Albany St. dorm could be nicest
Before the "quick solution" graduate housing proposal described by the presidents of Ashdown, Green, and Tang Halls ["Give new graduate students temporary space," Oct. 24] becomes a reality that no one can or will choose to live with, I suggest they and the rest of the graduate community consider the following.
They propose that all spaces in the new Albany Street building be reserved for new graduate students who need a place to stay while apartment hunting so that a high turnover rate (75 percent by their predictions) "would not turn the dorms into impersonal apartment buildings." This entire proposal implies that the existing dorms are more desirable than the Albany Street building will be and that the new Albany Street dorm will be the best-suited for temporary housing for those who need a place to stay while apartment hunting.
Before the proposal is considered, the setup of the living space in all the dorms should be reviewed. Ashdown and Green Hall consist almost entirely of single and double rooms with common kitchens and bathrooms shared by many. Green has the attraction that a majority of the dorm rooms are singles, whereas a very high percentage of Ashdown rooms are doubles. As far as I know, the new Albany Street dorm will consist mostly of two- and three-bedroom apartments similar to Tang but will most likely be nicer. It seems to me that the Albany Street dorm may become the most desirable place to live and Ashdown might become the least, especially since for most graduate students sharing a single room with someone is the least desirable living option. If the above is true, it would seem natural for Ashdown to become the dorm reserved for new graduate students who need a place to stay while apartment hunting.
I propose, instead, that no dorm be singled out for new graduate students. Preferences will work naturally. Additionally, graduate students should be able to move from dorm to dorm to help even out the selection process.
Ann Tulintseff G->