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u.s. postaGE PAID Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Permit No. 5 ZIP Code 12866 Saratoga Springs, New York Skidmore NEWS Vol. 62, No.27 Thursday, March 18,1982 Financial Aid Information Page 8 Room And Number Drawing Things Are Changing by Cindy Scheibling Just as Spring is right around the corner, so comes the annual event of Housing Room and Number drawing for next year. For those of you who have never been involved, it is to your best advantage to read and absorb all of the information you are given; and for those of you who have experienced it, there are a number of changes that have been made for next year. Number drawing and payment of your housing deposit will take place from April 6th through April 8th in the lobby area of the second floor of Palamountain Hall directly outside of Gannett Auditorium. Room Drawing will take place the following week, from Monday April 12th through Thursday April 15th in Starbuck Center. The exact times for your group’s drawings are found in the Room Drawing Booklet that everyone will receive in their mailboxes. This year there will be a number of changes made in the 198283 Room Drawing procedures. These adjustments include the third floor of McClellan being turned coed, the 7th floor of Jonsson Tower being changed to all female and the 3rd floor changed to all male, while the quiet floors will remain only on the 3rd floors of Wait and Howe. In addition, there are also some new alternatives for those students interested in living in Moore Hall or the Van Dam Apartments. For those students who are currently living in either of these places, “squatter’s rights” will be offered (exact rules and regulations on this subject are written in your Room Drawing Booklet). “Squatter’s Rights” drawing will take place on April 5th before the OffCampus drawing. If you are interested in living in Moore Hall next year and want to live near your friends, a “row of rooms” drawing will be available. This will follow the same principle as “suite drawing” but instead of choosing a suite of rooms, a “row” or hallway of rooms will be designated. The drawing for this procedure will take place on Monday, April 12, after the drawing for the apartments. If you are interested in taking advantage of these alternatives or are interested in moving to either Moore Hall or Van Dam Apartments next year there will be “open houses” held in these two residence halls on Wednesday, March 31st from 7 p.m. til 9 p.m. Residence Hall staff and Hall Council members will be on hand to answer questions, and tours of the facilities will be offered at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There will also be a Question and Answer Session on April 1st at 4:30 p.m. in Starbuck Center where representatives from the Housing Department and the Housing Committee will answer any questions you may have. Satire Metric Conversion: Does It Add Up? by Calvin of Oakknoll Let’s face it; counting by tens is childish fingercounting arithmetic useful only in playing ThisLittlePiggie with small children and telling bad Polish jokes. Having ten fingers is a biological fact but a mathematical absurdity. Ten is not a magic number. If one ten is absurd, multiple and fractional tens are an outright disease: digititis. Apparently the disease is contagious. It has been spreading across international borders like wildfire. May the sweet voice of reason stem the malignant tide! Normally I am one to jump on the bandwagon of progress very early, even long before an innovation becomes fashionable. The only reason that I have not done so with metric conversion is that it is antagonistic to progress; reversion to primitivism. Twelve was recognized long ago in ancient times as a gross improvement over ten as a base for counting. The merchants of the Middle East, then the Crossroads of the World, adopted twelve as a counting base. They gave us the dozen, the gross, the twelvehour clock, the twelveounce pound troy (the very word, ounce, meant a twelfth part), and eventually the twelveinch foot. These twelvebase units of time, weight and distance are extremely neat and useful as a system of measures. We abandon them while judging the future and the impoverishment of the Culture of Mankind. Let’s take a look at the common fractions. When we try to express the first six common fractions in metric decimal units, we come up with the following: 0.5 (half), 0.33333333333333etc. (third), 0.25 (quarter), 0.2 (fifth), and 0.166666666666666etc. for a sixth. Next, let us arrange these in a tabular way amenable to comparison with the twelvebase equivalents as follows: Here we readily see that the duodecimal (* twelvebase) system is better two to one in its perfect expression of the common fractions down to onesixth. Twelvebase is even better than two to one because we have gained an expressible third while giving up the much less useful expressible fifth. Fifths are, of course useful in liquor stores, but after the first fifth nobody can cipher anything in any system anyway. Both systems fail on the seventh, but who really cares about a seventh? The only aspect of