Groundhog Guidance

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Groundhog Guidance

Dear Groundhog, 

I heard that last year Student Government talked about building a beautiful Dante statue for Braniff. What a shame it was shot down! Do you think a statue would do the University some good?

Signed,

Dante’s Disciple

Dear Dante’s Disciple,

As a great lover and connoisseur of the arts, I wholeheartedly support your push for greater representation of sculpture on campus — with the caveat that it has to be a statue of a groundhog.

I expect a full proposal for such a statue in my inbox by Monday,

Groundhog

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Dear Groundhog,

My friend is trying to tell me that I shouldn’t wear a floor length skirt and a turtleneck to the beach. I told her “modest is hottest” and that she should try it sometime! She responded saying that I’m going to get heat exhaustion, and now we’re fighting. Help!

Signed,

Modest is Hottest

Dear Modest is Hottest,

I can see where you both are coming from, but in this case, I would agree that modest is indeed hottest … in the literal sense. While I don’t want to diminish the importance of the virtue of modesty, there are some practical things about clothing that shouldn’t be ignored.

Instead of a true turtleneck — which quite frankly is a recipe for heat stroke in the Texas heat — try a long-sleeved sun shirt and bring an umbrella for shade to keep cool.

I would also definitely avoid a floor length skirt at the beach. I don’t know about you, but I certainly wouldn’t want my skirts to be dip-dyed in the Gulf of Mexico. And in the wise words of Anakin Skywalker, sand is “coarse, and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.”

According to the Church, modesty is firstly an interior frame of mind. So it’s important to remember that you can be modest with or without being covered from head to toe.

No matter what, you and your friend should be charitable towards each other, as it seems like you both have good intentions. You want to encourage virtue and she wants to make sure you don’t melt.

I think it’ll be easier to find a middle ground between the two of you if you look at it from that perspective.

Best,

Groundhog

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Dear Groundhog,

Torn between two majors, how are we supposed to decide?

Signed,

John Doe

Dear John Doe,

If you’re really ambitious, you don’t necessarily have to pick one over the other, but I can understand that the prospect of writing more than one thesis is quite daunting. I know that I’m certainly daunted by the thought of writing only one!

Depending on what you’re interested in, however, you could look into adding a concentration to go with one of those majors. Concentrations are a great way of allowing you to study multiple disciplines without having to rely on 18 hour semesters to get everything done.

For now, I would suggest taking a major-specific class in both majors. That way you can get a better idea of what you would be in for with either path.

If taking those classes doesn’t fit in with your schedule, try reaching out to professors in each of those departments. They’ll have a wealth of knowledge about your areas of interest and I’m sure they’d love the opportunity to try and recruit you to their side of academia.

At the end of the day, you should study what you like best and you’re the only one who can really decide that.

Find your passion,

Groundhog

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