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Question #77380 posted on 04/24/2014 10:42 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I heard that people who get accepted at Harvard whose families make less than $60,000 per year get charged as a matter of course zero dollars for tuition-no need to apply for and hope to get scholarships. I'm incredulous.

-Rick

A:

Dear Rick,

What is a true and awesome fact?

-yayfulness

A:

Dear Rick,

Most top universities offer extremely generous financial aid in the form of grants; it isn't just Harvard. I would be surprised if any Ivy League school (or other top 20 university) charged more than half tuition to families making less than $100,000 a year. Granted, it is still a lot of money but when you hear "$50,000 a year" as the tuition you should realize that for practically everyone it is much less. On one hand it is a form of giving everyone a chance. On the other hand, it is one of the best examples of price discrimination and allows the university to maximize the money it makes.

-Ozymandias


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Question #77383 posted on 04/24/2014 10:18 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I would like to improve my Spanish. I'm looking for an app that would help me use spare moments in my day to brush up on my language skills. I'm thinking a word-of-the-day app, or something of that nature. But the key thing is, I want one that can tailor itself to my skill level. Any ideas? If the app also does French or German, all the better.

Thanks in advance.

—Chachi

A:

Dear TARDIS Translation Circuit.

Try Duolingo.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Chachi,

I don't have any personal recommedations, but if you'd like some more options I found these three articles which claim to list the best Spanish-learning apps. The app that Tally mentioned, Duolingo, is noted on two of those lists, and it looks like it does other languages too. You might want to start with that one (it's free!) or MindSnacks which also seems to be popular. If these apps don't include dictionaries, I'd suggest that you find a Spanish-English dictionary app (a pretty easy find on Google) and search for words you encounter every day. In that way, you can learn a word a day that is relevant to your everyday life and should also be around your skill level.

-Owlet


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Question #77382 posted on 04/24/2014 10:18 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, my family enjoys Easter quite a bit. One of our favorite things is stale Peeps. We get them about a week in advance and cut the package open and let them sit to get hard. Do any Board Writers do this? What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?

-Shrinky Dink

A:

Dear Shrinky Dink,

I prefer them fresh most of the time, but I'll take a stale Peep over nothing. I am a fan of sugar and hate to see things go to waste.

In Board Question #77364 I talk about my family's Easter traditions, although I didn't mention the awesomeness that is egg-dying (and egg hunts are the bomb too). This year's creations:

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See also Board Question #71881 for more Peeps fun.

-Owlet

A:

Dear Shrinky Dink,

No, because Peeps are gross and their best use is for jousting and dioramas.

--Maven

A:

Dear Shrinky Dink,

I'm with Maven, although I would probably decide that jousting is much too complicated and just throw the whole package in the microwave for peep-corn. It makes a mess though, so I might just not buy them in the first place.

Hobo


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Question #77392 posted on 04/24/2014 5:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Will "Sweet Hour of Service" still be happening come spring/summer terms? If so, when?

Thanks,
Anti-Utah names

A:

Dear names,

Sweet Hour of Service does not happen during spring and summer terms. Sorry! (In case you wanted to ask them more questions, I called BYUSA using the phone number at the bottom of this page and they responded quickly.)

-Owlet


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Question #77391 posted on 04/24/2014 4:42 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

As far as I know only certain men are allowed in the General Women's Meeting for General Conference. Meaning that a random guy can't go in the same way a woman can't walk into Priesthood Session. Am I correct, and if so, which men are permitted to attend?

Thanks,
teddy

A:

Dear Cinnamon,

The First Presidency, of course, is in attendance, as are two members of the Twelve who are designated to attend, then there is the Secretary to the First Presidency and Secretary to the Twelve who are seated on either side of the stand. Beyond that you would probably have male ushers, just as there are female ushers at the priesthood session. Officially, if a man were to try to get in, he would be told to watch on television or to see it later online, just as the women are told who try to enter priesthood meeting. To my knowledge, however, no men try to get in.

-Marguerite St. Just


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Question #77385 posted on 04/24/2014 3:06 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am extremely interested in being involved in the behind-the-scenes tech work that goes into putting on a stage productions. How can I learn the skills and get a position working in, say, the scene shop, or working the sound board for something like that?

-Prospective Techie

A:

Dear PT but not a cruiser,

My home teacher (who is also the roommate of Ozymandias, but that's a different story) is involved with this sort of stuff at BYU, so I sent your question to him.

Prospective Techie,

I'm super excited for you wanting to get involved with theater! I've working in one form or another with technical theater since I was 14 and it has been some of the best experiences that I've had. I'm assuming that you are at BYU and if so then there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. One way is to sign up for TMA 160 which is the first production class in the theater major. They will give you a basic overview of everything from stage management to lighting to sound to set construction. It would be a good way to get introduced. The other way is to try to get a job with BYU Arts Production. They have general stage hand jobs as well as more specialized jobs within lighting and sound which would usually require a bit more experience. If you want more information contact yayfulness and I can maybe get you in contact with some of the right people for a job.

