Sunday, May 04, 2008

Coed dorms rooms about compatibility, not hanky-panky

My first thought when I read the article was "How will a trend like this affect/threaten Greek housing"? My second thought, as a been there and done that Baby Boomer was "Gosh, that kinda takes the fun out of panty raids."
At least two dozen schools, including Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, Clark University and the California Institute of Technology, allow some or all students to share a room with anyone they choose — including someone of the opposite sex. This spring, as students sign up for next year’s room, more schools are following suit, including Stanford University.

As shocking as it sounds to some parents, some students and schools say it’s not about sex.
At least, that's what they tell Mom and Dad.
Parents aren’t necessarily thrilled with boy-girl housing.

Debbie Feldman’s 20-year-old daughter, Samantha, is a sophomore at Oberlin in Ohio and plans to room with her platonic friend Grey Caspro, a straight guy, next year. Feldman said she was shocked when her daughter told her.

"When you have a male and female sharing such close quarters, I think it’s somewhat delusional to think there won’t be sexual tension," the 52-year-old Feldman said. "Maybe this generation feels more comfortable walking around in their underwear. I’m not sure that’s a good thing."
Yeah, those XXL "Scooby-Doo Underoos" really don't make a positive statement about your maturity. Ought to be Batman or Spidey, at least.

Coed dorms rooms about compatibility, not hanky-panky - BostonHerald.com