ULV housing makes improvements
September 20, 2002
(Top): The Fairplex Sheraton Hotel, at the southeastern end of the
Fairplex, will serve as a dormitory for many ULV students this year. Darshawna
Sharp, Mike Stallings, Joe Mclelan, Donte Witherspoon, and Arleen Lopez
gather to play video games in one of the rooms. (Bottom): Freshman Donte
Witherspoon and junior Franke Alvarado frequent the pool and spa at the
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, currently serves as a dormitory. Also available
outdoors is a barbeque.
by Gloria Diaz
Arts & Entertainment Editor
After having a number of problems last year, the University of La Verne
Office of Housing and Residential Life is looking to bounce back, improving
Among improvements new director of housing and residential life Byron
Howlett, and placing students at the Sheraton Suites in Pomona.
The Sheraton is structured differently than the Red Roof Inn, where
some students stayed last year.
Unlike the Red Roof, for example, the corridors are inside the hotel.
Students opened their doors to the outside, which allowed strangers walking
by to look into the room at the Red Roof.
"There are still safety concerns at the Sheraton, but they are
not as great," Howlett said.
"The Sheraton wanted to have ULV students there," he added.
The only complaint about the Sheraton is that students do not have free
telephone service or free internet access, as they would if they lived in
one of the on campus residence halls. Howlett said that the housing office
is looking into solving the problem.As for on-campus life another adjustment
made to the residence halls this year is the installment of new sprinklers
in the Oaks, which many hope will prevent some of last years serious sprinkler
problems. The new sprinklers are hard to break, which is good news to Oaks
"We expect to see a significant decrease in the sprinkler problems
this year," Howlett said.
As a consequence of the sprinkler problems, upon moving in, students
must sign an "On-Campus Housing Liability for Personal Property Acknowledgement"
Form. It states that "ULV assumes no responsibility or liability and
provides no insurance of financial protection for the personal property
Although this form is part of the standard paperwork at other institutions,
this is a first for ULV.
"We have such a dynamic RA staff this year," Howlett said.
"I've been watching them from afar and they seem to really be doing
a wonderful job so far.."
Howlett said that there is good programming in the works for residents
this year. As for enforcing enforcing the rules of on-campus housing, Howlett
reassured that he and the housing staff will "act swiftly, but with
"People are responsible for their own actions and we plan to hold
people accountable for their actions," Howlett said. "Living on
campus is a privilege, we have to remind people of that."
Howlett also commented on the death of Mazen Saab, "even though
he was a first-year student, still he was a critical member of our ULV family."