As I am sure the entire student body knows, we recently had housing sign-ups for the 2009-2010 academic year. Throughout the week, I have heard varying comments of approval and disapproval as to where students will be living next year. On an individual note, I was not at all happy with the prospect of living in the Lord Center (LC) my senior year because I wanted to live in the Dorothy Lord Center (DLC) apartments. After all, who wants to have to go through the trouble of furnishing and squeezing an entire house load into an apartment? Not me and not at this point in my life. Alas, I did not have the prospect of getting into DLC, even as a senior. This, of course, surprised me, but living with a junior next year most likely decreased my chances at living in the DLC, or so I thought. Prior to signing myself up for next year, a friend of mine had told me when he signed up (he was in the first time slot) that he, himself, almost missed the chance to live in the DLC. There were six apartments left by the time he signed up. How is this possible?
In any case, what struck me even more than the DLC filling up so quickly was the fact that a large number of juniors were having trouble even getting into the McCombs apartment complex, a complex that is generally for juniors (there is, apparently, a waiting list for McCombs right now). This baffled me to no end. And, apparently, these upperclassmen are going to have to live in a dormitory like Moody-Shearn, Herman Brown, or live off campus if they want something better. My question is why? Why are we having such trouble accommodating our upperclassmen, juniors and seniors alike, unable to give them what they both want as well as deserve. The answer, in part, to this is the large number of lowerclassmen on campus that have been admitted to SU.
It is a well known fact that SU has wanted to increase their numbers and they did so with the current freshmen as well as sophomore classes. Did administration and admissions not foresee the potential problem that lay ahead? Not only is SU having trouble accommodating students in terms of housing, but parking is absolutely atrocious, but that is another story better left for another time.
The point I want to make, however, is that every incoming junior and senior, at the least, should be able to live where they want on campus. For reasons unbeknown, that will not happen for everyone next year and it is terribly unfortunate. Sure, upperclassmen could live off-campus, but not everyone has the money, resources, or time to do such a thing. Not to mention, the convenience factor of living where you go to school is lost. What are students supposed to do now? I feel it is only fair to let all upperclassmen have the opportunity to live in an apartment setting on campus. After all, for the first two years of our college careers, we lived in a cramped space and, sometimes, with people we either did not know or did not particularly care for. Juniors and seniors have paid their dues and deserve a private space within the campus environment where we can better study as well as relax. It is only fair. Housing sign-ups should not be this difficult and are, by no means, stress worthy, especially not at this point in the school year when students are starting to pull their out—even more—from academic stresses.