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Westminster College’s Student Newspaper Since 1938

Volume xlvi Issue 1

august 18, 2012

welcome to westminster! A new Director, a new direction

Brian and Debi Levin-Stankevich:

Involved and Empowering

Keni Nelson Editor-In-Chief

Ian Coppock Managing Editor

Dr. Brian Levin- in Florida, Washington Stankevich has officially State, and most recently succeeded Michael Eau Claire, WisconBassis as the president sin. Over his career, he of Westminster Col- has served as an admislege. He took office in sions director, provost, early July and is prepar- interim president, and ing for what he hopes chancellor. “When I was at will be “an opportunity to make a Westminster the University of Eau degree more valuable Claire, we did a lot to each day.” He is an ex- improve student goverperienced educator who nance,” he said. “We inbrings to the table “a creased student empowlifelong passion for the erment, and we pulled the campus and the liberal arts.” Levin-Stankevich community much closer grew up in Buffalo, New together. It created a York, and studied histo- better environment.” Levin-Stankevich ry at Hamilton College in upstate New York. began his chancellorHe also pursued a Mas- ship at Eau Claire in ter’s and Ph.D. in New 2006. He was contacted York, and spent a year by Westminster’s Presistudying Russian his- dential Search Committory in the former So- tee after Bassis’ retireviet Union. He married ment announcement, his wife, Debi, when the and saw an opportunity. “Westminster’s two were in graduate school. She is a social one of several schools worker, specializing in I’ve been watching for individuals with devel- years,” he said. “It’s one of a group of colleges opmental disabilities. Levin-Stankevich and universities whose decided to enter higher liberal arts principles I education after gradu- wanted to emulate, but ation, working with couldn’t do as easily. A foreign exchange and private institution offers international students a lot more flexibility for at the University of promoting these prinBuffalo. He has since See Levin-Stankevich on pg. 6 worked at universities

Westminster Welcomes

New Staff

Westminster College is a growing community. Along with a growing student body, the number of staff at the college is increasing as well. Four of these new staff members include the new President of the college, a new Director of Residence Life, and two new Graduate Assistants. The new staff is all part of the new ideas and expansion of the college, and will be resources and advocates for students on campus.

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With the departure of Cullen Green last fall, the Residence Life Office was in desperate need of a new director. After a national search, Nicola Miller was selected to fill the position of Director of Residence Life. Originally born in Eagle, Idaho, Miller received a degree in undergraduate education at Santa Clara University. During her undergraduate work, Miller discovered a passion for working with housing and orientation. “I originally thought I wanted to be a high school counselor but then I was like ‘Wait, I can do this college stuff for a career? That’s awesome!’” Miller said. With her passion for working with students, Miller found a job at Stanford University, working as a resident director. A year and a half into her job, she began her masters’ degree in higher education administration. This also took place at Santa Clara University. While working on her next degree, Miller received an opportunity to work for Google in their sales and marketing department. “I took a little hiatus from my masters’ degree at that time to kind of figure out what I was doing in life, where I wanted to go. I loved working at Google, it was an amazing experience but the job itself was just not for me,” Miller said. “For me, I really found meaning in my work when I was with my students.” After completing her masters’ work in 2009, Miller began working in the Residence Life Office at Gonzaga University. Miller learned a lot from her position, but after three years it was time for a change. While attending a housing conference Miller met Mark Ferne, Trisha Teig and Richel Raich, who are mem-

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don’t mean education as in sitting in a classroom, aimlessly doodling in a notebook during a lecture. I mean active learning. Active learning, as I define it, is when someone takes their interests and strengths and combines them. This happens more often than you think. It can happen when you’re out rock climbing, when you’re hanging out with friends, when you’re watching a movie. I can now imagine you thinking to yourself “this girl is crazy,” but don’t worry, I have examples. At Westminster, I am an involved student. I was a member of the women’s golf team, the judicial council; I am an RA and now the Editorin-Chief. But the reason I’m doing or I did these things is because they interest me. And I also learn from these experiences. I’ve learned more about

time management, conflict resolution, management, and even myself from these positions than any class I could have taken. From these experiences I have learned skills that I can apply to absolutely any workplace. How amazing is that? From doing things that I love, I actually learned how to be competitive in the job market. So my advice to you, dear Westminster students, is to get involved. Do what you love. If you love to rock climb, work at the rock wall, or work with the Outdoor Rec program to be a trip leader. If you love to sing, join the choir. Meet some amazing people and travel the world, singing in churches and concert halls. Even if you love to cook, start a cooking club. Meet people who share the same passion, and maybe you’ll try new cuisines that will inspire

you to make a cookbook. If you love to write, write for the newspaper! It’s fun, and you get to be published. How cool is that? Being involved will make your college experience leaps and bounds better than just attending class. The friendships you build and the experiences you have will help you grow as a person. Growth involves discovering your strengths, and discovering your strengths makes you a pretty great employee. Or entrepreneur, or teacher, or even president. Yes, I believe you can be the President of the United States. I’m optimistic like that. So get involved Westminster students! Try something new, or become more active in what you’re already involved with. Take a chance, meet some new people, and learn about yourself. There’s no better time to start than now.

