[Hpn] Homeless people living in dorms,resident feels 'bummed out'

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The Whoracle


Homeless people living in dorms
resident feels 'bummed out'



by Tweetie Goatface

March 29, 2006


All too often the students of Henderson State University find themselves =
not only putting up with the slovenly behavior of fellow residents but =
also having to suffer the lack of consideration on the part of some =
unwelcome guests. These are none other than Arkadelphia's washed up =
"River Vagrants." The River Vagrants were recently forced from their =
makeshift camps along the Caddo and Ouachita River banks in the event of =
last week's flooding. Since then, they have sought refuge in the =
University's major Residence Halls while students were away for spring =
break. Most of the vagrants cited the unseasonably cold temperatures and =
rising waters as their breaking points. If you can't take the heat, find =
another circle of hell.As a resident living in these halls I have put up =
with all of this that I can handle. I can understand a bridge somewhere =
in town, but a residence hall? I can also see how these folks may not =
like bridges as they got "cleaned out" over the weekend. (Only God has =
the power to rob a vagrant if He so chooses.) But I have to wonder why =
they would want to live here. Between the showers and the riverbanks, =
you have to wonder which is cleaner. I would think the river is a safe =
bet with all of that water rushing past on a monsoonal basis. It angers =
me that they intrude so nonchalantly. They sponge our supplies on which =
we spent hard-earned scholarship funds. I may be on a free ride, but I'm =
not bringing someone else along who wasn't in that AP test with me! That =
test wasn't easy. The vagrants are a hazard to our safety. One can only =
imagine what hordes of them could do to the residents if they wandered =
up the stairwell to the dwelling part of the halls. It is bad enough =
having unattended boys in the building. I don't know about you, but I =
like cool water in my fountains. However, from a vagrant's point of =
view, it makes sense. Free laundry. Hot shower (maybe too hot for the =
ladies of the second floor with the busted shower handle). Out on the =
town, there isn't free food unless someone throws something out or =
angers a faulty vending machine. But with 400-something rooms and nearly =
as many residents the turnover in leftovers looks promising while =
sheltering here. In addition to food, showers, and no laundry fee, =
consider the free rent. These folks aren't here on scholarship. They are =
sponging the local U in a non-traditional way. So long as the dorms are =
havens for these people, they will not get off their cans and seek jobs =
to provide for themselves. The dorm condition has become a microcosm of =
the welfare system. You can't really blame them. The city's economy is =
bad enough for those who try to rough it up. You can't blame them for =
not settling downtown either. Not a lot of action except for Thrio's. =
(If they play their cards right, perhaps some of the employees may toss =
them a scrap in between pelting one another with condiments on a slow =
night of the week). If you add being flooded out of whatever other home =
they had, anyone can see why the vagrants are shacking here (especially =
with the basement door always propped. Apparently some of you freshmen =
didn't watch your mandatory safety video). I don't have a problem with =
those who pay their debts. I'm doing it with my presidential scholarship =
and weekly backpack raids through my membership with the Students =
Against Rolling Backpacks group on Facebook. If the vagrants were to =
join a social group on campus or form their own alliance, maybe they =
could give back to the school instead of only taking away. This would =
also help them get back into the community and become well-to-do =
citizens of the Delph. I think these vagrants need to find 'em a skiff =
and ramble on if they can't get with the program. Perhaps to get the =
ball rolling, the ACE program could start an Adopt-a-Vagrant program to =
sponsor and encourage these intruders to get a foot out of our doors and =
into another. I think it would be a step in the right direction.



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<P>All too often the students of Henderson State University find =
themselves not=20
only putting up with the slovenly behavior of fellow residents but also =
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to suffer the lack of consideration on the part of some unwelcome =
guests. These=20
are none other than Arkadelphia=92s washed up =93River Vagrants.=94 The =
River Vagrants=20
were recently forced from their makeshift camps along the Caddo and =
Ouachita=20
River banks in the event of last week=92s flooding. Since then, they =
have sought=20
refuge in the University=92s major Residence Halls while students were =
away for=20
spring break. Most of the vagrants cited the unseasonably cold =
temperatures and=20
rising waters as their breaking points. If you can=92t take the heat, =
find another=20
circle of hell.As a resident living in these halls I have put up with =
all of=20
this that I can handle. I can understand a bridge somewhere in town, but =
a=20
residence hall? I can also see how these folks may not like bridges as =
they got=20
=93cleaned out=94 over the weekend. (Only God has the power to rob a =
vagrant if He=20
so chooses.) But I have to wonder why they would want to live here. =
Between the=20
showers and the riverbanks, you have to wonder which is cleaner. I would =
think=20
the river is a safe bet with all of that water rushing past on a =
monsoonal=20
basis. It angers me that they intrude so nonchalantly. They sponge our =
supplies=20
on which we spent hard-earned scholarship funds. I may be on a free =
ride, but=20
I=92m not bringing someone else along who wasn=92t in that AP test with =
me! That=20
test wasn=92t easy. The vagrants are a hazard to our safety. One can =
only imagine=20
what hordes of them could do to the residents if they wandered up the =
stairwell=20
to the dwelling part of the halls. It is bad enough having unattended =
boys in=20
the building. I don=92t know about you, but I like cool water in my =
fountains.=20
However, from a vagrant=92s point of view, it makes sense. Free laundry. =
Hot=20
shower (maybe too hot for the ladies of the second floor with the busted =
shower=20
handle). Out on the town, there isn=92t free food unless someone throws =
something=20
out or angers a faulty vending machine. But with 400-something rooms and =
nearly=20
as many residents the turnover in leftovers looks promising while =
sheltering=20
here. In addition to food, showers, and no laundry fee, consider the =
free rent.=20
These folks aren=92t here on scholarship. They are sponging the local U =
in a=20
non-traditional way. So long as the dorms are havens for these people, =
they will=20
not get off their cans and seek jobs to provide for themselves. The dorm =

condition has become a microcosm of the welfare system. You can=92t =
really blame=20
them. The city=92s economy is bad enough for those who try to rough it =
up. You=20
can=92t blame them for not settling downtown either. Not a lot of action =
except=20
for Thrio=92s. (If they play their cards right, perhaps some of the =
employees may=20
toss them a scrap in between pelting one another with condiments on a =
slow night=20
of the week). If you add being flooded out of whatever other home they =
had,=20
anyone can see why the vagrants are shacking here (especially with the =
basement=20
door always propped. Apparently some of you freshmen didn=92t watch your =
mandatory=20
safety video). I don=92t have a problem with those who pay their debts. =
I=92m doing=20
it with my presidential scholarship and weekly backpack raids through my =

membership with the Students Against Rolling Backpacks group on =
Facebook. If the=20
vagrants were to join a social group on campus or form their own =
alliance, maybe=20
they could give back to the school instead of only taking away. This =
would also=20
help them get back into the community and become well-to-do citizens of =
the=20
Delph. I think these vagrants need to find =91em a skiff and ramble on =
if they=20
can=92t get with the program. Perhaps to get the ball rolling, the ACE =
program=20
could start an Adopt-a-Vagrant program to sponsor and encourage these =
intruders=20
to get a foot out of our doors and into another. I think it would be a =
step in=20
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