The morning of September 18th, the fire alarm went off in both Mather and McBride residence halls as a result of a gas leak that, in a surprise plot-twist to the Mather students who smelled gas while reluctantly exiting their rooms, was not in the building but was actually in Allen House. Due to the early hour and the… alarming nature of the alarm, many students had not yet arisen from bed, dressed themselves, showered, or gathered their class materials––or any materials at all for that matter. Some exited their buildings with only a towel and whatever bit of dignity they had left. As students flocked from their dorms to Gund Commons to Peirce to their classes, those unaware of the situation were seemingly indifferent to the pajama-clad first year students, paying them little attention at all, but I’d like to imagine a world where the best-dressed (or best not-so-dressed) evacuees of Mather and McBride were given the spotlight they deserve, so here’s what a Mather-McBride Evacuee Fashion Show might have looked like.
I am having a truly unique sophomore year. In the fall, I was a CA in McBride. For the Spring, I’ve moved to be a CA in Mather. I was placed in Lewis freshman year, and I thought I had escaped living in one of the weird brick beasts, the dungeon halls that make you feel like you’re living in a video game and carrying a torch down a secret passageway to slay a lizard. Turns out, I won the lottery! I get to live in BOTH of them! As a SOPHOMORE! In ONE YEAR! Hurrah! Since moving into Mather, I’ve started to pick up on the slight differences between the two buildings and their communities. And that got me thinking– what makes Mather, Mather? What makes McBride, McBride? And thus began my study.
So we all know that there’s a mural on almost every hall of Mather and McBride, but unless we live on that hall, or have good friends that live on that hall, we never actually see them.
For example, just last week I was doing my laundry in McBride and I decided to walk through first floor short side for the first time, when I saw this:
It’s a beautiful sunset mural on short side that no one ever sees because NO ONE goes to first floor short side unless they live there. But it’s a shame, because in the words of a long side resident “it makes me feel like I’m in the Lion King!” So I wondered, what other treasures our lovely residences could be hiding.
We like to stay pretty competitive here at The Thrill, and a Blog Off is one way we can definitively prove that one of us is objectively a better blogger (dare we say, a better person). So we leave it to you, the reader, to decide in a blind taste test who is really better as we square off on various topics.
This time we’re featuring two ~new writers~ we hired this semester, the impeccable Julia Lindsay ’18, and the infallible Yasmin Nesbat ’18. The topic- First-Year Real Estate. Let’s see which one of our newbies has more curb appeal!