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The flyer was tucked inside the Gazette-Times. “The Domain At Corvallis,” it said. “Ultimate upscale student living,” it said. “Gag me with a spoon,” I said. That’s an outdated expression, but you get my drift.

Only women are shown on the flyer. At first, that confused me. Was this upscale women’s living? I had spit out a mouthful of coffee, so my brain was short on caffeine. Of course, women are a sales feature, like at boat shows or whatever. Another quote from the flyer brings weight to that thought: “Live Brand New & Claim Your Domain!” According to “Seinfeld,”, that’s male territory.

I went to the website for more information, domaincorvallis.com.

The homepage touts “the comforts of home with state-of-the-art amenities” so the student “can be the best you, around interesting people just like you.” Which contradicts an earlier obligatory statement about college being transformative and a place to explore and discover. Students can go to campus, mix with all kinds of people possibly smarter, more interesting and cooler then they, but come home to the Domain At Corvallis and be safely cocooned against transformation, exploration and discovery.

There’s no mention of rental/leasing costs on either the flyer or the website. Some advice to students: “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” And, this isn’t what your student loans are for.

Do students need “ultimate upscale” housing? No. But profit must be made, and competition in student housing must be tough. What does the city gain?

Anne Shordon-Ong

Corvallis (June 13)

Anne

Shordon-Ong

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