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Too many BYU Dentists?

So I've been at BYU for a while now, and in my experience I have noticed that a great deal of BYU students want to become dentist. In fact on the BYU predental club website it say that the BYU predental club is the 'largest and most active club in the nation.'

There are pros to this. Like some great predental classes offered for BYU students. But there are also cons, like too many students from BYU increasing the competition for dental schools. I am wondering what's going on, and why BYU produces so many dentist.

Is there something about the Mormon religion that makes people want to be dentist? Perhaps it is because becoming a dentist is hard (How to Become A Dentist) and LDS people tend to take the hard road. Or, maybe it has something to do with the lifestyle of a dentist after graduation.

I'd be curious to hear your opinions on the matter. Peace out!

Historic conference about Parley P. Pratt

150 years have passed since the murder of Parley P. Pratt while on a mission in Arkansas in 1857. A historic academic conference entitled "Religion and Reaction: The Life, Timies and Legacy of Parley Parker Pratt" is scheduled for April 20-21, 2007 in Fort Smith, Arkansas where Jan Shipps, Susan Easton Black, and other prominent historians and scholars will discuss "topics and themes related to the man, his contemporaries, and their impact on history, theology, etc. for a conference marking the 200th anniversary of his birth and the sesquicentennial of his death in Western Arkansas."

This might be something that a lot of people in the area might be interested in, particularly those interested in Mormon history.

UVSC poised to become a University

It has been hard to miss lately, but maybe in the stress of finals (or maybe you have been busy trying to determine which online bulletin board is right for you) perhaps some of you haven't heard that UVSC is pushing the state legislature to grant them university status. Of course this has been President Bill Sederburg's goal all along. He has said many times in the past few years that university status is inevitible...but recently he presented a formal request to the Board of Regents and UHEA. You can read the various stories here:

Deseret News
Daily Herald
Salt Lake Tribune

So what does this mean for students at UVSC? Well for one, Sederburg is asking the legislature to add $10 million in ongoing funding so that the school can hire more fulltime faculty, cut down on their adjunct dependence, and reduce teaching loads on existing faculty. So students can expect a bunch of new hires and maybe professors who are a little less stressed. They can also look forward to having University on their diplomas. As for advanced degrees the initial proposals indicate that there might be just a few programs: MBA, Nursing, Education.

I think this will be really beneficial to the valley, but I want to know what you guys think (especially you Cougars).

What are the easiest classes at BYU?

I am going to be entering my last semester at BYU in the winter of 2007. Before I graduate and head off to an even higher institute of learning I have one little thing I need to get done... three little credit hours of my own choosing. I have finished up all of my GE's and will finish up all of my major classes for the Marriott School of Business next semester. I just need three credit hours of sbsolutely anything to walk in April.

As I am heading to graduate school next fall, I just want to take my last semester as an undergrad somewhat easy. I need some input what I should do for these last three credit hours. What are the easiest classes I could take? I would like to know what the easy A's are and also what is the lightest work load class possible. I am not lazy, (I am graduating in eight semesters and have taken full loads in the past) I just want to relax and enjoy my last semester. The class recommendations could be 1, 2, or 3 credit classes. I could do a mix of any of those I just need (much like Martha Stewart) some good insider information.

If you could do it all over again ...

I was talking with some friends today and we got onto the topic of what we would do differently if we could go back and start our BYU careers over again. Interesting topic, wouldn't you say?

In my case I think I'd pick economics as my undergrad instead of computer engineering, but I'd still be applying to dental school like I'm doing right now. But gosh, I'd run from this engineering major I'm in right now. I'd do anything, anything but this.

What about you guys? If you could go back and start over, would you do anything differently?

BYU as an Academic Institution

At the outset, I should admit that I recognize BYU is not intended to be the same as other universities. According to its mission statement, the institution's purpose is "to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life." For the sake of contrast, Stanford's website says: "The freedom of scholarly inquiry granted to faculty and students at Stanford is our greatest privilege; using this privilege boldly is our objective." It's clear that BYU's institutional goals are different from those of most (okay, all) other major universities. But BYU is an educational institution, and it should be able to compete in the academic world.

For the most part, I think BYU does a pretty good job. Its facilities are top-notch. We boast one of the best college libraries in America. The tuition is ridiculously low for the quality of education that we receive. But I think there's room for improvement.

In 1992, BYU implemented a statement on academic freedom that states, "Because the gospel encompasses all truth and affirms the full range of human modes of knowing, the scope of integration for LDS scholars is, in principle, as wide as truth itself." However, the statement does specify that expression cannot contradict or oppose Church doctrine, deride Church leaders, or violate the principles of the Honor Code. Since the implementation of this policy, several professors have been dismissed, denied tenure, or otherwise disciplined for various academic freedom issues. In 1998, the American Association of University Professors placed BYU on a list of censured organizations, saying that "infringements on academic freedom are distressingly common and that the climate for academic freedom is distressingly poor." BYU remains on this list to this day.

Report: UVSC grads earn higher starting salaries than BYU grads

Just recently Utah Foundation, a nonprofit research center, released a rather fascinating report about the state of higher education in the state, focusing primarily on the jobs graduates end up getting. To download the report click here.

So what is so amazing about the report? Well guess which school had the highest paid workers coming out of their bachelor's programs? UVSC! Ya...surprising. Not only do Wolverines make more than their Cougar counterparts, they usually find more full time employment and start more businesses.

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