University Journal - Winter 2017

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Letter from the editor Most people who know me are aware of my intense love for the San Francisco Giants. My undying loyalty to the Giants isn’t due to a deep family history in the bay area or some romantic tale, however. Instead, my family got a new cable subscription in 2011 and we accidentally got the NBC Sports Bay Area channel. Similar to how the Giants randomly fell into my heart, my path to becoming sports editor for SUU News is also a story of happenstance and possible fate. In high school I was a visual arts major at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, and we had literally no sports teams. Seriously, the only thing we had that was close to sports was the weekly Quidditch game the Harry Potter club would play. Despite having no experience with athletics and all the experience with how to wash various types of paint out of my hair, when I graduated from high school I was set on becoming a general manager for a Major League Baseball team. I don’t know why this is the career I was set on achieving, but I knew I loved baseball and I knew I wasn’t about to get into a Parisian art school, so I enrolled in the business program at SUU. I quickly realized that a business degree required a lot of math, something I am terrible with, and I had a crisis. I had no idea what I wanted to be and couldn’t keep changing my major while figuring it out. After an hour-long conversation with my mom and lots of stress tears, I decided to just switch to a communication degree. It can be applied to pretty much anything, and I could earn a few minors along the way if I wanted to.

writing techniques. Just a few weeks into learning how to be a reporter, I somehow ended up taking a volleyball story. Albeit my utter lack of knowledge about volleyball, I actually enjoyed working with my professor, Hayden Coombs, on the article, so I continued to pick up the occasional sports story. To my surprise, I really enjoyed learning and writing about the athletics on campus.

When registering for my sophomore year I tried to go back to getting into sports by registering for a baseball coaching and officiating class, but it was canceled due to lack of interest. For fun, I registered for a gallery and museum practices class because I had previously enjoyed hanging my shows in high school. I fell in love with the idea of being a museum curator and added museum studies and art history minors to my degree. It seemed like my visual arts roots would win out after all.

Starting to become rather conflicted, I signed up for the certificate in sports communication with the encouragement of Coombs. After being Art Chief my second semester at the Journal I decided to go with sports. Thankfully Coombs, now the operations manager, gave me the opportunity to be sports editor.

In the midst of preparing for a future surrounded by aging art, I wrote an opinion piece about Jill Stein spray-painting a bulldozer blade at Standing Rock for my news practicum class. To my surprise, the operations manager of the Journal at the time offered me a job writing and taking photos for the newspaper. Despite my befuddlement at the offer, I accepted and started learning AP Style and news 2


I definitely know I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to my sports knowledge. My friends take me to the bar on Sundays for “football lessons” and my boyfriend assigns me homework in the form of Madden. I still know more about the intricacies of impressionism than I do football routes, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is the world I want to be immersed in for the rest of my life. I’m having fun adding my own voice to sports media, and I hope you’ll have as much fun reading my section. HALEIGH CLEMENS PHOTOS COURTESY OF HALEIGH CLEMENS


letter from the editor from the Sports Editor Haleigh 02 Letter Clemens talks about how she got into sports and journalism.

campus on a Dime illuminates the art of 05 Christmas frugal giving. 06 07


Visit the Parks and experience the best views


IIC Internships let students explore Mother


Devan Chavez discusses his journey from being

The Last Jedi: What to Expect catches up on

and hiking trails in Utah. Nature for class credit.

a T-bird journalist to an Outdoor Information Officer.

the newest Star Wars movie.

Theresians to Thunderbirds chronicles a visit paid to SUU by a group of Filipino students.

news Convocations to A.P.E.X. outlines 09 Confused: the changes made to the event series. 10 11

outdoor Clif Bar climbed to the top in this review 22 Which by our Outdoor Editor?

Guitar Hero explores the life of Mose Kwan,

Sports of Hockey in Las Vegas takes a closer 27 History look at the city’s past teams. 28 29

winner of the annual Guitars Unplugged contest.

Gina Dodge: from Instagram to Published Author follows Dodge’s artistic journey.

accent is an illustrated book put together by 13 Chroma 10 students over four months. 15

Claire Robinson: from Medicine to Music


Funding for the Arts showcases the Blackbox

tells the story of one dedicated SUU student.

Getting Involved with Intramurals is a great way to take a break and get active.

Freedom isn’t Free and SUU’s new “Chair of

Honor” is dedicated to those who fought for our country and never came home.

community experience 30

SUU Launches Community Initiatives to


SUU Faculty Lead Expedition to Peru as part


provide learning opportunities.

of a new community travel program.

SUU Opens Capitol Reef Field Station for community and student use.

Theater Grant program.

opinion So Merry and Bright addresses holiday 18 Not depression and how to cope. 19

The Attitude of Gratitude shows how students


Recycled Arguments and Missing the Mark

prioritize having a positive outlook on life.

questions book banning in American schools.







Christmas on a Dime

illuminates the art of frugal giving.


The Last Jedi: What to Expect catches up on the newest Star Wars movie.


Theresians to Thunderbirds

chronicles a visit paid to SUU by a group of Filipino students.





Giving Christmas presents is never easy, especially because gifts are traditionally opened in front of the entire family. Before you begin shopping, remember everyone you know understands that you are a poor college student and they do not expect anything extravagant. That being said, here are some present ideas to knock their stockings off. Get Crafty If you know how to knit a hat, sew a bag, fold a book, scrapbook photos, draw etc. your art can be turned into a heartwarming gift. Not only will the gift be thoughtful, but it will also have that “made with love” touch. Bring Movies Back to the Future Many favorite movies and TV shows on VHS are now on DVD. These beloved classics may have slipped the mind of our family members, but they are available on Amazon for a fraction of the price of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Surprise loved ones and reminisce about the late nights spent gazing up at the family box television watching their favorite movie. DVDs can also be found at a low price for TV shows and movies that are no longer on Netflix (“Psych” anyone?). Listen to Your Loved Ones This idea may take some time and patience, but I have found it to be the most successful method of purchasing gifts. I keep a running list on my phone of family members and items they mention in off-handed comments throughout the year. For example, while visiting my uncle’s house a couple of summers ago, my grandma, admiring my uncle’s clock, said, “I’ve always wanted a pendulum clock.” Lightbulb! I found one at Cedar Post Pawn Shop for $30 that November, and I have been her favorite grandchild ever since. Give Some “Fun Money” When in doubt, everyone loves money! Now, this is a hot commodity that we, as college students, do not have a lot

origami” on YouTube. This will turn the modest present into a fun toy that, when the receiver is bored, can be spent on an item of their choice. For the Techie: Go Retro This idea is along the same lines as old movies turned new again. Think back to your childhood and the video games you loved to play. Some games have become what people with deep pockets call “vintage.” This word can easily be translated using a college student dictionary into “expensive.” Think of the more obscure games. For example, my brother spent many lazy summer days playing “Snake Rattle N Roll” and “Megaman X3” on the NES and SNES. Any retro game can bring a fun afternoon of friendly competition, just make sure they still have the gaming system to play! JENNA CHAPMAN

