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Nearly 300 protesters at The Walk of No Shame held signs and chanted while marching to the Utah State Capitol building on Sept. 24 to protest rape culture and sexual assault. One in three women and one in six men in Utah fall victim to some type of sexual assault, according to Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskuskpi. The event aimed to empower survivors, according to Rachel Jensen, the director of SlutWalk, SLC.
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Zoë Zeerip, a junior environmental studies major from Sparta, Michigan, said she plans to vote for Clinton in her first presidential election—but said it’s difficult to access a ballot from another state. Zeerip isn’t alone. According to Westminster College’s Office of Admissions, 48 percent of students attending the college come from another state—meaning they may also experience difficulties voting this year. “Access to the ballot is the hardest thing,” Zeerip said. “I had to think three months before the election. I was ahead of the game that much because I knew it was a pain in the butt.” Although Zeerip said she requested a mail-in absentee ballot months ago, she still hasn’t received it. She said she called her local precinct to find out why, and they told her they can’t send it because they don’t have the ballots yet. Zeerip said this makes her nervous because it will take a few weeks for the ballot to reach her and more time for her to send it back. Ryan LaRe is a junior political science major who took the semester off to work with the Utah State Democratic Party on the fourth congressional race. LaRe offered their personal opinions about the best ways to vote this election. According to LaRe and Zeerip, outof-state students have three options for
voting in the election, depending on what state they hold residency in: they can request an absentee ballot, their parents can cast their vote with a vote by mail ballot or they can change their voting registration state to Utah without changing their residency. An absentee ballot is similar to a vote by mail ballot—specific differences depend on the state. Both ballots are mailed before the election to the voter, but an absentee ballot is only for those who can’t make it to the election poll. Both LaRe and Zeerip said they think the easiest way to vote is to register to vote in Utah. Registering to vote in Utah doesn’t change the voter’s residency state and the voter has easier access to the ballot. “The Supreme Court has decided that home is wherever [students] decide,” LaRe said. “That can be wherever college is or wherever they lived before college. It’s basically up to the student to decide where they want to vote.” By registering to vote in Utah, voters also don’t risk their vote getting lost or not counted—a common problem, according to Zeerip. However, Zeerip said she decided against registering in Utah because she said she believes her vote will count more in Michigan than in Utah. “Votes count differently,” she said. “I don’t want to register to vote in Utah because my vote has more impact in
Michigan because we are a swing state.” A swing state, like Michigan, is a state where both the republican and democratic parties hold nearly the same amount of support, according to Zeerip. This means each individual vote is more important in determining the outcome than in a state like Utah, where the vote historically leans republican. Kyle Ottmann is a senior computer science major from Nevada—a state historically known to be a swing state. Ottmann said he decided to switch his residency from Nevada to Utah and had to change where he was registered to vote. Despite knowing his vote may not count in Utah, Ottmann said he doesn’t mind because he thinks it will be easier to vote this year. “I think it’s easier to vote in the state you live in,” Ottmann said. “This year I have the option to vote in person or Utah has mail-in ballots, which I think is easiest.” Zeerip said she suggested students look at countmore.org to find more information about where their votes will count most. “There is a website [countmore.org] that tells you where you should vote— should you vote where you go to college or in your home state—and I think that’s a good way to start,” Zeerip said. To register to vote in Utah, visit vote. utah.gov for online registration and a list of in-person registration locations.
Traci Anderson, a student coordinator with the Dumke Center for Civic engagement, helps students register to vote here in Utah in front of the Bassis Center for Student Learning. “I have about 20 papers here,” Anderson said. “Most of the kids seem to be from out-of-state and living on campus.”
