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Last year when it was announced that freshmen could return to their residence halls as upperclassmen and Franken Hall would have two upperclassmen floors, I was ecstatic. What I didn’t anticipate was having to deal with the same freshman fire alarm issues as an upperclassman.

When I lived in Dieterich my freshman year, the fire alarm was the bane of my existence. It would go off after I’d just gotten home from the library, when I was in the shower and multiple times a month in the middle of the night.

One week during the winter, it went off at 3 a.m., then the next night at 3 a.m., then again that same night at 4 a.m.

The late-night disturbances have been less frequent in Franken this year, but we didn’t even make it until midterms before the alarm went off one night at 2 a.m.

Who on Earth is even awake to generate smoke at that time of night? On a weeknight no less.

Freshmen, I don’t care how important you think it is to burn that popcorn when you’re trying to get a paper done hours before it’s due, or how much you need your late-night vape fix, there are hundreds of other people in your building who desperately need every minute of sleep they can get.

If you don’t care about us, at least think about yourself, because nothing makes college students feel more homicidal than being jolted awake by a mallet on their door, trekking down half a dozen stairs, standing in the cold for half an eternity and having to climb those half dozen stairs back up to bed.

If you’re really that shackled to your vape, go outside so the rest of us don’t have to.

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