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WHAT TO EXPECT Star Wars fans are gearing up for “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” Two years ago J.J. Abrams, director of “Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens,” left audiences stranded with a multitude of questions concerning the fate of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her friends. Being one of the largest franchises in cinematic history, keeping the new plot a mystery is something Lucasfilm Productions can afford doing. All released posters have been simple in design, not giving away any plot points. As long as it reads “Star Wars,” audiences are guaranteed to come. There are hundreds of theories about the film’s storyline. Internet Movie Database (IMDB) plot summary says, “Having taken her first steps into the larger Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.” Unfortunately this still doesn’t give us much of an idea of what the film will really be about. The first trailer, which aired in early October, suggested a number of possible plot twists that range from the heroine Rey being tempted by the dark side to a battle between Princess Leia and her son Kylo Ren, played by Carrie Fisher and Adam Driver. Regardless, audiences are guaranteed character development and surprises galore. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Driver said, “What [the director] had written was remarkable. He created new rules for the ‘Star Wars’ universe and balanced the familiar and unfamiliar very adeptly while respecting that his audience can handle ambiguity … Characters and story are his priority.” The director of the film, Rian Johnson, has impressed more than just the cast with his storytelling abilities. Lucasfilm Productions have asked Johnson to direct a potential future Star Wars trilogy, separate from the Rey and Luke storyline. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is scheduled to air in all local theaters December 15 this year. Tickets are available for pre-order on ANSLEIGH MIKESELL 6




THERESIANS TO THUNDERBIRDS “I’m nervous and unsure of what I’ll do.” This was the thought of the four Filipino students from Saint Theresa’s College (STC) of Cebu, Philippines when they arrived in the small, yet beautiful, land of Cedar City. They were bound to complete a one-week educational and cultural immersion program at Southern Utah University. Little did they know, it was to be a week that they would remember for a lifetime. Gloria Longakit, College Dean of STC Cebu, along with her four Mass Communication students Adrian Villaganas, Alexa Araneta, Joyce Villaflor and Kaye Santander were, for one week, going to experience being a Thunderbird. Upon landing in the Cedar City Airport, they were warmly welcomed by Johnny Oh, director of Global Collaboration and former SUU professor of astronomy and program coordinator, Brent Sorensen, and their different home stay families. To kick off their first day, the students got to have a glimpse of the university’s facilities as they toured the campus. They also had the

The tribe is headed by Damon Poke, a Native American who introduced the students to the tribe’s traditional songs such as the Drum Ceremony and the Bird Song. He even taught the students how to dance to traditional songs. While the men played the musical instruments, the women danced along to the beat. The fourth day was filled with thrill and excitement as the students took on one of the biggest challenges of their trip: rappelling down a 45-ft cliff at Thunderbird Gardens. “I didn’t expect that we would go on rappelling on the mountains,” Villaflor said. “ I was really nervous at that time because I have fear of heights. I thought that I wouldn’t able to make it, but I told myself if I won’t do this, I won’t be able to conquer my fear. I’m so thankful for Allan, because he was so patient with me and he really taught me well. Also, I would like to thank my classmates and Madam Longakit for cheering me on. Indeed, it was a worthwhile experience I will forever keep.”

opportunity to meet some faculty and staff who warmly welcomed

On the fifth day, they went to one of Utah’s National Parks, Bryce Canyon. As they reached the starting point of their hike, the

them to the university.

students were amazed by the beauty of Bryce Canyon.

“The campus is really big and the facilities are new and up to date,”

After their long hike, they went home to prepare for Forever Red. This is one of the homecoming events at SUU. The students were able to experience what it is like to attend a concert inside the campus.

Villaflor said. “The people are warm and welcoming. There is no reason why students wouldn’t enjoy their university life.” On their second day, the students became official SUU students. They observed classes about entrepreneurship, teamwork and personal development. The students had the opportunity to interact with the other SUU students. The professors had various

“The Forever Red celebration was a blast,” Villaflor said. “It was fun meeting some of the SUU students. The event has good music, good company and good drinks to warm up our cold hands.”

activities to involve them in the class, such as teaching the SUU

On their last day at SUU, the students took part in the Homecoming

students cultural norms in the Philippines, like how to shake hands.

Parade together with the International students in SUU. They held

Each Filipino student was assigned into different groups to share

their own national flag along with SUU’s international students,

how Filipinos do their handshake, and then each group presented it in class.

who sported their own national flags. The students proudly waved

“It was amazing sharing how we greet each other in the Filipino culture,” Araneta said. “It is not only me who learned from them but they also learned from us.” Their third day in SUU was a mixture of class observations and cross cultural experiences. One of the highlights of the day was the

their flag in the streets of Cedar City. It was extra special since this parade was their final walk as a Thunderbird. Villaganas expressed, “Despite our short stay in Cedar City, I grew to love SUU and its people, especially those who we met and befriended along the way. For sure, I will definitely come back here in the near future.”

The students were not limited to experiencing what is inside the

There is no doubt that being a Thunderbird for a short span of time left a massive impact in the lives of these students. So on behalf of the Saint Theresa College Cebu family, we thank you, Southern Utah University, for the remarkable experience.

walls of SUU, but also got to meet a lot of people from different


cultures who live in Cedar, such as the Paiute Tribe.


Student Scavenger Hunt and the Drum Ceremony and Bird Singing of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah.




news 09

Confused: Convocations to A.P.E.X. outlines the changes made to the event series.


Guitar Hero explores the life of Mose Kwan, winner of the annual Guitars Unplugged contest.


Gina Dodge: from Instagram to Published Author follows Dodge’s artistic journey. 8




confused : convocations to apex

A walk around campus last year would have meant passing

Distinguished Faculty Scholar.” Ray is an SUU professor of

around large posters that said “SUU Convocations” with the

political science. The event is located in the Great Hall.

name of a speaker and a date for the following week. This year, those same posters say “A.P.E.X. Event Series.” Despite

For more information on the A.P.E.X. Event Series, go to

slight differences in name and types of speakers, SUU, follow them on Facebook under the name

Convocations is the same program now named A.P.E.X.

SUU A.P.E.X. Events or find them on Twitter with the handle @suuapex.

A.P.E.X. stands for “Ask. Ponder. Educate. [X].” The [X] represents whatever topic might be going on week to week.


