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Police Label Attack on LDS Chapel a Hate Crime
While a vandalism attack on an LDS Chapel Tuesday, January 15th, resulted in only $1,000 in damage, local police are still investigating the attack as a hate crime. Vandals scrawled graffiti on the pulpit, set fire to a set of scriptures and desecrated a painting of Christ's second coming sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police so far have no suspects or witnesses.

Neighbors Voice Opposition to Newport Beach Temple
Neighbors of the proposed Newport Beach California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are objecting to the Temple's construction, making this proposed Temple the latest with public objections from its neighbors making the news. But unlike the circumstances of other proposed Temples, the Newport Beach Temple only needs one approval, a height variance for its 124-foot steeple, for construction to proceed.

Snowflake Arizona Temple Open House to Start This Weekend
The open house for the 16,000-square-foot Snowflake Arizona Temple will begin February 2nd, and continue daily through February 16th, except Sundays. The open house marks the first time in 27 years that non-LDS Church members can see the inside of an Arizona LDS Temple. The Temple's dedication is scheduled for March 3rd. Arizona has 313,000 church members, and an existing temple in Mesa that was originally dedicated in 1927, and was open for public tours after renovation in 1975.

BYU Loses Bid to Host National Media Association
BYU lost a bid to host the National Newspaper Association headquarters when the 117-year-old association decided to locate at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. The NNA is the largest newspaper organization in the U.S., representing 3,000 mostly small- to mid-size newspapers with lobbying and support services. Currently, the NNA is located in Arlington, Virginia.

BYU Professor Speaks at Orem Institute Devotional
BYU professor of law and marriage and family activist Richard G. Wilkins spoke January 20th at the Orem Institute's devotional. Wilkins, using "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" as his primary text, told students that views over marriage and family differ significantly arround the world, and differ from LDS beliefs, "Marriage is most often presented as a problem and as an institution that demotes and demeans women," he said. Wilkins is currently the director of NGO Family Voice: The World Family Policy Center.

Missionaries Help with Homeless Meal
A group of six LDS missionaries helped out at the Hosea Feed the Hungry dinner on Monday, January 21st, helping feed an estimated crowd of more than 25,000 people at Atlanta's Turner Field. Sister Rachel Lund, from Utah, said she was amazed by the number of services provided. "It's the coolest thing I've ever seen," said Lund. "So many people helping and being helped. It's absolutely awe-inspiring."

Nobel Prize-winner featured at BYU forum, lectures Jan. 22
Nobel Prize-winner William D. Phillips will speak at a Brigham Young University forum Tuesday (Jan. 22) at 11:05 in the Marriott Center. Phillips' topic will be "Science, Faith and the Nobel Prize."

FARMS hosts Book of Abraham symposium Jan. 26
The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) at Brigham Young University is hosting a symposium, "Traditions About the Early Life of Abraham," on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 9 a.m. in room 1080 of the Harold B. Lee Library.

Lee Library hosts lecture series in conjunction with exhibit 'Religion and the Founding of American Republic'
During the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University will hold a Wednesday Evening Lecture Series in conjunction with an exhibition from the Library of Congress.

St. Anthony man speaks to BYU-Idaho students
Religion teacher Larry Thurgood of St. Anthony spoke about Jesus Christ during Tuesday's devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho. The BYU-Idaho instructor spoke in place of Elder Robert E. Wells, the original speaker who was unable to come to Rexburg because of inclement weather.

Cookies Start Semester off Right
For most students, the beginning of the semester means waiting in long lines to pay tuition, register for classes and other inconvenient necessities. Cookies from Financial Services as Winter semester started this week, however, rewarded students who waited in line at the business office.

Sven E. Wilson director of public policy master's program
Sven E. Wilson has been named director of the public policy master's degree program at Brigham Young University.

Administrative changes made in freshman support program
Changes have been made in administrative assignments aimed at providing better coordination of Brigham Young University's efforts to strengthen the freshman experience. Clark D. Webb, associate dean of General Education and Honors-Freshman Year, has been invited to extend the scope of his assignment to encompass the freshman year as a whole rather than focusing primarily on Freshman Academy, a program for which he has served as director.


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