Tolerance lets us live together

By Morgan Powell

Intolerance: Lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.        — Dictionary.com

The other day I was just minding my own business, walking to my cubicle at work with my hands warm from the steaming brewed cup of joe I was holding. I was just about to flick on the light above my desk when my coworker (we’ll call her Susan) said with such disgust in her voice “Is that coffee?”
My heart thudded frantically as I tried to force an excuse from my lips. I could say it was herbal tea, but the scent was pouring from the lid. It could have been hot chocolate, but the culprit lingered on my lips. All that I could manage was a meek and simple, “yes.”
You see, Susan is a Latter-day Saint, a Mormon. As am I. I was baptized last summer and found faith in the religion. I have had coffee my whole life and grew up in a loving family that drank coffee too. Well, one of church’s guidelines, as you could call them, is the Word of Wisdom, a doctrine in which followers of the faith should not ingest of harmful things or hurt their bodies, coffee being one of those poisons.
Now, why in the hell do you care about me, my religious preference, my warm cup of coffee or my co-worker Susan? Well, you don’t. But you might care about what I’m saying next.
All I could do in those few fateful seconds when “yes” slipped out of my mouth was feel ashamed. But why should I feel ashamed? I wasn’t a murderer, I didn’t hurt, connive, or insult anybody. The reason for my own emotional reaction was because of somebody else’s intolerance for my personal lifestyle.
Intolerance isn’t just found in the LDS religion – it is found in all religions, in all countries, states, cities, neighborhoods and homes. It is found when people are killed for reasons of hatred, when somebody is turned away because of race or gender, when religious people (and non-religious people) clash over personal beliefs, when others are bashed for their sexual preference, or even when a political candidate is attacked for expressing personal opinions.
My good friend and I were discussing this over a lunch break a few days after the incident. She brought up what I believe is the most vital point of all. “Why is it that, when one person strongly believes in something, they feel that it’s their right to police others? Why are they so intolerant?”
It seems to me that the policing of others is something that is so common in our society that’s it’s almost commonplace. We all police others and show blatant intolerance, whether it is a situation I have already mentioned or one much more miniscule, like judging people because of their clothing, their size, the amount of money they make, their standing in church or their intelligence. Maybe even by their drink of choice.
Since that day I have kept this feeling of injustice in my back pocket – until now. I realize how much harm and sadness is brewed by the intolerance of others, and by the intolerance of my own doing.  I am going to start having a more open mind, not always offering my opinion on something I don’t like, not flipping off the driver who cuts me off, not getting mad when someone makes a remark about my clothing, and maybe, just maybe, by understanding somebody else’s point of view. Instead of getting riled up about my morning brew, I’ll just smile and say “yes.”

Pac-12 easy move for gymnastics

By Larissa Giuliano
When Utah moved to the Pac-12 conference last year, it greatly affected the schedules of most sports, but not gymnastics.
The Utah gymnastics team has always been one of the best. They have won 10 national championships and qualified every single year.
Formerly being part of the Mountain West Conference, most of Utah’s athletic teams played other teams in that conference, which isn’t as competitive as the new conference. The gymnastics team, however, was not in a conference prior to the move. As one of the most dominant gymnastics teams in the country, it already competed against most of the teams in the Pac-10, as well as top-ranked teams all over the country.
Their schedule from last year to this year has barely changed at all. The main difference will be the addition of the Pac-12 championship. When they weren’t in a conference, the Utes had no opportunity to win a championship. Now, they will have the chance to compete for a conference title.
Only eight schools in the Pac-12 have gymnastics teams. Out of the seven other teams, Utah faced five of them last year. This year, Utah will start the season against UCLA, the same team that has been their first opponent all but one season in the past nine years. This meet is a significant test since UCLA won the 2010 nationals and was second last season.
While the move to the Pac-12 doesn’t impact Utah’s gymnastics schedule too much, it will actually make future schedules easier. Before, Utah could choose its schedule and it chose to go up against the best teams in the country. Now, its schedule will already be determined based on the conference rules.
While the more popular sports like football and basketball get most of the hype surrounding Utah’s conference change, we shouldn’t forget that the gymnastics team has been competing with and beating schools in the Pac-12 all along. Gymnasts deserve as much recognition as these other athletes because of their outstanding results.
The gymnastics meets draw large crowds, as Utah frequently has the highest average attendance in the nation. Still, the attendance is only about one-third the attendance of football games.
Utah’s first home meet begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. So come and support the team that is always one of the nation’s best!

