The last five minutes of the lecture had just been semantics, and my astute classmate had drawn a parallel between the semantics in our class and a game played by residential life. The game I speak of is the attempts made by some to rename the dorms to residence halls. Some say that the word dorm reminds them of barracks---a place to sleep and that's it. I personally don't have that memory, but even if I did, a rose by any other name is still as sweet. As incredible as it may sound to those in residential life, I have called my living quarters a dorm for the last three years and am on my fourth year of happily living in them. I consulted Noah Webster and found that residence hall is a definition for dormitory. Why such a big deal? Another more recent argument against the term dorm is that it is out of date. Who decides when a word is outdated anyway? I always thought that a word was outdated when people quit using it. If that were the case we would have people worrying about other people using it. Both my brother and sister went to schools where the on campus housing was called dorms. The fact is that people still use the term dorm.
Please don't get me wrong. I'm not writing this to get back at residential life because of their "new" bedboard policy. I just think that they could be spending their time and efforts in a more useful manner than trying to convince us that residence hall is a better term than dorm. Fortunately, the beginning part of this letter was just a daydream and my mom isn't that silly, but if she were, it wouldn't seem like home if I went home and kept getting corrected for calling the place where I lived the wrong thing. I think most of us who live on campus are old enough to decide for ourselves whether we prefer to say dorm or residence hall.
Chris Taylor---Senior Electrical Eng. Major