A recent email from President Young has announced the launch of a new policy at Texas A&M designed to encourage student unity. The latest policy is a response to the push to have the Memorial Student Center be a dead spot for cellular service in hopes to increase human interaction between Aggies.
The idea for this policy was first sparked last Spring semester by Junior International Studies major Stanley Graham. Graham claims that the idea came to him after he noticed that halfway through the story he was telling at lunch, all of his friends were either checking GroupMe, Facebook, or Twitter. “Not only was I upset to discover that nobody was listening to me, but I was also sad that nobody heard my clever joke,” said Graham. Graham responded appropriately, by pulling out his phone to check his Instagram while continuing to let noise come out of his mouth so that his friends thought he was still telling his story.
This new initiative seeks to bring back the traditional Aggie Family atmosphere. Considering the MSC is regarded as the “living room of campus”, Graham wanted to bring back the “good ol’ days” when people actually talked to one another without checking their phone every minute for something more interesting to see.
“I really just want to reignite the friendly Aggie atmosphere that once existed here. Whenever I spend time with people, Snapchat and other social media always seems to replace me actually being with someone in person,” Graham said. The policy is currently being processed and has a high chance of being approved. The overall proximity of the MSC will be considered a “dead zone”, where cellular service will no longer be available. The board hopes that this will be one way that we can create genuine human interaction in an age where most is occurring through a screen.