Seeing triple: Delaware
crammed for double cohort
By Laura Katsirdakis
Some frosh are more cramped than others.
Thirty rooms in Delaware Hall have been equipped
with bunk beds and made to accommodate three students instead
of two, said Susan Grindrod, associate vice-president of housing
and ancillary services. Prospective students were informed about
this and even given the opportunity to request a three person
room, she explained. Students were assigned to these rooms randomly,
as with all other residence rooms, Grindrod added.
The addition of Perth Hall residence and the
elimination of many upper-year residence rooms were previously
cited as the main plans to accommodate the double cohort frosh.
Grindrod denied university officials purposely kept the Delaware
"We do not anticipate any problems,"
Grindrod said, adding tripling up has happened before. "There
was no negative impact in the past," she said. Students
assigned to the triple rooms will have new furniture which,
Grindrod said, makes them better off than students in other
universities in Ontario where the overflow of students were
put in lounges and study rooms.
"Only 60 extra people were put into Delaware
Hall," Grindrod said, adding any more would violate fire
University Students' Council President Paul
Yeoman said Delaware has some of the largest rooms compared
to other residences. "Housing has worked hard to ensure
everyone who was promised a spot will get one," he said.
"There have been no complaints so far."
Yeoman said Wilfrid Laurier University has
resorted to putting four students in one residence room while
some other universities have actually offered students cash
if they agreed to give up their room.
"I don't mind the triple room at all,
but the bunk bed is kind of shaky," said Donald Romani,
a first-year administrative and commercial studies student who
lives in one of the triple rooms. "I'm kind of afraid to
climb up onto it," he added. However Romani and one of
his roommates, first-year social science student William Nichol,
were happy to receive a reduction in their residence fees.
Romani added that although he and his roommates
are quite comfortable in their situation, he was aware many
other students were unhappy with being placed in a triple room.
"One problem is that the three of us
have to share the same sized closet as a two-person room,"
said first-year kinesiology student Christine Reid. Reid said
studying time has been discussed but they are still not sure
where to put all their things.