September 5, 2003  
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Seeing triple: Delaware crammed for double cohort

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

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 renovations quiet.

"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 safety codes.

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.



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