A Playlist to Pluck at Your Heartstrings: Love Songs for Every Mood

Colin Schrein, A&E Editor
Haley Huett, A&E Editor

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the editors of the Arts and Entertainment section have laid out our top ten love songs for all occasions. Our list has something for everyone. Whether you’re pining for a love you once had, keeping your feelings hidden or caught a case of the love-bug, we’ve assembled a list of songs to capture whatever it is you’ve got going on. 

Sade: “Your Love is King”

Have you ever been in a deep and entrancing love? Sade’s “Your Love is King” is a confessional of this type of infatuation down to its core. As she sings, all that can be on the mind is swooning for the one you love.

Chet Baker: “I Fall in Love Too Easily”

Falling in love can be a confusing and contradictory thing. Sometimes you just can’t help but tumble head-over-heels for somebody. Take a ride with Chet, maybe the only thing to do is to fall in love too easily.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: “I’m Glad”

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. If you’ve hit a rough patch this Valentine’s season, know that there is always a proton to every electron. Remembering the good times may sting, but those are the times we live for, right?

Jeff Buckley: “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”

Accepting love’s reality and the things you learned along the way is just as important as the act of loving itself. More than a mere lament, Buckley reveals his emotional muddle, caught between being “Too young to hold on / And too old to just break free and run.”

Faye Webster: “Right Side of My Neck”

Longing for someone after being graced by their presence? Faye Webster knows that feeling too. In “Right Side of My Neck,” she explores that peculiar, yearning sense that comes when you’re lying alone in bed. Go for it, ask them to be your valentine. The right side of your neck still smells like them anyways.

The Moldy Peaches: “Jorge Regula”

Together, The Moldy Peaches sing about simple and comfortable love. Going through the monotony of your day in the presence of the person you love, the modest harmonies of Adam Green and Kimya Dawson speak to a relationship that is well-established. The last verse, whispered quietly between the two, “I love you / Let’s go to sleep,” feels like falling asleep next to the one you love.

The Fruit Bats: “When U Love Somebody” 

“When U Love Somebody” contains a powerful message. The Fruit Bats sing that, “When you love somebody and bite your tongue / All you get is a mouthful of blood.” This upbeat indie tune reminds us that when you care about another person, it might be better to confess your feelings than to let your love fester quietly. All you will have to show for it is a bloody mouth and no sweetheart to kiss it better!

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: “Just Give Me Your Time”

Pining for someone who has left you out in the cold? Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings sing a sorrowful and haunting story of longing for a lover that has left. “Let me in baby,” croons Jones, “Just give me your time.” The jazzy big band laid beneath the sweet melody makes this an excellent listen if you’re feeling a little lonely.

Van Morrison: “Brown Eyed Girl”

Have a brown-eyed girl in your life? Even if you don’t, this song is beloved by anyone with the humble eye color, and for good reason! Joyful and danceable, send this to your special someone. You can’t go wrong with Van Morrison’s classic hit.  

Tyler Childers: “All Your’n”

Tyler Childers is well-known for his love songs that transcend genre. “All Your’n,” one of the country singer’s most popular songs, is an upbeat dedication to love. Enjoying all of life with your love is the central theme of the song, through the highs and lows and all the memories in between. “I’ll love you till my lungs give out,” Childers sings, “I’m all your’n and you’re all mine,” and don’t we all hope to feel that one day?  

With these songs, we wish you a lovey dovey Valentine’s day! February can bite cold but hopefully our selections will warm you up and fill your heart. Even if there isn’t a special someone in your life, pop your headphones in and love yourself!

Never Miss a Chance to Dance at Danza Zumba!

Rachel Applebaum, Contributing Writer

Shake your booty down to the aerobic studio. Why? Danza Zumba! When? Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. This past week I had the pleasure of participating in the Zumba Club. The class is led by the wonderful and talented Karrie McAllister, who interestingly graduated from The College of Wooster in ’99. The dedicated club president, Aliza Sosin ’25, also helps in instructing the classes. 

Karrie started Zumba over 10 years ago and has been an instructor at the College for the past two years! As for her background in this type of exercise, Karrie uses Zumba as a fun way to get exercise without thinking that you are exercising. She also emphasizes the fact that she enjoys watching people let go and have fun with the music. I asked her what her favorite song to dance to is and, without hesitation, she said “Daddy Yankee.” This was not shocking, as the whole class loves these Zumba dances and songs because of how fun it is to let loose to the music.

