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Ag Students Being Pushed Out Of Hansen Dorms

December 2, 2012, 5:30 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Ag Students Being Pushed Out Of Hansen Dorms
BROOKINGS, SD -

Student housing at SDSU will see some big changes next year. The residents of Hansen Hall will be shifting from primarily Ag majors and Freshman, to single rooms for upperclassmen.

Hansen Hall was traditionally reserved for Freshman and Sophomore Agricultural students. Now that the school is planning to move those individuals to new dormitories, the residents at Hansen aren't too pleased.

"I think it's the dumbest idea they could ever come up with. Everybody likes it just the way it is now," said Hansen resident Jacob Baustian.

Hansen is close to the Ag classes, and a little separate from the rest of campus. The students say they like it that way.

"This is the Ag side, It's the tradition. I like being on this side, kind of away from everything. It's nice, peaceful, quiet," said Hansen resident Ashton Staloch.

Freshman students are being moved across campus into Pierson Hall, and another dorm that is still being built. Hansen will be converted into single living units. Sophomore students have the choice to stay in Hansen, but the rate for the dorm will go up to $1,400 a semester.

"I'm not too happy about it personally. It's going to be a change of lifestyle for everybody here at Hansen. Change of pace," said Hansen resident Joe Schimerowski.

There will be a few changes to Hansen to try to attract older students. One of the more popular changes will be allowing alcohol in the dorms for students over 21.

"I think if you're 21 and older, you should have the privilege to do that. If you're responsible enough. I think it will work out," said Staloch.

"I like the idea. I think it's a good thought. It's been there for awhile, so no use anyone getting in trouble over it," said Schimerowski.

"I think everybody just does it anyways right now, what's it really going to matter. That's only for people who are 21 and by then they all move off campus," said Baustian.

The other big change will be animals being allowed in the dorms. Students have mixed feelings about this.

"It could be fun, but it could make Hansen pretty smelly, but we'll see what happens," said Schimerowski.

"It could get pretty dirt, but as long as you take good care of them and responsible about it. I think it will be fun," said Staloch.

SDSU officials have said the reason behind moving the Ag students to other areas on campus is to offer students two different price options.

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