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Washington College Student Magazine - The Collegian - October 2005

Washington College Student Magazine - The Collegian - October 2005

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Washington College Student Magazine - The Collegian - October 2005

Washington College Student Magazine - The Collegian - October 2005


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Volume 17 Number 1 October 2005
Gas Prices Are Your Fault!
Pharmacists With Agendas: The Pill Under AttackBathroom Graffiti
A 2.5 Million Dollar Funeral
Losing Life’s Luxuries Abroad
“My dogma atemy homework.”
M  a  nif  e  st
Peter Knox
Kate Amann
Layout Editor 
Lindsay Bergman
Assistant Layout Editor 
Alicia Henry
Photography Editor 
Will GroficGizmo Yeldon
Features Editors
Johanna Schaeffer
Copy Editor 
Megan Walburn
Assistant Copy Editor 
Molly E. Weeks
Business Manager 
Reilly Joret
Distribution Manager 
Additional Contributors
Zachary Z. E. BennettLauren CampbellRenée FarrahLyndsey GibsonJon HartmanJustine HendricksDavid FinnissWes SchantzRyan Stiffler Afton WoodwardKaitlin WedgeEmmy Hyde
...on the cover
Issue Photo Credits:
Kaitlin Wedge, Emmy Hyde, Peter Knox, Alicia Henry, Megan Wal- burn, www.ppae.ab.ca, www.night-mareongleimstreet.com, fervor.net, photos1.blogger.com, www.o-gee- paint.com, www.sciencemuseum.org.uk, www.cyh.com, i.cnn.net,www.clubic.com, www.dream-station.cc, my.net-link.net, www.columbiacostumes.com, www.no-lansmpc.com, gettyone.com, rock-star.msn.com, amazon.com
Kiplin Hall 2005:
TheSimple Life
Goes to the UK 
Megan Walburn and Jon Hartman
Drop That, Add This
Wes Schantz
Birth Control Battle:Losing Options
Justine Hendricks
Still in Search of theGonzo Dream
Peter Knox
Labored Graffiti:Bathrooms of Philosophy
Will Grofic
Katrina and theGreat Flood
Lyndsey Gibson
Waiting for the Auditor 
A Play by Johanna Schaeffer 
Rant: A Gas of a Tale 3
Lauren Campbell
Round Robin: Round 1 6
Reilly Joret
Music Review: The Realities of Rock 9
Lindsay Bergman
Poetry 12
David Finniss, Afton Woodward
Video Game Review: Guild Wars 16
Ryan Stiffler 
Movie Review: Suspiria 18
Zachary Z. E. Bennett
Endgame 20
Renée Farrah
The Collegian
is published monthly by and for the students at Washington College, 300 Washing-ton Avenue, Chestertown, Maryland 21620Local correspondence can be sent through cam- pus mail. E-mail collegian_editor@washcoll.eduor visit http://collegian.washcoll.edu. 
The Collegian
is designed on Macintosh com- puters using Adobe InDesign and is printed at Ches-apeake Publishing House in Elkton, Maryland. 
The Collegian
does not discriminate on any basis. We reserve the right to edit submitted mate-rial as we deem necessary. After this is all over, Ithink you and I should get an apartment together.
Photo by Kaitlin Wedge
September 2005Volume 17, Number 1
Vol. 17, Issue 1 The Collegian 3
as prices. Need I say more? We all knowthe insanity that has become our weekly$50 fill-ups, the terror-stricken faces seenat every local gas station, and our bitterness whenwe part with half our monthly salary just to driveourselves to work. We break the bank trying to fillour broken-down cars with gas so that we can break our backs to earn money – only to spend the majorityof it wasting our paychecks. It’s a vicious circle.Can it be that we were paying only $1.87 per gallonin January? How have natural gas prices nearlydoubled in less than a year?It’s ridiculous! It’s a strategic ploy from the oil monopoliesto force buyers into spendingoutrageous amounts of moneyfor something that should bediscounted by nearly twenty percent.In 1979, gas pricesaveraged at $0.78 cents per gallon, and since then priceshave increased at a rapid 13.3 percent each year! In 1987,the year most freshmen were born, people were payinganywhere from $0.98 - $1.09 per gallon. How is it that, ineighteen years (from 1987until the beginning of 2005), prices had only risen by $1, but in the past nine months, prices have increased by thesame amount? The answer – we allow it.Although prices have dropped to under $3in the past couple of weeks, it’s only temporary.Traders at the New York Mercantile Exchangeamplified crude oil and gasoline prices last Monday,fearing that Tropical Storm Rita would turn into ahurricane and decrease oil production in the Gulf of Mexico in the weeks to come.Supply and demand shocks are what causelarge movements in oil prices, and the more oilwe demand, the more money we will spend for it.Oil companies know that we need gas, and they’rewilling to charge us as much as we are willing to pay. We seem to be willing to pay nearly anythingfor our precious fuel. After all, we have to driveeverywhere: we need our cars! We couldn’t possibly exist without a full tank of gas each week  – or could we?It’s true that Senator Dayton, a MinnesotaDemocrat, introduced legislation that makes ita felony to raise oil or gasoline prices by morethan 15 percent during natural disasters or other emergencies, but can we really endure gas pricesthat increase by another 15 percent? Should oilcompanies really have the luxury of increasing prices while their more-than-loyal customers aresuffering unmentionable hardships? Thousands of corporations rushed to the aid of Hurricane Katrinavictims, donating whatever products, services, andmoney they could provide. And what did Exxonand BP do? They increased their prices by fifteen percent!In looking for someone to point the finger at, a myriad of people have laid blame on PresidentBush, as though he would have total control over oil
A Gas of a Tale
Lauren Campbell
companies. Maybe it’s not even about the controlthat President Bush has over fuel companies;maybe it’s about the subconscious control that oilcompanies have over consumers, and the controlthat consumers could (and should) have over thecompanies themselves.People, even I at times, want to blame oilcompanies. The truth is that although the gasolinemonopolies are less than sympathetic, it’s not their fault either. It’s the consumers; it’s our fault. Andit begins with us realizing this.Sometimes I think we are brainless in our methods. We complain about the price of gasoline,we argue for its immediate reduction, and welook for someone to blame – but we do nothingto change the situation. We would rather whine tosomeone else until we lull ourselves into mindlesscomplacency than to actually take a stand andmake a change. And the change begins with us,as individuals! We can’t simply look to our friendsor neighbors to do it for us, or wait for someoneelse to lead the way. We have to do something onour own, we have to grow minds of our own (for those of us used to traveling in packs and lookinglongingly at someone else for answers, this may be difficult!), then ACT. It’s funny how three littleletters can be so intimidating.So, what can we do? If you just can’t livewithout your car, try to conserve! This meansrolling down your windows rather than opting for the air conditioning, buying gas in smaller amounts or only when needed, not topping off your tank, and trying to use your car less often. Ditch that Hummer or F250 and choose a more fuel-efficient car, like the Toyota Priusor Hyundai Elantra.Some of us, after doingsome serious soul-searching, havecome to realize that a car is notalways necessary in a small townlike Chestertown. Sometimes wecan just take the initiative to bikesomewhere, even if we do look alittle silly sometimes, or just usethe good old-fashioned method,walking. Traveling home can proveto be difficult, however. Makingfewer trips may be a solution for some of us, or taking a bus may bea better alternative.The less gas that we use, the less demandthere will be, bringing prices down more quickly.The solution to gas price inflation is in our hands.We can change things more easily than we mayrealize. So get off your butt and walk somewhere!Bike your way into town. Tell Mom you can’tcome home this weekend. Do your part, or stopcomplaining!

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