| Olympic 'Identity Crisis' in Salt Lake City says Christian Science Monitor
|Today's Christians Science Monitor says that Salt
Lake City is feeling an identity crisis as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games
approaches. While the city has long been more moderate and diverse than the
rest of the state, its religiously-based traditions are "under some attack,"
leading to an identity crisis as it decides "Is this a Mormon town, or a
modern American 'everycity' that is ready to party?" The attacks come
because almost everyone agrees that Salt Lake is more Mormon than "everycity."
| The Secret of Mad Dog's Success
|Erlyn Madsen has 10 children and like any
good mother, she hopes her children grow up to be responsible,
contributing members of society. Like any good mother who belongs to
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Erlyn also hopes
that her children grow up strong in the faith. Erlyn's fifth child,
Mark, seemed destined to fulfill his mother's dreams. He was the
editor of the high school newspaper, student body president, an Eagle
Scout, and attended early morning seminary classes at 6 a.m. After
graduating from High School, he faithfully served a mission in
southern Spain and returned to attend Stanford University. You know
that his mother had to be very proud of her son.
| Finally, Burgess Finds Success
|Chris Burgess is reaping success. After
turning down a chance to play at BYU and going to Duke, then leaving
Duke to attend the University of Utah, Chris is overcoming injuries,
self-doubt, and outside pressures to put together a string of solid
| Trumpeted BYU Freshmen Did Well, Says Cleveland
|BYU Head Coach Steve Cleveland says that the freshmen he
recruited a year ago have done well. While the five who played this year
average a total of 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, Cleveland says they're where
they should be. "They are making contributions and more importantly, they
are understanding their roles. One thing we're not getting is scoring, but I
never thought the freshmen would come in and make a huge impact on the
program. . . . I just wanted them to learn, make progress, get better, and
they have done that very well." But LDS missions have already split them up
as a group.
| Seven Priests Win Trophy
|There's a legacy of mining in this Cape
Breton town of 8,000. And in respect of it, the town has been
sponsoring an annual, national basketball tournament here since 1982.
This year's tournament, held 5-10 February, saw seven members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walk away with the trophy
under a standing ovation.
| Pollard Explodes, Weir Gets Cut and Knight Doesn't Get to Try
|The Sacramento King's Scot Pollard exploded for
46 points over 4 games this past week, solidifying his spot as the
best performing Mormon basketball player so far this season.
Meanwhile, the best performing Mormon golfer, Mike Weir, was cut
after the second round of the Nissan Open, the first time that he has
missed the cut so far this year.
| BYU-Hawaii Adds Water Polo
|Brigham Young University-Hawaii Athletic Director
Randy Day announced Feb. 5 that the school will be adding men's water
polo as a varsity sport beginning with the Fall 2001 season.
| Undefeated BYU Volleyball Earns 1st Place, Hits the Road This Week
|After knocking off then top-ranked UCLA on Friday,
3-1, and No. 12 UC Irvine, 3-0, on Saturday, the BYU men's volleyball
team remained the only undefeated team on the season and was selected
the top-ranked program in this week's USAToday/AVCA Coaches Poll. The
Cougars earned 13 of the 16 possible first-place votes, moving up
from the No. 2 position in last week's poll.
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