On Sleep

Dorm Room Bed

There are several necessities of life: food, water, shelter, and perhaps even social interaction. At college sleep is not among them. The sleeping habits of college students are obtuse. A friend of mine has altered his patterns so greatly that several people have expressed concern for his well-being.  As soon as his classes end, he sleeps the rest of the day. At about 3:00 a.m. he wakes and does his homework. He stays up until he finishes his classes the next day. His entire day is shifted back by 5 hours. While his example is extreme, for many of us it is not far from the reality. I don’t even bother calling my friends on the weekends until 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. because they are trying to catch up on all their lost sleep. Even when everyone goes to bed at a responsible time, our efforts are thwarted. Last night someone set off the fire alarm in Davidson by burning a bag of popcorn at 2:30 a.m.. Imagine the best alarm clock in world. Now imagine it ten times louder. Now go stand outside in the cold while you wait for it to get turned off. How restful was your night?


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Xavier '16

Xavier Capaldi comes from a homestead in Northern Vermont where his family raises sheep, chickens, and rabbits. Xavier was homeschooled his entire life before college. He is majoring in physics and minoring in nanotechnology and math. At Union, Xavier is the social host of the Beuth Council. He is also the captain and president of the rugby team and is a tutor in the Physics Help Center. Xavier has participated in a variety of research projects including: the study of embryonic heart development, analysis of gas released during coffee bean roasting, the development of a vanadium catalyst to neutralize chemical warfare agents on fabric, and study of the crystallization of polyethylene oxide.

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