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  • Shariah, or Islamic law, explained; bill prohibiting it in Idaho courts to be amended

    03/21/2016 8:43:56 AM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Local News 8 ^ | March 20, 2016 | Chelsea Brentzel
    A Brigham Young University Islamic studies professor and an ISU professor who practices Islam said there are a lot of misconceptions about the law. . . . BYU Islamic studies professor Daniel Peterson tells Local News 8/KIDK that while the Mormon and Muslim religions are very different there are similarities. The idea behind Shariah is somewhat like the Word of Wisdom put out by the Mormon Church. It's a moral code. Unlike Shariah, the Word of Wisdom does not have a capital punishment extension as Shariah does. Peterson said when people say that all Muslims are associated with ISIS it's...
  • BYU students ‘bubbling’ over Sodalicous and Ted Cruz

    02/10/2016 7:48:07 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 52 replies
    The Digital Universe ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | Angela Lee
    Some BYU students are defying national odds by showing their support over Ted Cruz and they’re encouraging others to do the same. The Ted Cruz College Republicans coordinated an ‘bubbly’ event to spark conversation for the upcoming election and show support for Cruz on Saturday, Feb. 6. The event was held at Sodalicious at the Village at South Campus in Provo. Many students gathered together to watch the Republican Debate and enjoy refreshments. Fliers and posters were hung up to show support, and many attendees wore stickers with Ted Cruz’s name on them. According to Pew Research the rate of...
  • Utah up 28-0 on BYU halfway thru first quarter in Las Vegas Bowl! [Vanity]

    12/19/2015 1:23:58 PM PST · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 19, 2015 | Colofornian
    BYU has fumbled once, and thrown three interceptions -- two "pick sixes" and a third one returned to the BYU 1-yard line in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the Las Vegas Bowl!
  • co-founder charged with sexually assaulting teen girl

    03/30/2015 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    KUTV (Salt Lake City) ^ | March 24, 2015
    (KUTV) A co-founder of genealogy company has been arrested, accused of sexually abusing a teen. Prosecutors say 50-year-old Daniel Taggart gave his daughter and her 15-year-old friend alcohol and sex toys during an overnight party. Police say Taggart played cards with the girls and encouraged a twerking contest. The 15-year-old allegedly got shot glasses and sex toys as prizes. Eventually the alcohol, police say, took effect. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the victim told police once Taggarts daughter feel asleep, he turned on a pornographic video and sexually assaulted her. She said the same thing happened at another...
  • BYU grad rescues child sex slaves

    02/16/2015 8:00:56 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Donovan C. Baltich
    A team of former Navy Seals and CIA operatives splash beer on their faces as they prepare to play the part of American sex tourists. Theyll have to maintain laser-sharp focus as they engage in negotiations with some of the worlds dirtiest criminals. One suspicious move or remark could put their whole team at risk and prevent the rescue of dozens of innocent children. This team, known as Operation Underground Railroad, works to prosecute child sex traffickers and to rescue the victims. Heading the team is Tim Ballard a husband, a father of six children and a BYU alumnus....
  • BYU Football Recruit Arrested On Sexual Assault, Drug Charges

    02/16/2015 7:27:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies ^ | Feb. 13, 2015 | Doug Staples
    A BYU football recruit is accused of sexually assaulting an alleged prostitute. Charles West of Coppell, Texas was arrested last weektwo days after Signing Day. Police say West called a female escort to his familys home, held a knife to her neck and demanded sexual favors. He is also charged with drug possession. West chose to play for the Cougars in October after receiving a dozen offers from other universities.
  • Open Thread: BYU-Memphis first-ever Miami Beach Bowl [Vanity]

    12/22/2014 12:46:50 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 22, 2014 | Colofornian
    Open bowl thread Late second quarter, refs wave off a BYU defensive pass interference after claim ball was tipped. (Instant replay -- no tip at line...only tip by BYU interception player...result? Free ref-provided td for BYU) Otherwise...hi-scoring first half. BYU...first 1 1/2 unsportmanslike conduct unnecessary roughness penalty...a facemask penalty...A real testimony, I would say. Commentators mentioned penalties been an issue for BYU during season.
  • 22. "Praise to the Man": A Review of the Annual Joseph Smith Memorial Sermons ['Smithmasing']

