I am a cyclist and I recognize easily the difference between "decline"
and "plummet". It isn't about the height of the change but the
distance over which the change occurs. Plummet is the correct descriptive.
I agree Whittingham has been very successful. However, this is about
President Samuelson. He has done a very good job at BYU. Secret
agents? Double agents? No. Both are agents of making things better.
President Samuelson taught us to do fewer things better. For that I will always
So does Elder Samuelson's example mean that to gain more intelligence at a
late stage in life you have to go to BYU and immerse yourself in learning new
disciplines? I think now he has learned those disciplines he should
go back to Zion and be the offensive coordinator for coach Whittingham!
As an alum and the father of a BYU freshman (now a sophomore), I'm grateful
for all that Pres. Samuelson has done for the University. Great job, all the
best in your future endeavors. And to "Brave sir Robin" I
respond, our secret agent Whittingham has been even more successful than your
secret agent. Too fun. All the best to all of u up on the hill.
@AerilusSure, everything is relative, and a matter of perspective.
My perspective on that word choice is that is has an unnecessary negative
connotative meaning. But when taken in context, the lower enrollment is not
necessarily a negative thing. Many of those would-be BYU enrollees are off
serving missions for their faith. Hardly a negative, in my opinion.And if this indeed represents 'plummeting enrollment' to everyone
except me, then I am betting on a 'meteoric rise' in enrollment in 18
mos to 2 years when they all come back. ;-)
@someyoyo8 or 9 percent is not a plummet? You might need to look at
the stock market more I guess.If 8 or 9 percent is just a slight
decline then what is your definition of a plummet? Is 11% a plummet 12%, 13% am
I getting warmer?Words have to be taken in context. Has BYU ever
had a 8% or 9% drop in the student body in recent history? One might not be
considered a plummet to one might be a plummet to another.
Some of the comments are pretty funny.President Samuelson may have
been the best ever in his role.
"Daytime enrollment hardly budged for the first 10 years of his
administration, fluctuating between 32,679 and 33,427. Last fall it plummeted to
30,243, the result of an exodus to LDS missions by current students and would-be
freshmen due to an unexpected reduction in the age requirements for
missionaries."Since when was a change of 8-9% a
"plummet?" Love it when journalists inject hyperbole to juice a story.
I think it sounds more like a 'slight decline,' or a 'small
reduction.' I could even live with a 'moderate dip.' But it
@slk: Lighten up! Or did you miss the wink? Dr. Grapefruit is just having a
little fun and in no way means to disparage the accomplishments of this great
Take a look at where BYU athletics were when Cecil Samuelson started there vs.
where they are today......and to that we say well done, Secret Agent
Samuelson.Sincerely,Your Utah family
I don't know who said the Life Sciences Building is slated for completion
in the fall of this year, but those of us who are moving into the building have
been informed that the contractors have until May 31 to complete the building.
We have been told that we will be moving in on Monday, June 2. That is still
spring on my calendar
Isn't it interesting that instead of recognizing all the good this man has
done, Dr. Grapefruit plays the role of "pickle-sucker" role based on
something he heard "on good authority."
That's all well and good, but I have it on good authority from a member of
the extended Samuelson family (who are fervent Ute fans) that there is great
relief that the "family shame" has finally come to an end! ;)
Welcome back to Utah Samuelson. You'll love it even more now than you did