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Cushman: Utah Stands Out with Opportunities for Student Political Involvement

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By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

August 13, 2020

  College is vital in turning young people into active constituents. While voter turnout increased by 11% among all Americans in 2018, voter turnout among college students had a 21% increase. Higher education pushes students to be civically engaged by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to understand where thei...

Soter: I’m Starting at the U in the Middle of a Pandemic – and I’m Concerned

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

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By Theadora Soter, Opinion Writer

August 12, 2020

  I’m starting my freshman year at the University of Utah during COVID-19, and I think the stagnancy, frustration and confusion I am experiencing are relatable to many in my class.  We’ve registered for classes, made deposits and booked housing arrangements – and still, we’re not su...

Poma: What’s in a Name? More than Institutions May Realize

Members from the Ute Indian tribe performa a ritual dance during the game vs. the Washington Huskies at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, October 29, 2016. | Chronicle archives

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

August 12, 2020

  Over the past few months, the powerful resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement has reignited discussions about racism in the United States – including cultural appropriation. Within these discussions, the problematic names of military bases, schools, professional sports teams and mascots have been under scrutiny. We cannot keep these names beca...

McGrath: Football Season Is Off – So Pac-12 Teams Have Time to Make Changes

The University of Utah Football team charge onto the field in an NCAA Football game vs. Arizona State University at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday October 19, 2019.(Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Mackenzie McGrath, Opinion Writer

August 12, 2020

  Both the Big Ten and Pac-12 athletic conferences announced this week that they would cancel their fall football seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to those decisions, though, and amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality, student athletes spoke out about their concerns. Using #WeAreUnited, Pac-12 playe...

Poma: Yes, We Need to Wear Masks This Fall Semester

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

August 10, 2020

  Over the past several months, we’ve all experienced unprecedented changes in our daily lives due to the coronavirus pandemic. With that, face masks and coverings – which have been heavily debated since the beginning of this crisis – quickly became an essential part of everyone’s wa...

McGrath: Public Schools Are Letting Low-Income Students Down – Especially Now

Students in an elementary class room | (Chronicle archives.)

By Mackenzie McGrath, Opinion Writer

July 31, 2020

  Students are used to end-of-summer dread as the the next school year looms near. This year, though, incites an entirely different dread with returning to classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic. Teaching and learning methods during this crisis have left students and parents in uncertainty...

Poma: Anti-Mask? Keep Your Kids Home from School

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By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

July 29, 2020

  Masks have stirred a lot of confusion and debate during the coronavirus pandemic. With most K-12 schools allowed to hold in-person sessions this fall, Governor Gary Herbert declared that schools across Utah must require everyone in a school building to wear masks. But recently, many parents tried to protest this mandate, claiming that the masks don’t help their kids and that the mandate is an infringement on their very constitutional rights. If parents want to home-school their children this fall because the...

Chung: Trump’s Visa Ban Is a Threat to US Schools

Chung: Trump’s Visa Ban Is a Threat to US Schools

By Stacy Chung, Social Media Manager, Opinion Writer

July 22, 2020

  President Donald Trump recently issued a presidential order to suspend the entry of foreigners to the United States, claiming that they “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.” He reasoned that the entry of foreign nationals to work in the US “presents a significa...

Poma: Utah College Students Have Been Right All Along: We’re Being Ripped Off

The Park Building at the top of President's Circle

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

July 22, 2020

  College costs a lot – that’s a known fact. At the University of Utah, the average resident student could pay well over $20,000-$30,000 a year for expenses like tuition, housing and, notoriously, miscellaneous fees. While tuition comprises roughly 34% of that cost, mandatory fees make up a gr...

Chung: New High School Graduates Should Consider Deferring Their First Semester of College

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By Stacy Chung, Social Media Manager, Opinion Writer

July 17, 2020

  The coronavirus pandemic has altered many aspects of our lives — jobs, entertainment, food, education and more. It’s having a particularly heavy impact on recent high school graduates, 49% of whom say their plans after high school have changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of these grad...

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