Housing information session clarifies residence process

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    Students filed into the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium Monday night to attend the first of two housing information sessions.

    Craig Allen, director of Housing and Residence Life, spoke to students about the housing application process for 2013-2014, as well as other general housing details.

    Allen was accompanied by Mindy Hollan, HRL assistant director of administration, and Missy Haines, HRL business operations analyst.

    The majority of students who attended the session were first-year students as shown by a raise of hands.

    Hollan took students through a step-by-step look into how the housing application process works, highlighting the way in which students make "roommate groups" and assign a "group leader."

    Hollan told students that the housing application will be available to fill out between February 25 and March 8. However, the day on which they fill it out during that time does not relate to their lottery time-slot.

    She also told students that, unlike previous years, Tom Brown/Pete Wright will not house as many sophomores.

    The new residence halls near the Greek will have 396 beds for rising freshmen, Allen said.

    He explained that Building 1 of the new halls will have some double occupancy rooms with twin extra-long beds. Otherwise, the new halls are similar to the Commons.

    Allen added that both of the new buildings will have a study lounge on each floor, as well as a social lounge.

    Students were able to ask questions throughout the session, and those who did were awarded with small prizes.

    Haines said she thinks having housing information sessions is helpful for students.

    “Students don’t always have the flexibility they need to come in and speak with us in person, so having the [session] makes for a huge difference,” she said.

    She said the session promotes clear communication so that students feel less stressed and don’t have as many questions when they begin the application process.

    Allen said the auditorium was almost completely full, making for a great turnout.

    A second information session will be at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the BLUU Ballroom. Monday's session lasted about 40 minutes.