Lewis Members Question Whether Women Are Misusing the Walk-List

Photo courtesy of Jessica Mathews

Photo courtesy of Jessica Mathews

The House of C.S. Lewis’s walk-list, reinstated to help girls get home at night, has struggled to gather support from house members due to accusations of misuse by women looking to develop relationships with the members.

“The list is being misused,” House of Lewis Chamberlain and sophomore, Eddie VanZandt said. “Some girls are calling in the middle of the afternoon, and that’s really uncalled for.”

VanZandt also said he has heard of some girls “using it to get some of the guys' numbers, but not for walks home.”

The list was intended to protect fellow students by putting select, male student phone numbers on business cards given to every King’s woman in case they find themselves lost in the city or out late at night. It was only recently reinstated this year by VanZandt, after a four-year hiatus.

“One of our values in Lewis is service, and one of the ways we embody that is by doing the list, even though, [laughs] sometimes we don't like it,” VanZandt said. “It's just a great way for the girls to feel safe in the city, but a lot of the guys don't have a great attitude about it.”

Sophomore Mike Forcella is just one of the 10 students on the walklist who has started to doubt the validity of some of the calls.

Forcella said he has received calls as early as 10 at night asking for a walk home hours later, which he finds annoying. Although hesitant to attribute the call to misuse, Forcella seemed to doubt the calls' intent.

“Some girls are calling in the middle of the afternoon, and that’s really uncalled for.”

“I still have to walk myself back home after I dropped them off. I’ve gotten calls while I’m sick, and that’s hard and tiring, but we still do it out of the goodness of our hearts,” Forcella said.

Even women are amazed that this is happening.

“You shouldn't use it to get close to a guy if you think he’s cute or just want to talk to him,” sophomore Chance tel McFarlane said. “It’s not hard to schedule your plans to make sure you can get home safe. It's what I do.”

McFarlane said she makes a mental schedule of where, when and who she was going to be with, as to avoid the possibility of having to call the walklist entirely.

“Just be considerate of their schedule,” McFarlane added. “If you really need a guy to walk with you then that's what it's there for, but if you're just calling these guys to toy with them, then it's uncalled for and rude.”

Although Forcella and VanZandt continue to participate in the walklist, VanZandt made it apparent that some of the students currently on the list have said they would like be taken off after a single semester.

Some walklist members have a “bad attitude” about the walklist according to VanZandt, and those students are choosing to be taken off the list next semester.

Sophomore Richard Christensen is one student who wanted to be taken off the list after he was told that some of the walk-list members had been called over a dozen times, while he himself had only been called once.

“I really don't see the point of doing it anymore. I’ve been called one time, while others get called all the time,” Christensen said. “I probably won’t do it again next semester.”

Even as pointless as many of the calls seemed to be to himself and others, VanZandt made his commitment to the house of Lewis’ motto “lead with honor,” very clear, despite the rising concerns within the Lewis community that the list is being abused.

“Even if we did only get one genuine call a year, and the rest are, or seem misused, it’s still served its purpose,” VanZandt said.

Vanzandt is optimistic about the future of the walklist, and hopes that instead of eliminating the abuse, he can instead change the “attitude and spirit around Lewis both internally and externally,” so as to continue the tradition founded by alumni before him. He hopes that the tradition will continue long after he has graduated.