27. July 2008 · 5 comments · Categories: BQOD

This week my office has been hosting an international conference of double reed players (oboes and bassoons). Well let’s just say that in a few hours I will be a very happy camper when this conference concludes. The majority of the people who are attending this conference are not members of the LDS Church and are experiencing a little bit of a shock when it comes to the complete lack of coffee and alcohol on BYU’s campus. One of my absolute favorite moments of the week came when a woman approached me at the information desk and asked me about coffee (mind you this was half way through the week when she was already aware of the lack of coffee on campus). Here is the conversation that followed:

Newcomer to Campus: “Now please tell me where I can get some coffee on campus.”
Me: “There is no coffee available on campus but you can get it at most off campus resturaunts.”
Newcomer to Campus: “I already heard that, really though there must be something on campus.”
Me: “I’m sorry but there really is nothing on campus.”
Newcomer to Campus: “You are a student, there must be an underground coffee ring put on by the student’s. Please, just tell me where to find it.”
Me: “No, I can gurantee that there is not an underground coffee ring on campus.”
Newcomer to Campus: Walked away dissapointed

I read it here.


  1. I bet there is an underground coffee ring. (That makes it sound so diabolical!)

  2. I really do love the idea of a “UCR” … sounds cool to me!

    Eep! I am gonna be late for church. Gotta run!

  3. Oh yes… I can relate to this poor “newcomer”. The nearest Starbucks was in fact about 2.5 miles down University Parkway!

    What I really didn’t understand though was that there was caffeinated Pepsi in the student union. I mean… COME ON PEOPLE!!!

    I thought the policy was just against caffeeine, but apparently it is specific to Coffee or tea. Gordon Hunt even murmured some words of remorse to me over lunch that he couldn’t even get a taste of tea! Not even decaffeinated! But Pepsi must have some underground agreement with BYU.


  4. Oh, too funny, Cooper! Mormons aren’t to drink caffeine. Period. I’ll bet they are what I call a “Pepsi school” and they get money from Pepsi. I guess they turned a blind eye to their beliefs and went with the money. Sigh.

    (I’m a Coke girl myself, so boo to their Pepsi choice!)

    I’m going to guess, though, that if any students drink Pepsi, though, they are shunned.

  5. Hi everybody! I’m new, but I had to respond to the coffee post. I actually went to her site and left a comment. Hopefully, she learned something from her contact with the oboe world. It was a good conference although I think it would’ve been better attended if it had been held somewhere else. Oh well, England anybody?
    By the way, please check out my new site at reeddaddy.com. I posted some photos of the conference and some info. Thanks and I’ll be back.