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Compromise Reached In Summer Housing Debate

By Gireeja V. Ranade

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Dormitories will not be classified into conference houses and student houses over the summer, as had been previously suggested last term by the summer housing task force, said Dean of Student Life Larry G. Benedict.

However, undergraduates, conferees, and pre-college students will be segregated within each building, he said.

An exception to this will be the students living in the east parallel of East Campus, which may be closed for renovations, according to Dormitory Council President Emily E. Cofer ’04. Students from the East parallel will be housed in the West parallel, Benedict said.

DormCon feedback implemented

DormCon submitted a report titled “Concerns with respect to the summer housing task force report” to Benedict last week, which included student input as well as considerations from DormCon meetings, Cofer said.

In the report, DormCon proposed that only certain areas of each dorm be taken offline for undergraduates. As a result students would only have to move in-house as opposed to across campus. Dormcon also argued that it would provide the opportunity to maintain the student community that exists during the year.

Director of Housing Karen A. Nilsson said that they had taken all of the feedback from DormCon regarding the task force report into consideration and were working with DormCon to develop the housing plans.

Suggestions by the task force to which DormCon did not object included the addition of Residential Advisor positions and improving the desk services in the dormitories over the summer, Nilsson said.

Traditionally, there have been no RA positions over the summer, and GRTs who stay on are sometimes drawn into shouldering responsibilities they are not required to, Cofer said. The new RAs may be undergraduate juniors or seniors or graduate students and will be given free housing over the summer. Each RA may be given a budget to spend on the students to enhance the community atmosphere, she said.

High school students from the Research Science Institute program will not be housed in East Campus, since the east parallel will be renovated this summer, Cofer said.

Students thrilled to stay at home

Former Senior House President Daniel E. McAnulty ’04 thought that “people will generally be pleased with the new situation.” Senior House residents were “very unhappy” with the initial proposition to have Senior House as a conference house, and looked at a variety of ways to protest it, including speaking with Benedict. McAnulty said that they finally decided to wait for the DormCon report, and decided to use DormCon as the “unified student voice.”

Baker House President Martijn Stevenson ’05 said that “there was a lot of outcry from the students to stay here,” as there is a strong sense of community among the students even during the summer. “We are very happy at Baker,” he said.