I also had the opportunity to talk to Aliza, the president of the club. I wanted to know what made her become interested in Zumba. She said that she danced with the previous president of Zumba and fell in love with the club. The part of the club that attracts her the most is that she can dance her heart out and not care what she looks like. 

If anyone is hesitant to come to Zumba, take Karrie’s word when she says “try it more than once, the first time you may be confused but look for patterns.” Aliza also chimed in saying, “try out Zumba! It doesn’t matter what you look like dancing or the skills you have, we always have a lot of fun.” The doors to Danza Zumba are open – come and give it a try!

Breaking Up with Capitalism and Tuning into True Love

Elizabeth Heatwole, Contributing Writer

The month of February is dominated by a holiday that is either loved or hated: Valentine’s Day. For singles searching for love, the day serves as a reminder of love sought but unrequited. For those content in their status of singlehood, Valentine’s Day may feel liberating. And for couples, the day may present as either an excuse to express love to each other, or as a day of monetary obligation. For all, however, Feb. 14 revolves around love, an abstract equation of emotions. 

To subscribe to beliefs set forth through marketing, gestures of love must be expensive, grand and purchased at a local retailer. Consumers lie at the receiving end of brand capitalism on love and in the process lose track of the emotion as an abstract entity exchanged between fellow people. To shrug off years of reinforced, capitalistic notions of love is to realize that love itself is unmarketable. Though affection is able to be demonstrated in a myriad of ways, music, in particular, presents a pure form of mental connection between those in a partnership.

Through the decades, love has held close ties with music as a pure, reciprocal means of demonstrating mutual affection. Courting dances held during the 1800s and the club scene of the 1980s share little in common in terms of style and soundtrack, but in both, music presented an opportunity to connect, whether by embracing a newfound chemistry or fostering a pre-existing love. Each generation is absorbed in the music of their era, and music continues to transcend barriers imposed on love, uniting friends and lovers. Regardless of the location, whether twirling around a grand ballroom or around one’s home kitchen, a testimony of music as the basis for countless love stories is formed. Dance and music, and the quality time they create when paired, are unparalleled by stuffed bears and boxes of chocolate that do no more than symbolize a love, unable to prove what only action can. Love isn’t a notion to be confined to a single day or to a select variety of gifts plastered with pink and red hearts, nor is it confined to romantic relationships. Love is unique in its ability to be shown through listening, understanding, inside jokes and shared experiences. It is reciprocating and bestowing the love which each person longs to feel, in whatever form is meaningful for the individuals. 

Whether the chosen music is a slow ballad by Celine Dion or a powerful release of emotion, such as in the form of Journey’s “Open Arms,” love assumes different forms and tempos, matching the mood of the moment or the relationship of the couple. The key to the demonstration of love through music does not lie in the selection of songs. Instead, it lies in mutual feelings of admiration between those listening and a desire to communicate intangibilities. This Valentine’s Day, embrace the unsellable, and allow love to surpass a single day of the year. To quote Selena Gomez, a figure iconic to the music of Gen-Z, love your significant other and friends “like a love song, baby.”

Staffing Shortages Continue to Hit Campus Dining Hard

Boo Bears baristas working. Image courtesy of the Boo Bears Instagram @boobearsbrew
Audrey Pantaz, Contributing Writer

On any typical weekday morning, the garden level of Kauke Hall is buzzing with students in line at Boo Bears Brew hankering for their daily caffeine fix. Boo Bears, a small local business opened by owner Seth Feikert in 2018, came to The College of Wooster’s campus in the spring of 2022. Boo Bears began as a mobile coffee shop that moved to a permanent location in downtown Wooster in 2020 before opening its second location on the Wooster campus. The staff of the COW Boo Bears is almost entirely Wooster students, always cheerful and ready to take your order. 

