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by Kelly Serrano
Sports Editor

Due to student, university professor and parent feedback, the housing reservation process for the 2001-02 school year has been modified.

To reserve housing, students first need to submit a completed housing application to the Housing Office located in the Oaks. These applications will be accepted during the last week of April, Monday the 23rd through Thursday the 26th. At this time students must pay the $100 security deposit and the $25 Housing Application Fee. Applications turned in after 5:00 p.m. on April 26 will not be accepted.

Once this is done, students will pick a time that they must come back to actually reserve their room. Time slots will be in a box, which students will pick from. The times will be separated according to their class standing, which is determined by the Registrar’s Office.

Students will then proceed to go to the Housing Department on Saturday, April 28 at their chosen time to reserve their rooms. The allotted time for current seniors and juniors is 8 a.m. through 11 a.m., current sophomores 11 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. and current freshmen 2:30 through 7 p.m.

This is the first time that students will be given a set time to reserve their housing, and also the first time that priority will be given to upperclassmen. In the past, housing reservations were made on a first-come first-serve basis. Students have waited in long lines and often missed classes in order to wait. According to Julie Thurman Francisco, housing and residential life director, this is the primary reason for the changes.

“We heard from professors that students were missing classes, having to stand in line for four or five hours and there was bickering going on in line,” said Thurman Francisco. “This way, each individual student has their own appointment time and they don’t need to fight.”

Last month the housing department conducted student focus groups to gain feedback about how the reservation process could be improved. The department compiled this information and decided to change the process at a March 15 meeting.

“We really heard from our students that priority was an issue, that if you put in your time here you should have the first pick,” said Thurman Francisco.

Students also expressed their want to continue living at the Red Roof Inn.

“We heard that there were a number of students that loved living out there,” said Thurman Francisco. “They liked the independent-living environment and we do need some extra spaces out there.”

Twenty spaces have been reserved at the Red Roof Inn for the 2001-02 school year, but there is an increase in cost of $78 per month for students choosing to live there.

Also new for next year will be the triple occupancy in some rooms of Brandt, Stu-Han and the Oaks residential halls. Thurman Francisco said that the housing department hopes to place freshmen in the tripled rooms but also students looking to save money who might also be interested in tripling.

Resident assistants will deliver applications to students this month and are also available on the internet at www.ulv.edu/housing. Commuter students will receive an information packet in the mail. Students are also encouraged to attend hour-long informational meetings on the housing reservation process on Wednesday, April 18 at 9 a.m. in the Stu-Han Lounge and Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. in the West Dining Room.

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