Why I am a Wolverine

This is my final semester at Utah Valley University. I have been here for three years. I have fallen in love with this school for the same reasons that many of us choose this school: smaller class sizes, enhanced engagement opportunities, and practical experiences. My original intention in coming back to Utah was to attend BYU. Nevertheless I stayed here and while I have been in the valley I have been able to examine the differences between these two schools and am entirely satisfied with my decision to stay. One of the biggest reasons for my satisfaction is in watching the suppression of  student voice at BYU. Students are not in a position to express themselves in the same way that we are. Whether it pertains to faculty or administration, students there are definitely limited in expressing their views. Something came across my inbox the other day that completely sustains this. I know a student at BYU who is involved with a Middle East peace organization. This individual had some concerns about a Hebrew Club advisor who (from the student’s perspective) seemed to be politicizing the club. This student, named Kfir, wrote an e-mail expressing his concern and cited several cases of perceived bias. I read the e-mail repeatedly and found Kfir to be extremely professional, though certainly firm in expressing his concerns. The essential message calls for a...

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