Rules are meant to be broken

Marisa Hildebrand

There are dozens, hundreds, perhaps even thousands of rules students encounter daily. There are rules for parking and rules for walking on pathways; rules that help us succeed, rules that seem to make work infinitely more challenging and rules that simply do not make sense.

While students agree that rules are unquestionably necessary in society, they do admit that some rules can be broken.

Brittanie Clendinin is a sophomore chemistry student and said rules are definitely necessary in the world.

“Obviously, ‘thou shall not kill’ [is the most important rule],” she said laughing.

But, she says it is almost impossible not to break some rules in life.

“There are a lot of stupid [rules] out there,” Clendinin said. “Definitely the speed limit [is one of them].”

Other students argue even the little rules are created for a purpose and they should be followed, regardless, to stay safe.

“I think rules are necessary,” freshman sociology major Paola Lomeli said. “They are like limits we have because there are some people who go too far.”

She said without rules life would be a mess, and they help keep people out of harm’s way.

Farahnaz Bahramand is a junior health science major and agrees with Clendinin that she makes the occasional traffic violation, but said it is the socially-created rules on the road that annoy her the most .

“I don’t put my blinker on every time I change lanes,” Bahramand said. “But tailgating really pisses me off.”

While some students find flexibility in bending some explicit rules set forth by authorities, they find it most irritating when common courtesy rules are broken.

“I wouldn’t want people in my personal bubble,” Bahramand said about standing too close to someone in line. “People have their personal space, and if someone is too close, it’s uncomfortable.”

Clendinin also said socially-constructed rules are most obnoxious when broken.

“Parking should be more enforced,” she said. “People who park crooked ruin my day.”

Despite the dozens of rules posted throughout campus, Clendinin said she does not find campus rules restrictive. She brushes it off when she sees someone riding their bike or skateboard on walkways that clearly post signs saying otherwise.

But social rule violations are by far the most irritating when broken for students; It is a type of common courtesy expected by everyone.