Gay presence reaches video games Ian Coppock Managing Editor

As a communication major, it makes me feel good when progressive trends emerge in our nation’s media. It makes me feel even better when those same trends appear in one of my favorite media: video games. Although it took years, the video game industry has begun to acknowledge the existence of gay and lesbian people. Bioware, a Canadian developer whose titles include the Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect series, took up this cause in earnest with Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 3, a science fiction shooter with role-playing elements, was released on March 15 for the PC and consoles such as the PlayStation 3. In the game, players assume the role of Commander Shepard, a charismatic human soldier who must save the galaxy from an ancient race of machines called the Reapers, who harvest all sentient life every 50,000 years. Players can make their Shepard male or female, and perform dozens of other customizations. In Mass Effect 3, Bioware introduced two new characters,

Samantha Traynor and Steve Cortez, who are crewmembers aboard Shepard’s ship. What’s remarkable about these characters is that they mark the first time openly homosexual people have appeared in a mainstream game. Traynor freely discusses her sexual orientation upon meeting Commander Shepard for the first time, and Cortez is grieving the loss of his husband in a recent battle. These characters are each powerful and interesting people in their own right, and adhere to no stereotypes about the gay community. In the futuristic community of Mass Effect, homosexuality is seen as a normal and nonchalant fact of human society, which is exactly how it should be viewed in real life. Players even have the option of romancing Traynor or Cortez. It’s just a game, of course, but even being able to do that is a huge acknowledgement from Bioware that homosexuality is normal, and should be treated with respect. This heartwarming endorsement from Bioware and Bioware’s parent company, Electronic Arts, is actually a significant victory for the gay

community. When a cause gains media visibility, it is an indicator that the people in our society want that cause to be acknowledged. In other words, support for gay equality is growing, and quickly. Social conservatives can point to political agendas and secret gay conspiracies all they want, but the fact remains: Mass Effect 3 included gay characters because enough of the series’ fans asked for them. Media visibility can be used to attain almost anything. President John Kennedy called for an end to racial segregation after seeing images and reading letters from the civil rights movement. Indeed, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed one year later after growing support from all corners of society, including the media. We’re seeing the exact same thing happen all around us, right now. President Obama has called for gay equality after seeing the gay community fight for it, and who knows? Perhaps gay marriage and equality will be attained soon. The

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Wow, I can’t believe that the school year is about to begin. It seems like just yesterday I was finishing up finals and heading over to Europe for May Term. But that’s kind of how school works. The further along you get in your education, the faster the year flies by. And suddenly, you find yourself entering your senior year of college. And you have NO idea what you’re doing with your life. I’ve been told this “not knowing” thing is fairly common amongst college students. With the economy in a constant state of flux and certain career paths shriveling up into nonexistence, it’s a challenging time to be a college student. But these challenges have made me grateful. What’s life without a few challenges? Challenges toughen you up, and they help you grow. And what I’ve learned from this market is that education is more important than ever. I

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old Calvin and Hobbes adage of “yell loudly enough and someone will notice” proves to be successful. The video game industry has chosen to add to the metaphorical “yell”, and I applaud Bioware’s progressivism. The gay community is anything but alone in their fight for equality; the most powerful forms of media have endorsed their right to happiness and a normal life, through not only news coverage, but storytelling. I, for one, am proud of the industry I hope to one day work for. Every quip of dialogue in Mass Effect 3 from Samantha Traynor or Steve Cortez is a message: “We’re here. We’re normal. And gay people can save the galaxy too.”

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Sugar House Lia Chiarotti Assistant Editor

Westminster College just might have it all when it comes to location: the mountains, the city, and most importantly, Sugar House. Founded in 1853, this diverse Utah community – which stretches between 1700 S./3000 S. and 500 E./2300 E. - has coexisted with Westminster College for over a century. The picturesque college town nestled within greater Salt Lake City contains both regionally and locally owned businesses, a beautiful park, and family-friendly neighborhoods with numerous rental options. This close-knit relationship is why the Princeton Review ranked Westminster 12th in the nation for “quality of life” and 15th in “town-grown” relations. “Sugar House is a fun part of Salt Lake that isn’t as overwhelming as downtown. It also has easier access to stores,” explained junior and Bar Method Receptionist, Erica Keller. Students and faculty alike enjoy eating at cafes, working out at a variety of gyms, meeting for drinks at the pubs, shopping at locally owned and larger commercial businesses which are all located within walking distance of Westminster. “I bike everywhere around Sugar House, mostly because I don’t have a car, but it’s pretty easy to get anywhere you need to go on a bike - from the grocery store, to school, and even where I work,” said junior Kenzie Mitchell. Businesses recognize that a large portion of their customers are Westminster students which is why many offer discounts to those with student I.D.’s. For instance, Anne Taylor LOFT and TCBY offer a slight discount, while Noodles & Co. provides free drinks. The Bar Method, a recently added specialty gym, also provides a 20% student discount. The Vintage Butterfly and Home Again are only two of the multiple thrift stores located