    12/15/2014 8:48:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    BYU Religious Studies Center ^ | 2005 | Thomas E. Thunell
    One of the most significant ongoing tributes to the Prophet Joseph Smith is the annual Joseph Smith Memorial Firesides...These...began in 1944 and have been held each year since, as close as possible to December 23, Joseph Smiths birthday...Brother Chase...published a ...volume titled Joseph the Prophet, As He Lives in the Hearts of His People. SNIP ...William E. Berrett...It is an appropriate thing to remember the birthday of...Joseph...This is the birthday of our greatest countryman. Joseph Smith is the only American whose birthday is heralded around the world...People of every land and of every race are coming to honor the birthday...
  • BYU professors discover hidden recording device in classroom ['content inadvertently erased']

    11/17/2014 8:55:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Jessica Ivins
    PROVO Police at Brigham Young University are investigating whether any laws were broken after professors discovered a voice-activated recording device stuck under a chair in a lecture hall on campus. Two professors were working on a PowerPoint presentation in the Joseph Smith Building two weeks ago when they discovered a digital recorder stuck to the bottom of a stool with Velcro, police said. After attempting to play back the recordings, they grew concerned and began searching other classrooms in the building. Upon discovering similar Velcro setups under chairs in other classrooms, the professors called police. The investigation, however, has...
  • BYU Groper To Seek Evidence Suppression

    11/09/2014 8:09:08 PM PST · by Colofornian · 4 replies ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Duke Dance
    The alleged BYU Groper Nathan Fletcher made a brief appearance in a Provo courtroom Monday afternoon. Fletcher has pleaded not guilty to two counts of class A misdemeanor sexual battery. His attorney told a judge Monday that they plan to file a motion to suppress certain evidence from begin presented to jurors at trial. A Dec. 22 date was set to argue on that motion. A five-day jury trial is also expected to be scheduled on that day. During a September preliminary hearing in 4th District Court, 23-year-old Fetcher was identified as the jogger who allegedly assaulted two of 16...
  • Film on LGBT Mormons to screen at BYU

    10/28/2014 5:28:11 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 47 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Simon Liu
    The Department of Theatre and Media Arts is releasing the first public screening of the student film Pride and Faith on Oct. 24. The documentary, written and directed by BYU alumnus Scott Raia, explores the complex lives of two LGBT students as they reconcile their identity and faith. Raia filmed Pride and Faith during his senior year for his capstone project as a film student. He hoped to become an ally of the LGBT community after broadening his awareness on the subject. As I prepared for graduation, I looked to my future and some of my friends and their futures,...
  • BYU professor shines light on low numbers of sex assault prosecutions

    07/05/2014 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 6 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | May 8, 2014 | Liesl Hansen
    SALT LAKE CITY Sexual assaults in Utah are going underreported, but the work of a BYU professor is helping to convince lawmakers and law enforcement to pay more attention to prosecuting such cases. Julie Valentine, a sexual assault nurse examiner and nursing professor at BYU, found that only 6 percent of cases in Salt Lake County have been prosecuted. Valentine examines rape victims and collects forensic evidence for cases. As she examined victims for prosecution, she would not hear back about any follow-up and wanted to find out why. We would do these examinations wed do hundreds ...
  • Former part-time BYU instructor charged with sexual abuse

    07/05/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | May 28, 2014 | Dallin Morris
    An arraignment hearing has been set for a former BYU-UVU part-time faculty member charged with sexual abuse. Michio Zushi, 55, is set to appear on July 14 on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after the victim recently came forward to talk to investigators. According to 4th District Court records, Zushi inappropriately touched her beneath her clothing. The incidents occurred between August 2010 and August 2011, and police arrested Zushi in March. Zushi taught Japanese calligraphy at both BYU and UVU but is no longer employed by either university following his arrest. If he is convicted, the presumptive...
  • How I Escaped the Mormon Temple [Ex-BYU prof tells how her family was rescued from legalistic cult]

    12/27/2013 8:33:08 PM PST · by Colofornian · 569 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Nov. 22, 2013 | Lynn Wilder
    ...For eight years, I had been a professor at Brigham Young University... I looked down on Christians...They had part of the gospel, but I had the fullness of it. I kept the laws and ordinances of Mormonism. Three weeks before the end of his two-year mission, Micah called to tell us he was being sent home earlya horrific disgrace in Mormon culture. He had been reading the New Testament. There he encountered a different Jesus than the one I was taught about in Mormonisma God of grace, not of works, so that no one can boast... To a roomful of...
  • Joseph Smith Nativity [A Virtual 'Merry Smithmas' 'Greeting Card' circa 2005]

