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  • You have never seen a graduated Women’s Studies major. You hear of them, and one of them was your friend, once, but you do not know where they go once they are handed their degree. Every year there are more squirrels. That one looks like your friend.
  • You get an eerie feeling walking through the upper levels of main. Your friend told you this is where they filmed the Scream movies. You believe it, since you cannot shake the feeling of a masked person right behind you as you pretend you’re alone.
  • Air conditioning is a luxury. Campbell does, but those suites are reserved for a lucky few. If one may brave the apartments they can also find it there. Inman chooses the temperature of each person’s hell, frozen over or boiling, with not much in the ways of middle ground. It is whispered Hopkins has individual ac in the rooms, but nobody knows where exactly Hopkins is. Nobody has ever seen it.
  • There is a rocking chair that Betty White sat in, somewhere. She never actually left. In the witching hours you may hear her, still rocking. It’s been years.
  • It’s two am and the train is blowing it’s whistle. You sit in bed and listen to the wail, neither growing closer nor fading into the black, unseen night. It does not stop. You look at your watch. It’s three am and the train is blowing it’s whistle. 
  • Those who are engaged are thrown into the alumnae pond. The alumnae in the pond reaches out, grasping with withered hands at the new sacrifice. She screams and is assimilated. Her friends cheer.
  • You have forgotten quite what men look like. You know that they exist, and some of them are your professors, but still the image cannot be brought to mind. You discover that female has become your default gender assumption, if you assume genders at all. You’ve forgotten the word ‘girls’. The word is ‘women’s’ and has always been.
  • No matter what time of day or night it is, there is always someone brushing their teeth in the bathroom. You do not know who they are. You wish they would leave as you stare at the back of the stall door, listening to the sound of bristles on exposed bone. When you exit the stall there is nobody there. Part of you wonders if there ever was.
  • The Black Ring Mafia claims those who pass one and a half years. The Ring shows up one night on your finger of choice. It cannot be removed and never will be. You have been chosen. Forever those who are marked by black obsidian will know each other by sight, and by a deliberate gesture of their right hand. 
  • It’s August. A fan blows air into a room in Rebecca. The air is no cooler than the room already is, but it is supposed to help. A woman lies on her bare mattress naked, resigned to her fate of melting. She does not melt. The fan blows air and does nothing.
  • Hair changes colors overnight. Some are lucky, with only sections at a time changing, while others are not as much. One has their entire head hot pink. Another has a streak of green among black. So many are blue, but only the ends.
  • It is fried chicken Wednesday. People are excited. The line stretches past any other in Evans, stretching out the arch and down along the senior table. You don’t like chicken. Still, you stand in line. It grows longer as you wait. The woman behind the counter asks what you want. You do not like chicken but you ask for a drumstick. She searches under endless breasts and thighs. You are given your chicken and the contract is completed. Lunch is over. The line still stretches on.
  • People speak of declining. You speak of declining. It is precious and limited. You do not know how much you have left. You ration it for ice cream and pizza bagels. The woman behind the counter smiles at you, knowing better than you how much left you have to spend. You do not know what happens when you run out. She smiles at you.
  • Drop date is this week. It is always this week, when it wasn’t yesterday. You feel like you remember it being drop date already, but that cannot be right. Drop date is definitely tomorrow. You know that. You have always known that.

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You know, a lot of people don’t realize this but….

The animals at the zoo represent so many opportunities for biologists around the world to learn basic information about, well, animals! We get research proposals all the time from researchers, both among our own staff and globally, seeking permission to include the animals in their research. We approve the proposals that are of the greatest scientific value, that have potential to help us even further improve our qualities of animal care, and that are certain to cause no harm of any form to the animals. Recently two papers were published in major academic journals by scientists from regional universities that contribute some fascinating information to the global body of knowledge about animals.

Dr. Bonnie M. Perdue (Department of Psychology, Agnes Scott College) published: Perdue, B.M. 2016. The effect of computerized testing on Sun Bear behavior and enrichment preferences.            Behavioral Sciences 6, 19; doi:10.3390/bs6040019

The field of comparative cognition investigates species’ differences and similarities in cognitive abilities, and sheds light on the evolutionary origins of such capacities. Dr. Perdue realized that, while cognitive studies commonly are conducted with animals such as dogs, elephants, primates, and even giant pandas, many animals have never been studied. So, she applied some standard methods, using an ingenious rugged computerized touchscreen apparatus, to our sun bears. Bears typically use their tongues to explore and manipulate their environment and, she found that the bears actively engaged the touchscreen menus with their tongues.

The screens had dabs of honey on them in the earlier trials, to draw the bears’ attention to these novel objects. Once familiarized with the screens, the bears proceeded to learn to interact with specific color- or shape-targets on the screen in exchange for treats. Soon, the bears were preferring to interact with the computer screens more than any of the other enrichment items available to them. This study discovered a new method by which bears can be studied and showed that the experiments were preferred by the bears who actively involved themselves at every opportunity. This is fascinating stuff!

Alexis Noel (a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech) and her colleagues published: Noel, A.C., Guo, H-Y., Mandica, M., Hu, D.L. 2017 Frogs use a viscoelastic tongue and non-Newtonian saliva to catch prey.           Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14: 20160764. 

Frogs can capture insects, mice and even birds using only their tongue, with a speed and versatility unmatched in the world of synthetic materials. How can the frog tongue be so sticky? In this multi-faceted study that included some frogs here, used high-speed films of frog feeding to understand the behaviors involved in tongue-feeding. Then they used high-tech measurements and characterizations of frog tongues at Georgia Tech to investigate the structural properties of frog tongues and saliva.

They found that the tongue’s unique stickiness results from a combination of an incredibly soft and stretchable anatomy soft and a saliva that simply does not follow the normal rules of how liquids respond to pressure. The tongue acts like a car’s shock absorber during insect capture, absorbing energy and so preventing separation from the insect. The unique saliva spreads over the insect during impact, grips it firmly to the tongue, and yet it slides off easily once it is back in the mouth. This combination of properties gives the tongue 50 times greater work of adhesion than known synthetic material (such as everyone’s favorite, the sticky-hand toy). These insights offer many new ideas and models for applications in industry and engineering. Yet more proof that frogs are the coolest animals on Earth!
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