Although Cooper maintained that administrators communicated the change thoroughly with students, some Quincy residents disagreed. Quincy House Committee Co-Chair Chanel E. Washington ’15 said that she thought the change was not clearly explained to Quincy residents.
Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde acknowledged that the change might be “an inconvenience at first” for students, but defended the policy nonetheless. “We recognize that this is a loss for students, but it’s a net gain, and it’s one that will even out over time as each House undergoes renovation,” Cooper added.
Quincy resident Brett M. Biebelberg ’16 agreed that students would benefit from an increase in common spaces, even at the cost of summer storage. Still, Biebelberg, who represents Quincy on the Undergraduate Council, noted that some UC representatives “have expressed concern about the financial burden posed by storage now resting on the shoulders of individual students.”
Washington said that Quincy HoCo, which previously budgeted about $1,000 for a “HoCo gift,” is looking into the possibility of using that money to fund a storage unit for students at U-Haul or another similar service.
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