It’s hot. So what?
At 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, I was sweating it out in the Helm-Cravens Library computer lab.
I’m not embarrassed to say that I was darned proud of myself just for being there. Then I got kicked out on 10 minutes notice. Talk about pressure.
I’d waited weeks to do that paper, and now I was getting booted from the computer. The message on my screen said it was 85 degrees in the lab and that it would close at 4:05 for the rest of the day.
That’s ridiculous. Just because it’s hot in the library doesn’t mean my professors are going to extend these due dates. Just because it’s 85 degrees doesn’t mean I can wait until after spring break to do my homework.
And when did we start closing facilities because it’s hot? I lived in West Hall in 1999, before it was renovated, before it was air-conditioned. That was hot. Eight-five degrees is not.
I remember sleeping with the windows open and three box fans in that tiny room. Had paperweights on everything. It was like a tornado in there 24/7. I sweated for two months straight. One time my neighbor’s thermometer read 95 degrees — at 3:30 in the morning. So don’t tell me 85 degrees is so hot we have to shut down the computer lab.
Suck it up, and let the rest of us get our homework finished.
Appreciated ‘Vagina Monologues’
On Thursday, March 6, the women’s studies department at Western performed a fantastic play, Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues.”
Whether sincere support, extra credit or sheer curiosity was behind the sold-out attendance, I think everyone, male or female, young or old, gained insight and had a different perspective of women when they left.
The “Vagina Monologues” is a multi-faceted piece which draws attention not only to the interesting, hysterical or pleasurable experiences of women, but also to the sexual violence and suffering of women worldwide.
The women’s studies department generously donated the proceeds from that event to Hope Harbor, the rape crisis center serving the 10-county Barren River Area Development District, which includes Bowling Green and Warren County.
We are very honored and appreciative to have been chosen as the recipient from the night’s event and are also appreciative of the support from the students and community members who attended the performance.
The performance and gift could not have come at a more appropriate time, since March is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky.
Special thanks to the students who performed the pieces with their hearts and souls.