Thank you to everyone who commented on the Gender-Neutral post. It is a contentious issue, and we're aware we don't take the popular view on it. We would like to clarify that we felt Morgan Warners' article was well-written, and we respect him as an essential member of the VSA.
Our reasons against Gender-Neutral housing, which can obviously be argued against, are as follows. First, we see the process of choosing a roommate from a wider pool as complicating next year's already challenging housing process, that is, with the closing of Davison. We have no facts to back this up, and we may be entirely incorrect. Second, we agree that every student should feel comfortable. That being said, we're also here to learn from one another. Isn't Vassar all about diversity? We feel there is a segregation issue, similar to that of the all-gay high schools. Couldn't living with someone who has different beliefs than you foster acceptance and teach tolerance?
Maybe we're just not as liberal as most Vassar students. Maybe we just find the concept too progressive. Either way, it's almost definite for next year, and this housing option is becoming popular at many institutions.
Finally, we would like to address the issue of "gossip." While this blog may have started with other intentions, we decided early on to trade in gossip for credibility. While we love the show, we're not trying to be Gossip Girl. On several occasions we have put up the "gossip" posts you long for, and we were highly criticized for them. We received harsh emails telling us how inappropriate such posts were. We've tried to use our judgement to decide what is entertaining, yet acceptable, but it's often difficult.
As always, we aim to please our readers. Please let us know how we are doing at firstname.lastname@example.org.