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Koyo Maeda English 101- Wyman October 19, 2009 News Story New Apartments Spark Controversy Will

Broadway Slowly morph? Mixed feelings strike residents of Capitol Hill, as Broadway undergoes construction to build new apartments for Foreign Exchange students. Broadways residents express mixed feelings as their neighborhood undergoes a major construction project to allocate more housing for SCCCs Foreign Exchange students. Seattle Central Community College is in the process of building an apartment complex to house Foreign Exchange Students from other countries who want to further their education in the United States. (These dorms/apartments are)This addition to the Broadway area is expected to be finished in 2010 and will house to home approximately 70 International students. Mixed views of the projects outcome swarm from Seattle Centrals students. While some Seattle Central students are excited at the prospects of a community college with a dormitory, while others fear for a total transformation of the Broadway area. Everyday, 21-year-old Bora Kim, an exchange student from South Korea, has to wakes up over an hour early so that she can catch two buses and get to her classes on time to get to school. Bora describes her daily trek and how it consumes more than an hour of her day each direction, consuming over an hour of her day to get to her class at Seattle Central on time. I like Central and the area where it is located, but the commute? Not so much. When asked for her opinions on the new housing complex for international students she responds, I like the idea of having apartments right across the street for exchange students, it could save a lot of time and effort.

Seattle Central has approximately ten thousand students and out of those ten thousand, there are one thousand Foreign Exchange students. Of the approximate ten thousand students Seattle Central enrolls, about one thousand of them are international students. This These new housing units will provide international students with the comfort luxury of having a safe place to stay and the luxury of a hassle-free commute. without the hassle of commuting to and from Seattle Central. Twenty four 24-year-old Michelle Swanson who has lived on Capitol Hill for the majority of her life and looks at the housing project positively, stating how she believes that Having these apartments built will probably help make business owners make more money. she said Michelle continues with enthusiasm, Its cool that people from other countries want to come to Seattle to learn. However, not everyone feels as optimistically towards the idea of a new apartment complex. Not everyone is as enthusiastic towards the idea of the Apartment complex. Some people, such as Akina Hansen, student of Seattle Central a Seattle Central student and a long time resident of West Seattle, disagree on opposes the housing project. It is unfair to all the other students who arent International Students. She argues says. They should at least be available to everyone who can afford them. I know that sometimes international students have to commute from far away, but so do I. Peeved with the situation, Akina continues, The school is already crowded as it is. Every time I try to use a public student facility, like the library, computer lab, or even [if I just want to sit] in the Atrium, I cant because there are so many international students hogging the space. Dont you think having apartments built across the street will definitely increase that? (hahaha did she really say that?)

Akina isnt the only one who feels it is unfair that only international students can live in the apartments. Jeff Riser, too, admits I like the fact that Seattle Central is putting money into building housing for students, but its pretty fucked up that rooms are only available to International students. Jeff concludes with uncertainty towards the new housing, I feel it is a possibility that having these apartments built will change the scene of Broadway. It seems that equality of treatment isnt the only issue that is surrounding this project, Jeff Riser, a student of Seattle Central and long time resident of the Capitol Hill area feels somewhat iffy about this whole situation. I feel it is a possibility that having these apartments built will change the scene of Broadway. He says. I like the fact that Seattle Central is putting money into building housing for students, but its pretty fucked up that rooms are only available to International students.

While the building of these new living facilities has aroused much controversy over equality and fear for the potential change, no one can be sure the effects of the buildings until their completion. In the mean time, all we can do is wait and see. Although there is a lot of controversy that has to do with these new apartments, Seattle Central will be one of the lucky few community colleges to have dorms. Nobody can know for a fact, how having international students directly across the street will transform Broadway. All we can do is wait for the completion of the project and see.

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