Hundreds of Students Move Into Hotel: Athletes, Honors Students Stay on Campus

Aug 17, 2009 9:47am

ABC News On Campus reporter Chris Badders blogs:

It's out with the old and in with the new at North Carolina Central University, as a larger-than-expected freshman class is causing an on-campus housing overflow.

To make room for the incoming freshmen and current sophomores the university is partnering with Durham's Millennium Hotel, located about 5 miles off campus, to house about 300 upperclassmen and graduate students.

Students living in the hotel will be charged an additional $600 on top of their housing payments. Those affected were alerted about the relocation a week before they were due to move in.

Honor students and athletes were the only upperclassmen allowed to remain on campus.

Micah Moncrief, a NCCU senior already living off campus, said, "It's good and it's bad because they'll have shuttles running throughout the day back and forth between the hotel and the campus. But they're paying all this money to live on campus and now they can't."

According to Dr. Jennifer Wilder, director of residential life, the decision to keep the athletes and honors students on campus isn't a case of favoring one group of students over another.

"The honors students have seminars and things they need to be around campus for in order to attend," Wilder said. "With our athletes, when they travel, we wanted to make sure they could get back to their dorms
when they get in around two or three o'clock in the morning."

A university press release explained that the reason why upperclassmen were being displaced instead of incoming freshmen was because they are mature enough to handle the independent lifestyle that the hotel would

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