A Farewell to Dobbs

A Farewell to Dobbs

We all have that special place in our heart for the ol' Dobbs dinning hall. With plans to tear it down, along with Jones residence hall, we remember the good times we all shared. 

For the freshmen living in the dorms, Dobbs is your best friend. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is always there for you, whether you like it or not. You knew the meal schedule like the back of your hand and knew which days were the best (especially Thanksgiving dinner). You will never forget waiting in line outside, even in the winter, just for those magical doors to let you in.

For people living in Jones, Lathrop or Laws, Dobbs was a second home for you. It was a place where you could come in wearing sweatpants and a hoodie, or even wearing your clothes from the night before, and it never judged. But if you dressed up for Dobbs, people might look at you a little funny.

For the upperclassmen, you loved texting all the freshman asking them to swipe you in. As you get older, Dobbs is still a second home. You still go for spicy chicken sandwiches and wok Wednesdays, because why not. Also, you can never go wrong with the buffalo chicken sandwiches or the pasta bar, which was always reliable.

It is a place that always has your back. Whether it’s the times you waited outside in the freezing cold for the clock to strike 11 a.m., or when the Dobbs worker comes to open the doors, it was like Christmas morning. Even when you waited in the wok line for over an hour, everyone knew it was worth it.

Dobbs brunch is the best meal. On Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., they open up their doors, not only food but also for an experience. People come 30 minutes before the doors even open just to be the first in line for pancakes or an omelet. You can sit there for hours procrastinating studying by just gossiping about the weekend and listening to all the drama, but you love it.

Swipes have become our best friends and even though it is changing, it won’t change the memories we all shared sitting at those tables eating our t-ravs and finishing them off with an ice cream sundae.  Although the food wasn’t always reliable -- throwback to the broccoli spider eggs incident last year -- it wasn’t just about the food, it was all about the experiences you shared at the one and only Dobbs Pavilion. 

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14 Times Chandler Bing Summarized A Spring Semester In The South

Who better to describe the cynicism that flavors each moment of spring semester better than Chandler Bing?

Spring semester is distinctly different from fall semester. You've got all new classes, you just got back from Christmas, and this is when the cold weather really hits. It seems to rush by really quickly, and the bright optimism with which you started fall semester morphs into a more routine feel. Especially here in the South, where snow days can throw off your ability to "get into the swing of things," here's some quotes from our favorite sarcastic "Friends" star that can describe spring semester.

1. When you start adopting the grandma lifestyle.

First semester you go to football games, events, "first" meetings. Second semester, staying in sounds like a great idea.

2. When taking online tests.

When Blackboard gives you that automatically generated score.

3. When you make dinner plans with your roommate.

Meal plans might have made me forget what a stove was if I didn't use one for classes.

4. When you forget how to meet new people.

A.k.a. that one awkward social interaction that leaves you questioning how you ever made friends.

5. When you go to your hardest class of the semester.

Well, I participated.

6. When you're honest about your workout habits.

Just a few more minutes.

7. When you're struggling with motivation for your non-major classes.

Fall semester finds you fresh and ready to learn. Spring semester, you start questioning every assignment that isn't directly relevant to your major.

8. When you start comparing yourself to others.


9. When Alabama weather happens.

At least two pairs of pants may be merited when walking to class in sub-freezing temps.

10. When you comfort yourself as to why you're still single.

I mean, the quiz said so.

11. When you spend the majority of Sunday napping.

Sundays are for church, brunch at the caf, and naps.

12. When you're supposed to have everything figured out.

You can explain your plans to your family and friends, but whenever you have to write about it for something that matters...

13. When campus reopens after a snow day(s) and you have to do all the things.

Plus it's cold.

14. When you think about how you might actually miss this place when the semester's over.

Let's not think about that; let's just keep hoping for more

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From a College Girl in Need of a Snow Day

9 things to Ensure Classes to be Cancelled

Growing up in Delaware the weather was pretty standard: hot summers, rainy springs, colder falls, and not that snowy winters. We would be lucky if we saw a few inches a year. Occasionally there would be a huge storm roll through and we would have a foot of snow, but that's only happened maybe twice in my life. But one of the great things about living in Delaware is that no matter how much in snows, you can almost guarantee a snow day. We've had snow days for an inch of snow, and state of emergencies for 3 inches, solely because Delaware isn't equipped to handle crazy weather.

Once I moved to Michigan for college, I had some major adjusting to do. Trekking through inches of snow and ice, while it's still sleeting outside is something that I am not used to. Having to dig out my car from under blankets of snow, and going to class in negative temperatures is definitely not fun. I would do anything in my power to get a snow day in Michigan, so I'm sharing tricks that would normally help us get snow days at home. So maybe if we wish upon some snowflakes, classes will be cancelled. College kids deserve days off too right?

1. Pajamas inside out

One of the most efficient ways (in my opinion) to score a snow day is to wear your pj's inside out. My teachers used to tell me that if the whole class wore our pj's inside out, that the snowflakes would fall faster and heavier because they were upset we didn't wear our pajamas right way out.

2. Do a snow dance

Who doesn't love going outside when the snow starts falling? It's kind of like a rain dance, to make the rain come; the snow dance would tell the snow gods to make it snow harder.

3. Ice cube down the toilet

My 3rd grade teacher told me that the ice cube made the water colder which gave us a better chance for snow. Definitely an easy thing to do in the dorm, to get a snow day right?

4. Yell "snow day" into your freezer

Honestly, I don't think I ever did this one, but I know my friends did and it definitely helped get snow days in elementary school.

5. Then grab some ice cream

I may not have done the previous one, but I definitely did this. Everyone knows that if you eat ice cream when it's snowing, everything gets colder and freezes over.

6. Put a white crayon on every windowsill

Putting a crayon on every windowsill made sure that when you woke up, all that you would see in the morning would be white outside of the window.

7. Brush your teeth with the opposite hand

Pajamas backwards, brushing your teeth with the wrong hand... the snow gods just really like doing things backwards apparently.

8. Spoon under your pillow

You know, I'm not exactly sure what this one does...

9. Sleep upside down on your bed

This just goes back to the snow gods liking things happening backwards.

Everyone deserves a good snow day once in a while. I think that next time a big storm is predicted, everyone on campus has to do these 9 things, and maybe, just maybe, we won't have class. Fingers crossed.

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