This is Tanner.
My return to Beloit this year happened to coincide with an event of such importance that it permeated almost every aspect of my life. This event is ongoing and far reaching. It has gained attention from the Federal Department of Justice, international media organizations, almost every social media user, and has even generated a statement from the President himself.
Hopefully everyone reading this has some knowledge of the situation. This event, or series of events rather, is the death of Michael Brown and the circumstances surrounding his death.
On Monday, September 1st, Beloit College held a panel to discuss what Michael Brown’s death meant for the state of our nation, the way people are treated in America, and how the events in Ferguson affected students and faculty members here.
The panel was held in a fairly large auditorium, lasted about an hour and a half, and was essentially standing room only. The amount of students and faculty in attendance was incredible.
It’s hard to describe the way that room felt. Seeing so many people congregate in that auditorium was powerful. I think that as students, as young people, and especially as young members of an institution of higher education, we carry a responsibility to think critically about the society we seek to inherit. I’ve been feeling this sense of responsibility a lot lately, specifically in regards to Michael Brown, and sitting in that auditorium let me know I’m not alone.
For an hour and a half Richardson Hall, the panel, and those in attendance took what for me was a largely an internal conversation, and brought it into reality. A dialogue was opened, a conversation was started, and Beloit was given a voice.
That conversation, from the sheer number of participants, the urgency of the tone, the tension of the experience, and the importance of the subject matter, was something that doesn’t happen very often. This kind of a dialogue is rare, and what happened in that auditorium was special. It seemed that every person there, regardless of their level of knowledge, opinions, or background, recognized how palpably important the conversation was.
I think that when it came time for the event to finish -when the last remarks were made, when the auditorium doors were closed, when the last straggling participants finally said their goodbyes and made their ways back home- it was clear that the conversation wasn’t over, that this conversation isn’t over.
Panelist Ron Nikora will be continuing that conversation in Pearson’s Hall, Java Joint, on Friday, September 5th, at 4 PM. More information can be found in the link below.
***this is a periodic installment of one day in my life in college, if you missed chapter one you can check it out here***
Now its time to go back to WAC -the building I was in for class earlier. It’s where most of the Lit Study/English/Language classes happen. It’s made out of stone and it’s pretty and intimidating and kind of cold but thats what english majors like right? idk.
I have more time on the walk back so I took some pictures of stuff on the way to class:that’s the President’s house, right next to the library (you can’t see the library in this picture). I’m probably less than 500 feet away from class in this pic.That’s Middle College it’s a very collegiate building sorry about the trees in the way they’re everywhere and I don’t have time to take super perfect pics for you guys cause I’m also going to class and stuff. Beloit College sign fun fact Beloit is the oldest college in Wisconsin it was founded in 1846 as you can clearly see from the sign.
This is a bad tree filled picture of WAC where I’m going to class it’s where most of my classes are because I’m a very cool English major.
that’s the entrance of WAC. Also WAC is short for World Affairs Center or something its not just three letters okay? cool. Its time for class:
TRICKED YOU! This isn’t actually a class. I usually have class in this room at this time but my professor is celebrating passover so we came in to work on our creative project which is due soon. The guy with the curly hair is doing a giant game of Dungeons and Dragons except it’s about post-colonialist feminist theory instead of crazy goblins and stuff. I’m gonna be a rogue bugbear (idk what that is but I’m excited to play). Check it out:
so yeah, that class is called Carribean American Women Writers btw it’s crazy crazy good I highly recommend it.
***end of chapter two. goodbye internet**
7:30 - Weekly game of Settlers of Catan with friends! (I lose, of course, because everyone gangs up on me)
11:05 - To the library to finish homework.
So, I get the feeling that this epic weather we’ve been experiencing is kind of my fault. You see, when I was abroad in Japan last year and staying in the Osaka/Kyoto area, I maybe saw snow fall only twice, and even then it never stuck. It was only when I traveled to Hokkaido in the north over the spring break did I even get to see any significant amount of snow.
Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m from the Beloit area (just south, in Rockton), and winter isn’t winter without some snow accumulation. Thus, I wished that this winter would be full of snow as to make up for the lack of it last year…and boy were my wishes excessively answered. We’ve seen inch upon inch of accumulation over the past few months, and the temperature has on occasioned preferred to stay negative all day.
But! But! But wait! I don’t wish to take all the blame just because of a whimsical wish of mine. I can say, as a resident of the area, that this is the worst winter that has occurred in my (of about 18 years). Trying to confirm this with my father, he told me that there was a similar event in 1979 and that, either shortly before or after I was born, he got stuck on our road due to impassible snow drifts. Thus…coincidence?
In any case, I just wanted the snow (and who doesn’t want snow?! xD). This cold weather can be gone already so far as I care, but lets keep the snow for a little while longer…
Hey everyone. Today is February 6th which means in eight days it will officially be Valentines Day. Personally I don’t really get into this type of thing, but I am personally aware of a lot of relationships/non relationships/long distance relationships/awkward kissing/weird facebook messages/classroom stares/singular declarations of celibacy/non committal co habitations here on campus. This purpose of this great post is to guide you around campus/the city and help you get through V Day. I’ve been around here for a while so I will list things to do in kind of a round robin stream of consciousness type way. Hopefully I’ll hit on something you like.
The Bridge This is more of a spring/fall thing but honestly its crazy easy to get kissed on the walking bridge behind the athletic center. Go at night or sunset. I’m not sure of the weather but yeah the bridge is a good call. You have the dam on one side, the huge old brick plant thing on the other, the weirdly tastefully lit road bridge in front of you, and its all ice and snow beneath you and it creates that singular romantic focus pretty well. You’re out there over frozen water in a fairly private place that is also kind of pretty and romantic. Chances are if you’ve been flirting with your person of interest they’re going to say yes to a walk. If you really want to break the rules together feel free to copy these lovebirds.
Find a Room and Don’t Leave ItIdk about you guys but this is my personal favorite valentines day activity. I recommend something private and relatively soundproof. That way you can enjoy not seeing anyone kiss anyone else without asking you if its cool first. Also you can wear whatever you want, draw on yourself, eat as much food as you want, and generally participate in any Valentines Day rituals you practice away from judging eyes.
As a strong believer in not going to bushel & pecks for valentines dinner, I endorse this place. It’s really the best place for a date. Rose is crazy nice and funny and gives you something to talk about. Plus the food is really good and impossible to eat like a tidy person so you can bond with your date over that i guess. Personally though if I had to recommend a V Day dinner it would be Palermo’s in bed. Order two meals and leave the room to bring the person you like some food.
Seriously, get out of here. Campus is weird on Valentines Day. Tickets to Madison are four dollars in accounting. If you’re serious about V Day not here is the place to be.