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29 January 2002 @ 12:16 am
 
I have discovered something which annoys me greatly - in many situations that I encounter, I know that something is wrong or "not quite right," and yet I lack the capacity to vocalize it. Take, for example, this new situation at my school. Between the hours of four a.m. and seven a.m., someone stole two couches out of the first-floor lounge of my dorm, and the large TV set out of the basement lounge. (Yes, I know, "how the heck do you steal a couch without getting noticed?") If no one returns the items or owns up to it (and no one will, 'tis like asking the guy who wrote "bomb" on a cardboard box to step forward and reveal himself), all residents of my dorm must pay for this at the end of the semester.

I felt strongly against this, but I lacked the faculties with which I could come up with an actual response. I emailed my mother about the problem, and of course, she came up with things quite exactly.

"There's that theory again....holding everyone responsible for the misdeeds of a few......educators seem to like it.....at what point it became reasonable to them....I do not know. We saw this at [your high school]....and disagreed with it.

"I think the theory is this: given the fact that the doors are to remain locked at all times....and the guests are to be escorted....this type of theft from the outside shouldn't be possible. My guess is that the university views it as everyone's responsibility to make sure the door locks behind them. I think they want everyone to take this security issue seriously and be watchful of one another. It's hard to completly control access to a structure with so many people. So, either the things were taken by someone in the dorm...have they checked all the rooms...or...the thieves had help from someone on the inside....or someone was careless.

"Regardless...just as I did when we encountered this theory at [your high school]......I don't think you or anyone else in the dorm can control the actions of others. I don't think you or anyone should be held responsible for something over which you have little or no control - the behavior of another human being. The only individual you have control of - should be responsible for - is yourself.

"This is a complex issue as living in a civilized society requires that each individual take responsibility for themselves as related to the norms of the society. We would have anarchy if all anyone was concerned about was themselves. We all need to care for others....be concerned for the welfare of others....try to educate and make the world a better place....but we can't control the behavior of others....

"If someone is determined to steal....unfortunately... they'll find a way. Though the theft is unfortunate...I view it as a cost of doing business for the university. Ultimately, the university passes the cost of education and doing business on to us in the form of tuition, room and board and fees."

... why must my mother be so good at all she puts her mind to? -_-;
 
 
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Silvermasksilvermask on January 28th, 2002 11:33 pm (UTC)
That whole "Punish the group because so and so was bad" is *so* irritating. Sure, it means that if someone is caught, they get pressured from the group not to do whatever again, but if not, it just means that they get away with it completely. Which probably drives more people to do it. I guess educators think that if they pressure the group, the group will pressure itself into behaving properly. Of course, this is rarely the case, which means the people who haven't done anything get punished, and the people who did get away with it.

They like that tactic a lot in elementary school... Luckily I always managed to be in a pretty good group.... Everyone did something now and then (a certain someone *coughmecough* managed to get a little bit of orange jello stuck on the ceiling for about 3 years, but... (I didn't start it, really >.>)) but still... Luckily, they eventually shifted more to dealing with the individual and not the group.

And how *do* you steal a couch? My goodness @_o; That's just like... Jeeze...

Oh, BTW, Miel the Red, did you know that the Luin part of Luinundomiel means "blue"? ^^
One Who Wandersabiona on January 29th, 2002 06:22 am (UTC)
Hah! Should have guessed, Silvermask. But "the Red" still stands for now because I like the color red. : P Were I ever to write an actual story, I'd change it. Satisfied? hehe

- meiel
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on January 28th, 2002 11:59 pm (UTC)
The University is violating your rights, unless there's actually a rule (that you've read and signed) that makes each resident share in the payment of ALL lost items in the dorms.

...Which would be the most ridiculous dorm rule that I've ever heard of.

If my neighbor's house got broken into, I sure the hell am not gonna pay for his loss.

The most that the University should do is just DON'T replace the darn TV and DON'T replace the darn couch... they haven't thought of THAT pressuring technique? It is clear to me that what they're doing is not a pressuring technique but a recovery technique...
One Who Wandersabiona on January 29th, 2002 06:24 am (UTC)
We have a lovely new rule now, what with the stolen items and the fact that (from what I hear) a mailman lost a set of keys to every building on campus. We have to check in with our name, roomnumber, and student ID whenever we come in through the main door, and somebody stuck a key in the lock of the back door and broke it off, so we can't use it to get in.

