Our View

As the snow melts, the grass greens and the end of the school year draws nigh, students are looking to the future. Many look forward to summer or beyond. For several seasoned Simpson students, next fall will be their last, or second to last, year on campus as college kids.

Such students look forward to everything that comes with being an upperclassman. First of all, they’re closer to graduating, they’ve become comfortable with their environment (hopefully), they’ve climbed the social ladder and have realized their dreams of turning 21. They also have the chance to live in Station Square, which boasts Simpson’s finest living quarters.

Complete with twin bedrooms, separate bathrooms, a deck or balcony and square footage Barker residents could only dream about, Station Square is a college kid’s dream. However, some of Simpson’s policies for the apartment building have stirred up some ruckus as of late.

Due to the seniority-based apartment selection procedure, a vast majority of Station Square residents are 21 years of age or older, making it legal for them to buy and consume alcohol in the privacy of their living quarters. The law is different for the building, however, as residents are not allowed to bring alcohol into the complex.

Small groups of friends have been written up and fined with very little notification or communication from those in charge. Over spring break, rooms were checked and residents with visible alcohol containers were busted.

Recently, the prohibition policy has been supplemented with a preseason waiver residents will have to sign, starting next year, saying they will not possess or consume alcohol in the building. Failure to follow the rules can result in expulsion from the apartment complex.

What’s going on here? Just because Simpson wants to maintain the nicest apartment on campus means the deserved residents with the highest room selection position have to sign away their right to alcohol as a 21-year-old citizen?

If it’s about noise or big crowds of people, making a rule against noise or big crowds of people would make more sense, wouldn’t it?

Once a student turns 21, the excitement and rebel status of drinking tends to go away. The upperclassmen often head up to the bar, anyway. A lot of the residents in Station Square would like to hang out with a couple friends, watch “the game” or whatever it may be and have a leisurely drink. Is that so wrong?