Tuesday, September 17, 2002

$39M UC dorm first in 30 years

By Kristina Goetz kgoetz@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati this week will open the first new dorm to be built on campus since 1971.

        On Friday, students will start moving into the $39 million Jefferson Residence Hall complex, the first anchor in the university's 15-year, $151 million housing plan.

        “This is just the beginning of a larger plan to make the institution more residential, as we increase the number of students who live on the campus proper and in the areas immediately adjacent to the university,” said Mitchel Livingston, UC's vice president for student affairs and services.

        UC houses 11 percent of the student body, while other schools in Ohio average about 20 percent. Nationally, the number is closer to 30 percent.

        “Our goal is to double the number over the next five to 10 years,” Mr. Livingston said.

        The new complex adds 587 beds. The Turner Hall section of the Jefferson complex has double bedroom suites. It is named after the youngest person to graduate from UC. In 1947, Darwin Turner, 16, earned a bachelor's degree in English.

        The Schneider Hall section of the complex is arranged in units of four single bedrooms. It's named after Herman Schneider, a former dean of the college of engineering and former college president.

        Kamesha Anderson, 19, a sophomore from Toledo, moved in as a residence assistant over the weekend. “In the first dorm I stayed in, it was a little square box,” she said. “These have lounges. You can kind of build a community in your room.”


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