Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 23:10
Mischief Managed - We were recently informed that the state of New Jersey, besides being home to Bruce Springsteen and (debatably) the world’s largest theme park, is home to another wonderful thing: the tradition of Mischief Night. We apologize for not bringing this to your attention earlier (because unfortunately, at this point, it’s too late), but we ourselves just learned of it yesterday, on Mischief Night itself. Mischief Night occurs every year on Oct. 30, when young New Jerseyans take to the streets and cause good-natured devilry. While we mature college students may admittedly be a tad too old to be TPing nearby residences, it’s a fun thing to know about nevertheless. So file this away for next year, because at the very least, it’s a reason to celebrate one more day, and who doesn’t need that?
The Happiest Day Of The Year - Happy Halloween everyone! Today is college’s favorite day. Finally a theme for parties that everyone can get behind. Halloween brings out everyone’s creativity and joyfulness. Professors hand out candy and random, mundane events become costume contests. You eat as much candy as you can get your hands on—which is inevitably more than you should, from the aforementioned professors and familial care packages. And even when it’s over, you get to start looking forward to Thanksgiving! There are no downsides, except potentially the weather, but if you’re dressing respectfully, that shouldn’t be an issue.
Daunting Doors - The amount of stairs on BC’s campus gets a lot of attention, and rightly so, for how difficult it can make getting around campus, especially for the poor visiting prospective students and their parents who look at the campus map and are duped into believing that Higgins is located about ten feet away from Conte Forum. (Seriously, look at that map. It’s egregiously misleading.) But we are here to bring to light a seldom talked about issue that makes trekking across campus additionally tasking: the doors. Each door on this campus weighs about 1.5 tons, a fact all students seem to forget as they lightly approach the next doorway and nonchalantly grab the handle to fling it open (and then of course stand there and hold it for the next seven people). But, time and again, they find that fling quite significantly below the energy threshold needed to actually open the door far enough to get through it, and they must plant their feet, optimize their torque by assuming a perfectly perpendicular angle, and try again. Your hands are full and you’re trying to pull the Higgins door open with just your pinky while keeping your coffee from spilling? Forget about it. Not going to happen.
They Lack the Crack(ers) - The cheese plate is a welcome occasional grab-and-go alternative to the turkey and swiss on multigrain or pesto chicken pasta salad, and we enjoy the wedge of brie to no end, but there is no denying the fatal flaw of the cheese plate that perpetually relegates it to the role of occasional alternative: the three crackers. There is enough cheese in one of those plates to fill about 25 crackers, but how many are we given? Three. Yes, there are apples and grapes, which we understand are healthier than crackers, but have you ever tried putting cheese on a grape? It doesn’t work. So while we do enjoy the cheese plate, it’s given a Thumbs Down because not too long after you’ve cracked it open, you find yourself looking down at a plate that contains about eight cheese squares and three grapes, so you toss it aside, and make a mental note to go for the turkey and swiss next time you’re in a grab-and-go situation.