My kisses are sort of limited to...well, female human things. -Claudio

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The Board was affected with the Heartbleed vulnerability. I patched our systems on April 8 and updated our encryption certificates on April 9. I'm not going to force you to change your password, but if you are concerned about the security/privacy of your Board account you should.
-Curious Physics Minor

Question #77304 posted on 04/16/2014 2:48 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where would I go if I wanted to participate in a sleep study? How would I search for ones nearby that are legitimate?

- Zwerg Zwei

A:

Dear Herr Zwei,

By sleep study do you mean 1) Having a doctor look at your own sleeping patterns and telling you if there is anything wrong with them, or 2) Getting paid lots of the monies to sleep and have researchers learn new cool things about sleeping from you and other participants? If the first, then most sleep centers in your area should be able to help you out, just call in and schedule an appointment. If the second, which is what I assume you are asking about, then go ahead and scour the internet. Many universities, such as HarvardStanford, and University of Colorado, advertise their sleep research online, and you can go to their websites for more information. When you are searching for ones nearby, just search for credible universities and medical schools in your area and see if any of them are conducting similar research. If you want to know more about what a sleep study is like, this woman documented her experience with a Harvard sleep study at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger (who figures it might be worth it to fly out to Boston to participate in Harvard's sleep study; they're paying over $7000 in one of their studies!) 


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Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am entrusting to you a great quest... namely I've lost a youtube video and can't find it for the life of me. It was similar to this hilarity www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RRcxH38vrs

Or maybe I'm just saying that since I remember seeing them at the same time and they both speak Spanish. Anyway it was about a group of people standing around talking and they are showing around a picture of a cat wearing a cowboy hat and just balling looking at it for no apparent reason. Supes funny.

Anywho, I can't find the darned thing anymore. My recollection is that it was for a random Spanish film festival -- there may have been another one put out about a car and maybe clowns -- can't remember the punchline maybe I'm crazy.

-*starts crying for no apparent reason*

A:

Dear friend,

Here is your video! It was part of an ad campaign for the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival. The clown one is one of my favorites, and you can find it here. But the very best video from this campaign is this one. It's like lighting a torch...or catching a Frisbee...or the color blue...but not like being a Viking that rides on the wings of a tempest.

Peace,

-Stego Lily


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Posted on 04/15/2014 10:20 p.m. New Comment on: #77296 In November 2013 I got a speeding ticket on I-84 in Idaho. I'm a Utah resident. ...
Question #77300 posted on 04/15/2014 9:06 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My friend and I had a random discussion about Disney characters today. We could think of several instances in an animated Disney movie where the female love interest has to help a male love interest become a better person. Rapunzel helping Flynn Rider give up a life of crime and selfishness, for example. But we couldn't think of a single example of a male love interest having to help a female love interest overcome negative personality traits... Can you? Are we missing something or is this a pattern?

-Cinderella

A:

Dear friend,

Here's what I've got:

  • The Princess and the Frog: Prince Naveen helps Tiana become more spontaneous and aware of other people.
  • Frozen: Even though he's the villain, Hans does help Anna eliminate some of her naivete about love. Additionally, Kristoff teaches Anna about selflessness in love and the importance of getting to know somebody before marrying them.
  • Mulan: Shang inspires Mulan to become a powerful warrior.
  • Howl's Moving Castle: (Yes, this is a Studio Ghibli film, but it was distributed by Disney in the U.S.) Howl helps Sophie become bolder and more comfortable with herself.
  • Lady and the Tramp: Tramp helps Lady loosen up and develop courage.
  • Peter Pan: One could argue that, like Tramp, Peter helps Wendy to become braver and less uptight.
  • Wall-E: Wall-E helps Eve to relax a bit and become a more loving person...er...robot?
  • Ratatouille: Linguini helps Colette to loosen up a bit...I'm sensing a theme here...

So, there are a few Disney animated movies where the male love interest helps the female love interest overcome negative personality traits. However, those negative personality traits almost always include ambition and uptightness. In other words, the Disney heroine is generally either a perfect angel who rehabilitates her wayward man (like Rapunzel, Tiana, or Jasmine), a prim, high-strung woman who has to learn how to loosen up (like Lady, Tiana, and Eve), or half of a bland, static couple (like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Snow White). There are a few exceptions (like Anna, Mulan, and Sophie), but I think the general pattern is intriguing.

Thanks to Sheebs and The Entropy Ninja for their input on this question!

Peace,

-Stego Lily


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Question #77299 posted on 04/15/2014 9 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do all of the Heritage Halls apartments come with TV's or do people have to bring them themselves? I can't find anywhere on the housing website that says if they do or don't

-Future BYU student

A:

Dear Mr. Magpie,

None of them come with TVs. In fact, most apartments off-campus don't even come with TVs (the only ones I can think of that do are the apartments in the Village).

-Tally M.


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Posted on 04/15/2014 7:44 p.m. New Comment on: #77295 I go to the gym after work. It just works better for me. It's about 20 ...
Question #77298 posted on 04/15/2014 7:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My family is tired of hearing me rave about BYU chocolate milk. Any chance I could get a recipe or knock off version referral? Looking forward to giving my kids yet another reason to consider BYU for college. ;)

Sincerely,
Deep In The Heart of Texas

A:

Dear Texas,

I've  never tried it myself, but perhaps Board Question #24340 has what you're looking for.

-Owlet


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Question #77293 posted on 04/15/2014 4:12 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In Question Board Question #77173 The Defenestrator claims that showering in the morning doesn't make sense to her. In my opinion, showering at night is much more gross. First, you're just adding another 8 hours of oil, dead skin, and sweat to your body that then doesn't get washed off until the next night. In the meantime you're still adding that new oil, sweat, skin, and hair to your sheets which, unless you wash them daily, are getting dirtier and dirtier each night. Showering in the morning washes all that away.

