Zane Law


Originally from Newport Beach, CA, I decided to leave home and pursue a college degree. I am a third year student at the University of Utah, majoring in Strategic Communications. I currently maintain a GPA above 3.5 and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2019, heading into the field of marketing/advertising. This field has always held my interest because analyzing and appealing to the minds of consumers has felt like a game to me. I have enjoyed finding different ways to sell clothes online, pawn off my crappy lemonade as a kid, and make/sell stickers, so pursuing this on a more professional scale seemed like the right fit. Work should be something I enjoy, and I plan on doing just that!

While I do not mean to write for a career, I am still proud of the content I have produced thus far. Besides the Greek life piece, my portfolio contains a marketing campaign pitch that was accepted and used by All Seasons Resort Lodging, an article that analyses the top-grossing Korean film and its relationship to Japanese-South Korean tensions, and a story about college athletes’ battle for compensation.

In my free time I enjoy all things sports. I do not know whether I am proud of or disappointed in the fact that I have only missed the viewing of one NFL game this 2017 season. I was the running back at University High School in Irvine, CA, so football is a passion of mine. I also ran two years of track and was named MVP both years. I was extremely disappointed when I discovered that the U does not have a collegiate team. These two high school teams have shown me what teamwork and perseverance are, so using those in the workplace is something I look forward to.

Fraternities are a valuable resource for many college men

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Fraternities are a valuable resource for many college men
Story by ZANE LAW

SALT LAKE CITY— College campuses across North America are hosts to hundreds of men’s fraternities. These fraternities are seen by many as misogynistic and cruel, while others view them as places to build character, a resume, and a social network. With over 6,000 chapter houses and millions of Greek members across North America, the benefits outweigh the negative image for the many joining the Greek system.

For generations, fraternities have been linked to the cultivation and development of successful men. Forty three of the United States’ 50 largest companies are run by fraternity men, with 85 percent of all Fortune 500 companies having a fraternity member CEO. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Greek men also account for all but two United States presidents born since the formation of the first fraternity in 1825, 76 percent of all U.S. Congressmen and U.S. Senators, and all of the Apollo 11 astronauts.

University of Utah’s Interfraternity Council President, James Morrell, explained why he thinks this is far from coincidence. Morrell says Greek life has helped him in three core areas: networking, leadership, and academics. The people he has met through his fraternity, “have served as an invaluable resource in my life, helping me further my career options and improve my academics,” he says. A current member of Beta Theta Pi at the U, Morell says several alumni remain actively involved. Through alumni he has received several job opportunities and plenty of guidance.

Dillon Clark, recruitment chair of Phi Delta Theta and president of the Young Americans for Freedom organization at the U, also praised his relationships with alumni. While Clark has received internship opportunities from active alumni, he credited one event in particular to the help of his older “Phis”. “I would not have been able to bring Ben Shapiro to the U without the help of alumni,” he says. The Ben Shapiro event that Clark hosted in Salt Lake City received significant media attention and hundreds of attendees. With donations from alumni that believed in his efforts, Clark was able to pool together the tens of thousands of dollars needed for the event.

Both Clark’s and Morrell’s achievements are significant in terms of resume-building, but are only a few of the things that they believe their organizations can help people achieve. Both are happy that they have support from their fellow Greeks and feel as though these people and opportunities give them an edge.

Fraternities help to hone interpersonal skills, time management, and team-building techniques, but are expensive and are not financially accessible to many. According to USA Today, the average cost per semester in a fraternity is $605, not including additional costs such as fines for absences, tardies, and other penalties. A national survey taken in 2014 by the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics indicated that fraternity members are more likely to graduate on time, however, potentially saving thousands of dollars on tuition. Staff members at the U’s Fraternity and Sorority Life office even reported that that in 2016, 80 percent of all Greek life students had gone on to graduate, whereas 57 percent of non-Greek students had been able to do the same. Graduating at a faster rate translates to less tuition money spent, therefore negating much, if not all, of the per semester costs.

The North-American Interfraternity Conference also reports slightly higher Greek GPA’s than their non-Greek counterparts. Many fraternities and sororities require a minimum GPA to join and remain an active member, with chapters on the U’s campus requiring anywhere from 2.5 to 3.0. Fraternities even gather alumni donations to fund tutoring and “Chegg” accounts. Chegg is an online resource to help students with homework, rent textbooks, offers tutoring, and helps to identify scholarship and internship opportunities.

