For my blog post this week I would like to
complain about discuss the issue of off-campus housing for the future classes of Bucknell seniors. With addition of multiple buildings to campus since the construction began this summer, many students on campus are wondering what will happen with on campus versus off campus housing.
In the plan as I understand it, the University will try to start limiting the number of people living downtown and is trying to achieve a trend of fewer and fewer people living downtown year to year. This is an interesting idea because Bucknell is increasing the number of students they are accepting every year. This means that the same number of seniors have to live downtown regardless of whether they increase the amount of on campus housing because the freshman number is also increasing. So why not let people live downtown?
There is also a plan to demolish around 10 houses on 6th street in two years due to an expansion of Hufnagle Park and the fact that they are decrepit and in a flood zone. Although this idea makes sense, it is sad to think that some of the history of the students of Bucknell will no longer exist. Many of these houses have existed and withstood so many Bucknell student classes that it is almost an important tradition to uphold.
Downtown housing is an essential part of college life and is an important stepping stone from dorm life as an underclassmen to living in a house as an upperclassmen, and then onto a different living situation once you are out of college. Living downtown lets you get acquainted with cooking for yourself, cleaning (sometimes…), and understanding how bills are paid and doing so in a timely manner. Downtown housing helps prepare a lot of students for living past college and also lets them be more social in a space that is specifically for seniors. This is advantageous for seniors as well as underclassmen because the underclassmen have their own space and so do the seniors. This is the best situation for everyone. Hopefully the University will realize this before they start planning to destroy years of student