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Catholic University president defends single-sex dorms

December 02, 2011

Writing in The Washington Post, John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, defended his decision to abolish coed dormitories.

“Some people suggest that shared living space promotes friendship between men and women,” writes Garvey. “In this respect we think differently. Shared living space might mean spending more hours with the opposite sex. But it often doesn’t foster the mutual respect necessary for real friendship. The prevalence of ‘hooking up’ on college campuses is both a cause and a sign of this decline in solid friendships between men and women.”


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Dec. 02, 2011 8:05 PM ET USA

    God bless John Garvey for his common sense and courage!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Dec. 02, 2011 7:46 PM ET USA

    Putting young men and women together in close proximity is just asking for trouble. A lot of it is biochemical. They are so close they smell each other's pheremones, and those are most active in the woman's fertile period. No wonder Planned Parenthood puts their clinics near universities. God bless Fr. Garvey