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Is 'Dayton 2 Daytona' Dead?

Spina may have killed St. Patrick's Day, but Daytona lives on!

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Since coming to the University of Dayton (UD) in 2017, President Eric Spina has brought with him many changes. In the wake of the 2018 St. Patty's Day celebration, President Spina sent an email expressing how he was "deeply disappointed in the behavior of many of [the students]" and made a schedule change of the 2019 spring break to extend over St. Patrick's Day.

The start of Spina's 3rd year at UD has brought another significant change with the announcement on July 10 that UD will be cutting ties with the Dayton 2 Daytona trip. Since 1977, Dayton 2 Daytona (D2D) has been an annual UD tradition for upperclassmen to kick off their summers with a vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida. Approximately 2,000 students make the pilgrimage each year to celebrate with a week of pool parties, pig roasts, club events, and even concerts (this year's line-up included Shaggy). For many students and alumni, D2D has been some of their fondest memories.

According to an email sent by President Spina, UD will be cutting ties with D2D in terms of how "the University will no longer provide logistical or staff support". Spina explains that this decision was made because D2D activities (i.e. the drinking and partying) is a safety risk and "does not advance the University's Catholic, Marianist educational mission." He also claims that D2D activities "could have a negative impact on the value of your UD degree and our University's reputation."

This announcement has sparked a lot of outrage and controversy, with many students and alumni turning to social media to express their opinions. In light of his decision to move spring break to conflict with St. Patty's Day, this decision is seen as another step by Spina to "take the party culture away from Dayton". Some have taken to calling him "Spineless Spina" and believe that this is his way of trying to sneakily terminate UD's 'ghetto' or student neighborhood porch culture.




However, he goes on to state that "This does not, however, prevent you from independently arranging a post-graduation or other travel experiences with your friends." The current tour company may continue to offer a similar excursion and students may join this trip independently." The Dayton 2 Daytona committee of students posted:

"We're sad to share the unfortunate news that the University is dropping their affiliation with Dayton to Daytona. Do not be discouraged by the news, we are determined to make next year's trip better than the last so stay tuned for more details to come. # GetMeToThePoolDeck"

So although UD has cut ties, D2D is NOT canceled and is still going to continue to be an event, just not affiliated with the university. D2D shall live on!



According to Student Government Association (SGA) president Bryan Borodkin, "In regards to restrictions, it's going to change. I can't tell you what that will look like. I also have not been yet myself, so I am not very familiar with those restrictions. But the restrictions put in place by UD administration and SGA will no longer apply. However, the current tour company may choose to keep or put some restrictions in place." It seems to me that the potential lack of restrictions would be something that the students wanting to keep the party culture at UD alive would not be angry about.



Bryan believes that some of the most noticeable changes will include the lack of D2D advertising on campus and D2D events like Halfway to Daytona. Most importantly, it sounds like the name, actual experience, and cost of D2D will still stay the same although students will have to work through Campus Vacations.

Bryan also wants UD students and alumni to understand that "this has nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day and that the administration has been talking about this beforehand." One of the main issues seems to be that, unlike St. Patrick's Day events, this announcement did not seem to have any event that provoked this change. In an email sent on July 11, SGA stated that "the intention is to keep D2D for UD students, by UD students."

So the trip will now be coordinated by UD students and Campus Vacations. Although SGA will not have any involvement, the email does encourage concerned students to reach out to Bryan or Drew Smith and George Sechrist, who will be working with the tour company to coordinate this year's D2D.

Overall, this seems to be a strategic move by Spina and the university to distance UD from the party culture associated with UD and with D2D. The future of D2D seems to be still unknown, but there is the potential for many positives to come from this change. This may be the end of an era, but definitely not the end for D2D and for UD student culture. All I can say is, we will just have to wait and see.

I hope to see you next year on the pool deck! Go Flyers!

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.
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To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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I Took the MCAT and This is What Happened

The MCAT is one of the hardest things I have ever completed in my life, and I still do not know if I passed.

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I started studying for the MCAT during winter break, December 2018, and then I sat for my test on April 13, 2019. Going into my test, I was very nervous. I was scared that I would be late for my test, so I showed up an hour before the doors even opened. I was worried that I would get too hungry during the 8 hour exam, so I brought my whole fridge along with me. Basically, a lot of worrying was going on. However, I began to calm down as all the positive messages from friends and family starting rolling in before I walked into my testing site. Their positive vibes soothed my anxieties, and actually gave me some confidence as I walked into the exam…Then the first section began. The first section one tackles on the MCAT is chemistry and physics (C/P). Though this section had never been my strong suit, I have been able to do okay due to my strengths in chemistry (not so much in physics). Then, the MCAT royally screwed me over by making this section basically all Physics. It wasn't enough that physics passages give me the worse anxiety, but they were so calculation filled that I wasted so much valuable time trying to do math. It got to the point where I just guessed on most of the math questions to get to questions I had a better chance of answer.

I took my ten minute break and felt more exhausted than I ever have in any of the previous practice full lengths I've taken. Thankfully, the next section is CARS, critical analysis and reasoning is my favorite section – and I blew through this with no problems. It was kind of a nice break after the roller-coaster that was the C/P section.

By the end of CARS I was starving and so very thankful for the thirty minute break, but for some reason (because I was scared of running out of time) I went back to start the next section, biology and biochem (B/B), after only 15 minutes. Thankfully! It wasn't the worse decision because the B/B section was not off standard from what I was used to. I actually found many questions to be very straightforward and easy, which is kind of scary.

Finally, my 8 hour exam day was almost over. I just had one more section, and it was the one I was least worried about, Psychology and Sociology (P/S). As a psychology major, I've had to do the least studying for this section, but the MCAT threw things at me that I don't even know how to process. I would read some questions and immediately think of an answer, only for the answer to not be any of the answer choices. I'm really nervous to see how my results turn out for this section next month.

In the end, I put a lot of hard work studying for the MCAT. It is definitely an intimidating task, but it is very much achievable with organization, determination, and large amounts of caffeine. Now starts the dreaded one month wait till I get my results!

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