Horan: Balancing programming on campus

Peter Horan, a sophomore majoring in history, argues that GW does a good job balancing most programming, but it should focus on curring down bureaucracy.

There has been discussion within the academic community that universities overwhelm their students with programming. In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Too Many Events on Campus,” Gina Barreca, a literature professor, argues that quality is sacrificed for quantity in the programs that universities provide their students. In the article, she says she goes to events out of guilt for not maximizing her opportunities, rather than through a genuine desire. The discussion really comes down to two sides, I think: whether universities should organize groups and activities for the students, or if students should be left primarily to find their own paths in their student organizations.

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