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In times of transition, individu- ality is often compromised. 1980 is most definitely a transition era at Barnard College; the question of merger hangs over us all. One thing to keep in mind, how- ever, is that any merger is just in the pre-natal stage and its birth is not at all certain. Barnard is still an inde- pendent women ' s college with inde- pendent facilities (dhI chihs. " There is co-education available to both Barnard and Columbia College stu- dents, " said Anne Koshel, another student who spoke. " Barnard is a place for women to grow among women. " V Columbia claims that they have to ac- cept approximately half of their applicants and that their applicant pool is too small. Apparently, by admitting women to their school Columbia administrators believe that more male students will be encour- aged to apply and that they can be more selective in the Admissions Office. Please note the reasoning here. The Columbia Admissions Office has no other reason for admitting women to their col- leg ' e except to use these women to attract men. At a university where sexism runs rampant, this is one of the most outrageous statements to which we have recently been subjected. Columbia has not stopped to think that the presence of women might not be the problem. Those applying to the freshman class at Columbia College are gi- ven the impression that the presence of Barnard across the street makes Columbia " just like a coed school. " They have no reason to think othei-wise. Actually they don ' t even seem to think that there are things more ci-ucial to attracting quality stu- dents than providing men with available females. Somehow the " women at Barnard feel differently about their school. Even in our dubious location south of Harlem, the Admissions Office has no trouble attract- ing applicants. In fact, the number of appli- cations to Barnard has increased 51% over the past three years. There must be some- thing here that attracts so many intelligent women. And it doesn ' t seem likely that it ' s the Columbia men. The interesting thing here is that peo- ple at Columbia don ' t seem to realize that women come to Barnard because it is a single sex school. We come here because we want the support that we need to grow intellectually and professionally, support that can be found in a place where women are nurtured. As such an institution, Bar- nard attracts a specific type of woman. A coed Columbia will attract an entirely diffe- rent type of woman. 79
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