So my question is, who showers at night, what are your reasons, and are there any good arguments for why showering at night would be less gross than in the morning?

-I can't even function without a morning shower

A:

Dear morning shower,

Night showerer here. I think it comes down to whether you think you get dirtier during the day or at night. I know some people sweat a lot at night and must shower in the morning. I hardly sweat at all even during the day, so that's not something that compels me to morning showers. Here's why I shower at night:

  • Don't have to wake up early
  • If I spilled food on myself or got leaves in my hair or whatever crazy stuff happened that day, I can wash it away
  • My hair looks exciting the next morning if I sleep on it wet
  • I'm a night owl anyway (ha)
  • My roommates shower in the mornings
I don't understand your logic when it comes to your sheets. Wouldn't you deposit more grime in your bed after a day's worth of activity?
 
-Owlet
A:

Dear shower, 

I'm a night showerer because it would take me forever to get ready in the morning if I showered then. There is also a higher probability of getting soap in my eyes since I would be half asleep because I would have to wake up earlier. When I shower at night, I can go to bed with my hair wet and fix it in the morning, easily saving me at least 30 minutes. 

Also, I'm siding with Owlet on this one. Your sheets would be dirtier if you're a morning shower person.

-Ms.O'Malley

A:

Dear shower-in-the-morning-person,

If you think about it, people used to go weeks or even months without showering or changing their bedding. Compared to them, we are all super clean! Yay!

And don't worry, I get your logic on the dirty sheets: The dirtiness of the sheets is irrelevant because once you are awake you can wash off everything that you slept in. Right on! Not that I'm a morning showerer or anything - I actually prefer showering in the middle of the day. And I only do it every other day. I'm not really that bothered by the thought of dead skin cells, oil, and sweat. 

-Sheebs, embracing her humanity

A:

Dear friend,

I shower at night, only because I am incapable of waking up early enough to shower in the morning. Though if I work out in the morning or afternoon, I will shower immediately after working out (usually).

Peace,

-Stego Lily

A:

Dear all of you night showerers,

Despite these claims, I really don't understand how you guys can shower at night.

I can't get up in the morning without showering.

-Tally M., the morning showerer


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Question #77296 posted on 04/15/2014 2:12 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In November 2013 I got a speeding ticket on I-84 in Idaho. I'm a Utah resident. I already paid the fine. I've heard there are driving classes you can take to remove points or whatever from my record. Can I still do this? If so, how?

Thanks!
Not a police officer

A:

Dear Not-Police Officer,

There are a few ways to eliminate points under Utah's system:

  • Drive without any additional violations for one year. This will eliminate your total points by half.
  • Drive without any additional violations for two years. This will eliminate all points from your driving record.
  • Do whatever you want for three years. After three years, the points will automatically be deleted, regardless of any additional moving convictions you may acquire.
  • Take a defensive driving course. As best as I can tell, these courses are offered by a variety of organizations. The Utah Safety Council seems to be the largest provider. When you decide who to take the course from, you should check with the local DMV office and make sure the course will count. Keep in mind that you can only use this option to reduce your license points once every three years.

You probably don't need to worry too much. I'm not sure how fast you were going, but remember that you need to acquire 200 points before your license is in jeopardy. If you don't normally get tickets, you might be okay just waiting for your points to disappear on their own.

I got most of this information from the Utah Department of Public Safety website.

- Haleakalā


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Posted on 04/15/2014 12:35 p.m. New Comment on: #77280 For those who've had babies fairly recently, did you take DHA during your pregnancy? It seems ...
Question #77277 posted on 04/15/2014 9:54 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

where can i borrow/ get a treasure chest that will sink underwater for free? and where can i get a set of fake golden plates (also for free)? it is for a good cause, thanks!
-blooming_fatasha

A:

Dear blooming,

Ward members, family, and friends are all great resources. Post on Facebook or Tweet what you need and somebody may have it. 

You can also build your own treasure chest using these directions. You can fill it with rocks or other heavy items so that it will sink. Alternatively, you can buy a treasure chest online. Here are some that are available for purchase.

I also found this cool site that tells you how you can make the gold plates using contact paper and some cardstock. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #77295 posted on 04/15/2014 5:24 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I go to the gym after work. It just works better for me. It's about 20 minutes from my home on my way back from work. Anyway, I've been struggling on how to deal with my garments and changing. I'm a male. The only places where I can really change in private is either the bathroom stalls or the shower stalls. A lot of the men change in the open area of the locker room, but seeing as I'm endowed that doesn't really work well for me. (I don't work out with my Gs, but still feel like I shouldn't change in that public of a setting with my Gs). IDo i just change in the shower stall? Kind of gross if you ask me... Because it's usually wet. Do I change in one of the toilet stalls? Also kind of gross because I don't really like setting things down right by the toilet. Is it common for Men's locker rooms at gyms to not have stalls that are for just changing and not showering or pooping? I've tried both ways and was not a fan. There aren't really any gyms closer to where I'm living at the moment, and driving the extra 40 minutes round trip so I can change at home is getting exhausting. Just wondering if you had any other suggestions outside of "try changing at work" which actually might be the solution to this problem.

-Gym Hampster

A:

Dear Gym-goer,

I don't think it's normal for locker rooms to have stalls just for changing. However, unless you think your garments will draw inappropriate attention, I think you are probably okay changing in the normal changing area. Church members must change in front of others in a variety of circumstances. Even here at BYU, endowed and unendowed students use the same changing facilities. 

Of course, you shouldn't do anything that you aren't comfortable with. 

- Haleakalā


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Question #77294 posted on 04/15/2014 3 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In regards to question #77003, is there anywhere else to find accurate ratings for animes? IMDb turned out to be a good resource overall, but doesn't quite have everything (though I'm happy to have it so thank you for that).

