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| The students are great but feel they are above the law. They want the police to look the other way when they do something wrong. My peers come across as spoiled brats who believe they can buy their way out. |
The faculty claim go help students but not all of them care. They used us during "occupy Venable". I'm disgusted with Dr. Thorton. She told us wht to say how to address the administration and reminded us our goal is to show them "we have the power". They hate President Howard because he can see what they are doing and is not afraid to answer questions. They claim he is so arrogant but since his arrival we had more well know people on campus, more forward thinking and see the president. He also is constantly dealing with racist students and faculty members. Yes, the faculty will kill the great school!!!! They are very arrogant.
The students need to grow up and see how many students died this year. Not on campus but it show's there is a problem. Stopping hiding behind HSC has changed, we need to change and stop talking about our rights when they are illegal.
Stop blaming the President and his senior team. Men up and do the right thing. Raj embarrassed ALL of us by giving the worse speech I have ever heard and to pot anbottle of champagne. Our students are drunk during graduation!!!
Is this the HSC we want? Proper Southern Men.Let us improve our school. The arrogant men are gone, so let us work to welcome our new brothers.
|Jun 11 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2016 |
|Not so bright|
I am a senior, graduating in May, and I am majoring in "government" not "poli. sci." |
Hampden-Sydney College is amazing. The faculty here care deeply about the students and are generally extremely fair. The people here, for the most part, are friendly and everyone who I have invited down to visit from other schools (JMU, WVU, UVA, VCU, VT, SBC, LU, LU, etc.) have told me so, especially compared to the schools that they attend. We are taught from day one as freshmen to say "hello" to every person we walk by.....I found out quickly that people at other schools look down upon that; I value this the most about Hampden-Sydney.
The degree at H-SC is rooted in liberal arts and is broad. This is both a blessing and a curse. As a government major, I do not learn voter patterns, I don't crunch statistics, I don't study in-the-moment politics, forgetting about history, thus settling for an ideology set in progressivism and revisionism. I instead studied extensively the origin of societies and the notion of human rights, the nature and constitutionality of all facets of American government, I have studied all other forms of government from all over the world and from many, many philosophers and writers, and, most of all, I learned how to schmooze.
While I may not find a job as some lackey on Capitol Hill pushing papers and doing the business of some partisan leader right out of school, I'll be able to pursue a wide variety of occupations that require my great "bullshitting" skills. Let's face it, it takes charisma and rhetoric to get your boss to change company policy, broker a multi-million dollar deal, or move up the ladder.
Administratively, however, H-SC is extremely lacking. The Financial Aid Office is full of middle-aged women who, even though they have the most important job here, could really give a damn about their jobs. They yank and pull students around and communicate extremely vital information to and from students extremely poorly, losing faxes, emails, and even mail; they even fail to contact family members regarding financial aid. Almost every student here has a horror story involving that office. The Business Office isn't much better; Rosa Thomas, the head, is extremely cross and offensive. She is very abrasive to students and their families; if you want her to do anything, you have to be abrasive back.
In addition, our Deans here were recently caught in the act of trying to subvert our faculty and Student Government by stiff-arming them and illegally trying to coerce them into passing certain policies. The Student Body rose up with the entire faculty in solidarity and currently some internal changes are underway.
The biggest internal problem here is our president, Dr. Christopher B. Howard. The Dr. is clearly here to provide for himself the basis for a higher career, most likely a political one. He has used our money here to renovate his house and expand his already large driveway (this is the tens-of-thousands-of-dollars range, if not in the hundreds-of-thousands) while we are struggling to get funds for classrooms, teachers' salaries, technology, and the rest. Our dorms are in horrible condition as well and only minute attempts to renovate one have been made.
Christopher Howard is also extremely shady. His demeanor cries out "politician." He'll say one thing to your face and then go and talk bad about you behind your back to another group of individuals, even in public. He's just an extremely fake man. His friendliness and sincerity are forced and everything about him screams ulterior motive. It's hard to find a single student on this campus who likes him or believes that he has the best interests of this campus at heart.
However, let's just say that I don't believe his stay will be very long after this year.
Socially, I think H-SC is great. Yeah, it's in the middle of BFE, but once you get used to that you'll love this place. Given the HUGE crackdown by President Howard (he's using the Deans to do this and ordering our once-friendly police force to arrest students on silly, even trumped-up charges now) H-SC is still fun. The guys you'll meet here will be lifelong friends. Dead weekends (meaning no parties at the frats) are always the craziest, seeing how everyone has nothing better to do than to black out and act retarded. Girls DO flock in by the busload on weekends and many are single and DTF.Also, the values that you are instilled with here will be with you the rest of your life. People out in the world (especially women) will tell you that H-SC men can be picked out in a crowd; not by what they wear, but by how they carry themselves and act.
|Apr 03 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| This is a mediocre college in Virginia on par with schools such as Randolph-Macon, Randolph College, or Virginia Wesleyan. This schools is definitely not as strong as W&L or many of the small schools in Pennsylvania (Dickinson, Denison, Elizabethtown). That being said, you will be able to get a decent or even good education here depending on your major and effort and choice of professors.|
Professors are of varying quality and motivation. Some are quite good and others are abysmal. On average I would give the faculty quality a B-, so pretty good.
Hampden-Sydney is an appropriate school wither for students from wealthy families who are not very smart (<1000 SATs) but still want to attend a decent school. It is also a good pick for above par but not excellent (1200-1450SATs) students because they may be able to secure a substantial scholarship to attend that they may not get at first tier colleges.
A few words of warning on social life: Be prepared for an environment without many girls, even on the weekend, contrary to what you will be told by admissions staff. Also, this might go hand in hand with the first issue, the campus administration has been cracking down hard on partying and drinking. So the many open fraternity parties with lots of booze and girls are mostly a thing of the past. On that note, I advise any student to join a fraternity or at least another extracurricular organization. This is pretty much the only way to a decent social life.
The college is very poorly run. The administrative staff is not very helpful and too many people are employed. I can see resources being wasted everywhere.In conclusion, this schools has some strong points such as lab programs and rhetoric requirements, but overall H-SC schould be a backup school for most.
|Feb 16 2011|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2011 |