EVANSTONâ€”Yesterday was another glorious day for the studious residents of Slivka Science and Engineering Residential College. Birds were chirping. Pencils were scribbling away at organic chemistry problems. Nintendo 64 controllers were being thrown in frustration during rousing matches of Super Smash Brothers. There was not a public display of affection to be found. There was nothing atypical about this kind of day, or any day in the past one hundred years.
McCormick, Northwesternâ€™s school of Engineering, has begun celebrating its centennial anniversary. It is a time for us to observe and admire the evolution of the school and engineering itself. For many students, however, change is not something they see when they look back.
â€śThe kids who attended McCormick back in the day,â€ť explained McCormick freshman Zach Sneer, â€śare really no different than todayâ€™s students. Letâ€™s be honest: weâ€™re still doing our homework and not having sex; thatâ€™s a given. Yeah, they didnâ€™t have video games back then, but if they did, engineers totally would have been playing them all the time.â€ť
Most of the McCormick students today are honoring their founders by upholding past traditions. â€śLook, weâ€™re not going to change anything here,â€ť Slivka President Sam Farrine told The Flipside. â€śWeâ€™re going to pay tribute to our one hundred years by doing what weâ€™ve always done best: homework, video games, abstinence. Star Wars could be thrown in there somewhere, obviously. Itâ€™s a rather powerful equation if I may say so myself. Almost as powerful as the SchrĂ¶dinger equation.â€ť
The students who refuse to keep these three guidelines, says Farrine, usually â€śtransfer to Weinberg or the School of Communication.â€ť You know, something thatâ€™s not miserable.