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LGBTQ Activist’s Memoir ‘Mama’s Boy’ is Unique, but Inconsistent

Photographing the book 'Mama's Boy' by Dustin Lance Black in Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Palak Jayswal, Arts Editor

June 11, 2019

  To preface this review, I have to tell you that memoirs are a leap from my regular reading tastes. As someone who is consistently bored by nonfiction and a serial enthusiast of all things fiction, this book was already in need of something that could catch my eye. Nonetheless, I approached ...

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.

(Photo by: Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle).

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...

Filmmaker, Former U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Sterling Van Wagenen, who has now resigned from his position as a professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child. (Photo  by Emily Anderson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

April 12, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah professor and noted filmmaker, Sterling Van Wagenen, was charged on April 2 with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony. Court documents allege that 71-year-old Van Wage...

Opinion Desk: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

(Photo by Cara MacDonald | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Morgan Barron, Josh Petersen, Kristiane Sonnenberg, Andrea Alvarado, Elise Scott, and Jacob Brown

April 10, 2019

  What is the Church's Influence on You? While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the predominant religion in the state of Utah, individual experiences with and within it are hardly monolithic. At the University of Utah, students pursue an education in an environment that regu...

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...

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

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 and Christina Giardinelli

March 7, 2019

  Film professor Sterling Van Wagenen has resigned following the release of a recording during which he is heard admitting to molesting a minor in 1993, according to spokesperson for the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts, Marina Gomberg. The recording is the result of an interview...

The Making of a Lamanite: Popular Native American Cultural Efforts from the LDS Church

The Living Legends group in 1977, known as the Lamanite Generation. Courtesy of BYU's Living Legends.

By Miacel Spotted Elk, News Writer

February 23, 2019

  In the second and final part of this series, we are looking back at the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that has involved or depicted Indigenous communities in Church-sponsored cultural campaigns. These examples include a musical group from Brigham Young Univer...

The Making of a Lamanite: A Brief History Between the LDS Church and Indigenous Communities

This chapel in Tohatchi, New Mexico, is one of many belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in the Navajo Nation. 
(Photo courtesy of Nathan Anderson)

By Miacel Spotted Elk, News Writer

February 14, 2019

  The history between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Native Americans has spanned almost two centuries. This is a two-part series to analyze this area in LDS studies which remains fast-growing and controversial. With the expertise of a University of Utah professor and insight f...

Apostle M. Russell Ballard and U President Ruth Watkins Speak at the LDS Institute

LDS Institute of Religion. Chronicle archives.

By Katelyn Collett

February 12, 2019

  On Sunday, Feb. 10, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held an event at its Institute of Religion for students at the University of Utah. The chapel of the building was full, along with the overflow, gym and another adjacent chapel. Everyone braved the snow to come to the Institu...

Parker Van Dyke Uses Mission Experience to Lead a Young Utah Team

Utah Utes guard Parker Van Dyke (5) flashes the U while walking off the court after the University of Utah Running Utes defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the semifinal round of the 2018 NIT in Madison Square Garden in New York City on

By Zach Janis

February 1, 2019

  For Parker Van Dyke, sports and religion have always been intertwined, and the two share equal parts in his life. Currently a senior for the University of Utah's Runnin' Utes, Van Dyke joined the team in the 2011-2012 year. As a freshman, he played in 23 games for the Utes and had a prod...

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