There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #23036 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In respone to question #22931 - here's another site that does the same thing albeit with music as well.

- Alpinestar

Question #23028 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In regard to <#22927> I have a theory of how the "tennis racquet in the window prostitution ring at Heritage Halls" rumor got started.

Back in the sixties when I went to BYU the guys at Deseret Towers used to cut through Heritage Halls on their way to classes. Around about February some girls who had a window along one of the main walkways decided to put up a picture of George Washington. There was a sign with the picture in the window that said, "Happy Birthday, George Washington."

Well, somebody thought it would be a good joke to put up another sign, next to the picture, saying, "George Washington slept here." And, you know, from a certain angle, and when the light is just right, George Washington's face does kind of look like a tennis racquet.

Okay, on second thought, my theory it too far fetched.


Question #22947 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a little nervous asking this question because it is rather personal for me, (though it may not seem that way to other people.) And this is going to be long, but better now than never...

I want to join a gym, perferably one where it will not be Meat Market 101. Various friends of mine and my roommates could attest that I have never worked out, really, in my life, even though I love dancing and do housework and other things of that nature on a regular basis. I'm not a tub of lard, but not even close to being an anorexic stick, either. I am somewhat larger than most of the girls I know, and being at BYU with tiny little 18YO's somewhat makes me sick, honestly. Being half-way in my twenties, I want to feel "healthy" as my roommates call it, though I've never felt "unhealthy" per se. (They confuse me.)
A small part of me thinks that the whole system is screwed up, but another part of me thinks it would be nice to be like everyone else.

It seems that everyone I know out here did a lot of physical activity when they were children, whereas I was never in organized sports, and had very short spurts in different physical activities, none of which lasted very long. It's hard for me to think about going to a place where I will get judged even worse for how I look than I currently judge myself (last in every gym class I have ever taken) and my family (excepting my sister the jock) has never either encouraged nor discouraged physical activity.

I'm a short girl, and I don't want to be bigger than guys my heighth. So, I'm considering trying out Curves, or another gym, with my last choice being Gold's or 24-Hour fitness (sometimes an insomniac to boot).

Hopefully you don't see this as a Yellowpages question, but more as a "hope this might be anonymous" pleading for help that isn't condescending, and less judgemental than judging.

And simply for the heck of it, I hate the outdoors (NOT into camping, backpacking, or stuff like it), don't know how to ride a bike, can't skate, and barely swim.

I need something that is quick, has as little pain as possible, and where I don't feel extremely icky and gross after doing it so that I have incentive to do it again.

Sorry if that just shut down a lot of thoughts patterns, but it's honest.

Looking for a kind though honest response,
Timid about working out

A: Dear Timid,

You mentioned you love dancing. Do that! I've been through similar experiences to the one you've described and nothing's worked for me but what I really love to do - dance. I'll just put on a CD at home a bust a move. It feels great, I work up a sweat and it's so much darn fun. Plus, no one's around to see me! (Although when I was Ms. Nike and not Mrs. Nike yet, my roommates and I would have the best dance parties in the world and they were SO awesome.) I also use one of those huge balls to do crunches and push-ups and stuff, and I feel like I've gotten a great workout when I'm done.

Basically, my advice is to not force yourself to do what everyone else is doing if you don't enjoy it. I thought for my first few years here that if I didn't love running and couldn't say, "Oh, no, I can't go, I'm going running," that I wasn't healthy or cool or something - and I HATE RUNNING. I cannot believe people run for fun because it's like the seventh circle of heck for me. Hate it. But dancing? Awesome! I also like to swim, jump rope (a fantasic cardiovascular workout) and just take walks, and that works for me. Find something like dancing that works for you, and enjoy it. Why spend your time in misery? Have fun!

Oh, and if you really, really, really want to join a gym, I'd recommend 24 Hour. It's really a great place if you like gyms.

Nike (who'd like to be but isn't quite as athletic as her name may indicate!)
A: Dear Timid,

When I told my friends that I had signed up for weightlifting one semester, they all laughed at me. Really hard. So I feel your pain.

From your question, I'm not quite sure if you're trying more to avoid guys or flirty guys or skinnyblondefreshlings. I'll try to address all three.

If you're trying to avoid guys, generally (and if you're a BYU student), you can work out in the women's weight room located inside the women's locker room in the RB. The downside is that this room tends to attract a fair number of skinnyblondes, and the equipment is inferior to the weight rooms in the SFH. But it is, defintionally, free of men.

