Fire Safety on the Prowl!

Last night I was heading back to ‘da butts’ around 8 or so and apparently fire safety was fire drillin’ us. Recently fire safety has been going into student’s rooms while they’re huddled in the chilly weather outside. The bad news is this has led to two arrests of students (at least one of which was for the good ol’ green contraband). Last night the fire safety lady told everyone that she found some “really interesting stuff” in our rooms and to watch out since “the middletown police are not joking around anymore.”

Now I find this whole thing a little backwards since fire safety is supposedly there to protect us, not send wesleyan’s beloved counterculture iconoclastic student body to prison! They are already forcing a gross invasion of privacy upon us to find dangerous items like candles… you’d think the last thing they’d want to do is get us in trouble with the law. Also, I don’t really understand why the “middletown police getting serious” has anything to do with fire safety inspections and or arrests since it’s essentially fire safety that calls the cops on you. The whole thing really irks me out.

A word to the wise: keep all of your illicit things in your drawers and out of site. The good news is that they can only look through your room. They are not allowed to open your drawers. Be safe and don’t get your ass arrested (or fined)!
Also for those under 21 years of age: If you have bottles of liquor/beer that is left out and still full they will also call the cops on you and your ass will be really sorry. Empty bottles, however, are absolutely legal! Go figure…

36 thoughts on “Fire Safety on the Prowl!

  1. Anonymous

    Well, drunk anon, you seem to be under the impression that a private institution like Wesleyan is obligated to adhere to the same standards as our government. This is not the case.Consider any Jesuit school for about ten seconds. OH NO! WHAT ABOUT FREEDOM OF RELIGION? Too bad, it’s a private school. You don’t have to go there. They set the terms, and they can force you to go to mass every day if they want. Don’t like it? Leave.Wesleyan is just like any other private institution. If they wanted to make putting up fliers an offense that could get you expelled, they could. Your freedom of speech does not extend so far as the private property of others (Wesleyan included).Regarding psafe’s searching: It’s not your room, it’s Wesleyan’s room. You agreed to live there, but they set the terms.It might be unethical, but it is completely legally justified for them to poke around. If you can’t understand that then I suggest you sober up a bit more.

  2. Anonymous

    Well, drunk anon, you seem to be under the impression that a private institution like Wesleyan is obligated to adhere to the same standards as our government. This is not the case.

    Consider any Jesuit school for about ten seconds. OH NO! WHAT ABOUT FREEDOM OF RELIGION? Too bad, it’s a private school. You don’t have to go there. They set the terms, and they can force you to go to mass every day if they want. Don’t like it? Leave.

    Wesleyan is just like any other private institution. If they wanted to make putting up fliers an offense that could get you expelled, they could. Your freedom of speech does not extend so far as the private property of others (Wesleyan included).

    Regarding psafe’s searching: It’s not your room, it’s Wesleyan’s room. You agreed to live there, but they set the terms.

    It might be unethical, but it is completely legally justified for them to poke around. If you can’t understand that then I suggest you sober up a bit more.

  3. Anonymous

    i wrote the comment above… i was (and still am fairly durnk). i said everything i meant, but i realize that i made a few grammatical and practical errors. OH WELL! blow me.

  4. Anonymous

    i wrote the comment above… i was (and still am fairly durnk). i said everything i meant, but i realize that i made a few grammatical and practical errors. OH WELL! blow me.

  5. Anonymous

    whoever is says that psafe is in the right to check our room is a big fat stupid person. go read a fucking good on personal liberties. go read milton freedman. or john locke. please, go read the literature of our founding fathers. it is in my opinion that those of your with the opinion that psafe is justified are simply ignorant and unintelligent. READ A FUCKING BOOK!

  6. Anonymous

    whoever is says that psafe is in the right to check our room is a big fat stupid person. go read a fucking good on personal liberties. go read milton freedman. or john locke. please, go read the literature of our founding fathers. it is in my opinion that those of your with the opinion that psafe is justified are simply ignorant and unintelligent. READ A FUCKING BOOK!

  7. Anonymous

    Under the header it says “looking for a new logo, brb.It could be that the Wesleyan shield is copyrighted or some shit, so they can’t use it on this independent website. Or somethin’ else entirely, I dunno.

  8. Anonymous

    Under the header it says “looking for a new logo, brb.

    It could be that the Wesleyan shield is copyrighted or some shit, so they can’t use it on this independent website. Or somethin’ else entirely, I dunno.

