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

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

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

By Miacel Spotted Elk

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

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

By Miacel Spotted Elk

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

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

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

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

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...

LDS Church Takes a Step Back From Medical Marijuana and Hate-Crimes Legislation

LDS Church Takes a Step Back From Medical Marijuana and Hate-Crimes Legislation

By Christina Giardinelli

January 29, 2019

  Utah’s midterm election brought politics to the University of Utah campus in 2018, with heated campaign debates and a constant presence of signature collectors for ballot initiatives, not to mention hosting the campus’ first vote center during a non-presidential election. Perhaps the m...

Utah’s Hate-Crime Laws: A History of Contention and Failure to Result in Conviction

Utah’s Hate-Crime Laws: A History of Contention and Failure to Result in Conviction

By Christina Giardinelli

January 29, 2019

  On Nov. 22, 1988, Gordon Ray Church, a 28-year-old student at Southern Utah University was set to meet some friends for dinner before the students returned home for Thanksgiving but, as The Spectrum reported, the meeting never occurred. After Church stopped at a 7-Eleven to pick up ciga...

For Aaron Fjeldsted, Faith and Lacrosse Go Hand in Hand

For Aaron Fjeldsted, Faith and Lacrosse Go Hand in Hand

By Zach Janis

January 28, 2019

  Sports, the physical engagement between two human beings, the pursuit of greatness and all of the pageantry associated with it, are an inspiring effort for all who attempt it. Those who pursue the art of sport can do so for a variety of different reasons — family, wealth, glory and faith...

Barron: A Religious Supermajority is Dangerous

Barron: A Religious Supermajority is Dangerous

By Morgan Barron

January 26, 2019

  In the summer of 2017, a man took to Facebook to air his political grievances. While reminiscent of many Facebook feeds, this post was different. First, it was written by former state Senator Steve Urquhart, a Republican from Saint George who served 16 years in state legislature, and second, his ire was direc...

U Student’s Company, Thirst, Participates in the Light the World Campaign

U Student’s Company, Thirst, Participates in the Light the World Campaign

By Katelyn Collett

December 18, 2018

  For the last three years at Christmas time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has held a campaign called "Light the World." During the month of December, the members of this church are encouraged to participate in each of the 25 days leading up to Christmas, each day has a di...

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