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As a member of the Class of 2012, I found it extremely hilarious when we were the first class not allowed to have cars as sophomores. Recently I found it even more hilarious when I was informed that I had not been selected to live off campus my senior year.

In all seriousness, it’s a little bit ridiculous that only 15 percent of the junior class was selected to live off campus. Not to mention Fairfield’s constant promises (correction: false promises) that the new housing was not created to eliminate or reduce the number of students allowed to live off campus.

Amanda Lepore ’12 stated, “I feel like our grade was deceived, because Charlie Sousa lied to our grade at the housing info session when he told us that the same amount of seniors would be released as have been in past years.”

Whenever Fairfield University is mentioned in a casual conversation, the first question is often, “So you’re living at the beach senior year?” Sadly, the majority of us are forced to answer negatively to that question.

Lepore and several others believe the university’s choice to slowly fade out beach living will effect the decisions of Fairfield University applicants in the future. There are several Jesuit institutions that are roughly identical to Fairfield in terms of academics, religious values, and social community– Loyola University Maryland, Fordham University and Marquette University, to name a few. What sets Fairfield apart from these universities is the bright future of beach living.

“I have been looking forward to living at the beach for the last three years of my career here at Fairfield University,” said Kimberley Holiver ’12. Unfortunately, Holiver is one of many Fairfield juniors who was not released from campus.

Debates have been swirling around regarding whether students will be released toward the end of the summer when the number of incoming freshmen is finalized. For now, some students have taken action to ensure a good senior year. Holiver and Caitlin Fitzpatrick ’12, for example, are proposing a shuttle service to the beach for those who are 21 and older.

“I feel as though the school can meet us halfway because we are willing to put down a fee per semester for busing to the beach,” stated Fitzpatrick. “I don’t think the school owes the student body anything, but I do feel as though if executed in a good manner, a StagBus running to the beach could be beneficial to students to prevent drinking and driving, to eliminate parking on campus, and promote students at the beach coming to campus.”

We all know that one of the main draws of Fairfield University is the beach, and with rumors swirling that the Grape may even be shut down next year, it’s hard to believe the series of unfortunate events that have occurred to the Class of 2012.

For many of us, our dreams of living on the beach have been crushed, but it is important to remember we still have one more year of living in a world where it’s acceptable to drink more days of the week than not and where 9:30 a.m. is considered early.

Fitzpatrick stated it well: “I’m a lucky person. Worst things could happen, and I’m living with and next to all of my friends next year.”

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