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BYUI Culture paper - Native Anthropological Study The...

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Native Anthropological Study The lifestyle of the Rexburg-dwellers An exploration of the young adult population and modern student ambition By Krissy Bentley the lifestyle of the typical Rexburgian would appear to be a simple one due to the simple environment the inhabitants are subject to. It is a rural setting; simple and commonplace, seemingly insignificant, and surprisingly small in size. Altogether, it would appear that the people that are housed in such a place would be equally plain. However, what will surprise most upon examination of this quiet and village-like place, such an elaborate and distinct culture has arisen in the small town of Rexburg that a single written piece is hardly room enough to describe the findings.
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What shall be herein described are the detailed discoveries made among the youthful population concerning clothing and the meaning of accessories, namely those who attend the University formally known as Brigham Young University Idaho, commonly known as BYU-I. Typical Style, Atypical Standards The students of BYU-I are of interest to most because of their peculiarity on this particular point: they follow worldly styles in clothing and lifestyle, yet somehow manage to be “apart” from the rest of the world’s culture, especially that of the United States. True, style is extremely important to the individuality and expression of the modern student here, yet values set by the religion of the university and its population override even that desire to simply “express oneself” through clothing choices. Clothes worn must fit the rubric set by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where modesty in appearance is of utmost importance for both males and females. Females are expected to wear clothing that does not over expose their bodies, namely the chest, shoulders, and midriffs. Also, when skirts are worn, it is of utmost importance that their
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legs are not exposed above the knees. In fact, floor length skirts are encouraged and are seen more and more on campus. Males are held to a similar standard of dress. Their dress must appear equally neat and orderly. Until recently, females were prohibited from wearing pants to classes and were instead required to wear skirts, but now they are permitted to wear clean, full length pants or jeans. Males and females alike may wear pants that do not have holes and that do not have too much apparent fading. Also, closed toed shoes are permitted, yet the favorite American shoe, the flip flop, is not allowed for either sex. Perhaps these different cover-all standards are for the cold weather, and perhaps they are intended more for religious purposes.
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