A faculty committee at Harvard recommended that the prestigious school eliminate its “pernicious” social clubs from campus, because they're too elite. The committee said it was impossible to escape the influence of discriminatory groups like sororities and fraternities, which makes students not involved in the groups feel excluded and marginalized. The New York Post reports how a ban would work:
Under such a ban, which would go into effect in fall 2018, any undergraduate found participating in these organizations would be expelled or suspended — all to uphold “the importance of inclusion and belonging,” the committee wrote in a 22-page report...
The ban would affect groups including the two-century-old Hasty Pudding Club — which is now co-ed and whose alumni include President John Adams, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and William Randolph Hearst — as well as the all-female final club the Bee, founded in 1991…
Current students and prominent alumni of the organizations are in an uproar over the proposed ban — lawyering up and even hiring public-relations firms, as the Porcellian did with Rubenstein Associates last year.
“The idea that Harvard is now going to exercise the same sort of control over its student body as a strictly run middle school is deeply offensive,” declared Fly Club Graduate President Richard Porteus Jr., Class of ’78.
Wait, elitism has been found at Harvard? Say it ain't so. This is just the latest effort at ridding the campus of "exclusive clubs."
Originally, the administration justified its stance by claiming that male-only clubs were nefarious because of the number of sexual assaults that took place there. But when stats proved otherwise, they switched to a fight against gender discrimination, said Harvard professor Harry Lewis, who was dean of Harvard College from 1995 to 2003 and teaches computer science at the school.
Now tactics have changed again, with the committee’s new proposal battling exclusivity. But exclusivity is at the heart of Harvard’s ethos.
Of course, Harvard isn’t exactly known for having an open door policy to all comers. According to the Post, the college "accepted a whopping 5.2 percent of applicants for its incoming 2021 class." I'm not holding my breath for the school to suddenly achieve "inclusivity" in its admissions as well. This move, of couse, has nothing to do with "elitism" discovered by the committee, but is rather yet another example of political correctness run amok.
Maybe the alumni can finally demand the campus be rid of this toxic political correctness once and for all.
Image Credit: By Joseph Williams (originally posted to Flickr as Harvard) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
h/t the New York Post