It has become evident that this college community is very good at one thing – not caring about things happening on campus.
Home football games produce virtually no crowd of cheering fans. Rathskeller performing acts are met with little notice as students dine and mumble to each other. The room was less than filled for Lt. Gov. candidate Loretta Weinberg during this contentious election season. Few people attend lectures and theater shows, and most do not take advantage of the various campus media outlets, nor do they care about the issues raised by these organizations. It seems like only big name talent, like Brand New or Michael Ian Black stir up any sort of buzz or excitement around campus.
If you have read this far, your response is most likely “Yeah, so?” Here are a few reasons why we should care about our campus.
First off, there is definitely a stigma around campus that it is not “cool” to care about things going on around the College. Well, that chunk of change you paid for your student activities fee is being wasted on your peers – it’s your loss.
We would also like to acknowledge that some extremely driven students are legitimately bogged down with work who wish they had the time to be apathetic about anything. This is not directed at you, this is directed at the students who sit in front of a television or on Facebook chat in their rooms for hours and don’t even know the school’s colors.
An exception to this rule is definitely the passionate group of students who migrated to Washington D.C. on Oct. 11 for the National Equality March. More students should feel so strongly about something that they are willing to stand up and fight for it.
If you don’t know what is going on, check the calendar in The Signal each week, or next time you are waiting for an elevator, take a look at a bulletin board, it’s likely filled with things to do for every interest.
Go on a SAF-funded trip, attend a Community Advisor’s program or climb the bleachers at a campus sporting event, but do yourself a favor — do something.