Student brings passion for local food to Westminster’s organic gardenOrganic garden coordinator Madeleine Humel talks about her love of gardening, fun meals to make with fresh produce, and how gardening can help the world. Check out Westminster’s organic garden on Monday afternoons to partake in the bounty!
Filmed, photographed and edited by Molly Gray
Westminster community impacted by wildfire smokeWestminster College students talk about what they think about the smoke and if they think it impacts their health. Wildfire smoke can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation to more serious disorders according to the EPA. It can cause coughing, phlegm, wheezing and difficulty breathing. This is due to particulate matter in the smoke. Carbon monoxide can also enter the bloodstream through the lungs. This makes it unhealthy to breathe in wildfire smoke.
00:00:00 Forum Intro
00:00:03 What do you think of the fire smoke in Utah this year?
00:00:08 Izzie Herzog: Um, it’s been the first time when I’ve gone outside on like a day when there weren’t regular clouds, and the sun was so covered in smoke, that it looked red and it was like not visible, like I could look at the sun and it was fine. So it’s definitely the worst that I’ve ever seen in my life.
00:00:26 Omar Valencia-Garcia: It’s annoying. Annoying cause I like to have my windows open and my balcony open cause I do live on the Draw. And like the smell isn’t like super bad but when its there all the time it can get a little bit overwhelming, and just really annoying. It also makes it a little bit harder to breathe sometimes. So ya.
00:00:48 Ben Stover: Um, I’ve definitely been in worse. I was right next to a forest fire, uh not too long ago. It’s still an honest pain in the ass. It’s not fun at all. It really makes it kind of less enjoyable to be outside.
00:01:12 Do you think the fire impacts your health?
00:01:15 Izzie Herzog: Well ya, I mean everything that we breathe in the air goes into our lungs and that impacts us permanently. Like I know one of my mom’s coworkers, they grew up in Salt Lake, just got some other surgery done and he woke up and they thought he had lung cancer in his lungs but it was just cists from just the air pollution of living in Salt Lake for 10 years. So I know that what we breathe in really affects our health long term.
00:01:40 Omar Valencia-Garcia: I would assume that it does. But I’m not sure.
00:01:43 Ben Stover: Um ya definitely. I have asthma and so even, I know it’s pretty negligible in Salt Lake but on the days that it is bad I can definitely feel it. I have to stay cooped up in my room or else an asthma attack.
Westminster College flexes its "dad jokes"Students share their pithiest "dad jokes" with the Forum.
College welcomes new presidentSaturday, Sept. 29, Westminster College inaugurated its new president, Dr. Bethami Dobkin. Here's to a new chapter in the college's history. Go Griffins!
Mutts strut at Westminster's dog showThe Westminster College community gathers to show of its slew of furry friends as part of Westminster Weekend. Cuteness ensues.
Post-inauguration: How do you feel about the future of Westminster?The Westminster College community reflections on the college’s future after the inauguration of Westminster’s 19th President Bethami Dobbin.
Filmed and edited by Stephanie Held.
Prop. 2 divides Utah voters, Westminster communityStudents at Westminster College share their opinions on Proposition 2, the local initiative to legalize medical cannabis which is on the midterm ballot this November.
Fitness expert channels passion for wellness into careerAssistant Director of Fitness, Wellness and Recreations Laura Iverson-Bastiani strives to inspire her students by turning her passion for fitness into a career.
Iverson-Bastiani has worked at Westminster College for the past 12 years, after earning a degree in Sport Science from the University of Idaho. She also has certifications in the following fields: personal training, group fitness, sports nutrition, eating psychology, yoga, indoor cycling, and many more.
Shot and edited by Staff Reporter Seaira Moller for the Forum: Westminster College's news source.
Condom OlympicsWestminster Students for Choice share how they aim to destigmatize sex education at the ‘Condom Olympics’ held every semester.
General Orientation 2018-2019Fall Semester 2018 is underway! See how incoming students spent their time during General Orientation meeting new people, learning about the campus and preparing for the new school year.
Text: WELCOMING WESTMINSTER’S NEW STUDENTS
Speaker: Don’t be afraid to become vulnerable, and challenge yourself to develop your strengths. Sometimes, by becoming vulnerable, you become stronger.
It’s OK to ask for help. Sometimes we get stuck, and we may need some guidance.
It is OK to take the time to explore, and find what you like doing.
Text: WHAT MADE YOU COME TO WESTMINSTER?
Student: I came to Westminster because I love the campus, and I love the area. My mom went here, so it’s kind of like, “Hey, I get to go here, too!”
Student: Part of the reason is because campus looks so fricken’ scenic and beautiful.
Text: WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR?
Student: Excited, nervous, a little scared... I don’t really know what to expect, but I don’t know. A lot of people have told me that the first few weeks are really hard, so I’m mentally preparing myself for that, but I’m excited.
Student: I’m really excited about the faculty. They all seem like really cool, interesting people. Student: I’m excited about the faculty, too. All of the teachers I’ve met are really amazing.
GO Leader: What I’m most excited about this orientation is seeing the new students create bonds and friendships with each other that I know are going to last for such a long time.
Text: WELCOME CLASS OF 2022
Text: PRODUCED BY MOLLY GRAY AND CAMI MONDEAUX FOR THE FORUM
Q & A with Indigo CookIndigo Cook a senior music major at Westminster College talks about music as an interdisciplinary art.
Westminster students summer plansWestminster College students discuss their summer plans.