From the Archives: Big Brother upsets dorm privacy

Each week we will reprint an article from a past Dolphin issue. The following is an opinion piece published on Oct. 5, 1973, when The Dolphin was known as The Piper.


Sex has always been considered a personal matter. As such it is not usually regulated in stringent ways. At Le Moyne, however, students are expected to conduct this very personal and private aspect of their lives according to the dictates of a tradition in most ways foreign to them. Personal relations are encouraged, and a visitation policy has been set up to foster this; but students are told where to stop this relationship. The PIPER disagrees with this power the college has assumed to play libido legislator, and questions a tradition that sounds more like Big Brother than Saint Ignatius.
As many already know someone got caught. As a result, the student involved must appear before the judicial board. The charges involve the breaking of a school rule prohibiting sexual intimacy among students. The PIPER feels that this is an indication of college interference into the private lives of students, violating their rights.
The PIPER is not saying that one’s personal life is entirely beyond the jurisdiction of the college. Most students are aware that living in a dormitory requires certain sacrifices of personal liberties due to the number of others around. They know they can’t play their stereos as loud as they go all the time. They know they can’t host large parties in the middle of the week because it bothers studiers. However, the academic atmosphere is in no way affected by the personal involvement two people might develop. To claim the right to regulate sexual activity on the basis of its deleteriousness to the academic community puts forth an argument the PIPER doesn’t accept.
The fact that students here can not live off campus makes Le Moyne’s own version of Catch 22 complete. If more personal freedom is desired, move off campus. But if one moves off campus one can’t continue at Le Moyne. It looks like the residents are pretty much caught. They are forced to allow a considerable violation of their personal life in the form of regulations limiting their sexual conduct.
The PIPER is by no means favoring the institution of the Foery bacchanal, nor a modern Sodom on the Heights. Nor is this editorial to be construed as an argument in favor of off campus housing or twenty-four hours throughout the week. Rather, it is a statement on our part that limitations should be realized concerning the college’s interference in students’ private lives. We do not expect the college to condone sexual relationships; but we likewise do not expect punishment for what does not concern anyone but the individual.