Located 500 feet away in either direction are the two other dining locations on campus. Across the academic quad is Knowlton Café, and right across Beall Avenue is Lowry Dining Hall. Until fall of 2022, Knowlton and Lowry were run by the College, but following a controversial move to outsource dining to an independent contractor, both locations are now managed by Creative Dining Services. In response to the backlash, former President Sarah Bolton deemed outsourcing vital in an April 2022 email, declaring a need for “specialized menu-planning, cooking and food-labeling training and technology to meet dietary needs.” She wrote that the College was dealing with “supply chain disruptions … and ongoing challenges in hiring and training enough staff,” requiring the support of a larger company. Yet, Creative Dining Services did not resolve the forenamed issues. Knowlton and Lowry continue to face supply chain issues, provide minimal options for students with dietary restrictions and both are still understaffed. On the other hand, Boo Bears has remained comfortably staffed throughout its entire duration at The College of Wooster.  

Several Boo Bears staff members offered their own reasoning as to why Feikart does not face understaffing. One Boo Bears employee of over a year shared that “the wages are fair and the shifts run relatively smoothly.” In contrast to many on-campus jobs, Boo Bears employees receive more than minimum wage, about $4 more. The employees said, “I love working [at Boo Bears] and have never really considered leaving.” Another student employee cited the leadership of Seth Feikert as the reason they enjoy working at Boo Bears “[Seth] encourages us to make sure we are taking enough time for ourselves. If he notices a pattern of needing more hours covered each week, instead of asking us to work longer than what we committed ourselves to, he hires more employees, rather than consistently asking all of us to pick up extra hours every week.” The barista also believes the positive work environment is supported by the freedom of expression of the employees: “He allows us to maintain our own personal style. We can wear clothes that represent ourselves.”  

Several student employees at Knowlton expressed less positive sentiments when asked about their jobs post-outsourcing. One student, who quit working at Knowlton in December 2022 after over a year there, cited changes in work conditions as the reason they left. “The new management enforced a lot of new rules. We had to wear black shirts and stopped getting free lunches. The new system was horrible on the workers’ end, it wasn’t user-friendly, was super slow and changed a lot from the previous years.” Benefits for student employees of Knowlton and Lowry also disappeared under the management of the new company. The same student stated “Last year, we got a $100 Christmas bonus which was not given to us this year by the new company.” Another Knowlton student employee stated that “there are no raises[;] you get paid $10 all four years,” in contrast to Boo Bears where students receive a raise for each consecutive year they return. Currently, the College pays Knowlton and Lowry student employees the Ohio minimum wage of $10 an hour. According to one Boo Bears employee, at the beginning of the fall 2022 semester the Wooster administration “tried to tell Seth how much he could pay his employees.” The College wanted Boo Bears student employee wages to match the minimum wage paid to college student employees. The worker said that ultimately Feikert advocated for his employees and was able to maintain wages of $14 an hour. Contrastingly, the campus dining halls offer lower pay and no raises and therefore continue to struggle with the very staffing issues that were cited as rationale for outsourcing their services. Despite their qualms with the dining systems, student employees from Knowlton and Lowry commended their coworkers, and their dedication to their jobs, one student saying, “I loved my work environment at Knowlton, especially my coworkers… I always felt welcome.” One Lowry student employee felt that the system was at fault rather than the employees, saying, “they’re doing the best with what they have.” 

For now, the College’s decision to outsource Dining Services does not appear to have made any significant improvements to the standard of the student dining experience. Food choices, quality and general student satisfaction with campus dining facilities aren’t markedly improved. In addition, students seeking employment can often find better financial benefits and work environments by looking elsewhere. The College of Wooster has certainly reduced its administrative burden by giving up control of student dining, but most other reasons cited in former President Bolton’s email are not completely resolved as of yet. Still just six months into their new system of management, Lowry and Knowlton might see a trend of improving services and employment opportunities, which would certainly be welcomed by the Wooster student community. 

Viewpoint: The New Big Calculator

Gustav Bourdon ’26

In the past months, ChatGPT  gathered  headlines for its ability to, if not write the truth, present its version of it to the point that NYC schools banned it. We have little precedent for this, but we have seen how mathematics adapts to technology like calculators and computer algebra systems (CAS). While many argue that CAS, like ChatGPT, represents a classroom threat and a potential weapon of mass cheating, this ignores that exams already can overcome this along with these technologies’ positive opportunities.

CAS makes short work of a typical algebra or calculus exam: with a few keystrokes, you can solve an equation, take its derivative, integrate it, or both, giving a result in seconds.. However, for calculus at least, the solution  is simple and is on many exams: problems such as “f’gx*gx= ?(x=5),” with a chart of relevant values off to the side. These problems focus on theory and actual knowledge of the problem. 

