Last semester I attended one library event and one library event only: Zine-making with William McHenry. When I entered the Loud Section on that fateful evening, I had no idea what a zine was, but I was intrigued by the notion of putting “writing or artwork into a pamphlet,” probably because I am about as much of an English major as you can get.
Does quarantine have you sleeping your days away? Are you watching so much Netflix you’ve forgotten how real life works? Has your entertainment fallen so low that you refresh your school email in hopes of more useless updates? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here’s a list of fifty things to do besides break social distancing boundaries so that we can all go outside soon :)
As quarantine has made abundantly clear, writing is the most essential tool of a Rocker. I cannot even begin to explain how much more typing I do every week because of the new online platform, and I’m an English major, so I can imagine how absolutely terrifying it must be to those of you who are not used to pumping out a few 500-word responses every day. In my time at Simon’s Rock, I’ve developed a bit of a formula for the long-form response journal, so I’d like to take advantage of these troubling times and share it with you.
1. How do I catch up in a class I am falling behind in?
Now that Valentine’s Day itself has come and gone, the second (and final) installment to the Valentine’s playlist marks an end to the season. The playlist can be heard here.
“people who don't wallow self-indulgently in their own unreasonably heightened emotions are missing out on a lot of fun” - telephone_junkie, Sep 02 2012
Nobody likes stress, but when life begins to pick up its speed, it can be inevitable. Thankfully, there are numerous coping mechanisms to help manage stress and prevent what is commonly referred to as “burnout.” Burnout is a state of mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion triggered by high stress levels over an extended period of time. This can be debilitating and result in mental roadblocks such as depression or anxiety. In most cases, however, it can be prevented with proper care and awareness.
Someone on our campus is seeking to spread fear and violence against students of color, and we have to stand up to them in any way we can. The survivor of Friday’s attack is safe and defiant, and we stand in solidarity with her as we go forward in trying to promote greater safety for students of color. We urge everyone to be aware of any indication of who could have done this, and come forward with any information you think you have. White students in particular, you must use your privilege to be a force against white supremacy and racism, and be an active ally for students of color. Seek out opportunities to listen, learn, and use your privilege to be a force for good.
Moderation is a rather enigmatic process for most. Many fail to even recognize the name as anything of significance, despite its importance, and finding clear and concise information on the topic seems impossible. Fear not, however, as here is a clear guide from someone who's been through it:
Many have recently received an utterly confounding email recently detailing the “Housing Lottery & Selection 2019-2020 Academic Year”. While these emails are oftentimes immensely confusing, dense, and occasionally borderline incomprehensible, do not fear, for here is a summarized translation of what all of this means from a certified veteran of the Housing Lottery process: