Author: Abby Van Buren

Former CIA and NSA director critiques President Trump’s presidency

Photo by Gabi Campbell Previous director of the CIA, NSA and retired four-star general, General Michael Hayden shared his criticisms of President Trump and anxieties for the future in the Classroom Building lecture hall Oct. 11. “I do fear we are flying by and may end up in a very dark place,” Hayden said. Hayden shared insights on current events and focused on five tectonic shifts occurring in today’s world. The tectonic shifts included power of states and the nature of power, lack of permanency, the proliferation of nuclears to brittle states, the rise of China and lastly, where does...

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Student headcount reaches over 37,000

UVU remains the largest public university in Utah for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the Utah System of Higher Education Oct. 11. The total headcount for this fall semester reached 37,282 students with 25,037 full-time students. The headcount grew more than 6.5 percent since last year. With the student growth also came new buildings and centers added to campus this year such as the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, the NUVI Social Media Command Center, and the NUVI Basketball Center. The educational programs being offered, including master’s degrees, are increasing as well. A Master of...

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Representatives dismiss UVU students’ requests for mental health funding

Emails were quickly rejected from students participating in UVolunteer Week’s “Write your Rep” event which encouraged them to write their state representatives to request more funding for Mental Health Service Sept. 28. A prewritten email was provided by the Service Council for students to read and send to their representative if they agreed and supported the message. “Utah Valley University is the largest university in Utah, but its therapist-to-student ratio is below 99% of U.S. colleges of similar size to UVU,” the email reads. “Our therapist-to-student ratio is currently 1:5018 while most colleges of our similar size have a...

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UVU’s mental health crisis addressed during 10th annual volunteer week events

Kate Hofer, art therapist, shows students what their subconscious is telling them by analyzing their art creations. Photos by Abby Van Buren UVolunteer Week, hosted by the Service Council, shifted its theme this year from traditional service projects and focused on mental health instead by arranging events each day from Sept. 25 to 29 to serve and raise awareness. The weeklong event included de-stressing with dogs, empowering students with self-affirmation through writing what they love about themselves on a poster, creating art as a form of therapy with Kate Hofer, art therapist, writing state representatives in hopes of gaining...

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Women’s workshop criticizes cultural barriers and gender roles

Women are promoted on performance and men are promoted on potential, said Kyle Reyes, at the Utah Women and Leadership Project workshop that focused on strengthening women in leadership Sept. 14, where over 600 people filled the Ragan Theatre. The event featured three separate workshops by Sui Lang L. Panoke, founder and director of Women Politics Media, Kyle Reyes, special assistant to the president for inclusion and Matt Swenson, child and adolescent psychiatrist. It concentrated on helping women find a voice through social media, building resilience and making the glass ceiling visible. “In most cultures, masculinity and leadership are...

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