to a different English idiom than most; they say: “Judge a book by its cover.” Think of a […]

Slacktivism, n. (‘slakte, vizem)

January 28, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes The old adage “Talk is cheap” is a decent place to start if we want to understand the growing divide between slacktivism and activism. Slacktivism is defined as actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign […]

To be alone, or not alone

January 28, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes The common notion that we must be completely personally put together and happy with ourselves before we can be happy with someone else in a relationship misses the mark. Even the overly pinned, posted and tweeted old adage “Happiness is a journey, not a destination” can debunk notions about prerequisite personal happiness is required before entering into a relationship. Don’t […]

The prosperity of academic cheating

November 19, 2014

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gabriel Smith | Staff Writer |@gubsmith Photo credit: Valerie Cheatham To the dismay of all academia, cheating can always be found in its midst. Whether you are a culprit, victim or bystander, cheating still happens. The why and how can be understood. In section D4 of Utah Valley University’s online document, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” […]