Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center - In recent months, the college administration has given consideration to the efforts to enhance student well-being and personal success.
After months of brainstorming and workshopping, the administration has ultimately decided to ban the number 10 on campus.
The decision, administrator Georgina Rover explained, was made to protect the safety of all students.
“We’d like to give more options to those on campus who chose not to acknowledge the number 10, participate in 10-related events, or perhaps just prefer other numbers. It’s important to be inclusive and respectful of all students regarding their choice whether or not to use the number 10”.
As part of this new direction, 10th avenue will also cease to exist.
Students and staff alike are particularly concerned about this decision. “I think that this will only deepen the gap between the students stuck inside the Bear and the rest of campus,” said Chris Jameson ’19.
This decision will not only affect residential and campus culture but also the college admissions process. Every 10th applicant’s folder will be immediately shredded and disposed of.
“It’s too bad”, says Admissions Councilor Jessica Yi. “But we have our campus community and culture to think about right now.”
In the latest campus wide memo, administration announced that the 10th of every month will be completely cut from campus. “It really won’t affect anyone that much. September will still have 30 days, there just won’t be September 10th,” explained Rover. “Similarly, our academic calendars will still have 12 months, just no 10th month.”
Grinnell administration stresses that constructive dialogue may still occur about [REDACTED], but students must submit Forbidden Number Agreements at least [REDACTED] weeks in advance. Students, however, remain skeptical.
“My family was staying over last weekend so we could all celebrate my younger brother’s birthday,” said Lena Rutgers ’20. “And at midnight when he turned, well, you know, campus security burst into my room and dragged him across I-80 to High Street.”
“I don’t really think this will have the effect they intended it to have,” said Clide [REDACTED] nyson ’17, a sentiment echoed by many.