Author: Megan Hansen

Utah women lowest in new study

After two years of research on the Utah Women and Education Project, principal researcher Dr. Susan R. Madsen and her team presented their findings at Utah Valley University on Friday, Nov. 12. Utah currently has the lowest percentage of women attending a college or university in the U.S. The purpose of the UWEP is to lead efforts within the state to understand and then motivate more young women to enter and stay in school long enough to obtain college degrees, Madsen said. Findings of the study show that many young women from Utah believe they are encouraged to go to college, but not necessarily to graduate. “We need to educate young women and parents in Utah of the broad value that higher education can have in their lives,” Madsen said. “Higher education is not just focused on helping students get jobs. Although this is important, higher education has so many other benefits.” Utah Women’s Value of Education 96.3% – Economic, financial, and/or job 54.3% – Knowledge, learning, intelligence and being smart 40.8% – Self-esteem, self-worth, self-knowledge, accomplishment 32.2% – Better life, be successful, opportunities in the future 26.5% – Self-development and self-improvement 26.1% – Equity with men/respect for women 21.2% – Independence 20.0% – Teach children or be an example to them 14.7% – Influence society/world, to make a difference 11.8% – Social benefits and/or improving social skills 9.8%...

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Safety Week to be held on campus

The Behavioral Science Club will be sponsoring an upcoming Safety Week to raise awareness of safe dating and to fundraise money to help the former UVU student known as the “Provo River Survivor” who was brutally attacked last June. “When we heard about our UVU student who was raped and left with owing more than $200,000 in medical bills, we decided to get behind the cause,” said Professor Ron Hammond, Ph.D., advisor to the Applied Behavioral Science Club. The club started off making small efforts to raise money by placing jars around campus, but hopes that the weeklong events from Oct. 18-23 will make a much bigger impact and relieve some of the financial burden placed on the family of the victim, according to Kayla Beesley, ABSC co-president. Two events will be free of charge, including self-defense training and a discussion panel on warning signs in dating. All proceeds will go toward the medical bills of the survivor. Safety Week Events Monday, Oct. 18: Centre Stage: 7 p.m. Laugh Off J with the “What’s So Funny? Improv Club” $3.00 with UVU or BYU ID ($4.00 without) Tuesday, Oct. 19: PE 144: Rape Self-defense Seminar 1-2 p.m. FREE!  (National Surprise Celebrity will attend) Wednesday, Oct. 20: Fundraiser 7-10 p.m. @ UVU women’s volleyball game buy a wristband, t-shirt and ice cream Thursday, Oct. 21: Art Wall: Donation jar and information...

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