Businessweek- Harvard and Cornell universities have joined Yale University and Dartmouth College in cracking down on out-of-control behavior as drinking, hazing and sexual harassment endanger students and tarnish Ivy League reputations. Harvard faculty voted last month to require registration of parties and ban drinking games, and Cornell ordered fraternities to have live-in advisers. This fall, Dartmouth began security checks at Greek houses and Princeton University banned freshmen from joining them. College students have come to equate the absence of boundaries with fun, said Wade, who studies the casual sex culture on campuses. That, combined with large amounts of alcohol easily available on campus, can skew students’ sense of what is acceptable or even normal. “I have no idea what a standard Saturday night looks like,” Yale senior Elizabeth Snow said. Yale should be creating a safer environment for parties rather than “forcing students to find parties off campus,” she said.
The only people tarnishing the Ivy League’s reputation are the Ivy League administrators. It’s pretty obvious that schools are only doing a disservice to their student body by trying to clean up their reputation. The Ivy League might be known for phenomenal academics, but that’s a reputation that will also always be associated with being home to a phenomenal number of herbs. It might not be fair, but it’s a thing. I know that Ivy League students can only do so much to fight back against that stereotype, especially when you have people like Zollo letting everyone they went to Harvard, but the past few years especially have seen a noted shift in the Ivy League attitude. Smart kids were starting to show the world they can make fun of homeless people, die from drinking too much and be misogynistic just like the rest of us normal people, but apparently someone decided that kids are getting too cool for Ivy league school. There’s a lot of negative implications of a crackdown like this, but I’m mostly concerned about how the implications will be felt on a higher level. How are we expected to groom our next generation of political leaders if the members of Skull and Bones aren’t allowed to drink each other’s semen out of Geronimo’s skull? You can’t mess with the delicate Ivy League ecosystem and not expect some repercussions. That’s how Red Dawn happens. That’s how the lizard people finally take over. The world is supposed to end in 14 days. I’m not saying this will be the entire reason for it happening, but it definitely probably will be.