An Interview with the Guy Who Sleeps in a Different Place on Campus Every Night

“My lifestyle dissolves fake smiles. It can be heartbreaking if you aren’t ready for it.”

Riel, the wandering vagabond, surveys his options at the Usdan grill. Photo by Rachel Pincus '13.

Riel ’14, the wandering vagabond, surveys his options at the Usdan grill. Photo by Rachel Pincus ’13.

Two or three weeks ago, I entered my apartment around midnight to find the couch occupied by a bearded stranger. He was asleep, sprawled sideways and snoring loudly, and none of my housemates appeared within eyesight. As I reached over his torso to adjust the thermostat, I briefly considered dialing Public Safety. Instead, I located one of my housemates, Carey Gilchrist ’13, and whispered my demand: “Who’s that dude on our couch?”

“Oh, that’s Lina’s friend Riel,” Carey explained. “He sleeps in different places every night or something. So she offered him our couch.” “Oh,” I said. “Wait, that’s pretty awesome. Would he be up for an interview?”

Riel ’14, a junior majoring in Film and Computer Science, was gone from the couch by the time I awoke the next morning, but later in the week I ran into him in Weshop, where he was stocking up on eggs (“I gotta eat at least six a day, need the protein”) and canned beans. He explained that he had adopted something of a vagabond lifestyle at the beginning of the semester, crashing at friends’ places and refusing to make use of his assigned room in 1 Vine. “I’m trying to be the change I need to see,” Riel told me. On most days, he carries around a camping backpack and a sleeping bag. His lifestyle is controversial, but his reasoning has an oddly circuitous logic to it: If he’s already paying all this money for room and board, shouldn’t he be free not to use it?

I asked Riel if he would like to be interviewed for this blog. Sure, he said, just so long as I didn’t publish his last name or a picture of his face. And could he boil some eggs in my stove while we did the interview? I consented to his demands, as he did to mine. This is the conversation that took place.

* * *

Do you have a room on campus?

Yeah, 1 Vine. I haven’t been to it yet. Well, I went to the kitchen to cook eggs once, but I didn’t actually go into the room.

What inspired you to adopt this lifestyle on campus?

I was hitchhiking around Mexico last semester—I ran away. I was really unhappy here. I went to Cuba for two months. Now I’m back and I have assigned housing and I’m trying to be the change I need to see. I’m trying to do what it takes to make myself happy in this environment. It’s sort of a challenge, you know?

When did you first get creative about your living situation on campus?

Last summer I went to summer session here. I didn’t want to pay and I was also really lazy about getting housing. At first I was going to sign up for  housing with my friend, but then he got suspended for being a dipshit. I knew it would be warm out. I could sleep outside, I could take showers and keep a locker at Freeman, plus I’d have friends on campus I could chill with and go to in case of an emergency. I didn’t need housing.

Sophomore year I did lots of Adderall and just sat in my room all the time. You know, college is the first time you have a place that’s completely yours and you have complete privacy. And it can get very insular, very isolated. By contrast, this summer was great. I felt very dependent on people. When you’re dependent on people, you really learn you can trust them (or you can’t). When  you learn to trust people, you get comfortable. When you get comfortable, you let yourself be vulnerable; you can be who you really are.

Most people at Wesleyan seem to be afraid of trusting each other. It makes us lonely and fake. There’s this parental lifeline that fulfills all of our physical needs and usually brings plenty of luxuries. We don’t need a network of other people to survive and thrive day-to-day. Wesleyan controls what we eat, where we sleep, where we work, where we buy our coffee, where we party, where we watch movies, where we buy our computers. To me, it feels like an oversimplification. I want to depend on people. I would go so far as to say that I need to depend on people.

Photo by Rachel Pincus '13.

Photo by Rachel Pincus ’13.

So you turned it into a personal challenge this semester?

I wouldn’t say it’s a challenge. It’s not, like, some arbitrary personal goal just to be adventurous. Although it does effectively do this. I’m having lots of adventures all the time. Really, it’s a lifestyle choice. When you interact with people during the day, they have time to filter themselves. They go out in the world and they put on their business face. You have a context for what you’re talking about, the class you’re in or the club or the sport, so you never break each other’s comfort zones. When you’re in someone’s living space, they cook around you, and they need you to do things. They poop and they shower and they reveal their disgusting habits. I really like bonding with people so intimately.

