Philosophy students attending a theater event. Art students mingling in the Greek. Biology and business majors getting together.Sounds crazy, huh?
It doesn’t have to be.
As shown by the recent success of the first annual Funkytown Stompdown step show competition, coprogramming can be an excellent way to get seemingly disparate groups to mingle on campus.
Coprogramming occurs when different organizations join together to put on an event or to reach a common goal. For the step show, these two groups were Alpha Phi Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha.
But coprogramming doesn’t have to just be in the domain of the Greek system. Various disciplines, clubs and majors can join together to host a variety of events or to fight for a common cause.
Like many campuses, TCU is full of cliques and clubs that often have little to do with each other. They are highly specialized organizations that allow students to spend four years at TCU with little interacting with people who are different from them.
There is nothing wrong with specialized organizations that appeal to small groups of people. After all, a highly technical scientific speech will not appeal to the general TCU population. However, these divisions can be a way of defining people by the groups they are in.
When groups branch out, forcing members to mingle, they may find that larger variety adds more flavor to the meetings and activities. Additionally, they have a larger audience, which benefits all groups involved. Finally, their members meet new people, learn new ways of thinking, make new friends and generally stir things up.
TCU students from disparate disciplines and backgrounds need more opportunities to interact. Coprogramming is an excellent step toward this end.
Opinion editor Stephanie Weaver for the Editorial Board.