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Housing: On-campuslivingincreasing -continued from page 1 belowamasterchef�thecr�me delacr�meoftheculinaryworld. Sofar,twocurrentlyemployed chefshaveappliedalongwith otherchefsfromacrossthecountry,hesaid. "Thisshowstheprogramwe haveheretogetexecutivechefs," Andersonsaid. WhilecentralcampushousingandtheLLCaretheprimaryusersoftheJunctionand Marketplace,otherareasof campus,suchassouthcampus housingortheStudentLiving Center,canalsopurchasemeal plans,thoughthesebuildingsare equippedwithkitchens. TheSLC,locatedeastofthe LoganCemetery,isabout96percentoccupied,Jensonsaid. Overthesummer,wireless Internetaccesswasaddedtothe StudentLivingCenter,andthe overallspeedoftheInternetat theSLCwasimprovedaswell, witha66Mbpswirelessconnectionanda100Mbpswallconnection. Wirelessexpansiontoother campushousingareas,suchas AggieVillage,themarriedstudenthousing,isstillunderway. JensonsaidtheSLCwaschosento receivewirelessupgradesbefore themarriedhousingbecause USUHousing"feltsinglestudents wouldprobablybemoredependentonthewirelessthanmarried students." "Itwasahugeprojecttotryto getitpulledoffoverthecourseof thesummer,"Jensonsaid."There willbenoplacewherestudents cangoandgetasgreatasInternet serviceasoncampus." Southcampushousing,the othermajorhousingareaon campus,whichincludesMerrill, Moen,GreavesandReederhalls, areclosetofull,Jensonsaid. "They'rereallyconvenient," Jensonsaidofallcampushousingoptions."Theshuttleservice isgreatsotherereallyisn'tabad placetoliveoncampus." JensonsaidUSUHousing pridesitselfonprovidinggood, safehousingoptionsatanaffordablecosttostudents.Hesaid thepriceofrentisprimarily determinedbywhenthelast renovationtookplaceandwhat financialoverheadUSUHousing hastomeet. "Wedocheckourselvesto makesureit'sapricestudents canhopefullyafford,"Jenson said."Ourgoalistoprovidea greatplaceforstudentstoliveat agreatprice.Forthemostpart, (theprice)includeseverything sotherearenohiddencostsstudentssometimesgettrappedin." JensonsaidUSUHousinghas twootherbenefits:safetyanda quick-responsemaintenanceprogram. "Wehaveanexcellentmaintenanceprogram,"Jensonsaid. "We'renationallyknownforthe servicewehave.Wetrytoget someoneoverquicklytorespond withemergencyresponsein15 minutes." Jensonsaidoneofhisbiggestconcernsisthesafetyof thestudentslivingoncampus. Residencelifestaffliveinthe hallstoprovideassistanceto students,hesaid.Anothersafety benefitiselectroniclocksin singlehousingthatcanonlybe openedbyanelectronickeycard, hesaid. Ifastudentlosesacardand reportsit,theoldcardisimmediatelycancelled,andwithinafew minutesanewcardismadefor thestudenttomaintainsafety, Jensonsaid. Thelatesttechnologyinsprinklingsystemsandfirealarms havealsobeenadded. "Wetrytoprovidethevery bestforstudentsinsafety," Jensonsaid."Wedoregular inspectionstomakesureeverythingisingreatshape.Wetryto coverallthebases." Withalltheimprovements toon-campushousing,USU Housingstillhasfutureplans forimprovement,thoughno additionalbuildingsarecurrently planned,Jensonsaid. InJuly2011,themobilehome park,whichhouses100families, willbeclosedduetoa"failing infrastructure,"Jensonsaid. Therearenoimmediateplansfor whatwillhappentotheareaafter itisrazed,asthereisnotfinancingoraneedforadditionalhousingrightnow. "Wehaven'tmadeanyimmediateplansatthispoint,"Jenson said."Iwouldanticipateinitially itwillbeputintoanopengrassy areathatstudentscanenjoy. Somepointinthefutureitwill likelyhavehousing,butnotinthe nearfuture." Noplansareunderwayfor changestoAggieVillage,but newwindowsandfuel-efficient furnaceswereinstalledrecently tosavemoneyforthoseresidents, Jensonsaid.AggieVillagedoes notreceivemoneyfromthestate, soitisdifficulttopulltogether enoughmoneytomakemajor improvements,Jensonsaid. -seth.h@aggiemail.usu.edu said.Althoughthetowerisnot full,itisfullerthanithasbeenin pastyears,hesaid. WiththeexceptionofBullen Hall,theothercentralcampus housingoptionsaretraditionaldormhousingthatare notequippedwithkitchens. Residentsofthesebuildingshave theoptionofmealplansateither theJunctionortheMarketplace, thoughtheJunctionislocated closertothebuildings. AlanAnderson,executive directorforUSUDiningServices, saidtheJunctionisanolder buildingthathaschangedmuch overtheyears,andattempts havebeenmadetoimprovethe buildingandqualityoffoodwith minimaleffect. "TheJunctionovertheyears hashadmoneythrownatitto makeitbetter,"Andersonsaid. "We'retryingtotieittogether. TheJunctionisalittleolder,so wehavesomeworktodotomake itnotsoinstitutional." USUDiningServicesis currentlyfinalizingplansto improvethelook,feelandtaste oftheJunction,Andersonsaid. TeamingupwithHURD,the studentathleticorganizationon campus,USUDiningServiceshas addedtwofoosballtablesandan airhockeytableintheJunction, andwillsoonaddcouchesto makeitmorecomfortable. Alsoinprogressisthecreation ofaHURDcornerthatHURD willdecorate,addingAggiememorabiliatothewalls,Anderson said.NextsemesterHURDand USUDiningServiceswillhost asportsnightattheJunctionto bringmoreattentiontotheolder diningbuilding,hesaid. Withtheopeningofthenew Marketplace,Andersonsaidthe overallqualityoffoodavailable tostudentshasimproved,makingmealplansforstudentsliving oncampusaniceoption. "WhentheMarketplace openedlastyear,thegreater percentageofpeoplebetween thetwoplacesateatthe Marketplace,"Andersonsaid."As itgotfurtherintheyear,itstartedeveningoutto50/50between theMarketplaceandJunction. 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