LETTER: Stephens needs to treat its student like adults

Monday, March 9, 2009 | 1:05 p.m. CDT

My name is Katie Nicholson and I am a junior at Stephens. I was appalled with your article about the closing of the dorms. The author made it sound like this was a good thing; it is anything but. What the author did not make perfectly clear was that we, Stephens students, must double up in rooms. While this does not sound like a big deal, what is different about Stephens is we have no choice; we are required to live on campus, meaning the incoming freshman will have to live all four years with a roommate, regardless of choice.

For the upcoming seniors, we are furious because, not only have we spent the past three years without a roommate, but we feel that, as seniors, we should not have to share a room. We will be 21 and 22 year old women; we will have capstones, grad school applications and other major stressors in our lives that too often will set the path to the rest of our lives. We cannot add a roommate to that stress.

So much is expected from Stephens women by our priceless professors and many of us came to Stephens because we could have our own room, our own privacy and independence. Taking that away senior year without the choice to move off campus? What the administration does not realize is they are suffocating us.

I don't mean to sound whiny or anything of the such, but I am going to be a senior; I refuse to be treated like a freshman, especially for the cost I will pay. 

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Ayn Rand March 9, 2009 | 1:54 p.m.

Most likely the school's reason isn't that it doesn't consider students to be mature enough, but rather about the revenue from room and board.

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King Diamond March 9, 2009 | 3:02 p.m.

You should take a persuasive writing class and not apologize at the end, put a call to action. Sounds like a few more classes you need to take.


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