Princeton's new residential college, Whitman, has a new plan called "Thesis Buddies," IvyGate reports. Sounds innocent enough, but what does it mean? Hint: "This is going to devolve into hand jobs really quickly," writes a tipster. Unlike being a fraternity pledge, where the payoff is that you'll eventually get to join a fun frat house, being at a senior's beck and call as a "thesis buddy" seems to have no immediate payoff. Oh, well. Senseless, ritual abuse has always been a pastime of the ruling class. (Memo follows.)
Each participating Whitman senior will be assigned 2 underclassmen who will be "on call" during the final thesis push. If you are working away in your room and feel like you need a midnight snack all you have to do is contact your thesis buddy and he/she will bring you a hot dog and a red bull or whatever else you need to burn the midnight oil.Princeton's Totally Frat-tastic Residential College [Ivy Gate]
Obviously, the idea isn't to take advantage of your buddy, but to have him or her help out in a pinch. Other examples of acceptable duties include: taking care of a load of laundry, picking up/dropping off some library books, or proofreading a chapter for typos. Unacceptable duties would include: attending a class in your stead, cleaning your room, doing your homework, or getting your thesis bound... The program goes into effect 3 weeks before your thesis deadline and concludes after you turn it in.