By DEKSYOS DAMTEW ’22
FIRST-YEAR REPRESENTATIVE ON THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, the final housing slot was taken. Chaos ensued for the Class of 2022, who didn’t know where they were going to live next fall. At first, some wrestled with the idea of being homeless, before rationally considering that the school wouldn’t allow that to happen. So, students asked the housing office what was going on. The response was that students would be put on a waitlist. The email was sent out to all students, and students who had specific questions received additional correspondence. The perceived lack of planning raised one important question for students: What on earth happened with housing?
The Colorado College Student Government Association has been working to answer this question and to communicate with a growingly frustrated student body. It’s important to note that this housing issue is not new. Every year there is a waitlist, but the demolition of the CC Inn plays a role in making this year’s dilemma seem more drastic. The school’s acquisition of additional housing was supposed to offset this loss, but as property prices rise in the Colorado Springs community, more seniors requested on-campus housing. Housing was aware that every student wouldn’t get a spot in the initial time slots. There were under 300 beds available in the time slots, so it’s not possible that this was an issue of miscounting. The problem runs deeper. It’s difficult to know how many beds are available because the number changes based off upperclassman decisions.
Additionally, the housing office attempts to take an equitable approach to making rooms available. The waitlist attempts to place students in appropriate rooms that doesn’t just focus on random assignment. Conditions such as previous roommate situations are considered. In attempting to make the waitlist process more equitable, the system inherently becomes less efficient.
The student body is obviously frustrated about the lack of transparency about this process. The CCSGA raised this issue with the housing office and they responded positively. The student body deserves to know that not all students receive housing in the initial time slots. Proposals for ways to improve the system can help alleviate inefficiency and can come from students who have experienced specific issues this year or in years prior. Planning is a trait that a lot of students excel at, so it’s understandable that this year’s housing situation caused a lot of stress, but if the student body voices their opinions, we can help make sure that the “housing crisis” is not a reoccurring one.