Martin L

Academic Area:
Communication and Culture, College of Arts and Sciences

Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Minnesota

Research Interests:
Rhetoric, Critical Race Studies, Auditory Culture, Satyric Arts and Sciences, Aesthetics, Affective Theory

The Best Thing About Being a Graduate Student at IUB:
So many of the programs at IU are top-rated. It is great to be working with faculty who are really at the top of the field.

Insider tip about living in Bloomington:
If you have a bicycle you can get wherever you need to with relative ease. The city and IU are making it increasingly prohibitive to drive/park in Bloomington, so avoid automotive transportation if you can.

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“Out to lunch”

Bloomingtonians seem to have an almost pathological love of lunch. Between noon and 1:00pm every day, a huge proportion of the campus shuts down as the staff heads off to eat. It’s like the nostalgic, small-town satire where literally everything in town (even the stray dogs) hangs out an “Out to Lunch” sign as soon as the clock strikes noon. I know that’s the traditional lunch time but 1) who actually gets an hour  for lunch? (The answer: IU Bloomington), and 2) I worked at the University of Minnesota for about 7 years and never saw anything like this! Bloomington is very weird in this regard.

So, this massive lunch-hour exodus has two important implications for graduate students. The first is obvious: don’t try to get any university business done between noon and 1:00pm. Don’t try to sort out a registration anomaly, file paperwork for a research grant, or contact the department of your minor advisor to get a form signed. Don’t!

The second implication is less obvious. Since 90% of the population of Bloomington, IN goes to lunch at the same time, this means the restaurants are clear and accessible at every other time in the afternoon. Beyond that, you will find that a few establishments even have discounts if you go for lunch after 2 or 3pm.

What does this have to do with you? Well, as a graduate student, you probably do not keep regular 9-5 hours. If you are like me, you are working from like 7am – 3am most days. As such, “lunch time” need not be at noon. It’s not like you’re punching a clock or staying compliant with  federal labor laws: you can eat whenever you want to! Sure the little Blooming Foods deli behind Nick’s English Hut is pretty crowded at 12:18pm but, if you go in three hours later, you will find that many of their pre-packaged deli stuff is on 30% discount!

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