in the neighborhood alongside chic boutiques like Unhinged and Got Beauty. “I love Got Beauty! They have all the best products for your hair, nails, and makeup. All the clothes, accessories and little trinkets are adorable,” said sophomore Leah Miller, a stylist at LOFT. Larger companies are also popular within Sugar House. Nordstrom Rack proves to be the perfect place to find discounted designer clothing, while Old Navy and Famous Footwear are popular for those on a college budget. Shopko has everything you need for your room on campus. Junior Sebastian Hooker was quick to point out that Deseret Industry is one of the favored thrift-stores amongst students. “It’s great because it has great finds for our house, and it’s cheap!” he said. Many college students run on coffee. Thankfully, Sugar House contains multiple cafes to satisfy study-induced caffeine cravings. Café Espresso, Starbucks, Sugar House Coffee and Dulce Coffee are just a few of the many shops nearby. And for those non coffee drinkers, Jamba Juice and Red Mango make delicious smoothies. Sugar House offers many date night solutions. Residents can grab some grub at restaurants such as Yellowfinn, the Soup Kitchen, Olive Garden, Ruth’s Diner, ESTE, Tsunami, Chipotle or Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta. Afterwards, they can stop by the Cinemark Movies 10 for a cheap recently released film. While those 21 and older can hit up bars like Sugar House Pub or Fiddler’s Elbow for drinks and company. With Sugar House, Westminster gains the small town feeling with all the conveniences of a big city.

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the Board of Trustees, the college’s governing body. He also manages day-to-day tasks. “I’m the mama bear of the organization,” he joked. Raoux’s responsibilities, and that of ASWC, have been redefined by a new constitution. The document was written in late 2011, and was driven by several factors. “We had a few bumps last year,” said Raoux. “We saw that there were several fundamental flaws in how we worked, and they needed changing.” Under the new constitution, ASWC is divided into five branches: the executive cabinet, senate, judiciary, activities commission, and inter-club council. Raoux said that each branch operates with considerable autonomy. “We come together to talk about big-picture stuff,” he said. “But each branch’s day-to-day stuff is internally managed.” Raoux offered an example of when the branches were merged together. “We used to have to take up senate meetings with line items for clubs,” he said. “Now the ICC can do their thing, and the senate can focus more on legislation. It works a lot better.” The student senate is, according to Raoux, the most

powerful branch of the organization. It comprises representatives from each of Westminster’s schools, such as business and nursing. Raoux added that elections to fill freshman seats are also coming up. “We’re always looking for people to get involved,” he said. “We need everyone to come together for our decisions.” Raoux said that students can visit senate meetings to voice their ideas, and that student representatives will make themselves available for questions and concerns. While the senate tackles legislation to make campus life better, such as environmental projects, other ASWC branches fill vital responsibilities. The InterClub Council is responsible for managing and funding student clubs. “All you need is an idea, a purpose, and a group of seven people,” Raoux said. “Our application process is mostly online, and very simple.” Raoux’s branch, the executive cabinet, manages ASWC funds and media, as well as special projects. This year, the cabinet expanded to welcome several new po-

sitions. These include a service chair and government relations chair, as well as a president of the Student Activities Commission, or SAC. “SAC puts together student activities,” Raoux said. “We have a high-caliber commission this year, and they’re putting on some awesome stuff.” The fifth branch of ASWC is the judiciary, which ensures that the organization’s legislation and activities are true to the constitution. “These five branches work together, but separately,” Raoux said. “We all take part in big-picture stuff, but we each manage our own day-today operations.” ASWC is funded by a student activity fee deducted from tuition money. “We’re committed to spending this money responsibly,” Raoux said. “This year, we’re going to be as transparent as possible so that students know exactly where their money is going.” Raoux added that some of the money is put toward an Opportunity Fund, which students can apply for to finance educational opportunities. “Conferences, scholastic opportunities, that sort of thing,” Raoux said. “Any opportunity

to go out and bring something back to our community.” “We exist to serve the students,” he added. “I intend to fulfill my obligation to help students learn and experience outside of the classroom. I’m sure the rest of ASWC will do the same.”


This year, we’re going to be as transparent as possible so that students know exactly where their money is going.


ASWC comprises “an opportunity for students to become empowered,” according to ASWC President Nick Raoux. “The Associated Students of Westminster College is the official student government,” he said. “If you’re enrolled for at least four credit hours, you’re automatically a member.” For years, ASWC has provided Westminster’s students with activities and chances to get involved on campus. Raoux said that the organization’s most important role is to represent the students. “Student representation on all levels is critically important,” he said. “We represent students to administrators, faculty, other colleges, etc. Making sure their voices are heard is our top priority.” Raoux became the new ASWC president after winning the election this past spring. Previously, he was ASWC’s Director of Clubs and Organizations. “I ran because I felt like I had a solid understand of students’ needs,” he said. “I wanted to fight for what they want.” “I love ASWC,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that it was in good hands.” As president, Raoux’s responsibility entails liaising to

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The president speaks Nick Raoux Student Body President Hello students! For those of you who are just entering this fall, welcome to the Griffin Community. You'll quickly learn how high we Griffins fly. If you're returning, welcome back! I came to this school in the fall of 2009 only knowing one person. Within a few months, I made and established a group of friends from diverse backgrounds, who I'm still friends with today. I fell in love with this college the minute I stepped foot on it, and I hope to be able to leave a lasting legacy here. I encourage you all to find and meet me. I truly care about the well-being of every student on this campus. Feel free to let me know any grievances you may have or just to say hi.

