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Joy, Love, Laughter, and Doom

— Did you know that September 28th is the Day of Doom?

Once upon a time (of doom) in my residential college (of doom), one of the cleverest students (of doom) that I’ve ever known, began appending the words “of doom” to every sentence that ended with a noun (of doom). She did this on September 28th, 1999 (be sure to read that link all the way through to the end). September 28th has ever since been known among the collegiate cognoscenti as the Day of Doom.

Is your residential college a place of joy and laughter, or is it full of dull dons (of doom), boring bureaucrats (of doom), petulant pedants (of doom), and rules and regulations (of doom)? As the great Captain Kirk once said, “The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.” So this year (of doom) on the Day of Doom, September 28th, get your college (of doom) to play along. The students (of doom), the fellows (of doom), and even those people everyone talks about behind their backs, the administrators (of doom), will love you for it. And if love be not in the house, there is nothing.

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