This Proposed 4,000-Person Dorm Has No Windows, And I'm Just Wondering Why Anyone Thought This Would Be A Good Idea
Hey MTV, welcome to my windowless crib!
Students at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) are freaking out about a proposed new dorm that will house over 4,000 students. The issue? The rooms have no windows, so yeah, I kind of get where they're coming from.
Charlie Munger, a 97-year-old billionaire and Warren Buffett's right-hand man, gifted UCSB a casual $200 million to build the dorm under one condition: he gets to make all of the design decisions.
In order to combat the issue of no windows, Munger has decided to add fake windows that will emit soft light, which seems to suggest that he understands that it's kind of hard to live without a window.
In an interview, Munger said that he modeled the lights off of the fake portholes found in rooms on Disney cruise ships.
In addition to the whole no windows thing, Munger's design requires eight students to share one bathroom. The entire building also only features two exits. For 4,000 people.
I mean, dorm living typically isn't ideal as is. But to be stuck in a room with no windows?
I can just imagine waking up in a cold sweat thinking you missed your 8 a.m. class, trapped in a windowless box with no ability to tell what time it is.
If you thought this story was wild as is, it just keeps going.
This isn't Munger's first rodeo when it comes to creating massive dorms with windowless bedrooms.
In a thread posted to r/UCSantaBarbara, u/DangerousCorn, a University of Michigan graduate student who lived in the dorm Munger designed, wrote that living there is "exactly as bad as people say it is."
"I got to the point where I was snoozing for 3 hours and completely lacked the ability to get out of bed on some days. I didn't know when to get up or when to go to sleep and the days just started blurring together. I bought a sunrise alarm clock (one of those clocks that gradually brightens to simulate a sunrise). It didn't help. I made my alarms noisier and switched up the tones. It didn't help."