'U' raises spirits with loft rules
By RICHARD BERKE
The University Housing Office ap-
proved a policy on lofts and other room
additions which, unlike earlier drafts,
apparently has campus loft owners'
support. This is the first such policy
adopted by the University.
Last fall, dorm dwellers had serious
reservations about the Housing Office's
original draft and twenty students for-
med what they called the Housing
Policy Action Group to drum up op-
position to specific provisions of the
THE STUDENTS were most concer-
ned about a provision calling for
residents to remove their lofts at the
end of the school year. They said that
requirement should only be exercised
in cases where rooms are needed for
summer conferences or when the next
year's leasees are not the owners of the
loft-otherwise, they claimed, removal
would be an inconvenience.
Compromising with student com-
plaints, Housing Office officials revised
the provision in the final policy, permit-
ting students to keep lofts in their
rooms over the summer provided the
room is not scheduled for any other use
by the University. Tenants of rooms
needed for conferences, summer school
use, or maintenance-repair would be
notified by April 15.
Students were also concerned with a
provision in the draft policy requiring
written permission from the building
director before a loft is constructed or
installed. They didn't like the idea of a
building director denying permission
except in cases where possible safety
THE FINAL POLICY alters this
provision, requiring only that students
notify their building director prior to
constructing or installing a loft.
The draft policy also contained a
provision requiring residents sign a
written agreement permitting room in-
spections "at any reasonable time to
determine conformity to the policy."
The approved version of the policy
provides for room inspection, but only
in accordance with lease provisions.
Finally, students complained about a
provision in the draft policy stating the
Housing Office has no responsibility to
store lofts. Under the final policy,
storage rooms would be provided in the
Hill, North Campus, and Central Cam-
pus areas for lofts.
SOPHOMORE Pat Beffel was active
in rounding up opposition to the draft
policy last fall. But after negotiating
the final policy with Housing Office of-
ficials, she said "we got everything we
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said fire safety regulations in the final
policy are less confining than in the
draft version, even though students
didn't push for them to be modified.
"I feel-good about it (the policy)," said
John Finn, acting associate housing
director, "It meets the needs of studen-
ts and the University."
Other regulations in the new policy
" the alteration of University-provided
electrical apparatus is not permitted.
Any wiring to a room must be U.L.
(Underwriters Laboratory) approved;
" all materials used must be of a fire
retardant quality and;
" any room containing a loft must
have a properly installed functioning
smoke detector. These will be provided
by the Housing Office at a rental rate of
$6.00 per academic year or tenants may
provide their own.
Loft owners are required to sign a
written agreement which would
" the acceptance of the resident's
responsibility for any liability, loss,
damage, or injury incurred from the
loft or other room addition;
" the prompt dismantling of the loft
or other room addition in the event of
room painting and other major repairs
to the room by the University;
" all construction should allow the
loft to be dismantled and removed
without any damage to the dorm room;
" the materials -used in construction
must be put together in such a manner
that the loft is not fastened to the
* if loft owners cancel their leases and
leave the loft in their room, the new
tenants have the choice of taking
ownership of the loft or the Housing Of-
fice will remove it at the expense of the
previous tenant and;
" if a tenant signs a lease for a room
with a loft and that tenant doesn't
want a loft in his or her room, it must be
Bursley loft owner Tim Lambert said
the University was "generous" in
revising the original draft.
"The University took a good position
on this and it will enhance their
popularity," Lambert said.
Originating in Bursley, lofts have
surged in popularity and spread to
dorms throughout campus. The
Housing Office decided last year the
time had come to develop a formal
policy to deal with the contraptions and
the problems they might cause.
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ty," she said.
"This way you can insure that all the
letters are clearly written and precise
- you can even list the main points on a
blackboard - and have each person
write so many letters," she said. "Send
the letters periodically, then go back
and ask the legislator if he's getting any
public response on the issue you
SHE SAID this strategy had been
very effective in convincing George
McGovern to speak.out on American
military involvement in the sixties,
when no one else would.
"I can't tell you how few letters it
takes to get them to believe the people
are interested," she said. "You can
literally generate 100 per cent of the
mail on an issue.
In addition, students learned how to
ask for an appointment; how to see a
legislator off the floor of the legislature
if they can't get an appointment; which
aspects of a bill to emphasize, depen-
ding on which legislator they're talking
to; as well as how much force to use.
"YOU HAVE to be convincing, but
you can't be pushy. You don't have the
kind of clout to be pushy with," said
Steve Freedkin, a PIRGIM environ-
mental representative. "But remem-
ber, you have every right to be there."
But student response, instead of
showing any nervousness about going
to see a legislator, focused on their lack
of preparation and knowledge about
"I've done a little lobbying before,
and I have no qualms about it," said
Hashin Green, a 27-year-old undergrad
in Environmental Advocacy. "But I
have a lot of qualms about this because
I have no handle on any of these bills at
FREEDKIN ASSURED the students
that they would have a chance to talk
over the bills at PIRGIM headquarters
Tuesday morning before going out, if
their research left any unanswered
In addition to the lobbying workshop,
Bryant said the Advocacy Program is
also sponsoring a tactical research
workshop on April 8, and has plans for
workshops on fund raising and electoral
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