Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
R- There is too much paperwork for approvals and it can be expensive for students.
A- Trust the students to live the honro code wherever they are.
C- Students should not have to participate in a freshman mentoring package.
R- A large majority of the freshman at BYU are not "true freshman," which means that a lot are returned missionaries.
A- Allow students to make the decision whether they want tos ign up or not.
C- Tuition should stay the same amount for members and non-members.
R- BYU is a private institution, and this is how they make money like other colleges do on charging "out of state" tuition.
A- No need to argue.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Claim- Off campus housing should not have as many rules as it isn't even part of campus.
Reason- We should be able to excercise moral agency as adults, and still be able to maintain the standards required by BYU.
Assumption- Students have moral agency.
Claim- Students should be able to ride long boards on campus.
Reason- If people can ride bikes, why not long boards.
Assumption- Students would ride long boards as an effective way of transportaion if there wasn't a rule prohibiting it.
Claim- Professors should have to post all assignments that are due on blackboard.
Reason- It's very annoying to have to check 2 or 3 different websites, and a syllabus to see what assignments are due, in every class.
Assumption- Students are annoyed with having to check so many different places to fulfill assignments.
Brigham Young Freshman students should not be obligated to enrol in a student "package" because they should be free to study as they desire.
Assumption: all freshman students know what they want to study.
All students should be required to have a personal computer in order to fully maximize their learning experience at Brigham Young University.
Assumption: a personal computer maximizes your learning ability.
The dress code at Brigham Young University should cease to exist because it limits students personal agency.
Assumption: the dress code at BYu limits students agency.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Claim: BYU should demolish Subway and build a Quiznos instead.
Reason: Quiznos sandwiches are tasty and Subway's sandwiches are boring.
Assumption: Consumers would prefer Quiznos over Subway.
Claim: It was a good move for the BYU Football Team to go independent.
Reason: BYU can now play more big name universities.
Assumption: BYU fans would rather watch BYU play big name universities over Mountain West Universities.
Claim: Facebook should be banned from on-campus computer labs.
Reason: On-campus computers should be used for academic purposes and not entertainment.
Assumption: Students think that BYU's computers should be used for academic purposes.
Assumption: The rich already have too high of taxes.
Reasons: The rich own businsses and would use that extra money to hire people; the rich would spend more and improve the economy; the rich shouldn't have to bear an unequal tax burden compared to the poor.
2. Claim: The Mormons should lead the way in tolerance toward Muslims.
Assumption: There have been many recent examples of intolerance.
Reasons: Mormons have been the object of religious persecution before; the Church leaders work with Islamic leaders and organizations; the extremists misrepresent Islam.
3. Claim: BYU needs to rent scooters and bikes and triple their parking spaces for them.
Assumption: Parking is a problem at BYU.
Reasons: Improved parking, pollution, health, and will save money for students.
Claim- Visiting hours need to be longer and more often
Reason- It's to short of a time to do activities like study or watch a movie
They are afraid that people will do inappropriate things with the opposite sex in dorm rooms but if they were afraid of this happening, they would take away visiting hours all together because it doesn't take 2 hours to do that stuff.
Assumption- Visiting hours should be more frequent and longer
Claim- The "christians" who burned the Quran to prostest the Muslim center aren't really Christians.
Reason- Christians by definition are followers of Christ, Christ example is one of love not of hate.
3 Nephi 11:29 "For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another."
Assumptions- There is a more rational and Chirst like way to prostest the Muslim center being built.
Claim- Title 9 is unfair to guys.
Reasons- there is no women sport equivalent to football.
It hurts non big names sports for example, men's track and swimming.
Assumption- If you take football out of the mix and make schools have equal number of men and women scholarships this would cause greater equality in college sports than the current title 9 rule.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Reason 1- People in the dorms already spend much of their time outside of the dorms with other people.
Claim 1- If a student wants to meet with someone else, they can meet where ever they want, not just in the dorms. It is more a sense of convenience for them to meet in the dorms.
Assumption 1- Keeping the visiting hours down to twice a week keeps people's focus on their studies for 5 of those days.
Topic 2- Football going independent.
Reason 2- BYU football wants to go independent to gain a better chance at getting into a better bowl game, and they can also play whatever teams they want.
Claim 2- BYU is leaving their current conference so that they can play any team they can get a game with and not be tied down to conference teams and a few others.
Assumption 2- BYU football is getting out of the Mountain West Conference namely because the University of Utah is leaving also.
Topic 3- Proposition 8 in California.
Reason 3- The LDS church has offered support to Prop. 8 in California to ban gay marriage.
