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Class of 2015 Welcome Home!

20 Aug

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!

Snapshot: Progress on new residence hall

14 Aug

Can you see it? We now have cinderblocks! The new residence halls continue to take shape behind Shelton and Langley Halls.

Should it stay, or should it go?

2 Aug

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick… In 18 days incoming freshmen will be arriving at LMU to move in their home away from home for the first semester of college. Hopefully, the next 17 days will be filled with fun farewells and not frantic shopping and packing.

If you’re still deciding what to bring, here is a handy list hot off the presses from our residential life staff.

What to bring:

  •          Linens – Sheets, towels and blankets are always a must. It never hurts to have back-up either so consider bringing two sets. Don’t forget the mattress cover!
  •          Toiletries – Let’s file this under DUH! Who doesn’t want to be clean? I’m sure you wouldn’t be the first student to roll out of bed, into so sweats (or not) and rush to that early class. But at some point a shower will be necessary so don’t forget the soap!
  •          Shower shoes and robe- Our apartment-style residence halls have private bathrooms, but anyone living in Liles or West should be prepared to head down the hall for a shower. Streaking is never ok at LMU, not even on the quad (yes, I’m talking to you Will Farrell).
  •          Curtains – All rooms are equipped with mini-blinds, but why not make your room more like home and infuse your sense of style? Embrace your inner interior designer.
  •          Answering Machine – Do they even make these anymore? Seriously, it’s on the official Residential Life list, but I would say isn’t that what cell phones are for?
  •          Telephone – All rooms have phone jacks if you would like to have a land line.
  •          Small Refrigerator (3 cubic feet or less) – Get a jump on gaining the freshman 15 with your very own snack bar for study breaks!
  •          Personal Computer – Wireless or wired internet is available in all the residence halls. How else are you going keep up with your friends on Facebook, I mean, burn the midnight oil on term papers?
  •          Television – We know you want your MTV and guess what? Cable is FREE!
  •          Coffee Makers – There is no Starbucks in Harrogate, so be your own barista (no espresso machines )
  •          Popcorn popper
  •          Wall hangings – Back to your inner interior designer. Don’t forget your favorite posters, painting and pictures of friends. Just be sure to check out the innovations from 3M and Scotch for hanging without putting holes in the walls. No nails please.


What should stay home:

  •          George Foreman Grills – Leave the champ at home. Besides, our World of Wings café can carter to any craving.
  •          Candles, incense, hot plate, toaster oven – We like our Railsplitter Athletic teams to be on fire, just not our dorms!
  •          Microwave – they are available in common areas is Liles, West and LP
  •          Pets – Unless it is Fido the fish, Fido must stay home.
  •          Weapons (guns, knives, archery) – we support your right to bear arms, just not on University grounds.
  •          Fireworks — Again, fire is bad.
  •          Alcohol – We’re dry like the Mojave Desert
  •          Drugs – Just say no!
  •          Halogen Lamps


So now you know what should stay and what should go!

Eighteen days! See you then.