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Sonnenberg: Embrace Your Geekiness at FanX

Sonnenberg: Embrace Your Geekiness at FanX

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

September 27, 2018

In early September, Salt Lake City hosted the newly rebranded FanX® Salt Lake Comic-Convention™ (formerly Salt Lake Comic-Con, or SLCC). According to the co-founder Bryan Brandenburg’s estimate (as reported by the Deseret News), 110,000 fans attended the three-day event dedicated to everything geeky. Many of those attending were students looking to meet their favorite st...

Sonnenberg: What Your RA Doesn’t Tell You

Sonnenberg: What Your RA Doesn’t Tell You

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

September 13, 2018

When I was a Resident Advisor (RA) at the University of Utah, I loved all three parts of Housing and Residential Education’s (HRE) slogan, “Love life. Love college. Love living on campus.” Living on campus helped me and my residents get more out of college and form meaningful communities. Th...

Sonnenberg: Beer Gardens and Healthy Drinking

Sonnenberg: Beer Gardens and Healthy Drinking

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

September 12, 2018

Utah has a unique alcohol culture. Zion curtains and moats, anti-public drinking laws, and the (now defunct) private club system create a mystique around alcohol. In Utah, alcohol is something that we need to be protected from, something that needs to be kept out of the sight of children. We could lea...

Partying Too Hard: Binge Drinking is Not Harmless Fun

Partying Too Hard: Binge Drinking is Not Harmless Fun

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

September 3, 2018

The school year is starting, and the start of classes will bring with it a round of end-of-summer parties. Some of these parties will be tame affairs with just a few friends and others will be raucous blowouts with dozens of people. Old friends will get reacquainted after a long summer and new friendships...

Sonnenberg: Find Your Niche by Joining a Student Organization

Sonnenberg: Find Your Niche by Joining a Student Organization

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

August 27, 2018

I love seeing freshman orientation groups on campus. My love for the U dims during the school year when I am overwhelmed by papers and projects, but seeing incoming freshmen grow excited about heading off to college stirs up my school spirit and reminds me of my own freshman year. When I arrived at the...

Sonnenberg: Pro-Life Hypocrisy

Sonnenberg: Pro-Life Hypocrisy

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

August 2, 2018

The tragedy of family separations at the American border highlights the hypocrisy of the traditional pro-life movement. One of the largest national pro-life organizations, the Susan B. Anthony List, said that “from its inception Susan B. Anthony List has been completely dedicated to protecting the first right without which no other ri...

Sonnenberg: We Shouldn’t Build Wherever We Want

Sonnenberg: We Shouldn’t Build Wherever We Want

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

July 30, 2018

Americans have a pioneering spirit. We’ve gone to the moon and are currently exploring the deepest reaches of the ocean. Our country spans the width of an entire continent. This drive to expand has a dark side, however. In our drive to expand westward, we massacred Native Americans and used slaves to wo...

Sonnenberg: Wins and Losses for the Pro-Life Movement

Sonnenberg: Wins and Losses for the Pro-Life Movement

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

July 27, 2018

On June 27, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of July. His announcement created a furor in the pro-choice and pro-life communities. Justice Kennedy was the swing vote on the court, regularly toeing the Republican line on issues like campaign ...

Sonnenberg: Experiencing Privilege and Poverty

Sonnenberg: Experiencing Privilege and Poverty

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

July 6, 2018

I used to think of myself as fairly self-aware of my privilege. Consciously, I know I am lucky to be a middle-class, white American attending a highly ranked university. Briefly traveling in Egypt showed me how heavily insulated I am in my socioeconomic bubble and how my ignorance has prevented me from...

Discover Yourself Abroad

Discover Yourself Abroad

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

July 2, 2018

According to the University of Utah’s Office for Global Engagement, 687 students studied abroad in 42 countries during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Learning Abroad office connects students to programs that vary in duration, location and field of study. Students can study in London for six weeks wi...

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