Anna Bryner

Hi, I'm Anna! I'm a senior at BYU majoring in communications and minoring in political science. 

Guest opinion: Banning scholarships to religious schools is unconstitutional

If you attend a religious school, receiving a scholarship from your state might be harder than it’s been to find toilet paper during this pandemic. But that’s not the way it should be (for either commodity). The reason for scholarship scarcity has little to do with supply or demand and a lot to do with discriminatory provisions found in many state constitutions. Known as Blaine Amendments, these provisions prevent state funding from making its way to religiously affiliated entities. At first g

BYU grad creates popular Instagram account of 'Come, Follow Me' insights

Sister Sharon Eubank had a message for Latter-day Saint women in her October 2017 general conference address: articulate your faith. Mary Stallings, a mother of two living in Missouri, took Sister Eubank’s talk to heart. “I just remember thinking, ‘How can I do that? How I can be more articulate?’” Mary said. Sister Eubank’s talk would become the first in a series of inspirational ideas that ultimately led the 2014 BYU grad to start ComeFollowMeDaily, a gospel-focused Instagram account that n

HB36: Utah lawmakers propose changes to voter registration deadlines

Utah voters would be able to register up to 11 days prior to an election under amendments proposed to Utah Election Code. HB36, a bill sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper, would consolidate Utah’s voter registration deadlines to a single deadline of 11 days prior to an election. The bill would still permit same-day voter registration on Election Day. Harrison said at a hearing Jan. 28, that HB36 “establishes a norm and a clear expectation for our citizens of what to expect with each e

NCAA athletes can now receive endorsement compensation

The NCAA opened the way for athletes at BYU and throughout the country to receive some forms of compensation following an NCAA decision on Oct. 29 in Atlanta. The change will allow any NCAA athlete to be endorsed for use of the athlete’s name, image or likeness, an action previously prohibited by NCAA regulation. Chair of the NCAA Board of Governors Michael V. Drake said the change is designed to help athletes have the best possible experience. “This modernization for the future is a natural

Upcoming Religious Liberty Cases

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18, the Supreme Court has risen to the front and center stage in the American public eye. President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ginsburg has prompted predictable political infighting in Congress, particularly as the nomination comes just over a month before the presidential election. If confirmed, Barrett would tip the Court’s scales from a 5-4 conservative-liberal justice split to a 6-3

Women played key roles in BYU's founding history

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts commemorating 150 years since Utah women were the first in any U.S. state to vote in 1870. Pioneering women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made key contributions to suffrage and were also key in establishing BYU. Five years after Utah gave women the right to vote in 1870, a small school was formed in Provo known as Brigham Young Academy (BYA). The first class consisted of just 29 boys and girls, ranging from elementary to high s

HB17: Utah lawmakers looking to change how congressional vacancies are filled

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, sent Utah into a frenzy when he announced that he would resign from Congress in June 2017. Only six months into his term, Chaffetz generated political infighting in the wake of his resignation as Utah lawmakers sparred with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert over the proper way to fill Chaffetz’ vacated congressional seat. According to Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley, Chaffetz’ resignation revealed a gap in Utah Code about what to do in a vacancy situation. “We didn’t

Ainge, Curtis and Herrod vie for special election Republican slot

Republican voters will choose a Republican candidate for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District race during a special primary election on Aug. 15. The winner will vie to fill the vacancy former Rep. Jason Chaffetz left when he resigned on June 30. The three-way race pits Provo Mayor John Curtis against former Utah lawmaker Chris Herrod and political newcomer Tanner Ainge. The three, all BYU alumni, are competing to represent the Republican Party on the final ballot in November. Herrod was selected b