The series has hosted comedy groups, journalists, spoken word poets, judicial court sessions and more. The A.P.E.X. series, like Convocations, is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve, and attendance is limited by seating. The events are every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. However, many events include a small question and answer after the event. These are typically advertised on the posters and at the beginning of the event. The series is run by Director Lynn Vartan, who is also director of percussion in the music department. It is a part of the School of Integrative and Experiential Learning. The change to the A.P.E.X. Event Series features not only a change in name and look, but will also feature more diverse speakers in addition to the “prestigious level of academic speakers you have come to associate with the series,” according to the blog. They also offer CONVO 2010, a one-credit class where the weekly A.P.E.X. events are the classes. This class was offered in the past but was discontinued. It has been reinstated alongside the name change. A.P.E.X. events will begin again on Jan. 18 with “Ravi Ray: PHOTO BY MITCHELL QUARTZ




GUITAR HERO Mose Kwan, a freshman accounting major from Seoul, South Korea, won the Guitars Unplugged competition, an annual contest of acoustic guitarists. Kwan went head to head on Nov. 20 against 9 other guitarists in the KSUU Thunder 91.1 radio station’s event. The event was during the monthly Bread and Soup Nite. Kwan performed a cover of “Sunflower,” an instrumental acoustic guitar song written by Chinese artist Paddy Sun, to win. For his efforts, Kwan was awarded a guitar package donated by Whittlesticks valued at over $1000. The package contained a guitar, case and several other guitar accessories. Kwan began playing guitar five years ago by watching YouTube

“I just play guitar for my hobby, I’ve never thought about it seriously,” Kwan said. Maybe things have changed now that he’s the winner of a guitar competition, but he was too excited to say anything right after the competition. “I got to think about that.” This was Kwan’s first competition, and he had no idea the prize was a guitar until he won. “It’s so beautiful,” Kwan said, “and it sounds so good.” Kwan wanted to make sure that the radio station knew he was grateful for the competition: “Thank you for having me for the competition,” Kwan said. To learn more about Guitars Unplugged, visit for the full story by Web Editor in Chief Samantha Burfiend or contact KSUU Thunder 91.1. ANDREW LEAVITT

videos. Since coming to SUU, he has enrolled in a guitar class. Kwan typically plays and listens to Jazz and “Sunflower” is his favorite song. “The type of playing is finger-style,” Kwan said. Kwan said he does not typically play strumming style songs. “I just saw the billboard from the radio station,” he said. That was all it took for Kwan to sign up. Despite winning the competition, Kwan has never thought about a career in music before.





gina dodge : from instagram

to published author A 2016 studio arts alumna with an emphasis in drawing, painting and printmaking Gina Dodge, from Henderson Nevada, recently published a book of 100 drawings of plants. Growing up, Dodge always had a passion for the arts. “The moment I could hold a utensil, I have been drawing,” Dodge said. “I have just always been drawn to drawing and painting - like any art activity. It’s just always been my thing.” Dodge recently published a collection of her drawings. Her book is called “100 Days of Plants.” Her inspiration to do the 100 day challenge came from Elle Luna, author and artist. “I have this book that I love: it’s called ‘The Crossroads of Shoulds and Musts’ by Elle Luna,” Dodge said. “I loved her book, so I decided to start following her on Instagram.” Every year, Luna hosts an annual creative challenge called #the100dayproject on Instagram. This year while Dodge was scrolling through her newsfeed on Instagram, she saw a post from Luna stating that the annual 100-day challenge would start the next day. “So literally spur of the moment, I drew a picture of a plant and posted it on Instagram,” Dodge said. “I don’t know why I chose plants. I mean plants are everywhere. I eat plants. Plants are vegetables and fruits. And I wanted to post it on Instagram, so I could stick to it.” Since Dodge started posting one picture a day on her artistic Instagram account, she was able to gain a large amount of followers on her page. “I don’t know when it started, but slowly all of my followers were like, ‘Gina I look forward to this every day’ or ‘I make sure I go to your account and see what plant you drew today,’” Dodge said. “And at one point my followers said, ‘We want these drawings. I want your book.’” The only problem was, there were no books to sell. Dodge had

The book is more than just a publication full of pictures of plants. For Dodge, it is a journal. “This has been a journal for 100 days in the middle of my life,” Dodge said. “I like to be sassy, and I feel like I got all my feelings out by drawing plants.It’s funny because people will open to a page and tell me how much they like the page and I look at that page and think, ‘Oh that’s the day that so and so did this to me and I was so hurt’ and it’s a picture of a cactus with the word support.’ I got all my feelings out via plants.” This book is special for the people who have purchased a copy, but it was monumental for Dodge as well. “We all have days when we don’t believe in ourselves, and I can look at this book and realize I have done something,” Dodge said. “I have been making jokes that next year I will do a 100-day project on pants. But no, I think I will do another 100-day project, but I haven’t decided on what yet.”

help of some friends and, her book became a

Dodge continues to follow her passion for drawing and painting. Visit @ginadodge_art on Instagram for more information.

reality. In the end, a total of 150 books featuring Dodge’s art were printed.


just folded sheets of paper and handbound them. But with the





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Chroma is an illustrated book put together by 10 students over four months.


Claire Robinson: from Medicine to Music tells the story of one dedicated SUU student.


Funding the Arts showcases the Blackbox Theater Grant program.





: Chroma

10 students

4 months

1 illustrated book SUU students in a senior-level illustration course, Visual Development Studio, are experiencing the true meaning of elevated learning. In September, a team of 10 students under the direction of Professor of Illustration Ben Sowards began work on a book called “Chroma: An Illustrated Adventure” under the studio title of Project Bleak Studio Production. The book is written, illustrated, designed and marketed by the students. The Project Bleak Studio team includes Tayler, Sharilyn Shumway, Sherrill, Emily Hadlock, Jacob Jones, Aaron Lewis, Jaitee Pitts, Matt Oftedahl, Ekman and Dennis de Guia. “Chroma” is a novel about an archaeologist named Rin Midori. After an attack that causes her to lose her memory, Rin uses her field journal to uncover the mystery of her former life. Rin travels with a circus group. As she travels with them, they teach her magic and this is where the main adventure begins. Each of the students took on a very specific and important part in the “Chroma” project. Their roles included everything from the Art Lead to the 3-D Lead. All of the roles allow the students to collaborate on the production of “Chroma.” Producing this book has allowed some of the students to step outside of their comfort zone. Design Lead Sam Sherrill, a senior studio arts major from Taylorsville, said the majority of the team is composed of illustration students.

singular and personal work, but in a studio, you are throwing out ideas to others and working on paintings that are going to be handed off to others to finish. It’s teaching us a lot of those soft skills like communication, organization and leadership that we might not get experience in within our other classes.” The course allows the students to gain real-world experience to better prepare them for life after college. According to a press release by Marketing Lead Grayson Eckman, Studio Lead Keliana Tayler, a senior studio arts major from Orem, said, “It’s a big, messy, symphony rolling disaster that we are managing to make work because we are using real-world structures and systems.The hope is by having this completed project on our resumes we will be better prepared and stand out when it comes to finding jobs and careers after graduation.”