Westminster’s cheerleading team performs for the crowd during a soccer match at Dumke Field on Sept. 25. Starting its third year, Westminster’s Spirit Team has split into two divisions, with one division focused on dancing and the other on cheerleading.
westminster’s sPirit team sPlits to increase school sPirit SCOTT SALTER STAFF REPORTER
The sight of sparkling pom-poms is becoming commonplace at Westminster College’s athletic events. Starting its third year, Westminster’s Spirit Team has split into two divisions, with one division focused on dancing and the other on cheerleading. The split was made to ensure that each team was able to specialize in their art form, according to Nicole Vogel, the head coach of Westminster’s spirit team. “In our first two years, the team was responsible for sideline cheers, some stunts, halftime performances and all that goes with it,” Vogel said. “With the new format and the split teams, I can work on stunts, tumbling and cheers with one team and the halftime numbers and dance technique with the other all at the same time.” First-year cheerleader Kiernan Jett said the split has been successful so far, allowing the members of the spirit team to focus on different skills. “With cheer you have to be more sharp,” Jett said. “Dance is more flowy and has a different style overall. We do group numbers together, but there are times where dance and cheer can show off their skills in different areas. We’ll do a show and tell after practices to show each other
what we’ve been working and basically participate in the other area of expertise.” Vogel said she’s optimistic about the benefits the split will have for the members of the spirit team and the audience and has already seen a difference from previous years. “The majority of the team preferred to dance and were not comfortable yelling at the crowd,” Vogel said. “It really seems there are two personality types involved with the spirit team. Cheerleaders enjoy the leadership and spotlight, and the dancers tend to appreciate the art of telling the story with only their body, not their voices.” School spirit is something Westminster’s athletic events often lack because of the small school size, according to Hannah Lukes, a Westminster cheerleader and graduate student. Lukes said the cheerleaders’ enthusiasm and chants are meant to help get the crowd warmed up and excited. “We want the crowd to get used to the idea of cheering the team on,” Lukes said. “It’s really important to support our athletes and to let them know that we love that they’re working hard for our school. Slowly, the fans are getting used to the idea of cheering at the games instead of just spectating.”
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Westminster junior Emily Moyer takes prospective students on a campus tour through the Dolores Dore Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center. The Admissions Griffin Ambassadors program, which leads campus tours, switched from paid positions to volunteer positions this fall and has grown from 12 tour guides to 15.
Passion, not money, now drives campus tour guides BRI MILLER STAFF REPORTER
Westminster College’s Admissions Griffin Ambassadors club now looks for student campus tour guides who have a passion for the work rather than for those wanting a paycheck. The Admissions Griffin Ambassadors (AGA) program, formerly a paid position, has now taken shape as a volunteer-based club. Student volunteers lead campus tours, mingle at events, host luncheons and overnight guests and participate in monthly club meetings. After select admission interns attended a conference about tour guiding and tour guiding programs throughout the country, the members of AGA said they decided to make the change from paid tour guides to volunteers. “We had been struggling with some issues in our own tour guiding paid position, such as retention, scheduling and training,” said admissions intern Elaine Sheehan. “We went to the conference to
try to solve some of those issues, and we came away realizing that making the tour guiding aspect of admissions volunteer would be a lot more beneficial for the program.” The idea for the change started in January, came to life in April and fully got off its feet this fall semester. “What we were lacking with the paid position was passion,” Sheehan said. “We had a couple students that were really passionate and gave tours because they loved it, but then we had people giving tours just to make money as a campus job. Our main motivation for moving it over was that we want passion to drive students, not money.” The Admissions Griffin Ambassadors are students who want to represent Westminster to prospective students, Sheehan said. “For us, the most important part of a student’s decision to come to Westminster is helping them decide if it is the right fit,” Sheehan said. “We find that current students’ stories are the best way
to figure out whether or not someone fits at this school. The club essentially is our way of collecting those students’ stories and also just giving Westminster students a reason to tell their story.” The Admissions Griffin Ambassadors club is open to all students on campus, and there are no special requirements needed to join, Sheehan said. The club members provide all the information and training necessary for students to volunteer. “My favorite part of giving tours will be talking with people,” said Lacey Kisko, a first-year who’s training to become a tour guide. “I really enjoy getting to know people and what they are interested in. I’m going to share my story and the process I went through because I think that is more persuasive than bragging about all the pros of this school.” Originally there were 12 tour guides giving campus tours at Westminster; there are now 15 within the new program, Sheehan said. “When I first came to school, I took
a tour and it gave me a really good first impression,” said Mia Moore, a first year who’s training to become a tour guide. “I really wanted to be that good first impression for someone else.” Training to become a tour guide requires students to shadow mock tours with a certified tour guide, as well as attending tours with prospective students. “I didn’t know the position was paid before, and I wouldn’t expect it to be paid,” Moore said. “I’m not giving tours for money; I’m doing it because I like to do it.” According to Sheehan, students appreciate their time at Westminster more once they have the opportunity to share with other people. “There are all these talks of diversity, how can we open up the school to more people and how can we sell ourselves in a way that is genuine and honest,” Sheehan said. “We want student voices to be the center of our admissions process, and with our club we can have an unlimited amount of student voices.”
