Residence Life announced Monday it will extend the number of open-house days for students.
Starting Wednesday, visitation for residence halls was divided by hall between Wednesdays and Thursdays. Bob Strader, director of Residence Life Education and Housing, said the changes were made with both residents and staff in mind.
“We wanted to make the open house schedule more flexible so more people could visit,” he said. “At the same time, open house puts a lot of stress on the residence hall staff, and we don’t want to overwork them. It’s kind of a balancing act there.”
Javan Furlow, area coordinator at Edwards Hall, hopes students will take advantage of the strategic pairing of halls with different days.
“Ideally, one day residents can visit at guys’ dorms, and the next day, residents will be able to visit in the girls’ dorms,” said Furlow who made the announcement to residents late Tuesday via email.
In regards to the new changes, Furlow promises the staff is doing its best to provide the greatest amount of visiting opportunities for students.
“It can be kind of an awkward transition, but with patience, we are constructing a system that we think will be beneficial and ideal for the residents,” he said
Strader and Furlow also said the visiting schedule could be different as early as next week.
“This is our first attempt to do it, and we’re probably going to learn some things the first time through,” Strader said. “We’re not married to any kind of system right now; we’re going to roll one thing out and see how that works, and then we’ll learn from it and take another run at it a week or two from now in possibly a different format.”