Students First?

by Adil Ahmad | 4/28/03 5:00am

To the Editor:

Mr. Campbell, in his April 25 letter "Wrong Focus? Wrong Attitude," has again turned the attention from student housing to employee housing. Of course, it is understandable that college employees do deserve good quality housing closer to the campus; in fact, they should be provided with convenient accommodation. However, I would like to emphasize the purpose of the college -- it is to educate and make better human beings, if I understand correctly. How on earth can students become better human beings when they are being to forced to live in one room doubles in make-shift dormitories?

Mr. Campbell says, "In my mind, the student housing problem -- which I very recently encountered -- pales next to that of employee housing, and it is high time the students were aware of what is actually happening beyond the borders of the Green." Are students here to worry about what is going on in Hanover or to study?

I say it is high time that the community members understand that they are not the only ones who are suffering from the housing shortage. If the town is willing to donate land for employee housing, it should also donate land for student lodging. Objecting to the construction of new dormitories will definitely alienate students from the community.

I am appalled to see that being a recent graduate, Mr. Campbell is more interested in "stripping away students' illusions," rather than rallying alumni to provide funding for more dormitories, and, of course, for staff housing.

Chris Moscato is justified in being angry. After all, Hanover would not be a college town without Dartmouth College.