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Terrible roommate yawns wrong

*The Backdoor is a “work” of “fiction” and “satire.”

By Althea Billings

Campus Safety was called Saturday evening to respond to an incident occurring in the second floor of Howard. At approximately 8:40 p.m., a loud crash could be heard down the hall. The RA on duty responded to the disturbance.

“When I opened the door, it appeared as if the microwave-minifridge combo had been violently overturned,” Arlow Huckleberry ’19 said. “Half-heated soup was splattered across the carpet.”

According to the write up provided by Campus Safety Officer Cory Monteeth, Jessica Peele ‘21, one of the residents had been provoked into a fury by her roommate.

“I don’t know exactly how it happened, it seems like a dream now,” Peele said, “I remember all the little things, y’know? All the little things from that day just boiled over inside of me.”

Gary Carter, a counselor at the Health Center said that this type of behavior is not irregular at LC.

“It’s that point in the semester when stress starts to build that tensions among roommates can show themselves,” Carter said.

While the incident may seem “like a dream” for Peele, the buildup was very clear.

“This morning she started playing music 15 minutes before my alarm for my 9:10 class, then she ate my last bagel even though it had my name on it!” Peele said. “She leaves the hair from her hairbrush all over the room and when she was heating up soup — who eats soup, by the way — she yawned.”

This admission surprised Huckleberry, the RA for the hall.

“Typically the roommate issues we deal with have to do with personal space, cleanliness and sexiling, yawning is a first for me,” Huckleberry said.

Peele went on to explain the conflict.

“She yawns wrong! She does! She flares her lips and doesn’t do the noise right. Like you can see all of her teeth and she doesn’t make the ‘aah’ sound … It’s a guttural caw that always scares me no matter what. She flicks her tongue around … every time she has to yawn she repeats it like three times,” Peele said. “It’s upsetting.”

Peele’s roommate declined to comment and requested to remain unnamed, but Peele maintains that the yawns can be heard echoing through Howard anytime after 8 p.m. on weekdays.

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