Love, marriage, and laziness

By Julie Burggraf

After 72 days, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from husband Kris Humphries and further tainted the meaning of marriage.
In the United States, men and women aged 20 to 24 statistically show the highest divorce rate of any other age group getting married. When older couples marry, they have a significantly less chance of divorce.
When someone first marries, there is a 41 percent chance of divorce; marrying for a second time means that there is a 60 percent greater chance of divorce. Seventy-three percent of third marriages will end in divorce. According to marriage101.org,  “The Americans for Divorce Reform estimates that probably, 40 or possibly even 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if current trends continue.”
The sanctity of marriage has long been sought by many, and this is true for the Hollywood elite as well. The difference is, is that when celebrities get married there is no promise of forever. Marriages were not created to be an event for publicity and fame, but for love. While marriages have been arranged for centuries, love has undoubtedly conquered all.
Marriages such as Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married for nine months. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon were married for only 10 weeks, and Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander annulled their 56-hour marriage. Couples like these are just a few of the many examples that celebrities marry for all the wrong reasons.
With constant scandals of divorce in the media, statistics have come to prove that celebrities are the royalty of the United States and have an immense influence on the public and their actions. At 9.4 percent, Utah held the seventh-lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008.
Thinking that marriage is as temporary as a fake tattoo, and knowing that someone can find happiness in another person, are just two of ways that celebrities and now the public look at marriage. While many do file for divorce, not all are reasons because of boredom within the marriage or that they stopped trying. A marriage can end for a multitude of reasons. Marital abuse, people and circumstances that change and even death are just a few examples.
Stating that one will love another forever, through good and bad, has been indisputably changed to, we will love each other until one of us gets lazy and stops trying. With such appeal that comes from Hollywood it is hard to not think that someone’s everyday life could be the same as theirs.
Living an ordinary life without public prying into one’s life may be God’s biggest blessing. True love is something that everyone strives to find in his or her lifetime. Celebrities and their influence on the public should be portraying a positive and true meaning of love, rather than tainting the sanctity of marriage by marrying with the thought of maybe this could work.

Batman in the big house

By Zack Renner
Arkham City looks awful. The special kind of awful that makes you want to explore its every beautifully articulated nook and cranny.
It’s time to don the cape and cowl and step inside the world of everyone’s favorite bat enthusiast for Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham City. Does the Dark Knight rise above expectations or fall in line with the many third-rate superhero adaptation games clogging disc drives these days?
If 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum was a love letter to comic book fans, and then Batman: Arkham City is a full-blown romantic novel.  Whether it’s the deliberate yet hectic gameplay or the cameo-laden story, being Batman has never been this much fun.
After the events of the first game Batman’s rogue’s gallery repository, Arkham Asylum, is out of order. The solution to this problem is a bigger, better prison built right into the heart of Gotham City. The narrative opens with prisoners taking control of Arkham City under the command of Dr. Hugo Strange. Strange being the one villain smart enough to connect the dots from Bruce Wayne to Batman. It’s up to Batman to clean up the big house any way he can—and oh, the ways he can.
The story will have you running, rolling, grappling, gliding and diving through the missions spread throughout Gotham City’s district turned prison camp. While the main story can keep gamers busy for up 20 hours, the side missions provide fleshed-out optional stories with much incentive for deviation from the beaten path.
Think Grand Theft Batman. While there is no Batmobile in the game, Batman has no trouble traversing rooftops with grace that would give Spiderman a run for his money.  It can be difficult to stop and smell the roses of Arkham City, but if you do you’ll see just how gorgeous and painstakingly realized the environment is.
Once you use the game’s x-ray vision like detective mode, the game’s elements of exploration and treasure hunting come into play. Revealing side quests like the Riddler’s challenges or random chatter among thugs, the game is out to distract you. Although the detective mode is helpful in finding Easter eggs hidden in the vast city, the world simply looks too good not peep out behind the x-ray specs.
Did I mention the game is gorgeous?  Each section of the city has a unique flair that alone provides enough incentive to progress through the story as it takes you from gothic cityscape to art deco underground ruins.
Pitch perfect sound design and a stellar voice cast breathe life into every character you encounter. Anyone familiar with Batman: the Animated Series from the ’90s will recognize the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as they reprise their famous roles once again as the Batman and Joker.
Fans will appreciate the dark and personality driven architecture of Arkham City. The city itself feels alive and volatile, ready for some bone-breaking brawls and sleuthing about. There is plenty to see here and whether you’re a fan of the source material or not and have a good time doing it. (Rating: A)

