Vol 29, Issue 1

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Above: The Marketplace is intentionally set ablaze as a symbolic and literal manifestation of its closure.

Dining Hall Suspended Indefinitely

JRC-- The rumors are true: The Dining Hall is closed for at least the duration of the 2017-18 academic year. Grinnellians naively assumed the abrupt closures of Bob’s Underground Café and Lyle’s Pub would be the only surprises up the administration’s sleeves for the time being. However, these hopes were dashed today, as a demolition team of administrators descended into the dining hall during breakfast with airhorns and a megaphone. After RayKay reportedly screamed “It’s over! It’s over!” at the fleeing student workers, the brutes doused the hall with gasoline, promptly starting a controlled blaze. Fortunately, since no one eats breakfast at the dining hall, there were no injuries, which is also fortunate, since SHACS currently only carries M&M bottles. On the downside, SHACS only provides regular M&Ms.

Unlike the closure of Bob’s and Lyle’s, however, at least the Student Leaders were spared the embarrassment of receiving termination notices from administration via email over the summer. Aaron Miller ’19, Student Leader, gladly reported that he “was able to enjoy the entire summer without this hanging out my head, unlike my friend who’s a manager at Bob’s. The loud, fiery and completely shocking announcement was a pleasant change of pace.”

However, the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW) presents a unique challenge for the administration. Since the union employees cannot technically be fired, the administration reassigned all UGSDW members to tend student garden, located behind Food House. Reactions to this change are mixed. UGSDW member Rachel Jones ’20 summarized her feelings by saying that “I’d rather be spraying trays, but tending the garden broadens my skill set. At least we still have jobs. The union lives on.”

On the bright side, Sophie Kissinger points out that “students will probably eat better now. We’ll have a lot more fresh veggies.”

In the wake of this absurdist act, a smattering of fired non-union dining hall workers and other food enthusiasts have formed the Students Who Appreciated Eating Food, or SWAEF, which meets weekly in the ash heap of the cafeteria to reminisce about the dining hall food everyone previously complained about. SWAEF also intends to covertly grow food for themselves on the dirt patch formerly known as Mac Field. The administration has threatened to replace the quad with artificial turf if SWAEF executes this plan, though.

However, not all are upset with the changes. Several pro-closure groups have come to the administration’s defense, asserting that serving people food presents too much of a legal risk for the school to undertake. The administration also intends to open up the vacant lot for Call for Proposals from Fortune 500 companies. According to Dean Harris Smith, “This new open space has a lot of potential. However, it would be tough to make more money than we already were with the dining hall. Monopolies are a beautiful thing.” Leading candidates include Whole Foods and Starbucks, but several other prominent companies are vying in this intense competition.

Ultimately, the College’s ultimate goal for this plan is to force students to spend more time in town buying groceries or eating at restaurants. RayKay argued that “this strategy will really bolster the Zone of Confluence. Without the dining hall, students will be forced to spend more time and money in town. And since we practically own the entire town, we can extract even more money from these helpless bastards.”

this intense competition.

Ultimately, the College’s goal for this plan is to force students to spend more time in town buying groceries or eating at restaurants. RayKay argued that “this strategy will really bolster the Zone of Confluence. Without the dining hall, students will be forced to spend more time and money in town. And since we practically own the entire town, we can extract even more money from these helpless bastards.”

Zone of Confluenza

Zone of Confluence - As many are aware, Grinnell College has been purchasing properties in the downtown Grinnell area, expanding what is known as the Zone of Confluence.

Although the official story is that the college has been purchasing this land in order to improve town-gown relations, an insider from the college administration has released some startling information.

“There’s a greater conspiracy at work here,” states a college employee who wishes to remain anonymous, “I’m honestly worried about what might happen to me if anybody finds out that I’m sharing this information.”

In 2012, the year before Grinnell College began buying these properties, an incident in Noyce created a severe and potentially deadly form of the stomach flu capable of spreading incredibly rapidly. According to our source, who spends much of their free time eavesdropping on her colleagues during lunch, this super flu has no known cure despite numerous secret attempts by the Biology Department to develop a vaccine.

The college decided that the only way to stop the disease, now dubbed Scarlett Death, from spreading was to create a large quarantine around the surrounding area.

“Anyone attempting to leave campus is simply drugged and brought to an area belonging to the college where someone plays videos of highway scenes and beaches,” reports our source.

