BYU's mascot Cosmo the Cougar leaps through a fire hoop during a football game

Happy 70th, Cosmo

On Oct. 15, 1953, the Brigham Young Universe reported Cosmo’s campus debut like this: “Zooming down from outer space onto the Brigham Young University campus comes the newest member of the Y yell team—COSMO, the Cougar.” BYU’s beloved mascot has seen a lot of changes in 70 years. Watch this paws-worthy video celebrating decades of cheering, dancing, and athletic stunts.

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Lean into Light

Since 1924, thousands of students and alumni have participated in hiking and lighting the Y every BYU Homecoming. The tradition was especially fitting this year, with the Homecoming theme “Lean into Light.” Whether you ascended the dozen switchbacks covering more than a mile this year or not, you can still admire the view with this video.

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Coming Home

Enjoy stories of homecoming from professional storytellers and BYUradio podcast hosts on this special BYU Homecoming episode of The Apple Seed: A Storytelling Podcast. Whether you’re driving into Provo for the big game or celebrating from afar, these stories are perfect for stirring the Homecoming spirit.

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Get Into the Game

Cheer on the BYU Cougar football team as they take on Texas Tech in LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday at 5 p.m. This page is your one stop for everything game related. Updates will be made leading up to kickoff, including broadcast plans, news, fan events, and game notes.

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Enter to Serve

BYUSA president Fritz-Carl Morlant remembers being the beneficiary of charitable kindness as a young child in Haiti. Now Morlant has collaborated with student body presidents at each Utah college and university to organize the state’s first College Day of Service.

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Deceivingly Dangerous Dams

BYU research finds that more than 1,000 people have drowned because of low-head dams. In an effort to prevent future tragedies, BYU professors and students joined forces with a national task force to create the first nationwide database cataloging the location of more than 13,000 low-head dams. Read more about their work.

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Erika Frandsen delivers her winning essay during Homecoming opening ceremonies. Photo by Joey Garrison

Was She Too Much?

“The first important fact to be known is that I liked this boy. As in, a lot. There we were, sitting in his car, and I teasingly asked him what he really thought of me. He turned toward me, considered, and said, ‘Honestly? Sometimes you’re a little much.’” So begins the the winning entry in this year’s Brimhall Essay Contest, shared by life-sciences student Erika Frandsen (above). This year’s honored BYU founder is a woman whose energy and drive led her to significant achievements and may have at times made her seem like “a little much.” Martha Jane Knowlton Coray was the first woman on the board of trustees for the fledgling Brigham Young Academy in 1875.

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Nurturing Hope

A new BYU study shows a family’s religious beliefs and practices are key to fostering hope in the future, resilience, and unity. “Faith and religion and belief, when taken seriously, produce profound similarities, including increased hope for the future and hope in God’s plan for their family,” says David Dollahite, BYU family-life professor. The research found that this holds true for religious people across different faiths. Read more about the study.

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Set for Success

Last Saturday No. 9 BYU women’s volleyball swept Texas Tech in its 16th victory of the 2023 season, led by Whitney McEwan-Llarenas’s nine kills and three service aces. Next up: BYU hosts Iowa State on Thursday and Friday nights at home—the first-ever meetings of the two teams.

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Giving Cougsday Is Tuesday

A long-standing BYU tradition, Giving Cougsday fosters school spirit in support of the Inspiring Learning Initiative. Participation grows each year, positively impacting students’ lives. Join in to help achieve this year’s 2,300-donor goal and make great things happen.

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