Kardashian wedding a stunt

By Kate Van Wagoner
Kim Kardashian is famous for being famous. How is it that the Kardashian name is so well-known all over the world for the sole reason to entertain audiences without a significant talent-or is the talent itself the ability to make an empire off of the public eye? Kris Humphries, an NBA player, helped boost the family fame in his 72-day marriage to Kardashian.
Kardashian began dating Humphries October 2010. They became engaged May 2011, and married Aug 20, 2011, in Montecito, Cali. After 72 days of marriage, Kardashian filed divorce on Oct 31, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. It was an unnecessary rushed wedding.  The unexpected divorce had the public including me, questioning if this wedding was a hoax or not.
It was a publicity stunt. If anything, I give credit to them both. Bad publicity for not marrying someone for the right reason will blow over. However, the money and camera time they both received is exactly what celebrities are after. It was great for ratings and the wedding brought in millions.
Kardashian’s wedding featured a $2.5 million, 65-carat sparkling diamond headpiece by Lorraine Schwartz; a $2 million, 20.5-carat diamond engagement ring; and 28-carat diamond earrings worth $5 million. All told, she was wearing well over $10 million worth of jewelry on her big day. Not to mention the $150,000 she spent on hair and makeup that day.
Kardashian may have upset her loyal fans but she did exactly what she needed to do to take the negative spotlight away and make it positive. Kardashian donated all of her wedding gifts to charity.
It is incredible to see the money Kardashian made off of this wedding. Besides the reported $2.5 million she got from People, Kardashian is said to have made between  $12 and $15 million for the E! TV special. She also reportedly banked hundreds of thousands of dollars for selling exclusive rights to her engagement announcement, bridal shower and bachelorette party.
Why do people care do much about other people’s lives? Being on television you have to know that you will be criticized. Your every move will be watched but if anything the Kardashian network skyrocketed and that is what being a celebrity is all about.
The New York Times calculated that the couple made $10,358.80 per hour of marriage. Pure genius.

Thanksgiving a forgotten holiday

By Sarah Stevens

Santa Claus is coming to town, already?
It is the day after Halloween, and Lennox Mall in Atlanta has Christmas trees adorning every corner. “Jingle Bells” is blaring out of the speakers and Santa Claus is sitting proudly in the middle of the mall, ready to lend an ear to the little ones. It is Nov. 1 and we are already forgetting Thanksgiving.
Too many people skip the precious time we are given in the month of November to acknowledge the importance of Thanksgiving. The tenderness of Thanksgiving is easy to miss. It is the most understated and non-commercialized holiday relying on one theme, being thankful.
Most people take down their spooky décor the morning after Halloween, only to drape bright lights on their artificial Christmas tree that very same day.  Where is the momentary lapse in time where we pause between the two most commercialized holidays in America?
Thanksgiving matters. It is the most important holiday. It is not Veterans Day, when we graciously pay our respects to those who fight for our freedom. It is not Christmas, when we pay tribute to Christ. It is Thanksgiving, when we express gratitude for everything and take a day to be grateful that we live in America. I am a firm believer in Thanksgiving, in the celebrations it encompasses as a holiday in America, and I believe we need to give it the attention it deserves.
This past fall break I was at Lennox Mall in Atlanta and I noticed that Nordstrom had signs posted on every exterior door reading, “At Nordstrom…we won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27. Why? Well, we like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.” How revolutionary that a department store in one of the most popular shopping cities in America would not put up Christmas decorations well in advance, so much so that they have to post signs for concerned consumers.
Even Facebook has a group created last week called “Please Don’t Forget Thanksgiving” boasting 127 members. The group’s information reads, “To many Americans, Thanksgiving is just a time to eat turkey and watch football. We should enjoy Thanksgiving for what it is: a day to thank the Lord for America, our freedom and the many blessings we have.”  These days, it seems like Americans are more concerned with being showered with new gifts rather than be thankful for what they have.
Though some may see Christmas as a legitimate reason to skip Thanksgiving (if honored the right way), the commercialized appeal that perpetuates Christmas and Halloween for so many Americans demonstrates how different the approach of Thanksgiving is.
Thanksgiving needs more attention. We are giving thanks to the nation that provides us with the freedom to celebrate other holidays. We need to take appropriate time to pause and reflect between the busy holidays of Halloween and Christmas and dwell on what it really means to be thankful.

Penn State not about football

By Mary Stevens
“Beat Nebraska!” was Joe Paterno’s last message to the Penn State football team the Wednesday afternoon before he was fired for not reporting to police a sexual abuse allegation within his coaching staff.
On Nov. 5, Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State defensive coordinator, was arrested and charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys.
According to the indictment, 28-year-old graduate student and assistant coach Mike McQueary witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in the Penn Sate locker room and formally met with head coach Joe Paterno to report what he saw.  Paterno notified his superiors and let them handle the situation from there.  Neither Paterno nor McQuery reported the abuse to the police.
“I think he tried to do what he could,” said Matthew Van Wagoner, an English major at Westminster College.  “In most jobs, there is a protocol and I think he simply followed protocol and did what he was trained to do.  Whether he agreed with how the university handled the situation after that is really out of his control.”
Joe Paterno was one of the most successful and influential coaches in the history of college football.  Of course he has control of the situation.  That is his job.  Paterno has made a living instructing men both on and off the field.  For anyone to say Paterno did not have the means or the influence to do something about the situation is a complete misjudgment.
Paterno and other members of his coaching staff and authorities at Penn State had received eyewitness reports that a child predator was on the prowl, and they did nothing.
It is astonishing that these men were not courageous enough o come forward with this sort of information to the police. Regardless of how many games Paterno has won for Penn State he has failed the ultimate test: to stand up for what is morally correct.
“Somebody has to question… the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child,” Pennsylvania state police commissioner Frank Noonan said.  “I think you have the moral responsibility whether you’re a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building.  I think you have a moral responsibility to call us.”
Some Penn State students and fans have expressed concern about how this will affect the upcoming football season and whether or not they will ever find a coach to adequately replace Paterno. But at the end of the day, in light of all the real problems at Penn State, who cares if they beat Nebraska?