“We are not really used to working in a collaborative studio

The publication of “Chroma” is due to come out by the end of Fall Semester.

environment,” Sherrill said. “Art is usually thought of as a very






CLAIRE ROBINSON FROM MEDICINE TO MUSIC For Claire Robinson, a senior music major from Pleasant Grove, deciding what she wanted to do for the rest of her life resulted in what closely resembled a midlife crisis, the only difference being that she was only 18. A self-described “nerd,” Robinson accumulated a large number of AP science credits in high school, hoping to become a nurse. The summer before entering college, she realized that the best way she could help people was not through medicine, but through her music. Robinson realized the importance of her voice by singing to her uncle and elderly grandmother. “My uncle, who lived with us, would say that my singing was the best part of his day,” she said. “So I thought, ‘Well, people like my voice, so hopefully that means I’m good.’” When she arrived at college, Robinson successfully auditioned for the music department despite her nerves. Robinson gives her high school choir teachers credit for the ability to nail the audition. “I’d never taken voice lessons, I just did it in high school ... I had really great teachers that did really great things that put me on my path,” Robinson said.

She started her college career as a music education major because she loved high school choir. When she came to SUU, she started competing and it gave her the confidence to perform and change her major to vocal performance. Robinson made it clear, however, that although she idolizes many opera stars’ voices, she does not idolize their behavior. “There are a lot of people in the opera world that I look up to, but a lot of them are divas and I don’t want to be a diva,” she said. “I want the voice of a diva, just not the attitude.” She said Broadway superstar Audra McDonald is a big inspiration to her. Robinson said McDonald is not only a great performer, but also a phenomenal person. When it comes to her style of performing, Robinson takes inspiration from another star of the stage and screen, Kristin Chenoweth. “I saw Kristin Chenoweth live and she is so diverse, but also a pleasure to be around as far as I can tell,” Robinson said. “She really connected with the audience, and that’s the kind of performer I want to be. I don’t want to do it for me, I want to do it for other people.” She takes that connection with the audience very seriously. “The greatest thing about being a vocalist is that I get words. I get all of these words that these great poets have written, and I get to sing them and that brings so much more emotion sometimes, and I feel lucky to have them,” Robinson said. Robinson is looking forward to continuing her career here at SUU and preparing to audition for a study abroad program in Europe. LILY SHURTLEFF for SUU NEWS





FUNDING THE ARTS More student-run performances are being funded through the Blackbox Theatre Grant program, a system where students can propose and execute their dream project. The program began with an idea from Theatre Department Associate Chair Brian Swanson with support from Assistant Professor of Theatre Scott Knowles. Knowles said the program was created to help students explore their interests, and students have jumped at the opportunity. “It really allows them to take the initiative and create a piece of art that they are passionate about, instead of hoping that their favorite show, role or style of theatre will be selected for the main stage season,” Knowles said. “Ultimately, the grants are about providing more students with beneficial artistic experiences, and I think that objective is being met in a multitude of ways.” The most recent play to perform under the grant was “Really Really.” The project was proposed by Jessi Sommer, a junior theatre arts major from Las Vegas, who played the lead role. “I’ve had the most amazing opportunity producing for the Blackbox Grant,” Sommer said. “I would love to produce for professional companies in my future, so I’ve learned a lot to help me in that field. The best kind of experience is anything that creates art, and I’ve been so satisfied with the final product for this project.” The chance to learn extended to all members of the cast. Tony Sloan, a master’s candidate of arts administration from Griffith, Indiana, was the director of “Really Really.” “I learned a lot about directing,” Sloan said. “I had directed small projects for class before, but I had never directed a full show ... I learned all kinds of new ways to talk to my actors and team, and coach them in different ways.” The grant program originally gave $500 to each project from the department budget, but it has since become self-sufficient through ticket sales. Knowles said that if the fund continues to grow, the department will be able to purchase new equipment for the theatre. Each semester, a “Call for Proposals” (CFP) goes around the theatre department for students to review. To apply for a grant, students must write a two page paper as outlined in the CFP and submit a form outlining the details of the performance. Any questions regarding the program can be directed to the committee for the grant comprised of Scott Knowles, J.D. Sargent, Melinda Vaughn and Michael Crotty. JENNA CHAPMAN 16




Not So Merry and Bright

addresses holiday depression and how to cope.


The Attitude of Gratitude shows how some students prioritize having a positive outlook on life.


Book Banning questions the continued banning of some books by American schools.






AND BRIGHT While depression can happen throughout the entire year, stress and anxiety during the holiday seasons in November and December can cause even those that are typically happy and content to feel loneliness and lack of fulfillment. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons.” A season full of festive celebrations, the time between Thanksgiving through New Year’s is often seen as a time for gratitude, religion, family, friends and traditions. Unfortunately, for many people, there are more than enough reasons to feel the holiday blues.

for those already feeling the gloom of this stressful season, we have a few ideas to help you stay positive. Find Sunlight Dermatologists agree that getting at least 20 minutes of sunshine everyday helps in the fight against depression. Budget

Social isolation, grieving past years, family disfunction, feelings

Before shopping, making a plan and budget can help you avoid

of gloom, overwhelming stress, financial difficulties, seasonal

going into debt.

depression and cold dark winter nights are all contributors to this phenomenon. Doctor of Psychiatry Norman Rosenthal cited

Organize and Schedule

that six percent of the US population feels the effects of SAD

Avoid the stress that comes with time-consuming events and

every year.

forgetfulness by scheduling everything in advance and sticking

Members of the Journal’s Editorial Board agreed that this time of year can be very stressful, but completely worth the work. So

to your plan. Volunteering Helping those less fortunate than you through the holidays can help lift your own spirits. Breathe Remember to take a deep breath. Make time to smell the cinnamon. Do something for yourself because burning out will do nothing but frustrate you further. The Journal’s staff members wish everyone a happy holiday season. If you or someone you know is struggling, be sure to call SUU’s counseling center at (435) 865-8621 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. SAVANNAH PALMER





THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE College students tend to trudge through the week. We schedule our lives around tests, study groups and the next Chick-Fil-A stop. When it feels like life is crashing down, it can seem cliche to suggest gratitude as a solution to stress. Some may agree it’s hard to find things to be grateful for sometimes. Between mediocre test scores and pressuring jobs, college life seems to be one of stress, starvation and poverty. However, there are those that are able to recognize small things that bring happiness into their everyday lives. This holiday season, after asking around on campus, we found that what many SUU students are grateful for is their peers. “I love when people smile,” Riley Steadman, a senior psychology student from Stansbury Park, said. “When people are walking to class and they smile at me, a simple smile means the world.” Tyler Jaros, a junior communications major from Cedar City, expressed gratitude for a simple text message. “Yesterday, I got a text from a friend I haven’t heard from in a while. It was a nice pick-me-up and made me feel good.” Happiness, like most things, comes in all shapes and sizes-sometimes in the shape of food. “I always am happy when my wife makes food,” Payton Christensen, a senior nutrition major from Riverton, said. “But when class gets canceled, that is even better.” Allowing ourselves to be full of gratitude enables us to turn our hectic college life into more than just a place of stress.

