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On campus students may be in for a big surprise

RU freshmen may be living with an additional roommate when they move into their residential dorms later this month.

The news broke to students choosing to live on campus this year via email on August 1, 2014, when students were given their dorm assignments.

Megan Gates, a freshman who was told she has “been assigned to a temporarily tripled room”, has granted Whim access to the email she received from RU. She, or one of her roommates will “move to a permanent assignment as space becomes available.”

Within Gates’ email, RU provided a link to their webpage which further explained what it means to be temporarily tripled. RU states on its website that the three students will share “three beds (one set of beds are bunked), two desks, two chairs, and a dresser.”

For three students, there will only be two closets for them to share.

A dorm room with two residents.

The email from Residential Life also said “We foresee the majority of the tripled rooms vastly decreasing prior to the university move-in date. Residents of the room will receive email notification when their room has been de-tripled.”

Ashley Underhill, a student administrator for Res life, spoke with Whim hoping to “ensure the incoming class enjoys their time at RU.”

When asked how many freshman are being affected by this situation, Underhill said “If I had to guess, about half of muse and 1/16 of all the other halls.” She went on to explain that “not everyone is a freshman that will be tripled, some choose to be in a triple with friends.”

Freshman Leah Valdez is one of the estimated 1/16 of the students who have been tripled outside of Muse. Valdez, who successfully requested one of her roommates, has been assigned a tripled room in Peery hall, doesn’t believe RU will be able to fix the situation as quickly as they suggested in Gates’ email.

Valdez told Whim, “I think they’re just saying that they’re trying to figure it out before move in day to make us feel more comfortable.”

Whim was told by Underhill, “Res Life has been working on this since we […] left last spring.” Res life isn’t being unreasonable either saying that, “[t]hose who have medical reasons or have other important reasons to be un-tripled will be first priority”

Underhill stated she believed the reason for the situation was “partly due with the halls being down [the] other part is due to Radford’s constant need to expand and have each upcoming class bigger than the last.” She was told “Draper Hall, Boiling Hall, and Pocahontas hall” will all not be in use at the beginning of this semester.

She does “not know the reasons why they decided to close all three at once but [does] know that they will be renovating them so that students next year can use them, and they will be better than before, the plans for the renovation are in the Res Life office in Heth Hall.”

While Res Life workers such as Underhill continue to work towards a solution, freshmen such as Valdez are still upset. Valdez has said, “we are the largest freshmen class they’ve had and I just feel like they weren’t prepared for this many incoming freshmen.”

Zombie Prom: A dead dance?

On Oct. 25, hordes of the costumed undead descended to the basement banquet hall in Muse for one of Radford University’s most time-honored Halloween traditions: the annual Zombie Prom. “Hordes” may be a bit of an exaggeration; in fact, many attendees (most of whom were self-described Zombie Prom veterans) remarked on the event’s shrunken size compared to years past. Continue reading Zombie Prom: A dead dance?

Q&A on overcrowding

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

There is talk going around Radford University about on campus living. We sat down with Katherine Lavinder, the director of Residential Life at RU, to try and clear up those rumors. She shed light on the number of triples, university rented apartments and why they are necessary here.

Q: As of now, how many triples do we still have on campus after the Downey apartments were made available?

A: “About 50 spread out all over campus.”

Q: Many triples did we have originally?

A: “The number was in the 240’s at the beginning of August.”

Q: Why were there so many triples this year compared to previous years?

A: “It was a combination of factors between an incoming class that was the biggest in Radford’s history, the fact that Madison and Jefferson are closed and a higher number of students returning to live on campus than in the past.”

Q: How many living spaces did we acquire through the Hunter’s Ridge and Downey Street apartments?

A: “We rented two buildings from Hunter’s Ridge adding 103 beds and then we have the one Downey apartment building that added 50 beds.”

Q: Is miscommunication between departments the culprit of this issue?

A: ” No, we [res-life] worked really closely with admissions all summer.”

Q: What is the difference between living in a residence hall or the university apartments? What about in cost?

A: “The only significant difference is that the apartments are all upperclassmen, there aren’t any freshmen, but everything is the same cost wise.”

Q: Why did so many students decide to return to campus?

A: “I think it’s because we’re offering a quality program. From the years 2007-08 and 2008-09 our on campus retention is up ten percent. We’ve been working with staff to provide a good living environment.”

Q: Does this situation prompt Radford to begin building more on campus housing?

A: “We [res-life] plan and give ideas of what we would like to see, but we aren’t really in charge of construction, that is up to the office of facilities, planning and construction.”

Q: When are Jefferson and Madison supposed to be re-opened?

A: ” We [res-life] are definitely aiming for fall 2011, and everything looks like its going pretty well so far.”

Q: Do you think the number of students living on campus will go up or down after this year?

A: “We [res-life] want to see retention continue to go up because that means we are doing our job well.”

Q: Is the university planning to renew it’s lease with Hunter’s ridge?

A: “We’re [res-life] keeping our options open down in Hunter’s Ridge, just in case we might need those apartments again in coming years.”

Q: What about the apartments on Downey Street, are those staying open for students?

A: ” No, those apartments were only available to us for a living space this year, after this year they will be turned into academic apartments.”

Q: Do you think the rise in enrollment has anything to do with the recession?

A: ” Well, in a time of recession people seek education, so it could definitely be a factor.”

A good sign for RU.

The overcrowding shows that Radford University is growing and expanding. It’s up to the university to decide how they plan on handling the rising number of students.