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OP-ED: UVU President Matthew Holland continues his battle against marriage equality

Photo by Nathan Gross When Matt Holland was chosen to be the new president of Utah Valley University in 2009, my partner and I sent him an e-mail at his BYU address. We welcomed him to UVU and said we looked forward to working with him. We were concerned, we wrote, that he was a member of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, an organization founded in 2007 “in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures” (NOM Website). Given his work with that organization, we wondered how he might...

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Germerican everyday life

“How many of you are married?” This was the first question our professor asked on our first day of class. About 50 percent of the students raised their hand. All of them were Mormon. Before we came, we knew that Utah is the “LDS hotspot”, but it was still unfamiliar to see so many people our age who are married. We are two exchange students from Germany and we noticed some differences between our daily routines and the routines of our classmates from Utah. It starts in the morning when we decide on what to wear. When it’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit outside, we still feel the need to take a sweater with us because of the air conditioning. A friend warned us that it will be the exact opposite in the winter and Americans turn up the heat really high. It seems like Americans only know two extremes and no in between like in Germany. By the way, the stereotype about Germans wearing socks in sandals is something Americans live by. Not many people in Germany wear socks in their sandals. We also never see people in pajamas in our German school “Westfälische Hochschule”. Many people ask us about the differences of German and American food. On our first day at UVU, we were astonished by the different restaurants in the school cafeteria, like Taco Bell. It reminded us...

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Appreciation, tributes and politics dominate Grammys

By: Tommy Johnson | Contributor In downtown Los Angeles, artists brought talent, tears and protests to create a unique celebration of what 2016 had to offer. The night began with Adele performing her-well known hit Hello and was followed by a tumbling and humorous entrance by Late-Night host James Corden, who kept people laughing all night. The first winner of the night was Chance the Rapper, who won “Best New Artist.” His win was a unique accomplishment for an independent rapper. Chance the Rapper gave a personal acceptance speech, and having so many people in his life to thank, he didn’t let the producers of the show run him of stage when they started playing music to get him of stage. With a sly smile on his face he said, “Oh I’m gon’ talk. Ya’ll can play the music if you want.” He only went a dozen or so more seconds, but the gratitude showed by the now three-time Grammy winner was neat to see. The next acceptance speech was the night’s most memorable. After naming Twenty One Pilots the winners of “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for their song Stressed Out, the members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun took off their pants before heading up on stage. Confused, the crowd cheered and laughed. Joseph explained that a few years back that he, Dun and a couple of other buddies...

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Blake Oakey: To the Editor

In February I wrote a Letter to the Editor about the elections and Phil Varney for which I would like to publicly apologize. In the midst of a heated political and interpersonal conflict between myself and Phil, I wrote a letter to the paper dissecting and critiquing one of his political stances. One of the critiques I had related to a non-traditional and multicultural student issue. In an effort to call out this issue, while still remaining anonymous, I created an identity to use for publication purposes. I posed as an African-American student in the hopes that it would...

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Letter: apply to be on UVUSA council

Dear UVU Students, Utah Valley University was named the largest university in the state this last year. With the number of students exceeding 33,000, we aren’t just the largest school, but we’re the best in a variety of ways. What many students don’t realize is just how fortunate we are in terms of involvement opportunities. Your 2016-2017 student body officers are taking it upon themselves to inform you of some amazing opportunities coming your way. To say we are excited is an understatement. We’re pumped to let our peers know applications for UVUSA Student Council are now open. From...

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