You would never expect a three story golf range to provide such exceptional food considering the fact that golf ranges are classically known for providing distasteful food. That is where Topgolf soars above the standard to create their own experience and provide people with superior tasting food at a fair sum. When you drive by the Utah Topgolf building located at 920 Jordan River Boulevard in Midvale, you’ll most likely stare in wonder. It is three stories tall with a massive net attached to one side stretching for what seems like 1,000 yards. The scenic appeal to Topgolf’s building comes from the amazing architectural wonders apparent on the outside along with the inside. With beautiful curves and edges found on just about every inch of Topgolf’s structure is so prime you can spend the entire time you’re there looking at it. My party ordered a number of food items, including a prosciutto artichokes and olive flatbread ($10), the classic burger ($10.50), additionally the Topgolf wings ($10), and the fried pickles ($6). The food initially comes off as bar food with a little bit of an italian flare, but when you dig in a little more deeply you find a lot more. The tiniest details band together to explode in your mouth with the flavors that give you the impression that the chef working at the time has been honing their craft for quite some time. The smallest dash of rosemary with salt and a tang of barbecue complements the hearty taste of the top notch ground beef, creating a crescendo of flavor that packs a vim worthy of another bite. The prosciutto artichoke pizza came to us on a wood pizza board straight out of the oven in a more rustic format with the cheese in chunks and the artichokes in bits. It tasted phenomenal with a burst of flavor and an amazing texture. The burger has a stunning bombardment of illustrious and hearty flavors that perfectly complement each other in a graceful dance of zest on the dancefloor of my tongue, now keeping this in mind I would like to note that as great as the burger was it was completely unfulfilling. The wings in many senses dances to the same song as the burger, they were spectacular in every way of the word with a robust, spicy and not dry which is normal of wings, but as like the burger they came short of filling me to my fullest extent which is in many ways disappointing. If I were to ask more of Topgolf’s food services I would ask for larger portions and staggering the main entre and the appetizer.
X-Men Apocalypse: This is one of the best X-Men movies yet. This movie is unlike any movie seen yet full of E-Gags (surprises) that I never saw coming, They left me shocked for minutes. Pretty crazy huh, roll on minutes. You will see Magneto's wife and daughter, and what happened to them, along with how Storm got into the group, and you find out what happens when you bring an ancient mutant back to life.
Suicide Squad: It is probably one of my favorite movies right now. If you have seen it then you probably know that this Halloween, one out of every five people you see someone dressed as Holly Quin. But anyway this movie is not like any movie I ever seen, with super villains with superpowers saving the world from mass destruction, which I think is pretty sick. Don’t miss it!!!
Finding Dory: You may think this movie is only for younger viewers, but it’s a pretty good Disney movie. The movie is about Dory trying to find her lost parents only using her broken memory to put together the clues, going across the whole ocean to try to find her parents but ends up in aquarium instead.
B.F.G: If you are thinking, "oh my gosh this guy is a disney lover" that is not entirely true. However, Disney has made some good movies over the years and this is one of those movies. This movie is about a little girl finding a giant and they become best of friends. She comes to find that he is not the only giant living and not all giants are so friendly as him.
Captain America Civil War: I know what you are thinking, "oh my gosh another Disney movie!" Yes, this is another Disney movie. This movie is the best one of its series, and introduces a new group featuring: Antman, Spiderman, Vision, Winter Soldier, Falcon, Black Panther, and Scarlet Witch. Heck yeah, it's a pretty cool movie consisting of a plot about Captain America protecting his friend from Iron man. Doing this splits the Avengers in two.
Lights out: Beware, after seeing this movie you are going to need a nightlight. This movie is full of jumpscares all over, gives nightmares, and I need a sleep mask now so I won't let my imagination scare the crap out of me anymore. This movie is all about trying to get rid of the creepy girl that died there years ago. BEWARE!