metric conversion that saves it from a label of abject idiocy is that it attempts to join a tenbase system of weights and measures to a consistent tenbase counting system. But even this is a large blunder. What we should be doing is adapting a twelvebase counting system to the twelvebase system to time, distance, and mass (weight) that we are already using. To change a counting system is much easier than changing a system of weights and measures. In the first instance; the overwhelming reason for taking this easier route is that twelvebase is enormously better that tenbase for manual computations and computer use. Attempting to match the system ot measure to the counting system is rattier' idiotic. The fact that no one has ever decimalized the clock is evidence of the futility of rearranging the Universe to fit the metric system. If a day were divided into ten equal parts,each the equivalent of two hours and twentyfour minutes, then we would be throwing out, not only all of the road signs, maps, deeds, mileage charts, textbooks, houseplans, measuring tapes, speedometer scales, and folklore, but all the clocks and watches in the world as well!!! Since this is obviously going too far to achieve a “convenience” (socalled), it is never going to happen. We need to think, with respect to the measurement of time, quite the other way around. What must be done is to carry the twelveness into the macrocosm and the microcosm of time. The hour should be divided into twelve hourlets of the equivalent of five minutes each, and the hourlets into twelve minulets of the equivalent of twentyfive seconds each. This should be carried downward to seculettes and minisecs to whatever degree of shortness the heart desires in divisions of twelve. Moving toward the macrocosm of time, we readily see that twelve twelvehour rotations of the clock will be six days, to be called a hexnight, so we will do away with the silly sevenday week, and operate on a sixday cycle. We don’t need Sundays anymore anyway now that religion is entirely rational and secular. Twelve hexnights make a seventytwo day fortmonth, about five of which would make a year as the world turns, with a few holidays thrown in here and there. If we want the year to cont on page 2 CONVERSION OF EQUIVALENTS Fraction Half third Fourth Fifth Sixth Decimal 0.5 (fivetenths) 0.333333 (imperfect) 0.25 (twentyfive hundredths) 0.2 (twotenths) 0.166666667 (imperfect) Duodecimal* 0.6 (sixtwelfths) 0.4 (fourtwelfths) 0.3 (threetwefths) 0.24972497 (imperfect) 0.2 (twotwelfths) * Twelve Base System
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Transcript  u.s. postaGE PAID Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Permit No. 5 ZIP Code 12866 Saratoga Springs, New York Skidmore NEWS Vol. 62, No.27 Thursday, March 18,1982 Financial Aid Information Page 8 Room And Number Drawing Things Are Changing by Cindy Scheibling Just as Spring is right around the corner, so comes the annual event of Housing Room and Number drawing for next year. For those of you who have never been involved, it is to your best advantage to read and absorb all of the information you are given; and for those of you who have experienced it, there are a number of changes that have been made for next year. Number drawing and payment of your housing deposit will take place from April 6th through April 8th in the lobby area of the second floor of Palamountain Hall directly outside of Gannett Auditorium. Room Drawing will take place the following week, from Monday April 12th through Thursday April 15th in Starbuck Center. The exact times for your group’s drawings are found in the Room Drawing Booklet that everyone will receive in their mailboxes. This year there will be a number of changes made in the 198283 Room Drawing procedures. These adjustments include the third floor of McClellan being turned coed, the 7th floor of Jonsson Tower being changed to all female and the 3rd floor changed to all male, while the quiet floors will remain only on the 3rd floors of Wait and Howe. In addition, there are also some new alternatives for those students interested in living in Moore Hall or the Van Dam Apartments. For those students who are currently living in either of these places, “squatter’s rights” will be offered (exact rules and regulations on this subject are written in your Room Drawing Booklet). “Squatter’s Rights” drawing will take place on April 5th before the OffCampus drawing. If you are interested in living in Moore Hall next year and want to live near your friends, a “row of rooms” drawing will be available. This will follow the same principle as “suite drawing” but instead of choosing a suite of rooms, a “row” or hallway of rooms will be designated. The drawing for this procedure will take place on Monday, April 12, after the drawing for the apartments. If you are interested in taking advantage of these alternatives or are interested in moving to either Moore Hall or Van Dam Apartments next year there will be “open houses” held in these two residence halls on Wednesday, March 31st from 7 p.m. til 9 p.m. Residence Hall staff and Hall Council members will be on hand to answer questions, and