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Charged with resisting

The idea of implementing more lectures and programs which include intervention on drinking while on college campuses sounds easy enough but some resistance may hold back this idea from emerging. The problem with implementing this idea is that faculty and staff would have to do some research on how effective some of these programs are and if they actually work. Faculty also would have to schedule these programs in, and figure out who is going to provide the speech/ lecture. Multiple other things have to occur for this to actually happen but to make it brief the real resistance on implementing these programs and lectures is TIME and MONEY.

Other resistance comes from a different source which doesn’t include institutions but individuals. Students are the greatest resistance to these programs. One of the challenges of introducing these programs in attempts to reduce college drinking problems is the variety of the different groups and subgroups to be addressed and their diverse agendas and needs. Students identify alcohol as freedom and its their choice whether to have a few drinks or not. Student’s can resist by not showing up to the programs, not paying attention to what the lectures have to say about drinking, and also by making their own mind up on whether to drink or not. Without some students making poor decisions while drinking or drinking irresponsibly resistance would not be an issue.

 

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Those that See it a Problem

The off campus leasing companies will not want to change their policies to include the six month leases that students need. They would need to create a new lease with the specific requirements for tenants to follow. As for on campus housing, the Residential and Commuter Life staff don’t want students who asked to be released from campus housing to ask to come back on. Students who have tried this in the past have been denied and only transfer students have gotten them to appeal the policy. The RCL staff doesn’t want to add more students in their repertoire with the increase in underclassmen being admitted.

The off campus housing are against creating these leases for students because of money. They feel that if they open up six month leases that they’ll have more vacancies during one semester and they’ll lose thousands of dollars quickly. Also, because one of the off campus housing companies is a franchise, the Farmville specific company doesn’t have much control over how long they can rent. This is mainly because when tenants sign a lease, it’s a lease that’s been generated for the Farmville community by the franchise.

The on campus housing has never offered any six month leases either. For the average amount of students who continuously live in an on campus apartment complexes as upperclassmen, it’s surprising that there haven’t been any changes made over time. The policy at this time is that once a student reaches a certain amount of credits, roughly 50 credits, they can fill out an application to request to be removed from the Residential and Commuter Life system and live with an independent landlord. Once these students are approved to live off campus, they can not return to live in a Longwood University apartment complex. What is confusing to some, however, is that there are no half year lease options for students who need to pay for housing with financial aid. Students are, in a way, limited to what they choose to do their final year based on housing and financial aspects.

Keeping these students in mind, it would be beneficial for the RCL staff to revise their policy or change up how they lease so that everyone is considered.

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.