I know, I know. I’m a bit of a curmudgeon about the dorms. They’re all part of the experience. It’s how we learn independence. Etc.
But I deal in irony, especially when it indicts the extravagance of the college industrial complex. So this story about how teens don’t get enough sleep brought chuckles. David Orenstein from Brown University brings us the news that there’s something called the Pittsburgh Sleep Index– of course– and college students get a low score. Actually, I don’t know whether low is bad like baseball or good like golf and so let’s just say that college kids get a bad score.
I was going to make a snarky comment about how everyone will ignore this data because colleges make money on dorms by collecting expensive rent on the rooms that alumni build as gifts. But I’m wrong. I’m sure there’s some sub-dean who’s been tasked with creating some ad campaign to encourage the youngsters to get some sleep.
But then they’ll continue to pack them in like sardines and hope that the student health services will be able to paper over any STDs or alcohol poisoning brought about by the close confines.
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