Respect your dorm. Other students shouldn’t have to live in your mess.


The students of Syracuse University do not treat the campus with respect. University residences, in particular first-year classrooms, are frequently damaged. The steps leading up to the mountain are often littered with cans of beer. Signs and other objects are Fly from all over the campus. Simply put, this type of behavior must stop.

The effects of this behavior undermine the quality of life for others and leaves our community devastated. Flint Hall, where I live, has had a myriad of issues: disgusting bathrooms with pumpkins and mold in the showers, body fluids on the floors, broken windows and screaming in the middle of the night. Other League dormitories have had property destroyed and even holes punctured in the walls.

SU is not a playground. You can’t just run and act your way. Students don’t want to bypass cans of beer or puddles of je ne sais quoi by heading to class every morning.

Sophomore Alex Ruppe, resident advisor at Flint Hall, said he has seen countless cases of destruction on his floors, including broken exit signs, holes drilled in the walls and urine and vomit all over the place. the bathroom floor. He attributes these cases to various reasons.

“For some people, it’s their first taste of freedom. So they are able to do what they want, when they want to, and that can be a big problem for some people, ”he said. “When people try to make jokes and go too far, it has caused destruction of both people and physical things.”

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There is nothing wrong with having fun in the dorms and experiencing it during your college experience. But there are lines that must not be crossed. The mess in the bathrooms is disgusting and affects everyone who lives on the floor. There is a way to have fun and be courteous at the same time, but many students fail to find that balance.

Freshman Samy Berman, a resident of Flint Hall, said she has experienced both disgusting bathrooms and disruptive behavior late at night. She often hears screaming, running and people turning her doorknob to see if it’s unlocked or not, she said.

“I find myself not coming to the dormitory if I want peace and quiet, which shouldn’t be the case,” she said. “I find myself going somewhere that is not my bedroom because I cannot be productive in my own living space due to the distractions.”

Similar to clean bathrooms, the peace and quiet in a living space is a very low bar to be set for standards of courtesy. When hallway chaos or bathroom destruction occurs, it may be the responsibility of other students to step in and stop the behavior, especially if a resident counselor is not there. But Berman said she found it difficult to step in because she didn’t want to be the “bad guy,” she said.

“I feel very exasperated because a lot of students who sleep or work don’t want to go out and be the bad guy and act like an RA,” she said. “Most of the time (students) are put in situations where we act like ARs just because we’re upset and want some peace and quiet. “

Students shouldn’t even have to be placed in those situations where they have to act as authority figures. Their peers should be respectful in the first place.

We shouldn’t have to face the consequences of others wreaking havoc and destruction on campus. Students should be able to have fun in their dorms while remaining courteous to others. For many students, it’s their first time to leave home and that breath of fresh air is fantastic. But this freedom should not be abused, especially not to the detriment of the quality of life of others.

John Hepp is a freshman in sports analysis. His column appears every two weeks. He can be contacted at [email protected].



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