By Megan Ramsay @GG_Ramsay
Last fall’s housing crisis was averted this year thanks to adjustments made between upperclassmen dorms and apartments.
To accommodate the increased number of female students on campus, the traditionally male Howe Hall became home to females, and Bresee West apartments transitioned from married housing to male apartments.
“We are always tighter on finding housing for women. Howe Hall released some of that pressure we have,” said Bethany Knight, resident director of Grand Apartments, and now Howe Hall. “But that took 48 beds away from men in Howe, so we needed to give that option [Bresee] to men so they wouldn’t experience that squeeze.”
Last fall, female freshmen were left without traditional dorm rooms because of a high retention rate. The overflow rooms typically used by freshmen in McClain Hall were needed for returning females.
Enrollment leveled off at 2,135 students last year, said Donna McAllister, associate dean of residential life. Enrollment currently stands at 2,165 students.
Howe Hall underwent remodeling and updating as part of the transition. Each room received carpet and a remodeled bathroom. The lobby was also renovated and now has new furniture and artwork, McAllister said.
The new touches give the building a homier feeling that better suits the new female inhabitants.
“I know some guys that are jealous. It’s more ‘at home’ and not so dorm-like,” junior Taylor Nagel said. “It’s mid-line between apartments and dorm life and it’s like a little community.”
Bresee has that same community feeling, as there are only seven apartments, which house seventeen men.
“It’s like our own private island out there,” Bresee resident assistant Jake Goodspeed said.
One major housing change from last year remains in place, as female transfer students are again residing on the first floor of Nesbitt to help offset the high female retention.