“After an appropriate amount of time they’re let back out onto campus and fully believe that they were gone. However, this is becoming less and less feasible as the infection spreads. The college needs to buy more property in order to stash the ever-growing infected population.”

In fact, no student, faculty, or alumnus of Grinnell College has been allowed to truly leave the Grinnell area since the existence of the Scarlett Death was discovered.

It remains to be seen how long this containment scheme can hold. In fact, 75% of the college endowment goes towards keeping everyone in Grinnell.

When questioned about the possibility that he has been kidnapped and may never truly leave campus again, Trevor Vicks ’19 stated “I’m not sure if that’s very relevant to me. Once during my first year I got a ride to Walmart to buy some hangers, but since then I’ve just used Amazon Prime and I haven’t been past 6th Avenue since.”


First year and Family Vanish

Noyce Science Center- While NSO week was a smashing hit and not at all a reiteration of what the NSO’s had to do before coming to Grinnell, not everyone was there to appreciate it.

Theodore “Teddy” Buschmeyer, Class of ‘21, was reported to be missing after arriving on the eighteenth with his mother and father, Carla and Greg Buschmeyer, and three siblings - Grant, 16, Ellie, 12, and Rose, 9.

They were last reported seen walking into the Robert Noyce Center after deciding to take a “self - guided tour” to check out the giant molecule hanging in the second floor elbow.

Nobody has yet to claim to have seen the Buschmeyers after this, nor is there any information telling whether or not the family made it to the second floor.

As of now, the Buschmeyer and his family are AWOL, and the only reason why anyone knows that is because of Buschmeyer’s failure to show up for quiet hour voting.

Theodore’s roommate, Lee Collins ‘21, tells us “He seemed like a bro, shame about what happened to him. I’m sure he’ll come out fine, but in the meantime I’ll just take the bottom bunk and maybe make some room for a mini fridge? I won’t, like, go through his stuff or anything.”

A cursory look at the state of his room shows that Collins hasn’t quite kept that promise, as all the drawers were opened, and Buschmeyer’s stuff strewn around the room.

So far, no one has been able to find Buschmeyer or his family, and when questioned, his CA replied, “Who?”

His small group leaders, in addition, had trouble remembering who he was. “To be honest, we were not focusing on who our first years were,” said Lana Courlier ‘19, who was the small group leader of Group H, Buschmeyer’s alleged small group.

“Half the people showed up late anyway, or skipped the meetings entirely. We just figured he did as well.” said her co-leader Ana Winters ‘19.

“Trust me, most of us didn’t pay attention to half the stuff said there.”

Campus Security is currently in the process of sending out a clery alert in the coming weeks.

Until then, residence life, and the rest of the community, hopes that the Buschmeyers can follow the tenets of self governance and find the way out themselves before that.

Above: Norris residents dump their NSO lanyards off a ship they built outside Norris

Norris Hall Declares independence

Norris Hall- Norris Hall has declared its independence from its cluster and Grinnell College proper.

“We just got tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes,” Norris CA Leanne Zukia ’20 explained. “Becoming independent will really help foster community pride.”

The deed was discovered on Tuesday morning, when RayK and all of the staff of Residence found the following document nailed to their doors:

THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE FOUR UNITED FLOORS OF NORRIS

When in the Course of Grinnell events it becomes necessary for one dorm to dissolve the dormitorial bands which have connected it with its cluster to assume the separate and equal station to which the laws of Housing entitle it, a decent respect to the opinions of RayK requires that they should explain their reasoning for separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all dorms are constructed equal, that they are endowed by the Almighty Crane with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Alcohol, Accessibility, and the pursuit of Noorgies. That to secure these rights, CaNaDa was instituted among Grinnellians, establishing the incorporation of Norris Hall into the rest of North Campus, deriving its just powers from Self-Gov. But when a long train of usurpations evinces a design by RayK to reduce Norris to the lowest of the low, it is the dorm’s right and duty to throw off such “Self-Gov”. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid newspapr.

He has refused us direct access and linkage to the North loggia.

He has forbidden us an adequate way to print out homework assignments, having left us with a piece of shit printer.

He has erected bizarre cabinet-organizer-thingies in all our rooms and expects us to puzzle out how exactly to make use of them.

He has dissolved Mac Field into a dirt pit, depriving us of our only shortcut to the JRC.