You can also sign up for a women's only section of EXSC 191 (beginning weightlifting). You may also find skinnyblondes in this class, but you'll get access to better equipment and you'll still be man-free.

I worked out in the SFH for years, and one thing I noticed was that different types of people work out at different times of day. Mornings attracted the very serious weightlifters who were there to work out, not to socialize. By late afternoon, however, the atmosphere had changed from quiet and calm to swinging singles bar. Not my crowd at all.

I can't vouch for other gyms, but I imagine it might be the same: go in the morning, and you'll find the place full of serious introverts. Go in the afternoon or on weekends and you'll hit the party crowd.

I can't think of a good way to avoid the skinnyblondes entirely, but you can take comfort in the knowledge that they mostly flock to the treadmills and stairclimbers. And you can be in your own corner doing power cleans or something "real" like that.

Lastly, I have to say that I don't like outdoor activities or sports, either, and I really loved weightlifting. I found it meditative and peaceful, and I saw a lot of health benefits when I worked out regularly, even though I was never really buff. I'd say pick a gym (even if it's coed), go in the morning, and don't worry about what the guys think about you. They probably won't notice you at all, and if they do, they'll just be impressed that you're giving it a shot. That's all that matters.

- Katya
A: Dear timid-

A piece of advice, then an answer. Advice: don't feel like you are in competition with other girls. You are competing with one person--yourself. Believing something else won't help.

My answer for you is Curves. Several (4) of the female members of my family work out at a Curves gym, and they really like the atmosphere there. While that particular location is hundreds of miles away, if the same attitudes prevail at the Curves gyms here, it will be one of support and encouragement.

-The Franchise
Question #22945 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Nike,

I'm going to the Big Band Night dance and I've looked all over the BYU website to find information about how formal it is. I can't even find it mentioned on the web site or any of the calendars. By reading the today's posts, I saw that you went last year. So, how formal is it?

- Christine Daae

A: Dear Ms. Daae,

Just wear one of the dresses you wore in the movie version of "Phantom." They were all awesome.

...But just in case you're another Christine Daae, I'll shed some light. First, you should find the event listed on the BYU All-In-One Calendar (>Main Menu-->Calendars-->All-In-One).

As for formality, last year, it was definitely nice dress, but not black tie or anything. The men were all in collared shirts at the least with most wearing a nice suit and tie. The women were all in dresses, as I recall, and they were mostly nicer dresses - maybe a step up from a Sunday dress, but probably not quite to the "high school prom" level. Some also dressed to go with the decade theme of the evening. This year it's the 1940s, so if you wanted to, you could dress to match that era.

My advice is to wear what makes you feel special. If you're a little over-dressed or a little under-dressed, you'll probably still have a great time. I'm planning on wearing a long fancy burgundy skirt and a formalish black top. (If you see me, come say hi!) Oh, and make sure that whatever you wear, you can dance in it. You'll definitely want to cut a rug when the music starts, and you certainly don't want your clothes to get in the way!

I hope you have fun. I thought it was (and will be) a fun event and a great date night. Enjoy! Feel free to write again if you need more clarification.

Question #22942 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So how about that Jon Schmidt concert in the Wilk Ballroom last night? I thought it was amazing. My question has to do with something he said before he played "Heart of a Child"- that if you listened closely enough, you would be able to pick out an underlying melody of a song you probably sang/listened to as a child. Well, I couldn't tell what it was. So is there really one?

-Piano [Wo]Man

A: Dear Piano [Wo]man,

I didn't actually attend the Jon Schmidt concert last night, not being a fan of that sort of music, but my roommate Angry Block did. He told me that the underlying melody in question was that of "Heart and Soul." He said he really had to listen for it, but he managed to pick it out. It's on his To the Summit CD, if you'd like to try and pick it out yourself.

Myself, I went to go see Howl's Moving Castle last night. I rather enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to anyone reading this. It's pretty good.

- Optimistic.
Question #22941 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

so there's this totally sweet, handsome, AND awesome LDS boy that i know. we like each other. and Valentines day is coming up, and i want to give him something. i don't want it to say "I LOVE YOU!!" because we're only 16 and 17. Rome wasn't built in a day, and true love usually takes longer than 16 or 17 years to truely understand. so i was thinking of having it say something like.."i'm thinking of you and care about you" in more of a best friend way than anything else. i was thinking of a rose and writing a meaningful note. if you guys have any ideas, i'd really appreciate it!

thanks 100 Hour Board!

