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2018 Cougarettes stand with 2nd-place trophy on Daytona Beach
The Cougarettes earned trophies in both hip-hop and jazz categories at the 2018 NDA College Nationals held next to Daytona Beach. See both their hip-hop routine, which won the choreography award, and their jazz performance. You can also check out the first BYU Cougarettes, known as song leaders back in the World War II era.
CS PhD Nancy Fulda poses with an Amazon Alexa socialbot
Nancy Fulda and her fellow computer-science teammates won a $250,000 grant to help Amazon's Alexa improve social conversations with humans. BYU’s team has been developing EVE (short for Emotive Adversarial Ensembles), with the goal of being chosen as one of three semifinalists this August.
BYU alumni now qualify for academic discounts on Apple products
For the Spirit to dwell in us, we have to have time and space. Learn to put your smartphones down. Insert time when your technology is intentionally not accessible. —Elder Neil L. Andersen
In his recent devotional Elder Neil L. Andersen encouraged us to develop discipline in using technological devices, emphasizing that we need to use both our intellect and the Spirit to minister as Christ would. Watch, listen to, or read a summary of his address.
A wheelchair user approaches a Portal-enabled doorway
BYU business and engineering students have created Portal, a hands-free device for wheelchair users that automatically opens doors without pressing a button. For their innovation, the Portal team has won first place in BYU's series of entrepreneurial competitions and, most recently, the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, hosted by the University of Utah.
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A joyful Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is currently touring Africa, Asia, and Europe with President Russell M. Nelson. But he will return to Utah in time to speak at BYU's commencement exercises on April 26. Even though Elder Holland regularly conducted commencement exercises as the school's president from 1980 to 1989, the Deseret News notes that this is the first time that he will deliver a BYU commencement address. Watch or listen live on BYUtv or BYUradio.
The BYU Ballroom Dance Company dances in a fogged rustic  warehouse
Check out "A Time for Us," the latest video performance from the BYU Ballroom Dance Company. In May 2018, these graceful dancers will perform in nine shows across multiple East Coast states. See the schedule.
Senior Lauren Holbrook next to the Tree of Wisdom sculpture, photo by Isaac Hale, Daily Herald
BYU senior Lauren Holbrook has had three heart transplants. Read the Daily Herald story of this public-relations student who has become the face of a campus-wide campaign to register more students as organ donors.
Shannon Hortman Evans celebrates with her gymnastics teammates
In its best season performance in decades, no. 21 BYU gymnastics finished fourth at the NCAA regionals. In addition, Shannon Hortman Evans qualified for the national championships on bars. Coach Guard Young said, “I’m sad our season is over but super happy with how we performed.” Read more and watch extended highlights here.
Mary Bee Jensen, folk dance founder
BYU's International Folk Dance Ensemble founder Mary Bee Jensen passed away last week at age 100. Discouraged from dancing as a child, Mary Bee turned her dreams into reality and leaves us with an inspiring legacy.
BYU students built an innovative hand trike that attaches to wheelchairs
Can you join a team and still BeYoU? Step inside BYU's indoor practice facility as student athletes come together to contemplate and celebrate individuality, diversity, and teamwork.
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