This One's on the House
Anyone who has missed a play because he was watching football cheerleaders will agree it's always important to look at the figures behind the figures. Dean Fox's study on differences among the undergraduate Houses revealed a lot. However, sections of the report deemed too controversial were kept under lock and key and are only now beginning to leak out. They include the following:
* Percentage of Eliot House students with Group I or Group II grades: 28.
Percentage of Eliot House students who don't need to study because they're going to work for their fathers after graduation: 72.
* Percentage of Kirkland House students on a varsity team: 45.7
Percentage of Kirkland House students who are frustrated athletes: 54.3
* Percentage of Leverett House students who are male: 69.4
Percentage of Leverett House students who go to Wellesley every weekend: 19.4
* Percentage of Dunster House students in Group I or Group II: 50.
Percentage of Dunster House students in Cabot Library on Friday nights: 50.
* Percentage of Eliot House students who attended private school: 50.9
Percentage of Winthrop House students who wish they had attended private school: 100.
* Percentage of Lowell students who attend House teas: 140.
* Percentage of Adams House students on a varsity team: 4.7.
Percentage of Adams House students who think "jock strap" means the French guy next door: 95.3
And there were other disparities among the Houses that were not noted in Fox's original study. For example, the proportion of students who walk more than a mile a day ranges from 5 per cent in Adams House to 90 per cent in South House.
Furthermore, the percentage of students living in a House that begins with the letter "Q" ranges from 0 per cent in Currier to 100 per cent in Quincy. Dudley House has a similarly glaring lack of diversity since 100 per cent of its students live off campus.
Perhaps the following chart best illustrates the lack of diversity in the Houses: