Most colleges and universities allocate their housing options to their students on a priority basis, including the University of La Verne.
However this fall ULV is changing from its previously used hierarchy system of prioritizing, which allowed students to choose from multiple housing options for the school year, to allowing all current students to turn in their housing applications, creating a first-come, first-served basis.
Before, housing options were given to students on the basis of class standing, with upperclassmen getting first priority. These priorities meant that they were allowed to choose what room they wanted in which ever building they wanted.
Now, housing is being handled in a much different, almost barbaric fashion.
Students will receive housing priority on a first-come, first-serve basis based on when they turn in their housing application.
That means that a sophomore, who has spent less time at the University, will be able to have higher priority than a senior that is entering their last nine months of undergraduate work and will not be able to live as comfortably as they should.
The housing department has sent out an e-mail to all of the students to say that housing applications are being accepted and that the priority process has changed to accommodate the large anticipated incoming class.
“In order to accommodate the expected demand for housing, the room selection process has changed from previous years. Residents should note that there are limited spaces available and are encouraged to apply early,” said the Student Housing and Residential Education Office in an e-mail.
Although the enrollment rate at La Verne is increasing at an alarming rate, this should not change the age-old way of making decisions about priorities. Those that are older should have a higher priority than their younger peers.
Also, it is rumored that some of the nicer rooms in the Oaks residence halls will be reserved for incoming freshman only.
We find that it is absurd that 17-year-old and 18-year-old students, who have never experienced anything like on-campus living, should be able to have it easy from day one.
Everyone has to work their way up the totem pole in all facets of life and that should apply to housing priority as well.
The housing department needs to reverse these changes to the policy that are unfair to those who have been with the University longer.