Volume 95, Issue 16

Thursday, September 27, 2001
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Western tested World Trade Center

Homers come home for Homecoming

Rez chaos: Outcasts still waiting for rooms

'Forgotten purple' find home with USC

Art gallery reverses decision on Arab art

Five million reasons to cure ALS

Cigarette companies choke on label dispute

Rez chaos: Outcasts still waiting for rooms

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

The residence chaos some first-year students were greeted by during Orientation week is slowly being resolved.

Despite Western's guarantee of a residence room for all first-year students, this year the housing department had to supply temporary accommodations, or extended housing, for 28 students due to an unexpected number of residence acceptances and surprising lack of cancellations.

"If we had our choice, we would have no one [in this situation]," said Ruta Lawrence, assistant director of housing administration, adding the situation is progressing as well as expected.

Since move-in day, several students have been moved into permanent residence rooms, but there are ten more who are still calling study rooms and modified floor lounges their homes.

Susan Grinrod, associate VP-housing and ancillary services, said most temporary rooms now have phones, RezNet, wardrobes and desks and will soon be carpeted.

Permanent rooms often become available in residences as the add/drop period comes to a close and midterm exams begin, Grinrod explained. "Some students realize this may not be the best course of study for them and they leave."

However, Christopher Doherty, a first-year social science student living with three others in a study room on Delaware Hall's ground floor, said he is not very optimistic he will be moved anytime soon.

"Nothing has changed and I expect nothing will change for a while," he said. "Everyone has been told they are 'top priority.'"

Recently added to his temporary home was a cork board, RezNet, a phone and a dresser, although there is still no carpet or a place to hang clothes.

"I've grown to like it, but the anger hasn't worn off completely," Doherty said.

A sign saying "The Outcasts" hangs on the door of his room.

"We're doing all we can to make sure they have everything they need and we're trying to visit them to make sure they're doing all right," said Tamara Baldwin, manager of Delaware Hall. "Any interaction I've had has been very positive."

Jordan Fletcher and Dan Arroyo, both first-year social science students, are currently living in a study lounge in Saugeen-Maitland Hall with two other men, although they originally started off with six in total.

"We've had a little too much fun," Fletcher said, adding, with six male students in one room and a bit too much partying, "there are way too many distractions. I'm already behind."

Arroyo chose not to tell his parents about the situation, "I was afraid they'd freak out," he said.

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