Diana Khosrovi, a second-degree black belt, stretches before practicing taekwondo. Khosrovi said it took eight years of hard work to obtain her belt.
First-year student kickstarts new campus club RACHEL TERRAN STAFF REPORTER
First-year student Diana Khosrovi attracted over 35 students to join her taekwondo club during the first weeks of school. Khosrovi, a second-degree black belt from Boise, Idaho, went from disliking taekwondo to obtaining two black belts and starting a college club. Khosrovi is currently an exploratory major but is planning on pursuing prelaw. In the meantime, she said she hopes to lead students to become their best selves through martial arts. Alyson Pinkelman, a first-year student from Las Vegas, Nevada, has been practicing taekwondo for five years and is working alongside Khosrovi as the assistant instructor for the taekwondo club. Pinkelman said she had to use self-defense in real-life situations growing up in Las Vegas. “I could tell by sparring with Diana that she has a lot of experience, and I am really excited to learn under her,” she said. Q: What did it take to become a second-degree black belt? A: It took me six years to become a black belt and eight years to become a second-degree black belt. It involved dedication and training every day for over an hour. Taekwondo is really about the belief in yourself that you can improve.
Q: When did you first start practicing taekwondo? A: I started maybe when I was around eight. Funny story—I didn’t really like it for a while. I quit for two years, and then I liked it again once I went back. My mom is Korean, so she really encouraged me to practice. Q: How long did it take to become a black belt, and what was the process? A: lot of schools are very different. Some schools are corrupt in the sense that you can pay and they will basically give you a black belt. My school was different in that my taekwondo master would actually bend over backwards to personally help me improve not just at taekwondo but as a person. Q: What inspired you to start the club at Westminster? A: I had a club at my high school and then after that I just really wanted to get people inspired about taekwondo here at Westminster. Q: What’s the club turnout like so far? Is there a community here? A: There were several people who were really stoked. We got about 35 or more sign ups and I have gotten a lot of emails saying, ‘I am really excited to join the club.’ I am really excited to help them grow as my master helped me grow. Q: What do you think is the most important element to knowing self de-
fense? A: Taekwondo is more of a self defense thing for me simply because I have learned how to get out of locks that other people wouldn’t know. I feel more secure walking around at night because I have more knowledge under my belt—pun not intended. Q: In what ways is it more of an art form or personal development? A: Taekwondo is based upon the belief in yourself. There have been rough times in tournaments when I have lost by a tough margin. When I would win, that
was my redemption. To me, it was more of an overall confidence booster and belief in myself. Q: Why should people who have never tried taekwondo join the club? A: I highly encourage people who think they can’t do things to at least try. A lot of times I would get discouraged. I lost my first match ever and that was a big crush. It always starts out really rough, but eventually you don’t want to stop. It is my own pride that keeps me going.
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Apollo Burger’s food truck manager, Elysha Perfili, prepares an order at the truck’s Tuesday stop in West Valley City on Sept. 27. Perfili said the popularity of food trucks has grown because people like the speed and convenience they offer.
