40 Under 40: Jon McBride

BYU • Provo •  Media Relations • Age 37 Jon McBride is hashtag-important. He’s the social media manager at BYU and has been in charge of growing the university’s main accounts. With thoughtful initiatives, he’s tackled crucial topics such as sexual assault, consent, racism, sexism, homophobia, conflict resolution and mental health awareness. And last year, […]

20 Q’s with Chad Lewis

During the 20th year of Utah Valley Magazine, we’re re-interviewing cover stories with 20 new questions.  Utah Valley Magazine: What do you remember about being on the cover of Utah Valley Magazine in 2002? Chad Lewis: It was a great honor at the time, and I still feel the same way now. UV: What advice […]

Breakdown of BYU Football’s Defense

When the schedule includes nationally leading programs like Tennessee, USC, Washington, Utah and Boise State, it helps to have a solid defense that can keep the team in the ballgame while the offense gets going. This is good news for the Cougars, who finished last season No. 18 in total defense, including No. 1 field […]

Tis the season of college applications: 10 tips for applying to BYU

Brigham Young University: the dream school of over 13,700 annual applicants. Hundreds of those hopeful high schoolers will come from Utah Valley this year, and all of them will have to mind a new deadline. BYU Admissions moved the application deadline for the fall 2019 semester to Dec.15 of this year. In past years applicants could […]

BYU celebrating 21 years of ‘stone cold sober’ with limited edition chocolate milk

After carrying the title of “stone cold sober” for the past two decades, Brigham Young University is raising their glasses with a new type of chocolate milk to celebrate its 21st consecutive year at the top of Princeton Review’s annual list. BYU Dining Services announced the “Stone Cold 21,” a drink that mixes two signature treats […]

Keys to a better season for BYU football in 2018

No better example of Murphy’s Law exists than BYU’s 2017 football season. Everything that could go wrong for the Cougars did go wrong. A flurry of injuries, an inept offense, and an inconsistent defense all combined to help BYU finish with its most losses in a season since 1955. Now, the Cougars are looking to […]

Two Utah County cities named to SafeWise’s 50 Safest College Towns in America

Two Utah County cities made SafeWise’s list for “50 safest College Towns in America.” Orem ranked No. 15 while neighboring city, Provo, came in at No. 33. Home to Utah Valley University, Orem frequently makes lists for best places to live. Orem, which has a population of 95, 640 people, has 0.68 violent crimes per […]

5 BYU newcomers who could make a splash in 2018

Many position battles are far from settled as BYU opened up its fall football camp on Thursday. That may not be a bad thing for the Cougars as they look to bounce back from a disastrous season. Competition at quarterback, receiver and other key positions is giving BYU a chance to develop some quality depth. […]

UTA won’t be done with UVX construction until fall

By mid-August, Utah Valley Express buses will be rolling through Provo and Orem. They’ll arrive at stops every six minutes during peak times. And stop every 10 minutes in off-peak hours. But they won’t be using most of the platforms or driving down the center lanes. That’s because construction on University Parkway and University Avenue […]

Quarterback vs. quarterback: who will lead BYU’s offense in 2018?

Injuries and ineffective play created a revolving door at quarterback for BYU last season. With a new offense in place, the Cougars hope to avoid a repeat scenario this fall. The search for the right quarterback to run this new offense will extend into fall camp. BYU finished spring ball with several players making a […]

BYU receivers seeking to elevate their game in new offense

Things feel much different for Dylan Collie in his second stint at BYU. Collie, a graduate transfer from Hawaii, is becoming a mentor to a group of receivers short on experience but long on potential. The senior definitely has plenty of wisdom to impart from his time with the Rainbows. But he has also learned […]

BYU counting on coaching experience to build a better offense in 2018

Experience has become the tool of choice for BYU in rebuilding an offense from the ashes. The Cougars sunk to unthinkable depths a year ago en route to a 4–9 season. Putting points on the board, or even moving the chains, became a virtually impossible task at times. Last season, BYU ranked among the bottom […]

Jimmy Fallon mocks BYU ‘Women in Math’ poster in ‘Bad Signs’ segment

Late-night host Jimmy Fallon mocked a BYU poster during his “Bad Signs” segment on the “Tonight Show” on Wednesday. “Let’s see who’s running it,” Fallon said as the video panned up the poster to reveal photos of four men. Steve Higgins, the announcer on the “Tonight Show,” joked, “That don’t add up.” The poster, which […]

What does BYU’s 2018 class reveal about the Cougars going forward?

Few surprises emerged for BYU on National Signing Day. A large percentage of the team’s 2018 football signing class officially joined the Cougars in the early signing period in December. This development ended up aiding head coach Kalani Sitake in a transition period. Coming off a 4–9 season, Sitake shook up his coaching staff during […]

Covering the BYU fireside that turned into a frightening ordeal

It was a quiet Sunday evening in the newsroom of the Daily Universe on BYU’s campus. As the assistant sports editor, I was putting together the sports pages for Monday’s paper while other fellow editors were working on their own pages on Feb. 7, 1993. On the television screens, the BYU devotional, featuring President Howard […]

Most notable BYU sports moments in 2017

As 2018 approaches, it’s time to reflect on the last 365 days. For BYU sports in 2017, there were plenty of highs and definitely plenty of lows to improve on in the coming year. Here’s a list of 12 notable BYU sports moments from the past year. Some are good memories and some are bad, […]

5 things we learned about BYU football’s early signees

BYU is banking on athletes possessing large frames and versatile games to help turn things around after a difficult football season. The Cougars brought in 14 players during the early signing period on Wednesday and Thursday. If this first wave of recruits is an accurate barometer for how the remainder of BYU’s 2018 class will […]

Looking ahead: a promising future for BYU women’s volleyball

The 2017 BYU women’s volleyball season is over — but the future looks bright for the Cougars. After losing in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky on Friday, Dec. 8, it already looks like the team is poised for another postseason run next year as they return the majority of their core for the 2018 season. […]

Devashrayee’s career high leads BYU women’s basketball to victory over rival Utah

Behind senior guard Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee’s career-high 36 points, the BYU women’s basketball team beat rival Utah 77–68 in the Deseret First Duel on Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center. The Cougars snapped their four-game losing streak to improve to 4–5 on the year with the victory. “I’m really proud of this team,” BYU head […]