10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26th, Bowdoin College will hold its 196th
Commencement Exercises. This will be a time when students of the
class of 2001 celebrate Bowdoin by recalling their memories and
accomplishments during the past four years.
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not the type of person to waste my time writing this, because I
know what happens. Those of you in the student body who know me
are already thinking, "Oh, Dan, he's just being funny." And those
of you in the faculty who know me are probably saying, "Well, Dan's
an intelligent enough student, but I've seen this type of thing
before, especially from seniors." But both groups need to take this
seriously. This is serious. For every pissed-off student like myself
who actually bothers to articulate his/her thoughts, there are probably
fifty, if not five-hundred, who don't.
like April Fools Day, well not if the biggest joke of all is snowbanks
and more classes. But still, it's a great chance to illicit a fit
of laughter, of course, at someone else's expense. But I realized
something this past Sunday, and it really had nothing to do with
practical jokes. Instead, the day reminded me just how much I hate
really bad jokes. You know the kind, the type the guy you are standing
next to thinks are the funniest things in the world, as you stand
there barely able to break a painful smile. I can hear them now:
"So, two guys walk into a bar."