The campus climate report highlights that most of our issues on campus derive from the abuse of alcohol use ranging from lack of campus engagement to sexual assault. Personally, I agree with many of the claims that alcohol plays a large role in our culture, but is this not unique to our university.

Bucknell students enjoying an outside concert during HP Weekend 2011

Many students on campus reacted to the CCR by saying that they were either not surprised, that the report was biased, or that they simply didn’t care. I also heard from some of my friends in student government that they were trying to write a more fair report. I feel like it was stressed more in class then it was with individual students, we weren’t meeting up in the bison to discuss the CCR. Alumni on the other hand were very interested in the report and it almost felt  like airing out our dirty laundry that everyone knows but never talks about.

The solutions they have given are not effective since they only look at institutional factors and do not account for individual students. This is evident since we can all see that their solutions have not effectively changed our campus into this idyllic image. Like many other eras romanticize the past, I very well believe that this is the case with Bucknell, we aren’t moving to this scary uncertain and chaotic future.  Regardless, we should address our campus concern with unbiased input from students as well as faculty to create an environment, which the CCR lacked to do.

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5 responses »

  1. Abby says:

    I think that the most important part of your post, as you mentioned towards the end, was finding a way to get the students involved in the campus climate report. I completely agree that the majority of students didn’t really care about the report, a main reason being that they did not feel like they were properly represented in the report. I think that it is hard to get students passionate about changing a situation when they feel under attack, and like the administration is working against them, not with them. I mean, a dog backed into a corner will almost always bite. I completely agree that i think certain things on campus should change to make it a more enjoyable place on campus for everyone, and that the faculty should be involved in the process, but I believe that the administration should almost take a back-seat role in the process, and try to create an environment where the students (and all of the students) can voice their opinions and try to come up with solutions.

  2. wesmw says:

    I think everyone would agree that issues of alcohol abuse and sexual assault on campus need to be addressed in some way. However you bring up a really great point in that this is not unique to our university which I think the school is trying to argue. It is evident that the school has not only dealt with the situation effectively, but it has also made the situation worse. The fact that the report claims that only 66 individuals were interviewed is problem in itself.

  3. Jordi says:

    That video is odd…

  4. Jordi says:

    Over half the report is about intellectual engagement and has nothing to do with alcohol and sex.

  5. Jordi says:

    “faculty input”? DO you think most faculty are invested in these issues/ I don’t know, honestly. On the one hand, we are concerned about the residential experience. Many feel wholly unqualified to address it. Student life has been so professionalized in US higher education over the last 50 years, more so recently. Deans of students used ot be FACULTY.

    No one had degrees in higher education administration.

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