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Meso-America Tour Cancelled Due To Swine Flu Spread

On April 27, students planning to embark on the Meso–America Tour found out that their trip was cancelled due to the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico.
For two weeks, the Meso-America Tour students have been on campus attending classes in preparation for the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. The students looked forward to “snorkeling the blue Caribbean, spotting monkeys and crocodiles, climbing ancient pyramids, hiking through a rain forest and a volcano, and visiting prospective Book of Mormon sites,” according to the BYU–Idaho Web site. 
“There are a lot of disappointed students. They saved and worked for it. But the students’ safety comes first,” said Joelle Moen, an English professor and one of the tour’s directors.
The news first came on April 25, when the tour was delayed until further notice. The final decision was reached on April 27, and students were contacted through e-mail about the cancellation.
“This was a lose-lose situation for everyone,” said Tina Dean, a senior from Brigham City, Utah. “Students missed out on the opportunity to go on the tour, and, considering the cost of cancelled flights and housing arrangements, it was a great financial loss for the university. I am set that I will miss out on the cultural, educational and social experiences that the tour would have afforded, but I’m not set that the administration chose as they did.” 
Dean, unlike some of her peers, will not have another opportunity to participate in this tour because she is graduating in July. While the tour students said that they do not blame the administration for this loss of experience, the said it is hard to accept the cancellation of plans that many have been preparing for over the past year, as Dean has been.
 “This is another opportunity for BYU–Idaho students to demonstrate that they are agents to act, and not be acted on,” Dean said, knowing that this situation is out of the students’ and teachers’ control. 
“We were sad, but have an optimistic gro. We will move forward with faith that, though unfortunate, this was the best decision, and we will find alternate summer activities.”

Alice Rhynard

Scroll Staff

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