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Will the world end: Students share their thoughts LIFEB7 t WW tM The Independent Student Voice David Geist passed away due to injuries V Two years of legal processes end out of court By Alex Sousa Reporter TwoFistedSousa After over two years of legal process, UVU settled a lawsuit out of court for $175,000 on Oct. 17. The lawsuit began in May 2010 and named UVU as a defendant in the wrongful death of David Geist. I The trial date, which had been set for Oct. 26, was canceled after the legal representatives decided to settle out of court for the approved sum of money, paid from the State Risk Management Fund. "We found the rulings not to be in our best interest," said Sandra Steinvoort, assistant Utah attorney general, who oversaw the litigation of the case. "We had to make I v ' ... 1 Heroes MdLiiM am Johann "Tony" Camarena shared his story Tales from the voting line By Jonathan Boldt Editor in Chief jboldt24 Those that doubt freedom breeds greatness, or believe America is no better than any other country, haven't met Johann Camarena. His masterful way of weaving a verbal tapestry of his life story and what it means to be a true American hero is nothing short of an experience of a lifetime.Camarena has been there and done that, had it all and lost it and then built it all back up again, all without asking for a handout or any praise. His service in Vietnam has left him dealing with post-traumatic .;),; -Vf v " - .11 fi it f ':fCt ...-,f ' MM uvureview.com sustained in the then David 0. McKay Events Center in 2009. n n es awsu a ii li a decision based upon the evidence they were allowed to introduce against our ability to refute that evidence, so we had to come to that conclusion." On May 15, 2009, Geist attended a class at the Utah Woodturning Symposium held in what was then called the David O. McKay Events Center. According to complaint and jury demand filed in May 2010 on behalf of Geist's widow, Bonnie Geist was returning to his stadium-style chair which sprang up as he started to sit and "caused Mr. Geist to fall over the back of the seat onto his head." Geist later died in Provo on May 23, 2009, as a result of the injuries he sustained. hollowing the filing of the lawsuit, the attorney general issued a response saying that the defendants were not responsible and that any injury or damage sustained by the plaintiffs was the fault of Geist and while participating in the constitutional stress disorder that both haunts and drives him. "Sometimes when something strikes a nerve, and I argue with my wife, 1 look into her eyes and see the eyes of the first man I ever killed," Camarena said. "I was so close to him that 1 looked him in the eyes as I pleaded for him to stop, but he didn't understand English and 1 didn't know any Vietnamese, so I pulled the trigger ... When that all comes back to me, 1 have to step away and take a break. I just know that's what 1 have to deal with." That same experience can serve as a force for good as well. "You have to take the bad with the good," Camarena said. "I deal with it all by keeping busy. I've lost everything 1 had so many times I can't remember it all, but that's the beauty of this country." - I jo :: . I f r, . - it We had to make a decision based upon the evidence they were allowed to introduce." Sandra Steinvoort ASST. UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL w - that the school should not be held responsible. In the original lawsuit, UVU was named along with the state of Utah. Orem City, the Utah Higher bducation Assistance Authority and the Utah State Board of Regents as defendants in the case. But throughout the two-year process, all of the defendants were dismissed with the exception of the right to vote that he fought to protect. Camarena served as a medic in Vietnam, came home to graduate college, played professional football and had a beautiful fiancee. A horrific car accident left him in a coma for five months and took his right eye while causing some physical disfigurements. True to his unselfish nature, he let his fiancee go. "She was young and beautiful and I was injured and disfigured," Camarena said. "So I let her loose; I didn't want to hold her back." The dimly lit auditorium at American Fork High School may as well have been a Broadway stage for Camarena. His story does not require a tux or a ball gown, an expensive ticket or a red carpet entrance. His story is the American experience. ii A'Jtu ' -thall season n ..