While this format is unusual, it can appear on homework to get students prepared for exams, and accurately tests if a student knows how to apply calculus concepts. Problems like these, along with ones that require a student to think through a situation to set up an equation, both remove the main advantage of  CAS: solving simple problems. While this approach requires more thinking from teachers, it  forces them to design exams that test not just if students solve integrals, but also if they understand and apply the theory.

Another complaint is an expensive CAS’s advantage over a cheap scientific calculator, placing students who cannot afford this at a disadvantage. This is resolvable by changing how exams are written, but this is also easier to solve by having students plug in numerical values. CAS’  cost soars into the hundreds, but more basic features are common on graphing calculators and are also found on $20-$30 calculators, along with algebraic solvers. While numerical differentiation, integration and solutions  only work with problems without variables and give unclear answers, these limitations are easy to check or, if important to a type of problem, taught to a student.

Even if  CAS is never used in an exam, the teaching tool can help students work through examples or gain an understanding of a problem by immediately plotting the differential of a function or quickly experimenting with how a concept like the chain rule behaves. Seeing how the chain rule would propagate over an increasingly recursive function would take too long and would be error-prone, while simply asking a CAS to do this would take less time than it would take to understand the results. 

Desmos is a  web graphing calculator and learning tool that has CAS, as teachers can use it to transform classrooms. However, Desmos is also just an advanced graphing calculator: it can show you the graph of a very complicated function without solving it. CAS can do this as easily for the user as it can calculate the cosine of a number. 

We stand on a new frontier with tools like ChatGPT and  already see its effects. In the future, this technology will propagate, leading to possibly better language models and forcing teachers to change how they teach and design assignments. While we have yet to see how language models will improve and regress, we already have a system that allows a removal of the user’s work to the point that assignments designed to be difficult are very easy. We have the opportunity now to see how students using assistance will change teaching, just like we did decades earlier with calculators and will in the next decade with ChatGPT-like programs. The question is if we will decide to simply build walls blocking out change, or if we will decide to redesign paths and add guardrails to accommodate it.

Viewpoint: Values of Studying Abroad

Geoffrey Allen ’23

Studying Abroad. It’s a marketing strategy for college admissions. Or it was the weird time when you were stuck in a country for a couple of months and only managed to pick up a few words from the country’s language. Perhaps it’s the opportunity you have always envied because your degree pathway won’t permit you to go during a regular school year. Everyone’s got an opinion on it. But not everyone has done it (yet), and some people don’t fully appreciate the experience. So here I am, aiming to sell you an experience that will cost you and may support the college admission’s status quo. Nevertheless, I’d argue that studying abroad is more than just a college semester on vacation. Rather, it is an awakening of an independent self for many of us. This is especially the case for us students at this small liberal arts school in northeast Ohio.

It’s been six months since I had the privilege of going abroad and I’m still processing the experience, not because of anything particular to the place I was visiting, but because of how it has changed me as a well-rounded individual. Speaking of well-rounded, let me paint you a picture. I’ll introduce my first point: studying abroad helps expand one’s plate of knowledge. That’s right, a plate for eating and all. If you are reading this, at some point you found your way to a liberal arts college that, despite what your opinions are on the dining service, is rich in opportunities to study whatever you want and as much as you want. Some people at this school study one thing and hone in on that throughout their four years at school– that’s a respectable thing to do. However, there is also a potential to double major (dare I say triple major), to select pathways, to minor and of course to take part in a plethora of extracurricular clubs and activities. That’s a lot of options I could analogize as food if I wanted. The choice is always on the table if it’s something you can manage. But out of all these things, I’d say the real side dish on the college menu has to be taking a Boeing flight and placing yourself in a totally different environment. It’s like your favorite vegetable, if you have one. Being able to learn a different way of life, no matter how similar or apart, is arguably quintessential to being more well rounded. Perhaps you figured out where all the nooks and crannies of Wooster, Cleveland and other surrounding areas of the College are, but what if you tried something bigger? Trying is similar to learning to navigate college again, but also akin to becoming a postgraduate adult. 

