by Kyle Swenson
As if you couldn’t sex-up college life enough, some Ohio universities are making the push for coed housing — as in guys and gals sharing the same dorm room. Predictably, opponents say this loosening of standards will hasten the destruction of society as a whole.
The Columbus Dispatch runs down the issue. Over the last 10 years or so, many schools — or at least those on the left-hand side of the spectrum — have introduced “gender neutral” housing features, such as coed dorms (good idea) and unisex hall bathrooms (horrible, horrible idea). Some student activists would like to see the efforts go one step further. College administrators say they’re busy “studying” the issue, whatever that means.
According to the
sex-crazed progressively minded students behind the push, coed housing is more about comfort for gay and transgender students than facilitating easy access for drunken hooks-up (who would have thought?). Ohio University currently allows gay students to petition for an opposite sex roommate, but the individual in question has to go through an approval panel, which is basically an outing session. The school is currently considering doing away with the potentially embarrassing procedure and instead opening all housing to coed roommates, gay or straight.
"We're in the business of creating safe environments, and we think this is just the next logical step," OU housing bigwig Judy Piercy tells the Dispatch.
At liberal arts school Denison University, students are also trying to clear a path to
free love common sense housing. There, a petition circulated the student body asking administrators to loosen housing strictures.
"We knew students wanted to live with whomever they wanted, but at the same time, we knew some people would look at this as a morality issue," Denison dean of students Dwayne Todd told the Dispatch.
“Morality issue” seems an interesting card for administrators to play, these being people who basically curate a four-year vacation in human excess. At this point, most people don’t get all Tom Wolfe-jaw-drop about the antics of college students, so why worry about whether Jack and Jill share a dingy, linoleum-floor room? Sure, take two nubile coeds, already overly stimulated by the seemingly limitless access to un-parented opportunity, toss them in a room together and drench the situation in the standard college helping of booze, and you’re sure to get some R-rated action behind the closed door. Then again, maybe they’ll act like, oh, I don’t know, adults or something like that.