Defining borders

A necessary construction or an inhibitor to our moral conscious? Borders have been constructed and maintained by humans for numerous reasons. Yet, some may say they are often a source of conflict rather than a source of peace. Whether preserving them or not can be justified in their exclusivity rather than inclusivity is a matter […]

Breathe, Bend, Be: Bringing yoga to the masses

She was looking for an edge in her professional mountain biking career, and he was hoping to heal people through practicing oriental medicine. These desires led Amy and Gabe Williams to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which emphasizes breath and flow between postures. Amy Williams was most grateful for the mental advantages she gained […]

Practice of the death penalty does not make perfect

Juan Melendez was on Florida’s death row, convicted of murder, for 17 years, eight months and one day before he was found innocent and exonerated on Jan. 3, 2002, released with only a T-shirt, jeans and $100 compensation. There had been no criminal evidence against him; only the unfounded testimonies of two questionable witnesses. Worse […]

Alternatives to the death penalty

Gary Gilmore was the first person to be executed after the 1972 moratorium on the death penalty was put into practice. He died by firing squad on on January 17, 1977, at Utah State Prison in Draper. There are many who support the death penalty; however, there are many who do not. Ralph Dellapiana founded […]

An eye for an eye

Steven Hayes was recently deemed unworthy of life on Nov. 8 as he was sentenced to death by a Connecticut jury. In July of 2007, he broke into the Petit home looking for valuables, proceeded to beat and torture the husband, wife and young daughters for 7 hours and thereafter raped and strangled the wife. […]

Restorative justice and the death penalty

Empathy rather than apathy Those who have never been assaulted or had a loved one brutally attacked or murdered can hardly relate to those who have. One can hardly imagine the suffering and overall trauma induced by such an experience. One thing to surmise, however, is that dealing with the legal proceedings in the aftermath […]

Encouraging Utah women to value higher education

The female college graduation rate in Utah is significantly lagging behind its national counterparts, the national average being 57 percent while Utah averages only 49 percent. UVU trails behind at 43 percent. The Utah Women and Education Project (UWEP) has been investigating this issue, reviewing relevant literature and studying the results from their own research. […]

Exploring the complexities of justice

Wrongly accused of murder, Juan Melendez spent over 17 years on death row and received only $100 compensation for his suffering. His story disrupts idealistic notions regarding our legal system’s dealings in justice. Melendez will share his story on Nov. 9 as the keynote speaker of the sixth annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the […]

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