the most part, when we attempt to make moral and intellectual extrapolations
from voting results we stand on the shoddiest of rhetorical platforms.
The 48 percent of Americans who voted for Bush,
for example, are not necessarily evil or stupid. Yet, there are
those rare occasions when the November results do encourage us to
draw some rather clear evaluations of the moral and intellectual
portraits of the people behind the votes.
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feel compelled to thank Ben Gott for doing his share to further
fragment our community. Thanks to individuals like Gott, stereotypes
and pigeonholes remain a large part of life at Bowdoin.
Gott's column in last week's Orient reveals not
only the personal biases which the author holds, but also his willingness
to express those biases in a public forum. In relating his tale
of a student who was intoxicated and unruly in the dining hall during
Homecoming, Gott felt compelled to mention repeatedly (not once,
not twice, but three times) the fact that the individual in question
was an athlete, even though this fact was irrelevant both to the
story and to the moral.
I had to look it up in the dictionary. That's what happens when
one does not practice her vocabulary words in daily conversation.
In fact, I think the last time I used the word dating in spoken
context was in high school. Good thing the dictionary could refresh
my memory on that one because I thought hook-up was a synonym.
So, why exactly does dating suck at Bowdoin? If
you have any social impulse, the answer is blatant, so obvious,
in fact, that I'm tempted to not even mention it. It sucks simply
because there isn't any. Yup, dating is as active here as the phased-out