Monthly Archives: January 2014

Profile Project: Provo’s Red Headed Firecracker

PROVO, Utah— With passion as fiery as her red hair, Jessie Christensen saunters to class.

Throwing a quick glance to the side as she reaches for the curved handle to her first class of the day, she looks bright- eyed and cheery.

With a desire to work in the advertising field, Christensen works as a teacher’s assistant for Communications 101.

She desires to land a job in Salt Lake City working on the Mormon Messages advertisements or in New York City.

When Christensen speaks of Times Square, the color of her face turns a rosy pink and her eyes take on a shiny hue. She describes the awe of all the bright lights and ads that cover Times Square.

“I want to be someone whose work is seen all over the world.”

Christensen is certainly an up-and-comer. As a 19 year-old freshman at Brigham Young University, she oozes confidence when it comes to her work.

“I ‘ve always wanted to go [to BYU]. It’s the only college I applied to. I was pretty confident.”

And when it comes to confidence, this Nevada native knows a thing or two. Christensen is from a city less than 10 minutes from Las Vegas, a city known for high rollers and big risk takers.

With a passion for dance, Christensen describes her senior year as the captain of the Coronado High School dance team in Henderson, NV. “I’ve loved staying busy.”

She describes how she’s danced her entire life and how the determination to become a better dancer and maintain friendships with a busy schedule has shaped her personality.

She plans to bring her dancer’s tenacity to the advertising field. “I always do my best work,” Christensen said.

She hopes to maintain a high GPA while she pursues her Bachelor’s Degree.

As a pre-Communications major with an emphasis in Advertising, Christensen has countless opportunities to bring her “best work” to the table. Her classes require a lot of research and writing.

While she stays busy, Christensen knows friendships are important. With a huge smile on her face, she exclaims, “Friends! I love meeting [new friends.]”

She’s very passionate about service work and says, “I like to please everyone. I like making people happy.”

And with a downward gaze, Christensen slowly confides, “Honestly, being at this university and working so hard to get here and then seeing people sluff off in their classes has been a huge disappointment for me.”

She expected to see more people with the same passion and drive as her, but it’s apparent that she is different than the other students for more reasons than her flaming red locks.

Christensen is a firecracker with a passion that sets her apart for other students her age.


Dispute over Utah Land

This is my first article for my Media Writing class at BYU in Provo, UT!


Salt Lake City— A dispute about Utah land is making the news. Again.

This time it’s not between the Mormons and everybody else; this time it’s a fight on the constitutional and ethical transfer of land.

Utah’s Transfer of Public Land Act is under public scrutiny. An analysis written by Constitutional Scholar Carrie Ann Donnell claimed that the act is a lawful way for the state to reclaim land from the federal government while other groups call the act dishonest.

The federal government owns two-thirds of Utah’s land, which serves as an inconvenience for Utah and other Western states according to Rep. Ken Ivory, R- West Jordan.

Ivory announced a deadline on Dec. 31, 2014 for the federal government to terminate control over the land in Utah. He claimed that owning more of Utah’s land would enhance educational funding for the state.

Conversely, groups such as Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance said the fight is costly and reckless.

“The Legislature’s own attorneys acknowledge that the Transfer of Public Lands Act is almost surely unconstitutional,” said the legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Stephen Bloch. “This is both bad law and bad policy.”

Donnell doesn’t agree and asserted, “There was never an intent for the territories to give up all their lands to the federal government, and there was never an intent for the federal government to hold that land indefinitely.”

Donnell said the land was given to the government on the premise that the land would be returned to the state eventually.

She added that the land should have been sold to absolve the debt left from the Revolutionary War and to fund a new government.

“The main takeaway is that the Transfer of Public Lands Act that I reviewed is perfectly constitutional,” Donnell explained. “Proponents should not be deterred from moving forward because of the fears or threats around it. Legally, it would survive any challenge in court.”

The Sutherland Institute’s Center for Self Government in the West commissioned Donnell’s analysis. The center’s director Carl Graham said, “We’re just hoping to add to the public information on the debate. We want people to go into this debate informed and get over the hump that ‘this is just crazy talk.’ It is not just crazy talk.”

He added that other states in the West are following Utah’s actions. He predicted between five and seven other states will form similar laws.