If you're not at BYU, try to get involved with a local community theater or a high school production. I know that they can always use help even if you don't have much experience. But really, working with theater (specifically lighting) has been one of the best experiences I've had at BYU. I've been able to go on tour internationally with one of the groups and I've had experiences that I'll never forget. So I hope you can get involved but just be warned, once you get in, you sell part of your soul to the theater!

- MDUB c/o yayfulness


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Question #77350 posted on 04/23/2014 8:54 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What percentage of songs are love songs? Breakup songs? Any other popular category?

-Irma H.

A:

Dear Irma,

According to this study, 64% of Billboard topping songs are love songs. It wasn't very scientific and was from 2004, but obviously counting every song in existence is impractical (especially during finals week). However, I think that gives a good ballpark number. As for other categories, unfortunately I am not sure.

-Ozymandias


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Question #77377 posted on 04/23/2014 7:30 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can any of you guys tell me about the linguistics computing classes offered here at BYU? They seem so interesting, but when I went to register for them, I saw that they aren't offered Spring, Summer, or Fall, and they also weren't available this past Winter semester. Do any of you guys know what's up?

- You Guys Are Awesome

A:

Dear Awesome,

So the thing about the linguistics computing classes offered here at BYU...is that there are none. The last "LINGC" course was LingC 260, which I took last fall semester. That class, as well as the other linguistics computing courses, have now been merged with the CHum (Computers and the Humanities) classes (and some others) to create the new Digital Humanities and Technology minor. The linguistics computing class I took is now called DigHT 260, and it's the only class specific to linguistics computing as far as I know. The DigHT minor classes are designed to provide similar skills that were taught in the LingC and CHum classes, and they're not restricted to the minor, so their general programming and possibly web classes should still be useful to you. You might want to contact Jeremy Browne, the coordinator of the program, to ask which classes would be a good fit for your interests. His information is at the bottom of the DigHT website, and he's really  nice. There's also Ling 240, which covers "Linguistic Tools," but I don't think it would be interesting for non-majors, and it isn't really linguistics computing anyway. Finally, there are the general computer/tech classes that would be useful paired with any beginning linguistics courses, like the CS 142 beginning programming course. As for myself, I'm taking IT classes to supplement my linguistics education. Really, though, there isn't anything specifically for linguistics computing left any more, so it looks like you and I missed the boat on that one. (I wanted that to be my minor.) Good luck with everything!

-Owlet


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Question #77370 posted on 04/23/2014 7:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear Board Marauders,

I used to run along the Provo river trail in Provo canyon and I remember seeing some old abandoned buildings along the trail. Can you explore those and find out what they were and why they're still standing?

-Old mill?

A:

Dear not quite,

It was another stormy evening. The skies were gray and laden with clouds and a fine mist of dust blew along the Provo River trail, mixing with the cold spray of Bridal Veil falls. Bluetongue and Prickles set out alone in the early evening as the only Marauders who had managed to survive finals week. 

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As they walked along the trial, they passed a variety of rocky trails leading further into the recesses of the dark tree-lined hills, causing Prickles to frequently remind Bluetongue that they were on a mission and that darting up every new and mysterious trail they found was somewhat time-consuming and potentially dangerous. 

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Eventually they stumbled across the building in question, padlocked shut and decorated with a variety of amateurish graffiti. The building appeared to be made of concrete and recently whitewashed to cover old graffiti. Despite Bluetongue's lock-picking abilities, the lock was of a type resistant to being picked and the two Marauders attempted to enter a different way. 

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First, Bluetongue attempted to lower herself into the building through a mysteriously blocked up tunnel but after the mud started seeping into her boots, she quickly gave up.

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Bluetongue then attempted to break her way into the building through an old, boarded-up window but after nearly falling off of the roof, Prickles convinced her to give the venture up. Bluetongue wishes to note that she visited this structure once a few years back and a corner had been broken down, exposing the interior, which consisted of two small, dark concrete rooms filled with garbage. The corner has since been filled with concrete.

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Not entirely dissuaded, Prickles and Bluetongue continued up the trail until they discovered this rusted shack. The two slowly approached, taking in the bullet holes and mysterious stacks of lumber with a cautious eye. Even Bluetongue thought it best not to enter and the creepy aura prevented them from getting a better shot. 

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It was then that The Marauders discovered something unexpected. Curious, they crept closer and opened up the bright yellow egg. 

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Lo and behold, it was filled with candy. Surprisingly, Bluetongue was the voice of reason and encouraged Prickles to not eat the unwrapped candy that was in the strange egg that had been sitting in the woods for who knows how long, but Prickles promptly ate the contents and thoroughly enjoyed them. She has not died yet. 

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Upon their return, as it was starting to get eerily dark, The Marauders also discovered a strange set of fences that formed a tight square with the remnants of a chicken coop and a stool used to mount horses. Feeling a little on edge after all the exploring and after finding so many ruinous things, The Marauders decided to call it a night and fled to safety.

