Back when I went to the Catholic University of America, Conaty Hall was the all-women’s dorm — therefore known as “The Virgin Vault.” Now, it will be more like the campus.
Going into his second year as president, CUA’s John Garvey is moving to make it a single-sex-dormed campus.
I know it’s countercultural. More than 90% of college housing is now co-ed. But Christopher Kaczor at Loyola Marymount points to a surprising number of studies showing that students in co-ed dorms (41.5%) report weekly binge drinking more than twice as often as students in single-sex housing (17.6%). Similarly, students in co-ed housing are more likely (55.7%) than students in single-sex dorms (36.8%) to have had a sexual partner in the last year—and more than twice as likely to have had three or more.
The point about sex is no surprise. The point about drinking is. I would have thought that young women would have a civilizing influence on young men. Yet the causal arrow seems to run the other way. Young women are trying to keep up—and young men are encouraging them (maybe because it facilitates hooking up).
He should be congratulated and imitated. These things matter.