As you may have noticed, the paper was slightly different this week with the annual TriniBonian taking over the first 10 pages. We hope thereâ€™s a little something for everyone with sarcastic commentary on campus issues like the strategic plan, bollards, fire alarms and President Ahlburgâ€™s obsession with tattoos, to our own unique creations like a â€œHunger Gamesâ€-esque process used to assign on-campus housing and fun house mirrors in the weight room. Â We even got former ASR president Joe Moore to pose for a picture topless, with the American flag draped over his body (if thatâ€™s not success we donâ€™t know what is).
But really, the bigger message here is that itâ€™s important to laugh at yourself and not take campus life, or life in general, too seriously. Ben Conway discusses this idea in his column this week (Page 5), but it applies to both our experience at the paper and our experience as members of this community. Weâ€™ve had to make some tough decisions this year and, at times, have dealt with delicate topics. The choices we make donâ€™t always play out in our favor and sometimes you end up looking like an idiot in front of your peers. And sometimes you spell a simple word wrong on the front page in 36 pt. font (see Page 8 for some of our best typos of the year).
But while itâ€™s easy to get bogged down with critiques or self-criticsm, it doesnâ€™t benefit anyone if youâ€™re not able to move on or grow. This is where laughter comes in. Aside from the scientific/psychological benefits, we think being able to make fun of yourself makes you seem more human, and even more approachable. It also keeps you sane, and thatâ€™s a top priority for those of us who spend hours down in the basement of CCI.
So, whether itâ€™s through reading the TriniBonian, exploring the .gifs on BuzzFeed (If you havenâ€™t seen â€œThe Difference Between Freshman Year and Senior Year in Collegeâ€ yet, go online now) or watching your favorite TV show, we hope you take the time to have a good chuckle today.