Written by Caroline Williams
Last Thursday I attended a talk in Gaylord Hall given by Robert Mankoff, the head cartoon editor of The New Yorker. He is the author of many well-known cartoons and is the subject of an HBO documentary on New Yorker cartoonists. Mankoff was expected to begin his talk at 7 p.m. I rolled in around 6:55, and all the seats were completely filled by the general public. Slowly, I watched the Colorado College students trickle in to fill the edges of the room. A man walked up to introduce Mankoff and said something along the lines of “we’re going to wait a good 10 minutes to allow all our CC students to roll in on their CC time.” The announcer’s words irritated me.
Being a generally punctual person, I notice that CC has a tendency to begin events a smidge late. Typically, if I have a club meeting at 5 p.m., I have learned not to leave my room until 4:55 at the earliest, knowing it will not begin until around 5:10. Apparently, this phenomenon is referred to as “CC Time” or “Tiger Time.” While I do not want to make the generalization that all CC students show up late to events, I can safely say I have recognized it as a common phenomenon among CC students.
“Yeah, I’m typically late to everything,” claimed sophomore Bryson Camp.
“I think my friends just expect me to be at least 10-15 minutes late to anything we plan,” said junior Rebecca Williams. “I am late because I know others will be too,” Williams added, affirming my belief. The question becomes, however, what does this say about CC students? Are we just rude and inconsiderate people?
Initially, I viewed this as a rude phenomenon. Not only does constant lateness prove to be an irresponsible action, but it is also disrespectful. Since two students confidently acknowledge their lateness, I cannot help but wonder how they can do so without feeling bad about those whose time they take advantage of in the process. If I am late to a meeting with my professor, I am essentially saying I do not value his/her time. Whether I have a reason for being late or not, the person who is waiting can easily interpret lateness as a message of inconsideration.
Talking to a Loomis RA made me come to a different realization. Obviously, teachers are not content when students arrive late to class, yet it is different than arriving 5 minutes late to an hour-long event. This is a four-hour-long class, so it does not seem as consequential to miss a couple minutes. Additionally, when students are late for clubs, it is typically because they got stuck finishing homework, coming from a different club, or talking to peers they ran into along the way. The point is, I do not think CC students’ lateness is intentionally rude or disrespectful. I think a student’s lateness highlights the chaotic and busy nature created by the Block Plan. Students are not blatantly rude; students are busy and relatively laid back.
“I think it has to do with the over-commitment of students and how they want to do so many different things,” explained sophomore Koki Atcheson. CC students live busy lives. They want to participate in all the intramural sports, clubs, and activities; this level of commitment often causes lateness.
I believe “CC Time” or “Tiger Time” exists. During my short time here, I have noticed a phenomenon of students being late. However, after further thinking about why this may occur, I am okay with the fact that students are late. I am glad I attend school in which students are leading busy lives. It makes them more interesting and makes my life more interesting. Additionally, it proves the laid-back nature of students. While it may seem that business and being laid-back are contradictory, the two characteristics actually go hand in hand. Students want to be involved in so many activities, yet they do not seem to stress about the amount of activities they participate in. Activities present themselves regularly on campus, many of which interest various different people. In order to actually experience CC and all it has to offer, I think it may actually be necessary to arrive late every now and then.