Ever since Brigham Young University was founded in 1875, it has required the utmost propriety from the students within its halls. You won't see any miniskirts or mohawks on the quad. You won't hear any swear words shouted across the cafeteria. And for the last half-century, the beverage choice was also extremely limited. But as of this week, a major change is happening for the students of Brigham Young University. There's a whole new world of drinks to discover...
Brigham Young University is located in Provo, Utah.
It was established way back in 1875 and is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The vast majority of its student population is Mormon; over 98 percent of the students who attend BYU are members of the LDS church.
As you might expect from any school with religious affiliation, the students of BYU must adhere to a set of rules in order to attend.
There are a number of rules in the school’s honor code that you might expect to see at an institution with many religious members.
For instance, the honor code dictates that its students must “abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances and from the intentional misuse or abuse of any substance.”
There are also a few rules that might leave you scratching your head…
For instance, sideburns cannot extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek.
Male students at BYU must have their hair trimmed above the collar with their ears left uncovered.
This probably goes without saying, but their hair may not be dyed any extreme colors, either.
Mustaches are allowed, as long as they don't extend beyond or below the corners of one's mouth.
But beards? They’re not allowed at any length.
(Honestly, this might not be a terrible policy to invoke at all schools. Goodness knows we’ve all seen enough freshmen struggling to grow out their scraggly facial hair.)
Here's another interesting rule: No one is allowed to consume coffee or tea.
Actually, this is a rule for all Mormons. Those who choose to follow the Word of Wisdom abstain from drinking any hot drinks.
Since the mid-1950s, BYU has left soda off the menu as well.
But that all changed yesterday…