Commentary: Blame should not be placed on freshmen

When I found out I would be living in West Village F this year, I was excited. Who wouldn’t be? When I arrived on campus, I realized just how amazing the building is. My intent is not to boast about where I am living; I know that I am lucky to be where I am. I find it utterly ridiculous, however, that numerous residents in this building have become the target of hatred and ridicule by upperclassmen. Just the other day I visited ResMail to pick up a package. The student behind the counter was very nice and struck up a small conversation. She asked me where I lived, and when I told her I was living in West Village F, she quickly stated “We don’t like you. You can leave now.”

Whether upperclassmen think they are being funny or not, it is not right to take it out on us, the freshmen. We didn’t make the choice to place freshmen there. We didn’t say that we deserved better housing, but we got it. And the bottom line is this: If you have a problem with freshmen living in West Village F, take it up with the administration. They make the decisions. We just live here. And, in case you are wondering, the rumors that we are destroying the place are just that … rumors.

– Ryan Fox is a freshman electrical and computer engineering major.

Leave a Reply