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If you are looking for C.A.U.S.E., you may have trouble finding it.
Since last spring, the student organization has changed locations two
times, each time moving into a smaller room.

“A lot of people have signed up for C.A.U.S.E.,” said junior Ivory
Ellison, co-president of the organization. “But they don’t know where we
are. Everything still says we?re in the trailer.”

Since 1956, the organization has provided community service to the St.
John?s community as well the metropolitan area.

C.A.U.S.E. was forced out of its trailer behind the U. C. last spring to
make room for the minor league baseball team, the Queens Kings.
C.A.U.S.E. then moved into Conference Room C in the U.C., but had to
move to a room across the hall when the Kings needed a storage room. Its
current location is on the second floor of the U.C., a tiny office with
hardly enough room for two couches and a desk, let alone more than 100
members, volunteers, and the students that it serves.

“The trailer was comfortable, it was like our home,” Ellison said. “In a
little office like we have, it’s really hard to do anything.”

The space issue has not only cramped C.A.U.S.E.S.’s operation. also has
forced the organization to restructure its tutoring program and cancel
some programs, such as the Income Tax Assistance Program, which helped
students file their tax forms last year.

“A lot of people, outside and on campus, are really used to getting
their taxes done for free,” Ellison said. “But now they have to go
somewhere else and pay to have them done.”

With the Kings gone, the trailer behind the U.C. stands empty.
Officials in the department of student activities would not comment on
whether or not that trailer would be used in the future.

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