This article was originally published for The Odyssey on October 4, 2017. It has been edited.
Over here at Shippensburg University, students come from all sides of Pennsylvania, and its surrounding states; we are a diverse group of tri-state area residents.
Though there are students who come from elsewhere, most of us hail from the east coast. With several dialects from different counties, the language on campus becomes not only diverse but just plain different.
Here are 13 phrases that only makes sense to Shippensburg students, and if you’re not one of us, well, I guess ship happens.
1. “Another alarm in the Hove?”
Okay, maybe no one but the residents call it the ‘Hove,’ but they are famous for their multiple fire alarms. Sometimes, there’s more than one in one night.
2. “Meet me at the CUB!”
We have all said this at one time or another. Then you follow up with, “Where are you?” And someone always says either, “McFeelys,” “The Great Hall” or “Fireside.” Quality places to eat, meet and hang out.
3. “I forgot it was Raider Bowl Wednesday!”
Most of us are too prideful to say the Raider Bowl is gross, but ever since they switched back to the bad chicken, nothing has been the same. It is nice when they still have dinner rolls though.
4. “I can’t come out tonight. I have the Reisner Runs.”
The absolute worst kind of runs. It’s probably because you ate the Chinese food or the chicken cacciatore. Learn from your mistakes.
5. “I spent all my flex.”
A true tragedy. You can reload in amounts of $25, but most of us just suffer.
6. “Ship happens.”
Even if you hate this saying, it’s plastered on every single piece of merchandise we sell and own.
7. “I hate the Bard hill.”
Okay, maybe this isn’t what the Bard hill looks like but it definitely FEELS like this. It’s deceiving because it looks like it’s not THAT bad, but it’s actually TERRIBLE.
8. “Are they still making hot bowls?”
I wish they would just post their hours. I also wish they would put more bowls in the refrigerator.
9. “I wonder what the APB concert is going to be this semester!”
A $40 meet and greet with Jesse McCartney and Andy Grammer this semester, Ludacris last semester and Panic! at the Disco the semester before? I can’t wait to see what’s in store next.
10. “Let’s hit up Wibs tonight!”
You’ll go, you’ll hate it and yourself afterwards. It’s never worth it but you always find yourself back there.
11. “Kriner, the finer diner.”
Grilled cheese all the time, and Papa Johns in the lobby.
12. “The Grove stairs are the worst!”
Okay, there is an elevator, but people totally judge you when you take it and it does take approximately five minutes just to arrive.
13. “I’m gonna study in the fishbowl.”
Where would we be without late-night paper-writing in the fishbowl? That one vending machine is always broken, someone always tries to leave out the locked doors and you’ll likely find at least one student having a mental breakdown at midnight.