Students oppose dorm relocation

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2009, 12:00am

A planned dormitory relocation has caused anger among students in the south campus of the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Many students disagree with the plan, and some have put, 'I am determined not to move out of my dorm' on their instant messenger status.

According to an on-line survey of 500 respondents, 76.15 per cent of students opposed the plan while 13.43 per cent supported it.

Bi Jianyong, who works in the Students' Affairs Office, said there is a need to move because it is inconvenient for the school to have separate dorms. In his view, students from the same school should live together in the same building or on the same floor.

'I hope students discuss this issue in a rational way, and don't be over-emotional,' he said.

But Patrick Li, a university senior, said it was inconvenient for students to move to another dormitory because everyone has so many possessions.

'I have too many books and other possessions,' he said.

'It's a waste of manpower and money for me to move. And I've lived here in my home for three years. I'm very comfortable with where I am staying. I love my dorm, my roommates and do not want to leave.'

Baisy Jiang also objected to the dorm relocation. She said that university authorities did not consult the students in advance about the plan, and that they were unhappy about that.

But not all students are opposed to the move. Some think it might bring them new friends and experiences.

Xu Along, a freshman, was in favour of the plan.

'If students of the same school can live next to each other, it will be beneficial to academic exchanges,' he said.

The Logistics Department is responsible for the relocation.

A department staff member who did not want to be named said the details were still under discussion, but once confirmed, the department would notify the students immediately and assist them to move.