W&M students care
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#1 May 2, 2008
While I applaud W&M students for participating in their community, and don't totally disagree with your characterization of students in Farmville, I do think you have totally misrepresented the cause for the lack of involvement. As a former Longwood student that tried to be involved in the community, I know first hand that it is Farmville resisting the students and universities that are its greatest asset, not the other way around. Unlike more progressive communities, Farmville has utter disdained for the college students in its midst. It is not the students who don't want to be part of the community, it is the community that does not want the students to be part of it. Frankly, when someone asks me about Longwood I answer honestly that the school is great, that if it wasn't in Farmville it would be almost perfect. I always tell people that unless things have changed, Farmville is the most willfully ignorant place I have ever spent time.
I think Farmville and Longwood could be great together, as long as they work together.
#2 May 2, 2008
So students who attend Longwood and Hampden Syndney ARE NOT members of the Farmville community because they are only there temporarily but students who attend William and Mary ARE members of the Williamsburg community when they are there temporarily? You'll make a fine graduate of William and Mary with that kind of logic!!
Saint Andrews, UK
#3 May 2, 2008
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