|Paper||Dixie State University Student Newspapers|
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|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Dixie State University Student Newspapers|
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015 DIXIESUNNEWS.COM 7 -- Speaking to people without words t ' r in' J . .. v r-- 17 ; toii . , ; ' ' ' v yy 1 T j .. L 1 -- r A 71 -' - J' ; i j 'V L v ' rs-- fV O ' ' Vi v A ., w VVSSA ? v' to ' 'Xi' 'T'; Justin Performers at the American Sign Language Literature Talent Show raise and shake their hands to demonstrate how to clap 30, aiming to bring awareness to the deaf community showedtheir talents through song, storytelling, jokes and skits Sept Badger's Lamp Fest video at BY , Performers sang songs by way of signs and told stories with motions and gestures at the American Sign Language Literature Talent Show Sept. 30. The second annual ASL talent show at Dixie State University aimed to bring awareness to deaf culture. Featuring students who are deaf, community members and ASL students, acts at the talent show included a skit from the Disney film, Hercules, various jokes and stories. Jarin Nelsen, a junior integrated studies major from Fallon, Nevada, said the talent show was to help hearing people see what the culture of people who are deaf is really like. Nelsen led the talent show, ;F4j y ,(u-- - J Nhrit; ; ' L -- STAFF PROFILE reading off the names of the acts in ASL and performing as Hercules in the skit dressed in a toga made of SpencerRicks DixieSunNews.com. (hly SPENCER RICKS u. OF TRE WEEK pillowcases. Having been deaf his entire life, Nelsen received help from his wife, Megean Nelsen, a sophomore biology major from Brigham City, to interpret for him after the talent show. Megean Nelsen founded the ASL club at DSU a few years ago to give students a place to practice ASL. Deaf culture is really big on storytelling, Jarin Nelsen said in ASL. Thats what we wanted to show at the talent show. Vivid facial expressions and elaborative mimes were used as much if not more than actual ASL in the stogold-color- ed rytelling. Deaf people use large facial expressions to show their emotion as hearing people do with changing their tone and pitch, said assistant ASL professor Allyson Hamilton. ASL is its own language. Its exciting and vibrant but not any easier than other language to learn. People who are deaf really arent much different than people who can hear, Jarin Nelsen said. An interpreter stands in front of each of his classes and translates the teachers words to ASL for him. Jarin Nelsen said he does his classwork like any other student would. He said he wishes more people would be comfortable around deaf people. People need to know its OK to try to talk with deaf people, Jarin Nelsen said. Well help you. He first learned to talk in ws a , A Yv y s Check out ' i ; vr -- ala sign language Students and community members with ASL after age seven, nearly lacking all communication before. It felt good to finally be able to communicate on my own, Jarin Nelsen said. Jarin and Megean Nelsen said they have a plan to invent a bracelet for people who are deaf that will alert them when the doorbell rings, their phone goes off, or when a loved one tries to catch his or her attention. There really arent a lot of affordable options when it comes to products that help deaf people manage without all the verbal cues we use in our world, Megean Nelsen said. Alarm clocks for deaf people are $85 for example. Its ridiculous. An announcement was also made at the talent show that Hamilton, Jarin Nelsen and Megean Nelsen said they had been eagerly awaiting for a long time. DSU will now be offering ASL interpretation as an emphasis option for the integrated studies major. The only other places in Utah that offer a degree program for ASL interpretation is Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University. This is really big news for the DSU ASL program, Hamilton said. ASL interpretation is a great career thats always hiring. Hamilton said not too many people know much about deaf culture, but the ASL talent show was a great place for students and community members to see a little bit of what its like. Deaf people are not handicapped, Hamilton said. Theyre only handicapped when there are hearing people around. Motorcycle club provides thrills, friendship IEDIA is getting people together who share a passion. He said a great part of the club is having the opportunity to go on group rides because a lot of people want to ride as a EDITOR vw - What is your favorite Q x- -' f , - t ' r: activity? A Petting various animals ; h What is your favorite snack? A !ife j j j C1 JTS. It V-- r v n ' 2" t Reeses Pieces are my t Q What was your main the jj Purpose for joining Dxie A To Y Sun? j vid- - practice editing cool people ; es and meet Q What is your dream job Pst graduation? A Ajob that lets me work ln my pajamas Members of the Motorcycle Club take a ride through Zion National Park The club is involved with the community and organizes service projects BY EMILY TISHER emilyfisherDSN , 5 A strong sense of camaraderie is what to expect if you get involved with Dixie State University's Motorcycle Club. Rahim Andersen, a group but dont get the J S chance. 'KV-- l. ! 1 j .V t AAA A j( Q Lii V sophomore business major from Las Vegas, has been its president since the Motorcycle Club renewed its club status during the fall 2014 semester. He said one of the best parts of being involved When youre out riding alone its one thing, but when there are fifteen bikes behind you, its a totally different feeling, Andersen said. Ashton Vandermyde, a junior finance major from West Jordan, is the vice president of the club. Vandermyde said one of his favorite things about being involved is getting together with people who share a similar interest. Outside of motorcycles, a lot of us are very different people, Vandermyde said. Once we get riding, we all become the same. A memorable ride was when the club drove through Zions National Park last March, Andersen said. The club gathered about 16 bikes to drive through the park, get some lunch, and stop to enjoy the scenery. It was just a really beautiful ride, Andersen said. Vandermyde said there is sometimes a bad stigma surrounding motorcycle clubs, and they hope to improve the image. The club is involved with the community and has organized several service projects. He said it is rewarding to feel like the club is making a difference and helping people out. The club organized a charity event partnered with the Make a Wish Foundation, Andersen said. It included a silent auction, breakfast, and bike ride on the Gunlock route. After the ride, a couple of families spoke about how the foundation had impacted them. The club ended up raising about $500. It was really a heartwarming day, Andersen said. The club meets on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. in the North Plaza Building parking lot. Andersen said whether you own a bike or just want to be a passenger, everyone is invited to participate. The Motorcycle Club can be found on Dixie States OrgSync page. To get updates on events, Andersen said they post frequently on Facebook under DSU Motorcycle Club. Vandermyde said the club is a great way to make friends quickly. Its an enjoyable experience, Vandermyde said.