"Ignorance isn't only for deep things." -Dragon Lady
Question #42211 posted on 01/21/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #25130 and many other instances when I have heard references similar to this. People at home will commonly ask me where I go to school and I say "I go to BYU" and they continue to ask "which BYU?"

So where is my problem? Last I checked, I go to the only BYU in the world. I don't go to "BYU-I" or I would have said "I go to BYU-I" and I definitely don't go to BYU-Hawaii, or i would have said "I go to BYU-Hawaii."

Why is there a stipulation like this? I worked hard to get in to BYU and I work hard to stay here. I feel insulted that people would doubt that I could get in. AND I have never heard someone say "I go to BYU" when they go to BYU-I, they ALWAYS say "I go to BYU-I" or "I go to BYU-Idaho"

Does anyone else feel the same or am I alone?

- BYU ___ student.

A: Dear BYU,

Does "home" happen to be Idaho, perchance? If so, this is my theory. For many of the older generation, the school in Rexburg is and always will be Ricks. When it changed to BYU-Idaho, it kind of threw them all for a loop. BYU is in Utah—not in Idaho. But guess what? All the youngsters picked up on the change and started calling it BYU-Idaho—not Ricks. So, the older folks are being forced to use the name BYU-Idaho. Fine, they're catching on... they can do it. But now there's a problem—there are two BYUs. There is the BYU in Utah, and now there is BYU-Idaho. I'm certain that if BYU were further away, BYU-Idaho would be shortened to BYU for anyone who lived nearby. In fact, many people want to do just that. (I mean, really. Do you realize that "Brigham Young University-Idaho" has the same number of syllables as "The college formerly known as Ricks College"? It's ridiculously long. Who wants to use the full title?) So, the older generation have simply formed two BYUs in their minds—BYU-Idaho and BYU-Provo.

The question of which BYU you attend has nothing to do with whether or not they think you could get into BYU or not. Rather, it's a simple clarification for those who are resistant to change and prefer shortened names.

No, I am not offended when someone asked which BYU I went to... or which BYU I graduated from. a) Because I went to/graduated from both and b) because I'm fairly used to it and know they mean no offense by it. I'm rather used to dealing with an older generation.

- Lucid Nonsense