My dear friend and sometime collaborator Dr. Ruth Westheimer (not what you think!–click here for details) has a column in today’s New York Post responding to Columbia University’s recent decision to let couples room together in dorms. Ruth is cool with this, except for one thing: “College is a time for young people to experiment and discover themselves. Offering couples their own love nests is going to handicap this process.” So she proposes another solution:
Set aside some rooms with locked doors where students can go to have a couple of hours of privacy. If two students are so in love that they need to spend every minute with each other, let them move off campus. But such private rooms will ease the pressure of roommates without partners without making such a drastic change to the collegial atmosphere of campus life.
Wow. I can only imagine the reaction to such “romper rooms” (as the Post’s headline writer calls them) from … well, let’s start with parents, and move on the alumni, faculty, board of trustees, local media, residence life staff, and, not least of all, dormitory maintenance workers! On the other hand, the student body would be thumbs-up all the way.
By the way, I had not visited the online New York Post in some time. What a classy site. I was especially impressed by the number and variety of photos of Tiger Woods mistresses, plus such ads as “#1 Colon Cleaners of 2009!” and “Do You Have ‘Coffee’ Teeth?”