to Lehigh is like entering the Twilight Zone.
have searched college catalogues to see where I went wrong
and the only thing I can find is a description
of Lehigh students' apoliticalness as entering the “Lehigh Bubble”. It
is far more than political apathy. There is a palpable
feeling of total apathy and complete inertia among the student
body. I may be a mechanical engineering major but I
never thought I would have to check my brain cells
at the door when I started Lehigh. Granted this school
has historically been a non-liberal arts, boys club, I
never thought that I would experience such a low level
of intellectual discussion among students at a school of this
caliber. There doesn't seem to be an original thought among
the bunch. Ok- a bit of an exaggeration
students are not connected to the town, the sports teams
or even the school. I have nothing against frats (some
frat guys are my friends) but it certainly feels like
the frat guys at Lehigh are not a member of
Lehigh community but are loyal only to their fraternity and
come down off the hill every once in awhile attend
some classes at a place called Lehigh. The administration has
allowed the frat life to dominate at Lehigh and it
is clearly to the detriment of the school. Fraternities exist
at the same levels at other schools, like Bucknell and
Colgate but for some reason (maybe based on simply housing
needs at Lehigh) the Greek life at Lehigh is semi-toxic
for the total health of the school community.
think there were 12 students, tops at most of the
basketball games I attended.
If you think Bethlehem is
small go visit Hamilton, NY or Lewisburg, PA. These are
much, much smaller college towns yet no one there complains.
Southside Bethlehem may be funky but it says something about
the apathy of Lehigh students that they can't got off
their butts to walk two blocks for a pizza
or All You Can Eat Ribs and Chicken. If you
think the campus appears vacant(which it does- it's eerie) the
town is dead. For goodness sakes, the only sandwich shop
in town closes at 2pm on weekdays and 4 pm
on a Saturday. That says it all to me. If
you can't keep a sandwich shop going in a college
town, the college town, isn't one.
Students will however,
trek like idiots to the frat parties almost every night
of the week. Sure going to some parties has some
appeal every one once in awhile. But drinking and
staring at mostly other guys(only 30% females in my class)
ain't my idea of fun for four years.
know it is not proper to paint an entire school
with one brush but Lehigh clearly has some weird Mojo
going on. The faculty is top notch and don't
think the faculty deserves the students they have.
The campus environs is awesome. However the administration needs some
solid forward thinking to rein in the fraternities and to
start catering to a less puerile mindset.