Volume 92, Issue 72

Thursday, February 4, 1999


Tips from the mayor of Dumpsville

Another sticky situation

Dirty bagel

Sexuality program should help beat ignorance

Tips from the mayor of Dumpsville

Lately, I've been running into friends who are in some way depressed about their relationship situation. Many are in the midst of breaking up, some can't get into one and some are desperately trying to seek that special someone, they'll fall for anything that moves.

It's funny, as I commute to school one of my favorite things to do on the bus is to observe and listen to people. Nine times out of 10 I'll hear someone giving advice to a friend on how they don't need that person anymore or how much better off they are and so on.

And I begin to think the most important thing on the minds of the student body is a quest to find "The One?" Most of us lie in between the ages of 18-25 – is it all that important to sink all of one's life into a boyfriend or girlfriend? I'll admit, relationships handled properly are some of the greatest experiences a person can encounter in a lifetime. However, being a casual observer of many relationships, including my own botched experiences, I've come to learn a few things along the road.

First, don't latch on to the other person. If you are meant to be together then it will occur naturally – crowding someone just buys you a ticket to dumpsville; population: you. Second, don't ignore your old friendships who you have already established for years. Those relationships are worth their weight in gold, unfortunately sometimes those are the most difficult to mend too.

Lastly, make sure you understand that if you breakup you can't "be friends" the next day. If there is a friendship to be saved then it will occur over time apart and then the true value of the friendship can be reviewed and possibly salvaged.

I guess if all people could master the art of a good relationship then the world would be a happier place, but it isn't going to happen anytime soon. The best advice I probably ever got and the most applicable is to not worry so much, you're young, don't force anything and nature will take its course. Either that or join politics, there's plenty of opportunities there to get laid.

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