In my wonderfully large, lively, mostly Republican family of Catholics, Baptists, a Muslim, two Hindus and some from other denominations as well, I'm pretty much in the minority, having voted for President Obama, and I know that despite Southern gentility, emotions may be raw.
With the majority of incoming college freshmen on Facebook, students no longer meet their new roommates on move-in day. Instead, many of them have had several weeks or months of online interaction.
Colleges and universities do what they can to save money in their day-to-day operations. In tough fiscal times, that's more important than ever.