Way back in the ancient days of 1958, a scientist in the spanking new field of ecology did an experiment that sociologists would talk about for years. His name was John B. Calhoun, and he put a bunch of rats in a cage made for 50. He gave them as much food and water as they needed, no matter how many little rats they produced. The population reached its peak at 80, and that is when things got interesting.

The rats began to get freaky.

Scientific American wrote about it in article called Crowding into the Behavioral Sink.

The idea is that when overpopulation is reached bad things happen to the behavior of people. With rats, the results can vary from failure to breed or nurture the young properly, increased mortality rates across the board, infant cannibalism and abnormal sexual patterns. With people when they reach the population peak of any given area things result like increased transmission of diseases, and proliferation of mental disorders. Hyper -aggression is a factor in both humans and rats. The only working defense against the effect pull of the behavioral sink is in reducing the intensity and frequency of social interaction.

That being said, it should be noted that Missouri Western State University had an eight percent increase in campus population. Perhaps the question should be asked of if there is a need for new student housing?

Sure it seems that there is more than enough right now. We even have super singles rooms. But how long will that last? And do we really want to wait until the last minute to fix this particular problem? It seems like it would be the wiser choice to be ahead of the ball on this one. Missouri Western needs need student housing before the behavioral sink overflows. Before Beshears Hall becomes home to rampant crime, drug use and sodomy, housing must be built.

Already, there has been rises in crime rates and transmission of STDs. How much farther must the students of Missouri Western live on top of each other until someone opens the pocket book to buy new student housing? Must we get to the point of mothers eating their babies before we stop spending money on Chief’s training camps, incubators and statues, and start fixing the living situation on campus.

The little griffons are in a cage and the cage is full. It is time to let them spread their wings. After all are we not teaching them to fly? One might get the idea that we are just teaching them to stand in line. We are making more cogs for the machine with the bug in the system.

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