When the Campus Climate report was released, the school took several measures to limit binge drinking and have more students become involved in campus. However, from what I have noticed over the past two years is that this report has created an even larger void between the student community and the administration. Yet, before we get into the specifics of this occurrence, we must look at the actual issues that the report does address. I think everyone would agree that the binge drinking at Bucknell has become a problem and as a result the report does a good job of laying out the amount of binge drinking that occurs here as opposed to other schools. In addition, I was also not surprised that the greatest number of students that felt alienated from campus were a part of the black community. These are two issues that most certainly need to be addressed. However, with the positives of the report also come several negatives. It appears that the number of students interviewed for the campus climate report was extremely minimal which is something I have a HUGE problem with. In addition, the report appears to emphasize only the negatives of the social scene on campus. Hence, the report seems to not realize that being a Greek oriented community is actually not that bad. Every school’s social scene is defined differently, and it just so happens that our school’s is defined as being Greek.
As you can probably tell from the above paragraph I have a HUGE problem with the campus climate report. However, this stance is not to be taken just because I am in a fraternity. One of the reasons why I despise this report is because it has made the situation on campus worse. Rather than bringing the community closer together, this report has further alienated the student body from the administration. As Lukas’s post title showed, one example of this strained relationship occurred this weekend when a certain fraternity hired an airplane to fly around the school with a sign mocking Kevin Foster, who is in charge of fraternity affairs at Bucknell. Aside from this example, there are almost daily/weekly discussions that I have overheard or been a part of with other sorority or fraternity members who completely disagree with the school’s stance. However, a more severe consequence of the campus climate report is the increase in the downtown party scene. In order to get away from Public Safety and the eye of the administration, fraternities, including mine, are mainly hosting parties downtown to avoid the hassle that comes with having parties uphill. Yet, at the same time, the parties that are occurring downtown contain more variants of alcohol and have a greater potential for high school students to show up at parties which is unfortunately something I have witnessed. The liabilities for students living downtown hosting these parties are great when these things are occurring. Thus, the school needs to reexamine how it can effectively bring the community together in a safe and engaging manner.