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The Weekly Briefing

The Weekly Briefing gives a small look into the stories The Forum has covered in the past week. This week, we covered some of the first events of the semester, ASW’s funding plans, dove further into local politics and introduced the director of campus disability services.

Wyatt Bringhurst, business management junior, learns about the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center during the Meet a Friend Soireé outside of the Bassis Student Center Tuesday. The event allowed students to mingle while learning about engagement opportunities on campus still happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rian Zetzer)
Center for Centers’ ‘Meet a Friend’ event encourages student engagementWestminster College students gathered outside the Bassis Student Center for the Meet a Friend Soireé Tuesday. With many courses moving to virtual instruction, organizers said they want to provide some in-person activities — while maintaining public health safety measures. “My goal for our program is to be able to meet socially-distanced as much as we can,” said Yovie Saiz, student coordinator for the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center. “We’re all so used to virtual classes I think it’s very necessary to at least have that human contact in some sort.”

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Disability services director: Disabilities affect more people than society acknowledges“First and foremost I want to welcome every student to Disability Services and the Testing Center,” said Jody Katz. “But speaking especially to students with disabilities on campus, I want them to know that my passion and goal here at Westminster is to be an advocate.” Katz joined Westminster College as the director of Disability Services in November 2019. Before that, she worked as a disability counselor at Salt Lake Community College.

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ASW prioritizes community this semester, leaders sayAs ASW finalized its 2020-21 budget, student leaders say they centered their goals around supporting students — whether it’s financially or through a student project. ASW Director of Budgeting and Accounting Paula Wang said the board’s focus is building relationships with the student body and providing financial support, specifically through the Opportunity Fund. “I really want to make sure our fund is helping students for their personal development this year,” Wang said.

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Annual ASW Clubs Fair hosted virtually for the first time amid COVID-19Amid COVID-19, several beginning-of-semester events have been altered to take place virtually. One of these events was the ASW Clubs Fair, which took place online Thursday. “This is our first time hosting virtually,” said ASW Clubs President Dwain Worrell.Hosting virtual events is a new concept for many and the shift comes with an interesting set of challenges.

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Behind the Ballot: Kael Weston: ‘If you don’t vote, then it’s on you’Utah’s 2nd Congressional District is the largest in Utah, covering nearly half the state geographically. Over the years, it’s hopped back and forth from red to blue in terms of the House representative. This year, it’s anybody’s game. Kael Weston — former Westminster writer-in-residence and professor for the Honors College — won the Democratic nomination during the party’s state convention April 25, heading straight to the November ballot to face incumbent Chris Stewart.

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