March 20, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 14

Plugging In


There’s quite a power draw in the residence halls these days. Between flat-screen televisions, game consoles, PCs, and more, students have technology on their side.

I remember hearing my father talking about being away at school, how he had his own contraband appliance he took with him—breaking the rules, being a rebel. He had a popcorn maker.

A few decades makes a big difference, it seems.

The image for this issue is much more from my era, DHH in 1994—I can practically hear “Out of Hand” by the Mighty Lemon Drops just seeing this picture—kind of an in-between for residence hall style: you could have stuff that plugged in, but it wasn’t something to raise the eyebrows of electricians. But what was it like when you were here? What stuff could you bring and what could you not? What rules were in place that we don’t have anymore? And what would you do differently today?