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The Solution for Tenants

One issue that’s becoming more prevalent on the Longwood University campus is the lack of apartments that allow for six-month leases. Students, who are in specific programs such as nursing and liberal studies, need an option for a six month lease when they’re given the opportunity to complete their placements in another county outside of Farmville. Other students who would benefit from having half year leases are the students who transfer into the university, the students who study abroad for a semester and lastly, those students who need to stay another semester to finish their degree. This has become a more widespread problem because students, such as myself, come across the issue that they would have to pay rent even for the months that the tenants aren’t living in. With rent being roughly 650 a month, students lose thousands of dollars for the lack of six month leases.

Obviously, these leases won’t just become available right away, but I suggest that students fill out a survey. The survey wouldn’t be time consuming and each question could have a comment box to allow students to voice their opinions or other answers. The outcome of the results would give the housing companies a visual and numerical representation of what the student body needs. If the demand for six month leases was high enough, I believe this could be the start of giving tenants what they hoped to expect from in the beginning. Depending on the results of that school year, the housing company can adjust what apartments will allow six-month leases and which won’t. With this being a newer concept to them, it’s understandable that this won’t just happen overnight. However, allowing six month leases would provide great reviews for the company and further help them in the long run with having overall more tenants.

The housing companies are skeptical of the idea of more six month leases because of the business side of it. If students only live in an apartment for six months, that’s half a year of rent that the company isn’t making. I understand doing what they need to do as a business to thrive, however, the cost of rent has increased within the last year alone, and with those prices raising the dent they believe they’ll see will be minor.

Start the Stand

 

The main problem within the issue of college drinking is that there are not enough informative information on the dangers and the consequences of drinking while in college. Informative information is information that “informs” students of what the possible outcomes may be if they are associated with drinking, and not just the consequences. Within the Longwood University Student Handbook it doesn’t show any informative information on drinking, but within the handbook you will mainly see policies and punishments by Longwood but not the dangers.

As a new coming student from high school the dangers that these individuals run into could be endless, and alcohol is one of them. In Longwood, new students are required to go to various meetings before attending their classes and start their education as new students. Within those lectures, again have no informative information on alcohol but just mere scares on the policy and its punishments.

Although students can use common sense on how alcohol can disrupt their college career, it may be too late to catch back up on their work, or may be too late for preventing injuries, and sometimes-permanent damage.

A suggestion and my stand towards college drinking in Longwood University would to increase the amount of awareness and informative lectures on the dangerous and sometimes life ruining affects of alcohol while attending college.

One Side verses the Other

The main issue that students’ deal with when they come across with six-month leases is that they aren’t offered. On the contrary though, the leasing companies don’t want to offer them because it’s an entire semester where they don’t create income. I’ve narrowed this down to one of the main leasing companies closest to campus for the sake of this blog and it’s understandable on both sides, however students should not have to pay for the extra six months.

When I called the office of one of the main leasing companies and asked if they offered them, her answer was simply no. She expanded and told me that if they can find someone to rent for the following semester that they would, but that they don’t allow that to happen for more than a couple of people. This brings up a couple of issues. For one, what requirements do those people have that others don’t that allow them to be chosen for these select few leases? Another reason, that this causes issues is for the reason that is there are under ten leases that are chosen for a main leasing company. That’s a small fraction of the student population who could use it.

Although student’s can understand the business side of the company, students still want the option to live nearby campus and have the opportunities and experiences like their peers. The options given to students are further away and students feel as if they’re missing out on the college life style. Although some people can’t always get the perfect living situation, more people would be able to be accommodated.

A suggestion would be to allow for more six-month leases, the school is expanding and so does the companies. Some of these apartments can be set aside to accommodate for the students.

Stand & Startles

The specific problem in this issue is that there are not enough policies regarding consequences for bullies in Mecklenburg County Public School Systems. The word “bully” or anything resembling that word only occurs once in all 400 pages of the Mecklenburg County Public School System handbook.

A controversial aspect of this issue are on multiple levels. From inside personal conversations some parents are worried that if the schools “buckle down” on the bullying policy that they will over-react to small issues and cause more problem. Then some parents were thinking that it was a great idea. As one would assume, the parents who were for this policy change are parents whose children are being bullied in school. While the parents who feel like this policy change would just cause more issue are usually parents who have children with no issue with bullying or children who are the bully and have enough on their hands as is. Another controversial issue would be with the policy writers. Living in a very small town they do not care much for change. Convincing them that this is an issue and some well thought out change should be in process. The final bit of controversy, is death. Although, my issue is based on policy change the most controversial issue is what leads up to the need for policy change. Many cases of bullying lead to suicide. The teens who are being bullied feel like there is no other reason to stay; and more and more teen bullies are getting away with this crime.

There are multiple organizations to try advocate for anti-bullying. Some of these organizations include but are not limited to: stopbullying.gov and the National Bullying Prevention Center. There are not many research numbers involving Bluestone High School alone. Yet, there is some research regarding national averages on bullying, outcomes, and other statistics. Many claims are valid given information regarding police reports, investigation reports, and death certificates. The issue is bullying inside school systems, the problem is the policy regarding consequences against bullying inside Bluestone Senior High School. Many stakeholders, including: parents, board members, students, and school staff. Regarding Bluestone High School, the history of the issue usually ends up as fights during school hours resulting in injuries, suspensions, and social issues among students; as if their are not enough. The issue of bullying will never die. It is in human nature to belittle others who are different. Although, I firmly believe that although the specific problem may never be able to die off, the consequences of the issue could be more severe with hopes that the issue will start to lower in instances.

I feel like those with hopes to rid bullying in its entirety works about as well as the 18th Amendment.

Why bans and restrictions don't work fully.

To support my final sentence.