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Effects on Students | Healthcare is among the top issues in the upcoming presidential elections, and the outcome may greatly impact college students. Each candidate has his own stance on the issue.

Mitt Romney’s Stance Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said that he will repeal President Obama’s healthcare plan on “day one.”

Ali Fairchild Staff Reporter

His campaign does not mention how his health care plan will directly affect young adults. The age limit prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was 21. Insurance companies didn’t have to provide coverage on a parent’s plan for these individuals. Romney’s platform is to return the decision for health care to the states. According to his official site, “States will have both the incentive and the flex-

ibility to experiment, learn from one another, and craft the approaches best suited to their own citizens.” There is no elaboration on specific policies Romney would present. Ronald Lopez, M.D, has noticed this in Romney’s campaign. Lopez is not in favor of the ACA, but Romney “doesn’t really have a plan that is out there.” See POLITICS & HEALTHCARE on pg. 15

Mitt Romney plans to give power back to the states for health care and allow the states choose how to distribute money.

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Nightmare on 13th features new nightmare themes every year. As soon as Halloween is over the team starts brainstorming for next year’s theme.

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A Ghost Story By Rulon Wood


lthough I’m a fan of Ghostbusters, when it comes to actual spirits I’ve always been a little bit skeptical … but a few years ago, after making a documentary on a local ghost investigators’ society, even my inner skeptic had reason for pause. After a particularly uneventful investigation at a local cemetery, I jumped into my car, threw my camera gear in the back seat, and headed for home. Just before leaving the parking lot, a member of the investigating team tapped on my car window. “I forgot to mention one thing,” he said. “Any time you leave an investigation, be sure to state the following phrase: if there is anyone in this car who doesn’t belong, get out!” Yeah, yeah, yeah, I said, as I drove off into the October night. As I entered the Salt Lake valley, my car lights flickered, and my car radio came to life (static and music blaring). My voice cracked with fear as I shouted, “If anyone is in this car and isn’t supposed to be here, get out!” The radio went silent. That night, I called the investigator’s society and explained the situation. “Oh yea, that’s very normal. You should have listened.” Now you may be asking yourself, is he serious? I can assure you that I am. But lucky for you, the cemetery isn’t the only place that’s haunted. Read on to hear about some of the crazy Halloween traditions at Westminster and to find out where you can go to hear more stories about things that happened on this very campus… See WESTMINSTER HALLOWEEN on pg. 8

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Take the Leap New Music Reviews Keni Nelson Editor-In-Chief














On Sunday I witnessed history. I witnessed one of the most insane human feats in history. Broadcasted live, Felix Baumgartner jump from 128,000 feet above the earth. That’s 24 miles. He stood on the edge of his capsule, gave a salute, and leaped. From on top of the world. He reached a speed of 830 mph and broke the sound barrier. It was a pretty inspiring (and horrifying) moment. To see a man stand at the edge of space and totally commit to a death-defying fall had millions sitting at the edge of their seats. After watching him fall for about 10 minutes, and seeing him land safely, I began to think. What big leaps have I taken in my life? Obviously I’ve never accomplished anything quite on the same scale as Baumgartner. Yet in the scale of things, I’ve taken some big leaps in my life.

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I moved 1,000 miles away from home, to a place where I didn’t know anyone. I tried different clubs, different jobs that I wouldn’t normally consider my “thing.” I ate some horse while in Italy. That was pretty revolutionary. Yet watching this event inspired me to make life more of an adventure. I often get dragged down by the commitments I have. Work, school, internship. But living life isn’t just about commitments. It’s about going out and living. It motivated me to put more of an emphasis on having fun. I want to go out on more hikes. I want to travel more, try new foods, maybe learn to play trumpet. You shouldn’t limit yourself based on your commitments. So Westminster students, I encourage you. Take the leap. Go try something new, go on an adventure. Have a little fun. Just don’t go jumping from great heights without some type of training.

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Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes: Composer/producer Steven Ellison’s latest 49 minutes of jazzy electronic dream-smithing feels to me all-natural sci-fi. It is a sci-fi movie sound in which the synthetic contours of the score are so advanced at mimicking nature sounds; we’re at times fooled by these audio replicants. “Until the Colours Come” rolls like petal ends strummed or raindrops pattering down, the bass of “Heave(n)” pulsates as soft howls, woodwinds, and skittering cymbals bring a deep forest or night jungle scene to mind, and in “Electric Candyman” we are suddenly subterranean, buried in a cavernous chamber in which guest vocalist Thom Yorke’s soft delivery reverberates. The album is a rapidly advancing, continuous journey through various dreamscapes, constructed by electronic means but with a feeling as organic as the wilderness out one’s window. Gonja Sufi and Erykah Badu also make guest appearances. If you enjoy this, check out: Bonobo, Madlib, Caribou. ★★★★/5







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Chelsea Wolfe’s goth-folk music on this release is simply constructed, but heavily emotive, dark and sexy. It is music for things that happen when the sun goes down: driving through the desolate countryside, relaxing at home with a drink and lights turned low, making love. This is Wolfe’s third LP, and my new favorite of hers. The few times this album drifts from base acoustic operations, as when heavy synth lines are dropped in the end of “Boyfriend,” familiar listeners will recall her prior LPs. Those prior two, with heavier, layered production, functioned wonderfully in their own rights and set a foundation, establishing an image and core sound for Wolfe – as a sort of occult priestess with pipes to die in a black mass for. Watch her music video for “Mer” to see just what I mean. If you enjoy this, check out: PJ Harvey, Fever Ray. ★★★★/5

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For listeners not familiar, BTBAM is a technical progressive metal act that seamlessly incorporates aspects of just about every genre you can imagine. The musicianship of each and every member of this band is just phenomenal and rarely paralleled. BTBAM often packs as much complexity into one track as the average band may do in an entire album. This die-hard, pressurized experimentation has been their formula since the ‘Alaska’ LP, and ‘The Parallax 2’ is no exception. An epic concept album, this release is best enjoyed front to back, consuming all 72 minutes in one sanity-defying gulp. You’ll find yourself pausing to ask, “Did speed metal just turn into surf rock 10/17/12 Sudoku and then morph into jazz which just crunched into a hardcore breakdown in the same track?” The answer is yes. If you enjoy this, check out: Opeth, Animals as To solve the Sudoku puzzle, each row, column and box must contain the numbers 1 to 9. Leaders, Queen. ★★★★★/5

