The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 5, 2001 Page: 2 of 15
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2 September 5, 2001
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Higher enrollment raises concerns
second largest ever
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has to do with staying in touch."
Orientation went smoothly, especially considering
that this class comes from 43 different states and 11
different countries, Bro. Richard said.
Twenty-five percent of the students are from
the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and about half of these
students are commuters.
The residence halls are at 97 percent occupancy,
and all freshmen who wanted on-campus housing
were provided for. Additionally, classroom facili-
ties will be added to accommodate the burgeoning
student population, Dr. Zuker said.
There are also plans to build a university center
north of Brani IT near the Dominican Priory in three
years. The center would house the administrative
offices and additional GSM classrooms.
More long-term plans include demolishing Car-
penter and Lynch and upgrading to more modern
facilities, Dr. Zuker said.
"Carpenter has been falling off that hill for years;
it will have to go eventually," he said. In addition,
18 of the freshmen are seminarians. "This is a huge
boost for the seminary," Dr. Zuker said. "Just a few
years ago there were only around 30 seminarians."
So far, 45 students have signed up for sports,
and the administration anticipates a few more stu-
dents signing up as well. The new Softball field is
an exciting addition to new students and will have
a positive effect on the athletic department, Bro.
One major difference between this year's fresh-
man class and classes of the past is the shrinking
gender gap. Forty-four percent of freshmen are
"We' re excited about working with the new class,
and the students have shown a lot of excitement
Rome program changes considered
by Julie Danaher
Class sizes at I 'D are not getting smaller. In fact, they will only increase over
the next few years, and this raises concerns about accommodations, especially in
the Rome program.
"There is room for 114 students on the Rome campus if we fill every nook and
cranny," Dr. Zuker said.
The past few years have seen classes with around 300 students, and with 320
freshmen m this year's class, demand for the Rome Program is beyond capacity.
The administration has begun seriously considering how to deal with the increas-
Among the alternatives suggested are programs in other parts of Europe or push-
ing the summer programs on the existing Rome campus.
"We could organize programs in France, Spain or England, but they wouldn't
have the same effect that Rome has," Dr. Zuker said.
Since the Rome program began in 1970, it has become a central part of the LID
Dr. Zuker believes the abbreviated summer program on the Rome campus is the
best current option for students unable to attend the Rome semester.
The Eternal Cities tour class gives students a chance to share in the Rome pro-
gram by allowing them to earn three art history credits and visit most of the major
cites that are part of the Rome experience.
For students such as science majors and athletes, the summer program provides
an excellent opportunity to get a taste of the Rome program, Dr. Zuker said.
Other ideas for expanding the Rome program pose greater problems
"We've talked about making the Villa into housing for students and moving the
professors off campus, but that would destroy the community that is there now,"
Dr. Zuker acknowledges that building additional housing on the Rome campus
would be a large and difficult task, so it is not a serious option at this time.
Raising the minimum academic requirements for students to apply to the program
has been considered.
"Raising the bar academically is an option to deal with the demand," Dr. Zuker
said. "Right now you only have to have a 2.0 to apply, and we are seriously con-
sidering raising that to 2.5."
Despite the complications that larger class sizes; bring, the administration is
determined to continue the Rome program, for it is a fundamental part of the UD
photo by Moirin Reynolds
photo by Moirin Reynolds
Employees in the newly renovated departments took great care to serve
students during registration, (left) Aaron Thurow locks away the secret Rome
standards, (above) Jeremiah Dreisbach verifies a student's account.
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