The Daily Utah Chronicle

Christopherson: Let’s Replace Black Friday with Buy Nothing Day

Christopherson: Let’s Replace Black Friday with Buy Nothing Day

By Nain Christopherson

December 7, 2019

This year, Americans spent more money over one Thanksgiving weekend than they have since Black Friday began. In-store shopping grew 4.2% from 2018, and online spending reached a record high of over $11 billion between Thursday and Friday. Many travelled long distances for big sales, collectively spending much more on clothes, sporting goods an...

Christopherson: Utah Should Recycle Water Before Pushing Wasteful Projects

Christopherson: Utah Should Recycle Water Before Pushing Wasteful Projects

By Nain Christopherson

December 3, 2019

Six months after a change in leadership at the Utah Division of Water Resources, little seems to have changed regarding the organization’s projects and priorities. The Lake Powell Pipeline and Bear River Development are the only two projects listed on their website, despite criticisms that these ex...

Christopherson: Utah Democrats Play a Critical Role in Moderating Conservative Leadership

Christopherson: Utah Democrats Play a Critical Role in Moderating Conservative Leadership

By Nain Christopherson

November 25, 2019

As a resident of Salt Lake City and a student at the University of Utah, I’m constantly surrounded by people who share my liberal values — in school, at my job and even within my religious congregation. While canvassing for Ben McAdams last fall, it seemed everyone whose door I knocked was planning...

Christopherson: In Defense of Enthusiasm

Christopherson: In Defense of Enthusiasm

By Nain Christopherson

November 22, 2019

It’s November and the holidays are practically upon us, which means it is time for my annual reminder that people who like things are inherently obnoxious and uncool. In this case, “things” refers to the magic of the season at hand – lights, decorations, the general sense of good cheer. I rarely...

Christopherson: Children’s Sports Shouldn’t Play On Bad Air Days

Christopherson: Children’s Sports Shouldn’t Play On Bad Air Days

By Nain Christopherson

November 22, 2019

Everyone knows that Utah has terrible air. In 2017, the American Lung Association ranked Salt Lake City’s air quality “the sixth worst in the nation,” which will not surprise anyone who lives here. Pollution is as much a part of our lives and consciousness as the beautiful mountains or the state...

Christopherson: Utah High Schools Should Reevaluate The Risks Of Football

Christopherson: Utah High Schools Should Reevaluate The Risks Of Football

By Nain Christopherson

November 2, 2019

A former high school football player from Cache County recently sued his school district over injuries sustained after his coach put him back in play despite a traumatic brain injury. Konnor Finn alleges that his high school football coach told him to “man up” and “quit being a (expletive),” de...

Christopherson: Utah Should Follow Florida’s Lead with Mental Health Instruction Mandate

Christopherson: Utah Should Follow Florida’s Lead with Mental Health Instruction Mandate

By Nain Christopherson

October 30, 2019

Earlier this month, we celebrated World Mental Health Day, and the World Health Organization placed a special emphasis on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention is an alarmingly pertinent topic in Utah. The state’s suicide mortality rate is consistently higher than the national average, and suicide is ...

Christopherson: Where Were the Bi Flags at Campus Pride Week?

Christopherson: Where Were the Bi Flags at Campus Pride Week?

By Nain Christopherson

October 30, 2019

Update: A Pride Week Committee member reached out to our staff to let us know there was a bi flag on the walkway during Campus Pride Week. We've left this article as is since the arguments still stand, but we acknowledge there was no real error on the committee's part and thank them for their attention to ...

Christopherson: The Invisible Power Dynamics of Pedicures

Christopherson: The Invisible Power Dynamics of Pedicures

By Nain Christopherson

October 24, 2019

I have probably had six or seven pedicures in my entire life. In high school, I would occasionally go for a mani-pedi before a few of the yearly dances. Over the summer, my roommate and I splurged on a trip to the salon on a whim. They’ve always been a rare treat for me, which might be why I love them...

Christopherson: Utah Needs A Statewide Teacher Salary Increase

Christopherson: Utah Needs A Statewide Teacher Salary Increase

By Nain Christopherson

October 17, 2019

As teachers across the country have captured national attention with strikes over the last year, Utah’s own teacher shortage has moved from relative obscurity to the forefront of our state’s collective conscious. Our Schools Now’s Question 1 — which would have raised taxes on gasoline to increase public education funding — was well-covered by major local ...

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