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Sandy UT Police: Worst Church Vandalism Ever
Police in Sandy, Utah are calling the vandalism of an LDS Chapel in their town the worst vandalism of a church they have ever seen. Vandals struck the chapel sometime late Friday or early Saturday overturning pianos, file cabinets and a refrigerator and punching holes in the walls. Damage is estimated to be in excess of $100,000.

Judge Throws Out U of U Anti-Mormon Discrimination Claims
U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled last week that claims of anti-Mormon discrimination from other students have no bearing on a federal lawsuit filed against the University of Utah by Christina Axson-Flynn. Flynn is the LDS student who claims the U. faculty forced her to quit acting school because she refused to swear during an audition. The lawsuit accuses several theater department staff members of religious discrimination.

FARMS Incorporated into New BYU Institute
President Merrill J. Bateman recently announced the creation of the Brigham Young University Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts, which embraces BYU's Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) and the work of the former Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART).

BYU-Hawaii Announces New Business Dean
Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYUH) announced May 29 that it has appointed Brent D. Wilson as the new dean of the School of Business. Wilson brings more than 25 years experience teaching finance at various universities across the country including his current position at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah.

New dean, department chairs announced at Ricks College
A new division dean and several new department chairmen have been announced at Ricks College. Rod Keller, former English Department chairman, is the new dean of the Language and Letters Division replacing Lee Warnick.

Ground broken for new Spori Building at Ricks College
Ground was broken May 29 for a new building to replace the former Jacob Spori Building at Ricks College. Prior to the symbolic turning of soil, Elder Henry B. Eyring, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and Commissioner of Church Education, paid tribute to faithful, pioneer Church members who built the original building and he challenged the younger generation to follow in their path.

Design of new Spori Building captures spirit of original structure
The public got its first glimpse of the new Jacob Spori Building at Ricks College during ground-breaking services May 29. The new 44,000 square foot building, which will sit at the exact location of the old building that was torn down last year, has a striking resemblance to its predecessor and will feature a similar size and shape, rock exterior, tall windows and pitched roof.

Math professor at BYU devotional June 5
Lynn Garner, a professor of mathematics, will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday (June 5) at 11 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

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DUP Recognizes Brigham Young Birthday with Cabin Dedication
BRIGHAM CITY, UTAH -- Commemorating Brigham Young's 200th birthday, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers will dedicated a 146-year-old cabin in Brigham Young Park in Brigham City, Utah. The cabin, built by Porter Squires for Wilhelm and Laura Knudsen, was moved to the park last year. Descendants of the Knudsens donated it to the DUP, which moved it to the city's Rees Pioneer Park in 1929. But last year they moved it again, saying that the cabin wasn't doing well there. Brigham Young Park is the site of Brigham Young's last public address.
DUP to dedicate 146-year-old cabin
Deseret News 31May01 D6

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