Housing bazaar upsets landlords

By Jayna Ronayne

Some DeKalb landlords are upset over Tuesday’s Student Association-sponsored housing bazaar.

Lack of advertising and location seem to be the culprit for disappointment in the bazaar.

“There was an opportunity for every landlord and every student to show up, and nobody did,” said Amy Sharer, manager of University Heights Apartments.

“The first year there were posters and ads up and oodles and oodles of people through,” she said. “Last year was a dud, and this year didn’t really give them (students) a reason to come.”

Sharer also said placement was a big reason for the lack of attendance. “If they put us out by the TV’s or the art collection we would get passersby, and a much larger volume of traffic. Instead we were right across from the National Condom Week display,” she said. “Six landlords didn’t even show up. It’s not so much that it cost us money as it cost us time.”

Steve Sliga, SA campus welfare adviser, told The Northern Star that 160 people attended the bazaar this year but he was unavailable for further comment. NIU is home to more than 20,000 students.

Emily Angelo, manager of Russell Road Apartments, said she agreed the that location was not sufficient for the bazaar.

“There could have been a better arrangement,”she said. “There were so many empty tables and I think the publicity was not really sufficient.”

Varsity Square Apartments Rental Agent Anna Danbury said she was disappointed at the lack of advertising.

“We didn’t see many ads, and the flow of students was pretty sparse,” Danbury said.

Brad Rubeck, manager of Stadium View II, said he agreed with Danbury on the advertising aspect.

“Promotions weren’t very effective,” he said. “The word wasn’t spread enough, and there was a minimal, minimal turnout of students.”

No one contacted Brent Jacobsen, rental consultant for High Meadows Apartments, about the bazaar, but Jacobsen said he had an idea on how to improve it.

“The housing bazaar should coincide with The Northern Star’s housing issue,” he said. “People are reading the paper, and if they cooperate with the Student Association, it would probably be a lot more productive.”

“I think the publicity needs to be changed; there needs to be music, and professors and teachers need to be aware and tell students what’s happening on campus,” Angelo said. “The students, faculty and (landlords) all need to work together to improve the bazaar.”