Thursday, 8 June 2006

Another Tradition Destroyed

Sad to read that St Hilda's College, Oxford has voted to open its doors to men, despite the fact that the graduate students (MCR) had voted against the decision 4-1. St Hilda's was, until now, the last surviving girls-only College at Oxford (though Cambridge still has three!). When I was up at Oxford St Hilda's wasn't exactly considered to be one of the best and we called the students 'Hildabeast.' But that's not the point. As today's Daily Telegraph's leader suggests, 'the college has been bullied and pestered into conformity on spurious financial grounds,' and, besides, 'just as nature abhors a vacuum, the university's policy-makers abhor a historical anomaly.'

'While preaching diversity, the university has suppressed choice.'


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