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hortly after the ASWC senate voted to retain him, now-former student body president Nick Raoux was removed from office by a judicial panel led by the dean of students. The timing of the removal raised questions about student representation on campus. “Mark Ferne made an example of me,” said Raoux. “He sent a message that our student senate is worthless. Why have a representative body if our decisions are going to be overturned?” Raoux argued that students should have more say on campus

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because “we [the students] are not just consumers; we are this institution. We are what drives this campus and thus we should have a greater say in what happens.” Raoux also suggested that there should be a student on the Board of Trustees, the college’s uppermost group of administrators. “The fact that we don’t have a vote on that body is offensive,” he said. See ASWC on pg. 4

Dean of Students Mark Ferne explains to senators the process of assesing Code of Conduct violations at the Nov. 5 Senate meeting.

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The Westminster Hockey Club is a perfect example of student-run success. Approaching their one-year anniversary, the club has more than doubled in participation, increased their funding, and given many students a chance to get involved with something Westminster did not previously offer. “This time last November, we had nowhere to play hockey, and no one would take us. So we decided to try and start a club,” said Jake Boudreau, club founder and current president. Hockey Club became an official club and began receiving funding from ASWC last February. “We got our constitution written up and had about 8 or 9 guys,” said Boudreau.

Boudreau reached out to students on campus, encouraging anyone with interest to come and play. One of those students was Riley Sheldon, current club vice president. Sheldon was also playing on another community-sponsored, adult league. “Those are men’s league teams, meaning that a lot of the guys I’m playing with are older than my dad. I’m the youngest player by far.” “The thing I appreciate about this team is that it’s a team of my peers. It’s nice to be surrounded by people your own age with similar goals and interests as you,” said Sheldon. The club advisor, Sara Beaudry, has also been a driving force in club expansion. Her faSee Hockey Team on pg. 6

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The club presidency includes: Riley Sheldon – Vice President, Jake Boudreau – President, and Eric McCurdie – Treasurer.

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I’ve always admired Westminster’s ability to bring students together. With such a small community, it’s inevitable for students to know, and support, each other. Yet these past weeks I have seen an ugly divide develop. With the removal of Nick Raoux from ASWC, students reacted strongly. Some were incredibly glad to see him go. And others were absolutely livid. This divide has led to hostility and disrespect. Not only is this hostility from student to student, but from student to administration. Students have been sending hateful words through anonymous email addresses, and have gone so far as to verbally assault staff members of the college. Protests have been held, and legislation has been proposed during senate meetings in reaction to these events. Is it wrong that students are upset about this decision? Absolutely not. Students are more than entitled to their opinions. But is this type of behavior acceptable? No. As I addressed in my previous article, the behavior of

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students at Westminster is incredibly distressing. There is nothing wrong with having different opinions; but how you express your opinion matters. Verbally assaulting people and sending hateful messages is not acceptable. Not at college, not at work, not anywhere. It’s bullying, and bullying is the weakest thing anyone can do. This behavior needs to end. Not only is Westminster being thrown into the spotlight through local media’s biased articles, we are furthering our bad image by the way we choose to express ourselves. Shouldn’t an educated student be able to express themselves without making derogatory statements? The words we use matter. They carry a great weight. Why do we insist on using language that tears people down? We instead should be using words that lead to understanding. Use words that lead to respect. I could really care less if everyone agrees. I more care that everyone can have an open conversation without fear of being belittled or attacked. Students are asking for

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tives on the Board of Trustees. If students want to be represented, there’s one thing they have to do. Learn how to talk about difficult topics without leaning on personal attacks. I k now Westminster is capable of better. And I hope to see more civilized conversation soon.

As a student here at Westminster College, I would like to express my outrage over the abuse of process used to terminate student body President Nick Raoux. It is my personal opinion that this decision demonstrates a disregard for the democratic process and a callous disrespect for the decisions of student government. On October 22, 2012, the ASWC Student Senate held a public hearing and voted overwhelmingly to retain Nick Raoux as student body president. After receiving a great deal of public input, it was the opinion of student government that the numerous punishments and sanctions already in effect, along with Nick’s public apology, were sufficient. Unsatisfied with this result, Mark Ferne, Dean of Students, appointed a hand-picked Judicial Board consisting of Coral Azarian, Chris Gibbs, Timothy Carr, and Traci Siriprathane. The sole purpose for the board was to circumvent the results of student government and terminate Nick Raoux. PuzzleJunction.com ASWC is not a puppet government and the students they represent are not powerless. I encourage 10 11 12 my fellow students to contact The Forum, their 15 senators and the associate provost, Susan Heath.

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Converge All We Love We Leave Behind: I’ve been a fan of Converge, of Salem, Mass., since the late 90s, and this is my favorite LP of theirs yet. Converge is heavily involved in promoting aggressive, powerful hardcore punk and metal acts through vocalist Jacob Bannon’s Deathwish Inc. label and guitarist Kurt Ballou’s GodCity Studios. The members of Converge don’t simply write and perform. They’re live wires - behaving as conduits for a very abrasive, dynamic, and somehow tidily nuanced assault upon the senses. Whether on the double bass-driven steamroller ‘Trespasses,’ the short sharp shocks of ‘Tender Abuse’ and ‘Sparrow’s Fall,’ or the grandiose behemoths that are tracks 7, 10, and 13, Converge has woven a masterful web here, drawing out old raw threads and spinning them together deftly with the ominous atmospherics and surgical precision found on more recent LPs like ‘Axe to Fall.’ ★★★★★/5

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Bram Weijters-Chad McCullough Quartet Urban Nightingale Belgian pianist Bram Weijters and Seattleite trumpeter Chad McCullough, backed by bassist Piet Verbist and drummer John Bishop deliver a sun dimming brand of metro 7 p.m. jazz that sounds a beginning-the-night bell to match the sky-gazing red brick downtown cover art. It’s not midnight dark noir jazz, but it’s far from sunny broad avenue/city park daylight jazz. Let the first minute, maybe two, of ‘Nightingale’ roll over you to lay some soft groundwork, but don’t expect much in those first moments. ‘Nightingale,’ like much of the LP, is paced and purposefully slow to strike. The best tracks here catch listeners off guard with docile starts. However, a few, namely ‘Freezing’ and ‘Love Song,’ don’t impart much weight (not surprising considering the latter’s title), leaving us lingering good-naturedly for that docility to bud. Regardless of a few missteps, there are some gems here: ‘Residue’ (the last half is beautiful), ‘Flow.’ ★★★/5

