WOW! What a day. It was awesome to see 298 bright and shiny new faces move into the Residence Halls. According to the Residence Life staff this is the largest incoming class living on campus, ever. When you consider there just 230 newbies last year and that pushed the housing to the limit, you can imagine special measures were needed to make room for 298.
The University worked overtime to create new housing space, renovating parts of Grant Lee, ordering new furniture to double up some of Pope, Mitchell and Dishner Halls and easing some off-campus housing restrictions to allow some upper classmen to take rooms at the Cumberland Gap Inn.
In the end, the extra efforts paid off. For a select group of incoming students, they were given the opportunity to move in the “Honors Residence Halls.” The students were still paired together in a double occupancy situation; however, they have the privilege of living in one of the apartment style residence halls which feature a common kitchen and living room area.
The more traditional freshman housing experience can be found at Liles and West Residence Halls. Students are again paired in a double occupancy situation. The room décor and layout are slightly less varied in Liles and West as the furniture is “built in” each room. It actually reminds me of my own freshman residence hall experience. A common bathroom is shared on each floor and laundry facilities and a lounge is available in the basement.
From the nearly 60 volunteers Pump Springs Baptist Church who lent a hand unloading cars and carrying refrigerators, TVs and suitcases up countless flights of stairs to the Hometown IGA providing refreshments for everyone, it was clear to everyone that LMU community stretches beyond the campus boundaries. I am so proud to be a Railsplitter!