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OSU Closing Four Housing Co-Ops

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University will end the cooperative housing programs at four homes on campus at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Students living at Avery Lodge, Azalea House, Dixon Lodge and Oxford House are sad to see their homes go.

“It’s kind of sad that it’s closing. I made a lot of friends here, became a second family,” said Dixon Lodge resident Nichole Choney.

“It seems unfair to me that they’re shutting down a legacy,” said Avery Lodge resident Braden Lewis.

Abigail Johnstone is the president of Azalea House. She says many of her housemates had their mothers and grandmothers live in the home. While she remembers the past and Azalea’s rich history, the school is looking into the future, which is why they’re shutting the homes down. The University Housing and Dining Services conducted a comprehensive review of the co-ops and found the programs needed to be revised and the homes needed upgrades.

“As we plan out for the next many years, let’s take a fresh look at cooperative living. There are a lot of good things about it.  What do we want to continue, what do we want to do differently, and then separately, look at the facilities and say what do they need?” said Tom Scheuermann, director of University Housing & Dining Services.

About 200 student residents live in the four homes. The school has formed a work group to look at continuing the program. There are no plans yet for the future use of the four houses.

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