We at STUHO are very excited and proud that G6, our newest student housing complex on 36th Place and Catalina (steps from USC's Gate Six), will soon host its first tenants (in the fall of 2009). We want prospective tenants to be just as excited as we are, so tomorrow night at the DAVIDSON CONFERENCE CENTER on campus we are hosting a G6 Discussion Panel. Our goal is to give students a chance to sound off about what is important to them in student housing.
We'll bring the food and drinks, you bring the stimulating discussion. Call us at 323-731-0460 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
EDIT: It's been moved to the Davidson Conference Center. Call us for info.
The Department of Public Safety, or DPS, e-mails notifications when there are crimes or incidents in the area. Occasionally I receive a report that goes something like this: "Male USC student was walking home alone at 1 am. Was approached from behind by the suspect. Suspect demanded property. Student complied and ran."
Crime happens everywhere. It's a fact of life, and because USC is in Los Angeles, we must be especially careful. These crime reports anger me not just because of the simple, horrible fact of the incidents, but why they occur. Why do students insist on walking alone at night?
Campus Cruiser is a service operated by USC which offers free rides to and from campus from 5 pm to 2:45 am. Use it!
Tonight is the inaugural meeting of the newly formed West University Park Community Council. The WUPCC is a joint effort between STUHO, DPS, and the LAPD to help make the Westside of USC a better and safer community. Unlike most community organizations in our area, this council will be comprised mostly of students - tenants in our apartments - who will act as both a voice and a liaison for their fellow STUHO tenants.
The meeting will be held at 7 pm at Weemes Elementary School. We are, of course, providing food and drinks for attendees. See you there!
Please pardon my departure from professional language, but Time Warner Cable has been a thorn in our side ever since we started using them as our internet and cable provider. Charter, alas, does not provide services in our area (but I've had them before and they're not much better). And for a long time it seemed we had no alternatives. (We're now testing other services and companies.)
As our new tenants get settled into their apartments, the calls are flooding in. Common complaints: TWC refuses to set up an account for me, TWC is saying I'm not covered under bulk residential services, TWC gives me a number to call that leads to a disconnected line, the phone numbers on TWC's site are incorrect, TWC puts me on hold for forty minutes only to disconnect me!
So I'm writing this post to distance ourselves (STUHO and its employees) from the utter disaster of a company that is Time Warner Cable.
I have my own grievances against TWC. Once my roommates scheduled an appointment for 3 pm, only to get a call at 8 in the morning from the technician asking if he could come early. Another time our internet failed us during midterms! So I can empathize with what our new tenants are going through. And I can only hope that they don't hold it against us. In the meanwhile, please feel free to leave your experiences with TWC in the comments...
Two Thursdays ago we held a little "good-bye" dinner for Andy, our summer construction manager. Andy is currently a senior at the University of Arizona, and also works for a Sheraton in the area. Needless to say his invaluable customer service, organizational and language (he spoke Spanish!) skills are sorely missed.
Anyway, a group of ten of us (Rebecca, Rohan, Paras, myself, Umang - who was also Andy's roommate - Jenny, and some mutual friends) descended upon the Green Village Restaurant on Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel. We had a great time, great food, a lot of lobster, and even more laughs.
San Gabriel was a little bit of a culture shock for me, though. But then, I think the word 'shock' carries a negative connotation. The shock I experienced at the restaurant was a good one. It was a little bit like that first sip of coffee in the morning. An eye-opener. An awakening. I'm a Filipino-American, born and raised in LA, culturally aware as the next girl but American as apple pie. I had a blast in San Gabriel navigating the language barrier. Tasting authentic Chinese cuisine. Accidentally breaking my chopstick trying to coax some lobster out of its shell. I couldn't believe I had lived in Los Angeles all my life and never ventured to Valley Blvd. Panda be damned. I hope this is how all of our national and international tenants are experiencing LA: with bewilderment, wonder, and joy.