Author: Josh Wartena

Waking up from Zion

Joshua Wartena, Opinions Writer, [email protected]   I followed the barefoot boy down the dirt road. He was pulling a wooden cart with a bag of rotten meat and fat. “Ya llegamos,” he said. We’re almost there. “Good,” I replied. “It’s hot.” I’d been in Argentina for a month and was optimistic. They’d told me I would be bringing people to Jesus Christ and baptizing them, saving their souls. My head was high; here was this six-year-old boy, taking me to meet his mother. They would come to church and become the good Mormons everyone should be. I even stopped...

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4 ways to survive to seniorhood

I have one semester of classes left; seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is wonderful. Starting college is a lot like driving a car: You look forward to it at the beginning, but pretty quickly you look for reasons get out. The freshmen who came to their first classes bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, are now feeling the grind of truth hitting them. The once brightly-highlighted planners and study goals have been replaced by frantic note taking and finals’ preparation. I wish I had happy encouraging words you could put on a poster with a sunset photo, but...

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The grueling, slow lumber of the 2016 presidential races have begun.

The 2016 presidential races have begun. So starts the grueling, slow lumber that leaves one contestant limping across finish line. I understand political races are inevitable, and they aren’t necessarily a bad thing. If you want people to vote for you, you need to convince them your policies and plans are viable. This entails a certain level of competition against other candidates. Debates, conversations and logical arguments are a healthy part of solving problems. What makes me shudder about the prospect of sitting through another presidential race is how little rational argument is put into campaigning. Utah invariably goes...

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The rebirth of the pagan club

The newest club on campus, the pagan club, is seeking to provide students in a religious minority a safe place. In a predominantly Christian community, several students have banded together to practice their beliefs and be an open source of answers for students with questions about paganism. Sergey Khrushchev moved to the U.S. from Ukraine three years ago. He began studying at UVU this summer and noticed there was no place on campus for pagan students to meet or share their views. “Not everyone has the opportunity to speak up,” Khrushchev said. “I wanted to help educate people about...

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Maryville: rape, blame, justice and teens

A 14-year-old girl was drugged and raped. This is the story of Maryville, Mo. sweeping the country. Protests have been held, the group Anonymous has threatened and petitions have been signed because of what happened in this small city in a flyover state. The lens is on Maryville not because of rape, but the subsequent community response. The attention is on the city because of cowards who laid down their duty and disregarded justice, destroying a family. Daisy Coleman was new in Maryville, having moved there with her family following the loss of their father in a car accident....

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