As a blatantly happy commuter, I enjoy arriving on campus whenever I need and then promptly leaving it as well. But, what happens when a freak accident occurs? What can we do? Although we always can sleep in cars, college students as a whole usually pride ourselves in keeping that sacred for lovers trysts and drunken slumbers. (Not on campus, of course. Both are strictly forbidden.)
For example, several years ago there was a ice storm that smothered Waleska. When I say ice storm, I mean that Reinhardt College Parkway was inches thick in clear death that would push your car into trees or our Dollar General. Mind you, this was Pre-The Front Porch and Pre-Subway. As a lowly commuter, I was forced to reconcile with a friend and live in their apartment for a week. And by a week, I mean two or three days. (Not that it matters, most of us are only conscious 2 or 3 days out of the week anyways.) I was stuck on campus, in the fun, but glorious hungry week of class-less days and professor-less lives. It was glorious.
However, because of recent tornadoes, I was yet again stranded on the Reinhardt campus. After several hours of futile hunger, honestly categorized within my first world problems part of the brain, I walked into the dining hall of despair. To be frank, it is the least appealing food I have ever eaten, but the joy stops there. I despise our dining hall. On three different holiday dinners, I got food poisoning. Each year there was a different food supplier. I do not like our food, but, it’s not their fault. It’s the cheap quality that all diners and cafeterias use throughout the country…but that doesn’t mean it sits well with me.
As I walked into the inferno, the only thing that I recognized was the drapes. Those burgundy drapes framed the social experiment that housed inside. Every table was segregated by sport, race, ethnicity, or job description, without any double dipping. Can I ask: When did Reinhardt become so stereotypical? What caused this mass separation of the student body?
I think it’s fair to say that more was brought to this school than football stats this year. There are a lot of concepts and morals that freshly conquered our small fish tank of a campus. Obviously, there are going to be some serious changes happening at Reinhardt. I just hope that the drapes stay the same.