A Language All Our Own

A Greetings article authored by Hannah Davis `19

With 25 countries and 9 states, Wayland is a microcosm of the world, and as such, it’s only fitting we have our own language. To the untrained ear, these phrases and words may sound foreign, even alien, but fear not! You happen to have in your hands the official, student-guaranteed guide to Wayland jargon!
per (pər): noun, shortened version of permission
Spend a few hours at Wayland and I guarantee you’ll hear at least one student asking a teacher for “per.” In order to leave campus, use your phone during the academic day, or have a sleepover, students need to ask supervisors or teachers for per (permission).
Sentence example: “Hey! Let’s ask for per and go to Sake House for dinner!”
cordial (kôrjəl): adjective
At Wayland, anytime you hear “cordial,” simply substitute it with “mandatory.” When Mr. Lennertz sends you an email cordially inviting you to a recital or a formal dinner, you better be there!
Sentence example: “You have been cordially invited to Lessons and Carols!”
senior power hour (sēnyər pou(ə)r ou(ə)r): noun
As everyone knows, seniors are the best (Go Class of 2019!) As seniors, we get our own special hour! On Fridays and Saturdays seniors get an extra hour added to our curfew, instead of having to go back to our respective dorms at 11 pm like the younger students. Prime locations to spend Senior Power Hour: the Union (a great option if you’re in the mood for a freshly-cooked cheeseburger with your game of pool) or Lindsay Gym (great for blowing off steam in a game of basketball or soccer).
Sentence example: “Let’s hang out in the Union during Senior Power Hour. I’m going to destroy you in ping-pong!”
dormed (dôrmd): verb
Forget to sign in at your residence hall? Fail a room check (a check of your room by the residence hall supervisor for cleanliness)? Dormed! At Wayland, being ‘dormed’ means that you have to stay in your respective dormitory after your early curfew and can’t go to the dorm lounge or order food.
Sentence example: “Let’s go to dinner Saturday night instead. I’m dormed at 8:00 pm on Friday.”
Alternative example: “I don’t think he’s ever been dormed! His room is so clean! I think he holds the record!”

capstone (kapˌstōn): noun
At Wayland, everyone, from freshmen to seniors, has a capstone research project that they work on throughout the year. Topics vary from fashion trends to athletic marketing to Aristotle. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors write research papers on their theses, scouring books, and writing draft after draft before finally turning in a final version. Seniors have senior capstone projects, which are far more free-form and independent. There is no required paper and students can tackle any project their heart desires. Past examples include building a fireplace, reviewing Beaver Dam restaurant hotspots, and growing fabric.
Sentence example: “I’ve read so many books on bird flight patterns for my capstone.”

Congratulations! You just learned (or revisited) some key and unique Wayland terms and phrases!
Casually drop these vocab words in conversations with Wayland students and teachers and you will automatically become the coolest, most linguistically-hip person ever.
An excerpt from a chapel presentation delivered by James Cleary, English Department Chair and Dye Chair of Religion

The rules we follow are necessary for a functioning society. This is true on large scale – like countries, states, and cities – and on the small scale in places like Wayland. These rules come with consequences:
• Don’t sign out… early curfew
• Forget your homework… you lose points on an assignment

On the other hand, following the rules the right way, or going above and beyond the rules, can yield positive reinforcement… rewards.
• Proctor a night on duty… get a night out.
• Make the honor roll… get some extra privileges.

The rules are intended to make Wayland a safe, joyful, and vigorous place. We know why we should follow the written rules, but we should aspire to follow some unwritten rules just as closely.

What are these unwritten rules? Well, that’s the trouble: they’re not written. Or more specifically, they’re not written on anything physical. 
Yet, in spite of the apparent non-appearance of these rules, Wayland students follow certain rules.
• We don’t clap when someone drops a glass in the dining hall.
• We say “please” and “thank you” to everyone, adults or other students
• We do the “happy birthday” thing at lunch.
• We hold doors, we carry heavy things, we straighten up, and we help when asked.

The unwritten rules are indicative of a larger ethos of kindness. We celebrate one another’s successes and we don’t mock their shortcomings. These rules are vital for our collective well-being.

The great challenge, but also the great lesson, of keeping our unwritten rules is that you won’t be punished or rewarded in accordance with them. You won’t get a punishment for walking past a piece of trash on the ground, and you won’t get an accolade for picking it up. The unwritten rules are the ones we follow because they are often the right thing to do.

We do lots of things around here and we don’t always remember why. We follow our unwritten rules, to take care of ourselves, each other, and this community. You don’t need to know all the unwritten rules in order to follow. You only need to travel about this community and encounter others with kindness in your heart. We have all, from time to time, needed a kind voice during a difficult time. Be that voice to all you encounter.

When we are at our best, this is what we do, and this is who we are. Messy dorm lounges won’t clean themselves up; they need us to do it. In doing so we demonstrate care fo
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