E-T Staff Report

With freshman enrollment at Tarleton State University hitting a historical high, many students are feeling the crunch when it comes to living space. According to the university, cramped quarters will temporarily affect students living at three on-campus dormitories and will also impact the accommodations typically enjoyed by residential leaders.

Information posted on the Residential Living and Learning (RL&L) Web site, www.tarleton.edu/housing, states the university has established temporary living arrangements and will place students in traditional, permanent housing assignments as soon as space becomes available.

The temporary living arrangements include triple accommodations at Traditions Hall, which houses upperclassmen, and doubling up at Bender and Ferguson Halls.

Prior to the housing crunch, the 18x12 foot rooms in Traditions Hall held two extra-long twin beds, one dresser with three drawers and two desks with chairs to accommodate two students. For the meantime, rooms will hold three students.

Bender is an all-male facility which typically offers private rooms for both incoming and returning students. According to the university, students will temporarily double up in the 10x16 foot rooms.

Ferguson, which is typically an all-female facility with private accommodations, will also double up.

Each of the halls will provide students with individual beds, desks and chairs and dresser drawers.

Residential leaders, those who the university says are selected "for their ability to provide leadership to their peers," are typically assigned to private rooms at no cost, but until more rooms are available, they, too, will have to share space.

"Cozy, temporary living arrangements, although not ideal, are desirable because incoming students have the opportunities to reside on campus and live with peers and access the academic buildings and Tarleton resources necessary to student success," the RL&L Web site says.

While it is not yet clear what impact the upsurge in enrollment will have on Stephenville and Erath County, attempts to contact local apartment complexes Monday were not successful, as several apartment managers said they were simply "too busy" to comment.