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obama Romney Dani Southworth | Contributing Writer


here are many issues to consider when choosing what presidential candidate you are going to vote for in this upcoming election. From health care, national security and job creation, these and many other issues will determine the future of our country. For me, women’s rights are the most important issue in this election. It is 2012, nearly fifty years after the civil rights movement, and yet women are still not treated equally. I will vote for a Presidential candidate that prioritizes equality of the sexes. Historically, women have received lesser pay for equal work. The average woman makes 77 cents to every dollar a man makes for the same position – this is true in our modern society. This is appalling and simply perplexing. How can America continue to justify such blatant discrimination? It is apparent that in order to move forward, we must have government figures working towards change. President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to fight against pay discrimination in the workplace and supports the Equal Paycheck Fairness Act. Governor Romney has not committed either in support or opposition in regards to the Lilly Ledbetter act. Romney also has not taken a position on the Equal Paycheck Fairness Act. His vice presidential running mate, Congressman Ryan, voted against both. Another vital piece of legislation involving women’s rights is the Violence Against Women Act that offers support to women in domestic abuse cases, sexual assault and violent acts towards women. Vice Presi-

dent Biden sponsored the VAWA in 1992, and President Obama increased funding to further support VAWA. In April 2012, Congress renewed VAWA to keep funding until 2017 when it will be voted to renew again. Congressman Ryan voted against it. In a similar regard, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan have said Roe v. Wade should be overturned and abortions should be outlawed even in cases of rape and incest. This completely undermines a women’s right to choose. President Obama respects a woman’s right to choose I understand that some of these issues cannot be put into law by the Executive branch. However, I wish to vote for a Presidential candidate that puts women’s issues on the agenda as a priority. I will stand behind a candidate that holds my rights equal to all others in this country. You can learn more about Obama’s position on women’s rights on his campaign website, either under issues or Women for Obama. Unfortunately, you cannot do the same on Romney’s website. So fellow Griffins, think carefully about whom you will vote for November 6. Understand that many issues are interconnected and will ultimately affect you. Take into consideration the Presidential candidates’ positions on women’s issues. Research issues that you find important. Find out where the candidates stand. And vote for the candidate who will fight for what you believe. I know that I am voting for equality, justice and morality.

Kelsey Packham | Contributing Writer federal spending and government t’s the economy. When it comes programs. right down to it, I am voting for He will also delegate power to the Romney because the deficit is states to determine their individual over one trillion dollars and there state economic recovery plans because has been little economic growth every state is different and cannot all in four years. benefit from the same plan. After his election in 2008, PresiMy vote for Romney, is largely dent Obama stated that if he could based on his economic policy, hownot turn the economy around in ever, there are a few other issues that three years, his presidency would be have won him my vote. The first of a “one-term proposition.” Today, these is that Romney will remove the economy is still not showing Obamacare. Health care is indeed an much improvement and has cerissue in America, however, it should tainly not been turned around. be one determined on a state by state Mitt Romney’s stance on ecobasis. nomic issues demonstrates logic and The Supreme Court decided this deeper understanding of economics case based on the taxation power of than President Obama’s. Romney is congress. This is because in the event a business man. He has witnessed that a person forgoes insurance coverthe effects of economic changes on age, they are required to pay a tax in business, small and large. order to encourage enrollment. In addition to business experiTo top it off, many people will ence, Romney also has a Law Delose their insurance under Obamacare gree from Harvard which will serve due to pre-existing conditions and be him well as president because he forced to use Medicare/Medicaid inhas both legal and business perspecstead. This is hardly sufficient covertives. age for anyone. Furthermore, Governor Romney Obamacare is too intrusive in the will cut taxes which will stimulate lives of Americans. It takes personal the economy in two ways. First, it option out of selecting health care and will leave more money in the pockcost Americans more. ets of the people to spend as they The second issue is education. see fit. This puts more money into Romney plans to better education by circulation at a commercial level. encouraging competition and innoSecond, it keeps money in the vation among teachers and students hands of business owners. This will rather than government regulation. allow them to continue to grow He will also increase rewards based their businesses by creating new on achievement instead of tenure of jobs. In the end, this lowers unemservice. ployment and increases the number Finally, he demonstrates integrity of citizens paying taxes, which inwhen working with others and that, creases government revenue. along with his economic plan, is the Romney is aware that in order most important factor in selecting a to decrease the deficit, you must inpresident. crease revenues and decrease spendI will vote for Mitt Romney being. He will do this by regulating cause he is someone I can trust.


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Setting the Course Finding your way at Westminster Alexia Martinez | Staff Reporter life. Hell, I hardly even knew what it was!” said Cronin. “But one of my learning community classes was an intro to sociology course, and now, a year later, I’m planning on declaring it.” “Just goes to show what branching out and trying new and different things might lead to,” said Cronin. With a declared major comes an advisor. Advisors are there to support their students and lead them in the right direction. Cooper says advisors are helpful in finding letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities to boost a resume. For students looking to apply to graduate schools, an advisor can be a wealth of knowledge. Becker said his advisor helps him decide on what classes to take. As a senior, his advisor also helps him decide on what to do after graduation. “Teachers here go out of their way to care for you,” said Rouillard. “It’s Westminster.”

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If only there was a magical device that assigned perfect majors. Students searching for one, though, are hardly alone in their journey. The Westminster community has resources and advice for finding and declaring a major. Students, professors and the START center are always willing to help along the way. “The START center really hooked me up,” said Juan-David Rouillard, a junior studying biology and music. “They figured out what my interests were and used that to point me in the right direction.” Though a general interest in a major can be helpful, an open mind is just as important. “Take your LEs early,” said Ian Becker, a senior studying math. “Then you can see different options.” Liberal education courses offer students an opportunity to get a feel for different disciplines. “I may very well get into classes and be like, ‘this sucks! What am I doing?’” said Alex LeBlanc, a freshman interested in studying economics and pre-law. “I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. I’m open to change.” Deciding on a major is not to be taken lightly. “It’s a long four years, do something you’re passionate about,” said Josh White, a junior studying economics. “I want to end up with a career that I like,” said Mena Davidson, a freshman with an interest in science. However, the path to a dream job may be a little less clear. Arlin Cooper, a senior studying biology, urged students to shop around. “Decide what you like best, and then choose your major from there,” he said. “Take a class that you probably otherwise might not have taken, because it could surprise you what you figure out about yourself,” said Corey Cronin, a sophomore studying sociology. “I’d never even really thought about or considered sociology at any point in my

“It’s a long four years, do something you’re passionate about.” -Josh White Junior

Liberal Education courses expose students to different disciplines.