-Short Blonde One (is thinking of phish)

A: Dear Blond One,

The phrase "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is never without merit. Car parts never hurt either.

-- Brutus

By the way a meaningful note is always very nice and is certainly a great idea.
A: Dear Short Blonde One who is thinking about Phish,

I'm with Brutus - a short note is all you really need. There's no need to go all out on something extravagant when something small and from the heart would do just as well. A favorite tactic of mine was to make a small note with something I knew she liked or that meant something special to her and write the words, "Thinking of you."

It never fails to get a good response. Try it.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Phish-Thinking Blonde,

If you really wanted to add something to the note, my best friend in high school (who was male) always loved it when I bought him CDs, especially ones that he'd talked about getting himself. I think most guys like that. But you're definitely right on track with the meaningful note. I don't know about the rose - not sure what he would do with it. Perhaps a copy of a picture of you two would be appreciated in lieu of or in addition to said rose. I think you've got your heart in the right place and in the end, that's all that really matters. Yea for you!

Ah, to be young again (because 21 is so old, right?)...

Question #22940 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What did you think of the Divine Comedy show this weekend?

- That's What It's All About

A: Dear You Sound Like a Hottie,

I liked the show this weekend. It was quite fun. Every time I watch this group, I'm increasingly impressed at how well they work together. There really are no "weak links," and they always look like they're having fun.

The skits were very well-written, they used a variety of styles of humor, and I didn't feel like any of them dragged. I applaud them for that.

Here are my favorites:
New Era
Groundhog Day
Trevor in Love
Lisa's Valentine song (the song was cute by itself, but having Trevor come out in the middle was fantastic)
Police Beat
Info Desk vs. Library Security (probably my favorite skit of the show, and not just because the guys looked amazingly hot!)
Celine Dion song (loved the costumes and the choreography)

I was also glad to see the "What are you guys doing?" skits make a comeback. Those were always some of my favorites.

There were only a couple of skits I didn't really like that much, so I'd be happy to see pretty much any of the skits from this show again in Best Of.

Yours truly,
Princess Victoria Cherries
A: Dear Person who likes to uses indefinite pronouns to promote ambiguity,

This Divine Comedy had some of the sketches that are now easily in my top ten. In fact it really felt like the cast members were willing to take some risks at alienating the more conservative parts of their fan base and I thought that they worked out really well (I'm thinking especially of having a character in one sketch who is "gay" and Will speaking in an outrageous Mexican accent). This show also saw a return to the infamous "What are you doing -- Nothing" type sketches which are always very good. At any rate my favorite sketches from this show were:

The Condos of Narnia (which was easily my favorite and I think was the best parody that they have done in the past few shows)

Chick Flick (With an additional ten points for getting away with using the line "I'm the one who loves you for the dog you really are")

Trevor in Love
Police Beat
Library Security vs. BYU info desk
The Beating of a Clown
The Dummy
911 Emergency Response
Mr. Krueger's Groundhog (I'm not sure that I've ever heard a better Jimmy Stewart impression)
Celebrity Spelling Bee

An honorable mention goes out to the New Era Skit for using a joke on The Watchtower .

Well I sure hope that helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus (who harbors a secret crush on Hillary and enjoys Divine Comedy in general)
A: Dear friend associated with our favorite comedy troupe ever,

First of all, a caveat: I apologize to the readers who didn't see the show, because I'll probably make a few references that you won't understand. However, that just means that you need to go to the next show and experience DC for yourself! (Next show 17 and 18 March)

Christmas vacation-this skit was a pretty fun introduction to the show. Lots of variety in the movie choices and was well written.

FAP-Joel, were you really an FAP? You were pretty good at convincing me. I'm glad my roommates don't borrow my things without asking... but we should probably have roommate inventory.

Armor of God-this was one of my favorite "nothing" skits. I too was glad to see the revival of "what are you doing? Nothing" skits. I guess you guys call them "weirds"? Well, for good reason. But I like them. Keep it up!

New Era photo shoot-wow. Just, wow. Paul pulls off a pretty good French guy. Joel, you need to learn how to ponder on demand. Will, please let us know if you land the front cover of the conference Ensign.

Dogs and Cats-Peyton and Joel did very well with this skit; it went quickly and held the audience's interest. There were some good lines in there too!

