BY: KASEY TYRING
Students planning to live on campus next semester will soon be able to apply for housing. Before the application process begins Monday, Feb. 25, it’s important for students to be aware of the changes in residence halls and living learning communities for the 2013-2014 school year.
Commonwealth Hall, currently a ConneXtions living learning community for freshmen, will become a residence hall for education majors, members of ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps), Outdoor Pursuits, a program for students interested in outdoor activities and S.W.O.O.S.H (Students Working Out On Staying Healthy).
Martin Hall, currently housing ROTC, Outdoor Pursuits and S.W.O.O.S.H, will only house Kappa Delta Tau service sorority. Other living learning communities housed in Martin Hall have not been determined.
“We try to utilize as much space as possible when deciding the floor assignments,” said Emily Davis, associate director of residence life. “In Martin, these programs were kind of on top of each other. Placing ROTC, Outdoor Pursuits and S.W.O.O.S.H in Commonwealth gives these communities more room.”
Davis said Commonwealth Hall benefits the students involved in fitness-oriented programs because it’s the closest residence hall to the Fitness and Wellness Center.
Telford Hall this will be the new home of the Sophomore Overdrive program, a living learning community for sophomores, and Next Step, which is a community focused on internships, graduate school and career exploration.
Walters Hall, currently housing the Next Step and Sophomore Overdrive communities, will house the American Sign Language (ASL) community. The ASL community will be the first of its kind at Eastern.
Madison Koller, 19, ASL major from Lexington, said she is proud to be a part of the first ASL community.
“I am super excited for the new deaf floor in Walters,” Koller said. “This will be the first deaf floor that this campus will have, so I am very excited. I know that it will truly increase my signing ability since it will be more immersion within the language and the culture.”
McGregor Hall will keep Colonel’s First and NOVA, which are communities for first generations students. Education majors will continue to stay in McGregor, but the Health Sciences learning community will no longer be in McGregor. Housing has not been determined where the Health Sciences community will be placed.
Burnham, Case, Clay, Keene, Sullivan, Palmer, Todd and Dupree will stay the same next year.
The new hall, located between Kit Carson Drive and the Brockton parking lot, will not house any living learning communities for the upcoming school year.
Students found out Wednesday if they were selected to live in the new hall. Students who were not selected to live in the new hall will have the opportunity to apply for housing during their designated class date.
Davis said a common mistake students make is following the wrong portal when applying. There are three different portals that students can access on the housing website; the re-contracting portal for current students, the greek towers path for students involved in fraternities and sororities and the first-year portal for incoming freshman. Davis said students should be cautious when applying for on-campus housing to ensure they are filling out the appropriate applications.
Applications can be found on EKU Direct. Students will need their ID number, roommate’s ID number and housing and living learning community preference. Room selection is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information visit http://housing.eku.edu.