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Southwestern College Upset over “The Roommate”

The RoommateOfficials at Southwestern College are upset over the unauthorized use of one of the college’s buildings in promotional posters for The Roommate, a slasher movie starring Leighton Meester. So far, the movie has earned an estimated $16 million in box office returns since it debuted this past weekend.

The posters in question feature the college’s Christy Administration Building and the 77 steps that lead up to it. “Our concern is the association—the unauthorized association—of what we think is an iconic image of the college with a ‘slasher’ movie,” said President Dick Merriman. No doubt the college does not want to be associated with a movie depicting the murder of students.

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Make the Most Out of Your Dorm Space with

design-your-dorm-dotcomFiguring out how to fit your things, and all your roommates’ things into a tiny dorm room can be stressful. But there’s an online tool that can help you make the most of your space, and collaborate with your roomie: lets you find a 3-Dimensional model of your room, arrange the furniture, and add items that you’ll be bringing with you to see if it all fits. Then, you can shop for new items, from mini fridges to posters and electronics. All purchases will be shipped right to your dorm, so you avoid worrying about how all your gear will fit into your parents’ station wagon. It also helps you avoid bringing or buying duplicates of things your future roommate already has.

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How to Tell Your Roommate He Smells

how-to-tell-your-rommmate-she-smellsHow do you tell your roommate that he or she needs to shower more, without hurting their feelings or creating a conflict? Dr. Fayr Barkley has some good advice.

There are several things to consider before you approach your roommate with a bar of soap. Take into account the closeness of your relationship, cultural differences and emotional sensitivity. “Think in terms of how you would like to hear it from someone,” Dr. Barkley writes for “The words you would want to hear, the sincerity of the person, the benefits you would want to know about having good hygiene and some points on how to go about making the change.”

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Adjusting to the College Transition

college freshmanGoing off to college inlists many feelings in just about every incoming college freshmen. We’re scared, but excited about what lies ahead of us. How can we be better prepared? Well, as someone who has already gone through the experience, let me give you a little advice.

First, everyone is in the same boat. Everyone is moving away from home, away from parents, friends they had in high school; so, everyone is on the same playing field.

The biggest adjustment for most people is the roommate situation. Going from your own room to a small room filled with two people, and all their stuff? Yeah, its hard. The best way I found to adjust is to be completely open with your new-found best friend. Read the rest of this entry »

Common College Roommate Conflicts Resolved

Being a college roommate is not easy. If housing services “matches” you with someone you’re far from compatible with, you’re going to have to make the most of it. While you’ll likely find ways to be amicable and keep the peace while you’re in the room, conflicts are sure to roommate confrontation

You’re not at home and you can’t run to tell your parents. They can’t fix it. This is one of those times you’ll have to resolve the problem on your own. And hopefully your roommate is responsive to your polite and friendly suggestions for living peacefully under one concrete ceiling.

Here we take a look at a few common points of tension, and the best ways to fix them.

Neat Freak vs. Pack Rat

Everyone’s definition of clean will vary. You need to work together early in the relationship to define what that will look like in your room. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Survive Your College Roommate

college roommates in dormDorm rooms across the country are beginning to fill with doe-eyed college freshmen and slightly jaded sophomores. It’s an exciting time, as for most students it’s the first address they’ve ever had that they didn’t share with their parents. You might have shared a room with your little brother or sister at home, but we promise you few people will take tattling seriously in your dorm if your roommate touches your stuff.

Living with a college roommate isn’t as bad as you might have heard or have imagined in your head, usually. Whether you and your dorm roommate are bound to be life-long friends, or counting the days until holiday break to get away from one another, we want to show you how to start off on the right foot. Read the rest of this entry »

When Meeting a College Roommate on Facebook Goes Wrong

We thought this was too good not to share with you. What started at CollegeHumor is making its way around the Web faster than a rumor in the dorm.

What is pasted here is an excerpt from an exchange between two new college roommates on Facebook. Nolan originally reached out to Jordan to make the transition to living together in a 10×10 cell, I mean room, a little more amicable. Nolan, a pre-med student, volunteered to bring the fridge and asked that Jordan bear some of the responsibility by bringing the microwave. Jordan argued that by bringing the Xbox and a TV that Nolan should go ahead and pick up the microwave “with a popcorn setting.”

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20 Ways to Annoy Your College Roommate

Living in a small dorm room with a total stranger is a universally stressful experience.  Learning to be polite and considerate to each other is a must, as is mature, open communication about what the two of you expect from each other. But if you really want to get on your roommate’s nerves, here are 20 great strategies.


  1. Use your snooze button whenever possible.
  2. Avoid cleaning, especially things involving food and dirty underwear.
  3. Have an extra loud ring tone, and make sure it goes off in the middle of the night.
  4. Have an extra loud everything, for that matter. The noisier you are, the better.
  5. Make sure you have lots of company whenever your roommate has an exam.
  6. Buy a comforter that completely clashes with your roommate’s.
  7. Borrow your roommate’s things–no biggie, right?
  8. Break your roommate’s things–no biggie, right?
  9. Gossip about your roommate to everyone on the floor.
  10. Forget to mention that visitors have stopped by.
  11. Spill perfume or cologne in the room.
  12. Study in the room all the time.
  13. Eat your roommate’s food, and drink his or her milk right out of the carton.
  14. Make sure your guests are rude to your roommate.
  15. If you have a “special” guest, be sure to be be intimate in front of your roommate.
  16. Eat things in the room that gross your roommate out.
  17. Spill things on your roommate’s homework
  18. Be rude when your roommate’s parents visit (bonus points for being drunk).
  19. Put political and religious messages all over your side of the room that your roommate disagrees with.
  20. Flirt with your roommate’s ex–or current.

Getting to Know Your Freshman Year Roommate Over the Summer

Incoming students, your first year of college is just months away! And like many freshmen, you may be about to experience the most frustrating part of adjusting to school: living with a total stranger in a tiny dorm room. However, with a good attitude, life with a roommate doesn’t need to be painful. And the first thing you can do is establish a good relationship with your roommate over the summer before school starts.

As soon as you get information about your new roommate, make contact. Back in the “old days” when I went to college (1988), that meant a phone call. Of course, today there’s email. And if you’re both on Facebook or MySpace, add each other for sure. Getting to know each other a little bit now will make the transition easier, and you can use cyberspace to do this easily.

When meeting your roommate, keep an open mind. When I first called my roommate, I felt like she was looking for things not to like about me. Don’t do this. You certainly don’t have to be best friends with your roommate, or even friends at all—but you will have a much easier time if the two of you are friendly to and respectful of each other. So assume the best about your roommate, especially at first.

Once you get to know each other a little, summer is a good time to talk about expectations you have about the room, or even to draw up a roommate contract. Compromise is important, but it’s also important that you let each other know what you expect. For example, if one of you isn’t cool with overnight visits from the opposite sex, get that out in the open now before it becomes a problem. If cleanliness is very important to you, let that be known.

On a more practical note, summer is a good time to discuss things you’re going to bring to the room. One of you might choose to bring the fridge, and other the rug. You can also discuss color schemes to make sure things don’t horribly clash.

If you can, meet your roommate in person. This will make the first day in the dorm a whole lot less weird. If you live close to one another, get together for coffee or lunch. If you’re a long drive away from each other, consider getting together for lunch on campus, or invite your roommate over to your home.

Spend some time getting to know your roommate over the summer. Remember, freshman year is stressful, and the time you take to establish a comfortable relationship with your roommate can make things much easier.


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