Dumbest Idea Wesleyan has Ever Had

I’m writing about this on the blog in the hopes that some mainstream media source will pick it up and thus reiterate over and over again to the administration how unbelievably stupid this sounds.

Ezra Silk ’10 wrote this pretty awesome piece in today’s Argus about the amplification of fire inspections that have been going on over winter break. By inspecting every room, Campus Fire Safety collected a staggering $40,700 by fining around $100 for every banned item they find in a dorm room.

The dumbest part of this is where that money is going toward:

While Fire Safety has already planned a $5,000 fire extinguisher module that will allow students to practice putting out fires, the bulk of the programs are still in the planning stage.

One idea is a “dorm burn” in the middle of campus.

“We want to set fire to a model dorm to show how the fine-able items such as candles, cigarettes, and tapestries make a fire react or how they start fires,” Cruz said.

Some students expressed distaste when they heard about the idea.

“I think that’s really stupid and ridiculous,” said Hunter Craighill ’09. “Obviously people understand that tapestries can burn.”

Ok. You know you have abused your power when you literally burn $40,700 in showing a bunch of college kids how fire works.

Fuck, give me $10 and a bic lighter and I’ll show you how fire works…and hell, I’ll even throw in the fire extinguisher lesson. I’ll even put it on youtube for free.

Savings to the university: $40,690.

Knowing that student money isn’t being squandered by idiots: priceless.

14 thoughts on “Dumbest Idea Wesleyan has Ever Had

  1. thediblas

    This could be the dumbest idea ever…”What should we do with the money?””Hey, I have an idea. Let’s BURN it. LITERALLY.””Heh… good idea. Can you give me some more of that confiscated pot?”…It’s not like the University’s always complaining about budget constraints or anything.

  2. thediblas

    This could be the dumbest idea ever…
    “What should we do with the money?”
    “Hey, I have an idea. Let’s BURN it. LITERALLY.”
    “Heh… good idea. Can you give me some more of that confiscated pot?”
    …It’s not like the University’s always complaining about budget constraints or anything.

  3. Anonymous

    So no one ever has candles or tapestries in their homes? I know if you went to my mother’s house you’d rack up 1000’s of dollars of fire fines, and as far as I know her house has yet to burn down and its been a good 20 years that way. The fire codes are truly ridiculous, the fines are absurd, the methods of inspection are highly questionable, and the squandering of resources is enough to make me sick…. 40,000 = full tuition for an underpriviledged student or 3 minutes of flames (Why is the Wesleyan administration comprised of such ignorant people?)

  4. Anonymous

    So no one ever has candles or tapestries in their homes? I know if you went to my mother’s house you’d rack up 1000’s of dollars of fire fines, and as far as I know her house has yet to burn down and its been a good 20 years that way. The fire codes are truly ridiculous, the fines are absurd, the methods of inspection are highly questionable, and the squandering of resources is enough to make me sick…. 40,000 = full tuition for an underpriviledged student or 3 minutes of flames (Why is the Wesleyan administration comprised of such ignorant people?)

  5. How to Break Stuff

    In doing our civic duty, we and How to Break Stuff pledge to discover better, cheaper, more public demonstrations of the destructive nature of fire. And expect a university kickback for doing so.-HtBS staff

  6. How to Break Stuff

    In doing our civic duty, we and How to Break Stuff pledge to discover better, cheaper, more public demonstrations of the destructive nature of fire. And expect a university kickback for doing so.

    -HtBS staff

  7. Anonymous

    the problem is that they’re wasting the money they fined us and they don’t let us do cool cheap pyro shit on our own.

  8. Anonymous

    the problem is that they’re wasting the money they fined us and they don’t let us do cool cheap pyro shit on our own.

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