Yesterday when I walked into the library, there was a message on the whiteboard in the main entrance that read something along the lines of “will Bucknell even be fun anymore in 5 years?” I stopped to think about this for a moment because it has been a personal concern for some time, but this post let me know that I was not alone.
The thing that I would like to change most about Bucknell is its direction. When the new president was coming to Bucknell, there were rumors about his strong opposition to Greek Life. However, when he arrived, he ensured the campus that he did support it. Yet, since his arrival one (almost two) fraternities have been kicked off campus and almost another sorority. It is not a surprise that Bucknell is huge on Greek Life, which has helped to define many students college life. Instead of kicking chapters off campus, perhaps the school can address the issues at the source with more anti-hazing events. Having more sororities/smaller pledge classes would also allow the organizations to be closer and have more control over the actions of its members.
Beyond Greek Life, Bucknell should start developing other areas of student life. In Lewisburg, PA there are not many options for social opportunities. If you are not involved in Greek Life, what is there to do at night and the weekends? The three bars in town are for 21 year olds only, the movie theater is 20 minutes away, freshman can’t have cars on campus, the Choice program has suffered from budget cuts, and now Bucknell is taking away downtown houses. Simply put, Bucknell needs to create more opportunities for student life.
Additionally, if Bucknell does move to keep all students living on campus and get rid of downtown houses, they will need to create more student space on campus because currently there isn’t any. We have…Uptown. enough said. Perhaps they could include something legitimate in the campus expansion.
I’m not sure if the administration has thought about any of these concerns, but at the rate we are heading now, I am sad to say that I will not want my children to be a legacy at Bucknell.