October 22, 2021

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The Fine Art Of Education

Pomona moves juniors and seniors off campus to make place for new lessons

Four blue wire chairs stand in front of a tall, grey apartment building.
Pomona juniors and seniors who selected rooms on south campus in June will are living this slide in Oasis KGI Commons alternatively, creating home for initial-decades and sophomores who have nonetheless to stay on campus. (Zoe Cowan • The College student Everyday living)

Alan Ke PO ’23 was commencing to get nervous the Tuesday evening just before his room draw time.

“I imagined that I would be all right acquiring a one,” he stated. “But then, past moment, it turned out that they had all ran out, so I was scrambling to discover another person to area with. Mainly because neither of us wanted to reside in Oasis.”

At the last moment, Ke found a different pupil in the exact circumstance. They managed to snag a double in the Mudd Corridor basement — much from the north campus solitary Ke experienced needed, but tolerable all the similar.

“We thought we have been wonderful,” he mentioned. “Obviously, that all modified.”

On July 19, Pomona College or university administrators explained to Ke, his roommate, and numerous other juniors and seniors who had selected rooms on south campus that they have been becoming relocated to Oasis KGI Commons, a university student housing elaborate owned by Keck Graduate Institute south of the Packing Residence in Claremont Village.

In an email, students have been instructed they are remaining moved due to the fact initially- and second-year college students — none of whom have at any time lived on campus — can’t stay at Oasis, and Pomona will “need all available beds for them on south campus.” Oasis will only home juniors and seniors.

“There is not a housing shortage, but we need to have to be certain that our to start with-decades and sophomores who are coming to campus for the to start with time are housed correctly,” the email reported. 

The faculty leased Oasis apartments previously on in anticipation of “the largest on-campus household inhabitants in heritage.” Pomona estimates it will have more than 1,700 learners living on campus in the drop, marking the most significant variety living on campus in record, Pomona spokesperson Patricia Vest explained to TSL by way of e-mail.

“The variety of college students is bigger for numerous reasons: We have a huge very first-calendar year course, there will be close to 50 pupils from the Course of 2021 ending up their last semester, and there will be significantly less learners than common heading to analyze abroad,” Vest claimed. She did not react to TSL’s concern about how a lot of learners will be dwelling at Oasis. 

Dealing with a greater-than-normal demand for campus housing, other 5Cs have also positioned pupils — willingly or not — in other close by condominium complexes. In June, Pitzer Higher education claimed that about 150 learners had been envisioned to are living in Claremont Collegiate Apartments, which are northeast of the 5Cs across Foothill Boulevard. “Just about all of the other bed spaces” at CCA will be occupied by Scripps School learners, Pitzer’s concept mentioned.

Claremont McKenna College or university Director of Residence Existence Jenny Guyett instructed college students in a June e mail that the faculty leased place for 128 students at the Alexan Kendry flats, south of the schools in close by Montclair. Harvey Mudd Faculty is generating place for students in the Arrow Vista apartment complicated east of College Park.

All students who experienced selected a double-occupancy room on campus will be assigned a two bed room-two lavatory suite at Oasis. People who ended up in a friendship suite will be put in close proximity to every other “whenever achievable.” Due to the fact there are no solitary-occupancy rooms at present out there at Oasis, those people who chosen a one-occupancy room on campus will be paired with a further pupil of their decision at Oasis.

Learners living at Oasis will be charged the identical price for housing as students residing on campus due to the fact Pomona considers Oasis on-campus housing, according to Vest. They will acquire the similar features as college students living on-campus, as perfectly as facilities in the apartment creating. They will receive transportation to and from campus, weekly cleaning, community accessibility and parking that is readily available adjacent to the creating. 

Pomona anticipates that extra than 100 college students will travel overseas if examine abroad applications open up up in the spring, thereby shifting quite a few students from Oasis back again to campus. Learners at Oasis will have the very first prospect to find housing on campus for the spring 2022 semester. 

Previous year, TSL documented on the fiscal crunch Oasis was suffering from because of to lower occupancy and profits shortfalls. 

For college students like Ke, scheduling may perhaps be 1 of the greatest difficulties. Early morning language lessons, for instance, look significantly less possible when Mason Hall isn’t just a short stroll away. 

But he’s optimistic about the features — and a shock upside to the condition.

“There’s a silver lining to being moved to Oasis, I truly feel,” Ke stated. “I required a solitary, and now I’m obtaining a person. And that is huge for me, mainly because I get my have room, and I never have to automatically share it with a person else.”