This brings me to my second point. Studying abroad confronts the challenges of being responsible and independent, not just a tourist. Sure, the classes are there, maybe the friends you make along the way are there, but the position you’d be in as an individual is not the same as when you walked through the arch during first-year orientation. Because even if you do have these activities and people for you wherever you are, there’s usually more downtime, allowing you to reflect on the person you are. It’s about the fact that you have to pick up the pieces again. Maybe your program doesn’t have a dining hall or you don’t know the best spots to cook in your first week…and maybe you didn’t cook much at home either. It’s not like you needed to face this pressure before at the College due to the fact that students are always on a meal plan. It’s OK! You’d be surprised what being isolated can do to help you confront anxieties such as these. 

These are just two strong cases for why I think some students at The College of Wooster should study abroad. Yes, I know that money, academic planning and other factors play a role in inhibiting one’s ability to follow in my footsteps right now. But perhaps it will be something to aspire to during the summer or when you’re fresh out of college. Perhaps those who have grown up with an international background know this far more than I do, and that’s incredibly respectable. So, if they made it this far, amongst other previous students like myself, it is worth the chance even if it looks scary in the opening days, weeks or maybe even the first month. But no one can deny the person they became following their experience–a stronger independent mind who has the capacity to work together.

Great Decisions Lecture Examines Russo-Ukranian War

Lt. General Mark Hertling. Image courtesy of Great Decisions.
Ryan Greitlin, Contributing Writer

Nearing its one-year anniversary, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is still making headlines and influencing the world. As one of the most notable escalations of the nearly nine-year-old Russo-Ukraine War, many wonder how the ongoing crisis might affect their lives, with Europe witnessing its largest refugee crisis since World War II, countries cutting their dependency on Russian oil and foreign countries collectively spending over $80 billion in aid and support. This large scale conflict produces plenty of questions: How does this affect those living in Ukraine? What have been the inner workings of the militaries involved? Is this a strategically beneficial move for Russia? The 2023 Great Decisions of Wayne County Lecture Series sets out to answer these questions.

The series’ first event was a talk from retired Lt. General Mark Hertling, Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Europe from 2011 to 2012. With years of experience in military strategy, General Hertling analyzed and explained Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, breaking the conflict into a series of phases representing major shifts in strategy and examining Russian militaristic weaknesses.

Through his examination, General Hertling listed Russia’s extensive objectives, reflecting that Putin seeks a Ukrainian regime change, a weaker “West” and Ukraine and control over the Black Sea. Despite these objectives, General Hertling called Russia’s military “severely uncoordinated [with] poor leadership at every level.” He believes that even when it comes to morale and unity, the Russian military is still lacking. He spoke of a time when he was visiting a German military training facility that was previously used as a prisoner of war camp during World War II. A troop of local boy-scouts had spent time cleaning and restoring the graves of Russian prisoners-of-war in the facility graveyard – when the Russian general who was visiting with General Hertling saw this, he denounced the fallen soldiers, saying that they were not true Russians if they were in a prisoner of war camp. This was just one of many examples of the widespread lack of camaraderie seen throughout the Russian military, and ultimately is what contributes to what General Hertling seeks severe lack of unity and strategy. General Hertling made it clear that while this invasion has been and will continue to hurt the Russian military, there are still wild cards such as Russia’s potential to use nuclear weapons that leave the outcome of this invasion unknown. As one audience member said when asked after the lecture about their takeaway, “Time, economics, public support and pure military strength will combine to end the war, but the capacity in which they do so is unable to be predicted due to the shifting nature of various components.”

This series consists of four events through February and March organized by Great Decisions of Wayne County, a 40-year-old collaboration between The College of Wooster and members of Wayne County. For 2023, Great Decisions aims to bring in experts to increase the learning and engagement of worldly affairs for the entire Wooster community. In the words of Matt Mariola, the Environmental Studies program chair and Executive Director of Great Decisions, “The two biggest objectives are to have a forum in which we discuss issues of global importance…then along with that we really want this to be a college-community integration.” 

It was obvious how much impact this series will have on the community. Just for this opening night, Gault Recital Hall was at max capacity, with around 60-70% of the audience members being from the Wooster community outside the College. These events also bring lots of benefits to the students and their classrooms–after arriving in Wooster but before the lecture, General Hertling was able to meet with students both inside and outside of classes. One student who was able to meet and spend time with General Hertling during the day prior to his lecture said their time with him was eye-opening and hopes that other students can take advantage of these opportunities. 

