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LDS Seminary Stuck; Higley High Off Limits
Students attending LDS seminary classes on released time from Higley High School are stuck on busses until a new seminary building can be completed. The Church's play to lease space in the high school fell through Tuesday when County Attorney Rick Romley ruled that leasing a classroom to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints violated a state law against on-campus religious instruction during school hours.

BYU's Varsity Theater Closes After Editing Disallowed
For the first time in 37 years, Brigham Young University's Varsity Theater will dim its lights, close its curtain and take its final bow. The formerly filled-to-capacity campus movie house reveled in packed houses for shows such as the 1964, "Don't Go Near the Water." Long lines of class-skipping students, who wanted to nab up tickets for the night's feature film, have been replaced by slow ticket sales and a combination of potential lawsuits, charges of censorship and claims of violations of artistic expression over films that were edited for content.

Wellsville Disputes with Stake President over Sham Battle
An announcement of the Wellsville Founders' Day and the Sham Battle that has accompanied it since 1916 won't be inserted into ward bulletins in the town before the celebration. But, the Founders' Day Committee Chairman, Becky Siggard, and local LDS Stake President Louis Lucaro disagree on why. The town had asked the stake to have the insert put in ward bulletins, but Lucero turned them down.

New Periodical for Gospel Study
BYU's Religious Studies Center is introducing "The Religious Educator", a new periodical for LDS religion teachers focused on teaching methodology. "I think there are a lot of LDS magazines aimed at the broad Mormon audience: The New Era, The Ensign, BYU Studies. We aren't trying to re-invent the wheel; we've picked a niche," says Dr. Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Editor-in-Chief. "All of these resources have great content to use in classes, but there just haven't been any that focus on how to apply that content." Each issue will also cover hard-to-teach topics, including doctrines on family and marriage.

President Bateman, Marilyn Bateman at BYU devotional
President Merrill J. Bateman and his wife, Marilyn, will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday (Sept. 11) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

BYU announces faculty advancements in rank
The Brigham Young University administration has posted its annual advancement in rank notices for faculty members throughout campus. The appointments became effective fall semester.

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