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November 2014


Dear Abbot Pennings, 

Are you familiar with the term “hashtag”? If you had one, what would it be?

Austin Van Pay ‘17


Oh my goodness me! This is quite a perplexing question for me to consider, granted that my time in office at St. Norbert saw nothing of the sort. The closest I would have come to encountering such a term would have been when enjoying corned beef hash at breakfast! 

According to my reliable old friend Webster, a hashtag is “a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text.” From what I have been able to gather in further research, hashtags are a method by which to join a common conversation within social media channels.  

Now that the definition is clear to my admittedly old-fashioned understanding, I believe there are several of these hashtags that may be of relevance to my person. Before I decide on one, I see fit to practice a little in my utilization of these useful appendages. 

Have you or any of my respective readers paid me a visit at #clubmulva? If not, I most certainly hope you will do so soon #getslonely #takeaselfiewithme. While you are here, do please be sure to examine the progress made on the Gehl-Mulva Science Center #amazing. Ruth’s Marketplace is certainly continuing to be a most popular eatery, bustling every day with staff and students. Check it out next time you are around our campus #schwarmaismyfav. (I think that last one is correctly expressed in the modern idiom?) All at our beloved institution enjoy meeting and greeting returning alumni with the utmost in #radicalhospitality. How lucky are those who get to call St. Norbert College their place of residence, including myself #grateful #greenknightpride. 

Now, to select one and only one hashtag from those that have been recommended to me, that is quite the chore! But I believe I can do no better than to select #askabbotrocks.  

Responses to “Ask the Abbot” questions are penned by St. Norbert College staff in the name of Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., who founded St. Norbert College in 1898.

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