Author: Cami Mondeaux

Westminster is returning to campus in the fall — but it won’t look the same

Westminster College announced in May it would be returning to in-person classes in the fall with some modifications to the academic calendar. However, on-campus life won’t look the same as it did pre-pandemic. Fall semester was reorganized to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, omitting Fall Break and ending the semester a week early in December. It’s likely the last week of the ter...

Live Election Results: Spencer Cox wins GOP nomination for governor

Utah held its primary election Tuesday, with first preliminary results being released at 10 p.m. This year, the state debuted its all mail-in ballot election — with no in-person polls open to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The state legislature also extended its postmarked date for mail-in ballots to 8 p.m. on election night. Typically, ballots must be postmarked the day before. Election offi...

Westminster to waive ACT, SAT requirements, making it optional

Westminster College will waive its requirements for ACT or SAT scores as part of its enrollment application beginning in the Fall of 2021. The college will make test score submissions optional, creating a more “holistic review,” according to the admissions office. Under a test-optional review process, prospective students can choose whether to include their test scores. Instead, applic...

Administration removes 8 full-time faculty positions ahead of Fall semester

Westminster College removed eight full-time faculty positions as part of ongoing efforts to balance the college’s budget, according to an email President Beth Dobkin sent to faculty and staff. The positions removed were held by faculty members in different disciplines and with “varying lengths of service” to the institution. This comes just one year after faculty and staff benefi...

ASW vows change, intentional conversations after former student’s racist messages circulate Twitter

ASW leaders are initiating action to promote diversity and inclusion at the start of Fall semester, following up on campaign promises before the election in February. The student government said they will work to implement intentional conversations addressing inherent biases that can lead to racism. This comes at the same time a former Westminster College student’s private group chat messages bega...

Administration, student government respond to national unrest emerging from George Floyd’s death

Three weeks after the death of George Floyd — a Black man who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck — the U.S. has seen an uproar in demands for justice for those killed in police custody. After two weeks of peaceful protests and demonstrations across the country, including Utah, Westminster College’s administration and ASW have responded to the unrest — offering suppor...

Westminster Dean of Students announces transfer to Oregon school for Fall semester

Westminster College Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs Karnell McConnell-Black announced Monday he would be transferring to a liberal arts college in Oregon beginning in the Fall semester. McConnell Black has been with Westminster for nine years, working in an array of different positions. He will go on to serve as the vice president for student life at Reed College, located in...

WATCH: Students celebrate 21st birthdays in quarantine

College students turning 21 in quarantine are waiting for their chance to celebrate by going out to bars and clubs with their friends. For some, they say it feels like they’re missing out on an important milestone. REQUEST CORRECTION

Westminster releases Fall schedule, moves ahead with in-person classes

Westminster College confirmed Tuesday it would be holding its Fall semester in-person, beginning classes as scheduled Aug. 19. However, the administration adjusted some aspects of the semester schedule to maintain health and safety protocols. “As a small, private college, Westminster has more teaching and learning options than most larger, more complex institutions,” the school said in...

From the Editors: Here are our top 5 posts from The Westmini Griffin

The Forum is widely known as the only student-run news organization on campus. But, it’s true: We did have somewhat of a competitor over the last year.  The Griffin — dubbed “Westminster College’s finest news source” in its own Instagram bio — has circulated across campus, posting memes and satirical news stories. Just over a year after the page made its debut, the account will be...

Westminster joins statewide project to sew 5 million masks for health care workers

Westminster College announced Wednesday it would be contributing to the statewide Project Protect, joining efforts to sew five million masks for frontline health care workers. The project is a coalition of all Utah colleges and universities aimed to “Sew Your True Colors.” Tens of thousands of volunteers across the state have already sewn three million masks for health care workers. No...

Administration: Westminster intends to resume in-person instruction in the fall

Westminster College’s administration announced Wednesday it intends to resume in-person instruction for the 2020 Fall semester — implementing adjustments that will cause some aspects of campus life to look different. Following the governor’s guidelines as the state begins to gradually reopen, administration said it is monitoring the situation to ensure a “safe learning envi...

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