Catholic University President tells WSJ that same-sex dorms will prevent “hooking up”
Despite being a Jesuit institution, Georgetown has long been angering conservative Catholic groups for the way we let our students engage in repulsive, amoral activity. And this week, we get an even further downgrade on the scale of Good Christiandom, as one of our fellow D.C. universities introduces a new law to prevent immorality among its students.
On Monday, June 13, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed piece written by John Garvey, president of our neighboring Catholic University, entitled “Why We’re Going Back to Single-Sex Dorms.” The subhead, which sounds vaguely like the title of a satirical Onion article, reads that “student housing has become a hotbed of drinking and hooking up.”
Hotbed? Is that supposed to be a double entendre?
And if you make it past the comical subheadline, the rest of the article isn’t much better. Garvey outright blames the use of coed dorms for the rampant binge drinking and sexual indiscretion that occur at universities across the country. Wielding various uncited, carefully chosen statistics about the percentage of students who live in coed dorms and participate in such debauchery versus those who live in single-sex residences, Garvey concludes that all students would be safer, healthier, and act like good moral Christians if they didn’t have the opposite sex corrupting them in their residence halls.
No really, he actually says that. “I would have thought that young women would have a civilizing influence on young men. Yet the causal arrow seems to run the other way. Young women are trying to keep up—and young men are encouraging them (maybe because it facilitates hooking up).”
Any student who’s taken an intro-level stats class can see the flaws in Garvey’s use of statistics. Example: “Students in co-ed housing are more likely (55.7%) than students in single-sex dorms (36.8%) to have had a sexual partner in the last year—and more than twice as likely to have had three or more.”
Sorry, Mr. President, but correlation does not imply causality.
In the end, the Garvey announces that starting this coming academic year, freshmen at CU will be living in single-sex residence halls. The following year, this change will apply to sophomores, until all CU students are safely living in residence halls surrounded by members of their own gender (interestingly, Garvey never addresses how this would affect the behavior of LGBT students).
Sorry, older generation of CU students, but looks like your president has entirely given up on saving your moral character.
Photo from Catholic News Agency.