Is feminism lost in translation?

By Anna Peterson
Feminism, like almost everything, evolves over time.  The fight for women’s rights has evolved, and some say polluted. The sexualization of women and rejection of traditional roles offends many people, including members of the LDS Church. And I have to say I see their point.
Does being an active member of the LDS Church mean I have to forsake my upbringing as a feminist? I shouldn’t have to choose, but I feel as if I can’t reconcile the two. It makes me wonder: Is something lost in translation?
The crusade for equal job opportunity and the ability to choose work over traditional female roles has translated to a fight for equal pay and recognition in the workplace, as well as a continuation of the sexual revolution.
Just like our “foremothers,” we feminists like to make a splash. Instead of the disposing of our under-things and “wearing mini-skirt[s] and a button that said ‘c— power,’” as Gloria Steinem told the New York Observer, many women embrace the sexual side of their personalities and promote it.
The HBO show “Sex and the City,” for example, documents the lives and friendships of four women in New York City. The focus on their sex lives has been viewed as something of a modern sexual revolution; they view their experiences as men would, which was uncommon on television.
This gives me pause. Does having casual sex give women empowerment or have women conformed to a male paradigm instead of creating their own sexual identities?
The recent image of an “empowered woman” promoted in the media shows women who are empowered because they choose to be sexual objects as opposed to having the role forced on them. What happened to bra burning?
My religious beliefs and moral code prevent me from many of the behaviors that these feminists participate in.  But why should I have to conform to these behaviors in order to be a feminist?
The feminist movement, to me, promotes the ability for women to take on any roles they like without facing discrimination.
Many people find my religion sexist because of its emphasis on traditional female roles of wife and mother. Many feminists regard the role of stay-at-home mom with disdain, as it represents years of female oppression before the feminist movement.
To these critics, I say: Isn’t some kind of reverse sexism to discriminate against a woman who chooses to embrace the role of wife and mother? Does one have to be a CEO or sex symbol to fit the modern ideal of feminist?
So much of feminist ideology has been polluted by modern society. Many young women regard Kim Kardashian as a kind of role model.
Let’s face it: She runs a successful business with her sisters, she is beautiful and she has lots of money. Her behavior, however, is so antithetical to feminist ideals it makes my head want to explode.
The images of “strong females” give a false sense of empowerment to women. I don’t need to be sexualized in order to take control over my life.
Kim Kardashian is a feminist because she runs a business. The short-lived “The Playboy Club” promoted female empowerment because a bunny can wear a corset and heels while killing a major mob boss. Again, I’d like a match and a bra, please.
The choices a woman makes should be taken into account. There is no need to conform to the male paradigm; a woman does not need to be masculine or overtly feminine to assert her role in society.
As a feminist, it’s my right to choose.

Shoes are a $75 million lie

By Amy Murakami

Millions of Americans embraced the athletic shoe created by Skechers called the Shape-Ups.  Many pairs were sold because they promise to strengthen and tone muscles without setting foot into a gym.  Let’s be real, people, how can a shoe magically make you achieve a rear like Kim Kardashian?
The way I see the Shape-Ups is just another form of a fad diet.  They are telling you to take the easy way out; just lace up these shoes and fitness is guaranteed.  Like a crash diet they promote exercising less and promising to look beautiful while wearing them.  Even more gag-worthy, they have a celebrity endorsing the shoe who was already famous for her body prior to the shoe’s creation.  Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, advertise Shape-Ups with the tag line, “Get Fashionably Fit.”  Another advertisement encouraging people to look the “part” in Hollywood.
Fortunately, I am not the only one  who sees past these claims.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently fined Reebok $25 million because of their EasyTone shoes that made bogus claims to tone the calf muscles.  Skechers now is facing the same battle and a larger fine of $75 million.  Starting out with furious bloggers, now the media is attacking the brand for its preposterous claims.
Skechers is planning to stand up for its shoe and fight.  In an article in Advertising Age, Skechers is quoted, “We believe that our claims and advertising, with respect to our core toning products, are supported by scientific tests, expert opinions, and other relevant data.”
Skechers leads the shoe-toning category with a 60 percent share.  Making a number of people believe that Skechers has done something right.   Some bloggers have given better feedback with saying that the shoe gives them more thought about walking and exercise is more on their mind when they have them on.   This is a positive aspect to the shoe when people are willing to walk further distances.
As for the most part, people just need to get it in their heads that you have to pay visits to the gym and do more than walk from your driveway to your front door to get a toned bottom half.  The only fashionable aspect of this phenomenon is the advertisements that feature Kim Kardashian, and that is because you are looking at her face and not her feet. Therefore, may these ridiculous allegations and ugly shoes come to and end faster than her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries.

