While thousands of SUNY Brockport students took part in a near riot on Main Street and Clinton Street Friday night, other stupid SUNY students were wantonly destroying flower beds on Utica Street.
On Friday night, hordes of drunken college students were walking up and down Utica Street, talking loudly, laughing at the top of their lungs, and shouting to each other well into the wee hours of the morning.
For some reason, the drunken college students focused their attention exclusively on chrysanthemums, especially yellow chrysanthemums.
It never seemed to dawn on them that chrysanthemums may be pretty at look at but they don’t smell good.
In fact, chrysanthemums have a very distinctive herbaceous and earthy odor that is neither sweet nor flowery. The small is so strong that some people find actually find it offensive. Like marigolds, chrysanthemums are often planted in gardens as an insect repellent.
Chrysanthemums have such a bad smell that D. H. Lawrence even published a short story “Odour of Chrysanthemums” about the death of a Welsh coal miner.
But the drunken SUNY Brockport students didn’t realize that. They just saw brightly colored flowers
To make matters worse, instead of picking a few flowers, the drunken college students tried to pull out the entire plant.
Chrysanthemums have a tough woody stem, so you can’t easily break of a flower as you can with a rose. So when the drunken students pulled on the flower stem, it didn’t break.
So if the chrysanthemum had been in the ground for a few years and was well rooted, the drunken students would up with a handful of crushed flowers and leaves.
Their female friends didn’t want the crushed flowers, so the drunken male students threw them on the lawn and staggered away to face their hang over in the morning.
If the chrysanthemum was freshly planted, the students wound up pulling out the entire plant, ball of dirt and all. Since their female friends didn’t want the dirt ball either, the drunken male students either threw them away or carried them back to their student housing.
I planted three yellow chrysanthemums in front of my house this fall, and drunken college students have pulled all three of the plants out. One was tossed on my front yard. One was tossed on a driveway about a block away. And the third has disappeared, except for a trail of crushed yellow flowers on my front lawn.
The purple chrysanthemums in front of my house have been there for years, so the plants wouldn’t come out, but the drunken college students tore of bunches of purple flowers and threw them on top of the hedges in front of the house.
They also came right up on the front porch and threw some of the torn off flowers, stems, roots and all, on the porch. Trespassing doesn’t seem to bother these drunken college students.
To make matters even worse, the drunken college students raided one of the most beautiful flower gardens in the village, the flower garden outside the Alumni House at the corner of Utica and College Streets.
The yellow chrysanthemums outside the Alumni House were well rooted, so the drunken student tore off clumps of flowers and left them strewn across the flower garden.
What a waste.