Author: Marisa Cooper

Newly-opened Allen Park closes for winter due to safety reasons

Since opening to the public, the revived park has seen hundreds of visitors. The demands of winter maintenance led the city to close the park until spring.

2020 was a crazy year. Here were some of its biggest moments.

Throughout the unprecedented times and ongoing uncertainty of 2020, The Forum has been here reporting on it all for the Westminster College community. So now we proudly present to you our top 10 posts of the year, determined by our readers’ engagement.  Stay tuned through 2021 and let us know what your favorite post of the year was.  10. Westminster students go viral on TikTok after dancing v...

Student actors explore gaslighting in online radio show

Late November, over Westminster College’s Thanksgiving break, accented voices rang clear over a background of red patterned velvet for a performance of “Gaslight.” Even without imagery, the emotions were clear in their speech as Patrick Hamilton’s characters put a name to emotional gaslighting over 80 years ago.  The performance was yet another clever adaptation of a play typically depicted o...

Owens wins Utah’s 4th Congressional District

Ben McAdams conceded the highly competitive House of Representative seat for Utah’s 4th Congressional District to Burgess Owens Monday. The race had been too close to call since Nov. 3, but McAdams conceded in an online news conference at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The official vote canvass is Tuesday and results are expected to be finalized Nov. 23.  As of Monday, Owens’ lead over McAdams seemed insu...

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.

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