When attempting to force yourself onto a crowded elevator, do not ignore the looks of death. You are not wanted. Do not mock those who did not make it on the elevator. We are not in the second grade. Use the stairs when heading to and leaving the library in the Walker building. The people running late for class need the elevator more than you do. PDA is a thousand times more uncomfortable in a tiny square box. Swap spit somewhere else!
room is available for socializing. if they do not get the hint, i bluntly say, ‘i am not leaving,’ and they usually understand and leave.”
joshua barnaby / writing, literature, and publishing / class of 2013
being interrupted. when that does not work, i hint that the living
i try to get their attention nonverbally to signal that i am
your roommate’s friends won’t leave, and you’re heading to bed:
Turning people away from a near-empty elevator is selfish and antisocial. Hold the door open and make a friend! Your mom can hear you loud and clear and so can the other riders. Stop shouting into the phone.
Kaela Joyner, a Marketing Communication major, Class of 2010 agrees. “I classify myself as a liberal,” Joyner says. “But I try to stay open-minded when it comes to issues where a clear line between Republican and Democratic ideas is drawn. I become frustrated with other students who keep on talking just to prove how liberal they are.” But Emerson students can do one thing to avoid pigeonholing themselves as youth with unfounded opinions. We need to open our minds to other ideals, even if we think they’re as insightful as the Twilight saga. The way to do this is much easier to stomach than watching a single episode of Glenn Beck. All Emerson students need to do is think critically. “When you make a claim, find ways to support it,” Payne says. “Listen to yourself to see if you’re sounding as ill-supported as your opposition.” Critical thinking is severely stunted when we update our Twitter and Facebook statuses with each passing hour. Posting our opinions instantaneously without sitting back and considering what we’re putting out to the world is irresponsible at a school that is known for its students’ impressive communication skills. “I’m a bit of a ‘bleeding heart liberal,’ and sometimes my heart bleeds all over my Facebook,” says Hayley Adams, a Visual & Media Arts major, Class of 2010, who uses Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and occasionally finds herself posting status updates and tweets that are politically charged. She says this was particularly evident with the recent passage of Question One, which rejected same-sex marriage in Maine, her home state. Try examining the Left-leaning Boston Globe with as critical of an eye as the conservative readers of Boston Herald. When you’re talking to someone you don’t agree with, don’t tune them out. Ask questions. Watch a debate. And most importantly, open your minds.
Move aside when people are trying to exit the elevator. You will get in—we promise! Tone those thighs by walking up to the sixth floor if five has been pressed. That burrito from the Max is not going to burn itself off.
he corners of Boylston and Tremont are an accurate cross section of the Emerson population, a community that has its claim on a variety of different social constructions. We are writers, artists, liberals, vegans, and homosexuals, among other things. But at Emerson, it’s unlikely for students to debate the opposite side of an ideological argument. It’s tough to come by politically conservative students who challenge ideals that many of us at Emerson fundamentally support, like gay marriage or pro-choice sentiments. Without exposure to anything but a near-constant outpouring of the same political mores, unsubstantiated claims can go unchecked. After talking to some of these students with ideals even stronger than their ironclad skinny jeans, I beg the question: Is liberalness the same as open-mindedness? Megan Richardson, a Film Production major, Class of 2010, justifies her liberal narrowmindedness. “I’m not very open-minded towards non-liberals,” she says. “I’d like to think of myself as open-minded towards cultural differences, but I don’t have a lot of time for people who try to limit my rights.” She means Republicans. Dr. J. Gregory Payne, associate professor of Communication Studies and advisor of Emerson’s Communication Politics and Law Association, says that liberalness and open-mindedness are not synonymous. “I think that open-mindedness is the ability to keep a clear perspective relevant to an argument, while liberalness is in regard to government,” he says. “Those with an open mind can weigh both sides of an argument.” Payne has taught Argument and Advocacy at Emerson for twenty-seven years. The lack of ideological opposition stifles conversation and closes minds. “I do have some students who are a little zany and a little wacky with no ideological perspective,” Payne says. “Sometimes they like to hear themselves rattle.”
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The unspoken rules of elevator etiquette require Emersonians to learn the correct behind-closed-doors behavior. Here are some helpful tips:
opinion: is liberalness the same as open-mindedness?
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