Commentary

Point/Counterpoint: Lights Out, Lighten Up

Every morning, I make the long hike from America House to Commons, and by the time I get there, I am just dying to sit down. I drop my bag, get some food, and take a seat with some of my friends in lower right. Almost every day, I can count on conversation about the prefects in the various dorms and the things that they did in order to get their freshmen enraged and in trouble. I usually just sit there and listen to what everyone has to say, but the other day I began to wonder why I was not in the conversation. As I picked at my pancakes, I thought about this question, and the answer came to me quickly. I was disappointed in myself for even having to think about it. The America House prefects are awesome! Their names are Christian Halvorsen and Tantum Collins, but many of you probably know them as Kit and Teddy. Ask any person in A-House, or even the whole school for that matter, and I guarantee you that you will not be able to find someone with a bad thing to say about either of them. They do all they are supposed to as prefects without abusing their power, and while this seems like a difficult task for many other prefects, Kit and Teddy make it look easy. Not only do they perform their duties to the best of their ability, they are also able to maintain a friendly relationship with all of the students here in A-House. Whether it is midnight on a Saturday or a Wednesday evening at dinner, Kit and Teddy are always willing to spend time with us freshmen, whether it is to go over something that we are really concerned about or just to joke around. Now, I cannot say that Kit and Teddy are the best prefects on campus; obviously, I have no experience with other prefects. If one can judge based on the feedback from students, I would say that this statement is probably true. I would much rather have two really cool, nice guys than some arrogant jerks that do not give their kids a chance. Although I cannot be sure, I would contend that other freshmen agree. So prefects, please just take it easy! There is no need to abuse your power. The reality is that you only impress yourself. Try to remember your freshman year. You either had an awesome prefect with whom you enjoyed spending time, or you had some jerk whom you just wanted to punch right in the nose. Here is some advice: please do not make us want to punch you in the nose. The point that I am trying to make is that prefects must restrain themselves. I am sure you all enjoy having power, but do not abuse it just to tick off a few freshmen in order to make your day. I realize that you have to keep us under control, but that does not mean you have to make people’s lives miserable. Just do your job without giving restrictions for the sake of giving out restrictions, because you are not making any friends while doing so. And to my fellow classmates, I truly am sorry that you do not have the privilege of living here in A-House, but good luck with your prefects!