Author: Jimmy Hall

Keep UVU unique and open

It’s difficult to succeed if no one will give you the chance. This basically sums up my feelings about UVU’s open admissions. UVU is in a unique situation. We are sandwiched between three major universities: BYU, the University of Utah, and Utah State. All of them have their strengths and particular cultures but nothing like UVU’s. Our open admissions policy is part of this uniqueness. We have a diverse group of students who are pursuing higher education on their own dime because they can’t afford a different school. Or they may be here because their SATs or high school...

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The haunting norm of police brutality

I’m driving down I-15 and catch a glimpse of a police vehicle parked on the side of the road. My heart rate goes up. I check my speed. I involuntarily push the brakes out of pure instinct. I then realize I was on cruise control at exactly the speed limit. So, what am I so afraid of? Besides not wanting to pay the couple hundred dollar ticket or the hassle of being late to my destination, most of it comes from the fear of the boys in blue: the police. “To Protect and To Serve” is the LAPD’s motto...

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Protests at Temple Square

Photo credit: Huffington Post The Ordain Women movement is planning to collect their efforts to be heard at this April’s LDS General Conference. One way they are trying to be heard is by getting seated at the Priesthood session. In recent years, when technology and resources would allow, this session is held privately at the Salt Lake City Conference Center and transmitted to meetinghouses around the globe. But in just the last year, the LDS Church opened its viewing for all, just not in the Center itself. Despite this, the Ordain Women movement already has tried to get tickets...

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Peace and Justice department screens “Inequality for All”

On Mar. 26, as part of the First Annual Film Series: Just Films, the Peace and Justice Department screened the 2013 documentary, “Inequality for All.” Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Dr. Michael Minch, was present to introduce the film and answer any questions regarding it. The film focused on the wealth gap, the major topic of 2011’s Occupy Wall Street movement. The narrator of the film is Robert Reich, the former U.S. Labor Secretary under President Clinton and Professor of Economy at Berkley. Reich guides the movie through the decades of history up to present day with the authority...

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Andrew Hales, experimenting with awkward

A tweet and a day later, I walk into study room 407 to Andrew Hales resting his head on the tabletop. “Just getting a little rest,” Hales says as he looks up. As we speak about his experiences filming around Utah and around the globe, he is smiling ear to ear while recalling those memories. I wouldn’t call his demeanor awkward or shy, but calm like a fall Californian beach. He doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. Hales has made a name for himself, especially around UVU campus. His YouTube channel, LAHWF—an acronym for “Losing All...

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