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The McKelvy House Scholars invite the campus to join a dinner discussion of the impact of social groups on campus Wednesday evening.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at McKelvy House, 200 High Street. Mechanical engineering major Kaydence Cowley ’07 (Littleton, Col.) will lead the discussion at 6:30 p.m.

Cowley poses questions about Greek life, and other living groups such as special interest floors, Dry Surfers, Arts Houses, McKelvy and others. For a broader perspective, she will talk about Lafayette’s isolation from Easton.

“Each of these groups fulfills a necessary niche in campus society, but can also conform and isolate individuals,” she says.

The discussion will focus on how students feel about fraternities and sororities and living groups, their contributions or subtractions to campus and society, and why they are created.

Links to websites on the discussion topics as well as more information about the McKelvy House Scholars program are available on the group’s blog website.

Since 1962, the McKelvy House Scholars program has brought together Lafayette students with a wide range of majors and interests to reside in a historic off-campus house and share in intellectual and social activities. Sunday dinner discussions that engage the students in debate and exchange of ideas are the hallmark of the program; several Wednesday discussions have been added this school year. Most members also contribute to the annual McKelvy Papers, written on a topic of each person’s choice. McKelvy Scholars participate in activities together such as field trips to plays, concerts, and exhibits, and sponsor events for the campus as well.

Previous discussions:
Oct. 23 – The Shape of Things
Oct. 19 – “Women in Creating and Sustaining Peace”
Oct. 16 – “Slow Food” Movement
Oct. 12 – Hugo Chavez
Oct. 9 – Molecular Nanotechnology
Oct. 5 – Folk Music as Vehicle for Social Change
Sept. 25 – Freedom and Other Remembrance Issues
Sept. 20 – The Powerful Thrust of Language on Civic Arousal
Sept. 14 – Apathy
Sept. 11 – Why Do We Care about One Another?

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