He has endeavored to prevent wheelchair access to the building by refusing to provide us with decent elevators.

He has made Norris a sub-free dorm without the consent of the residing students.

For allowing the gross smells of the First Floor Kitchen to permeate the other innocent floors.

For imposing ridiculously steep and narrow-ass staircases on our poor, tired legs.

For abolishing any and all muffling material that might keep loud raunchy noises from traveling through the entire dorm.

He has constrained us in claustrophobia-inducing hallways, specifically designed to make us feel like sardines packed into a fire-hazardous factory:

In every stage our repeated Student Initiatives have been answered only by jokes about Norris’s ugliness.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United Floors of Norris, do solemnly publish and declare, that Norris Hall is, and of right ought to be a free and independent entity, that it is absolved from all allegiance to the Ray Crown, and that all dormitorial connection between it and the cluster of CaNaDa, is and ought to be totally dissolved. And for the support of this Declaration, we UFN residents mutually pledge to each other our Pcards, our Whiteboards, and our sacred Herbal Tea.”

Above: Dazed first years participate in a team building activity

First years from cult backgrounds find home at nso

MAC FIELD REMAINS--It’s no secret that New Student Orientation (NSO), the week-long first-year orientation, can be stressful. Recalling his experience, this year’s NSO leader Curtis Gunderson ’18 spoke candidly of the tough transition. “As a Son of the Pulsing Light, I observed bloodletting on Fridays back home, but once I got to college I didn’t have the comfort of living in a bunker with my family and my local congregation. I definitely struggled to understand what bloodletting would look like for me at Grinnell, where I would find my niche.” So when Gunderson joined as the leader of the NSO team, it was a “no-brainer” to ring in the Class of 2021’s arrival with a Candle Lighting Ceremony.

After the Class Photo at the Bear Athletic Center, frenzied NSO staff quickly evacuated the Class of 2021 in matching white shirts in two single file lines. The students silently marched down Park St., flanked by CAs holding flickering, battery-powered candles. On Park and 8th, without warning, the Grinnell Song began to play. The students then gathered into a holding pen outside Gates Tower to hear student organizers speak about college traditions. After, “We did a variety of fun icebreaker activities like improv, an exorcism, a game of Baby Toss, guided self-flagellation, etc.,” said Kimberly Rosenberg, ’21. “It was so intense when they sacrificed the virgin.”

Less pious students also enjoyed the event. “I’m a lapsed follower of The Victorious Coven of the Dead, it was more something my family was into,” Mary Zao ’21 explained. “But as soon as I saw all the CAs passed out in the grass, I felt at home.”

NSO planned the Candle Lighting Ceremony to appeal to the entirety of the first-year class, not just those hailing from cults. “I met a lot of cool people in the Pit of Virgins,” said Bradley Fulcher ’21, who was not sacrificed. Jane Yates ‘21 bonded quickly with her floor: “When our CA asked for volunteers for the live burials, my small group and I looked at each other like, ‘please, oh god, no, don’t pick us.’ There was a lot of solidarity.”

The ceremony was not without controversy. “I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes here, and I’m definitely very tolerant and have a huge respect for the culture, but I just don’t want to be indoctrinated on my first night at Grinnell,” Monica Aaron ’21 confessed. “Drinking unmarked Kool Aid made me uncomfortable; EverFi taught us not to do that.” In preparation for the controversies, NSO staff prepared the alive CAs with talking points in case first years approached them about the questions about the messages of the ceremony. Loose 2nd and 3rd floor CA, Alex Jaynes ‘20, explained, “Basically, NSO asked us to tell residents that while part of the tradition comes from the Circle of the Bleeding Lizard, it’s also about reflection, community, and an important welcome to Grinnell. Remember, sect-gov is love.”

Despite the controversy, NSO staff currently regard the candle lighting ceremony as a success. “Sure, at first I was skeptical,” Anthony Schrupp ‘21 admitted, “but I left the ceremony with lots of new friends, and now I know about managing stress and that Tim is our one true savior from radiation and the impending alien invasion caused the plague.”