Mr. Kruger's Groundhog Day-whoever wrote this, mad props. This was awesome. Paul was a great Mr. Krueger. And as always, Trevor is perfect playing the evil wicked roles. However I was disappointed that there wasn't any mention of "and you will fail in life, and die."

Love Fool (Trevor telling everyone he's in love)-it was nice to see Trevor playing a remotely-happy role. I think this skit is going to become infamous with a lot of people-not sure if the line will really work on professors, but it sure is fun to run around your apartment and say to your roommates.

Charades-This skit was hilarious. Just hilarious.

Resume Padding-I work as an administrative assistant; what can you do with my resume to make it sound better?

George Lucas-I really liked this skit. I especially like the twist at the end when Taylor falls in love with the fake Will sitting on the chair. No one saw that coming!

Scatting-This skit was another "what are you doing-nothing" skit. It ranked at the bottom of the three "weirds" but it was still pretty good.

Lisa's Valentine song-I second the statement that the song was great, but Trevor coming out to ask Lisa to be his valentine made things even better.

Ultimate One-Stop-Everyone helped make this skit awesome. Roles were assigned well too, i.e. no one but Will could have pulled off the Taco Bell employee. Hola!

Police Beat Half-time-I still wonder who writes the Police Beat entries. Some of them are seriously so dumb. Next time someone tries to set me up on a date, I'm calling the police. Jono did a good job with this skit and remembering his lines and the series of slides.

West Side Story (Info Desk. vs. Lib Sec)-this was my ultimate favorite skit. You had better do this skit again. And it made it so much funnier for the people who actually know that Peyton and Joel really do work in those locations...

911-Nice job with the running gags of the heart attack and the guy in love. I still don't understand the part at the vending machine. I wouldn't be able to settle such a discussion with Trevor either, Joel.

Chick Flick-again, good writing! And excellent choice of movies. The whole dog/tongue thing was a little disturbing, but oh so funny.I do agree with Paul: "That is disturbing on so many levels."

It's All Coming Back to Me-way to be creative with the lyrics.

The Clown-Another "nothing" skit. I found this skit to be hysterical. It must have been the shock value of what happened to Paul.

Spelling Bee-holla, girl. Not my favorite, but pretty funny. I have an sp with a question mark for my answer...

Tunnel Singing-This skit was ingenious. Everything in it was true!

Condos of Narnia-This was probably one of the best parodies I've seen. Pirates was pretty good too, but this was really great. I think my favorite characters were Matt and Taylor-"Edmund! Stop teaching Lucy correct principles!" Lisa played a great evil landlord who loves expensive items-the hairdo and the white robe completed everything. Great job to all of you.

By the way, I noticed Aaron was at the show on Friday. You should ask him and some of the older DCers if they remember a skit called Relief Society Underground--it would have been written in 1999. I think you need to find the script and bring it back.

A: Dear That,

It was excellent, as usual. There was nothing that equalled the parody country music video from last semester, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. My personal favorite sketches were "Charades" and "Police Beat," particularly the part about "obscenities," mostly because one of my friends has that Police Beat entry clipped and hanging on his door.

All in all, congrats on another great show.

Question #22939 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the symbolism of wearing a tassel at graduation?

- Lizzy

A: Dear Lizzy,

The historical significance of wearing the tassel is unclear. The best online reference I can find on the subject (Academic Dress in New Zealand - The Cap) mentiones tassels only in passing, stating that the academic cap originally began as a monk-like skull cap, and later developed into the "Tudor bonnet," consisting of "a stiff oval brim round a soft oval cloth or velvet top" with "a coloured cord ending in tassels around the brim." So it is possible that the tassel was only decorative. (It is also fair to note that not all universities include a Tudor bonnet or mortarboard as part of their academic regalia -- see Board Question #17626.)

In modern academia, the tassel usually has an attached charm with the graduation year, and the color of the tassel indicates the department of study, or, less frequently, corresponds to the school colors of the university. (See Board Question #14789 for a list of tassel colors and their corresponding departments.)

It is also worth noting that the "tradition" of switching one's tassel from one side of the mortarboard to the other is actually a relatively recent American invention, and is without historical significance.

- Katya
Question #22938 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Could you tell us all an embarrassing story that has happened to you?

- Just for fun...

