Author: Kimberly Bojorquez

It’s lights out for Hatch

Hatch is a “fighter” for his own interests We weren’t even a week into 2018 when it was announced that Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest running senator in U.S. history, announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2018. In a video statement posted Jan. 2, Hatch recounted President Trump calling him a fighter. “I’ve always been a fighter,” Hatch said in the video. “I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time...

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UVU President Holland to preside over mission in North Carolina

Photo Courtesy UVU Marketing UVU President Matthew Holland announced via Twitter that he will be presiding over the Raleigh Mission as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mission president in North Carolina, Dec. 29. Traditionally, mission presidents serve three-year terms. Holland will begin July 1, 2018. Holland announced in November that he will leave his position as UVU president next summer, for a position as a mission president for the LDS church, through a press release from the University Marketing and Communications office. Holland has been the president of UVU since June 1, 2009. During the nine years...

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Appreciate, don’t appropriate this Halloween

Illustration by Tyler Carpenter Halloween is one of the only days a person can transform themselves into anything their imagination desires. But dressing up by appropriating a culture that’s not your own has its own set of consequences. Last September, Disney pulled their “Moana”-themed children’s costumes after it created a cultural appropriation uproar. Over the past few years, the popularity of traditional Calaveras used during Día de los Muertos (aka sugar skulls) has increased. Calaveras are often used in connection with Catholic holidays to decorate the gravestones of the deceased. But in the U.S., they are all over Halloween...

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UVU’s Board of Trustees approves three engineering degrees

Three new Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering were approved by UVU’s board of trustees Oct. 26 during a board meeting. While the engineering programs are set to begin in fall 2018, the school must first get approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. “Today’s announcement marks the result of a major effort to expand engineering programs at UVU. This is a historic moment for the university,” said President Matthew Holland in a press release. “By design, these engineering degrees respond to arguably the state’s most pressing workforce need. When it...

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Activist DeRay McKesson stresses to end police violence

Photo by Cody Glassett Protesting is not the answer, but it creates space for the answer and forces people to deal with things that would otherwise be ignored, according to civil rights activist DeRay McKesson. During Political Action Week Oct. 23-25, which strives to increase civic engagement for students, McKesson discussed the early days of Black Lives Matter, which began in Ferguson, Mo and his nonprofit organization, Campaign Zero. His nonprofit’s goal is to end police violence “by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.” Jaxon Olsen, chief justice of UVUSA, decided for the event to focus...

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