Incoming Students Never be afraid to try something new. Your job for the next four years is to be interested and interesting. If you haven't already, learn to ski, snowboard, rock climb, and hike. I don't mean to only include outdoor activities but if you are already consider yourself an avid outdoors person, maybe try theatre, music, or even zumba. Become a volunteer in the community and make lasting connections. It is easy and comfortable to stay on campus and take advantage of all the opportunities here, but make sure you get out into the Sugar House community and enjoy all of the opportunities Salt Lake's surrounding area offers. This exploration of your college experience at Westminster will last through your years on campus and, I hope, throughout your lifetime. Since education does not end with a degree, I encourage you to continue learning. The people you meet and experiences you undergo will leave an impact on the world. Remember, taking risks is a crucial part of your education. You have reached this point by being successful in many areas -- well at least in writing essays, solving problems, taking tests, performing or creating art, and being involved. At times, you may feel tempted to stick with courses and activities that are familiar to you from your high school experience, where you know you can be successful.Doing this will not allow you to gain the full value of Westminster's education unless you step boldly out beyond your comfort zone. I’m sure that your advisors, professors, and Go Leaders gave you similar advice over the weekend, so take it! Part of the investment Westminster makes in its students is to make them feel uncomfortable: uncomfortable with your previous assumptions, unsure even of your ability to succeed. This is one of

the ways in which you stretch yourself, gaining confidence and developing new ways of thinking. In the world of the 21st century, a premium for success is placed on creativity. That creativity is not something that you either have or do not have; it can be gained and developed by the experiences you undertake during your college years. By putting yourself in an uncomfortable situations you open yourself to new opportunities that will help you grow in ways that may surprise you. The key is not only to not lose sight of the forest, but often not to lose sight of the tree for the tiny part of a single leaf you will be studying. It turns out that while your education, social and physical life are all connected, it is also very intricate. The temptation will be to over-focus on the immediate, on what will be on this test, or this exercise. But never lose sight that everything you learn is even bigger than the forest. Being able to look at the world with wide-

open eyes will allow you to appreciate reality with all of its intersections, interconnections and splendor. Remember a laugh in a sea of sadness is contagious, and a negative nancy can bring down a group in less

time than it takes to cook Top Ramen. Stay happy and good luck to all of you this year! Learn more at

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Continued from Page 1 ciples, such as a liberal arts education.” Levin-Stankevich said that he wants to use liberal arts to broaden the college’s focus. He said that expanding the college’s international scope is vital, as is keeping talent local. “Salt Lake City is becoming a beacon of industry and high technology,” LevinStankevich said. “We not only need to train a workforce, we need to keep them here so that the city can grow.” “We’re interfacing with the mayor’s office and community leaders for this,” he added. Levin-Stankevich spent a month teaching in China, where several of his students asked him why American students “are so creative”. Levin-Stankevich believes that this interpretation is due to a liberal arts education. “A few Chinese universities are even creating small liberal arts colleges within their system,” he laughed. “It demonstrates that everyone is catching on to the liberal arts model.” As president, LevinStankevich will meet with other administrators, liaise with the Board of Trustees, and make both short-term and long-term decisions. The liberal arts, however, are not the only reason Levin-Stankevich took the job at Westminster. He says that engaging with the community and interacting with the students are just as important to him. “Throughout my career I’ve made a priority of meeting students and faculty,” he said. “I knew easily a thousand students at Eau Claire, and I’m certainly carrying that habit of meeting and knowing them here.”

Levin-Stankevich said that he and his wife Debi organized an event called “Eau Care” in which they and other faculty couples would visit students in their residence halls. “I did it to make sure that the students are connecting to the community,” he said. “We enjoyed visiting our students.” “A lot of faculty have never set foot inside a residence hall,” said Debi Levin-Stankevich. “Eau Care was about making sure the students were happy and connecting.” The Levin-Stankeviches said that they have always attended sporting events, evening gatherings, and art shows held on the campuses they worked at. They said that they would carry the tradition on at Westminster. Debi Levin-Stankevich said that her desire to help others has extended far beyond her job as a social worker. “I’ve served in community service boards and projects at all of the universities we’ve worked at,” she said. “I plan to get involved with the community service projects here, including the upcoming Week of Service.” While speaking of community engagement, Brian Levin-Stankevich also reached out to incoming students. “Get involved,” he said. “There’s a lot of opportunity here to do just that. Connecting with people keeps you going and gives you purpose.” “If you’re missing, someone will notice,” he said. “That’s the advantage of a small school. Someone will notice if you’re absent from class or practice. Someone will always be looking out for you.”