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Deftones Koi No Yokan Sacramento’s Deftones are such an anachronistic anomalous entity. The name suggests a 70s soul group, but the sound blends 80s Duran Duran pop and Echo and the Bunnymen post-punk sensibilities with melancholy dream pop listlessness, the crunch of metal acts like Sepultura, and the raw energy of early hardcore like DYS. This befuddling potpourri is both gift and curse. Consumers are eased by definable commodity, which this isn’t, but they also enjoy art which defies expectation and convention. This, the 7th LP, shows just why they are the single relevant hold-over from their metal era yet receive such derision at times. Like the ‘White Pony’ LP, this release is softer than their standard, and is…pretty. The tracks are full-bodied, often blossoming in power choruses as in ‘Leathers.’ ‘Gauze’ features the heaviest riffs here and showcases Chino’s soaring voice and skill in employing unusual melodies. This is a “driving album.” Those thick bass tones resonate best in the confines of your Batmobile, especially on beauties like ‘Rosemary.’ ★★★★/5

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Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich sent out a letter to the Student Body addressing recent events. Tory Hallenburg/The Forum

Raoux denied claims that he was behind the Rally for Representation on Nov. 6, but was pleased that students were standing up for representation. Mark Ferne, the Dean of Students, refuted the idea that his removal of Raoux was in retaliation to the ASWC senate’s decision. “It’s been implied that I acted because of the senate,” Ferne said. “That’s not true. I was looking at Nick Raoux’s violations against the code of conduct, which anyone can violate.” Ferne said that ASWC’s impeachment hearing, and his own investigation into Raoux’s violations, were two entirely separate processes that were not at all linked. “The timing is what’s caused the misunderstanding, and I can totally see that,” said Ferne. “But my own process was entirely separate from ASWC’s. I was not overturning their decision to keep him in office. I was looking into his violations of our code of conduct.” Ferne explained that whenever a student has garnered enough violations, a judicial board consisting of students, faculty and staff are assembled. The student with the violations has the opportunity to change the board members if he or she feels they would be biased against him or her. Raoux’s board consisted of Ferne, ASWC Chief Justice Chris Gibbs, education professor Tim Carr, and Traci Siriprathane, an athletics administrator. The student would then need to pick a date for meetings and hearings with the board. Raoux’s hearing schedule, Ferne said, fell in such a way that the removal happened directly after his impeachment hearing in ASWC. Ferne also spoke at ASWC President Ben Wilkinson’s inauguration. “A lot of students have said they feel like they’re no longer being heard, and that makes me feel sad,” he said. “You have a voice. I’m not taking it away and neither is anyone else.” Ferne encouraged any students with additional concerns to visit him in the Dean of Student’s office in the Shaw center. Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, the college president, also spoke at the inauguration meeting. “I have a long track record of empowering student voices,” he said. “The college does not seek to reduce yours.” Levin-Stankevich reassured the students that the Board of

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“Other institutions do it. Why can’t we? Are their decisions too controversial?” Raoux said that even if only one student vote was gained on the Board, it would still have a “tremendous” impact. Michael Toomey, ASWC’s Director of Public Relations, said that Raoux’s idea of having a student representative on the Board of Trustees was good, but that “our past liaisons have been varied in their effectiveness. Some representatives to the administrators have been better than others.” “We will ask for a responsibility like that when we feel we’ve earned the right to, when we feel responsible enough for it,” he said. Toomey’s sentiments were echoed by Leslie Brown, the Director of Academic Affairs, at the inauguration of Ben Wilkinson. She said that ASWC would begin sending more liaisons once it feels it can produce representatives of consistent personal responsibility. “This entire event taught me one thing,” Raoux said. “Westminster wants us to go do great things… just not here.” Raoux was reviewed by the senate and by the school for two alleged violations, both of the constitution and of the student code of conduct. The first was arriving to a school-sponsored event having consumed a large amount of alcohol. The second was a charge of having alcohol containers in the ASWC office, and drinking while in the office. Raoux denied the latter allegation at first, but said he did so only to protect his coworkers. “Everyone has consumed alcohol in that office,” he said. “I don’t mean to sell anyone out, but it’s true. I thought other people would get in trouble if I spoke up about it at first.” Raoux also alleged that all but two members of the executive cabinet have arrived to an event intoxicated. He said that he complied with all of the other sanctions and punishments given to him, and apologized to all of the parties involved. “I’m hoping that ASWC can move past all of this,” he added. “I’m appalled by how the Office of Student Life handled this. They egged everyone on, and made all of this a show trial.” “I’m thankful to the students for what they elected me to do,” he said in closing. “I hope that my work here helped make every experience for the students better. I think we laid good groundwork for the future of ASWC.”

Senate listens as Levin-Stankevich addresses concerns about student voice.

Trustees and other administrators take student representation very seriously, and invited students to participate in a roundtable meeting with him later this month. Many students began addressing the issue during and after the meeting. ASWC senator Jonathon Pierce introduced a bill that would improve student representation to administrators at the college. On Nov. 6, a group of students gathered in Richer Commons for a “Ral-

ly for Representation” in which they sat in a silent circle, with duct tape on their mouths, in protest of what they saw as underrepresentation. “The rally, and everything around that, was intended to answer questions about representation,” said Toomey. “It’s disappointing that students feel this way [unrepresented],” he said. “But, ASWC is not going to argue the dean of student’s decision or Nick’s violations of the code of conduct.”

Toomey said that ASWC intends to continue many of the projects that Raoux began. “We’re headed in the same direction, but with a change of management,” he said. “We’re going to keep working and keep improving.” “Our decision was not in reaction to [that of] the students,” said Ferne, “but I’m glad that students are so impassioned about their representation.”


