The Quadrangle, which consists of five beautiful halls — Bates, Law, Oberholtzer, Settegast and Taub —may not be the most popular dorming option, but Cooglife firmly believes that it would be a shame to lose the historic buildings, which are named after humanitarians, activists and medical benefactors.
We’ve proposed a few ideas for alternatives to tearing them down, and we really hope students and the administration are listening. You can share your ideas, too, with #SavetheQuads on your social media accounts.
The Beyonce Shrine
OK, ladies, now let’s get in formation — not every student can enter the Quadrangle Hall of Queen Bey at the same time. Imagine it: a tour guide, taking you along, pointing to the left, to the left at exhibitions of her clothes and records. With such proximity to her childhood home, we will preserve the legacy of Beyoncé better than any institution. But there’s no need to stop there. We give Beyoncé the honorary doctorate she deserves, and we create a real reason to bring her to campus by requesting her to cut the ribbon for the ceremony.
The Beer Garden
The craft beer game is strong in Houston right now, so we’re asking: why not get into it while we have the chance? Think of how much experience it could give to Hotel and Restaurant Management students, who would get another opportunity to work in the field before graduation, and the rest of us would get the booze flowing on campus, as it should be. The city already has high competition between the likes of Karbach and 8th Wonder, but if there’s anything us students have learned in school, it’s how to drink, and we’re confident that, in the words of our next president, this is gonna be huge.
The Militia Training Center
There are whispers that our society is at risk. Although unconfirmed, we remind the good people that we’re living in an age where presidential candidates are openly calling themselves “socialists,” and the feds continually try to infringe on our individual rights. But the Quads pose an opportunity for all of this to change. Picture the UH Citizens’ Militia — like the ROTC but armed, thanks to the new campus carry bill — which, naturally, capitalizes on the building’s unique dorm rooms with windows that open to create programs that specialize in sniper rifle sportsmanship. We will be ready for Jade Helm 16. Don’t mess with Texas.
The Syrian Refugee Shelter
Texas already has a growing population of Arab immigrants and Arab-Americans, alhamdullilah. The state has more than 150 Islamic Centers — and unlike Dallas, Houston usually doesn’t have armed protests around them. Because there are nearly 5 million Syrians displaced around their homes worldwide, we think that the university should take the lead in creating a safe space for the refugees to live. With options like Cougar Village 1 and 2, the Moody Towers and on– and off–campus apartments springing up around the area, do students really need another housing option? But between Assad and the rebels, the Syrians definitely do. They have no more options left.