Author: Lilly Van Buren

German entrepreneur compares Putin and President Trump

Photo by Jonah Hokit Franz Sedelmayer, German entrepreneur and former friend of Vladimir Putin, gives first-hand insights into Putin’s Russia. Sedelmayer addressed students at Center Stage Feb. 8, after being invited by the Globle Engagement office. Sedelmayer recently published his book, Welcome to Putingrad, with John Weisman, where he explores his story working with and against Putin. “When you sit across from Putin, he will try to be like you,” said Sedelmayer. “Putin will try and convince you, ‘you are my friend.’ He can change his colors in a second, I have seen it.” Sedelmayer finds it interesting to...

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Kyle Maynard tells students to never give up

Photos by Jonah Hokit Quadruple amputee and award-winning extreme athlete, Kyle Maynard, spoke to inspire students Feb. 1 in the Grande Ballroom. Maynard was born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, which left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. The doctors told his parents that he would need constant care for the rest of his life. Maynard defies the limitations before him. Now as accomplished athlete and climber, he shares a message of overcoming mental blocks and excuses in order to achieve his dreams. As students are preparing...

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Students protest Jordan World Circus

Photos by Maricel Evangelista A two-day protest opposing the Jordan World Circus was held by students in conjunction with the Animal Defenders International Organization outside of the UCCU Center on Jan. 23-24. For nearly 10 years, students have voiced their disapproval of the circus being held on campus, but feel they are not being heard. Four years ago, the Animal Defenders International Organization teamed up with students and local activists. They continue to support the movement by protesting the circus each year.   UVU’s Animal Allies Club recently expressed their concerns about the circus to the UCCU Center, but...

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Commemoration to MLK calls students to action

The 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration took place on Jan. 16-17 in the Ragan Theatre to discuss the legacy of King with the purpose of uniting campus and community voices. President of the Black Student Union, Stormey Nielsen, gave the opening remarks followed by a musical number by Luseane Pasa, student in the Black Student Union, which received a standing ovation. The keynote speakers included Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America and Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, and Elijah Miles, speaker and activist in Baltimore City. Workshops were facilitated by Miles, LaShawn...

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Dress code visuals posted at campus gym

Photo by Maricel Evangelista The Student Life and Wellness Center gym modified its dress code to include visual representations of appropriate attire in order to ensure easier dress code enforcement and help students feel they are in a comfortable environment. Students provided feedback saying the original dress code was difficult to understand, according to DaSheek Akwenye, director of Campus Recreation. As a result, Akwenye said the staff were having a difficult time enforcing the policy. The dress code policy states, no jeans or revealing tops. Participants must always wear a shirt, athletic shorts or pants and athletic footwear. No...

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