wow this is interesting
Thank you for such a wonderful article ... my husband and I have just read it
and look forward to watching it in its' entirity on Sunday.
It's disappointing that attendance at this devotional was so low. Latter-day
Saints should have a keen interest in government and politics! It is critical
that we value our freedoms enough to understand them and exercise them. This
really was a "wow" event. We will be watching the rebroadcast as a family, and
will take his advice to read the Constitution. It's been a few years since I
read it last, and I'd forgotten what a miracle it is. (This written as I sign
and seal my absentee ballot...)
One get's a better sense of what a great choice John Roberts was for the Supreme
Court. I would suggest the reading of Alexis De Toqueville's Democracy in
America, in addition to the above mentioned material.
Only 7,000 in attendance? Come on BYU, it's the Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court of The United States of America! Isn't the campus shut down for the
tuesday devotional? We as LDS tout that we are a law abiding people and what a
jewel BYU is, and we can't even fill the Marriot Center for one of the most
influential men in America. Where are our values? We will stand up to protest
Michael Moore, but won't turn out to support a good humble man who does so much
for our country? It's time we take a look in the mirror.In a few short years
most of you BYU students will have children, homes, jobs, and then you better
care about the political landscape. Have some foresight to become active and
John Roberts is a great man. I am grateful that we have a man such as this
leading the Supreme Court. Wow, what a refreshing thought to think
a man such as this will lead that noble institution for the next several
decades! Hopefully he can help limit some of the liberal agenda items that will
invariably come before the court.I think I'll go get me a copy of
the Constitution and the Federalist Papers today!
That's really disappointing that so few BYU students attended the speech. It
should have been a standing-room only event.
"Politically Active," Just as many or more watched the event on campus.
Working about 35 hours a week, taking 14 credits, and participating in
intercollegiate athletics means I can't go to every forum or devotional at the
Marriot Center, but I still listen. Assuming every BYU student that couldn't
physically make it to the Marriot center doesn't care about the political
landscape is an unfair and offensive generalization. My values right now
include feeding my wife and keeping my grades up to get into law school. I
thoroughly enjoyed Justice Roberts comments and so did thousands of students who
couldn't make it to the Marriot Center.
Keep in mind that there are many other places to watch speeches on campus. The
school makes it possible for students who have classes all across campus to view
this with out risk of missing the following class. I viewed this in a 900 seat
auditorium that was standing room only. This scene was repeated through out
campus. So don't get to down on attendance because there were more students
watching this at other venues on campus than the article pointed out and that
were not counted in the total number.
Unfortunately there aren't as many eggheads like us as there should be out
there. Seeing the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at college
should be a highly memorable moment of one's education, and yet just 7,000 cared
to show up. Not surprising, but disappointing nonetheless.Chief
Justice Roberts is one of the shining entries on Pres. Bush's increasingly short
list of accomplishments (as sad as that is to say).
Compared to the typical forum and even devotional, I thought there was quite a
few people there. By the way, where were all you people? How come you didn't
show up? Come on, it's the chief justice of the Supreme Court!
Politically Active,Thanks for your response. I hope people realize
that forum attendance does not demonstrate apathy. The Chief Justice, Senator
Reid and others are important speakers to listen to and add so much to the BYU
you people who complain about only 7000 people showing up are typical of people
who rush to judgement with little if any facts. before you so roundly criticize
the students and faculty of BYU, please take a moment to gather all of the
facts, take a moment to use your brain, and don't just make some knee-jerk
comment. you only end up looking very very foolish.
I am pleased to read that more people turned out at the Marriott Center to hear
Chief Justice Roberts than Senator Reid.
I wasn't at the devotional. I was in the Joseph Smith Building watching it. I
happened to look around during it and thought, "Wow, what a great turnout. Some
religious devotionals don't get this many people." The JSB was packed. I think it was attended just fine. Sure more people could have come, but why
go at a potentially inconvenient time when you can watch it be broadcast on line
at your convenience.
Idahoan--I'm so glad you are pleased. You couldn't possibly be surprised. We
would all be better citizens if we listened to both Senator Reid and Chief
Justice Roberts. You may or may not agree with their political persuasion, but
not showing up is a sad excuse. Oh, and give my regard to your boy
Interesting that he feels we should not be influenced by other countries
judicial thinking but we should regale in the fact that England is being
influenced by ours.
7,000? That is about how many show up at Rice-Eccles for a football game.
Too all those complaining- sorry we couldn't all make it. We're students. We
have classes. I had a massive midterm exactly 1 hour following the forum
address. Hello, that's why it's rebroadcast.
like many others have previously stated there are numerous ways to view a
devotional or forum on campus. I watched it from my apartment with several
others and i know of plenty others who did the same. Sure there could have been
more people physically at the forum but from my experience there are more
politically concious students here at BYU than most other universities. What
should be most interesting is the content of the address not how many students
were or were not present.
I am a BYU student and certainly wished to have been in attendance. I was able
to watch on TV, but my schedule did not permit me to make it to the forum. I
regret not personally being there, and wish that somehow I could have shown my
support in a way that Chief Justice Roberts will know that I appreciate his
coming to campus.
Disgusted that Idahoan is glad a Bush political appointee is more important than
the Senate Majority Leader elected by neighbors in Nevada.
Those of us with part-time CAMPUS jobs couldn't get off work to attend...