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Volume 2, Issue 4


Your Guide to Campus Enlightenment!

November/December 2010

LOOK INSIDE: Tips for Finals

The Holy War

Winter Sports Guide Upcoming Events

FREE Brought to you by the Union Programming Council Copyright Union Programming Council, 2010



We’re all in denial about it, the end of the fall semester is just around the corner bringing with it late nights and finals. But between the late night study groups in the Marriott, procrastinating on a paper and some heavy cramming sessions (with a Facebook break…or three), November and December are full of some of the best events the U and Utah has to offer. Although the days of shorts and t-shirts are over, the skiing and snowboarding season is about to begin. With the snow comes hot chocolate, snowmen, warm sweaters, and, of course, one of the greatest college rivalries in the country: the annual Utah-BYU game. Here at The GurU, we’re students just like you who fall on both ends of the procrastination-studying spectrum. Regardless of whether you plan to spend your next few weeks reading (or napping) in the library or shredding fresh powder on the slopes, every student needs a break. We’ve got the scoop on upcoming events on and off campus, the best runs to ski and facts you didn’t know about the Holy War. With art galleries, dance parties and free food The GurU has the latest on events for everyone, whether you are a biomechanical engineering major or simply undecided. Sit back, take a break from studying and enjoy. -Union Programming Council

The GurU Staff Kelsey Price


Grant Herron


Charlie Burnett


Want to get involved with the GurU? We’re currently looking for writers, and graphic designers to join our team. Stop in at the UPC office in the Union Building, room 240, or email Kelsey Price at for details. Funding provided by the Publications Council and the Union Administration.

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Student Life


You’re busy: class, work, internship and the weekend social scene. So when are you supposed to find time to study between all those other things? Luckily, there are some key tricks to managing your time that will make your life significantly less stressful come finals week. Instead of panicking because your workload seems overwhelming, use these simply tips to keep yourself more organized and less stressed.

1. Create to-do lists. Make yourself realistic to-do lists at the beginning of the day. Keep your list to less than half a page or some other reasonable amount of tasks so you don’t burnout. 2. Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking may seem like a good idea, but you can get more accomplished just one project at time. Minimizing other distractions like texting and Facebook will improve your studying. 3. Prioritize. If you have several upcoming papers, projects and tests coming up at once, focus on the ones that are due the soonest or that will take you the most time. You’ll feel better once the big things are out of the way.

4. Keep a schedule. Planners are your best friend, really. Schedule a time set time to study, you’re more likely to study if you have a set period of time set aside. 5. Take advantage of downtime. Ride TRAX to school? Waiting on your laundry? Use that time to get a little studying in so you have more free time later. 6. Take a break. You’re going to feel overwhelmed by studying in large chunks of time. Take a break from you studies: go out to dinner with a friend, watch the latest episode of Dexter or whatever else helps you relax.


Campus Life

YOU’RE INVITED… The Union Programming Council (UPC) is undeniably most well-known for Crimson Nights, a huge late-night party in the Union that happens twice a semester. Earlier this semester, over 6,500 students attended Crimson Nights: Circus Circus and Crimson Nights: Black Pumpkin Affair took students through Platform 9 ¾ for a night full of magic and spells. In addition to Crimson Nights, UPC plans numerous events for students throughout the year. Here are the upcoming events you can’t afford to miss!

What: Hollywood Dance Party When: Friday, November 19 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Where: In the Venue Why: Last year’s Stoplight Party at In the Venue was such a huge success, UPC couldn’t wait ‘til spring semester to throw another one. The Union Programming Council is proud to present its annual fundraising dance party. Admission proceeds will go to the UPC scholarship fund that allows UPC to program other free events for students at the University of Utah such as Crimson Nights, Oktoberfest and more. For more updated information check out the UPC website at


What: Ur Secret Student Art Gallery When: Opens November 10, reception from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Where: Student Lounge Gallery Why: This exhibit will be pieces reflecting on anything from your passions to ominous secrets. Inspired by the website Post Secret, the gallery will be exhibiting student artwork in any form, not just postcards. Submit your artwork in the form of photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, collages, etc. to the Union Administrative Office, Rm. 255 by Nov. 3. Also, come for music, free appetizers, and drinks!

