Author: Kimberly Bojorquez

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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Women’s panel draws criticism over lack of diversity

“She Talks Utah,” an upcoming women’s panel is drawing criticisms from the community for the underrepresentation of women of color. The second annual, “She Talks Utah” will be coming UVU Nov. 2, as part of the Utah Women’s Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series. The panelists featured are white and have ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Brigham Young University. According to the event flyer, “We have invited five fabulous Utah women from various backgrounds and sectors to speak briefly about how each has found both her unique voice and the courage to use it...

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Students march in support of Dreamers

Days after President Trump announced to intact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for six more months to allow Congress to find a legislative solution, hundreds of people marched on campus in support of the program, which protects immigrants from deportation and allows them to work in the U.S. legally, Sept. 8. The silent march, which was organized by League of Latin American Citizen’s UVU chapter, began in the Fulton Library and traveled throughout the campus. Speakers ranged from community activists to DACA recipients. LULAC president Bea Ferreira said, “We’re trying to engage our community in taking action...

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