Author: Karlee Stauffer

Opinion: How many more mass shootings will it take for the U.S. to say ‘enough is enough’

One year ago I wrote an article about a student who was carrying a firearm in his backpack when it went off near the campus Taco Bell. By sheer luck the bullet didn’t hit anyone in the crowded hallway. On a more somber note, the University of Utah was recently in the news after an international student was killed by a shooter, resulting in an overnight manhunt. But that seemingly small incident coupled with the atrocities of another school shooting in Florida is more than enough to warrant a deeper look into how guns are handled in Utah and...

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No room for guns

Over a month ago when students were beginning to feel the closely approaching fire of finals, a gun went off in the hallway inside the Physical Education Building near Taco Bell. Luck, or whatever supernatural power you ascribe to, was on the students’ side that day as no one was injured by the mis­fired bullet. But they just as easily could have been if the bullet had not been stopped after hitting a pipe on the ceiling. This incident brings up concerns about student safety and proper gun regulation that are often ignored on campus. This incident brings up...

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International Women’s Day

Campus was buzzing with events celebrating women the week of March 8. Activities ranged from a traditional European tea night produced by the international student council on March 4, to a Utah Women’s Leadership event on March 7. However, in a non-academic or political setting, this holiday is almost unheard of.  Without boxes of chocolates or old men sliding down chimneys to garner interest — or at the very least, a day off from work — International Women’s Day goes largely uncelebrated in America. This isn’t the case around the world, as several different speakers at the European tea...

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The Vagina Monologues raises money to support sexual assault victims

The Students for Choice Club presented The Vagina Monologues with three performances Feb. 23-25 at the Fulton Library. Each monologue was acted out by one of 20 female cast members, the youngest being an eight-year-old girl. The monologues themselves were as distinct as the women who portrayed them, ranging from light and comedic jokes about orgasms to emotional stories of rape. The Vagina Monologues is a theatrical piece written over 20 years ago as part of a movement to start a dialogue about violence against women across the globe, according to Keli Byers, a junior sociology major and the...

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Encircle Art Sale

Just south of the new LDS temple in downtown Provo stands a brilliantly blue memory of the 1890’s. The house for the non-profit Encircle is anything but unassuming. The building was run-down when Stephenie Larsen, Encircle’s Executive Director, chose it as the future home for the LGBTQ+ family and youth resource center. “We decided to keep all of the original elements of the house,” said Jake Dunford, Encircle’s freelance creative designer, “so that every kid’s family member [who] comes in knows that we don’t plan to change or renovate them.” The mix of historical architecture and modern art provided...

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