Berkeley co-ops are fairly legendary, at least within the North American student co-op scene. The latest amusing disaster from Barrington was a regular topic of conversation at my student co-ops (at Oberlin College).
>Was the >behaviour at Barrington supposedly directly linked to the fact >that it was a co-op?
Now, that is a dangerous question. Regardless of whether the Rochdale Principles require drug-induced riot :-), I think it should be clear that, because co-ops are the exception rather than the norm, co-ops in many instances suffer from being expected to conform to unreasonably exalted standards. (I'm not accusing you, Jamie, of making this mistake; but it has been made by many otherwise entirely reasonable people.)
My Oberlin experience was that co-op-based anti-social and destructive behavior was generally comparable in severity to that in other housing arrangements, though generally less run-of-the-mill in nature.
(I don't mean by my jovial tone to make light of any truly destructive behavior, particularly the rape reported by the original poster [by the way, I hadn't heard about that--not that I feel I have some right to].)
>(Frankly, I would find this hard to >believe, since most of the cooperative housing I've observed >consists of sour-faced old '60s anarchists who make up lists of >who is to cut the grass on which hour of what day.
Workcharts are a time-honored system of apportioning duties; since they're usually about 80% obeyed (more or less, depending on co-op morale), there must not be too many TRUE anarchists about. Further- more, sixties schmixties. "'60's" as an adjective is a Banned Word of the Nineties. Brian Rice ri...@dg-rtp.dg.com (919) 248-6328 DG/UX Product Assurance Engineering Data General Corp., Research Triangle Park, N.C. "My other car is an AViiON."