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Lanikai Express owner Daysha Filipe wakes up every morning at seven to get her food truck ready and on location in time for the lunch rush. “Food trucks have been a big thing in the past three years, and I think it will last,” Filipe said. “Not certain trucks, though—they come and go. You have to have good food and good customer service to stick around.” The mobile food industry is in its seventh year of consistent growth with over 4,000 registered trucks in the U.S. in 2015, according to Mobile Cuisine, an online food truck resource. Many established restaurants, like Apollo Burger and Lanikai Express—based out of Filipe’s grandparent’s restaurant Lanikai Grill in South Jordan—have opened trucks to help brand their businesses. Andrew Baguley, Apollo Burger’s director of operations, and Elysha Perfili, the organization’s food truck manager, have worked the food truck since it debuted in June. “We see it as not just an opportunity to make money, but more for branding because it is a big, moving billboard,” Baguley said. “It was also an opportunity for us to have fun. The food truck can be a hard day’s work, but they are also my funnest days of work.” Perfili tossed fries into a basket and called for
truck craze on the rise order number 46, explaining why food trucks are more than just a trend. “It seems like everyone wants to have a food truck,” Perfili said. “I think the newness of them, the different foods that can be provided, the speed and the convenience is what people like.” Although summer is typically the primary season for food trucks, Perfili said she hopes to maintain Apollo Burger’s truck year round. “Now that the summer is over things have slowed down, but we’re hoping to maintain steady business so that we don’t have to shut it down in the winter,” Perfili said. Of the 200 registered food trucks in Salt Lake County, 90 percent prepare their food in a commissary—a commercial kitchen to prepare and store food, according to Filipe. From there, the food is loaded it onto the truck. Unlike the majority of food trucks, Apollo Burger is one of the few trucks that cooks its food on the truck, according to Baguley. “It cost us more to build this than the average home in Utah, but we have a legitimate kitchen on wheels,” Baguley said. Filipe opened Lanikai Express in July and said she’s seen the boom of the food truck industry firsthand. “My favorite part is seeing it grow,” she said. “We started with no bookings and scrambling to find locations, and now people are asking us if we are available to do events.”
Lanikai Express employees Braxton Filipe and Josh Taototo stand by the food truck, which opened in July. Filipe’s sister, Daysha, decided to open the truck to expand on their grandparent’s restaurant, which is located in South Jordan.
Yanni Cayias, a Westminster junior and aviation major, wears his University of Utah gear in front of Bamberger Hall. Cayias said he has been attending Utah football games since he was an infant and they remain a big part of his life.
Griffins in the classroom, Utes on the weekend TAELER GANNUSCIA STAFF REPORTER
Tis’ the season—football season, that is, and Westminster College students aren’t missing out on the fun. Sure, Westminster doesn’t have a football team, but there are always a handful of students representing the University of Utah on game day. It seems funny that students who are avid University of Utah football supporters not only attend a school 10 minutes south of the U of U but also don’t regularly attend sporting events at Westminster. Some of those Westminster students said they chose Westminster for academics but prefer the social scene at the University of Utah. One such student is Hunter Stutz, a junior business management major and student athlete. “I play soccer at Westminster so I do attend our sporting events, but there is much more student involvement at the U, so I like going to theirs also,” Stutz said. Dakota McNicol, a Westminster junior and nursing major, said going to Utah football games has always been something she does with her family. “I felt like I was going to be more successful in academics at Westminster rather than the U,” McNicol said. “But my family has had season passes to the Utah games since I was little, and it has always been a big part of my life.” McNicol said she feels like most of her social life is made up of attending events at the University of Utah. Westminster is the place she said she comes to focus on her education—not cheer
from the stands. “I’ve been going to Utah football games since I was 8 months old,” said Yanni Cayias, a Westminster junior aviation major. “My favorite thing about the games is the people I meet and the connections I have created with others.” Cayias said he loves the game day atmosphere and the fun he has with his friends and family. “My main reasons for coming to Westminster were academics and soccer, but I have been going to the Utah football games for the last few years,” Stutz said. Stutz said his favorite part of game day happens before kickoff—tailgating. Tailgating has become a weekly routine for many and often begins many hours before the game begins. “One of my friends’ family that I have gone with goes every game day in the morning,” Stutz said. “They have breakfast up there and everything and stay until the game starts. It ’s insane.” Westminster students not only only show their support for the University of Utah in the stands but also sport their attire on campus. For the most part, Westminster faculty and students are used to seeing other college football programs supported, Cayias said. “I have worn Utah attire plenty of times and have never been approached about it,” Cayias said. However, some students said their Griffin pride has been questioned. “When I have worn my Utah attire on game day in the past, I have had professors ask, ‘Why didn’t you just go to the U?’” McNicol said.
