Demokrasy

I should stop spelling stuff wrong. Anyhow, here’s my latest project. I’ve created a Student Initiative, which is where I come up with an issue and have the students vote on it. To get it on the ballot, which is this coming 18th and 19th, I had to collect a hundred signatures first, so I did that yesterday and Friday. I’m going to an open forum tonight to defend my position against potential detractors. What’s my issue, then? I want to repeal the shoe requirement in the dining hall. What else would it be? As I was collecting signatures, I found that people had more hangups about this than I would have expected. Mostly it’s just been “Wait, that’s unsanitary” (it’s not, at all) or “There’s a law” (there definitely isn’t).

The weather is excellent here. Today we’ve got a big snowstorm moving through, leaving us 5 to 7 inches of snow on top of the 6 or 8 we already had. At this rate, I’ll have all sorts of snow for the giant snow sculpture I’m planning. Last night I had to get out of the dorm room, so I went biking. This was at about 0100, which coincidentally was when the campus pub, Lyle’s, closed after its first night of business. And, coincidentally, there was a bit of rain coming down and freezing onto the ground. So these little groups of drunk people were floating around on ice-coated campus. It made them delightfully unstable. I never saw anyone fall down, but many were evidently having trouble. For my part, I was on a bike, and discovered the ice the hard way. I thought it was slish, and took a sharp turn, and the bike bolted out from under me. I didn’t get hurt, though. I just got informed. It was actually pretty amusing. After that I just kind of biked around the town. I had planned on biking north to the athletic fields, but the path leading to them hadn’t been shoveled at all, so it was sleeping under five or six inches of snow. Not good for biking. Instead, I just cruised around town. It was quiet – go figure. I had to be careful of the ice, but I managed not to fall over any more. I did get some good fishtailing in.

I’ve been doing stuff with the newspaper here:

Here are some pictures I’ve taken.

A snowy Grinnell

An art exhibition we have in the art building’s courtyard

View from my window at night

View from my window by day

A train coming through the snow

File under: college, fun in the cold, barefooting


Anonymous

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Stunning!

Today in Cincinnati it was in the 60’s. :) All the snow we got a few days ago is melted. The ground is a sloshy, slushy soup.

There is a front moving in today and it will be cold again by tomorrow.

I am off to read your newspaper articles.

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Anonymous

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Remember this will come up some day when you are stumping for the presidency. Is it true that you campaigned to have footwear laws repealed? I’m behind your push all the way. How does the issue do in the polls?

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Anonymous

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sorry we could not come through Iowa - but the snow through Nebraska made us travel south. So how did the vote come out on your barefoot in the lunchroom challange. GPa.

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Anonymous

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Dude, we are smoking your ass this weekend, 10-18 inches. One of the best snows ever in the Nati and you’re missing it.

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Chuck

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Smoking us for a one-day total, yes. And that blizzard you’re getting would be pretty awesome here too. But recall: the hue field in the middle of campus here hasn’t seen daylight at all since sometime in December. Whereas this is the first really good snow for you all winter. So I’m not too glum about it. But I encourage you to enjoy.

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