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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Gildas
LOGAN, UT

When at university we had our own personal rooms in both single gender and co-ed halls of residence. This worked better as living in a dormitory makes study difficult at times, especially when some retire early and others late.

Still we're all battery hens now: private rooms and offices are a rare luxury and dorms and cubicles the current norm. That being the case it would be better to make special dorms available to like minded people with mutual sympathies.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

No thanks.

Curfews for 18-22 year old adults? Preventing them from making adult decisions such as having a girlfriend in their rooms?

Again, no thanks.

You can keep your archaic rules to yourself.

glendenbg
Salt Lake City, UT

Developmentally, college student smay not be fully mature until their mid 20s, but they are not children and do not need their colleges to act as in loco parentis.

In making its case, the editorial invokes a false image of dorm life as "a fire hose of unrestrained behavior" and contrasts it with an equally fale image of college students as "tender high school graduates who would prefer not to have to receive a worldly education." It makes for nice rhetoric but it gives a completely false impression of the mindset of college students and the experience of college.

Given the extremely high level of anxiety many adults have about adolescent sexuality, it seems to me that the restrictive living conditions and rules advocated by this editorial are intended to create peace of mind for the parents without considering the needs and desires of college students.

Sure, some college students have too much sex and drink too much beer, but returning to the restrictive rules that governed colleges in the 1950s is a complete overreaction.

BostonLDS
Salt lake City, UT

This sounds awesome, not because in college I didn't want to be exposed to a wordly behavior, but because it is so hard to study when your roommates/dorm mates are constantly partying. My college dorm was SO loud, I spent most of my time in the library. It would have been fantastic if alcohol was banned and if there was a required minimum GPA! I would definitely have signed up! Plus, it is awful to come home and your roommate is in compromising situations with a series of guys. Being around people with the same morals and values would have made it feel more like home.

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

@ChrisB So now it's archaic to have consideration for those people who don't want their daughters in dormitories with college boys? What about those girls who want privacy and don't want their roommates bringing their boyfriends into their dorm room whenever they feel like it? Privacy between the sexes among strangers is archaic? Acting like an adult is to take into consideration other people's rights and concerns.Choose a place to live that complies with your ideas. We need options for all kinds of people.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

If your values are worth having, you'll retain them. But don't deny yourself exposure to a larger world. This is the time in your life to look at new options, and learn to co exist with all kinds of people.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

WestGranger,

a grown man/woman should be able to bring their friends into their dorm rooms if they want. A man in female dorm room can respect the women/roommates living there just as a female friend can.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Re "faithbased dorm" in Alabama -- Are Mormons allowed? Or are we cultists excluded?

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