Ah, springtime! The melting of snow! The chirping of birds! The wonderful return of warmer weather and longer days! Spring break has come and passed, and now life has returned to how it’s meant to be! Stressful, chaotic, yet in many ways serene.
But what’s this?! Off in the distance! ‘Tis a storm brewing, threatening to engulf us all! It is the harbinger of broken promises, shattered friendships, and destroyed souls! Ah! We should have known this day was coming, as it does every year! This enigmatic force is known simply as “Room Draw”.
Although embellished, the scene I’ve described portrays Room Draw fairly accurately. Whenever the topic is brought up, it’s almost always accompanied by several sighs or “Ugh”s. It consistently appears as a returning source of malice, fear, hatred, and disappointment. Yet, this seems odd to me; aren’t we, as a school, supposed to acknowledge what needs changing and “do something”?
Cases before the Honor Board are wide and varied. Topics range from personal differences and academic dishonesty to misuse of public materials. Above all, the Honor Board is a means for Olin Community members to work out their differences safely and confidentially. Find a friend and fill out the MadLibs in the paragraphs below to learn about a past case.
Passion for the Welfare of Olin College
“I will be a steward for the welfare of Olin College through a spirit of cooperation, concern for others, and responsibility for the reputation of Olin College.”
Openness to Change
“I will be receptive to change, supportive of innovation, and willing to take risks for the benefit of the community.”
I want you to think about those two statements and think about how you may or may not have applied them to your life at Olin. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed an increase in the lack of stewardship towards the college with each incoming class. I remember as a first year that the senior class was very vocal about things they wanted to see happen, namely the change from the half-tuition scholarship back to the full-tuition scholarship. In contrast, at our last town hall meeting, the student body was practically silent. In general, even though we’ve been paying more for our education than past classes, we are not nearly as vocal or persistent about the change that we’d like to see happen at Olin. Professors have also commented that current students do not take as many risks as students did in the past, especially in partner year. This is probably indicative of the times we live in, but it still leaves me wondering if other Oliners are aware of our changing culture and how we’re maybe not taking as big a risk as students before us.
Have you ever touched paper made out of sheep poo?
No, really, have you? Sheep Poo Paper ™ has the same uses as traditional paper and is commonly used for printing, writing and crafting. The paper is produced in Wales using only Welsh water. Want to learn more and see it for yourself? Come to the library and discover our Materials Samples Collection! Located near periodicals, these items cannot be borrowed; however, the collection is quite extensive. With over 100 in stock, you can learn about sample composition, manufacturing processes and what each sample is most commonly used for. Additionally, you can search the collection online using the “Materials Database” link on the library website (library.olin.edu) under Library Service and Collections.
From last time: “What is one thing you think could be done to make Olin a better place?”
I really like Gui and Eric Van Wyk’s seminars this semester. I hope we see more low-commitment “come and learn for fun!” classes like these in the future. – Forrest Bourke
Removing the credit system. Credits are outdated and inaccurate; they hardly represent how much effort each students puts in to a certain aspect of his/her lives. If we are a truly innovative college, we would find other ways that make validation for success more logical. This way, budgeting for time spent during a semester would not be as unbalanced, and people could make better choices that shy away from over-commitment. – David Zhu
CORe, Honor Board and SERV are all having elections for important leadership roles, and you should run for a position! Step up and have a say in directing Olin next year. Help to shape the student experience and continue to improve Olin! Come to open “office hours” on Wednesday, April 2nd at lunch to talk with current leaders about why they love their positions and why you should run. If you’re at all interested in a position, talk to us, learn what the role would entail and RUN!
While they may sound daunting, all these positions are all extremely rewarding, and only take a couple of hours of work per week. Every student who holds a leadership role in these various organizations is proud of the direct impact his or her actions and opinions have on the Olin community.
This semester we (Berit Johnson and Sarah Strohkorb) set out to answer some predictive questions about Olin courses, students, and majors. More specifically, we’re attempting to answer the question, “can we predict what one student will take for any given semester based on their course history?” which easily expands to, “can we predict Olin’s total course enrollment for Spring 2014 based on all of the students’ course histories?”
Our preliminary results show promise, but there is significant room for improvement. We’d like to share our work with the Olin community and also welcome feedback and suggestions.
Try to imagine an irrational number between 0 and 1, represented in decimal, such that nowhere in the infinite sequence of digits does the same digit repeat twice in a row. Does such a number exist? If so, show why. If not, show why not.
Aries (March 21 – April 19): Now is a great time to have that discussion you’ve been putting off. It may not be comfortable, but you’ll be happier for it in the end.
Taurus (April 20 – June 20): Having apocalyptic thoughts? Feel like the world is going to come crashing down? It just might.
Gemini (July 22 – May 21): This month you will meet a frog. You won’t want to, but perhaps you should give it a second chance. You never know what a frog might become.
Cancer (June 21 – Oct. 23): It’s spring cleaning time. Clean your dirty laundry! Clean your room! Clean your life!