Nick Rhodes is the new Graduate Assitant for Residence Life

Ambitious educator enters student affairs Holly King Assistant Editor Many students will remember Richel Raich. Raich was Westminster’s Graduate Assistant of Student Life from 2010 until this spring. She oversaw everything from Residence Life, to ASWC, to Hall Monitors. When she graduated last semester, it left the Student Life Administrators with a unique opportunity to split up her position into two positions. These became a Graduate Assistant of Student Life and a Graduate Assistant of Residence Life. Westminster is happy to announce that Nick Rhodes will be filling the Graduate Assistant of Residence Life position. Rhodes enters the job following four successful years at Dixie College. Nick Rhodes is originally from Bluffdale, Utah, and graduated from Riverton High School in 2004. He then spent a year and a half at Salt Lake Community College before moving onto Dixie State College. It was here that he received his Bachelor Degree in Human Communication. He was very involved at Dixie, serving as a Student Ambassador, a member of the Student Alumni Association, a Resident Advisor, the “D Crew” President, and the Student Body Vice President. Knowing he wanted to go to graduate school, Rhodes applied

for the University of Utah’s Educational Leadership and Policy program. Rhodes says that this program was right up his alley. “What I wanted was to get into student affairs and work with students; be an advocate for students,” he said. “I found a lot of my experience in college, especially as a student leader, I could see both sides.” “I could see what the administrators were implementing and what they thought was a good idea, but I was a student also so I could say, ‘No. The students won’t like that idea. That’s not copacetic with what the students think,” he said. Ultimately, the administrators would have the final say in decisions because they were the ones in charge. “And so that’s really what made me think that I wanted to be a Student Affairs Administrator so I can get in there and be somebody that listens to the students and be an advocate for the students. Hopefully I can mediate between what the institution needs and what the students want.” Rhodes found out that he had been accepted to the University of Utah’s graduate program in April of 2012. He interviewed for Westminster’s new position for a

Graduate Assistant of Residence Life later that month. His interview process was quite unique in that it was all done over the phone. After interviewing with three student life directors, he had a lengthy conversation with Mark Ferne, the dean of students, about his goals and positions. Ferne told him that this position would be a great experience for him because it would give him a chance to learn student affairs. Ferne also told him that the experience of working at a private institution versus a state institution would prove to be invaluable. Rhodes is currently getting settled in his position and says he loves it so far. He is excited about his two year graduate program at the University of Utah, and says he cannot wait to implement all of the student development theories that he has been learning about. He’s most excited for the students to be returning to campus. “I love working with Nicola (Miller) and Aimee (Frost),” he says, “but I am so excited for the students to be here. My degree is in student affairs, and I want to know what’s going on with them!”

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very exciting for Miller, but the outdoors has also caught her attention. “I like the outdoors. I’m not hardcore like people are here, but I love to be outside. I like the weather here, the four seasons are awesome.” Along with snowboarding, Miller enjoys the shopping in the area, as well as the proximity to football programs such as Boise State and the University of Utah. But primarily, Miller is looking forward to working with and getting to know students. “I’ve been looking forward to building those relationships with everyday students, not just student leaders,” Miller said. Students are free to visit Miller, whose office is located in the basement of Shaw.

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way to serve them over there,” Miller said. Along with the new residence hall, the Residence Life Office faces the challenge of a growing Westminster population. Freshman are required to live on campus during their first year of school, unless they live with a family member. With the continuous growth of each incoming class, housing these residents is becoming a new challenge. Though Miller has been focusing on becoming acclimated with a new college, she has had some opportunities to explore Salt Lake City. “There’s just so much to do here. Every night there’s something. There’s like three or four different things going on, like concerts and shows,” Miller said. Being back in a city has been

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Continued from Page 1 bers of Westminster’s Residence Life Office. From that encounter and a visit to campus, Miller knew Westminster was a great fit. With Westminster’s familial feel, strong student-faculty relationships and growing population, Miller knew Westminster’s Residence Life Program was in a good position for change and improvement. “A lot of different things can be done here. It’s young, it’s growing,” Miller said. One of the major changes the Residence Life Office has been working on is the new residence hall, The Draw. “I think The Draw is going to be a challenge all year long. I think just finding the best way to be flexible but also support what students need and find the best


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Coral Azarian is the new Graduate Assitant for Student Life



if this means planning imaginary vacations. She also enjoys reading; her favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Growing up close to the beach, Azarian says, “I am happiest when I have my toes in the sand, a beach chair and a good book.” The first thing Azarian did when she moved to Utah was learn to ski. After her first season as a skier, Azarian says she has already become a snow snob and is a lot better than she was when she moved here. Another of her goals is to see as many national parks as possible. “It’s so cool that you can drive four hours and be in Zion or Moab or drive five and be in Yellowstone or Jackson Hole,” she said. “That’s crazy to me; that’s not real life.” Azarian’s advice to Westminster students is to enjoy every second at college. “Just take advantage of absolutely everything that you possibly can and get involved on campus because that’s what you’re going to remember,” she said.


