The Issue: Many students are going about everyday activities without the usual politeness that many people would expect from Brophy students.
Our Stance: Common courtesy is important in this day and age.
There are five grad at grad concepts that Brophy tries to beat into students’ heads before they leave after four years: intellectually competent, spiritual, open to growth, committed to justice and loving.
But a quick stroll around campus, and some casual observance may point to a slight lack of one of those: loving.
Common courtesy is seriously lacking among many members of the student body.
For such a close-knit and strongly united community, there seems to be a shortage of friendliness.
When strangers pass one another in the grocery store or on the streets, a friendly “hello” or at least a smile is expected.
However, when Brophy students pass each other, too often students look down or away from one another, avoiding confrontation.
Too many seem to lack any capability of basic friendliness to peers that they do not know. However, the coldness is not limited to simple rudeness.
Rushing out of Mass with complete disregard to all others, leaving trash behind for the hard working maintenance team to clean up and overly aggressive driving in the parking lot (especially on Fridays) are only some examples of this trend.
These infractions may not seem very serious, but that does not make them ignorable.
Every single act of rudeness gives the impression that you do not care about other people, running opposite to Brophy’s proud motto of “Men for Others.”
Despite the true intentions, something as simple as not keeping a door open for another person gives off an air of selfishness.
Plus, doing the right thing in these many scenarios does not even mean going out of one’s way, which points to the term “common” in common courtesy.
Merely picking up trash after eating is not such a hard task. Although, it continues to be a problem around campus: a problem that costs the maintenance team precious time that they could use elsewhere to the benefit of those same students who do not throw away their garbage.
To be fair it is doubtful students do this on purpose. Most students generally mean well, it is just the product of their actions that they fail to see and think of.
And grouping like this is surely a generalization. There are those that go about campus with the utmost politeness, and Broncos make a positive, polite difference in the world every day, it is just sad that there is not more of that.
Managing to notice the repercussions of not using common courtesy will be a serious improvement to the Brophy community and one’s future prospects.
Staff Editorial by Rohan Keith Andresen ’12 and Alex Stanley ’12
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