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Lyndon Listed: 10 Sketchiest Spots

By Dave Marks
On October 28, 2011


Everyone loves a list; top 10 places to live, top 10 most influential people, top 10 best albums of the year. Knowing this and looking to fulfill that love, journalist Dave Marks has ventured out to create some lists, lists that are based on Lyndon's Campus.

In light of Halloween, I thought it would be nice to do something related to the holiday. This week's Lyndon Listed category is: Top 10 sketchiest places on Lyndon's campus. We all know the term; it is used sometimes too much by people of our generation. As urban dictionary defines it: "creepy iffy, fairly

unsafe, an air of uncertainty, not kosher, and something or

someone that you don't want to be associated with".

So I set out to find what Lyndon thought was the sketchiest. I asked 76 students to give me their opinion on their top three. I took everyone's top three and I gave 3 points to #1, 2 points to #2 and 1 point to #3 on the list. After that I added up the results, and made the list. So ideally, if all participants agreed upon one location being the #1, that place would score 228 points.

Another factor to take into consideration is that most of these places aren't that sketchy unless you go there at night. In fact most people that took this survey specified the area to be "at night".  To Lyndon's credit, they have done a good job at making most places on campus not as creepy. With the addition of the LED lighting, and keeping places clean, it makes places not as "sketch".

 First place (98pts) Everyone seems to agree upon one location, what is known as the "but hut" or as one student called it: "the smoking cigarette area in Stonehenge by the gazebo". But yes, I have to say that the school has done what they can to improve that area. Despite the schools effort, it will always be a little "sketchy" for the average person. Some weird things go on there at night, drinking, smoking weird things, and arrivals of drunken people being dropped off. All these reasons make it "sketch" and make it a hot spot for the public safety truck to check at night.

Second place (59 pts): the mailroom hallway. Part of the reason may be that everyone knows this hallway,  and they all agree on it being not that

appealing. It doesn't have any windows, its very bare, and it shrinks as you go from the mailroom to the stairs. And it leads to number three on the list.

Third place (52pts): The Vail elevator. I think the reason why people don't like this elevator is because first of all it smells all the time. No matter what maintenance does, I think there will always be that permanent smell of the ocean full of dead fish. If you have ever taken that

elevator, you can also verify that it's one of the slowest elevators in the world, and often prompts the thought "will I make it to the next floor?"

The rest of the list was close. Number four was the 24 hour computer lab. Any place that is open 24 hours is going to have a hard time avoiding the term "sketchy." One cannot help to wonder what the person who puts themselves in the awkward corners is doing. The seven year old chairs can really creep someone out, as there seems to be a coat of dirt that is impossible to avoid if you want to sit.

Followed closely behind is "behind the theater." Some may not have experienced this place as much as others, but I can

personally testify for the creepy feel that place has given me

(especially at night). If you haven't heard, there is a rumor that the place is haunted.

Sixth goes to behind the

d-hall. It's not really a well lit area, and there's always some question of what is going on back there by the dumpsters. Seventh was Stonehenge in

general. All eyes are on you when you walk through Stonehenge, but you don't really know who is watching you. Wrapping up the top 10 was "the woods", Outside WWLR and the mailroom and "stairs nobody uses across from the library."

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