Author: Adam Dillenbeck

Student Voices: Advice from seniors to freshmen

Adam Dillenbeck Opinion Editor Jesse Sanchez Staff Writer Caitlyn Eakins Senior, History Education “Get your generals done as fast as you can. Take as many credits as you can handle too. Research the professors before you sign up for them. There’s some classes that I wish I would have taken different. My major is history, and I kind of scheduled things so that I only had classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which limited my options. I kind of wish I had taken cooler classes.” Michael Poyfair Senior, Russian Language “I guess I appreciate the school itself. I like the...

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Guns on campus

Last April, shortly after 2 p.m., a student’s handgun went off in the hallway of the Physical Education building. This has led to speculation among many students as to whether guns should be allowed on campus or not. UVU President Holland emphasized that while the security of students is the “utmost importance,” the Second Amendment needs to be honored. UVU’s concealed carry policy reflects this mindset. The policy states that UVU follows state law in regards to weapons on campus, which is weapons are not allowed “except under certain conditions.” These certain conditions are that the student has a...

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The case for legal marijuana: Setting a high standard for alternative pain treatment

On Nov. 8, Americans voted to legalize marijuana for either medical or recreational use in eight states, bringing the total number of states in which marijuana is legal in some form up to 28, as well as the District of Columbia. Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic across the country for the past few years, with traditionally liberal states such as Colorado and Oregon taking the lead. Surprisingly, a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use came before the Utah legislation last year. More surprisingly, it passed the state Senate before stalling in the House during this current legislative session. There’s a strong argument to be made for the legalization of marijuana, at the very least for medical purposes and many Utahns would seem to agree. According to a poll released by Dan Jones & Associates, 61 percent of Utahns support the legalization of marijuana for medical use. Surprisingly, the majority of Utahns over the age of 45 support legalization, while those between the ages of 18-24 oppose it. Opponents to legalization cite concerns about crime rates rising as a result, but the evidence out of Colorado seems to contradict these claims. In 2014 there was an overall decrease in crime of one percent, with homicides, robberies and burglaries seeing the biggest decrease, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation crime report. Incidents of impaired driving while...

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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 they chosen, and what do they actually do? The number of electors each state gets is determined by two factors: how many seats they have in the Senate, which is always two, and how many seats they have in the House of Representatives. Each...

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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 to be recognized and addressed if the American people have any hope of recognizing fact from fiction. One of the most enduring claims made by President Trump is that of voter fraud. He has repeatedly claimed that up to 3 million illegal immigrants, dead...

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