Claim 3- The LDS church has only given a small fraction of the money that has supported the cause of the opponents of Prop. 8.
Assumption 3- Many people assume in their arguements that the LDS church has offered the majority of the money that has fought against Prop. 8 while there have been many organizations that have offered much more money.
Eliminating the athletic organizations here at BYU would ruin the student chemistry because the students would stop getting together so often.
Reason 1: Fruit is an essential part of healthy adult's diet and students have no access to it besides the Cannon Center.
Assumption 1: Fruit is necessary to be healthy and is unavailable to Helaman Halls students
Claim 2: There shouldn't be cleaning checks in dorms
Reason 2: Cleanliness is a personal choice and shouldn't matter until end of the term
Assumption 2: Cleanliness isn't important to enough to be checked up on by RAs
Claim 3: Dollar theaters are a brilliant idea
Reason 3: Poor college students get to enjoy an excellent movie for a cheap price
Assumption 3: College students like dollar theatres
Facebook is hurting the grades of the students because students spend way too much on the computer and they do not give their studies the priority.Claim - Facebook is hurting the grades of the students
The program "Blackboard" does not complete it's purpose because the program we have makes things harder because teachers are now using different forms to communicate with their students.
Reason :Students talents are diverse and so should not be raised above oneanther because of a lack in one are while excelling in another.
Assumption: Rewards for hardwork and diligence should not depend on where the hardwork and diligence are applied.
Claim 2: BYU should allow students to join whatever ward they want and not limit them by nationality.
Reason: Diversity in wards is limited by segregation.
Assumption: segregation is not appropriate in any form.
Claim 3: BYU should provide the ability to print on BYU printers from a personal computer.
Reason: By allowing printing from personal computers, BYU would reduce BYU computer usage while increasing revinue.
Assumption: Providing convenience while obtaining increased revinue should always be sought in a free-market economy.
Reason- because its unfair to ask poor college students to pay to view performances that they will be graded on.
Assumption- Students dont have much money to be spending as it is
2. Claim- Snowball Fights should be allowed on campus
Reason- Snowball fights are fun and encourage unity between students
Assumption- everyone loves snowball fights
3. Claim- Textbooks should be less expensive, or should be worth more upon return after semester
Reason- Because Students are having to spend crazy amounts on textbooks
Assumption- it doesnt take that much money to print a textbook
C. All the student seating at BYU Football games should be grouped together in one section and not randomly distributed throughout the stadium.
R. Putting the students in their own section will bring more school pride, better attendance at football games, and a better home crowd.
A. Having the students sit together at a Football games will bring about benefits.
C. Students should be required to sit in the middle seats of the rows. This will leave the sides open for late coming students.
R. Doing this it will cause less of a class disruption and allow teachers to better assess the attendance and capability of adding more students.
A. People sitting where they want and others coming in late causes disruptions.
Option # 3
C. BYU wards, CES firesides, and other organizations should put less focus on the students finding their “Eternal Companion”.
R. Many people get married before they truly are ready to do so causing divorce or problems later on.
A. People aren’t ready to get married and these marriages lead to divorce or problems.
Assumption: Whatever reduces the quality of our diet has more negative effects than positive when partaking of it.
Reasons: The artificial sweeteners confuse our body, are actually sweeter than table sugar therefore reducing our willingness to eat quality food, and have unclear long-term effects.
Claim: Sex education in school provides students with accurate information that they need to know in order to combat rumors that the world and media feed them.
Assumption: Whatever allows all students to become informed about sex and encourages them to be cautious helps them combat rumors that the world might feed them.
Reasons: Sex ed equips young people to make informed choices about any course of action, allows all students to be informed regardless of whether their parents share the information or not, encourages students to make well thought out decisions about sex.
Claim: Using birth control pills within marriage is a responsible way to ensure that a couple is ready and prepared for rearing a child once they have a child.
Assumption: Whatever ensures children will have a stable home with good parents is responsible.
Reasons: Many parents have "accidental" births which leads to those who are not able to provide children with a stable home, are not yet mature enough to even begin raising a child, and also to many women who are choosing abortion as an alternative to birth control.
2. Prop 8 should only allow people of the opposite sex to get married. Assumption: That marriage between a man and a women is the only correct way for marriage.
3. Facebook is a good way to connect with friends and stay in touch with people all over the world and through your life. Assumption: That facebook with connect people from all over and is a good website for everyone.
2: There should be public printers in more spots around campus because it would make it easier to print out assignments for class.-assumption : Students prefer to print out papers for class and are currently not able to easily do so.
