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Galleries, museums add spice to SUU

If “Learning Lives Forever,” then it must be true that we can learn things from the past as well as the present. Cedar City is a great place to learn about the past, and today SUU will add to that pool of available knowledge by opening the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History.

The museum will be open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be open for an exhibit preview until May 4, so be sure to stop by sometime in what is left of this semester.

The museum will showcase North American vertebrates, fossil collections, a mineral collection and many other things. The collection is still growing.

The museum plans to obtain two dinosaur track slabs from St. George. The acquisition of various Native American artifacts is also in the works.

Museums are where the genius of man is on display. They are places where history becomes the present, where cause and effect are one, where dead men do tell tales.

Maybe your major has seemingly nothing to do with natural history. Maybe you have so much homework you pay rent at the library. Maybe you are so sleep deprived you are becoming narcoleptic.

You should visit the museum anyway. A lot of work goes into things like this and everyone at SUU needs the support of the community, no matter what they are involved with. It is also a good place to go if you need to relax for a half hour or so and want to be productive, or else you don’t have time to go home and relax there.

You could also impress the people around you with your increased knowledge after visiting.

Of course, the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History is not the only museum which adds flavor to our campus.

The bottom floor of the Braithwaite Liberal Arts Center is home to the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, which features different exhibits throughout each school year. If you visit now through May 5, you will find the Senior BFA Portfolio Show. This is an exhibit which showcases the culmination of work done by the Senior BFA candidates who graduate this May.

Another museum set to open soon is the Southern Utah Museum of Art. Its mission is to exhibit, collect and preserve historic and contemporary works of art significant to the interior American West. It is also host art exhibitions that represent principal artistic styles and periods of world cultures, according to its website.

These museums and galleries add flavor to our campus. Without community support, these things aren’t possible. It’s also a good study break, and did we mention that all of them have free admission?

The opinions expressed above are the collective perspective of the University Journal Editorial Board. The editorial board meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. in room 176C of the Sharwan Smith Center.

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