M-A Student Protests New Addition to Existing Ordinance

Georgia Reid

Following the court order enacted in Portland, ME, regarding the whistling habits of local man, Robert Smith, M-A Administration cracked down on students, enforcing a new ban on whistling while standing.
 
Smith, a resident of Portland, is known as The Whistler, as most days of the week he can be found whistling on the streets. However, numerous complaints have been filed against him for being distracting to the work environment.
 
To ensure that disturbances caused by loud, stationary whistlers would not plague the halls of M-A, as of Monday, February 25, the Administration has enforced a similar ruling, stating that “Students are prohibited to whistle while stationary.”
 
Until the termination of this year, the decree will only pertain to the act of whistling. However, next year the policy will also prohibit “humming, gurgling, singing, or making throaty noises above levels of 70 decibels.” The expanded policy, too, will only pertain to the stated behaviors being performed in an unchanged position.
 
Despite growing concern of the harm induced by whistling, it will not be banned altogether, as whistling may simply be an expression of happiness, with the potential to stimulate a more jovial campus environment.

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4 Responses to “M-A Student Protests New Addition to Existing Ordinance”

  1. Liviera on February 27th, 2013 9:42 pm

    I think whistling and singing while standing is atrocious. It’s one thing to do it while walking or moving, but while remaining stationary? Atrocious. I hate the sound of music while walking around campus and am glad they are abolishing this heinous act.

  2. sgoodman on March 1st, 2013 6:18 pm

    only bad wistlers should abide by this rule

  3. Ryan on March 19th, 2013 7:48 pm

    The administration has really got to cut down on all of these restrictions! Gettin’ a bit absurd, don’t ya think? Those hideous signs must be taken down.

  4. amacfarlane on April 19th, 2013 6:05 pm

    It’s a good thing I am graduating before the restriction on “making throaty noises above levels of 70 decibels” goes into effect.