Thanks!
triangle

A:

Dear triangle,

Here are a couple review sites that look pretty good. Some of them discuss the plot, but sometimes that's the only way to figure out if an anime is worth watching. If you really can't find what you're looking for, you might try searching "[anime name here] reviews" on google. And if you can't find any reviews, you could just watch it and then write your own reviews online. Who knows? You might help a brother out.

Hobo


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Question #77292 posted on 04/15/2014 2:30 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm re-asking Board Question #74635 now months later. Sorry, I just am so curious what brings Googlers to The Board!

-El Homie

A:

Dear Homie,

Using the same methodology (ignoring searches for things like "The Board" and unspecified keywords) here are the top 10 searches from October 11, 2013 through April 10, 2014:

 top_10_searches_oct_2013_to_april_2014.png

-Curious Physics Minor


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Monday, April 14, 2014
Question #77291 posted on 04/14/2014 11:48 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have any of you ever ordered a photo printed on canvas before? There is a favorite family photo that my mom once mentioned she would love on a canvas, and I want to order it for mother's day. I am debating between Shutterfly and Walmart. Shutterfly is ridiculously expensive (although I have a coupon code for 40% off) but I am worried about Walmart's quality. Any of you have experience with this and know if Walmart ends up looking alright, or have any ideas of other places I could order this?

Thanks

Me

A:

Dear You,

I have a bunch of pictures-on-canvas (from quite large to quite small) that I've ordered from Canvas Press.  The quality has always been superb and you can usually find coupon codes kicking around.  Canvas Press seems to have a dramatically wider range of canvas sizes to choose from (any width-height combination from 8" to 100") and their interface is much cleaner and less confusing in my opinion.  In the somewhat distant past I've ordered regular prints from both Shutterfly and Walmart and never had any issues with them, but I've never ordered canvas from them.

Shutterfly seems to focus more on the make-it-look-cutesy-with-text-and-whatnot market whereas Canvas Press is much more focused on just getting your images onto canvas.  And these focuses are clear in their interfaces and ease of use.  Also, Shutterfly seems to have a very limited choice in sizes (I count 9) versus the 8,649 combinations you can choose from at Canvas Press by selecting height and width dimensions independently.

Walmart's prices do seem to be incredibly low (less than half the price of Shutterfly and Canvas Press) and I have no idea how they're doing that unless they're just taking a loss to get you in the door (not unlikely).  But, similar to Shutterfly, they only seem to offer 7 sizes and I also don't know what kind of quality to expect.  And be careful, some of their products are described as "faux canvas" and I have no idea what that means compared to actual canvas.

Canvas Press also does an interesting product where they bond dye to aluminum (it looks like Shutterfly and Walmart both do this now too).  It gives the images a very unique, shimmery quality.  I got one for free and it's like nothing I've ever seen before.  At times you'd swear it's being back-lit because of how the light reflects and interacts with the dyes.

-Curious Physics Minor


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Question #77289 posted on 04/14/2014 10:06 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

As Mormons we believe that Peter, James, John the Revelator, John the Baptist, Moses, Elijah, Enoch, and others played an important role in the Restoration. Conspicuously absent is the Apostle Paul. Beyond a statement by Joseph Smith (possibly apocryphal?) that his voice is really quite nasally, we hardly hear about him outside of his writings in the Bible.

Are there any stories or traditions or experiences that we don't often hear about?

-Civus Romanus Sum

A:

Dear Twelve,

I haven't come across anything commenting on Paul in modern times (besides commentary on his Biblical stuff, obviously). But I hypothesize that his main mission on Earth was to play his part during his mortal life, whereas the others had symbolic roles to fulfill in the restoration.

-Tally M.


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Question #77276 posted on 04/14/2014 10:06 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How likely is it that a person has a doppelganger? What are the chances said person will encounter their doppelganger (whether in real life, picture online, etc.)?

-my evil twin

A:

Dear twinner,

Fun story: I looked a lot like Anne, Certainly's cousin when we were in our early teens. To illustrate how uncanny our resemblance was, one time she ran into two of my good friends at EFY and they all took a picture together. When I showed it to my mother she said, "That's a nice picture of you." We were from different cities and were only ever introduced to each other precisely because we were so similar in looks and mannerisms that other people thought it was creepy/hilarious and put us in touch. She was the person who introduced me to the 100 Hour Board! The end.

Okay, now here's a weird coincidence: Less than 100 hours after this question was submitted, one of my friends posted that she discovered my celebrity doppelgänger, Basia Bulat

Anyways, I think it is pretty likely that most people have not one but many doppelgängers. There are 7.1 billion people in the world and only so much variability in appearance.

-Sheebs

A:

Dear Twin,

Apparently I have a doppelgänger here on campus, because several people have come up to me and started telling me how they recognize me from my doppelgänger's work on campus. As for meeting a doppelgänger, I have no idea if it's the same person, but when I was a freshman I saw somebody that looked like me in the library, but I didn't want to say hello because I was a zombie that day and she was all dressed up, so saying "I look like you" or, even worse, "You look like me" wouldn't have gone over very well.

-Squirrel

A:

Dear Ganger!Eleven,

I met my doppelganger at a regional YW conference when people kept telling her about the good job she did playing the piano in the program. We got a picture together! We have different noses though.

Considering the number of people in the world, I think the statistics are fairly high that you have a doppelganger. The internet agrees.

-Tally M.


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Question #77248 posted on 04/14/2014 10 p.m.
Q:

Dear illustrious 100 Hour Board,

So I am looking for a 2-credit class for general chemistry that would fulfill the premed requirement for most medical schools. Typically, chem 107 does the job just fine, but I took honors chemistry 111 and 112 at BYU, which means I'm required to take the honors 113 lab class instead. Seeing that the class is only offered in winter, and more especially that I am not a big fan of Dr. Woodfield (who really runs all the sections), is there any other school in the state that offers a gen-chem class with 2 credits? (Triple bonus points if they are during the summer!)


