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Published: Saturday, Oct. 13 2012 4:25 p.m. MDT

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emZ
Mesa , AZ

I graduated from BYU-Idaho last spring, right as many new University-approved apartment complexes were being built (by private companies, not the school) for single students.(Apartments have to be University-approved in order for single BYU-I students to live there. Unlike in Provo, part of the approval process is that only BYU-Idaho students can live there.
I wonder how these complexes will be affected as more people return from missions at a younger age and getting married younger. I can see the percentage of married students at all Church-owned universities to increase, and the percentage of single students to decrease.

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

*EVERY* university and college in Utah --including WSU, Snow, Dixie, UVU, etc.-- plus BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, etc., will be equally impacted!

So, since they're ALL in the same dilemma, it's VERY disappointing that the headline in-particular is so exclusionary.... only crediting three schools. 8(

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

U of U and USU are public universities. I would be very, very dissappointed if money or resources were spent on this mormon issue. This is not even an issue. If a mormon decides not to go to school it opend the door for an equally qualfies Buddhist, Catholic or the whole range of religions to take there place... Mormons are becoming a minority and this whole thing looks silly.

emZ
Mesa , AZ

mightymite,
Like it or not, a large percentage of students at the above mentioned schools are members of the LDS Church. This 'mormon issue' will affect them. They would be foolish not to plan for it. You're basically saying they should not be able to use public funds on something that could, if not planned for, cause a lot of public funds to be wasting. I wonder if maybe you had a gut separation-of-church-and-state reaction without really considering the impact this issue will have on the universities.
No public funds are being used to promote the Mormon faith.
No public funds are being used to marginalize anyone.
The Church is not trying to influence the use of state funds.
There is no violation of Church-State separation going on here.
Funds are, however, being used to make sure the universities continue to operate efficiently in the face of what will end up being a major demographic shift in their student body. More students in the future will be married. The schools will see a near-term drop in enrollment followed by a spike in the future. They need to plan for it.

dumprake
Washington, UT

Look, the church not going to suddenly call thousands of more missionaries, all at once; they don't have the facilities to handle that kind of a deluge. Kids can make the decision to go now, or go early, that doesn't mean they will get their call right away, or that they will leave right away. The church will spread this out for a year or two until it all evens out anyway and will, in the end, not make a significant difference. And just because the age is lowered, doesn't mean more boys will go, although it might mean more girls; but I'll be surprised if the number of women who leave on missions will change dramatically. This is much ado about nothing.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

dumprake - The LDS church has been quite clear that it is, in fact, their intention to "suddenly call thousands of more missionaries, all at once." Several contigencies and strategies have already been revealed to accomodate the surge: they include increasing MTC staff and reducing the amount of time spent at MTCs by 1/3. A new post MTC training program has also been established.

I know that it will normalize in two years; however, I would be interested to see the dynamics of the primarily female freshman class Fall semester 2013 at BYU. Also interested to see how significantly the enterance standards will need to be reduced to account for the reduction in applicants for that semester.

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