May 1st, 2005

buzzed, B&W

It takes all kinds . . .

So, while reading some random blogs, I stumbled upon a post talking about Bob Jones University. Talk about your conservative schools . . . this is a school that used to have a ban on interracial dating. Some of the more interesting bits on their page are the general expectations, dress codes, and the page about residence hall life.

Apparently they require a chaperon for co-ed activities, and when "students date or interact in a mixed group off campus." If a student has a job, they can work till 10:25 PM on weekdays, and midnight on weekends. Apparently freshman have to have "prayer captains" or upperclassmen with them if they're working in the secular world.

The dress code isn't too unusual, though it is very conservative. Apparently they have an Abercrombie ban, as they "have shown an unusual degree of antagonism to the name of Christ and an unusual display of wickedness in their promotions." I do like how they have lots of details for how tight women's clothing can be: "All dresses, skirts, pants, and shirts must be loose-fitting, having a minimum of three inches of ease at bust and hips." I'd go nuts of course, as they require men to wear ties, and no sandals . . .

And in the dorms . . . students have to check out when leaving campus, you have to be in your room by 11, and the lights have to be out by midnight. There are daily inspections of your room for cleanliness, and the web-access is heavily filtered. In fact, students have to use the university provided e-mail address "Due to the flood of objectionable content coming through outside email services." One nice thing is that "Students will be instructed in cell phone etiquette." The list of what not to bring is pretty good too: no tvs or dvd players (and no watching movies on your computer either!), no suggestive posters/pictures, they ban most music as well (including contemporary Christian), and "Residence hall students may not watch videos above a G rating when visiting homes in town and may not attend movie theaters."

Wow, talk about a conservative parent's dream. Your kids don't have to grow up - you can send them on to BJU where they'll be treated as children for another 4 years of their lives (though who knows what's going to happen when they leave the sanctum of the campus . . . )