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We wake up on the hard floor of the administrative building at the University of Mary Washington for the fourth day — backs aching, emotions draining — and we question why we are here. We share one trait: we are all Virginia college students. We attend the University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, College of William and Mary, James Madison, Old Dominion, Christopher Newport and Virginia Commonwealth Universities, but this week we all occupy the same tile floor. Why did we choose to confine ourselves in this cramped hallway, monitored by guards and physically barred from the outside world? The decision to host a sit-in at UMW was neither lighthearted nor easy. It was made by desperate students working tirelessly, through every possible avenue, to make our voices heard by our university governing boards. We have received sustained denial.
Rarely, if ever, do we stop to consider the integral role concepts such as math play in our daily lives. In fact, such universal generalities are taken for granted so much that their existence often is only acknowledged in light of their absence. So take a moment to imagine what life would be like if our mathematical abilities never developed beyond what we learned in kindergarten. Finally time to balance your checkbook? Add it all up on your fingers. Need to divide rent between roommates, taking into account the differences in room size?Get both hands ready. An ECON 301 exam on Monday? Obviously, a scientific calculator is not an option.
What else is there to do?" he asked. "I've never been able to sit
life has to have a purpose, it has to be used. To not do anything, to have a gift and to hold it? That's the most selfish thing you can do."
You've only just recovered from the strains of moving your desk, bed and stereo system into your new apartment.