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How about this: Close the curtains

< general rule, I don’t like seeing naked people. I mean, don’t get me wrong, a little bit of being in the buff is a wonderful thing, but do I like to see randos I don’t know just walking around willy-nilly? Mmmm, probably not. On that note, I think it is interesting how so many people around campus don’t seem to care at all. Am I complaining? Not really. Does that mean that I just can’t wait to see the next kid changing in their room up in Meyers on a dark late night walk back from the library? Definitely not. And again, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want you to think that there’s an eager peeping-tom going around campus (if there is, it’s not me), but I do think you should be aware that (brace yourself) PEOPLE CAN SEE YOU WHEN YOU’RE IN YOUR ROOM. Not that I’m looking, but when it’s dark out you catch a glance. An unwanted, extremely flesh-filled, glance.

It’s so interesting to me how most of us are pretty self-conscious people, but we simply don’t seem to care enough to take that extra second to shut the curtains. We (and I use this collective “we” pretty loosely) spend a lot of time stressing about if our jeans are too snug in the rear, but then are completely unabashedly changing in front of open curtained windows. The incongruity is amazing.

Around this campus, and maybe all campuses for that matter, there is a very thin veil keeping us from being seen in the nude at every turn. A veil most of us are very familiar with. I’ll give you a hint: it’s beige, bacteria resistant, and you probably don’t really want to touch it. Yes, I am talking about the shower curtains anyone who has ever lived on campus is intimately familiar with. If you think about it, there’s really nothing stopping anyone from just marching right up to your little stall and tearing that curtain wide open exposing you and your soapy loofa in all your glory. Hopefully this doesn’t happen very often (I mean unless you count that one incident on first floor Evans this past Monday… embarrassing), but it’s kind of disconcerting how it could happen literally all the time.

I guess I don’t really know what the point of this story is, but I just thought I should draw some attention to this nude-y situation. Is this a viewpoint begging you to always shut your curtains and duct-tape your shower shut? No, but I just thought maybe I should make you aware of the fact that even if you have no intention of baring your sick bod to the world, you may have been doing it for the past five weeks. And I (along with others) have noticed. Ponder that.

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