It’s been a couple of weeks my friends, and there’s lots to write about. A couple of weeks ago I wrote an op-ed piece on the deconstruction of the quiet that is traditionally found in public libraries, and criticized our campus library for hosting lunchtime concerts, which feature instrumental music. There were no responses in the print edition of the Campus Newspaper, but two librarians from Nielsen Library responded on the Student News Blog. There were a couple ideas that were presented by the librarians, and some statements and suggestions that I would like the opportunity to respond to.
First of all, it should be noted that not only has Nielsen Library begun to permit lunch time concerts, but during mid-terms they also hosted story time from 7 to 9 p.m., turned off seventy percent of the lights on the second floor, and one storyteller had a drum that vibrated and echoed through all three floors. Maybe I’m being too harsh. Hey, I have an idea! For finals week let’s invite Metallica.
It was suggested in one response that if the noise bothers me, I should enter one of the rooms on the edges of the second floor, or use one of the study cartels on the third floor. Well, when you have a drum that vibrates through all three floors, that kind of defeats the purpose. I have another idea, instead of having those of us who want to use the library for study and research lock ourselves up and corral ourselves, why don’t we corral the distractions!?
I stated in my first article that I thought it was reasonable to have the first floor of our library designated for noisier activities. But I have to ponder what in this universe makes anyone believe it is acceptable to have the second floor, where you find the reference librarian, encyclopedias, and dictionaries, acceptable for concerts and noisy storytelling? But I’ve been corrected and told that today’s student is diverse and multi-tasking. Some can have their iPods playing, an open book, and text with their free hand while in the library. That’s so true. But guess what? iPods have these magical contraptions connected to them called earphones, students who are texting usually have their phones on silent or vibrate, and I’ve yet to see a book that comes with its own Concert Choir or College Marching Band. The lovely music at noon is just more ways to experience culture, and our libraries are changing. Great! Why don’t we just be reasonable and keep it to the first floor, that way those of us who are working to get a degree don’t have to wait for two hours for the lights to be turned back on so we can find the Old English Dictionary.
I also wrote an article on health care about a month ago. On the Student News Blog, a Mr. Scot Heminger left a response, in which he implied I was ignorant and if I wanted any credibility with those who wanted their country back I would attempt to show a shred of objectivity towards others’ beliefs. I went after two of the most reasonable and objective people in the conservative movement: Mr. Glenn Beck, who claims our president is a racist, and I also criticized the organizer of the Tea Party, who called the President an Indonesian Welfare thug. When you criticize Glenn Beck and someone who believes the President is Indonesian, I guess you’re saying everyone who disagrees with you is an insane nut job.
It doesn’t matter though; I’m quite weary and tired of this whole attempt to socialize our health care system. If ignorant people have their way, the private insurance companies won’t be able to compete. Think I’m crazy? Nope, I have illustrative proof. My proof is Education. In Education there is this crazy thing called a public option, which we call Public Education. It has totally destroyed the free market. Private schools have been put out of business by these public schools, and there are education death panels which supporters of Public Education have cleverly disguised as a “School Boards.” Shudder. Even worse is Higher Education. There are private colleges, which can’t compete with state colleges. Private Colleges are poor, deprived, and there’s very few left in existence thanks to those scary state colleges. Don’t make fun of me; look at what happened to Scot Heminger, he’s a student at Adams State College.
Lastly, let’s talk coffee. If you saw last week’s campus paper, and possibly this week’s, there’s an advertisement for “Anthony’s Constitutional Cup of Quiet Coffee.” If you show the advertisement to “That Coffee Guy” on the—you guessed it—second floor of the public library, you will get a 25 cent discount. But, um, this is a satire off the title that was given to my first articles on libraries. I personally did not title the article, and the title that was given to it was a misprint, the title “Constitutional Rights and Wrongs at ASC” belongs to Dr. David Mazel’s weekly column. If you read the article on libraries, it has nothing to do with the United States Constitution, Government, or even coffee. Furthermore, I was never asked permission for my name and ideas to be used for profit, so if people are not careful they could end up owing me royalties. But, all in all, it’s an honor to be the first student to get his own brand name coffee, thank you very much!
Until next time, beware of the liberal media!