A friend from western Pennsylvania sent along a clipping from the Youngstown Vindicator, since the story had a news-service tag, it no doubt has been widely distributed. The friend sent the clipping somewhat in the spirit of “what do you think about this?” I have done my best but I still don’t know what to think about it.

The scare headline reads, “Drugs, Sex, Violence Empty U. of Miami Dorms,” and the story pretty well fits the headline. “Drug parties, armed robberies and sex attacks have started an exodus from dormitories at the University of Miami,” the writer says. After commenting on the financial loss to the university with the emptying of 500 rooms, a cost estimated at $137,000 a semester (no small item, which may bring officials to stern attention), the writer then gets more specific on the personal level: “In one month this year, five coeds were threatened with rape or murder. One faced a masked gunman.” The one who faced the gunman reported, “This is ridiculous. This is supposed to be our home.”

The editor of the campus newspaper “called Eaton Hall, a dorm from which he moved, ‘a pig sty,’ ” and continued, “You can walk down the halls of some dorms and get stoned just smelling the marijuana. The students are so well-protected you can’t do anything about it.” And again from the student editor, “Most students are afraid to say anything about what goes on in the dorms. They just move out.”

In answer to all this criminality the dean of men, Dr. William Sandler, is reported to have said, “There is a permissive atmosphere in the dormitories that does not work for all students.” Brave words, indeed! What else is new?

What is reported so clearly from this school is not, unfortunately, unparalleled elsewhere. This kind of thing, ...

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