1, Number 1, Jan/Feb 2000
Mediation Roleplay #1 (continued)
Studies: Books vs. Activism
Because you have to work 20 hours a
week and carry a full academic load, you really needed
to live in as quiet an environment as possible. This
was so important to you that you were willing to move
to a dorm where you knew no one because it was the only
place you could get a single room. Unfortunately, your
room is right next to Pat and Terry who are active in
student politics and whose room is often a hub of activity
with people from within and outside the dorm participating
in frequent meetings. You have found it difficult to
concentrate because the meetings often become heated.
Three weeks ago, you left a note for Terry and Pat asking
them to move their meetings to the dorm lounge but nothing
came of it.
week, you had a big test coming up and really needed
to concentrate. Again, there was a meeting going on
and you found it impossible to concentrate. The senior
resident assistant and the resident manager were out
so you called some friends to complain. They came right
over to help out. When they arrived they said "those
people have no right using their room for meetings.
They have plenty of other places to go like the Afro-Am
center. Besides, dorms are for living and studying and
not for plotting a black revolution." You were so exhausted
from working and studying, all you wanted was to get
the people out of Terry's and Pat's room. So you agreed
with your friends to call campus police and complain
that they were disturbing the peace. You heard the police
arrive and once they left, Terry and Pat were pounding
on your door, yelling at you and asking what your problem
was. They accused you of harassing them. The RA showed
up and helped calm the situation down. She suggested
you all go to mediation to work out your problems.
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