that’s the same feeling I got when I came here,” she said. During her time at Westminster, Azarian hopes to gain a better understanding of student affairs and decide what she would like to do with a career in the field. “Working with college students has always been where I have found the most gratification…I am most excited about being a part of the community and getting to know the students that make this a great place,” she said. Azarian will be working with the Interclub Council, which is made up of students representing each club and organization on campus. New ideas will be introduced, as well as different pilot programs which, if successful, will be implemented permanently. “I’m excited to put my hands in a lot of different pots, which is pretty great and not something you get to do at a larger school,” she said. One of Azarian’s short-term goals is to stream-line the funding process for clubs. She also hopes to establish an environment within the Interclub Council in which each club feels equally important. In the long-term, she hopes to do service projects in which the entire council is involved. Azarian loves to travel and learn about other countries; even

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Coral Azarian is the new Graduate Student Assistant at Westminster College. She will advise several ASWC organizations and oversee the concierge desk. She will also be a residence director. Azarian attended Stonehill College in Massachusetts for her undergraduate work. During her time there, she was involved in the admissions office and helped with student orientation for three years. She was also a member of the student government and college disciplinary council, and on the board for academic dishonesty. Her most memorable experience was being involved with first-year orientation. She enjoyed helping shape the new students’ college careers and starting off “the best four years of their lives.” Azarian is starting her graduate work at the University of Utah in the Education Leadership and Policy program. She came to Utah about a year ago and has decided to go back to school to study student affairs. When she heard about the assistantship at Westminster she said it seemed to really fit what she was looking for. The atmosphere was similar to that of the college where she did her undergraduate work. “It’s kind of like that feeling you get when you walk onto campus when you’re looking at colleges and you’re like. This is it;



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Ah, the smell of fall is in the air. It’s that time again—time to go back to school and kick some academic butt. For some of you, this is your first time at college. But don’t you worry; we’ve got you covered. For the next year, we will be writing an advice column. Believe me, we know a lot. We’ve lived and learned for many years now. Between the two of us, we’re 80 years old. That’s like 600 in dog years. And we are just brimming with good advice. This week, we’re going provide three tips that will insure that your first day is a success. Here they are, in no particular order:

Know how to introduce yourself in class. Your professor will more than likely ask you to introduce yourself on day one—you know, stuff like favorite book, movie, and reason why you took the course. If you draw a blank, don’t worry. Your answers should be: •  Catcher in the Rye (or any other book—just make sure that you can name a book that you’ve actually read) •  Citizen Kane (we’ll pretend we’ve seen it too) •  I took this course because I love the topic. As an added bonus, I heard that you are the most interesting professor on campus. Most importantly, do not, I repeat, do not say that you took the course because it is required. That’s just downright rude… even if it’s true. Everyone needs love, and your professors more than likely have very fragile egos. Be kind, be gentle, and be dishonest if you have to be. And then muster some real enthusiasm for learning. You don’t have to love the subject matter to learn something. College is about exploring new ideas.

Get to know your classmates.

You are all in this together, and it’s going to be a long semester if you plan to be the Lone Ranger. Learning happens best when it’s active and collaborative. Nobody ever achieved greatness by studying alone. Get comfortable talking with and listening to your classroom comrades. You’ll have lively and deep conversations with them, even if at least one of those conversations consists of complaining about your professor when you think we can’t hear you (Note: We can hear you.) Make a pact to give your all to the classes. Hold each other accountable for making your college experience productive and memorable.

Don’t worry if you haven’t picked a major. There is a lot of pressure coming from people around you to know exactly what you want to do with your life. If you don’t know yet, that’s okay. That’s why you’re here! Enjoy your general education classes. You’ll find that you have a passion for things you never imagined: dance, theatre, literature, biology, who knows, you might even end up in communication (if you’re lucky—I hear they rock over there). The point is this: Use this time to have some fun, but along the way, you’re going to explore ideas that will stick with you for a lifetime. Until next time … enjoy your first week. And, don’t forget to write. We need some questions so we can impart our tremendous knowledge and wisdom to the next generation.

8 Arts & Entertainment

the reality of the


Emilio Casillas Contributing Writer

Welcome to theatre at Westminster College. The best excuse to miss any (non theatre) class, the best place to find a family, and the best environment for artistic expression. Needless to say, I am biased. I am a Junior in the twoyear-young Technical Theatre major, and I doubt you’ll find a more loyal member of the family. But here I am not preaching to the choir. Here I aim for transparency. I am no stranger to the outsider’s view of this theatre family: we are tight knit and a titch defensive. But really, above all, we are accepting. Our personalities and attitudes are varied, our interests even more so. Yes there is the theatre kid cliché: the fedoras, sunflower scarves, and black ensembles. But we are more than that: we are those who find our voices only on the stage; who burn with the courage to find an audience greater than the showerhead; who shy from the center stage but shine at the standing ovation; who express our art not in the act but in the lights, sounds, and dress of the stage. While I won’t say there is something for everyone in the theatre, I will say you would be hard pressed not to find a smile somewhere between the crawl space and the spot light. And nowhere are smiles more abundant than in the home of our, for lack of a more appropriate term, theatre parents: Nina and Michael Vought. The heart and hearth of our program, the Voughts have been the living, breathing soul of Westminster College theatre since they adopted the program more than 15 years ago. Michael is the head of the Theatre Department as well as a director and Nina is our beloved Costume and Set Designer. Michael shares his directorial duties with Jared Larkin, a local actor and director, who brings to the program a passion for cutting edge modern theatre, while Nina shares her

