liberal arts college

Liberal Arts College Gothic
  • You need another English credit. You already have thousands of English credits. They fill up your room and chase you down the street. You are drowning. You need another English credit.
  • You have an essay due tomorrow. You always have an essay due tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. You must keep working on the essay. It’s due tomorrow.
  • Everyone is getting undercuts. Under what? You are never sure what lies Beneath. But sometimes, you see the Void.
  • You need classes in different areas for a full education. You go to these areas. Your feet are blistered and bleeding. You must find all the areas. 
  • There is a Party In The Woods. It is exactly like the last one. You fear you are stuck in a time loop, but by then it is too late. Someone sells you a plastic cup of PBR for five dollars. 
  • You know everyone on campus. Their faces, their tattoos, and their souls. You start walking with your eyes closed: you do not want to see. 
  • There are sports teams. They whisper restlessly around the edges of campus. If you look directly at them, they disappear. But once in a while, you can hear them scream. You do not know if it is celebratory or scared. 
  • Straight boys feel alone. There are so few of them. There are straight boys everywhere you look. They feel so alone. 
  • “This way is more environmentally sound,” they say. You can hear the environmental sound. It sounds like Nicki Minaj. 
  • School is not The Real World. Objects crumble under your touch. Your professors are translucent. Your books are in an ancient tongue. This Is Not The Real World. 

He looks like a beatnik 1960s art teacher at a small midwestern all-women’s liberal arts college, and I am all in for it. (I can imagine the scenario in a ye olde teen movie on TCM: “Have you had Professor Gyllenhaal for Art Intro?’ asks Mary-Lou. “He’s the dreamiest!”)

conversations that I wish would stop happening
  • "Real" adult: so... what's your major? Your grad school plans? Your next ten years?
  • Me, technically an adult: I'm majoring in art history and I honestly love it! I don't have any set plans, but I'm really young and I'm just happy with what I'm doing now.
  • Adult: *starts snickering*
  • Me: *trying to be polite* haha yeah it's just something I really love, i know it's stupid...
  • Adult: HOW YOU GONNA GET A JOB WITH THAT hahahaha wow whew hilarious.... good luck with that you stupid millennial.... go eat some avocado toast... haha cracking myself up here

adam sandler’s shooting a movie at my (very queer liberal arts) college this week and facebook has become a very surreal place. people keep posting stuff like “man i thought adam sandler would be a jerk but i just keep seeing him complimenting peoples’ pastel hair dye and helping people carry things” and “aw man i’m gonna be late to class, i cant leave the building because adam sandler is kicking the shit out of ben stiller”


The SPLC is taking a stand against hateful alt-right leaders with a new guide for college students

  • The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group known for combatting hatred, on Thursday released a guide on alt-right provocateurs, who may be planning speaking engagements and disruptions at liberal arts college campuses this fall.
  • The guide, shared first with Mic, will be distributed to students on more than 2,400 campuses around the U.S., including historically black colleges and universities, a SPLC spokesperson said. 
  • The guide contains profiles on prominent alt-right activists, such as Richard Spencer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Matthew Heimbach, who regularly speak out against multiculturalism, the Black Lives Matter movement and transgender rights. 
  • The civil rights group says students who are concerned about tolerance for hate speech should proactively meet with groups targeted by the alt-right speakers. 
  • They should ask administrators to denounce hate, even as officials state their support for freedom of speech, according to the guide.
  • Students should also organize counter-protests or gather in places away from the alt-right events. Read more (8/10/17)

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SKETCHY BEHAVIORS | Heather Benjamin (RH)

Through her dense and detailed packed line drawings to her more focused ink brush pieces, Rhode Island based artist Heather Benjamin’s work is visceral, cathartic, and autobiographical. It offers a completely unapologetic and unflinching look into an artists’ own struggles with life, body image, self confidence, and sexuality.  We find her and her art to be inspirational, honest and badass.

We recently ran into Heather at her booth at the LA Art Book Fair and caught up with her a few months later to ask about her art, her experiences at RISD, her influences, and her thoughts about her work and her life. 

Photographs courtesy of the artist.

