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August 30, 2008

Parent Attack!

They're everywhere!  Holding pamphlets and reading maps.  Pointing fingers and taking tours.  Telling awkward jokes and laughing loudly.  Asking me dumb questions.  With no shame!

Today is freshman move-in day at UVM, and here at the school administration's darling Davis Center, parents have attacked.  All summer long, this place has been a mausoleum.  The only thing that crowded these halls were the occasional echos coming the tap of  a solitary pair of flip flops.

But now things have changed.

Not the kind of sweeping, mythical, hard-fought change that President-to-be Obama spoke about last night.  What we have here is a temporary kind of change.  It's a three-day transitional period that forms the margin between the off season and the commencement of the academic session.  This margin is the Parent Attack.

It's a phenomena that conjures a host of emotions.  A knowing smile creeps across my face as I remember the time when my anxious parents moved me up to school.  The smile becomes a smirk as I walk by a blonde first-year shooting her dad a look of death as he painfully jokes "hey honey check it out, it's a gender-neutral bathroom.  Is that for people with both parts, or neither?!"  My smirk devolves into a full-scale scowl as the path to Underground Copy (i need to fax something and this is the only place on campus that still boasts an operational fax-machine) is obstructed by about 100 parents in a sprawling line emerging from the Chittenden Bank branch here at The Dud.  I fight down the urge to yell "don't you remember what college kids spend their money on..."   Images of booze, condoms, and cigarettes float into my head.

We can't blame these Helicopter Parent Baby Boomer Almost Empty-Nesters for being here.  After all, in 2008, parental involvement in college stops far after packing the car and a pat on the back.  With that said, this is only day one of the Parent Attack.  Updates to follow...

August 29, 2008

College Is Hard

As part of the internet generation, I get hundreds of videos unloaded on me every week by blogs, pop culture mags, even my friends ("Hey man...have you seen that Jimmy Kimmel / Ben Affleck - NSFW - video? So f'n funny, dude). Even though that particular video is one of the funniest things I've ever seen, it's a rare gem in YouTube's mine of webcam rants, bad garage bands, etc. etc.

So when online editor Cathy Resmer posted back in April about a web show called College is Hard — put together by a few guys from Skidmore College — I thought, "More college guys doing skits? Dammit." Then I watched the show. And it's hilarious.

So far there are three episodes in eight parts on YouTube and they're all pretty spot-on when it comes to the college experience. The guys have already touched on important issues such as Guitar Hero, thong girls and getting lost finding parties — I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Check in with their site to see what College is Hard: Sophomore Year will be like. I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

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