I just saw another fratty run out in front of a car… You know those signs they put in neighborhoods with little kids in them? I am going to make a sign that says “SLOW: Betas at play” and put it across from my dorm. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
College towns are odd little places. The common rules of society don’t seem to apply here. I’m not even sure Newtonian Physics works properly here. One of the main rules that changes is one that was branded on our minds from the time we took our first steps:
Look both ways before crossing the street.
In college towns, the rule is more like: Sorta glance after entering the roadway. Or perhaps: Assume that once you step foot in the crosswalk you will have superhuman invincibility powers.
I am honestly surprised that more college students don’t meet their demise when they go home over breaks and forget the real world rules. What concerns me even more is children raised in college towns. What could possibly be more dangerous? They never got branded in the first place! When Stillwater High played Owasso a few weeks ago, you could have spotted the kids raised in Stillwater that were headed to the stadium even if you’re color blind. The kids from Owasso stopped and looked as they crossed the street. Stilly residents, on the other hand, were sauntering out into the road without the slightest hesitation.
I have an idea. Let’s pass a law that people raised in college towns have to wear some identifying marker when traveling by foot. You know, a bicycle flag, neon vest, arm band, something. I suppose it would be kinda like the Jewish arm bands during the Holocaust, but this one is legitimately for their own good.