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Performing Arts Classes Adapt Again for the Fall Semester, Students Respond

School of Dance Gala practice and dress rehearsal. Photo credit 
Cara MacDonald.

By Megan McKellar, News Writer

August 27, 2020

  Less than 25% of fall semester classes are being offered in-person, according to a broadcast given by the University of Utah administration, and among those classes, several are performing arts. For classes that do require in-person attendance, many requirements are in place to ensure student and faculty...

University of Utah Administration Holds Virtual Broadcast Addressing COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing

The Park Building at the top of President's Circle, where the U administration works.

By Megan McKellar, News Writer

August 23, 2020

  On Aug. 20, as students made the move to on-campus housing and prepared for classes, the University of Utah administration held a live broadcast about the U’s current testing and tracing plan for COVID-19 for the Fall 2020 semester. Senior vice president for health sciences, Dr. Michael Good, addres...

University of Utah Reduces Student Fees by $150, What U Need to Know

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By Megan McKellar, News Writer

August 18, 2020

  On Aug. 18, the University of Utah announced that it would be reducing student fees by $150 for the fall semester. Students typically pay an average of $624 in addition to regular tuition.   Mark Winter, the associate vice president of budget, said several people had reached out and aske...

Marriott Library Continues to Provide Services to Students and Faculty During Closure

J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City, UT on Wednesday May 23, 2018. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Megan McKellar, News Writer

July 29, 2020

Although the Marriott Library’s doors are physically closed, the library has continued to provide a variety of services to students and faculty.   “Whether you need a laptop, hotspot, book, you can connect with us and we will send one to your home–wherever you happen to be,” said Ian Godfrey, assistant dean of the Marriott Library.  The library is wrapping and sending packages...

University of Utah Officials Release ‘Return to Campus’ Plan for Fall Semester

The Block U on the University of Utah Campus, Salt Lake City, UT on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

(Photo by Adam Fondren | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Megan McKellar and Kayleigh Silverstein

June 2, 2020

  On June 1, University of Utah, President Ruth Watkins issued an official announcement to the @theU website about the University of Utah’s plans for returning to campus this fall. President Watkins acknowledged that the U is currently in the orange phase which means campus access is going t...

For Utah scholarship ensures four years’ tuition for 900+ incoming students

President Circle at the University of Utah | Chronicle archives.

By Natalie Colby, News Editor

April 24, 2020

  In Nov. 2019, the University of Utah announced the new For Utah Scholarship, and in April 2020, over 900 incoming freshmen received a letter telling them they will have four years of full tuition and fees paid for.  The For Utah Scholarship combines funding from the university, state an...

Pandemic Pandemonium: Student Leaders at the U Lose Housing Contracts, Fight for Compensation, and then Lose It

(Banner welcoming students living on campus to the University of Utah in Aug. 2014 | Chronicle archives)

By Kayleigh Silverstein, News Writer

April 18, 2020

The first email student leaders received from Housing and Residential Education told them they could keep their jobs and stay on campus amidst the pandemic. The next five, however, told a very different story. It all started on March 8, 2020, when student leaders at the University of Utah received...

ASUU Changes Budget Requirement for Campus Events Board Over Zoom

Senate representatives meet over Zoom to discuss Joint Bill 18. | Screenshot by Natalie Colby and Ivana Martinez

By Natalie Colby and Ivana Martinez

April 17, 2020

  As the Associated Students of the University of Utah predicted a decrease in enrollment and subsequent student fees that fund their budget, they worked to make changes in their allocated funds. Student representatives called a special session to vote on a proposed bill to decrease fundin...

Emergency Preparedness and U: Handling Utah’s Earthquakes

Snowy mountains in Salt Lake City | Chronicle archives

By Eliza Pace

April 16, 2020

  Most Utahns have felt the effects of COVID-19 with graduations postponed, classes moved online, public parks and areas closed and more. Then in the midst of all this, on March 18 at 7:09 a.m., Magna and the greater part of Northern Utah were hit by a 5.7 earthquake. While the earthquake caused limited...

The U Postpones Graduation until December, Amid Student Petitions

Graduation ceremony at the University of Utah in 2011. Chronicle archives.

By Ivana Martinez, Assistant News Editor

April 16, 2020

  For the graduating class of 2020, graduation plans were thrown out the window after COVID-19 began to spread rapidly. There were hopes that the graduation commencement would take place later in the summer or maybe even get pushed into the fall, but the University of Utah announced on Fr...