" /> College: Is a co-ed room right for you? - Metro.us

College: Is a co-ed room right for you?

Would you want to share an 11x14 room with a member of the opposite sex?

College life isn’t what it used to be. The days of curfews and rules about visitors are long gone. So, naturally, the next step is co-ed dorm rooms, right? But it’s not so natural to everyone. With only about 50 colleges nationwide to adopt a mixed gender dorm room option, it is still in the early phases.

Students seem divided on the issue. Living with a member of the same sex can mean an awkward situation for gay, lesbian and transgender students. Schools like Rutgers University and Ohio University first initiated the experiment to give every student the most comfortable living situation possible. However, some fear it won’t be long before couples, both gay and straight, jump at the opportunity to get a taste of real life domestic living.

“I think it would be more like the show The Real World,” says Brooke Perkins, 18, a freshman at Point Park University. “I think it would be super hard to concentrate on school work while rooming with a guy because of the constant temptation.”

She’s not alone in her thoughts. Although co-ed living is catching on at schools, only about half of students polled say they would be interested in trying it.

Brad Henry, 26, graduated from Ithaca College in 2007. He came out two years later. “Some gay people might feel more comfortable living among the opposite sex,” says Henry. “Ultimately, though, college isn’t meant to be easy. It’s a time for growth.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.