City and Community News


Kanab hot-air balloon festival flies

As the sun rose over the Vermillion Cliffs of Kanab last Friday morning, a crowd of hot air balloon pilots, event organizers, volunteers, sponsors and spectators waited in suspense to see if the weather would permit a hot air balloon flight on the first morning of the 2017 Balloons & Tunes Roundup.

Speaking up about domestic violence

After a 13-year marriage to a physically abusive husband, Linda Hudson, a senior sociology major from Lakewood, California, fled the state with her 2-year-old daughter on Valentine’s Day, seven years ago. They left behind their career, friends and family with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Cedar City band wins bronze in two-day Battle of the Bands

When The Naked Waiters, a homegrown Cedar City trio, were announced as third place winners in the 2017 Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup 2-Day Battle of the Bands competition, only one band member took the stage.

Five key takeaways from the Doctor

David Coleman, better known as “The Dating Doctor,” spilled major dating secrets when he visited campus on Friday. Coleman is a relationship consultant.

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Silent tribe teaches students deaf culture

The performance is underway. The actors give their lines, but the stage is silent.


Local musicians gathered on stage as the Orchestra of Southern Utah performed “Creative Legacy,” the latest concert from the local symphony.

"JShades" mixes genres

From break-dance to DJ to hip-hop, Joe “JShades” Petty, a senior communication major from Las Vegas, is climbing the ladder of success in the music and entertainment industry while juggling his school priorities and making post-graduation plans.

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Rosalind and Orlando adventure through giant flowers and mushrooms in Cedar High School’s take on “As You Like It.”

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Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month and is recognized by SUU and many clubs on campus annually.

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Cookies and Costa Rica

Cookies, Costa Rica and kids were the spring break themes for Alora Bonner, a junior athletic training major from Mesquite, Nevada.

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"Nacho Libre" to reality

Inspiration manifests itself in many forms, but for Maria Simpson, a Cedar City native and SUU alumna, her moment came while watching “Nacho Libre.”

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Spring or February?

Spring fever has been spreading rapidly on SUU’s campus with the recent surge of warm weather.

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Tricks and trick shots

The Harlem Globetrotters faced off against the World All Stars in an exhibition game Wednesday night in the Centrum Arena. The stakes of the game were high since the All Stars’ masked player Cager demanded that, if they won, the Globetrotters couldn’t do an autograph session after the game.

Casino Night wins big SUU students

Surrounded by former presidents of Southern Utah University in the Hunter Haze Conference Center’s Great Hall, students stood around green felt tables and placed bets at the bi-annual Casino Night, hosted by SUUSA.

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Young love: married by age 20

If she fit the “Bridezilla” stereotype, Sarah Christensen would have been panicking, running around and screaming on the day of her wedding. But even her anxiety and depression couldn’t stop her happiness on the biggest day of her life.