A Freudian Walking Tour of GVSU

Hello, and welcome to the Self-Guided Freudian Walking Tour of Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus. The purpose of this tour is to provide you with an overview of the phallic art on campus, as well as to suggest some potential theories on its prevalence.

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College as Reinvention

If this is your first year away from home: Congratulations! Though it may not feel like it as you’re walking home from your first CHM 115 lecture with 50 practice problems, you’ve just signed on for a truly liberating experience. The truth of the matter is: you’re autonomous now. Unlike high school, neither the state, nor your parents, can legally coerce you into going to your classes. Your actions are your own responsibility, for better or for worse. But the coolest consequence of autonomy in a new place is: you have a second chance to become whoever it is you’d like to become.

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Welcome Week heat and the skin you live in

Move-in day at college is always hot—a wet hot that inhabits all the intimate places of your body you forget about when the weather is mild: the cracks in your skin, the back of your neck, the space in between each toe. You become keenly aware of your flesh and its aesthetic shortcomings in such conditions: sweat makes your clothes stick to skin at areas that do not compliment your shape. You feel conscious of your body—the way it looks, moves, bends and gyrates. You uncomfortably lift a heavy box of school supplies or toiletries. Your cotton shirt darkens under the arms and at the back. You look down at yourself—at the areas where sweat has accumulated. You feel other eyes on you. You get the keen sense that you are an organism, a piece of flesh, exposed to the hot sun and the judgment of others.

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Who Are You & Why Are You Here?

As you may already know, there’s been a behemoth of new and unfamiliar faces around campus lately, which means that it’s the new semester and people from all over Michigan, the United States and even the world are right here right now. Oh, how I enjoy seeing excited and nervous faces while they’re trying to figure themselves out in this place.

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All-inclusive?

In its Inclusion and Implementation Plan released earlier this summer, Grand Valley State University boasted large forward strides in welcoming diversity.

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Summer Broke

Being broke in the summer can be worse than any other time of year. The influx of concerts and outdoor events (most of which cost money) can mean either the spending of what little money you have, or sitting on the sidelines wishing you had a couple of bucks to spare.

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