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Manitou Messenger: Prospective student article short-sighted

Prospective student article short-sighted

By Melanie Meinzer
Contributing Writer
Friday, May 7, 2004

I'm writing in response to Shayna Melgaard's opinion piece, "Nothing as it once seemed." As a fellow first-year, I can honestly say that I feel none of the bitterness and disillusionment with St. Olaf that is expressed in the piece.

In response to the accusation that "it's filthy how we perform" for alumni and parents, think about how we all perform in our day-to-day lives. Do you get dressed up for a job interview? Do you give yourself an extra glance in the mirror before a first date? We constantly try to present the best possible version of ourselves, the one that will leave the most lasting impression.

Can we really blame St. Olaf for doing the same thing, especially when we consider the importance of the gifts and donations that these strong impressions result in? Because of generous donors, most of whom are alumni, we have Buntrock Commons, the Tostrud Center, and many student scholarships (without which some of us wouldn't be able to afford attending this school). If it takes some wining and dining on Christmas Fest weekend to convince "the folks with the checkbooks" to contribute to our student life in these phenomenal ways, what's the problem with that?

Do your parents still roll out the red carpet every time you go home for the weekend? Probably not. So why should St. Olaf be any different? We live here day in and day out. We can't expect ticker-tape parades every time we step outside our dorms. If you're really that disgruntled that you no longer get "the prospie treatment," stop for a moment and consider what St. Olaf has given you: Root beer floats in the Caf. Intramural sports. President's Ball. And most importantly, as Shayna herself stated, "a great place to grow and learn." Do prospies get any of this?

I, for one, am thrilled to be here and thrilled with what this college has to offer me, so when I see prospies on campus, I feel no jealousy because I know that we hold one huge advantage over them: We're not in high school anymore. I wouldn't trade that for all the free cookies and shiny "Welcome" banners in the world.

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