Carthage. What does the name bring to mind — a jail? a murder? That's what the town has meant to Mormons for 166 years, but at least for one warm night in June, Carthage took on a new identity. Put this picture in your mind: A talented group of BYU students performing at the opening [...]

The BYU Ad Lab has combined ferocious critters with Doritos-eating folks to win a Student Gold ADDY Award, one of the top advertising prizes awarded in the country for student work. Ad Lab adviser Jeff Sheets and Ad Lab students picked up their hardware Saturday in a ceremony in Orlando, Fla. The Ad Lab landed [...]

"In today's world our children aren't learning the traditional values of patriotism," said Sister Mitchell, who introduced the program to Vermont last year. "This program is a fun way to help them learn patriotic American messages. The people who wrote the music were inspired and are so willing to share." via LDS Church News – [...]

Brigham Young University-Idaho has unveiled a new online radio station, bringing the university to a worldwide audience through podcasts and a live stream. BYU-Idaho Radio is hosted solely online at, giving people around the world an opportunity to feel and understand the “BYU-Idaho experience.” “This new radio station has been established to reflect the [...]

Distorted chess tables, sparkly turnings and bold ’70s super graphics are just some of the many exquisite works of art that comprise a retired BYU professor’s life of work. via Retired BYU professor’s art on display |

Take a trip to the southeast corner of Utah Lake and you’ll see the makings of a feature film, but this film is different: It’s a major film largely put together by BYU students. FirstLight Independent LLC and BYU’s Theater and Media Arts Department have teamed up to produce the film, “For Robbing the Dead.” [...]

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys is a multimedia platform featuring Religious Educators from BYU. It consists of a website,, a hardcover book, “Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations,” a Salt Lake City church history tour guide and a DVD-ROM that includes the virtual tours also found on the website. The educators teach about various [...]

Hallowed Ground, Sacred Journeys (found at BYU Virtual Tours with an interactive site here) is a wonderful resource for learning more about both well-known and more obscure historical sites that have a place in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each post contains professional documentary video clips that give you [...]

BYU Virtual Tours – Want to take a tour of church history sites around Salt Lake City, but you don't have the time or means to actually go to all the sites? BYU Virtual Tours has provided a wonderful YouTube channel with 36 videos of church history locations in and around Salt Lake City. It's [...]

No one knows what costumes they're going to wear or what routine they will dance, but members of the ballroom dance team at Utah Valley University brought in expert choreographers and have doubled up rehearsals to help them deliver an exciting performance for today's 7 p.m. television debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."They're looking [...]

“Your father loves you and so does your heavenly Father. … As long as we have today, we can change the world. … Marry for love, marry for laughs, but mostly importantly as my wife Tania taught me, marry for God. Without God, life’s storms are too strong to withstand. … Life is hard, and [...]

At first glance, it looks a bit like Hollywood. Men in cowboy hats, women in long dust-kissed dresses and a horse whinnying in the background. "Picture's up! Quiet!" echoes the call across the set. The chatting and scuffling stops, and Sheriff Henry Heath delivers his lines. "Cut! That was great," calls director and screenwriter Tom [...]

BYU dance company Kinnect is striving to teach children to investigate, explore and create through dance. The 12 Kinnect dancers appear in elementary school auditoriums to share their love of dancing and encourage children to consider dance as a way to discover themselves. “We are truly advocates for the creative process,” said Rebecca Downs, a [...]

The project seeks to create the feeling that brings the individual into the site without having the opportunity to visit in person. "Whether you're a multi-generation member of the church, or you were baptized just last week," associate professor Lloyd D. Newell says, "these are the sites that have helped make the church's legacy and [...]

Even though he’s performed more times than he can count, his hands always get cold before a show. He rubs them together trying to keep warm. They need to be able to play the keyboard. After a quick sound check, and a hello to the crowd, he begins his first song. His music produces an [...]

righam Young University-Idaho has found a new way to share both secular and spiritual knowledge with the world: YouTube. The university has created a channel on the popular Web site to post videos originating from the university. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to share the light of BYU-Idaho with the world,” said Kirk Rawlins, [...]

