Monthly Archives: April 2018

Trapped in the Cry Closet


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Finals week were always tough while attending Champlain College.  I would head into the library to see hundreds of students locked inside the rooms studying.  They brought over their laptops, pens, pencils, notebooks, and other studying materials.  Some had a major exam coming up while others were cranking out that 15-page paper.  Many students even resorted to pulling off the classic all-nighter to get their work done (and yes, even I pulled a few all-nighters to complete my papers during finals week).

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What was even more crazier than the week itself were the stress-release activities Champlain College offered.  Things such as puppy rooms or chair massages were offered for students who needed a break from the chaotic week.  I’ll admit that some of the activities seemed childish for young adults like me.  My favorite way of relieving stress after finals was blowing off steam at the house parties around Burlington, also known as ‘House Party Hunting’ (House Party Hunter!).

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Like Champlain, many colleges offer stress-free related activities during Finals Week.  From puppy rooms to coloring, there’s many ways students choose to relax.  These days, there is one activity that proves to be so incredibly preposterous.  Nestled within the University of Utah lies…The Cry Closet.

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The Cry Closet – a small dark room decorated with dark fabric lining inside that features a plush floor filled with stuffed animals.  A time hangs inside of the door while the outside features a sign reading ‘A Safe Place for Stressed Out Students’.  Students can find this closet at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

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Here are the rules of this so-called ‘Cry Closet’:

  1. Knock before entering
  2. Only one person in the closet at a time
  3. Limit your time in the closet to no more than 10 minutes
  4. Turn lights and timer off before leaving
  5. Use #cryclosetuofu if posting on social media

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Ok seriously folks… a CRY CLOSET?  This is what our young, innovative aspiring college students are working on these days?  A small closet filled with stuffed animals that they can cry in?  If Champlain featured a cry closet in the library, I would hotbox the room with bong rips before finishing up that final paper (I would be ‘crying’ from the coughing fits).

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But all joking aside, this spells trouble for higher education all across this nation.  When you have students using a ‘cry closet’ during their spare time, you know damn well that they aren’t prepared to take on the world.  You know what’s sadder than the amount of work they have?  The fact that they have to use a ‘cry closet’ to mope about how hard their life is right now.

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Folks… THIS is the generation we have entering the real world – college students clutching a stuffed animal, crying about their huge biology exam coming soon.  They weep and cringe at the thought of finishing up that 20-page paper on German Philosophy.  Not only is this sad, but it’s also downright SCARY to think about.  I shudder at the mere thought that some of these students will be doing Public Relations in the future!

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There are much healthier (and more mature) ways to destress during college finals.  Exercise, healthy eating, taking long walks, writing, and drawing are a few of many ways to take care of yourself.  Feel free to reward yourself after a long day.  Maybe order pizza on a Monday after finishing up most of work or head out to a bar one night after completing that essay.  Finals week can be stressful, so its important that you take as much steps necessary to get through it.  Anything is better than locking yourself in a small room to cry.

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In the end, students need to come out of the Cry Closet and into the real world.  There are no cry closets in any work office you enter.  While there is no cry closet, there are bars all around where you can blow off steam.  These bars are located all around the office for your convenience.

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If you’re a college student stressed about finals, step out of the cry closet and into the REAL WORLD.  Pull up your big boy pants, get your coffee, and finish up that term paper.  Now is the time to show the world what you are truly made of.

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4/29 Sunday Funday Quote


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The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity; the active virtues of society were discouraged; and the last remains of a military spirit were buried in the cloister: a large portion of public and private wealth was consecrated to the specious demands of charity and devotion; and the soldiers’ pay was lavished on the useless multitudes of both sexes who could only plead the merits of abstinence and chastity.

~ Edward Gibbons, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Nickelodeon Revives Double Dare


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One of my favorite game show series on Nickelodeon was Double DareDouble Dare first aired on October 6th, 1986, with Mark Summers as the host of this wacky and messy game show.  Contestants had to answer trivia questions to rack up money.  If the contestants couldn’t figure out the answer quickly, they could answer go with a dare where they have to complete the physical challenge.  These physical challenges tested the contestants of their agility, strength, and even intelligence through some of the messiest set-ups ever.

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The best highlight comes when the winning team faces the obstacle course.  Teammates had 60 seconds to traverse through eight obstacles.  Prizes were won based on how far the teammates got to before the timer ran out.  Whether or not the teammate got all the way through the end, every episode was a winner in this hilarious game show.

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Double Dare ended its run on February 6th, 1993 with repeats airing on TV up until January 1999.  The show had a great run and it wasn’t long until they revived the series with Double Dare 2000.  Jason Harris hosted the show for 67 more episodes.  It’s been almost 18 years since Double Dare ended and many people want the show to return.

Well folks… your answers have been HEARD.  Get ready – Double Dare is coming back!

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Nickelodeon announced that Double Dare will be coming back as a brand-new series.  The iconic 90s game show will return summer 2018 with 40 new episodes.  Audiences can expect appearances from long time fans of the series, celebrities, and even people from the original show (fingers crossed for Marc Summers to return!).

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Fans can expect the same set up from the previous show – two teams compete to win prizes by answering questions or completing messy physical challenges.  The obstacle course will return, featuring many of the original stunts as well (and YES, the giant nose will even be returning too!).  There will even be prizes teams will be competing over during the course of the show.

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Truth be told, Double Dare isn’t the only 90s nostalgic series returning to Nickelodeon.  90s teen sitcom Clarissa Explains It All is slated to return as well.  Melissa Joan Hart is reprising her role as Clarissa Darling.  The reboot will showcase Clarissa as a mother in her 30s.  Clarissa Explains It All is one of many TV series planned for a reboot in the future.

See all of this excitement right here?  That’s the nostalgia talking.  Nickelodeon heard what the 90s kids all wanted and now they are finally delivering it.  This is the marketing strategy that will take them far as a TV network.

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            Double Dare was real exciting to hear about, but I’m also pumped for Clarissa Explains It All coming back too.  To be honest, I am excited about this huge wave of 90s nostalgia coming my way.  There are a lot of amazing series returning that came back better than ever.

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If Double Dare is planning to air again, who knows what game show will be coming back.  Maybe we’ll see more kids collecting coins in Nick Arcade or more temple runs on Legends of the Hidden Temple.  Either way, Nickelodeon is truly crushing it with these planned reboots.

Keep up the discussion about 90s reboot, folks – Companies like Nickelodeon are hearing you loud and clear.