Back in Action

Michael Lutz '16, Asst. Opinion Editor

The week after syllabus week is probably the worst in my book. Last week I felt all buttered up and that the semester was going to be easy. All those due dates were a long ways off. Yet here we are, it’s a new semester and that means new faces, new professors and new classes. A lot of us can find this new start to be refreshing it’s time to work on some new goals and put our good foot forward. Some people, myself included, can find their new classes and professors slightly intimidating. When I really looked at the syllabus for one of my classes (who pays attention when the professor reads them?) my jaw just about dropped. I began to panic and thoughts raced through my head. How am I going to do all this work? How am I going to do well in this class? Should I drop?

I thought about it long and hard; finally I decided to stick with the class. We can’t just keep walking away from tasks that we consider to be intimidating or difficult. If we did we would never go anywhere in life, we would never make any real progress. Even if our attempts to conquer these intimidating or difficult tasks end in failure we still are able to learn from this failure. Also it didn’t help that there was nothing else I could take to bolster my course load.

Another item that had me concerned is that two of my classes are in classrooms of inadequate size. I don’t know about any of you, but I find it fairly difficult to take notes on my lap for 50 minutes while being elbow to elbow with my neighbor. One of my professors joked that if we were going to be crammed into this room all semester he would have to remember to wear deodorant and chew gum every class.

From what I’ve heard from my peers I am not the only one with this problem of inadequate class sizes either. I know many will look to the registrar’s office as to blame since they handle the class scheduling, but it’s not entirely their fault. A number of things compounded to leading to these problems with class sizes. Professors letting many more students than their cap allowed into the class, increasingly higher numbers of transfer students and freshman classes, and many more course offerings than ever before have all compounded themselves into a larger problem. This is not the only problem Le Moyne is facing, but it is probably one of the most important. In order to get the best out of the students here we need a proper learning environment.

Other than that I am excited to begin a new semester here at Le Moyne. Especially considering that after this one we will have a nice three month long break. It may seem cold and harsh right now but before we know it, it will be Dolphy Day and some of our fellow ‘Phins will be graduating. Welcome back to Le Moyne and have a great semester everyone!