Pete's dragon: Yes another Disney one, but this movie is a newer edition from the older movie "Pete's Dragon" from 1977. That one was a good one too but this new movie is all about a boy who lost his parents and went into the woods and found his new best friend: a dragon. Years pass and the boy is eventually found and brought back to town. Pete tries to run away to try to find his friend, but instead the dragon finds him and it gets a little destructive trying to get him back.
Angry birds: if you loved the games than you would definitely love the movie too. It’s just like the game except the birds and the pigs have legs and arms and they can talk. This movie is full of jokes and humor, as well as unlikely heroes.
This is the continuation of the interview with Craig Bakker, from Fight the New Drug, you can read the first part of the interview in The Hawkeye Newspaper.
The Hawkeye: How big is the Fight The New Drug program? Craig Bakker: It’s a global movement now which is great, and it all started here in Utah, but we do more work outside of Utah than within which is exciting. We’ve spoken at the United Nations, we speak at school districts, high schools all across America and we have our Fortify program that’s used in over 150 countries, and has users everywhere, which is incredible. People are recognizing that this stuff is impacting their lives and they’re wanting to share and spread the message.
Hawkeye: How did you get involved with FTND? Bakker: I got involved with FTND when I was teaching out in Africa. I had a good friend that gave me some porn kills love merchandise to give away to some people in Africa and to learn about the problem out there a bit more. As I interacted with college students out in Africa, I would ask them, “How is pornography affecting your lives?” And a lot of them thought it was sex education, and a lot of them it was degrading, and lot of them didn’t understand the bigger scoop to it. As I began to educate them on it and then they began to understand a little bit more, it began to mean something to me. I began to see as I’ve traveled around the world how it impacts people’s lives. And you know it impacted my family as well; I had an older brother that really struggled with this stuff. And everything kinda came full circle for me. And now I have a passion to educate people and to help people understand this.
Hawkeye: Who does pornography affect? Bakker: That’s a great question. Does porn just affect an individual? Sure, it impacts individuals in a big way. Just because as they’re viewing it, it can impact them and their emotions and where they’re at and then it can also impact the relationships around them. Because they stop looking at people they way that they need to. If they become anxious, or they have depression because of this thing in their life, then they separate themselves, that impacts those around them, and it impacts those relationships, and then it impacts both marriages and dating relationships, friendships, it takes people away from each other. But then there’s the whole other spectrum of those on the other side of the screen. A lot of people are forced into doing this thing and kinds of stuff. You know when you click something, you don’t know who is actually wanting to do this. And that’s the reality, porn fuels things like sex trafficking in this world. And so it impacts a lot of people. It impacts a lot of societies. And that’s kinda a heavy thing to recognize that it isn't just an individual, it affects everybody.
Hawkeye: Does pornography affect a specific demographic? Bakker: It is boundless. It affects everybody. That’s the reality. That’s what people don’t understand, is that pornography isn’t just an adult issue. Or isn't just a man’s issue. This is everybody, both men, women, youth, adults, everybody can see this stuff and it impacts everybody.
Hawkeye: How does pornography affect children? Bakker: There are kids that are forced into sex trafficking and child porn, that’s kinda heavy, it’s a different conversation for a different time. But when kids get exposed to this stuff, the younger you are, as your brain’s developing, this stuff gets ingrained into your mind. And you know it kinda ends up changing your views of yourself a lot quicker than someone who has a fully developed brain. Now sure there’s aspects of the brain that's constantly changing, in what we call neuroplasticity of the brain, but the reality is that as people consume this stuff and it changes their mindsets. Gail Dines is an expert that studied these things, she’s a professor that teaches that as people view pornography, it changes and shifts our mindsets. And that dictates everything in our media, it dictates everything in movies, and a lot of things in our lives that we don’t fully grasp and understand. But the younger you are when you get exposed to stuff, it’s going to have a larger impact in your life.