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Neuroimaging and Psychiatry Research Center


Doug Kondo, MD

Creatine for females taking an antidepressant but still feeling depressed • Females between the ages of 13-21 years • Treatment is creatine, a substance that is naturally present in the body

EAT, DRINK AND BE SCARY Villain & Vixen Student Ball / October 29 $10 per person, includes demonic but non alcoholic drinks, snacks, dancing to DJ. 8-10 pm. Drawing for a Dinner for Two.

• Creatine or placebo will be added to your current medication regimen over the 10-week study period • Participants will have MRI scans before and after treatment to see if creatine increases the available energy supply in the brain and reduces depressive symptoms Compensation will be provided to study participants

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Reservations at the Haunted Haven? Call the Spooky Staff at (801) 272-8255 or visit Haunted Haven (regular dining with Halloween specials) available in the main dining area. Located 4 miles up Millcreek Canyon.

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Getting help from the START Center Julianne Lis | Staff Reporter Aside from going to the START Center for the first advising, appointments can also be made with specific counselors. Faculty in the START Center will meet with students and learn their interests, and understand what majors students want to explore. From there they can help steer students in the direction of chair members, the Career Center and professors on campus. “It’s okay to come to an advising appointment not knowing what you want to do. We can help you find your way,” said Deb Vickery, director of the START Center. Along with general advising, Vickery has also advised many professional and Olympic athletes. If students are stuck with many interests, there are a few things that

can be done to make the process in choosing a major much easier. First, stop by the START Center and meet with a counselor to see which majors are appealing. Students should fine-tune their classes so they fit a major and what is important. Counselors in the START Center can then guide students to professors that are involved in different programs at Westminster. Students will then be able to meet up with and talk to them about the program and a possible course schedule. This step will also help in finding an advisor who will be responsible for assisting you in creating class schedules even before major declaration. The START Center also houses disability services, tutor services, paperwork for major declaration

and degree audits. Faculty and staff in the START Center can also help with study skills. The START Center is located on the bottom level of Carleson Hall.

Talking to an Advisor Advisors are a mandatory part of declaring a major. An advisor is a professor who helps map out class schedules during students’ time at Westminster. “[An advisor can be] somebody to talk to, somebody to bounce ideas off of. Advisors can be somebody you can go to for advise, not just specifically about classes or advising about projects or other things you’re working on,” said Christy Seifert, an advisor and associate professor of communication at Westminster,

“it’s a contact, someone who knows you that you can always show up to their office and say ‘hey I need a second to talk’.” “We want you to match with someone that you work well with. [Advisors] are okay if you want to come and chat with us,” said Seifert. Advisors help mentor students into the direction of their desire. This helps advisors pick classes for students based on their strengths and the life the student wants to live long after graduation. “If people aren’t taking advantage of advising, they should,” said Seifert. For suggestions about which advisors to meet with head to the START Center, or ask upperclassman with similar major or minor interests.

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The START Center is a great place to begin when trying to find a major.

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The Halloween Dance features a local DJ who brings in a wide variety of dance music. Photo Courtesy of asWC

Spook-tacular Decorations for the Entrance of the 2011 Halloween Dance.

Westminster Students dancing it up for a memorable night of the 2011 Halloween Dance.

Memories in Costumes

The Budget for the Westminster Halloween Dance Alysha Webster | Staff Reporter “The time that you are going to have with your friends, before the dance, going to the dance, after the dance, is going to be some of the most memorable moments not only of college but of your life,” said Nick Raoux, ASWC president. The Halloween Dance, a major event of the fall semester, is approaching. According to Raoux, the event is a “truly memorable experience”. But what is ASWC paying in order for Westminster students to have a memorable experience? It costs to throw such a large event each year. The Student Activities Commission (SAC), a branch of ASWC, receives a $60,800 budget every semester. Throughout the entire year, SAC spends $16,000 of their budget on Westminster dances. “The dances get a large portion of the budget because they

are such massive events,” said Brandon Lloyd, a junior and the SAC President. “The Halloween Dance gets about $7,000 which covers the venue, the DJ, all the decorations, the tickets being printed, the posters, as well as buses and security,” he said.

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that ASWC and SAC have made. Raoux believes that this change was for the best. “Because we can’t count for revenue, {ticket price} goes back into planning more events that students can attend,” said Lloyd. “It can pay for another event like Cosmic Bowling or Pizza Tasting Night, different events that may cost a bit more money.” “When you budget for revenue, you’re anticipating that the money is going to be there,” said Raoux. “If it’s not there, you are looking at a laundry list of budgeting issues. When you don’t budget for revenue, you have a lot more flexibility.”

Even with SAC’s large budget, students still have to pay a $5-$7 ticket price for the Halloween Dance. This way ASWC and SAC can avoid a financial budget strain. This is an issue the organization has dealt with in the past. During the 2011-2012 year, SAC created a budget incorCost of it All porating hoped-for revenue, which was never made. As a re“We can have over a third sult, ASWC had to cut budgets of the students come to a single for the rest of the year. Not ac- event,” said Lloyd. “Last Halcounting for revenue is a change loween Dance for 2011, we

had a little over 1,100 students come, we are trying to go bigger than that this year.” In order to accommodate for highly anticipated turnout for the dance, SAC has decided to hold the dance at a new location this year: In the Venue, located downtown. Megan Peters, the Dance Chair on SAC, said that In the Venue charges a fee of $1.50 per person when the club rents its space. The additional cost for lighting and sound at In the Venue cost $2,000, Peters said. “It was a pretty good price considering that for the Hello Dance we had to pay for it through another company,” said Peters. “{In the Venue} provided it all for us which is nice especially since they are already a dance club, so they have equipment that works perfectly for the dance.”

