The semester’s over and your tuition bill is paid, so why are you staring at a piece of paper from Fairfield telling you that you owe money for damages caused to your building?  You think back to that crazy night when you and your friends thought it would be just hilarious to draw on the walls and then pour beer all over the elevator, and suddenly you have your answer.

But when summer comes around and you’re back home answering to your parents, you have to ask yourself if it was worth it. While there’s no better release than smashing the flat screen in your lounge after countless shots of Dubra, there’s nothing worse than spending a sober summer staring at your juvenile bedroom walls.

But let’s not get selfish here. You’re not the only one paying the damaging consequences. The rest of your building has the same bill at the end of their semester because when no one owns up, everyone pays. And not to sound parental, but actions come with consequences, so be prepared to deal with them.

The recent protest in Jogues Hall is a sad sight. The 310 students living and “learning” in the building have been suspended from access to their building’s elevator due to the (most likely) drunken students’ idea of a good time in damaging it. We understand concerns about disabled students, but we also understand that students who truly need it will still have access to it. The building does have the highest recorded fees in damages and it was probably only a matter of time before the administration stopped relying on the students to monitor themselves and their friends.

Students up at the townhouses are just as guilty of the drunk, reckless, damage ensuing behavior after a good night out.

It’s no secret alcohol is consumed and risky games are played on weekends, but when your behavior crosses the line and the consequences end up severely affecting your classmates, be aware of the extreme situation. Own up to your mistakes and pay the price like the brave Regis student did in 2007 after flooding two floors of the dorm by playing “ball” in the hall.

If you move off campus senior year or graduate into the real world, the damage you cause will not only hurt your wallet, but also damage your reputation with your landlord.  And when you’re staring at the bill for the broken window or streetlight, the rest of your residence hall will not be there to share the blame or the cost.

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