Letter to the Editor: New housing plan is ridiculous

By on March 24, 2010

I think making the Mount Carmel Campus exclusively for freshman and sophomore housing is absolutely ridiculous. I am now a senior, but I remember my freshman year and looking at all the juniors that lived on campus, I could not wait to be like them and live in the same residence halls they did – Hill in particular. To me, living in Hill is a privilege that juniors have earned.

They are now old enough to live in apartment-style housing, but still have the convenience of living on campus. I do not feel like sophomores are old enough nor have gained the responsibility to live there.

Simply put, I don’t think they fully understand how much of a privilege it is and will take it for granted. They have been in college for one year and are now being handed a living situation that emulates the real world. I do not believe they have earned that honor.

I also do not think moving all of the upperclassmen off the main campus is the best idea. Freshmen and sophomores need people to look up to and to learn from.

I remember my freshman and sophomore years and thinking how cool the juniors were. I saw how they acted and tried to be like them. With all the juniors either living off campus or up at York Hill, who are these students going to look up to?

As it is now, there are only a few juniors living on campus and the ramifications of this can already be seen with this year’s sophomore class. They do not hold the same respect for upperclassmen as years past, and some of them still act like they are freshmen.

One can only assume with absolutely no juniors on campus next year, things will only get worse.  I cannot speak for everyone in my class, but I have talked to a few others about this and we all agree that this move is a detriment to our campus and student body.

Senior Student

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  1. Cy Walpole

    March 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

    It’s a small kitchen, not an honor.

    I do, however, agree that it seems a little unfair that we had to wait until our junior (or in many cases, senior) year to have that small kitchen when many of these kids will have their’s after one year.

  2. Concerned

    March 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Printing anonymous letters is a questionable precedent to set.

    • Jacobb G.

      March 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Really? Because this is oh-so-inflammatory?

  3. Really?

    March 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Underclassmen look up to the upperclassmen as role models? I’m pretty sure we’re all adults here and need no role models. And I sure as hell don’t want to be like some of the stupid Juniors and Seniors that will soon be released into the real world.

    • Senior Student

      March 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      Why dont you go ask your professors and see if they have any role models. I’m almost 100% positive that they will say they do, and aren’t they adults? Perhaps you don’t look up to the upperclassmen, but I guarantee a lot of the student body does. I have lived on campus all of my four years here and I can tell you that there has been a significant change in how underclassmen act and represent themselves. With there being less and less upperclassmen surrounding them they do not seem to mature or change their behaviors as quickly. I will give you the fact that there are some juniors and seniors that should not be looked at as role models, but believe me, the majority of us are ready to “be released into the real world” and will do perfectly fine.

  4. No offense..

    April 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    No offense but I don’t really look at the upperclassmen as role models…I normally see them beligerant, and wasted. We have RA’s to look up to. We definetly do not need to watch the upperclassmen party. -Thanks