When I was homeless I realized so much of my personal identity was wrapped in routine. It had very little to do with me and had more to do with this routine I’d set up for myself. When you’re traveling around and you don’t have that agenda, you’re living in the moment. Everything’s fresh and everything’s improvised. You sort of isolate what’s really you from what’s your routine, your environment.

Where have you slept for the past five nights?

I slept in the lobby of 156 High for two of them. On a public couch. Also two different friends’ rooms. It’s mostly friends’ floors, beds, and couches. People are pretty down to cuddle up, you know? People like the comfort and the company.

How do you typically approach people about sleeping over?

I try not to force it on people. I try to make it really explicit that if you’d like to have me over, it’d be a good time, I’d really appreciate it, but it’s not an obligation. I have a lot of different options every night. I don’t want anyone to feel like there’s some moral obligation to have me over when they’re actually annoyed or inconvenienced. If someone feels like I’m encroaching on their space, it defeats the point. I try to do people favors when they have me over. I like washing dishes. I don’t disrespect their space or make a mess or take things.

Where else do you sleep?

In the summer I slept in Beta a lot. I walked in behind this guy, he typed in the code, and I was like, “Wow, that’s stupidly easy to remember.” So I just slept on the couches a lot and they were very chill. I also found a bed on the fourth floor of Clark. It was just in the hallway. I pushed it around the corner so P-Safe couldn’t see me. I slept outside sometimes. That tower over Jackson Field is really fun to hang out in. I  also slept in the library once, which was a really funny story. I climbed the wall and got into a thesis carrel and when I went outside to throw something away, I set off a silent alarm and the police came. They were knocking on every door and stopped right before they got to mine. I was terrified to leave the carrel after that. I had to pee, so I ended up peeing in several discarded food bags that I had.

Of course I don’t get into those  sorts of shenanigans anymore,  just peoples’ rooms.

I’ll start sleeping outside again as soon as it warms up. I have a toasty-ass sleeping bag.

Where do you shower?

Friends places’ and Freeman mostly. The first floor of Allbritton has showers in it. Also, the basement of Exley. I use those from time to time.

Photo by Rachel Pincus '13.

Photo by Rachel Pincus ’13.

How has this affected your social life?

Every night is a party. I can’t really avoid it. I used to be very reclusive, but now I’m sort of forced to go with the flow. I’m getting to know a lot more people than ever before.  I’ve met tons of really fun, interesting, kind people who are just too shy or reclusive or busy to meet at parties. I find the same people who averted their eyes from me in public making me breakfast when they find me passed out in their common room. In that way it’s strengthened my faith in the kindness of strangers and the inherent goodness of humanity. Of course, there’s a handful of people who are cold towards me, who look down on me or show me selfishness in a time of need. When it comes down to it, those aren’t the people I want to spend my time with anyways. My lifestyle dissolves fake smiles. It can be heartbreaking if you aren’t ready for it.

Has anyone gotten suspicious of you?

I am careful not to do things that are malicious, illegal, or troublesome.  A clean conscience will often neutralize suspicion.

But I do get a decent amount of contempt from some students when I tell them about my situation or when they discover me doing homeless person things (sleeping in public, having a sleeping bag, eating discarded food).  Just students, though. I still haven’t had any problems with P-Safe, the police, or anyone in town. One time I was walking into WestCo and I asked a girl to hold the door for me, and she got real snotty. She asked for my ID and interrogated me for a solid five minutes. Once she convinced herself that I was a homeless dude from Middletown, she started talking about me to her friend as if I wasn’t there.

The dissonance between Wesleyan students and the town we live in is kind of ludicrous. I grew up being friends with a lot of homeless people and university students.  I wouldn’t say that the students were more interesting, smarter, safer. I wouldn’t say that they were more trustworthy or honest or fun to be around. I really hate the word “Townie,” and I think it carries a lot of negative connotations. So what if I was from Middletown?

How do your parents feel about your lifestyle?

They’re a little unhappy with it, but they’ve accepted it. My dad is pissed to be paying for residence when I’m not using it. I am, too. I tried to marry out of it, but it didn’t work out. Long story. The university makes it very difficult. My parents also think it’s gonna fuck with my academic output, which has yet to be determined. I’ve been the happiest and most productive I’ve been my whole life.

