March 3, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 6

Through the Trapdoor

By PERRY DIXON
The Boy Who Lived

There are a couple of things to be taken away from the recent tornado warning that occurred around 5:30 in the morning this past Monday. The first of these things is that (surprise) Georgetown’s current response capabilities may not be able to prevent us from all dying. This Editor heard the sirens, woke up, checked the weather online and helped wake people up in the PHA house in case the windows were all about to explode inwards causing severe bodily harm to us all. The only warning from the College came in an email a bit after the warning was over (5:55 a.m.-ish). The email essentially said, “There was a tornado warning. It missed us. Look out for the severe storms continuing today.” Awesome. In a semester during which we have already experienced Snowpocalypses I and II, the plan for tornado response is an email written in the past tense. Let us all hope we do not die this Spring.

The second thing we can all take away from the tornado most did not wake up to experience is that Spring is relatively close around the corner. There was one Friday recently on which the temperatures rose to the mid-fifties and low sixties and it felt as though life were about to return to campus. However, the effects of climate change promptly reminded us shortly that a quick return to single digit weather is certainly possible. Kentucky weather is ridiculous; if this Editor were from another state, it would piss him off all the time.

Despite the unreliable weather at this time, soon enough there will be sun to accompany the rain in a period of weather very appropriate for gardening. It is likely that many readers of this Page have little to no interest in gardening, but that is no reason to not inform oneself of the efforts to maintain a sustainable community garden on campus. In recent talks with Heather Norman, it has been discovered that the garden was started from the ground up by donations and volunteer work headed by the Dr. Homer White. After Spring Break, things should get rolling again, planting and growing vegetables free from the interesting chemicals found in a large majority of everything else we eat. The garden, located on Jackson Street by the McCandless house, functions to provide produce for the surrounding community including, but not limited to, the Amen House in town. What the garden needs is support. At this time, it is supported entirely by volunteers and donations without any real sponsorship by a club or team. Though there is a garden board of students and faculty in place, the garden certainly needs more help. Anyone willing should contact Dr. White, Heather or any member of the Green Team and find out what one can do to contribute. It is not necessary to have the experience and magical skill of Professor Sprout; the garden is not harvesting bubotuber puss or ingredients for Mandrake Restorative Draught. All one really needs to be able to help is time, a will, the ability to carry light to moderately heavy objects and a desire for sun and dirt.

Officially, the above paragraph may be the most positive message to ever come out of this Editor’s desk. It is difficult to maintain a positive attitude for so long, which is why this Editor would like to make a public inquiry of a more pessimistic nature. Last week, the college held a diversity forum aimed towards getting those who might be predisposed to hollering racist remarks in public a bit more acclimated to the times. This Editor does not like being left out of jokes, but unfortunately had to work serving coffee (which is very likely not ethically made) during the scheduled time of the event. Reviews from students seem, at this time, to all agree that the effort was laughable, to be polite. However, as this Editor was not present, a firsthand experience cannot be recounted on this Page. The racism deal is simultaneously one of importance and one the college is still ill equipped to manage. Basically, if a tornado were to pass over Mississippi (or some other such region stereotyped for having a large racist contingency) and fly through Georgetown spitting out racist idiots all over the place the College would end. Someone who attended the forum needs to find a way over to the Opinion column to speak out.

Since no Back Page is complete without an out-of-place and inappropriate remark, here is one inspired by the new Pepsi-sponsored recycling campaign. If we could openly drink on campus and recycle all of that garbage without punishment, we could probably build the new townhouses out of the resulting material. Just a thought.

While it is of course expected that the College might fumble over something like a diversity forum (official review still pending), one cannot deny that Georgetown’s students often do the right thing. To name a few, but not all, recent efforts, undergraduate students, faculty and other volunteers are working on projects such as the community garden, with the Invisible Children campaign, Habitat for Humanity and the Stop Paying for Slavery tour. Get involved, or at least try to contribute something to campus other than bags full of aluminum cans and glass bottles every Friday night.

Disclaimer: The contents of the back page are not necessarily true and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Georgetonian or Georgetown College.

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