I am crazy...for Jesus!!
Sad to see him go this week...I love you Stephen.
Most students can relate to me as I describe one of my biggest pet peeves. I go to the library to study. I sit at a table in an area where it appears the only sound for miles is the quiet click of computer keys or the gentle sound of turning pages. I settle in for my study session.
Inevitably, however, the people at the table next to me don't seem to understand what it means to use a library voice. They are carrying on with a conversation about their plans for tonight, complete with the names of their attractive dates and what time they expect to be home.
"I did not come to the library to hear a lecture on your dating habits," I think to myself. So, I attempt to ignore, but, no matter how little I care about their date, it seems more interesting than the reading for my class.
Certain conversations should be saved for a better location. If you are working on a group project, try using a study room or the "No Shhhh Zones."
If you feel you are being disruptive, feel free to set the example for your group by asking them to tell you about it later when you can talk more freely. For the sake of those trying to study in quiet, save conversations for another time and place more appropriate than the library.
In response to the writer of "Library voice" venting about those who decide to share their conversations in the quiet corners of the library, I'd like to share an idea to help ease the situation. You see, I don't know where you study, but, by your description, I can guess it is in the Periodicals, where we all know only the most serious of studiers go.
The people at the table next to you were only expanding your mind to a topic more interesting than the one you were studying; perhaps you fell into the trap of trying to explore an unknown world by listening to these individuals talk about their upcoming dates.
Maybe you are the kind of person who usually doesn't have plans and felt a twinge of jealousy as they elaborated on their exciting Friday night while all you had to look forward to was going on Facebook during a study break to see if anyone had poked you since you last checked. Embrace this eavesdropping experience. Use it to your advantage. See if you can learn anything from these obviously more socially experienced people than yourself. And then maybe, just maybe, the next time you study in the library, you will be the person with better plans.
Mean-spirited letter (*this one was actually printed in the DU)
I would like to use the recent caustic letter "Take opportunity" as an example of how not to engage in debate or public discourse at BYU or anywhere else. I have seen many letters like this one that rely on personal attacks and biting remarks to state their opinion. I have several reasons why the authors of these letters should consider a more mature way of expressing themselves.
First of all, ad hominem has been a logical fallacy since the days of Aristotle. You simply cannot make a convincing argument by attacking your opponent with insulting or abusive language. Apart from making a weak argument, this sort of language only succeeds in making enemies and hurting people. We must learn how to tactfully respond to people with different opinions - this one skill alone can get you far in life.
Finally, since dating was brought up in this particular letter, I must remind the author that few things are less attractive than writing mean-spirited criticisms about a complete stranger. Let's think about our word use before using it to tear people down.
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