-Summer Plans

A:

Dear Summer,

I looked up courses for all the colleges and universities in Utah. Dixie State, University of Utah, Utah State, Snow College, Salt Lake Community College, Westminister, and Webster University all had general chemistry classes in their course catalogues but they required you to be enrolled in both the course and the lab. Seeing as how the classes were 3 or 4 hours and the labs were 1 hour, they easily go over your 2 hour specifications. 

If you're really looking to get out of the lab section, you could just take CHEM 107. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #77268 posted on 04/14/2014 10 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been studying out of the Book of Job lately and I've been feeling like I'm missing a lot of the context and things that would help me understand it better. Can you point me in the direction of a specific (LDS preferably, but any other denomination's/non-denomination's would also be welcome) study guide to help me better understand this book, or explain to me how I should go about finding such a source?

-O

A:

Dear O,

I like using the seminary guide because it simplifies what is going on. It also gives guided questions to think about what is happening and the impacts certain things can have. 

I also found this Old Testament's Instructor Guide that can help you find relevant scriptures to your study. 

Lastly, if you're in the Provo area, you can swing by the bookstore and see if there is a packet from an Old Testament class you can buy.

-Ms.O'Malley 


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Question #77287 posted on 04/14/2014 9:06 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Of the people you follow on social media (Facebook and Twitter primarily), and thinking about the qualities of the things they post, share or discuss, what are some things you most appreciate or most dislike? What would you say is your primary reason for using a given social media platform?

- Rating Pending (who has relatives who seem to use Facebook exclusively to share/save cream of chicken soup-based recipes)

A:

Dear Great Intelligence,

I like things that can help keep me informed, things that are witty and/or funny, and things that keep me updated as to major life events in peoples' lives.

I use Facebook and Twitter (and I have a Google+ account, but that's just so I can do hangouts with my family).

Facebook is used for keeping in touch with people that I don't see very often, or even that I do see often but enjoy chatting with during the day (especially when I don't have cell service). I also use it sort of as a form of journaling, and to be honest, I use it to help me to craft an image. I know that sounds kind of narcissistic, but I think, especially for prospective employers, having a well-maintained Facebook page is important. Additionally, it helps to distinguish me from the other girls with my name.

I like Twitter because it allows me to post more frequently than I could on Facebook. I follow news outlets—university, state, and world—to help me keep tabs on what's going on instantly. I also enjoy being able to post my thoughts about things when I wouldn't be able to talk to anyone, like when I'm traveling alone or when I'm in an awkwardly funny situation. Once again, since this is public, I keep in mind the same idea of crafting an image.

Though, considering I'm going to have to get a real job at some point, it might be a good idea to look into getting on LinkedIn...

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Rating Pending,

Like other writers have mentioned, I like to see things on Facebook that help me actually learn more about what's going on in the lives of my friends. Quizzes, invitations to play Farmville, or weird headlines don't help with this. I like to read about big life events, and I also love to just look at nice pictures. I like it when people have photo albums that are separated by specific times in a person's life; it's fun to click through and watch how they grow and change. (So basically, pictures of weddings, families, my little cousins, and Board babies.)

See also the most annoying people on Facebook.

-Owlet

A:

Dear Rating,

Facebook is to stay connected with friends. I like to hear about things in people's lives, and sometimes take a crazy Zimbio/Buzzfeed quiz. I don't have a Twitter yet, but I intend to get one someday entirely to follow news sites like the BBC, NYTimes, and the Wall Street Journal. Twitter and social media in general is awesome for keeping up with current events. It is really quite fantastic and fascinating how social media is revolutionizing how information is being shared.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger (who really isn't trying to steal your parenthetical end comments, she promises!) 

A:

Dear RP,

I use Facebook about 90% for chat and about 10% for links people post to random funny or informative articles. I use Tumblr about 100% for random funny or informative junk that people post. I never did appreciate Twitter and I think I've signed in about once or twice in the past eight or nine months.

-yayfulness


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Question #77288 posted on 04/14/2014 5:48 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

At what point in your day do you put on clean underwear? Is it when you wake up? After you shower? Before you go to bed? Never?

-Apparently not everyone does it the same way I do

A:

Dear friend,

Always, always after I shower. Once I'm clean, I'd like to stay clean, undies included. Ya know?

Peace,

-Stego Lily


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Question #77263 posted on 04/14/2014 5:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear Olympus and/or Stargirl c/o Foreman:

This is in regards to Board Question #77185... The family with those most unusual names (Superstar 5 Jemima et al) is actually in my ward. The Sunday they read their names in sacrament meeting as the newest members of our ward was memorable, to say the least. I am terribly curious to know why on earth they would give their children such names. Sheer cruelty? Novelty? Picking words from the dictionary at random? Naming their child after the first things they saw upon entering a room?

I haven't had the chance to get to know them yet so I would feel awkward asking them myself... So do you guys know the stories/reasons behind these names? I'm probably going to get a "Just get to know them and then ask them yourself, weirdo" response but I thought it'd be worth a shot.

-Inquisitive yet timid cat who may meet its untimely demise due to an over-abundance of curiosity.

A:

Dear cat,

I don't know them on a personal level, so I've only ever gotten hearsay and speculation on their naming methods. Uniqueness certainly seems to be the goal. Apparently both parents are artsy, hippie types. Superstar 5 Jemima's name was supposedly chosen by her older siblings (who picked the "5" because she is the 5th child), but I don't know anything specific about the others' names. Sorry I can't be of more help.

