Author: Lincoln Op't Hof

Grassroots: passionate people with community mindset

Having people with the right mindset is fundamental to grassroots movements, according to a Pizza and Politics panel discussion held in the Ragan Theatre on Oct. 10. Panelists spoke about the importance of having an issue-focused movement, and making sure that the effort is not reliant on one person. Sarah Scott, a panel member and community organizer, spoke about “checking your ego” when getting involved in grassroots movements. “A lot of times you get into a movement and you’re like, ‘I’m going to do this, this, this,’ and you can’t control everything,” Scott said. “For a movement to be...

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Fate of DACA a ‘ticking clock’ under hands of Congress

Carolina Núñez says the fate of DACA is based on Congress’ will to compromise. Photo by Kim Bojorquez Dreamers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have an uncertain future because the Trump administration has begun phasing it out, and has left it to Congress to come up with a law to take its place, according to a panel call, “DACA, What is at Stake?” Panelists described the difficulty and uncertainty in the current immigration environment, especially with the DACA program, and the political delays that threaten the future for Dreamers, Oct. 4 in the Classroom Building. Carolina...

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Cooperation and service proved vital at emergency preparedness event

Attendees help volunteers load cots into a truck at the emergency preparedness event Sept. 25 in the UCCU Center. Photo by Lincoln Op’t Hof Volunteers, attendees and emergency management workers, came together at the UCCU Event Center on Sept. 25 in a collaborative effort to educate and prepare Utah Valley for emergency situations. The event was organized by the American Red Cross and included emergency preparedness classes, a vendor section and a mock shelter, which had 440 cots and enough food for 1100 meals. Emergency management and medical professionals from the surrounding area as well as UVU nursing students,...

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Students and panelists examine the uncertainty and complexity in the US health care system

Photo by Lincoln Op’t Hof Students and panel members discussed the current condition and future of health care in the United States at the Pizza and Politics event held in the Ragan Theater Sept. 19. Panel members highlighted health care conditions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. They discussed Medicaid and how Medicaid expansion, as expected under the ACA, has been met with politically-motivated resistance. “For whatever reason, states decided not to expand,” Steven Sylvester, panel member and assistant professor of history and political science, said. “The research I’ve done, it’s not about need....

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UCASA and UVU groups co-host bystander intervention training

The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, along with the Utah Department of Health and the Center for Women and Children in Crisis presented resources, information and scenarios for bystander intervention on Tuesday at the Fulton Library Lecture Hall. Student for Choice UVU, Spectrum UVU and the UVU Women’s Success Center co-hosted the event. The training presented by Martin Liccardo, the men’s engagement specialist with the Violence and Injury Prevention program at the state health department, focused on how to intervene safely, especially in situations involving harassment and assault. Liccardo began the training by discussing ‘diffusion of responsibility’ theory, the...

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