Hawkeye: How has pornography changed over the years? Bakker: Hugely. Pornography has changed in a big way, largely due to the Internet. Pre-Internet, a lot of people had to go get a magazine in a shop somewhere, or a video or things, you couldn’t just look it up on a computer, and since the Internet came out, that’s changed everything forever. It’s more accessible, more affordable, more available, than ever before. And so it allows people to access it whenever they want. Everybody has the internet, walks with it in their phone. You can literally walk just looking at pornography all the time. And now people use pornography with things like Snapchat or Instagram and it's all tied in now. It’s a lot, just the accessibility is everywhere. And the very nature of pornography has changed. The more people view this stuff, the more they want new and exciting things, and the more that turns into violent degrading things. And that’s what a lot of pornography is. Usually it’s just degrading, especially towards women.
Hawkeye: If you have friend who’s addicted to pornography, what changes do you see in them? Bakker: Generally as people use addictive things, over time they end up separating themselves from people or they have a lot of anxiety or depression in their lives. A lot of their emotional behavior changes in the way they interact with others. Paying attention to social cues is really important as people use things that are harmful. Over time just pay attention to where they’re at. And when you start recognizing that they may be struggling with something, it’s important that you help out, get involved, because if they don’t get some help, things could get worse for them. Use positive peer pressure, if people are smoking cigarettes, don’t judge them. Help them out, give them the reasons why they don’t need this in their life, and help them out with it. That’s an important thing.
Hawkeye: How does addiction to pornography differ from, and is similar to, addiction to other drugs? Bakker: With pornography, it’s not going to make your hair fall out or make your teeth turn yellow. But with the brain, the process of building up to an addictive thing and habitual or compulsion habit like that, it’s all the same part of the brain. It doesn’t matter whether it’s nicotine or pornogrpahy. It impacts that same part of the brain. And so the big difference is you can see a lot of physical effects. You’re injecting, you’re drinking, you’re smoking something. Where viewing pornography, it comes through the eyes. And that chemical rush comes from the inside and that builds up a little differently that way. So it’s interesting when you’re trying to compare the two. But with the brain the process of addiction is the exact same. And that's what we know. Sure, they’re totally different things, but there’s a strong comparison to them. And recent studies have found the part of the brain that gets impacted is the exact same.
Hawkeye: How would you define addiction? Bakker: There's a spectrum of addiction, and a lot of time when people hear the word addiction, or something that’s addictive, they think if you look once you’re gonna be hooked, that’s game over But that’s not the case, that’s not how addiction works. So something that is an addictive thing, like cigarettes or pornography, it takes time. The more you use an addictive thing, the more likely you’re going to become addicted to it, because that thing itself is addictive. And that’s what we know with pornography, it impacts the rewards pathway in the brain, it impacts the frontal lobe in the brain, it impacts our mindset. So overtime the more you use it, the more addictive it becomes.
Hawkeye: How many people would you say are addicted to pornongraphy? Bakker: That’s a hard question to answer because there’s not any actual data. And defining like at what point is someone addicted is something you can’t necessarily pinpoint, because everyone’s minds and brains are different. But we do know that this impacts people’s lives and in itself leads to addiction. We have thousands of people telling us about their struggles. Some of them aren’t in a full blown addictive state and some of them are. More often than not, people have struggles with this, and that’s what we should recognize; that people struggle with this, like people struggle with alcoholism or smoking cigarettes. That’s the reality, that people struggle with these things, and over time the more you use the worse it gets. And so again, it’s hard to pinpoint how many people are addicted or how often, there's a spectrum of that. And so that’s what people need to understand.
Hawkeye: What can I do to help someone struggling with a pornography addiction? Bakker: If someone’s struggling with this, I encourage you to be a real friend to them, that’s a super key thing. It seems really simple, but tell them that it’s okay. Tell them that you’re not judging them. That this thing that they’re struggling with, whether it’s pornography or whether it’s something else, let them know that it doesn’t define them. They are bigger than that. And just by hearing those things that encourage people along the way. Because a lot of the time when people struggle with something, they think that this is what defines them. They’re never going to break away from it. By just helping them understand that this isn’t who they are. And then working along with them, following up with them, and saying hey how’s it going with that? Oh you’re doing better with that? That’s awesome! And then just be that friend along the way. A lot of time all people need is somebody to talk to. And that’s a key thing.
