18 Slang Terms For New Olivet College Students

18 Slang Terms For New Olivet College Students

So you aren't confused wondering why no one talks about the "caf" or how people live at a Ship.

Your first year at OC involves a lot of learning the slang terms regularly used by returners and faculty members, so this article is here to help! Your first week around campus you will probably be a little confused hearing terms like, “brunch at the KC” and “are you headed to ship after class?” So in order to avoid the confusion, here’s your unofficial guide to Olivet!

1. The KC

The KC is probably going to be the first slang term you’ll need. The KC is officially named the “Kirk Center.” You’ll notice unlike other colleges we don’t use the term “caf.” The KC is home to the cafeteria, bookstore, mailroom, newspaper office, and the African American Cultural Center. The main floor is home to the cafeteria, where you’ll go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the famous brunch. Weekend meals are different so instead of breakfast and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays you get Brunch. On weeknights the KC is also home to “late night.” Late night is from 8:30pm-midnight and offers pizza, nachos, and other kinds of late night cravings.

2. Mott

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The CS Mott Academic Building. This is where you will have most of your basic classes. It’s also home to the Auditorium, Student Services, Campus Safety, and Student Resources.

3. The Mott Cart

If you are on your way to class and in a pinch for time, this will be your savior. The Mott cart is located right when you walk in the South entrance of Mott (closest to Shipherd). It sells coffee, tea, and even breakfast and lunch foods for when you can’t make it to the KC. Even if you have plenty of time to get to class, the employee who usually is in charge of the Mott Cart, Marcia, is someone you’ll want to talk to because she is one of the sweetest people you’ll meet here.

4. Ship

Named after our founder, Father Shipherd, Shipherd Hall is the home to many students during the school year. But more often than not it is just referred to as “Ship.”

I.e., “Where do you live?” “Oh, Ship 120!” The other dorms, Dole and Blair, pretty much go by their names since they are already short.

5. Seminar

For a majority of students this is the only class attended on Wednesdays at either 9:00 am or 10:40 am depending on your major. This is where you meet with everyone in your major and work on academic plans, attend presentations, and your dreaded graduation portfolio.

6. Society Houses

Here’s a mini slang guide to society houses. Society Houses are commonly known as Fraternities and Sororities. Due to their letters they are also commonly known as Greek Houses and Greek Life. I’ll just give you basic information about them, if you want to learn more, I suggest attending their rushing events, known as teas, smokers, and tokers!

i. Soronian

Iota Kappa Omicron, one of the oldest sororities in the nation, along with the first Sorority at Olivet. Founded in 1847, their house is located across from the KC.

ii. Phi Alph

Phi Alpha Pi, one of the oldest fraternities in the nation, along with the first at Olivet, they were founded in 1847. Their House is located across from Blair next to the Music Conservatory.

iii. Adelphic

Adelphic Alpha Pi. A Fraternity founded in 1862, their house is located across from Shipherd, next door to Mott.

iv. Sigma

Sigma Beta. A sorority founded in 1907, their house is located next door to Phi Alph.

v. Kappa Sig

Kappa Sigma Alpha. A fraternity founded in 1922, their house is currently being built next door to Alpha E on Main St.

vi. Alpha E

Alpha Lamda Epsilon. Founded originally as a sorority in 1922, but in 1975 began to accept men as well. Making them a coed society house. Their house is located across from Dole.

vii. Nu Gamma

Nu Gamma Xi. A sorority founded in 1997, their house is across the street from Soronian, and diagonal from the KC.

viii. ELITE

Alpha Xi Omega. A fraternity founded in 1995 (they were actually a club since the 1970s.), and they actually have a new house, located next door to Nu Gamma Xi, and behind the KC.

ix. A Phi K

Alpha Phi Kappa. A fraternity founded in 1997, is located diagonal from Mott.

x. Eta Psi

Eta Psi Kappa. A sorority, founded in 2001. Their house is conjoined with A Phi K, their brother house.

xi. Mu

Mu Omega Pi. The youngest Greek house, a fraternity established in 2001.

7. G-5, G-9, G-1, etc.

When people say they are going to G-1 to hang out, or that they live in G-9, they are referring to the nine apartments that make up the Gillette Student Village.

8. Oak Hill

A student apartment building located on Butterfield Hwy down the street from the Lamplighter.

9. The Lamp

One of the only restaurants in Olivet, and home to several “college nights” throughout the year. It is located across the gas station.

10. Tim’s

The pizza place in Olivet. If you are ever in the mood for hand dip ice cream or delicious cheese bread, Tim’s is in downtown Olivet.

11. BP

The gas station. It is actually now owned by Marathon, but since it was BP for several years, upperclassmen will probably still refer to it as BP.

12. Cut

The Cutler Event Center. If you are a student athlete, this is where you will spend most of your time at Olivet. This is where the Athletic Training room, Coaches’ offices, and locker rooms are located.