As put by organizers, the Great Decisions series captures the essence of the exchange of knowledge. These events are fantastic opportunities to become enlightened about world issues and learn how they are integrated with both the global community and the Wooster community. The next event, on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall, will be a lecture from Michael Bociurkiw, a journalist who has been reporting from Ukraine for the past year. I encourage anyone who has that Tuesday free to check it out, as well as all future events in the Great Decisions series. An hour and a half of your time is more than worth it to walk away with this level of quality first-hand insight and awareness.

Viewpoint: The Critical Commonness of Concavity

Ethan Walling

How do you eat soup? How do you drink water? How do you stir the sugar into your coffee? The answer to all of these questions is concavity. When most people hear that word they don’t even know what it means. For context, a concave object is one that has an inward curvature. Some common examples of concave objects are bowls, spoons and cups. However, despite its common nature, concavity is crucial to our success as human beings and people often overlook it.

Concavity is one of the most underrated technologies our species has invented. Where would we be without bowls? Many people would dismiss this argument as pointless because they myopically believe that ubiquitous objects do not deserve appreciation. People often take it for granted that they can securely put multiple objects in one space and that those objects will remain there. For example, it would be much more difficult to carry a group of marbles on a flat object than if you were to put them into a bowl. How would you hold water on a flat object? These are very common problems that could not be solved without a bowl, which would not exist without concavity.

Another tremendous use of concavity is in the creation of precise and accurate tools. The best thing about concavity is that it is directly related to calculus. Calculus is predictable. Therefore, concavity is predictable. Therefore, spoons, cups and bowls are predictable. Predictability is precision. Tools enabled by concavity are very useful in everyday life. You would not know how much sugar to put into your pancakes without a tablespoon. Furthermore, the utility of concavity goes far beyond the kitchen and into the science lab. Scientists use concavity when measuring liquids that play a role in the creation of vaccines. It would be foolish to discount the tools of scientists solely because of their commonness.

In case you need more evidence, we can approach the subject from another perspective, specifically, the opposite perspective. Convexity is the opposite of concavity. However, concavity and convexity are simply two sides of the same coin, or, in this case, two sides of the same bowl. Convexity is just as important as concavity. To be clear, convexity is synonymous with roundness. Now, think about balls. Many people in the world enjoy sports. Think about how many sports have the suffix “ball:” football, basketball, volleyball, tennis ball; the list goes on. All of these sports have immense significance in the world’s culture and history. Now, imagine those sports without balls: foot, basket, volley, tennis. That is what would happen if we did not have concavity. We would not have balls. 

In conclusion, many people overlook the importance of concavity (and convexity) because they see it everywhere they go. However, just because it is common does not mean that it is simple or replaceable by any means. Everything that has concavity has a very applicable purpose that, as a species, we would be lost without.

Students Share Thoughts on Late-Night Dining

Image courtesy of @dineatwooster on Instagram
Gianna Hayes, News Editor

Mom’s Late Night has long been a staple for hungry students pulling all-nighters or staying out to catch up with friends. Since renovating the Student Center, Campus Dining has made various upgrades, notably with Mom’s Late Night. But have these really been upgrades? The Voice fielded a survey to gauge the College community’s opinions. Over 200 responses, concerns, suggestions and reviews were shared. 

Students were asked to anonymously rate the food quality, ordering system and pricing on a scale from one to five, with five being “high satisfaction” and one being “low satisfaction.” 

Satisfaction with food quality averaged 2.7/5 between all respondents, with 31.7% of respondents rating it 3/5 and another 18.3% rating it as 1/5. Only 4.1% of students rated it 5/5. The ordering interface was rated by 40.3% of students a 1/5 in terms of functionality. Only nine respondents, comprising 4.1%, rated it as a 5/5. 

One of the concerns raised about Mom’s Late Night was the disregard for particular diets, so the Voice asked students if they thought their dietary needs and restrictions were being met. A little over half of students surveyed responded “yes,” but in the “other” option, many students wrote in responses concerned for their friends’ dietary needs. Still, a staggering 40.4% of respondents stated that their dietary restrictions were not being met, with one anonymous respondent pointing out that there was “definitely cross contamination with the gluten.” Another student brought up the unfair pricing, saying “alternative dietary options shouldn’t cost extra.”

