These are my impressions of BYU and the surrounding area. Rarely have I encountered such rudeness. Few doors are held open, for male or female. At least the lack of consideration is equal opportunity? Many refuse to make eye contact, and few respond to a friendly “hello.” The drivers are no better. I’m confused — do pedestrians ever have the right-of-way in Provo? And why do people in vehicles find it so humorous to yell at pedestrians as they drive by? I don’t get it. But it’s not just the car drivers.
The other day, my fiance and I were standing on the sidewalk talking. A biker passed us and as he did his shoulder struck that of my fiance with such force that she had a headache for several hours. He never stopped to apologize. He never even slowed down. This and other experiences have caused me to write this letter. I would be disappointed at this behavior in any university, or any place. That’s why it’s so disgusting to observe it at the “Lord’s school.” Is everyone so busy patting themselves on the back with both hands they can’t open a door or return a wave? I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns BYU, but after two months here, I don’t know that I would call it a church school.
Hot Springs, Ariz.