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UVU Concert: Loveloud

Here’s What You Missed if you Couldn’t Make it to UVU’s Loveloud Fest

On August 26th, Utah Valley University hosted a Music Festival with headliners Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees. The theme of the festival was to promote acceptance of LGBTQ youth. The organizers of the event were very passionate to promote this message including director Lance Lowry, who had lost his little brother Landon to suicide one month prior to the event. Landon was not identified as a part of the LGBTQ member community, but suffered from depression. read more

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Plucking strings to fame

The much awaited Lindsey Stirling concert at the UCCU is finally here. Her stylish clothes and fearless violin cords have given me the courage to become a devoted fan. At just 30 years, she has captured the hearts of millions of people. During the past 4 years, she has climbed her way up the Billboard Top 200 with her song Hallelujah.

She has received countless awards, including the Platinum certification for The Billboard Music Award on “Top Dance/Electronic Album,”  in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Gold in Poland and Silver in France. Her electronic style has grabbed the attention of many soon-to-be-fans. Now she stands before us on her worldwide “Brave Enough” tour. On Tuesday October 4th; Lindsey performed her exciting pieces at UVU. Her talent has left people speechless. read more

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Lullabies For The Drowning

The Battle of Land and Sea is a one woman band of Sarah Golden. She has released one album in the genre ‘indie folk’. According to her Facebook page, she is currently working on a new record. Her music is not well known, so it is almost impossible to find lyrics online. Therefore, they are not all accurate.  Her music sounds like the sort of lullaby you would listen to as you were sailing.

“Saltwater Queen” is the song that gets trapped in your mind as you wade farther out into the ocean. It almost sounds urgent, something that not many of her songs have. Most of her music sounds like it got trapped in honey and it slowly oozes from your headphones. read more

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The Insomniac’s Dream

To the Insomniacs who dream only of sleep, here is a mix to help. Or at least keep you company to make the night pass easier.

What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what if in your dream, you went to heaven, and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke you had that flower in your hand – Ah, what then?

I Will Follow You Into The Dark- Death Cab For Cutie

Each Coming Night- Iron and Wine

Re: Stacks -Bon Iver

Gray Skies- Radical Face

We All Go The Same- Radical Face read more

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In the Eye of the Storm

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Mississippi and Alabama recently experienced a tornado on February 2nd. Within this past week, nearly a dozen of tornadoes have hit the south, according to the Weather Channel. A total of four tornadoes were confirmed in Birmingham, following their surveys of the areas damaged by the storms Tuesday night. Before the storms worked their way into Alabama, they left plenty of damage behind in several Mississippi towns Tuesday afternoon. Four tornadoes were confirmed by the NWS in Jackson.

While tornadoes in movies seem fun, and adventurous, a tornado is actually “a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system”. A tornado usually lasts less than 10 minutes, but has been recorded to last up to several hours. Signs of a tornado includes the sky turning a greenish color, heavy rain and/or hail proceeded by either fast or calm yet intense wind shifts. read more

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What Is Zika?

Many UCAS students aspire to be doctors, so it is important to keep up on recent medical issues. The Zika virus originated in a forest in Uganda and was discovered in 1947. It is a mosquito-transmitted disease similar to Dengue, Yellow Fever, and the West Nile virus. It was recently declared a “global emergency” by the WHO. (World Health Organization). In adults, the illness presents itself as joint pain, fever, rash, and red eyes. It usually resolves within less than a week, but there is no treatment or vaccine. However, it has been linked to severe birth defects if a pregnant woman contracts the disease. Babies are born with abnormally small heads. This causes neurological abnormalities due to the effects on the brain, as well as eye problems. Neurological effects include seizures, vision complications, hearing problems, and developmental disabilities. There is no treatment for the birth defect microcephaly. It is suggested that pregnant women avoid countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In order to prevent the spread of Zika, the control of  mosquito populations is the best option. read more

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WAKE UP

A mess of a mix to get you moving in the morning. Find it on YouTube here.

Walk the Moon- Anna Sun

White Stripes- Seven Nation Army + Glitch Mob Remix

Bleachers- I Wanna Get Better

blink-182- I Miss You

Nirvana- Come As You Are

X Ambassadors- Renegades

In The Valley Below- Peaches

Cage the Elephant- Come a Little Closer

Moose Blood- Pups

AWOLNATION- Run

Imagine Dragons- Shots

Grouplove- Ways to Go

Passion Pit- Take A Walk

Glitch Mob-Fortune Days

The Black Keys- Lonely Boy

Portugal. The Man- You Carried Us (Share with us the Sun) read more

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The Science of Executive Function

Many students here at UCAS, and any other high school, know that it’s hard to get organized. Well, on February 2, 2016, the National Public Radio released in article about executive function, which is basically how are brain works to organize the things we learn, how we reason, and plan. In this article they explained that high school students have been getting help from tutors who specialize in executive function. The tutors would teach the students how to organize, and ways to remember the different concepts they are learning in school. read more

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Tips to Survive a Mass Shooting

While the ‘war on guns’ continues in the U.S., the school shooting rate is through the roof. Although it is improbable that UCAS would ever undergo a shooting, it is never too late to be prepared. Here are some tips I have condensed for you found in this article.

The first thing is to understand where shootings have occurred, the population size, and body count of recent shootings. If you know these then you will begin to understand what shooters are looking for. For example, if  shooters are mainly going to grocery stores, and only shooting a couple people, then you can assume they are simply robbing them rather than going in for the purpose of killing. This can help you decide your actions, and what to do during any time there is a shooting. read more

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The Presidential Election

bernie_2I’m sure we all know about what happened at the Iowa Caucasus elections, thanks to Mr.Barksdale’s class. In case you live under a rock, or just so happen to not have Mr.Barksdale, here is a quick summary of what happened. On Monday, February 1st, there was a statewide voting that occurred, for both the Democratic and Republican parties. They were voting to see who would win the nomination for each party. From the Democrats, there were only 2 runners, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton won by an actual razor thin margin of just 4 extra votes. On the republican side, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and a few others were running. Ted Cruz won by a landslide, with over 5,000 votes ahead of the runner up. Donald Trump had an embarrassing defeat coming 2nd to his primary competitor, Ted Cruz. read more