Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Dartmouth Students Learn About Communism

The Dartmouth living unit South Mass has been facing some real crappy fines lately. It seems that someone is rubbing human feces on the stall and fixtures of the varous floors restrooms. When vandalism is not caught, the cost of repair is paid directly by the students of the living unit through direct fines.

However, other students like Cole Glassner '07 are decidely more concerned
with the prospect of impending damage assessments. "I just wish I didn't have to pay for other people's mistakes," Glassner '07 said.

According to Reed, the damage policy often finds itself the focus of student criticism.
"[ORL] gets tons of feedback. While there is a large amount of people that understand the policy," Reed said, "the majority say the policy is unfair because they had no part in the damage."

This response is interesting in its young, liberal contradiction. While many of these young people are as liberal as the parents pocket book is deep, they fail to see the direct contradiction in their line of thinking.

These kids don't want to pay for other people's mistakes? I took KJita to the ER tonight to get X-rayed after a playground fall. She is fine, but my bill will be larger because of the many uninsured and irresponsible people in the ER with us tonight. When a criminals shop lifts at the Wal-Mart, the costs of good goes up. When a teen-aged girl downloads a child, lives with Grandma in Section 8 housing and pays for her dinner with a "credit card looking" food stamp card (so she won't be traumtized for living off the taxpayers at Kroger), the money comes directly out of my paycheck.

The students don't like paying for someone else's stupidity and mistakes? The self reliant of our society do it every day.

Welcome to the real world.

4 Comments:

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Wow... I used to live in Mass hall - South Mass is right nextdoor, because my room was on the 4th floor on the corner next to S. Mass.

It used to be all-male (my dorm was co-ed). It sounds like that's no longer the case. When I was there it was a big cocaine dorm.

We didn't have a lot of drugs, we were more famous for having grain alcohol parties.

It's right to the left of the college green (second row back, just before Thayer dining hall)


http://www.dartmouth.edu/~maps/campus/close-ups/sw.html

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger tee bee said...

While many of these young people are as liberal as the parents pocket book is deep

Classic.

But of course the students don't like mom and dad paying for someone else's stupidity... they don't want to pay for their own, why should they pay for others? Luckily they're young and will forget it before the next beer bong party.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

KJ,

This reminded me of when the daughter came home and was all over her conservative father for his ways. The father asked about her grades, very good grades because the daughter would go to all her lectures, take notes and study. The father then asked how her roommate was doing, a girl who always got lower grades because she liked to party instead of study.

The father suggested giving away part of the 4.0 grade average to her roommate to help her along in the process of graduating. The daughter arched her back at the suggestion and the father then explained that she was well on her way to becoming a concervative based on the reaction.

A good post, thank you.

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger KJ said...

I like that, TF. Very sly.

 

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