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Chavez: Utah Jails Replacing Visits With Video Calls Is An Inhumane Mistake

Chavez: Utah Jails Replacing Visits With Video Calls Is An Inhumane Mistake

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

November 26, 2019

In 2015, the Utah State Legislature passed legislation to create significant criminal justice reform. Governor Gary Herbert said their goal was “to reduce recidivism, maximize offenders success in becoming law-abiding citizens and provide judges with the tools they need to accomplish these goals. ...

Chavez: Consent Must Be Centered When Dating In The Workplace

Chavez: Consent Must Be Centered When Dating In The Workplace

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

November 20, 2019

It’s been a little over two years since Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed to the world as one of the worst predators in the entertainment industry. Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company after news of his sexual misconduct went public, and many of his victims were taken seriously and publicly believed for the first time. Weinstein...

Head to Head: Should People Disclose Their Pregnancy in Job Interviews?

Head to Head: Should People Disclose Their Pregnancy in Job Interviews?

By Morgan Barron and Paij Chavez

November 13, 2019

Two of our opinion writers, Morgan Barron and Paij Chavez, have differing opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of disclosing pregnancy status in job interviews.

Chavez: Pregnancy Disclosure May Do More Good Than Harm in Job Interviews

Chavez: Pregnancy Disclosure May Do More Good Than Harm in Job Interviews

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

November 12, 2019

Searching for a job is a daunting process. By the time you make it to the interview stage, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and ready to say anything to land a fulfilling job — or at least something that pays the bills. The pressure to appear to be the perfect candidate may cause you to withhold personal...

Chavez: We Should Fix Social Problems, Not Punish Victims

Chavez: We Should Fix Social Problems, Not Punish Victims

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

November 7, 2019

“Legislation of morality” is common phrasing around criminal statutes against gambling, alcohol and drug use, pornography and certain sexual acts. Utah is a good example of a state that regularly dabbles in “morality legislation.” The vast majority of its elected officials are members of The Church o...

Head to Head: Should Government Regulate Morality on the Grounds of Health?

Head to Head: Should Government Regulate Morality on the Grounds of Health?

By Paij Chavez and KC Cushman

November 7, 2019

Two of our opinion writers, Paij Chavez and KC Cushman, have opposing perspectives on how much the government should regulate moral decisions — like drug abuse or sex work — in the name of protecting public health.

Chavez: ‘Joker’ Hits a Nerve But Never Goes Deeper

Chavez: ‘Joker’ Hits a Nerve But Never Goes Deeper

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

November 1, 2019

Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers and plot details about "Joker" (2019).  Whether you are a fan of comic books and superhero movies or couldn't care less, it has been nearly impossible to avoid hearing about the new "Joker" movie. This controversial film has certainly challenged audience...

Chavez: We Need Stories More Than Ever

Chavez: We Need Stories More Than Ever

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

October 26, 2019

Last month, the University of Utah's Student Media held its annual retreat, bringing together a powerful team of student journalists and media creators working toward a common goal — storytelling. Whether they use audio, video or written content, these members of student media are our campus storytelle...

Chavez: Women in Utah Deserve Better

Chavez: Women in Utah Deserve Better

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

October 22, 2019

Sometimes it is difficult to believe whether protecting women is really a high priority in Utah. October has been designated #SafeU Month by University of Utah President Ruth Watkins. The first week began with a “general focus on resources, support, tools, training and other safety information,...

Chavez: Attacking Warren’s Pregnancy Story Ignores the Pregnancy Discrimination Many People Still Face

Chavez: Attacking Warren’s Pregnancy Story Ignores the Pregnancy Discrimination Many People Still Face

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

October 21, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to rise steadily in many polls for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But even as her campaign soars, Warren continues to face heightened, and often sexist, criticism from media outlets. This can most recently be seen by the immense scrutiny that Warren’s personal story a...

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