In a story that is comical yet sickeningly telling of where we’re headed in today’s society, the Boston Herald is reporting that Tufts University has crafted an institutional rule against hooking up with someone while your roommate is present.
This is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in a while.
First of all, if this rule was in effect when I was in college I’d still be in jail. Hell, my roommate freshman year not only could’ve had me locked up, but I’d probably still be paying the lawsuit he inflicted upon me. And you know what? We’re still friends to this day. As roommates we knew there would be times one of us kicks the other one out in the name of getting some ass. Because dammit, THAT is what college is about. Sure it’s about learning and bettering yourself, but make no mistake, 75% of the college experience is the social aspect of it all. And that includes the ability to be free from parental constraints with a place of your own to have crazy (albeit safe) monkey sex with as many people as possible.
But beyond the puritanical bullshit part of that story is a more disturbing trend. And that is the further pussification of today’s youth.
Look, dealing with a roommate is College 101. Sometimes you luck out and get a good one and you’re friends forever. But most times you get someone with a different background and a whole other set of values and beliefs. So guess what? You need to work it out. You need to learn the art of communication and compromise. Basically, you need to learn how to resolve differences and learn to live in the real world.
So if your roommate is banging his girlfriend and you have a big test the next day, then TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT. Instead of the administration making rules for every single scenario that might arise which only serves to coddle these kids, let them hash it out on their own. With all the technology available today there should be no confusion. If you bring a girl home, text message your roommate to see if it’s cool. Or if you’re that one guy out there without a cell phone, you can always put the towel on the door knob.
Or, if you’re an inconsiderate prick like me, you just toss all of your roommate’s stuff out into the common room and tell him you owe him one. But either way, let these kids deal with it on their own instead of trying to legislate every single little bit of conflict that comes up.