In a post on Greater Greater Washington, ANC Commissioner Jake Sticka (COL ’13) and rising junior Kara Brandeisky (COL ’13) take aim at the controversial Office of Planning recommendation that the University house 100 percent of its undergraduates on campus.
The pair claim the move would cripple University finances and caused cramped living conditions (like those at American University) as the University attempts to comply with the onerous conditions.
“Freshmen should not be forced to live in 170-square-feet triples while paying for some of the most expensive University housing in the country,” Brandeisky and Sticka assert. ”Reducing enrollment by nearly 25 percent would represent a huge blow to the University’s already constrained financial resources. These losses could lead to layoffs at the District’s largest private employer.”
They then propose what they think is a more proactive response to community outcry over student misconduct: bring student life back on campus by moving forward on the proposed Healy Pub and reducing on-campus party restrictions.
“In the long run, holistic solutions that aim to improve campus and community life will be far more effective than draconian mandates, which will mire us in legal battles for years to come,” Brandeisky and Sticka write.