News Briefs: Feb. 20

February 20, 2018

Mirai Nagasu, Olympic figure skater and UCCS student, lands historic triple axel

    Making an incredible first at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Mirai Nagasu, an international business major, landed the first triple axel by an American woman at the Olympic games.

    Scoring a 137.53 from the judges at Gangneung Ice Arena Feb. 12, Nagasu finished second among five athletes. Her position was enough to push the United States figure skating team to third place with 62 competition points for the Bronze Medal.

    Her team’s medal was among the first won by the United States in these Olympics.

    Nagasu is scheduled to compete in the woman’s single event short program Feb. 20, playing live at 6 p.m. Then, on Feb. 22, Nagasu will compete in the woman’s free skate at 6 p.m. MST on NBC.


Random Acts of Kindness week wraps up

    February 12-16 was Random Acts of Kindness week and the campus community spread the love around University Center and the campus at large.

    Hosted by the Dean of Students and the group Respect on Campus put up pillars with sticky notes to write notes of positivity from students, to students. The Writing center hosted a writing contest and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee distributed over 200 cards to patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado.


Chancellor Reddy announces support for undocumented students

    Saying that the University is committed to support the ability of these students to continue their educations, UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy expressed his support for undocumented students who are “pursuing their dreams of a higher education and contributing to our campus and community,” in a statement released on UCCS Communique Feb. 14.

    “I have communicated my support for our undocumented students to our congressional delegation, as have the Regents of the University of Colorado, President Benson, and the chancellors of the other CU campuses,” Reddy wrote. “We have told them we not only support their ability to continue their educations, but we also support their ability to live, work, and study in the only country many of them have ever known.”

    Reddy says that undocumented students should be protected because of the core values and ideals that the United States was built upon. These values, Reddy says, have established the United States as a ‘beacon of light’ on the world stage.

    Reddy says that he and the university will continue to communicate this idea every opportunity available to them.


Compiled by Isaiah Cordova

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