Is college worth the cost?By SARAH CAREY, Staff Writer
What exactly are you buying when you attend a college or university? Is it the classes for your major or the community oriented atmosphere? According to The Boston Globe ’s staff writer Tracy Jan, a satellite campus of Southern New Hampshire University is offering the bare essentials for a private college education. Instead of expansive workout facilities and food courts, Southern New Hampshire is now offering a campus experience that only costs $10,000 per year. Contained on the third floor of a business building with fake plants and framed Monet reproductions, Jan reports that the campus could be mistaken for a dentist’s office. Southern’s president, Paul LeBlanc, states that he’s “not sure that [frills] improve education. It just drives the price up. Not everybody needs it, and…not everybody can afford it.” In the current economic state, Jan asserts, many students do not mind abandoning “the experience,” as long as they can get a diploma, and get it cheap.
As a student at Georgetown College, a traditional school, I couldn’t imagine attending school anywhere else. The small class sizes, one-on-one help from professors, and our closeknit community feel, I believe, are a critical part of what my tuition purchases. Without the opportunity to live in a dorm and to co-exist with many different people from many walks of life, I believe that I would be missing a critical part of my development as an adult. Furthermore, I am convinced that the “experience” will remain with me the rest of my life. Additionally, I believe that by attending a traditional college instead of a basic campus, such as Southern New Hampshire’s, I am receiving much more than a basic education, but personal attention from my professors. Even though I may not interact one-on-one with my professors on a daily basis, I feel as though they are always there if I need assistance.
Unlike a “no-frills” campus where students drive to class and leave immediately after their lessons without professor office hours, I have the opportunity to learn where I live. Because I do live here at Georgetown, I do not have to travel far to get assistance if the need arises. Even though my family has made sacrifices to send me to Georgetown, I believe that every dollar spent on my education is helping me not only obtain a diploma, but also a different perspective on the world around me. I would prefer to spend more money on the college “experience” and take life lessons with me into my career than drive to and from a basic campus where all I can do is sit in a classroom. Part of college is living what you have learned, not just storing what you have learned in order to pass an exam. Because I have decided to live the college life, I believe that I am more enriched, and that’s something you can’t put a price tag on.
A LOVE/HATE relationship with V-day
PROBy WHITLEY ARENS, Opinion Editor
So, I’ve pretty much been aware of Valentine’s Day’s approach since the pink and red explosion of candy, cards and stuffed animals first plagued Wal-Mart beginning the day after Christmas. Well, maybe not THE day after Christmas, but pretty darn close. Most single gals, such as me, probably expected the flurry of V-day to be a little painful, and possibly just downright unnecessary. I suppose it is true that Valentine’s Day— more commonly known as Singles’ Awareness Day among the uncoupled— can be quite cruel to those of us who aren’t paired up. The lovey-dovey decorations, romantic movie releases and dramatic, tearjerker jewelry commercials (I swear—who really cares that he went to Jared?) can be enough to turn the single stomach. Still, even single and “bitter,” I can’t seem to make myself completely hate the holiday. In all actuality, I’m pretty excited about this impending Feb. 14. Yes, it is true that I won’t get flowers or be showered all day with attention by my man, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to sit on my butt at home, eating Ben & Jerry’s and crying about it.
The point is that Valentine’s Day, albeit a little commercial and cheesy at times, is primarily a day about showing the people you love exactly how much you care about them. Despite the cheesiness factor, what’s really fundamentally wrong with spending a day telling all your friends you love them? In my opinion, nothing. And for that reason, my Valentine’s Day is still going to be one full of love. So—what am I doing this Saturday night? I’m getting all dolled up and going out for dinner and a movie with two of my favorite girl friends. Yes, that’s right—I have TWO Valentines. Now, how many people in a couple can say that?
CONBy AVA JORDAN, Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year again. Every January, stores start putting out lots of red and pink items, most of them cuddly, fattening or fuzzy, to entice shoppers to proclaim their love for another person with lots of cheesy, expensive gifts. I have always had a very strong feeling of, to put it mildly, displeasure toward Valentine’s Day. It’s not a bitter, single woman thing— I’m actually dating someone this year—and it’s not a crazy conspiracy theorist thing either. The fact of the matter is this: I do not like Valentine’s Day. I never have and I seriously doubt I ever will. This will be my first Feb. 14 as part of a couple, but I have always had single friends to commiserate with. I was never upset about being single any day of the year, let alone this one particular day. Also, while I do believe Valentine’s Day is essentially a commercial holiday with no real purpose for its existence, I feel this is a trite argument and a ridiculous point to belabor. My real problem with Valentine’s Day is that it overshadows one of the greatest days of the year: Groundhog Day.
Valentine’s Day, while only occupying a 24-hour block of time like any other day, actually takes up all of the time from Jan. 2 through Feb. 14. If you haven’t checked a calendar lately, one very important day that falls in between these dates is Feb. 2, aka Groundhog Day. Every year, little Punxsutawney Phil and his companions nationwide come out of their homes to tell us how much longer our winter weather will last. In all of the hubbub surrounding Valentine’s Day nearly two weeks later, Phil and his friends are forgotten and their forecasts ignored, leading to massive confusion on the parts of meteorologists and people who watch the Weather Channel. See, Valentine’s Day is not that wonderful. It causes mayhem, confusion and an inability to dress appropriately for the weather.