47 Questions For Lehigh University

47 Questions For Lehigh University


Even after almost two years at Lehigh there are still some questions that seem I'll never find the answer to. Weird smells, the food, the bus system, there are questions about all of them. Some may be unanswerable but others I'm asking just out of pure curiosity. Most of the questions, though they may be trivial, have to do with what makes Lehigh, Lehigh. So, I want to know:

1. Why does Lower Cents always smell weird?

2. Who decided that the Dravo stairs were an acceptable walking path?

3. Why is Lower Court closed on weekends when it has the superior food?

4. When did Chicken Finger Friday become a thing?

5. Who decorates Rathbone for holidays?

6. Why does Hawk's Nest stop taking meal swipes at a certain time?

7. Why is Hawk's Nest always out of the good milkshake flavors?

8. What's the weirdest thing that's ever happened in Hawk's Nest?

9. Why is the crêpe lady so great?

10. Why did you make some stairs those awkward giant ones where you always have to use the same leg?

11. Why are the stairs in Christmas-Saucon so steep?

12. What is the longest amount of time anyone has ever gotten lost in Chandler-Ullman?

13. Why is Lucy's closed on Saturdays?

14. Why does the Linderman Rotunda require a blanket in the winter?

15. Why is that weird little nook on the 3rd floor of Linderman near the bathrooms there?

16. How did I not know I could print from my own laptop until sophomore year?

17. Why are my grades never on Course Site during the year?

18. Are they trying to make them a guessing game for the end of the semester?

19. Why does finding a seat in the library turn into World War III during 4 o'clocks/finals?

20. Why 1:31 a.m. for University Announcements?

21. Does anyone actually read the University Announcements?

22. Who changes the inSTALLments?

23. Why is it always impossible to get on the 12 o'clock bus unless you get on at the Packer Ave. stop?

24. Why do all three bus routes stop in front of A Phi and Phi Delt but only one stops near the bottom half of the hill?

25. When did the A Chi O bus stop suddenly become a thing?

26. Do the buses still make the 12 minute loop if they actually stop at every single stop?

27. Why did you repaint every bus for the 150th anniversary just to have to repaint all of them again this year?

28. Why are there so many different types of cars owned by the University?

29. Wouldn't you just get one standard type?

30. Isn't that cheaper?

31. Why does House 104/Old FIJI have a jail cell in the basement?

32. Why do I always trip and fall in that one ditch in front of House 104?

33. Why is Rauch like a whole different planet?

34. Why is driving around campus at 4 o'clock always a nightmare?

35. How much do you spend on snow removal?

36. Why are some stairs always shoveled so perfectly when it snows and others are just like slushy lumps?

37. Why are Lehigh Squirrels significantly meaner than the average squirrel?

38.Why did a bunch of frats suddenly decide to get dogs?

39. Why did Sig Ep have a goat?

40. Why do we call it grain?

41. What exactly is the deal with the police horses? Are they Lehigh or Bethlehem or like... why?


43. Why is the Mountain Hawk mascot named Clutch?

44. Why does P1 sell Ziplock bags full of rice?

45. Why do people still go to P1 if it's so suspicious?

46. Why did you ever move parties off the hill?

47. Why do we call the hill "the hill" when IT IS LITERALLY A MOUNTAIN?

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.


The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!


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