When Ricks College was renamed Brigham Young University-Idaho, there was some
local opposition. Those opposed to dropping "Ricks" used the same
emotional but illogical arguments as those who now still prefer "Dixie".
I know a man, a graduate of BYU-I, who applied for admission to graduate school
at a prestigious, high ranking university. The competition for acceptance was
high. He was accepted not only because he had an excellent academic record, but
because his degree came from "Brigham Young University-Idaho." He never
would have been accepted if his degree had come from "Ricks University."
I fear that emotions and sentiment have outweighed good sense and concern for
the future graduates of "Dixie State University." Calling it "Dixie
State University" is doing a disservice to all the future graduates of that
Those coming to Saint George always inquire as to why "Dixie" exists in
this location.Apparently, the long explanations will continue.