Author: Lincoln Op't Hof

DHS special agents give basics on active shooter response

*Editor’s Note- The names and identities of the Department of Homeland Security personnel have been omitted for their safety. Department of Homeland Security special agents gave a presentation about responding to an active shooter situation in the Science Building auditorium, April 18. After being introduced by Rick Los, a lecturer in the UVU Criminal Justice Department, the presenters began by bringing up some significant shootings in recent U.S. history. The shootings that they mentioned all occurred at educational institutions, the most recent of which was in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. According to an FBI study...

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New emergency text message system reaches 32,000 people in minutes

Photo illustration by Lincoln Op’t Hof On March 2, members of the UVU community received a text alert about a person of interest on UVU Campus. The text alert was distributed by a new system that university administrators implemented in early fall of 2017. The new system was able to send out the message to about 32,000 recipients within two  minutes, according to UVU director of Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety, Robin Ebmeyer. The capability of this new text system is a significant improvement to the previous text alert system, Ebmeyer said. The old system took up...

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Attendees encouraged to get involved on national debt issue

Convention of states is one method of addressing government problems   The UVU chapter of Turning Point USA’s presentation held on March 6, in the Sorensen Center, encouraged students to get involved with the problem of the U.S. national debt by suggesting students use a convention of states, in an attempt to force the federal government to correct the growing issue. Sarah Clark, Turning Point USA’s UVU chapter’s president and a political science sophomore, began the presentation with a clip from the television series Parks and Recreation. Clark then showed the U.S. national debt clock. According to usdebtclock.org, the...

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Person of interest located at Wolverine Crossing

Text message alert system employed to notify campus community A text message was sent out at 1:07 p.m., March 2, to alert the campus community that UVU and Orem police were seeking a person of interest on or around campus. The text was sent out in response to a threat that a 19-year-old texted his mother who lives out of state, according to a post from Orem Police Department’s official Facebook page. Several minutes later, a text was sent that the situation had been resolved. “Orem Police notified UVU Police that a person of interest threatening violence was on or...

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Student Voice session shows opposing viewpoints for GE

Ethan Johnson asked the panelist about the Re-Envisioning the Undergraduate Experience process and mentioned a sense of community that can come from the shared knowledge that general education provides. Photo by Lincoln Op’t Hof Committee will face task of balancing professional focus with broad liberal arts focus   Students raised several questions about the process of re-envisioning the undergraduate experience at the Student Voice forum March 1, in the Sorensen Center. General education, a significant part of the undergraduate experience, was a recurring topic of the event, with the discussion focusing on potential changes to the curriculum and illustrated...

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