Getting to the Fun SAC members encourage students to take UTA to the Halloween event this year, to save money. “Students can take advantage of the transportation the city offers,” said Peters. “The stop is right outside about 50 feet from In the Venue.” SAC hopes to fill In the Venue’s capacity with 1,400 Westminster students on the night of the dance. The event is on Saturday, October 27 from 10pm-1am. Tickets are on sale now at the concierge desk for $5. Ticket prices rise to $7 on October 26. For more information contact Brandon Lloyd at bjl1023@westminstercollege. edu.

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Westminster recognized as top military school

Westminster has received recognition from G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, as a top “Military Friendly School.”

Westminster Military Association, (WMA) provides a forum for students, staff, faculty and alumni to support the betterment of military students. Photo Courtesy of US Defense Programs

in the military and wanted to help fellow students. Edmonston rewrote the constitution of the old veterans’ club to create the new WMA. He wanted to create a group which consisted of veterans, active personnel (Reserves and National Guard, Active Duty), and ROTC, as well as students not associated with the military. It was important to Edmonston to construct a forum for people to discuss and address issues facing the military and those who serve, while being inclusive to the entire campus “I have two goals as the head of the WMA,” Edmonston said. “First, to serve as a voice for veterans on campus to ensure we are receiving the best education we can. Veterans are not typical college students and sometimes need additional support and services. Secondly, I hope to better connect veterans and military members with the campus and the student body. I believe the WMA can achieve this through our meetings and events.” Creating a connection within the college community is something that is very important to Edmonston. “There is a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge residing in Westminster Veterans. Students and faculty may not know the people they are sitting next to are highly trained individuals who have many deployments overseas with a massive amount of personal experience.” For more information on the Westminster Military Organization contact Ian Edmonston at ire0706@

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Westminster has received recognition from G.I. Jobs, a magazine for returned military personnel, as a top “Military-Friendly School.” The 2013 “Military-Friendly School” list honors the top 15% of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing their part to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. The Yellow Ribbon Program began at Westminster in 2009. It helps those who have served our country return to school. The program is also an agreement between higher education institutions and Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans. 
Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, Westminster and the VA cover the total cost of tuition and fees for eligible veterans who meet admissions standards of the college. Westminster can support up to 100 veterans per year under the Yellow Ribbon program. 

 For students attending private colleges like Westminster, the program allows for VA to cover 50% of the difference between the cost of the approved rate for Utah and the college’s tuition. Westminster covers the other 50 percent. As a result of this partnership, all fees and tuition (with the exception of room, board, and other living expenses) are covered for veterans. The college has also established the Westminster Military Association, (WMA) to provide a forum for students, staff, faculty and alumni to support the betterment of military students. The organization also provides mentoring opportunities for its military community. “The Westminster Military Association, in conjunction with Westminster’s small and supportive community, provides veterans an opportunity to flourish and succeed in higher education,” said CDT Ian Edmonston, a sophomore and the new head of the WMA. Edmonston is an example of how the program aids students in their continuing education. He joined the army in 2002 and spent several years deployed in Iraq. Following his return, he worked at a military contracting company in Florida. He decided to return to school when he started needing a degree to advance in the company. The Yellow Ribbon Program was very important to Edmonston. It offered him assistance and also served as a “thank you” for the dedication he had given through his service to the country. Edmonston knew firsthand the issues that face those who have served

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Lisa Curless | Staff Reporter

Westminster implements the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps those who have served our country, return to school.

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Hallow Tory Hallenburg & Holly King | Staff Reporters

Holly King | Staff Reporter


very year my family goes to the same pumpkin patch, in the same middle-ofnowhere town. Every year we go to the same, middle-of-nowhere town, Mexican restaurant called Pepperbelly’s. And every year it is on the left side of the road. “DAD. Pepperbelly’s is on the left. I SWEAR.” “Holly, stop it. Just let him drive,” my mom says, just like she always does. Halloween is a holiday full of tradition and full of stories. Being away from home can make you miss things that you used to take for granted. We talked to Westminster students about some of their favorite (and scariest) Hal-

loween past-times. Junior Brian Fredrich, from Houston, Texas, has fond family memories from Halloween. “We would put a bowl of candy on our porch that says, ‘Please take one. Happy Halloween.’ But we had these bushes that lined the front of our house and my brother would hide in them and scare kids.” “We had voice changers and we’d wait for the kids that took a handful or picked up the bowl to take the whole thing and dump it into their bags, and we’d yell something into our voice-changers, like, ‘Take ONE!’ or something scary like that, and they’d run off terrified.” Alicia Foster, sophomore, comes from the small town of Penryn, California. “Our houses are so far away that we can’t really trick-or-treat,” she laughs, “So the school sets up

trunk-or-treat. All the par in their cars and truck trucks where I live. And t rate the beds and bring c some of them try to make and others try to make it c “The firemen come an a parade for the children from the post office to th All the parents come an and it’s really cute. There these wagons pulling the It’s a big deal because it’ parade we ever have.” For Samuel Hall, a ju Idaho, Halloween has som memories than trunk-o and teasing neighborhoo went to a haunted house a group of kids once and w to sleep at this abandoned terward. There were five p we all slept in a row – me o and then three girls in th




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Westminster’s Event Schedule and another guy on the other end.” “The next day, we get up and we went out to breakfast and were going through the pictures on one of the girl’s cameras. Suddenly she starts yelling and freaking out! Because on the camera, there’s a picture of all five of us, sleeping, all laid out in a row. There’s also a close-up picture of her face and the other two girl’s faces. But then the camera was just put back in her bag.” A senior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ross McIlwaine, also has some experience with haunted houses—though he was on the other end of the scaring. “One October when I was in high school I was taking this girl out. And it was kind of the thing to do, to go to haunted houses.” “There was this one abandoned house at the top of town and everybody said that insane, homeless

wanderers inhabited it. So I took her up there, and we went inside and started wandering around. We were just about to leave and when we turned into the kitchen someone stepped out from behind the fridge. She lost it!” “It was pitch black, so we couldn’t see anything, but it was actually one of my friends who I had sent up beforehand to hide and scare us. She was so mad when she figured it out. It was a combination of anger and crying and trying not to laugh.” Though we may miss some of these traditions and experiences that we grew up with, Salt Lake and Westminster are full of fun and scary experiences for Halloween. So here’s to making our own, new traditions!

