"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun." - Katharine Hepburn
Question #23826 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My two sons (10 and 12 years old) were walking across campus the other day (I let them run over to the Cougareat) when a girl (that's how they described her, "creepy" was the exact term) caught up to them and asked if they were lost. (This was about midday.) Oh here, I'll try to reconstruct the conversation:
"Are you lost?"
"Where are you going?"
"Over there."
"What building?"
"That one"
"What's its name?"
"The ------ building." (correct but blocked out)
"We're going to see our dad?"
"What's he doing?"
"He's teaching."
"What does he teach?"
"---------" (blocked out for some anonymity)

They kept walking and she followed them across the quad and into the building. When they got to my husband's classroom she waited and asked them to point out who their dad was.

Now, my sons thought it was weird. But I wondered if instead of someone very friendly she was some kind of undercover campus security person. Does BYU have undercover campus security people? If so, do these undercover campus security people worry about hooliganism of young children? Also, if so, what other things do they look for? Honor code violations (my son's hair is not BYU approved)? Skateboards?

Just wondering.

- theduck

A: Dear theduck,

Hmm, that's odd. BYU doesn't have undercover campus security so to say. There are some BYU police officer that work in plain clothes. They are generally the administrators and detectives. One of the detectives is a woman as well. So it is always possible it was her.

The closest security guards to the Wilkinson Center are the security guards that work at the Library. They wear blue blazers with a badge patch (fabric, not metal) on the breast of the jacket. They also have a photo ID displayed as well. It doesn't sound like it was one of them that approached your kids.

That just leaves everyone else. There are so many students here on campus that maybe go overboard in trying to be helpful. Or it could have been a custodian or someone else. I suggest that if your kids are ever approached like that again, that they firmly state that they are not lost and that they do not need help. If the person persists, have your kids repeat those things and add on that "you are a stranger" and if you do not leave me alone, I will call the police. Tell them they can pick up any campus phone and dial 911 to be connected with the University Police or they can use one of the blue emergency phone boxes attached to light poles across campus. That should ward off any "creepy" overly helpful people in the future.

Question #23825 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear all-knowing 100 Hour Board,

Another question concerning college. Which is better for freshman year, dorms or apartments? I haven't had to share a bedroom since I was four and need quite a bit of space. So I'm leaning towards off-campus apartments. The friend that I want to room with wants to live in a dorm because she has heard they are better for freshmen. What do/did you all prefer?

- Pinky

A: Dear Pinky,

I really liked the dorms. It's just one of those things that you have to experience as part of college. Also most of my best friends now are people that I met while living in the dorms. My off campus wards have been fun, but in the dorms to get a different sense of comradiery that just doesn't exist in off campus housing. I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus
A: Dear Pink,

There is one other large advantage to living in the dorms in your particular situation. Unless you're willing to pay double what the rest of us are paying for rent, you aren't going to get a private bedroom with "quite a bit of space". You need to learn to live with other people, it's one of those people skills everybody should have. So, spend at least one year in the dorms, and after that, if you want to pay higher rent, you can go out and find yourself a private bedroom.

Question #23824 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm the oldest in my family and have just been accepted to BYU-I. I'm having a hard time accepting the fact that I will have to live away from home. How can I stop being so scared and how did you all feel when you moved out on your own for the first time?

- Pinky

A: Dear Pinky,

I was scared, definitely. In fact, I insisted on coming here to Provo alone for some silly reason, and I got here and was all alone. It was horrible.

But you know what? It got better. I got busy - that was the key. I met people, I got involved in classes, I got involved in the ward. Besides that, it just took time. It took a few weeks before I was really adjusted. I also visited my family kind of frequently - I went home for weekends about once a month or so and recharged my batteries.

Don't be scared, little Pinky. You'll be fine, I'm sure. Just bring stuff that reminds you of home - pictures, etc. - and be strong. You can do it!

