Brothers College —Photo by Jack Duran
The snow days have confused our schedules enough, and the administration’s attempt to deal with them has heaped more confusion on us.
Last Wednesday, students were advised to go home so as not to be on campus when a large storm hit the next morning. It would seem that waiting out a storm on campus would be safer than driving home and then driving back in the next one or two days. So, not surprisingly, those students who did go home had trouble coming back for classes on Friday. Since Friday classes were held after 10:30, many students found themselves unable to attend class and without an official excuse. And it was because they took Drew’s advice in travelling home.
The second issue is the new way of making up classes that was not even announced by email to the students: having classes on multiple Saturdays throughout the semester. Some people have weekend plans already made while many others simply will not show up. Why a week could not be added to the already-short semester, we do not know. That has been the usual way of making up for lost time, and it seems far superior given people may have weekend plans that now must be cancelled in a week or two.
Admittedly, there are much more serious issues to gripe about, and losing a couple of Saturday afternoons is hardly the worst thing that could befall us. But this, combined with telling students to go home ahead of a major storm, is a notably poor way of dealing with something fairly commonplace. After Sandy and the Snowpocalypse, we know Drew can do better.
Megan Day eating a well-prepared meal at the Commons with INTO recruiters as part of the INTO's "familiarization" trip.
By Ivana Mitic – Staff Writer
Most of the student body can agree that Drew puts on a great show to attract the incoming crowd of INTO program visitors and freshmen, but why not keep the campus in great shape all of the time? As spring semester approaches, Drew has gotten out its bag of tricks to show visitors how great a campus we have. Students on campus have been raving on about how we only see these improvements in the campus when we receive visitors. But why can’t these improvements be permanent? Why not have a campus that is great instead of one that just looks great on certain occasions?
But why can’t these improvements be permanent? Why not have a campus that is great instead of one that just looks great on certain occasions?
The Commons has definitely been a prime example of the improvements Drew has been making for this past week. The Commons has been serving great food, even using nicer bowls, and having more employees dressed up working in the Commons, when in reality we never see this happening. The Commons and the Drew student body have been at constant war for years over wanting better food. This week we did get better food, but it was for the purpose of pleasing Drew’s visitors, not its full-time student body and staff. Students who pay an extremely costly tuition should be in this improved environment, not just get a glimpse of it when the school puts on this façade.
Another improvement is that the paths have—just in time—been plastered with banners of Drew pride. The students find them to be great for the campus since they show Drew pride, but was this only put up for the purpose of pleasing visitors? As a freshman myself I can say that when I came for Full Impact Day last year I was amazed by the campus. Last year, Drew showed hundreds of potential incoming students and this magnificent image of the campus, and now we can see the deterioration of this so-called perfect campus.
Like any college campus, Drew University wants to put its best foot forward and show all of the greatest aspects of the campus. The point is that the façade of a magnificent school needs to become a reality. We are a campus filled with great students and staff who need to be appreciated. Improving our campus when future investments are at stake is important, but we should not have to do this. The show Drew is putting on is nice while it lasts, but it will soon fade. The campus should always be at its best. Then the positive buzz about Drew will speak for itself. There won’t have to be a huge preparation or improvements on campus because it will already be held up to a high standard.
Ivana Mitic is a freshman at Drew University.
The administration’s unwillingness to respond to the concerns of community members at Wednesday’s town hall meeting on the proposed International Student Pathway program in the face of a pending vote is unacceptable.
Instead, if anything, Drew community members left the town hall meeting with even more questions than when they came.
Those who have been following the INTO discussion may feel like it’s been going on for a long time, but the possible partnership was only made public to the Drew community in September and will have its final vote in a month. Given the time frame, we hoped that all the pressing questions the Drew community had about the proposed program would be answered Wednesday by the administration. Instead, if anything, Drew community members left the town hall meeting with even more questions than when they came.
“We don’t know.” “We don’t have concrete information yet.” “This is still in development.” “We’re still figuring out the details.” If the town hall meeting was supposed to inform the Drew community about the proposed program, then it resoundingly failed at this task. This failure to address the reasonable concerns of students and faculty about the transformative nature of such a program is more than troubling. It gives the Drew community the impression that our feedback is not needed or wanted. Or even worse, that our concerns are not important and do not hold weight among the administrators. The Drew community has a legitimate right to understand how the program will be implemented, what will be the costs and how it will affect Drew both in the short term and long terms.
The INTO program could be a good thing for Drew. We understand the benefits that may come from such a program. It could very well transform Drew into a well-respected global institution. Yet this program could possibly worsen Drew’s financial situation as it seeks to allocate even more resources to accommodate a larger student population. There is no doubt this affects us all: administrators, staff, alumni, faculty and especially students.
