Bicker is a traumatic process that serves to group together students of similar dispositions and aspirations into a social community that the University did not provide. It was not developed to provide a social evolution, nor to isolate any group from any others. It was created merely to allow individuals to choose those with whom they wanted to spend a large portion of their nonacademic time. Let’s not get too critical of bicker’s emotional trauma on students. College is partly to prepare students for the future, positive and negative aspects, and not to isolate them during a period of so-called experiential maturation. Do applicants actually shun Princeton in favor of Yale or Harvard because of their social-system selection processes?
Albert Smith ’66