I See You
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 21:10
Holy Cross offers heaps of activities to entertain the masses. Though not as greatly advertised as some other hobbies and clubs around campus, people watching is a clever way to pass the time and gain some short-lived amusement.
Let’s start with the library. The banquet tables in the main room are prime spots for peering. I regularly park myself at one of the first two tables strategically planted in front of the double door entrances. I’ve noticed that when one walks into the library, he walks in with predetermined stress—not only due to the work ahead of him, but also from the quest of the perfect study spot. He walks in, scans the main room, mentally checking off each banquet table occupied (it goes without saying that it’d be improper to situate one’s self at these 4-person tables if there’s even just one person…this is merely the accepted etiquette).
Many times, the subject who has entered looks to his left and right sides in a levelheaded fashion, suppressing any proof of his desperate need to print something out. There are those who walk in with an air of apathy, a disguise for the stifled anxiety of not knowing where they’re going to arrange themselves. There are the more obvious people watching locations in Dinand, like the library chairs by the window with an optimum view of the Science building. It’s a spot that makes the subject much more vulnerable—they are on display as they exit or enter the Science building, and the watcher has no other task but to sink back into his comfy chair and swirl his brandy ‘round. Here, the watcher does not need to justify his reason for staring at passersby—the chairs are head-on, after all (you can blame Dinand for the placement). The passerby feels unconfident because the watcher is clearly not there to stare at him, but is there to do his work, causing the subject to feel like he’s disrupting the watcher’s work flow (when he’s unknowingly the grounds for his enterainment).
Another site is Stein—specifically entering and exiting the building. When one is on his way to enter Stein, he is forced to keep a steady pace with the flock that quickly advances to the doors. If you observe the flock, you’ll notice a sea of darting eyes quickly scanning the passing faces exiting the building, hoping for an opportunity to make eye contact with a familiar face as a fleeting moment of delight in an otherwise fatal circumstance. There are loads of people on their phones, flicking through their Newsfeed or sending a last minute text message before the hour strikes. When exiting Stein, one typically leaves as though they just got a paycheck. Their pace is leisurely, and they look at their phones in a more committed manner, knowing they now have the time for a full-fledged phone call or text conversation.
Lastly, a successful spot to watch an assortment of people is from the steps leading up to Cool Beans (from the doors by the Hoval). When walking up, there always seems to be the same lowly fellow seated by the newsstand/computer area to the right, a person getting into an altercation with the toaster to the left, and an ensemble of individuals in a line waiting to be revived by some of Peet’s mediocrity magic. Then there are those who sit in the chairs that line the semicircle of windows directly behind the stairs. They are the individuals who can afford to lounge in Cool Beans and are not forced into Dinand, i.e. professors, visitors to campus and students who do their work on time. Sometimes, though, it serves as a meeting place for those couples of friends who need to sort out what exactly happened last weekend.
This was a mere prelude to the load of spots I haven’t covered that campus has to offer…so, go and get your stare on, creeps.