Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
By Shelby Newson
The fall housing assignment process has begun. The system largely relies on students making responsible decisions about who they are compatible living with, the number of people with which they want to share a living space and which residence hall corresponds most closely with their desires.
The housing lottery, in which students are assigned a specific time to sign up for housing slots, largely determines where students end up living next fall. The College supports the belief that on-campus housing fosters a greater sense of community and provides students with more opportunities to be involved and to develop as individuals.
First year Colin Lennox, who plans to live in a suite next fall, said that he thinks the system is fair. “I think that it is effective and it does bring some sort of equality to the whole process,” he said.
Students can take advantage of seniority, however.
“Seniority is important, but I think that there may need to be a way to ensure that students that want to be a part of suites could have access. If seniority is the way that housing is chosen, I think that it could be beneficial to limit the amount [of] suites that can go to the older classes,” Lennox said.
The selection of next year’s Resident Assistants and the development of their roles on campus also impacts the housing process.
First year Hagop Mouradian hopes that he can foster a sense of community through his position as a Trowbridge Hall RA next year.
“One specific goal that I have is for Trowbridge to have the livelihood that I found present in Hoben’s lounge,” he said. “Having seen the benefits of an RA who accomplished this task, I know the task is possible and I hope to be able to do just that.”
Junior Sully Garcia, a two-year RA, will act as a Senior RA next year. “I help the newer RAs adjust to [their] role. I’m also a source to go to for all the residents for any help they might need. I make sure the building is a safe and comfortable environment for all,” she said of her position.
Come next year, Garcia sees her role potentially changing. “I see my opinion being valued more and I also see myself being looked to for advice among the new RA,” Garcia said.
As students anticipate final housing assignments and next fall’s school year, many look forward to the changes next year in residential life and the plans that residential leaders have for campus.