~ Stargirl c/o yayfulness


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Question #77286 posted on 04/14/2014 4:24 p.m.
Q:

Dearest 100 Hour geniuses,

I have, on multiple occasions, heard about "The L" in Lehi. It's supposedly a big letter on the mountain, similar to "The Y". Unfortunately, I've never seen it, I can't find anyone who knows where it is, and not even the internet seems to know: Wikipedia Link

Can you help me find "The L" in Lehi?

-Adventure... Guy.

A:

Dear AG,

Yayfulgirl went to high school in Lehi, and she says she's about 99% sure the L doesn't exist. There was a joke going around while she was in school that they should put an L on the mountain so that the mountains would have all the letters to spell "UGLY" (although the order would technically be ULGY), but it never actually happened. It's possible that there is an L that is lit up for events but not regularly visible; the only other L in Lehi that she's aware of is the one by Lehi High School's track/football field.

-yayfulness


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Question #77285 posted on 04/14/2014 4:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's a conspiracy theory that you wish was actually true?

- Rating Pending (who would be thrilled if the government had it together enough to actually pull off some of the things they get accused of)

A:

Dear RP,

I was told once (for hours) that the Church and the Government worked together in Area 51 to cover up alien visitations and the First Presidency knows about it, but refuses to tell the population of the Church. If you would like to discuss this possibility, I'm still Facebook friends with the woman who discussed this at me and I'd be happy to share.

I super hope that's true! Though, mostly I just want a reboot of The X-Files.

Another theory I'm gunning for is that the moon landing was fake so we can all visit the sound stage where it was shot and recreate our own moon landings.

And I've heard that New Coke was created to make us like Old Coke more. This, however, seems to be truth.

-Marguerite St. Just


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Question #77283 posted on 04/14/2014 3:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a statistical question about miscarriages. They say that about 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. So one in five random women will experience a miscarriage. Or one woman with five pregnancies will probably have a miscarriage. Is that statistic just taking all the pregnancies and all the miscarriages and coming up with a percent? Even though there are women who are more at-risk for miscarriages? If we took those out of the equation do you think the number would be lower?

-12 weeks seems like forever

A:

Dear 20 Weeks is Longer,

First, a definition: A miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is the loss of an embryo or fetus from the womb before the 20th week of pregnancy. Most miscarriages occur within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy (according to my sources, about 80% of them (1)), and an estimated 10-25% of all pregnancies miscarry (2), meaning that out of a random sample of 100 pregnant women, 10-25 will miscarry (in your scenario, one in five randomly selected women will experience a miscarriage). However, miscarriage statistics aren't that easy to look at. Many miscarriages occur before a woman realizes she has conceived—these are most often chemical pregnancies in which pregnancy is lost shortly after implantation, which results in bleeding when a woman normally has her period. The number of chemical pregnancies and their subsequent miscarriages is hard to estimate because they are simply not reported, or even known about, but they still account for at least 50-75% of miscarriages (2).

So what happens when we remove at-risk women from our selection pool? The operational definition of "at-risk" is very important here, because it could mean so many different things. This could refer to women who have already had a miscarriage, who have a 25% chance of having another one, or perhaps women who are over 35, who are significantly more likely than someone under 35 to miscarry (2). It could also refer to women who participate in unhealthy/unsafe activities such as smoking, drug use, malnutrition, excessive caffeine use, and exposure to radiation or toxic substances, or women with hormonal problems, infections or maternal health problems (2). Being "at-risk" could be all of these, and if we eliminated these women from the selection pool, then yes the statistic would probably decrease significantly, but so would the selection pool. 

So in short, the 20% statistic you gave refers to one in five women; it is just an average of all pregnancies and miscarriages, including at-risk women; yes the number would decrease if these women weren't included in the pool, but it would be a significantly less useful statistic. 

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger (who isn't a doctor, and suggests that if you want to know more, you should talk to a doctor or nurse about it.)

Sources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/guide/pregnancy-miscarriage
  2. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/miscarriage.html

 


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Question #77164 posted on 04/14/2014 3:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have heard that Texans are a patriotic lot. But I've also heard they might secede from the union. What's the truth of the matter?

-May Need To See For Myself

A:

Dear you should,

Texas is the most beautiful political entity in the world.

As this would lead you to expect, Texans tend to be much more patriotic about their state, and much more patriotic about their country (Texas), and much more patriotic about their supranational federation (The United States), than residents of other states. 

Lest we forget, Texas already did secede once (twice if you count seceding from Mexico!), but I can't see it happening again. Wingnuts will occasionally propose it and ordinary Texans will occasionally joke about it, but there's too much legitimate American patriotism for it to happen. Plus Texas secretly runs America via ExxonMobil, Halliburton, etc. etc., so why bother?

If it did, though, I'd like to observe that its GDP would be larger than Australia's, or alternately larger than those of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Iran combined. 

~Professor Kirke, proud Texan

A:

Dear Come on Down,

Disclaimer: I live in Texas, but I'm not of Texas. Also, I live in Austin. Many Texans will tell you that Austin is not like the rest of Texas. Just sayin'.

I think this video is pretty informative. I wish it had references, so I wouldn't treat it as anything more authoritative than a Wikipedia article.

Have Fun Storming the Castle,

-Il Guanaco


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Question #77281 posted on 04/14/2014 3 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I drive North on Redwood Road every day on my way to work. More often than not, when I pass the NSA building there is a police car with flashing lights parked a ways up the road that leads to the building. Just sitting there. Flashing lights. No one else. Why?

-Been wondering forever

A:

Dear wondering,

Sorry to leave you with a cop-out, but it looks like none of us have any idea why the cop is out, unless it's some extra security precaution.

Cop is out... cop-out... yeah, I'll stop now before this gets any worse.

-yayfulness


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Question #77172 posted on 04/14/2014 2:42 p.m.
Q:

Dear Lexi Khan,

MSJ tells me you have good less active stories. Will you tell me some?