What: Food for Finals When: Wednesday, December 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. Where: Union Ballroom Why: It’s Finals Week. You’re stressed, rushed and too busy to remember to grab some food before you head to campus. Luckily, UPC knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially before a test. Come join UPC for free food and giveaways to help provide a break from finals preparation.



Campus Life

The BYU-Utah rivalry is one of the most heated games in the country. Although Ohio State-Michigan is arguably the largest football game in the country, the Holy War has a deep tradition dating back to the 19th century. With this year’s game set to kick off on November 27, the match holds deeper meaning than ever as both teams wrap up their final season in the Mountain West Conference. Here’s a look back at some high (and low) lights of the Holy War

Infamous Words Quotes that define the rivalry.

“All those guys think that’s all there is to life. But when I’m making $50–60,000 a year, they’ll be pumping my gas. They’re low-class losers.” -Lenny Gomes, Former BYU nose guard. “I wouldn’t say it was lucky. Obviously, when you’re doing what’s right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in and plays a part in it. Magic happens.” -Austin Collie, Former BYU wide receiver. “Even our cheerleaders are kicking your butt.” -Steve Smith, Former Ute wide receiver. “I really hate them. Playing in the game helped me understand. They are the most arrogant people. It’s the whole church and state thing. They’re the ‘good kids’. We’re the ‘bad kids.’ I didn’t feel it in my gut last year like I do now.” -Alex Smith, Former Ute quarterback. “I don’t like Utah. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program, their fans. I hate everything ... I think the whole university and their fans and the organization is classless.” -Max Hall, former BYU quarterback

Campus Life

VS Rivalry Timeline 1895 – First game between Brigham Young Academy and Utah played in baseball. The scoreless match ended with a brawl and the game was never finished. 1942 – BYU wins its first game in the football series after 20 years of matches. 1971 – Utah holds an all time 41-8-4 record. 1972-1992 – Utah wins the rivalry game just twice for a 43-27-4 record. 1980 – BYU quarterback Jim McMahon first to ever use the “Scoreboard” taunt in a 56-6 Utah loss. 1984 – BYU wins the national championship. 1993 – Utah kicks a 55-yard field goal for the win, Gomes makes his infamous “low-class losers” comment. 1999 – A BYU fan tackles Utah cheerleader Billy Priddis, who in turn beats up the fan. 2003 – Utah clinches its first outright conference championship on the road in a snowstorm where temperatures didn’t rise above 19 degrees. Utah won 3-0. 2004 – Utah busts the BCS capturing a win over Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl. 2007 – BYU beats Utah 17-10 inspiring Collie’s “magic happens.” 2008 – Utah crushes BYU 48-24 and goes on to win the Sugar Bowl over Alabama. 2009 – BYU wins 26-23 and Max Halls claims Ute fans dumped beer over his family prompting him to proclaim Utah was “classless.”



City Life

l u f r e d n o W t s o r a e The M Y e h t f o e m i T

As the last of the autumn leaves fall and Jack Frost prepares for his annual visit, winter sport bums around the world get ready to flock to Utah. Have you ever wondered why our fair state is said to have the “greatest snow on earth?” Well, that can be attributed to the meteorological abnormalities which come as a result of the Great Salt Lake sitting right next to a range of high mountains. In other words, the lake effect creates 500 inches per year of cold, dry, light, fluffy snow which is perfect for shredding.

Whether you are a born-and-bred native who grew up on the slopes or an out-of-state newbie who’s never seen a snowflake, we known which will help you make the most of your winter!

Brighton Brighton Resort, stretching to an elevation of 10,500 feet and situated up Big Cottonwood Canyon, features over a thousand acres of snowy bliss. Brighton is famous for its ski and snowboarding school, which sports private lessons as well as daily group classes for every skill level. The resort itself also boasts high quality equip.m.ent rentals, supply shops, repairs, Wi-Fi-enabled cafeterias, and world-class lodging. Out on the slopes, there is something every novice and newbie alike can enjoy, whether it be one of the 66 diverse mountain trails or the playground-esque terrain parks. After the season kicks off, Brighton stays open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week with night skiing open 4-9 p.m. For information about season passes, transportation, or class signup, call 801-532-4731 or visit

Solitude Featuring open spaces as vast as its name implies, Solitude’s 1,200 acres feature terrain for every ability level. Isolated up Big Cottonwood Canyon and maxing out at an elevation of 10,035 feet, visiting this resort will help you see why its motto is “Refined by Nature.” With half a dozen high-class lodging options, nine world-class restaurants, and a perfect-forunwinding spa clinic, Solitude is dedicated to your comfort on and off the mountain. Solitude treats its patrons to 65 trails, 3 bowls, and groomers for every skill type. During the regular season Solitude is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Call 1-800-748-4754 or visit to learn more.