Resort plans raise questions

By Erika Keffer

The greatest snow on Earth, our snow here in Utah, is cause for profit and environmental degradation.
Utah ski resorts have proposed several plans for expansion, including expanding skiable terrain and connecting Summit and Salt Lake counties over the Wasatch mountain range. These expansions are an unnecessary addition to the resorts and would have an enormous impact on the environment.
Alta seeks to add two separate lifts connecting to Big Cottonwood Canyon in two different gulches. Park City Mountain Resorts also wants two new lifts accessing Guardsman Pass and Brighton. Canyons Resort, the biggest in Utah, wants to build a tram to connect to Solitude, and Solitude wants another lift of its own for more skiable terrain. Also, Snowbird wants another tram.
These connector expansions, according to Ted Wilson, director of government affairs for Talisker Mountain Inc., are a “public service” and another way to access the high mountains. He admits it would also be profitable for his company. Wilson believes it will be an easier way for skiers to travel among Utah resorts and there would be no environmental impact.
This is ludicrous because Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons support the watershed that supplies drinking water to almost a half-million Utah residents. Providing easier access implies more recreators. In order to accommodate such recreation, concessions, restrooms and lodging are bound to follow. Also, more people mean more trash and less land for wildlife to roam and forage.
Carl Fisher, executive director of Save Our Canyons, said, “We as people are loving this place to death.” Traffic up and down Big and Little Cottonwood and Parleys Canyon causes severe pollution in the Salt Lake Valley. This is inevitable because of the enormous popularity of ski and snowboard tourism in Utah, but more reasons for people to travel the canyons is not helpful.
Expanding resorts in order to access more skiable terrain is profit-motivated and has a negative impact on the environment. All of the terrain where these resorts wish to expand is currently accessed by low environmental impact backcountry users who would be displaced if the expansions were put into effect. Backcountry skiers are more susceptible to avalanches because of the uncontrolled terrain, but there are great local resources about avalanche education.
If what these resorts are seeking is a more efficient way to get skiers from one resort to another, it would be more beneficial to negotiate lift ticket deals among resorts. Package deals for multiple resorts in the same canyon, or package deals for different nights at different resorts with corresponding lift tickets seems like a less impactful way to help winter tourists. Also, reworking the public transportation system to more effectively access the different canyons and resorts would benefit not only skiers and snowboarders, but ideally reduce pollution-causing traffic.
Changes like this would be much more beneficial to Utahans and visitors. We must protect our most valued resource, our champagne powder, and at the same time, drinking water.

Eat what our grandparents ate

By Catherine Johnson

I too am jumping on the organic bandwagon. I make sure my products are locally grown, or if they can’t be local then at least they are organic. I get a special sense of pride and dignity when I choose to walk into Whole Foods rather than the other grocery stores. There seems to be a little bit of a righteous feel when you  walk in there. As you shop with fellow customers, there’s an unspoken word going around about how we made the right choice.
I was not always this way. I am an easily persuaded person, and once persuaded I am passionate. My influence was the movie Food, Inc. After watching the movie I picked up my phone and started to call everyone I knew, telling them how we only need to buy organic and “Did you know chickens are injected with hormones and raised to have so much meat on them they can’t take two steps without collapsing?”
This became a new obsession of mine.  I would start conversations with perfect strangers, asking them if they knew where there milk was coming from. To me it was something that just made sense. Why would I want to eat anything that had hormones injected into it? I remember seeing a cartoon that made my organic choice even more simple it said “Organic… or as our grandparents called it, ‘Food.’”
I understand that not everyone has the luxury of spending money on these fancy organically grown apples, but there are alternatives.  Community gardens are a good way to receive organic food without paying expensive store prices.
I get into disputes with people on the subject of organic food. People tell me that organic is a new craze that will die out.  I like to rebut by saying organic is what has always been around, and hormones being injected into food is the new craze.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie Food, Inc. is when hamburger restaurants are being examined and the process of making the hamburger is being described.  Many hamburgers have cardboard filler. There are tiny pieces of cardboard put in to make a bigger burger with less meat.
I can understand my sources are biased, but it seems pretty simple to me. When I pay $6 for a hamburger I don’t want to be eating cardboard. In that case why don’t I just squirt some mustard on a box and save a few dollars?
I don’t need to have an outrageously huge strawberry; I would just like a basic strawberry. One that came straight from the earth untouched until it was picked just for me. I am taking some words of wisdom Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: “Less is more.”