This should be an all-inclusive process in which the thoughts of all members of the Drew community should be given weight. A Dec.18 deadline hardly gives the Drew community the opportunity to understand how such a program may affect Drew and the time for the administration to explain it. And so, unless the administration moves at warp speed in the next month to bring us, as well as the faculty, much needed information, we may add an unusual request to our usual refrain: don’t resolve this discussion so damn quickly!
Can our generation’s constant need to be using social media be draining us slowly? Some of us college students have to admit that we spend a majority of our time glued to our smart phones or laptops without even realizing it. We share what we are doing, eating, who we are with and how we are feeling with the online world throughout our whole day.
Sadly, I fall victim to this social media takeover too. I noticed I always tweet about my day, blog on my Tumblr and occasionally Instagram a photo or two without even realizing how much time I am spending doing so. I started wondering what are the real effects of social media on a college student and what would be the benefits of taking a social media break every once in a while. I decided to challenge myself and go a day without social media and record the changes in my day. My tech cleanse would be simple: no social media for 24 hours!
Only hours after I started my social media cleanse I noticed a difference in my day. Have no fear everyone, I survived the day without tweeting and posting away. I was able to schedule my day, do some homework and call some family from back home. Throughout my day I went to my classes, and when I got back I noticed I started being more productive with getting my class work and daily tasks complete.
In addition, I was able to find more time for things I wanted to do for myself. I went ahead in my class readings, spent some time with my friends and went downtown to enjoy beautiful Madison. These benefits were amazing, but it was not easy trying to get to them.
There are some tips to getting through the social media free time period a little easier. First you need to ease into the process! Going an hour a day at first will make it easier and even then you will notice a change. Try to warn your friends to not talk about how they just posted a photo of you; if they know you’re trying to be social media-free they will support you!
Think about all the things you can do when you are not spending time glued to your phone and taking a picture of your coffee to share with the world. You can finish that book or listen to that new album that just came out. Maybe even do some assignments early so you can have a free Sunday night. Having a tech cleanse every now and then can leave you with endless opportunities for free time.
Social media of course is not always a bad thing, but we need to remind ourselves to try to live in the now every once in a while. When I walk to class I cannot help but notice almost eight out of 10 people I pass are looking down at their phone instead of making actual real life interactions. I hope some Drewids take my advice and try out this social media cleanse. To see more people on campus engaging with one another instead of their phones will be refreshing.
Miho Watabe – Graphic Artist
Today marks the anniversary of The Acorn’s founding 85 years ago. Throughout these 85 years, Drew has changed dramatically and has grown more than the founders of the College could have ever imagined. And throughout these 85 years, The Acorn has devotedly served the Drew community with the purpose of informing our fellow peers and advocating for all students.
From the current Acorn staffers traced all the way back to our founders in 1928, we have all made immense sacrifices to produce the newspapers that you now come to expect every week. This is because we all understand that we are a part of something that is bigger than all of us—that The Acorn, as the voice of students, ultimately has and will always belong to the students of Drew University. Here’s to another 85 adventurous years!
To commemorate our 85th anniversary, we have featured below the very first editorial written in The Acorn.
– The Acorn‘s first Lead Editorial – November 1928 –
What is it?
“Why do the twelve freshmen need a magazine?”
Wait! Just a minute! You have the wrong idea! This is not a Brothers College paper but a Drew University Monthly. Our aim is to serve Drew in every way a paper can serve a university.
For the first few numbers we shall have four departments – News, Literary, Editorial and Humor – in addition to our Special Feature Section. Through the News department you may keep in touch with Drew’s current events, both campus and faculty and alumni. The Literary department is to be the high pressure valve for the University’s literary talent. In addition to short articles and poems it will contain book reviews by members of the faculty and student body as well as a list of some of the best new books placed in our library. The Editorial department will comment on current events. The Humor department will help you to keep smiling with its culled jokes and campus comicality.
This is a new adventure for all the staff members. We are following paths we have never before pursued, so we solicit you who have passed this way and who have a little knowledge of the highway of journalism to help us by your criticism and co-operation. We thank those who have helped in the preparation of this number and pledge ourselves, if you continue this encouragement and assistance, to do all that we can to make this paper stimulating, interesting and useful, and worthy of the best traditions of Drew.
The Acorn’s First Editorial Board (1928-1929)
Editor-in-Chief: Robert Powell Literary Editor: Chester Wilt
News Editor: Misak Mugrdichian Humor Editor: Franklin Cartwithen
Business Manager: Murton Lonsdale Assistant Business Manager: Thomas Has