April Schools!

Annalisse Galaviz
Nathan Tolfa

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A number of Whittier College affiliated accounts posted April Fools’ jokes this past Monday. Whittier College’s official Twitter posted a link to the College’s News section of whittier.edu with the headline “We are excited to announce a partnership with SpaceX to take JanTerm where it’s never been before: the Moon.” The article posted to the Whittier College website announced a partnership with SpaceX to host a Jan Term course for 2021 to the moon to “explore everything from the breathtaking Vallis Alpes crater to the vast, dark Ocean of Storms, the largest dark region of the Moon formed by molten rock” and a trip to the International Space Station. The well-thought-out detail incorporated into the article seemed to surprise students, as a few admitted to not knowing whether or not the Jan Term course was a prank. 

This is not the first time the College has posted jokes online for April Fools’ day; last year, Whittier posted a “news story” on the College’s official website, claiming that scientists had discovered one of the “infinity stones” — the magic gems from the 2018 spring blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War — inside the Rock. 

The official Associated Students of Whittier College Senate account also played a prank using their social media, posting a photograph of a thank-you note to their Instagram @Aswc_senate  account at 11 a.m. with a caption that read: “After many discussions among the Senate Table about what to do with the money in our reserve account, we have decided to use it to give back to the student body. We decided to purchase 300 pairs of AirPods for a giveaway! Come to the Senate meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Villalobos to pick up your pair!!! First come, first served! Until supplies last.” 

The post certainly got students talking, as AirPods are one of the most popular headphones on the market — and most expensive. Students were wary, as the cost of 300 AirPods would be around $47,7000. A number of people with Instagram accounts commented on Senate’s post, writing: “Y’all not slick it’s April fools day” and “I’m too gullible for these games.” The caption on the photo posted by Senate was later edited to say #AprilFools and Senate made a post to their Instagram Story saying, “Sorry no AirPods. April Fools! Keep an eye out for more Senate giveaways in the future though,” confirming the hoax.