Students For A Democratic Society

This week on The Rostrum we interview Shirley Reyes and Bryn Dayton, members of the Students for a Democratic Society. The “SDS” is an activist group that was inspired by the civil rights movement and is concerned with equality, economic justice, peace, and participatory democracy. Currently, this group is working to make the University of Utah a sanctuary for undocumented students.


Sexual Assault on Campus

The Rostrum sits down with Darrah Jones, Sexual Assault Support Advocate, to discuss the topic of sexual assault on college campuses, at the University of Utah and across the nation. We explore the information and context of rape and sexual assault and how, as students, we can combat rape culture and the violence it perpetuates.



Sustainability Office

This week, The Rostrum interviewed Amy Wildermuth, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Sarah Lappe, Communications and Development Coordinator for the Sustainability Office. We discuss the history of the Sustainability Office, its successes on campus, plans to make University of Utah carbon-neutral by 2050, and how students can be more environmentally conscious and get involved.

Pride Week on Campus

In celebration of Pride Week, The Rostrum had the opportunity to sit down with students and staff, Gabriella Blanchard, Kim Hackford-Peer, Lenny Liechty, and Andrew Hayes. Together we discuss the aim of Pride Week, the importance of the LGBT Resource Center, and their hopes for the future of queer folks on campus.


A New Year

To kick off the new academic year, The Rostrum asked students what their goals were for themselves in and out of school. We also had the opportunity to sit down with last Summer’s Orientation Team Leaders to revisit what it’s like to come to college for the first time. Finally, we interviewed Chris Mead, Assistant Professor in the Honors College, about what it’s like starting out in a career in higher education.

Professor Jack Newell

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Jack Newell received his undergraduate degree while attending Deep Springs College in California and Ohio State University. He went on to earn his Master of Arts at Duke University in American and European history, and his Ph.D. at Ohio State in the history and philosophy of European and American universities. He taught at Clemson University, Deep Springs College, and the University of New Hampshire before taking up a position at the University of Utah in 1974.

While Jack Newell is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah and President Emeritus of Deep Springs College in California, he still teaches social ethics and educational leadership philosophy at the University of Utah’s Honor College. A favorite of many of his students due to his intelligence, warmth, and general enthusiasm for education, Jack is one of the University of Utah’s most distinguished professors. Newell’s accolades include the Joseph Katz Award for the Advancement of Liberal Learning (1994), the Deep Springs Medal for exemplary service to humanity (2009), and recipient of the Distinguished Honors Professor Award at the University of Utah, along with many others.

In this interview with Newell, he discusses his experiences in academia, the changes to how we view higher education today, and how that affects student’s experiences at the University of Utah and around the world.