By Michelle DeRoche
Proponent of Air Kisses
A new policy has been mandated campus-wide. There are to be no public displays of affection (PDA) among any of the students at the University of Dallas. The rule has been implemented in response to too much love and affection being shown among the UD populace.
The rule applies to public places such as the Cap Bar and the Mall. It also applies to dorm lounges and dorm rooms. Chastity bars can now be found on all couches across campus.
Many students are distraught at the news, since Seminary Hill is also considered a public place on campus.
“I don’t know where else my boyfriend and I are going to go on Saturday nights,” said senior Alexa Turczynski.
PDA includes, but is not limited to, hand-holding, hugging and kissing. The administration has created a new task force, the PDA Police, to enforce this new rule. The PDA Police can be found patrolling campus ready to write up any student violating the new policy.
Senior Charles Shaughnessy, a volunteer member of the PDA Police, admitted that the position has its downsides.
“This job is more awkward than I expected. But then I remember how much more awkward it must be for the couple that I am writing up and I just laugh,” he said.
The PDA Police will also attend all TGITs and school dances with tape measures to make sure couples stay far enough away from each other. The mandated measurement is “enough room for the Holy Spirit.” The goal is to prevent inappropriate dancing and behavior. Offending students will be asked to leave the premises, whether or not they paid for a ticket.
“Freshmen are scared they won’t get to be accepted to the fall Rome program because they were caught holding hands with their boyfriends,” said Rebecca Davies, director of Rome and summer programs.
This policy will also apply to the campus in Rome and all class trips. The Rome resident assistants said they were happy at first because they thought the no-PDA policy could control some of the “beer-goggled” Romers’ obnoxious behavior. Then they realized the rule also applied to them. Ryan and Ellen Reedy were reported to be especially disappointed.
Dr. Peter Hatlie, director of the Rome program, has admitted that this will be a difficult policy for students to follow “when the wine is flowing.”
Signs have been posted across campus, and the Office of Personal Career Development has been sending daily email reminders.
One freshman girl was found in tears on the Mall, saying her parents may not let her return next semester since she has too many write-ups for hugging friends. After all, parents now can keep tabs on their children’s purity with each fine for PDA.
The policy has received mixed reviews from students. Some are completely opposed.
“Why can’t we show a little brotherly love?” asked junior Aaron Kim. “We’re all adults. I don’t see what’s wrong with showing a little affection here and there.”
Another movement has arisen on campus in full support of the policy. Students have started wearing chastity rings as a reminder of the rule. The rings are available in Campus Ministry.