Halloween Kids Klub Sat. Oct. 27 Annual Halloween Dance Sat. Oct. 27 In the Venue 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Ghost Stories Sun. Oct. 28 Blood, Popcorn, and the Psychology of Fear with Dr. Lesa Ellis Mon. Oct. 29 Nunemaker 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Halloween Feast Wed. Oct. 31

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he global community at Westminster adds to the variety of ways in which Halloween can be celebrated. As Westminster is home to international students representing 30 different countries, there promises to be more than one way to celebrate each holiday. While Halloween is largely a western celebration, there are similar festivities that happen all over the world. Autumn festivals are prevalent across the globe because the season change has always been a significant time for humans. It represents the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death.

Hungry Ghost Festival The Chinese have two different celebrations that are similar to the Halloween that America knows. The first translates as the ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’. Alina Zhang, a junior exchange student from the northern part of China, says that, “it’s not only for hungry ghosts.” Zhang says, “we believe that the dead come back to the city where they lived, most of them are hungry so they are hunting for food. It’s not good for people to be out on the streets that night because they could be caught by the ghosts.” Late August is a time to honor and entertain the dead in China. They present offerings of oranges, rice, and cakes. Incense is burned along with paper money, which is believed to ensure prosperity in the afterlife. The performances are open for all to watch, but no one ever sits in the front row, or at least no one who is visible, as it is always a practice to reserve it for the ‘guests of honor.’

Local Haunts

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Three haunted house in two nights has left me with no voice and sore legs to say the least. I chose the three haunts closest to Westminster for my ‘scare scale’ evaluation. However, I found that each haunting had its own appeal, different from the others, making my scare rating much more difficult and complicated.

The Fear Factory’s larger-than-life’s paintings can be seen from I-15.

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A Global Look


Moonlight Festival The other autumn celebration in China is called the Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Moonlight Festival. It is for celebrating the harvest in late September. “We gather together to see the full moon and eat,” say Zhang. “The whole family gets together, no matter how far away they are.” An important part of the Moonlight celebrations are the moon cakes. Zhang says that different parts of China traditionally make different kinds of cakes. “In my family we have a special kind of moon cake that is made from flavor and sweet candies,” says Zhang.

Festival for the Dead/ Day of the Dead Fiesta Minatay is the Philippines’ Halloween-like celebration. It translates to ‘festival for the dead’ and is also known as All Saints Day or All Souls Day. This festival is similar to Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is celebrated in Latin America and Spain. In these countries people usually get the day off so they can properly celebrate. Families gather at cemeteries to pay their respects to the dead. Cemeteries are not considered ‘scary’ places but rather are treated more like parks for families to celebrate at. “We bring candles, flowers and food to decorate the graves of our deceased,” says Bart Nadala, an exchange student at Westminster from the Philippines. “Some families play music and have a party with the dead in their honor and some pray or just talk.” The plethora of fall celebrations bring customs that range from eating too much candy to building elaborate shines to the Westminster community. Each celebration holds special meaning. Some are meant to honor the dead, some to celebrate the harvest, and others to simply magnify people’s superstitions.

Sugar Skulls are a popular treat in Latin American countries during Dia de los Muertos.

Nightmare on 13th

Fear Factory

Castle of Chaos

My first victim was Nightmare on 13th. While my experience was skewed by the hoards of teenagers hyped up on sugar drinks and being parent-less, I could still tell that these people know what they are doing. “We have three artists that work for us as well as a staff that develops the themes,” says owner Troy Barber. “We work on this all year round and we have been doing it for 23 years, we take it very seriously.” As a Freddy Krueger lookalike explained to me while I waited in line, there are three nightmares throughout the haunted house. The most advertised nightmare is the trendy Zombie Apocalypse. Static TVs greeted you at the beginning of this theme, while scratchy news reports played over the intercom about ‘how bad things had gotten.’ Like the beginning of the zombie nightmare, each nightmare was highly developed and stuffed full of stimulating visuals, enough to keep me up at night.

Just down the street, you can find the Fear Factory. It is literally a giant abandoned cement factory. This attraction is a newer one, but apparently its haunted status is not. You can sign up on the website for monthly paranormal investigations. There have been at least ten deaths on the property and recorded paranormal activity, which is enough to give me the spooks. The whole haunt is quiet a production. Massive graffiti-style artwork covers the walls, featuring demons and the like; giant silhouetted projections flash across sides of the buildings; and a zip line runs through the center of the factory, with hanging dummies for company. If that is not enough stimulation, there are live bands on the weekends, a beer garden, local art, and a photo booth with “killer” props. “It’s absolutely the most unique and scary of all the haunted houses I’ve ever been to in terms of its physical properties,” says co-owner Rob Dunfield. The other owner, his wife, Heidi Dunfield, chimed in, “it depends on what you are afraid of, like heights.” True. Rickety railing, narrow stairwells, a shifty balance beam, and a pitch-black, neverending slide play dice with the weak stomached.

Castle of Chaos was my last visit. I arrived about ten minuets after they closed. To my surprise, the monsters were very accommodating and gave me a personal scaring. If you really want an experience, this is the place. However, it is imperative that you sign a release to do the ‘extreme scare.’ This simply means that the actors can touch you and pick you up and carry you around. No big deal. A dead bride picked me up, slung me over her should, and dragged me around chanting “here come the Griffins!” it was fantastically terrifying. I had giant needles nearly shoved up my nose, an attempt to ‘twist’ off my head like a doll, and numerous near death experiences throughout the house. Each attraction gets a gold star in my book. The first is Nightmare on 13th for its highly sophisticated and well thought out visuals. Fear Factory for the use of extreme physical situations and put together atmosphere. Castle of Chaos for well trained (and very nice) actors who seriously know how to scare you.




