Hot or Not

A quick look at what’s HOT and what’s NOT around campus this week.

HOT: Swarming Starbucks

The center of campus is getting an extra jolt of caffeine from the Clough Commons Starbucks. Soon, students in all different stages of zombification will be trudging their way to the center of campus to get that boost of caffeine they need to frantically wrap up whatever it is they put off until the last minute. Hopefully the Starbucks doesn’t underestimate the drawing power of Tech’s favorite stimulant.

NOT: Whippersnappers

Back in the good ol’ days, students had to walk around fifteen miles of plywood fences, just to get to breakfast. This year’s freshmen will never have that experience. In a few short years, no student will have the memory of walking around Skiles and through the Student Center to get from the Library to Van Leer. Where will the future generation be without such a character-building exercise?

HOT: Northern Highlights

Students who tolerated the green plywood walls surrounding parts of North Ave. Apartments have had their patience rewarded. The new North Avenue Dining Hall lets hungry students in the complex grab a bite without even changing out of their pajamas, and the new volleyball pit lets them burn off the calories right away. The spruced-up bus turn around and quad look good, too.

NOT: Offended Offense

Starting redshirt junior offensive tackle Phil Smith was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 football season. Smith is one of the more experienced returning starters on the line, coming into the season with 14 starts in his first two seasons. Smith started 10 games during the 2010 season, helping the Tech offense lead the nation in rushing yards per game.

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