Signs of immaturity seen on campus

By Abigail Keefe
February 12, 2004

Scott Fobes

When I came back from break, I think I must have made a wrong turn. Before break I thought I was at Cabrini High School, although I applied to Cabrini College, but now I feel like I’m at the elementary school.

I know five-year-olds who are more considerate than the majority of people I pass here. I don’t know what the reasoning for any of it is, but it’s starting to get old.

Although I may have been raised differently, it shouldn’t make a difference. I had this idea in my head that everyone knew that rinsing the sink out, or holding a door, was the polite thing to do.

Instead of some of the pointless classes students are required to take, they should offer a Politeness Seminar.

I may be picky, and I may piss people off because of my opinion, but like I said, it’s getting old.

Honestly, is it that hard to rinse out the sink when you’re done doing your hair or brushing your teeth? It takes all of two seconds, if that. I understand we have housekeeping people, but seeing sinks full of hair is just as unpleasant for them, as it is for everyone else.

However, those cleaning people, whose cleaning schedule is taped to the wall above the sinks in my quad’s bathroom, don’t clean. The reasoning for this: people have found a new hobby. Why don’t we all throw fruit in the hallways, or how about those Solo cups and Devil Dog cakes? What is the point? Is there some new fad that I’m missing?

I can’t believe that anyone is allowed to act the way they do here at home. Someone told me that just that is the reasoning behind it – they aren’t allowed to act that way at home, so they do it here. I wonder if they ever stopped to consider that this is a ‘temporary home’ for the people around them. In fact, why would they want to live like this?

I, like most on this campus, pay for room and board. Part of that money I would think goes to pay the cleaning people. The reason they don’t clean–the cleaning people have apparently quit because they are tired of the trash and the food everywhere. I would love to know where that money is going, since no one has cleaned my bathroom this week. Something was spilled all over the floor, there’s hair balls floating all over the quad and the bathroom and the sinks are disgusting.

Throwing fruit isn’t the only issue. I never thought holding a door for someone was a difficult thing to do. I didn’t think ‘thank you’ was too long of a phrase to say when someone holds the door for someone else.

Speaking of holding doors, after midnight is not the time to be letting the door slam. The nice heavy, metal fire doors make a whole lot of noise at 1, 2 or 3 a.m. Yes, I know this is college. I know people are in and out. I understand people drink. They are on their own and can do what they want. All of that is perfectly fine with me.

Slamming doors is in no way OK. It’s honestly not that hard to hold it while it shuts. Everyone has said, “You could get up and ask them to do that.” Yea, that’s right, I could, but the point is that I shouldn’t have to. Aside from it being freezing in my room half the time, getting out of bed to tell someone something they should already know doesn’t cross my mind when I have to be up in three hours.

Screaming at the top of your lungs at 2 a.m. isn’t an appealing idea either.

All I am asking is for people to think about the people around them. Don’t throw fruit and trash in the hallways, it just ends up coming back to you, because we are left with dirty quads and/or bathrooms. Just because you may like to be up and about at all hours, which is, like I said, perfectly fine, not everyone does. Think about how old you are, the knowledge you have (since we all are in college now) and be courteous to the people around you.

Posted to the Web by: Scott Fobes

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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