Brigham Young U Students Resurrect Student Review As Independent Voice

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Craig Mangum and Sarah Smith stood near a Provo intersection Monday morning, greeting Brigham Young University students as they walked onto campus. Then they handed them something not seen lately at the Mormon Church-owned school — an independent student-produced publication.

The pair are part of a cadre of about three dozen students who have resurrected the Student Review, a popular weekly that flourished in the 1980s and ’90s. It was the largest independent publication in school history, challenging the official Daily Universe for circulation.

Mangum, a returned missionary and graphic-design major, and friends organized the volunteer editorial effort last summer after consulting with alumni who published it.

"We had heard about the Review but hadn’t seen anything like it so we went to [BYU’s] special collections and saw old issues. We were inspired by what they were doing, the idealism of it more than anything. We loved the fact that it was funny and could find humor with some of the unique things BYU culture has to offer," said Mangum, one of the three students who edited the first issue. The others are Tamarra Kemsley and Hunter Schwarz.

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