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Chancellor Green already an academic space

I am writing to express my skepticism about the administration's current plans to "change" Chancellor Green into an academic space. Although during the daytime — when administrators observe campus life — the rotunda may not be filled to capacity, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., I challenge Associate Provost Allen Sinisgalli to find an empty table or a vacant couch. Many students frequent the cafe on a regular basis; however, Chancellor Green's popularity is not the issue I would like to address. Instead, let us examine an extremely relevant, yet under-considered question: Just what are those many students doing there each evening?

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A few chat with friends, lug a tray of late dinner over from the cafeteria side or watch TV. The majority, however, are not engaged in social activity. Instead, they study — diligently reading, working through problem sets, participating in study groups and writing papers on laptops. These students fill Chancellor Green because they like to study there and not in the library. With the backdrop of low, clattering noise, the comfort of chairs and couches and the luxury of coffee and cookies, Chancellor Green is a relaxed and enjoyable study space, in contrast to the tense and tedious atmosphere found in a silent library.

If studying is already enjoyed in Chancellor Green, then how can the administration argue that it needs to be converted into "academic space"? The administration's plan to "change" Chancellor Green reflects a misunderstanding of the current way in which it already functions academically. Megan Ann Patrick '01

Anonymous should not feel ashamed

I have been reading the 'Prince' for almost four years now, but never once have I been so deeply upset by an article until the Feb. 16 piece on eating disorders.

I read Anonymous' statement with great sadness. Anonymous writes, "I just feel undesirable and ugly when I wear a size eight or 10 jeans and everyone around me wears a size two or four." Whoever this woman is, I want to give her a hug. I wear a size 14. I would also like to have a tighter stomach, or buffer arms. Yet never have I applied the words "undesirable" or "ugly" to myself, even though by the warped standards of Glamour and Cosmopolitan, I'm a pretty thick chick. As for how others perceive me — well, let's just say that I have evidence that people think I'm attractive.

Anonymous, a size eight or 10 is not fat unless you are under four feet tall. Others probably perceive you as pleasantly slender, but with enough curves to be interesting. That's what I looked like when I wore that size. I beg of Anonymous and every other woman who looks in the mirror and sees a cow or a whale, instead of a beautiful human being, look again. Look yourself, or with the help of someone who loves you, or even with professional help, and forget the size two-wearing women you see in magazines and hanging out at the 'Street.' Pick up a copy of Mode instead of Cosmo, and watch those large-size babes prance across the pages. They are beautiful. Why not you? Stella Daily '00

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