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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Aug. 20, 1984)
Pros, cons well-balanced
in UNL residence hall life
By Jena Dahlman Bouma
Living in UNL residence halls balances
out, according to several students who
live there. For example, a loss of privacy
balances with a terrific opportunity to
meet other students.
Nancy Johnson, a 1984 graduate
who spent three years in the UNL
residence halls, said an advantage of
dorm life was having her meals cooked
for her. "And I didn't have to clean the
bathroom," she said. Also, Johnson
said, someone is usually around "who's
going through the same thing you are."
The Rev. Jim Bauer of the University
Lutheran Chapel, said living in residence
halls also can leave students feeling
overwhelmed by the halls' "mass of
humanity." Sharing a room with some
one with an opposite lifestyle can also
overwhelm freshmen, Bauer said. .
Still, UNL requires freshmen who
don't live with a relative to live in on
Guriana Wittstruck, assistant director
of University Housing; said the on
campus requirement means many
freshmen are looking forward to residence-hall
life for the first time. Al
though figures weren't available for
the upcoming fall, Wittstruck said that
of last year's nearly 5,300 hall residents,
more than 2,500 were freshmen.
UNL requires freshmen to live on
campus because residence hall life is a
good transition from home to school,
who live on campus do better and stay
in school longer than those who live off
campus, she said. Of the students vho
have left UNL during their first two
years, she said, 75 percent lived off
Each of the residence halls have
their own special features, Wittstruck
said. Selleck Hall is close to classrooms,
while the Harper-Schramm-Smith com
plex is more modern. The Abel-Sandoz
complex has a swimming pool. The
East Campus Burr-Fedde complex is
the smallest at UNL, and the Neihardt
Residence Center offers the Modern
Language Floor and the International
Of these halls, Pound, Smith, Sandoz
and Fedde halls are reserved only for
female students. Harper and Cather
halls are all-male. Both men and women
live in Abel, Selleck, Schramm, Nei
hardt and Burr halls. The halls are
separated by floor or wing.
Lori Hulke, a student assistant as
signed to Fedde Hall, said that the
biggest change most students face when
they move into a residence hall is a
lack of privacy.
"You're not just living with your
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Three co-op units
By Donna Sisson
University Housing policies state that all UNL
freshmen who are not Lincoln residents must live in
university-approved housing. That means freshman
must either join the Greek system or live in the
residence hall3, right? Wrong.
. Cooperative housing provides an out for fresh
men not interested in becoming Greeks or dormies.
Lincoln has three cooperative housing units:
Brown Palace Inc. at 1900 B St.; Cornhusker Co-op
at 705 N. 23; and Love Memorial Cooperative for
Women on East Campus.
Love Memorial Co-op, which is university affil
iated, is an all female co-op. During the school year,
it is only open to home economics students.
Cornhusker and Brown Palace co-ops are open to
both men and women. University approval is main
tained by following housing standards. The stand
ards include forbidding liquor and overnight guests,
said the summer manager of Cornhusker Co-op,
Greg VanBeek. Hie Cornhusker rooms are designed
like dormitory rooms and are generally double
rooms, Van Beek said. Room occupancy depends on
how much a person wants to pay for rent, he said.
The major advantage to living in a cooperative is
that is it is cheaper than the halls or Greek houses,
VanBeek said. The, co-op hires only a cook because
the residents are in charge of running the place, he
Each person has one or two jobs to do each week.
All residents are responsible for maintenance, which
is the whole idea of co-operative living, VanBeek
said. The co-op is also self-governed, he said.
Choice includes Greeks
By Patrick Sweeney
While all UNL freshman roust live in
university-approved housing, they have
choices. Of the choices, some opt for
Jayne Wade Anderson, director of
Greek Affairs and Cooperatives at
UNL, said women generally live in resi
dence halls their first year for two rea
sons. The sorority houses were built
for fewer people. When they were built,
it was UNL policy that all women live in
residence halls their first year at UNL
The freshman women have continued
to live in the halls because they see it as
an advantage, Anderson said. They
view living in residence halls as a way
to meet more people, she said.
Men, however, usually live in their
Greek house for their first year at UNL.
Mike Sophir, the Inter-Fraternity
Council rush chairman, said fraterni
ties contact male freshman in three
These include having an incoming
freshman check the box on the UNL
application, sending in the application
that all male freshmen receive or hav
ing a fraternity member's recommend
ation. The cost of living in a fraternity for a
freshman is about $250 more than the
cost of a residence hall, Anderson said.
The next years's costs in the fraternity
will be about the same as the costs in
the residence halls, she said.
Residence hall rooms will cost $1,925
for a two-person or three-person room,
according to Univeristy Housing.
A triple room is a corner room that
is big enough to accomodate comfor
tably three people.
Before moving into a twperson
room in a residence hall, the university
recommends that students find room
mates if possible. This will minimize
any surprises brought about by letting
housing choose roommates at random.
If students know who they want for a
roommate, they must send in the two
housing contracts together.
Unlike Greek houses, cooperatives
require students to do upkeep work on
the building and grounds in exchange
for savings in room and board. Coopera
tives usually cost less than both Greek
houses and residence halls. Most co
operatives have only 1 80 to 200 spaces.
Freshman students should review
all possible housing choices by visiting
the places that appeal to them the
most, Anderson said. They should talk
to the residents and former residents
about the quality of life in the building
and then make an educated choice,
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