Monday, December 19, 2005

Chicken Pox and Library Behavior

This chicken pox thing has pushed DS over the top and forced him to write on library etiquette.

Fortunately for DS, he is not worried about getting chicken pox as he has already had it twice. That's correct - once in elementary school, then once in high school forcing him to miss his freshman year baseball tryouts - don't worry, he still made the team.

Anywho, DS has no way of knowing whether the infected student was spreading germs around the library, but seeing as almost all students who were at Boalt at least once over the last two weeks were in the library, there's a good chance others in the library have it now as well. Which brings DS to the topic of this post: Library etiquette. Specifically how pissed off DS is every time he goes into the library. He proposes the following rules:

1 - Cell phones. If your cell phone goes off, other students have the right - nay, the responsibility - to take that cell phone and throw it against the nearest wall as hard as they can. What don't students understand about the "SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES" sign in the entering hallway. And, don't think DS is out-of-line by saying that he thinks this is a mostly 1L thing.

1a - if you answer your phone and talk on it, other students have the responsibility to make sure your head is smashed into the wall along with the cell-phone.

2 - Sniffling. You know what DS is talking about. Those people that would rather sniff their nose loudly every 5-10 seconds instead of blowing it. This is DS's pet-peeve and he traces his frustration with those that refuse to blow their nose like proper citizens to the administration of his SAT test in high school when the student sitting next to him proceeded to sniffle the entire 4 hour test - single-handedly preventing DS from obtaining the score he should have achieved.

3 - Coughing/Sneezing. No doubt how the chicken pox were spread at Boalt. Coughing is one thing - everyone has to do it. Those who choose to cough without covering up their mouth are bad enough. Sneezing is entirely preventable. DS never sneezes out loud - he always holds it in, as there is absolutely no scientific evidence indicating that is a bad thing. So, because DS does it, all students should. But, in the library, there are multitudes of students who both cough and sneeze out in the open. Disgusting! Have these individuals no sense of others?

4 - Any other noise you make. It seems that people in the library are just not aware of their surroundings. Everything you do in the library should be designed to minimize the impact you have on those around you. Unnecessary shuffling around in your book bag, texting people on your cell phone, switching chairs, and talking are all things that just don't need to happen.

DS proposes that we institute a complaint system - much like the point system at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If you're doing something that annoys another student, that other student should simply note who you are, and report to the librarians what you did. Your offense and name will be kept on a sheet. Three strikes and you're out. Expelled. Done for ever at Boalt. Just because poor grades can't get you kicked out, doesn't mean poor manners shouldn't either.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does "Disco Stu" refer to himself in the third person in his posts? It is incredibly distracting and an unnecessary display of self-importance.

12/19/2005 6:22 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Because then less than attentive, and often times half-asleep, law students reading this blog attribute posts by co-bloggers to Armen. Armen, for one, thinks that Disco Stud cannot possibly self-aggrandize himself too much.

12/19/2005 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay. I take it back. Thanks for the explanation, Armen. I didn't realize that DS uses the 3rd person so as to reduce likelihood of confusion with Armen. So, Disco, continue to pepper your posts with DS and you'll get no grief from me!

In any event, I very much enjoy DS's posts. Thanks for sharing your stories and insights!

12/20/2005 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like sneezing in the open. It makes me feel like a big man. On a lighter note, Disco Stu refers to himself because that's what Disco Stu does, you fool. Armen, you should know better, being a self-proclaimed Simpson's fan(atic) and all. I'm disgusted with all of you. May God have mercy on your souls.

12/20/2005 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sneezing is the one pleasure I have left. And you want to take it away! For shame, DS, for shame.

12/20/2005 2:32 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

I was being facetious. I'm actually surprised the person bought it as a legit explanation. But yes, I know that Disco Stu doesn't advertise.

12/20/2005 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? No wrath of Armen for daring to state that people should be quiet in the library?

DS - I think it would be impossible to hold in my sneezes - my eyes would pop out. But I'm with you on unnecessary shuffling about in bags.

12/23/2005 8:02 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Nah, no wrath...just greater incentive to piss off people studying in the library knowing they probably think like DS.

12/24/2005 12:42 AM  

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