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Religion on Campus More Diverse Than Rest of State, With Proportion of Latter-day Saints Over 15% Lower

The Muslim Student Association held a Friday prayer in the Union ballroom to honor victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

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By Emily Anderson

May 10, 2019

  Statewide, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comprise 61.55% — nearly two-thirds — of the state population, according to a December 2018 article published by The Salt Lake Tribune. Although the University of Utah is the state’s flagship institution, its demographics lo...

Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

According to the University of Utah's campus directory, Sterling Van Wagenen's office was 257B in the Art Building prior to his resignation. (Photo by Emily Anderson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

April 30, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah film professor Sterling Van Wagenen pleaded guilty in an initial Utah County court appearance on Tuesday to a count of the sexual abuse of a child. Van Wagenen's attorney stated that he will als...

Navigating Religion in the U’s Theatre Department

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 23, 2019

  The University of Utah Theatre Department does not shy away from controversy. In November, the play “Big Love” featured onstage nudity, explicit sexual content and graphic violence. Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints disavow media with profanity or strong sexual...

Former University of Utah Employee Linked to Hate Group Propaganda on Campus

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By Christina Giardinelli

April 19, 2019

  In recent years, the University of Utah has been the target of racist messages and propaganda from numerous hate groups. Over 240,000 of these groups' chat room messages were leaked in March by Unicorn Riot, a non-profit left-wing media collective, revealing that some of the flyers hung on cam...

Sonnenberg: White Religious Conservatives and the Utah Pro-Life Movement

Sonnenberg: White Religious Conservatives and the Utah Pro-Life Movement

By Kristiane Sonnenberg

April 10, 2019

  The Utah March for Life was smaller than you’d expect. Utah has a reputation for its social conservatism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ stances on controversial topics often influence the opinions of its membership. The Church teaches that “elective abortion for pe...

The Intersection of Video Games and Religion

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By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

April 8, 2019

Video games and religion have long had a rocky relationship. Themes of escapism and hedonism that accompany any form of entertainment media often seem to clash with religious themes of spiritual growth, social consciousness, generosity, righteousness or worldliness. Even as games continue to take ...

The Caffeine Cryptid

The Caffeine Cryptid

By Marshall Falkner

March 18, 2019

  Coffee. The lifeblood of most college students. Whether you are an actor going to a late-night rehearsal, a med student beginning your residency or a mathematics major finishing a final proof before giving into the sweet release of sleep, coffee is important. But for those of you who do not know, follow...

LGBTQ Youth Sat in Front of Governor’s Office Demanding an Apology. They Got One.

Lieutenant Gov. Spencer Cox sits with LGBTQ youth protesting conversion therapy outside of the governor's offices at the Utah Capitol | Chronicle archives.

By Christina Giardinelli

March 8, 2019

  A group of LGBTQ youth advocates staged a sit-in at the Utah state capitol on Thursday and were later joined by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. The group of about 30 teens who identified as LGBTQ had spent the afternoon outside of Gov. Gary Herbert’s office demanding that he apologize for the death...

Spirituality in the U Dance Department

A Utah Ballet Rehersal in the Marriot Dance Building. January 25, 2017. 
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By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

March 4, 2019

  “I am not a naturally gifted dancer,” Alyssa Bertelsen, a graduate from the University of Utah ballet program, said. “I don’t have the physique, and my teachers growing up were very sweet. They were like, ‘Alyssa, we love that you love ballet, but like, you’re never going to be...

Can LDS Actors Accept Roles in the Top Ten Broadway Shows?

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By Alaikia Marielle

January 21, 2019

  Every actor draws a line: at some point, one must decide if there are roles that one is or is not willing to accept based on one's personal beliefs and morals. But where do active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints draw their lines? The theater has played a role in the Church ...

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