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New housing planned

Grady Lee Thomas
Staff Writer

The influx of new students, and expectations that this year’s enrollment increase will hold steady has created the need for additional on-campus housing.

The Oaks, Stu-Han and Brandt residence halls combined house 464 students and are currently 20 percent over their combined occupancy limit.

“Stu-Han and Brandt have served ULV well, but they’re quickly approaching the end of their lives, said Juan Regalado, director of housing. “To maintain the current residence halls would be more costly than building a new facility.”

There are plans to modernize the way of life for students opting to live on-campus at ULV.

There are plans to modernize the way of life for students opting to live on-campus at ULV. Some of the changes include Stu-Han being demolished and turned into a parking lot and Brandt will be used as offices.

Plans for the new residence hall include a three-story leap into a contemporary style of living with plenty of amenities.

Rooms will be suite-like and house six occupants per dormitory; two doubles and two singles per dorm. The singles will have their own restroom, while the doubles will share a restroom. All main entrance doors of the yet-to-be named facility will operate via electric-key card.

“The way college students live in residence halls today has changed from when Stu-Han and Brandt were built. It’s important for ULV to remain current,” Regalado said.

There are major benefits in a new residence hall being built on campus. With more students around, the dynamics of everyday life would change. For example, bigger clubs and a higher attendance of students at sporting events or school sanctioned events.

“In order to stay competitive as a premiere institution, we have to improve our housing facilities,” Regalado said.

Construction estimated to cost $27-$30 million and is set to be completed by fall 2012.

With the residence halls at full capacity, ULV has moved 51 students to the Sheraton Fairplex Suites in Pomona,

“I love living in the Sheraton. It gives you the sense of living on your own, without sharing a bathroom with 10 other people,” Michael Lindsey, junior business administration major and Sheraton resident, said. “The only disadvantage I’ve experienced is the parking situation, but they make up for it by changing my sheets weekly. So it’s a lot better than the Oaks or Brandt.”

Not all students share the same feeling toward the residence halls and how they are governed.

“I wish housing would stop converting rooms that are obviously doubles into triples or quads, so that they can make more money,” Taylor Reed, sophomore public administration major and Oaks A-bottom resident, said.

Crowded rooms, packed dining halls and bad parking are not helpful to facilitating happiness among the student body that lives on-campus.

“A lot can happen during your time in the dorms,” Jesse Evans, junior communications major and Oaks F-middle tenant, said. “Depending on the student, sleeping habits and time spent doing homework can be effected and inevitably alter your college experience at ULV,” Evans said.

Grady Lee Thomas can be reached at grady.thomas@laverne.edu.

Also see the companion piece, “Dorms are full to overflowing.”

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