|Fight or Flight of Stairs?
Broken Elevators in Goen Hall
Vasu Srevatsan, frustrated fifth floor resident, sobs against the elevator, silently willing it to work again.
On October 10, 2014, the west elevator in Goen Hall was put out of commission and has been ever since.
On Monday April 13, 2015, a tragic event occurred. The east elevator broke down. It was an event to remember. To better understand the feelings of the other residents of the hall, I sat in the stairwell, almost completely unnoticed, and waited until I questioned five students on how they felt about the broken elevator.
The first student to answer my question was a resident of the fifth floor. "It is horrible having to walk up these stairs but on the bright side, it will tighten our calve muscles."
The second student I talked to was a third floor resident who was talking with a fifth floor resident. "It must suck to be you fourth and fifth floor people," she stated, "Third floor is a safe floor. You don't get denied the right to ride the elevator, and if you have to, the stairs aren't bad to take."
The third student I questioned was the girl walking with the second student and is a fifth floor resident. "I don't like stairs so I made a plan to get up to third floor, wait a while then walk up to fifth floor."
The fourth student I talked to was a resident of second floor. "It is so great to be on second floor. No hassle of having to walk up three or four flights of stairs."
The fifth student I questioned was a fourth floor resident. "You know, I hate walking up stairs," she started, "I have bad stamina, but I can agree that the elevator breaking was bound to happen. Hopefully they fix it before move out day. And maybe, when they fix it, it won't sound like a leaf blower going through meat grinder that has been dropped in a wood chipper."
The feelings of the MSMS girls were also shared by the Res Life staff. Both the students and Res Life alike were joyful when the elevator was fixed less than a week later.
|Screaming in the Name of Physics
An earsplitting roar passes overhead as you continue to follow the "leader" in the endless sea of people that you are in the middle of. You have been waiting for what seems like hours for this to happen, and it looks like it is finally your turn. You strap yourself to the seat then a worker comes to make sure the seat will do its job. Finally it is time to have fun on the roller coaster.
The ride begins, and just like that, it ends. As the blood comes flowing back into your head, a thought comes into being, asking if it was really worth it. You pause, then make the firm resolution that it was and proceed to the next line.
On May 2nd, the physics students that signed up for the Six Flags trip shared experiences similar to the one described above. The day began by waking up early enough to be on the bus by 5:15 a.m. Then, it progressed further by everyone passing out on the bus for two hours until breakfast. For breakfast, Hardee's biscuits, fruit, drinks, and other various snacks were strewn across a table at a rest stop for all to eat. After that it was back on the bus for another three to four hour trip to Six flags. Once we were at six flags we got our tickets and food vouchers, and the students split up into their groups.
|DaJ'ai Ashford and Sumaiya Young
Selfies abounded as MSMS students throughout the park have a great time!
Unfortunately, it seemed like every school in three states decided to also partake in the fun of the park, because everything had a line that stretched on for miles. Most students were only able to go on two rides, and a lucky few were able to squeeze in three before we had to head back to the bus. The back to school was much like the way to Six Flags, ergo, eating and sleeping. Overall, the trip was enjoyable to all, and everyone I asked had a fun time.
Senior Jamarii Robinson who also went on the trip revealed that he expressed the same opinion as me about the trip. "Overall," he stated, "the trip was really fun, but I wish that Six Flags wasn't so crowded."