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By Kristina Lundblad
While "The Outcasts" sign still hangs on their door, the first-year Western students who were assigned study rooms and lounges instead of traditional residence rooms are now singing a happier tune.
Unlike their fellow frosh, on Sept. 2 and 3, 28 first-year students were directed to "temporary accommodations" or "extended housing" in Delaware Hall and Saugeen-Maitland Hall instead of the actual residence rooms they were previously guaranteed.
Residence staff members' rooms, floor lounges, and study rooms were used as makeshift housing with no phones, RezNet and, for some, no carpeting.
However, Susan Grindrod, associate vice-president of Western's housing and ancillary services, said any students who wanted to move out of their temporary accommodations were relocated to a traditional room by the end of October.
Delaware Hall residence manager Tamara Baldwin said there are currently only six students left in lounges or study halls in Delaware two in each room.
"Some wanted to stay the rooms were bigger and different [than traditional rooms]," Grindrod said. "Everyone else who wanted to move was accommodated within a very short while."
Grindrod noted makeshift rooms were given all of the amenities such as desks, mirrors and phones by mid-October.
Chris Doherty, a first-year social science student, began his school year with two other roommates in a study room in the basement of Delaware.
Doherty said he and one roommate were happily settled by mid-October and therefore decided to stay. His third roommate opted to move to a traditional room elsewhere in Delaware.
As well, Doherty said he was pleased with the amount of financial reimbursement he received from Western for his misfortune.
"We love it down here I've got no complaints," he said, but added it is bothersome not to have a bathroom on his floor.
"The situation was very well organized and very well handled from the beginning," Grindrod added.
While Grindrod said she was unsure whether or not a similar problem would occur next year, she noted Western's application numbers are expected to rise.
However, the newly renovated lounges and study rooms will not be booked as rooms next year Western now has the rooms prepared if a similar problem occurs, Baldwin added.