Dakota McNicol, a Westminster junior and nursing major, shows her support for the Utes before game day at Westminster College in front of the Bassis Student Center. McNicol said she’s had season passes to the Utah football games since she was a child.
“Johanna Snow, Westminster College’s director of brand marketing and strategy, reviews the college’s new branding in her office on Oct. 3. Snow said she believes the brand will reflect a more modern, younger feel that is more authentic to Westminster than the current look.”
Westminster College rebrands its identity MEGHAN MENDEZ STAFF REPORTER
For many, college is a time for self-exploration and trying on different identities—and as an institution, Westminster College is no different. The college is currently in the process of rebranding its identity to attract more students. The college worked with the branding firm Struck to develop its new identity, which will be unveiled during the fall semester. According to Johanna Snow, Westminster’s director of brand marketing and strategy, the college began researching firms for a rebrand in August 2015. “We are halfway through at this point,” Snow said. “It will be fully out in the wild by next fall. It’s not going to be anything drastic or scary; it is going to be exciting.” Sheila Yorkin, Westminster’s executive director of integrated marketing and communications, said the main goal of the rebrand is to align Westminster’s community with the same narrative as the college’s brand identity. “It’s a pretty big investment and we have budgeted that through the course of the last couple of years,” Yorkin said. “It is money that’s not
in the general operating budget for the college; it be,” said Snow, the director of brand marketing is contingency funding for allocation of dollars and strategy. “It will be different, but it is going from President Morgan for special projects that to align better with what our true brand position is, should be and would not be going always has been.” towards core things Snow said she for the college.” REBRANDING believes the brand Yorkin said the IS NOT WHAT will reflect a more new brand was demodern, younger veloped through a YOU SAY ABOUT feel that is more process of self-disYOURSELF, BUT authentic to Westcovery and redefiniminster than the tion. WHAT PEOPLE SAY current look. “[Rebranding The team did is] not what you ABOUT YOU WHEN a lot of internal say about yourself, YOU’RE NOT IN THE work, led by Lisa but what people Gentile and the say about you when ROOM. provost’s office, you’re not in the before engaging room,” Yorkin said. SHEILA YORKIN Executive director of Integrated with an outside Yorkin said the Marketing and Communications firm, according change was motito Yorkin. This vated by the college’s desire to focus on the things Westminster does preliminary work included interviewing faculty and students about what Westminster does best, best. “We are done with development phase, so what makes students happy in the classroom and we know what the key message is going to be what attributes the college wanted to highlight. “We interviewed a lot of firms around the and we know what the visual identity is going to
country,” Snow said. “Many of them specialized in higher education marketing. We also interviewed several firms locally who did not specialize in our industry, and we landed on Struck because they were local and because they didn’t focus on higher education.” Struck chose Westminster’s rebranding project because it stood out as something new, according to Alex Fuller, a creative director at Struck who is currently working on the rebrand. “When we say rebrand, our intention is not to change what Westminster is; in fact, it wouldn’t be possible for us to do that,” Fuller said. “The goal of a rebrand is to take the outward expression of your identity and shift it to evolve into more accurate representation of who you really are.” Fuller said she incorporated her personal background into her professional approach. “I have a liberal arts college education background as well and I believe strongly in that system and have a lot of respect for it,” she said. “At one point, years ago, I took a class at Westminster. We have a lot of respect and love for Westminster itself.” Fuller said she believes Struck is motivated by unique challenges Westminster’s rebranding
