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U Police Chief Dale Brophy Suddenly Announces Retirement

U Police Chief Dale Brophy Suddenly Announces Retirement

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

July 16, 2019

  In a statement Tuesday afternoon, University of Utah officials announced that U Police Chief Dale Brophy will retire on Oct. 15 of this year. Brophy has worked with the department since 2013, when he joined as deputy police chief. According to the statements, he was promoted to police chief...

DA Files Charges Against Man Accused of U Student MacKenzie Lueck’s Murder

DA Files Charges Against Man Accused of U Student MacKenzie Lueck’s Murder

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

July 10, 2019

  Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill formally filed charges against the man accused of kidnapping and killing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck. Ayoola Ajayi, 31, faces felony charges of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a human b...

SLC Police Confirm Death of U Student MacKenzie Lueck, Charge Suspect with Murder

SLC Police Confirm Death of U Student MacKenzie Lueck, Charge Suspect with Murder

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Jacqueline Mumford, and Ana Luiza

June 28, 2019

  Content Warning: This article discusses kidnapping, violence, crime, death and other subjects some readers may view as disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. In a press conference Friday morning, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown announced that they found the remains of Universi...

Parents of Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey Announce $56 Million Lawsuit Against University

Parents of Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey Announce $56 Million Lawsuit Against University

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

June 27, 2019

  Jill and Matthew McCluskey announced at a press conference Thursday morning that they have filed a $56 million civil rights lawsuit against the University of Utah following the on-campus murder of their daughter, 21-year old student-athlete Lauren McCluskey. They say the U failed to protect th...

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

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

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...

Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

April 30, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah film professor Sterling Van Wagenen pleaded guilty in an initial Utah County court appearance on Tuesday to a count of the sexual abuse of a child. Van Wagenen's attorney stated that he will als...

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

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

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...

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Christina Giardinelli

March 7, 2019

  Film professor Sterling Van Wagenen has resigned following the release of a recording during which he is heard admitting to molesting a minor in 1993, according to spokesperson for the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts, Marina Gomberg. The recording is the result of an interview...

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

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

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...

Newly Released Audio Sheds Light on Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey’s Contacts with Police

Newly Released Audio Sheds Light on Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey’s Contacts with Police

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey

January 19, 2019

  More than 15 audio files released Wednesday afternoon by University of Utah officials give the public further insight into slain student Lauren McCluskey's contact with campus police in the weeks leading up to her death. The audio files, which also include 911 calls from McCluskey's parents and...

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