Crossing out Crossing

CNU Crossing to be demolished following 2018-19 lease year

~Morgan Barclay, Editor-in-Chief~

CNU Crossing is set to be demolished following graduation at the end of the 2018-19 school year. It is to be replaced with units similar to East Campus the year following. These units are proposed to open in the Fall of 2020 following a 14-month construction period.

CNU’s Crossing’s units, similar to town homes, were originally built in 1976 and were only recently bought by the University 10 years ago. They primarily hold Greek residents, with several fraternities and sororities having homes dedicated to them specifically. 

CNU Crossing currently houses around 75 students. 

According to the Chief Communications Officer for the University, Jim Hanchett and the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean Kevin Hughes, the reason for the change was two-fold–fix junior and senior housing, update an old building. 

“Crossing is outdated and it is time to replace those units,” Hanchett said. 

Not an expansion, but a replacement, the new building is also proposed to hold more residents, hopefully alleviating the pressure of junior and senior housing. 

“We just made the decision recently as we were looking at what are our future plans, what are our numbers looking like relative the problem we’re trying to solve, junior and senior housing. We know that that’s a challenge. And we were looking at where our facilities are at…” Hughes said.

This information was first shared to students in a private meeting with Greek Leadership on Feb. 1. It has not yet been shared with campus community at large. 

Given only one week, the students currently living in CNU Crossing had to enter the housing lottery process. Something, that those expecting to retain their housing into next year, did not anticipate. 

The housing contract was due this past Friday on Feb. 8. The housing retention form was due the previous day, Feb. 7.

The housing lottery room selection process will be held in one month on March 13-14 and 20-21.

The reason for the quick turnaround process was, according to Hughes, due to the University just recently making the decision.

“We looked at it, we said, hey we’re right in this sweet spot where we can take this down at the end of the semester and if we get everything lined up perfectly we can get a new facility on board,” Hughes said.

The new housing will also not be exclusively Greek.

“The university is not committing to the Crossing replacement being exclusively Greek housing. Efforts will be made to accommodate Greek members and organizations in Landing.”

Currently CNU is working with Greek leadership to accommodate them for the upcoming year.

“We made sure they at least have something in Landing. They will at least have some unit dedicated to their Greek experience,” Hughes said.

Hughes also shared that he has met with Greek Leadership multiple times to discuss what future plans may look like.

“We’re committed to using the next year to talk with [Greek life] about, if you have to have a living arrangement what could that look like,” Hughes said.

When asked about the potential increase of more students Hughes stated that it is too premature to discuss their effects to housing this upcoming year. He cited not knowing the number of freshman class, the number of seniors choosing to live on-campus, and the number of those permitted to live off-campus, as reasons for this prematurity.

“We don’t know on any given year, if the group that chooses to live off campus because they are permitted to live off campus, we don’t know those numbers… It’s premature to say what that will look like,” Hughes said.

Currently the university has no plans to decrease the three year on-campus living requirements. 

“Housing is progressive in nature and it’s designed to transition you…There’s a great value for students in preparing students for what’s coming and also for the institution in creating that active and vibrant campus community [through the requirement],” Hughes said.

As far as future conversation with Greek Life Hughes shared, “We’ll look forward to working with them as we figure out what our next phases of housing will be. I want to hear what they’re looking for, are there ways we can incorporate some of the experiences that they are seeking.” 

CNU Intrafraternity Council and CNU Panhellenic Council stated that they could not comment on this story. The Coordinator for Greek Life was also asked for comment, but declined. 

According to the Chief Communications Officer for the University, Jim Hanchett and the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean Kevin Hughes, the reason for the change was two-fold: fix junior and senior housing and update an old building. 

“Crossing is outdated and it is time to replace those units,” Hanchett said. 

Not an expansion but a replacement, the new building is also proposed to hold more residents, hopefully alleviating the pressure of junior and senior housing. 

“We just made the decision recently as we were looking at what are our future plans, what are our numbers looking like relative to the problem we’re trying to solve, junior and senior housing. We know that that’s a challenge. And we were looking at where our facilities are at…” Hughes said.

This information was first shared to students in a private meeting with Greek Leadership on Feb. 1. It has not yet been shared with campus community at large. 

Given only one week, the students currently living in CNU Crossing had to enter the housing lottery process. Something that those expecting to retain their housing into next year did not anticipate. 

The housing contract was due this past Friday on Feb. 8. The housing retention form was due the previous day, Feb. 7.

The housing lottery room selection process will be held in one month on March 13-14 and 20-21.

The reason for the quick turnaround process was, according to Hughes, due to the University just recently making the decision.

“We looked at it, we said, hey we’re right in this sweet spot where we can take this down at the end of the semester and if we get everything lined up perfectly we can get a new facility on board,” Hughes said.

The new housing will also not be exclusively Greek.

“The university is not committing to the Crossing replacement being exclusively Greek housing. Efforts will be made to accommodate Greek members and organizations in Landing.”

Currently CNU is working with Greek leadership to accommodate them for the upcoming year.

“We made sure they at least have something in Landing. They will at least have some unit dedicated to their Greek experience,” Hughes said.

Hughes also shared that he has met with Greek Leadership multiple times to discuss what future plans may look like.

“We’re committed to using the next year to talk with [Greek life] about, if you have to have a living arrangement what could that look like,” Hughes said.

When asked about the potential increase of more students Hughes stated that it is too premature to discuss their effects to housing this upcoming year. He cited not knowing the number of freshman class, the number of seniors choosing to live on-campus, and the number of those permitted to live off-campus, as reasons for this prematurity.

“We don’t know on any given year, if the group that chooses to live off campus because they are permitted to live off campus, we don’t know those numbers… It’s premature to say what that will look like,” Hughes said.

Currently the university has no plans to decrease the three year on-campus living requirements. 

“Housing is progressive in nature and it’s designed to transition you…There’s a great value for students in preparing students for what’s coming and also for the institution in creating that active and vibrant campus community [through the requirement],” Hughes said.

As far as future conversation with Greek Life Hughes shared, “We’ll look forward to working with them as we figure out what our next phases of housing will be. I want to hear what they’re looking for, are there ways we can incorporate some of the experiences that they are seeking.” 

CNU Interfraternity Council (CNU IFC) and CNU Panhellenic Council (CNU PC) stated that they could not comment on this story. The Coordinator for Greek Life was also asked for comment, but declined.


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