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Mr. President, What is your Plan? Tory Hallenburg | Staff Reporter

When asked what weaknesses he has that he might want a VP to compliment, Wilkinson leaned back in his chair to take a minute to digest the question.

Wilkinson had some remarks about the future of ASWC before being publically sworn in to office. Tory Hallenburg/The Forum

• Someone who is invested in the success of the college • Someone who is interested in the problems facing the college and how to solve them • Someone who works well with the people already here • Someone who has a good rela tionship with the people on campus

After a few seconds of thinking he said, “The big thing would be a VP that shares our vision but sees things in a different perspective than how I would see it.” An example he gave would be dealing with diversity on campus. As a white male, there is a possibility he’d overlook certain groups of people in the Westminster community who do not share those traits. “If there was a diversity issue that I didn’t notice, I would want someone to be able to show me that these people were underrepresented.” Hillary Pierce, Director of Social Justice, mirrored Wilkinson’s concerns with underrepresentation. “We really want to get some programs to make ASWC more accessible for all students,” said Pierce. “Especially the female students, because there is a lack in the upper positions.” Wilkinson wants Westminster to know this: “Despite the issues, ASWC is having an awesome year and students really do have a strong voice. There are a lot of ways for them to get involved.” “If they have issues that they are concerned about,” he said, “students can always reach out to me. Whether it’s coming into the office or calling me or emailing me.” “Also, we have students who sit on several different committees with the Board of Trustees who are constantly talking about the issues on campus,” he said. “So if students want to see something change they can reach out to them or reach out to me, and I can put them in touch with the different members of the committee.” “I want students to really feel like they do have a voice. I want students to realize that they can continue to express their opinions.” Basically, “things are rockinand-rollin,” said Wilkinson. Students are encouraged to email Wilkinson at bjw0215@ westminstercollege.edu with any questions or concerns they might have.

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ASWC swore in their new president on Monday, only a day before America chose its not-sonew president. Former president Nick Roux was removed from his position last week. As vice president, Ben Wilkinson immediately filled the vacated position. “I feel good,” said Wilkinson. “Despite the controversy, we’ve actually had an extremely successful year so far.” Wilkinson was publically sworn into office last Monday at an ASWC senate meeting. Wilkinson repeated the presidential oath before Chief Justice Chris Gibbs and everyone else present. ASWC’s officials are optimistic about the rest of the school year. “This has been one of the best years we’ve had in a long time,” said Wilkinson. “A lot of that is because of the team that we have in place.” “That team is still here, still invested, and still committed,” said Wilkinson. ASWC plans to continue in the direction that they have been going thus far. However, Wilkinson has noticed some aspects of the college that he wants to expand upon. “There are a lot of potential synergies between departments on campus,” said Wilkinson. For example, he said that ASWC is working with the alumni house and the writing center. They want to bring in alumni to help mentor students with resumes and cover letters. He didn’t want to reveal too much, but it sounds like the student government is in a good spot to move forward. During the Nov. 12 Senate Meeting, Wilkinson nominated his brother, Sam Wilkinson as Vice President. Sam Wilkinson was unanimously voted in to the position. President Wilkinson expressed that the criteria he was looking for in a VP include:

Wilkinson and the rest of the executive cabinet are ready to take on the rest of the year.

ASWC’s Official Position We are moving forward with what we already have in place and we are excited to work with Ben on a new initiative. We are going to build on students being vocal and getting them more involved.


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The Westminster Hockey Club competition went up against the best team in their league, The Flying Cupcakes, on October 28. They were defeated 7-2, but club VP, Riley Sheldon, said that the club played really well and it was a great learning experience for them.

to see their club eventually grow into a team. “I think our eventual goal should be to become an ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) team. It’s an officially recognized college conference and I think that’s what we’d like to see. But with that being said, it’s a long term goal. It’s going to take long after Jake and I have graduated,” said Sheldon. Beaudry agrees, “I’m in this for the long haul. Ideally I’d love to see us in a year, or two, or five, or ten—we’d love to be a sponsored club team.” Westminster has been very supportive of the club’s ambitions so far, and that support has only increased with the new president, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, who is an avid hockey lover. “He talked to us before he was even officially president and we told him that we’d eventually like to become an ACHA team. He said that that was an awesome goal and definitely achievable, if we just keep working at it,” said Sheldon. “He’s said that he’s happy to be there as a resource for us if we ever need someone to talk to about what our next step should be.” The Hockey Club encouraged anyone who would like to play, regardless of experience to come and skate with them. “We have a really diverse group of people playing,” said Boudreau. “We have 2 Norwegians, a guy from Thailand, two girls that grew up in opposite regions of the country—we’re just a bunch of random people put together, and we’re having a lot of fun with it. The more the merrier!” If anyone is interested in playing, they are invited to come to the County Ice Center in Murray. Practice is free, on Thursday nights from 10:30-11:45. For more information, contact club president Jake Boudreau at jjb0821@westminstercollege.edu.

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Continued from pg. 1 ther, Matt Beaudry, serves as the coach. “Jake would hear me talk hockey all the time, so when he got this idea and needed a faculty advisor he knew I would say yes,” Beaudry laughed. “He also knew that I’ve worked with my dad at BYU and UVU on their college hockey teams, and if there was a group of people that could get this thing started, it was the Beaudrys.” With a supportive advisor, coach, and a passionate group of players, the club began to rapidly grow. “I think it surprised us all how quickly this thing took off,” said Beaudry, “We didn’t realize there would be this kind of interest.” The club has gone from having eight playing members to over 25 that show up to games and practices. “It’s not just students,” said Boudreau. “We also have alumni and staff that come out and play. With them it’s about 30 active members at any given time.” Because of the club’s regular practices, boost in attendance, and service projects, ASWC increased their funding for fall semester and agreed to pay their league fees. Hockey Club now has enough money to provide free ice time for all of their members. The Hockey Club plays in the Salt Lake County Adult League. 18 of their most active members are on the league roster and play in the regularly scheduled, Sunday night games. “We were placed in the highest division possible, so it’s supercompetitive,” said Boudreau. “Since we’re a new team we’re in the lower end of the standings, but we’re getting better and better every week. And now that we have our spot in the league, it’s ours to keep for as long as we have a team and want to play.” The Hockey Club would like

The Hockey Club encourages anyone who is interested in hockey, or wanting to learn to play, to come and practice with them on Thursday nights for a drop-in scrimmage that is open to all Westminster students, alumni, faculty, and staff.


