Most residence hall kitchens will be disappearing soon, administrators said.
That means undergraduate students outside of the Tom Brown-Pete Wright apartments won’t have access to a kitchen. Even shared kitchens in residence halls are on the way out, said Craig Allen, director of Residential Services.
Allen said the move away from residence hall kitchens is in response to safety concerns.
There are certainly legitimate safety concerns present, but the repercussions of this move are significant for on-campus residents.
As the university moves to encourage students to live on campus, one of the biggest incentives for staying is being revoked.
Creating a truly residential community at the university means treating students like adults. That means living in apartments that resemble what students would enjoy in the real world.
Apartments without kitchens don’t quite meet that standard.
Allen said some residence halls may include baking kitchens, but that still falls short.
The more the apartments fail to meet these expectations, the more administrators can expect to see students going off campus for real-world apartments.
There’s no doubt the new dining halls will be an improvement on the current dining options, but it’s doubtful that they’ll be enough to make students forgo the option to cook their own food every once in a while.
Students expect to be treated like adults. Part of that is living like adults.
If that’s the case, taking away access to kitchens isn’t the right move.