Education: Commune for Conservatives

Remember the well-ordered college dorms of yesterday? No coed living, no pot parties, gentlemanly students who wore coats and ties to dinner? Square as the idea may sound in these permissive times, such a haven of parietal virtues is thriving today just half a block away from the hip urban campus of Columbia University. Opened in 1967, for the past two years the dorm has had two applicants for every available room.

Known as Schuyler Hall, this singular bastion of domestic tranquillity for males is operated by Opus Dei (the Work of God), an international organization of zealous Roman Catholic laymen and...

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