Author: Marina McTee

Westminster faculty, staff address racial issues within academics in wake of BLM protests

Many of Westminster College’s faculty are working to address racial issues within academics and promote conversations about racism in the classroom in wake of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.  Although issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are already a focus at Westminster, the protests made many faculty members realize more needs to be done. Provost Debbie Tahmassebi said while W...

Opinion: Journalists of color to follow

For journalists, bias starts when they walk into the newsroom. Who a journalist is and the identities they carry with them influence how they report on a story — whether they want it to or not. It influences who they reach out to for sources, how they perceive a certain experience and even what stories they pitch. Much of the traditional news media is homogenous, with a large portion of repo...

From the Editors: A protester’s guide to interacting with, understanding news media

There is a common saying in journalism that it is the “first rough draft of history.” While this is often true, it also means if the news gets it wrong, so do the history books. The news media is a vital part of documenting civil unrest, but that documentation can often be flawed and put protesters in danger. Because of this, many of the recent protesters of police brutality have been wary of talk...

Air quality can affect the severity of COVID-19, studies show

Around the world, stay-at-home orders have led to a decrease in air pollution and better air quality. While changes in air quality have not been significant in Utah because of the time of year, experts say social distancing practices may increase air quality in the long run, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Changes in air quality are important in the time of COVID-19 because a study from Harvar...

Allen Park, aka ‘Hobbitville,’ to turn into public art park

Salt Lake City officially obtained a contract to turn Allen Park into a public art park, according to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune. This development comes a little over a year after the owner of the park, George Allen, died and all the tenants were evicted. Until now, the future of the park was unclear, but the surrounding Sugar House community pushed for preservation, according to an artic...

OPINION: Gun violence, the trauma of a generation

Do you have a plan? Do you fight? Do you run? Who do you try to save? Where do you hide when the shots start ringing?  I have a plan. Everyone I went to school with has a plan. The plan for what to do if you’re in a mass shooting. I first developed my plan when I was in middle school, but it became more fleshed out in high school when it seemed more plausible. A bunch of mentally unstable tee...

15 news stories that don’t even mention COVID-19 or coronavirus

It seems as if COVID-19 — a.k.a. the coronavirus — is mentioned in every other sentence these days.  And to be frank: as journalists, we’re kind of tired of it.  So, in an effort to take our minds off of things, here are 15 stories that are happening we think you should know about in Utah, the nation and the rest of the world. Disclaimer: These stories will not make you feel better about...

Florence J. Gillmor Hall to break ground Spring semester

In 2017, Westminster College announced it would be expanding the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts with the Florence J. Gillmor Hall to better accommodate the number of students and programs that use the building. The project is meant to give better facilities to the performing arts and hopefully be a draw for future students, according to music professor and project committee member Chris Qui...

Giving a face to The Forum

The Forum has existed at Westminster College as far back as 1947. It has had many names and many staff members.  But who is The Forum now and what is its purpose?   “The mission of The Forum is to educate the Westminster community about events that affect them,” said Gwenna Salazar, The Forum’s online and social media manager.  An important part of The Forum is that it isn’t ov...

How the Hong Kong protests are affecting your life in the U.S.

While protests in Hong Kong have largely stayed within its borders, they have had far-reaching effects on the world — including the United States. Many U.S. businesses and organizations are not allowing members to openly support the protesters in fear of endangering business relations with China. Also, certain social media platforms with Chinese parent companies are censoring any content about the...

Westminster student creates fashionable inversion mask

Westminster student Jessica Penrose Morey, a sophomore neuroscience major, created an inversion mask that will help people breathe better in Utah’s polluted air and look fashionable while they do it.  Even though masks have not become a fashion statement in the United States like other countries, Penrose Morey hopes her product will help people feel better about wearing masks because they loo...

Solitude Resort’s parking charge won’t disrupt season, according to student skiers

Solitude resort will now charge $20 for parking in an effort to lower emissions by encouraging people to take buses and carpool up the canyon.  Many think this announcement was sudden and unnecessary while others are saying it was a great decision. According to students at Westminster College, however, this charge will not affect their ski season and carpooling is already a big part of the sk...

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