-MSJ's friend

A:

Dear friend--

Haha! MSJ (who is officially my favorite person, by the way) explained that you are a new ward mission leader! How exciting. I am a lowly ward missionary but I do have experience befriending less-actives.

So, I don't know if you have this problem in your ward or what, but our Focus 15 has been--a nightmare to implement. Because everyone on ward council is supposed to be in charge of reaching out to them, it turns out that no one does. Except for us. The ward mission. We've kind of adopted the Focus 15 and we alone prioritize them.

Random notes on the Focus 15: we had a GA come visit a few weeks ago, and he noted that out of the nine wards in our stake, only three had Focus 15 lists at all. I can't even find a link to the training or whatever where the Focus 15 suggestion came from, so I don't even know if your ward does it at all, but basically each ward is supposed to have 15 names (three from the RS, three from Priesthood, and three from Primary) of families or people to focus on, with the goal being reactivation--sort of. One thing the GA pointed out at our training was that the ward is responsible for every human inside the ward boundaries--NOT just  baptized members of the Church. He encouraged us to consider placing investigators and others on our Focus 15 list.

SO. I would say I have a few successes with the Focus 15. Some successes I can take credit for and some I can't. In every case, it's the Holy Ghost that does the work of changing hearts, but it was definitely me that spent hours and hours reaching out to people so they could start having changes of hearts!

And now for stories.

LESS ACTIVE #1: #1 was raised LDS, but over the years kind of drifted into inactivity. She started coming back to church on and off, mostly for temporal reasons, as far as I can tell. She had a lot of needs. She made it onto our Focus 15. Now, I began reaching out to her before I was a ward missionary, because I have a lot of success-induced guilt all the time (working on that). So since I always feel so bad about having tons of material blessings, I tend to make myself very available for service opportunities. This lady had a lot of medical problems, and she had like a few months (MONTHS) where she needed rides to doctor's offices far, far away, almost daily. For sure weekly.

My husband and I only have one car, and her appointments were often an hour away, so I'd end up driving my husband to work, then home, then over to this lady, then to her appointment, then wait for hours in the car, then drive her home. I only had one kid at this time and he was just little. Like 4-8 months of age. So he'd just sit back there and scream because we were in the car so much. BUT #1 recognized the sacrifice involved here and she was so super grateful for it. I do believe it helped her feel God's love for her and showed her that the ward cared. She is now fully active and always comes to RS armed with stories about reading the Book of Mormon to her children. This is NOT because of me, or because of me alone at least, but I do think my sacrifices in driving her around for hours for days and days played a part in her decision to come back to church. She talks a lot about how members of the Church are just so giving, she wants her family to be like that.

LESS ACTIVE #2: #2 is still inactive. My BFF here was her visiting teacher for like five minutes, and as a visiting teacher she felt very taken advantage of--you know how it goes, people abusing the system for welfare that they don't really need, etc. So my BFF spent a bunch of time cooking and cleaning for this lady even though it appeared to all parties observing that this level of service was not exactly necessary. And #2 was incredibly ungrateful for it, apparently. Never said thank you or anything. So anyway.

She was on the Focus 15 and I went with the missionaries to visit her one time (after my BFF moved away). Somehow, she and I kind of "clicked." Uh, this was 100% on her end! But she just really liked me and suggested that we hang out sometime. So I said sure, fine, okay.

And then we never hung out, because I had a little baby, and was pregnant, and my brother was dying and I was his primary caretaker, so my life was a little bit busy. But I DID have time to monitor her Facebook page and act on it.

As an example, she posted on Facebook one morning that she wasn't feeling well. I messaged her and she said she had a cold or something and was feeling nauseous. So during my normal grocery shopping, I just went ahead and got a bottle of ginger ale and some Airborne and cold medicine, and on my way home, I dropped it by her house with a note ("Hey, I'm sorry you're not feeling well! Get better soon! Love from Lexi!"). Another time she was sick I spent $2 and got her a box of spaghetti and a jar of spaghetti sauce. BAM dinner. I left it with a nice note. Since then, we've gotten together just to hang out a few times. Each time it has been, I will admit, very awkward for me (we are at VERY DIFFERENT LIFE PLACES) but worth it. I do like her as a person.

I haven't been as good at reaching out to her lately, but this is a good reminder to start reaching out again! It did actually kind of pay off though, in that her oldest son started coming to church again shortly after she and I became actual friends. I do think part of it is that at first my husband was his Sunday school teacher, and now my mother is, so there is this connection between our two families that has been cultivated. Hooray!

LESS ACTIVE #3: I've been visiting teaching this one girl for five years now. She is two years older than I am and we were in high school together. I always thought she was soooo much cooler than me. Unbeknownst to me, she had an autoimmune disorder, and I guess after we left high school it got worse. So not only was she bedridden like all the time, but her health issues caused a rift between herself and God. She was just very bitter about the whole situation (and I do not blame her! Oh man!).

So for the first few years I would try to reach out to her, and just be rejected. So I would "reach out" by occasionally mailing a Christmas card or whatever, and call it good. When I became friends with my BFF who was #2's visiting teacher, she inspired me: my BFF treated her visiting teaching as a sacred calling, and viewed the month-connecting as a bare minimum standard. She was gluten intolerant, but every two weeks she would make cookies for her VTs and drop them all by. Her husband was an angel to his home teachees--he would literally spend hours every single week looking after their welfare (he had some pretty dysfunctional families but he cared about them SO much. It was inspiring).

SO I was inspired by my BFF to do better. I decided to just go to the dollar store once a month and pick up some giant chocolate bars and drop them by about every two weeks. More or less I was good about this. I'd go spend $20 at the Dollar Tree or whatever, and have enough giant chocolate bars to give one to each VT every two weeks for a few months. (I only VT inactives, apparently!) I did this starting in January of last year, as a New Year's Resolution. And when my brother died in August, #3 was the only member of my ward besides my own visiting teachers to come and visit me.

