Scene staffers reflect on The Observer, Notre Dame experience through entertainment
Cassie Belek | Monday, April 28, 2008
Like everyone, I have a few regrets in college. I didn’t discover the café in Grace Hall until three weeks ago. I walked up the stairs of Main Building the first week of my freshman year. I never got to share in the experience of underage drinking at the infamous Boat Club before it closed and I didn’t join the Scene staff until my sophomore year.
However, there will be other cafes in my life, I will most likely graduate in three weeks, I can drink legally now (although never at Boat Club) and even though I only had three short years at The Observer, it was time well spent.
I’ve had some good times delaying homework to write for Scene. I previewed concerts, wrote movie reviews, avoided CD reviews at all costs (I don’t do music), interviewed people who knew famous people (making me someone who knows someone who knows famous people!) and covered the award show beat. But soon after I started writing for Scene, I found an area of the entertainment industry that I loved writing about more than anything else – television.
Those of you who have recognized my byline over the years are aware of my undying love for television. I have made no secret of my obsession with soap operas, my commitment to “Arrested Development” and my attendance at “The Office” Convention in Scranton, Pa. My DVR keeps me company when I can’t sleep at night or I want to avoid homework, as does my expansive collection of TV shows on DVD.
My favorite way to use my Scene & Heard columns is to implore you all to watch TV shows that you are most likely not watching, specifically “30 Rock” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Seriously guys, these shows will make you laugh. Don’t you like to laugh?
But sometimes my television opinions are met with some resistance. Recently, I have shared the controversial opinion that I believe that “30 Rock” is better than “The Office.” As a second semester senior nearing graduation, I have run out of the energy to defend my opinion again, so take what I say as truth and start worshipping at the altar of Jack Donaghy and Button Classic.
While I’m at it, I might as well get some other thoughts off my chest. Michael Scott has become a gross caricature of his season two self, Ted is a super lame character on “HIMYM” (but still watch it), “Gossip Girl” will never be as good as “The O.C.” and “Grey’s Anatomy” sucks. Period. Watch “General Hospital” instead.
There. I feel better now, but not completely since I will soon be leaving Notre Dame and The Observer behind. It’s true that I’ll be moving on to a new newspaper staff in graduate school, but I have this secret fear that I’ll end up having to work for News. I shudder at the thought (but still respect my Observer colleagues working hard in that department).
So now it’s time to acknowledge those who have supported me during my time with Scene. Thank you to all the mothers of my friends who read my articles online. Thank you to my own friends who find my articles by accident while flipping to the crossword puzzle. Thank you to my parents who read each one of my articles and send them to their friend’s cousin’s grandmother’s son. Thank you to my FTT classmates who read my articles and tell me how wrong I am, and last but not least, thank you to everyone who has e-mailed me in the past to tell me how wrong I am.
I’m not wrong, so watch “30 Rock.” But more importantly, I would like to end my position at The Observer with two pieces of advice: Don’t be ashamed to love television, and get a DVR. It will change your life. That’s all.
The views expressed in Scene and Heard are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.
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