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.