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estminster’s Chamber Singers allow their voices to intertwine. Each member is a professionally-trained singer noted for their high-quality performances. The choir was organized in 1996 and has toured to such locations as China, Ireland, and cathedrals from Paris to Madrid. The group’s combination of fervor and dedication has been in demand at a variety of venues both on and off campus. “The choir is a learning community within itself,” said Dr. Christopher Quinn, choir director.

“We all get to learn, doing something that we love, which is making music.” The caliber of music has steadily risen since the group’s formation. This year the group will be adding Eric Whitacre’s “Alleluia,” to their repertoire. “There are two chords in this piece that you would not expect would go together, and the combination is beautiful,” said Corinne Rydman, a senior elementary education major. Rydman is the Alto section leader and has been with the group for six years. “We learn together and push

The choir will be performing an exciting evening of choral classics and holiday favorites.

each other,” Rydman says. “Because of the dedication of the group, we will be friends long after the dust settles, and we have our degree.” “Singing with the choir has given students a chance to perform and experience what they love to do, which is sing,” said Anna Hunter, a senior elementary education major. “The music is challenging and the talent and ambition of the freshman and sophomores pushes the rest of the group.” Drew Olsen, a senior music major, heard about the group through some friends and thought “it was a good way to have a social life.” What he was not expecting was “the amazing high quality of the group.” Olsen said that the “music has a wide variety and is not only good for performances, but helps us grow as singers.” Olsen also commented on the talents of the director, Dr. Quinn.

“He has an ability to know how to get a good choir to sing well together.” Olsen commented that “Quinn’s relaxed and dedicated direction has not only helped professionally, but he cares about the singers’ personal growth.” The singers all take vocal lessons outside of choir to bring their best to the organization. Garrett Schoonover attended Westminster the fall of 2008 and then served in the military for two years. He returned and took an interest in promoting the music and theatre majors at Westminster. “The experience of singing with this group has always been an amazing experience,” Schoonover said. “The music we sing is always varied enough to serve everyone’s niche.” “They sound like angels,” said Andrea Curless as she listened to a practice session. Curless is a middle school student in Bountiful, Utah and already has interest in preparing herself to someday be able to sing with the choir. The choir will be performing an exciting evening of choral classics and holiday favorites including Silent Night, which will be sung in German, Spanish, Korean, English and Zulu. The concert will be held Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 2012. 7:30 p.m. at the Vieve Gore Concert Hall.


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Westminster’s Career Resource Center (CRC) offers assistance to students in all areas of life. The CRC also provides students with resources necessary for finding a job. These resources range from hosting mock interviews to offering job and internship panels. Michael Caldwell, CRC Director, explains that students constantly develop skills employers want in a new hire. “The trick is being able to articulate that skill to an employer and convert that experience to a transferrable skill,” said Caldwell. “We talk about present and past experiences as accomplishment statements.” “Rather than saying you were responsible for XYZ, talk about what you accomplished. Did you increase sales up to 30% or greet 30 customers on your shift? Include things your interviewer will want to know.” Caldwell said many students develop these skills in their club participation and time in the classroom. Many local employers seek students in athletics because they’ve been part of a team, said Caldwell. Employers also value students in leadership roles. Caldwell said employers search for a diverse student population across majors, backgrounds, interests and race. The CRC emphasizes coming as early as possible to learn how to market yourself. “We see people in their junior or senior years, but their ability to add that involvement is more limited,” said Caldwell. “We encourage first-year students to come in with their blank slate of a resume and see how we can add to that.” “It’s never too late, never too early,” said Caldwell. “We can talk to people at any point in the process.”

In the job world, they say getting a job rests on who you know. Westminster alumni tend to hire other Westminster alumni because they know what kind of education they’ve received. Meet two recent Alumni: Danielle Chard and Angie Fairbanks work together at Steals.com. After graduating six years ago, Fairbanks found out about the job at Steals.com through another friend. She gradually moved up to social media manager and took over the department. Earlier this year, Fairbanks hired Chard through connections to Westminster professors. Chard said in her portfolio class she told Kim Zarkin, a communication professor, that she wanted a job in social media. Zarkin stayed in touch with other alumni and received the perfect job opportunity for Chard at Steals.com. Chard said that Steals.com called her the same day she turned in her application. Only a week later, Fairbanks hired her for Social Media Coordinator. Being on both sides of the hiring process has given Fairbanks a new perspective on Westminster students. “Seeing all those interns come through and comparing the quality of interns that we had at Westminster to other schools, I really wanted this position to be filled with someone I would click with and I would be able to work closely with,” said Fairbanks. Fairbanks says that seeing Westminster students perform in internships demonstrated their value. When compared to students at other universities, alumni prefer Westminster students because of their dedicated and willing performance, said Fairbanks. “Clearly it’s not going to go across the board, but I think overall you get a standard of people that are dedicated and are really ambitious,” said Fairbanks. Westminster alumni are best connected to current professors. Chard said they stay in touch with other alumni and therefore know what types of jobs are available and the people hiring for them. “If I hadn’t told Kim that I was interested in a social media position she would have just shared it with everyone, but because she knew she sent it to me and gave me a chance to jump on it because I had talked to her,” said Chard. Fairbanks advises to network as much as possible while in school. When students graduate, they can reach out to people they met while at Westminster by using those networking skills. Fairbanks said that she felt daunted when networking as a student. But looking back she’s glad she took the opportunity to reach out to those people available to her.

