PSA: The library is not a bedroom


This editorial could be summed up in six words: please stop canoodling in the library. With a few more words, we could add the Coates Student Center, the hammocks outside the chapel and really anywhere else where people can see you on their way to class.

We’re not talking about normal PDA, like a quick kiss or sitting with your arm around your partner. We’re talking about the moment that a cute, acceptable amount of PDA becomes an uncomfortable, continued event. To pull from the supreme court case on obscenity, Jacobellis v. Ohio, you know it when you see it.

Here at the Trinitonian, we don’t shy away from love or sex, hence this special edition focused on just those things. However, there’s a time and a place for expressing love physically. A booth on the fourth floor of the library at 7 p.m. when the table next to you is studying for their biology exam is neither the time nor the place.

It must be said that in addition to activities such as making out with excessive noise and prolonged fondling, there are some stationary positions that should be relegated to the dorm room. These include: sitting fully on another’s lap, wrapping your neck around someone else’s like mating swans and laying on top of each other, completely horizontal.

If this article isn’t enough to convince you that people really do see you in that spot you think is totally safe, at least think about your partner. Ask yourself: do they really want your romantic place to be public, on campus? Around Valentine’s Day? Really? And if you decided to be a little too playful in broad daylight in the CSI and one of your professors walked by, is that the image you want in their head whenever they see you in class?

Fine, your love language is physical touch. Next time, just take it back to the residence halls. But please send a text to your roommate first. No one else needs to be scarred.