44 thoughts on “An Interview with the Guy Who Sleeps in a Different Place on Campus Every Night

  1. thismustbetheplace

    It makes me so sad to see people who don’t even know Riel judge him. Especially considering he is someone who consistently gives others the benefit of the doubt. As someone who is lucky enough to count Riel as a close friend I can honestly and definitively say he is NOT:

    -A trust fund kid looking for an adventure, his lifestyle is one that he’s arrived at organically through his own personal experience. He lives this way because it allows for his social and emotional needs to be met in a way that the current community structure doesn’t for him. He isn’t advocating that everyone live this way, this is simply something he feels he needs to do in order to be the best person he can be. Additionally, I know that he tries his best to pay back the people who help him by cleaning their apartments, digging their cars out of the snow, and other such acts of kindness/repayment.

    -A non-productive member of the community: Riel is a creative and caring individual who goes to class, does his homework, and writes his own webcomic. His refusal of a university assigned sleeping arrangement has nothing to do with his academic productivity. We often do homework together.

    -Trivializing homelessness: Riel has been homeless outside of the university bubble. He understands what it’s like not to have a home in the real world. Also, as others have mentioned Riel doesn’t have the ability to opt out of university housing. He also has no ability to give his housing to another student/general member of the Middletown community.

    Riel would also never come to these forums to defend himself, he wouldn’t even care. He accepts people and life as they are and I wish that more people in this community could do the same.

  2. Annoyed, Confused, Embarassed

    Riel, the people who don’t want to cook you breakfast when you pass out on their couch aren’t selfish– you are selfish for expecting anyone to owe you anything after you voluntarily gave up your $14,000 room in order to fuel your entitled, trustafarian “adventure” that you started because you were, in your own words, too “lazy” to get summer housing.

    Honestly, it’s kids like these that really make me feel embarrassed to go here at times.

    1. ReadTheArticleDipshit

      “I try to make it really explicit that if you’d like to have me over, it’d be a good time, I’d really appreciate it, but it’s not an obligation. I have a lot of different options every night. I don’t want anyone to feel like there’s some moral obligation to have me over when they’re actually annoyed or inconvenienced. If someone feels like I’m encroaching on their space, it defeats the point.”

    1. anon

      I am one of the many people who (at least legally) share the building with Riel. I would not be comfortable with this.

      That’s why.

      It would be different if he had a single somewhere. Don’t give this crazy fucker any ideas.

  3. Sherod P. Steinbeck

    He’s a bum, he’s a loser, he’s a fucking disgrace. There’s REAL homeless people who are actually struggling while some entitled puke wastes mommy and daddy’s money for his stupid adventure? Fuck that, and fuck all you who aren’t calling this fucking piece of shit out.

    1. Mexibro

      He’s really doing a lot of harm to “REAL homeless people” sleeping on his friends couches in college. And he’s really using an abundance of resources to buy all that discarded food. Good point. Clearly, we’re talking about a terrible, wasteful person here.

      I know Riel personally. He’s spending spring break in Philadelphia helping REAL homeless people secure permanent residence. What exactly do you do, sir?

  4. YABOYYUNGEXISTENTIALCRISIS

    Alright so I haven’t ever commented on a Weslying post but there’s a trend expressed in various ways: wild assumptions based on things you don’t actually know. I’m gonna try and do this without sounding like a dickhead but if I do, forgive me, it’s just in my nature and I’d like to sincerely clear up some things in these comments. Gonna go with bullet points for convenience.

    – If you’re saying that Riel’s crazy of that there’s something wrong with him, perhaps ask yourself why you might think that? If he’s not harming anyone, and avowedly happier than he would be otherwise, what’s “wrong” with what he’s doing (I get the “for homeless people this isn’t a choice” aspect, and I’ll get to that later)? Have you ever actually met him or interacted with him? Surely it’s a little presumptuous to decide for yourself that someone is crazy or that there’s something wrong with them based solely on an interview posted on a blog about one aspect of their life. If you’re attempting to medically diagnose him, while your expertise and concern are admirable (seriously, I’m not trying to come off dickish) I would question any diagnosis made based on an interview like this about a habit like Riel’s (would you rather his self stated alternative of sitting in his room doing lots of Adderall?). There’s an information problem here that I would hope most medical professionals would recognize.

