Friday, April 11, 2008

When I went to BYU...

  • Cecil O. Samuelson was inaugurated as University President
  • The SFLS had just been demolished and there was a gigantic pile of rubble in its place
  • The JKB was still the JKHB and had not been remodeled
  • The Alumni House stood and the Gordon B. Hinckley center was not yet conceived
  • UTA bus passes were free to BYU students
  • I had a class in B-77, where they still had "odd-johns", and which was already condemned
  • Steve Cleveland was the basketball coach and Gary Crowton was the football coach
  • The stadium was just called Cougar Stadium
  • The indoor practice facility didn't exist yet, so the "Great and Spacious Building" only referred to an element of Lehi's dream
  • You could take a nap practically anywhere on campus--my personal favorite locale was a saggy orange couch in a first floor women's lounge in the Swicket, with a close second on the 4th floor HBLL
  • The computers in the HBLL took zip drives and 3 inch floppies
I attended BYU from September 2003 through August 2005. Not that long ago. But passing through campus I notice that a lot of things have already changed in just a few years

Finish this sentence: "When I went to BYU..."

I'll pick a random commenter on April 21 and send you some BYU paraphernalia! (Don't get too excited--I'm on a budget!)

15 comments:

Rebecca said...

When I went to BYU, I spent my life in the JKHB, either sitting in plain, windowless classrooms in the basement or waiting on the floor in the windowless corridors of the basement. Sigh. I hated that building, but somehow I still miss it, knowing it's not there.

Jessica said...

When I went to BYU, they were still working on covering the underground part of the HBLL. I loved studying in the reference section, and worked on teh 6th floor.

Lucy, Marc and Katie said...

they had just started to remodel the WILK and the food court sold Navajo Tacos and there were no fast food restaurants.

Anonymous said...

When I went to BYU, women had to wear dresses to attend classes or be served food--except on Saturdays or on the bottom floor of the Wilk--which had a hobby workshop. Men had to wear shirts with collars and socks with their shoes.

When I went to BYU,there were 13 stakes and 111 wards. There was no Marriot Center and no computer lab or even electric typewriter. I typed papers on my roommate's typewriter with purple mimeograph carbon if I needed to make copies.

When I went to BYU, we plugged up an odd john in our dorm bathroom and kept a goldfish in it. Once a week, we caught the fish, unplugged the john and flushed it, and put the fish back in. I occasionally took a nap on the saggy orange couch in the first floor women's lounge.

There was a big mountain with a Y on it, and a peak overlooking the valley, and this freshman met an RM named Frank in the BYU 63rd ward and the rest is history. Mom

Rebecca said...

The true question is this: did they have to wear socks with their sandals? (or could they not even wear sandals? My how times change...)

Anonymous said...

Yes! They wore socks with sandals! Very uncool!

I should mention that I remember Ernest L. Wilkinson, the petite president, charging back up the ramp from the field house after devotionals and forums. And each semester, I remember standing in the saw dust on the indoor track, waiting in a line for each department to get a card for each class I wanted to register for. Then, when I couldn't get a class, returning cards and getting different ones until I had finally put together a schedule for the next semester.

jackielegg said...

...I worked at Zuka Juice (now jamba juice) in the Wilk. Unfortunately we didn't get free smoothies!

angela michelle said...

When I went to BYU and it got sunny the week before finals everyone went out and lounged on the grass all afternoon long.

Are you saying you can't lie down and sleep anywhere on campus anymore? I probably slept on the floor of every building--and also on the nursing couches in the bathrooms.

The Stiles Family said...

When I went to BYU I was in charge of the Biozone gardens (and planted most of it) on the south side of campus. Go check them out! I lived in the Bean museum, and watched them build an elephant:-)

Our Family said...

When I went to BYU the missionaries roamed free on campus during their P-Day. You could still deliver homemade cookies to the Elders at the MTC. You could wear knee length shorts and not get called in on an Honor Code violation. And you could still get accepted to BYU with a 20 on your ACT. Not that I got a 20, but someone I know did.

angela michelle said...

I just got an email that Shade is having a sale in the Provo High parking lot this Saturday from 9-5. Everything is $5. So that's pretty amazing. If I had your email address I'd forward it to you.

Dad said...

When I went to BYU: The president was Ernest Wilkinson, BYU football was so bad nobody can even remember who the coach was, and class registration took all day standing in line to get punched cards. And the Viet Nam war going on, and people had not yet walked on the moon. Dad

Blake, Danielle, and Caleb said...

When I went to BYU, I lived in Deseret Towers and loved every second of it.

Hey, can you not take a nap anywhere you like on campus anymore?

Jenny said...

The random winner is...the Stiles Family! Congratulations! Email your address to jennyfosdickATgmailDOTcom and I will send you your prize!

Oh, and as far as I know, there are no restrictions to public napping on campus.

Jenny said...

I thought of another one: When I went to BYU the Glenwood had an awful brown Mansard roof...