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| General News|
President Hinckley unexpectedly visits and speaks at missionary funeral
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley unexpectedly visited and spoke at the funeral of Elder Jaysen R. Christiansen, one of the four
missionaries killed in an automobile accident on Friday, January 28th.
Members of the First Presidency also visited the funerals of the other
three missionaries killed in the accident, expressing their condolences
to the families.
| Local News|
Most LDS Institutes to Dump Greek Letters in Fall
Many of the LDS Church's Institutes of Religion will discontinue using
the two 'greek letter' organizations this fall, replacing Lambda Delta
Sigma and Sigma Gamma Chi with the Institute Men's Association and the
Institute Women's Association on campuses that don't have other
Greek-named fraternity and sorority organizations.
Stanford's RM Madsen Punishes Opponents, With A Smile
LDS college basketball star Mark Madsen is the
heart of the Stanford defense, helping hold opponents to 33 percent
shooting, best in the nation. Madsen is gaining a name for himself as
one of the most intense and physical players in the game.
WSU Chooses LDS Church Member for President
Washington State University has reportedly
selected LDS Church member V. Lane Rawlins as its new president.
Rawlins, who is currently president of the University of Memphis, The
Board of Regents released their short-list of candidates for the
position on February 3rd, and Rawlins was the only name on the list.
Since he hasn't yet visited the campus, a formal offer hasn't yet
been extended. But with Rawlins' long-time ties to the area, the
board is hopeful they will convince him to come.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Salon Columnist Blasts LDS Author Card
Salon columnist Minkowitz blasts LDS author Orson Scott Card in her
write-up of an interview with Card. Minkowitz, a self-described 'Jewish
lesbian radical,' once wrote a book about what she found in common with
the Christian right. But Minkowitz, who loves Card's books "Ender's
Game" and "Ender's Shadow," was disgusted to discover Card's
New Structure Symbolizes Mormon Growth
The New York Times calls the LDS Church's new
Conference Center a symbol of the Church's growth since the Tabernacle
on Temple Square opened in October 1867. The Tabernacle, which seats
6,000, is dwarfed by the new Conference Center, which will seat 21,000.
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