Hawkeye: If I’m struggling with pornography, what can I do to overcome my addiction? Bakker: First of all, analyze your behavior. What are you doing, what are your triggers? Most of the time, people have triggers. They have things that they’re either doing and they say ‘oh now I want this.’ A lot of times when you’re bored. Or a lot of times when you’re alone and you have your phone or your computer next to you. And so it’s analyzing the situations that trigger you most, that you can fall into those pitfalls. We have a really cool program called the Fortify program, it’s an online recovery program, that helps people understand their habits and their learning and where they’re at with these things. And it’s great to go through a program like that, and it’s free, which is awesome, so it’s great to go through something like that, because you can recognize where you’re at. And a lot of time people think that they might be fully addicted when they’re not. So they might be able to overcome these things a lot faster, which is a really important thing to understand. Another thing is it’s important to not judge yourself, don’t be to hard on yourself. Anybody can struggle with this, it’s everywhere. And so it’s important to say I’m not a bad person, and I don’t have to be too hard on myself, and I can do this. And then recognize your habits, keep a journal, keep a log, both mentally, written, and along the way you can find ways to overcome these things
Hawkeye: How can you stay away from pornography? Bakker: Key thing is, recognize that it’s harmful, first of all, and recognize that you don’t need this in your life. I think that in the world that we live in today, this stuff's going to pop up. I think you can be on Google search and search something totally unrelated and it’ll pop up. You can be on Instagram looking up hashtags that have nothing to do with pornography and someone could tag it, it could pop up. It could impact you that way when you see it. But you just have to make the decision that no, you don’t need this in your life. Take those initial steps and work within your community. If you tell your friends that you want to be away from this stuff, and then they encourage you to be away from it, and then you talk to your parents, and your community as a whole, and that begins to change things. Because when there’s a large amount of people that understand the harms, they’ll want to stay away from it, but when there’s more and more people that don’t recognize the harms, the more they’re going to want it. And be involved in it. And people didn’t understand that cigarettes were harmful. I mean back in the day, everyone used to smoke! And then once people understood the research, over time people stopped smoking. And now, you know you go up to someone who smokes on the street and go you know that causes cancer right? And they’re gonna say yeah I know, don’t bother me. But the majority of people have made the decision to stop smoking. And that’s kinda where pornography is at today. A large majority of people think that there’s nothing wrong with it. But now that there’s research out, a large group of people understand that it is harmful and that conversations growing, and understanding that if this can impact our lives and we can regulate it, we don’t need this in our lives, and that helps.
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It’s always challenging to find circumstances to connect with people and understand why we think in the ways we do. I met up with one staff member, one Sophomore, Junior, and Senior and asked whether or not we are making strong advances into the technological world or if we are failing to produce to our potential. Additionally, they could put in their opinion on Canvas use in the school. May I introduce this month's first collection of Alta High Humans and their words on tech.
Olsen (40 y/o): “I think technology is a tool, a great tool! It simplifies our lives, and we are always innovating and moving forward. Yet we can hide behind it sometimes.” Renfro (15): “We’re not using it as much as we should and we don’t pay attention either. Like when we use Canvas in our classes, we use Reminders more often to make sure we use Canvas. It’s a sad cycle.” Holbrook (16): “We’re doing alright, I find that things are going good. We could be progressing still, but with more progress comes more problems.” Anonymous (17): “The teachers are putting down so many assignments, it's like we’re being force fed Canvas and Google Docs. It’s getting harder to remember assignments.”
We can agree that our electronic advantages recieve lots of gratitude from the masses, like when it comes to science and business. It makes life run smoother, but it can turn on itself in some cases. Over usage of it begins to be a problem, so consider the thought of internet rehab centers in China and Japan. Sometimes, it can conjure some things that cause controversy or jail time. For example, direct messaging leaks from celebrities. Overall, technology is one of the best things of this century, but we can take a couple steps back from what we are trying to achieve.