the university journal staff Operations Manager : Hayden Coombs

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life,” Melody Beattie, an American writer, said. “It turns what we have into enough. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Whether you are a freshmen trying to find your place on campus or preparing to graduate, we all need to take a moment, breathe in the crisp air and, to paraphrase Johnson Oatman Jr., “count our many blessings, name them one by one and see what the world has done.” CASSIDY HARMON & ANSLEIGH MIKESELL

Edior-in-Chief (Print) & News Editor : Megan Fairbanks Editor-in-Chief (Web) & News Editor : Samantha Burfiend Accent Editor : Jenna Chapman Campus Life Editor : Andrew Leavitt Opinion Editor : Savannah Palmer Outside & Photography Editor : Mitchell Quartz Sports Editor : Haleigh Clemens Cartoonist : Sam Sherrill Graphic Designer : Raunie Bailey Advertising Chief : Laikin Barney Advertising Assistant : Alyssa Brunson Social Media : Carlee Jo Blumenthal Reporters : Eric Moses, Ansleigh Mikesell, Cassidy Harmon Copy Editors : Mikael Simpson, Nicole Heath




Recycled Arguments AND MISSING THE MARK Recently in Biloxi, Mississippi, a school board decided to ban Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Vice president Kenny Holloway said, “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable ...”

like ourselves when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody.”

Holloway was not clear in his explanation as to what language made the book “uncomfortable.” However, it is safe to suppose that he was speaking of the word that, according to American Library Association, three prominent schools objected to in the past thirty years.

but rather the opposite. The book is typically read by 9th graders

The n-word is a racially slurring expletive, explained to the book’s young protagonist, Scout, by her lawyer father. “What exactly is a (n-word) lover?” asked Scout, a young girl growing up in 1930s Alabama, to Atticus, her lawyer father, who spends the book trying to prove the innocence of a black man accused of raping a white female. “It’s hard to explain,” Atticus replied, “Ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves … it’s slipped into usage with some people

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book and story about racism in the United States, not set to encourage bigotry to teach the lesson of equality, kindness, honor and a code of conduct that all people should show to one another. Why are we depriving the youth in this country of learning those lessons? Because Americans are too uncomfortable and insecure to deal with the past and learn the lesson taught by it. This country’s narrative, despite its faults and sins, has a story to tell, a lesson to be learned from and something to add to the hearts and minds of youth. Our future is much brighter than the headlights of our past. Let us move past the sins that have beset this country and determine to face them rather than ignore them. SAVANNAH PALMER



Which Clif Bar climbed to

the top in this review by our Outdoor Editor?


Visit the Parks and

experience the best views and hiking trails in Utah.


IIC Internships let students

explore Mother Nature for class credit.


Devan Chavez discusses his

journey from T-bird journalist to Outdoor Information Officer.





which clif bar

in our review e t t h t o d o e b p m i cl

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER This was the most visually appealing bar. It didn’t taste like a protein or vitamin bar. There was also a nice balance between the dark chocolate bar and peanut butter filling. There were only two things about this bar that I didn’t like: the dark chocolate outside that was a little too rich and overall the bar felt very dry.


CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BUTTER One of the best parts of this bar was its pleasing texture. It also had an appealing hazelnut flavor. The biggest downside to this bar was an overall look that was less appealing than others. The filling was also more flavorful than the outside.

blueberry almond butter This bar was my least favorite. I admit that blueberries make the most sense for a fruit flavored bar, but there were numerous things I didn’t like about this bar. The filling was the most unpleasant part. It stuck to the top of my mouth, had a grainy texture and didn’t complement the outside of the bar.

Overall this was my favorite bar. The aroma of the bar reminded me of real bananas as opposed to a fake banana flavor. The three flavors worked well together and were accompanied by a pleasant fluffy-yetchewy texture. Of the four bars I tested, this one tasted the least like a protein bar. The only thing I didn’t like was the sticky texture of the filling. MITCHELL QUARTZ

Thank You Thank you to Clif Bar for sending samples of their newest products for me to try and review. Clif Bar was founded in 1986 by Gary Erickson. Erickson created the first Clif Bar in his mother’s kitchen and since then has grown the company to be worth more than $300 million dollars.





VISIT THE PARKS There are five national parks within a few hours drive Of Cedar City. Believe it or not, there are people here who don’t go outside and visit them. This concept is almost unfathomable for someone like me who moved to Utah exclusively for the national parks . I’ve been in Utah for well over a year now and it still amazes me. Every time I meet someone who grew up in Utah and has never visited a national park, it astounds me. On a recent trip to Bryce Canyon with the International Student Affairs (ISA) office, I talked with Olivia Talamantez, a freshman exploratory studies major from Layton. Talamantez is an advisor for the ISA who grew up in Utah, yet had never visited a national park before the trip to Bryce. Talamantez said her family never did outdoorsy things when she was growing up. They were more likely to drive to the beach than they were to go to the parks in their own backyard. She said she had the urge to go to the national parks but never got the chance to. She loves being an international ambassador because it gives her the opportunity to go on trips and experience new things. Talamantez said she was amazed when she stepped out and saw Bryce for the first time. Her favorite part was the colors and hiking down the switchback trials. She was so bewildered by her first trip to a national park that she is now planning a trip with her friends to go visit all of the national parks in Utah. The national parks are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful places on earth—and they are right in our own backyard. For more information on national parks in Utah visit national-parks. MITCHELL QUARTZ





iic intership The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) at SUU is here to help students get paid and receive class credit all while exploring Mother Nature. According to, the IIC is a partnership between SUU, the Land Management Agencies and Native American Tribes of Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Eastern Nevada. The program began in 2007 with a goal of providing internships for outdoor recreation majors while strengthening the ties between SUU and land management agencies. The IIC currently places more than 200 students in internships each year. The internships are designed to get students close to nature and give them “real world” work experience. Internships the organization provide are often tailored to the student’s academic field of study, while emphasizing the importance of land management and stewardship of the southwest’s resources and land. Director of the Outdoor Engagement Center Briget Eastep, an associate professor of outdoor recreation, stressed that the IIC internships were for everybody, not just outdoor recreation majors.

“We have engineering students working on the Dixie (National Forest), we have IT students working in Zion, we have history students working in interpretation across the board (and) we have education majors working with youth programs,” Eastep said. Eastep said a lot of students find internships that suit their academic field of study, but some just do it to get a different perspective. Others use the internship through the IIC for their EDGE project. According to Eastep, the internships provide students with skills employers look for including being able to take initiative, problem solve, communicate with others and work as a team. In addition to internships, the IIC also runs a program called the Conservation Crew Program. In the program, college students are given the opportunity to become crew leaders. As crew leaders, students work with high school students on conservation projects across southern Utah. For more information on what the IIC does or for information on how to join, visit or come to Public Lands Employment Day on Feb. 7. MITCHELL QUARTZ






TO OUTDOOR INFORMATION OFFICER SUU alumnus and outdoor enthusiast Devan Chavez came to the university because of the small class sizes, student involvement and hands-on opportunities.

relations job during the class. Now, he focuses on his career in communication and public relations at the Department of Natural Resources.