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Upon the conclusion of their journey, The Marauders had found little evidence as to what the large, concrete building had once been. This sign offers some guidance, although it was on the same side of the river as the building, which leads The Marauders to believe that it is not the aforementioned screening structure, but was probably an office property that supervised the whole process. At the same time, the pictures suggest that the flume may have entered the concrete building through the small "window" that Bluetongue attempted to break through. Regardless of the exact purpose, it's safe to assume that the building was somehow involved in the process of bringing water out of the canyon. 

-The Marauders


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Question #77356 posted on 04/23/2014 9:42 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Did you ever have the birthday party for the Board mentioned in Board Question #77223? How did it go?

-Happy Birthday!

A:

Dear Happy,

The Board's birthday party was an amazing success. 

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Just take a look at that poster. I seriously would not stop talking about it. I was way impressed with my art skills. Everyone loved it so much they wanted to have their picture taken by it. 

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And you can't have a birthday party without a birthday (cup)cake!

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Sorry this went wayyyy over. I was supposed to flip Sheebs' head around but then finals week hit me like a truck and I'm not on campus now so I don't have access to Photoshop. 

Happy belated birthday, Board!

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #77373 posted on 04/23/2014 7 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've decided to 'test' myself to see if I may have a gluten intolerance. In order to do this, I'm going to try to go gluten free for three weeks. The problem is, I have no idea where or how to get started! It seems like everything I eat has gluten in it. I loooooove bread of any kind, and definitely rely on it for almost any meal.

Can you help me? Do any of you have any great gluten free meals or snacks that you love? How can I ensure that I can be successful? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

-Gluten-free Gina :)

A:

Dear Gina,

I've never tried eating gluten-free, but one of the women I visit teach and her daughter have celiac disease. When I cook for her family, she said the best website to use for finding gluten-free ingredients is GF Overflow. You can search for "BBQ Sauce" or "Flours" and it will pull up a list of brands and specific products that are gluten-free. This makes it a lot easier to shop, since you can buy things that are already gluten-free without going to a lot of trouble. You'd probably be interested to know that gluten-free breads do exist, it's just a matter of figuring out which grocery stores sell those specific brands.

Other than that, just search for "gluten-free recipes," browse through some websites, and choose your favorite recipes to try out. Some of them look really delicious. Pinterest is another good way to find gluten-free recipes and snacks.

One thing I might suggest to help you in your experiment is to have someone else do it with you. A support system is always a big help when you're trying to change your lifestyle. I know that may not be possible, but if you can find a partner, I think you'll find that you'll have a lot more motivation for staying on track.

Good luck!

--Maven


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Question #77376 posted on 04/23/2014 4:18 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was reading a book and came across a phrase that I've never heard. The Google wasn't helpful, so I come to you: what is "Old Stink"? Does it even mean anything? Some prison, maybe? If it helps, the book is set in England in 1950, and here is context: "The place was locked as tight as Old Stink" and, two hundred pages later, "in the name of Old Stink" (as an interjection).

-spice cake

A:

Dear Spice Cake,

For a second there I thought you were going to ask us about horcruxes.

-Sheebs

A:

Dear Spice Cake,

Personally I believe if you can google a phrase and the only hit is from the "The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley, which is set in England in 1950 (so presumably the book to which Spice Cake is referring), I would make the assumption that the author made up the expression for his book. Perhaps he was just trying to come up with a phrase that sounded old English-y.

"Why did the universe conspire against me like this?"
Hobo

A:

Dear Sheebs,

Stop mocking me.

-Lord Voldemort


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Question #77375 posted on 04/23/2014 3:42 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

We have lived at Wymount Terrace (south) for about three years now. For as long as we have lived here we have noticed that there is a loud beep (if you are sitting by the front door on the bottom level) every night at about 11:30pm. Last week my wife was outside around this time and noticed a guy with a metal stick-magnet-sonic-screwdriver-thingy come up to the stair well and put it up to the side of the fire extinguisher box. Any idea as to what this could be? I think it is a fire alarm test to make sure they are working, but if so why cant they do that remotely? Why every night?

-BeepBeep

A:

Dear Vashta Nerada,

Lucky for you, one of my good friends is one of those guys. He might've even been the one you saw!

Every night, they walk around the on-campus housing to make sure things are safe. Freshman housing is the most important for them to check, since those buildings have doors that are supposed to lock the entire building. The buttons are placed throughout the areas to make sure that the rovers (the people checking) visit every part of the area. The metal stick thing, which they actually call a pipe, is used to create an electronic record of when and where the buttons are checked.

Basically, they're just making sure you're safe, and the buttons make sure that they're doing their job.

-Tally M.


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Question #77374 posted on 04/23/2014 3 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is that Matt Meese (Captain Literally, on Studio C) staring in the hotels.com commercials (see here, here, and here, for example) as Captain Obvious?

—Damasta

A:

Dear Damasta,

While he's very popular within the BYU sphere, I don't think Matt Meese has reached this level of fame yet. The New York Times reports that Captain Obvious is played by Brandon Moynihan

Who knows? Maybe one day the Studio C cast will be this famous. Stay tuned!

- Haleakalā


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