In just a few short weeks, Pokémon GO has become a global phenomenon. The augmented reality game is available in over 40 countries and has been downloaded by over 100 million users. With the autumn semester quickly approaching, students (and a few faculty and staff) will have to figure out how to balance their schoolwork and their Pokémon training.
Here in Ramseyer 260, we have the answer for you.
The EHE College Commons, operated by the Educational Technology department, is a study space conveniently located at a Pokéstop. You can use our public computers, lounge on our bean bags chairs, and do your homework – all while catching Pokémon and stocking up on Pokéballs! It’s really a win-win situation.
And the particular Pokéstop at the College Commons is interesting in its own right. Ramseyer Hall was originally University High School in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and there are stone inscriptions above many of the doorways that were carved back in those days. One of the stones, the actual site of the Pokéstop, reads “Prize the Doubt, Low Kinds Exist Without.”
This phrase is from an 1864 Robert Browning poem entitled “Rabbi Ben Ezra,” about a scholar and mathematician from the 12th century. The inscription tells us that we should be continuously searching for more knowledge, never just content with what we are told, especially as students and members of the educational world. Having doubt encourages us to continue learning.
Who knew that a phone-based Pokémon game would lead us to this?! Come stop by the College Commons in Ramseyer 260 to learn more about the history of the building and the services we offer.