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…the Magazine’s constant air of self-congratulation…

Having lived in the Shoreland for four years as an undergrad, I believe it would be a sad shame to see it converted into a non-University building or even sold (“College Report,” December/03). The Shoreland may have been other students’ second, third, or fourth choice as a dorm, but it was my first.

What appealed to me about the Shoreland were its amenities: private bath, private kitchen, ballroom, and even the Shoreland shuttle bus. And let’s not forget the ground-level bicycle storage room, as well as the prospect of landing a lakefront view. Another asset was its proximity to the Point and running/bicycle path along Lake Michigan.

I also liked the idea of being far away from the University proper, yet at the same time near it. And who cares that the Shoreland didn’t have a dining hall? Living there provided students with a sense of independence.

In short, the Shoreland should not be closed down. It represents a certain collegiate lifestyle that benefits its residents, and the University should not deprive the College population of what the Shoreland has to offer.

Jennifer L. Olaya, AB’96
New York

According to Steve Klass, vice president and dean of students in the University, a final decision on the Shoreland’s fate will be made by late February.—Ed.

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