Next, let’s get to know them! Jenny Olsen is a splendiferous teacher-librarian who enjoys buying books and not spending her own money. She loves the simple things, like when the children go to bed at 8:30 PM. Jenny is quite good at reading people, much like how she reads books and thinks crisp is one of the most fun word to say. One moment that changed her life was when her father passed. “It was the time that meant the most and it put everything into perspective.” She says.
Courtney Renfro is an attentive sophomore who loves grandeur in life, but it contrasts to her favorite time which is 3:00 in the morning “when the world is asleep.” A secret talent she holds is that she can rap quite well. Friends usually pick her up when she’s down, and “Hakuna Matata” is the best word to pronounce. One instance that changed her life was when she found out she was adopted. “It gave me better opportunities and a better life.”
Maxton Holbrook is an easy-going junior who loves “food and nap time”, music, and ladies. When choosing between simple or grand, he went a balanced route and said both. His secret ability is the he plays a Seagull Dulcimer and thinks “double sided double tape” is fun to say. The question was ‘what changed your life’, and this is his response. “Most things change for the better, and music was a big, positive change in my life.”
Anonymous is an intelligent senior who likes 80’s music and saying “my homie”. They like 6:00 PM (dinner time) and they can sing quite well. They chose grand over simple, and one moment that changed their life is when “My parents divorced, letting me realize home is a feeling and not a place.” Wise words, Anon.
This legend was born on September 29, 1963. He has played for eight different groups: “Primus,” “Duo de Twang,” “Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade,” “Oysterhead,” “Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains,” “Sausage,” “Blind Illusion,” and “Les Claypool’s Fancy Band.” He is still playing today with “Duo de Twang.” The most famous band that he has played for was “Primus,” starting in the mid-80s.
4. Geddy Lee
Legend, Geddy Lee, was born on July 29, 1953. He is known for playing in the group, “Rush.” He is one of the most famous bass players in the history of music. He is still with “Rush,” playing live today. “Rush” started back in 1968. They are all still together with having lost two members altogether, (previously one passing away in 2008.)
3. Sir Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. Paul McCartney is famous for playing in one of his founding groups: “The Beatles.” It is believed that McCartney cannot read music, and that is true. He is also another one of the most known bass players of all time. He writes all of his music by ear. He is currently playing for this band called “Paul McCartney.” He and his wife, Linda, were the founders of the, known as, “The Wings.” Paul McCartney is currently 73 years old and is still touring, but is sadly near the end of his career.
Michael Peter Balzary, better known as “Flea,” was born on October 16, 1962. He is known for playing with the band, “Red Hot Chili Peppers.” He is still together with them and they are playing live still today. The band started back in the 83 with only four members left today. (Photo: en.wikepdeia.org)
1. John Entwislte
John A. Entwistle was born on October 9, 1944. He is well known for playing for the band known as “The Who.” He is no longer with them, or us. Entwistle died on June 27, 2002 at the age of 57. He was a legend and is missed by so many. Rest In Peace, John.
For many, Halloween is a day of fun activities with family and friends. Usually consisting of family traditions, parties, and trick-or-treating throughout the day. But a majority of the Alta Student Body will have their day fully planned this year, because of a scheduled girls’ choice dance on the same day. This has surfaced a variety of opinions about the planning. So the question arises, was it the right decision?
According to many counselors from Alta, the dance was scheduled on Halloween because it was the only available weekend close to Halloween itself. Events such as UEA and the Corner Canyon versus Alta football game dictated the date.
Imani Sweeney, a senior, disagrees about the decision, claiming that she “wants to party” instead of spending the day on a date.
Austin Simkins also disagrees, along with his fellow senior Imani, saying quite sarcastically, “Halloween is a sacred day set aside for throwing water balloons at children and causing vandalism”. Implying, not for school activities, but at home in their own neighborhoods.