    12/17/2013 3:14:49 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    [URL=][IMG][/IMG][/URL] Mormon MOxmasDecember 12, 2005 photo of the Joseph Smith nativity scene in the main lobby of the BYU administration building. The caption under Smith's image is enlarged in the upper right hand corner. In the crib is a doll representing baby Joseph Smith.
  • Compassion at center of meeting on anti-discrimination legislation[Lds state sen. 'hero to gay UT']

    12/04/2013 11:29:29 AM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Nov. 26, 2013 | Lucy Schouten group of neighbors and concerned citizens gathered in a home in east Provo Nov. 22 to discuss concerns about proposed anti-discrimination legislation, the so-called Bathroom bill. The citizens oppose the bill, which they believe infringes on their First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion by imposing a sexual rights mentality on the state of Utah. Many were parents and grandparents who said the bill, if passed, would infringe on childrens safety at school and right to privacy. Utah Sen. Steve Urquhart, a Republican, is sponsoring the bill, which adds onto existing non-discrimination legislation. A law passed in 2009...
  • Baptists BYU visit marks thaw in Mormon-evangelical cold war

    10/30/2013 8:29:22 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 49 replies ^ | 10/30/2013 | Adelle M. Banks
    Last month, after being sure to get his caffeine fix at Starbucks, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land went where few evangelicals had dared to go before: the Provo campus of Brigham Young University, the intellectual heart of Mormonism. After lecturing on "family, faith, freedom and America," Land attended a BYU football game with LDS leaders and joined them to hear James Taylor sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Days later, George O. Wood, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, also visited BYU, followed by the Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptists flagship seminary. Is there...
  • Former Brigham Young University Professor Tells of Mormon Familys Conversion to Christianity

    10/23/2013 11:12:44 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 254 replies
    ChristianNews.Net ^ | Oct. 23, 2013 | Heather Clark
    A former Brigham Young University professor is sharing the story of how she and her husband, along all of with her children, left Mormonism for Christianity through Gods work of grace in their life. Lynn Wilder is the author of the book Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way out of the Mormon Church, released in late August of this year. Until March 16, 2008, Wilder was a professor at Brigham Young University and a dedicated member of the Latter-Day Saints. In a recent article in the Daily Beast, Wilder provided a condensed overview of her personal...
  • Father, son get jail time in multimillion dollar scam [victims include ex-BYU coach, player]

    10/08/2013 5:48:36 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 7, 2013 | Whitney Evans
    SALT LAKE CITY Quintin Fullmer Smith, 33, walked down a 3rd District Court hallway Monday, flanked by family members. Minutes earlier, the group huddled outside the courtroom, several of them weeping. Smith has four days to turn himself in to Davis County Jail, where he will serve a term of 180 days on work release for two counts of attempted securities fraud, a class A misdemeanor, and begin paying restitution. His father, Michael Kay Smith, 66, was sentenced to serve one year in the Salt Lake County Jail for two counts of attempted securities fraud, third-degree felonies amended to...
  • LLOYD: BYU football fan frustration after Utah loss resulted in poor behavior [Mormon trash tossers]

    09/26/2013 1:00:21 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Provo Herald ^ | Sept. 23, 2013 | Jared Lloyd
    Yes, BYU football fans are like football fans everywhere. They may not drink as much alcohol but when they get frustrated, they can do some ridiculous things. Saturday night proved to be a perfect example. Cougar supporters, incensed by what they perceived to be an erroneous no-call on what should've been a pass interference penalty on the final play of the game, were caught on camera peppering the officiating crew with trash and other items as the referees left the field. We all do things in the heat of the moment that we wouldn't do if we were able to...
  • Princeton Review: List of the Top 20 party, sober schools in the US

    08/05/2013 1:12:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    IOWA CITY, Iowa The Princeton Review released its 2014 edition of "The Best 378 Colleges" book Monday, which includes the lists of the Top 20 party schools and the Top 20 sober schools. TOP 20 PARTY SCHOOLS
  • Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, June 3-July 12 [Lds 'spiritual manifestations']

