35 Questions For Curry College

35 Questions For Curry College

Things we've all wondered about Camp Curry.

1. Why is the Wi-Fi actual garbage?

I'm aware Wi-Fi is problematic at many college campuses, but c'mon, sometimes I can't even get onto BlackBoard.

2. Why do we even use BlackBoard?

It's super outdated and unforgiving.

3. Why is dinner unavailable after 7 p.m.?

Some people are still in class at that time.

4. Why does a drink count as a side?

Yes, drinks are unlimited, but still shouldn't count as a side. Why should I have to choose between a side of vegetables and a glass of water?

5. Why don't we get any guest meal swipes?

If you have a guest come visit, and you eat in the Stu, you can either get one entree and four sides (including a drink) to share between the two of you, or your guest has to pay like $12 for their own tray.

6. Why do I need a receipt to get ice cream?

What's a girl gotta do to get some ice cream around here?

7. Why do some dorms have air conditioning, and some don't?

8. Why are check-ins a thing?

I understand that having check-ins on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. is enforced to prevent partying as much as possible, but it's a tad ridiculous any one person can't have more than two people over who live in other buildings.

9. Why is Lombard Basement the moral hole of North Side?

Every year, the Lombard Basement boys establish the same reputation.

10. Why is Scholars a literal maze?

And why is it called Scholars when the actual "scholars" live in NCRH?

11. Why are the off-campus shuttles SO unreliable?

I've never NOT had a problem.

12. Why are the showers so small?

I can't even bend over to shave my legs without hitting my head on the wall.

13. Why are there never any grapes?

14. Why are chicken tenders available at Late Night but not during meal times?

Asking for a friend.

15. Why. Is. There. No. Parking!?

16. Why do we have a guard at the front gate if they lift the gate for literally anyone, no questions asked?

Rarely will they even ask for your name; you just get waved right through. What's the point of having a gate if the people coming in aren't being screened?

17. Why can't we park at the Student Center?

It's the STUDENT CENTER. But students can't park there. ????

18. Why are athletes who are below the criteria for academic scholarship receive academic scholarship anyway?

It's because Curry is a Division 3 school, and therefore cannot give athletic scholarships. So, to rope in D 3 athletes, Curry gives them academic scholarships that they don't deserve. Meanwhile, high-achieving students with high grades may get a similar or lesser academic scholarship, because they don't play a D 3 sport.

19. Who decided a Colonel would be a good mascot?

Who thought this was a good idea??

20. Doesn't PS have anything better to do than snoop around and hand out parking tickets?

We already pay enough money to go to Curry, live on campus, and to park.

21. Why does a parking pass cost extra?

Don't we already pay enough?

22. Why does the mail room close at 4:30 p.m.?

I'm not even out of class/work by then!

23. Does anyone actually live in 874 House?

I've never met someone who lives in 874... just saying.

24. Does anyone even go to the Plymouth campus?

I'm aware that we have a Plymouth campus, but I've never been there, and I've never met someone who has.

25. Why does our president make over half a million dollars a year?

And for doing what, exactly?

26. Why aren't textbooks included in tuition?

I know you have to pay separately for your books at every school, but we honestly pay enough to Curry already that we shouldn't have to spend additional hundreds of dollars every semester for books we need for classes.

27. Why is Kennedy on top of the biggest hill in the Northeast?

Seriously, who decided to put a building up there?

28. Why is it called the Kennedy Internet Cafe?

I don't get any better Wi-Fi there than I do anywhere else on campus.

29. Why are all three cafes exactly the same?

Especially when the Hafer Cafe and the AAPC Cafe are literally right next to each other.

30. Why don't points roll over?

Why is it that if you don't use your points on Late Night, you lose them?

31. Why are the drink machines in the Stu shut off and plastic-wrapped before 7 p.m.?

32. Why is the Tech Center literally useless?

33. Why do I have to pay to print?

I know it comes out of my account, but I already pay so much, I should be able to print as much as I need! It's not like I'm printing all this stuff for fun; I have no choice.

34. Why do some dorm rooms get temperature controls, and some don't?

It's annoying for both parties involved when I have to bug my neighbor every time the heat gets up too high. And if they're not in their room, then too bad, you have to suffer until they get back.

35. Why are the graduation caps and gowns black and not purple?

We have the prettiest school color, and yet we waste it by not having purple graduation caps and gowns. What a shame.

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Joining My Sorority Changed My Life

There is more to Greek life than meets the eye.

When I started my first semester of college, I was shy, nervous and a little lost. I made some mistakes, lost my footing and attempted to get my act together. Moving eight hours away to a place where I knew absolutely nobody was the scariest thing I've ever done, but the one thing that made it ten times more bearable was the decision to rush.

