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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Derek the UConn RA is officially America’s least favorite RA

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A lot of stuff is going to get broken when the final whistle sounds in the NCAA men’s national championship game on Monday night. Both UConn and Kentucky are massive universities that love their basketball, and we know what rowdy college kids do when their team wins or loses a huge game. One resident assistant from UConn is not going to have any of that nonsense in his house.

In anticipation of the big game, a UConn RA named Derek sent the letter you see above to the students who live on his floor telling them he is not going to tolerate any type of excessive celebrating. He also basically called everyone bandwagon fans and said the only reason they care about the game is because the uniforms say UConn or they want an excuse to party.

“If it’s the first one, you’re cheering for laundry,” Derek wrote. “If it’s the second one, be as far away from me as possible tonight.”

In other words, no one can possibly actually care about their school’s basketball team because they like basketball and want to see their team win. Derek just doesn’t see that as a realistic scenario.

As you might expect, the Twitter world has already labeled Derek the worst RA in America. When I went to UConn the North Campus dorms were dry, and none of our RA’s were that douchey with their emails. There are countless other ways he could have gone about it. Derek later sent another email to students clarifying the original letter, which Barstool Sports passed along.

So someone took the email I sent Saturday to heart and decided to Tweet it, so I’d like to clarify:

-I was trying to come off on the strict side so our floor wouldn’t be vandalized. That has been a problem here in the past (and was a problem Saturday night again) and could end in us getting an extra fee. That’s really the only point I was trying to get across, the rest was sarcasm.

-The laundry comment is a joke from Seinfeld. Next time I’ll include a link so you know that I’m kidding. We cheer for clothes

-If you think I’m being condescending in an email, call me on it. That’s not how I view my position and I was just trying to keep your shenanigans outside (where you are less likely to get in trouble).
Please address me the way I address you when there is a problem (mostly passive aggressive emails), as I could have explained that 90% of what I said was sarcasm and 10% was a plea to not have to document any of you guys. Could you really imagine me saying “be as far away from me as possible” to any of you? If you can, let me know. We clearly have not had enough bonding time for you to get my sense of humor.

But now it’s on the internet, so thanks.

Derek (“arguably the worst RA in UConn history”)

That sounds like some serious backpedaling to me. Is Derek a cool RA whose sarcasm was misunderstood, or do you think he’s just covering his tracks?

H/T Bomani Jones


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