New student enrollment creates dorm crunch at SIU

2013-08-07T08:06:00Z New student enrollment creates dorm crunch at SIU The Southern
August 07, 2013 8:06 am

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Administrators at Southern Illinois University are preparing for a record number of new students arriving on campus when fall classes begin later this month. But that's creating a housing crunch at the Carbondale school.

WSIL-TV says new student enrollment is on pace to beat 2008's record, thanks to an anticipated 10 percent increase in new students.

But SIU spokesman Rod Sievers that means that means there are more students than beds.

The school is building new dorms, but they're years from being completed. And three of the oldest residence halls on campus were torn down.

That means the school scrambling to put more students in each dorm room.

Administrators attribute the enrollment increase with the success of a marketing campaign that's helped boost declining enrollment.

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  1. jharmon
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    jharmon - August 10, 2013 9:34 am
    Great job SIU. This is a very positive sign.
  2. JItterBug
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    JItterBug - August 08, 2013 2:52 pm
    Joe that same list puts Compton at 63. Is Carbondale anywhere near Compton, no.

    Those statistics don't include the student population in the per capita statistic. But does count a crime committed by the a student.

    So basically the crime rate per capita should be cut in half.
  3. Ishmael
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    Ishmael - August 08, 2013 2:21 pm
    "Carbondale is the 64th most dangerous city in the nation. You have 1 in 91 chance of being a victim of a violent crime." - OLD JOE
  4. Ishmael
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    Ishmael - August 08, 2013 10:09 am
    "Ish we know that you are not engaged so why bother?" - CLG4

    ... huh?
  5. CLG4
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    CLG4 - August 08, 2013 9:25 am
    Gee Shoe why don't you just say that the school needs to be torn down. According to you it is nothing more than a home to a bunch of degenerate students and teachers. Ish we know that you are not engaged so why bother?
  6. shoestring
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    shoestring - August 08, 2013 8:31 am
    SIUC is, academically, a joke. There is little pride attached to a SIUC degree when simply showing up to class is almost a guarantee of an A. SIUC is a safety school; it's nobody's first, second or even third choice. The administrators work there because they couldn't get a job at a more respectable institution. The professors are employed there because decent schools; schools with a modicum of prestige, have no use for them; they represent the bottom of the barrel in knowledge, credentials and ability to teach. (think: Mmike) A sub-par school will, of course, attract sub-par students. Sub-par students are less equipped, intellectually and socially, to deal with life away from home and the responsibilities that come with it. Sub-par students don't take their education all that seriously and tend to party more, miss more classes, get into more trouble and fail or drop out more than students at other, halfway decent, schools. If you want better students start with providing a better school; when you raise the quality of the education offered you raise the value of that education. Not until then can SIUC afford to turn away the potential troublemakers and D students it presently courts.
  7. Ishmael
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    Ishmael - August 08, 2013 8:27 am
    Some words of "wisdom" for you, tsk tsk / Bessie / Gov,

    "Tolerance is out, reasoning becomes shout.
    Vitriol is used to gore, exchanging ideas is a bore."
  8. CLG4
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    CLG4 - August 08, 2013 8:02 am
    The problem is not the students the problem is the school. The marketing/enrollment depart. is not communicating with the facilities depart. The school is acting just like a airline booking too many seats, in this case it is beds. Now why is the school doing this? Surely it is not just grant money. Kids from Chicago have just as much right to go to school as anyone else. With that said comes the responsibility of the student to apply themselves and earn a degree. If as some have pointed out that the campus has a security problem the it is the responsibility of the school and local law enforcement to clear the campus of unlawful offenders. But again the problem is the LEADERSHIP at the school does not have all departments working together.
  9. OLD JOE
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    OLD JOE - August 08, 2013 5:05 am
    Carbondale is the 64th most dangerous city in the nation. You have 1 in 91 chance of being a victim of a violent crime. I believe we was on this news story several months ago.
  10. MickeeD
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    MickeeD - August 07, 2013 10:23 pm
    I object strongly to that language used. Cchs has a valid point and I would argue in a way both you and he do. There is a segment of the student population, from Chicago, and mostly black, that can't adapt to college living, especially when they go from an inner city to a rural environment. However, that can be expressed without the ignorant racist coding.

    I've had the pleasure, and at times displeasure, to work with a lot of students of color from the streets of Chicago. I will concede some are beyond hope.. Some though just need positive direction and encouragement. I do care about the quality of the students who attend my alma mater and try to give everyone the benefit of a doubt.
  11. MickeeD
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    MickeeD - August 07, 2013 10:00 pm
    I can see you quite clearly.
  12. HOHS
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    HOHS - August 07, 2013 9:09 pm
    I'm also gonna agree with cchs on this. Even though i wouldn't use thugs to describe them. A lot of the inner city black students fail out here either after 1 semester or at the end of freshman year. If you look at the school freshman retention rates they are piss poor, and it's the black students who are dropping out the fastest. I just finished my freshman year in may of 2013, I've seen what happens there. The students who I often see out the latest and making the most noise are black, the ones who I see stop showing up to classes after 2 months are black. Coming back after winter break I saw a huge drop in black students, not to mention the towers were a lot quieter. Let's face the facts the school makes its money from the grants and the kids who get hurt the worst are the black ones.
  13. JJJ
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    JJJ - August 07, 2013 8:25 pm
    Lol, statistically for every one student who gets in trouble with the law. I see a hundreds who are upstanding young men/women. You label is still racist and your ignorance is obvious
  14. Governor Number 40892-424
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    Governor Number 40892-424 - August 07, 2013 8:04 pm
    Were the thugs that recently mugged their fellow students USING A GUN INSIDE a DORMETORY from Coulterville or Rosebud--or were these robbers Chicago thugs? Anyone that walks through campus after dark, according to this newspaper, is subject to being beaten, robbed, or worse. Making this a racist issue by ignoring statistical facts is clearly a case of race baiting.
  15. JJJ
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    JJJ - August 07, 2013 7:50 pm
    I agree with MickeeD. CCHS98 statement is racist and he most likely knows it or he is an complete idiot. I would also point out that freshmen enrollment being up doesn't mean total enrollment is up. And SIU requires freshmen to live in the dorms. Point being a number of small businesses shouldn't celebrating yet. This is just a first of many steps. C'dale business owners have reason to be upset if they depended on students. But calling them names is crossing the line
  16. Leaningright
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    Leaningright - August 07, 2013 3:48 pm
    Gonna agree with CCHS98 on this one. How are those rose colored glasses MIckeeD?
  17. MickeeD
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    MickeeD - August 07, 2013 12:33 pm
    Again with the veiled racism and stereotyping. Face it. You just don't like black people. Why else would you such charged terms as "thugs from Chicago" and refer to them as "these students."

    I for one have reason to believe the marketing campaign has helped boost enrollment. Sure, some of those coming to SIU Carbondale really shouldn't be in college. You can say that about anyone from any demographic. I'm optimistic SIUC is turning the corner regarding enrollment. Everyone should see this potential housing shortage as a somewhat of a positive thing.
  18. cchs98
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    cchs98 - August 07, 2013 11:13 am
    "Administrators attribute the enrollment increase with the success of a marketing campaign that's helped boost declining enrollment."

    What a joke. The only reason why enrollment is up is due to the recruitment of underqualified thugs from Chicago that SIU is trys so hard funnel in. With these "students" the university is guaranteed state grant money so they couldn't care less the quality of student that walks through the doors. Most of these idiots will drop out and become another problem for campus, county and city police to contend with.
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