Duke HRL Introduces New TentEx Program to Address Housing Shortage

In addition to placing DKU students on East Campus and creating new beds in existing dorms, Duke Housing and Residence Life will address the current housing shortage by implementing the new TentEx program, according to a statement released today. today by the HRL office.

The hallmark of the TentEx system is the expansion of the ever-popular tenting tradition to be year-round and completely mandatory. Students without a housing assignment who still wish to live on campus will be assigned to one of the many open spaces on campus, where they will be given a six-by-six pitch to set up a tent. Grounds used for TentEx will include K-Ville, LSRC Court and Abele Quad, which will likely fill up faster than places like Blue Zone, where students will have to move their tents for football matches. According to HRL, this new housing option provides a variety of benefits for students, such as being closer to classrooms and libraries, ensuring each resident gets plenty of fresh air, and promoting a better sleep schedule by staying removing the possibility of ignoring the sun in the morning.

“Logistically, the transition will be almost effortless,” an HRL representative said in an interview. “Line monitors will be retrained as RAs, which is really just taking their sirens off. Students have provided their own tents in the past, so we will likely continue with this program, which will increase student freedom. We may also continue to charge normal prices to keep it fair.

The decision to expand camping year-round was largely based on repeated claims by tempters that it’s actually fun and not a ridiculous, sadistic way to hand out basketball tickets. . “According to people who try, the time you spend in the tent is actually almost more fun than the game and definitely worth the money you put into your studies, extracurricular activities, job search, social life, your mental health and physical well-being. “, the representative told us. “Since the joy of the tradition comes from the tent itself, we thought it was a great way to spread the joy throughout the campus and finally offer students the tent experience they dream of all year round. We’ve even enhanced it by removing the distraction of basketball tickets, to allow students to fully engage in their tent communities.”

Members of Selective Life Groups were particularly excited about the change, with many hailing it as a much-needed breath of life for their organizations. We spoke to SLG member and lawyer Liv Neerme, who asked to remain anonymous. “We were all upset when QuadEx took away our section housing and our ability to recruit, and we weren’t sure if our organization would survive the change. With TentEx, even though we are no longer classified as living groups, we can all live together at Washington Duke Golf Course. All we have to do now is bring our tents closer to each other, and it will be like the good old days! Also, the tents are bigger than our old rooms at Edens.

Additional changes have come with TentEx, including the introduction of the new FLEEP program in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Education. The FLEEP program is designed to encourage student-teacher interaction outside of the classroom by having a few lucky students couch surf with each of their teachers for up to three weeks, leaving those students without the need for a housing assignment. Faculty will be required to provide food for their residents in the absence of a catering plan, as well as transportation. To offset these costs, they will receive 8% of the rent paid by the students. HRL promoted the program with posters and banners on campus that read “Prepare to FLEEP with your teachers!” “.

According to an inside source, HRL considered various alternative solutions to address the housing shortage before settling on the TentEx scheme. A discontinued concept was to hang hammocks in the chapel, which was deemed too costly for HRL’s wrath of God insurance. Another idea was to double the capacity of the rooms by having the students share bunk beds, which was abandoned because no one knew how to change the height of the beds. Some ideas that haven’t been seriously considered include building a new dorm, investing in off-campus housing, or ending the practice of over-admitting freshmen every year without considering the potential repercussions. .

Monday Monday contacted the president’s office for comment and was told the person responsible was too busy walking his dogs to respond. However, they were kind enough to give us a Choose your own administrative response book written by the University itself, stating that it would contain all the information we needed. After flipping to page 68 for “problems already resolved”, go to 112 for “problems with housing, landscaping and furniture”, then return to page 32 for “shortage induced by overstaffing/ natural/other disaster,” the official response reads, “I fully support the new plan put in place by our wonderful HRL office to deal with the recent shortage. I’m confident that Duke can handle any obstacle, and this over-enlistment/mold outbreak/gas explosion/organized squirrel rebellion/other is no exception. The rapid response to this unprecedented real estate event is truly magnificent, and I’m proud to have been such an involved part of the process.

The weekend is over and Monday Monday is back in full force.

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