Record numbers lead to more triples

BY MATTHEW DOOLEY-CONTRIBUTING WRITER

This year, Susquehanna welcomed 674 students, its largest class ever, according to mySU. To accomodate the large class, Residence Life has had to house many first-year students in rooms dubbed “overflow triples.”

These are double rooms that have been converted into triples by placing a third bed, dresser and desk in each.

“It’s not a forced triple … all the students that are in there did volunteer to be in those triples. The school did not force them to be in those triples. [The school] gave them incentive of money off to take the triple,” said junior Morgan Kutz, a resident assistant in Smith Hall.

Christie Kracker, the dean of students and campus life, said: “Yes, the students in triples do pay less. The total double amount [is] divided amongst the three students… It results in a $975 credit for each roommate.”

Brooke Adams-Porter said: “Right now, my desk is under my bed… they won’t take it or my chair. My bed and my space in my closet are basically the only space I have. I manage, though.”

She added: “Everyone has different schedules. I can wake up or go to sleep early or late. One roommate wakes up super early and goes to sleep super early. My other roommate stays up all night and sleeps during the day.”

There are not as many overflow triples as one might think considering the number of first-years on campus this year.

Director of Residence Life Erica Stephenson said, “There are 99 students in triples in the current class, or 33 triples, and the class is much larger, so it’s only 14 percent of the class.”

Kracker said: “Erica did outstanding work determining how to stretch our campus housing numbers and resources to meet the wonderful incoming class as well as the increased retention numbers. She has continued to do great work with the students moving us from nearly 50 triples to close to 30 at this point.”

Stephenson said: “There have been overflow triples in first-year housing for at least the last 30 years with the exception of 2009 and 2011-2014… The largest number of triples was in fall 2005, when 237 students were assigned to 79 triples. There were only 562 students in that class, so 42 percent of them were in triples.”

Between 2011 and 2014, fewer students had to live in overflow triples because the school wasn’t bringing in as many students. However, Susquehanna has actively been recruiting more students, and it has successfully brought the university’s largest class in its history to campus.