Thursday, March 30, 2006

Be A Hero?

I was innocently eating my calzone for lunch in the Cougareat when my wandering eye spotted the little plastic centerpiece filled with ads. I spun it around and the side nearest me stopped on a yellow flier advertising the Care To Give campaign, the annual fundraiser asking people to give money to BYU. Asking STUDENTS to give money to BYU. Asking students to sacrifice money they don't really have to an institution they're already giving most of their money to anyway. Where does all the money go? Certainly not to the professors, they'll vouch for that.

So where does it go? To BYUSA, the student government-type thing we have here on campus. What they actually do with the money, I'm not quite sure, but it's nothing furthering the actual students. It's a corrupt, politicking organization, pointless in its agenda, ruling the other student organizations with an obnoxious double standard. Recently a BYUSA employee was given the axe because he wrote a letter to the editor in the campus newspaper, asking for a change in BYUSA policy. They tried to get him to sign a waiver requiring him to keep silent about the reasons he was fired, but he wouldn't. I talked to several other students who work for or with BYUSA, and they all say the same thing: the administrators have short fuses and they love to drop the f-bomb when something goes wrong, they strut around like they own the place, and they refuse to listen to alternative ideas - what they say goes, apparently.

What an amazingly Christian way to run something. They kick candidates out of the student government races because of arbitrary, petty reasons, finding fault with almost everything, and making "student choice" a chimerical idea indeed, they fight amongst each other, and they berate those who would see their school become a place for free thinking and intellectualism. I certainly don't want to support an organization like this. And I won't.

Be a hero? Keep your five bucks. Or go give it to Todd Hendricks, who actually had the wild notion that he could make a difference.


Anonymous I'm not saying my name because I don't want to get fired said...

I'm a webmaster for a large department on campus. I was recently infomed that I need to redesign the department home page because it wasn't good enough. I checked the statistics, and the website seemed to be doing very accommodating to the majority of our users. Then I was informed that the department doesn't care about accommodating the majority of our users (who are students). The website is all about forcing people to view research and faculty information so the department can get more research money. I was told that students were the last people we want the website to be for, because students have already paid their tuition and they will find what they need whether or not we make it easy for them.

So basically, the department chair said that undergrads don't matter, because they don't bring in money for the department.

I won't be choosing to give this year. Especially not to a department where undergrads don't matter.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Baltazar said...

...most ritewing state in the "union"...

3:08 AM  
Blogger juxtaposer said...

It's getting worse. Now people are saying that if we criticize BYU admin, we're criticizing the Church. Um, I don't think so.

At least they had that protest in the Wilk today.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Shame on me for writing a letter to the editor said...

So I paid tuition. I'm assuming that the tuition I paid goes into some highly complex financial account. Out of this account, I'm assuming, comes the money with which many BYU admins are paid. Do I not have the right to voice critique about those who are being paid with my money?

3:05 AM  
Blogger Corith Malin said...

No, you don't have a right. I goto a private college too. A private college is run by a board of trustees. They have all the voting power. The only power you have is to voice your opinion and to take your money elsewhere. Private business is fed off money, if you don't like your provider, go somewhere else or start a competing company.

The problem that you have is that BYU is a religious monopoly. "Oh, you're a mormon? Well. All good mormons goto a mormon college. Which college? Well, we kind of only have one. But if you don't go, you'll be sentanced to Outer Darkness for all of eternity."

Hopefully, as a well educated college student, and as I rationaly human being. You don't believe that. Also, I know the Mormon church isn't quite as heavy handed as the above example, but doesn't it just make you FEEL better about being a mormon by going to a mormon college?

10:18 AM  
Blogger juxtaposer said...

Craig, we're not complaining about our Board of Trustees. Most of the students who go to BYU adore our Board of Trustees. The problem is, those men on the Board, well, they're the top Church leaders and don't exactly have the time to just sit around and decide things about BYU. The president of our university is also a Church authority, but he's the only other one. The people we're complaining about are the administration, who are heavy-handed, foul-mouthed, and hypocritical. BYU turns into a witch-hunt for the students, but the administration it seems has free reign to do whatever. AND they have the nerve to call it "The Lord's University," as if they're endorsed by God himself. THAT's what we take issue with.

We're not asking for the Honor Code to be rewritten (at least not most of us) or disagreeing with any of the rules for attending this university. We're just railing against the fact that we're being LIED to by people who call themselves Christian, and then being called heretics for complaining.

6:35 PM  

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