Author: Caitlin LaVange

Darah Snow achieves director position for Multicultural Student Services

Darah Snow has been appointed to the position of director for UVU’s Multicultural Student Services as of summer 2017. Snow said that part of her role as director is to enhance the already critical resources and advising that MCSS provides. “I want to make sure that when we’re saying that we’re ‘fostering a community of student success here’ that we really are doing that in our different initiatives and student programs and we’re ensuring that we are validating our students’ experiences,” Snow said. Multicultural Student Services was renamed in 2012. Prior to that, it was known as the Multicultural...

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Top 5 safe sex tips for students

McKhelyn Jones | News Editor As maturing adults in Utah County, it’s important to speak to all types of students about sex. Whether you practice abstinence, are sexually active, uninformed or just curious, here are tips from educational organizations about safe sex. Students for Choice educates students about safe sex on campus and is a great source of information. “I do what I do because I’ve had family members and friends who have been hurt or needed this information and didn’t have it. … Our goal is to inform students about sexual health. We want to be approachable to...

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Black Student Union strives for university support

Four members of UVU’s Black Students Union will take on new leadership positions and organize the upcoming events for the fall 2017 semester. Ever since the BSU started at UVU in 2013, members of BSU have experienced difficulties gaining representation because their marketing strategies failed. Despite that, the current president of BSU Madison Hanks, has taken the club to greater heights. In 2016, she helped launch the African-American Initiative, a mentorship program for African-American undergraduate students. Abdul Kalumbi, who will be president of BSU in the fall, said that BSU will organize a discussion on the Trump administration and...

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Roots of Knowledge crosses lines between art and history

A critical view of the stained-glass project The Roots of Knowledge doesn’t represent most peoples on Earth, according to David Knowlton, professor of behavioral science. The stained glass project has sparked a debate between UVU academics about the historical representation of humankind — from the multicultural figures of the story the mural is telling, to the optimism the panels evoke. Knowlton, a sociocultural anthropologist, said that the artwork attempts to evoke unity, but that it is the type of unity that is also dismissive. When the panels begin to shift into the medieval era, they lose cultural diversity as...

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LGBTQ panelists intersect identity and Mormonism

SPECTRUM AND INTERFAITH CLUB ADDRESS SEXUALITY, GENDER AND RELIGION UVU club Spectrum: Queer Student Alliance and UVU’s Interfaith Student Council presented at their final forum of this semester about faith and how it affects LGBTQ communities in the Classroom Building April 12. Six diverse panelists talked about how they identify religiously, as well as their timeline for figuring out their gender and sexual identity. They shared their coming out stories in relation to their struggle for acceptance within the LDS Church, and search for empowerment to be in both communities. Some of them just used their first names. Kelli...

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