Alana, our third daughter, began her freshman year at Brigham Young University last week. This year we have four kids in college β€” all at our alma mater. In addition to our newbie, Jessica just started graduate school, Belinda is a junior, and our new and wonderful son-in-law, Chuck, is a senior.

For three days before school started, Alana, Sam, and I attended various New Student Orientation festivities. One of these was a pep rally of sorts. Cheering and chanting and whooping it up about their upcoming college experience, the freshman also got a taste of what makes BYU different from most universities in the world β€” as well as a peek at why it's the winning Stone Cold Sober university 14 years running.

Amidst the revelry they saw a lively musical theater presentation called “That's Against the Honor Code,” showing how true blue cougars never cheat, steal, lie, or make out after midnight. And then, in all seriousness, they learned the eight key principles that represent BYU.

  • Honor
  • Modesty
  • Respect
  • Obedience
  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Purity
Those aren't the kinds of things most college freshman look forward to. Sometimes it's really great to be a peculiar people.
Go cougars!