    03/15/2013 8:37:55 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, June 3-July 12 The Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture Workings of the Spirit and Works of the Priesthood: Gifts and Ordinances in LDS Thought and Practice.Brigham Young University June 3 July 12, 2013In the summer of 2013, the Neal A Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University, with support from the Mormon Scholars Foundation and the Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley Institution, will sponsor a summer seminar for graduate students and junior faculty on Workings of the Spirit and Works of the Priesthood: Gifts and Ordinances in LDS Thought and Practice." The seminar...
  • What do you know about black history? [BYU students offensive to point of tears--laughing & crying]

    02/05/2013 7:50:30 PM PST · by Colofornian · 59 replies ^ | Feb. 7, 2012 | ScratchmyBackerman
    ...Follow me on Stand up comic, Dave Ackerman, goes to Brigham Young University to find out what BYU students know about Black History Month.
  • White Horse Prophecy [Mitt's Loss brings obvious conclusion that Mormon leaders falsely prophesied]

    11/10/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by Colofornian · 954 replies ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Dustin Naef - Normally, as a matter of personal preference I dont get into politics, but when we have a presidential campaign that begins to cross over into the strange twilight zone of religious weirdness that centers on the one person whos going to control the most powerful government and army on the face of the earth, well, it brings up some unusual scenarios to wonder about. It is being reported in the media today that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney only wrote a victory speech for Election Day; presumably a harried, last minute scramble to revise his speech was being...
  • Former BYU student charged with sex abuse

    07/21/2012 7:28:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 14 replies ^ | Feb. 1, 2012 | Andrew Adams
    PROVO A former BYU student who is accused of molesting two roommates faces charges of forcible sex abuse. Court documents indicate Antonio Rubalcaba Lacy, 18, inappropriately touched a roommate at least three times last year while the victim was asleep. Lacy is accused of doing the same thing three times to another roommate in 2012. The documents state Lacy confessed verbally and in a written statement after a two-hour meeting with his LDS bishop. Lacy, who is from Monterey, Calif., no longer attends BYU. He is charged with six second-degree felonies for forcible sexual abuse. He was never arrested...
  • GOP activist facing 23 charges of kidnapping, rape [Temple recommended Mormon targeted Lds victims]

    07/21/2012 7:23:50 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 62 replies ^ | July 19, 2012 | Pat Reavy
    SALT LAKE CITY A GOP activist who prosecutors say kidnapped and raped women that he met online and at church functions has been arrested and charged with 23 felonies. He appears to have targeted mostly LDS young adult women. Gregory Nathan Peterson, 37, of Orem, was charged Wednesday with seven counts of rape, three counts of object rape, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, nine counts of forcible sexual abuse, forcible sodomy, assault, burglary and sexual battery. Peterson is a GOP activist who held political events at his cabin in Heber City, 10160 E. Ridge Pine Drive, the same place...
  • Romney, Utah politicians denounce accused rapist's actions

    07/21/2012 7:22:50 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 32 replies ^ | July 19, 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY A conservative activist charged with raping four women rubbed shoulders with some of Utah's most prominent Republican politicians and served as co-chairman of a 2007 fundraiser for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Many of them, including Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Gov. Gary Herbert and 4th Congressional District candidate Mia Love, have attended a barbecue Greg Peterson hosted what he called the Rocky Mountain Conservatives Conference at his lakeside cabin the past three years. Peterson organized it as a "healing" event in 2010 after the contentious state GOP convention that ousted Sen....
  • NCAA 2012 Brackets

    03/16/2012 11:07:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies · 3+ views
    various | Friday, March 16, 2012 | participants
    This is based on a genealogy table I made. Had a bit more trouble than I should have tracking down the first round results, wth.
  • Is Mormonism Still Racist? Comments from a BYU professor stir up a troubling past

    03/03/2012 6:40:08 AM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | March 2, 2012 | Max Perry Mueller
    God has always been discriminatory. So says Randy Bott, a professor of religion at Brigham Young University... Why did the church withhold the priesthood from blacks for over a century? Among the reasons trotted out by church leadersincluding church presidents...Black people are the cursed descendants of ancient Biblical figures; black people committed pre-mortal perfidy; black people lacked the intelligence and personal integrity... Such past beliefs have never officially been repudiated. And the failure of the church to repudiate them helped set the stage for the comments made by Bott, perhaps the most popular professor at BYU... The Mormon Churchs own...
  • Racist Remarks by popular BYU Religion Professor Spark Controversy

