By Austin Fraley
It’s several weeks into the semester. You’re finally getting used to your classes. You could say that you’re finally completely settled in. Suddenly an email comes from the res life staff, humbly and graciously letting you know that there aren’t enough people in your residence hall and you’ll have to be moving into another dorm right in the middle of the semester.
I think I can speak for many students on campus when I say that at first glance, cynicism was the response. After the closing down of Pierce (which is still sitting on the quad, by the way, with nothing happening to it), and the building of two completely new townhouse villages—the latter of which the faculty practically had to beg people to live in—it doesn’t seem unreasonable at all to assume that the closing down of Collier is all just another piece of the long, disastrous plot to make sure we all live in townhouses and pay $1,000 extra.
Anyone can see that the above paragraph reads like a mad conspiracy. We can appeal to many things to say that it could not be true, such as the fact that we don’t know exactly what the administration has done to determine that this is the best course of action. Perhaps it would be detrimental financially to keep Collier running. We were told that community development is a main reason for the shift.
Having lived there myself last year, I can say that what the people who live there typically want—myself included—is not community, but to be by themselves. Not that is a bad goal.
It makes sense for Collier to be taken offline. There are 19 people living there. What doesn’t make sense is the timing. Those students are going to have to move in and out twice this semester.
I could say that perhaps the administration was unaware that amount of people would be living there prior to the school year, but that seems highly unlikely and, if true, makes me worry about how on top of things our administration is. The only reason remaining is to make headway with renovations, which we are told are going to be done immediately- just like how Rucker was going to be done at the beginning of fall of 2011.
Just like Pierce was shut down and girls were forced to live in Knight and Flowers.
Just like how Hambrick was going to be done at the beginning of last year, but when it wasn’t, all the residents were shoehorned into the “offline” Pierce, now unofficially the first co-ed res hall (outside of the townhouses) in Georgetown history. This move is for the best. The timing is for the worst. The administration over res life could have very good reasons for deciding to act now. But they haven’t given us very good reason to trust their decision-making in the past.