Sophomore Can’t Tell if Sound is Roommate is Having Sex or Doing Physics Homework

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Alexandra Cambino ’15 has a dilemma. Every time she returns from McCabe or Pub Nite and wants to go to sleep in her room, she has to pause outside the door and make a difficult decision.

“It’s just really impossible to guess what’s going on in there. My roommate gets super excited about problem sets,” Cambino said. “But last time I walked in without knocking, she was doing it on the table. And I don’t mean her homework.”

A lot of Swarthmore students have been known to cry out or exclaim loudly whilst working away at something intellectually stimulating.

“Yeah, this girl on my hall used to get orgasmic about Orgo,” said Will Vendler ’13. “I just bought some sound-proof headphones and got over it.”

Cambino has approached her roommate about the issue but hasn’t made any headway. “She’s always either doing her homework or having sex. There’s literally nothing else. So, when can I go to sleep?” Cambino asked.


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