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Kesidence hail game rooms profitable, successful
With finals week approaching and outside
activities limited because of cold weather,
residence hall occupants may find a study
diversion close to home.
Three residence hall complexes contain
game rooms, jointly supported by student
governments at the complexes and by the
Office of University Housing (OUH). Resi
dence halls with game rooms are Cather-Pound-Neihardt,
Abel-Sandoz and Harper-Schramm-Smith.
According to Kenneth Swerdlow, assistant
director of housing, after expenses are
figured revenue collected from game room
operations is distributed among OUH and
student government accounts. Swerdlow
indicated that ten per cent of the revenue
goes to the Residence Hall Assoc. (RHA), 45
per cent to the complex or residence hall
governments and 45 per cent to OUH.
RHA president Tim Evensen said the
association's share of the revenue is being
returned to residence hall governments this
year because RHA has received enough
funding from refrigeration rentals this year.
Game room revenue uses
Complex and residence hall governments
use their portion of the game room revenue to
purchase new recreational facilities or to
defray equipment and facility costs, Swerd
"Student governments (residence hall
governments) are held accountable for pool
cues and other minor articles," Swerdlow
He added that the Abel-Sandoz govern
ment has used part of its revenue to buy a
sauna bath and a weight lifting machine.
Game room revenue going to the OUH is
deposited in a capital improvement account
for such projects as carpeting residence hall
dining room areas, Swerdlow explained. The
OUH also uses game room funds to support
summer programs in residence halls, with all.
game room revenue received during the
summer going to OUH to pay employes who
work in the game rooms, he said.
Among the expenses the OUH incurs in
game room operations is the contracting with
vending machine companies to rent such
recreational devices as pinbc.ll and air hockey
machines, Swerdlow said. He added that the
university receives a three per cent commis
sion after the vendor contracting expenses
have been met.
Although many residence halls had table
tennis and foosball tables before game rooms
were established, central locations for
recreational equipment were 'set up for
various reasons, Glen Schumann, OUH
coordinator of programs, said.
Schumann said game rooms were estab
lished because residence hall governments
needed a way to obtain revenue for programs
offered by the governments.
Another reason game rooms were set up
was to centralize recreational facilities,
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Schumann said. , .
"Pinball machines located in open areas
(in residence halls) always seemed to be
damaged and they were damaged mostly by
vandalism," Schumann said.
Recreational equipment also was added to
the game rooms after game rooms were
organized, Schumann said, adding, "There
was a need for more recreational facilities in
the complexes located away from the union."
Game rooms profitable
Schumann said game rooms apparently
have been profitably in Abel-Sandoz in
allowing the complex's government to
purchase the sauna bath and weight
machine. He estimated that the Abel-Sandoz
government receives about $300 to $400 a
month in game room revenue.
If the Abel-Sandoz game room has been
profitable, the Selleck game room was nol,
Swerdlow said. He said the Selleck facility
opened last semester and folded at Thanks
giving. He attributed the game room failure
to Selleck's nearness to the Union.
"Some places in Selleck were closer to the
Union than they were to the game room," he
The first residence hall complex game
room established at Abel-Sandoz three years
ago. Cather-Pound-Neihardt followed, organ
izing a game room last year and Harper-Schramm-Smith
opened its game room this
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