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          Argument against complaints

          Worst case scenario

          Ruchi Asher

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Focus
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          I'm warning you, the second-semester senior in me is beginning to rear her nostalgic head, even though this semester has truly been the worst yet. I'm not complaining, of course not, but to be fair, as I look back over these last four years, I realize that we here at Case Western Reserve University are a community of complainers. Maybe the oppressive Cleveland air contains some sort of noxious unhappiness gas (among other, more conventional pollutants), but on any given day, a typical conversation amongst CWRU students is impressively whiny. This, of course, excludes those conversations conducted exclusively in binary or some sort of programming language. Unfortunately, I find myself trapped on the non-computer science version of the nerd language barrier.

          But regardless of the reduced sample size, it's all students here do. We complain about the workload, and we complain about the lack of social scene. The weather, food, and living conditions are gripe-worthy as well, particularly those delightful Elephant Stairs. On a side note, however, it seems that the underclassmen this year have been surprisingly silent on how much they hate those stairs. Did CWRU accidentally admit a physically fit group of students last year? Regardless, we all grumble about having to skate a triple lutz-triple toe maneuver down the icy binary walkway, and we moan about the length of the stir-fry line at Fribley. It's brilliant: in our hatred of just about everything at this university, we're creating a sense of solidarity in our negativity.

          But of course, the criticism (if we can even call it that) is hardly restricted to communal carps, and it's not uncommon to find students in complain-offs, each attempting to prove whose life is more miserable. Case in point: the Greeks whine about Greek drama and Greek Week practices while the non-Greeks just as uselessly whine about the Greeks whining. There's the classic engineers versus people-who-use-words battle, with one side claiming that their lives are next to impossible (because they have labs and math), and the others bewailing how elitist and inconsiderate the others are (doing such rude things as talking in the library and neglecting hygiene in favor of studying).

          Clearly, there are hoards to hate on this campus, and from the way students complain, it seems like CWRU is a pretty miserable place. I'm certainly not going to refute that, having spent enough hours wistfully dreaming about what life would be like at some generic sunshine-filled state school and desperately thinking of ways to escape this post-industrial prison. But wouldn't it be revolutionary to think about how different things would be around here if we maybe griped a little less and extolled the shining virtues of this university a little more?

          I really do believe that president Snyder's insistence that we "think beyond the possible" is a plea for us all to just get over ourselves and cheer up. I mean, sure, there's lots wrong with this university, but we're all in it together; might as well find the inner admissions counselor in each of us and think about what a great place CWRU can be. It's a difficult task, but I'm not complaining.
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