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Name One: Native American Celebrities

Name One: Native American Celebrities

By Josh Petersen

November 27, 2018

  Try this thought experiment: Name one major Native American celebrity. For me, this task was alarmingly difficult. The people I could think of were either barely famous or historical figures from hundreds of years ago. In an era when diversity and representation are increasingly hot-button...

“Green Book” Continues Old Tropes and Tired Racial Narratives

“Green Book” Continues Old Tropes and Tired Racial Narratives

By Josh Petersen

November 20, 2018

  The Academy Award season is officially upon us, which means that it’s time for an Oscar-friendly historical drama about race relations. Most recent years have one: “Hidden Figures” in 2016 or “The Help” in 2011 or “The Blind Side” in 2009. You probably know the drill. The film...

Petersen: Transgender People Cannot Be Erased

Petersen: Transgender People Cannot Be Erased

By Josh Petersen

November 14, 2018

  Transgender people cannot be erased. For some, this might sound obvious. A person’s gender identity is an inherent, undeniable part of who they are, and to treat transgender people with respect and dignity is not a radical political choice — it’s basic human decency. All that transgender...

Petersen: Moderate Republicans Have Failed to Stand Up to Trump

Petersen: Moderate Republicans Have Failed to Stand Up to Trump

By Josh Petersen

November 11, 2018

  To put it mildly, we are at a particularly alarming moment of a particularly alarming presidency. On Aug. 21, Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, was found guilty of financial fraud. This includes a failure to disclose his involvement with a pro-Russia political group ...

“Big Love” is a Bold, Timely #MeToo Parable

“Big Love” is a Bold, Timely #MeToo Parable

By Josh Petersen

November 11, 2018

In her book “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger,” journalist Rebecca Traister argues that female rage can have great potential to inspire political change and alter the course of history. Her thesis is especially relevant in a year when issues of sexual violence, misogyny and...

Petersen: Prop 3 Saves Lives

Petersen: Prop 3 Saves Lives

By Josh Petersen

November 2, 2018

  This November, Utahns will have the chance to vote for a new United States senator, four new members of the House of Representatives and many other important statewide and local races. In one of the most consequential elections in American history, it's essential to register to vote and make your voice heard. Luckily, thousands of Utahns are registering to vote fo...

Petersen: Football Enrollment Is Dropping. That’s a Good Thing

Petersen: Football Enrollment Is Dropping. That’s a Good Thing

By Josh Petersen

November 1, 2018

  Over the past two years, political protests from NFL players have been a regular source of controversy. During this time, another NFL controversy has slipped under the radar. Many studies have shown a compelling link between playing football and developing brain damage, including chronic traumatic...

The Great Halloween Candy Debate of 2018

The Great Halloween Candy Debate of 2018

By Palak Jayswal and Josh Petersen

October 30, 2018

  At the arts desk, we know the two real purposes of Halloween are watching movies and eating tons of junk food. However, not all candy is created equal. In this article, two writers debate the most important issue of our time — which Halloween candies are great, and which are trash. Josh Petersen:...

The U’s Julius Caesar is Refreshingly Simple

The U’s Julius Caesar is Refreshingly Simple

By Josh Petersen

October 29, 2018

  This Halloween, the University of Utah Department of Theatre is presenting a historical tale of horror and violence — William Shakespeare’s 1599 tragedy “Julius Caesar.” This oft-adapted play starts as Julius Caesar (Selah McKenna) returns triumphantly from battle, while her close friend...

The Lucas Brothers Are Stand Up’s Most Powerful Duo

The Lucas Brothers Are Stand Up’s Most Powerful Duo

By Josh Petersen

October 29, 2018

  No, you’re not seeing double. Though stand-up comedy is typically a solo form, Keith and Kenny Lucas, also known as the Lucas Brothers, take a different approach. The two comedians are identical twins who perform stand-up together. Their act may be a little hard to classify — one tongue-in-cheek...

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