Thursday, July 15, 2010

How much does BYU love its student body?

Not nearly as much as you would think.

I provide in the following text an example of how BYU shortchanges its students.

This summer, I signed up for a basketball class, because I had to make sure I was a full-time student (6 credits). The half credit class is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:50 p.m. On most days, we end up getting kicked out of the gym at 5:45, however. Why, you ask? So that they can set up for aerobics that starts at 6.

Am I missing something here? Are we hooligans in the gym, getting kicked out because we are in the way? NO. I daresay you would NEVER see a professor kicked out of a lecture hall during a scheduled class in order to set up for some event coming up. Seriously, what the hell. I am beyond frustrated with this. Never mind we are students. Never mind we are PAYING to play basketball for an hour and fifty minutes. Never mind all that. What's important, apparently, is that aerobics starts at 6:00 sharp (I mean, could they move it to start at 6:10? NO WAY. That would be unbelievably rude.).

Not to mention all day high school tournaments that take place regularly in the summer (as well as sports camps) and leave the PAYING student no place to play. Again... am I missing something? Have they forgotten we actually PAY MONEY to go to this school?

I forget sometimes how great this school is. Maybe I forget due to circumstances created by the stupidity of the scheduling committee. It reminds me of when people end their testimonies in church with "in the name of THY son..." Seriously. Think about it for two seconds.

And no, I don't think I'm asking for too much. Just fairness.


  1. Perhaps this is extreme, but "stupidity of the scheduling committee" seems redundant. I can't conceive of a "smart committee," at least where efficiency is of any importance.

  2. Oh man. I could go for pages about committees. There are SO many social barriers to overcome to make group decision-making work. And with people locked into that class, there's no way it changes.

    Also, did MJ pass today?

  3. It seems to me that your summer basketball class has been shortchanged by much more than 5 minutes of class each day. I am referring to a certain group of people (constituting about 50% of BYU's student body) who have been permitted to join the basketball class with you this summer. If I found myself in that situation, I would probably be grateful that they end class early. In fact, I don't think I would want to go all.