tours of the facilities will be offered at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There will also be a Question and Answer Session on April 1st at 4:30 p.m. in Starbuck Center where representatives from the Housing Department and the Housing Committee will answer any questions you may have. Satire Metric Conversion: Does It Add Up? by Calvin of Oakknoll Let’s face it; counting by tens is childish fingercounting arithmetic useful only in playing ThisLittlePiggie with small children and telling bad Polish jokes. Having ten fingers is a biological fact but a mathematical absurdity. Ten is not a magic number. If one ten is absurd, multiple and fractional tens are an outright disease: digititis. Apparently the disease is contagious. It has been spreading across international borders like wildfire. May the sweet voice of reason stem the malignant tide! Normally I am one to jump on the bandwagon of progress very early, even long before an innovation becomes fashionable. The only reason that I have not done so with metric conversion is that it is antagonistic to progress; reversion to primitivism. Twelve was recognized long ago in ancient times as a gross improvement over ten as a base for counting. The merchants of the Middle East, then the Crossroads of the World, adopted twelve as a counting base. They gave us the dozen, the gross, the twelvehour clock, the twelveounce pound troy (the very word, ounce, meant a twelfth part), and eventually the twelveinch foot. These twelvebase units of time, weight and distance are extremely neat and useful as a system of measures. We abandon them while judging the future and the impoverishment of the Culture of Mankind. Let’s take a look at the common fractions. When we try to express the first six common fractions in metric decimal units, we come up with the following: 0.5 (half), 0.33333333333333etc. (third), 0.25 (quarter), 0.2 (fifth), and 0.166666666666666etc. for a sixth. Next, let us arrange these in a tabular way amenable to comparison with the twelvebase equivalents as follows: Here we readily see that the duodecimal (* twelvebase) system is better two to one in its perfect expression of the common fractions down to onesixth. Twelvebase is even better than two to one because we have gained an expressible third while giving up the much less useful expressible fifth. Fifths are, of course useful in liquor stores, but after the first fifth nobody can cipher anything in any system anyway. Both systems fail on the seventh, but who really cares about a seventh? The only aspect of metric conversion that saves it from a label of abject idiocy is that it attempts to join a tenbase system of weights and measures to a consistent tenbase counting system. But even this is a large blunder. What we should be doing is adapting a twelvebase counting system to the twelvebase system to time, distance, and mass (weight) that we are already using. To change a counting system is much easier than changing a system of weights and measures. In the first instance; the overwhelming reason for taking this easier route is that twelvebase is enormously better that tenbase for manual computations and computer use. Attempting to match the system ot measure to the counting system is rattier' idiotic. The fact that no one has ever decimalized the clock is evidence of the futility of rearranging the Universe to fit the metric system. If a day were divided into ten equal parts,each the equivalent of two hours and twentyfour minutes, then we would be throwing out, not only all of the road signs, maps, deeds, mileage charts, textbooks, houseplans, measuring tapes, speedometer scales, and folklore, but all the clocks and watches in the world as well!!! Since this is obviously going too far to achieve a “convenience” (socalled), it is never going to happen. We need to think, with respect to the measurement of time, quite the other way around. What must be done is to carry the twelveness into the macrocosm and the microcosm of time. The hour should be divided into twelve hourlets of the equivalent of five minutes each, and the hourlets into twelve minulets of the equivalent of twentyfive seconds each. This should be carried downward to seculettes and minisecs to whatever degree of shortness the heart desires in divisions of twelve. Moving toward the macrocosm of time, we readily see that twelve twelvehour rotations of the clock will be six days, to be called a hexnight, so we will do away with the silly sevenday week, and operate on a sixday cycle. We don’t need Sundays anymore anyway now that religion is entirely rational and secular. Twelve hexnights make a seventytwo day fortmonth, about five of which would make a year as the world turns, with a few holidays thrown in here and there. If we want the year to cont on page 2 CONVERSION OF EQUIVALENTS Fraction Half third Fourth Fifth Sixth Decimal 0.5 (fivetenths) 0.333333 (imperfect) 0.25 (twentyfive hundredths) 0.2 (twotenths) 0.166666667 (imperfect) Duodecimal* 0.6 (sixtwelfths) 0.4 (fourtwelfths) 0.3 (threetwefths) 0.24972497 (imperfect) 0.2 (twotwelfths) * Twelve Base System 
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