EDITORIAL: Housing woes are nothing new

By The Beacon | March 10, 2011 9:00pm

(The Beacon)

By The Beacon's Editorial Board

It's about as fun as waiting in like at Disneyland.

The housing selection process is never a picnic.

Who wants to spend the weekend before midterms chilling in Chiles for hours on end, wringing your hands about getting the room or row house you want?

Surely whatever changes Residence Life makes to the housing system, it's never going to be good enough for everyone. Let's not let "perfect" be the enemy of the "good."

This year the schedule of housing selection was designed to help students. Students who wanted row housing or university houses were scheduled to come earlier than those who wanted to live in the dorms. This schedule was organized so that students whose housing or university housing dreams were crushed would still have a chance at a dorm they wanted.

Moreover, it freed up time for everyone who had to attend the housing selection. But no matter what schedules they implement or points they give, no one is going to feel great after losing his or her top choice for housing.

No doubt a lot of students were unhappy about the fact that housing selection happened the weekend before midterms. However, this timing was the direct result of students complaints last year that housing election, which occurred too after spring break, was too inconvenient because it was too late in the year.

The hitch is housing selection has to be sandwiched between Residence Assistant selection and spring break. Unfortunately, this means the week before midterms.

The point is that Residence Life is doing what it can to make this confusing and aggravating process less confusing and aggravating and, in general, it seems to be working. The fact that people are still upset is not surprise, but it's important to focus on the positive: Residence Life is actually trying to solve student issues with the housing process.