    – The “go to class”/”this is why Wesleyan’s got a lower USNWP ranking”/etc narrative is just bullshit, sorry. This smacks of the standard anti-activist refrain of “get a job hippie”, which I think, it goes without saying, is all types of invalid. What makes you think that Riel isn’t a kind, intellectually curious person with various talents who contributes greatly to the Wesleyan community (spoiler alert: if you’ve met him, you’d know he is)? How do you know he’s not going to class? If you knew how USNWP rankings worked, you’d probably know that this sort of thing had nothing to do with it. People can be both intelligent and productive while not necessarily holding to basic behavioral norms, finding instead what works best for them without harming anyone else in the process. I would’ve thought this was a pretty fundamental part of a Wesleyan education, but I guess to some it’s not.

    – While recognizing the potentially problematic side of something like this (because everything other people have posted regarding homelessness as a choice vs plight is pretty spot on) it worries me that the part about the interdependence and intimacy that Riel is trying to explore and expose is lost on people. When you say something like “easy to do when you’ve got a trust fund”, how do you know he’s got a trust fund? When you say something that makes the purpose of what Riel’s doing more about “trying on homelessness” than what the reasons he’s stating, how do you know that’s why he’s doing it? I understand that the second point is for some exactly the issue: that he’s making what is otherwise a difficult plight that is often the result of various types of oppression into a social experiment without acknowledging that or attempting to do something about it. But what should or can he do about that? I for one applaud his attempt to deconstruct the nature of interdependence and the way we wear one face to the world and another privately while putting himself in a good place personally.

    In closing: please don’t be a hater?

    1. Len

      I agree with a lot of your points. I just think if everyone adopted Riel’s attitude, society would crumble. We need to acknowledge that what Riel is doing is only possible because we have the luxury of living in a society with enormous wealth. You are able to live off of others because everyone around is working hard (or often in this case, parents are working hard). I could live in a house and never do the dishes if my housemates always do my dishes. But once my housemates stop doing dishes, no one would have clean plates.

      1. goatmilk

        He’s not saying everyone should adopt his attitude. College is a lab for sociality and communal living – a safe space to experiment. He’s just using this aspect of college more than most people here do.

      2. YABOYYUNGEXISTENTIALCRISIS

        Oh I wouldn’t deny that there’s a certain privilege in something like this, but I don’t think his living off of people is in any way leeching them of resources or anything like that. I would hope (and I’m nearly certain) that Riel’s probably doing dishes or cleaning up or helping out in whatever way he can, or at the very least having minimal impact on those he’s living with. This obviously requires that he show his hosts a certain decency, and that his hosts and the people he interacts with show him the same. Based on what he’s saying in the interview, I think that’s supposed to be part of the point: certain circumstances rely heavily (probably too heavily) on basic human decency, but if we don’t hesitate at the notion it’s entirely possible to share this decency with others. I’d disagree with you then that society would crumble because I’d think it would flourish, though I can definitely understand your perspective on this.

        1. atmosphere

          I guess the roots of my problem with this piece lie in Riel’s response to the question “How has this affected your social life?” and the fact that it is possible for Riel to facilitate all of these interactions and the interdepence he seeks without having to physically sleep and shower in places that are not his provided residence on campus.

          I really can appreciate Riel’s journey of rediscovering a sense of community with other human beings. And since I have never met Riel, I do not know from experience how he goes about securing sleeping places each night, but simply from his descriptions, it is difficult to determine what the power dynamics are as he approaches the question. What he describes in the “social life impact” question reads like these exists a pretense of not having anywhere else to sleep. Therefore, it may not be a purposefully cultivated “unkindness” that he experiences from others, but really just an inability for these persons to see past inconsistencies in the logical argument presented. That is to say that at no point could Riel consider himself homeless because the reality is that he will always have a sheltered place to sleep as long as he has a campus residence. To me, it is homelessness by choice when Riel’s actual goal is to rediscover humanity in people. These two missions, then, are not inextricably linked, but it seems his assumption is that they are.

          Also, in reference to previous commenters’ points about resources, my understanding comes from the fact that at least one person in existence must have a shelter, shower, and cooking space to offer for Riel’s lifestyle to work. Therefore, not everybody can live this lifestyle because somebody must possess what he is looking for in order to be able to offer it to him. Obviously, this is a hypothetical situation, but it does highlight a fallacy.

