When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself. -Anonymous

Back in the time before time was, the 100 Hour Board was born. Or something like that. The truth is, this author was unable pinpoint the exact date the Board was born, but he has reason to believe that it was many years ago. Let's say it was in 1995.

In 1995, there was a group of students who called themselves the Student Advisory Council. Others called them SAC. This group of students met on a regular basis to talk about campus-related issues. They still do. One day they were thinking of ways to find out what campus-related issues the other 29,970 people on campus were talking about and increase awareness of SAC and its campus issue discussing mission.

At this time, in one of the most brilliant moves ever made by SAC, if not the single greatest accomplishment of their existence, the concept of The 100 Hour Board was born. Indeed, this act of SAC would go on to have such a tremendous worldwide impact that one can only surmise that the idea was divinely inspired.

Remember now, I didn't say the 100 Hour Board was born on that bright and glorious day ten years ago. Simply the concept of the Board was born. This Board, declared SAC, will be a place where students can ask deep and profound campus issue questions, which will give us something deep and profound to talk about in our meetings. To let students know that dynamic and decisive discussing is coming as a direct result of their questions, we will post some sort of acknowledgement of having received the question. To prove how dedicated we are to discussing issues, we will make this acknowledgement within 100 hours.

No doubt they wondered what deep and profound questions would come to the Board. Will students ask about the scooter policy? Or maybe the beard policy? Someone has to have some kind of issue with the parking situation! Oh, how this Board will transform the face of BYU!

The original founders of the 100 Hour Board probably had little idea of the great and glorious entity it would eventually become. Just as Joseph Smith said the early members of the Church that they had no idea how big it would be, how it would grow to fill every country in the world, so the members of SAC had no idea the creation of the Internet would allow the Board to receive hits from servers in Australia, Japan, Israel, Spain, Indonesia, and many other countries. For be not deceived, my friends, the original 100 Hour Board was in fact just that: a board, on the wall, with a box attached to it for putting questions into it.

It is likely that in its earliest days, the 100 Hour Board was treated like most suggestion boxes: it was thoroughly and consistently ignored. Because what good ever really comes out of a suggestion box? The 29,970 students not in SAC just weren't as dedicated to campus issue discussing as SAC was.

But once the Board was up, there was no reason to take it down, and so on the wall it stayed. On which wall, you may ask? Legend has it that the Board was once on the second floor of the Wilk, but it was so underutilized that it was moved to its current location, which is across from the Ride Board on the first floor of the Wilk. Is there any basis to this legend? Perhaps. But it could just be current Board members glorifying the Board's past.