-v N SPORTS B1 "'4 , . for $175 university. "The plaintiff lawyer decided to sue everybody, name everybody and then figure it out," Steinvoort said. "None of them had anything to do with Utah Valley University. It was an accident that occurred on Utah Valley University premises and therefore Utah Valley University was the only appropriate defendant."The lawsuit leaned heavily on a case.of negligence, saying that the defendants "had a duty to exercise reasonable care toward Mr. Geist in warning him about the chair, maintaining the chair and selecting it." The plaintiffs claimed that the chair had not been properly maintained and failed to provide proper instructions or warnings regarding the chair The lawsuit also claimed that UVU was responsible, as it should have been realized that the chairs involved an "unreasonable risk of harm" for people, specifically plaint "Humility is so important," Camarena said. "Now that I work with young kids in a drug rehab program, 1 have to just live the principles I know are true. If I do that, they follow me and I can be a leader for them. I use so many quotes from Thomas Jefferson about George Washington we need to live more like he did." It doesn't matter that he played football with John Elway's father Jack, or that his old teammate Dave Baldwin is the offensive coordinator at Utah State. His work consulting on movies and television shows like "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers" may be interesting, but they aren't what define him. Johann Anton Camarena is a half-German, part-Mexican and Spanish allAmerican hero. His ancestors may have come from K:t w-i:1 '1 i .. i . JOSLYNN TAYLORUVU REVIEW Geist in this case. "We didn't feel that there was anything really wrong with the chairs, as is it was the usage of the chairs. But based on the way the judge ruled on issues, we felt like we had to go forward," Steinvoort said. "But the chairs, as far as we're concerned, are fine, safe and useable." Geist was 72 at his time of death. Geist had worked for Colorado Springs Utilities Electric Department from 1957 until his retirement in 1992 in the Planning and Analysis Section. During his 35-year career, Geist was involved extensively in the underground line program for the Colorado Springs community. The proceedings were presided over by Judge Claudia Laycock in Provo's Fourth District Court. Representatives from the Geist estate were unavailable for com- M JONATHAN BOLDTM'U REVIEW Bavaria, Spain and Mexico, but his heart is 100 percent American. The love for his country is what brings him out to vote, not revenge. "My claims to the VA (Veterans Affairs) have been rejected for the past three years," Camarena said. "They tell me that my PTSD was not related to my service, so I have to find ways to deal with it on my own. This president says he is fighting for us but he's turned me away. I fought in Vietnam to protect the rights for everyone to vote and make changes when you feel they aren't acting in your interest. I don't care who you vote for, just as long as you take advantage of the rights that so many people have fought for. That's all the thanks we want." Spring tuition deadline inches closer Payment for spring classes is due Dec. 19, otherwise classes will be dropped and students will have to pay to register again By Mallory Black News Editor mblack47 As the holiday season draws near, students will have another financial responsibility on their hands paying for spring tuition by the payment deadline. Classes will be dropped for non-payment on Dec. 19 if arrangements are not made by that point. CONNOR AUENAIVU REVIEYl Spring registration has been in full swing since Nov. 5, though if students fail to pay their tuition by the deadline, a $50 reactivation fee will be required to allow registration again. "I can see what UVU is trying to do, but in effect they are charging for services before they've rendered them," said student Sterling Juarez, 30. "They're asking me to pay for something before I've actually done something with it. And I get that they're trying to make sure I have funding arranged to pay for tuition. I think it's a little counterintuitive." Due to record enrollment numbers in recent years, UVU administrators have been making efforts to level student population with new tuition payment deadlines and structured enrollment policies, implemented at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year. This semester, the university experienced its first drop in enrollment since 2006. Approxi-mamtely 1,100 students were dropped from classes for nonpayment at the beginning of fall semester, according to Michelle Taylor, associate vice president of student services and enrollment. See TUITION DEADLINE, A5 o J'..-. V. r i'
|Title||UVU Review, 2012-11-12|
|Description||UVU Review is the student newspaper for Utah Valley University, starting with June 02, 2008.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Valley University--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||UVU Review, 2012-11-12|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|