Austin City Council’s vote to reduce occupancy levels in ‘stealth dorms’ further increases the difficulty students face when it comes to housing. The vote in February that approved the new limits constitutes one of three votes that will be held on the issue.
Hookah smoking is steadily gaining popularity in the United States. Veronica Johnston for Health Media Collaboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago writes that “one in five American college students report smoking hookah in the past year.”
This year, the streets of West Campus will contain some new landmarks. Side-by-side with the bright lights, wooden letters and neon T-shirts will be bright blue recycling bins among the rows of fraternity and sorority houses.
Each fall, hordes of international students from distant countries such as India, China, Korea and other nations begin their undergraduate and graduate studies in universities across the U.S. International students go through a long process of applying to various universities, selecting a university, obtaining the necessary U.S. visa and securing the right housing.
In a city where change has become the norm, there are still a few neighborhoods in Central Austin that harken back to decades past. But even those areas are proving that the sort of change Austin is undergoing can be felt everywhere.
What's a hungry student to do? This is one of the defining questions of the collegiate experience, but for those who make their home West Campus, the answer may be as simple as taking a walk around the corner to the nearest bakery.