Freshmen get dorm priority

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    By MAUREEN JONES

    Freshman will be given on-campus housing priority beginning Fall Semester 1998, said BYU’s director of housing services.

    This decision is based on the increased enrollment of freshmen for 1998, the remodeling of student housing on-campus and a reduction in the living space on-campus, said Alton Wade, student life vice president.

    There will be an increase in enrollment of approximately 350 freshmen in Fall Semester 1998, said Jeff Tanner, associate dean of admissions and records.

    “The decision is temporary — for a few years until plans for building and opening more housing are completed,” Wade said.

    For non-freshmen to remain living on-campus, he or she must submit a petition to the housing office, if they feel they have a valid reason they have for staying, said David Hunt, director of housing services.

    “National studies show that students have a greater chance of succeeding at a university if they can begin their freshman year living in on-campus housing,” Hunt said. This is why it is important BYU ensures space is available to freshmen.

    Wade said ideally, when freshmen live on-campus, they are more successful at being students because they have better accessibility to programs and can work closely with other freshman.

    There are approximately 550 students who are not freshman living on-campus this semester, said Bart Stoddard, manager of the housing business office.

    Jessica Franciose, a junior from Woodridge, Ill., majoring in chemistry, lives in Heritage Halls. She said she planned on moving next year before she heard about the decision.

    “The main problem (with the decision) is the older people have more experience,” she said.

    Next year, freshmen will not have the variety non-freshmen bring to on-campus living, she said.

    It is beneficial in freshman wards to have the older leadership as well, she said.

    Seth Haney, a senior from Liberty, Mo., majoring in psychology, said living on-campus has been easier for him because of medical reasons, proximity and having prepared food.

    He said if he was not graduating, he would not petition to live on-campus.

    Haney said there are drawbacks to living on-campus, mainly a more restrictive environment and a lack of socializing with non-freshmen.

    “Upper classmen have a harder time when they live on-campus,” he said.

    Joseph Van Orden, a sophomore from Decatur, Ill., majoring in economics, is a resident assistant at Deseret Towers.

    He said he feels the returned missionaries who live on-campus encourage the people who have not gone on missions.

    They tend to make the on-campus housing atmosphere more balanced and diverse, he said.

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