by Jenny Bauer
In an effort to accommodate international and out-of-state students, the Student Affairs Department has reversed its earlier decision to close all residential halls during vacations.
“We did this because of all the concerns of the students,” said Loretta Rahmani, assistant dean of residential life.
“There is a need which we want to accommodate,” explained Rahmani. She also said that all international students and out-of-state students will be able to reside in the Oaks during holidays if these people sign up for it during the time they apply for housing. Exceptions are possible in the case of in-state students who have special circumstances. These students, too, need to sign up when applying for housing.
Students will pay a fee, however, to stay in the Oaks during vacations. The exact price has yet to be decided; however, Rahmani is proposing a daily rate of $8. She said this fee is necessary to offset the cost of having RAs and.bran RD stay during the holidays. “This is what other schools do,” added Rahmani.
Food services will be unavailable to students during the academic breaks. According to Rahmani, the amount of students who do stay is not enough to substantiate the operation of Davenport Dining Hall.
“This is why we decided to use the Oaks as the hall for these students,” explained Rahmani. “The kitchenettes in the Oaks allow for minimal cooking.”
Another reason for use of the Oaks during holidays is because this facility is co-ed and all students will be concentrated at one residential hall.