While at SUU, Chavez enjoyed videography, cycling around town, photography, concerts of the hardcore variety and training in muay thai kickboxing. He also spent his time developing a love for both video broadcasting and writing. Chavez said he was a consistent member of SUTV and was hired as the News Editor of the University Journal.

Chavez’s typical day is divided between working on statewide events, discussions of hot topics in the outdoors and planning upcoming photo and video shoots for Utah State Parks. He spends the rest of his time working with crisis communication for park events, such as the Utah State Park Bison Roundup and media tours.

“I embraced every opportunity I found,” Chavez said. “I was even able to visit the ‘New York Times’ for a weekend editor’s conference, (and) spend the summer of 2014 studying abroad in South Africa.”

Chavez said if he could give advice to a freshman coming to SUU to work in his field in the outdoors, he would tell them to follow his similar communication route. Students who want to work in PR for the parks, or any specific field for that matter, should focus on AP writing, video editing and photography. He also said students should get involved in the outdoor areas they are passionate about, and to utilize SUU as the University of the Parks.

Chavez said his time in Africa allowed him to study subjects like ecotourism and photojournalism, as well as immerse himself in the outdoor culture. This experience gave Chavez the idea to start doing outdoor photography and videography reporting. When Chavez graduated with an emphasis in broadcast journalism, he began working at St. George News. While there, Chavez returned to SUU to work towards his Master of Arts in Professional Communication. During a class taught by Graduate Coordinator and Communication Studies Professor Matthew Barton, Chavez was given an assignment to apply for a job indirectly related to his current field. Chavez landed an outdoors public


As Chavez focuses on his future with the Department of Natural Resources, he hopes to get younger generations involved with the outdoors on a collegiate level. To follow more on Chavez, go to his LinkedIn here: SAMANTHA BURFIEND





History of Hockey in Las Vegas takes a closer look at the city’s past teams.


Getting Involved with Intramurals is a great way to take a break and get active.


Freedom isn’t Free and

SUU’s new “Chair of Honor” is dedicated to those who fought for it. 26




HISTORY OF HOCKEY IN LAS VEGAS The Vegas Golden Knights have been successful in their first

Similar to the Thunder, the Wranglers enjoyed success while

season, becoming the first expansion team in National Hockey

they lasted. The team qualified for the playoffs every season except the 2004-05 season but never won the Kelly Cup. They were also the first team in the ECHL to have three consecutive 100-point seasons, have the highest winning percentage in ECHL history and their mascot Duke even attended three ECHL All-Star Games as the favorite mascot of the league.

League (NHL) history to win their first three games and have consistently stayed on top of the standings for the Pacific Division. While the Knights have made their mark on hockey history in Las Vegas, they are only the most recent chapter in a textbook full of struggles for the sport. Established in 1993, the Las Vegas Thunder was the first professional hockey team in the valley. The Thunder was a part of the International Hockey League (IHL), a minor professional league used as the alternative farm system for the NHL, with the Phoenix Coyotes serving as the Thunder’s NHL affiliate team. During their short time in Las Vegas, the Thunder enjoyed relative success, taking the division championship and winning the Huber Trophy in their first season, and again in the 199596 season. Manon Rhéaume, the first and only woman to play in the NHL, joined the Thunder for two games in 1994. The Thunder proved that hockey could work in Las Vegas but ultimately failed due to the cost to keep playing at the Thomas and Mack, and UNLV officials refused to negotiate a new agreement with the team. Just two years later the IHS would also crumble. The next crack at hockey in the valley was the Las Vegas Wranglers. After the demise of the Thunder and IHS, the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) promised to keep hockey in the valley and granted expansion rights to Las Vegas in 1999. Originally meant to begin their tenure in 2000, the Wranglers faced the same housing problems the Thunder did. The team planned to use the proposed Las Vegas Events Center but were forced to switch to the still under construction Orleans Arena when plans for the events center failed to move forward. Before the Wranglers could begin playing, their league fell apart. With the demise of the Phoenix Mustangs, Tacoma Sabercats and Colorado Gold Kings, the WCHL was absorbed into the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) along with the other surviving WCHL teams.

The Wranglers also made an effort to connect with the community and grow a local fan base, something the Thunder struggled with. An annual “Midnight Roundup” was created so residents that worked in the gaming industry could make it to a game. This wasn’t enough to save the team from the same fate as the Thunder, with The Orleans Hotel and Casino refusing to renew their lease after the 2013-14 season. Similar to their beginnings, the Wranglers made plans to move into a new arena at the Plaza Hotel & Casino but ultimately were forced to end the team when the casino decided the stadium would be too expensive to build and they could not find another option for a place to play. In the winter of 2014, the NHL allowed billionaire Bill Foley to conduct a season ticket drive to evaluate the interest in a new hockey team in the valley. With the success of the drive and subsequent applications in 2015, the league expansion to Las Vegas was unanimously approved at a league owner’s meeting on June 22, 2016. Along with the triumphs in their first season, the Golden Knights also became a rallying point and a huge support system for the valley after Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre. With the support of the NHL, their own stadium and the love of locals the Golden Knights are sure to be the start of a new book for hockey in the desert. HALEIGH CLEMENS

After acquiring the WCHL, the ECHL was propelled into a new status, later making the league one tier below the American Hockey League (AHL), and a minor league for the NHL. The Wranglers were made affiliates of the Calgary Flames from 2003-09, the Thunder’s old affiliate the Phoenix Coyotes from 2009-11 and then went independent from 2011-14. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIAN OLSEN




GETTING INVOLVED WITH INTRAMURALS With the semester coming to a close and winter drawing near, intramural sports are also winding down before more opportunities become available next semester. Intramurals are a chance to get out of the house and a break from a work routine to enjoy a recreational hobby. Registration for intramurals can be done through IMLeagues, SUU’s intramural sports resource. IMLeagues provides schedules and information for registration to students who may be interested in playing intramural sports, and some tournaments even offer prizes for the winning teams. This semester’s opportunities included pink volleyball for breast cancer awareness, football, and co-ed volleyball. Intramural athletes can only be involved in one sport at a time according to SUU policy. If an ineligible player is used on a team, the students are required to forfeit the game and both player and team are eliminated from tournament play. If a student repeatedly participates while ineligible they may be banned from registering for intramural sports altogether. Coordinator of Campus Recreation Ken Nielson said intramurals are available from the second week of the semester until finals week, and that playing in intramurals has a lot of positives. “Some benefits are that you can play something you can enjoy (or) try a new sport you haven’t tried yet,” Nielson said. Playing on the International Office team for co-ed volleyball, Reynaldo Jurado Biolley, a freshman management major from Escazú, Costa Rica, said teamwork helps students from all over campus unite for sports. “It means integrating people into activities on campus from studies and work,” Biolley said. Kallie Fuellenbach, a senior pre-nursing major from Monroe, served as the referee for a co-ed volleyball game and agreed that intramurals help the competitors socialize with one another. Win or lose, intramural sports are a resource for students to take a break from studying and enjoy recreation that will help balance college life and would be a great way to kick off any fitness resolutions in the new year. For more information on intramurals for the spring semester, visit SUU’s page at DAN LAUPER for SUU NEWS 28