Since move-in weekend, the "The Possibilities Are Endless" recruitment fall 2017 flyers were hung up in every hallway from my dorm to my classrooms. Coming into Ohio, I said I would never rush. Greek life has had a bad reputation among many and it didn't seem like the right thing for me. But I kept stopping by to read those flyers, paying attention to the block letter sweaters that sorority girls wore to class, and couldn't help but stare as I walked past the sorority houses on campus.

Ultimately, I decided to rush. What should hold me back? Nothing.

So I stepped out of my safe little bubble and walked into 10 houses of girls screaming the "Go Greek" song at the top of their lungs for two weekends in a row, and man it was the best decision I've ever made. Walking out of Alpha Omicron Pi for the last time before bid day, I never would've imagined what an impact this chapter would have on my life in such a short period of time.

After one semester, I had met my closest friends, not only in college but life in general.

Since day one, these girls have treated me better than the shallow friends I had known for years back home in high school. Throughout the entire first semester, if I ever needed anything, ran into trouble, needed advice or a shoulder to cry on after a bad week, all I had to was say the word and my sisters would be waiting for me in their rooms. They are the reason I made it through those first difficult months away from home, that bad exam or that one aching heartbreak.

What so many people don't realize is that the awful stigmas, stereotypes and bad reputations that Greek life has are not true at all. From the outside, it's easy to brand us as shallow girls who all wear the same clothes and act the same way. But we all know that you can't judge a book by its cover, and the same thing applies for judging sororities.

You can't know what it's like unless you've gone through recruitment or have joined yourself,

Recruitment teaches us valuable conversational skills, how to look nice, and present ourselves in the best image possible. All these qualities are important life skills when it comes to future job interviews. We host charity events for our philanthropy, helping those in need, and have mandatory service/volunteer hours we must complete each semester. Every chapter has a minimum GPA that their members must meet in order to remain in the organization.

The general idea that those who are in Greek life are not serious about their studies, slack off and don't get good grades is one of the biggest lies I've ever heard. Here at Ohio University, the average GPA of members in Greek life is actually higher than the overall GPA of the rest of the student body.

If that doesn't speak for itself, then I don't know what will.

Being in a sorority teaches us how to balance sisterhood and studies. Older sisters are always willing to lend help to the new freshmen if they're struggling with a difficult class the others have taken before. We always put our academics first, and social life second.

My sorority taught me how to lift each other up, to tell your sisters you're proud of them, to tell them you love and appreciate everything they do.

With these amazing women, I've had the time of my life in college. From date parties, to bid day, family dinners and socials, these are the memories I will cherish forever. It's made me a better, more dedicated and happier person. Thanks to my chapter, many opportunities have opened up to me.

I know I'll always have a home there and friends who run to me with open arms after being away for an entire month over break. And it means the world to have such loving people who worry about you and miss you every day when you're away.

There truly is no way to express my gratitude for Alpha Omicron Pi, and I hope that others will see this and realize there is so much more to sororities than meets the eye.

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Thoughts About A 21st Birthday

Turning twenty-one has its pros and cons.

In life, we all have the "useless" birthdays. These birthdays are nothing but a celebration of turning another year older. This is kind of how I felt last year when, in February, I became twenty. But twenty-one is considered a milestone, especially for American youth. In the long run, how unique is gaining another responsibility?

I only question this, and slightly dread it, because there is more that comes with being twenty-one. For myself, a female, being this old means I am required to receive Pap smears in South Carolina, a procedure I do not like in the least. If you don't know what this is, well, they put a plastic thing inside you to open the region up and check the cervix for cancer. It isn't pleasant for me for multiple reasons.

But, back to what everyone knows about this age: drinking and the ability to purchase whatever kind you like.

I will probably enjoy being able to drink here. Thing is: I've had alcohol before. In Europe and Mexico, everything is a bit more relaxed, and it is indeed an excellent experience to learn what wine tastes like, or alcohol in general, and how to be a responsible drinker. Have I snuck some vodka in a tea before while on a trip? Yeah, and it was good. So, in hindsight, I've already had a taste of that part. But I'm celebrating regardless of experience.

Also, I'm going to be happy to be twenty for the next little bit. Do I know what I'm doing with my life? Not necessarily. And it will be a while until I do. But that is the point of being at this stage. And another year won't change that.

Yeah, I'm happy it is coming up, and that I get to see my friends and family, but I have only lived a short part of my life. More milestones will top this one, and they might not even be birthdays. But I'm still glad to be able to celebrate with those I love.


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