Robert’s Overground Café to Open

BOB’S ROBERT’S-- After the sudden closing of Bob’s Underground Café and Lyle’s Pub, the Grinnell administration revealed last Wednesday the construction of a Kington-friendly facsimile, Robert’s Overground Café. Robert’s is located directly within Bob’s, with new walls constructed within the old; in essence, Robert’s is a smaller exact replica of the layout of Bob’s housed within its walls. Robert’s is also rumored to hold a secret tunnel to Ray K’s living room, from which he crouches eight hours a day with a glass pressed to the wall.

“We have no intention of changing Bob’s Underground Café,” promised RayK. “It’s just that we’re modifying it. Student feedback is crucial to establishing an ideal version of a café that works for everyone. That’s why we made Robert’s, which is what students would promote in a student feedback session. We hired a team of experts to determine what a student would think, and as such, we know exactly what students covet -- which is Robert’s.”

Plans for Robert’s include serving stale bagels, water, and unseasoned slices of lunch meat. The administration plans to restock items through discounted warehouse deals, and has raised prices significantly in order to drive a profit from Robert’s. One student worker will will be working round-the-clock at negative wage to ensure maximum profitability.

Decoration-wise, Kington has taken personal charge of the wall graffiti within Robert’s.

“I think it’s what’s best to ensure a proper rebranding,” he stated, and picked up a pink sharpie, writing ‘REVOLUTION?’. Other phrases from Kington’s graffiti redecoration included ‘Hillary for president”, ‘Antifa but no violence!’, ‘I like the style of East Coast higher education private schools’, and ‘war crimes can be good’.

“I think this will steer them in the right direction,” he mused. “But I want them to feel at home, to make sure they show up.” He wrote ‘LGBT’, ‘communism’, ‘socialism’, ‘Rosa Luxemburg’, and, playfully, ‘money is bad’, with three exclamation marks.

Other adornments include small cartoons of various drugs -- including alcohol, Adderall, and marijuana -- alongside small 5pt printed essays on the merits of investing in fossil fuels and environmental racism. “I believe Robert’s will bring a beautiful new opportunity to campus,” said an anonymous member of the administration. “Robert’s is a place of learning, of coming together to celebrate the success of our endowment. To use substances. To spend money. To appreciate what makes our student body unique.” She gestured to some of Kington’s graffiti.

“See that? It says ‘Grinnell is fun and good, always’. That other one over there? ‘I think punching Nazis is bad.’ And my favorites? ‘Making fun of the president of Grinnell is kind of disrespectful’. ‘Ray K’s kind of cool’. I think that’s beautiful.”

Framed pictures of the McGough crane, framed samples of the various soils used in the creation of the Dirt Pit, and 2016-era construction promotional material hang on the walls; blueprints for the downtown construction projects with “love this!” scrawled on top join them. Flatscreen televisions screening new Grinnell public relations videos -- such as ads for Hotel Grinnell and branding efforts -- are expected to be installed next week.

Plans for usage of the space consist of regular Pioneer Capital Investments meetings, board meetings, surveys, and cracker-eating contests. Students are welcome to use the space for improv sessions and open mic nights, but only maybe.

Mysterious Droplets Cause Concern


EVERYWHERE--Within the increasingly large radius of the Robert N. Noyce Science Center, first-years have begun noticing the effects of the all-encompassing light mist.

“The first time I felt it I assumed some water had trickled from a tree. The second time I figured I was just crying again.” says Ian Burkus ‘21. “But by my third misting I knew something much deeper was going on.”

Historically, the mist has sparked responses ranging from awe and admiration to total outrage in the Grinnell community.

“It’s really the way of the future,” says Eco House member and organic vegetable enthusiast Kaya Jackson. “Instead of using tap water I just walk back and forth past Noyce with my mouth open. It saves water and allows me to live up to my part-time goal of total non-consumption.” When asked about her friend and fellow vegan Phillip Zao who passed out trying to refill a Camelback on the Noyce roof, Jackson declined to comment, though rumors of a possible Robert Noyce overdose abound.

“Investigate the mist,” says second year Tracey Smigley while nervously looking over her shoulder. “Ever since I started avoiding the Noyce mist, I feel like I have been able to see this campus for what it truly is. Apparently Noyce is actually pretty easy to navigate once you’re out of the mist’s toxicity. Also, turns out Hawkeye is actually really bad. Bob’s was shut down because it sheltered too many people from the mist and the standup comedy there got too incisive. Open your eyes, people.”

The administration declined to comment on the Noyce mist situation except for one perhaps too enthusiastic member who requested to use a voice changing device to preserve anonymity despite this being a typed interview.