Retail job sparks equity epiphany

By Jetta Harris

TV anchors are not more important than the rest of us. They are not better than the homeless, non-English speakers or minimum-wage workers.
Hope Woodside, Fox 13’s evening news host, walked into my store a few nights ago and shopped for apparel. I casually greeted her, and we both went on with our tasks; I did not realize the person I was greeting was a technical person of interest. As my colleagues noticed who the woman in the leopard print skirt was, they flocked, swarmed and surrounded her with comments and outfit ideas. I, on the other hand, began helping a conservatively dressed mother and daughter. The mother did not speak English, and the daughter served as our interpreter as I helped them find the items they wanted.
As I ushered the mother into the fitting room, I was beginning to feel guilty for not giving more assistance to Hope Woodside. How did I not notice her? Before I could find her again and offer my opinions, I had begun assisting another customer. I continued to grab sizes for the mother and daughter and helped them pick out clothes for a son, too. Suddenly, I had a realization: Hope Woodside is not more important than the mother and daughter with whom I could barely have a conversation. Her needs are not more important, and she should not receive better treatment. Would she spend more money? Maybe. Did she? No. I ended up helping the mother and daughter select multiple items, and Hope didn’t find much.
Patrons in public should be treated equally, regardless of status, and the employees attending to them need to acknowledge fair treatment. As a retail employee, and a minimum-wage one, this incident reminded me that I need to care for all my customers equally. I have since noticed that my equity epiphany is not present in other situations, but I’m hoping it can be.
In service jobs, think about the people you are serving; think about them as people. Each person requires your assistance to meet his or her needs, but one person’s needs do not override another’s. Judging by outside appearance, status, career or language capabilities is not the way to establish customer priority; it’s a way to leave your goals and your customer’s goals unmet. Did I want Hope Woodside to feel unattended to? No. But did I want the mother and daughter to feel that way either? Absolutely not. Did Hope and the mother and daughter get the assistance they needed? Yes, and it was an equity epiphany that brought success.

NFL rule could be hurting players

By Braden Hammond
Ryan Clark, safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was fined $40,000 Sunday for a helmet-to-helmet contact penalty, a new rule that may be doing more harm than good.
Ed Dickson of the Baltimore Ravens caught the ball across the middle of the field in front of Clark, so Clark did what he has been trained to do: hit the opposing player hard enough to try and stop further progression of the football.  Clark had no desire to hurt Dickson, just the intention of making a play that would help his own team.  This hit turned into not only a penalty against Clark and the Steelers, but also a $40,000 fine for Clark.
Helmet-to-helmet penalties have been a controversial subject that has led to many disagreements between NFL players and league commissioners in the last couple years.  Defensive players are no longer allowed to do what they have been doing for the last 90 years.  Instead of possibly being a game-changing play and causing the crowd to go wild, a helmet-to-helmet collision will now result in a penalty.
Players should not be penalized for what they’ve been taught to do for years.  A defensive player’s main job is to stop the football from progressing so their team can get the ball back.  Players are taught to hit the man with the ball in an attempt to make him fumble; hard-hitting is just a part of the sport.  A single play only lasts a few seconds, which means every player is forced to make split-second decisions.  A defensive player usually doesn’t have time to aim or decide how he’s going to tackle the person with the ball.  This means that it will never be possible to completely eliminate helmet-to-helmet hits.
I understand that collisions to the head can easily cause injuries, especially with players running at high speeds in the NFL.  The rules against helmet-to-helmet contact were made with good intentions and the league commissioners are only trying to protect the players, but every player knew the risks of the game when he started playing.  They all know that football is a contact sport and that they could be hit hard and injured at any second on the field.  If they weren’t okay with these risks, then they wouldn’t be playing.
This new rule is meant only to prevent injuries to players, but could it actually be doing the opposite?  What if players decide that since they’re going to be fined anyway, they’ll just try to make the hit as hard as possible and injure the guy?  Some players, including Clark, are thinking exactly that.  Clark said, “So it’s going to turn into if you’re going to fine me $40,000, I might as well put him to sleep for real or I might as well blow his knee out.”

Let’s get NBA lockout behind us

By Emily Dunn
The National Basketball Association has been around for years. This year will be the first season that the players will not be playing as of right now. Some of the players saw this coming so decided instead of sitting around waiting, they are going overseas to play there.
At first when Deron Williams announced that he was going to play in Europe, many thought it was a stupid idea and he would get hurt and ruin his NBA season here. Now being mid-November and the season still not starting many are starting to think Williams was smart to leave and continue playing.
Williams wasn’t the only player to leave to go play. Local Jazz player Andrei Kirilenko has gone over to play for Moscow with a three-year contract, but he has the option of leaving anytime when the NBA starts back up.  It is not only local players, but big-name players as well have left to play in the Euro league. One of the biggest stars in the basketball world right now, Kobe Bryant, was a big debate on playing across seas. Bryant ended up not going and rumors were started that the Euro league doesn’t have enough money for Bryant.
Europe hasn’t been as easy on these NBA players as they might have thought it would be. A lot of them have been struggling to get going, and their stats are nothing like what they are here.  Williams has said that “the reffing is different over there, and it has taken time to adjust to,” according to a fan site.
The players over there haven’t had respect for the NBA players coming over and stealing their spotlight, so they’re trying to make sure the stars stay out of the spotlight and on the benches.
Many of the players are wishing they had followed Williams from the beginning. Derek Fisher is the spokesman for the players during the lockout, and he is wishing he were overseas doing what he does best and what he loves.
As of now the lockout doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, and many fans and players are very upset by this. If we could just go back to the days of high school or even college when money wasn’t an issue and it was all played with heart. The athletes and owners today have become too greedy and are ruining the great sport of basketball. If the lockout doesn’t end soon, I could see the whole NBA moving to the Euro league.