A: Dear Pinky:

I'm with Nike. It was scary when I watched my parents drive away for the first time. In fact, I still to this day call them at least once a day (which will probably get some raised eyebrows and judgement). But you do meet people, you get close to your roomates, and you find fun stuff on campus to do. Make sure you get a calling card with a lot of minutes and call them if you need to. You'll have fun in college--it's the best time of your life!

A: Dear BYU-I girl,
The trick is to immerse yourself in your new surroundings the best that you can. Attend all your ward functions, spend time with your roommates/hallmates, meet people in your ward, say hi to people in your classes, etc. You'll be fine if you give yourself the chance.
-ABC 123
A: Dear Pinky-

I felt great. I think my family wishes I'd been a little less enthusiastic, actually.

-The Franchise
Question #23821 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

do you think Fruit of the Loom undrwear is a play on words for Fruit of the Womb?

- wears underpants

A: Dear Capt. Underpants,


- Katya
Question #23820 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How much space does the Harry Potter Series take up on an iPod?

- Can't decide between 30Gb and 60Gb

A: Dear Can't decide,

The Harry Potter series (at least, the first six books) lasts a total of 95 hours, 4 minutes. Supposedly, a 30 GB iPod can hold about 500 hours of audio while a 60 GB iPod can hold about 1000 hours. So, Harry Potter will take up about 20% of the space on the 30 GB model and 10% of the space on the 60 GB model.

Question #23818 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why don't boys notice me?

- 19, and never been on a date

A: Dear 19,

Because you forgot to take off your invisibility cloak.

(In more seriousness, check out Board Question #7579, Board Question #8590, Board Question #10506, Board Question #15611, among others.)

A: Dear never dated-

If you are unwilling to put work into this endeavor, then you will likely continue along this path. However, there may be real changes that you can make; I'll talk about whichever ones I can think of. Some may apply, others may not.

Are you in good shape? If not, consult a physician and create an exercise routine. Do you dress well and know how to wear make-up? If not, start watching a show like TLC's What Not to Wear each week. Clinton Kelly really does know what he's talking about. Learn about what you ought to be doing to present yourself. Wear the right colors and cuts, in a size that fits. Learn how to apply make-up to its greatest effect.

Are you around guys? If not, do things to meet them. Don't spend your time around just your friends; go to the library to study alone for part of the day. (Periodicals has a certain reputation, so go there alone.) Sit between two empty chairs in classes or at church and see what happens. (One chair in from the row will probably ensure that someone sits next to you; about 50% of the time, said person will be male.) Even confident guys don't like approaching girls when they are in groups. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the line "Why do they always have to travel in packs?" is especially insightful. Guys hate that, so don't do it too much.

Are guys comfortable talking to you? Don't dominate conversations--be interested in what he is saying. When speaking with a guy, don't be thinking about what you will say next, listen to what he is stating, and make your objective be putting him at ease. When guys feel comfortable around you, they will want to be around you more.

-The Franchise
Question #23816 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was wondering, you see, I love cowboys, but I don't know where to find them here at BYU. So if you could let me know where I could find some sweet action, attractive cowboys!

A: Dear... you,

Move to Spanish Fork. No, really.

I suppose if you're wanting to stay on campus, you could try the Country Dance Club . If you link to that website you'll see a picture of a couple at a Country Dance Club event. You can decide whether or not you think that young man is attractive and then from there make a decision about attending future club events. I'm sure you'd meet some BYU cowboys there and if they're not what you're looking for, they could probably point you in a better direction.

Personally, if I wanted to meet some cowboys, I'd start going to rodeos. Check the events section of your local newspaper for announcements about local rodeos. Also, starting the in summer almost every city in Utah has a city festival. Most of these festivals have rodeos you could attend. Start going to those and I'm sure you'll meet plenty of cowboys, particularly in the cities from Spanish Fork south (think SF, Salem, Payson, Santaquin, Nephi, etc.). Heber's pretty good too. Don't go to Price though. That's the wrong direction.

Who would have guessed I would be answering questions about cowboys...

- Lavish
Question #23811 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do blind people know when to cross the road? I realize there's different sounds for the different sides of the street, but how do they know which one?

