From BYU NewsNet: BYU's president gave the initial devotional this week on (surprise!) the Honor Code, which seems to have taken on a life of its own at the BYU. Some of his statements verge on the surreal. For example: "President Samuelson said some details, like following parking regulations or dress and grooming standards, are ignored or put aside because they don't seem serious when compared to things like plagiarism and cheating." Actually, at most universities, plagiarism and cheating ARE more serious matters than parking tickets and grooming. I can't tell whether his point is that students don't appreciate how serious these items really are or whether he's admitting they are trivial but that students need to take them seriously anyway because the Honor Code says they should.
The article then links the following quote to Samuelson's "stressing the importance of following the Honor Code in all situations":
We in our day continue to be tempted to be selective in our discipleship and choosy about which conventions and commandments we will observe and which we might justify ignoring," he said.
So BYU policies are likened to "commandments" and being a good BYU student is equivalent to "discipleship." Wow. It just seems to me like the place has lost its sense of perspective, kind of like how you'd feel if you saw a Scoutmaster lining up the Scouts and lecturing them on tucking their shirts in and how they'd never get to heaven if they don't learn this important principle now, when they're young. A final quote: "President Samuelson said to live the Honor Code with exactness is equivalent to fearlessly defending the Lord and sacred things."
I guess it would be nice to hear from someone who heard it live. The BYU paper doesn't always get the story right. And in case you haven't read through it lately (set aside a half hour), here's a link to the BYU Honor Code.