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November 09, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 9

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Sandy's destruction still affecting East

Flights delayed. Networks down. Homes destroyed. Families torn. Even shows like the "Colbert Report" have been suspended. Hurricane Sandy really left her mark on us in more ways than one.

But even though there are millions of people that were affected by Sandy's destruction, other parts of the country and millions of others were not affected. Take me for example. I'm originally from Charleston, S.C., which is hurricane central. A few days of rain can flood the streets for weeks, so hearing about Sandy and her impending wrath didn't faze me.

I know how painful it can feel to wake up and find your windows busted open by a fallen tree. The shock of seeing a loved one's house in pieces on the ground with their body trapped underneath. Having to watch all of your belongings destroyed by water damage or swimming out of your house to save your life.

It's an emotional experience that not many people can ever understand, especially when you are separated from loved ones. It's okay to not understand and it can be confusing for some to know how to help.

Some of my friends have never experienced a storm like this and don't have to deal with the emotional distress that people from New York or New Jersey are dealing with knowing that they may go home to nothing for Thanksgiving. This is only the beginning of the road for those who were affected and my prayers are with them. You aren't alone.

Editor's reflections on small campus

There's not much that I don't like about Susquehanna. Actually, there is only one aspect of this campus I am not a fan of. It isn't the professors, because they are fantastic. It isn't the food (unlike most people, I can handle that). The people are friendly, Greek life is welcoming, sports teams are abundant, et cetera. I can tell you one thing, though. This campus is too goddamn small.

Let's say you make a really good friend during the weekend. Someone you've literally never seen on campus before. Do you know what happens? You see them everywhere. This is no exaggeration. It could be anywhere-the library, Benny's, on your way to class. You'll be running on the treadmill and who is the person next to you? That friend you met three weeks ago. It happens to everyone. And you always do the same thing again another weekend and think you'll never see that person again. Trust me, you will. Even if you think they are graduating, you come back in the fall and look who it is. Spring semester buddy.

The worst, though, is when you are friends with someone and you hear about something they did or said behind your back. Campus is so small that you are bound to hear about it. The kid you're seeing slept with someone else? You'll know about it the next day. Don't get me wrong, sometimes this can be a great thing about small campuses, but wouldn't you like to hear news straight from the horse's mouth? Or at least maybe a fly who happened to be hovering around the horse's head? Not the farmer who was in the house watching television at the time.

But I can't say that a small campus is always bad. There could be that one time where you happen to meet someone in class. Then, you happen to be in two classes and suddenly partners for your project. Would this happen at another school? Chances are probably not. Here, though, being in more than one class with someone you've never met before happens quite frequently. Who knows. Maybe that could be the best coincidence that's happened in a while.

All in all, small campuses have ups and downs. Sure, you can see people that you would rather not see from time to time, but it always makes for a good story (which, let's be honest, my life is just one big story). The upside is you'll meet new people and have the opportunity to know them well due to the size of this campus. Just keep that in mind next time when you think this campus is too small. You never know who you'll meet, or who you'll see again. It doesn't matter, though. In a few years, you'll be out in the real world wishing you were at a place like this again.

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