Posts Tagged ‘ BYU ’

What is Dating?

August 30, 2014
What is Dating?

The church’s definition of dating seems straight out of an episode of Leave It To Beaver.  Many yearn for the simpler days when dating was straightforward, men did the asking and paying, and women had the right of refusal.  But we live in a changing world, in which it’s more common to “hang out” and […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 13 Comments »

Honor Code and 2-year hiatus for “Holy War”

September 23, 2013
Honor Code and 2-year hiatus for “Holy War”

I was pleased to be in attendance for the final BYU-Utah football game (at least for 2 years), and especially pleased to see the Utes beat the Cougars for the 4th straight year.  Now that Utah is in the Pac-12 conference, their schedule is full of tough teams and the Pac-12 has arranged a schedule […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

The Black 14 of Wyoming

July 15, 2013
The Black 14 of Wyoming

Margaret Young organized a special meeting at BYU on Saturday night.  She invited Mel Hamilton to discuss his experiences as part of the Black 14 protest against BYU in 1969.  Mel grew up Catholic in North and South Carolina.  In 1965, he was recruited to be part of the University of Wyoming football team.  Arriving […]

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Posted in Mormon, Priesthood | 27 Comments »

Does the Church Over-Subsidize BYU?

June 4, 2013
Does the Church Over-Subsidize BYU?

My son was recently admitted to BYU for the upcoming fall semester.  Here are some things about BYU we discovered in the application process: BYU is incredibly cheap.  It is about a tenth the cost of other universities he applied for and twice what we would have to pay for an in-state tuition assuming we […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Education, Mission, money, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

Mormon Dating: Invisible Women

April 30, 2013
Mormon Dating:  Invisible Women

I considered myself unpopular at BYU.  My hair was very short, kind of a punk rock ‘do with bleached bangs.  I often wore tie-dyed jeans and a men’s thrift store blazer with a concert tee underneath.  In Pennsylvania, I never had a shortage of guys who were interested in me, including lots I thought were […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Y or Y Not: Weekend Poll

September 29, 2012
Y or Y Not:  Weekend Poll

Rise and shout – this poll is for parents who are thinking about their kids’ college education.  Did you / would you send your kids to the Y?  Y or Y Not? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 39 Comments »

How does It Get Better, exactly?

April 11, 2012
How does It Get Better, exactly?

Is the BYU-student edition of “It Gets Better” evidence that Mormons have come to a positive place regarding homosexuality?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 51 Comments »

Priesthood Ban Myths

March 5, 2012
Priesthood Ban Myths

On February 25, Scott Gordon president of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) sent out a newsletter to subscribers noting that February is Black History Month.  Gordon explained why black history matters, and explained 3 myths about the ban.  Just 3 days later, Professor Randy Bott created a stir when he tried to […]

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Peer Review & Skinny Jeans

December 13, 2011
Peer Review & Skinny Jeans

Ah, the BYU Testing Center.  Like Milgram’s famed experiment, the Testing Center is a perfect microcosm illustrating just how quickly people can convince themselves that the pain they inflict on their fellow students is well deserved. This is what happens when unrighteous dominion is given free rein and an orange vest. As Jim on The […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Science and Religion | 69 Comments »

Jimmermania, Reilly, and BYU fans

June 20, 2011
Jimmermania, Reilly, and BYU fans

It is my opinion that there are far too few sports posts on Wheat and Tares.   Since the NBA draft is this week, it’s time to revisit Jimmermania!  Despite the fact that I’m a Utah alum, I like Jimmer.  He’s fun to watch.  He was the leading scorer in the NCAA this year, and I […]

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Modest is Hottest? – A Look at BYU Fashion

April 19, 2011
Modest is Hottest? – A Look at BYU Fashion

BYU fashion was an oxymoron during my tenure there during the late 80s and early 90s.  Perhaps it was just an era unkind to fashion in general.  Moving to Provo from my hometown in the outskirts of Philadelphia in pre-internet times, the fashion disconnect between east and west was another aspect of my culture shock. I was […]

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How do BYU athletes get caught?

March 2, 2011
How do BYU athletes get caught?

It *seems* like athletes at BYU have a target on their backs for honor code violations. How are they getting caught? Is it unfounded to assume that there is a lot more going on among athletes at BYU than gets reported? If that is the case, why do certain athletes like basketball player Brandon Davies […]

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Rebuttal to Jockers

February 21, 2011
Rebuttal to Jockers

Ever since the Book of Mormon was published in 1830, critics have tried to show that it came forth as the result of fraud.  One of the earliest theories was the Spaulding Theory.  As the theory goes, Solomon Spaulding wrote an unpublished novel about a group of Romans from the time of Constantine that were […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

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