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Behind the Scenes of the University of Utah’s Response to Public Records Requests

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By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

June 18, 2019

  No time to read? Check out this story’s episode of the Floodlights podcast. Transparency in government relies on the public’s access to information detailing governing bodies’ actions and tax-sourced finances. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, only 5% of Americans think state governments share these records effectively. In an analysis of public records requests made under Utah's public records law to the University of Utah, The Daily Utah Chronicl...

Religion on Campus More Diverse Than Rest of State, With Proportion of Latter-day Saints Over 15% Lower

The Muslim Student Association held a Friday prayer in the Union ballroom to honor victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

(Photo by: Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle).

By Emily Anderson

May 10, 2019

  Statewide, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comprise 61.55% — nearly two-thirds — of the state population, according to a December 2018 article published by The Salt Lake Tribune. Although the University of Utah is the state’s flagship institution, its demographics lo...

Goodbye, Daily Utah Chronicle. Yes, Yes, We Promise We’ll Call.

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By Madge Slack, Emily Anderson, Greyson Harness, Christina Giardinelli, Zach Janis, Kristiane Sonnenberg, Andrea Alvarado, Aiden Keenan, Amy Loret, Katelyn Collett, Mandi Johansen, Alli Milne, and Ashlyn Cassity

April 25, 2019

Emily Anderson: Editor-in-Chief Every Sonic Youth song longer than five minutes (most of them). Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Training for a marathon — or, even, a half marathon. That was a list of things I’ve started and never finished. I feel like I’m ending my tenure as edit...

Filmmaker, Former U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Sterling Van Wagenen, who has now resigned from his position as a professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child. (Photo  by Emily Anderson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

April 12, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah professor and noted filmmaker, Sterling Van Wagenen, was charged on April 2 with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony. Court documents allege that 71-year-old Van Wage...

Getting the Best Price for the U: UTA Charges UVU and BYU Less for Student Transportation Passes

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By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

February 19, 2019

  No time to read? Check out this story's episode of the Floodlights podcast. After paying more than $100 annually in mandatory transportation fees, thousands of University of Utah students use their UCards to board TRAX and buses on a daily basis. The school uses a portion of these fees to pay for annual Utah Transit Authority passes for each of its students and employees. U officials are worried the school may be payi...

Campus on Alert After Robbery West of Library

Close up of the suspects' vehicle, courtesy of UPD

By Emily Anderson

December 15, 2018

  University Police are advising students to travel in pairs, lock valuables in vehicles and stay on lighted paths after a robbery occurred in the parking lot west of the Marriott Library on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. The university alerted campus of the incident at 3:42 p.m. The suspects targeted...

Former Department of Public Saftey Commissioners to Lead Reviews into UPD, Campus Safety

Former Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Nielsen speaks at a press conference on Nov. 2, 2018, about the investigations he is leading into the University of Utah's police department and campus safety.

By Emily Anderson

November 2, 2018

The University of Utah announced Friday that former Utah Department of Public Safety commissioner and retired attorney John Nielsen will head two independent reviews into the University Police Department and campus safety. The investigations will begin immediately. This step comes 11 days after Melvin...

Murder of U Student Prompts Investigation into Police Department and Campus Safety

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins and University Police Chief Dale Brophy spoke at a press conference on the investigation into the death of student Lauren McCluskey on Oct. 25, 2018.

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

October 25, 2018

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence. University of Utah President Ruth Watkins announced Thursday the school is initiating an independent investigation into the actions taken by the university police department (UPD) following the reports of harassment Lauren McCluskey made lea...

U Track Athlete Killed in Shooting on Campus

University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed in a shooting on campus on Tuesday, Oct 22. Photo by Steve C. Wilson, courtesy of the University of Utah.

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Emily Anderson, and Christina Giardinelli

October 22, 2018

  University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed in a shooting on campus Monday night, U president Ruth Watkins announced in a statement Tuesday morning.   McCluskey, who is from Pullman, Washington, was a 21-year-old senior majoring in communication. She was a pentathlete  tran...

Washington State Organization Bans Use of ‘Ute’ Name and Logo Leading up to Game

The University of Utah football team marches onto the field during the NCAA football game vs. Weber State at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday August 30, 2018.

(Photo by Curtis Lin/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Emily Anderson

September 28, 2018

The University of Utah’s use of the Ute name has been a hotly debated topic on campus in recent years. Now, members of the student body at another Pac-12 school are joining the ranks of those who object to the moniker. The Student Entertainment Board (SEB) at Washington State University (WSU) tw...

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