Dorm Wars

Wake up, roll out of bed, drag a comb across your head. Like Paul and John you have a bus to catch in seconds flat…but first, you decide to head to Alice’s Cafe for a quick bagel. Eager and hungry, you enter the Living and Learning doors only to find a massive horde of college students all clamoring for food. Apparently, about thirty other students had the same idea. Dejected with stomach still empty, you sullenly board the bus, cursing the new University Heights complex and its massive influx of students. The numbers are truly huge. While currently only U-Heights North has students living in it, the multi-building complex will eventually house eight hundred people, vastly increasing Athletic Campus’ population. Students are already feeling the effects. “We truly are worried about the quality of living in L/L since there are no plans for a dining facility in U-Heights North or South, despite eight hundred more kids, ” laments Caitlin Moroney, a resident of D building in Living and Learning. Her concern is not uncommon. With both Alice’s and The Marche now flooded with new faces, lines are growing, food is disappearing and tempers are flaring. In response to the strong feelings many students have towards the new halls, Moroney began a “F*** UHeights” Facebook group. Though now shut down, it was quite popular amongst students during its brief run. When asked about her motives in creating the group, Moroney claimed that the final straw was, “when it became unbelievably unpleasant to get food from the Marche…and the Fireplace Lounge began looking like a High School cafeteria.” Nothing on Facebook is to be taken seriously, of course. “We just made the group because we’re young and stupid,” was the attitude expressed by sophomore Jeremiah McHugh, “We’re not angry at [the new students].” Not all the attitudes are negative. A levelheaded Alyssa Samson observed, “It’s not worth getting angered since U-Heights isn’t moving.” From a purely economic standpoint the new dorms are a boom. Learie Nurse, manager of the Marche had an entirely cheerful mindset over the newer population. “It’s a positive because it’s good for business and the staff is rising to the challenge.” When asked how the Marche is adjusting to the situation Nurse added, “Things are sporadic. You can’t tell when you’re going to be bombarded. We’ve upped our production, but you can never tell what will happen.” “We’ve upped our food space,” Nurse continued, “We’ve had three times the amount of food since last year. I think students realize we are what we are.” Most students believe that a new U-Heights based dining hall would be the best solution. “Most people trek to Simpson a couple times a week, if not every day,” says newly moved U-Heights resident Jill Stone. “I feel bad complaining because the new dorms are nice. Really nice!” she continued, “We just want a dining hall back!”