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Jan. 23 Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down


Thumbs Up

Kobe Bryant – Although it’s old news to anyone who has been on Twitter, Facebook, or really any form of social media, we would like to hand out a courtesy Thumbs Up to Kobe Bryant for coming to campus last Thursday. Despite being worth many millions of dollars as an extremely talented NBA player, he still took the time out of his busy schedule to attend class. So if he can make it to class, really, why can’t you?

<strong>Warren Buffett</strong> - Warren, if you are out there and reading this-or even if you are out there and not reading this-we would like to commend you on offering one billion dollars to anyone who puts together a perfect March Madness bracket. While we at <span data-scayt_word="TU" data-scaytid="1">TU</span>/TD know that it is incredibly improbable-in fact, it has been estimated that the odds are over one in nine quintillion-that anyone puts together a perfect bracket, it is a gesture that is sure to keep everyone sweating just a little bit more over putting together their brackets with that remote hope burning in the backs of their minds.</p><h4 style="padding:5px;">    Thumbs Down</h4><p> <strong>The Weather</strong> - It is cold outside. Actually, strike that. It is <span data-scayt_word="nerve-ending-numbing-ly" data-scaytid="2">nerve-ending-numbing-ly</span>, <span data-scayt_word="finger-tip-freezing-ly" data-scaytid="3">finger-tip-freezing-ly</span>, <span data-scayt_word="slowing-the-molecules-in-the-universe-down-to-almost-a-complete-stop" data-scaytid="4">slowing-the-molecules-in-the-universe-down-to-almost-a-complete-stop</span> cold. We have gotten wind (a very chilly and icy wind at that) that it is so cold that even the penguins and the polar bears at the zoo are staying inside bundled up in their 10 pound North Face jackets and their fleece-lined Bean boots. The only way one can possibly endure this is by wearing more layers than are remotely comfortable. As of now, we have seen people so bundled up that they are unrecognizable and have increased their girth three times with their garments alone. Oh, what we do to stay warm.

<strong>Classes</strong> - Yesterday, the University was an absolute tease-cancelling only classes before 11 <span data-scayt_word="a.m" data-scaytid="5">a.m</span>. Really, BC, really? Though it might be debatable as to whether classes should have been <span data-scayt_word="cancelled" data-scaytid="9">cancelled</span> at all, we at <span data-scayt_word="TU" data-scaytid="6">TU</span>/TD think that this limited closure really gave us a false sense of hope, as if saying "Yeah, you can celebrate the beautiful snow, but only a little bit and only if you had early morning classes that were <span data-scayt_word="cancelled."" data-scaytid="7">cancelled."</span>

Eagle’s Nest – So, we’ve come to terms with the fact that only some of the classes were cancelled-these things happen. However, what we would especially like to Thumbs Down is the fact that Eagle’s Nest was closed today. Look, we still had class from 11 a.m. on, so we still needed to get lunch between classes, but that was seriously hindered by the fact that the prime lunch location on this campus was closed. This left the whole student body that was dining between their classes to resort to the top level of McElroy, which is a subpar alternative to Eagle’s to begin with. But this just turned that dining area into a veritable zoo-the lines snaked around so much that we weren’t sure where one line ended and another began. It was all rather disorienting, but, on the bright side, it did mean that it was easy to find a place to eat on the second floor outside of the closed Eagles’ Nest.

January 23, 2014