Author: Lilly Van Buren

New Sustainability Wall showcases campus efforts to go green

Efforts to increase campus sustainability continue with a new Sustainability Wall, which will be completed in the near future. “The wall was envisioned as a way to communicate to the campus the many different ways UVU is working on becoming a sustainable campus,” Val Peterson, vice president of finance and administration, said. The Sustainability Wall will include a variety of new recycling bins and an interactive TV that will allow students to see the current energy usage numbers for different buildings.The TV will be located across the hall from the Grande Ballroom in the Sorensen Center. Other elements that...

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Students call for improvements to the current campus recycling system

Illustration by Tyler Carpenter Students who are investigating campus recycling are striving to create awareness in order to improve the recycling system. Whitney Miller, Toree Douglas, Jessica Olsen and Merry Nguyen, students and environmentalists, observed the recycling system at UVU with a mission to make a change. The sustainability committee on campus found that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of the American waste stream is recyclable, but only about 30 percent is recycled. In an effort to solve funding issues and improve recycling on campus this committee turned to research conducted by Miller, Douglas, Olsen and Nguyen...

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Nursing students strive to reduce stress levels caused by university work loads

Illustration by Tyler Carpenter     Strategies to cope with stressors that affect students were addressed Oct. 30 in the Science Building. As school workloads increase, stress often follows, according to Preston Batey, a nursing student who hosted the event. They found that students often don’t have the correct tools to deal with stress. Batey suggests becoming self aware and finding time for things that will decrease stress levels. “The most important thing is to recognize that you are stressed and you have stressors in your life, that is always the first step,” Batey said. These nursing students define stress...

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Critical environmental issues emphasized during Sustainability Day

Pictured: Keynote speaker, Rob Davies Photo by Michelle Rivas The mission to combat misinformation and provide scientific evidence on environmental issues was presented during Sustainability Day that was celebrated around campus Oct. 25. The original definition of sustainability was strategically designed to be ambiguous, according to Maria Blevins, a communication professor. “If a word is ambiguous it has the trouble of perhaps meaning nothing, but it also has a huge advantage, it’s flexible and it can mean anything,” Blevins said. “Sustainability is nothing, and sustainability is everything. So what that means to you is that we have a choice...

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Motivational speaker brings hope to those in mental darkness

Photo by Collin Cooper   Josie Thompson Soloman, founder of the 444 project, shared her journey through mental illness and the creation of the 444 project in the Grande Ballroom Oct 12. At age 19, Soloman began to feel darkness in her life and was diagnosed with severe depression. Getting out of bed in the morning was undoable. Later, bipolar was added to her diagnose, leaving Soloman feeling embarrassed and hopeless. “It’s as though there is a mental, physical and emotional disconnect. It’s like your brain shuts down,” Soloman said. “The girl who was once high on life, suddenly...

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