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“30 Strangers” Project Exhibiting at BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library

Justin Hackworth‘s photographic exhibit “30 Strangers: Portraits of Mothers and Daughters” is currently showing at BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library.

The exhibit features photos of thirty mother/daughter pairs, capturing their histories and their stories. The story behind the project is beautifully captured in Kale Fitch’s video below:

The 30 Strangers Project | Justin Hackworth from Kale Fitch on Vimeo.

This Thursday night, October 4, is the special Artist’s Reception. Visitors will have the chance to meet the artist and view the exhibit, as well as listen to entertainment by Cherie Call and short essays about motherhood read by four featured writers (Amy Hackworth, Lisa Clark, CJane Kendrick, and Kacy Faulconer).

This is a great chance to experience wonderful photography and entertainment in celebration of mothers and daughters!

What: “30 Strangers” exhibit—Artist’s Reception
When: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6–9pm (readings and music at 7:00)
Where: BYU Lee Library, Auditorium Gallery, 1st Floor

Justin Hackworth’s “30 Strangers” exhibit is showing in BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library, Auditorium Gallery, 1st Floor, September 6–October 28, 2012. The exhibit is raising money for the Center for Women and Children in Crisis.

The Stadium Farmers Market—Something for Everyone!

by Alissa Holm

The start of school brings not only students back to the BYU campus, but also many vendors to the annual Farmers Market at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Every Thursday until October 25, about 25 vendors will fill the south parking lot of the stadium to sell their best fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, and other local creations. This week, I attended the market and got a taste of the great products our local vendors have to offer.

Walking up and down the row of vendors, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the variety of local goods produced by our fellow Provo citizens. I saw everything from freshly popped kettle corn, to a tabletop football game, to homemade pies, to fresh fruit grown literally just down the road.

A Talk with a Vendor

I took some time during my first visit to speak with Sara Potter, baker and owner of “My Cutie Pies,” a small business that sells personal-sized pies. Sara has mastered the art of pie baking over the last seven years and turned her talent into a small business just over a year ago. She bakes personal-sized pies in flavors such as blueberry banana cream, apple, pumpkin, and raspberry and sells them for $3.50 each week at various farmers markets. Prior to each selling day, she spends a grueling twelve hours baking her pies. Sara says that baking the pies allows her to do what she loves and also to make a little extra money on the side.

Is It for Me?

Curious to see what it takes to become a vendor like Sara, I asked her what it was like to start her own small business. She says her expenses can get pretty high—for pie making, berries are her most expensive ingredients. There are also several startup taxes and fees associated with starting such businesses. But Sara did mention that this type of business might be good for other young married wives and mothers out there—Sara is a former student, but her husband is still in school. If your product is marketable and profitable, you could find yourself bringing in a good amount of money just from selling weekly at the Stadium Farmers Market.

I would highly recommend the Stadium Farmers Market to anyone. The experience is one you won’t regret, and you’ll be surprised with all that it has to offer. Who knows—you might just end up wanting to create your own station!

For More Information:

  • Additional information about becoming a vendor at the Farmers Market can be found here.
  • The vendor application form can be accessed here.
  • Several delicious recipes from the BYU Dining Services demo booth at the Market are listed here. Happy cooking, families!

Photo courtesy of Sara Potter,

BYU Bookstore: Taking More Than You Think

This article may seem out of place for a family-focused publication; however, it represents the new direction that Stance is moving. No longer are we merely about families, we are also for families, a publication that discusses a broad spectrum of topics that families, and others, are interested in and can benefit from. Financial issues, as this article highlights, fall squarely in that category. 


by Dustin Schwanger

In the hustle and bustle of the new semester, we are trying to find the quickest and easiest (and cheapest) ways of getting the things we need, especially books. When I was about to start my semesterly ritual of getting my booklist and looking everything up on Amazon or, trying at all costs to avoid the lines and prices at the bookstore, I found that you can buy your books from the bookstore online, and the used prices were even cheaper than the other online sellers. How convenient! So, I ordered the two used books that I needed and was satisfied that I got the best deal—I didn’t even have to pay shipping.

After I ordered the books, I got the usual “we received your order” and the “we processed your order” emails. For some reason I opened both of these emails. I noticed that the first email said that I was charged the used book price, but the second email said that I was charged the new book price. After calling the bookstore to fix the error and being told that it wasn’t a mistake—that the new book was substituted, without my knowing, because there were no used copies—I decided to pick up the books to see whether anyone would tell me, assuming that I didn’t open those emails as most students don’t, that my order had been changed. No one did. I promptly, then, walked to another desk across the hall and returned those books.

There are two major problems with this situation. First, I agreed to pay only the used book price. I didn’t permit them to take anything else out of my bank account. And second, the biggest issue, How many students don’t read the “we processed your order” email and inadvertently buy the new books? How much more money is the bookstore taking from unaware students?

