The Daily Utah Chronicle

Barron: A SafeU Depends on You

Students protest before the U football game on Sept. 28 (Courtesy Unsafe.U)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

May 14, 2020

  My decision to attend the University of Utah was deliberate. The year I graduated high school, the Salt Lake Tribune was investigating sexual assaults on Utah campuses. Headlines focused on how charges were never filed against a USU football player despite four allegations of rape and how BYU’s Honor Code Office punished students who reported rape. Because 1 in 4 undergraduate ...

Maxfield: Critical thinking is necessary in Utah politics and religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saint's temple in Salt Lake City. Chronicle archives.

By Lynda Maxfield

April 26, 2020

  Questions and complaints about Utah’s State Legislature from the public are frequent and welcome. Similar inquiries about Utah’s predominant religion from its members — concerning church leadership and ideologies — are frowned on and are therefore less common. In Utah, 73% of the popula...

Poma: University course evaluations are broken

Zheng Zheng, associate professor of physics and astronomy, covers key concepts for his universe class | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

April 26, 2020

With spring semester coming to a close, every student at the University of Utah will be asked to fill out course evaluations for their classes. But what do these evaluations do? The U claims that the surveys factor into decisions like faculty promotions and may help students choose their instructors. A...

Reese: The NCAA should boycott BYU

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By Isaac Reese, Opinion Writer

April 26, 2020

  Brigham Young University is a private institution and has used this status to legally discriminate against LGBTQ+ members of its student body. This has caused severe mental and spiritual harm to LGBTQ+ students. BYU is infamous for its honor code that regulates the personal life of all BYU stude...

Starr: All Gender Non-Conforming Students Deserve Visibility

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

April 18, 2020

  This year, the Salt Lake City Board of Education strengthened their district’s administrative procedures by updating the gender inclusion policy and laying out transition plans for both students and employees. Updating this policy is essential for cultivating a safe environment for all Salt Lake City students — these changes ...

Poma: The Elusive Purpose of the Student Success Fee Leaves Transparency to be Desired

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By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

April 17, 2020

  Colleges charge a lot of money, and while everyone who attends college knows that, the smaller fees that are added to tuition pile up fast. But not every student understands precisely what their payments fund. Descriptions such as “miscellaneous” and “additional fees” found on the University...

Poma: Students’ Futures Should Not Be Decided By Test Scores

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

April 11, 2020

  The standardized test system impacts many students’ college careers, and it continues even after undergraduate admissions with tests like the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT and CLEP. Plenty of problems with these tests have arisen in recent years. In the 2019 college bribery scandal, test scores were manipulated to indicate ...

Moran: Even Under Stress, Students Should Slow the Impact of COVID-19

By Serena Moran

March 28, 2020

  The last few weeks have left the world on edge. The coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China has now swept over the globe. People are panicked and scared. As if we needed anything else to worry about, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake and dozens of aftershocks hit Salt Lake County. On top of those stressors, University of Utah students also have the transition of all...

Moran: Schools Need to Approach the Use of Indigenous Symbolism with Caution

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 Serena Moran

March 10, 2020

  Growing up in the Mexican American culture, there have always been people that try to explain my identity to me. My Mexican friends would tell me I am not “Mexican enough” because I don’t speak Spanish and my skin is light. My white friends think that my family only eats typical Mexican...

Cushman: Denying Scholarships to Students with Criminal Records Hurts Those who Need Them Most

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

March 9, 2020

  The Regents’ and New Century scholarships reward Utah students who take courses to prepare for college with scholarship money, but they currently exclude students with a criminal record. S.B. 162 would change that and give students with a criminal record a second chance to access these scho...

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