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Weekly News Briefing: ‘Green College’, Jewett expansion and a Spanish-speaking Shakespeare team

Tags in Bassis in front of the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement about the Warm Winter Clothing Drive. The Warm Winter Clothing Drive was held by Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, Nursing Honors Society, and ASW Events from November 16 to December 12, 2019. (Photo Courtesy: Alexys Smith)

The Weekly Briefing gives a small look into the stories The Forum has covered in the past week. This week, we covered The Princeton Review’s ‘Green Schools’, expansion plans for the Jewett Center for Performing Arts and spoke to a transgender professor about their experience.

Westminster ranked as ‘Green College’

Every year the Princeton Review releases a list of the top 50 Green Colleges. While Westminster College doesn’t rank in the top 50 Green Colleges, it is in the ranks of the 413 schools on the list. 

While Westminster has resources to be more environmentally conscious, some students on campus said there are things to improve. Read the full story. 

Being transgender in higher education


Lewis Figun Westbroakesok, a transgender student and Forum staff member, talks to Kathy Lenth, a transgender professor, about their shared and different experiences being transgender individuals in higher education.

Lenth said that she hopes people will learn the importance of pronouns and that she is glad to be a role model for other transgender people. Read the full story. 

Gillmor Hall to break ground next semester


In 2017, Westminster College announced it would expand 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 Quinn. Read the full story. 

Student creates first Utah Spanish-speaking Shakespeare team


Everyone knows William Shakespeare for his iambic pentameter and forbidden love stories. However, many play-watchers and theater enthusiasts are only familiar with these works in the English language.

Alvaro Cortez, a senior at Westminster College, changed that when he created the first Spanish-speaking Shakespeare team in Utah last year. Read the full story. 

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