Many students here at Simon’s Rock are currently undergoing the crisis that is being distastefully and disrespectfully ignored by the administration. Every morning when students wake up, during meals, between classes… it is always there. This problem is deteriorating morale on campus at an alarming rate, yet nothing is being done about it! I am of course referring to the mysterious dilemma of Instagram’s functioning (or lack thereof) under Eduroam.
Being from a public school myself, I recognize a blocked app when I see it. Cad Copy Editor Rowan Truman has performed their own thorough investigation into the problem: emailing ITS. However, ITS has claimed the app is “not blocked.” There is clearly a missing piece to this puzzle, and whether the app is inimitably blocked or not, this must be immediately addressed by Simon’s Rock. Someone is clearly not telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. What are students supposed to use when they need to write a paper but don’t want to? Twitter? With these politics? Instagram is a perfect, sanitized, peaceful escape, used to fulfill one’s daily quota of stolen memes, people forgotten from home, and entertaining adults who clearly don’t know how to use social media. To those of you reading who are shaking your heads thinking, “Oh just go onto data durh durh durh,” you clearly do not have Sprint.
I urge you, fellow students, to do what you know is right and necessary. As a Gen Z-er––a Zoomer, if you will––I know we cannot function without Instagram. Let’s face it,, the institution that is Simon’s Rock is purposely ignoring issues that directly harm the student body. Who cares if we are touch-starved, bored, and homesick? The fact that Instagram has been forcibly ripped from our hands is worth a riot! Now, I’m not prompting protest for anything but serious social and political change… but I’m also not saying getting Instagram back doesn’t fall under those categories.
Lou Cooper. A contributor to the Weekly Cad.