love for design with our lighting designer and technical director Spencer Brown. But what about the most important people, the students? Well, I’m one and I think we’re pretty cool cats. Don’t believe me? Come out and see us! We’re around all day every day. And we’ve got a phenomenal season already in the works! In collaboration with the Classical Greek Theatre Festival, we will be presenting Antigone by Sophocles. A classic drama with a time period twist by director Larry West to be presented in the stunning outdoor venue of Westminster’s own Richer Commons, September 7. Jared Larkin will then present the depression-era drama The Diviners, by Jim Leonard, Jr. on October 18. When a doubting preacher and a very special young boy meet in the impoverished Bible belt, the tragedy is one to rock the ages. Then join us for Michael Frayn’s backstage farce Noises Off, where offstage chaos spills onto the stage in a slapstick comedy to be directed by Michael Vought. But, if you are one who finds your curiosity aroused, then join us, onstage or off. We welcome any and all to join us for auditions on August 27 & 28, 6:00pm, in the Dumke student theatre. Or if your interest lies offstage, we invite you to volunteer as a stagehand for any of our shows by speaking to Spencer Brown. “That is where we live. In the reality of the theatre. Not in the fiction of society” ~ Sidney Michaels, Dylan.

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New Music Reviews Phillip K. Gipson Contributing Writer

Photo Courtesy of Phillip Gipson

The Indoors Demo 2012 If Reno’s The Indoors have any contact information it has eluded me, and they’ve established almost zero internet presence beyond a few blog features. However, these trifles won’t stop me from sharing their self-released ‘Demo 2012,’ one of the better punk demos I’ve heard in recent years. The use of arena reverb and 60s sci-fi warbling echoes Rod Serling himself would employ, an energetic execution of dual vocals often courting a defiant desperation, and guitars which regularly border on surf rock style are phenomenal and keep The Indoors above the formulaic stagnation in which so much of modern punk flounders. All four tracks are solid, but the brilliant closer “People Aren’t Strange,� (Humorous title. Consider the band’s name. Jim Morrison is chuckling from the grave.) is a kaleidoscopic funhouse which I couldn’t recommend more. Have a listen at: youtu. be/_-yNiM44z-8 If you enjoy this, check out: Theatre of Hate, X, Masshysteri. /5

CANT Dreams Come True ‘Dreams Come True’ is the first solo effort as CANT by Grizzly Bear member and producer Chris Taylor. The album is a more minimalist synth-pop contribution to R&B, bordering on bedroom-pop, and purposely keeps to the left of the heavyhanded production and glitz that has weighed down the genre over the past 20 years. However, this flirtation with a raw bedroom-pop feel does seem to fall short at moments, as the sparse delivery can be too sparse and begs listeners to reach for the intended intimacy and closeness rather than simply offering it up.

Phillip K. Gipson

It occasionally feels that the affective communion is intelligible but just out of reach, which triggers frustration. CANT shines most in the track “Believe,� a smooth, stripped-down slow roller reminiscent of Prince’s finer laidback moments. If you enjoy this, check out: Twin Shadow, Prince, Blood Orange. /5




Moonface – With Siinai Heartbreaking Bravery Many indie rock fans are familiar with the cagey, quavering vocals of the Canadian workaholic songwriter Mr. Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown fame. This, his third effort under the moniker Moonface, finds him competently, although at times sparsely, backed by the Finnish prog act Siinai. Here Krug is tackling the heartache of botched relationships – subject matter his tremulous croon seemed destined for. The major drawback here is that most of these dour liaisons seem years past. The sting has receded, cultivating a less palpable heartbreak than is promised by the title. These two album favorites, however, deliver on the promise, but only do so as a grand finale: “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips� and “Headed for the Door.� I recommend track 1, and then soaking up tracks 7-10 with ears not belabored by the unremarkable tracks 2-6. If you enjoy this, check out: Wolf Parade, Ester Drang, The New Year. /5

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10 student life

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Life on Campus Advice from a Resident Advisor Keni Nelson Editor-In-Chief I should begin this article with some honesty: I love living on campus. And I love being an RA. I also love eating ice cream and watching chick flicks, but that’s neither here nor there. With my position, I’ve learned a lot about living on campus. To assist you in learning how to deal with roommates or getting over having to share a bathroom with an entire floor, I took it upon myself to give you some words of wisdom. Learn from my mistakes. Trust me. You don’t want to be “that guy/girl” who gets locked out of his/her room in his/her towel…three times…in the same day.

How to deal with your roommate Most of you will have a roommate. Most of you probably have never met this roommate until you moved in. At first, it’s going to be kind of awkward; I mean, you’re sleeping in a room with an almost complete stranger. That’s weird. But fear not, this proximity will become normal. Many residents become close with their roommate, which is awesome. It’s great to have someone living with you who understands your problems and has mutual interests. Many of you will feel neutral about your roommate. You don’t love them, you don’t hate them. You just live with them. And that’s just fine. Living with someone doesn’t automatically make you best friends. As long as there is mutual respect and understanding, it will be a comfortable living situation you learn a lot from. Lastly, a few of you will be driven absolutely crazy by your roommate. It may not be an initial annoyance. You will at first be blinded by your excitement of getting away from your parents, and will think your roommate is the coolest person ever. And then reality settles in, and you will want to pull your hair out. But that is a totally natural feeling. Trust me. The best way to deal with a roommate is to actually talk to them. Playing video games until two in the morning driving you crazy? Tell them.

Roommate keeps using your pots and pans without asking? Tell them. Roommate doesn’t quite get the hint that setting a thermostat at 80 degrees is unnatural? Tell them. As my favorite author John Green says, “Use your words.” But use your words nicely. Yelling at your roommate and calling them an idiot will not solve your problem. It will more than likely make the situation worse.

How to deal with sharing a bathroom Oh yes, sharing a bathroom. A touchy topic that we all want to avoid. Fortunately for you I don’t really have a filter, so I can probably answer all your awkward questions right now.


• Do wear flip flops into the shower. It’s best to assess the cleanliness of your floor mates before you start trusting them with your feet. • Do bring a towel. Please. • Do shower at least once every three days, if not more. Your roommate will thank you for it, your floor will thank you for it, your pores will thank you for it. Honestly, I’ll thank you for it. • Do respect other people’s things.


• Don’t talk to others while they are on the toilet unless you have broken the communication barrier in a less intimate environment…like the lounge. • Don’t have sex in the showers. Everyone will hate you. • Don’t think the showers are your own personal recording studio. Yes, I’m sure your mother thinks you’re a great singer. But please try and contain yourself. • Don’t be afraid to clean out the sink once in awhile. There is nothing worse than chipping away toothpaste from the sink at the end of the year. I know that I haven’t answered all your questions. We have only scratched the surface. But that is why you have an RA. They are there to help answer questions, and to be a resource. They are there for you, so don’t be afraid to talk to them!

Campus Events August 18 Convocation @5 p.m. Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center JV Men’s Soccer vs. Western Wyoming CC @5 p.m. Ice Cream Social @7:15 p.m. Richer Commons Movie Night on the Village Green @9:30 p.m. Shopko Night @9:30 p.m. August 19 Brunch @10:30 a.m. Richer Commons Scenes from Campus Life @8:00 p.m. Richer Commons Legends Tour @9:30 p.m. Richer Commons August 20 Capture the Flag @8:00 p.m. Richer Commons August 21 Helping Hands @9:00 a.m. Meet on Richer Commons Welcome Back Block Party 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Richer commons August 22 First day of classes Comedian: An evening with Myq Kaplan @8:00 p.m. Vieve Gore Concert Hall August 23 Water Balloon Battle @5:00 p.m. Village Green August 24 Westminster Tournament of Champions Women’s Volleyball Behnken Field House Women’s Soccer Match v. Avila @12:00 p.m. Dumke Field Hello Dance presents “LIGHTS OUT” 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Payne Gymnasium August 25 Men’s Soccer Match v. Avila (MO) @2:30 p.m. Dumke Field Sugar House Coffee Buyout 8:00-11:00 p.m. Sugar House Coffee

August 26 Dollar Theater Buyout-All Day Cinemark Movies 10 Men’s Soccer Match v College of Idaho @2:30 p.m. Dumke Field Women’s Soccer Match v College of Idaho @4:30 p.m. Dumke Field August 27 Tie-Dye with Commuters 3:00-6:00 p.m. Bassis Center for Student Learning August 28 Quick Wits Comedy 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Richer Commons August 29 States Fair 7:00-10:00 p.m. Richer Commons August 30 Clubs and Orgs Fair 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Richer Commons September 1 Kids Klub Kickoff 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Village Green Women’s Soccer Match v Doane @12:00 p.m. Dumke Field Men’s Soccer Match v Doane @2:00 p.m. Dumke Field ASICS/Wyndham Hotel Labor Day Classic (Concordia) Women’s Volleyball @ Irvine, CA September 3 Women’s Soccer Match v Great Falls @2:30 p.m. Dumke Field September 5 Casino Night 8:00-10:00 Tanner Atrium September 8 Women’s Volleyball v Montana Western @2:00 p.m. Behnken Field House


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Michelle Barber Sharon Gibbons Audrey Maynard Contributing Writers

As a student at Westminster, you will experience many things beyond homework, classes, and study groups on the Commons. We asked Westminster alumni, “What Westminster opportunities shaped your current success?” Here’s what they had to say:

Major savings with a minor in stress relief. Why should getting to college be as expensive as going to college? With a UTA Student Pass, you,ll not only save money over regular fares, you,ll cruise past gas stations, traffic congestion, and crowded parking lots, too. Student, faculty and staff ID cards are pre-activated as passes. Pick up your ID at the Reception Desk in the Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center and get free access to UTA buses, TRAX, and FrontRunner. For more information visit

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