I've already finished my undergrad, but stayed on a few mailing lists from my university anyways. I considered taking myself off, but after the following e-mails, I'm glad I didn't. As backstory, the person writing them is a 20 year old Asian transfer to my alma mater, majoring in math. He's fairly average academically, if you were wondering. Initial E-Mail Dear Housemates: I assumed it was above you to drink to the point of drunkenness or to smoke, to the point of getting high, or to bring whatever you smoke inside. But believe it or not, I have observed multiple such instances within the last few days. (not multiple in each category, but multiple in general. I would do much more than write an email if it were multiple in each category.) I came here to take part in an exciting academic experience, and expected to be surrounded by people of similar inhibitions and intellectual capacity. The latter hope has essentially been met, but I am highly discouraged by my findings in the former category. I am still 20. Most universities forbid students from drinking around underaged students within housing complexes, even if they themselves are of drinking age. It is obviously illegal to drink while under 21 years of age. Marijuana is always illegal, and smoking, while legal, is a terrible decision, and in any event highly inconsiderate to do around other people. I am disgusted that I have to be saying these things. Please do not do these things around me. Because I am so sick of these things, I will call the RA/other relevant authority if you do these things around me without further comment. If said thing is smoking, probably not too much will happen, but obviously if it's a legal issue there will be further action that I don't even initiate. If you decide to make stupid choices, please keep me out of them and let me just study in my "hole" as you must be thinking by now. I want nothing to do with these activities, nor the people that take part in them. Do not bring your cigarettes (especially lighted... seriously?) into the building, and especially do not bring them through alley 4. You're encouraged to reply with thought-out responses to my elevated hatred of these acts of disgrace, if it occurs to you to do so. If anybody is similarly disgusted with these things that should be below us as students, it would be good to know who you are. After receiving some fairly mild replies, he uncorked these gems; E-mail 2: Now, do you have anything to add? Perhaps something that would convince me that indeed, the people here are not quite as bad as they seem? My impression, especially of other houses, has always been negative within a month of being here, but it was within the range where I could look them in the eye and carry even a decent conversation, while not being afraid that I was talking to a criminal. I trusted students extensively, and much moreso than I trusted their UCSD counterpart. I leave my things wherever it's convenient, because I know they won't be stolen. Do I have to check "Free Food" now to make sure it's not infused with marijuana? Or is there a reason to believe that most all of the students here are this perverted? (I of course recognize this is not the norm, but if even 1% of students are into this kind of thing then trusting students with anything is a dangerous risk.) E-mail 3: I want nothing to do socially with anybody who does not recognize the facts stated in my last email. I will only talk about technical things with such people. In fact, I'll probably just only talk about math and science, since it seems to be the only thing that everybody at this school can agree on. If something is illegal, the legal authorities must obviously act on it. E-mail 4: The trouble is I should not *have* to talk to people individually to work these things out. People are legally bound from doing 2 of the 3 things I listed, at least barring corner cases, and this university obviously forbids smoking inside. Why do you assume all people are equal? No text, religious or not, has a proof of this statement. Why can certain people not be "beneath" others? I'm not advocating either way in the grand cosmic sense you seem to mean, but on purely philosophical grounds, I challenge you to justify thinking of people as equal. It is fact that most of the things I stated are illegal, and the rest are highly morally reprehensible, at the very least to force upon other people by bringing it inside/to my room, etc. E-mail 5: I state facts on this mailing list, and I never post in political forums because frankly politics do not interest me. I merely never want to see anything rated X nearby me ever again. I don't care if you do it, although I'll maintain you're mistaken in doing so, I won't do anything to stop it. The latter seems to be in the domain of politics, while the former is only in my own interest. I understand that you think that everytime someone refers to the law it has to be a political argument, but a moment's pause will convince you that this reasoning is flawed. However, right now, I need to study integration theory anyhow. Good night. *** Obviously, these e-mails are hysterically funny, but I'm curious if the rest of you can top it. Focus- What were the most hilarious and misguided examples of moral indignation you ever witnessed or read? Also, mods, can you put in BBCode for quotes where relevant? It doesn't seem possible to do on the Suggestions Board.