Cornell erected a fence blocking access to the popular Fall Creek Gorge swimming hole earlier this week. The fence is part of the university’s reaction to rising sophomore Doug Lowe’s tragic death at the beginning of the summer. While not enough students are around to get angry about their swimming hole being closed, Cornell blog MetaEzra is up in arms.
The policy may seem reasonable when taken at face value, but you have to realize the University is reneging on a tradition of openness and responsibility that has lasted for close to one hundred and fifty years. If I am getting up in arms about the development, it is because I see the fencing as a symbol for what is being lost on Cornell’s campus — Cornell’s very soul.
This must have been a really sweet swimming hole. MetaEzra’s Matthew Nagowski goes on to explain the difference between a Cornell education and whatever it is you get over at other schools.
Cornell has never been an institution of in loco parentis and as a former Cornell professor of mine (now at Michigan State) once so aptly put it, if I wanted my hand held for four years I would have attended Williams or Notre Dame.
Are you calling into question the manly character of Williams, the manliest of the northeastern liberal arts colleges? Oh, this will not stand, Nagowski! After the jump, Cornell explains the reasoning behind the fence.