A: Dear curious,

This question has been answered before. See Board Question #1811 or Board Question #9020 for more.

Question #23810 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do the blue satellite-dish-shaped things in the main lobby of the ESC work? I know that they're supposed to bounce the sound waves into the dish on the opposite side of the room, but I've never had a successful test.

- Homer

A: Dear Homer,

The last time I tried the demo out (several years ago) they worked fine. They can be a bit tricky to operate, though.

The dishes are parabolic, which means that they take sound waves coming in horizontally, and focus them in on a particular point. (Conversely, they can take sound waves produced at that particular point, and scatter them in horizontal sound waves.)

The demo is supposed to work as follows: One person says something with their mouth at the parabola's "sweet spot," the sound waves bounce of the dish and travel across the room, hit the other dish and focus in on the other parabola's "sweet spot," where the other person's ear is supposed to be. The small ring with three wires is to help you find the right spot for talking or listening: Pull the ring out until the three wires are taut, then put your mouth or your ear up to the ring.

The demo is tricky for a couple of reasons. You have to figure out how to use the ring to find the right position with respect to the parabola, and it's hard to coordinate one person talking and one person listening at the same time when you're on opposite sides of the atrium. (And the results may not be that spectacular.) But it does work, as far as I know.

- the physics chick
Question #23808 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So there is this guy that I think is really cute. Problem is, I only see him at his job (an information desk on campus), and as I see it, that presents some difficulties in terms of flirting, because a.) there are other people at the desk with him b.) I am shy and definitely don't flirt c.) it seems strange to me to flirt with someone while they're working...oh wait, I can't flirt! So what do I do? I walk past a lot, and I try to think of as many reasons to go ask him an informational question as I can (which is difficult, because I happen to work at another on-campus information desk), but I realize these tactics aren't getting results...I just don't feel like I can make any moves unless I see him somewhere other than at the desk...but how do I arrange that without being a total stalker?
-info desk girl seeks info desk boy

A: Dear IDG Seeking IDB,

I'd just find a moment when he's alone and just ask him. Of course, you might want to somehow find out if he's seeing anyone/married first. That pending, you might want to ask him on a group thing first, to help with the possible scaring-off effect. Just do it nicely. Trust me, it'll be better than continually walking in front of the info desk.

A: Dear info desk girl wannabe,
Write him a note saying you'd like to go out. Put it in an envelope. Leave you name and number (and maybe email if that's easier for you). And you might want to include a photo. If he's not at the desk, leave it for him. If he is, tell him you found the envelope on the floor and are returning it.

P.S. If you are after the guy who is also in DC, we have connections.

Good luck,
Question #23805 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a place on campus to get easy musical arrangements for violin, cello, flute, piano and such (any combination of those instruments, or all of those instruments) without being a music major? And particularly hymn arrangements? I need to set up a musical performance and I have the musicians but no music. I'm not amazing enough to pencil out my own renditions for other instruments of the music I already have. If not on campus, do you have any other suggestions? Thanks!

- Tinglicious

A: Dear Tinglicious,

I don't know if you're going to be able to find any music for that particular set of instruments. It's not a traditional ensemble. So, if you're not a music major, maybe you should make friends with one.

If that's not an option, go to LDS bookstores and look through their sheet music. You might be able to find something close that you could work with. Try Deseret Book and Seagull Book and Tape. Also, just try regular music stores like Summerhays or Heritage Music and check out their ensemble music. You might be able to find hymns because of the area you're in.

Good luck,

- de novo -
Question #23803 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Consider items like the following: A tube of toothpaste, a tube of lotion, a tube of facial cleanser. Basically any tube packaging where there is a lid at one end and the tube is pressed into a flat seal at the other end. I have noticed that, of the various tubes that are in my house, most have printed on them a small dark-colored rectange on the sealed end, on the back side. Do you know the reason why so many tubes have this marking? I can make a few guesses, buy I was wondering if anyone knows the actual reason.