FEATURE & WITHIN ONE MILE posed—an attitude that drew the college to the firm. “Our goal was to have someone help us find our true selves,” Yorkin said. “We hope that it’s a more compelling story. We hope it makes our alumni feel proud, our students, the whole community and even the community that is not a part of Westminster.” Despite the rebrand, Snow said some things will be familiar, including the college’s colors. “The purple and gold will still be there—maybe a little teeny bit different,” Snow said. “There is going to be some other colors mixed in a little bit and the logo will look different. All that stuff is important because it’s a visual representation, but it’s the conversation about ourselves that we
really want people to be talking about.” The rise of online courses and other forms of electronic education pose an enormous threat to colleges across the country, according to Roger Dooley, a magazine contributor and the founder of Dooley Direct, a marketing consultancy company. “The school’s brand must attract the necessary quantity and quality of students while still operating in the traditional college or university style,” Dooley wrote in an article in Forbes. “Branding is imperative to begin building an identity that transcends the physical campus.” According to Dooley, this means colleges must brand the in-person experience and differentiate themselves from competing institutions.
“Historically, college brands have taken decades, or even centuries, to develop—it’s no accident that many of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. can trace their origins to the eighteenth century,” Dooley said. “A college or university that wants to build its brand today can’t afford to take the organic approach that worked for Harvard and Yale.” The Struck team came to Westminster to give design students in the multimedia tools and production class a sneak peak of the college’s new brand on Sept. 15. “Most of the people in the class have heard of [the rebrand] but I don’t think people really knew much about it,” said Alex Boissonnas, a communication major in the class.
Boissonnas said he was attracted to Westminster after he visited the campus and didn’t think Westminster’s branding made a huge impact on his decision. However, he said he is looking forward to the rebrand. “I think it’s going to be really good,” Boissonas said. “I think that Westminster is a really cool college in a really great place. The main thing that is missing is a really good, cohesive identity, and I think this will get the ball rolling.” Snow said students and faculty will see the communication office begin implementing pieces of the project next fall, and the rebrand will be revealed to faculty and staff on Oct. 5.
SOMI brings authentic Vietnamese dining to Sugar House
Michael Eng, chef and owner of SOMI Vietnamese Bistro, eats dinner with his associates before closing the restaurant. Eng said everything at SOMI is first class—a place where customers can enjoy not only the food but also the clean and chic decoration. HASIB HUSSAINZADA STAFF REPORTER
Attention all foodies: thanks to SOMI Vietnamese Bistro, there’s a new authentic Asian restaurant in town. SOMI, located off 1215 E. Wilmington Ave., is one of the more recent additions to the Sugar House neighborhood, offering traditional and modern Vietnamese dishes—starters, vermicelli, rice, main dishes and the famous Vietnamese Pho noodles. “I have been to many [Asian] restaurants in Utah,” said Michael Eng, chef and owner of SOMI Vietnamese Bistro. “They have either been not good or dirty. Some are okay, but, you know, not to my taste.” Eng said everything at SOMI is first class—a place where customers can enjoy not only the food but also the clean and chic decoration. SOMI is a combined abbreviation for husband and wife team Sofia and Michael Eng, who said they decided to open the restaurant when they saw the opportunity to combine authentic food in an unique environment with friendly service.
Eng said he tries to keep a keen eye on the kitchen as well as the dining area––welcoming guests, filling glasses and treating customers appropriately, all while making sure the restaurant serves high quality food. Welcoming guests is an important aspect of the business for Eng, which is why he said the majority of his business is returning customers. SOMI tries to hire students and has employees who attend the University of Utah, Weber State University and Brigham Young University, according to Eng. “We have a lot of student associates [at SOMI],” Eng said, pointing to waitress Lila Santos as she jotted down customers’ orders. Santos is a first-year student at Salt Lake Community College who works part time at SOMI. “I understand that [being] a student is tough,” Eng said. “[Students] got to work and pay for the classes; that is not easy.” In this spirit, SOMI offers Westminster students 10 percent off each meal with a student ID and a buy one meal get one half off deal, according to Eng.
