This is in response the San Luis Obispo City Council’s thoughts on Cal Poly from Sept. 23:
I agree that if Cal Poly wishes to expand enrollment, it should look at measures to offer as many students as possible campus housing. However, as it is already proposing a new dorm to be able to accommodate 100 percent of first-year and most second-year students, there is not much more the school can do to keep students away from surrounding neighborhoods.
Groups of older students want to try and live away from campus restrictions and in a more independent location. No number of units Cal Poly offers on campus will change that. Additionally, students with financial and parental aid can split the rent three or four ways and can afford the already-steep rental rates in the area. Many community members complain that rent and housing rates are too high here, so taking students away from these units will not encourage hourly workforce members to move in.
I do think Cal Poly can help by sectioning off a Greek Row for students in sororities and fraternities, purchasing or renting houses for members on athletic teams, or providing an apartment lifestyle appropriate for those older than 21.