Cougars suckPosted: February 17, 2012
Today I read this news story about a young lady who was studying at Brigham Young University (BYU, home of the Cougars) anyway, the young lady in question, one Brittany Molina, who was sitting in the library doing some work earlier this week when a male student walked over and handed her a note.
Now, I should explain that BYU was established and is run by The Church of the Latter-Day Saints and has an “Honour code” that the students have to follow. These rules include the following regarding female dress codes:
Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing; has slits above the knee; or is form fitting. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extremes in styles or colors.
Thankfully, Molina seems to have taken it rather well and tweeted about it and mainly seemed to be amused by it.
The whole story sparked my curiosity and I checked out some more information about BYU and based on what Wikipedia tells me about their honour code it sounds like the worst university ever.
Seriously, some of the rules make sense- no drugs, obedience to law and no guns on campus. However, the fact they specify no guns gives me the impression that in other unis its allowed for students to wander round like this:
But some of the rules would cripple me. I mean uni without booze? I’d never have made as many friends or come away with as many stories of stupidity and madness.
Now stone cold sober uni life would’ve been dull and boring, but they also would’ve taken away my right to have a cup of tea. Which for a Brit is tantamount to torture. Seriously, no tea? Its inhuman.
They’re also very anti the following- swearing, porn and extramarital sex. Now, I may not have had as much of the third as I hoped during my 3 years at Lampeter, but the other two I did frequently.
Now for the most part these rules are annoying but there are a couple I think are downright wrong and discriminatory.
No homosexual behaviour
No beards without permission- and religious purposes are not a good enough reason, apparently
Active participation in Church services
I find it hard to believe that a uni can get away with that kind of sh*t. I find it hard to believe that a British uni would be allowed to have that
My sister pointed out that you wouldn’t go to a Mormon university if you weren’t a Mormon, and its a fair point, but what if you lived locally and couldn’t afford to move away for uni. You’d be stuck abiding by these crazy rules from a religion you’re not a part of.
Maybe I’m wrong maybe its an exclusively Mormon experience, but for me its still wrong. University is a period of experimentation and new experiences. Its all about spreading your wings and flying the nest. Forcing your kids into living by a ridiculously strict set of rules, just doesn’t seem fair. They never get a chance to make the decision for themselves.
Personally this is why I’m against child confirmations in Christianity and why I think the Amish tradition of Rumspiringa where teenagers are allowed to leave the community and get up to whatever they want (it comes from the German for “to run around”) and then make the decision whether or not to return to the life. Which is a pretty enlightened, logical way of approaching it.
Anyway, that’s pretty much all my thoughts on it done, but my final criticism of BYU is that one of its most famous alumni is Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight series. In the words of Stan the Man- ’nuff said.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. TTFN