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Zombies, Rag-Dolls, and Katniss Everdeen: the Costumes of 2012 Exchange. Many students will fashion their own costumes out of zany articles they find, rather than buying an already pieced together outfit. Flinn Paulson from Pib’s Exchange actually recommended this. “Items on the floor tend to get really wacky around this time of year,” says Paulson. “It can actually be cheaper and more unique when you piece it all together for yourself. People will spend typically 20 – 30 bucks.” Students who prefer to save a little money will make their costumes out of materials they already own. Lia Chiarotti, junior, created an exceptional Katy Perry costume last year, by combining materials she owned with unusual accessories she found in various places. Juniors Brian Fredrich and Rachael Elkins were Jim and Pam from “The Office”. A cute couple’s costume that was easy to do, free, and widely recognized. Regardless of how much is spent, or how much effort was put into a costume, the most important part is having a good time while you are wearing it. Curtis of Farina’s Costumes says, “Everyone looks forward to this day, because they can be something that they aren’t normally. Girls especially go crazy about it. It’s a chance for them to be whoever they want to be and to feel like a million bucks.”

Victorian Gothic, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Walking Dead, and The Hunger Games costumes are also popular this year. Gina Curtis, owner and manager of Farina’s Costumes, says her personal favorite, and one of their most popular costumes, is the Mad Hatter. Farina’s has been around for about five years, and does year-round costume rentals. “Salt Lake is a very popular place for costume parties and dress-up contests,” she says. “We have a lot of people come in that want something unique, and we try to give them that. We try to make sure that all of our costumes are different than something you could normally buy. Lots of people want period pieces: medieval, roaring 20’s, masquerade. We’ve done a couple of Marie Antoinettes. Everyone goes out feeling amazing,” says Curtis. For a lot of Westminster students, costumes have a life span of approximately one night. For students on a budget, there are ways to get around spending excessive amounts on such a disposable outfit. Salt Lake is home to many discount costume shops, thrift stores, and consignment stores like Deseret Industries, Uptown Cheapskate, and Pib’s

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“What are you going to be for Halloween?” is by far the most popular subject and question when discussing the October holiday. Dressing up on October 31st began as early as the mid 1800’s and in the last 200 years has become a staple of Halloween celebration. Most students aim to spend as little as possible on a costume, but they still want something authentic and personalized. Sophomore Megan Peters, is making her very own Kimbra costume out of wigs and pom poms. Junior Maggie Frazier is alternating a child’s Rapunzel costume to become a larger version of the Tangled movie character. Juniors Riley Sheldon and Emilio Casillias are going to be Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat. There are costumes that remain immensely popular from year to year. “There is never a shortage of witches, superheroes, or zombies,” says Suzanne Martinez, district manager of Halloween City. “Last year for superheroes, we saw a lot of Batman and Superman, but this year it’s mainly The Avengers. The Hulk is very popular for guys, and Black Widow is extremely popular for girls. Girls are asking for Black Widow all the time.”

Employees at Pib’s Exchange are encouraged to dress up for work. Mariah poses as a Monster High doll.

Halloween Helpers: Tips and Tricks Dressing up in a full-blown costume isn’t for everyone. But the World Wide Web is full of fun and creative ideas that can help anyone to put a little spirit into their Halloween attire! This idea of making your own spooky skull t-shirt is originally from Hurley clothing brand’s blog. Supplies needed: Scissors, oversized white t-shirt, washable sharpie, large piece of white paper.

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Step two: Turn your shirt inside out with the back facing up.

Step four: Trace your outline with a washable sharpie marker. Step five: Begin cutting by starting in the middle and working your way outward. Remember, the messier the better! Step six: Stretch out the cuts to make them look less clean cut. Step seven: TADA! All done. And now you have a scary Halloween-ready get up!

Gummy Worms in Lime Slime • 3 oz. Lime Jell-O • 1 cup water • 4 oz. lime sherbet (about one scoop) • 1/2 cup water

Step one: Sketch or trace the outline of your skull. The scarier and sloppier the better!

Step three: Put your outline inside of the shirt.

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DIY Skull T-Shirt

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Add 1 cup boiling water to Jell-O and stir till dissolved. Add sherbet while still warm and mix thoroughly as it melts. Allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water. Pour into cups, add gummy worms, and chill.

Boogers on a stick • Stick pretzels • Queso mix • Green dye Simply add a few drops of green dye to the queso mix until it turns a desired shade of ‘booger’ green. Serve with pretzels to give a ‘boogers on a stick’ appearance.

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Westminster’s Center for the Arts will be housed in the Garfield School. The college will host a symposium launching the arts initiative on Oct. 23 and 24.

Symposium launches Westminster Arts Center Jessie Smith | Staff Reporter Westminster College will host an Arts and Community symposium featuring a variety of speakers who have all used their artistic work to effect social change. Held on Oct. 23 and 24, the event will serve to launch the college’s new Center for the Arts. David Dynak, Director of the Center for the Arts, said that the symposium will bring together students, faculty and community members to explore the ways that community art initiatives have affected other cities. While discussing other cities, those who attend will envision how Salt Lake City can benefit from such an initiative. Dynak wants Westminster to become the headquarters for Salt Lake City arts community. He has already seen interest from the Utah Symphony, Opera and Salt Lake Community College in forming partnerships to build culture around art. The symposium will feature Arlene Goldbard, Mark Churchill,

Steve Richardson, David Flatley and Dudley Cocke. All of these presenters specialize in the intersection of art and community. Those who attend will be able to hear presentations, join discussions and participate in workshops about past arts and community initiatives, and potential action that can be taken in Salt Lake City. Goldbard, author of the book New Creative Community: The art of cultural development, has presented at numerous events worldwide to support the integration of higher education, arts and community. “People often believe that they know all there is to know about arts,” said Goldbard, “In our culture, art is often seen as a luxury. My goal is to flip that on its head.” One of the areas that interests Goldbar is the exploration of utilizing the arts in everyday, necessary functions of a community. For example, students could conduct a series

of interviews around the community regarding potential changes to basic policies, such a zoning laws. Then, the students could compile the feedback in an artistic way and distribute them to other community members. “Using arts in community is a wonderful way to have a low threshold for community events,” Goldbard said. He believes that using the arts as a tool for communication is a way to entice a broader discussion. Symposiums similar to the one to be held at Westminster have had positive reactions in other cities. Judith Marcuse, founder of the International Centre for Art for Social Change, which is based in Vancouver, said that when she attended, the speakers “knitted together ideas, stories and challenges for everyone in the room.” Dynak hopes that students will attend, and become part of the discussion on how the Westminster Center for the Arts can affect positive change

in Salt Lake City. Once the Center for the Arts is running, students can expect to see many opportunities to participate in building community. Dynak has several ideas to do this, and wants students of all majors to get involved. “I want students to create meaning in life through art,” Dynak said, “those involved in the center will be a living testament to what we believe civic engagement is.” The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required. Those interested may visit for a full schedule and more information about featured speakers. The event will be held at various places on campus. Students who want to get involved with the Center for the Arts may contact Dave Dynak at ddynak@

