By Jean Jackman
The following letter has been sent to Chancellor Hexter and Incoming Chancellor May,
Dear Chancellor Hexter and Incoming Chancellor May,
In the last two weeks, I have enjoyed two new developments on campus:
- The beautiful International Center built during the last two years.
- The Scrubs Café, in the new Vet Med Administration Building built with a lovely courtyard and surrounded by hummingbird gardens and outrageously beautiful gardens ringing new parking areas.
It greatly puzzles me, how the university can invest and thoughtfully and beautifully develop these two new buildings and yet—with UCDavis owning more land than all other UC campuses, provide the least amount of student housing when it is so badly needed. Rents are going up, mini dorms with many cars are ruining neighborhoods and causing bad feelings, students have to live in other towns and drive long distances, polluting the air to get to campus. Perhaps it is time for tough love for UC Davis. Because we do love our university, but we need the demonstration of love for maintaining the quality in our town.
I propose a Donation for Dorms campaign. Many of us donate to the university. You are continually requesting donations.
Chancellor Hexter, please start a fund earmarked for dorms post haste—earmarked only for student housing on campus. This would be simply an augmentation to the funds you need to prioritize to live up to past agreements and establish a 100/50 agreement going forward—UCD provides housing for all new students and 50% of all students.
We citizens can start twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and advertise it to alums. This could be a win, win situation.