If you’re like me, your favorite Lawrentian stereotype is that this university is the ultimate “Revenge of the Nerds” school. We host LAN parties. Most students know someone who plays Dungeons and Dragons, or perhaps they play themselves. Yet – as I was discussing with a friend of mine whose gender-related class is continuously disrupted by certain students – sometimes the “jocks” still ruin certain aspects of university life. First I must make it clear that my definition of “jock” differs from my definition of “student athlete.” Student athletes are just regular nerds like the rest of us, who happen to enjoy physical activity and play an organized sport on campus. However, the “jocks” are a little different. They still sit in the back of classrooms, disturbing the general atmosphere with the fact that they don’t care about Lawrence, because, to quote one of my FRST classmates, they’re “only here to play – insert varsity sport here.” At Lawrence, the social totem pole is largely determined by who you are and what you get done. In other words, you’re important if you win. Winning Fulbrights, winning Watsons, winning Nobel Chemistry Prizes, becoming the first chair musician in the National Symphony Orchestra. The people who “matter” socially at Lawrence are the ones who are going somewhere with what they are doing – something that student athletes accomplish but that “jocks” still don’t seem to understand. Maybe that’s because, at least in my observations, “jocks” still socialize mainly with each other, meaning they don’t get the exposure to people outside of the athletic world at Lawrence. Sitting with the team for every single meal of every single day may be nice for building team unity, but it doesn’t really do much for encouraging outside opinions. I think this is the main reason that some “jocks” haven’t discovered that this isn’t high school. Most Lawrence students do not regard “jock” as an enviable title. As a senior, I have yet to go to any Lawrence varsity sports events. I’m proud of that fact, because it means I am putting my time and energy into things that produce, results. Or, to put it in a less-elitist, more touchy-feely way, people that are polite and intelligible both inside and outside class. Does this mean that I’m not interested in Lawrence sports? that I don’t have any school spirit? No. I just prefer to care about club teams, because they tend to be filled with student athletes – people who have excelled at sports and academics. My favorite team to care about is the crew team. Being a club sport has advantages, but it also had significant disadvantages, including lower funding, and well, fewer people actually knowing they exist. In case you’re wondering, rowing is a three-season sport, which means these athletes are working hard every single term to thrive academically and athletically. Recently, the crew had a regatta – tournament, in crew-speak – which turned out rather well for them. The team is the largest Lawrence has ever seen, and together they won a gold, a silver and a bronze at that regatta. If I had my way, I’d like to see more articles covering the crew team – and not from the op-ed section.