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espite the shadow of the LDS church, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer/ questioning) community in Salt Lake is large and growing. Dexter Thomas, a member of the LGBTQ community, said most people expect the opposite of a thriving LGBTQ community. “Salt Lake isn’t LDS-dominated,” said Thomas. “At one point we had the most LGBTQ people per capita.” Seth Bracken, editor of Q Salt Lake, thinks the community thrives because of its open and accepting environment. “People come from places like Logan and Provo that aren’t queer-friendly,” said Bracken. “Businesses are seeing the advantage of attracting the gay dollar.” Although the LGBTQ community still experiences difficulty, it is more visible in Salt Lake. “I definitely think discrimination is a problem in Salt Lake,” said Bracken. “I think it’s much less of a problem than ten years ago. I think more and more people are coming out and are visible on TV. As we come out, people realize we’re not so scary.” Certain parts of Salt Lake remain anti-LGBTQ. When Thomas visited the former ZCMI mall downtown, Zions Securities Corporation removed him because they considered his appearance offensive to their cli-

Thriving in Utah Melody Van de Graaff | Staff Reporter

entele. Thomas had to fight a court date for the infraction and received recognition from Mayor Rocky Anderson for the LGBTQ community. Thomas said any place protected by Zions Securities Corporation should be considered dangerous to members of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ-friendly businesses post a “safe zone” decal on their window. The decal looks like a house with the words “safe zone” on it and some-

times will also carry rainbows. Bracken said that the best way to ensure LGBTQ safety is to just call ahead. Businesses will tell you if LGBTQ people make them uncomfortable or not. “When I invite someone in my home I feel more comfortable if they are gay-friendly,” said Bracken. “It’s kind of important.” Thomas said the “Sugarhouse Hole” an empty lot near 2100 south, used to have other LGBTQ-friendly businesses.

The Utah Pride Center provides great resources for those who don’t know how to openly express themselves. The center strives to provide a safe campus where LGBTQ can hang out, with a coffee shop on the bottom floor and the administrative offices on the second floor. The Center has a LGBTQ directory concerning issues of health or political concern as well as entertainment purposes. The directory can be found at http://www.utahpridecenter. org/resources/lgbtq-directory

The center also offers events and programs to network and support the LGBTQ community. “Yeah, Salt Lake’s magical, it’s comfortable for us,” said Thomas. People bus up from Provo and Logan where LGBTQ aren’t welcome, said Thomas. “People are surprised when they come here, it’s a small city and they don’t expect a strong community, but we have one.”

LGBTQ places and events suggested for Westminster Students:

Gag gifts, novelties and cards for all members of the LGBTQ community. A must-see gift shop for the Salt Lake community.

Café Marmalade offers options from espresso to pastries and even provides four computers with internet access. They also host the biggest LGBTQ library in the state.

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Cahoots 9th & 9th

Tower Theater hosts some Gay and Lesbian film series. This month they will host The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the live show done by the Latter Day Transvestites.

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Located on 9th and 9th, Cahoots offers gifts and novelties for the LGBTQ crowd.

The Utah Pride Center provides many programs for everyone in the LGBTQ community and strives to provide a safe campus for all.

Tower Theater Cafe Marmalade Utah Pride Festival 9th & 9th 361 N 300 W

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Rocky Horror Picture Show by the Latter Day Transvestites.

Check out the Gay Salt Lake Directory at Q Salt Lake and the Utah Pride Center Directory for more LGBTQ friendly businesses.

Offers a safe smoke free campus. The Café provides coffee and pastries, internet access and also hosts the largest LGBTQ library in the state. Information about the centers programs is available on the second floor and in pamphlets on campus.

One of the biggest LGBTQ events of the year celebrating the LGBTQ community. See the festival website for details.

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The women’s soccer team defeated their 20th-ranked rival, Carroll College, 2-0 Monday, Oct. 8 at Dumke Field. The Griffins scored the first goal on a corner kick by junior Lorin Wathen that was headed in by junior defender Jessica Harris. The second goal was scored in the 62nd minute by senior Justine Jones.  This was the third shutout Westminster has had over Carroll College on Dumke Field. Carroll College has not scored against the Griffins at Dumke Field since 2010.   This win put the women’s soccer team at 10-3 overall this season tying them with Carroll College in the conference. This win also put the women’s soccer team at 2-1 in the Frontier Conference.   The Griffins are ranked 23rd in the NAIA and have a 7-1 record at home this season. Some of the women on the team attribute much of their success to the team bonding that has been prevalent for them this year.   “As a transfer student, everyone has really helped me transition into a new team and help me with get more comfortable with my teammates,” said Rylei North, sophomore. “The team bonding builds the chemistry we have off the field, which really transitions to our performance on the field.”   The 2-0 win over Carroll College kept Griffin playoff hopes alive. “This was a huge win for us! We pretty much had to shut out Carroll by at least two goals to keep our season alive for the playoffs,” said Camille Cooper, a sophomore. “It was an awesome game, and I was really excited to keep our record alive!”   The Griffins have been able to bounce back after tough losses. The women on the team rate their spirit by how they react to each game, win or loss.  “It’s not if you fail or achieve, it’s how you react to the result,s and we showed that today by coming back and beating Carroll 2-0 at home,” said Caitlyn Jasumback, sophomore.   The women’s team is halfway through its season and has important games coming up. The women hope to defend their Frontier Conference title from last season, and make it further in the national tournament.

Women's soccer game against rival Carroll College.

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“I have heard him say a few things about it, but I really don’t know what his whole plan is,” he said. Diane Forster-Burke, a nursing professor, explained that this idea will not be successful in every state. “(Massachusetts) has a higher percentage of insured population as opposed to other states,” she said. “It depends on whether the state has the will to do that, if you turn it back over to the states.” According to commonwealthfund. org, the number of uninsured people in Utah will increase to 20.1% of the population under Romney’s platform. Giancarlo Panagia, assistant professor of justice studies, said that Romney’s plan will not affect healthcare in Utah at all. “Utah would leave it exactly the way it is right now, because they wouldn’t have any incentive to make any changes,” he said.

