Saturday, January 9, 2010

Op-Ed Ideas (Nate Lye)

Argument: BYU should offer caffeinated drinks on campus.

Reason: Nowhere in the honor code or standards of the church is caffeine prohibited.

Claim: Caffeinated drinks aren't against any rules or standards.

Assumption: There is no reason to ban something that isn't violating the honor code.

Argument: BYU should offer more Y parking close to campus.

Reason: The majority of the student population is undergraduates that live off of campus.

Claim: Parking was intended to serve the students at the school.

Assumption: Parking should be proportional to the student base.

Argument: BYU should offer an associates degree.

Reason: BYU doesn't offer every possible major, and when students want to switch schools they could lose many (or all) of their credits.

Claim: BYU can't expect every student that starts at the school to stay until they graduate with BA or BS.

Assumption: Students don't know what they want to do initially, and many decide to switch schools part way through college.


  1. I believe the caffinated drinks are a logistics issue. Because so many people don't drink caffeine, if they offered both, there would need to be twice as many fountains, twice as many slots in the vending machines, twice as many of everything.

    People who will drink caffinated soda will also drink noncaffinated, but not vice versa.

    That is just what I heard, I don't know if that is the real reason or not, but it is something to consider.

  2. As for the parking.... I woulld love to have closer parking lots to campus, however, parking lots take up real estate. To have Parking lots closer would cost money to BYU that could be used for other buildings and stores so to have more Parking lots for students closer to campus they would want to charge for it. Now I am sure a lot of students wouldnt mind that, but there are going to be two sides to that argument, you can't have the best of both worlds here. Think of a way that would benefit the students and the Campus and you may have somehting.

  3. I totally agree with the parking idea. It is a definite drag to walk. The closest parking available to me is the Marriot center and it totally blows! I mean especially in the winter cause its just miserable. It wouldn't be as bad if it wasn't cold but nevertheless BYU should still give its students a respectable place to park!

  4. Your argument about the degree's is really interesting. Another point is that BYU doesn't accept credits from a lot of colleges so students who transfer to BYU after a community college or get in late have to retake credits sometimes. You could talk about how they should make it easier to transfer credits to BYU as well as from.

  5. I also chose the parking issue as my argument and i agree with you 100%. One of the other comments said that parking takes up too much real estate to add more, I agree that there isn't much land available for more parking lots but i just don't agree with the system now. There are more people who need Y parking than anything else and they need to re-think the way the lots are divided up now.

  6. I agree with the parking lot idea also. It's true that there isn't a lot of room to put a new parking structure in closer to campus, but this situation should be thought about greatly. Maybe the solution is building a parking structure (high rise type thing) that allows a majority of the students to park there instead of 20 minutes away from campus. I also suggested in my arguments putting in a shuttle to and from campus to Y parking lots. It's not fair to make students walk that far to sometimes just one class. These is quite the predicament.

  7. Nate,

    I've addressed the Y lots in other posts, so you can read those. I think your caffeine argument has potential, but keep in mind that you are arguing under the assumption that caffeine is not in the vending machines because it is perceived as "bad." I think you're probably right on this, but I just want to clarify the assumption.

    Your third argument is also very interesting and makes some good points. What you fail to address though is the logistics and finances involved in providing two year degrees. In order to make this argument effectively you would want to talk to someone in administration about why they don't offer them.


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