Many students expressed frustration with the pricing system, with students pointing out that they could get more food from Lowry for fewer meal swipes. Only 3.2% of respondents felt that the food was priced fairly. Other complaints involved the long wait times and slow nature of the ordering system, with students pointing out that “every time [they] order, there’s a problem or different way or ordering.” Kelsey Mize ’26 found the interface so impossible to use she told us that “[her] friends always pay for [her] because [she] can’t figure it out.”

Another student had to “wait over an hour for food one time,” and yet another pointed out that the “website takes a very long time … so many people wait 30-45 minutes.” Emma Downing ’24 had a particularly bad experience, telling us that she “waited 70 minutes for a patty melt, fries and two orders of onion rings. They said I only ordered one order of onion rings, my fries were cold, and the patty melt was soggy and dry at the same time. I was extremely disappointed with my experience.”

In particular, athletes were very frustrated. One athlete stated that “there is no food for athletes after meets or sports events that is healthy and nutritious. If we finish a meet after 8 p.m.[,] there is nowhere to eat.” A lacrosse player pointed out that they routinely practice from 6 to 8 p.m., and that “having to spend two [or more] meal swipes to get less food than what we can get for a meal swipe when Lowry is open is a little hard to stomach.” Despite this, the largest complaint was with the food quality, with students calling it “horrible,” stating that “the pizza dough is raw,” and that the “items are really expensive for poor quality.” Another student expressed a hatred for the pizza, remarking Mom’s should not “have nights where it is just pizza. That was terrible and ruined my entire night.” Finally, an anonymous student submitted the plaintive, “The food is really bad. Please improve it.”

Wonderful Winter Weather

Photo by Harvey Reed on Pexels.com
Students share their perspectives on the winter ambiance

“The Promise of Color”

Drew Baird ’24

The snow is starting now. 

Not the fluffy, playful snow

That greets you on a fine morning.



Snow —

The kind that continues

Through a cold night.

White snow that makes

White trees

And white mountains

And white houses.

There is beauty

In this season

That is defined by the promise of color.

What is white now

Will not be forever.


Gianna Hayes

Spring fills my mind with possibilities, and tulips sprout in my head as I lay myself down on a lush moss bed.

And Summer! Summer fills my lungs with passion, a yearning–an excitement for exploring, growing, and learning.

In Autumn, I feel the crisp crunch of leaves beneath my feet, and clutch my mug of apple cider, warm and sweet.

But when Winter comes I tense up.

Winter, for the longest time, scared me. 

Because despite all the layers

Winter is when I feel most vulnerable.

I wear my heart on the sleeves of my puffy jacket.

I cry too easily, and blame it on the blistering gusts.

But although the sun pierces my eyes like an icicle,

The snow sparkles softly, as Swarovski crystals.

And though the flurries feel like static on a TV,

The snow coats me in a blanket of powdered sugar and whipped cream. 

And though the wind sweeps me off my feet, I’ve never felt more grounded than when I take that sharp inhale of cold air at 7AM,

Finding an odd sense of comfort,

A contradictory sort of strength

In that very same vulnerability. 

Le Froid

Jemella Piersol-Freedman ’26

J’ai froid. Je m’enfonce plus profondément

Dans mes couvertures, mais le froid pénètre

Chaque coin et recoin, ses longues vrilles glissant

A travers les murs, la porte, la fenêtre.

On frissonne sous nos grottes de couverture

Jusqu’à l’heure où ce n’est plus acceptable

De dormir. Nous sortons à contrecœur.

La froideur de ton haleine est palpable.

Mais, même si je gèle, ce n’est pas si mal

Parce que t’es là, à gauche. J’ai l’impression

Que tu me soutiens dans ce froid brutal.

On marche ensemble tous deux compatissants.

Je m’en rends compte lors de notre balade:

Avec toi ma vie est beaucoup moins froide.


Shane Byrne ’23

“Oh Lord

Release Your cold lungs,

succumb me in Your frost

I am the one

Which You have been waiting for

Bring me to a time

where the snow falls oh so slow

and the world is being frozen over for its sins

Clouded in blissful, silent slumber

looking through a window to nowhere”