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
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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