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Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Gus Sevastos

Editorial 

“Lucky I’m sane after all I’ve been through,
 I can’t complain but sometimes I still do.”
-The Eagles, “Life’s Been Good”
This started off being just another one of those sleepless nights spent staring at the ceiling of my room, listening to music on my ipod, and trying to sleep but knowing it will never come. As things have begun to wind down during the end of my senior I am fortunate that I have been blessed with something we so often take for granted: time.
In the last month of my collegiate career I have had time to visit my family twice in one month, something I haven’t been able to do since my sophomore year.
I’ve had time to laugh, to love, and to share stories with the people closest to me and the people who have mattered the most in my life.
I’ve had time to bury the hatchet with old friends, lay old grudges to rest, and sit back and share a drink with the people who matter most.
I’ve had time to be recognized for my achievements during my college career, and time to happily hoist a trophy over my head and share nothing but joy and happiness with my fraternity brothers after the year we thought Greek Life may come to an end.
I’ve had time to look for a job while finishing up my last semester of classes, and time enough to spend with my friends and family before I leave home to start that new job, and with it, hopefully the beginning of a long and industrious career.
I’ve had time to reflect on the events of the past four years and realize that some of my greatest successes have come from the jaws of my biggest failures. And I’ve had time to see that those weren’t failure, but blessings.
The past six paragraphs perfectly encompass what my college experience has been about, and what I’ve had time to learn during my four years here at Wilmington College. While I, like many of you, could fill a whole newspaper with rambling and complaints about how the college does things and how they could do it better, I choose not to. Why? It’s simple. Because without Wilmington I wouldn’t have had what I would consider some of the best times of my life. Good or bad, I would not be the person that I am without the experiences I have had because of Wilmington College and the City of Wilmington. I am so thankful for all the friends I have made, all the things I have learned, and all the things I have gotten to do that I never would have before without Wilmington.
I would have never learned that Brunswick, Ohio is actually suburbia and not the farm town our high school rivals would have us believe we are.
I would have never learned that hot water in the shower will agitate the grass cuts you earned playing Winkum.
I would have never learned to do impersonations of Todd Murgatroyd, Bud Lewis, or Jim Reynolds to the levels of proficiency I have honed them to.
I would have never learned about the importance of friendship, love, and brotherhood.
I would have never learned that the only thing worse than an 8am class is the bathroom being closed for cleaning when you need that hot morning shower to wake you up.
I would have never learned what a proud city Wilmington is and how it has come together, and continues to come together in times of tragedy.
I would have never done half the crazy things that I did (which, in case the statue of limitations is not in effect yet, I have never done) or made the friends that I did doing it.
And most importantly, I would have never written for the Witness.
It has been nothing but a pleasure writing articles for this paper for the last two years, and I have found my time as a member of the Witness staff to be some of the most enjoyable I have ever spent. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Corey Cockerill, who gave me the opportunity to write for this paper simply because I asked, who never told me “no,” and who always believed in me and what I was writing. I would also like to thank A.J. Ganger, who put up with my often tardy articles and always pushed me to keep writing.
Finally, I would like to thank you, the readers, for heading to our website and reading all of the articles that so many of us work so hard on to inform, entertain, and communicate you. Without you, we really wouldn’t be anything.
Well, this will be my last article for the Witness, maybe my last article ever. After graduation I am taking my talents to some warmer climates and starting a career in Texas. I would like to extend one last thank you to everyone who made my college career the wonderful time that it was.
And with that, I say, Goodnight Wilmington.
I will hold this as a special time forever in my heart.

 

Updates

  • Kaitlyn Brewer Staff Writer Most colleges require students to live on campus during their freshman and sophomore years, but Wilmington College requires all full-time students to live in the residence halls for eight consecutive semesters or until they are 23. “We are a residential college to start with. Primarily since 1870 most students have lived on campus,” Michael R. Allbright, Assistant Dean of Students for Housing and Residence Life, said. “The criteria was different in the 90s because there wasn’t enough physical space for students to live. We only had the six residence halls, but as we acquired College Commons apartment and the Village apartment was built there was more space for students. So, the previous two year requirement was expanded to four.” Students are allowed to live off campus with their parents if they are within a 30-mile radius of the college. Some of the other exemptions include if the student is legally married, studying abroad, a single parent, or living in an approved fraternity house. The college has an exemption committee that reviews special housing requests. “If you have a legitimate request that isn’t under standard criteria, the committee will meet and determine if it gets valid,” Allbright said. “This morning, two of the three requests were granted, but they were kind of special requests.” According to Allbright, the budget relies on 65 to 70 percent of students living on campus. “It generates revenue for the college. Just housing alone, not the meal plan, if our occupancies good, it generates four million dollars a year. You think like 4,300 bucks times 400 students that are in the halls and 7,300 dollars for those living in the apartments,” Allbright said. “It just generates a lot of money. Unfortunately our budget is six percent of that. It doesn’t really help us necessarily, but it helps finance a lot of other things on campus.” Main campus enrollment is said to be 1,007 on the college website with the residence hall capacity at 842, but the college is looking to expand to possibly 1,300 students. “As enrollment increases dramatically, we’re going to have to drop down to 22 from 23, drop down to six semesters instead of eight. As we need more space we’re going to house freshman and sophomores, and first to go off would be the seniors and then our juniors,” Allbright said. The school has also researched possible co-ed and family housing. “If we had another whole village we could have a whole unit that could be a family unit. Then a married couple could live on campus if they wanted to,” Allbright said.   Allbright believes the four-year requirement is a little strenuous.  
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