February 21, 2008

Gender-Neutral Not Happening

While the VSA did pass a resolution in favor of a gender-neutral housing option, the process doesn't stop there.

One source tells us that the resolution has to be approved by the Board of Trustees, which does not meet until late May, after room draw. The resolution may pass, but not in time for the 2008-2009 school year. This is not confirmed.

Another source tells us, "Senior administrators wanted to have more extensive conversations before it goes into effect."

A rep for the VSA tells Mads, "As for the reasons, people will have to wait until at least Monday when the Executive Board has a meeting with Cappy."

Morgan Warners, Vice President for Student Life, will discuss the plan on Sunday at the VSA Council meeting. An article in next week's Misc will contain additional information.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

first!

Anonymous said...

I wanted it to happen so badly.. :(

Anonymous said...

good. vassar should not allow this sort of social engineering, particularly with a new round of applicants about to make decisions on where to attend school.

Anonymous said...

4:49... lots of schools have gender-neutral... there are a lot of people who were really depending on this to be comfortable in our less-than-optimal housing situation next year. i don't really know what you mean by social engineering but it's not like they were going to force anyone into a room with someone of the opposite sex (and besides, they're already forcing people into rooms with people of the same sex; isn't that social engineering in a way?).

Anonymous said...

good that they're not rushing into this. they need to make sure everyone's on board first.

Anonymous said...

yes, they shouldnt rush this idea. i know a bunch of students who are not fully comfortable with the idea, and im glad its not being rushed.

Anonymous said...

i don't get why other students are uncomfortable with this. it doesn't have anything to do with them. if they don't want an opposite sex roommate then they don't have to have one.

Anonymous said...

yeah - i REALLY don't understand why other students are uncomfortable with this... it doesn't affect people who don't want it!!!!!! WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL.

maybe this needs to be communicated to a wider audience.

Anonymous said...

"social engineering?"

are you kidding me? that is almost as ignorant as saying that legalizing gay marriage is going to turn everybody gay.

seriously. if you don't like it, don't do it. i've yet to hear a good argument about how two people of the opposite sex living together is going to make everyone uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

this kind of social change just shouldn't happen soooo quickly. vassar should talk about this for a few years and then let the president and the administrators decide what's best.

Anonymous said...

we've been talking about this since at least last school year. exactly how much conversation does it need? I really don't get how this is "social engineering" given that it's already established at other schools and won't actually affect anyone besides the people living together.

Anonymous said...

"this kind of social change just shouldn't happen soooo quickly. vassar should talk about this for a few years and then let the president and the administrators decide what's best."

what????? sometimes the president and the administrators DON'T know what's best!!!!

Anonymous said...

we are kids. they are adults with phd's. let them decide whether this is in the best interests of the students.

Anonymous said...

yes, the administration may have PHDs but we are adults, too. The VSA isn't some group of children getting together to decide what to ask mommy and daddy.