A: Dear Fun:

Oh boy, being the Queen of Drama, I have about a million embarrassing stories. Once, I even thought some of the board members were my visiting teachers trying to stalk me down. I totally tried to blow them off, and they just came off thinking I was a dork. Hilarious. But, probably the worst embarrassing moment for the last year involves a dance class, a radio on a table, and myself:

I was in a jazz class, and we were doing across the floors. The stereo in the room wasn't working right, so the teacher had the stereo on the table. It was time for pirouettes (need a demo? Go to We were doing triples, which meant going around three times. I hadn't really done a lot of triples, so I was amazed when on the last time across I was able to pull one off. I was so excited mid-turn that I decided to do a big, gorgeous, I-MADE-IT pose at the end. I finished my turn but didn't stick the landing right, so instead of doing this wonderful pose, I ended up sliding across the floor and into the table. Of course the CD player dropped to the floor, the CD was spit out, and class came to a horrifying hault. I had a huge bruise for weeks.

Yeah. . .I'm not keen to try and show off anymore.


A: Dear fun for you, perhaps,

I have an awful lot of embarassing stories to tell. I mean, a lot of embarassing stories. Perhaps more than my fair share. I was an awkward and timid child, so I ended up doing quite a few things that were, in retrospect, quite foolish.

One of my favorite ways to answer this question is to tell a story that will embarrass the listeners rather than one that would be embarrassing for me to tell. I have a friend who, in these situations, would describe the length of her most recent menstrual cycle, which invariably caused all around her to blush furiously.

Not being a female, I won't tell such a story.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Why Do Poepl Think Embarrassing Yourself Is Fun?

You puzzle me. Okay, for the record, when I was in my second area of the mission,I was bearing my testimony in Sacrament Meeting... I was also almost completely over a cold/cough, but not QUITE. So, directly before finishing, my mouth was open, and I was about to say somethign when this sharp cough came out right into the mike. I might as well have fired a gunshot! As that happened, the guy in front of my companion woke up with a jolted start, and the kids that were good friend of ours in the front row started laughing really hard. It was all I could do to finish as nicely and composedly as I could, and then sit down... I was trying hard not to laugh, too, and when I got back to my pew, literally had to hold both hands over my mouth and slumped down a little in the seat. Luckily, the investigators were sitting with their members instead of us. WHEW!

Here's for gun-shot coughs into mikes,

Somebody's Daughter as the Force
A: Dear Fun,

I'll tell you this one, even though I'm afraid I might reveal who I really am, as many people have heard this one. Maybe I'll just shorten it up and then they won't know it's me. :-)

I was really anxious and emotional the weekend of my wedding due to family strains and my general freakiness. As a result, the day after the wedding, which was also the day of our third reception, I ended up in the emergency room because I couldn't walk since my stomach had tightened up so badly from my nerves. The hippie doctor I ended up with gave me a muscle relaxant (and, I think, mild sedative), and I went to my reception all loopy. I don't remember much of it, to tell you the truth, and I had all these people, many of whom I hadn't met or couldn't remember, coming up really close to my face and saying, "Honey, are you okay?" Yeah. A little embarrassing.

But, on the upside, it's really hilarious now.

Question #22937 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who makes the posters for campus events?

- tired of toast

A: Dear tired of toast,
Whoever is in charge of the activity makes the posters. Each campus event is sponsored by somebody...BYUSA, women's services, etc. They are printed in Cougar Creations (on the first floor of the Wilk). Campus Scheduling is in charge of telling them when the posters can go up and where, specifically if the poster is to be hung in the quad by the Wilk or some other location that is used frequently.
Question #22936 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When will we be notified if we have received spring or summer scholarships? I need to know to plan my summer!


A: Dear black,

You should know by the time this posts. I got my notification in the mail February 6th, and it was postmarked Feb 3rd.

-a writer who is glad that since werf has to give up werf's summer to school, werf might as well not pay for it
Question #22935 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Lately I have been thinking about doing BYU's Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program - maybe with a Family History emphasis. I think it would be nice to finish my degree at BYU. If nothing else, for the sense of accomplishment.

However, would having a degree of this sort do anything for me career-wise? Are there career opportunities out there that involve genealogy?

- College Dropout

A: Dear Drop-Out-

A degree in Family History, specifically, might not be particularly great in attracting the attention of more potential employers--but just having a 4-year degree will. Being a college graduate is a big step up from "some college" when looking for work.

-The Franchise
Question #22933 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I need to figure out all the four-letter words in the English language in which there are three consecutive consonants (like "itch" for instance). I do have good reason for this, believe it or not. Is there an easier way to go about doing so than just scanning the whole dictionary?