Think twice before hanging up

By Jessica Chindgren

Annoying. Disruptive. Intrusive. These may be words that come to your mind when you think of a telemarketer.  As of three weeks ago, I would have agreed.
Then I started a job as a telemarketer.
Yes, I chose the hated role of the annoying, disruptive and intrusive, but I needed a job—plain and simple. Rent due, bills due, tuition due; I needed a job. We’ve all been there, taken a job because we needed it, not because it was really what we wanted. So why is it that we treat telemarketers with little or no respect? We’ve all been there, right?
Yes, it is true, telemarketers a lot of the time can be an annoyance. But does that mean they aren’t human and don’t deserve to be treated with respect? These telemarketers are people, just like you.  You have no idea what may be going on in their lives and your attitude, good or bad, has an effect on them.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “If I’m not rude, the telemarketer won’t leave me alone.” I understand the reason people think this; I thought that too. Telemarketers have a very negative image.  The stereotype is that telemarketers are only out to sell you on something, and they won’t stop until you are sold on it. However, this often isn’t true. We have to remember that this is a stereotype.
Don’t ever treat blondes as if they are smart; they are dumb. Never let Arabs on a plane; they are terrorists. Don’t ever give telemarketers the time of day; they are only out to get your money. As you can see, these stereotypes are wrong and we shouldn’t treat people according to stereotypes.
How would you like it if you were working a job that you already didn’t enjoy and almost everyone you talked to treated you like an annoyance? It’s awful. No one, no matter what stereotype, deserves to be treated as an annoyance.  We are all human, we are all trying to make it in this world and we should all treat others with the respect that they deserve.
Overall, if you treat telemarketers with respect, they will treat you with respect. If the telemarketer knows that you aren’t interested, he or she will not waste time on you. If you aren’t interested, let them know; just do so nicely. It really is easier than you may think.
So next time you get a call from a telemarketer, don’t be so quick to hang up, yell, or play a nasty trick.  Think if it was you or someone you knew on the other line. “Treat others the way you wish to be treated.”

U lacks diversity awareness

By Emilio Manuel Camu
“As I see all of these posters of the so-called students on campus, I have to ask myself: where the heck are all of the Asians?  It’s as if our institution consisted solely of smiling white, 18-22-year-olds with a handful of token ethnics,” said Jen Le, a senior in accounting.
In fact, when you look at many of the posters on campus, including the health programs sponsored by the field house, the laptop rentals sponsored by the Union, the Campus Life discount books, and even the mouse pads located in the Language & Communication building, most, if not all, images on advertisements or posters include people of Caucasian descent.
“It’s a little disheartening to know that this is how our university is represented,” said Dao Tran, a freshman in business.  “I feel like my needs aren’t addressed because the current administration and student government do not understand the needs of people that come from a different background than theirs.”
But why should diversity be on everyone’s agendas? Why should there be a need to demonstrate diversity through ads or through the student government?  Well, the purpose of the university is to provide higher education for the students who attend, and the purpose of the ASUU is to serve the needs of the students.  As the current population of U is very diverse in terms of ethnicity, sexuality, gender, socioeconomic status, marital status, and includes many non-traditional students while ASUU is majority white, many people feel that they do not understand many of the ways they represent the student body.
At a children’s Halloween event located at the Union, a member of student government passed me in the hall wearing a faux-feather headdress.  She wanted to be a Native American for the Halloween activity.  Obviously, she didn’t understand the social and cultural implications of her wearing the headdress as a costume, as the feather is a symbol or respect, dignity, honor, and importance in many cultures, not just that of the Native Americans.
As I walked up to her to ask kindly to take off the headdress, I didn’t know what I would say.  I knew if the encounter were to turn bad, she somehow had the power to affect negatively the resources that I need to serve as the president of the Asian American Student Association.
I told her what the importance of the headdress was, and repeated four times that the headdress is “part of a culture, not a costume.”  She still didn’t seem to understand the implications of what I had repeated to her, but she respected my wishes and removed her headgear.
I was in shock that she left without really understanding that the feather headdress was part of and important to many cultures, but it wasn’t a costume to be worn to festivities.  If this is how knowledgeable our institution’s leaders are about the students they’re supposed to be serving, I wonder how dedicated they are in serving us.  To be that unaware of different social and cultural communities located on the university and not being able to address such simple needs as respecting each others’ culture surprises me.
Should our leaders really be this ignorant of us, the students whom they serve?

