Lessons to learn in college

For the vast majority of people entering college for the first time, college means not only furthering their education beyond high school. It means, for the most part, being on their own for an extended period of time for the first time.

It also means trying new things, meeting new people, determining (or changing) majors, engaging in extracurricular activities and ? in short ? having fun while preparing for the future.

Although that broad definition can adequately describe college life, there is also one aspect not to be taken lightly ? the various ways of learning.

Learning to manage one’s time, money and resources effectively and wisely. Learning to relate to people from various social, political, economic and geographical backgrounds, while developing, nourishing and growing a strong sense of self in the process. Learning to think analytically and critically and applying what has been learned to everyday life.

Lastly, learning to have a little recreation while marking one’s place in the community, the society and the world.

Another aspect of college life that cannot be taken for granted is persistence. Persistence in the face of hard times, bad times or failure. Since as humans we all are prone to such hostile occasions, how we succeed and prevail will greatly determine our will to persevere and move on.

As mentioned earlier, college is where you set your own agenda and become your own person. What is done during those four years will greatly determine ? for better or worse ? what will be done in the future.

? Jermaine JacksonAramark employee

Skating article is unfair

How could you tolerate your Feb. 7 article starting with a picture of Michelle Kwan? Disgraceful! And then you refer to “Kwan and the ladies.” Outrageous.

How much better would it have been if you had referred to “Kwan, Hughes and the transcendent Cohen.” We both know that Sasha has more artistry in her little finger than Michelle has in her whole body. She has inspired me to buy a cell phone.

I have a dream. I want to see a skater with no coach sitting on her butt in the middle of the Olympic rink during the long program.

Sale and Pelletier? Current world champions indeed! They are Canadians. They won the world championship in Canada. Enough said.

These are North of the Border ruffians! From the “Land of the Silver Medalist.” I think they studied artistry under Elvis Stoyko.

The Americans, Ina and Zimmermann? As you well know they are not even the best pairs team that their own coach has! Fifth in the short so far. That is about right.

Nowhere is there an explicit mention of the only transcendent pair in the competition, the greatest pairs team since Gordyeva and Grinkov. I mean of course, the one, the only, the unforgettable Berezhnaya and Sikhurudludski (it is hard to spell.) If they make no mistakes, they will win, it will not be close, and it will be just.

?Joseph NeisendorferProfessor of Mathematics

Campus pianos are pathetic

I’d like the thank Jennifer Weiss profusely for writing such a scathing article in the Feb. 7 edition.

As a freshman secondary piano student, I’m angry that there aren’t any pianos of quality available to us on this campus.

Spurrier is such a hike for me, because I’m living on the Residential Quad. I love the pianos in lower Strong, but because I’m just a secondary student, I’m stuck walking all the way to Spurrier, which is so incredibly sketchy.

I refuse to go there when it’s dark outside, as you never can tell who’s lurking in those dimly-lit hallways.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I’m unfortunately feeling your pain.

?Allison OgorekClass of 2005

Recording shows University statement inaccurate about Gaza encampment meeting

The Campus Times obtained a recording of the April 24 meeting between Gaza solidarity encampment protesters and administrators. A look inside the discussions.

Dinner for Peace was an unconventional way of protesting for Palestine

The dinner showcased aspects of Palestinian culture. It was a unique way of protesting against the genocide, against the Israeli occupation, against the university’s involvement with the genocide.

The Clothesline Project gives a voice to the unheard

The Clothesline Project was started in 1990 when founder Carol Chichetto hung a clothesline with 31 shirts designed by survivors of domestic abuse, rape, and childhood sexual assault.