Weekend camping trip in the MBS hallway: Room selection

Rebecca Coleman / Sun Star Reporter
April 12, 2011

For days, students lived in the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland hallway, bringing with them TV sets, game consoles, laptops, sleeping bags, and camping tents, all to fulfill the dream of signing up for their ideal living location for next fall.

Even though room selection didn’t begin until Monday, April 4, freshmen Justin Ashley and Forrest Inman began camping at their place at the front of the line on Thursday, March 31. Their goal was to acquire double-singles in Bartlett.

“I know what I want, so I wanted to be in the front,” Ashley said. “I want to be in Bartlett so I can hang with my buddies, Clint and Berto. Plus the dorms are fun because you have a lot of freedom. You get to make new friends, enjoy life as yourself, and learn life lessons on your own.”

“I like that it’s up on the hill, and it’s a wet dorm,” Inman said, referring to the fact that Bartlett allows students to possess alcohol.

Journeying down the line, past multiple electrical cords, air mattresses, and energy drink cans, sophomore Ashleigh Watson played Apples to Apples with her group of friends. “I want to be in Cutler with these beautiful ladies,” she said, motioning to the women near her. They looked forward to having their own kitchen and living space, and not dealing with the “gross bathrooms” of the dorms. They had been camping since Friday, April 1.

This year’s room selection took on a different format from those in previous years. Usually, room selection is all done in one day, but this year it was spread out throughout the week. Day one was dedicated to groups of four or more, the next day was for seniors, followed by juniors, sophomores and freshmen.

Residence Life hoped that the change would reduce the camping in the hallway, said Jamie Abreu-Napolski, the E.D.G.E. coordinator, but she still anticipated that there would be the inevitable line. “It happens every year,” she said. She also said the department was low on staff to run room selection.

Was waiting in line for days worth it? “Yes!” Ashley said. “I got exactly what I wanted.”

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