ABC4 – IN FOCUS Discussion: Should Dixie State University Change It’s Name?

Here’s DUSHC’s own, Tim Anderson, answering questions on the DSU name change issue.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The debate over H.B. 278, which addresses the question of whether Dixie State University should change its name, has been one of the most contentious and volatile issues during the 2021 legislative session.

The House passed the original version of the bill early in the session, but it stalled in the Senate. Last week, Senate leaders would not even commit to even hearing the bill. But then announced they would take up the controversial measure after making revisions to the bill.

Holly Richardson, Editor at UtahPolicy.com joined ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen on the CW30 to break down H.B. 278‘s journey in this year’s session. She explained why the name change would require a bill to be passed at the legislature, whether the bill’s rocky journey had any political play involved, and the differences between the original and revised bill.

Jyl Hall, Public Relations Director for Dixie State University addressed the supporting arguments to the proposed name change. She talked about data conducted in a study with Cicero Group, the impact it’s had on graduated students looking for jobs and recruitment efforts, and how the administration feels about starting the renaming and community input process all over again.

To watch the full IN FOCUS discussion with de Richardson, Anderson, and Hall, click on the video at the top of the article.

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