  9. Anonymous

    I’ve always been told that they can look at everything they can see, but they can’t touch anything. This may be wrong, but it’s what I’ve heard from a lot of people (including my RA from last year).So I’m betting they can’t look in fridges.

  10. Anonymous

    I’ve always been told that they can look at everything they can see, but they can’t touch anything. This may be wrong, but it’s what I’ve heard from a lot of people (including my RA from last year).So I’m betting they can’t look in fridges.

  11. Anonymous

    I’ve always been told that they can look at everything they can see, but they can’t touch anything. This may be wrong, but it’s what I’ve heard from a lot of people (including my RA from last year).

    So I’m betting they can’t look in fridges.

  12. Anonymous

    what about if i hung up curtains (aka pieces of fabric) using thumbtacks? will that count as a tapestry?

  13. Anonymous

    what about if i hung up curtains (aka pieces of fabric) using thumbtacks? will that count as a tapestry?

  14. Anonymous

    what about if i hung up curtains (aka pieces of fabric) using thumbtacks? will that count as a tapestry?

  15. Anonymous

    Actually my interactions with the Wesleyan end of the fire inspection issue to be very reasonable. There was a fire alarm in my woodframe a week ago caused by a (overly steamy shower), and when some Wesleyan lady came by to fill out the report, she informed us that fire inspections would be happening in the next week. She told us that if we had anything illegal, we should hide it. If we had any tapestries or candles, put them away for a week or so, and *put them up again* after we’d been inspected.Wesleyan is really not out to get us. Blame the po po.

  16. Anonymous

    Actually my interactions with the Wesleyan end of the fire inspection issue to be very reasonable. There was a fire alarm in my woodframe a week ago caused by a (overly steamy shower), and when some Wesleyan lady came by to fill out the report, she informed us that fire inspections would be happening in the next week. She told us that if we had anything illegal, we should hide it. If we had any tapestries or candles, put them away for a week or so, and *put them up again* after we’d been inspected.Wesleyan is really not out to get us. Blame the po po.

  17. Anonymous

    Actually my interactions with the Wesleyan end of the fire inspection issue to be very reasonable. There was a fire alarm in my woodframe a week ago caused by a (overly steamy shower), and when some Wesleyan lady came by to fill out the report, she informed us that fire inspections would be happening in the next week. She told us that if we had anything illegal, we should hide it. If we had any tapestries or candles, put them away for a week or so, and *put them up again* after we’d been inspected.

    Wesleyan is really not out to get us. Blame the po po.

  18. Anonymous

    I think “gross invasion of privacy” might be a bit of an overstatement.Wesleyan is a private institution, so they are not really overstepping their bounds at all. It’s not your room, it’s theirs. And you have chosen to come here, so the whole situation is very different from, say, public school lockers.I don’t like it any more than you do (I actually hate it), but there is no valid complaint to be made here. They are well within their rights to do exactly what they’ve been doing (and much more). Read the Wikipedia page on Liberty University and you’ll appreciate just how far a private institution can take things.When you decided to come here, you were made aware of how these things work. In its treatment of students personal privacy, Wesleyan is far and away one of the most progressive private tertiary education institutions you can find. But they still obey laws.

  19. Anonymous

    I think “gross invasion of privacy” might be a bit of an overstatement.Wesleyan is a private institution, so they are not really overstepping their bounds at all. It’s not your room, it’s theirs. And you have chosen to come here, so the whole situation is very different from, say, public school lockers.I don’t like it any more than you do (I actually hate it), but there is no valid complaint to be made here. They are well within their rights to do exactly what they’ve been doing (and much more). Read the Wikipedia page on Liberty University and you’ll appreciate just how far a private institution can take things.When you decided to come here, you were made aware of how these things work. In its treatment of students personal privacy, Wesleyan is far and away one of the most progressive private tertiary education institutions you can find. But they still obey laws.

  20. Anonymous

    I think “gross invasion of privacy” might be a bit of an overstatement.

    Wesleyan is a private institution, so they are not really overstepping their bounds at all. It’s not your room, it’s theirs. And you have chosen to come here, so the whole situation is very different from, say, public school lockers.

    I don’t like it any more than you do (I actually hate it), but there is no valid complaint to be made here. They are well within their rights to do exactly what they’ve been doing (and much more). Read the Wikipedia page on Liberty University and you’ll appreciate just how far a private institution can take things.

    When you decided to come here, you were made aware of how these things work. In its treatment of students personal privacy, Wesleyan is far and away one of the most progressive private tertiary education institutions you can find. But they still obey laws.

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