Author: Lilly Van Buren

Students call for energy conservation, improved recycling system

Photo by Jonah Hokit UVU continues to add to its sustainability plans and commitments, aimed at improving campus sustainability, but some students believe that the university should be doing more. “Sustainability on campus feels poor,” said Russell Hatch, a senior in philosophy and environmental studies. “Either awareness of the issue is lacking, or students are apathetic.”  Hatch is concerned that individuals on campus are not involved enough in sustainability efforts, which is an issue because collective participation is needed to make a difference.  “Individual accountability can be increased by charging more [money] for one-use items, such as cups and...

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New sustainability coordinator arriving Spring 2019

Photo by Jonah Hokit UVU administration recently added new elements to the sustainability resolution, including hiring its first full-time sustainability coordinator, beginning spring of 2019. The sustainability committee is currently comprised of staff and faculty who meet monthly to discuss issues on campus and works with the faculty senate to implement changes.  “President Holland’s commitment to hiring a full-time sustainability coordinator is a tremendous step, as it will ensure we have a dedicated staff member to assist in developing a plan for carbon neutrality,” Colleen Bye, chair of the sustainability committee, said. “I am incredibly grateful to President Holland...

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Students voice concerns to the Presidential Transition Committee

Photos by Lincoln Op’t Hof The Presidential Transition Committee sent four representatives to the Student Voice forum to gain student feedback and to ensure a smooth transition from one president to the next, April 3 at Centre Stage. Unlike the Presidential Search Committee, the Presidential Transition Committee is transparent with their process of sending President Holland off gracefully. They hope to ensure that the next president is everything they need in order to best serve UVU, according to a committee member, Jonathan Westover, an associate professor of organizational leadership. “President Holland gave us a directive or a charge to...

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Differing opinions rise about religious inclusivity  

Photo by Jonah Hokit Politics and religion were discussed at length Thursday and Friday at the Symposium on Religious Pluralism and Democracy held in the Classroom Building in order to bring perspectives on the escalated violence against religious minorities that undermine core values, respect and interfaith dialogue. More than six visiting professors from around the country came to lecture on issues of the intersection of religions, ethics and civic engagement. “The inspiration for this event came from the need for students to recognize the critical intersections between religion and political culture,” Brian Birch, the Director for the Center for...

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Candidates present for diversity officer position

Candidates for the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer presented to students, faculty and staff on March 14 and 15. The candidates include Alicia Chavira-Prado, Yudi Lewis, Daniel Teraguchi and Tommy Stevenson. Chavira-Prado received her doctorate in anthropology at the University of California and became a diversity administrator at Ohio University following a career as a professor of cultural anthropology and Latino studies. UVU’s open admissions practice is what drew her to the position. “What UVU is, in its open admission, is tangible proof that we can and should provide an equitable education to everyone,” Chavira-Prado said. “Diversity is not...

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