“I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility that the water emitted from Noyce contains dangerous levels of chemicals that ultimately cause students’ brains to over time replicate that of the famed Robert Noyce. This genius gene strain might perhaps enable them to make significant financial contributions to the college and fund my new back porch. Oh oops I’m so silly, I mean funding the digging of vast dirt pits. Oh my gosh yikes no I misspoke again, I meant, like, innovation and stuff.”

An investigation of the attic of Noyce yielded some perhaps troubling finds, including mildew that is probably a health code violation, a locked door marked “Brain Control Fluids” and demolition gear for minority prayer spaces in a bag labled with the initials RK. Some of the full-time inhabitants of the top floor Noyce study nooks have been heard saying “Optimism is an essential ingredient of innovation,” “I love computers,” and even “I am the mayor of Silicon Valley and co-founder of Intel Robert Noyce.” Phillip Zao of the Camelback Incident could be seen wearing a suit and aviator glasses, telling a fellow student about his experiences growing up in Burlington, Indiana in the 1930s.

Many alarm bells have been raised on campus related to the misting, including the distribution of #INVESTIGATETHEMIST2K17 merchandise, a screening of Stephen King’s The Mist, and a spike in computer science course registration. Research is ongoing to determine the mist’s chemical content and also whether it can have cool flavors on certain days. Maybe the mist is water, maybe it’s a vast mind-control conspiracy. All we know for certain is that something is a brewing.

RAYk sends mixed messages

Grinnell Campus-

A New Student Orientation 2017 rule decreed that alcohol would not be allowed on campus during that week.

“We want campus to be dry so incoming students don’t get buzzed, drunk, or blacked-outward,” said Sally Nomkers of Student Health. “For models of dryness, we looked at the Sahara Desert and President Rington’s jump shot.”

Incoming students were surprised to find millions of dollars worth of carefully manicured sand dunes in their lounges and hallways, making moving in uncomfortable.

Jonny Kristo ‘21 was buried under Cleve beach for four days. Class of 2021 was invited to Darby gym to watch The College President shoot around for an hour. He air-balled 188 consecutive times.

“I like to call myself the nation’s first and best Presiparent—part President, part parent,” said Prez. Rington. It’s my duty to embarrass myself in the name of student safety. That’s why I’m personally dancing at the first Harris of the year blacked-out and naked. So students can see the danger of drinking.”

Students report Rington’s behavior sends a mixed message.

“I did what I was supposed to during NSO and stayed in my room staring at the wall the entire night every night being so dry I didn’t even drink water,” said Nisat Arlie ’21.

“But after I was offered shots of Virginia Black going into Harris, in accordance with a new policy meant to incentivize not drinking in dorms, I found myself giggling like a baby as Pres. Rington bounced me on his shoulders, then

I woke up to a stern talk from him—on not letting boys dance with me at Harris without consent—butt naked. My college guidance counselor didn’t mention this.”

A jolly band of enraged students quickly organized a resistance at Pres. Rington’s backyard Fountain of Life, where he is known to bathe, but Rington’s message was so mixed [due to a mix-up in identifying the right agent of oppression to resist], some students drank water till their stomachs bloated, the other did not drink until they hallucinated.

“We’re gonna…we…gebber-dawal de baraht!” said a passionate first year waving his fist.

“The only mixxedddd messaggeeee hur is—drink, drink this, freshman!—this cuppa Grey Goose and powurrraide…” Rington slurred in response.

He was later seen doing gymnastics sober and stated he had, “faked being drunk to seem like the cool Dad.”

New insurance opt out method

Noyce- In response to numerous complaints about the current student insurance program, the College announced today that it will be switching insurance providers starting the Spring 2018 semester.

The new provider, Daedalus and Son Insurance, is currently in the process of installing a new “Opt-Out Labyrinth” underneath Noyce in an effort to make opting-out slightly more straightforward than the existing method.

“Many students contacted us about issues with the opt-out forms,” Roger Minos, a high ranking Grinnell administrator, told the B&S, “so we got rid of the forms entirely.”

The previous forms were a source of consternation among students who found themselves filling out page after page of inscrutable bureaucratic minutiae in the vain hope of not having to give the school even more money. A leaked dossier from Daedalus and Son seems to empathize with these frugal students.