If there's not, could you list as many as you can possibly think of?

- Alice H.

A: Dear Alice H.

Thanks to the 4 letter word list at the a2z WordFinder. I came up with:

acts, adds, ants, albs, alls, alms, alps, alts, amps, ands, ankh, arbs, arch, arcs, arfs, arks, arms, arts, asks, asps, awls, awns, ebbs, edhs, effs, efts, eggs, elds, elks, ells, elms, emfs, ends, engs, ergs, erns, errs, erst, etch, eths, ichs, ilks, ills, imps, inch, inks, inns, irks, isms, itch, odds, offs, ohms, olds, opts, orbs, orcs, orts, owls, owns, scry, shmo, shri, spry, ughs, umps, urbs, urds, urns

I wasn't sure if you were counting "y" as a consonant, or not, so I separated these ones out:

ably, abys, achy, acyl, agly, alky, ally, amyl, army, arty, aryl, ashy, awny, awry, byre, byrl, byte, cyma, cyme, cyst, drys, dyke, dyne, eddy, edgy, eggy, elmy, emyd, envy, espy, eyry, fyce, fyke, gybe, gyms, gyps, gyre, gyro, gyri, gyve, hyla, hymn, hype, hypo, hyps, hyte, icky, idly, idyl, iffy, illy, immy, inby, inky, inly, kyte, lynx, lyre, lyse, myna, myth, odyl, oldy, only, onyx, orgy, orby, oryx, pyre, ryke, rynd, snye, stye, sybo, syce, syke, syli, sync, syne, syph, tyke, tyne, type, typo, typp, typy, tyre, tyro, ugly, upby, undy, whys, wych, wyle, wynd, wynn, wyns, wyte, xyst

And, of course, if you count vocalic "w" as a consonant, you've got the mother of all 4-letter consonantal words:


I don't know how many of these you'll actually count as "real" words. I haven't heard of many of them, and some of them strike me as very colloquial ("shmo"), very backformation-y ("elmy"), or just suspiciously Welsh ("cwms"). So you can take them or leave them on an individual basis.

- Katya

P.S. Now I'm curious. What is your "good reason" for needing this information?
Question #22932 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why is ice slick? I just know I'm going to break both of my legs off when I painfully hit the big one as I walk to class one of these days.


A: Dear Yikes,

Ice is slippery because there is no significant friction between your shoe and frozen water. This happens because the surface molecules of ice behave fluid-like. Ice forms as a crystal, but unlike most crystal structures, the surface of the ice remains rather loosely attached to the rest of the structure. Therefore, there is some movement of molecules (according to Science Now, 12/9/1996).

So, when you step on ice, there is a transfer of energy. But, instead of being stable like concrete or asphalt, the surface layer actually allows some movement, reducing the friction between two surfaces.

Ice is MUCH more slippery when covered by a layer of water. I have spent some time walking on ice rinks just after they were resurfaced by the Zamboni. When the rink is still wet, it is almost impossible to get any grip. It is VERY slippery. Wheras when the ice is dry, it is relatively easy to walk around on an ice rink.

So, if you see a patch of ice covered in water, avoid it. Otherwie, just be careful when you're walking. Don't push off too hard when you walk... and don't push your neighbor (that just isn't very nice).

That is all.

Horatio the Cold (But with a Warm Heart)
Question #22915 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why is it that BYU in general seems to think a death in the family is does not constitute a non-academic emergency?

My friend's brother died one semester and he or she wanted to discontinue from one class (it was already past the withdrawal date). The petitions office denied the petition, saying that a death in the family is not a good enough reason. I am really curious what is a good reason if that isn't.

I also know of times when teachers don't let students take tests at another time because of deaths or other family events.

Why does this university seem to have little compassion in this area?