A: Dear One of my Favorite Fruits When They're Ripe,

Depending upon the stuff inside the tube, the rectangle contains the expiration date for the contents. That way, you know when the stuff inside either a) loses potency, b) becomes a greasy mess, or c) really should just be thrown out. There is also information about batch numbers involved as well on some tubes, but the expiration date holds true for the most part.

All my best to his or her citrusness,
The Last Line
Question #23801 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Okay so I really love to play the piano. My favorite thing to play (and listen to) is Broadway. I like vocal selection books, but I LOVE complete vocal scores (they usually cost a lot more, but are AMAZING!)

My favorite broadway show is Little Shop of Horrors. I have the vocal selection book, but as it is from the movie and not the play, it is SEVERELY limited in its song selection.

My point is, it seems that the sheet music to the entire vocal score has got to be out there SOMEWHERE, right? I mean, it has been performed! So it has got to be somewhere. Where can I buy vocal scores like this? Who do I contact? I really really want this book!

- Suddenly Seymour

A: Dear Seymour:

I love this musical as well. I went and looked at the Liberetto copy in the library, and I think it might be what you're looking for. You can find it on the fourth floor, call number ML 50 .M46 L58 1982. I couldn't find any on eBay or half.com, but I called the Best of Music store in the Provo Towne Center, and they said they could order you a copy. Their phone number is 221-4943.

Hooray for BROADWAY music!

Question #23799 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear Novel Concept,

You give the best hugs in the world. What's your secret?

- Can't Make a Sound

A: Dear Can't Make a Sound,

What an odd question...here are some tips though:

First, actually use your arms. The whole point of giving someone a hug (note: we are talking about hugs here, and not embraces, those are entirely different.) is to say some of the following things: "Wow! You're awesome!" or "Aww, I'm sorry." or "Thanks!" or...actually, those can cover most of the emotions hugs are used to express. Anyway, back to the arms. If you're telling someone that you think they're awesome (in a non-romantic way, again, this is the hug, not the embrace) you're not just going to walk up to them and sort of drape your arms around them. They're your friend, not a hat rack. So, yeah--use your arms to hug them.

The other thing that's good to learn is arm placement. In hugging, there are three places your arms can go--over the shoulders, around the middle, or like...half and half--one arm over the shoulder and one arm around the middle. These positions are generally dependent on height. If you're taller than the person you're hugging, you should hug above their shoulders--around their neck, but no strangling. Shorter? Around the middle, and then they'll hug you around you're neck. About the same height--then it can go either way, or it can go the half and half method. It all just depends. These rules aren't hard and fast by any means; they're just usually what work best.

In the end though, the most important thing is this: just do it like you mean it. Whatever happens, people can tell when you really do care about them, and that means more than the actual hug.

-Novel Concept

PS: I don't think I really give the best hugs, although I do like to think that I give pretty good ones. I don't think it's possible to beat getting a really good guy hug, especially when the guy cares about you (again, this is just friendly nice-guy hugs...the embrace is an entirely different story...though quite a nice thing in and of itself).
Question #23797 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear Right Reverend Rusky Roo,

So, you have a beard. There's this guy on campus that I see almost everywhere, mostly in the library that has a beard, an amazing one at that. He's pretty tall, dark hair, going a little bald on top, but basically I think he's really amazing. Never met him, but love him. Is this you? If yes, marry me?

- Stupidity Tries.

A: My Dearest Trying Stupidity,

I could only wish I had that sweet of a beard, then all my girl problems would be gone. There are enough bearded men on campus that there is little likelihood that you have seen me.

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
Question #23796 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have quite the plethora of academic dilemmas. I have one true passion in my life: Music. Not classical music, but rock. I have found one major that I could go into at BYU that interests me. The Sound Recording major that is given by the School of Music. However, I am illiterate, so to speak, when it comes to reading sheet music. Enter my dilemmas. The only major that I am interested at this school requires me to have the ability to read sheet music. Also, I am not too sure that BYU is the school for me, but I know that I want to stay in Utah. I'm thinking of transferring to the U, but I don't believe that they offer a major in the field that I am interested in. Also, over the past few weeks of analyzing what I want to do, I am not so sure that Sound Recording is a major that I want to pursue, and my Career Exploration class is just confirming my desire to go into the music field. So, here are my questions.

