September 14, 2007
Letters to the Editor
Writer concerned with lack of spiritSince when has anyone ever been low on spirit when it comes to something they love? It is only natural for people to be in high spirits when dealing with things they are passionate about. The spirit I'm talking about is the passion and love of something to the point where that item becomes a symbol of motivation and personal drive to make some experience better.
Walking around campus, I notice a sense of community among Susquehanna students. But is that where it ends? Sporting events and community events alike should have the fervor toward them that would be expected. Why haven't I seen this fervor?
Each week multiple events occur on campus. This includes club meetings; public speakers; entertainment opportunities like comedians and bands; and sporting events.
When these events occur, talking should fill the campus air. If there is a big game, where is the crowd of fans that will paint themselves maroon and orange? When there is a speaker, where are the crowds of students who want to listen to what he or she has to say?
Weber Chapel Auditorium can hold more than half of the Susquehanna student body. Yet when speakers come, attendees fill only a third of the chapel, and a portion of those audience members are actually members of the surrounding community.
Yes, I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation to why more people do not go and listen to performances and lectures. I'm almost positive that if a celebrity were to come, most of the school would want to go and listen to what he or she was talking about.
It is this lack of spirit that I am truly worried about on campus-- the tendency of students to see something and say, "Maybe some other time," or, "That's not my thing, why go to it?"
Why are we using that kind of language in an environment where we are actually encouraged to go to events like those around our campus? Why not go to Trax to have a good time? Why not go to Charlie's for karaoke night?
We are beginning to lose the sense of fun, the older we get. We are constantly pent up in our dorms, apartments or rented houses, sitting at a desk and working diligently to maintain good grades.
Of course, it is important to study and work hard. It pays off in the long run when we go into the working world where we will then have to compete for jobs.
I cannot fathom, though, why we would lose this basic sense of having fun. I think that maybe the freedom that we relish when we reach college becomes a novelty. As the college career continues on and the fun gives way to responsibility, this novelty slowly dwindles away.
All the spirit begins to fade, but I believe it should be like a fine wine, getting sweeter with age. The longer someone is in college, the more ties he or she should have to the school, which should make that person hold more spirit for what the college has to offer.
If that were true, then by the time I reach my senior year here, I'll be president of the school, the "C" in the row of maroon and orange painted students spelling CRUSADERS at every football game and a member of so many clubs that I'll have to take rain checks for classes to attend them all.
That may be a little too extreme. I know time must be given to working hard to end up with a good life set up for me once I leave this place, but I would never think of sacrificing any spirit I now hold for Susquehanna. I hope my passion for this school truly ages like fine wine.
--Daniel Montrose '11
SGA encourages student inputThe members of the Student Government Association executive board would like to welcome all students back home and hopes that everyone's semester has started off well. It is very hard to believe that we have completed three weeks of school. Fall break will be here before we know it.
The first meeting of SGA was held on Monday, and it was very successful. We welcomed the new Senate and discussed numerous topics during the meeting.
SGA is dedicated to representing the student body here at Susquehanna. In order to effectively do so, we must maintain open communications with the student body.
We will continue to hold office hours in the SGA office, located in the basement of Degenstein Campus Center. These hours will be posted near the door indicating when we will be available. This is a great opportunity for the student body to ask any questions they may have or voice any concerns regarding the activities on campus.
We also want to invite all students to attend any SGA meeting to voice their opinions, concerns, or questions. There is a 'public forum' portion on the agenda dedicated to these matters.
The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in Seibert Hall room 108. Feel free to stop by and voice your opinion about important student issues.
Best of luck with the rest of the semester!
--Neal Lesher '08,
and Mike Ubbens '09,
SGA president and vice president
Student behavior met with scornYou know who you are. You are the members of the Susquehanna community who are not reluctant to march out during a lecture, panel discussion or other major event held on campus.
Sometimes, instead of leaving, you may talk to another audience member, communicate electronically or doze off, rather than listen to the presenter.
You are the folks in this community who show disrespect to those we invite to be our guests at Susquehanna, often traveling great distances and sacrificing personal convenience to be here at our invitation.
You disrespect those who come to Susquehanna to share information intended to enrich the educational experience of all who are members of our community. You also show no respect for others in the audience, or yourselves, when you act in these ways.
You are giving yourselves and your community a bad reputation for incivility. Common courtesy among reasonable adults calls for audience members at a public event to act with dignity and sensitivity to others.
It should go without saying that for a speaker to see an exodus of many in the audience during a presentation is offensive and dispiriting. It is also disruptive.
Moreover, patience often pays off, which is why people will sit through an extremely boring football game for two and a half hours. They wait for the dramatic play that might come at the end of the game. The same may occur at an educational event. If one pays attention, he or she might discover a gem at any moment.
You can change. You can avoid the kind of conduct at public events which gives this university and you an unwanted reputation for incivility and insensitivity. Start now.
--Allan D. Sobel
Director, Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society
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