President Barack Obama’s Stance President Obama’s Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26. According to, President Obama’s plan helped an estimated 3.1 million young adults get insurance. Amy Forker, a nursing student at Westminster, has mixed feelings about the ACA, but likes that students can stay on their parent’s insurance. “Kids are having trouble getting a job coming out of college and I think that them having their parent’s health insurance until they are 26 just makes sense.” Forker explained that this new policy will take a burden off of a lot of people. One of the main criticisms of the ACA is that it will affect jobs in healthcare. She also said that when people go to the emergency room without insurance, “They use those services and can’t pay for them; it is put back on the hospital which is then put back on you and I.” She continued saying that this will be a “more balanced system.” Panagia said that it is beneficial for students to be able to remain on their parent’s insurance. “In the long run Obamacare (ACA) is better, but in the short run, some people that are forced to buy their own insurance will be affected,” he said. “Most of them will be forced to buy the really cheap plans.” Students will see the immediate effects of the ACA because they will be able to remain on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26. For more information on each candidate’s position on health care and other issues that will affect students, visit their official websites at and For non-partisan information about the candidates’ stances, visit

President Barack Obama is running for re-election this year and is trying to appeal to a younger audience once again.

“President Obama believes that quality, affordable health insurance you can rely on is a key part of middle-class security. By putting a stop to insurance company abuses, Obamacare is giving millions of Americans peace of mind.”

“In place of Obamacare, Mitt will pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government’s role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition.”

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Westminster should year and then grow the school by a to g sation tive cab t year wh nt gover for , t board up the compen tha and them e Ac building “Th co Vice nperks en ’tt’s will receive free room major tenant of the said Curtis Ryan, shouldn . to have to find many inet memb an execu nion, rding thattothey by Wood- dents,” and Ad- they’re going to go after vice pre jobs an - be enough Toba er ha said on campus. which will be leased job,” ments n Be on top President of Finance second d too asid these d oth another place ent of nhave to work on er Bennion said that of the ASWC man Properties. pends Kovac, ASUU r side ministration. “ASW top of ASW commitir mo Directo for by ASUU Jacob certainly that.’” , Additionally, the south C tur gifts are not paid nth C. priori Ryan said “there’s presid the pre come nication ned siden s. ly stiPage 8 open onto ty en of Commu housing.” t12and ASWC funds, and that they See THE DRAW on of the building will he sai and it rea into the las which te rec2011-20 eiv a demand for new d. Th t lly sh usuall e “tuition vice 0, from the different departments of WestTrail, called The Draw percent fty fi Parley’s ab ow $409,00 Over y of oubudget help” Pierce come ed,” consists t a trail that s out campus. said tha at Sugar House, s incoming students increa Utah $2,5000 of to befrom around a sem which comes East and minster’ se t reside out of state. Ju ester.Westmi will go under 13th position will create the stipend nts wh Every 12 cre$300,00 this year are from For n- stina McC T CONTROVERSY Park. dit ho fees. o are student House Ed BUDGE for exe a secure Sugar See an to memb lead itio ito student taking urs, sem r-in-Ch dless n at thestudent job pays a $108 on Page 5 cutiv ers. Th est makes up the ief have over ster U comewhich ey wo e cabine tu$2 activity oth fee, s to er t hey’re 0 (from they’ll er comm n’t need sity of ,80 a little to callin itmen be Ut “West the job able to culator) ah’s onlin the Unive ts, an minster g it pu rd e tuitio . on away. than what t more int 13th Draw”— “As soo n calThe Ea they’r o at 21 The W n as e taking ASUU President ing wi st, the six 50 S. estmi “The thi ll includ sto an als co ry d to have nster Colle s is done o mp be en ball ing, ret buildVP at receiv ensat e stu tic ou any un the best gre ge is going “We have to gh that the ion shou parking kets and e free foo namic ail, offices dent housiversi know ld en spa t, and free classr enou ty say Jacob work a sec y shouldn we do space, . Addition ce campu space. oom and act a dy- Su ing, becau in Utah, I’m of ge gh housi ond job ’t all Kovac s the y, ng be n’t have if the t more presid se we of Co will rec ivities gar Ho ,” sai Cons re’ cau en mmun , ASWC (will) just eve an use Pa nalisa Direc d on cam eive free roo t of ASUUs ry yea d more fre se we icatio projec truction be have rk, The tor ” ns t r liv m and pus. shme an of Al Holcomb joked An budget 2011-201 . projec this sum gan on the board Benn - mod we’ve ing on cam n e, Di umni, me ted 2 co ion r be to Board and it’s pu rec ASW $300,00 nsists gifts are 2012. be finis sai Relat Community tor the re students en recrui s C of West not pa d that ions. ting stude 0 of which $409,00 minster hed by Fa fun ma , gre fro “Th the & jor id ds, ate is unit nt ll 16 0, se for by tenan and outside r Salt La m outside ster stu fees. Every comes fro from which is going t of the will be the 8 be ke are of m the diff that the ASUU ds, wi de Ut W a and ll nt to bu ah,” mean but tha be lea y estmi Ho activi pays a aroun man Pr ha sed by ilding, we’re nty fee d cam erent depa come t doesnve you lcombe sai said Ryan. opert to , which $108 stude W ne pus. rtmen ies gro tel d, ces oo Addit . ’t l their w “Wha dsarily nt ts make So t dents the schoo s up the See BU of the ionally, the ,” said l by 16 going oth they move parents, rig do DGET building sou Pr Curti th sid Parley’s CONT will s Ryan 8 stu- ‘gr er state an here from ht? e mi esident of ROVE , and eat Finan at Su Trail, called open onto nistra RS ce an Vice the , but we then we ga tio on Pa Y d Ad say, will go r House, The Draw can Ryan n. ge 5 - the m up for a trail a yea only put a dema said “there y’re lead to under 13 that r and nd th ’s Sugar anoth going to then Over for new ho certainly ha House East and er pla that.’” Park. ce to ve to find minster fifty perce using.” nt go ’s of W incom after this yea r are fro ing stu estSee TH dents m out E DR of sta AW on te. 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