One of SOMI Vietnamese Bistro’s specialities is a hot bowl of Pho, a traditional Vietnamese dish. Husband and wife team Sofia and Michael Eng said they decided to open the restaurant when they saw the opportunity to combine authentic food in an unique environment with friendly service.
Students from Westminster College’s feminist club hold signs at The Walk of No Shame on Sept. 24. The event aimed to empower survivors of sexual assault, according to Rachel Jensen, director of SlutWalk, SLC.
Hundreds march through downtown Salt Lake to protest rape culture MEGAN SKUSTER STAFF REPORTER
Around 300 people marched from Washington Square to the Capitol building, holding signs and chanting to protest rape culture on Sept. 24 as part of the fifth annual Slut Walk—this year titled “The Walk of No Shame.” Despite the rainy weather, some stripped down to their underwear or wore short skirts or tights. Slut Walk, SLC, a grassroots movement, hosted The Walk of No Shame, which was one of many similar marches across the country. The event aimed to empower survivors of sexual assault, according to Rachel Jensen, director of Slut Walk, SLC. “It is a goal to end rape culture and end victim blaming and slut shaming,” Jensen said. In the past, the march has been called The Slut Walk, but Jensen said the organizers decided to change the name to The Walk of No Shame this year to make the event accessible to more people. “We wanted to open the door and let a lot more people come to the table,” Jensen said.
Jensen and Stephany Murguia, the sexual assault—statistics Biskupski conoutreach and access coordinator for the demned in her speech from the Capitol Utah Rape Recovery Center, spoke to steps. “These numbers are stunning,” Biskthe protesters before the march began, and a local stand-up comic and slam upski said. “They are shameful. And as a country, we must end this culture.” poet told stories. Biskupski came forward as a surviAs the group marched through downvor of sexual town Salt Lake assault, ending City, protesther speech with ers cheered and a call to action. echoed chants. “I know “Whatever we what this is wear, wherever like, and I’m we go, yes means here to tell yes, and no means you we are in no!” this together,” “S-L-U-T, my she said. “We body belongs to will not be me!” ashamed, and At the capitol, we will stand the group lisup and we will tened to speeches JACKIE BISKUPSKI Salt Lake City Mayor demand jusfrom Salt Lake tice.” City Mayor JackWestminster sophomore and Femiie Biskupski, Rep. Angela Romero, (D) Utah; Lt. Governor Kim Bowman and nist Club president Sabi Lowder attendgubernatorial candidate Mike Wein- ed The Walk of No Shame. Lowder said she was sexually assaulted while travelholtz. One in three women and one in six ing in Europe, leading her to end her men in Utah fall victim to some type of trip early.
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“I’m okay, but it’s not okay that it happened,” she said. “I do remember saying no. There was absolutely no consent.” Lowder said the man threatened her before he assaulted her. “Girls don’t wear that kind of underwear unless they want to get fucked,” Lowder recalled him saying. Months later, as part of the healing process, Lowder said she is ready to share her story. “I find that it gives me more control to be able to talk about it,” Lowder said, “Now, I find it empowering to be able to control it in other ways.” The importance of consent was one of the subjects emphasized in the march and speeches. Jensen said that for consent to be real, it must be given freely and enthusiastically. “Consent is one of the biggest things that you can talk about to end sexual assault,” she said. “If we can start changing things from a rape culture to a culture of consent, then maybe we can end the vast amount of sexual assault that is happening and make this a thing of the past.”
Protesters at The Walk of No Shame ended their march to protest rape culture at the Utah State Capitol building on Sept. 24. Rachel Jensen, Director of SlutWalk, SLC, said this year’s march drew nearly 300 people – the largest crowd in the event’s history.
