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War and the Hypocrisy of American Exceptionalism

War and the Hypocrisy of American Exceptionalism

By Connor Richards

September 27, 2016

The conflict in Syria became even more confusing and chaotic when the United States recently carried out an attack aimed at Islamic State forces that left 62 dead and 100 more injured. The problem? It wasn’t ISIS soldiers who were killed. Rather, it was Syrian troops — the very same Syrian troops who...

Dakota Pipeline Protests and America’s Ugly Past

Dakota Pipeline Protests and America’s Ugly Past

By Connor Richards

September 22, 2016

Over 2,000 environmentalists, activists and members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have spent the year protesting the construction of a crude oil pipeline that would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels worth of oil across the United States. The Dakota Access pipeline, if built, would run 1,170 miles...

Leave Colin Kaepernick Alone

Leave Colin Kaepernick Alone

By Connor Richards

September 18, 2016

There is little that needs to be done to anger and upset the average American. Most of the time it doesn’t even require doing something obscene, destructive or violent. No, in this country, even performing symbolic gestures is enough to rally the masses to call for your deportation. San Francisco...

A Response to Stuart C. Reid

By Connor Richards

September 14, 2016

In a blistering op-ed published by The Salt Lake Tribune, former Utah senator and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bishop Stuart C. Reid spoke out against what he sees as a serious problem in America: the abandonment of ethics and principles by the religious. By adopting what he calls th...

In Defense of Trigger Warnings

In Defense of Trigger Warnings

By Connor Richards

September 12, 2016

The timeless debate about colleges and free speech was ignited again, this time regarding trigger warnings and safe spaces. In a letter sent to incoming freshman, the University of Chicago made it clear that it did not support either: “Our commitment to academic freedoms means that we do not support...

To Address the Suicide Epidemic, Utah Needs Cultural Change

To Address the Suicide Epidemic, Utah Needs Cultural Change

By Connor Richards

September 5, 2016

Utah has a problem. In the past decade, teen suicide rates have tripled in the state. A report released in July found that suicide is now the leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 17 -- higher than car accidents, cancer or heart disease. While an average of 3.0 per 100,000 youth took their ...

UTA Needs to Step up Safety Measures

UTA Needs to Step up Safety Measures

By Connor Richards

September 4, 2016

Near the end of July, a pregnant woman was killed in an accident involving a FrontRunner train and a car of which she was a passenger. Kaipa ‘Ofa Ki’Uiha Kinikini was survived by her immediate family— including her unborn baby who lived through the crash. “Losing my sister is a tragedy,” Masina...

Debate: Should Utah Ditch The “Ute” Nickname?

Debate: Should Utah Ditch The “Ute” Nickname?

August 29, 2016

[row cols_nr="2"] [col size="6"] Time To Lose Culturally Insensitive "Ute" Name Connor Richards Swoop was not the U’s first mascot. Before Swoop was adopted, it was Hoyo, a caricatured Native American child who wasn’t free of any ethnic stereotype. After Hoyo was retired, the Crimson Warrior took ...

Gov. Herbert’s Support For Trump Shows He Doesn’t Represent Utah

Gov. Herbert’s Support For Trump Shows He Doesn’t Represent Utah

August 24, 2016

On March 18, 2016, what would have otherwise been a normal Friday night in Salt Lake turned out to be anything but. Outside the Salt Lake City and County building, hundreds of people, a half dozen cameras and a single, golden-haired piñata stood in unison in intense anticipation of the arrival of the...

RSL Makes Good Move Reinstating Reporter’s Credentials

RSL Makes Good Move Reinstating Reporter’s Credentials

August 11, 2016

Real Salt Lake made headlines last week and not for a spectacular win or exciting trade. Rather, RSL was in the news because the franchise announced that Gordon Monson, a longtime sports columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, would no longer be permitted to attend games or conduct post-game interviews, effect...

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