The End of a 60 Year Tradition at Buzzed Youth University (BYU)

I’m a big fan of college traditions; here are some classics:

N.C. State: students dress in wild costumes and then participate in a 5 mile race to and from the local Krispy Kreme store, where each participant downs a dozen donuts in an hour or less.

Georgetown University: Each Halloween the movie The Exorcist (part of which was filmed at Georgetown) is screened on campus and set to end just before midnight. Students immediately head to the campus cemetery and celebrate–by howling at the moon.

Baylor University: The Waco Suspension Bridge crosses the Brazos River in downtown Waco and is the inspiration behind Baylor’s Tortilla Toss. Students aim for a cement platform out in the river, a remnant of a demolished bridge, and tradition says that if they can fling their tortilla onto the concrete, they will graduate within four years.

William & Mary: Right before students take off for Winter Break is the long-awaited Yule Log ceremony. Students are treated to live holiday music and student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the university president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus and reads a rousing rendition of a story like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

But I guess some traditions aren’t meant to last forever.

For the first time since the 1950s, Brigham Young University will be selling caffeinated beverages on campus.

Mormons avoid drinking coffee and tea, but in 2012, the Church issued a press release that noted: “the Church revelation spelling out health practices … does not mention the use of caffeine.”

Even after that, BYU, which is owned and operated by the Mormon Church, continued to ban the sale of caffeinated soft drinks.

That all changed this week when Dining Services began making caffeinated soda available. The change was in response to consumer requests which had become much more frequent.

It’s not clear what will happen to Caffeine Corner, a student-run service that says it can deliver a cold Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper anywhere on campus within five minutes. Employees don shirts that say, “I’m a caffeine dealer.”

Reports of an unusually large number of students staying awake for their 8:00 am accounting class for the first time in 60 years have not yet been confirmed.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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