Time for trading spaces

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For anyone planning to live on campus next fall, getting a room just got a little more difficult. Starting this summer, three of the largest housing facilities will be closed for repairs or remodeling, and students now residing in those halls will have to move to a different location for Fall 2006.

There are currently 3,400 students living on campus, according to Assistant Director of Residence Life Dana Grant, and the university expects to displace around 1,200 of those students through the hall closings. With only 400 new spots opening up next semester, all in Raven Village, 800 students will be forced to move off campus next semester.

Students currently staying in Belvin Hall will be forced to relocate to another facility for Fall 2006, as the residence will be closed for the installation of a new heating/air conditioning system. The new system should be finished near the end of next semester and the hall is set to re-open in Spring 2007.

“We’re really excited about the new system we’re putting in Belvin,” Grant said. “Caf Belvin is on a separate air conditioning system though, so it will remain open.”

Officials have not yet determined the fate of the Smith/Kirkley Complex, however repairs are immanent and the facility will be closed for all of next academic year.

“We aren’t really sure what we’re going to do to Smith and Kirkely right now,” Grant said. “Smith is definitely in better condition, so we know there will be repairs to that side. But nothing is definite yet.”

In addition to the large hall closures, the reclassification of one small house faces will displace its residents as well. An increase in demand for small houses for male residents lead the university to switch Barrett House from an all female to an all male residence beginning in August. The facility currently houses 48 female freshmen, all of whom will have to search for new space for the fall.

The RAs displaced from their halls will be spread throughout campus and given new jobs in different facilities, standard protocol whenever a residence is closed, according to Grant.

Starting yesterday at 8 a.m, residents displaced from these facilities were able to apply for Raven Village, the new 400-bed residence for sophomores and up. However, the server quickly flooded with students attempting to reserve space, and by 10 a.m., students still applying were forced on a waiting list.

“We usually don’t start a waiting list for on-campus housing for upperclassmen until July, but because of the closings we’re going to start one early this year,” Grant said. “We should have a waiting list for any remaining space on campus out by April 15.”

Anyone who was unable to renew their current space and did not get into Raven Village will still be able to apply for any other available space on campus beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday. The displaced students will be able to pick their spaces when applying and will know on the spot which space they have gotten. According to the Residence Life Web site, students who were forced out of their residences will be given first priority over other students applying for on-campus housing.