K-UTE Coming out and Faces Opposition

Story by Sean Gustafson

Five local bands, one comedian, and two entire tables of radio merchandise appeared for one night this past Friday for the first ever Holiday Bash, a benefit concert for Operation Chimney Drop.

K-UTE Student Radio and Salt Lake Head Start teamed up to raise money and presents for needy children in the local area sponsored the concert.

The concert was originally meant to be at the Heritage Center located at the University of Utah campus, but it was relocated to the Officer’s Club on Fort Douglas Boulevard due to frustrating circumstances brought on by the Heritage Center.

Anna Anderson, the station manager at K-UTE Student radio said that the station had booked the concert two months ago with the Heritage Center but hours before the concert the Heritage Center decided to not allow the event to go on.

Anderson continued by saying that the station wanted to use the Heritage Center out of convenience for the people planning on attending. The Heritage Center would also be a centralized location for people around campus.

As of now it is unclear on the reason for the Heritage Center’s sudden change of mind on the benefit concert.

After the concert was booked at the Officer’s Club, a massive wave of emails, social media messages, and texts went out to inform people of the change of location.

Despite the chaos of changing venues, people stilled showed up to hear the bands play and donate gifts for the children from Operation Chimney Drop. According to an email describing the official results from Holiday Bash, there was 146 dollars raised in “cash donations.” Despite the loss of “foot traffic” because of the confusion there were over 70 people who attended the event.

The K-UTE has been no stranger to seeing difficulties after the 2007 controversy over a sex hotline being aired. In addition to the controversy, a series of vandalism broke out as well. This caused the entire station to be taken off the air.

Even with the station’s return the following year, K-UTE faces problems like rebuilding trust and regaining listenership in addition to possible budget cost.

To counter these difficulties, K-UTE has produced many PowerPoint advertisements that can be seen on the plasma screens found on campus at the A. Ray Olpin Union building and other buildings around campus.

K-UTE has also begun sponsoring free concerts for University Utah students, the first being the 2011 fall break. This was done with the hope of raising awareness of the station and the changes the station has made since its return.

Students were asked about their thoughts on the station and if there were any additional changes they, as listeners, would like to see. A majority of the students who were asked knew that the station existed but not much beyond that.

David McCall, a junior studying entertainment and game design said he it would be great to know “what’s going on [at the] school today.”

In addition to McCall’s statement, Valerie Martin and Rebecca Edwards, seniors studying biology said they would like to hear about opportunities on campus and school gossip.

For further information on K-UTE or their events, check out their homepage http://www.kuteradio.org/

Students Gain a Glimpse into the State of the US Economy

Story by Sean Gustafson

“There is no way out of this crisis,” Floyd Norris told students at the University of Utah on Oct. 26, 2011, when talking about the current condition of the United States’ economy; clarifying his statement Norris, the chief financial columnist for the New York Times, continued by stating, “at least not simply.”

Norris began his lecture by comparing the current U.S. economy with previous economic hard times and some of the lessons that have came about from those time periods.

“One of the things I [have] learned [in school] was that it was never really consented what caused the Great Depression.”  Norris continued with because there wasn’t that consensus, it played a major role for what has been going wrong recently.

Norris continued because there wasn’t this consensus on what lead to the Great Depression and later recessions, people didn’t understand the economy. People would continue to spend more than they could afford, banks made poor loans choices and all together people were and still are ignorant to financial matters.

Expanding on this, Norris added, “A lot of the suffering we are undergoing now… was brought about by people who bought homes they should have never purchased and paid more than they could have afford.” People, not understanding beyond the basics of finances and debt, foolishly feel victims to the plague of credit-debt that still haunts many today.

When asked for further clarification on these matters, Norris responded with “I think people assume… a well operating economic and financial system; and if you assume it you won’t pay any attention to it.”

Another point Norris spoke about was that “when credit is easy, it’s a lot of fun.”
Expanding on that statement, student Laurie Carlson said, “If you don’t have credit than you can’t get anywhere.” Carlson continued by expressing with good credit one can buy the houses they want, get their dream car, and receive better loan rates.

When asked about whether or not they understood the topics discussed at the lecture, a lot of the students attending had expressed they had known either very little about finance and the economy or nothing at all beforehand. “I didn’t understand a lot of the technical terms.” said student Halley Hamman.

Despite the swimming in this sea of confusion, there were students who still found the lecture benefitting. Some students took this event as an eye-opening opportunity, such as student Marquis Newman, who expressed because he had a hard time following the lecture he believed he “should learn more about finances.”

Neela Pack, the Student Body President for the University of Utah, said that she felt the lecture was “supper successful.” It got student to think on matters that they wouldn’t normally think about. Pack added that the students were lucky to have such an “esteemed and well respected journalist” talking on such matters.

At the conclusion of the lecture Norris, expressed his optimism for the future when he stated that he believed the economy “will come around.” Norris exclaimed that there were problems before, and there will continue to be problems.

After illustrating the example of Steve Jobs and all he has done, Norris concluded, “this [market of ours] is an amazing system to produce stories like that.”   [539]

Specialized Chair Helps Veterans Go Paragliding

Story by Sean Gustafson

On Sept. 3, 2011 five veterans tested a new type of paraglider over Sun Valley, Idaho. What made this an event noteworthy was that all five of these veterans are suffering from spinal cord injuries (SCI).

The veterans were able to participate in the paragliding by means of a set of specialized chairs called “Phoenix 1.0” and “Phoenix 1.5.”  The “Phoenix” chairs were made from one inch aircraft aluminum tubing allowing for a sturdy 35lb craft.

These chairs were the product of four months of researching and testing from four University of Utah students under the direction of professor Don Bloswick.

Mark Gaskill, of ABLE Pilot, provided the training for the chairs an organization committed to help people with spinal cord injuries, amputations, and neuromuscular diseases into flying-type actives.

To see test runs on the “Phoenix” chairs, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9j33A0UV8A