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Happiness is a warm campus

Worst case scenario

Ryan Shoup

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: Focus
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It's the time of year again when the world seems to be crashing in around college students: we have 10 papers to write before the end of classes, there are weird midterms that happen near the end of the semester (which should be called late-terms), and we are cramming everything we didn't do during the semester into the last couple of weeks.

I can also assume you are behind on sleep, have seen the sun rise after numerous all nighters, and - gasp - have spent many late Friday nights with Kelvin Smith.

And although you are stressed to the max, I have realized that you, the Case Western Reserve University students, are still too damn happy.

That's right. I was walking around the quad this week and people were smiling.

Did you not get the notice? It's November! That's right, you should be miserable. You should be donning full-length Under Armour cold gear to cross Euclid while your tears of sadness freeze as they fall to the ground. Your winter coat should be on high alert, gloves removed from storage, scarf knitted, and robber-like facemask ready for sub-zero temperatures.

At this point in the year, we should be hearing grumblings from the freshmen about every little thing that makes their college experience stink. I usually expect dissertations on the monotonous Leutner food, the marathon-length walk to class, and the hatred for SAGES.

It would only be natural that your Case Cash account is depleted, and, to your horror, you may actually have to pay for that Venti soy no-foam double-pump caramel latte with extra whipped cream all by yourself!

Could you be, dare I say, satisfied?

I know it's weird to think, but could the students actually be enjoying their college experience at Case Western this year?

Where are the people threatening a mass exodus from the state of Ohio? Where are the people who only eat Qdoba for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in protest of Bon Appétit? Where are the students who complain incessantly about their fun-killing RA?
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