Readers’ Forum March 5, 2007


    Obey Track Hours

    During this winter season especially, the indoor track can get very crowded. A lot of people want to exercise and be healthy, and that is great. But I wish they would pay attention to all the signs that line the track and the gate outside the track.

    Walking down the hall next to the track there are at least 10 visible signs stating the hours the track is open/closed. Yet without fail, there are always people trying to be on the track while it is closed. Every day there are students and faculty that are asked to leave, and without fail, every day at least one of them asks when the track is open. It is mind-boggling to me how they missed the many signs that tell them that very thing.

    What don’t they understand about “DO NOT ENTER” in big, bold, blue letters? We are supposed to be well educated here.

    It is a huge safety issue for the Men and Women’s track teams when there are people on the track. These athletes are running at very fast speeds, and they can’t just dodge out of the way when someone steps right in front of them. That’s how people get hurt. If people would just read the signs when they are right in front of them, and then be aware of their surroundings, everyone would have a much better track experience.

    Brenda Benson

    Eugene, Ore.

    Annoyed With Campaigns

    I am not excited for the BYUSA Elections. I always get annoyed by the “campaigns” that are presented – seriously, how much power does the BYUSA president have? Throughout my time at BYU, various students have run for office and year after year it is the same. The initiatives the candidates propose are ridiculous and to the very na?ve student they might sound plausible.

    If you really think about it, they hold no weight and what they propose will not happen. They will continue to organize lame dances, hand out free things at Brigham Square, speak one time at Devotional and sit right behind the pulpit every Tuesday.

    Last year some of the candidate pairs proposed another entrance to the library, access to the athlete-only weight room, and years ago the President promised to bring a radio station that would be dedicated to student work. When asked how they plan on accomplishing such tasks their response is always the same, “Well, I have talked to someone and they say that it could be possible for us to maybe (fill in the blank).”

    Inevitably, their propositions will not happen, no matter what they promise. To those who might not know, the BYUSA president and vice presidents receive a full scholarship plus a stipend, so essentially we are voting for who is most deserving of the money from the university and in turn the church. Just some food for thought as we head into this glorious week of “elections.”

    Joseph Quincy

    Laguna Beach, Calif.

    Kudos, Women’s Team

    I just wanted to congratulate the women’s basketball team on an exciting game against Utah. They played with the same intensity they’ve had all season. It’s wonderful to see so much talent, aggressiveness and sportsmanship on the court.

    The game was great; the crowd, at least the student section, was not. Most made it very clear that they were there only to get tickets for the men’s game. No one can force someone to enjoy women’s basketball, but the behavior was disgraceful. When it was announced that the crowd was the largest ever to attend a women’s game, people laughed. As the captains thanked spectators for the attendance, there were jeers of, “Where’s my ticket?” and even booing. I have never been more disappointed in such a large portion of the student body. The women deserve far better.

    Again, congratulations to the women for a great game, a great team, and a great season so far. Keep making your fans proud.

    Melissa Baker

    Issaquah, Wash.

    Terminate BYUSA Elections

    It seems that BYUSA election time is upon us again. This means more blaring music in the Wilkinson Center, more people handing out flyers in Brigham Square, and more unconvincing articles about why these elections matter, such as Christopher Giovarelli’s recent contribution. The question begs to be asked: does the student body really need this? I, for one, have never voted in these meaningless elections and do not plan on doing so this year. I encourage all other intelligent students at this school to boycott this year’s elections. If we ignore it, hopefully it will go away.

    Daniel Evensen

    South Jordan

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