These are the questions I brought up to the bookstore’s customer service. The employee who responded to my email was very gracious and said that from that moment, students would be  notified in both emails that it is possible for a substitution to be made and that “by this Monday [it was Friday, August 15, when he emailed], a student will be notified about the substitution before adding a book to the shopping cart.” I was, again, completely satisfied.

Today, Saturday, August 25, I decided that I would see whether these changes were actually implemented. So, I bought one of the same books that I had previously bought, but no message appeared telling me that a substitution had been made. (This made me worry that my curiosity had just cost me $65.) In both subsequent emails there was a small disclaimer at the bottom of the email saying that there is a possibility that new books could be substituted for used. However, just as before, the first email said that I was charged the used book price and the second, the new book price. The bookstore didn’t follow through with its commitment.

This lack of follow-through still begs the questions, How many students don’t notice that they are actually buying a new book when they were expecting to buy a used one, and how much extra money is the bookstore getting through not explicitly telling students that they are buying new books when they thought they were buying used? If this issue is resolved, I will immediately write another article expressing that fact, but until then, the bookstore should feel the displeasure of the students it is meant to serve through our buying everything we can from other vendors—no matter how inconvenient.


Extra! Extra!: BYU Professor Reveals Results of Provo Dating Study

by Erin Jones

Provo, Utah, is known for its obsession about dating matters, and for good reason. When you stick a group of thousands of Latter-day Saint (Mormon) young adults together who are all trying to get married, you can expect to hear about dating.

Being surrounded by dating talk, I was instantly curious when I heard about a dating lecture that would take place on campus. Professor Holman was to reveal his exclusive results from a study he conducted on Provo dating life.

I sat in a crowded room at the Joseph F. Smith Humanities Building at Brigham Young University, awaiting Professor Holman’s lecture. I nervously sat in the back of the crowded lecture hall, not wanting to be seen in such a laughter-inspiring situation. As I sat, I watched dozens of people enter the room: couples holding hands, groups of girls, and even some curious guys. I overheard a married couple in front of me say they were there for extra credit. Having already successfully navigated Provo’s complicated dating scene, why else would they be at such a lecture?

Professor Holman started out the lecture by saying that he wouldn’t be staying for the viewing of The Princess Bride following the lecture, because he was going home to his own “princess bride.” The crowd let out a coordinated “aww”—or at least the females in the room did.

Professor Holman then explained that his team had spent the last several months studying Provo dating life. A group of young adults had been selected to have their dating life put under a microscope and revealed to the student body. These research subjects had agreed to send weekly texts on the status of their relationship (such as “I’m dating someone,” “I just broke up,” or “I went on a first date”) over the period of several months. A few participants were also given weekly interviews on their thoughts on dating.

With all of these results, the professor and his team found that Provo dating is not how dating used to be. Apparently there are no clear signs understood by everyone that indicate how the relationship is progressing. Generally, a guy and girl who like each other will increase time spent together, until they decide they want to date. This mutual like could be communicated solely through physical affection (bad) or through communication (good).

The research team also found some interesting dating quirks of their research subjects. They humorously grouped their subjects into several sociological categories. The girls fit into three groups:

Flirtatious Girls: These are the flirtatious girls who base their self-esteem off of how many guys like them. If this girl likes you, you will KNOW. Unfortunately, they probably like 10 other guys as well. The tough thing with dating these girls is convincing them that you are the best guy around and that you are willing to treat her better than the other millions of guys she’s after.

Lock and Key Girls: I heard this description and immediately thought “Oh my gosh, it’s me!” These girls are relationship avoidant. They are independently minded and have high (sometimes too high) expectations. If one of these girls likes you, good luck—there is no way you will know. Just ease into the relationship slowly and convince her you are worth it.

Stable Girls: These girls are comfortable with dating. They will open up to guys and share their feelings and are willing to go through the dating process without rushing it.

As for the guys, there are three groups as well.

Emotional Guys: When they go too far, these types of guys can be perceived as creepy or stalkers. Really, though, these are some of the sweetest guys you’ll meet because they’re very dedicated to dating. They feel rejection really hard. When they hear from general authorities that they should be dating, they feel guilty and get to work! But maybe too much work.

Closed Off Guys: These guys don’t try very hard to date. When they hear from general authorities they should be dating more, they think, “They’re referring to someone else,” or “I would love to date more, but I have too much homework.” Then they lock themselves in their apartments on Friday nights and play video games.

Stable Guys: These guys are willing to go through the dating process. They don’t jump into a relationship too fast, but they also don’t avoid dating. They move on after a rejection or a break-up and keep trying. And eventually, they win (find a wife, that is).

Professor Holman and his team said that no one fits perfectly into one of these three categories. Nevertheless, the characteristics of each category seemed all too familiar. So what can you do about these dating weaknesses? Well, there is hope. Apparently you can change your attitudes about dating. If it goes right, dating leads to marriage, which leads to family, which leads to life-long (and eternal) happiness—even though there may be a lot of bumps along the way.

I walked out of the lecture a bit frustrated by my lock and key ways, but determined to change them. Provo dating, here I come!

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