How US elections actually work

How US elections actually work

On Nov. 8, tens of millions of Americans went to their local polling station to cast their ballot and elect the next President of the United States. Except that’s not actually how it works. When we vote for a candidate, we’re actually voting for their designated electors. But who are these mysterious electors, how are […]

Alternate reality and alternative facts

Alternate reality and alternative facts

Illustration by Cole Eisenhour Since Jan. 20, the United States has lived in its own reality that is being carefully constructed by the Trump administration. This administration coined the term “alternative facts,” which has become increasingly relevant to the information coming out of the White House. This is a troubling and dangerous trend that needs […]

An argument against drug testing in the welfare system

An argument against drug testing in the welfare system

Illustration by Tyler Carpenter Welfare reform is a constant staple of the campaigning politician, with those on the right wanting to create further restrictions on people seeking government assistance. One of the biggest arguments in recent years is the desire to implement required drug testing for anyone wanting to receive help. Here’s why drug testing […]

Stand with Standing Rock

Stand with Standing Rock

Photo by Julie Ostler Protesters have gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota since August to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL. They cite concerns that the construction of the DAPL will desecrate their sacred ancestral lands as well as threaten the reservations’ water supply. These protesters, who refer […]

Hollow words from a hollow man

January 20, 2017, a day that will live in infamy. This is the day that Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Rather than focus on the “alternative facts” surrounding the size of his crowd or the millions of wonderful nasty women and men who marched in protest the […]

Draining the swamp or clogging the drain?

With the inauguration of President-elect Trump looming, many are still uncertain of what his presidency is going to look like due to his fluid stance on many issues. To gain insight as to what a Trump administration may entail, people have begun looking at his cabinet appointments. First is Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Senator […]

Meet Utah Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz

It’s easy to forget that on November 8, Utahns will be casting their vote for more than just our next president. The race for Utah’s next governor is well underway, with incumbent Republican governor Gary Herbert defending his position against Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz. Weinholtz was a third-generation factory worker, who worked full time while […]

History of Halloween

History of Halloween

Illustration by Cole Eisenhour Halloween is here again, and with it comes costumes, parties, and hordes of children wandering the streets asking strangers for candy. This is regarded as one of the most popular holidays, but where do these traditions come from and why do we celebrate them? The origins of Halloween are believed to […]