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Monday, September 25, 2023


Staff Editorial: Voicing viewpoints on The Vue

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this editorial ran, saying that UH was partnered with The Vue on MacGregor. The Vue is a private company completely independent of the University.

With the Student Government Association passing the freshmen housing requirement last week, and The Vue on MacGregor once again delaying the move-in date, housing has been in the news more often than usual.

What is not so often heard are the students voicing their complaints — via Facebook, phone calls, emails or pictures. As “tenants,” they do their part in addressing the cracks in the walls, the water leaking from the ceiling and the delays due to construction.

The reason students’ voices go unheard is The Vue not addressing the real problem.

A father of a concerned student contacted The Cougar and discussed the multiple delays and unruly management team. All of the wall posts currently on The Vue’s Facebook page make it seem like nothing is wrong, unless you catch a comment that has yet to be deleted.

In fact, some employees have even taken the liberty of posting reviews on Facebook in order to boost the star rating on their page. Deleting valid complaints is not the answer; the problem will not go away.

There are not enough beds for the record enrollment population, yet future Cougars may be required to live on campus.

The quality of life standards are not being met. Some say it’s because the speed of construction was too fast, and the building’s flaws weren’t known until students moved in.

Still, students were forced pay for their first month’s rent, despite many of them not having moved into The Vue yet.

How can a Cougar live on-campus if the quality of life is low? Students pay enough out of their pockets for tuition and books as well as day-to-day necessities.

Future freshmen could be expected to live on a campus because statistics promise a better GPA, but they will be unable to focus on their studies if building malfunctions distract them.

If a new resident building is going to be built, taking the time to make sure all the utilities are operational before anyone moves in will not only make the students happy, but will also contribute to better focus, putting students’ attention on where it needs to be: maintaining a good GPA and graduating.

However, the question begs answering: what is the reasonable amount of time for a reasonable number of students when it comes to building a new home for the next four years?

As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”

The sad thing is, the private partners can take as much time as they want, because the ink has already dried on the leases — quality of life not included.

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