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New dorm kick-off party

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A construction photo of the new Worth Hills residence halls. Photo by Chloe Coleman.

A construction photo of the new Worth Hills residence halls. Photo by Chloe Coleman.

Two students will win the chance to pick their room for next school year in the new Worth Hills residence halls at Housing and Residence Life's Topping Out celebration on Tuesday.

HRL's event will include giveaways, cake, information about the housing application process, diagrams of the new rooms and a video of what the dorms will look like, Heather Miller, associate director of HRL, said.

The event aims to get students excited about the new dorms and to begin the fall 2013 housing application period, she said.

The new Worth Hills residence halls will add approximately 400 beds and accommodate sophomores, juniors and seniors, according to the Campus Construction website.

The new dorms are a step toward the 100 percent student residency discussed by the TCU board of trustees in a November meeting.

Junior psychology major Chris Patterson said he thinks it is a good idea to have more on-campus housing.

“Some of my friends live in Dallas and have to commute all the way over here, so if there’s 100 percent [on campus housing], it’s going to be a lot easier. And everyone can have more interaction within the school,” he said.

Other students, including sophomore strategic communication major Nikki Marsden, have a different view.

Marsden said she is excited to live off campus as a junior.

“I think Chancellor Boschini should actually encourage juniors and seniors to live off campus because there’s a lot of growth that goes on when you have to pay bills and live with roommates," she said.

According to the Campus Construction website, the addition of the Worth Hills residence halls will result in a total of 5,300 beds on campus.

The fall 2013 campus housing application will be available Feb. 25 on my.tcu.edu.

The Topping Out celebration will be Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the BLUU outside Market Square.

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