      3. Batte_A

        You basically touched on one of the most important things Riel’s actions reveal. Sure, maybe what he’s doing is only possible because of the kindness/efforts of others. But the truth is, this goes for _everyone else here_, too. Riel’s lifestyle is just making the reality of our interdependence explicit. It’s not like people who do live in their rooms *don’t* dependent on others for their survival; if you’re alive, it’s thanks to others. I think if everyone adopted Riel’s attitude and acknowledged our independence, then we’d have a way more just society with stronger communal ties. But I don’t even like the categorical imperative that much

        Also, I don’t get this dishes metaphor at all. What dishes are being left undone by Riel not staying in his room? Do you mean he’s wasting potentially usable living space? Good point. What if he let a homeless person stay in his room? Would you (and I mean everyone who objects to this, not just Len) be okay with that? There are more empty houses than homeless people in the US; but by law, if people tried to move into them without paying, *they’d* be the ones seen as committing a crime. Does that seem right or wrong to you? What if every student here gave their rooms to someone without the wealth or privilege most Wesleyan students have? Would society crumble?

  5. D

    This lifestyle is selfish and illogical. “I need to depend on people.” So he needs other people to be responsible, so that he can be a voluntary hobo? He’s wasting money on housing so that he can mooch off of others?

    So essentially, he’s contributing nothing to anyone, and just sucking up resources in pursuit of his vague idea of happiness. This attitude puts a greater burden on those of us who want to contribute to society and help those who are actually in need.

    1. rebuttL

      I don’t understand how he’s sucking up resources more than any other college students. He’s still getting his own food, clothing himself and probably living very minimally. He’s using up empty floor space to sleep on I guess.
      Frankly, most students at this school don’t contribute anything to society.
      Almost every single one of them are completely dependent on their parents.
      Difference is, they’re completely dependent on something invisible that doesn’t appear in their day to day life.

      How do you know that Riel isn’t giving anything back? I don’t know him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is.

  6. wes '09

    While it’s certainly possible that Riel is just a little quirky and enjoys a different type of routine, unfortunately the pattern of behavior described here is often seen during the first presentation of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is more common in males and classically presents in the early-to-mid 20’s. It would not, early in its course, necessarily be accompanied by seriously impaired academic functioning. I would urge Riel’s friends and classmates to be vigilant for signs of disorganized or paranoid thought, speech, and behavior.

    -M, wesleyan ’09, medical student, and E, vassar ’09, LMSW

    1. Samantha O'Brien

      As you can probably tell from reading the interview, Riel is an extremely chill dude. Paranoid? Far from it––this is the guy who went to Cuba, remember, with no problems at all. Disorganized? Riel lives out of his backpack. You have to know exactly what’s in that backpack, and where, or else you’re going to wind up with tons of missing stuff. There are a lot of people with mental illness on this campus–––we all know somebody––but one of the things I’ve learned is that you shouldn’t diagnose somebody unless they ask you to. That’s both uncalled for and outright rude. Besides, if you’d actually read the article in depth, you’d see that Riel speaks a great deal on his reliance on the kindness and knowledge of his
      friends. If something
      DID happen to him, people would know.

  7. Dave

    Being homeless is much easier when you have a trust fund. Guarantee his tust fund is working harder than he is. This is what the elimination of need-blind admissions gets us #hipsterproblems

  8. Mexibro

    This is so fucking cool! Word about the part on identity coming to be defined by routine and lack of interdependency compromising community sense and solidarity. The snowstorm last year was a perfect example of this: As soon as the institutional sources of support broke down (no food from Usdan, no routine or schedule to fill your days with, no responsibilities or obligations to tell you what you should be doing with your time, no phones or internet to connect you with your social networks outside of Wes), people fled. Instead that should have been a period of ultimate freedom, excitement and authentic human connection (I know that for many, it was, but lotsa folks left). It shows how weak the bonds of support and connection we share with the people we literally live with every day really are. I think Riel is doing a really amazing thing by confronting this poverty of community life and actually living his life in a radically different way to change this. Right on!

  9. Pondering

    I can understand both sides of the conversation. I think I would be more supportive of his nomadic existence if he was doing something useful with his room on 1 vine. For example, if a rich person decided to cast away his fortune and embrace the life of a wanderer, I would hope that he donated his wealth to a good cause, as opposed to allowing perfectly good resources to go unused. Let 1 vine be a home for the sexiled or something!