13. Upton/MacKay

The two other gyms on campus. As they are conjoined in a single building some find them hard to distinguish between. MacKay is located up front, built in 1917, where Upton is toward the back and includes the College’s swimming pool, erected in 1980. Upton also includes the Laimbeer Fitness Center, a weight room open to all students and faculty. MacKay also has a computer lab upstairs if you are in a pinch and need to print anything!

14. The Square

This is the basic center of campus. The little park area in front of Mott, the Library, the KC, and really all the buildings on Main Campus. Here you’ll find the bell.

15. The Lib

Pretty basic slang term for the library.

16. ITS

Information Technology Services, located in the basement of the library, this is who you see if you need help with Wi-Fi, your laptop or anything technology related.

17. The Physical Plant

Some students don’t actually know what this is but I want you guys to. The Physical Plant are the people who keep this campus running smoothly. This includes Maintenance, Grounds, and Housekeeping. Their jobs are to complete work orders, fixing various things around campus (including things broken in your on campus living areas) making sure the outside parts of campus are looking beautiful and safe, and cleaning the various buildings on campus. So make sure if you ever see a Maintenance, Grounds, or Housekeeping Employee you are polite! You never know when one of them might have to save your day!

18. OC Nation

The big family you have now entered as a Student or Faculty member at Olivet College! Go Comets!

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Competition Isn’t Real, So Stop Worrying About What You Think Is Your 'Competition'

When you stop worrying about being better than "your competition," you will succeed.


"What are your plans for after College?" is the one question every college student wishes they could never hear again. After hearing those seven short words, the body of the college student is flooded with waves of irritation, paranoia, and worry.

When you set all your triggered thoughts and anxieties aside and manage to hurl out an answer, you're probably told "That's nice, but how are you going to get a job? That field is so competitive." At this point, you are probably ready to excuse yourself from the conversation for a timely breakdown.

Throughout high school, conversations at family gatherings and holiday parties typically went through this vicious cycle.

A naive junior in high school who was quick to say his major was going to be Musical Theater in college was always infuriated by the response "You'll never find work. That field is so competitive."

After a while, I started to believe it and decided to look elsewhere for a career path. I considered nursing, to where I was told how competitive college nursing programs are, and how little students they accept. I figured I wouldn't stand a chance, so I kept looking.

I circled back to the theater and was reminded by everybody how rigorous the Musical Theater college audition process was, and how they only accept a handful of kids. Surely there were other students more capable than me, and I wasn't going to let the ridiculously annoying boastful comments of theater kids ruin my search for my path in life.

My Dad always reminds me how much money I could make pursuing business, but working a 9-5 desk job dealing with hot-headed businessmen being choked by the tightness of their neckties never appealed me.

I felt fatigued like I was being told that I need to pursue what other people want me to, instead of following my dreams.

At this time I was a senior in High School, and my CommonApp was filled with prospective schools that I might attend, but the "intended major" section part of each application wasn't filled.

The loud "you can't" and "you'll NEVER get work" boomed in my ear until I was convinced I couldn't follow my dreams of becoming an actor, so I caved and intended to pursue journalism. I was told by all my teachers I was a gifted writer, so I figured it would be worth a shot.

"You can always do theater on the side," is what I heard. Now in college pursuing journalism, a field I was told: "will be one I can actually get a job in," some professors tell me after graduation, I will be doing journalism "on the side" because of how "competitive" the field is.

All occupational fields are competitive, whether that be communications, business, nursing, etc. Here is one thing that I learned through this experience and many others…

You have no competition.

In the eyes of someone who is hiring for a job, they are going to pick whoever's work they feel best fits the position. This isn't the product of a cutthroat field, it's solely the product of your work fitting the part.

You can't mash two puzzle pieces together because you THINK it's what fits, whatever is meant for you will come to you. Your puzzle pieces will fit together naturally.

In the end, it will come together to form a beautiful picture.

As for me, I decided to tune out the comments about competitive fields. What used to consume me cannot phase me anymore.

I still intend to pursue my dreams of becoming a performer, and at every audition I will remind myself that it is not the field that is competitive, there is no competition. The performer sitting next to me at an open call is not my competition, but my inspiration to work hard to find the job that will best fit me.

In the words of Cinderella, "there is one thing, they can't order me to stop dreaming."

The reporter who grabs every single story shouldn't turn me into someone who viciously grabs every story they can to build their portfolio, it should make me look for stories I WANT to tell that will progress me as a writer. After all, I am still learning.

I learned that I shouldn't belittle other people that are deemed "my competition" to disorient them, giving me a better chance at getting a job. Kindness will be more rewarding than contributing to the vicious dog-eat-dog world.

"I'm not in competition with anyone except who I used to be, and everything I do now is just an evolved version of something I've done before" -Kali Uchis

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