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monday, October 16, 1978
Students who like coed livingsay lifestyle is friendly
By Sara Martens
Students and administrators agree that the coed living
system is working well. 6
Coed living began in Schramm Mall, an all-male dorm
which opened every other floor to women in 1970
This change was requested bv Harper-Schramm-Smith
residents and reflected a need for more women's housing,
according to Margaret Wenke, coordinator of housing
contracts and assignments.
Abel Hall became coed in 1974 with the opening of 80
spaces on two floors to women.
Two hundred sixty two openings on six floors in Abel
are available this year.
Doug Zatechka, director of hoursing, said he sees no
need for major changes in the system and has not heard
any requests for changes from students or administrators.
Floors may be changed to house a different sex,
depending on the number of men and women requesting
rooms, but the coed system will remain the same, he said.
The number of students requesting coed living is
comparable to the number of units offered, and most of
the 5,200 residents are happy with the situation, he said.
A large number of students request single sex housing,
which makes expansion of the coed system unnecessary.
"The trend is to liberalize housing, but that would be a
drastic mistake considering the number who want the con
servative, or single sex option," he said.
Zatechka questioned the benefits of 24-hour visitation
when weighed against the security problems it would
"College students seem to be a trusting group, which
creates a potential disadvantage when entrance to the hall
is not controlled"
The Residence Hall Association has prepared a
proposal to change two undergraduate floors in Selleck
Quadrangle to 24-hour visitation on an experimental basis.
Coed graduate floors in Selleck now have 24-hour visita
tion. This proposal must be approved by the housing office
and the NU Board of Regents and would be effective next
semester at the earliest, Zatechka said.
"I am content with our present situation and I don't
know of any students who are discontent," he said.
Student assistants in the coed halls reflect this satisfact
ion. Mary Fowley, Schramm 7 S.A. moved there from
Fedde, an all female hall on East Campus.
"I don't know if I like it better, but it's a good exper
ience," she said.
The girls on her floor are aware of the presence of men
and try to present themselves well most of the time.
"The atmosphere is easy-going and friendlier than in an
all male dorm," said Dave Stokes, Schramm 2 S.A.
Stokes said he lived in Abel for two years on an all
male floor, but didn't think of Abel as a coed hall.
He moved to Schramm last year as an S.A. and said he
was worried that a coed situation would cause the resi
dents to be self-conscience and less out-going.
He said he now likes the atmosphere of a coed dorm,
and as an S.A. finds less of a need to schedule activities
since the social interaction between floors is informal.
Schramm's alternate floor form of coed living does not
present any problems in enforcing visitation hours, Stokes
said, but a system such as Abel's would be harder to en
force. The areas are not as clear-cut in Abel, said Sue
Schaeffer, a former Schramm resident and now an Abel
Women on Abel 13 must use the hallway and elevators
in the male half of the floor, but Schaeffer said visitation
policies are not hard to enforce.
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Photo by MaryAnne Golon
Relaxing in Abel Hall, 9th floor, are (left to right) Debi Kraft, Randy Kraft, and Scott Baker. Coed living was
introduced in Abel Hall in 1974 and the split floor system results in a friendlier atmosphere, claim some residents.
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