Monday, February 19, 2007

Co-ed Dorm Rooms?

Interesting article on Co-ed dorm rooms. I say let people choose whatever they want and live with the consequences - that's the "real world" isn't it.

At Carnegie Mellon University, student newspaper editors who sensed the beginnings of a trend floated that idea recently on their campus. A front page story questioned whether a school that pushes the boundaries of science shouldn't also be willing to push the boundaries of student housing.

It's not as far-fetched as it sounds.

In recent years, a small group of campuses, including Swarthmore and Haverford colleges in eastern Pennsylvania, have begun offering coed rooming as an option to unmarried students. Administrators say their goal isn't to promote sex but rather to accommodate a limited number of students on their campuses who find it more convenient to live with someone of the opposite sex.

"A couple situations are romantic but most of them are purely friendship," said Maureen Isleib, associate director of residential life at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Make no mistake, this is not a universally accepted concept, even at schools that long ago abandoned the idea of in loco parentis. In campus housing circles, reactions to the idea range from amusement to scorn.

But if nothing else, coed rooming reflects the extent to which the pendulum of campus life has swung.

Just seeing what the kids are up to.

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