ISN’T FREE With the political turmoil and overall unrest in the world, SUU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets Dalan and Mckenzie Bennett saw an opportunity to remind everyone of the bigger picture. Scrolling through Facebook one day, Dalan came across a Prisoner of War / Missing in Action “Chair of Honor” at Gillette field in Foxborough, Massachusetts, home of the Patriots. In conjunction with his EDGE project, the ROTC Cadets reached out to the group responsible for donating the chair at Gillette Field, Rolling Thunder. The Bennett’s motivation behind getting the chair installed inside Eccles Coliseum stems from their patriotic upbringings. Aside from their school project, Dalan and Mckenzie have also seen the recent decline in patriotism and felt that this could serve as reminder for the sacrifice given by so many. “We just wanted to bring (the chair) in remembrance to a place that people go to have fun,” Dalan said. “So every time someone walks by, they take a second to recount the sacrifices of others; and the reason they’re able to sit there in peace that night is because of someone (else) that sacrificed.”

“A visible memorial… that somebody did, in fact, go out and make a sacrifice bigger than themselves for someone they don’t even know,” Adsitt said of the chair.

Located on the south end of Eccles Coliseum, the yearlong project was unveiled on Oct. 6, as President Scott L. Wyatt and retired Navy Capt. Ronald Lewis addressed attendees. Since World War II, there have been over 82,000 soldiers unaccounted for and the Bennetts hope this gesture expresses their gratitude.

Students are beginning to take notice of the chair and what it stands for. As the SUU football team continues to win at home, bigger and bigger crowds fill in the Coliseum’s seats. SUU Coordinator of Completion and Student Success, Ryan Bailey, thinks that this memorial is more than doing its job.

“A lot of military members come home and struggled or have died (in service), but this chair is about prisoners of war and those missing in action,” Dalan said. “It’s a very specific group of service members that have suffered immensely.”

“It helps us remember that a privilege to higher education and the opportunity to go out and enjoy a Saturday afternoon and watch football is something that should be a little bit more,” Bailey said. “It’s cool to honor those folks that came back, but it’s special to honor those that might not have.”

The two students and ROTC Cadets were able to pull off this large feat with support from the SUU Veterans Resource and Support Center. Army veteran Billy Adsitt, a senior aviation management major from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, expressed what the Chair of Honor means to him as someone who has served in Iraq and remains active in the reserves. PHOTOS BY MITCHELL QUARTZ & COURTESY OF UNSPLASH.COM

For more information about the Chair of Honor, visit To inquire about adding a Chair of Honor to a different venue, visit: COLTON GORDON for SUU NEWS WINTER 2017 SUUNEWS.NET




SUU Launches Community Initiatives to provide learning opportunities.


SUU Faculty Lead Expedition to Peru as part of a new community travel program.


SUU Opens Capitol Reef Field Station for community and student use.

SUU Launches Community Initiatives with New Office, Programs In 2018, Southern Utah University is

Integrative and Engaged Learning is

poised to launch a series of programs

continually making a concerted push

designed specifically for the community.

to elevate the lives of others in our

Housed in SUU’s School of Integrative


and Engaged Learning, the newly created Office of Community and Academic Enrichment (CAE) has been charged to reach out to community members by extending academic experiences beyond campus boundaries to local and regional communities. “Our role at Southern Utah University has always been to extend our reach to our off-campus community,” Cook said.

Five unique programs have been placed under the direction of new CAE Director Melynda Thorpe to provide cultural, intellectual and skill-based learning opportunities for the entire community through a variety of interactive outlets. “Work hard, have fun and make a difference in your community — that has always been my motto,” Thorpe said. “SUU has

contribute to the continuing education

long relied on the strength and support of its local community. We feel that offering new and interesting courses designed specifically for members of the community

for all residents, and the School of

is an important way to give back.”

“We are in a unique position where we can draw on our on-campus experts to





Community on the Go:

Road Creek Inn:

Classes begin Spring 2018 for the purpose of creating community partnerships and generating fun, cultural, educational opportunities and experiences for those who love to learn. Subjects including culinary arts, hiking southern Utah, outdoor photography and blogging will be taught by local professionals for the purpose of increasing participant knowledge and developing new skills.

Safe, affordable travel for the community to international and domestic destinations. All trips are led by SUU faculty experts who share their expertise while touring with travelers in a group environment. Activities are flexible and designed using community feedback. Recent trips include Operation Overlord: The D-Day Experience, where travelers visited France and stood on the beaches of Normandy on Veterans Day, and Christmas in London. Trips in 2018 will include trekking to the Inca Empire of Peru in May, Halloween in Transylvania and Christmas in the Alps.

Community members can book an educational vacation to Road Creek Inn, SUU’s Capitol Reef field station in Loa. Located near Capitol Reef National Park, Fishlake National Forest, Canyonlands National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the historic hotel serves as a retreat option for any of the four programs at the Office of Community and Academic Enrichment at SUU. Originally built as a ZCMI Co-op in 1912, the property offers a quaint atmosphere for taking in the region.

Community Professional Development: Also launching Spring 2018, participants will have opportunities to customize professional portfolios by earning an SUU Institutional Certificate. Classes are designed to increase marketability and teach new career-enhancing skills. Both community education and professional development courses will be offered throughout the year in a combination of boot camps, seminars, shortterm classes and workshops, giving participants several options to fit their schedules.


Summer University: This program will highlight Cedar City as a summer destination for travelers from other communities. Participants will be able to tour the area’s national parks, participate in SUU expert-led excursions, immerse themselves in Shakespeare Festival activities and on-campus educational experiences, and stay in student housing for affordable rates.

