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14AfThe Daily Tar HeelMonday, August 23, 1982
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have a good number (on how many
students are in housing) until mid
September," said Jody Harpster, acting
director of University housing. "The first
count of how many showed up will be
made on the first day of classes."
Twenty-eight hundred spaces were
' reserved in housing on Campus for
freshmen with 400 more freshmen ex
pected to go to Granville Towers, said Col
lin Rustin, associate director of University
housing. "In the later part of July, we had
just under 3,000 contract requests for on
campus assignments from freshmen (not
The expanded occupancy policy enacted
last spring left no place on North Campus
to house the some 200 temporaries. "With
expanded occupancy, we took rooms
where we could add," Rustin said. "That
meant South Campus. We sort of boxed
ourselves into a corner."
This year for the first time, freshmen
could choose to live off-campus. Rustin
said that when residence halls opened,
some 45 to 50 freshmen had chosen not to
live there. "It might get to twice that
(before mid-semester)." That should ease
the housing crunch slightly.
Harpster said that nearly all temporary
triples knew their situation before they
came. "The majority knew two weeks
before," he said. That included both per-'
manent occupants and the temporary per
son. "We asked them not to bring so
much if possible." All persons in a tem
porary triple also receive a 20 percent
reduction in rent pro rated as long as they
The alleviation of the temporary
assignments will be slower this year than
last, because of the large number. The
situation is even bleaker for upperclassmen
on the waiting list. "Without the extra
freshmen, by the end of the semester we
would have exhausted the waiting list,"
Harpster said. "Now it looks as if it will
take to the end of October, Thanksgiving
or maybe Christmas to get all the people
out of expanded spaces."
All study rooms and a good number of
temporary triples will be out in the nextj
few weeks, he said. "Some people will
leave school after Labor Day, then
another group after midterms. I would
guess that the last group withdrawing after
midterms will give us enough space to get
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all the freshmen out of temporary spaces,"
Harpster said. The order of reassignment
is according to the initial order of assign
ment to temporary spaces.
Consequences for upperclassmen on the
waiting list look bad. However, with ex
panded occupancy, 100 extra spaces were
allotted to upperclassmen, Rustin said.
Also, this year Granville Towers housed
100 fewer freshmen to accommodate more
upperclassmen. "Thus 200 upperclassmen
never made the waiting list," Rustin said.
That means that the person who is
number one on the waiting list this year
would have been 201 last year. Although
no upperclassmen may be taken off the
waiting list until November, the situation
concerning unnei lasmen housing is the
same or better than last year. The up
perclassmen waiting list now numbers 265
to 285, Harpster said.
People in on-campus housing who want
to get out can do so as long as there are
temporary assignments, only losing $50 for
first semester and a pro rated rent for days
in the room. "As long as we have anyone
in temporary housing, we'll let people out
of contracts, losing only the $50," Harp
ster said. "While there's a waiting list, they
will be allowed to sell through this office
their contracts, or release them to this of
fice under the same conditions."
Jeannine Torrence, a freshman from
Charlotte, is a temporary triple in Hinton
James Residence Hall. "I found out about
it a week before I came. At the time I
found out, I was pleased that I had
somewhere to stay. By then I was pretty
One of her roommates, Jennifer Rosen
baum, had a different reaction. "When I
found out, I was really annoyed. I'm from
New York, so I'm not going home until
Thanksgiving (to get things left behind).
Now I'm pleased. It's working out very
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A group from each area on campus will
meet with their area directors to talk with
Perry about improvements to existing
cooking facilities in residence halls, Harp
ster said. Any improvements must be
paid for with residence hall revenue,
which could mean a rise in room rents in
the next few years, he said.
One fear some UNC students have ex
pressed about the new policy change is
that the partial banning of cooking in the
rooms is related to the recent food service
controversy on campus. Several students,
who asked not to be identified, said the
University was trying to force them to use
the campus food service by limiting the
amount of cooking they can do in their
But Harpster denied any connection
between the two issues. "I think this is
the most disastrous natural coincidence in
the history of this campus," Harpster
One main objection that students have
voiced to the new policy is that it was ap
proved during the summer when most
students were out of town.
Student Body President Mike Van
denbergh said, "Student Government's
position is yes, cooking in rooms needs to
be made safer, but it is best to get stu
dents behind the changes and to go
through the proper channels."
Student Government is opposed to the
Student Affairs Committee making a
policy change without first consulting
students, Vandenbergh said. He said he
knew nothing about the memorandum
being sent to residents until the day
before they were sent out.
He added that it was imperative that ,
student committees like the Housing Ad
visory Board and the Food Service Ad
visory Committee be an integral part of
the decision-making process if any change
is going to be successful.-
"The administration has allowed Chase .
Cafeteria to be closed and as a result food
service on South Campus is restricted,".
Vandenbergh said. "To also restrict
cooking in the rooms is a heavy burden
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