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    ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Here's the story.

    The ISU DOR decided to accept more contracts than it has space for... and is putting students who signed up at the tail end of registration for on-campus housing in dens in residence halls.

    For those who live on campus, I wouldn't be too happy. The den was a great place to hang out with a large number of people, watch an ISU away game on somebody's TV with some pizzas and WestCyde Wings, and just chill. You can still do that in somebody's room, but they're much smaller.

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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    So they filled up Towers? I'm not sure I'm believing it.

    If they turned in their contracts late, instead of punishing the responsible students, they should've said you need to find an apartment. There are plenty.



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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Dumb! How many students are they going to cram into each den?



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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    It stinks, but it's not uncommon. It's been a long while, but I recall this happening when I was in the dorms. It's usually just a few days/weeks until rooms open up. Either people never show up to school, decide to live off campus, Greek system, or plain drop out of school. As long as it doesn't go too long, it sucks, but deal-with-able.

    Hey, guess I shoulda read the article: "Iowa State has experienced a shortage of permanent on-campus housing in the past. It occurred commonly in the 1990s." It also is a little unclear, but apparently IS short term. Most of the article seems like they're remodeling dens for permanent rooms, but 2nd last line: "Nearly every residence hall will convert dens into temporary housing arrangements for students this fall. "


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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    This happened when I was in the dorms too.


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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    Here's the story.

    The ISU DOR decided to accept more contracts than it has space for... and is putting students who signed up at the tail end of registration for on-campus housing in dens in residence halls.

    For those who live on campus, I wouldn't be too happy. The den was a great place to hang out with a large number of people, watch an ISU away game on somebody's TV with some pizzas and WestCyde Wings, and just chill. You can still do that in somebody's room, but they're much smaller.

    Thoughts?
    This used to be a pretty common thing when I was there (98-02) It's only temporary, what happens is they wait till they get some vacancies to fill (no-shows, people who drop out after the first few weeks, people who join a greek house and move out, etc.) and the dens are usually cleared out within the first month. Bottom line is usually the ones in the dens are the ones that got their housing applications in late but I never knew of someone not eventually being placed into a room fairly quickly when they had to use the dens.


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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    So they filled up Towers? I'm not sure I'm believing it.

    If they turned in their contracts late, instead of punishing the responsible students, they should've said you need to find an apartment. There are plenty.
    It's not a "may happen" any more, it's a definitely happening. Just asked a friend in Friley to check his Housemates list on AccessPlus, and he has two people living in his house's den.



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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    I believe the last time this happened was 2000. 2 kids per den.




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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    I am glad to hear from those of you who have experienced this that's it's very temporary. I would otherwise agree with IcSyU that the DOR should have said tough ***ties and not gave them a spot on campus. As long as they're empty in a month or so, I guess that's workable.



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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    2 people in the dens in Larch would be a HUGE room. The one whole wall being windows would suck but the room would be gigantic.



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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    So they filled up Towers? I'm not sure I'm believing it.

    If they turned in their contracts late, instead of punishing the responsible students, they should've said you need to find an apartment. There are plenty.
    Towers are single as double rooms now aren't they? Again, when I went to ISU there were still 4 Towers and all the rooms on the floor except the 2 on the ends were 2 person rooms. They don't have the capacity out there now that they used to a long time ago but they also built those new buildings near Friley since then too.


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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    They did this back in 1992, with the idea being that spaces were going to open up quickly.

    As far as I remember, nobody stayed in the dens very long.


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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Not a big deal. It happened in 2003 when I came. Kids drop out or not show up and those who don't have a room yet move pretty quickly.



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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Not uncommon. They will gradually move people into rooms as others flake out and drop out and otherwise fall by the wayside. Within a few weeks, everyone will have a room.

    Same thing happened at Adams College --- it seemed to me that the jocks got preferential treatment in that case. I can't prove it, though.





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    Re: ISU using dens as housing for incoming students

    Happened in towers in 97'. They were out of there in a few weeks.


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