    02/29/2012 2:23:19 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Religion Dispatches ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Racist apologetics by a popular Brigham Young University religion professor are sparking controversy, as election-year scrutiny sheds a revealing light on the persistence of racist belief among LDS Church members. On Tuesday, Randy Bott, a BYU professor of religion, told the Washington Post that the LDS Churchs historic prohibition on priesthood ordination for men of African descent was a blessing to blacks because they were not ready for priesthood authority. God has always been discriminatory when it comes to whom he grants the authority of the priesthood, says Bott... Bott compares blacks with a young child prematurely asking for the...
  • Comedians BYU Black History Video Goes Viral

    02/22/2012 5:01:32 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 27 replies
    A YouTube video of a white comedian who painted his face black and quizzed Brigham Young University students about Black History Month has brought some unwanted attention to the Mormon-run school. Observers have called some student responses ignorant while others criticized the comedian's use of the 19th century theater technique considered racially offensive by black people.
  • Too sexy in long sleeves and tights? Student at BYU passed a note. attacking her 'provocative' dress

    02/17/2012 2:13:47 PM PST · by C19fan · 99 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2012 | Louise Boyle
    Being Valentine's Day, it might have been hoped that an impromptu letter would be filled with admiring comments and sweet remarks. Unfortunately for one young woman she was passed a note by a fellow student.. offering some stern words about her sense of style. Brittany Molina, 21, who studies accountancy at Brigham Young University, Utah, was walking through campus when a young man approached her with a sheet of paper - and then dashed away. On Valentine's Day, Miss Molina posted on Twitter: 'So this boy came up to me... I thought he was giving me a love note. Turns...
  • Mormon College Objects to Skinny Jeans [Mormon Legalism 101]

    12/11/2011 12:56:43 PM PST · by Colofornian · 84 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec. 6, 2011 | Maureen O'Connor
    Updated. The first time I read this, I thought it was parody: Independent Brigham Young University publication The Student Review reports that BYU-Idaho has banned skinny jeans as part of its honor code guidelines against "form-fitting clothing." Skinny jeans: trousers of the devil? Don't tell Mitt Romney. "It's useful for us to realize that fashions will come and go. There will always be some tempting new style," University Vice President Henry J. Eyring explained in September. Fun fact: According to Wikipedia, Eyring is a member of Romney's extended family. Anyway, I'm 95% sure that this Student Review article is not...
  • The Joseph Smith Crche at BYU, December 2005 [Mormon Merry Smithmas!]

    12/08/2011 8:13:45 AM PST · by Colofornian · 21 replies ^ | Items between Dec. 9, 2005 and Dec. 23, 2010 | Aaron and Stacia
    Merry Smithmas? Quoted: "We are the beneficiaries of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, a work which had its earthly commencement with the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith, in the hills of Vermont on a December day in 1805. As we commemorate the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, the Savior of the world, may we also remember his emissary, Joseph Smith, and consciously rejoice in his life and sacrifice, as well." (Larry C. Porter, "Christmas with the Prophet Joseph", Ensign, Dec. 1978, 9)
  • Ernest L. Wilkinson and the BYU tithing police fiasco [a campus admin scandal from a generation ago]

    11/18/2011 3:21:38 PM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Nov. 1, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahls cartoon that goes with this post, click here) In the latest issue of Sunstone magazine, Gary James Bergera has a very interesting article, The Moniteering of BYU Faculty Tithing Payments, 1957-1963, that involves yet another historical nugget of mirth created by the universitys late president, Ernest D. Wilkinson. Wilkinson, upon assuming the presidency of BYU in the 1950s, was outraged that some BYU professors paid only a partial tithing, and some paid none at all. (I digress here to admit that I too, was surprised that there were/are tithing shortfalls among BYU professors. I would have...

    03/30/2002 9:34:54 AM PST · by forest · 59 replies · 773+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #266 ^ | 3-31-02 | Doug Fiedor
    NOTE: This was originally written and published back in 1999. Unfortunately, it is still very pertinent. ----------------------------- What an interesting development this is! Forty-one years after publication, an article titled "Current Communist Goals", which is an excerpt from The Naked Communist, written by Cleon Skousen in 1958, is beginning to receive national prominence. W. Cleon Skousen, we should add, was an FBI agent, the police chief of Salt Lake City and a full professor at Brigham Young University. Skousen was also the head of the National Center for Constitutional Studies and the author of a number of other books and...
  • Rabble-rouser Helen Radkey: Keeping tabs on proxy LDS baptisms

