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Staff Editorial: Why we do not do what we could do

Whether you love it or hate the contract, we all must obey it during our time at Biola. We cannot drink, smoke or gamble. The contract also requires both heterosexual and homosexual students to refrain from sex.

We give up privileges that others enjoy, even some privileges that are not necessarily sinful. But this sets us up for a lifetime of healthy relationships by keeping us from unnecessary struggles. The goal is that we would become more reliant on our brothers, sisters and leaders in Christ instead of things on which we will not always be able to rely.

Even some students here disagree with some of the standards. Of course, some students want to drink on their twenty-first birthday. We have all had to work around open hours to see our friends of the opposite gender. Fighting for a lobby should be Biola’s most well-known sport. We all have stories of the one person coming into the dorm drunk or who had their girlfriend sneak out in the morning. But we need to remember the contract is not meant just to take things away from us. It also gives us a unique opportunity to see the culture we live in without having to fully participate in it.

Some of us here at Biola grew up in Christian homes where we had little independence. Coming to Biola represents a time where we take on more and more freedoms. Though we may have more freedom than we had at home, it is tempting to compare our experience here to experiences at California state schools.

Maybe we should look at the reasons we came to Biola in the first place. Was our first priority to be able to do whatever we wanted? Students at Cal State Fullerton spend less than $8000 a year on tuition and have the freedom to do whatever they want, as long as it does not conflict with the state laws of California. Open hours, drinking restrictions, smoking prohibitions and discipline for un-Christ-like conduct all exemplify Biola’s intentional stance against some privileges that the rest of our age group has. If we came to Biola for an experience comparable to that of other schools, we made a mistake.

We students pay an arm and a leg to attend this school, and in return Biola gives us the opportunity to have any number of faith-fostering experiences. We have countless staff members willing to mentor us. For those of us that need counseling, Biola offers faith-based counseling. For those of us struggling with our faith, there are resident advisors, resident directors, friends and spiritual leaders on campus ready and willing to help us through. Biola has built a system of support for us, all of it meant to foster the full life that Jesus describes.

When it comes to the things that Biola does not allow us to do, we should think about the university’s decisions in light of the support system they created for us. In my experience, the lifestyle Biola requires of us is not meant to keep us from the full life we are meant to live. Rather, these restrictions keep us from hurting ourselves, and in the end, mean to make us healthier adults.

 

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  1. larry smith

    Gang:

    Spot on! I have been accused of being the most liberal professor at Biola but everything you say is right and true.

    If nothing else, BU students look like idiots holding a beer bottle or cigarette. If you were home-schooled, for instance, it was probably a challenge to grab a smoke in the bathroom. Thus, you don't know proper etiquette and would be better leaving the vices to future victims of lung cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.

    The dancing part is valid - not because someone is going to get pregnant during a waltz but because of the FOLO factor. There are enough young ladies at Biola who have experienced rejection from guys - that awkward feeling of standing on the baseline at a junior high dance and having their friends drooling it up on the floor with pimply boys. We don't need that here - due to the gender-number gap and the fact that most Biola guys ACT like junior highers when relating to girls.

    The sex prohib is a no-brainer. The emotional damage done to a young lady in the aftermath of a hot and heavy relationship is not worth the thrill of a Sigma lobby pant-fest. A healthy romantic relationship is a true thing of beauty - and you can't recapture that beauty after a sexual slip-up...trust me on this.

    My only question is why profs and staff can freely indulge in the vices that Biola stands so firmly against...don't give me the "It's illegal" argument. Many students are 21 and a six-pack lowers the inhibitions of an English professor as much as an undergrad.

    I am from a family which has experienced the ravages of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; it ain't pretty. I am not ever going to be under consideration for sainthood and do not want to be a moral judge. But, I will stand in front of my students without hypocrisy and tell them they should keep contract and that I stand with them. Horton, Talbot, Sutherland, Emerson, and the rest of the patriarchs would agree with me but they're too dead to speak up. I'll speak for them...Profs: Caffeine is the only vice you need; enjoy a tall double blackeye at Starbucks and think about it.

    Gang: you are too special to ruin yourself. If you want to have fun, come to the December 4th Professor Night Fundraiser and I'll inspire you with stories of world-class campus pranks from when I was your age...about 75 years ago!

    Lord bless you even if you are a pregnant alcoholic addict with dancey feet. November 19, 2014

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