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The signs as things people have said at my liberal arts college
  • Aries: "I'll trade you a pack of capri suns for a cigarette"
  • Taurus: "I've never directed before, but I'm a Taurus so..."
  • Gemini: "Overcast is just the sun being passive-aggressive"
  • Cancer: "I'm not trying to erase twinks of color"
  • Leo: "It's not trash if it's art"
  • Virgo: "I'm better at being gay than most people here. I just do it, y'know?"
  • Libra: "Genesee, PBR, and Rolling Rock: The Holy Trinity of shitty beer"
  • Scorpio: "The real Harambe would never have permitted the gentrification of Walmart"
  • Sagittarius: "Not even my drug dealer will text me back"
  • Capricorn: "I'm just gonna quote these white men out of context until he's satisfied with this paper."
  • Aquarius: "Lin-Manuel Miranda does not have a penis. No writer has a penis."
  • Pisces: "Are cigarettes vegan?"

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Victor, Yuuri, and Yurio are looking at colleges when Victor sees a sign for a marathon and decides to join it with Yurio. Yuuri is holding a sign labeled 'kiss me i'm a skater' on the sidelines and Victor gets very distracted during the race.

Viktor Nikiforov, retired 5-time consecutive World Champion of Men’s Figure Skating, has recently announced that he will be participating in the 2018 St Lidwina Marathon on April 16. Nikiforov reportedly has taken up long-distance running as a hobby alongside coaching his husband, 2017 World Champion and Grand Prix Winner Yuuri Katsuki as well as 2016 Grand Prix Winner Yuri Plisetsky. Plisetsky is also running the marathon alongside Nikiforov, while Katsuki will be cheering at the halfway mark on the St Lidwina University campus. [MORE]

The screaming at the St Lidwina University Thunder Tunnel is, for lack of a better word, thunderous. 

Yurio had been looking at the university as a prospective applicant, and they’d lined up the visit so that they could get a campus tour and attend an admissions info session alongside participating in the marathon the next day. They were even staying at a small Airbnb just off-campus, tucked above a cosy little cafe called Charlotte’s Corner. St Lidwina was a sweet little New England college town already beginning to be warmed by spring, and Yurio had loved it.

Well, at least, he was scowling a lot less than usual. Puberty had hit Yurio like a truck, and as a consequence he liked to act extra surly to compensate for his sudden lack of grace on the ice. But when the blond had looked up at the red-brick and marble-pillar majesty that was Founders Hall, the admissions and administrative building of the liberal arts college at the university, none of that surliness had been on his face.

That had been yesterday. Today, a different sort of energy hums in the air. Yuuri is convinced most of the students piled up on the metal barriers by the main road are already well on their way to drunk if not already there. Their screams are deafening, and the bright colours of their signs flash wildly in the mid-morning sun.

Viktor and Yurio would be coming by in one of the middle groups, Yuuri knows, so they’ll be here sooner or later. He elbows his way into the crowds gathered at the barrier until he’s managed to squeeze himself up against the metal, between a girl holding a sign that says “Live Long and Prosper” and a boy with a sign that says “Kiss Me, I’m from Texas”. 

Yuuri has his own sign, of course, and he has it up just as another wave of runners begin to appear around the bend.

The screaming gets louder

Yuuri almost drops his sign in an attempt to cover his ears. Had he ever been this loud while at Wayne State? Maybe he should have had something to drink before coming out here. The girl next to him is jumping up and down now, offering high-fives to the marathon runners as they go by. Someone has come by and planted a solid smooch on the cheek of the boy from Texas. 

Yuuri himself offers a couple high-fives to passing runners who recognise him. He shouts some encouragement to them as they go past, but his voice feels oddly drowned out in the overwhelming sound.

And then he sees them both rounding the bend, and his heart picks up a little at the sight.

Yuri is wearing a loose black tank and short leopard-print shorts, his hair tied up and his expression determined. He high-fives a couple people, and offers a quick peck to a girl waving a sign that says “Kiss Me, I’m a Cat Person”. But for the most part he’s focused on the road ahead.

Viktor, on the other hand, is craning his head every which way for a sign of Yuuri. And he’s running shirtless, the white t-shirt he’d started with now uselessly draped over his shoulders. His hair is clipped out of his face and he seems to be covered in sweat, but there’s an intoxicating flush in his cheeks that has a lot of people surrounding Yuuri clamouring for him to come over and kiss them.

