GSS comes to resolution on Housing Master plan

Despite major concern about where displaced graduate students will crash after a long day’s work once the Wolfe Street Apartments are razed, Graduate Student Senate supported Residential Housing’s Housing Master Plan at Monday’s meeting.

GSS members said they were concerned about what they saw as a focus on undergraduate students in the master plan — including the renovation and construction of new dorms — and the relative lack of planning for graduate student housing.

“They kept us in the dark as far as our housing options,” said Ed Gaither, a non-traditional student and senior studying specialized studies.

Although GSS did come to the resolution to support the Housing Master Plan, members said they will continue to address their hope for increased focus on graduate student housing to the Residential Housing Staff.

GSS President Tracy Kelly, Edgar Simpson, journalism Ph.D. candidate and GSS member, and other body members will have a graduate housing assessment meeting at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 in 040 Chubb Hall.

Members will discuss suggestions for new graduate housing plans with Christine Sheets, executive director of Residential Housing, and Jen Maskiell, assistant director for planning and assessment.

“This is an early step in the process,” Kelly said.

This meeting is not open to the public. Those interested in attending should contact Kelly at

Graduate students made suggestions at the last GSS meeting to allocate floors of existing dorms for graduate student-specific housing. Students also proposed the use of land in areas like •The Ridges to construct new housing for graduate students.

GSS members said the housing needs of graduate students are different from those of undergraduate students, emphasizing the need for quiet areas to study and safe housing for students with families.

Those in attendance at the assessment will analyze the current graduate housing options and propose new ideas for consideration. GSS will decide a more specific course of action after feedback is sought.

“We want to see an assessment of graduate student needs on campus,” Kelly said.

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