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How other universities fared during move in

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

The dreaded double cohort swamped universities all over Ontario last week, taking up hotels, stopping traffic and cramming students into every available spot on campuses.

Here at Western, Perth Hall was built to add nearly 450 beds. Rooms for upper-year students in residence were taken out and some double rooms in Delaware Hall turned into triple rooms.
How does that compare to elsewhere?

Residences at Wilfrid Laurier University are over capacity from the influx of first year students, said Chris Dodd, manager of housing services and residence life at Laurier.

According to Dodd, Laurier is seeking "non-traditional" solutions such as housing students in rooms converted from residence living rooms and the use of several apartment buildings bought this summer by the university to accommodate the new students. Laurier is also offering students incentives such as computers, personal digital assistants, text book credits and campus food credits to give up their rooms in residence, Dodd said.

Last year Laurier had to convert double rooms into triples but the measures taken by the administration has helped avoid that problem this year, commented Shane Danis, residence co-ordinator at Laurier.

"We didn't make any modification to the buildings," said Heather Lane, director of student housing services at the University of Guelph, noting 16 new staff members were added to the residences to cope with the overflow.

According to Lane, the regular space of the residence buildings are filled to capacity with some two-person rooms housing three people. Extended space in residences, such as floor lounges have been converted into bedrooms, though these are not at full capacity.

"We were able to accommodate everyone," said Bruce Griffen, director of residence and hospitality services at Queen's University.
Queen's added 548 additional beds to on-campus housing facilities and meals were expanded in one of the dining halls to deal with an expected flood of first-year students.

Carleton University had already built a new residence with 400 beds that gave first priority to first year students approved for residence, stated Lynn Burritt, assistant director of residence life services at Carleton.

However, the new residence did not handle all of the students, Burritt said, citing that 23 single rooms were converted into doubles and many students are being lodged in a nearby hotel.



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