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There are 15 comments on Kilachand Honors College Students Get Their Own Home

  1. This is such a waste of money, but at least it’s better to renovate the dorms we already have instead of continuously building new things when the old ones are in bad condition.

      1. I think a lot of current KHC students would rather see the money used to create scholarships, stipends for work/research, ect. (stuff that actually improves the quality of the program) rather than spent on shiny new office space.

  2. So is Shelton Hall going to only be open to those students who are in the Honors College or who want to live in the Writer’s Corridor? And what about the other specialty floors in the building? I am very confused by this entire article.

    1. “The renovations to the dorm are still being designed, and Kilachand Hall, which currently has capacity for 420 students, will house both Kilachand Honors College students and those from other schools.”

  3. Specialty housing is one of BU’s strengths. Those who chose to be a part of these types of programs and housing options have such a rewarding experience, and the synergy created by group housing strengthens the overall program and thus the university as a whole. For those who do not wish for specialty housing, BU is not short on other options.

  4. Let’s get real. More than half of the Kilachand students don’t chose to live together when they aren’t forced to after the first year. Actually, a lot of them thretened to quit the honors college when they couldn’t choose to live away from each other. Students had a very hard time changing roommates if they were both in honors college, even if they were stuck with a horrible random one. And the amount of money the Honors college throws at fancy food and housing shows how little of it they actually will invest in opening educational opportunities for their students.

    I’m so glad I quit the KHC. It’s one of the snobbiest developments on campus, and they’re very lucky they keep getting huge donations by people who haven’t actually seen how confining their programs are.

  5. Could we please put the money where it’s needed for once? How about fixed the structural issues that are causing water damage in Towers and the Fuller Building? How about giving the 3rd floor of CFA new easels so they stop collapsing on students and sending them to the hospital every year (really all of the visual arts department in CFA needs updating)? How about decent lighting for Warren Towers? More aid for students? The list goes on and on…..

  6. Honestly, people? Here’s an institution that has spent millions upon millions of dollars trying to improve the undergraduate and graduate student experience, and yet there’s still a sizeable segment of the student and alumni population that just won’t stop complaining. This was true back when I was a student (’79-’83) and, sadly, it appears not much has changed. Do you all realize that you sound like a bunch of spoiled brats when you find something negative to say about a $35 million donation to the university? Look around, folks. BU has made monumental improvements in its infrastructure, the quality of its student body and its teachers. And it’s working harder than ever to improve the quality of its educational offerings, to expand affordable access to the university through a bigger endowment, and on and on. I, for one, plan on tuning out every bit of negative energy directed at my beloved school.

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