A little before 5 p.m. EST on January 13th, the majority of students returning from semesters abroad were assigned rooms via ResLife. They received everything from singles in Grad Center to doubles, triples, and quads in various buildings with
randos roommates they were not previously acquainted with. A select number of students were assigned to *triples* in Vartan Gregorian Quad (New Dorm A and B): rooms that were previously lounges.
The unfortunate souls placed in these *triples* were told by ResLife that the situation is “temporary.” However, the email relaying that information read:
“Please note this space is a temporary room, as permanent space becomes available over the remaining weeks of August the office of Residential Life will work with you to relocate.”
August? It seems like that was copy + pasted from previous summer assignment emails.
New Dorm B 352:
In contrast to buildings like Wayland and Hope College (which frequently have their lounges occupied), in New Dorm, each floor’s lounge also doubles as the floor’s kitchen. As of now, only the fourth floor kitchens in buildings A and B remain unoccupied, and available for cooking. Sans meal plan residents are naturally concerned about preparing food next semester.
New Dorm A 355:
Doors that had windows facing the hallway appear to have been boarded up with painted plywood,to ensure privacy. The refrigerator in A355 still had food in it.
Nicolas Schank ’16 discovered the current situation upon moving back into New Dorm B. Schank returned to campus early for TA duties, and shared some of his findings on the Brown 2016 Facebook page. An electronic angry mob ensued.
Schank was kind enough to supply BlogDH with these pictures, all of which were taken in unlocked spaces.
Some on Facebook suggested a petition, angry phone calls, or mailing ResLife glitter. If as an individual, you are concerned about your temporary housing, you should call. As of now, people in other temporary situations who contacted ResLife have been offered moving services to aid in their eventual transition to a permanent dorm.
Images via Nicolas Schank ’16, and Facebook.