While such resources and encouragement are important, others benefit purely from having an organization that keeps them in check. “Our scholarship chairman is really on us about getting our big assignments in on time, constantly reminding us in meeting,” says Elliot Ansari, a third-year member of the Greek system. He and his fraternity brothers feel obligated to perform academically because one of their fraternity’s founding principles is “Sound Learning.”

Although personal development and social network expansion compose a large part of the good arising from Greek organizations, Greek members also participate in community service and philanthropic events. In the academic year of 2013-2014 alone, the North-American Interfraternity Conference reported four million hours of community service contributed by fraternity men. Making blankets for the homeless, writing letters to military personnel, and sorting goods at the local food bank are some of the events that the U’s fraternities and sororities do together, knocking out good deeds and creating fun memories with each other.

In terms of philanthropy, most fraternities “have two events per year and the money raised goes to a charity organization of our choice,” says Elliot Ansari. The University of Utah’s Sigma Chi chapter frequently makes the news, with the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s website praising them for raising $66,806.65 during the 2015/2016 school year.


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Mitchell Talbot Waite



Mitchell Waite
804 E 2075 S
Bountiful, UT 84010
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•    My scholarly pursuits in life are many.  The most far-reaching goal I have for myself is to earn a degree in MASS communications.
•    I relish the task of writing and doing it in many different genres and settings.
•    I love to take on tasks or projects and find my abilities properly tested at the college level.
•    I’m constantly seeking new challenges and love to take a wide variety of classes.
•    I can meet deadlines and organize and prioritize my tasks to ensure that they get done in the most efficient way.
•    Another strength that I have is the ability to go above and beyond the call of duty and I am very influential in my classes.  I love to help and work with other students.  Writing is an art form and helping others discover that is what I do well.
•    I have a knack for easily communicating and interacting with other people.
•    I manage myself well in problem solving situations and am always eager to help team members in similar situations.
•    Knowledge and success are very important to me.

2002    – 2005  Hampton Inn  Woodscross, UT
While working for the Hampton inn, my job experience up to that point was limited. However, through my time there I was able to develop the ability to communicate with customers and not stress in problem solving settings.  Another important job I had was to tend the front desk and help guests with any needs they had.  Many times these needs led me to go above and beyond and ensure quality customer service in a hotel setting.

2005 – 2008   Farmers Insurance  Salt Lake City, UT
Customer Service Rep
The most important task I had during my tenure with Farmers Insurance was ensuring that customers understood the comparing prices of other insurance companies and what they could do to save on money with our insurance company.  I learned to be patient with the customer, especially while helping them try to understand unfamiliar terms and complex policies.  Farmers insurance really taught me how to speak in a way that made even the most difficult information could be understood.

2006 – 2008 LDS Church New Jersey

2008 – Present

Usana Health Sciences
I have been working at Usana Health Sciences for about three years now.  They have trained me in many facilities, and I currently work as a Distributor Service Spanish trainer within the company.  My education has grown immensely at Usana since they offer a tuition reimbursement program; this service has allowed me the liberty of pursuing my education.

I help out and train the Spanish Usana distributors so I continue to sharpen my skills of the language.  Even in my current position I have been involved in a lot of critical writing situations that I have handled very well.  It has expanded my ability to write and communicate, especially pertaining to all things Usana.  I have been given many opportunities to polish my skill and passion of writing.

For two years I provided service to my church and moved to New Jersey to assist the Spanish community there.  While engaging in this volunteer work, I learned to be selfless and help people who were in dismal situations.  Also I was able to learn the Spanish language which has proven useful while working for Usana.  I have in turn been able to utilize these skills in my professional life since returning in 2008.


I am currently a sophomore at the University of Utah.  I am 24 and a communication student.  I transferred to the U. of U. in August 2011 from Salt Lake Community College in order to further study communication.

My experience in communication has been a positive one thus far.  I am gaining more and more knowledge in the subject.

I am open to new ideas and people and when put to a task, can accomplish it with the up most efficiency.  I want to expand my education and become the best at what I do.  I am always seeking ways to set new goals and surpass new horizons.