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Roommate drama rages through students apartments

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Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:11

student tries to study while her roommates are being loud with friends

ROOMMATES PLAY MANY DIFFERENT roles in the life of a college student. For some, roommates’ antics have caused disgust, frustration, fines and even upset stomachs. MICKELLE YEATES photo illustration

For many college students, leaving home and family may not be as difficult as what they find upon their arrival. Roommates — whether carefully hand picked or determined randomly — are in a unique position to aggravate and entertain.


Brad Carling, a senior majoring in accounting, said one roommate made a strong first impression.


“The first day I moved in, he comes walking in, introduces himself and took off his shirt, then flexed and said ‘This is your goal, this is what you want to be,’” Carling said. “He was an attractive guy, but he honestly thought he was God’s gift to women.”


Carling said he made an effort to get along, with mixed results.


“I would invite him to do stuff with me and my friends,” he said. “Sometimes he would come, sometimes he wouldn’t.”


Chelsea Howard, a sophomore majoring in statistics, said she had a roommate who ate fish every day and once attempted to fry sushi in the kitchen.


“For months afterward, our apartment was drenched in a grease smell,” Howard said. “Luckily it was before Christmas break. Better believe we took all our clothes home to wash the stench out.”


Tessa Brown, a sophomore majoring in English, lived in the apartment at the time of the fish-fry-gone-wrong.


“I swear I still get whiffs sometimes,” Brown said. “One of our other roommates dry cleaned all of her coats. The smell was bad, but the taste was worse. I went for a run right after I ate the fried sushi to get it out of my system as quick as possible. My other roommate made herself throw up it was so bad.”


Brown said the roommates would text the words “dead fish” to let one another know when seafood was being prepared in the apartment.


Brian Lee, a junior majoring in business marketing, said one of his roommates in particular caused him grief. Not only was he socially awkward, but he accidentally started a fire in his room and didn’t tell anybody about it for the rest of the year, Lee said.

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