Kayaker, paraglider Macie Brendlinger on managing risk, passion for extreme sportsShot & Edited by Forum production manager and layout editor Ella Viesturs.
Macie Brendlinger, a sophomore nursing major at Westminster College, has a zest for thrill, with paragliding and whitewater kayaking being her adrenaline-inducing mechanisms of choice.
Brendlinger said she grew up whitewater rafting with her family in her hometown of Carbondale, Colorado and has always loved the river.
Brendlinger started her college career Fall 2019 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, which is also where she first started kayaking before she transferred to Westminster College Jan. 2021.
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What is your favorite winter activity?Shot & Edited by Forum staff reporter Sophie Killilea.
In this VoxPop by Sophie Killilea, students at Westminster College discuss their favorite winter activities. Additional photography by Forum staff reporter Erin MacInnis.
What are you looking forward to over Thanksgiving break?In this VoxPop, shot and edited by Forum staff reporter Channing Gibbs, Westminster students respond to what they're most looking forward to over the holiday break.
What is your least favorite thing about Westminster?Shot & Edited by Forum staff reporter Erin MacInnis.
In this VoxPop by Erin MacInnis, Westminster students respond to what their least favorite thing is about attending Westminster College.
Aunika Woodbury shares passion for paintingShot & Edited by Forum staff reporter Keely Carolan.
“I think art is important because obviously it’s a really great way to express yourself, and put your feelings just down,” said junior art major Aunika Woodbury. “I feel like it’s similar to writing in that way but it’s just images instead of words.”
Woodbury said art does not have to be serious all the time.
“I want to make people have fun when they look at it. It’s just a great activity for getting your endorphins moving,” Woodbury said.
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What are you binge-watching?Shot & Edited by Forum staff reporter Madison Covington.
In this VoxPop, Forum staff reporter Madison Covington asks Westminster College students what they're currently binge-watching and why.
Westminster Student broadens horizons through frequent travelShot & Edited by Forum staff reporter Brooklyn Covington.
“I’ve been to 23 countries and 49 out of the 50 States,” said Cole Porterfield, an avid traveler and senior international business and management major.
“I always try and have a bag packed,” Porterfield said. “I go on spontaneous road trips to Canyonlands and Grand Canyon, or I’ll go to New York with my friends.”
Porterfield said he is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and is always ready for travel.
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Lucy Wilks shares dog training tips and experiencesShot and edited by Forum staff reporter Maddie Cushing.
Lucy Wilks, a senior fine art major with a painting and drawing emphasis, is an animal lover at heart. Wilks spends their free time training four-legged friends of the canine variety, both as a hobby and professionally, depending on their school schedule.
Wilks said they officially finished their training apprenticeship this fall, but they have been working toward this goal since adopting their dog, Bailey, nearly four years ago.
Quinn Winter, Wilks’s roommate and junior communication major, said Wilks is very focused and intentional about making sure they’re being ethical in training animals.
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Kamiya Peterson shares ins and outs of ski mountaineeringShot and edited by Forum staff reporter Sophie Killilea.
Kamiya Peterson, a senior outdoor recreation design major at Westminster College, is an avid skier and snowboarder who has lived up Big Cottonwood Canyon all her life. Peterson coaches ski mountaineering, or skimo, which is a sport approved for the 2026 Olympic Games, according to the United States Ski Mountaineering Association.
Peterson said her passion for skimo comes from her love of skiing and being in the outdoors. For those who are unaware of skimo, Peterson said it is similar to backcountry touring except people are racing against each other. She said backcountry touring is skiing out of bounds, not in a resort, where one also has to hike up the peak they want to ski down.
“Most people use skins while backcountry touring which attach to the bottom of your skis and allow you to hike uphill,” Peterson said.
What's your favorite spot off-campus?Recorded & Edited by Forum staff reporter Keely Carolan-Pratt.
In this VoxPop, Forum reporter Keely Carolan-Pratt asks Westminster where they most enjoy spending time off-campus.
What's your go-to meal in Shaw?Recorded & Edited by Forum staff reporter Kate Mackin.
In this VoxPop, Forum reporter Kate Mackin asks three Westminster students their favorite and least favorite meals in Shaw.
Westminster student brings heavy metal to community through impromptu concertsShot & Edited by Forum Staff Contributor Channing Gibbs.
Head banging, gnarly guitar licks, the sound of drums that could rupture eardrums: these are some of the characteristics that make metal music. Jay Gagne knows the last one especially well.
Gagne, a senior music major and gender studies minor at Westminster College, is the drummer for Blind Magus, a Utah-based metal band.
“I’ve always been intimidated by [metal music], but meeting Jay really normalized it,” said Jerica Bird, a Westminster alum and one of Gagne’s friends. “He and his bandmates are all just really cool dudes.”