Waking up from Zion

February 4, 2014

Reading Time: 6 minutes Joshua Wartena, Opinions Writer, [email protected]   I followed the barefoot boy down the dirt road. He was pulling a wooden cart with a bag of rotten meat and fat. “Ya llegamos,” he said. We’re almost there. “Good,” I replied. “It’s hot.” I’d been in Argentina for a month and was optimistic. They’d told me I […]

4 ways to survive to seniorhood

December 9, 2013

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have one semester of classes left; seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is wonderful. Starting college is a lot like driving a car: You look forward to it at the beginning, but pretty quickly you look for reasons get out. The freshmen who came to their first classes bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, […]

The grueling, slow lumber of the 2016 presidential races have begun.

November 11, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes The 2016 presidential races have begun. So starts the grueling, slow lumber that leaves one contestant limping across finish line. I understand political races are inevitable, and they aren’t necessarily a bad thing. If you want people to vote for you, you need to convince them your policies and plans are viable. This entails a […]

The rebirth of the pagan club

November 4, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes The newest club on campus, the pagan club, is seeking to provide students in a religious minority a safe place. In a predominantly Christian community, several students have banded together to practice their beliefs and be an open source of answers for students with questions about paganism. Sergey Khrushchev moved to the U.S. from Ukraine […]

Maryville: rape, blame, justice and teens

November 2, 2013

Reading Time: 3 minutes A 14-year-old girl was drugged and raped. This is the story of Maryville, Mo. sweeping the country. Protests have been held, the group Anonymous has threatened and petitions have been signed because of what happened in this small city in a flyover state. The lens is on Maryville not because of rape, but the subsequent […]

Remember the true meaning of … Halloween

October 27, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes Halloween, the witching hour, all-hallows’ eve, whatever you choose to call it, one of Utah’s most popular holiday’s in upon us again. Dress up, go to a haunted house, follow kids around the neighborhood soliciting candy, whatever. Just please, don’t preach that the day is evil. Every year I hear the same people give the […]

Review of World War Z

October 7, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes As a stand-alone zombie movie, World War Z gets a B. As a book adaptation, it gets an F. If you’re a fan of Max Brooks or Zombie literature in general, don’t approach the movie as an adaptation. Apocalyptic movies have a familiar theme: Worldwide chaos, hero goes on a journey to find a solution, […]

Gun control: a rational look

September 30, 2013

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve been a victim of gun violence. Three years ago, I was put in a headlock by a drunk man who threatened to blow my head off with a revolver he pressed into the base of my skull. Smelling alcohol fumes from a near-empty bottle in one hand while he traced the gun barrel around […]

I was not impressed with the first SLC Comic Con

September 14, 2013

Reading Time: 4 minutes Salt Lake City was a busy place to be last weekend. Between the football games, fair and various events, parking was slammed, trains were full, and the sidewalks were packed. The largest event was the first-ever Salt Lake Comic Con. More than 50,000 people attended over the three-day weekend, culminating in a massive Saturday and […]

An open letter to Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad

September 8, 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes President Bashar al-Assad, I wish to congratulate you on your recent publicity here in the United States. Sure, last week was slower for you because of Miley Cyrus slutting up the airwaves, but you’re back on top! Not a nightly news segment is aired or paper printed that doesn’t feature your latest shenanigans as a […]