Ah, the things you find in Shimer’s halls on any given day. Of course you’ll find erudite discussion and inquiry of all kinds, in and out of the class. But in all this, some of the smaller extra-curricular details get missed. As Ken Kesey told Tom Wolfe on his arrival at the Merry Prankster’s forest compound, “We’re operating on many levels here.” (Kids, don’t let your parents know you’ve read books like this. Parents, don’t let your kids know you’ve lived books like this.)
On a more discreet level, our classmate Alex has recently been spotted sporting a hoodie with the obscure bit of Latin slang: “Seni Ors.” Dubious authority has the origin of this cryptic phrase in Seneca, who, after returning from an ill-advised night of drunken debauchery (what Stoics sometimes call “back-sliding”), scrawled this on the wall before passing out. Scholars believe the intended graffiti was “Sine Ars,” but the execution was remiss. The expression then seeped into the vulgate, and though the exact translation has evaded the grammars and histories, the more esoteric scholars will suggest its connotation as something like, "out on your ass."
Our own esoteric scholar, Pthalo, has been doing his best to beatify our halls. Some speculation has been made on how the notion of “Geometry without Axioms” will affect the Integrated Studies 2 syllabus in the upcoming Core Curriculum Review; as of yet no change has been made in the bookstore’s order of Euclid’s Elements. But the poster has inspired a couplet of an in-progress lyrical epic, entitled “At Etemenanki”:
For all, anon, cause shall but follow effect.