Author: Marisa Cooper

Busting ballot myths with two weeks left to vote

As Election Day quickly approaches on Nov. 3, some may be struggling to understand and identify misinformation about mail-in voting.

Partisan lines blur as candidates vie for 4th Congressional District

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) faces challenger Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, in their first and only debate for Utah's 4th Congressional District Oct. 12.

Local construction postponed so small businesses can ‘rebuild’

Salt Lake City officials postponed a construction project along 1100 East — stretching from 2100 South to Ramona Avenue — after over 30 local businesses expressed financial concerns, citing exacerbated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally meant to begin Monday, it was announced the week before that the project would instead be slated for the spring of 2021. The road work was pl...

ASW joins largest student government statement in U.S. history, supporting carbon dividends

ASW signed a national statement in support of a climate change solution called carbon dividends — or carbon fee and dividend — earlier this summer. The statement is “the largest public declaration of student government presidents in US history,” according to a statement released by the schools. The statement — issued by Students for Carbon Dividends — aims to bridge biparti...

Team sports canceled, postponed to Spring semester due to risk

Fall team sports will be postponed until the Spring semester due to health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Presidents’ Council announced Aug. 6. The Council’s vote follows an earlier postponement that would have pushed team practices to Aug. 24 and competitions to Sept. 18. The RMAC did not issue specific dates with its latest vote. Cross country...

UPDATE: ICE rules newly-enrolled international students must take in-person classes or be barred from entering U.S.

Update: The Trump administration reversed its decision on initial regulations from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — stating that international college students whose classes move entirely online will be allowed to stay in the U.S. after all. However, the decision comes with a caveat: first-year international students must take a portion of their classes in person or they won’t be ...

ASW, administration give students glimpse into Fall semester during virtual town hall

ASW leadership and faculty members detailed Tuesday some of the current plans to re-open Westminster College’s campus this fall during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  ASW President Obaid Barakzai and ASW Vice President Daud Mumin said open communication between students, administration, and community members will be key to navigating the coming semester. Provost Debbie Tahmassebi began by e...

‘Bad apples’ stem from rotten trees, say Westminster faculty

The death of George Floyd -- a Black Minneapolis resident who was killed in police custody May 25 -- has ignited a global movement of protests for justice.

Graduating seniors perform capstone projects virtually to complete major requirements

The class of 2020 is the first to graduate remotely in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Westminster College’s class of 2020 is also the first to graduate under the school’s new curriculum: WCore.  Westminster’s liberal arts curriculum WCore brought many changes to course structure, most notably a capstone project. This final project of a student’s undergraduate career is designed to showcas...

Virtual reality documentary ‘Traveling While Black’ creates immersive experience

Walking into a 50s-style diner and donning a video headset is not how the typical documentary begins.  The scene within this particular headset opens in a dimly-lit theater with gentle piano music playing overhead. Black-and-white scenes in slow motion from the 40s, 50s and early 60s play on the headset while a deep voice explains the significance of the “Green Book.” “Traveling While Black,”...

From competition to community, dance team has it all

Dance has been a way of life for Ashlyn Talcott, a Westminster College junior studying business management, for as long as she can remember.  She said the dance team has become an important source of community for her since coming to Westminster and now Talcott is fostering that source of community as team captain.  “I love giving these guys a place to have friends [outside of class],” s...

Westminster Thinks Big opens conversations on campus

Westminster College’s community examined a variety of topics — such as entrepreneurship, perfection and the connection between art and public health — together Friday night at Westminster Thinks Big, a student-run event in its seventh year. Mekenzie Deneault, a junior communication student, described Westminster Thinks Big as “mini TED talks.” The event consisted of six 15-minute presentations by ...

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