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Feelings from the Features Editor

January 26, 2018

According to the National Science Foundation, a person has between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. That breaks down into 35 to 48 thoughts per minute, roughly. That’s a lot of thinking that keeps one up at night. It’s almost unfathomable, really. We have that many thoughts in just one day, nonetheless in one minute? But I have accepted the challenge and share it with all of you. A simple list of my thoughts, or more accurately, my opinions, which one may agree to disagree. These feelings are mine and mine only. They do not reflect Monmouth College, The Courier, its staff, or any person. Any similarity to such is completely coincidental. However, I challenge you, the reader, to think of such thoughts and see what provokes and challenges you. Let’s ponder and let the mind wander. Let’s realize and react. Let’s question and discuss.

First, I really do believe women’s college basketball should return to playing just two halves instead of four quarters. It interrupts play, prolongs the game, and quite unnecessary. It was thought to entice the crowd, when in fact it deters them, allowing them to leave at each intermission. And for that matter, I think “The System” created by conference foe Grinnell College, is not basketball. Yes, it’s exciting, but it completely disintegrates the fundamentals in which basketball was bred. They are the reason the record books are skewed.

Don’t really care for sports? No worries, I have other thoughts. The media is a blessing and a curse. Without it, we seemingly know nothing. Yet, with it, we know too much. Whatever happened to the beauty of being oblivious? Atrocities fill my Twitter feed. Political drama envelops the TV. Before, my parents weren’t aware of the tragedies happening worldwide. Now, it’s under their nose. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud that more people are aware of the worldwide problems that hit close to home. It creates a sense of understanding and awareness. I guess I just want some good with the bad. Show me the hero that saved the cat in the tree, or the love of an older couple that transcends all barriers. Maybe if we spread more harmony people will adopt that idea instead of malicious attacks.

Too political? Fair enough. I stayed awake thinking about how Taco Bell no longer offers the Chili Cheese Burrito. That was a childhood staple, and I demand a part of my youth back. I truly believe that college kids and the number of bottles, alcoholic or not, that are stored in their dorm rooms, could reach us to another planet if lined up. Maybe we should try harder to recycle. And what about feminism? When a woman doesn’t like you like that, don’t belittle her and treat her like a peon. She is who she was before. A person you liked. She just had other interests and has no problem standing up to a man in ANY position. But what about masculinity? Well, there’s inherently way too much of it in the gym. This is a harsh reminder to use the provided spray bottles and towels to wipe off that nasty sweat from any gym equipment, cardio machines included. It’s flu season people; let’s help each other out by keeping it clean.

Well, that’s all for now. Until next time, please be considerate of the literal thousands of thoughts people have each day. If any of them are negative, please reach out. There is help and joy surrounding you.

Tessa Jones
Features Editor

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