STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU
With the on-campus housing deadline rapidly approaching, Drake students are torn on some Office of Residential Life policies.
“I would not require on-campus living” sophomore Jordan Sabine said.
Sabine thinks that all students, including underclassmen, should have the option to live off campus should they wish to do so.
“I would make it optional,” Sabine said.
The particular policy requires all full-time students who are less than two years out of high school to live on-campus in one of the eight residence halls.
The only exceptions are commuters who live with a parent or guardian or married students.
Sophomore Jeffrey Jones says that he would like the two year policy to change.
“I think that they should maybe change the contract to one year,” Jones said. “That way sophomores could be in West Village if they wanted to or be in a fraternity or sorority house.”
Jones believes sophomores should be allowed to access the same off-campus housing opportunities that upperclassmen have .
Sabine is eager to live off campus so that she will not have a residential assistant living on her floor, looking over her shoulder.
“I like being able to do my own thing and not having an R.A. checking up on me all the time,” Sabine said.
However, not everyone feels that way.
Junior Kylie Dehaven claims that she had a wonderful experience living on campus.
“I was satisfied with it. I think the system is being run pretty smoothly,” Dehaven said.
Dehaven, who is now eligible to live off campus, said that the two year live-on policy is actually beneficial because it allows students the chance to meet new people, make new friends and grow relationships.
“You have a better chance of meeting new people,” Jones said. “With people in the halls, there’s sort of a bond. Plus, it’s closer to classes.”
One thing that both Sabine and Dehaven agree needs to change is the “lottery” system for sophomore students where all on-campus students are randomly assigned a number that corresponds to what order rooms will be claimed.
The roommate with the lowest number will get to claim that room on behalf of those they’ll share it with.
Sabine said it makes it can be a challenge arranging the roommates you want to live with and, as a result, it often splits up friends.
“You have to pick your roommates strategically so you get an earlier number so you get a room that you want,” Sabine said. “I think that whole system is kind of screwy.”
Dehaven agreed that the lottery system is chaotic and confusing.
“They could do the lottery number system differently. It’s always stressful,” Dehaven said.
The bottom line, according to Sabine, Dehaven and Jones, is that there is always room for improvement and some of the policies of the Office of Residential Life may need to be altered sooner than later.