There's a new issue of The Observer out! I'm highly entertained for a number of reasons. Anyway, it's great! Here are some pieces to check out:
This is a fascinating piece about the way in which people choose to devote their time. If you engage in extracuricular activities, do you choose those activities which are on-campus (such as the YU Medical Ethics Society, ha) or those that are off-campus (such as NCSY?) Why do you do this? What's your motivation?
Then there's another fun piece about public school students on campus. Their perspectives are a breath of fresh air, I love them and who could not adore people who refer to themselves as the "Mechinah babes?" Aside from which, my friend The Vindictive Little Pixie falls into that category.
There is a beautiful editorial about the mandatory attendance policy. Oh, how I agree! I am currently enrolled in a class which is so intensely and utterly stupid and only wastes my time. There's no question that I could do perfectly well if I never attended that class, and I wouldn't, except that the attendance policy forces me to do so. Be it on their heads when I can't do the thousand other things that would be far more beneficial to people at this school because I'm stuck there...
This opinions piece about "Real Freshman" entertains me because I've written about it before. Amusing to see one's sentiments in print. I'm proud to have been a real freshman...though sadly I am not a Mechinah Babe.
Perel's "Battle of the Bands" piece is so well-written that it has to be mentioned. It's also hilarious. Brown's observations are incorporated in some places, which makes everything that much better.
I am sad The Observer did not actually use the headline "Guys are Dumb" off of President Joel's Town Meeting session (which, incidentally, was nothing short of admirable. I love watching him play the crowd. I have a Gush friend who agrees and is entertained by people who look up at him, enthralled, and take it all seriously. I admire the art, you see, as does he. Not to say that President Joel doesn't care. Far from it. Only that he knows how to play the game and he does it so well.)
All right, read and comment away!