J-Mac’s Corner

Jessica MacIntosh - Editor-in-Chief

Jessica MacIntosh – Editor-in-Chief

Jessica MacIntosh

There are little things that annoy us from time to time. You could call them pet peeves.

One of my biggest pet peeves that annoys the H-E-double-hockey-sticks out of me is people who do not know how to walk. It is not so much people can’t walk on this campus – it has everything to do with not putting one foot in front of the other.

First of all, walking up and down the stairs in the buildings should not be a problem. But, it is. I know we all do not like walking upstairs – it takes all the energy out of people. I can understand where it would be easier to walk downstairs. However, going upstairs should not take forever. There are plenty of people who use the stairs to get to class, but if one person walks up the stairs so slow, it holds up the people behind that person.

The other task is going downstairs. When classes let out at a certain time, some of the stairwells become congested. Don’t take your sweet time going downstairs. There may be people behind you who need to get to classes on the other side of campus. And there certainly is a chance someone could trip another person just because

they are going slow.

Second, the stairs are not to be used for stopping. If you see someone you want to talk to on the stairs, follow him or her down or up and find a spot to talk. Don’t stop in the middle of the stairwell and start talking to the person.

Third, walking to classes in general can be a feat in itself. The same goes for stopping in the middle of the stairwell. Why must people stop in the middle of the sidewalk or take up the entire walkway? No wonder people tend to run into each other literally and kick each other in the back of the shoes. It’s all about paying attention to what you are doing and letting those who need to pass, pass.

Oh, and not to insult those with cell phones and who try to walk at the same time, but it makes getting to class difficult for others. But for those who can walk and talk on their cell phones at the same time, I congratulate you. However, don’t slow down while you talk. I think it is rude to the other people who may be behind you.

Lastly, it is rude to take up the entire sidewalk if you decide to walk with a group of people. I learned to walk on one side of the sidewalk and come back on the other side. When we walk on campus, we look like a bunch of ants, scurrying about like we do not know what we are doing.

I don’t want you to think I am saying we needed to be more organized when we walk on campus, but life would be a little better if we all just paid attention.

Can’t we all just get along?