Located only 63 miles from most of Weber State housing is Park City, Utah. One of the great yearly attractions in Park City, Utah is the Sundance Film Festival. Every January this 10 day event is the most attended independent film showcase in the USA showing more than 100 films to over 40,000 people. The festival is attended by celebrities, movie industry executives and lucky members of the general public who are able to purchase tickets.
Originally chaired by Robert Redford, the first incarnation of the Sundance Film Festival took place in Salt Lake City in 1978 and under the name “Utah/US Film Festival.” Among the films shown at this first festival were A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando and Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds. The festival moved to Park City in 1981 and was renamed the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 after The Sundance Kid, a character famously portrayed by Robert Redford in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969.
TRAVEL A SHORT DISTANCE FROM WEBER STATE HOUSING
TO SEE INDEPENDENT FILMS
The Sundance Film Festival has been the vehicle to launch many now famous independent directors to prominence. Notable independent directors receiving their start at Sundance include Quentin Tarantino with his movie Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and Kevin Smith for his movie Clerks in 1994. In recent years many other independent films showcased at the Sundance Film Festival have gone on to mainstream success including Whiplash in 2014 which was subsequently nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) at the Academy Awards.
The Sundance Film Festival is one of many attractions that draw tourism to Park City adding by some estimates $80,000,000 to the local economy annually. Tourism, including skiing and other outdoor activities has been the mainstay of the Park City economy since the 1990s. Prior to this, mining was the main economic force in the area. But it is tourism that now makes commercial real estate in Park City such a hot commodity.
For those of you in the market for Weber State housing there are several factors that you should be aware of. The first factor that you should be aware of is that there are a great deal of options available close to the Weber State University campus. These options include private rentals and apartment building style housing. Having an apartment near campus should be a top priority for any Weber State University student. This is true because having a home that is conveniently located near campus will decrease the time spent commuting to campus and thus providing more time for studying and attending class.
WEBER STATE HOUSING OPTIONS ABOUND!
Another very important factor that a prospective Weber State University student should consider are the pros and cons related to living with a room mate. On the one hand, living with a room mate will generally reduce the living expenses associated with housing. This makes sense because a room mate will decrease the monthly amount of money spent on rent as well as potentially decreasing the amount spent on food if these sorts of expenses are shared between room mates. On the other hand, however, living with a room mate can be difficult especially if there are personality differences between the two (or possibly more) people sharing a common living space.
The final most important factor that a prospective Weber State University student should be aware of is the condition of the housing he or she may ultimately choose. An old, dilapidated building might save a person a few extra dollars a month but this might not be worth it if the living conditions are too low. For example, it is important that the heat work properly, that there is a reliable internet connection, that the water is drinkable and that the housing is free of mold.
When exploring the many Weber State housing options available, the incoming student is advised to find an apartment or dormitory that suits their particular needs. Fortunately there are many dormitories available each unique in style and accommodations. For example the Myles Standish Hall located in bustling and scenic Kenmore Square is a good choice in that there are all manner of restaurants and stores located within its immediate vicinity. However, because the dormitory is located on the eastern edge of the campus it will take a longer time to make the commute to classes. By contrast, Shelton hall located on Bay State Road is closer to the academic buildings and also sits in a quieter part of campus. Some students prefer the action of Kenmore Square whereas other students prefer the quiet as it is more amenable to studying.
It goes without saying that the crown jewel within the Weber State housing system is that three pronged assault on the sky called Warren Towers. This is the largest dormitory on campus housing over five thousand students in single and double accommodation rooms. Each floor has a large bathroom equipped with showers to accommodate the students living there. The cafeteria is located on the first floor and is accessible to the residents of A tower, B tower and C tower.
On the west end of the campus near the athletic facilities are the three towers called West Campus. These dorms are typically inhabited by the student athletes who attend Weber State. In the summer these dorms are used to house high school aged students attending the various sports camps which make use of the athletic facilities. Many students attending Weber State opt not to live in the school dormitories. Fortunately there are many apartment complexes and rooms for rent to accommodate their needs.
One of the many challenging aspects of college life is the experience of learning to live peacefully with a roommate. There are many ways to deal with this challenge while living within the Weber State housing system. Probably the most important gesture that can be made by a roommate to maintain a peaceful living situation is to speak openly and honestly about any potential problems. Although roommates might be reluctant to step on the toes of each other at first, not being able to fully and honestly articulate your needs will lead to resentment festering under the surface. There is no way that festering resentment can ever give rise to a peaceful living situation.
On the other hand it is also important for roommates to maintain a certain degree of flexibility. Nobody can ever get what they want all the time and people occupying the same living space especially need to be able to compromise willingly from time to time. I say compromise willingly because when one compromises begrudgingly this will also create an energy of festering resentment. In order to compromise willingly the compromise must be made with an energy that is secure in the knowledge that over time the compromises will even out to both party’s benefit.
Finally, it must be acknowledged that some roommate situations will never be ideal. In some cases roommate that cannot get along must come up with rules that will define each roommates obligations relative to each other. Some roommates living within the Weber State housing system might choose to spend as little time possible with each other. Some might choose to separate entirely. For example, one might stay in the dorm and let the other leave to find an apartment. In some situations the only solution is to grin and bear it. In most cases, however, roommates tend to find a solution that is mutually beneficial.