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I read Maura Bogue's opinion piece last week in The Collegian and found it entertaining. With humor, stereotyping is common, but I thought I should address some of it for those who are not making the journey over the lake. Also, drawing conclusions from one classroom experience does not seem fair, even if it is from Joe Ben Hoyle, the first faculty member to give a "Last Lecture."
I am not a controversial person. I tend to make my home on the middle-ground, appease both sides, be a uniter and not a divider. That is why I promise to never use vulgar language in my column. I refuse to appeal to the lowest base, I refuse to run the risk of alienating the general public. I refuse to drop the F-bomb. Yes, my fellow students — I will never, EVER, utter the word "Festivus."
Liz Monahan is not doing laundry because she will be on Facebook for the next 10 years of her sad, sad life.
During the last couple of weeks, our country seems to have fallen victim to an out-of-control populist bonfire. In lieu of the now infamous AIG bonus conundrum, every Washington politician equipped with a tongue, seized the opportunity to mercilessly pillory the AIG employees who were beneficiaries of these bonuses. Even Barack Obama proved vulnerable to the temptation by decrying AIG's "recklessness and greed."
"A sociological first expedition down the B-School Trail"
The current economic crisis has left dozens of states scrambling to come up with new, innovative ways to balance their budgets. Some of these states need as much as $40 billion in additional revenue to do so. After weeks of careful consideration, these states have decided to do what America does best: tax their way out of the situation. But in a situation such as this, taxes can be dangerous. Raising taxes on the wrong people could result in losing re-election. So rather than come up with a fair plan that may actually succeed, politicians, as they usually do, come up with a more popular plan that will create the illusion of fixing the problem and still ensure that they can win in the next election.
From a woman of the 21st Dark Ages
"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. ... That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact." -- Ralph Ellison,"Invisible Man"
As students of the University of Richmond, we are generally not surprised when someone accuses the administration of being obtrusively paternalistic. Bored by recycled rhetoric, we don't often ask what these high community standards and zero-tolerance policies actually mean for campus life.
When I was in college at Virginia Tech, I was into football and hanging out with my friends. You may consider it nothing short of a miracle, but I remained (and still remain) friends with several of my buddies who were Spiders, like yourself!
Contact cartoonist Steve Minnich at email@example.com
You probably noticed the hordes of alums walking around campus last weekend, children in tow or reuniting with their old cohorts. Maybe you felt annoyed (they graduated from Richmond, you'd think they'd know how to work the toaster in D-Hall), maybe you noticed all that picturesque family bonding around the lake or maybe you were just jealous of the party that was raging in the tent in the Forum last Saturday -- I'm just wondering what era-specific music they're going to play at my reunion. "Disturbia"?
I spent most of my Saturday night walking around campus. I don't know exactly what I expected to see on my stroll, but I unfortunately didn't catch any goose murderers or spot any alumni rekindling old flames in the bushes. Instead, I saw a student in Gray Court puking uncontrollably and a group of bewildered exchange students playing a board game in a lounge.
To the university administration, what are you waiting for? There is a situation at the gym that should have been addressed weeks, if not months, ago: a person clearly and significantly below a healthy bodyweight, excessively exercising, day after day. The fact that her attire directly violates the Weinstein Center dress code only exacerbates the situation.
What is one of the greatest, and most overlooked, aspects of college life? Pranks. College was made for pranks. The whole design of college simply encourages students to callously pull antics on each other. Forced to live in closer proximity to other humans than most of us have before, we spend weeks, months and years creating some of the closest relationships of our lives. What make these relationships so special are the unbreakable lines of trust. But, college also provides us with a fair amount of free time. This leads to only one plausible outcome, breaking these lines of trust. We are further reminded of this around this time of year with the occurrence of one of the greatest holidays known to man: April Fool's Day.
In last week's opinion section, an article was published titled, "Abortion Seems to Defy All Logic." The author began by making the analogy of the past enslavement of African Americans to the enslavement of aborted babies.
Regardless of whether you know who Stephen Sondheim is (don't feel bad, I didn't either until covering his campus visit), the Father of Broadway's words should still strike a chord: The only things worth doing are the ones that scare you.
Pig roast is my favorite holiday. I mean, the ones at home with family bonding are great, but what other chance does the Richmond campus get to bond? We don't all go to sporting events. D-Hall is segregated into three sections (you all know what that means). And for most of us, Playfair is but a distant memory. But Pig Roast is the one event where nearly the entire campus gets together, dresses up and heads to the lodges to eat, dance and mingle with other students enjoying the festivities. And from what I understand, there was a time when mimosa brunches at the apartments were just a way to wake up before a pre-lodge, campus-wide tailgate on the IM fields. How incredible does that sound? The chance to bump into that person you always see in the Commons and finally learn his or her name, while enjoying the atmosphere of a few thousand students excited for the rest of the day.
Part of the Collegian's mission is to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and we are proud of the discussions that our opinion section and online edition have fostered.