BYU professor still remains on ‘Survivor’

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The tribe has not yet spoken for Dawn Meehan or Rick Nelson, both members of the LDS Church who are still in the running for the million dollar prize and title of the sole “Survivor.”

Meehan is a professor in the English department at BYU, and Nelson is a Rancher from Aurora.

Dan Evans, a realtor from Provo and a mega fan of  the popular CBS show Survivor, said the host, Jeff Probst, helps the show stand alone in entertainment and enthusiasm. He compared Probst to another popular show host: Chris Harrison of “The Bachelorette.”

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BYU English professor Dawn Meehan, second from left, is one of two LDS contestants still on the current season of CBS' "Survivor," although she will have to rejoin the tribe from Redemption Island.
Evans said he is is not surprised that Meehan and Nelson are still on the show, although there is another contestant he has his money on to win the entire shebang.

Jennifer Lindsey, BYU’s writing program assistant, and a close colleague and friend of Meehan’s, said Meehan’s personality and drive to succeed will help her to go far in the competition.

“She gets along with everybody, she’s very enthusiastic and very health conscious,” Lindsay said. “She works out religiously and is very good about what she eats. She worked out a ton before going on the show. She had a plan and she wanted to weigh a specific amount, so she could last.”

Elissa Story, a senior from Sandy studying wildlife and wild lands conservation, said the intense situations on the show can make or break the contestants, and thinks that it is entertaining for viewers to watch.

“I love seeing people out of their element,” Story said. “It really brings out the best or worst — usually the worst — in them. There’s just so many characteristics of a great player: physical strength, social strategy, luck, endurance through tough circumstances, etc. It’s a reality show that has actual skill-involved.”

“Survivor: South Pacific” airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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