Magazine article American Libraries

NYU Student Caught Living in Bobst Library

Magazine article American Libraries

NYU Student Caught Living in Bobst Library

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New York University officials discovered in mid-April that a student was spending nights in the 24-hour study area of the Bobst Library subbasement. Sophomore Steven Stanzak claimed on his website (www.livejournal.com/users/homeless_at_nyu/) to have lived at the library since September, when he could not pay a $1,000 deposit for a dorm room. On discovering his plight, William Long, assistant dean for the College Advising Center, and Richard Kalb, associate dean for students, contacted Stanzak on April 21 and gave him free housing for the rest of the semester at an off-campus dorm--the same facility to which the 20-year-old had been assigned last fall.

NYU spokesperson John Beckman issued a statement April 27 commending Stanzak as typical of the eclectic thinkers the university seeks to enroll. Noting that "this student made a choice" in how to deal with his predicament, Beckman concluded, "While the solution [Stanzak] came up with for himself is unique and will certainly become part of the university's folklore, the ultimate outcome was that after we were in touch, we were able to help." The administration has also offered to intervene when he applies for financial aid for the 2004-05 academic year. Stanzak, who works four jobs and receives both a $15,000 NYU scholarship and several student loans, had only enough money to cover this year's $31,000 tuition. He did not get financial help from his divorced parents and had no money for housing, which can cost from $7,700 to $16,600 annually. …

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