Squatters’ Rights: The Yowl Investigates a Heated Legal Dispute Over Coveted Carrel 2420

E.H. LITTLE LIBRARY –– Carrel 2420 is simply perfect. A nice overlook of first floor libs, a cozy little corner, and a comfy orange back pillow that accompanies the chair; it’s a 3’ x 3’ slice of heaven. And so realized Chad Mendoza ‘22, who has quite literally lived in this space for the past six weeks. 

Since the first day of classes, Mendoza has not visited his dorm and admits that, “quite frankly, I don’t think I even remember what floor I live on.” Instead, his home has become Carrel 2420, equipping the space with all the necessities of college life. There is a miniature flatscreen TV with Roku capabilities hung on the back of the desk. 

Adding to the ‘homeyness’ is a USB-powered mini fridge on the upper section that holds up to three standard 12oz cans. He also keeps a fully stocked pantry consisting of pop-tarts, instant coffee, and Big Texas Cinnamon Rolls that he purchases from the vending machine. Mendoza admits that he only sleeps at the desk “probably one or two nights a week, tops,” and instead prefers to catch his beauty rest in ‘The Nest,’ the student-created meditation room just around the corner.

But this move-in has not been without troubles. Issues began when Hillary Elmquist 21’ came to visit her assigned carrel for the fall of 2019, and found Mendoza at her desk, hosting an extravagant tropical-themed pregame on the second floor of the library. 

When asked about the situation, Mendoza remarked, “What? I’m not allowed to have people over to my room?” Elmquist has attempted to claim the area as hers, since it was assigned to her, yet Mendoza has repeatedly fought these claims and has gone on the record as saying he would “need to be expelled before [he moves] out of [his] crib.”

And now, in a historic first, the Honor Council will be forced to draft legislation that will set the precedent for all future squatter situations. Does Chad have a claim to the carrel? On one hand, he does live there and spends the majority of his day in the area, and has done so for the past six weeks. On the other hand, Hillary should be able to access her school-assigned study space without fear of “random underclassmen coming in and setting up a frat house in the library,” as she herself described the situation. 

So justice now lies in the hands of our elected representatives, as the plaintiff and defendant prepare to square off in the legal arena. 

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