I wrote this post about students in the New Zealand town of Dunedin. In the post I talked about how we seem to equate students with heavy boozing and partying.
I said that you can't paint all students with the same brush. Unfortunately in this article the people involved let themselves down a bit.
To me it sounds like a zoo and the word feral is very appropriate in this situation.
What is the solution?
Well, I know I'm going to get a lot of grief with this idea but it has to be said.
Some people have told me that you can't characterise people in two groups, introvert or extrovert. That's true. It exists on a continuum but in this circumstance you decide to ask people what they are?
So, before they enter the dorm, the students are asked. "Are you an extrovert or an introvert?" If they say, I'm an extrovert, they then have the option of joining the "party dorm." They can party all they want and socialise to their heart's content.
If the answer is they are introverted or they want to join the introvert dorm then they can live there but absolutely no parties are allowed. Drinking is to a minimum and it is an environment where people can relax, study in peace and quiet and recharge without worrying if their room door is going to be kicked down and people are going to piss in the corridor. If they want to do that, they can go to the extrovert dorm.
Some people are going to say to me, "I'm extroverted but I want to study and get good grades and live in nice and quiet surroundings."
To that I say "fine." Please live in the introvert dorm but remember that there are no loud parties. There are no midnight soirees and the people who live there don't want to go out every Friday night just because it's Friday. They might want, god forbid, to stay in their room and read books, play video games or do their homework on a Friday night. That is OK and you should be OK with it too.
There you go. Have your feral zoo if you want it. Have your boozy parties. Have your vomit and faeces all over the carpet but remember if you choose that, you have to respect the other person's choice and if you change your mind and think that living in a zoo is not for you then the introvert dorm will accept you but you have to play by their rules.
What do you choose? This one?
I think I know what I would choose.