“We understand that some students simply don’t want school-sponsored insurance,” stated the dossier, “but we also believe students should have to be aware of the weight of their choice before they make a knee-jerk decision like this.”

The dossier, which the B&S found wedged in the D-hall hot-dog roller, details the new policy. The plan for the Opt-Out Labyrinth will require just “minor changes” to the building’s structure.

“Insurance is about keeping students healthy,” are the first words on the cover letter of the dossier, a faded piece of papyrus, “so those who wish to opt-out must prove themselves stronger than death itself.”

Come Fall 2018, opting-out students will be expected to bring their insurance cards to the Labrynth and are also advised to bring apparati, such as bread crumbs, golden fleece insulation, or enchanted spools of thread, to aid in its navigation. The Labyrinth will be open throughout all of August, but the dossier recommends students enter as early as possible in order to have time to “traverse the endless twisting passageways of abject terror and preexisting doom” before registration ends.

Specific details about the nature of the maze are hazy, and potentially hazardous, despite Minos’s purported “we don’t do hazing at Grinnell” emphasis.) The dossier features invisible-ink-inscribed maps containing convoluted patterns incomprehensible to the human mind, resulting in several nose bleeds to reporters who dared to look at it directly. The set of documents ended with an infographic listing some of the specific features including “a patrolling man-beast whose mere existence is a sin against nature,” “corridors filled with plague and pestilence that will illustrate to interlopers the world they face without student insurance,” and “state-of-the-art Epson Perfection V600 photo scanners for processing the insurance cards.”

When reached for comment, Daedalus and Son simply warned us of the seemingly-light-years-away-yet-very-close proximity of Death, and warned us not to press further.

Grinnell administrators are, on the whole, very optimistic with the whole endeavor.

“It’s environmentally and financially sustainable, “ Minos proudly stated, “and I heard students were clamoring for a new underground sanctuary.”

Editorial: Can you guess what this editorial is about?

Nina Galanter '18

It’s weird to come back to Grinnell after studying abroad last spring. My whole worldview has really changed…but you probably wouldn’t understand so instead I will just write about my favorite topic, the administration.

In the past I felt bad about using the term, “the administration” because it I’ve heard others (mainly administrators) mock it as a way to make what is actually just a collection of college employees sound sinister. However, recently I’ve realized the administration is the best term to describe the result of a group of people, who all have seemed fairly competent and well-intentioned when I’ve interacted with or listened to them individually, combine their efforts and end up with decisions that are hard to describe as anything but malicious and/or very poorly thought out.

The most recent example is the closure of Bob’s and Lyle’s, of course. On one hand I’m angry because of the obvious lack of regard for trying to make attending Grinnell a positive experience and the importance of places like Bob’s and Lyle’s in that experience. On the other hand, I’m just really pissed that I won’t be able to regularly hang out at Bob’s, or go to Pub Quiz, which were both goals I had to make the most of my last year at Grinnell.

Another example which bugs me in part just because of its sheer tackiness is the construction and location of the new admissions building, which is central to campus in a way that no college admission building I’ve visited in the past was, and is a pretty clear statement about the relative importance of future and current students in the eyes off the administration in my opinion (as I wrote about last year).

As was true in the decision to cancel Posse and the change in alcohol policies, the new admissions building and the closure of Bob’s and Lyle’s came without much discussion with the student body at large. I believe, and again this is something I and other people have said plenty of times before, that the lack of communication is the main issue. More than not listening to students, it seems like the administration’s strategy is to quiet and shut down the student body in order to benefit it. For one thing, this sends a horrible message about the importance of advocating for oneself and for others. For another thing, judging by attitudes towards the administration and its decisions,, it’s not an effective strategy.

Of course, there are good things the administration has done. For example, standards and language about accommodations has improved a lot since I’ve been a student. Also, despite expecting to hate it, in all seriousness I love the crane and the way it unifies campus by looming over the horizon nearly everywhere you look. And there are the things that have finally improved after a lot of shouting, such as mental health services at SHACS and the revised plans for the new CRSSJ (with it’s large spaces for Hindu and Muslim students).

I think there might be a sense that it is inevitable that students will complain whenever the administration makes a decision. I do not believe this is the case. As the above examples show, when there is finally a dialogue between the student body at large and the administration, positive changes are possible. It would go a lot better in the long run to listen to us, as opposed to trying to figure out how to outwit us.