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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
Rick Hurley, MWC's executive vice president and chief financial officer, said Greta Houck was being charged the college's highest housing rate--$2,040 per semester, the same fee charged to a student occupying a single bedroom in a campus apartment shared with other students.
Her housing bill was mailed Oct. 1 and is due at the end of the month, Hurley said.
He said Greta Houck's housing bill "sat on a desk" until The Free Lance-Star inquired about it. Hurley said the newspaper's questions reminded him to get it processed.
Hurley said part of the reason for the delay in billing was the unique housing arrangement.
"It's not unusual that we have odd billing cycles because we deal with so many different situations. To us, this is just another one of those unusual situations," he said.
Houck represents the counties of Culpeper, Louisa, Madison and Orange and parts of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. He serves on the Senate's finance committee, its education and health committee and a joint legislative subcommittee on higher-education funding policies.
According to campaign finance reports, Anderson gave $500 in August to Houck's campaign for re-election. As of Aug. 31, Houck was the only candidate to whom Anderson had made a donation.
Disability-services director Smith was unable to provide current numbers of students with disabilities enrolled at the college. Her records showed that 253 disabled students attended MWC and the college's James Monroe Center in the fall of 2002. Of those, 102 had health impairments and 11 had mobility impairments.
Seventy-one students received special housing accommodations in 2002, including central air conditioning, first-floor rooms, single rooms and single rooms with private baths. All of them lived in residence halls.
According to the college's Web site, May 22 is the deadline for new or transfer students with disabilities to apply for special housing accommodations.
Corbin said Anderson, in a speech during summer preview sessions, encourages new students to come to him directly with problems. She said because the college is small, rules are often broken to accommodate special needs.
"We have rules because we have to," she said, "but we're not rigid."
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