1. What are some materials I could use to gain an understanding of sheet music?
2. Am I being a bit ridiculous in my desires for a career (whether it be sound recording, being a musician, being a song writer, etc.)?
3. Can you find any schools, preferably in Utah, that offer majors in Songwriting, Sound Recording, etc. that cater, not only to classical musicians, but self taught musicians also?

A: Dear ???,

The questions you've asked are of a large scope. I'm going to give you some general ideas and let you sort them out on your own.

1. What are some materials I could use to gain an understanding of sheet music?
You're right. At some point you are going to need to learn how to read music. It's not as daunting as it seems. There's lots of options out there. I'll list a few:

A. Take piano lessons. You can find a decent teacher for a good price and then learning how to read music will come quickly. Plus, you'll know you're doing it right.

B. Teach yourself to play and instrument. I'd suggest piano because it will cover all the basics and beyond. You could get beginner piano books and go through them yourself. You could find a book about how to teach yourself to read music. There's even computer programs that will teach you. Just do a Google search for "teach yourself how to read music".

C. Find a book or a computer program that will teach someone to read music. Just do a Google search for "teach yourself how to read music". There's lots of material.

2. Am I being a bit ridiculous in my desires for a career (whether it be sound recording, being a musician, being a song writer, etc.)?

Nope, not at all. You can have a very viable career in the field if you're smart and you love it. It might not be as stable as some other jobs, depending on circumstances, but lots of people do this and end up fine. Some also end up not fine, but just be smart and you won't. Find a good program, learn all you can, use their career resources and you will have everything you need to have a successful career.

3. Can you find any schools, preferably in Utah, that offer majors in Songwriting, Sound Recording, etc. that cater, not only to classical musicians, but self taught musicians also?

I searched the major Utah schools' websites, and BYU had the only Sound Recording major that I could find. BYU embeds their Sound Recording major into the music major, which makes this kind of hard for you. You have to be proficient in reading music and hearing music to get into the program because you must take music theory, music dication, sight singing, music history, all sorts of fun stuff. So, it would take maybe a year or two of hard work to get to that point where you'd be accepted. Look at BYU's Music Media website for further information.

The other option for you would be to find another program that probably won't be in Utah. Here's some websites that give you information about the majors you are interested in, and what universities have the programs:

Schools in the USA
Look at the related careers to see other fields in music that you might be interested in.

Princeton Review

College Board
Pick the Majors and Academics Category, then Find a Major by Sound Engineering. Add it to Refine your search lists and then scroll to the bottom to See Results. You'll get a list of schools that have that major.

My last piece of advice would be to talk to people who are involved in what you want to do. Maybe email a professor and ask for information. Try to get to know people who are in the music business. They'll often be more helpful than a website ever could be.

I hope this didn't dash your career dreams. I think you can do it, but it might be inconvenient and hard. If I got to choose my major again, I think it would be in Sound Recording or Music Business. Someday I'll do it. You should while you have the opportunity.

I sincerely wish you good luck.

- de novo -
Question #23793 posted on 03/18/2006 9:16 a.m.

Sometimes when I'm bored in class, I'll hold my breath for as long as I can, to make the time pass more quickly. The longest I've gone is 2:31.00. When I was bragging to my friends, someone told me that this can be dangerous. What exactly can happen?

--just wondering

A: Dear just wondering,

I can't find conclusive evidence for long-term side effects from holding your breath. Mostly I can find sites that emphasize that voluntarily holding your breath doesn't have any side effects. This article is an interview of a champion freediver. She explains that the body has an oxygen reserve that allows the brain to continue receiving oxygen from the body for a few minutes, even when you're not breathing. She does point out the hazards of solo freediving, but since you're holding your breath in a classroom and not underwater, you'd be able to start breathing again even if you passed out. Oh, and she also says that she can hold her breath for as long as six or seven minutes, so you've got a ways to go before you'll be serious competition.

- Katya