Having a special interest in what goes on at The Catholic University of America (CUA), it was especially exciting to read that CUA will be phasing in single sex dormitories this fall. President Garvey laid out his thinking on the matter in this op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal.
One sassy coed, a CUA alum, bragged that she had hooked up to her heart's content, that single sex dorms won't change a thing. A coed from some other university lapsed into political correctness saying that "choice" is important. Fortunately, what these girls think doesn't matter. President Garvey did not say that a questionnaire will be sent around to see how students like the new arrangement. No university-wide study is being planned to ask for feedback. No one is suggesting that input from students will help Mr. Garvey decide how he'll implement the phasing-in process. The grown-ups are in charge of the university as they should be.
I don’t believe any parent honestly wants to send their high school senior off to four years of partying and casual sex, but with little support from the popular culture, and far too little from our churches, parents acquiesce to the culture’s insistence that sex and alcohol are obligatory rites of passage for college students. When the president of a university--and how fitting that it should be The Catholic University of America--steps forward with real leadership, the message resonates.
You can read more here about President Garvey's idea of a university and the relation between intellect and virtue that he discusses briefly in the Wall Street Journal article.