Floor traditions restricted
Almost every floor has traditions — from running up the Ashton hill after eating donuts to carrying around a bowling ball all day. And although a lot of traditions are silly, they are still what a lot of us look forward to when coming to college. Through films and television shows, we have seen what traditions or initiations look like — the thrill of being with your floormates and having aimless fun.
Floors might have a hard time bonding if restrictions on floor traditions continue to increase, as they have in recent years.
And while these restrictions put in place by Residence Life are there for a reason — to make sure everyone is safe while they have fun — they are counterproductive to the process of becoming an adult, knowing our own limits and making our own decisions.
Putting restrictions on traditions would not only patronize our adulthood, but also possibly make floors invent different ways to get around the rules. Floor traditions could become even more secretive and dangerous. And that’s probably not the goal of these new restrictions.
One of the rules states that men or women going out in their underwear need to wear two pairs of underwear. Another says that blindfolding is out of the question.
With freedom being taken away and the opportunity to have fun being restricted, floors could be tempted to privatize their traditions in hopes of gaining back some of that freedom. And the more private the traditions become, the more likely it is for them to become more dangerous and less fun, which is not what they are supposed to be.
There needs to be a balance between rules and fun, and hopefully that balance is not yet leaning too much toward the rules side.
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