Westminster’s Alumni House is for students, too. There are two programs based in the house at the west end of campus that help students prepare for after graduation. These programs connect current students and alumni. “Westminster’s alumni are unique,” said Michelle Barber Lyhnakis, associate director of alumni and community relations, “They want to be engaged in a much more meaningful way.” Lyhnakis and other Alumni House staff have found that allowing the alumni to help the students directly gives alumni the meaningful connection they’re seeking. When seeking alumni involvement, Lyhnakis doesn’t simply put out a call for whoever may be interested. Only when students have been chosen does Lyhnakis look for alumni. Even then, she narrows her list to alumni whose professional interests match those of the student, and calls them personally to ask that they serve as a mentor. This process is used in both programs offered through the alumni house: the Alumni Mentoring Program and Take a Griffin to Lunch. Both programs offer students the opportunity to get involved with a network of those involved with the college. “There is a whole community out there willing to help,” Lyhnakis said “but you have to invest in it. It’s a relationship.”

Photo Courtesy of Mike Caldwell

On the Job: The Career Resource Center

Students attend a career panel offered by the Career Resource Center.

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Angie Fairbanks and Danielle Chard work together as social media experts at steals.com. Fairbanks, a after she graduated.


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Career Center Events Each semester, the career center hosts events to help students gain further skills toward being hired. Students can go to the career center for everything from interview skills and résumé review to local business’ recruiting events.

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students have the opportuAlumni Mentoring Program program, students are paired working in a field the students The student and mentor meet k about the student’s profes-

eting with a mentor, the stuh other monthly. Lyhnakis tings a type of “secret society.” meeting to talk about big isep your personal and profesment with each other,” Lyhe to be able to trust that what onfidence.” AMP is twofold: for students o can serve as professional r students to become more liberate about career and life o are accepted to the program onal and professional develop-

Students can also apply to the Take a Griffin to Lunch program. In this program, students meet with alumni for a one-time, informational interview. Before the interview, students meet in the Alumni House for an informational session. Students learn more about Westminster’s network, the alumni they have been paired with and have the opportunity to ask questions. Lyhnakis said that although the students and alumni are only required to meet once, many make a connection that can last for years.

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Alumni on their time at Westminster: We asked Alumni what helped them while they were here at Westminster. Here’s what they had to say:

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Take a Griffin to Lunch

• Next semester, students should keep an eye out for these events: • Major exploration sessions • Career-specific résumé workshops • Local business recruiting events • Graduate school information sessions • Networking events • Military branch information sessions • Mock interviews • Conversations and Connections The career center’s calendar is updated frequently, and can be found at www.westminstercollege.edu/career_center.

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if you have these skills and can successfully communicate them in your resume, cover letter and interview, employers are more likely to want you to work for them. (Citation: These skills are according to www.naceweb.org, with the top ten taken from NACE’s Job Outlook 2012 survey.

1. Ability to verbally communicate with people outside and inside the organization.

“ i work at an ad agency and a big part of what i do involves reviewing the pieces our creative department produces and making sure it is on message, within the scope of the project, and solves the problem or meets the goal the client originally proposed to us. While at Westminster, i developed the skills that allow me to analyze media messages. Overall, i think learning to think critically, and communicating criticism effectively, was the most valuable thing i learned at Westminster.” Lesa Ellis

2. Ability to work in a team structure.

“being taught by amazing professors at Westminster taught me everything i know about being a professor . . . at Westminster. i hope i am even half as amazing as the people who taught me. They literally changed my life by believing in me and pushing me to go further.”

8. Proficiency with computer software programs.

Christine Pannier Chytraus “ The liberal arts requirements helped round out my nursing education. Without that i don’t believe i would have had the skills to start The Sharing Place. i am very proud to be a Westminster graduate and recommend it highly to anyone that asks.”

3. Ability to make decisions and solve problems. 4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work. 5. Ability to obtain and process information. 6. Ability to analyze quantitative data. 7. Technical knowledge related to the job.

9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports. 10. Ability to sell or influence others. 11. Ability to demonstrate leadership 12. Experience in relevant internships 13. Ability to apply innovative and creative strategies to situations that arise on the job. 14. Strong work ethic.


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Westminster’s new systems librarian

Melody Van De Graaff | Staff Reporter

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Without a systems librarian, students can’t pass their classes. They keep the library catalog and databases functioning, services many students require to complete research projects. The library hired Christine Hartman for this position in early November. Hartman has a degree in library science and an MFA in poetry. “I became a librarian because I like libraries, which sounds silly, but I’ve always loved being in libraries and being around books and information,” said Hartman. Along with systems work, Hartman functions as a liaison to the nursing school. She also works reference hours to help students in the library. Diane VanderPol, director of the Library, said that Hartman’s versatility and background stood out. “Seeing someone who had both the systems knowledge that we needed, someone that was a bit of a tech head, but who also had this background in doing instruction as a main job was really interesting,” said VanderPol. Jason Knott, Database Analyst and member of the hiring committee, said that the committee liked Hartman from the beginning. “Chris was our top candidate because of her previous skills and experience,” said Knott. “She had the web skills, she had personal projects she worked on which showed an interest and I liked that.” VanderPol said Hartman doesn’t fit the librarian stereotype. “She’s not mousy in shushing people or wearing a bun or anything like that,” said VanderPol. “I got the impression that she had a good balance between library and tech,” said Knott. VanderPol said that Hartman’s versatile experience made her the best candidate. “We can hire a person who had all the tech skill in the world, but if they can’t also be a good strong librarian, then they’re not a good fit for us,” said VanderPol. “Chris’s background and experience demonstrated that she could do that.” Before coming to Westminster, Hartman worked at Ft. Louis College in Durango and at a community college in central New Mexico. She worked mainly as a systems librarian, but also as a liaison and instructor. Hartman grew up in a small

Christine Hartman, Westminster’s new Systems Librarian, sits in her office

town in Ohio, near the town that VanderPol grew up in. Her family is small. “I think every single member of my extended family, both sides, could fit at a large table,” said Hartman. As a child, Hartman wanted to be a writer when she grew up. “I actually have an aunt who was a mildly famous movie actor and I’ve always meant to write about her,” said Hartman. “Her name was Elizabeth Hartman and most people of our generation and below have never heard of her.” Elizabeth Hartman is famous for her role alongside Sydney Poitier in A Patch of Blue. That performance earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award. “She really struggled with mental illness,” said Hartman. “She was schizophrenic and killed herself. So her career was actually short-lived. But when I think about getting serious about writing, the book that I have in me is about her.” Along with writing, in her spare time Hartman sews and hikes with her dog and cat. Hartman is still transitioning and her office has nothing of hers in it. She said that if she could do anything to her office, she would paint the walls chocolate brown and light blue with white board paint. “I’m always trying to make my life more paper-free,” said Hartman. “I don’t keep a lot of paper files but I do need to keep lots of lists for myself, so if I could just jot them on the wall that would make things easier.” Hartman is excited about this opportunity because she will get to learn how to use new tools and support library technology. “This job is going to keep me learning for a long time.”

