News Clips for Sept. 27, 2018

The number of sex assaults reported at the University of Utah increased in 2017

Thirty-two campus sexual assaults were reported to the University of Utah in 2017. But that number is likely “just the tip of the iceberg” for the U. or any school compiling statistics as required by federal law, one expert says.

Big Pharma Boosts Drug Prices As Supplies Run Low, Study Reveals

Federal lawmakers have been griping about drug pricing for years, led most recently by President Donald Trump, who famously declared even before he was elected that the industry is “getting away with murder.” A new study could very well fuel those complaints.

Scooter fire forces temporary closure of University of Utah building

A fire caused by an electric scooter inside the University of Utah’s James E. Talmage Building on Presidents Circle has forced the closure of the building for the rest of the day Wednesday.

‘A real mockery here’: During packed Utah lecture, Anita Hill criticizes the Senate’s handling of Kavanaugh nomination, draws parallels to her 1991 testimony

One senator told her that she would face “actual harassment” if she didn’t stop talking about her allegations of sexual misconduct. Another called her story “crap.” A third dismissed her as an erotomaniac who believed everyone was in love with her. And Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, she distinctly recalled, brought a copy of “The Exorcist” to the hearing to suggest she had “somehow plagiarized” her account.

Every Utah High School May Be Getting A 'Near-Peer' College Advisor

Jeanette Hernandez Heltman may be two years out of college, but she often gets confused for a student at Granger High School in West Valley where she works. But that's kind of the point. Heltman is one of 12 advisors currently in the Utah College Advising Corps. It’s a program started by the University of Utah nearly 10 years ago. It works somewhat like Teach for America. Recent college grads are recruited to spend one to three years working full-time in a Utah high school as a college advisor for seniors.

USTAR-supported project hopes to prevent hurricane deaths

Hurricanes can be devastating and costly. With raging winds and storm surges, they can create floods, falling debris, and other weather-related hazards that are often deadly.

Traveler's View: Politics Has Taken Voice From The National Park Service

Politics has taken the voice away from the National Park Service. Instead of relying on the expertise of its biologists, archaeologists, botanists and others, the agency has deferred to administration partisans in the Interior Department with intentions not always in the best interests of the national parks.

Anita Hill says #MeToo movement can create lasting change

Anita Hill said Wednesday her pivotal 1991 Senate testimony about sexual harassment by a Supreme Court nominee sparked a wave of awareness, but lasting change failed because of a lack of clear leadership and a reluctance to confront harsh realities.

Anita Hill says integrity of U.S. Supreme Court at stake as Senate considers Kavanaugh

Anita Hill, whose sexual harassment allegations against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 made her a national figure, says the same things are at stake 27 years later as the Senate considers Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the high court.

Anita Hill calls Brett Kavanaugh hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford "a disservice to the American people"

Anita Hill said Wednesday her pivotal 1991 Senate testimony about sexual harassment by a Supreme Court nominee sparked a wave of awareness, but lasting change failed because of a lack of clear leadership and a reluctance to confront harsh realities.

Groundbreaking activist Anita Hill speaks at the University of Utah

Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University, is speaking Wednesday evening at Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.

Anita Hill speaks at the U ahead of Kavanaugh hearing

In 1991 Anita Hill's testimony during the Senate confirmation hearing for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas rocked the nation. It has been 27 years since she recounted her allegations of workplace harassment against Thomas. In the end, her allegations were dismissed.

Ahead of Utah address, Anita Hill says Kavanaugh isn't a #MeToo referendum

Her 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas riveted the nation, but failed to derail his nomination to the Supreme Court. Now, 27 years later, Anita Hill says the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing — with no FBI investigation and no witness testimony — is destined to be unfair, just as she and many others felt the Thomas hearing was.

Scooter catches fire on U of U campus, campus building closes until further notice

An electric scooter caught fire Wednesday in a third-floor hallway in a University of Utah campus building. The 140 people in the building were all safely evacuated, according to a statement on the university’s website.

Scooter fire closes U of U James E. Talmage building temporarily

The James E. Talmage Building on Presidents Circle on the University of Utah campus closed after an electrical fire broke out Wednesday.

Electric scooter fire in U. building forces classes to relocate

A small electric scooter fire forced several classes in a University of Utah building to relocate Wednesday, officials said.

University of Utah reports more sexual assaults in 2017

The University of Utah submitted their annual security and fire report this week, detailing the statistics of crimes on campus compared to the year before. The school has to submit these crime statistics every year by October 1 in order to receive federal funding.

University of Utah crime report shows increase in domestic violence & rape

The University of Utah released its 2017 crime statistics and some of the numbers are concerning, especially regarding two crimes that typically involve female victims: domestic violence and rape.