have been disappointed to hear of the proposal to
demolish the University of Chicago International House.
I-House offers the University a long tradition of housing students,
both international and domestic. I-House also remains the last
recognizable center for informal international cultural exchange
on the University campus. How many friendships have been formed
between students, faculty, and staff from countries far and near?
International House provides a welcoming site for international
film, dance, national holiday celebrations, presentations, and
forums. Without the troubles of organizing interdepartmental sponsorships
and turf wars that sometimes plague the best plans to bring international
students, scholars, and families together, I-House has consistently
offered a congenial atmosphere for free exchange.
the trouble stems from dwindling numbers of residents, the answer
is to upgrade the facilities. The rooms are indeed out of date.
And the food service indeed served unappetizing and costly fare.
Modestly refurbished rooms and an attractive, appropriately ambitious
cafe will bring students back in droves from the tight Hyde Park
housing market. I-House's service to the University community
in the facilities, and the International House will bring rich
returns to the new administration.
Hsu, AM'88, PhD'98