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APSU has recently announced housing changes to take place Fall 2011. They have caused outrage in many current students, even prompting them to start a Facebook page in opposition. The editorial board members of The All State discussed the positive and negative effects on students.
With a record enrollment of freshmen this fall, APSU has had to readjust to the overwhelming student growth in recent years. In light of this, construction projects are now under way to ease the stress of an already overpopulated campus.
While APSU has remained a relatively small school, housing has recently become an issue due to overcrowding and there seems to be no resolution in sight. Many of the editorial members feel the changes are unfair to current students who have been living in certain residence halls on campus.
Upperclassmen would be forced to move out of Blount Harvill and Sevier Hall, where the double occupancy rate is $1,980 per semester, to Meacham, Miller, Hand Village and Two Rivers apartments, where the double occupancy rate ranges from $2,185 to $2,200 per semester and up to $3,300 per semester for a private room.
While many current students are enraged by these changes, some students think it makes sense. An editor points out, “People getting kicked out obviously sucks, but the fact remains 85 percent of housing students are freshmen.”
This reasoning makes sense to the majority of TAS’s editorial board, who believe APSU is simply using common sense, catering to prospective students who would more than likely be required to live on-campus as other schools have done.
Yet the frustrations of many students could be accredited to the untimely decision by APSU to tear down current residence halls in order to make room for new ones. Although housing changes were expected and are inevitable, as demonstrated by the growth in student enrollments, many believe the changes should have been done long ago, preventing the current situation.
Despite opinions on what could have been done, the question remains on what APSU and students should do to reach a common ground. An editorial member expressed their concern by suggesting, “If they are going to force the upperclassmen out, then the prices need to be changed for fairness.”
Ultimately, students affected will just have to cope and make the best of an unfortunate situation. Upperclassmen will have the options of paying equalized rates or moving to an off-campus apartment which could save them money but cause a few inconveniences along the way as well. TAS