by Gillette de Bary
We ALL have class, at one time or another, in White Hall. The oldest and most historically significant building on the campus is, undoubtedly, the most densely traveled. Hundreds of students trudge up and down the stairs in between classes each hour. Student traffic is like highway traffic…and we can get jammed. Traffic jams do not bring out our best side, but these are the times we need to exercise – and experience – compassion.
Many students hold the doors for each other – and that is a good start. Once inside the building, try using the stairs as if it were the highway and drive yourself up on the right side, letting students descend on the left side. It is not considerate of others to walk two-across or closely pass a slower student during the busiest times of day – we are all late at one time or another. Consideration for fellow students is the key to making White Hall a compassionate environment.
There are many compassionate acts that would display concern and kindness amongst students in our busiest building. We could return chairs to their original positions when they have been moved for class purposes. Throwing away beverage containers and other garbage we have accumulated during class is an ordinary kindness. We should offer a hand to any student who is struggling with what they have to carry – they may look at you with surprise, but the offer will be appreciated.
Let us be considerate of each other and put compassion into action where we will all experience the benefits on a daily basis – good ol’ White Hall.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will speak on Oct. 18 and 19 at Western Connecticut State University, and the public is invited to a free showing (video simulcast) in the Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St. To help promote this opportunity, WCSU students in the Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process Department's Advertising, Copywriting and Promotions class created a blog and a Twitter page.