3: The USA should adopt a nation wide siesta from 2 to 4 in the afternoon because it would keep us fresh and rested and improve productivity in businesses and schools.-assumption : Everyone is tired from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and productivity would improve if we were rested.
2. prop 8- GOOD A. it resembles the proclamation B. step closer to putting family back at #1
BAD A. people dont feel they have their rights
3. immigration- GOOD A. it follows the constitution B. its a statement(putting state government over federal government) BAD. people feel it is racist
claim-People do not fully understand the Arizona immigration law or situation
reasons-many people have not read it fully and only listen to what others say, people not from Arizona don't see the effects of illegal immigration as much
Assumption-Illegal immigration is bad
claim-The freshman mentoring program should not be forced on students
reasons-the bundle limits students choices, the bundles make it harder to get class times that you want
assumption-the reader wants more options for classes
claim- BYU should bring back the wrestling team
reasons- many students who wrestle would love to have a team and it would allow more students to get scholorships
assumption-wrestling is a good sport to have in college
Claim - There should be more than just two meal plan choices for Helaman Halls.
Reason - More choice of where you can go to eat.
Assumption - That people want to go other places to eat.
Claim - Politicians should be required to disclose all campaign funds.
Reason - So that voters can see who is backing the politicians.
Assumption - Seeing who backs the politicians makes it easier to see hidden motives.
Claim - Chickens should be required to be vaccinated for salmonella.
Reason - Salmonella is a serious illness and vaccination could prevent it.
Assumption - People don’t want to get sick.
Bishoprics in singles wards should change the way that they encourage students to seek courtship, and eventually marrige.
assumption: current methods used by bishoprics puts unesesary pressure on singles.
UTA should not discontinue the student bus passes offered here at byu.
assumption: many byu students rely on those passes for effective transportation to byu campus.
there should be more enforcment of the restriction of persons of the opposite sex in single's apartment bedrooms.
Assumption: some singles, especially those in a "relationship"have a tendency to enter their boyfriend's/girlfriend's bedrooms and this is in violation of the honor code.
Assumption- Lacrosse would bring in revenue for the school and people want it to be a NCAA sport
Reason- I. Lacrosse is a nationally growing sport
II. Our team is one of the top nationally ranked club teams
III. Our team is already sponsored by STX so funding wouldn't be as much
2. Claim- Skateboards, Long boards, and Razor Scooters should be allowed on campus
Assumption- People want a faster form of transportation and want to be to class on time
Reason- I. Easy form of transportation to store
II. Don't need to by a lock and register it as if it was a bike
III. Easier to carry things while you ride than a bike would
3. Claim- BYU will do better as an Independent College for football
Assumption-People accept that BYU went Independent for Football and Mountain West conference wasn't enough for BYU
Reason- I. It provides BYU with more opportunity for National Recognition
II. They will have a harder Schedule
III. Mountain West was a weaker conference according to National Rankings
Assumption- Americans feel antagonistic towards the Middle-East
Claim- America is becoming more racist towards Muslims
Reasons- Many incidents have taken place in the last week, including the burning of the Quran, the Islamist mosque, and the stabbing of a Muslim cab driver.
Assumption- Drug use is a prevalent problem among young adults
Claim- Drug testing should be required among athletes
Reasons- Drugs can be an advantage in sports, lead to unhealthy addictions, and are against the honor code.
Assumption- America's economic policy is ineffective
Claim- America needs to tell the international community China is not abiding by the laws of free market trade.
Reasons- China has superior economic power to that of the U.S., can use this power as dangerous leverage against the States, and increases America's national debt annually.
Claim-BYU needs more dance classes
Reasons-The current dance classes are over crowded and extremely difficult to get in. Some have limited hours that are being taught.
Assumption-We need more dance classes to be able to suffice the amount of student who want to get into the classes.
Claim- Freshmen Mentoring program does not help/alleviate stress on new students for registration.
Reasons- The "bundles" filled just as quickly as would regular registration for classes. If you are not satisfied with the bundle and wanted to change times it could not happen, the bundle would be deleted.
Assumption-By eliminating the freshmen-mentoring requirement, it would provide more flexibility in classes.
Claim- British Petroleum is to be blamed for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Reasons-They did not drain the mud fluid that would have diminished the chances of the well from exploding.
Assumption-America is pointing their fingers toward Obama and his cabinet but they should be focusing on BP
Idea 2:Making group assignments should not be used in a university, because it can be far too challenging to meet together and oftentimes trying to work with multiple schedules and people you don't even know.Assumption: college students are busyreason: we all have very unique busy schedules and styles of studying.
