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.
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.”