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Students living on campus next year will have the option of living in the newly instituted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-themed floor called House of Roy. The Office of Residential Life is commended for offering this new living option, but it should focus on informing the campus community of the floorâ€™ s purpose so as to ensure its smooth operation.
Last yearâ€™s gender-neutral housing did not enjoy much success mostly because of a lack of clarity in the concept and stipulations involved in the option. The House of Roy directly addresses gender identities but does not allow students of the same sex to live in the same room. Residential Life is asked to point out the differences between the two so students can better understand the choice theyâ€™re making.
Making the House of Roy a learning community is an extremely encouraging step in Ithacaâ€™s diversity efforts. However, it is important to explain the provisions of a learning community, like the required incorporation of the theme into the floorâ€™s lifestyle and events. Students on the floor will participate in programs and activities specifically catered to the theme of the learning community. Such explanations will only increase awareness of this housing alternative among students and maintain interest in the community.
The launch of the House of Roy is a positive step in building Ithacaâ€™ s reputation. Students are urged to consider this living option â€” taking advantage of a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the LGBT community and its importance in society today.