While Tennesseans debate the legality of photo identification for voting access, MUS has the issue settled for our boys.
All students have their pictures taken at the beginning of the school year. Opening Convocation August 15 is reserved for the herding of all classes through the Campus Center in an orderly process designed to capture each boy's mug as soon as possible. Those photos of the boys in coats and ties, neatly shaved and hair contrived into an appropriate orderliness, are used for a handy little internal pamphlet we call the Faces Book. With about 20% of the annual student body new to school, the booklet simply presents each class with their individual photos and names thereby speeding up the learning process for everyone.
The same photos are used for both the annual yearbook and the U-Card. As for the yearbook, parents should be advised that how Junior looks come August 15 is how he will be immortalized in the annals of The Owl. Students should be advised that how they look on the same date is how their U-Card will identify them all school year. Hint: Lower Schoolers historically enjoy showing off their fresh (double entendre intended) recognition as Owls at the Varsity football games.
The U-Card gets our students into home athletic events for free. The U-Card also identifies students who purchase lunch in the dining hall. It's not a debit card, but it functions similarly as the lunch line attendants record purchases in association with both lunch plans and individual dining account balances.
The bottom line: U-Cards are mandated. Failure to present one at a game only results in a student having to pay cash out-of-pocket. Failure to present one during the lunch line-up results in waiting until the end of the line, sometimes even receiving a demerit for the infraction. Given the seriousness, students often attach the laminated U-Card to a lanyard or keep it in their wallet. Seeing how they must carry a driver's license in a few years, the discipline helps prepare them for that enjoyable reality.