With the arrival of Thanksgiving just days away, I thought it would be appropriate to compile a list of ten of the most annoying things that we as a society have to deal with today.
1. The people who give away cell phones, credit cards, etc. on campus. It’s nearly impossible to travel more than 10 feet in any direction on campus without running into someone trying to ruin your credit rating for the rest of your life in exchange for a free gift.
2. Metro. This is perhaps the worst newspaper on the face of the earth. First of all, any periodical with staples in it cannot possibly be looked upon as a real newspaper. But seriously, the Metro is loaded with spelling and grammatical mistakes that even little children can point out, and almost all of their articles (some of which are outdated) are taken from Associated Press wire services, even local events. Has anyone ever felt smarter after reading the Metro? As if the newspaper weren’t painful enough to read by itself, you can always find it on the most incompetent transportation system in the world…
3. SEPTA. Their fares are among the highest in the nation (if not the highest), the buses always seem to be crowded, and the drivers are rude. The rare opportunities when I can actually find a bus schedule, they’re usually wrong. Isn’t their company’s slogan supposed to be “Serious About Change?” Yeah, right. “Serious About Making Change” sounds more appropriate.
4. Fuzzy math: The Butterfly Ballot and Stalemate 2000. With all of the modern technology available today, why is Florida still using this system of voting?
5. Two-hour policy for reserved books at the Paley Library. I can see what the intended purpose for this is: it allows a teacher to reserve a set of books for their students to use, and it gives everyone in their class an opportunity to do research. However, the negatives far outweigh the positives. By the time somebody checks out a book out, it’s almost due. One barely has a chance to read several chapters, let alone an entire book. This forces me to head for the nearest copy machine, where I end up wasting plenty of change copying random pages of a book because the two-hour window has expired.
6. No mail on Sunday. A pointless ritual that should be done away with. Think about it. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive mail on a day when a lot of people are at home anyway?
7. The lack of student response to Robot Trouble. With a student population of more than 29,000 people, I find it virtually impossible that no one who attends Temple University is in need of advice. You have access to a robot from the 24th century that can solve every problem that plagues mankind. Read his article today in the features section, and e-mail your tales of woe to XTNX9900@ROBOT.COM.
8. Elevators. Find me an elevator on this campus that works perfectly all the time, and I’ll show you five elevators that don’t.
9. Computers. Why is it that whenever I need to search the Internet to do a homework assignment, the system always seems to crash?
10. The continuous renovation of the SAC. Which of the following gets completed first: new stadiums for the Eagles and Phillies, the selection of our 43rd President, or the re-opening of the Student Activities Center?