--Tired of University Policies

A: Dear Tired:

I looked up the answer to your question on the SAS website. This is their definition of a Non-Academic Emergency:

"What is a non-academic emergency (NAE)?
These are emergencies which occur outside your control which prevent you from complying with published dates, deadlines, and policy. There are two components to a non-academic emergency. One, NAE's cannot be events related to academic concerns. The University allows students to withdraw from classes for academic reasons through the 25th business day of a semester or 13th day of a term (Withdraw Deadline). Two, the event must be an emergency. Meaning, the circumstance is something that could not have been anticipated or planned. Examples include a serious illness or injury, death in the immediate family, etc. "

It seems to me that because the situation you described is actually in the phrase, the person having a death in the family would indeed be able to get an I on their transcript for at least a year. Here's what the website says about the I grade, "An incomplete grade may be given for nonacademic extenuating circumstances (serious illness, personal injury, death in the immediate family, etc.) that may arise after the nonacademic emergency deadline (the twelth week of a semester or the sixth week of a term). To be eligible for an incomplete, the student must have attended up until the nonacademic emergency deadline and be passing the class. If extenuating circumstances arise before the twelfth week of a semester or the sixth week of a term, the student should discontinue or petition through the Registration Office to be officially withdrawn from the class(es). The Incomplete Grade Contract must be completed and signed by the instructor and the $10 fee paid before submission of the official grade roll at the end of the semester".

So, in answer to your question, a death should be a good enough reason for leaving school or taking an I. I called the office asking for specific scenarios, and they said that they take them on a case by case basis. As far as professors and test/assignment dates go, I've heard both good and bad. I had a friend find out she had diabetes after the withdrawl deadline, and the professor wouldn't budge on any of his deadlines. . .so she had to fail and retake the class. But, I had another friend that had a baby the week of finals, and the professor personally handed her the final at the hospital and helped her out. So, it's up to the professors which side they want to play on.

I also had a guest writer come in for this one. Mrs. Franchise wrote the following:

"We literally do read every petition and consider them on a case-by-case basis. While a death in the family can be considered a non-academic emergency, there are other factors that need to be considered. The two biggest questions I have about her situation are: 1.)Did she provide documentation showing that there was a death in the family after the withdraw deadline? 2.)Why did she only want to withdraw from one class? She still could have discontinued from the semester (withdrawn from all classes) without needing an exception to policy. It is very rare to be allowed to withdraw from selective classes, because most legitimate non-academic emergencies would prevent students from completing all the classes they are taking, not just some."

So there you have it. A lot of answers for a little question!


Question #22881 posted on 02/09/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

so, according to the scriptures, Adam was the first flesh on earth (Moses 3:7). upon reading through the scriptures and Mormon Doctrine, i understand that first flesh was Adam, all of the animals which were named, and then Eve was created as the crowning creation...following the chronology of chapter 3. where do dinosaurs fall in? have humans been around for 65 million years? would the first resurrection be a reason we do not find any of their fossils with those of dinosaurs? similarly, according to the scriptures, we can trace our genealogy back to Adam...but that's improbable that it went back 65 million years. i thought maybe dinosaurs were running around outside of the garden of eden, but upon reading the bible dictionary, i learned that there was no death of any organism until after the fall. death would be necessary for evolution. does this mean dinosaurs were around the same time as Adam?


A: Dear neanderthal,

As you know, the fossil record shows that dinosaurs became extinct approximately 65 million years ago, having existed since approximately 230 million years ago. However, there is no evidence that humans have been around for that long. In fact, according to the fossil record, modern humans began to exist approximately 200,000 years ago.

So, what does this mean with regard to things you have read? Well, for one thing, I would caution you against accepting what is written in Mormon Doctrine or the Bible Dictionary as official Church doctrine. Although Mormon Doctrine is an informative source on many topics, it also includes many examples of Bruce R. McConkie's opinion, which is implied as Church doctrine by the title of the book. Also, much of the information in the Bible Dictionary is adapted from an old Protestant Bible dictionary. Neither of these two sources is fully accurate with regard to Church doctrine.

Given that, I would say that in my opinion, dinosaurs lived and died out long before humans ever existed. The fossil record and other sources show this to be the case. In addition, a vast number of tiny organisms are born and die all the time, many of which are necessary for human survival. Because of this, I think there must have been death of organisms before the fall of Adam. I realize that this may contradict the Bible Dictionary, but no other explanation makes logical sense to me.

Now, with regard to the first resurrection: The term "first resurrection" is generally used to describe the people who have been and will be resurrected from Christ through the Millennium. According to Church doctrine, very few people have been resurrected at this point. Because of this, I don't think the first resurrection is related to the lack of fossils that show humans and dinosaurs co-existing.

In conclusion, I would say that dinosaurs were not around at the same time as Adam. The fossil record shows that dinosaurs were last on the earth about 65 million years prior to the evolution of humans. Despite statements made by some, there is no definitive Church doctrine that would contradict such a conclusion.

A: Dear neanderthal,

You might also want to look at Board Question #15380.

-Pa Grape