Spedelli’s menu offers diversity

By Kyle Biehl
“Damn, it looks better in here, man, and I’m down with the mustaches,”  said Eric Miller, a University of Utah student.
When you think the most stereotypical thing that college age kids eat what do you think of? Pizza!
Last Wednesday Eric, my longtime friend from Orange County who also migrated to Utah, and I ate at Spedelli’s Pizza.
Spedelli’s has a fairly diverse menu, especially for only being open a month. They serve your standard cheese and pepperoni pizza by the slice, and you can get two slices of cheese or pepperoni and a soda for just five bucks. They also serve several different delicious beers on tap as well as high-point beer in bottles and $1 PBR’s! They also serve chicken, steak, pork, fish and street-style tacos where you ad on your own toppings at the taco bar right next to the soda machine. Spedelli’s offers four different sub sandwiches as well as some appetizers you’re not likely to get anywhere else like fried raviolis, and Poutine, which is French fries covered with cheese and gravy. They also have desserts too they call “happy endings” like fried Twinkies, friend ice cream and cinnamon sticks.
The ambiance of the new restaurant at 2325 Foothill Drive is great. The walls are filled with local artists’ murals that have a mountain theme with the mustache logo hidden in them as well as several beautiful large photos of mountains and snowboarders, enhancing the mountain sports vibe. The back room also features a pool table that is free on Wednesdays, which was lucky for me and Eric because we went on a Wednesday.
The crowd consisted of mostly of young adults but also had a couple of large families and some middle-aged men and women enjoying watching a baseball game on Spedelli’s three HDTVs.
Owners Mac and Sam Spedale have friends who are professional snowboarders, and they have named pizzas after them. The “ Merill Man-za” is Bode Merill’s pizza, the “Harry’s Choice” is Harrison Gordon’s and the “Hot Carlson” is my good friend Jonas Carlson’s pizza.
Eric and I ordered a 14-inch Hot Carlson. The pizza has pepperoni, spinach, red and yellow onions, black olives, garlic, tomatoes, banana peppers, mushrooms and green peppers. The Hot Carlson is definitely my favorite pizza on the menu. It has the most bang for your buck; you get so many toppings it’s crazy.
“This is f@#king good!” Eric said.
Sitting across the table from Eric, I had to agree. The speedy service was good, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was on point. I give Spedelli’s 5 out of 5 stars.

U.S., China need not be rivals

By Holly Ammon

Who’s afraid of a little Eastern country with a population of 1.5 billion people?
News story after news story in America shows China in a negative light. They’re communists, they don’t have freedom of speech, their pollution is out of control, they force their children to attend 12 hours a day of school, they’re still foolishly using “Eastern medicine”… The only good news that is shown is their booming business economy, encouraging US businesses to trade with the Chinese. Why are we ganging up on them? There are countless good things about the Chinese that is little seen in the American press.
The Chinese sacrifice. My friend Rui works 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and the last I talked to her, her last day off was three months ago to visit her 3 year old son, who is currently living in a suburb of Beijing with his grandparents. Rui is doing this all for him. She and her husband barely make enough money to cover all their bills. The kind of selfless dedication her work schedule requires is rarely seen in the US. Rui, like most Chinese, doesn’t even have the privilege of using diapers. If every infant in China wore disposable diapers, the landfills would be full in one day. The willingness of the Chinese to sacrifice as an individual to benefit the whole is admirable; that’s something that Congress could learn a thing or two about.
Each time I visited her at the Pearl Market, she had the biggest smile on her face. She was happy. In most Americans’ eyes, her life would be completely undesirable.
Yet when the Chinese aren’t happy, they do something about it. During my time in China, the government changed a policy in one of the major parts of Beijing that negatively affected all of the taxi drivers in the city. Since they have no freedom of speech, you might think the taxi drivers accepted the new policy and moved on. Wrong! All of the taxi drivers parked their cars on the city’s biggest highway, making a barricade so that no one could get in or out of their city until the government nullified the policy. Within 48 hours it was reversed.
There are countless things I love about China. The people I met are hardworking, helpful, passionate, educated and happy. They are forward-thinking. Instead of wasting their time arguing about whether global warming exists or not, they implement “green” technology, something that the US invented.
China and the US are neck and neck to be the world’s economic leader. If Americans embraced the Chinese as their long-lost brother who they may not always understand, maybe things would be better. China could, in turn, work on branding themselves in a new way so that the world sees all the positive things they have to offer.
We are completely different from each other. It’s a good thing. Let’s embrace it.