    09/22/2011 6:17:24 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 9 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | Brandon Burt
    Ex-Mormon Australia native Helen Radkey is a spiritual consultant and educator, soul reader, past-life therapist, prayer therapist, marriage celebrant, writer and researcher, but is best known as that rabble-rouser whos been keeping close tabs on the LDS Churchs temple ordinances for the past 18 years. City Weekly caught up with Radkey to find out what she's been keeping tabs on lately. Why do proxy baptisms matter to people who dont believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Alive or dead, people deserve to be treated with respect. Proxy baptism is a disrespectful attempt to reframe a persons...
  • BYU football's collateral damage

    09/22/2011 5:27:44 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Provo Herald Extra ^ | Sept. 20, 2011
    The BYU football team lost by three on Saturday. Not on the scoreboard, of course. That showed a 44-point spread -- Utah 54, BYU 10. The collateral damage was to BYU's three cardinal values, the ones that are inscribed on all its paraphernalia, its marketing material and (new this year) on the turf at LaVell Edwards Stadium: Tradition, Spirit, Honor. Tradition: Seven turnovers is not traditional; BYU has a tradition of success. This was the worst home defeat to Utah in school history, and it was among the Cougars' worst defeats ever. Saturday witnessed the destruction of tradition, and...
  • Letter: Polygamy comparison fails [BYU Letter-to-the-Editor]

    07/15/2011 1:49:46 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 1+ views
    BYU Daily Universe ^ | June 3, 2011 | Colin Mann
    In a recent letter to the editor, the author of The right vs. the law (5/26) compared illegal immigrants to the early leaders of the church. He observed the early church members violated the law to practice polygamy and those men were still doing what was right, therefore there are cases when it isnt wrong to break the law. This is all true. But then he implies by this same reasoning, illegal immigrants may not be doing something wrong. This is a false analogy, because the two situations are not the same in the relevant way. What made the church...
  • Polygamy was no Mormon harem, but it tore at marriages and hearts

    07/02/2011 6:05:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 29, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahls cartoon that goes with this post, click here) I spent some time re-reading the late Richard S. Van Wagoners excellent book, Mormon Polygamy: A History. The 19th century tales of harems and never-ending teenage-girl hunting were, of course, lies to excite Eastern U.S. readers. Polygamy was a contradictory doctrine, and extremely dysfunctional. Brigham Young once said that he wished it wasnt a doctrine, but later also raged that those who disbelieved in polygamy and even monogomous LDS men were in danger of damnation. And polygamy led to divorce among LDS elite leaders in numbers...
  • MWC Punishes BYU, UNM Baseball Brawlers

    04/30/2011 6:07:14 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Mid-Utah ^ | April 26, 2011 | Brad James
    (COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.)-After receiving assistance from both the Brigham Young University and University of New Mexico athletic departments, the Mountain West Conference has completed a thorough analysis of an incident which occurred during a baseball game between the Cougars and Lobos this past weekend at Miller Park on the BYU campus. During the April 23 game, a fight broke out between the two teams and certain players on both sides attacked umpires. Thus, three-game suspensions have been handed out to the following players, for BYU: first baseman Ryan Bernal, a senior first baseman from Grand Junction, Colo., Bret Lopez, a...
  • Former BYU student denied parole for stun gun attack

    04/30/2011 5:45:58 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies
    Provo Herald Extra ^ | April 28, 2011 | Jim Dalrymple
    A former BYU student convicted of using a stun gun to kidnap a woman was denied parole earlier this month, and will spend at least four more years in prison. Stetson Geo Hallam, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping and obstruction of justice in July. On April 13 the board of pardons and parole reviewed the case, but opted to deny Hallam the opportunity to leave prison. Spokesman Jim Hatch said Stetson will have a new hearing in 2015, at which time he could be granted release or be required to spend more time in custody. Documents related to Hallam's...
  • BYU brawl caps off New Mexico series

    04/30/2011 5:23:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Provo Herald Extra ^ | April 23, 2011 | Neil K. Warner
    Matthew Neil deserved better. He should have been the center of attention. The talk of the town. Instead, the talk following BYU's 1-0 win over New Mexico on Saturday afternoon was about an ugly post-game brawl that erupted just before both teams were preparing for the customary post-game handshake. It was a shame the talk couldn't center on BYU's best pitching performance of the year. Neil's complete game shutout was the first time a BYU pitcher had thrown a shutout at Miller Field in three years, and it was the first complete-game shutout Neil had pitched since Little League. But...
  • Broadcast chief promotes positive media use [Real Mormonism]