Some, like Siri Olsen, just “don’t care” and are happy they are able to have such a memorable Halloween; a day full of activities, meals, and a dance with friends.
In the end, many plan on attending regardless of the scheduled date. Even though it is a holiday, students at Alta plan to make the most of the day- with many Halloween-oriented activities throughout the day. Some even plan on Trick-or-Treating after the event, still keeping the holiday spirit in the mix.
By Stephanie Brenneisen Photo Editor, Online Editor
No matter the standards, religious or not, high school students should be given the right to health education, which is something that public high schools in Utah continue to teach at a sub-par level.
State Law requires sex-ed in public high schools, but it comes with some ridiculous restrictions. Whether or not someone chooses to engage in sexual activity, teenagers deserve the right to the knowledge that is kept from them so they can make informed and safe decisions.
Abstinence is obviously something that is highly encouraged and respected in the state of Utah, but not everyone can be expected to follow that, which is why the state’s policy on sex-ed does more harm than good.
A few things that cannot be taught in Utah public high schools are the advocacy for homosexuality, sexual activity outside of marriage, and the encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices.
The fact that defending homosexuality is banned in the health curriculum in Utah may be why people of the LGBTQ community are so widely disrespected and rejected in this state. It makes it harder for homosexuals to come out and be who they are. Stereotypes are left to fester and homophobia continues.
Teenagers with comprehensive sex education are 50% less likely to become pregnant while abstinence-only programs show no progress according to the Advocates for Youth, but the ban on teaching contraception remains. This ban also leads to STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), which infect 1 in 4 teenage girls.
Each year, there are 20 million new cases of STDs with 50% of these cases from people between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Safety should be the number one concern, not the pressure on teenagers to remain abstinent. That pressure can lead to rebellion and not everyone can be expected to have the same standards anyway.
The ban on teaching about things like condoms, birth control pills, and the patch can also cause infections. Health class is supposed to teach kids how to be healthy, but depriving kids of the knowledge that can keep them from contracting an infection is just sickly.
STDs can often lead to infertility and even death. Even if someone doesn’t plan on engaging in sexual activity, they should be taught about it for the sake of their own safety, just in case.
Teenage pregnancy is also a concern because of the lack of education. Utah ranks at 13th in the nation for the rate of teenage births with 20.6 births out of every 1,000 teenager, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
When a person reaches the age of fifteen, they should be given the right to this type of education if they give consent to learning about it. If they do not feel comfortable learning about it, then it should not be forced upon them, but they do deserve that right to learn so they can make informed decisions for their own safety and well-being.
In the world we live in today, it’s so hard to just talk to somebody in person, but is incredibly easy to hide who you are all because of social media.
Just about everything is online these days: businesses, dating, and our entire lives. It’s great and it’s fun, but when it comes to things like staying “in touch” with another person and building a relationship, the only thing that comes out of it is a psychological comfort and in affect, we lose connection with the people who are physically there because of the way we are glued to our touch screens.
Along with the comfort comes the insecurity. Teenagers and young adults often look at their feed, see a photo and think, “Why can’t that be me?” or “Why is everybody hanging out without me?”
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the US National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of an adult today is at eight seconds, one second less than that of a goldfish. We get distracted by things like a cell phone vibration or a notification. We get distracted by the hope if it.
People today are addicted to social networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and focus on the hundreds of selfies of the same people who feel the need to constantly brag about themselves. Instead, these people should be focusing on themselves and on the people are actually there for them.
According to expert opinion from guardianlv.com, social media and selfies cause narcissism, depression, low self esteem, and an addiction harder to quit than drugs or alcohol.
Social networks are often used to fall in love, but love comes naturally and cannot be forced, which is exactly what sites like match.com and tinder try to do.
Having an honest relationship online is almost impossible. People can fabricate themselves in any way they want and people often get catfished – hooked into an online relationship from a false identity. Just ask Manti Te’o.
When people constantly post, tweet, and check their feed, they enter in a competition of who can get the most likes and followers, but happiness will never come from this endless game with no real winner.