Another school year is starting and colleges around the country are once again full of intoxicated youth.Sunday mornings mark the regret of young men and women who hooked-up the night before and either cannot remember what they did, or do remember and are trying to forget.Student life at Brigham Young University is heavily influenced by the fact that a significant number of its students are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The school is privately owned by the church and aims to create an atmosphere in which secular and religious principles are taught in the same classroom.
As the exemplar of American Modern Orthodoxy, YU has something of a pristine reputation.
In the past, students and faculty have expressed dissatisfaction with this nickname, as it sometimes gives students the idea that university authorities are always divinely inspired and never to be contradicted.
Leaders of the school, however, acknowledge that the nickname represents more a goal that the university strives for, and not its current state of being.
In his 1873 bestseller, Sex in Education, Or a Fair Chance for the Girls, Edward H Clarke laid out his arguments for single-sex schooling.
Among other things, the American academic and doctor explained that if girls were subjected to the rigours of studying alongside boys while having their period, they could damage their reproductive organs irreparably. There is still a tendency when discussing single-sex schools to deal in stereotypes and gender waffle.