Update: After check the housing policies of the university this girl attends, I think the situation she describes sounds incompatible with the dorms on her campus. Maybe it’s an off-campus situation she describes. Anyway, it’s probably not fair to direct my outrage over her alleged living situation to the university itself. I think officials there would recognize and avoid the potential for such a warped arrangement.
While the specific problem described below has not been verified, the crazy concept of “gender-neutral” dorms sponsored by universities is creeping into this nation, and is a sign of either a pathetic lack of common sense or a cynical attempt to further corrupt the youth of this nation.
Yesterday my son and I were in line, for a very long time, at the self checkout lane at Wal-Mart, experiencing the wonders of truly inadequate technology. (I think 6 of 8 self checkout lanes were down with technical problems, and our checkout experience revealed some annoying bugs in the faulty system this ailing company is using. The system called for human cashier help six different times during the process, and it wasn’t entirely due to my low IQ. If you’ve got Wal-Mart stock, I’d sell it now.)
While we were waiting for the first person in line to go through her self checkout ordeal, we had plenty of time to chat with an outgoing young lady in front of us. She was a very bright 17-year-old girl who was already a junior in college at one of the state schools in Wisconsin. We were impressed with what she has done academically, but totally astounded when she told us about her living arrangements. There weren’t a lot of on-campus apartments available when she registered, so she took what the university offered her: sharing a dorm with a guy. Well, not just any guy – a 32-year-old man.
I’ve offered my cynical opinions before about the reckless attitudes of some adults at universities who seem to allow or even encourage an “anything goes” attitude that leads to or facilitates revolting levels of substance abuse and promiscuity. I know some leaders feel that they can’t do anything else given the pressures from irresponsible Federal legislation, but I don’t see how any sane university can excuse this kind of situation. Assigning or even allowing a teenage girl to be a roommate with a thirty-something man? Are they deliberately trying to be accessories to a felony? The girl said it’s been kind of creepy, but she’s getting used to it.
Creepy indeed. Our nation is increasingly turning its kids over to people who seem to not only have basic morals, but lack even faint tinges of common sense. (The even greater problem is the parents who allow this.) Hats off to the students who resist these influences and stay on the straight and narrow path – a path that may very well lead one far from the dorms!
(By the way, my self-checkout results were fairly positive: only slightly mentally ill. Better than I hoped.)