Morris Residence Hall, which is occupied by 60 sophomores women this school year, will transition into a men’s hall for sophomores next school year.
Over the past several years, Residence Life has made changes to occupancy. This upcoming semester, it’s switching Morris to offer men another option.
Residence life director Shannon Kaczmarek fully supported the decision and believes it will be a nice change in the fall.
“There was some conversation about a year ago of possibly doing this, and our male occupancy is pretty tight,” Kaczmarek said. “We have more wiggle room with our females, and to give us a little bit of breathing room with our men, we thought this would be a really good idea this year.”
This current school year, Smith-Adams and Edwards Halls are the only residence halls for sophomore men. With the addition to Morris, men will also now have the choice of having a kitchen in their rooms.
“There was a lot of conversation around offering males a space to cook,” Kaczmarek said. “Over the past few years, females have had that opportunity, so it offers our men a little bit of the same option as our females have been experiencing.”
She said the possibility of Morris to remain a men’s hall going forward is still up in the air. ACU Residence Life has emphasized taking the process one year at a time.
Juli Moses, housing manager, hopes current freshman men are interested in Morris for housing next year.
“We’ll be identifying the space we have available, and we’ll be setting up a lottery process for our men who would want to live there in the fall,” Moses said. “We’ll go from there and see where the interest level is.”