"You need to have as your foundation the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you do, you'll have the vision, the direction, and the truth of revelations you need in your life. What a promise has been given you! You have power to bind the Lord. By binding the Lord in solemn covenant, He will give [...]

"With Liberty's commencement about three weeks away, the school's announcement Friday is expected to fuel many more debates on Mormonism and whether or not evangelicals should align with like-minded (though theologically different) Mormons in the social arena amid America's moral decline." via MormonTimes – Beck target of blind bigotry again.

BYU students can't have sex. Nor can they smoke a cigarette. Sex and then a cigarette? Forget it. It's against the BYU honor code. via Old-school BYU wins with honor code and without sex –

Utah State University announced the appointment of two new deans to head colleges created by the split of the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (HASS) Friday. Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was named the founding dean of the new Caine College of the Arts. Jessop, a USU alumni, worked [...]

Every year celebrities walk down the red carpet in sunny California, celebrating the nominated efforts and artistry that goes into filmmaking. People gather to watch the events as they dote over the dresses, the dates and the anything-but-demure stars that attend them. via ‘Inspector 42’ wins two student Emmys |

Saturday was a big day for other BYU student film projects as well. BYU’s Center for Animation brought home its 10th student Emmy in seven years for its film X-ing (Read more here.) and BYU music student Richard Williams landed the best music composition award to bring BYU’s 2010 haul to four. (Read about Williams [...]

The film represents a reversal from the program’s most recent Emmy-winner. While Kites was a poignant tale of a grandson’s love, X-ing (pronounced “crossing”) identifies itself clearly as slapstick comedy with a major shock in the opening scene. via Meridian Magazine :: Arts: BYU Animators Win 10th ‘Student Emmy’ Despite Losing Key Students to Movie [...]

Weaving together visual elements such as clay, pen, photography and computer art with innovative storytelling, animators today present their art to the public and continue to thrive in an industry of continually changing techniques and creative collaborations. The Sundance Institute monthly film series will present an animation spotlight, featuring the work of three renowned animators [...]

It seems safe to assume most people don’t think looking over someone’s homework would be of interest, let alone a fun and social event.  But when the homework is filmmaking and looking over it means watching it, people disagree. via Association offers students’ film screenings |

Imagine walking into an LDS chapel to find Marvin Goldstein playing prelude music and Utah's Attorney General Mark Shurtleff sitting up on the stand. Both were on-hand for B'nai Shalom, a semiannual gathering of Mormons and Jews to celebrate Jewish culture, heritage, and traditions. After Goldstein played "Hatikva," or "The Hope," the national anthem of [...]

Just three days before opening night, the cast gathers around a cafeteria table as director Jared Larkin serves homemade beef and cabbage. After five hours of rehearsing Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa," his students welcome the dinner break. "Do you guys feel more Irish?" Larkin asks as the teenage cast and crew feast on ginger [...]

Those who wish they could make it to the Holy Land can now experience the next best thing — taking the journey with scholar Truman Madsen. "It's like Truman takes you by the hand," Ann Madsen said of her late husband. "And teaches." Madsen's final trip to the Holy Land before his death is documented [...]

Artificial intelligence, neural networks and genetic algorithms aren’t terms usually heard in the HFAC. However, a small group of BYU students is facing the unknown and is looking to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and human creativity. Enter DARCI, a project taken on by the students in VATSU 460 and 680. DARCI stands for [...]

Pushing the envelope is often part of the job for professional artists. But at BYU, students walk a fine line between artistic freedom and following university standards. BYU’s Honor Code presents student artists seeking degrees in fine arts with the unique and sometimes stressful challenge of tailoring their art to meet the university’s moral guidelines. [...]

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