City Life

Alta/Snowbird Alta, Utah’s skiing-only resort (sorry, snowboarders) sits majestically at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, reaching an elevation of 10,500 feet. The world-famous mountain boasts a whopping 2200 acres of skiable terrain stretching across 116 unique trails. Like any respectable winter sport resort, Alta pampers its customers with lodging, dining areas, rental/repair shops, and retail stores. Day skiing hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the season. For more information, call 801-359-1078 or visit Snowbird, Alta’s snowboarder-friendly sister resort, is situated a little further down Little Cottonwood. Featuring an impressive max elevation of 11,000 feet and 2,500 acres of land, Snowbird was named (alongside Alta) the number one ski resort in North America in 2008. Day hours during the season are 9 am to 4 p.m. To sign up for a class or learn about pass rates, call 801-933-2222 or check out

The Canyons The Canyons is the largest single ski and snowboard resort in Utah , including 8 peaks, 167 unique trails, 18 lifts, and 4,000 skiable acres and caps out at an elevation of 9,990 feet. Any four-season resort bold enough to call itself world-class had better feature a signature hotel worthy of the distinction. Luckily, The Canyons Resort offers six (all conveniently located slopeside). The Resort Village nearby, located in convenient walking distance, offers a myriad of shops, restaurants, cafés, repair stores, and even a spa. The Canyons’ regular hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, call 435-649-5400 or check out



Student Life

Top 10 Fun Winter Dates 1. Go sledding at Dimple Dell Golf Course or Sugarhouse Park. 2. Skate at an outdoor ice rink. 3. Walk downtown and see the Christmas lights at Temple Square. 4. Go to the annual Festival of Trees benefit for Primary Children’s. 5. Watch Ballet West’s Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre. 6. See the animals and the ZooLights! at Hoogle Zoo. 7. Have a snowball fight and make snow angels. 8. Curl up with a movie like Home Alone. 9. Go caroling then bake some holiday sugar cookies. 10. Share the holiday spirit and volunteer at the Food Bank


City Events

December 1-4: Festival of Trees @ South Town Expo Center December 3-31: ZooLights! @ Hoogle Zoo December 4-31: The Nutcracker @ Capitol Theatre December 29-31: EVE: New Year’s Celebration @ Downtown

November 25-26: Thanksgiving Break December 3: Last day to reverse CR/NC option December 10: Classes end December 13-17: Finals Week December 18 – January 9: Winter Break

Campus Events

Academic Calendar

November 10: “U”r Secret Art Gallery, Student Lounge November 11: PO Film Series, Across the Universe, 7pm @ Post Theatre November 19: UPC Hollywood Dance Party, 9pm @ In the Venue December 2: PO Film Series, Edward Scissorhands, 7pm @ Post Theatre December 9: Food for Finals, 9am @ Union Ballroom

November 6: Football vs. TCU (Blackout), 1:30pm November 24: Men’s BBall @ USU, 7:00pm November 19: Women’s BBall vs. Stanford @ 7:00pm November 27: Football vs. BYU, 1:30pm December 6: Women’s BBall v. Westminster, 7:00pm December 7: Men’s BBall vs. Pepperdine, 7:00pm



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Crossword Puzzle




Across 2. Cougars’ Mascot 5. The School Down South 7. “_____ hates me” 9. Delicious Bird 10. Rivalry Game 12. Utes’ Mascot

Down 1. Pigskin 3. Student section 4. To skip class 5. After finals, it’s ______ 6. School library 8. Test 11. Greatest ____ on earth

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Save the Date! Ur Secret Student Art Gallery Student Lounge Gallery Opens November 10, reception from 11 to 1 p.m.

The Union Programming Council Presents:

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