The Olympics – Regardless of how well (or poorly, as the case may be) Russia is handling the gargantuan undertaking that is hosting the Olympics, it is still a Thumbs Up-worthy event. There’s internationalism, sporting, some patriotism, and a dash of intrigue all rolled up in two weeks of fun and games. It gives people the opportunity to gain exposure to sports that they might otherwise not see (bobsleigh, for example) or even know about (What exactly is Nordic combined? We aren’t really sure). There’s the beauty of figure skating, the speed of the luge, the intensity of ice hockey, and the flourish of the half-pipe. Plus, there are some Eagles, both current and alumni, representing us over in Sochi.
<strong>The Mediterranean Platter</strong> - When it comes to the premade platters offered by BC Dining Services to students looking for a quick bite on the go, there are only two options. Hungry students must choose between the cheese platter and the Mediterranean platter. Although some sort of a case can be made for both platters, we firmly believe that the Mediterranean platter is by far the superior option. Let's just take a look at what it has to offer-olives, hummus, <span data-scayt_word="dolmathes" data-scaytid="4">dolmathes</span>, <span data-scayt_word="tabouli" data-scaytid="5">tabouli</span>, pita bread, and <span data-scayt_word="kalamata" data-scaytid="6">kalamata</span> olives. All of these work together to make a delicious snack. In the cheese platter, there are some crackers, a variety of cheeses, and a poor showing of grapes. All in all uninspiring.</p><h4 style="padding:5px;"> Thumbs Down</h4><p> <strong>Empty Net Sieve Chants</strong> - You know what really grinds our gears? People shouting the sieve chant at an empty net. What sense does this make? There is no goalie, so how can you call the goalie a sieve? Who are you talking to, student body? Who? We are all in favor of the sieve chant-don't get us wrong. We just believe in the tactful deployment of said chant-like, you know, when there is actually a sieve in front of the goal. <strong>Waking Up Too Early</strong> - Do you ever do this? Long before your alarm goes off, your brain kicks into gear and, all of a sudden, you're awake and there is nothing you can do about it? This is really frustrating and we hate it. In this day and age of over-commitment, overextension, and overbooking of one's time, those days when you have that rare opportunity to sleep in and recharge are invaluable. So it really gets to us when, on one of those infrequent days, we wake up at 7 <span data-scayt_word="a.m" data-scaytid="7">a.m</span>. and cannot fall back asleep. It is like being cursed by the universe and we personally do not believe that we deserve that.
The Fifth Ring – Yeah, speaking of intrigue, the Opening Ceremonies for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics was a little embarrassing for Russia. In what looked like it was going to be a theatrical display of the Olympic Rings, there was a technical or communications error somewhere along the line, when the fifth of the rings did not open like it was clearly supposed to open. We’re sure that Putin, who looked tense for most of the ceremony anyway, is probably going to ensure that the responsible party is fired for that one. Or, more likely, have him sent to the fifth circle of hell.