Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ku Klux Klan and other beautiful bigotry

BYU is so cheap. This is my personal mantra that I have to remind myself of on a daily basis it seems. I don't really have any other answer as to why I'm attending. The mindsets are so ridiculously primitive, you'd think we'd never evolved from our primate ancestors (which I'm sad to say actually is a debated concern here alongside the reality global warming and whether or not Obama is an American citizen, both of which I would laugh at if they weren't so staunchly opposed by many of my colleagues). I usually endure in silence since I'm so outnumbered, but I think today was the real kicker (of course, I say that pretty much every day and nothing comes from it).
In my Honors 150 class we were proofreading our research papers. I have a pretty neutral topic (at least my professor and I seem to think so) comparing Bonnie Parker to other women of her day in terms of the womens rights movement. This guy grading my paper got hung up on the supposed bias in this sentence, "The flapper girls of the 20s broke through the mold that had been created over centuries of suppression with a Coco Chanel attitude." He tried to get the professor on his side saying that women don't need a vote because men and women can vote as a unit in married couples (I think my eyebrows shot up past my hairline), but she said something to the effect of, "This isn't bias, this is a commonly known fact. You don't understand the suppression of women, because you've had the vote since you've had the privilege to roam this earth." He later muttered under his breath, "And I bet you're a liberal," to which I proudly chuckled taking that as the only nice (or intelligent) thing that would inadvertently come out of his mouth.
I wish this were some isolated nutcase and I could attribute his naivete to his being so young, but unfortunately I cannot, having seen this mentality pretty much across the board when it comes to various topics on human rights, etc. I also wish that I didn't associate the bigotry of the university students with the LDS church since there is so much good in the gospel when it is lived correctly.
Someday I will live in a place where I don't have to always be on the defensive, but for now I tell myself, BYU is just so darn cheap.

Friday, February 19, 2010

dance party.

My roommates and I had a spontaneous dance party today. We were all trying to procrastinate homework and what better way to do it than jamming to the Backstreet Boys?



I have another funny video. I'm thinking about implementing this concept...oh, research papers.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What the?

So, one of my books was recalled a few days ago.

I was in the middle of reading this excellent novel (which I've now read the beginning of twice and waited for three eternities for it to come off of hold)

I was very upset because graduate students have such rights that they can recall whatever book they want for their own personal use.

I not only received an email but a green letter informing me that if I didn't return the book on time I would be charged a hefty fine.

Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the book had been recalled only 24 minutes early. It's original due date is February 19, 23:59 and now I have to return it at 23:35. Seriously, what's going to happen in 24 minutes that deserves green stationary?

I also saw this hilarious video about the UN I thought I would share with all of you.


about me.

i live in Utah--attending BYU, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Italian. vegetarian--six and a half years.
missionary? yes.


foreign and independent films
local, organic, homemade (everything)
listening to NPR
sending and receiving letters
indie rock
running, yoga
excessively complicated German board games
clean comedians (Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan)

{not so much}

the "Tea Party" and all things Sarah Palin
Utah drivers
spiteful or ignorant attitudes
crusts/food edges
mispronounced words like "nu-cu-ler" or "su-du-ku"