In the past month that I have been at LUMS, I have come across a whole lot of crazy, as well as new stuff. From building a house, to PDC food, from tiny hostel rooms, to washing my own clothes in non-functional washing machines, from over loaded Zambeel to ever flooding campus mail, BUT, what I hadn’t come across yet, and hadn’t even thought of in the most outlandish of my fantasies was about ‘to love or not to love.’
Yes, my dear readers, to love or not to love. This discussion of immense importance which aims to establish a code of conduct regarding PDAs, and questions the promotion of cultural and social norms at LUMS, has caught the attention of the student body. Emails, and emails, and emails, and many many more emails, which have raided our campus mail inboxes in an outrageous manner, are being cc-ed to the VC, OSA and the student council. The story doesn’t end here. A reply from an influential figure in the admin regarding the issue triggered further unrest among the students, especially the female Lahori hostelites, who used this as an opportunity to tell the administration to set their priorities right.
Talking with regards to the mood on campus mail at least (not on campus!), this looks like the start of a movement which may yield unprecedented results. People from all years, freshman and seniors alike are actively participating in the long discussions, and coming up with even longer replies. Not this only, those who sadly, haven’t been gifted with good emailing skills are sticking to the seconding, thirding, fourthing, and so on and so forth regarding an idea. At the same, those with their sense of humor are not staying behind, and drawing analogies with men holding hands, which could also be seen as a reminiscent of homosexual behavior on campus. This from my standpoint is a great success for DRUMS, which has ensured that people debate, and argue, and discuss, and disagree, even if on campus mail only.
Now with the ensuing problem, the DC and the administration have been put in some grave trouble. With the student council holding a meeting to help devise an opposite gender code, which I guarantee will be the first of its kind, LUMS shall earn a reputation unparalleled in the history of coeducation. Moreover, from a more practical view point, person X goes to the DC and says that I have these ‘photographs’ of boy A and girl B sitting together in a superstore window sill, and because this sight offended me they shall be punished. And, then girls wearing caprice would also be referred to the DC, and then the guys in shorts, and then will come a day when the DC would send an email at student events telling us that today these is a DC session from 8.30 to 10.30pm in Saeed Saigol. All of you are ordered to come and defend yourself.
To love or not to love issue has been up very seriously among the students, which more than anything else showed their immense desire to send a mass email to everyone, and even pull off publicity stunts as cc-ing them to MC, and VC.
May campus mail rest in peace. Happy offending :).