    1. goatmilk

      This didn’t have anything to do with his choice (he would have done this no matter what room he’d gotten assigned to), but 1 Vine B is an 8×8 closet that looks straight into the DKEs’ room next door. An exceptionally humiliating box for the sexiled.

  10. Marmot

    I think it’s absurd for people to give Riel shit about his LIFESTYLE CHOICE. If the university was down with him giving away his room to a person with need, that’d be dope, but unfortunately they’re too wrapped up in their bureaucratic bullshit to give that even a thought.

    If you’re calling this kid out on being crazy, just think about the monotonous zombie y’all have become because of the routine’s society prescribes to you involving having a living space.

    – Someone who’s couch Riel frequents

    PS He goes to class and is extraordinarily more productive than I, a Wesleyan senior with a full bed.

  11. Matt

    Some of the comments on this are a little bit disgusting and more or less exactly the types of behavior and attitude that he brought up. He never said anything about not going to class, and the mental institution comment is just totally not related. I think its kind of awesome the amount of people he has found willing to help out, gives me a little more faith in this campus. I do however agree that it is a plight for the homeless where it is an adventure for him because he has the option to live somewhere. But I think the main thing to get out of this is the attitudes and people he has faced both positive and negative and about how that reflects on this school

  12. Disgruntled alum

    This clown is why we have no endowment and why we dropped to #17 in US News and World Report. Go to class and do something productive or commit yourself to a mental health institution. Keep Wesleyan weird, but productive. Too many drifters.

    1. Name

      The reasons behind endowment drop and US News ranking are slightly more complex than Riel’s lifestyle choice. Perhaps it is us who should spend our time not belittling fellow students on a post that will soon sink to the bottomless pit of posts that is Wesleying but instead be more productive and actually help alleviate the problems surrounding endowment. Problems that may have more impact on financial issues than Riel sleeping on his friends couch.

      1. Steve

        I welcome your suggestions. I’d be willing to bet that more people making $ and giving $ would help. I LOVE Wesleyan. Stay creative. Be cutting edge. Change the world. But do something productive and give back.

    2. yeah

      who gives a shit about US News and World Report? that emphasis on measurement / bureaucratic legitimacy / the general confluence of elitism and numbers is the exact kind of attitude that corrodes the human-human connection Riel is kindling every night when he bonds with the generous friends who help facilitate his eccentric lifestyle.

      Also “keep Wes weird” coinciding with “keep Wes appearing high in US News and World Report” — you see no irony here?

    3. anon

      This interview never said he didn’t go to class. He does go to class, and therefore he IS productive, just does so with a different living arrangement.

  13. atmosphere

    I have somewhat of a problem with this, but I cant quite pinpoint why. I think it has something to do with the stigma that is attached to the homeless in our society (stigma from people in different communities, police/authority treatment of homeless) and the fact that this is a choice for Riel. It might be an “adventure” for him, but for the homeless, it is much more of a plight than that. It also strikes me that Riel leaves paid-for room&board completely empty. Incredibly wasteful and disrespectful to anybody that DOES NOT HAVE such an option.

    That being said, it is an interesting exploration of social boundaries and connectedness.

    1. defense

      About your point that this is a choice for Riel but not a choice for homeless people:
      -I’m not Riel but I don’t think he is doing this as a statement, personal or private, about homelessness and poverty. He explicitly says this is his lifestyle choice and he is doing it because given the conditions here (whatever that means for him), this is the lifestyle choice that makes him happy. So I don’t see why you criticize him in this context.
      -In order for you to accept a lifestyle that does not involve a permanent residence, does it have to be forced on someone and not a choice they made for their own happiness?

      About your point about wasteful/disrespectful to those who do not have the option to buy housing:
      -Wesleyan REQUIRES students to buy housing. period. full stop. Riel does not have the option to not buy housing. So given this, here are the choices:
      a) Riel buys housing. He lives in it and is not as happy as he could be. Someone in the world who does not have housing who may need it more does not get the room, since this is property of Wesleyan, not Riel.
      b) Riel buys housing. He does not live in it and is happy. Someone in the world who does not have housing who may need it more does not get the room, since this is property of Wesleyan, not Riel.

      After a quick inspection, choice b seems more appealing in all respects. If the housing that Riel pays for could be used by others who may need it more, then yes it would be wasteful. But not in this case.

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