Now, in the meantime, I'd been introduced to jin shin jyutsu and quantum touch by my brother's therapist. She was allegedly a massage therapist, but she never massaged him--yet, my brother responded to her touch in astonishing ways. I asked her to teach me and she did. I discovered that I have a freaky knack for energy work. Like, seriously freaky. Long story. I was so freaked out by it that I went to the bishop about it and the stake president. Both of them concluded it was a spiritual gift and said to follow the Spirit and keep doing what I was doing. So I did and one day, maybe a month ago, I felt prompted to ask #3 if I could try some energy work on her and explained how it worked.

And all of a sudden she wanted me over! Haha! So last Saturday I was over visiting her in person for the only time other than when my brother died. Our session was a great success--I attempted (and succeeded) sedating her spleen meridian, which meant her pain was greatly reduced (actually, she said her spleen stopped hurting entirely--yay) and apparently it jump-started some of her body processes that had been sluggish, so yippy skippy, she is letting me come visit again. Her mother is also having me over to work on her next week. She also let me and my VT companion take her and her inactive sister out to lunch this past week. So this was very exciting. AND they both agreed to help with the ward talent show, which I am in charge of through the ward mission (because our ward is lame and if we want any events done at all, basically I have to throw them myself).

So, success! And also how spiritual gifts are sent to us so we can bless the bodies and spirits of those in our jurisdiction and help bring them back to the fold of Jesus Christ. This week #3 gave me and my companion a list of times she will make herself available for visiting teaching in the future. So this is fantastic. AND because the energy healing I do is 100% Christ-based (although I would not call it "faith healing"), and rooted in scriptural concepts, even though I did not give her a real visiting teaching lesson, I was still able to tie together and relate Gospel concepts in what I feel was a non-threatening way as I explained what I was doing. Obviously she invited me (and my companion) to come see her in the future, so I guess it was fine. How exciting and wonderful. I am so happy about this.

