An update from Jamie, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business.
As a girl, a teenager, and a human, I have fallen subject to being the believer and the spreader of rumors. Gossip. False information. Exaggerated facts. Myths. We have all encountered these at some point in our lives.
I am beginning to think that a huge part of my job as an RCLC member is to debunk rumors about the Residential Commons and spread the truth. And I think that for anyone reading this blog post or any informed student, this is your job, too. Because in the past three weeks alone here at school, I have overheard some pretty bogus conversations about what’s happening to SMU’s campus.
What are people saying?
Oh, you name it. Some people think that Residential Commons is sophomore housing, some think the new buildings are apartments, some think that it’s just more freshman residence halls. I even heard one girl say she “heard” there would be a full-time police officer living in each building. (All of these assumptions are false.)
How is this happening?
Well, for the most part, people believe what they hear. They trust what comes out of others’ mouths and don’t stop to check the facts with a reputable source (like the SMU website, or feel free to contact Jeff Grim, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Academic Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-768-0598).
Where is this happening?
On a bench, at a table in Umph, before class with the kid next to you, during sorority recruitment, at the nail salon, and amongst pillow talk between roommates. Everywhere. It’s happening everywhere. The rumors are being spread in whispers and conversations and discussions in hard-to-reach places.
What can I do to stop it? What can YOU do to stop it?
Let’s start small. By having similar conversations at Umph and on a bench that will reinforce the right information. Stopping a discussion when you hear something incorrect, and politely stating the real information.
Talking to your own roommate. Presenting information on the Residential Commons to groups on campus. Telling all your friends to tell all of their friends the accurate and exciting news about everything that is happening at SMU.
When I was in elementary school, we used to play a game called telephone. Everyone would sit in a circle and the first person would whisper something into the ear of their neighbor, and so on, until it got to the last person in the circle. It never failed that, when we checked, the ending statement was nothing like the beginning domino.
When it comes to Residential Commons at SMU, the news we have to share up front is way too important and awesome to get tangled up in the rumor mill. So let’s not play telephone anymore. Let’s make a point of spreading more accurate, fair, and truthful information so that everyone can get equally excited about Residential Commons. Deal?