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Fifty years ago, on Dec. 3, 1971, the Marriott Center held its very first event: the inaugural BYU Basketball Classic, where the Cougars beat the Kansas State Wildcats and the St. Joseph’s Hawks. This December, BYU is celebrating five decades of stirring devotionals, heart-pounding sports showdowns, and dazzling performances. Read a few highlights from the millions of memories made in the Marriott Center, and watch a video honoring the beloved arena’s first 50 years.

Players from the BYU women's soccer team cheer and celebrate their win.

BYU women’s soccer made history on Monday night as they played in the NCAA National Championship for the first time. Tied after two overtime periods, the team came up just short, losing to top-ranked Florida State 4–3 in penalty kicks. “These girls had a commitment from the beginning of the season to do something that no other BYU soccer team has done,” said Coach Jennifer Rockwood, “and they lived up to that.”

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Whittni Orton and Conner Mantz wearing cross country gear and medals and holidng trophies.

November was full of big wins for BYU sports—29 of them, to be exact. In every head-to-head competition, BYU teams brought home the win, making for a no-loss November. All that winning led to high rankings—every fall sports team and the men’s and women’s basketball teams all ranked in the top 25. BYU runners also made history at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Conner Mantz won the individual men’s title for the second year in a row, and Whittni Orton won the women’s race, becoming the first to claim the women’s individual title in BYU history.

Coach Diljeet Taylor poses on the cross country field with her athletes.

How much do you know about Diljeet Taylor, the recently named head coach of BYU women’s cross country? Along with coaching her athletes to success—including a No. 2 finish this fall—Taylor impresses with her vocal enthusiasm, passion, and ability. Read more about Taylor’s coaching style and accomplishments.

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A photo from inside the BYU Jerusalem Center at night, overlooking the lights outside.

More than 10,000 students have lived and studied in Jerusalem with BYU, returning home with sacred memories that have shaped their spiritual and academic lives. A recently formed official BYU alumni chapter is helping past participants reconnect and share their memories with each other through videos, written text, Zoom devotionals, and more.

A Christmas tree is a decorated with blue ornaments showing the BYU logo.

Looking for some Christmas cheer? Check out the 2021 BYU holiday event guide for fun festivities, including family activities and musical performances. Some events are available via Zoom or other online channels.

BYU Noteworthy members sing while holding candles and wearing cloaks against a Bible set.

BYU Noteworthy brings light to the dark winter season with their Christmas music video, filmed on the Church’s Bible video set in Goshen, Utah. With lamplight and captivating vocals, BYU Noteworthy’s “What Child Is This?” transports viewers to Jerusalem.

A smiling woman exercises on an spin bike.

Many people are turning to fasting for weight loss and improved metabolic health. A new BYU study found that exercising intensely at the start of a fast may help maximize the health benefits of temporarily foregoing food. Beginning a fast with an exercise session can help you reach ketosis three hours faster.

BYU fans gather at picnic tables for a tailgate.

When BYU fans and alumni gathered in Statesboro, Georgia, for a tailgate before the BYU football game against Georgia Southern, they came for more than just the food and school spirit. In addition to their excitement, attendees brought along items for local charities—donations of diapers, coats, and canned goods. A truck from the Church also delivered a donation of 12,000 pounds of food. “There’s good people in the world,” said Hugh Yaughn, a representative from the charity Fostering Bulloch. “There’s good people in Statesboro, Georgia, and there’s definitely some good people from Brigham Young.” Watch a video to see how these fans made a difference for the Statesboro community.

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