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Archive: January, 2009

Delicious Tension: Understanding Brigham Young University

In order to understand Brigham Young University you must first understand the tension that is at the heart of the university’s identity.  This tension revolves around the university’s attempts to integrate academic distinction with spiritual excellence and has been present since the university was founded as Brigham Young Academy in 1875 by Brigham Young, second …

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Tales of the Alhambra

Recently, I took a holiday in Spain. One of the stops in my travels was Granada, home of the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex built by southern Spain’s Moorish rulers during the middle ages. The palaces and gardens are considered the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Europe. As I toured the Alhambra, I …

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Latter-day Saints Hospital (SLC, UT) Alumni records

Nursing has been called one of the noblest professions.  A School of Nursing was established at Brigham Young University in the fall of 1952 and it eventually developed into the College of Nursing in 1958.  It shares a common history with the School of Nursing at the University of Utah.  Both programs derive from the …

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Collecting Robert Burns on his 250th Birthday

January 25th, 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet. Celebrations are currently taking place all over the world, from poetry recital competitions to Burns Suppers to an attempt at setting a world record for the largest toast to the poet. Special Collections’ Robert Burns Collection contains a wide …

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The Honor Code at Brigham Young University

One of the things that makes Brigham Young University unique is its Honor Code.  Students and employees at Brigham Young University are expected to abide by the Honor Code.  The origins of the Honor Code lie in the establishment of the Domestic Organization by Karl G. Maeser in the late 1870s to aid students live …

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