With degrees in Library Science and Poetry, Christine Hartman works as Westminster’s New Systems Librarian.


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Thanksgiving for Westminster Students

Alysha Webster | Staff Reporter

Turkey is just one of the many Thanksgiving staples.

with his parents in Utah. It will be his first traditional Thanksgiving at home in many years. “My mom makes a wicked cranberry sauce, or so I hear since I haven’t been to a family Thanksgiving in years,” said Patterson. There are Westminster students who will be staying on campus for Thanksgiving, many of them being international students and possibly not partaking in the holiday. “We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving where I’m from,” said Shibl Gill a student from Pakistan and Britain. “So it is just a long break for me. “ For Thanksgiving, Gill plans to spend the day skiing and thanking anyone who needs to be thanked by him. No matter how or where Westminster students celebrate Thanksgiving, they wait with anticipation for the break. Ready for the chance to leave as soon as possible, students will fly, drive or just walk to get to where they need to go for the holiday. The Office of Student Life offers free shuttles to and from

the SLC Airport for students flying home for Thanksgiving. Mark Ferne, dean of students, has sent out an email for students to reply to with the times they need to leave and when they from Thanksgiving break. For more information on Thanksgiving airport shuttles, please visit the Office of Student Life. Sidebar? (this was in the beginning of the story originally, since it’s first-person I took it out) At my house, we celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving. My mom spends from 6:00am to 8:00pm in the kitchen; my dad carves the turkey when it’s done after spending all day on the couch watching Football. We invite over family and friends to enjoy the holiday and by the end of the night, we are all so full that walking down the hall to go to bed seems like an ironman marathon. My first Thanksgiving after I left for college, it was the first time that my parents saw me since August. When I came home to celebrate the holiday, I was surprised when my mom

put a knife in my hand and told me to start chopping celery for the stuffing. I had helped my mom in the kitchen before, but never on Thanksgiving. This was her holiday to make everything perfect and now she was allowing me to be a part of the mix of everything that made Thanksgiving wonderful in our home. My mom told me that now that I was “grown-up” I had to start helping around Thanksgiving because one day I would be having her over at my house and I would be doing all the cooking. My mom was training me to be her. After that first Thanksgiving returning home from college, I flew back home each year to continue learning how to make a Thanksgiving meal with my mom. This year I will be attempting to make the turkey by myself. Cooking with my mom has now become a tradition for my Thanksgivings. As the day draws nearer, Westminster students prepare for what they will be doing for their Thanksgiving.

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ashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, skiing, cranberry sauce, surfing, and of course turkey. Thanksgiving is a holiday that can be celebrated in a traditional or not so traditional fashion. It all matters on who is celebrating and how they do it. Amanda Fefferman, an undeclared freshman, will be flying back home to Oregon for Thanksgiving. It will be the first time she has seen her family since coming to Westminster and she is excited. “I expect my whole family to be there,” said Fefferman about plans for Thanksgiving. “My sister is flying up from L.A. and my dad will come up from Florida from work and we will all be together for a family Thanksgiving dinner, spending time with the family and a little bit of skiing.” In Fefferman’s family, her mother makes everything but the turkey. She said her dad prepares it, and Fefferman eats the food that her parents prepare in an unusual way. “What I usually do is I just get a bowl and I put it all together, the cranberries , the mashed potatoes, the turkey, the peas, everything goes into the bowl and I just eat it all together,” said Fefferman. “I mean you eat it altogether anyways, I’m just the only person at the table with a bowl.” Some people may eat a Thanksgiving meal in a different manner than others. Some may not eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal at all. David Patterson, who has come back to school to finish pre-requisites for a prosthetics’ program, does not usually celebrate Thanksgiving in a traditional way or eat the traditional holiday food. “Normally I take off with my brother and my best friend and we spend Thanksgiving surfing in Encinitas, California,” said Patterson. “Since we are out in the ocean, when we come back in, we eat a subway sandwich, but of course a turkey subway sandwich.” This year Patterson is skipping out on his tradition of California surfing to spend Thanksgiving


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dip. The appetizer included kalamata olives, pita bread, spinach-artichoke dip, and chipotle hummus. When ordering this dish, I definitely recommend asking for extra pita bread right out of the gate because it wasn’t enough. Hilary Olson, junior, said that the hummus, “doesn’t look like hummus. It had a different color because of the chipotle sauce. It had a little bit of a spicy kick but it wasn’t overpowering. Overall, I was impressed with our choice.” Next, out came the entrees. Let the feast begin! Between the six members of our party, we ordered: the white pizza, a meatball sub, the Mediterranean chopped salad, the garlic burger, herb-crusted salmon, and artichoke pesto linguini. When Derek Koolhoven, a University of Utah junior, tried his first bite of the meatball sub, he couldn’t contain his enthusiasm. “Holy deliciousness,” he said. Staci Dobbe, junior, said that she enjoyed the salmon. “You can definitely tell the difference when fish is fresh,” she said. “This is definitely fresh.” I enjoyed my meal of artichoke pesto linguini. I discovered that I am not a fan of goat cheese, but other than that, I loved it. The flavor was nice and I devour olives any chance I get. I was so excited when I saw them in my pasta. We passed around the pizza, tried bites of the garlic burger, and each took a portion of the pasta. The menu has a large variety of foods and something for every palette. Everyone in my group was able to easily find something delicious. “We pull and smoke all our own meat here,” said Kemble. “We make everything in-

