The Business School has instituted the only coed living plan at present in the University. Girls have been living in previously all-male dorms since Christmas, when the plan took effect.
In early November Colleen Burke, a first-year MBA candidate, petitioned with Robin Wigger to live in the men's dorms. It took only one month before the petition was approved by the Business School administration. Miss Burke characterized the administration as "flexible and progressive despite its conservative image."
Two other girls, Peggy Jones and Dana Holzinger, were chosen by lot and are living with Miss Burke and Miss Wigger. The girls reside in McCulloch C-13 and 14, previously a lounge for all Business School female students.
At the end of the year, Miss Burke and Miss Wigger will submit a report on the feasibility of all Business School women living in the men's dorms.
Miss Burke said she feels that coed living is important because it lets "a guy talk to a girl casually--without going out on a date." Miss Wigger said her motto was "work hard, play hard." She added that "now guys can understand more why we're here. A lot of guys have found out that girls are absolutely normal."
At first there were some misgivings about the girls. Miss Burke said that the maids used to claim the girls were sloppy. The men complained about "perfume wafting up the corridors."
Miss Burke summarized the vicissitudes of the coed living experience as "much more realistic than living off campus."