And Yuuri’s not about to let that happen.

Viktor!” he shouts, waving his sign. Viktor looks over, his expression lighting up at the sight as he jogs by. 

“Yuuri!” he breathes. He looks like he wants to say more, but is too exhausted to do anything else other than grab Yuuri by the back of his head and bring him in for the hottest, sweatiest, and most disgusting kiss they’ve ever shared in their life. The world falls away all the same, all the noise and screaming around them narrowing into a tunnel of sound surrounding the two of them.

Viktor’s shirt tugs a little. Yurio is dragging him away. Yuuri is dimly aware that he’s now halfway over the barrier. His sign has dropped away somewhere.

“You should go,” he breathes absently against Viktor’s lips.

“Don’t wanna,” mutters Viktor.

“You need to finish the race,” Yuuri says. “We can pick this up later.”

“Promise?” asks Viktor.

Yuuri nods. His fingers linger a moment longer on Viktor’s cheek after he’s pulled back, and then his husband is racing away, sunlight glinting off his ring. Just before he fades from view, Viktor turns back and blows him a kiss, and Yuuri catches it with a grin.

“Wow.” He hears it just to his left, and turns to see the girl staring at him, wide-eyed. He can feel the eyes of everyone nearby on him, now, striking a match to the fire spreading rapidly across his cheeks. 

“That was adorable,” someone remarks. “Can’t wait to see it break the internet.”

And then they return to the screaming, and Yuuri hopes (in vain, he knows) that Phichit won’t find any videos of him and Viktor by the end of the hour.

Rick Martin for BuzzFeed

Viktor Nikiforov and Yuuri Katsuki continue to be #relationshipgoals as Katsuki was spotted giving out some, ahem, encouragement as a spectator of the St Lidwina Marathon this past Monday.

The St Lidwina University Thunder Tunnel is a longstanding tradition of the Marathon, being located at the halfway point on the route. It offers runners a significant milestone as well as encouragement to continue the route. Katsuki was spotted at the Thunder Tunnel at around 11:30AM holding a sign that says ‘Kiss Me, I’m a Figure Skater’ and offering high-fives and encouragement to the runners that passed by.

Well, until his husband, retired five-time consecutive World Champion Viktor Nikiforov showed up with their son (in all but name) Yuri Plisetsky.

Nikiforov clearly read Katsuki’s sign and decided to take him up on the offer.

Very enthusiastically.

And of course Katsuki was very enthusiastically reciprocating.

I mean, can we blame them? Nikiforov was running shirtless by that point in the race. #thethirstisrealfolks

Eventually Plisetsky pulled Nikiforov back to the marathon at hand, and the two managed to complete with the rest of the runners.

Nikiforov repeatedly beat his personal best time by six minutes despite having been distracted by his husband along the way.

We’re sure they celebrated this little victory in their own little way afterwards. 

Small Liberal Arts School Gothic
  • Is that a frat party or a funeral pyre you see in the distance? You wouldn’t wonder except… there was that one time.
  • Watch out for a capella groups… they’re everywhere, and they seem to be multiplying. Were there so many last week? Did they have so many harmonies? Those haunting, otherworldly harmonies…
  • The frat chapters aren’t national. They aren’t really local either. They seem to be multi-dimensional mostly. The parties they throw are dark rituals, and the pledge class gets smaller after each one. Maybe they just can’t stand the pressure? That’s probably it.
  • You and this girl have had classes together every semester since freshman year. Your friends have all had classes with her every semester since freshman year. You don’t know her name. She couldn’t have been in all those classes at the same time, could she?
  • Your department has more visiting professors than tenured faculty. Their visits seem to get shorter and shorter. You knew one professor who made it for three years before their “contract was terminated.” The last professor didn’t make it an entire semester. “Terminated” the head of the department said in answer to their absence. “Terminated” was all she would say, growing steadily softer.
  • Ultimate Frisbee is the most “liberal arts” sport. Quidditch is the most “liberal arts” sport. The teams have been silently feuding over this point for years. It seems to be getting more violent. You are worried the war is coming soon. Soon you too will have to pick a side.
  • The College President’s house in on campus, and a dark cloud seems to hang around it at all times. Even on bright spring days, there are deep shadows surrounding the president’s house. He is rarely seen. When he comes out of his dark abode to give speeches, something seems off about his smile, and you’re sure you see something moving under his skin. Look away quickly. Tell no one.
  • Diversity is very important to your institution. Diversity is the buzzword you hear every day. Diversity is the chant that can be heard from the Admissions Office basement if you pass by the building in the spring. You almost wish things would be a little less diverse. The fish-people in your 8am are so uncomfortably damp.
  • The population seems to be unusually white. In fact, you’re pretty sure it’s gotten more white over your time at the school. You were sure there were several clubs dedicated to the experiences of students of color just last year, but even they are white now. In fact, you seem to have gotten more pale, more white as you’ve continued your education.
  • The student wellness center doesn’t seem to be very helpful. The nurses have dead eyes and seem to run far more blood tests than you think you need. “More blood” they whisper, grabbing another syringe. You wonder if you should run.
  • “I pulled three all-nighters this week” you overhear in the dining hall. This makes you want to laugh and cry at once. Thinking back, you can’t remember the last time you slept. It’s just finals, you tell yourself. It’s February.
A Song of Subtext: What is Sansa Stark thinking?