Idea 3: International students should have first priority to on campus jobsassumption: they need jobsreasoning: most, because of visa issues aren't allowed to work off campus anyway, and in order to come to byu they are required to pay a $4,000 down payment.
Idea 2. BYU's art programs should receive more funding because that is where the beauties in our society lie.
Idea 3. True relationships are becoming harder to forge because of the wedge that is technology.
Assumption/ we all sided the honor code we all need to keep it on and off the fild.
Idea 2. Claim/ Less Fast food on BYU campus
Assumption/ obesity is a big problem at BYU and it keeps increasing every year
Idea 3. Claim/ Cell phones should be band on BYU campus
Assumption/ cell phones take away from learning and are a distraction in class
Reasons: Everyone makes mistakes, it will cause students to delay the repentance process, and Bishop's interviews should be confidential.
Assumption: Students may be hesitant to go in and talk to their bishops about a mistake they've made in fear that they could be kicked out of BYU.
2) Claim: The amout of time given for visiting hours should not be extended.
Reasons: We have visiting hours for the purpose of home teaching - not so members of the opposite sex can just hang out in our bedrooms, people already take advantage of visiting hours by closing the doors to their rooms when members of the opposite sex are in there, and extended visiting hours would make it more difficult for the R.A.s so regulate and patrol.
Assumption: Fewer visiting hours in dorms lessens the risk of morality problems.
3) Claim: The Cannon Center should be open more hour on Sundays.
Reasons: How are freshmen living in the dorms supposed to eat breakfast when it doesn't open until noon? It forces us to break the Sabbath because we get hungry after the Cannon closes at 5:00. For those of us who don't have church until noon (when the Cannon opens), we can't eat until 3:00.
Assumption: Opening the Cannon Center for more hours on Sundays will help freshmen living in the dorms be able to keep the Sabbath day holy, and to focus better during church.
Claim: Hours available to visit in dorms are too rigid
Reasons: Hard to schedule home teaching with limited hours (makes it less personal if held in commons or other grounds on campus). Only allowed four hours a week in the opposite sexes dorm. With these short visiting hours it allows for hardly anytime to socialize or to study in groups.
assumption: With longer visiting hours, socializing, studying, and church callings can be made more efficient and successful.
Standardized Testing for College
Claim: It is an effective way to evaluate how intelligent someone is.
Reasons: Every school/teacher has different criteria
Every school grades differently. Allows the teacher to evaluate their teaching. Evaluates the understanding of the subject being taught.
Assumption: Standardized Testing creates a more equal way to measure a students knowledge
Claim: Honor Code isn’t as enforced as they say it will be
Reasons: Many girls and boys do not wear shorts, skirts, and dresses that reach the knee length requirement. Girls still have hair extremes in styles and in color.
Assumption: Brigham Young University staff should enforce their consequences that are addressed in the honor code.
claim: BYU should sponsor the rugby teams
reasons: both men and womens team go to nationals every year...bring in a lot of revenue; growing sport....more people are attending games
assumption: rugby would help bring money in for the school....but would be better if sponsored
claim: scooter and skateboards should be allowed on campus.
reason: faster transportation for students to and from class; easier to store and carry than bike
assumption: if students get to class faster they will do better in school
claim: the canon center hours should be longer on sundays
reason: some ward get out super late and have hardly any time to get food on sundays due to early closing hours; student who dont eat healthily and regularly dont do well in school
assumption: students with bad eating habits dont do well in school
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
1. 1. Claim: We don’t get enough money a day with our dining plus.
Reason: We get $11.10 every day and if we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday that’s all of our money gone. But, Sundays meals cost more than $11.10, so people who eat all 3 meals every day of that week, don’t have enough money to eat on Sundays.
Assumption: If we receive more than $11.10 everyday, we’ll have enough money to eat on Sundays, instead of paying out of our pockets.
2. 2. Claim: Freshmen mentoring bundles/envelopes limit our choices of classes we want to take.
Reason: We’re required to take that GE class no matter what, why can’t we decide when we want to take it? If a student has a load of hard classes for one semester, but the student has to take Book of Mormon and American Heritage, the student wouldn’t be able to get out of it because that’s the envelope that was given to them.
Assumption: Freshmen Mentoring bundles are too much work to deal with, when we can do it on our own.
3. 3. Claim: Some Women and Men at BYU forget that they signed the Honor Code.
Reason: More women are wearing tight fit clothing, skirts and shorts above the knees. Unfortunately men are wearing shorts above the knee and deep cut V-necks that show too much of the chest.
Assumption: If students at BYU keep this up, the administration might possibly change our dress code to match BYU-Idaho’s dress code.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday. Happy Writing!