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Barron: The U Should Prioritize Students with a Remote VP Debate

Joe Biden speaks at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah Campus on Dec. 13, 2018. Biden's vice presidential pick is set to debate Vice President Mike Pence on October 7th and 8th in Salt Lake City. (Photo by Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

June 22, 2020

  Last fall, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate would be hosted at the University of Utah a little less than a month before election day.  Slated to be the first national debate in Utah, university leadership prioritized the success of th...

Burton: Trump’s Case for Defunding the WHO Is Unfair and Disunifying

President Donald Trump (Courtesy Flickr)

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer

June 19, 2020

  The coronavirus pandemic has struck each country with differing severity. East Asian countries like Taiwan, Japan and South Korea have done quite well in preventing more cases, while the Americas and Europe are struggling to keep the virus at bay. Though these disparities can be attributed to individual countries' responses, global efforts to address this crisis...

Poma: Utah, Please Look at Your Numbers

Poma: Utah, Please Look at Your Numbers

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

June 18, 2020

  As public health regulations relax and more businesses reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has considered moving most of the state to the “smart green” phase of the state’s health guidance system. For the time being, he has decided to extend the y...

Poma: Trump’s COVID-19 Immigration Policies Are Self-Serving at Best

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By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

June 14, 2020

  In March, Trump announced that he would close Canadian and Mexican borders until Easter – or at least until the pandemic subsides. In May, Trump announced that he would be extending the border closure “indefinitely,” and we have yet to see any developments. I speculated in an earlier op-ed that given his track record, Trump may not lift the ban any time soon, and so far, he’s ...

Gholami: #DisabledAndSaltyAF: COVID-19 Effects on Workers with Disabilities

Librarian Dale Larsen working showing how to do research online at the J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City, UT on Wednesday May 23, 2018. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Samira Gholami, Opinion Writer

June 10, 2020

  In recent months, working from home has been a blessing for some and a curse for others. Researchers at MIT took an early look at remote working in the U.S. during the pandemic and estimated that over one-third of the workforce shifted to telecommuting. Many employees like this change: one poll...

Poma: The U Cannot Safely Open for Fall Semester

Poma: The U Cannot Safely Open for Fall Semester

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

June 5, 2020

  Since March, students have been anxiously speculating about what universities will do come fall semester – and on May 25, the University of Utah announced that in-person classes will resume in August. The school will adhere to applicable health guidelines and take necessary precautions once the fall semester begins, b...

Burton: Universities Should Take the Pandemic as an Opportunity to Become More Competitive

Librarian Dale Larsen working showing how to do research online at the J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City, UT on Wednesday May 23, 2018.

(Photo by Curtis Lin/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer

June 4, 2020

  Enrolling in college and receiving a degree has become a familiar part of the American experience. In 1965, enrollment in public colleges was just under four million – in 2018, it was a little over 14.5 million. Formerly seen as a luxury for the affluent, a college degree is now often consider...

Barron: Stay Home from National Parks this Summer

Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. (Photo by Cassandra Palor | Daily Utah Chronical)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

June 3, 2020

  During winter break, my family and I planned a trip to Yosemite for late July. We booked an Airbnb, discussed how to split up the drive and I set a reminder in my calendar to apply for a hiking permit for Half-Dome months in advance. The same day I entered the permit lottery, COVID-19 claimed its second known victim in the United States. Like most Americans at that point, I had no idea how...

Burton: Students Had Mental Health Problems before COVID-19

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By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer

May 28, 2020

  In addition to the physical threats it poses, the COVID-19 pandemic and the lifestyle changes it has required are having a considerable effect on public mental health. Though efforts to alleviate the impact of the crisis have included emotional support — many college students are struggling mentally and do not know where to go for help. But menta...

Burton: The COVID-19 Pandemic May Land Us in a Brave New Economy

Isaac Reese says that universal basic income could have lessened the economic and public health crises of COVID-19. (Photo by Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer

May 22, 2020

  COVID-19 has taken millions of jobs and hundreds of thousands of lives, but there has never been a better time to learn about economics than this pandemic. Governments throughout the world, notably the United States and European Union, are enacting economic policies to stimulate countries as...

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