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Redefining Residency

Mousetraps topped with peanut butter in a student apartment on Albion Avenue in Rogers Park. Mice have moved in for the winter, and the landlord of the apartment has a plan of attack.

This week, The Phoenix teamed up with Jamason Chen’s photojournalism class (COMM 207) to publish unique perspectives for our Housing Issue.

Chen’s instructions for the assignment?

“Make the topic a ‘newsworthy’ story. The story could be something you would eagerly like to share with your friends on social media or family members at the dinner table, or your fellow students, which could be something around your neighborhood, your living quarter and utility issues or finding a roommate, or living with an unpredictable roommate.

When you know the story you would like to tell, find a visual perspective that uniquely depicts your story [and frame it].”

Consequently, each student came up with varying interpretations that all conceptualize different aspects of residency.

In the residences of Loyola, there are washing machines on every floor. These four international students are waiting to take out their clothes while checking their phones instead talking to each other. by Jose Garcia Nieto
In the residences of Loyola, there are washing machines on every floor. These four international students are waiting to take out their clothes while checking their phones instead talking to each other. by Jose Garcia Nieto
A pile of clothes on top of a full dresser in a student bedroom
A pile of clothes sits on top of a full dresser in a student bedroom. by Sergio Valenzuela
Loyola University Chicago's dorms allow have plenty of space for all the clothing necessary to survive a Chicago winter.
Loyola University Chicago’s dorms allow plenty of space for all the clothing necessary to survive a Chicago winter. by Megan Rogers Reiley
The struggles of an Endless Stair journey. Apartments with no elevators.
The struggle of an endless stair journey comes with apartments that have no elevators. by Monique Chevalier Alfaro
Ignacio, Blanca, Vicoria and Pablo from the Loyola Andalucia in Spain just arrived for their study abroad semester at the Loyola Chicago
Ignacio, Blanca, Vicoria and Pablo from Loyola Andalucia in Spain arrive at Regis Hall for their study abroad semester at Loyola University Chicago. by Javier Llorente Gutierrez
Naturally, home is where the heart is. I'm welcomed by my neighbor's lovely door and mat each time I make my way home
Naturally, home is where the heart is. I’m welcomed by my neighbor’s lovely door and mat every time I make my way home. by Caroline Starczewski
The safety in the Goldcoast neighborhood is also reflected within housing. Even the building that don't have doormen have locked gates
The safety in the Gold Coast neighborhood is reflected in its housing. Even the buildings without doormen have locked gates. by Alexandra Schmidt
Pro of a dorm: a meal plan is convenient and can provide you a plethora of food. In an apartment, you actually have to be responsible for feeding yourself (and your pets).
Benefit of a dorm: A meal plan is convenient and can provide a plethora of food. In an apartment, you’re responsible for feeding yourself (and your pets). by Nicole Wong
Psychology major Samantha Tushaj studies for an upcoming test from the 11th floor of Fordham Hall. The quad, which offers a view of Rogers Park, costs $8,500 per year, but Loyola interim President John Pelissero announced that on-campus housing costs will increase 2.5 percent the next academic year.
Psychology major Samantha Tushaj studies for an upcoming test from the 11th floor of Fordham Hall. The quad, which offers a view of Rogers Park, costs $8,500 per year, but Loyola interim President John Pelissero announced that on-campus housing costs will increase 2.5 percent the next academic year. by Eleanor Diaz

High-priced luxury cars line the streets near Loyola University Chicago's downtown campus on February 15 2016.

High-priced luxury cars line the streets near Loyola’s Water Tower Campus on Feb. 15.
by Christopher Jones

Mousetraps topped with peanut butter in a student apartment on Albion Avenue in Rogers Park. Mice have moved in for the winter, and the landlord of the apartment has a plan of attack.
Mousetraps are topped with peanut butter in a student apartment on Albion Avenue in Rogers Park. Mice have moved in for the winter, and the landlord of the apartment has a plan of attack. BY BREANA DROZD

This view from the 606 trail shows the divide in the neighborhood. To the right is the peak of gentrification and the left are the untouched houses.

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