Editors’ Corner: College residence halls need to be treated like a home

It’s early in the morning and you stumble sleepily down to the communal bathroom you share with 20 other girls. You do your business and hop into the nice, warm shower. Just as you’re about to put the shampoo in your hair, you notice something odd trickling in from the stall next to you. Suddenly alert, you realize that the person next to you has decided to use their shower as a toilet.

This is gross, not to mention inconsiderate and lazy. The toilets are only several feet away. Don’t ruin your shower neighbor’s day by urinating on their belongings, or their feet.

This is common sense, people. The communal bathroom is not the place to engage in the poor hygiene habits you might otherwise partake in at home. When you’re sharing a common space with dozens of other people, it’s important to respect that others are using the space. There are several things you can do to make living in your residence hall slightly more enjoyable.

For example, do you do your hair in the bathroom? If you’re being courteous to your roommate, you most likely do. Please do not leave remnants of hair and hair products in the sink. It’s nasty and makes a big mess. Although Rider has a cleaning service, it’s not fair to ask them to clean up what you’re capable of doing yourself.

Also, keep in mind that when you’re having a good time, things can quickly get out of hand. Don’t cause damage to the building you’re in and if you do, fess up. It’s not fair to ask your hall mates to pay for your drunken mistake.

With that in mind, be respectful of those who have items such as whiteboards, fliers and posters displayed on their doors. Just because you don’t like the sports team someone on your floor is rooting for, it doesn’t give you the right to rip their poster off their door. Don’t deface others’ property, either. One morning we woke up with a phallic object drawn on our whiteboard. Another time we discovered a wad of spit dripping down the door. While this may seem funny to some, it wasn’t to us, and probably won’t be to the UNICCO worker who has to clean it off.

As another courtesy to your neighbors, refrain from setting off the fire alarms in the middle of the night. Granted, some situations are unavoidable, but it is unnecessary to wake up everyone four times in the middle of the night for no reason. Just read the directions on your Easy Mac and you’ll be fine.

Finally, if you’re a smoker, honor the fact that people who live on the first floor of your building might not want smoke drifting into their rooms. Smoking is a choice, and those who choose not to shouldn’t have to be subjected to that if it can be avoided. Smoking sections are designated outside each residence hall a certain distance away from the buildings. Use them.

Again, we ask, would you spit on your mother’s bedroom door? Would you take a leak in the shower you share with your family members? Would you draw sexual symbols on your dad’s car window? Would you set off the smoke detectors in your house at 4 a.m.? We’re hoping the answer is no. So, what makes it okay to do those things at Rider? Nothing.

Nike’s slogan is “Just Do It.” We say “don’t.”

– Helen Mannion and Kaitlin MacRae

Senior journalism majors

Photography Editor and Managing Editor

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