Beware: shady people

By Cristin Marcy
November 7, 2002

Steph Mangold

Say one thing and mean another. Say one thing and do another. Say one thing and act on another. Have you ever encountered a “shady person?” If you live on this campus you probably have.

If you are scratching your head wondering what a shady person is, I will tell you. A person can be categorized shady for a couple different reasons. First of all, a shady person will tell you one thing and then they deliberately do the opposite of their word, they are basically being a straight out liar and being proud of it. Another characteristic of a shady person would be talking about people behind their back and being sweet to their face. I do not mean talk; I mean trash talk and mudslinging all over the place.

I think the worst distinguishing point between a “normal” person and a “shady person” is the way they act around certain people. I hate when people change their colors around different crowds. For example, people may act unusual around the soccer or lacrosse teams. Maybe they would not talk as they walk by or ask them to buy something that they are selling as a fundraiser. Really! Who cares what sport they play, people need to just be themselves.

The most horrible part is when people or even worst when students in powerful positions are shady. Let’s just take a hypothetical situation. Say a RA decided to drink, and by drink I do not mean Pepsi, with you one night and everything went fine. Everyone was quiet and stayed out of trouble. Nothing bad could have possibly gone wrong. Things were cool and nothing was ever said after that. Until one night that same RA suspected that you may be drinking that night and not only warns but threatens you not to drink. This person just drank with you.

Does this sound like a hypocrite? I think so. Would you have any respect for this RA? No way, due to the fact this person is shady. Hypocrites would definitely fall under the shady column.

As we all know this school is small and gossip and the truth get around. Therefore, your actions whether they are true or false can also be shady. I am not telling you what to do, but shady people may talk trash and change your story or the truth. SO BEWARE! Shady people are all over the place.

Who just wants to walk on eggshells all the time? Take some advice, Just be straight with others and do not talk in circles. Be yourself, Who cares what others think. Speak the truth and stop being shady.

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