I am spoiler free. Please, if you know something from a leak that negates one of my theories I ask that you keep it to yourself.

Episode 7x05 was shot exclusively from Arya’s perspective, which I thought was an interesting choice since plot-wise all the scenes revolved around Sansa. Because of this, it was difficult to get a handle on what is going through Lady Stark’s mind when the Lord’s are offering her the crown. Arya seems to think she’s making some sort of power grab, but I can’t quite figure out why. My interpretations of Sansa’s actions point to a strategic but desperate stall for more time. She predicted this would happen. If she had wanted to be queen why wouldn’t she have encouraged him to go south? She’s not dumb. She knew that Daenerys would almost certainly either force him to bend the knee or kill him for sport. When Jon went to Dragonstone he as good as gave the North to her on a silver platter, and that was before he officially made her next in line by giving her the power to rule in his stead.

But that doesn’t mean we should be a little suspicious of Sansa. Arya dies bring up some valid points. Sansa always wanted to be a queen. She wanted to be like Cersei. Now she is about as close as she can be to that goal. In fact, respective to their kingdoms, Sansa has more influence than Cersei did back then. She’s advising a king who loves her and listens to her and wants to protect her from harm, which couldn’t be any further from Cersei’s relationship with King Robert. Also, she’s got a lock on the job if anything happens to Jon, not to mention filling in whenever he’s absent. Still, eyeing the Seat of Winter would amount to nothing less than treason, even if Jon wouldn’t agree. Is she really capable of that after all she’s been through? Is it possible she hasn’t changed at all?

No, it’s not. While I agree this looks a lot like Sansa’s childhood dream, that girl was not the woman we know today. Sansa has been forced to marry men who didn’t love her, beaten, raped, threatened with rape. She’s witness murder and war and grotesque evil. She has saved lives and forgiven her enemies. Throughout her tribulations Sansa Stark has learned one simple truth. The truth Cersei taught her. The only truth she knows.

The only people this world that you can truly trust are your family.

Sansa’s trusts her brother. She knows whispering in his ear is much safer than wearing his crown. Her goal is not to undermine him and it certainly isn’t to usurp him. Her reasons for not beheading those outspoken lords for treason are genuine. That would be the dumbest thing she could possibly do. She needs to keep them satisfied until Jon can get bac., In fact, I think there’s a lot of canon evidence that the’s extremely anxious for him to get back.

Now, as for Arya’s whole I just got back from three semesters at a liberal arts college and I have a lot of opinions about how governments should function thing is really getting on my nerves but that’s a whole other post. Thanks for reading this one. Tell me what you think!

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Name: Hannah
Age: 19
Country: USA

I am a 19-year-old college student studying history. I am pretty introverted, but open up very easily! I love binging tv shows and watching new movies! I also love music, the arctic monkeys are my favorite. I make a lot of playlists on spotify :) I am also a very artsy person and love to talk art or poetry :)
I am open to connecting with any person, just know I am liberal and won’t accept any hate towards anyone. I also don’t mind how we talk, email is probably easier, but I can also write!

Preferences: Any age is fine :)