New Construction An Unnecessary Nightmare

July 2, 2012

Reading Time: 3 minutes I wish the planners for the new construction on campus were as good at layout as they are good at being sneaky. Not a single student I’ve spoken with had any idea that, as soon as traffic let up through the new science building, nearly the entirety of campus would quickly thereafter be blocked off. […]

Movie Reviews with Matthew Jonassaint

February 6, 2012

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve been waiting for Daniel Radcliffe. He’s had a mostly flat and easy character; as a friend recently told me, Harry Potter is only interesting because everyone else around him is. But I believe Radcliffe’s got it in him to work with a complex character, and I’ve been hoping he gets his chance.   “The […]

The whitest black kid you’ve ever met

October 15, 2011

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Are you black?”   Entertaining as it’s been to just watch, Joey’s argument with his friend about racism has brought up Darwin, The Velvet Underground and a beer or two, and now he means to bring me up as well.   But Joey, a former UVU student who was born in Memphis, means to shake […]

Abnormal readings caused Friday morning alarm

October 4, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes According to campus authorities, a natural gas leak was likely not the cause of the odors that prompted police to activate building alarms. Last Friday morning, many students were confused regard conflicting messages on the LA building evacuations from both campus sources and state media outlets. According to Officer Rockwood, there was no gas leak […]

Peaceful hands made unclean

October 4, 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why opposing “don’t ask, don’t tell” is picking the wrong battle Since the ’90s, a ghostly siren has been calling the mainstream gay rights movement. The siren itself has gained the trappings of a wealthy, white, married male. For the past decade, this figure has been the magic Disney prince gay activists are fighting to […]

Have we reached critical mass?

August 30, 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes Classrooms, parking lots and hallways are congested, adding to the stress of going to school. Susannah Woodbury was a Wolverine for only one day. “The sensory overload is too crazy,” she said of her first day on campus. “There’s just too many people. And there’s, like, forty thousand students and, like, three thousand parking stalls.” […]

Have logic, will argue: A guide to having a savvy opinion

August 23, 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes False: “You have the right to your own opinion.” There are a few big obstacles to healthy discussion. I’d like to invalidate a few to start off a good year of student opinions. Personally, I come across the biggest obstacle when I get in an argument and the other person becomes frustrated, saying, “Well, everyone’s […]

Grabbing a good deal

July 6, 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s hard not to be a little suspicious about the Geneva land purchase. No, it’s definitely not because there’s a man somewhere behind a curtain twirling his mustache while plotting world domination. And it’s not unreasonable to think that the campus Powers That Be have only the best intentions extending farther into the future than […]

Informed opinions are a necessity – now form one

June 10, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes During a recent conversation, I told mentioned that the same pattern of reasoning used against homosexuality – the ruin of the nuclear family, society and human civilization as we know it – was used by early Mormon leaders Brigham Young, John Taylor and Orson Pratt in order to argue the evils of monogamy. A friend […]

Matthew’s Monthly Mixtapes

April 19, 2010

Reading Time: < 1 minute Summer, finally here. (“But, but there’s snow on the mount …” Shush, shush.) 1. “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Everyone is king when there’s no one left to pawn.” A rocker marching to a wartime chant. 2. “Over The Hills and Far Away” by Led Zeppelin I really can’t start the […]