    04/15/2011 4:05:44 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    BYU Daily Universe ^ | April 5, 2011 | Whitney Evans
    Success in the fight against pervasive negative influences comes from three factors: assessing whether media preferences are leading toward or away from goals, assessing personal media consumption and actively using technology to serve Gods children, according to Tuesdays devotional speaker. Derek Marquis, managing director of BYU Broadcasting, spoke on media and its impact on members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Marquis gave a brief history of media in the Church... ...Marquis encouraged those listening to use technology to further the gospel... SNIP As an object lesson, he had students with electronic communication devices laptops, iPhones,...
  • Two Decades of Honor Code Violations (BYU)

    04/15/2011 11:14:02 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies ^ | April 13, 2011 | Luke O'Brien
    This gallery depicts almost every BYU athlete we found with an honor code incident since 1993. (Certain players have been excluded to protect our sources.) The information in the gallery comes from media reports, BYU profiles, and interviews with athletes. It is by no means definitive. Many of these incidents were shrouded in secrecy. Many of the athletes could not be reached to confirm what we learned. If we have included bad data whether due to inaccurate news stories, the faulty memories of interview subjects, or our own error we are happy to correct it. If readers can...
  • The Truth About Race, Religion, And The Honor Code At BYU

    04/15/2011 10:27:11 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies ^ | April 13, 2011 | Luke O'Brien and Darron Smith
    Over the past month, BYU has been held up as a symbol of all that is decent in college sports for its unsparing treatment of Brandon Davies, the African-American basketball player who violated the school's honor code by reportedly having sex with his girlfriend. Davies was suspended shortly before the NCAA tournament, and a braying mainstream press lauded BYU for sticking to its principles. Sports Illustrated's website even wondered if a values-driven, "non-hypocritical" BYU was "on the verge of becoming America's team." The reality isn't so appealing. While it's impossible to know how many students disobey BYU's honor code, which...
  • Jimmer grows dimmer

    03/27/2011 2:29:46 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 25, 2011 | Rick Reilly
    ...So that's the end of Jimmermania. Saw it for myself. Caught the closing act. Not impressed. SNIP You can take off those "Romney-Fredette in 2012" T-shirts now. Except for a stretch...Fredette was brutal. Yes, he scored 32 points, but...took 29 shots...He seemed to be wearing a blindfold from the 3-point arc -- 3-for-15...committed six turnovers and wandered aimlessly through the lane on defense like Moses in the desert. I've seen dead people play better defense. At least they occasionally trip people. SNIP "He's a little Maravich," a guy in a BYU shirt told me. No! No, he isn't! He's not...
  • Florida Makes Sour Ending for BYU, Fredette

    03/24/2011 7:01:01 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    AP ^ | March 24, 2011
    NEW ORLEANS - Florida survived a 32-point night by BYU's Jimmer Fredette for a thrilling 83-74 overtime victory in the Southeast Regional semifinal on Thursday in New Orleans.
  • BYU Basketball: Brandon Davies Dismissed from BYU for Having Kid on the Way

    03/02/2011 1:02:29 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 185 replies
    The Bleacher report ^ | 2 March 2011 | Mick Akers
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images It was reported yesterday that BYU starting center Brandon Davies was let go from the team for the remainder of the season for violating Brigham Young's honor code. Today, 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City is reporting that Davies' girlfriend is pregnant with his child. The honor code does not allow sexual relationships unless you are married, among a hefty list of other rules. Davies is averaging 11.1 points per game and a team-high 6.2 rebounds, and not having him available for the NCAA tournament will be a major issue for Mr. Fredette and the Cougars....
  • BYU Democrats, Republicans far from enemies

    02/18/2011 7:24:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 4 replies
    BYU Daily Universe ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | Hunter Schwarz
    The BYU Democrats and Republicans met to debate last week, but rather than take their usual stances, the two groups argued for issues opposite their political beliefs. Democrats took the side of laissez-faire capitalism while Republicans championed democratic socialism. While members of both clubs had to argue for ideas they didnt necessarily believe in, they also found common ground. Everybody has the capability to move on and be successful, said Colleen McDermott, a member of the BYU Democrats from Las Vegas, arguing for the benefits lax government regulations in capitalist economies. McDermott cited President Obama and Democratic Senate majority leader...