Some online are describing the reaction to this as “chaos,” but the Clark campus seemed icy and sedate today:
Spree Day, as we know it, is no more.
One of Clark’s oldest traditions met its sudden demise at a Student Council meeting on Wednesday, January 23 with an announcement from Director of Student Leadership and Programming Michael McKenna, who has instead decided to replace it with a weekend-long festival (“Freudstock”) without consulting the vast majority of the student body. Indeed, despite announcing this in front of Student Council, he asked no feedback from them, instead coming before the Council to ask for $15,000 to increase the budget for the comedian who will become the focal point of the weekend’s Saturday activities.
While McKenna made it clear that not all of the activities are set in stone, he was clear that the tradition of Tuesday Spree Days was permanently over in favor of this currently unnamed weekend (which some Student Council members have taken to calling “Spree Weekend”).
(In probably-unrelated news, all the timestamps on the Scarlet blog seem to be broken.)
Highlights from the Clark Scarlet:
Wednesday, October 24th:
0:49 – Unknown noise on Maywood Street.
12:22 –People throwing rocks at Maywood hall.
19:42 – Report of an erratic female on Main Street.
Saturday, October 27th:
11:12 –Man found possibly asleep on Florence Street.
Sunday, October 28th:
22:58 – Off-campus: Car vs. Pedestrian showdown.
Monday, October 29th:
9:01 – Tables and chairs mysteriously outside of the UC.
19:16 – Toilet in Dana Hall keeps running.
Tuesday, October 16
15:49 – A kid chasing another kid on a bike.
16:35 – Malicious racial words written on a board in the Lasry Bioscience Building.
21:06 – Kids on the bench outside the Little Center.
Friday, October 19
16:21 – Suspicious person in the trash.
A recent article in the WPI Towers gives helpful hints for students attempting to cross Highland Street:
WPI students are often warned not to venture beyond Highland Street. However, if you want to maintain some form of sanity throughout the academic year and a connection with the outside world, escaping WPI by crossing Highland is the only way. Some of the locals are a bit crazy and just want to be respected, but they aren’t going to jump you at a moment’s notice.
Also important to know about the locals:
while dropping the WPI card to a Worcester cop may help you out of a jam, to the average local it means you are a wealthy nerd with electronics, possibly a laptop, that will probably not physically fight back much when threatened.
The He Said/She Said advice column also tackles a question relevant to every Worcesterite: My roommate befriended a panhandler. What should I do?
Coming across panhandlers in Worcester is as common as finding StarCraft in the library. Some people will give them the world, while others won’t even look them in the eyes.
My favorite moment in the Worcester State University police log from October 1 – October 15:
10/3/2012 9:25am – spoke to 4 skateboards.
Thursday, October 11th
18:12 – There was a smell of natural gas in garage. The police have confirmed that it’s no problem.
20:55 – Mice found off campus in 914 Main Street.
Friday, October 12th
15:15 – Disgruntled employee at the physical plant.
Saturday, October 13th
15:10 – For some mysterious reason, door to the UC won’t shut.
18:25 – Group of kids arguing at the playground.
Monday, October 15th
14:57 – Suspicious woman on campus in a multi-colored shirt.
18:41 – Kids on skateboards being obnoxiously.
You will remember that a Clark student walking home at night in February was forced into a car, robbed, and sexually assaulted.
Now Clark’s student paper is reporting, from an anonymous, second-hand source, that the student may have called Clark’s Safety Escort Service for a ride that night but that the call was not answered.
InsideCollege.com has named Clark University and WPI among the top 47 schools for socially awkward students.
I’ll refrain from a punchline, as my alma mater ia also included on the list.
Victor Matheson, Associate Professor of Economics at Holy Cross, was on Planet Money this week to present the economic “case against hosting the Super Bowl.”
Link, mp3 link