...SO happy about this!

~~~

I was going to write a few more stories, but they all come back to basically the same stuff: proactively reaching out with material goods and/or chocolate on a biweekly basis, and following the Spirit about other things. So far, so good. I have been so blessed. When we serve God's children, God increases our love for them, which makes us want to serve them more. The more I reach out to my inactive sisters, be they my visiting teachees, Focus Fifteeners, or just random people, the more I want to reach out to them.

Random things on my ward-mission to-do list that might spark your interest to pursue yourself:

1. Reach out to the local old folks' homes and see if they'd be interested in having volunteers help record residents' family history. Maybe I will finally call them today now that this answer is holding me accountable! Maybe you can write in next week and ask if I did it. Just kidding. I will be back to enjoying my retirement at that point. Although if you did ask I would probably answer via MSJ (did I mention she is my favorite person of all the people???).

2. Get ahold of the ward boundaries and see what other things we could get involved in in our area. I don't think we have a prison or detention center in our ward boundaries, but my friend's church in a neighboring town teaches life skills classes at their local juvie and I think that is so awesome. They are not LDS but their work there opens a lot of Christ-centered conversation and I know that makes Heavenly Father so happy. I hope my ward can be that cool (as is appropriate and inspired).

3. Apply concepts from this book to my work in the ward mission. It's a book written by a non-LDS pastor, but I felt I had moments of inspiration while reading it. It was worth the $3 on Kindle.

I'm so excited for all the good work you will get to do in your new calling! The field is white and we are so blessed to have the opportunity to help God do His work. I feel I can promise you miracles as you magnify this calling. We have no idea the extent to which God will enlighten our minds and expand our souls as we go about His business. The more open I am to being led by the Spirit, and the harder I'm willing to work, the more miracles I see. I know I fall short of God's expectations for me right now, but the blessings that come from just attempting to live up to His standard are nothing short of incredible. And I mean that--I would never believe the things I have witnessed unless I had personally seen them, I think. But that is the miracle of faith. The more faith we have, the more miracles we see.

Well, sorry this answer is approximately ten million pages long! I'll leave you with a scripture that stood out to me yesterday:

Alma 26:22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance.

Bringing literal thousands to repentance and true joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ IS within our power--is within YOUR power--and God has given us a blueprint and instructions for how to access that power. It all comes down to humility, repentance, faith, good works, and continual prayer. From my own life I know that this is a true promise. I'm still in the highly imperfect implementation phase, but I have learned such mysteries! And I have felt God's love for my sisters. And it is so beautiful.

Believe! Witness miracles!

- Lexi Khan


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Question #77245 posted on 04/14/2014 1:12 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

During this past General Conference, I noticed that whenever President Monson got up to speak, someone assisted him to the pulpit and sat on a bench directly behind him. The camera was always zoomed out, but it was still noticeable. The same man also walked beside/behind him as he walked out after each session. I imagine the man is his bodyguard and/or doctor.

This is the first time I've ever seen something like this take place. Is President Monson suffering from a new illness that requires closer attention? His speaking didn't seem to be affected, so maybe vertigo or something else that would make him more likely to collapse, and thus require someone very close at all times?

Maybe MSJ has the inside info. Just curious.

Thanks,
-branflakes

A:

Dear Pumpkin,

Reports are that President Monson is doing just fine. Apparently his security contingent feels that, as he ages and possibly becomes a little less steady, they want to make certain there are no falls. Thus, the man you saw was no doubt a security officer.

-Marguerite St. Just


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Posted on 04/14/2014 1:07 p.m. New Comment on: #77234 I will be a freshman at BYU this fall and am looking for housing. Getting a ...
Question #77280 posted on 04/14/2014 12:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

For those who've had babies fairly recently, did you take DHA during your pregnancy? It seems like a popular idea online and to the one doctor I've asked about it, but no mom I've asked has actually taken it.

I like the idea of it helping brain development, but I don't like the idea of it potentially having mercury (even though the companies usually say theirs has been tested and meets requirements, etc.). What are your thoughts? Also, what are your thoughts on the prenatal vitamin you took (or whatever you took)? Thanks.

-Just wants a healthy baby

A:

Dear Just,

Prenatal vitamins are expensive, and the least expensive ones that I could find were at Costco, so I took those. I think it was these vitamins, in which case I guess I did have DHA. I had a healthy baby, so they did their job, as far as I know. Yes, it was a big brown pill that wasn't always easy to swallow, but it could have been worse. Whether or not the DHA I took made his brain develop like it should comes into question when Mavenbaby runs around growling and trying to bite my legs. Sarcasm aside, I'm planning on taking the same prenatal vitamin when we decide it's time to have another baby.

DHA does have proven benefits for pregnant and nursing mothers and their babies. These include preventing pre-term labor and delivery, lower risk of pre-eclampsia, aid in breast milk production, and DHA (and EPA) are necessary for the development of fetal nervous and visual systems. 

I highly doubt that a prenatal vitamin containing DHA or a fish-oil supplement would contain enough mercury to cause any problems for a pregnant woman or her baby. The extraction and purification processes for all commercial vitamin products are designed to remove impurities. Many brands use third party labs to test their product and ensure that it is as pure as it can be. As long as you take vitamins or supplements from a reputable manufacturer you shouldn't worry about the mercury content.

Last, remember that it's okay for pregnant women to consume a certain amount of mercury every week. Even if your prenatal vitamin contained a little bit of mercury, I doubt it would exceed the weekly allowed amount (unless you're also eating a lot of fish).

I'd say that taking DHA probably wouldn't hurt, and it certainly can help you and your baby. Check out this article from the American Pregnancy Association for more information.

--Maven


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Question #77279 posted on 04/14/2014 11:30 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Oh my goodness, please help me. There is a commercial for the Today Show that's been showing lately with a song that I cannot figure out the name of. In the commercial, Hoda Kotb grabs some people in the audience and lets them take a selfie with her and Shakira. The only part of the song I can understand is "Woah oh oh ohhhh". This is driving me absolutely craycray. Does anyone know what that song might be??

-AAAAHHHH

A:

Dear AH,

The song you want is probably "Can't Remember To Forget You" by Shakira.

Hobo


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Question #77253 posted on 04/14/2014 9:24 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What fun words have you added to your phone's dictionary?

- Amity, who has added both the singular and plural of "selfie" and "velociraptor"

A:

Dear Amity,

My personal dictionary causes me no end of amusement. Most of the words or acronyms that I've added require far too much explanation to be entertaining to the public at large, but here is a selection for your enjoyment. 

I've accumulated a large number of odd diminutives that I use mostly when texting my sister. For example: "lunchies" and "dindin(s)" for lunch and dinner respectively, and "compy" and "compyless" (computer and computerless). I also found the word "hurty" in my dictionary, which isn't quite a diminutive in the strictest sense, but refers to the state of being in pain. 

I've also accumulated a fair number of judgmental words, which reflects poorly on my character. Words in this vein include "oversharing", "toolish", "BSing", and "snotty". 

Other random words include "dogetos", "Minecraft", "gangsta", "mongoose", and "Meese" (as in Matt). 

My dictionary also contains the acronyms for almost all of the buildings on campus (I guess I've been here a while), as well as a few more specific campus acronyms such as CBR and EBR (center ballroom and east ballroom). 

-Divya

A:

Dear Amity,

This does not directly relate to your question. But seeing "velociraptor" and "selfie" in the same sentence reminded me of Rene Descartes ("I think, therefore I am") and the philosoraptor and it inspired me to create this:

philosoraptor.jpg

For some reason it amuses me.

-Sheebs


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Question #77234 posted on 04/14/2014 9 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I will be a freshman at BYU this fall and am looking for housing. Getting a little worried, because I heard that most good places will be all out very soon. I want to live offcampus and on the south side close enough to walk to school. Has anyone heard of any places that are terrible that I should stay away from, or amazing places that I should look into? I have done my homework, and have narrowed down the places based on location, but there is still a lot... Any help narrowing it down more would be much appreciated!

Granary
Spyglas
Avenues
Ben Dick Arms
Campus View
Canterwood
Chelsea
La Jolla
South Downs
Stonebridge
Township
Villa
Windsor Park
Melville
Richardson House

-Michelleee

A:

Dear Michelleee,

Unfortunately, the Board has a policy against recommending/discouraging specific apartment complexes. What I would recommend is using apartment review websites as well as gathering recommendations from friends you have who have specific experience in the complexes you're looking at. If you're in or can get to Provo, wander around (the largest contingent of student housing is south of campus) and knock doors at the complexes you're considering. Ask how people like the ward, the apartments, the management. Finally, use BYU's Housing Guide. Good luck!

~Anne, Certainly


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Question #77278 posted on 04/14/2014 7:18 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Does BYU not allow students to hold two student jobs? I think I remember hearing that had been decreed last year. Can I keep my job and get paid to do research work with a professor?

-Starving Student

A:

Dear Student,

Yes, you can. Currently, I have three on-campus things I get paid for. Two of them are traditional student jobs and one of them is research with a professor. It's doable. In general, the all-important rule for fall and winter is that BYU allows students to hold as many on-campus jobs as they want as long as they don't go over 20 hours in a given week. (Keep very good track of your timecard, or your manager will get an angry email.)

There are special rules for spring and summer, which you can read more about in the comment on Board Question #76272. Basically, you can't average more than 28 hours per week. This year, if you are a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident, you can begin working more than 20 hours per week starting April 16, 2014. There are, of course, other special rules for international students, graduate students, etc., so I would encourage you to contact your time manager if you have further concerns or are wondering what your current average is.

-Owlet


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