November 06, 2003

Everybody SCREAM

Disclaimer: I am not anti-sports. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who can balance a school schedule and a training/competition schedule (I don't think the people involved in this ruckus were athletes anyway). I DO, however, have a problem with people who don't respect those around them.

When I arrived on campus tonight, Sullivan Hall was absolutely electric. Somehow when everyone filtered into Main Complex, though, they resembled a pack of rabid animals. Wake up kids...high school football is over.

I'd just like to take a moment to express my heartfelt sympathy for all you poor souls who reside in main complex. There was a time when we'd be reprimanded for riding the computer lab chairs down the ramp in front of Maura Lounge. That was annoying, but we understood. But now, THERE ARE SPORTS! The hell with quiet hours! Why would anyone want to sleep at 1:30 in the morning when they can run around screaming and hitting people with big inflatable red things? Screw the "academic" in "academic computer labs"...the sports teams can use the rooms as lounges, and that would be far more productive than anything else you could use them for.

Seriously, I think the Midnight Madness thing is great. I've never seen such excitement on this campus...not since the last serious ice storm when you could actually slide across the parking lot on cafeteria trays, anyway. It's fantastic that people are supporting the teams (Though I can't figure out what letting every commuter know who's sleeping with whom in Havey has to do with sports). The fact remains, however, that there are still some students here who came for Seton Hill's reputation as a respected academic institution. Those people, in order to achieve their goals, need to sleep. If they're awake, they're probably trying to concentrate. So for those of you who didn't notice, people live here.

So come on. Don't scream in Lowe Hall in the middle of the night. Stop throwing things and jumping on people. Stop breaking things. Quit slamming doors in people's faces. The world will be a much happier place.

And do not give me a hard time about this post if you were one of the kids who was all (insert cheerleader voice here) "School Spirit, Go Griffins!" and then making fun of the cross country team.

Posted by Jess P at November 6, 2003 02:24 AM

I agree totally. :-)

Posted by: Ed at November 6, 2003 02:28 AM

Oh, how I miss being in Canevin. NOT! For your sake though, I hope that these people get some manners, quickly. In the event that they don't: buy a Super-Soaker, cut a hole in your window screen, and take aim.

Posted by: Donna R. Hibbs at November 6, 2003 08:21 AM

Geeze. And I thought it was bad enough being a commuter... I can't imagine living here.

Posted by: Kate Cielinski at November 6, 2003 11:10 AM

I am all about the sports too, but there is a line you draw. Seton Hill is trying to accomodate for the gap in student interest, though.

Seton Hill even attempted a quiet floor this year. 5th Canevin. I am not going to name names, but let me just say that 3 of the biggest stereos on campus live up there. People didn't want to live on that floor because it was suppose to be quiet, but because of the lack of RA. Kudos to Julie for refereeing up there.

Posted by: Brian McCollum at November 6, 2003 11:59 AM

Can I quote you in my term project, Jess? I am doing my project on gender issues in colleges, specifically Seton Hill (or something like that, and I think that your comment, as well as others on the NMJ network would help.

Does anyone have a problem with me quoting them (Julie? Amy?) Just let me know.

Posted by: Amanda at November 6, 2003 02:27 PM

Jess, I was one of the ones that was attempting to sleep in Brownlee. IN BROWNLEE!! Noise travels across huge parking lots, permeates brick walls, and drills through pillows clenched tightly over ears craving silence in debt to a migraine.

I didn't go because I had a killer headache. I get them often, but the noise didn't help me get to sleep.

If I may just say that I hate the saying, "If you aren't an athlete, be an athletic supporter." I played softball for 9 years. I balanced the millions of other things in daily life with a practice schedule, like other athletes. Thing is, here I am at college and I made a choice NOT to play sports. Sure, I was asked, but I'd rather focus on the academics. I can't stand it when athletes complain about their hectic schedules for several reasons, one of which being that they chose that lifestyle for themselves. I didn't. So stop complaining. Buck up, and deal with it. (Lessons on How to Be Insensitive, $15 an hour; instructor, Karissa Kilgore.)

Posted by: Karissa at November 6, 2003 03:53 PM

I enjoy how you filed this entry under "pain." Muh ha ha!

Posted by: Julie at November 6, 2003 08:45 PM

I happened to come across this post during my required athlete study hall. My teammates and I weren't aware of that we were such hoodlums...I was under the impression that we were just happy college students. NORMAL college students. In the words of one of my teammates, "Sorry we like to have fun and we don't go to bed at 8 AT NIGHT. Seriously, think how pathetic it sounds to be a college student who doesn't like to have school spirit and enjoys sleep more than having fun." In return to your saying, "And do not give me a hard time about this post if you were one of the kids who was all (insert cheerleader voice here) "School Spirit, Go Griffins!," That's a really stereotypical thing to say. Sorry, but I have no problem giving you a hard time about this, either. Cheerleader voice?? What is that supposed to mean?? Really, I'd like to know. Maybe that the sports teams brought fun people to this boring ass campus??

Also...who says that it is ALL of the athletes that keep you up?? I'm an athlete and I don't get off by keeping you up at night. We're not all assholes like you make us out to be.

Posted by: Amy at November 9, 2003 07:20 PM

Amy, I don't know that you and your teammates are hoodlums. Like I said in my post, "I don't think the people involved in this ruckus were athletes anyway". I really do think there's a difference between having school spirit and being rude. What I'm referring to in this post is screaming in the residence halls. As for the statement you said was stereotypical, it was in reference to the group of people who WAS making fun of the cross country team.

Amanda: Is this you lurking on my blog?

Thanks Donna...I wish I'd thought of that when I lived up there. I could've followed in the footsteps of those guys who used to throw water balloons at us on the wooden steps.

Posted by: Jess P at November 10, 2003 09:59 AM
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