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Ali Fairchild | Staff Reporter After meeting up with my friends after class, we took a quick trip down 1100 East to our local Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta (SLPP). Located in the heart of Sugar House at 1063 East 2100 South, SLPP is a great place for students of all ages to meet up for a good time. The price, location, and most importantly, the food were all excellent. It took us a total of 5 minutes to get there. The atmosphere is similar to that of an everyday sports bar restaurant. What makes this restaurant different from the rest is that it is a local Sugar House hot spot that has been around since 1992. SLPP has become a major name in the community, according to the restaurant manager, Shanti Kemble. “We even offer Westminster students a 5% discount,” she said. The service we received was fast and friendly. Our server made sure that we were taken care of for our entire meal. I decided to give this a review 4 out of 5 stars because the service was good, but nothing special. It was just an average, every-day meal with friends. I personally enjoy when a waiter takes the time to talk to my friends and I, and gets to know us. I feel that local restaurants should take pride in getting to know their customers and building relationships with them. Now, with that said, I am a first-timer to SLPP. They may very well do all of this and I just missed out on it by chance. After talking to Kemble, I had a much better feel of what the environment is like. I feel that if I went back again, I could expect good, reliable service. We started out with an appetizer, baked spinach-artichoke

SLPP has daily specials such as half-off appetizers on Wednesdays and Westminster students always receive a 5% discount on their meal.

The dessert was our favorite part of the meal. SLPP has daily specials and seasonal cheesecake flavors.

house.” This is something that seems to be rare in restaurants today. Kemble also said it is a great place for students to come if they have a group of mixed-age people. Fiddler’s Elbow, located right next door, is 21 and over. SLPP is available to all ages. A bonus to dining at SLPP is the diner gets two restaurants in one. The kitchen for SLPP is also the kitchen for Fiddler’s Elbow. Both menus are available to customers at either restaurant. Again, I gave Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta a 4 out of 5 stars because the service could have been a bit more personalized, but overall we were very satisfied. The food was an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and American ingredients. And as with most local hubs in Sugar House, students get a discount. This place is definitely worth checking out!

hours of operation Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun 9 a.m. -10 p.m. breakfast/brunch Available Sat-Sun Phone: (801) 484-1804 Address: 1063 East 2100 South Sugar House, uT 84106

My Favorites A full bar is available for 21 and over but the restaurant is friendly to all ages Casual ambiance and i could easily relax great for groups. Our group of 6 people was sat immediately, no wait!


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With the ski season right around the corner, everyone can bet that diehard skiers and snowboarders can’t wait for the lifts to start running. Many get up and go ride as soon as the snow hits the mountains to get in some preseason turns. Many Westminster students who frequently snowboard or ski have a favorite spot for preseason riding. Guardsman Pass is almost always the most frequently mentioned place when it comes to preseason skiing and riding. “Guardsman Pass is the place to be for preseason riding. There are so many different hidden spots in the trees up there, it’s crazy,” said Jesse Ramirez, a senior at Salt Lake Community College. “You could head up there with no idea where you’re headed and after a while of hiking around you are bound to find some pretty sweet spots.” Guardsman Pass is considered one of, if not the best, place for preseason riding for multiple reasons. The slopes face northwest, which is the direction that many storms in Utah come from, so they get more snow. Another reason Guardsman is so popular is because it is thick with trees, which blocks a lot of the sunlight so that the sun doesn’t melt away the snow as quickly. “The preseason riding in Guardsman is the best because the trees keep the sunlight from melting the snow, so the snow always sticks around way longer up there,” said Ian Halderman, a senior at Westminster College. “There are so many kids up there and so many different spots that if you get bored of one spot, you can just hike to another one pretty darn quickly.” Guardsman Pass has grown in popularity over the years. Rails and other features have been set up for skiers and snowboarders to hit. People have put in a lot of effort clearing out spots from rocks and shrubs to make the ideal preseason riding spot that only needs a small amount of snow for it to be rideable. On top of that, Guardsman Pass is usually open during the preseason, which means it’s drive-able. This makes the hike to whatever spot you’re headed to much shorter. “Guardsman is sick for preseason riding because you can pretty much just drive up to where you’re headed and then hike like five minutes and be riding some different setups,” said Phil Thompson, a senior at the University of Utah. “Another fun part about Guardsman is that every year there seems to be new spots with sick new features as well as the spots that always stay the same in case you’re not feeling the new stuff. Guardsman is essentially a big playground for preseason riding.” Thompson said that he is constantly discovering new features. “On top of that, you’re always hearing about new spots that are ‘top secret’ and it makes you want to get up there and go exploring to find that new setup.” Guardsman Pass has gained a solid reputation as “the place to be” for preseason skiing and snowboarding. More snow, less sunlight, short hikes, and tons of different spots strewn throughout the area are the main reasons why it is so popular. Students are encouraged to go visit.

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Brooke Larsen, a sociology major, began playing basketball in second grade on the Junior Jazz. As a team they have experienced much success together. “We’ve won conference the past four years,” said Larsen, “We’ve also have gone nationals the past four years. And of course we hope to go again.” Part of the success may be due to the team’s dynamic off the court. “All of us, get along really good, there’s no drama at all. We’re with each other so much, we all care really about each other; wwe all get along. So it’s great,” said Larsen.

