Ordway Study Hall: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

January 14, 2014

OVERHEARD IN ORDWAY STUDY HALL: “Young lady you are NOT a troublemaker; you are a trouble MAGNET. Trouble finds YOU.”

For all of the unenlightened people out there in Glogislava who have never had the opportunity to experience the magic that is Ordway study hall, allow me to enlighten you. With the exception of the occasional snow day (insert hysterical laughter here) every night at Gould that anticipates classes the next day sees a veritable crowd of intrepid young students tra-la-la-ing their way across the slippery tundra at 7:29 and-a-half, from the dorms to the bright and shining beacon of educational pursuit that IS Ordway study hall. Once these bright young seekers of knowledge arrive they race to their favorite tables, snake orange, construction-quality extension cords all over the floor, and plug in.

To the WORLD.

Seriously, the access to information that our students have is truly dizzying. They have this woman that they talk to (I think she’s a woman anyways) named “internet” who tells them EVERYTHING!


They can ask her where the Mongols were from, or what the quizlederdic formula is, or how many eggs are in a basket without counting (note: I always count.). Tonight, as I write this, students are asking her all kinds of things, like “How long is a paragraph?”, and “Who was Denise Altvater?”. If you aren’t sure what you’d like to ask, just start typing and a question magically appears!  Like this:

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My gosh, Internet (or “Inty” as I like to call her) can even show us videos of cats running on treadmills, like this:

I know, right? (to coin a popular Ordway phrase)

And “Inty” can not only show me my classwork from yesterday, she can show me my classwork AND my pictures from the Snowball at the same time! It’s a miracle of technology!!!

Anyhow, all this talk about Ms Internet just goes to explain the buzz of activity that goes on here in the land of “O” in the evening. So much writing, so much “Googling” (such a funny verb, that one), so much reading, you have to see it to believe it!

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Finally, tonight I asked some students here to provide ONE word that would explain the best thing about Ordway study hall. And in no particular order, here they are:

  • quiet (more than one)
  • completion
  • nothing
  • nyeaughhh… (she made a “Charlie Brown” sound and I spelled it out)
  • community
  • diligent
  • teacher
  • intense
  • support
  • efficient

I know, right? Not a bad list for a Monday night in January.


One Response

  1. Avatar Charlie Newell says:

    What !!!!!!!! No more Mandatory Study Hall in the Lower Reaches of Hanscom !!!!!!!!!!!!????????

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