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Langdale residents displaced

 
 As it did last spring with the occupants of Langdale’s C wing, VSU’s Housing and Residence Life Department is requiring the residents of the A wing to vacate the premises in order to continue its multi-year renovation process.
 The move is generating confusion and controversy among some Langdale residents.
Langdale is currently undergoing a three-year renovation which includes, but is not limited to, more elevators, a redesigned lobby, brand new plumbing, redesigned bathrooms and new bedroom furnishings.
  Every spring semester, a section of Langdale will be closed in order to accommodate these changes, until the entire building has been renovated. However, the effect of this is that all of the students in the wing being renovated are required to move.   
 Langdale is currently in its second year of renovation.
 Students occupying the A wing of Langdale will be relocated to available vacancies around campus, along with some of the girls living on the fifth floor of the building. The plan is to work from the top down with fifth to second floors, and if all goes well, the withdrawals, cancellations, and contract buy-outs of various students at VSU will give the displaced Langdale students a place to stay for spring semester.
 The students assigned to the wing set for renovation are made up mostly of those who were the last to apply for housing, specifically those who applied in June or July.
  After assignments were shared on July 7, mailed notifications were sent out to the students affected by the renovation to inform them about the wing closure and that everyone in that wing would have to be moved to different rooms or different buildings, depending on vacancies. In addition, newsletters, emails and RA floor meetings have been giving information to the affected students, and new assignment letters will be sent once their new space is ready.
Dr. Thomas Hardy, director of the Housing and Residence Life department of VSU, said this move was planned in advance.
“Needless to say, no one should be surprised at this occurrence and no one is being evicted from having a place to live due to the renovation,” he said.
Leighia Hammond, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life, claimed that Langdale residents affected by the move would be provided with any obtainable vacancy.
“Students assigned to the A wing will be moved to another space in the system as they become available,” she said.
Despite these efforts on the part of the housing department to inform students of their impending move, some are still surprised by the news. Marco Quinn, a freshman undecided major and occupant of the A wing, was unaware of any scheduled moves.
 “I didn’t know that people were getting evicted,” Quinn said. “If that were me, I’d be pretty upset about it. I don’t think it’s really right. If they’ve paid the fee to stay in a dorm, I think they should have the right to stay in the dorm, and it’s not right that they have to move out.”
Students affected by the eviction are not the only ones who have expressed outrage. A major point of question is the fees that have already been paid, and the fact that students affected by the move may have to pay more money to stay elsewhere.
 “Housing is the most that we pay in our tuition,” Antonia Yearwood, freshman biology major, said. “For them to try to move people is just dumb. It’s $4,000 just to live on campus, so why would they move you?”
Another issue generating controversy among students is the department’s decision to perform the renovations during the school year instead of the summer.
 “They should never have moved them in there if they knew they were just going to have to move them out,” Gabrielle Clinton, a freshman Spanish major, said.  “That was a waste of time.”
Leighia Hammond, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life, claimed that Langdale residents affected by the move would be provided with any obtainable vacancy.
“Students assigned to the A wing will be moved to another space in the system as they become available,” she said.

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