Education Notebook

College Condones Cohabitation

ASSOCIATED PRESS, March 31 — Haverford College will allow unmarried men and women to share bedrooms next year in the college's apartment-style dormitories, the Associated Press reported.

The decision by the small college, located just outside Philadelphia, came partly in response to demands by homosexual students, the news service said.

“There are a number of men and women who are friends and who would like to live together, just as there are gay and lesbian students who have difficulty finding people who they're comfortable living with,” said Robin Doan, the college's director of student housing. The new rules will not apply to one-bedroom apartments or to dormitories for freshmen.

According to AP, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., already allow men and women to share dormitory rooms.

Student Fired For Criticizing Lesbian Stage Show

CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY , March 31 — Student newspaper columnist Robert Swope did the unthinkable: He criticized Georgetown's production of “Vagina Monologues,” Eve Ensler's feminist play which approvingly features a lesbian, pedophilic rape of a 13-year-old girl.

For this he was fired by his editors at The Hoya, the leading newspaper at Georgetown University, the Cardinal Newman Society said. In addition, all his previous newspaper columns were removed from the newspaper's Web site. Swope is a junior from California.

“If Catholic morality cannot be reflected in a Georgetown University-funded newspaper, where will it be heard, the Harvard Crimson?” asked Manuel Miranda, president of the Cardinal Newman Society. He also mentioned that this decision comes on the heels of the suppression of a pro-life Catholic student publication in mid-March by Villanova University.

“I've seen this happen at so many campuses,” said University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors, co-author of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses. “A paper solicits its token conservative columnist, and then when he speaks his honest mind, the editors run for cover. The editors should be ashamed of themselves.”

Antioch College Condemned For Inviting Mur derer to Speak

FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE , March 29 — Gilbert G. Gallegos, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, called on Antioch College to rescind its invitation to have Mumia Abu-Jamal address its graduates at the school's commencement on April 29.

Abu-Jamal murdered 26-year-old Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner in 1981 and has been on death row since his conviction. The college plans to play a tape-recorded speech by the killer, the organization said in a statement.

“It amazes me,” Gallegos said, “that an institution of higher learning would give a platform to a murderer preaching violence as a means to an end. Abu-Jamal's message is about hatred and racism — not the positive impact that young people can have in our society.”

Gallegos was particularly bewildered by the college's choice of speakers after learning that two Antioch students were recently shot to death in Costa Rica. “I find it incredible that Antioch would choose someone to address their graduation who is guilty of a similar crime. Like the killing of Danny Faulkner, the murder of the two students is a tragedy, but I wonder if the graduation speaker would agree if the motive behind the murder was revolution?”