By Kyle Peveto, Page Editor
While new students met roommates and settled in for Welcome Week, 28 freshman men moved temporarily into Edwards, a sophomore residence hall, to live four to a room.
More first-year men came to start the school year than there were rooms to house them.
“There’s no way to necessarily account for that,” said Dr. Mimi Barnard, director of residence life.
The overbooking occurred because classes are not evenly split between men and women.
“Predicting the gender of a class-that’s a difficult, even foolhardy, thing to do,” Barnard said.
Barnard expected there might have been more men than rooms available as early as June.
“We knew there might be more males because of the junior varsity football recruiting,” she said.
Overbooking, a common problem, often forces other universities to house students in hotels or put them three to a room. By Tuesday, fewer than 20 freshmen were left in Edwards.
Many of the freshmen like the newly renovated sophomore residence hall, even though it will not become a permanent residence.
“They all recognize it’s a temporary move,” said Jason Craddock, director of Edwards hall. “Many freshmen want to stay over here.”
“It’s pretty sweet,” said Jared Sharp, freshman exercise science major from McKinney, “I saw the freshman dorms, and this is a whole lot nicer.”
Though the students like their temporary surroundings, some parents were concerned, Barnard said.
For now, the freshmen live in seven rooms-five designated as handicap rooms-on the first floor with two bunk beds per room.
Not everything is like normal sophomore-dorm life, though. Resident advisers check in every night to enforce the freshman curfew.
“We are a freshman hall in the meantime, in addition to a sophomore hall,” Craddock said.