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Capital Students Move into Water Park Because of Overcrowded Dorms

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Dozens of Capital University students will spend the first few weeks of the school year sleeping next to water slides because of dormitory overcrowding.

Thirty students will be temporarily housed at Fort Rapid Indoor Water Park while they wait for beds to open up at the university's dorms.

Capital officials made the unusual decision after contemplating alternative solutions to the problem of housing 714 freshman who will attend the university during the 2013-2014 academic year.

"You can add beds to existing spaces, maybe turn a double into a triple or a triple into quadruple. You can convert lounges, even storage spaces to temporary housing," university spokesperson Nichole Johnson said. "We just thought cramming too many people into an already tight space is not ideal."

Students will be provided two meals per day at the park, and will have access to dorm furniture that will be moved to their new, temporary home.

Up to 60 beds typically open up during the first three weeks of the school year, according to Johnson.
 
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