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Grad Housing Story Paraphrases Missed Point

Grad Housing Story Paraphrases Missed Point

Your The Year In Review article on housing paraphrased me in ways that omitted subtle, yet crucial points. This, in turn, led to a serious misrepresentation of my opinion on the desirability of building new graduate student housing.

While I oppose the construction of a graduate housing facility to replace Ashdown House at the corner of Sidney and Pacific Streets, I just as strongly support the construction of a graduate housing complex at that site that would add to the number of "on campus" graduate student beds. The reason for this dichotomy is that Ashdown House uniquely meets several niche needs in the graduate student population which could not be accommodated in a replacement building at the Sidney site. At the same time though, the vast majority of grad students currently live in housing that is either farther from campus, in a less safe neighborhood, or more expensive (especially in the post-rent control era). Thus the construction of additional housing at the Sidney site, while it may not be an optimal location, would improve the lives of hundreds of graduate students. I hope that design and construction work can begin soon.

Joseph J. Bambenek G