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Rising Concerns Among Rising Seniors

Juniors are now concerned about their future at Belmont following a change to the on-campus housing next semester. 


A day after announcing this change juniors are now having to face growing concerns with the change to on-campus housing.  


Rising seniors were told Thursday that they would be entered into a lottery to decide if they would be allowed to stay on campus. But not all students got the message. 


The email, which was only recieved by some students, outlined changes coming to on-campus housing next semester. 


To live on campus rising seniors will have to win a lottery.  


“I just feel like my trust is broken with administration here at Belmont,” said junior sports administration major Paul Rackley. “It felt like I was kind of left out to dry.” 


Rackley who graduates next May does not want to sign a year lease. 


“As much as I love Nashville, and as many good memories and great experiences as I’ve had in the city. I don't plan on living in Nashville after I graduate. I hope to, you know, go somewhere else and spread my wings,” he said. 


Rackley is not alone in his concerns. Rising seniors largely have no idea how the process is going to go. 


They’ve been told its a lottery but Belmont has not provided any details apart from a general timeline for further announcements in two weeks. 


“Belmont’s getting too big for its britches,” said junior illustration major Anna Nagy. “They're getting too ambitious you can't keep building more dorms and buildings and letting in more students when you don't even have the capacity.” 


Belmont has been growing so fast that many students were put into overflow housing last semester. 


It has stated it plans to continue its realtionship with off-campus housing next year and to look into other resources for students. But no other plans have been confirmed for next year. 


“I mean like the whole time I've been here. It's like ‘oh, well don't worry, wait till your senior you'll get more priority. You get first pick’ and now it's like, ‘well, nevermind,’” she said. 


Some students are concerned about what this will mean for on-campus activities and on-campus jobs. 


“I work on campus and that's part of the reason why I like it so much. I can walk to work, I can walk to school. I get paid pretty decently, but having to take on another job or a different job. I just don't have the time for it,” she said. 


Taylor Sanderson, a junior social work major, the change means added stress. 


“I never had to worry that much about whether I'd be able to live on campus or not,” said  Sanderson. 


This article was written by Braden Simmons 

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