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Brown: Media Portrays Campus Speech as Suppressed, but It’s Different at the U

Brown: Media Portrays Campus Speech as Suppressed, but It’s Different at the U

By Jacob Brown

May 15, 2019

  Disingenuous reporting around stories related to college campuses is a staple of the American news cycle. The sensationalization of university life is a clickbait gold mine aimed to terrify baby boomers and malign the zeitgeist of younger generations. If the media was one's only source for...

Brown: BYU Nepotism and University of Utah Bias in Utah’s Top Tech Companies

Brown: BYU Nepotism and University of Utah Bias in Utah’s Top Tech Companies

By Jacob Brown

May 6, 2019

  It is no secret that the student cultures of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University are at odds with one another. A commonly held sentiment at BYU is the belief that the U is a second-rate academic option for students who are morally unworthy or intellectually incapable of att...

Brown: Private Benefactors Should Have No Say in University Research or Academia

Brown: Private Benefactors Should Have No Say in University Research or Academia

By Jacob Brown

April 22, 2019

  In 2017, the Charles Koch Foundation one-to-one matched a $10 million donation made by the Eccles Foundation to establish the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis. The new institute's mission was to “push the frontiers of knowledge through academic research an...

Opinion Desk: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Opinion Desk: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

By Morgan Barron, Josh Petersen, Kristiane Sonnenberg, Andrea Alvarado, Elise Scott, and Jacob Brown

April 10, 2019

  What is the Church's Influence on You? While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the predominant religion in the state of Utah, individual experiences with and within it are hardly monolithic. At the University of Utah, students pursue an education in an environment that regu...

Brown: The Contract We Have With ‘University of Utah Dining Services’ is a Rotten Deal

Brown: The Contract We Have With ‘University of Utah Dining Services’ is a Rotten Deal

By Jacob Brown

March 31, 2019

  The University of Utah has been radically growing as an institution. It shows in the U's total net position (assets minus liabilities) having increased by over $1.4 billion (35 percent growth) since I first enrolled in 2014. This expansion can be seen all around campus in the recent constructio...

Brown: Persecuted Mormon Pioneers Would Be Critical of Their Modern Day Progeny

Brown: Persecuted Mormon Pioneers Would Be Critical of Their Modern Day Progeny

By Jacob Brown

March 24, 2019

  Much of what the early Mormon settlers endured during the early 19th century can be serialized as a relentless campaign of brutal displacement orchestrated by various pro-slavery state governments and politically frenzied mobs on the account of religion. While it is easy to morally critique...

Brown: Race Relations and the LDS Church: A Problematic History of Revisionism

Brown: Race Relations and the LDS Church: A Problematic History of Revisionism

By Jacob Brown

February 5, 2019

  The Book of Mormon is a product of the century it was written in and the doctrinal policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were shaped by an America which structured its society in racial castes and justified that structure with divine and pseudoscientific authority. To...

Brown: Nuclear Energy Is the Answer to Climate Challenges, Environmentalists Need to Get the Memo

Brown: Nuclear Energy Is the Answer to Climate Challenges, Environmentalists Need to Get the Memo

By Jacob Brown

January 24, 2019

  All across the country, nuclear power plants struggle to stay profitable. Nuclear energy is currently the largest source of low-carbon power in America, but due to recent advances in natural gas extraction and renewable energy technologies and a reduction of nuclear energy-related subsidies in...

Brown: Studying Abroad Helped Me Confront My American Identity for the Better

Brown: Studying Abroad Helped Me Confront My American Identity for the Better

By Jacob Brown

November 16, 2018

  An ideological tug-of-war is being waged over those who hold the power to define what it means to be American and to have an American identity in the 21st century. Feeling dismayed and unsettled, many of us watch our society's political devolution into tribalist echo chambers, zero-sum extremism,...

Brown: The Blue Wave?

Brown: The Blue Wave?

By Jacob Brown

November 6, 2018

  Nearly two years have gone by since Donald Trump took control of the White House in the 2016 presidential election. Starting from the night of that election until now, hundreds of analyses have tried to pinpoint the exact conditions that led to the upset, though one factor is unanimously clear...

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