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Even if you haven’t seen The Purge, you probably have at least heard of it. For those who may not know, The Purge is a film series that is centered on the premise that for one night, there are no laws. People can do whatever they want. 

So, Her Campus at Geneseo decided to think about what they would do during that one special day. 

 

Margaux Carmel

Hack into the student loan database and wipe everything clean. What are they gonna do? Tell me I can’t? It’s the freakin’ Purge!

 

Jenelle Piatt 

Let me loose in a record store and I’ll take every album I can carry. First grab would be the albums I need to complete my Fleetwood Mac collection. PSA, if anyone has Shrine ’69 or Say You Will, please let me know.

 

Rebecca Williamson 

Like Janelle, my first thought was theft. I’d probably bag at least 100 books. Being able to take books means that I would be able to “buy” and test out all genres—young adult, contemporary, new adult, fantasy, classic, memoir and more! It just sucks that I’m running out of places to put them …

 

Emily Tsoi

I’m jumping on the theft train. I would take all of the stationery and craft supplies I could. Some of the stickers and pens I’ve been looking at are really expensive, so this would be the perfect opportunity to pick them up.

 

Emma Belica

So my ideal crime is tax evasion, but I think that’s too long-term for the Purge, so I’m also gonna go with theft. However, I will be stealing from Big Pharma to redistribute medical supplies. 

 

Mira Jaeger

I see your tax evasion, and I raise … tax persecution. I recruit a team to hack into the bank accounts of the billionaires on Forbes’ list, steal the wealth they gained via exploitation, and distribute it where it’s needed. Like in Robin Hood.

 

Lucy Laats

I would steal from high-end clothing boutiques and redistribute it to as many thrift shops as I could. I’d take some things for myself, too, of course. 

 

Julia Clancy

I understand the appeal of theft, I really do. And while there are lots of retailers that I definitely would love to “borrow” from, I can’t shake the desire of wanting to egg a building. What kind of building? I’m not really sure. As long as I can cover it in yoke and broken eggshells, I’m in. 

 

 

What crime would you commit? 

Margaux (they/them) is a senior Women and Gender Studies major at SUNY Geneseo. Outside of Her Campus, they work at Geneseo's Office of Diversity and Equity, is on the executive board of Pride Alliance, and is an active Safe Zone trainer. They love to write about diversity, mental health, and environmentalism, with the occasional goofy topic or two (or five). Margaux hopes to someday be the coolest gender studies professor you will ever have.
Jenelle Piatt

Geneseo '21

Jenelle is a Junior English and Women's and Gender Studies double major.
Rebecca was the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Geneseo. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and Communication. Rebecca was also the Copy Editor for the student newspaper The Lamron, Co-Managing Editor of Gandy Dancer, a Career Peer Mentor in the Department of Career Development, a Reader for The Masters Review, and a member of OGX dance club on campus. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @Becca_Willie04!
Emily Tsoi

Geneseo '21

Emily Tsoi is a Senior English major with a minor in Art History. She is an avid journal writer who has one too many rolls of washi tape. When she isn’t studying or journaling, she enjoys reading, watching 80s movies and going to baseball games.
Emma Belica

Geneseo '24

Emma Belica is a sophomore at Geneseo, she's majoring in both Biology and Sustainability Studies. She loves reading, writing, yoga, and the outdoors. She is also very excited to be here :)
Julia is a junior Communication Major at Geneseo! She loves to write and is so elated that Her Campus lets her do just that. Julia will forever mourn the loss of her favorite band, One Direction.
Lucy Laats

Geneseo '24

Lucy Laats (she/her) is a freshman, writer, and aspiring cryptid. If you can't find her anywhere, she's either in a bookstore or petting the nearest dog.
Mira Jaeger

Geneseo '24

Mira (they/them) is a freshman at Geneseo. They are interested in literature, visual arts, music, and spirituality.
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