Allie Eastman Photo Courtesy of Westminster Athletics

Brooke Larsen

Allison Blake Photo Courtesy of Westminster Athletics

Beginning her basketball career at Davis High School, Allison Blake continued playing at Salt Lake Community College where she was first team in conference and tournament, and second team in region. Blake also played at Rocky Mountain College last year, where she was defense player of the year and newcomer of the year. This will be her first year at Westminster College. She is a marketing major. As a red shirt senior on the Women’s Basketball team this year, Blake will only be participating in practices. “My mentality has to be different this year,” said Blake, “It’s normally about focusing on how to win. This year, though, I can’t personally help on the court.” Because she won’t be competing on the court, she’s found other ways to be a part of the team. “I try to be more vocal and get people pumped up and support the team that way, instead of going out and being able to show my support during games.” Even though Blake can’t currently play she’s still grateful to be on the team. “The team is amazing, it’s the best shooting team I’ve ever been on,” said Blake, “Everyone gets along really well. We all have our rolls. Everyone really comes together and it really shows on the court.” In the future Blake hopes to someday coach basketball. “I don’t know what’s available yet, so I want to get my feet on the ground first,” said Blake, “but I would definitely love to stay in contact with basketball in the future.”

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Allison Blake

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Julianne Lis | Staff Reporter

Olivia Pierce-Eiselein

Women’s Basketball Senior Athlete Profiles Larsen expects that basketball will be part of her life for years to come. “Well first off, I think it’d be way fun to coach. If I have kids I’ll make them play basketball,” said Larsen, “but I definitely want to keep basketball in my life someway.”

age, Tibbitts mentioned she would enjoy coaching. “I want to focus on nursing, first, when I graduate,” said Tibbitts, “but coaching is definitely something I would love to get into down the road.”

Cydney Tibbitts

Nicole Yazzie, a psychology major, began playing on the Junior Jazz team and worked her way up from there. Her accomplishments include being thirteenth all-American last year, and she was also first team in conference. From Yazzie’s perspective, the team is very close. “We are very close, I’ve never been on a team where there’s drama my four years here,” said Yazzie, “We stick together pretty much.”

Since beginning her basketball career in Kindergarten, Cydney Tibbitts has accomplished quite a bit. While attending the University of Utah her team won Nationals twice. After transferring to Westminster to attend the nursing program, not much changed, and Tibbitts was able to compete in the Nationals again with the Women’s Basketball team. Tibbitts feels that the relationships on the team are something special. “There aren’t many instances where the relationships go beyond the court. Our team is really close though,” said Tibbitts. With basketball being a part of her life since a young

Nicole Yazzie

Olivia Pierce-Eiselein Olivia Pierce-Eiselein joined her first basketball team in the third grade in her hometown in Montana. As a public health major, she sees multiple benefits to being a part of the women’s basketball team.

“You learn things to better your physical health,” said Pierce-Eiselein, “Being on the collegiate team is a good experience. You learn how to take different roles: different leadership roles and teamwork.” Another benefit is the relationships you create while working within a team. “Every team is different. People have different backgrounds, and interests, and opinions, but we all have one thing in common – basketball,” said Pierce-Eiselein, “You build lifelong relationships that are really unique and irreplaceable.” Pierce-Eiselein also appreciates the many accomplishments the team has done. “Going to national tournaments and being conference season champions, that’s huge. It’s definitely rewarding because of the work we put in together,” said Pierce-Eiselein. Despite her enthusiasm for basketball right now, PeirceEiselein doesn’t see it becoming a major part of her life in the long run. “[Basketball] is definitely a passion of mine. I can see it

always being a hobby of mine, maybe joining rec leagues for the rest of my life. Maybe coaching in the future.”

Allie Eastman Growing up with older brothers who played basketball, Allie Eastman has been playing her whole life. She started playing in games on the Junior Jazz team and other little league teams as well. She’s proud to be a part of Westminster’s team due to their accomplishments. “Just like [the others] winning conference, being able to go to nationals is a huge accomplishment,” said Eastman, “ It’s also great to be able to travel, and hang out, and be friends with everyone on the team.” Eastman plans to possibly incorporate her interest in basketball with her degree in elementary education. “I think I’ll always play, like on old lady leagues,” said Eastman, “I think it’d be fun to coach since I’m going into elementary ed. I think it’d be fun to coach younger girls.”


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Maintaining Health over the Holidays

Alexia Martinez | Staff Reporter

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Begin a set of Burpees in a standing position.

Quickly squat to the ground to do a pushup. Alexia Martinez/The Forum

The holiday season doesn’t have to get in the way of an exercise routine. There are ways to maintain regimens even when a normal schedule is disrupted. This is especially important when the average Thanksgiving dinner clocks in at about 3,000 calories. “I eat so much over the holidays,” said Brandon Cook, a freshman. However, he notes that eating a little at a time helps to stave off big binges of unhealthy food. Although working out while on vacation may seem ridiculous, it is important to always maintain a healthy lifestyle. “I remind myself of the benefits,” said Elise Reckinger, a junior nursing major. “I just feel better in general when I work out.” Setting time aside for a workout helps to insure that other obligations don’t get in the way. “If I don’t plan it, it usually doesn’t happen,” said Reckinger. “When I’m debating about going to work out, I just put my clothes on,” said Josh Baca, a senior psychology major and a personal trainer in HWAC. He notes that getting dressed for a workout forces him to get out and do it. Overcoming obstacles to complete a workout actually results in a better sense of accomplishment in the end. “There’s a psychological theory called the Elaboration Likelihood Model,” said Baca. “The more thought and effort you put into something, the better you feel about it.” “There are a million reasons not to do something, but I tend to see that good choices compile.” Baca said that by making good choices now, it gets easier to continue to make better health choices. Baca said that making the decision to park further away from the grocery store for a good walk will make it easier to pick healthier options inside the store. If the cold weather is too daunting, it is important to find ways to exercise inside. Baca noted a workout called Burpees. “Burpees are when you jump down, do a push up, and then jump straight up into the air.” He said to complete three sets of ten for a great cardio work out. “Burpees are something you can do in your bedroom,” said Baca. “Even at home, just do a few sit ups during commercial breaks.” “I would do yoga. It’s nice and relaxing, but still active,” said Cook. “Try to do little things to work out. Those little things add up over time” Don’t go it alone. Get a workout buddy. Reckinger noted that getting a workout partner is a good way to commit to a workout. Also, Baca said that a partner can help in pushing yourself further than working out alone. During the holiday season, make staying healthy a family activity. Keep up with a regimen, and avoid eater’s remorse over mom’s pumpkin pie.

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