Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ben Perry 2pm

Claim 1: BYU should provide equal scholarships with equal criteria for Athletic and Academic merits
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.


  1. Ben I like your first claim.
    It seems that if a school wants to attract attention to its athletic programs it will provide better athletic scholarships to attract great athletes.
    However when a school wants intelligent, hardworking students to be part of its student body, it seems rational that the school would offer better academic scholarships to attract those students.
    So the BYU administration has to ask itself, what do we want to be know for? Academics or Athletics.

  2. Well I do like and agree with your first and last claims, but I would find it very difficult to agree with your second claim. Obviously it would be nice for us to be able to choose which ward we attend, at what time, with whom and so on. But the problem is that really those aren’t even options. I mean even in your ward at home you are required to go to a specific ward, with specific people, at a specific time. And I’m not sure if you could call it segregation, because they only do it based on where you live or whether you are married. At least to my knowledge it is like that. See the ward situation at BYU is more of a Church policy then something that BYU just came up with. So your audience wouldn’t be students or even the school board, but The Church.

  3. One counter arguement for your first claim is that sporting events at school are major revenue earners for many different departments......where do you think that academic scholarship money came from? Brainiacs don't make as much money for the school.

  4. on the third claim...the only downside would be they would have to download a lot more software so that all computers could print from the same printer. ex...macintosh and windows.

  5. I like your third argument but agree software would have to be installed so maybe I would recommend that it could be maybe just setting aside certain computers for just printing

  6. I think your first idea is a very good one. my brother recently argued with Brigham Young University on their scholarships being continued from one school to another (eg. BYU-I to BYU). The school did change their stance on the subject and allowed for the specific scholarship to be transferable, maybe if you use this as an example of how scholarship are not to be valued in one place more than another you may pull some more attention from the board.

  7. I don't know if your second claim is right. My ward is probably a little less than 1/3 spanish speakers. Wards are more based on where you live than your nationality. Those wards are available to help international students that may have language difficulties not limit them.

  8. Ben,

    You've got some great comments above, I don't know if I can add much. I would second what Tevan and James have said, since I don't know of anyone forcing students to attend wards based on race. There are specific language/culture wards provided throughout the church, but to my knowledge member choose to go to these. They can always attend the ward that they are assigned based on where they live. Also, this is a church matter, so your audience if you wrote to get rid of these wards would be the general authorities. If you did still want to argue they should get rid of these wards, the main counterpoint would be language issues.


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