Let Residence Sophs live in first year residences next year

Let Residence Sophs live in first year residences next year

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Jash Kara started this petition to Western University and

Housing has recently put out a statement that next year’s Residence Soph teams will not be able to live in first-year residences anymore. This has left many students without housing as so many of them were relying on Sophing. Housing has left Head Sophs, Programming Assistants and Sophs in the dark until recently to ensure less backlash.

 

Western may say this is due to COVID-19 or the increased first year acceptances to residence, however, both of these reasons are unacceptable because:

  1. Western plans on increasing in person classes, which poses a higher risk regarding COVID compared to Residence Sophs being in the residence buildings. Also, Sophs were some of the most COVID conscious people to ensure that they could retain their Soph position and keep their students safe.
  2. London Hall, Alumni Hall and Lambton Hall have been announced to be first-year residences next year. So, this means that Western has increased first-year acceptance so much that three extra residences are fully packed. This is more of a COVID risk than allowing 1-2 Sophs per floor.

 

Western is known for having the best student experience. Western prides itself on this fact and Residence Sophs are the cornerstone of this experience. The difference between Faculty Sophs and Residence Sophs is that, typically after orientation week, first-years build a stronger connection with their Residence Sophs since they live in the same building. This allows students the ability to approach their Residence Sophs on a consistent basis.

 

When a first year is puking, a Soph is there to hold back their hair, calm them down, and keep them safe. When a first year is crying because they experienced a breakup, a Soph is there to help them. When first-year is stressed because of exams, a Soph can help them build a healthy study routine. When a first year is too shy to go to orientation events, a Soph is there to help them build floor relationships and get everyone acquainted. Technically these things could happen virtually, but the connection and availability completely changes. Sophs have an overall positive impact on student experience as well as a first-year’s first time away from home.

 

Western will predictably say Dons and off-campus Sophs will provide the same kind of support to students, but this just goes to show how truly disconnected Western is from its students. Most of us can testify the bonds made with Sophs are closer than those made with dons. The charm of Residence Sophs is the ability to have informal conversations for a variety of reasons, which results in Sophs being friends with responsibilities rather than being superiors.

 

This decision indivertibly will kill the Residence Sophing program at Western University in the long run. Due to continually decreasing interest in Residence Soph applications because of virtual programming, Western students will be unable to experience the true value of having a Residence Soph on their floor. In person Sophs have a full-year commitment to the students on the floor, and if Sophs become virtual, this connection and commitment is weakened.

 

If you believe Residence Sophs made your student experience at Western better and that they should be living in residence next year, please sign this petition!

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