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AI image created with the image prompt: Red Robot, parrot, all metal, white background accompanied by the text I, Chatbot.

Ready to read a Y Magazine article cowritten by a robot? Today artificial intelligence is mostly a parrot, distilling the internet into conversational chunks, from relationship advice to sonnets to video-game code. This BYU research shows that students still fare better than ChatGPT with math and accounting tests. But the machine is learning fast and surprising everyone, even those who study AI. See if you can spot which words were written by ChatGPT; the answers are at the bottom of the article.

Portrait of female military chaplain Dawn Dimick in a church. Photo by Bradley Slade.

What prompted Dawn Dimick to blaze a new path and become BYU’s first female military chaplain student? Learn about her journey and the stories of other pioneering female Latter-day Saint chaplains in this new episode of the Y Magazine podcast. Be sure to subscribe to be notified of future episodes. Or, if you prefer to read, here is the Y Magazine story.

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The BYU Cougarettes perform a hip-hop routine, while flipping their long hair and wearing baggy white pants and jackets.

It happened again this year. The BYU Cougarettes performed at nationals and brought home two more titles. Check out this preview of their hip-hop routine, performed in the Smith Fieldhouse just before the 2023 NDA College Cheer and Dance Championships on April 8. Watch their winning performance on the stage in Daytona Beach. The Cougarettes also left the competition as back-to-back national champions in the jazz division. View highlights of that performance.

Aerial view of the HFAC during demolition showing stairs and the main atrium.

If you check the HFAC live cams, the walls are down and crews are clearing the last of the rubble to prepare for the new Arts Building (completion expected in late 2025). To document the demolition of this beloved building, a video drone captured these exclusive 4K aerial views. While the HFAC’s removal may feel somber, this historic transition reminds us that campus structures are temporary, but the memories made within their walls remain.

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A statue of Christ with arms outstretched.

In this inspiring short video from BYU Speeches, Elder Kyle McKay draws from the plot of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life to illustrate how bleak our world would be if there were no Christ. Then he bears witness that the Savior is alive: “Jesus is saving and helping and healing and forgiving right now.” Take a moment to appreciate He who is “mighty to change you and me.”

For Jeremiah Tolento, the BYU experience was more than a world-class education. It was a place that helped him realize his full divine potential—a caring community of faith and friends unlike he’d ever experienced before. Photo by Donovan Kelly/BYU Photo.

When Jeremiah Tolento received his call to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portugal, his family kicked him out. “I was the only member of the Church in my family. They weren’t talking to me, I had nowhere to go, and I had no money,” he says. His bishop took him in for a short time and then drove him from California to the Provo Missionary Training Center. After his mission Tolento was accepted to study at BYU. Read how the caring BYU community proved to be life changing for this first-gen student.

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Closeup of harira, a delicious Moroccan soup made with chickpeas, lentils, and beef often used to break the fast during Ramadan.

After visiting Morocco for a field assignment, linguistic anthropologist Becky Schulthies was excited about the research possibilities. But the BYU grad also fell in love with the food, as well as a Moroccan she later met and married. Schulthies enjoys sharing the traditional food with her family, and many of the recipes come from her mother-in-law. Here are two flavorful favorites: harira (the soup pictured above) and vegetable tagine, a savory dish often eaten with bread as the utensil (and to soak up the spice/onion mix at the bottom).

The No. 2 seeded BYU men’s volleyball huddles and celebrates as they advance in the MPSF tournament.

BYU men’s volleyball defeated Concordia University 3-1 on April 19 to advance to the semifinals of the 2023 MPSF tournament. The No. 5 ranked Cougars will play No. 13 Stanford on April 20. The MPSF champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, held in May.

BYU students and volunteers help to plant willows and other plants along the banks of the Provo River as part of the delta restoration project to help restore and protect local wildlife. Photo by Joey Garrison/BYU Photo.

From developing creative ways to teach math to planting trees along the Provo River, recent BYU student projects prove that an education that integrates faith, emotion, and intellect produces inspired leaders. Take a look at some impactful student-led research and projects.

A BYU football player in a royal blue uniform and helmet runs through a sheet of sugar glass.

After cooking up a sweet idea, award-winning BYU photographer Jaren Wilkey and his team captured his bucket-list shot of a football player running through a sheet of “glass.” Watch the process of creating sugar glass and coordinating a complex photo shoot in this video or read about it in this photo essay.

The 2023 graduating class of first-generation college students pose for a photo. Each of them holds up one finger to signify their place as the first generation of their family to graduate from college. Photo by Joe Wirthlin.
More than 85 first-generation college graduates gathered earlier this month to celebrate their efforts to earn the first college degrees in their families. Read more about these academic pioneers blazing the trail for future generations.
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