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I don't recall dorm life as being for the faint of heart.
Apart from hall surfing, contact highs and "the walk of shame" following an ill-advised romantic encounter, living in a dormitory requires young people to learn to put up with beliefs and behavior that may make them uncomfortable.
Universities often view this as a good thing. Living among those with different values, they claim, is a "broadening" experience. Being offended can actually be educational.
But not all forms of offense are equally enlightening. Exposure to vulgarity, casual sex and music reminiscent of the slaughter of cats presumably opens minds and expands perspectives. On the other hand, being forced to witness a group of students praying is more than anyone should have to put up with... Download file "College should be a place of higher learning"