for him, but he knows that a general sense of
“feeling unwelcome” is an issue many of his
fellow students face.
Taylor says she’s long joked about transferring,
largely because of the challenges of fully engaging
in the campus social scene. “Bucknell is a great
place, the education is amazing, and when I leave
here I know so many doors will be open for me,”
she says. “But as far as fun — it’s not the most
fun.” It might sound like a frivolous concern,
until it’s contrasted with the fact that for
many Bucknell students, “fun” — really, the full
experience of being a college student — is
something they’re able to take for granted
without ever stopping to consider it.
Bravman cites the difficulty of forcing
progress on what are by nature self-selecting
organizations, and he’s aware that the sheer
numbers — more than half of Bucknell’s seniors
will graduate as Greeks — means systemic
change is a daunting challenge. He acknowledges
that the Greek system is “seen by many as a
bastion of separatism, and I would certainly
like to see the demographics more closely match
the changing demographics of the student body.
We will work hard to find ways to realize that.”
It’s a statement that will — that must — apply
to the broader effort at Bucknell, and there is
The solidarity ceremony
brought the troubling
experiences of many in
the Bucknell community
into the open air.