By Jaci Schneider, Copy Editor
Sophomore residence hall sign-ups will begin March 20 for Barret Hall and March 28 for all other halls.
If freshmen want to live in a Living and Learning Community in Barret Hall next year, they must submit their applications by 5 p.m. the Monday after returning from spring break. Barret will house women in pods A and B and men in pods C and D, said Dr. Mimi Barnard, director of Residence Life Education and Housing, in an e-mail. The set-up of the hall will be much like Adams and Smith halls, with men on one side and women on the other.
Students will choose a group of six to eight students to live with in a LLC in Barret. The groups must share a common bond and must decide on a theme, mission and a goal before applying. The members will also chose a group capstone project to reflect their growth and development of the community and how they reach their goals. Each LLC will meet with a faculty or staff sponsor of their choice each month to make sure they stay on track with their projects and goals.
Although some students are excited for the opportunity to live in a Barret LLC, some prefer the more traditional halls.
Katy Gallardo, freshman interior design major from Salem, Ore., plans to sign up to live in Morris.
“I think I’m going to go ahead and sign up for Morris, so I can sign up with my two friends,” Gallardo said.
Students like Gallardo, who do not want to live in Barret next semester, and those who do not get placed in the hall, can begin signing up for Morris and Edwards suites online March 28.
Sign-ups for Sikes and Morris doubles will be March 29, and Smith and Adams doubles will be March 30.
“The computer does a lottery for each of these assignment processes,” Barnard said. “Then students are e-mailed if they were assigned to the hall requested, or if they need to try again the next day for their next choice.”
Barnard emphasized that students must request their roommates, or they will be assigned randomly.
“If a student does not participate in the online process, he or she will be assigned on a random basis to all remaining spaces,” Barnard said.
Morris, Sikes and Adams halls will house sophomore women; Edwards and Smith halls will house sophomore men.
Barnard said she is curious to see how many students apply to live in Barret LLC; more than 300 women applied to live there last year.
“I’m excited about the potential that exists for using the living and learning concept with sophomore students who’ve already acclimated to university life, made friends, perhaps selected a major, etc.,” Barnard said.