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Wednesday, October 21, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 42

Strange Bedfellows

Letters to the Editor

About the Cougar

Staff Editorial


John Harp                Lisa M. Chmiola 
Michelle Norton     Jim Parsons 

  If you build it, they will live on campus

On campus living just isn't the same when you don't live on campus. That's the lesson 38 young women have learned this semester -- they were promised UH housing and instead, due to overbooking of the residence halls here, are spending the semester at Texas women's University in the Texas medical center.

"If I had known that this would have happened, then I would have gone to the Texas A&M instead," one student said. Those are the kind of feelings we are worried about. Who can blame the students for having those thoughts? They didnit expect to take buses back and forth every day and be separated from the campus life students who do live on campus enjoy.

Granted, Residential life and housing was able to find housing for these students, and RLH did provide them with metro bus passes first and free shuttle service recently- and the TWU residents weren't even required to purchase meal plans. Now that's the high life.

Neverthless, it brings to mind the question of how this situation will be handled next year. After all, anyone who's been at the university for a while knows the tale of students who live in Towers television lounges. This year it seems the problem was greater than a few lounges could contain: According to reports, not only were these students sent to TWU, but others were simply told to try and find an apartment because there was just no room for them.

So what happens next year? Officials predict increased enrollment, and if UH follows its new master plan and makes the campus a fantastic place to be, then even more students want to live here. Part of the master plan, of course, is to build new residence halls that will eventually double the number of bed s available on campus.

But in the meantime, where will the excess students sleep? In the library? In the Robertson Stadium luxury boxes? Perhaps we can erect a tent city outside the Heyne building.

Seriously, campus residents would logically be a major source of income for the university, and as such, it would seem rather illogical not to provide adequate space for them. If there is demand for rooms at UH (which there seems to be)-and if the school will build new halls and renovate the old ones to make them more desirable (which, uh, well…. there's still room for improvement)-we could see a boom in the number of campus residents in the near future.

But if there is such a boom, UH must be ready to handle it. It's a classic case of "If you build it, they will come." And, in this case, it would be worth the effort.


The staff editorials reflect the opinion of The Daily Cougar editorial board and editorial staff. All other opinions, letters, commentaries and cartoons reflect the viewpoint of the writers. Letters to the editor reflect only the opinion of the individual writers. No opinions expressed in The Daily Cougar necessarily reflect those of the University of Houston administration or the student body at large.


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