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MWC says special circumstances led them to rent guest cottage to Sen. Edd Houck's daughter
The Cornell cottage on Monroe Street near Mary Washington College's Sunken Road gate. MWC's Web site says it provides a 'temporary residence for visiting professors and guests of the college.'
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Date published: 10/13/2003
But college spokeswoman Margaret Mock said another student lived in Cornell House over the summer. She said the student, who was not enrolled in summer classes, was not charged for the housing because he was participating in the college's summer leadership program.
All other students participating in the leadership program take summer classes and are permitted to live in residence halls without charge, she said. The student living in Cornell was not taking classes due to an internship in Washington, but was allowed to live in Cornell House free because of his participation in the leadership program, Mock said.
She said he wasn't put in a residence hall because students must be taking classes to live there, even during the summer.
Corbin said she didn't know of any students, other than the one this summer, who were housed in Cornell. But she said Anderson often uses his position to help students in difficult situations.
"I can almost guarantee you if this child had walked in and had an audience with President Anderson and her name were not Houck, his heart would have gone out to her. I see that all the time," she said.
Greta Houck moved in at the start of the school year in late August, according to Anderson. Her tuition, meal plan and other fees were paid in September.
Anderson said the transfer student is enrolled in one three-credit class at the college--not enough to give her full-time-student status, which is usually required for on-campus housing.
Stephanie Smith, MWC's director of disability services, said disabled students often are allowed to reduce their course load to nine credits and still live on campus. She said it's rare for any on-campus student to take fewer than nine credits, but added that it would be permitted in special circumstances.
Anderson said he met with Greta Houck after her father asked him this summer about the possibility of enrolling his daughter in a class at MWC.
Because of her late enrollment, a single-floor room with a private bathroom--needed to accommodate her disability--was not available in any of the residence halls at the college, Mock said.