Community education classes, and the CAE office, evolved over time to provide a better quality of life for Southern Utah residents, whether that be a social-based class, professional development, or the love to learn something new. For more information on programs in SUU’s Office of Community and Academic Enrichment. Visit their website at cae, give them a call at (435) 865-8259 or drop by the office at 136 W. University Boulevard, Office 003, Cedar City. HAVEN SCOTT for COMMUNITY




SUU FACULTY EXPERTS TO LEAD COMMUNITY EXPEDITION TO PERU Southern Utah University’s new community travel program, Community on the Go, will lead a group of 30 community participants on an expedition to explore ancient wonders of the Inca Empire of Peru in May. Registration is now open for travelers interested in an experience designed to be safe, fun, educational and affordable. From May 28-June 6, 2018, SUU Community on the Go explorers will visit colonial era sites and dine at world renowned restaurants in the capital city of Lima, Peru. Participants will view ancient artifacts and contemporary crafts in Peru’s museums and markets, enjoy the colorful Corpus Christi celebrations in Cuzco and visit the impressive Inca sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley. Additionally, the group will take part in traditional Peruvian cooking lessons, textile weaving, dancing events and other culturally-immersive activities.

SUU experts leading the trip are Dr. Emily Dean, associate professor of anthropology, and Dr. Iliana Portaro, assistant professor of Spanish. An archaeologist specializing in prehistory of the Andean region of South America, Dean has conducted both archaeological and anthropological fieldwork in Peru and Bolivia. Portaro received her Ph.D. in Latin American literature and cultures, and specializes in Peruvian literature and women’s studies. “While Peru is justifiably known for its amazing archaeological ruins, we also want to emphasize contemporary Peruvian culture on this trip,” said Dean. “One highlight for travelers will be the opportunity to take a cooking course where participants will learn to make a traditional Peruvian dish, drink and dessert, followed by salsa dancing lessons.” Explorers are also scheduled to attend the Corpus Christi religious festival. “This celebration is incredibly colorful with traditional dress, music and dancing. It is simply amazing to experience in person,” Portaro said.




COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE Established to provide opportunities for community members to travel and explore the world with SUU experts, Community on the Go 2018 expeditions include Peru’s Inca Empire in May, Halloween in Transylvania in October and Christmas in the Alps in December. Trips offer adult participants opportunities to experience foreign culture, food, art and historical sites with an added element of education. Excursions include unique opportunities for behind-the-scenes activities, building friendships and creating lasting memories. “The purpose of this program is to offer academically rich cultural travel experiences to members of the community while celebrating our campus experts,” said Pat Keehley, Community on the Go advisory board chair. “We are pleased at the community’s response to our international expeditions so far, and we look forward to adding domestic trips to our lineup in the near future.” According to Melynda Thorpe, director of the Office of Community & Academic Enrichment, Community on the Go is just one of several new community outreach initiatives of the university. In addition to travel, SUU is preparing to launch programs in 2018 including niche-specific Community Education courses, career enhancing Community Professional Development courses, and regional educational excursion programs. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to bring fun, culturally engaging and relevant short-term education programs to our community and region,” said Thorpe. “SUU has long relied on the strength and support of its local community. We feel that offering new and interesting courses designed specifically for members of the community is an important way for the university to give back.” SUU Community on the Go trips are led by SUU faculty experts who have previously journeyed to trip destinations and are prepared to share research and expertise with participants. Activities and itineraries are flexible, and trips are open to the public until filled. For more information, or to reserve your spot on an upcoming trip, visit, or email For questions about community education courses, professional development or regional excursions, call the SUU Office of Community and Academic Enrichment at (435) 865-8259. HAVEN SCOTT for COMMUNITY PHOTO COURTESY OF MELYNDA THORPE / INFOGRAPHIC BY ALYSSA BRUNSON




SUU Opens Capitol Reef Field Station Road Creek Inn, located near Capitol Reef National Park, Fishlake National Forest, Canyonlands National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is a historic hotel in Loa, Utah that now serves as Southern Utah University’s Capitol Reef Field Station. The current building replaced the Loa Co-op originally built in 1904 that was destroyed by fire on Dec. 11, 1911. A fresh water pipeline supplying Loa with water from nearby Road Creek was finished in 1911, unfortunately, a fire hose had not been constructed yet or the old building might have been saved. The new Loa Co-op building would go on to house many merchants, including being a part of the Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) from 1912 to 1920 managed by W. Scott McClellan. Others operating in the mercantile business after McClellan were Loren Webster, Nelden Ellet and Reed Brian from 1920-1928. In 1928, a Jewish immigrant from Russia by the name of Isaac Wachs, later changed to Wax, purchased the Loa Co-op store, at the time known as “Ikie’s Store,” and managed it from 1928-1940. Wax and his wife, Sadie, had four children; Harry (1906), Yetta (1908), Ida (1913) and Morris (1920). In 1945, after completing his military service, Harry bought the small company San Diego Janitor Supply and Chemical Company and was later joined in business by Morris. The company was renamed Waxie Sanitary Supply in 1954 and now has outlets in California, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Utah, employing more than 800 people. Wax’s grandson, Charles Wax, is the current CEO of Waxie Enterprises. “The Wax family was known for going above and beyond to care for their customers, and many people in the Utah communities still tell stories of their extraordinary customer service,” according to the Waxie Sanitary Supply website. “This is where our story begins.” During the The Great Depression, dancing helped raise the spirits of Wayne County residents as one of the more affordable amusements. Wayne County High School teacher Sam Chidester organized the Chidester Orchestra in 1920 that would go on to perform 9,050 concerts and dances. The youth of Wayne County always knew where a dance was, and in Loa, they traveled to the Loa Co-op or old Billings Store to dance polka, schottische, quadrille and Danish waltz. Locally accomplished performers 34


such as Enoch Sorenson and Nettie Brian were crowd favorites, and dancers could move between the two floors on the same night for the price of one ticket. Wayne County government officials also leased part of the building from 1912-1940 until the Wayne County Courthouse was constructed. The Waxs’ moved to Aurora in 1940 and sold the Loa Co-op to the Utah Poultry Association. Myrtus Adams and Virgil White maintained offices in the back of the building while candling eggs in the basement. In 1952, the building was sold to the Wayne County Poultry Association. Dixie and Anne Leavitt purchased the historic building in 1979 and established the current Road Creek Inn. The hotel was completely renovated in 2012, and today, with 15 guest rooms, large gathering areas and a full kitchen, Road Creek Inn is perfect for educational programs, family reunions, youth camps and conferences. Now more than 100 years old, Road Creek Inn offers amenities such as internet access, a sauna for relaxing after a day of hiking, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, standard king and queen rooms and two deluxe suites with three king-sized beds. SUU’s Capitol Reef Field Station is now open to the community for rental, and to SUU student groups. This beautiful, quaint facility is the perfect getaway surrounded by several historic Mormon pioneer towns and buildings, national parks, lakes, Native American ruins and protected forest lands, and a great environment for student clubs and large groups to get away to another of Utah’s phenomenal outdoor activities. The acquisition of the historic Road Creek Inn hotel, located at 98 South Main Street, in Loa, further solidifies Southern Utah University’s title as the official “University of the Parks.” HAVEN SCOTT for COMMUNITY PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUU / JEWISH MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST