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Vanderbilt Housing Raffle Proposal

We, the undergraduate residents in the Mayfield Living-Learning Community Lodges, wish to take this time to inform VSG, our student government, of concerns we have been having this 2008-2009 school year.

As you may have heard, the area on Childrens Way adjacent to the Mayfield residences, has been undergoing construction since Summer 2008, in order to create additional parking for the Vanderbilt Medical Center.

The construction has included daily jack-hammering, blasting, noisy equipment and vehicles, among many other inconveniencies. Construction work begins 8:00am Monday through Friday and 9:00am on Saturday; oftentimes, the vibrations and noise from the 9:00am blast are enough to wake many residents up, oftentimes conflicting greatly with our schedules and lives. Many of you have probably heard and felt the effects of this construction, even on main campus. Please imagine what the effects may be, to residents living a few feet away from the construction. Additionally, there have been complaints of a sulfur smell, dust, plumbing and rodent issues, and fallen light fixtures, among other problems, all presumed to be linked to the construction.

Also, as Mayfield Living-Learning Lodges, there were high expectations with these living arrangements. Each Mayfield lodge underwent a strenuous application process, a process that includes an interview as well as a project proposal sometimes up to sixty pages long. Additionally, Mayfield residents spend many hours each week executing their projects. We have been unfairly and unjustly placed in a situation, where highly anticipated living experiences have been undermined greatly, due to the construction and its effect on our daily lives. For some Mayfield members, the construction has even interfered with the execution of the projects, with many residents spending most of their day away from the Mayfield community, just to avoid distractions caused by construction.

Poor communication between the Vanderbilt administration and Mayfields has been disheartening and frustrating for many residents. The knowledge that construction was even to take place, was withheld from the residents, and many residents did not realize learn of the construction until arriving on campus in August 2008. Campus Planning claims that VSG members had been consulted Spring 2008, but no member of the Mayfield community was aware of this, or has been positively affected by these meetings. Meetings and discussions with Campus Planning, as well as the Office of Housing and Resident Education have taken place, but only though initiation by the Mayfield council and residents and yielding minimal results. Campus Planning has required us to go through VSG in order for any of our complaints to be heard and compensation made.

As a result of our misfortune, we, the Mayfield residents, believe that it would be fair for each resident in the Mayfield community to receive a partial point in the Housing raffle system. This would place each resident at a partial advantage to the raffling process, in comparison to the other members of his/her prospective class years. We hope that VSG will support this proposal and work with the Office of Housing and Residential Education to pass such an amendment.

We feel that this construction project has been created at our expense, even though it will not provide us with any benefit or yield in the future. It is VSGs responsibility to act on behalf of our needs and interests, and to serve as the mediator between the Mayfield residents and the Housing administration. We hope that VSG will support us our attempts to obtaining compensation for our misfortune, and take the necessary actions to meet the needs of its Mayfield constituents.

-As prepared by Deanna Joe, Mayfield Council President

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