Aly Johnson and Noelle Johansen, participants at this year’s Walk of No Shame, march through downtown Salt Lake City. Protesters were encouraged to wear whatever they liked in order to fight the assumption that provocative clothing ‘causes’ rape.
Autumn Townsend, a participant at this year’s Walk of No Shame, marches to the Utah State Capitol holding a handmade sign. The event was held to fight rape culture and empower victims of sexual assault.
Kristi Weeks, president of Westminster’s aviation club, talks to visitors at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Girls in Aviation Day. “Girls in Aviation Day is all about promoting girls ages six to 18 to get involved in any kind of aviation career,” Weeks said.
Westminster’s female pilots soar through gender barriers CRAIG KNIGHT STAFF REPORTER
There are 39,621 female pilots in the airline industry in the United States— roughly 6 percent of the total number of of pilots, according to Women in Aviation International. Despite aviation’s male predominance, Westminster College has done a good job getting more women involved in the program, according to Kristi Weeks, a junior in Westminster’s aviation program. Weeks is the president of the college’s Women in Aviation chapter. She currently works at TAC Air, where she eats, sleeps, and breathes aviation (despite the health issues associated with breathing in low-lead fumes). Woman in Aviation is an non-profit organization that was established in 1994 and looks to encourage women in aviation in any capacity. “You go into a male-dominated field, and it’s a great feeling that everything is equal and the woman before me paved that way to give us those opportunities,” said Ashleigh Peppers, a 31-year-old pilot for JetBlue who is actively involved in
Women in Aviation. The Forum sat down with Weeks to learn more about what it means to be a woman in the aviation program at Westminster. Q: What does it mean to you to be a women going into a male driven industry? A: It’s gets me really fired up. We have some phenomenal female pilots at Westminster right now, and we’re hoping to get a lot more. Being in a program that’s so small, you would think that you could see the change. I’ve only had one class where I was the only girl in class, and it was fun because you get that rivalry. Q: Why did you come to Westminster to be part of the aviation program? A: Coming to the program was totally separate from my love of aviation. I went into my junior year of high school and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had been to a college career fair, and I saw Westminster and I had fallen in love with Utah. I had visited a couple of times, so I was like, ‘Sweet! There’s a really cool school in Utah. Oh, they have an aviation program? You can do that in college?’ I think that realization set me on a
path to being here, and I’m super grateful for this experience. It’s been incredible. Q: What is the aviation program like at Westminster? A: You feel like a family in whatever course you’re in and aviation definitely exudes that. We all know each other; we’re all flying. We don’t just see each other in class. We see each other out at the airplane. We chat about fueling. We chat about where we’re going to fly next time we go out. Aviation is all about connections, and Westminster does a good job starting that in your first couple of classes. You get to know the students that you’re with. You get to know your professors. It’s easy to talk to them and it’s really convenient to have someone there who’s willing to hold your hand if that’s what you need. Q: What’s it like to fly an airplane? A: It’s really cool to be that close to nature, which is part of why I love flying because I like being outside. I think people often forget that when you’re in a commercial airplane you’re in a tin can that’s strapped to a bunch of engines and you’re flying through the air—which was something we thought was completely
impossible until the Wright brothers experienced the first flight. Q: What’s your favorite memory flying a plane? A: My first flight. When I lived in Henderson at the municipal airport, I actually got to fly a World War II C45 expeditor. We did a circle around Lake Mead, and it was my first time really getting that aerial focus of someplace that I’ve been on the ground. Watching the light glimmer off the lake was amazing. I will never forget that day. Q: What’s your scariest memory when flying? A: There was a thunderstorm rolling westward and I was flying out to Evanston, Wyoming, and we’re in the traffic patterns. So we’re getting prepared to land, and we’re doing a couple practice landings. We were really getting the turbulence and it was getting really bumpy and all of a sudden our wing dips. It dipped so far that I was terrified for a second and my instructor (said), “Step on the rudder!” It was one of those times where my stomach dropped and I was very grateful to not be alone.