posted on: Thursday October 7, 2010
Matt Santos ’14 / Commentary Staff
Blurry-eyed from just waking up, I stumbled into the restroom on the first floor of McDermott to shower and start my day. Surveying the restroom, much to my surprise, I found that the divider between the two stalls had been removed from its hinges, and was resting comfortably on the floor. While the innovation of having one big stall with two toilets is fresh and impressive, the five hundred dollar fine attributed to this shocking new take on bathroom arrangement is less than appealing. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Golly, five hundred dollars and not even a month into school? That’s crazy!” Well, it doesn’t stop there, oh no! In addition to this great breaking down of bathroom barriers, the glass on the door to the kitchen was cracked, adding four hundred more dollars to the tab. But still, that wasn’t enough. Just two weeks after the kitchen door crackers and the bathroom bulldozers struck, a phallic carving on a study lounge table graced McDermott with another two hundred dollar fine. That’s $1100 for the hall to split in about a month of school. Sick.
Such is the life of the freshman guy living in McDermott Hall. It has only been one month and the hall charges for damages are already sky high. One can only speculate the circumstances in which this sort of vandalism occurs. Maybe in a fit of claustrophobia, someone got his Hulk on and just had to break the bathroom stall. Maybe someone came home a little too inebriated and picked a fight with the kitchen door, presumably losing. Maybe someone really has a great passion for woodcarving. Regardless of the situation, one thing is clear: no one needs extra bills to pay. Money is tight and college is expensive. Any dollar that can be saved is paramount. As such, no one wants to spend even more money to clean up messes in which they had no part. Maybe my two fool-proof solutions could be of assistance in addressing this issue. 1) If you mess up, fess up. It’s strange to think that a person would willingly take responsibility for something they do wrong, especially when there’s a hefty fine attached to it. Still, do the right thing. Don’t let all your friends pick up your slack if you do something stupid. 2) Don’t mess up in the first place. Just do whatever you can to stop yourself from destroying the place you are going to call home for the rest of the year. Not only is it plain disrespectful, it’s coming out of the pockets of those you live with. Really, let’s simmer down a bit. It’s only been a month.