For the first time since the spring term in 2008, I have once again entered holy time as of 8/26/09. In keeping with Biola requirement and personal conviction (truth-telling and promise-keeping), I abstain from alcoholic beverages during the school term. My last glass for regular time was a lovely smoked porter from Stone (a beautiful thing).
Agreement with the requirement is irrelevant: this school is worth at least this small sacrifice. Despite my desire for policy change (in case you missed the subtle hint in the last sentence), I have found the discipline to be helpful, as it experientially reminds me that my academic life is an offering to God.
If they ever change the rule for grad students, I can honestly say I don't know how I will respond.
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