Bye Bye, Birdie: A Farewell To Bird Scooters

Bye Bye, Birdie: A Farewell To Bird Scooters

Thanks, JMU, for taking away what everyone loved the most first semester.


Dear Birds,

You were one of the most exciting moments of the first semester. Not only did you bless people with the capability of falling off of them, but still somehow provided transportation from one place to the other without catching the bus. Now, sadly I have to wait out in the freezing cold longer to catch the bus with gross people that could give me germs(as if I'm not sick already from living in a dorm). You prevented me from being late to class at all costs to prevent the 20-minute walk from East to Main campus. Also, eating a pop tart while riding you was a plus. Although, you did make me feel even taller with the shortness of your bike (but that's what Lime scooters are for).

That's right, Bird, even though you thought you were all that, we still have Lime. Not only are they taller, but a whole lot more navigable(again no longer has to eat pop tart hunched over). All Lime's are more durable and have a much-needed break. Plus, they also go faster and respond quicker when activated. Sorry, Birds, but the idea of me pushing you up a hill when it's below freezing outside isn't ideal or an enjoyable ride. Every lime scooter trip I've had is seemingly effortless(no walking required). Also, I was able to find more Lime scooters readily available without a low battery.

If people think Bird scooters are everywhere, that would be very incorrect. Searching for a Bird bike was like finding treasure on a treasure map(again, not very easy). When you know you're at that point, walking or taking the bus is probably quicker. Another reason Lime scooters are better is that of their color. Who doesn't like green? The logo is inviting, attention-grabbing, and have you wishing it was summer during the winter. Once again, not like traditional black and white for a Bird scooter. Let's not forget the quickness of Lime scooters. They go much faster than Birds (up to 18 miles per hour) even on a hill, while Birds offer up to 15 miles per hour.

However, my biggest shoutout to Lime scooters is with no shoveled sidewalks in downtown Harrisonburg, I was still able to ride my Lime scooter on patches of ice. Lastly, the Lime scooter app is quicker to activate on your phone. Compared to the Bird scooter app, it would freeze up and choose to not work(for me risking being late to class). Even Though people are more favorable towards Bird, it is easy to see why Lime scooters are so much better.

Regardless of which motor scooter is your favorite, the reliability is key and cheaper than taking an Uber car and worrying if the right bus will come. So the next time you think about renting a motor scooter, think about availability first, speed second, and cost third.

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50 Things To Do On The Weekend At College

Warning: This list does not include anything to do with homework.
  1. Sleep.
  2. Go to the gym for an excessive amount of time.
  3. Eat and snack more than usual.
  4. Play ping pong.
  5. Read a book for pleasure.
  6. Watch Netflix.
  7. Play an instrument.
  8. Go have coffee with friends.
  9. Go out to eat with friends.
  10. Procrastinate all the homework you have to do until Sunday night.
  11. Go for a walk.
  12. Go for a bike ride.
  13. Drive somewhere without a naming a destination.
  14. Swim in some water no matter the place or temperature.
  15. Lay in your room alone and listen to music.
  16. Lay in your room with people and listen to music.
  17. Troll all social media sites.
  18. Pretend to be super interested in a really boring story that somebody tells you.
  19. Listen to your roommate complain about his or her homework.
  20. Listen to your roommate complain about his or her life.
  21. Smile and nod at them.
  22. Scream at the top of your lungs in a place that you probably shouldn’t.
  23. Dance without music.
  24. Dance with music.
  25. Make hot pockets with your roommate’s microwave then throw them away because you realize that they went bad two months ago.
  26. Rearrange your room for no reason other than to waste time.
  27. Play spikeball.
  28. Watch some intramurals.
  29. Eat ice cream.
  30. Attempt to pick up another hobby then cry because you can’t do anything.
  31. Wonder for a while why you cry so often then figure that it must just be a part of life.
  32. Find a different way to cook ramen.
  33. Take a shower because you can.
  34. Lose your keys and get locked out of your room.
  35. ??????????????????????????
  36. Do laundry.
  37. Wander around campus.
  38. Give yourself pen tattoos.
  39. Call mom.
  40. Make paper airplanes.
  41. Bother your friends that are trying to do homework.
  42. Blast music from your room so that everyone within a one-mile radius can clearly make out the lyrics of every song.
  43. Leave all decisions to the flip of a coin.
  44. Play with your roommate’s toys that he or she brought from home.
  45. Raid the community fridge that needs to be cleaned anyway.
  46. Go downtown (any town will do).
  47. Play with animals (i.e. dogs, cats, birds, squirrels, pigs, goats, manatees).
  48. Prank people in your dorm.
  49. Sleep some more.
  50. Sit down and make a list of things to do other than complete homework.
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8 Things Wrong With Arizona State University

Here's eight things wrong about Arizona State University, if we're being honest.

Here's eight things wrong about Arizona State University, if we're being honest.

1. We don't have a Greek Row.

Yes, I know we have giant condos for greek life, but it is not the same as what other colleges or universities have. See they have giant houses and we got stuck with condos that all face one another. And I hate to say it, but even University of Arizona has giant houses and to me, that sounds a whole lot better.

2. We don't have a school newspaper.

We do have a Cronkite school (the journalism school) newspaper, but it is nothing compared to a school newspaper where we have columns discussing all parts of the university and random pieces. We are one of the best journalism schools in the nation, yet we don't have a newspaper. Well, that's weird.

3. Our school spirit sucks.

People literally just show up to the game for two minutes, take a Snapchat and Instagram picture acting like they were there and then they leave.

4. There's too many campuses.

Downtown, Tempe, Polytechnic, and West. It doesn't feel like a college town/campus with all the campuses we have and how widespread everything is. It is not enjoyable when you have to uber to class every day or take the light rail where all the homeless people sleep and hang out.

5. The dining halls are awful.

Want some pizza? Well, it is going to taste like cardboard. There is absolutely nothing to eat in the dining hall. Well, the salad bar is always there, but do they really think all college students are going to be running to the salad bar to make sure they got the last of the tomatoes.

6. Too many assignment platforms.

Blackboard, Canvas, Tophat, Mytab? Can't our professors just pick one learning management system to use so each class I don't have to pay 125 bucks for another system

7. It's a "dry campus."

Well sorry ASU that's a funny joke, welcome to college.

8. Who came up with the Sun Devil hand gesture?

I hope they know what it means (kids reading this, you know what it means…)

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