DIBBLE–After Dibble residents were forced out of their dorm by a flood early Saturday morning, they received a harsh welcome from the rest of campus.
According to eyewitness accounts, the Dibble refugees, many of whom had only the presence of mind to grab backpacks, game systems, or blankets from their rooms, first attempted to find shelter in surrounding dorms like Clark, Cowles, and, in their confused state, Norris.
Although a few students were initially allowed into surrounding dorms, all three dorms quickly blocked their entrances.
Said Emma Jackson 18’, a Clark SA, “While I do believe I have a responsibility to all of the Grinnell student body, it is part of my role to put the interests of my residents first and foremost. So I grabbed couches from the lounge to barricade the doors as soon as I knew what was going on. We did not have very much information on the Dibble situation, and when something like the sprinklers going off happens in a dorm, you have to wonder about the flaws in their overall dorm culture that lead to such an event. I just can’t responsible let people like that into Clark.”
When the Dibblians began looking for other options, other north campus dorms rushed to follow the example of Norris, Clark, and Cowles.
Said Earl Grahm ’16, a Cowles resident, “I think that a lot of people are vilifying us, but a really don’t think they would have done any different in our shoes. It is not the fault of Cowles, or Rawson, or Smith, or whatever that we happened to live on the campus were the flood occurred. I didn’t see South or East send anyone over looking for people, and I know that there were at least people awake on South. This is an easy situation to condemn from across Mac Field, but it’s a lot more complicated up close.”
However, to the Dibblite refugees, these rationales did not bring comfort.
“All I need is a printer!” shouted one anguished second year with an 8 a.m. class standing outside of Younker.
Dibble resident Rohan Singh ’17 said, “It was pretty awful. I tried so many dorms but after a while a lot of other Dibblese and I gave up and decided to sleep on Mac Field. I used my calculus textbook as a pillow and old soc readings as a mattress.”
Reportedly, the situation improved when several veteran 10/10 rescue dogs arrived on the scene.
Said Singh, “Yeah, they came carrying boxes of pizza from Pizza Ranch, a few handles of Hawkeye and some water bottles. It was nice but they didn’t have anything to replace the damp soc papers as a blanket.”
Another rescue effort involved one lone student studying in ARH who saved many when they opened the doors to ARH from the inside at 2a.m., allowing many students to take shelter.
Despite the kindness of some students, overall many agreed with the re- sponses of those in dorms.
Lindsey Wong ’19 said, “Unfortunately, I do not think there is much any of us could have done to prevent this situation. We don’t like to talk about it but self gov isn’t all Sunshine and Roses and doing whatever you want in your dorm room as long as I can’t smell anything from the hallway. Sometimes self gov gets ugly. Sometimes self gov is about making the tough decisions, and that doesn’t look pretty. Self gov is tough love.”