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Frats, Sororities and Dorms

Transient.jpgThe D’s uncommonly sensical Verbum Ultimum on Friday day plumped for the return of dorm continuity: giving students the option to return to a home dormitory each time they come back to campus. The surging popularity of fraternities and sororities (note: there is no truth to the rumor that Chief Giaccone will use the RICO statutes to declare them corrupt organizations) confirms students’ desire to live in cohesive residential communities.

This is a subject dear to my heart. I wrote in favor of restoring dorm continuity — I lived all four years in North Fayerweather — in The D in 2004 and 2005, and in Dartblog here and here. In fact, the idea makes such good sense that even the otherwise tone-deaf authors of the Student Life Initiative got it right (see pp. 9-11).

Note: Restoring continuous residential living will create the kind of communities in which students can organize their own fun. Dorm-based intramural sports and social events will return to prominence, and the College will no longer need silly/costly Community Directors.


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