Battles in the park

September 14, 2009

Reading Time: 3 minutes “A lot of the preparation is a mental thing. I have to just stop and get mentally ready for it and get excited, and that’s a daily thing,” Kelik says. Kelik, who is dressed as a medieval squire, is telling me about his preparation process for battle. The battle he refers to is known as Battleguard (not to be confused with LARP), and is held every Thursday night at North Park in Provo.

Food for unconscious motivation

September 7, 2009

Reading Time: 2 minutes Food. Alimento. Nourriture. ????. Grub. Sorry, I just thought listing food in other languages would make a killer intro; it really has nothing to do with the content of this article. I also find grub to be a funny word. The real subject at hand is focused on food and psychology.

Farewell, Mode Boutique

August 24, 2009

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mode Boutique, Provo’s only high-end fashion store, represented a mecca of style within the downtown area. But, as Mode co-owner Becca Neely states, business-as-usual stopped going so well. “Business just died. People weren’t spending money, and when they were it wasn’t on full priced items, so our margins dropped way low.

A pioneer in books

August 3, 2009

Reading Time: 3 minutes Richard Horsley runs Pioneer Book in Provo, which has bought and sold books for almost 30 years. The store has an extensive collection of used books, including college textbooks. How did Pioneer Book start? It started in September of 1980, so it will be 30 years here pretty soon.

Are you going to Opt in?

July 6, 2009

Reading Time: 2 minutes Emergencies — whether they are drills or the real thing — can cause mass hysteria in an uninformed campus. A new service at UVU has been implemented in an attempt to prevent these types of preventable stress. With the new service called Opt in, students, faculty and staff can sign up for text message notifications in cases of emergency.

How to spot a cop and avoid a ticket

June 22, 2009

Reading Time: 2 minutes Traffic tickets are a multi-billion industry. Often, tickets have little to do with highway safety, but everything to do with money. Police officers are often given ticket quotas and rated based on whether they meet this quota. Also, traffic courts that are supposedly fair and unbiased rely on the funds that we pay in traffic tickets in order to function.

A Dying Need for good music

April 20, 2009

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russell Lee, founder and lead man for the band This Dying Need, wants to mix things up a little bit in the music scene. “Everyone is on a Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz kick. Still. It’s getting out of control,” Lee says, clearly exasperated. This Dying Need manages to set itself apart from the monotonous music scene in various ways.

Toadies coming to Salt Lake

April 13, 2009

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since their formation in 1989, the Toadies have achieved a solid fan base. Many fans remain stoked on the band’s raw yet catchy brand of alternative rock, along with the intense energy that front-man Todd Lewis exudes in live performance. But if you saw the Toadies in person, you would probably never guess that they would be the ones playing their music onstage.