It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a decade since my dad and I loaded up the family minivan and drove down the highway for move-in day at Queen’s University. During that memorable journey, we passed signs hung on the overpasses that warned fathers to say farewell to their virgin daughters. We came across purple people slamming jackets in the middle of the road, random, infectious cheering, and a city full of possibilities. During the days that followed, frosh week ended up being legendary, however with each passing year the spectacle loses some of it’s luster. Nowadays it’s more of a seasonal annoyance than a nostalgic treat. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
What is your least favourite aspect of Orientation Week?
- Drunkeness and debauchery (50%, 56 Votes)
- Long lineups everywhere (22%, 25 Votes)
- Random repetitive cheering (16%, 18 Votes)
- Frosh-only concerts (7%, 8 Votes)
- Something else entirely (5%, 6 Votes)
- Colourful roadside signs (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 113
Don’t get the wrong impression, I love the fact that Queen’s, RMC and St. Lawrence students are back in town. The annual influx of students helps keeps this city alive, overstocked with sushi restaurants and busting with new burger joints. As much as I loathe young people pillaging my grocery store, and creating extra long lineups at the Beer Store, I was once a part of that crowd. Ultimately, so long as the “kids” stay off of my lawn and don’t keep us up all hours of the night, I have little to complain about. If I failed to list your least favourite aspect of orientation week, please drop a few comments off below.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t officially welcome (back) all of the first and upper year students to the Limestone City. Last but not least, a special thanks to Queen’s Alumni for today’s photo of Frosh sizzling like strips of bacon. It’s good clean fun unless you are a vegetarian, in which case you could pretend that you’re a piece of soy-based facon.