Water Pong = deadly

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not making fun of the California woman who died while trying to win a water-drinking contest.  (as an aside, how sucky is that whole situation, especially since people told the DJs that it wasn't safe and they were ignored?)  But that said, banning water pong is a little extreme - or is it just me?

Yes I know, good intentions, blah blah, litigation, blah blah... but please, use some common sense?  The article makes it sound like it's a good excuse  to ban an undesired activity - water damage, noise in the study space, etc - if that's the case then own up and admit it.


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3 thoughts on “Water Pong = deadly”

  1. so, if they stop putting water in the cups, will they find a way to make empty cups dangerous, as well?

  2. Let's not forget the fire escape hazard of a big ol' pong table in a little bitty dorm room.

    Oh yeah, and then there's a couple of other things we've learned in the land of communal living:

    1) The noise and atmosphere of a water-pong room would have adverse effects on most hall environments. The specifics of which would vary with the mix of students living nearby and in the room with said table, but there would definitely be some friction...

    2) This one holds true in so many places in life as well: give an inch, take a mile.

    Don't get me wrong, the response from on high to this one isn't the most well-executed it could be, but there's definitely good reason for it. My guess is the one that They (oooh, the ubiquitous "They"!) decided to use to support their decision (hyponatremia is scary stuff, by the way) was porbably the one They thought the students might actually buy into.

    Not sure that scaring them into being un-stupid is the best approach, but I can understand the motivation. Whatever... Anyways, I think the major point I wanted to make is in #2 above.

    I'm going to return to winding down by vegging out in front of the TV...

  3. As mentioned, I understand the premise of "we don't like this activity, and oh look here's an excuse for us to ban it" but while Dartmouth kids maybe spoiled and out of touch, they aren't stupid (well, usually) and trying to scare them with a marginally applicable news tragedy is lame.

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