Oh, Inverted Y

I’ve been ill, so things have slowed down on the story, but it’s coming. In the meantime, as with many of you, recent events at Brigham Young University have left me wondering how to express my unhappiness at my alma mater. I decided on something simple: the Oval Y logo inverted. If you attended BYU and want to express your support for academic freedom, unlinking the honor code from criminal investigations, and ending the practice of expelling those who go through a faith change, the inverted Y is not a bad way to do it. I’m kind of hoping it catches on.

oval_y_blue

I have mixed emotions about BYU. Having spent 7 years there as an undergrad and grad student, I have wonderful memories of good friends, students and professors, and great experiences at “The Y.” I have close family members who are employed by BYU or who attend the university, and I love them and wish them the best.

Some might say that speaking out about these issues shows disloyalty, but I think a loyal alumnus helps the university become that much better by encouraging positive change and growth.

So, if you would like to spread this graphic around as a sign of solidarity, feel free.

Thanks.

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One Response to Oh, Inverted Y

  1. Camille says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I have mixed feelings about BYU myself. My father and a brother-in-law were professors there. It is also my alma mater. I had many good experiences and studied with and was mentored by some excellent teachers. But there were also some very negative experiences.
    Rape has been an issue there for decades, but was dealt with poorly. You might think that figuring out how to handle it without punishing the victim would be a priority. But punishing the victim has been going on for a long time.
    What is happening now with BYU is a preventable tragedy.

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