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BYU sports mailbag: What does the Big 12 move mean for BYU? Keys to...

This is the first in a new series of BYU sports mailbags by The Daily Universe sports staff. The first one this week deals with BYU's future in the Big 12 and keys to winning the upcoming ranked football matchup with Arizona State.

Sen. Mitt Romney urges Americans to protect constitutional freedoms

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, gave a message encouraging Americans to “defend the Constitution” in his Constitution Day speech Friday morning at the Hinckley Center.

International students say it’s hard to understand U.S. vaccine hesitancy

Some international students at BYU are puzzled at the hesitancy of Americans in getting vaccinated. Many international students have seen a positive approach toward getting vaccinated in their home countries, which contrasts some American viewpoints about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Police Beat: Sept. 11–17

Sept. 11 – Man reported threatening people with a weapon while attempting to steal their vehicle near the Museum of Art.

COVID credited with local rise in vaping

Vaping still persists in its high popularity among Utah's youth, despite anti-vaping laws enacted by Utah legislators in 2020. "It is definitely a trend that is on the up and up, and I think with COVID-19 it has just gotten worse," Provo School Board President Melanie Hall said, adding that students have had more downtime to experiment with vaping.

Faculty Friday: Lynne Nielsen

Meet statistics professor Lynne Nielsen! Before coming to BYU, Nielsen worked with the Philippines government to bring electricity to rural areas of the country. Most recently she published the book, "The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide" with fellow professors Valerie M. Hudson and Donna Lee Bowen. Featured on The Economist, the book explores how the treatment of women shapes a country.