That means that in order to do laundry or use the dorm kitchen, you can get out to those areas through that door, but in order to get back in you have to go outside and walk around the dorm to the front. Fun, eh?

- meiel
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on January 29th, 2002 10:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like your school is populated by teeny boppers and conmen -_-

Let's say that I USED to complain about my alma mater... I guess I won't be anymore.

The University had better go and change those locks fast... in the meanwhile, just be careful in the dorm.
One Who Wandersabiona on January 29th, 2002 09:22 pm (UTC)
Update on the dorm situation before I attempt to set up a still life that'll take me an hour to do (and yes, it is 11:30 at night).

They've given up on checking the ID at the door, and the back door is now usable, though I don't know if they'll follow through on their threat to prevent that in the future or not. Now with all that good news, I might be daring and check out the sink in the kitchen, which was plugged nastily and full of dank water last time I looked. In other news, one couch was returned. Thrilling.

Also, I leave the door locked at all times, even when I'm in it (if you need to talk to me which you probably don't, you knock). ^_^

- meiel
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on January 30th, 2002 10:12 am (UTC)
I'm the minotaur. FIRE minotaur.
{start rant}

Some people in our hall (my friends included) leave their doors open so people can wonder in and out and hang out. I hang out in my friends' rooms when I've got nothing to do, or just procrastinating.

During senior year I had my room door open because I had what my friends called "The Fire Hazard Room". I arrange my furniture so my room is a MAZE, and when you look into my room from the hallway you see nothing but the back of a desk and bookshelf. Yep, you have to Go in, walk to the right, hook around the corner (where I set up another "maze wall" with a big black panda towel between bed posts) and walk the other way in order to get to the bowel of my room. Oh how nifty. I've heard girls exclaim in shock as they walk by (of course, they can't see me, the minotaur, sitting inside the maze). "Did you SEE that ROOM?!?!" Heh. Shock value. I could just walk to the bathroom and don't close the door, because nobody could tell if anybody's in that darn room or not. Down right scary if you think about it >=) >=) >=) But once, a black guy walked into my room and was looking at the anime pencil boards I have up on my wall at that "bend" in the maze when I returned. I sure admired the guts of that guy for just walking into my Freakville like that. He meant no harm, just curious. It was cool.

That was Labyrinth version 1.0. Version 2.0 that came in the second semester was even MORE convoluted... I put the double-decked bed (I have a super-single room) smack in the center of the room and put a big anime tapestry in front of it to make the first wall, and put a bookcase/desk combo on the right to seal off the end of the maze. SO, to get to that desk to use my computer you'd have to walk alllllllllll the way around the whole decked bed. It takes a while, so if something in my room catches on fire I'm a dead man. Labyrinth Ver.2 is an even bigger fire hazard than Ver.1. Forturnately, I lived on the first floor... It was rather interesting, my dorm room. Now that I live at home my room's too darn small (you heard me right) to do that kindava thing.

{end rant}
Gilliam: Takumigilliamii on January 30th, 2002 12:32 am (UTC)
Feh.....
It's like that everywhere. When I was in the dorms at NIU, they had just about every door other than the front doors locked up set on alarms.....the fire alarm kind I believe. Didn't mean people didn't go through.....just that you knew when someone did. Front door was still locked up, but no alarm. Just had to flash your ID to get the "guard" to let you through. Made pizza runs in the middle of the night real interesting.

And believe it or not, I had to pay some fine or other at the end of the year because some moron bashed several holes into the wall with his head while in a drunken stupor. Go figure.
Kanashimi yo konnichi wahavetrue on March 18th, 2003 06:02 am (UTC)
Your mom rules!
I'm glad I read this particular post. Your mom has a powerful analytical mind! She de-constructed the situation at several levels of abstraction. She assembled several hypothetical parallel chains of cause and effect. She drew several insightful conclusions.

Maybe she can help me figure out how to hard boil more than 5 eggs at a time in my coffee maker ...