Hotel drops off ‘campus’ map

By Priscilla Sauceda


   The University of the Incarnate Word’s newest residence hall not only is bringing in XXX more beds but it’s also kept students from being assigned to an off-campus hotel.

For the last three years, Courtyard by Marriott, 8615 Broadway, has been used as a fall hall to accommodate overcrowding but students assigned there were moved to campus in the spring when enrollment was lower.

UIW is bringing back the traditional residence hall that consists of a double room and shared bath, said Diane Sanchez, director of Residence Life. Sanchez said the new hall also will have study/activity rooms and they will also be installing dry erase boards requested by the students. The new layout is expected to increase student involvement an student programs on campus.

Her department emphasizes student living quarters are “residence halls,” not dormitories.

“A ‘dorm’ is just a bed and a bathroom,” Sanchez said. “The term, ‘residence hall,’ is more of a living community.”

When she first came to UIW in 2003, the residence halls were usually constructed with no study or activity room, she said. Then, students began asking for more privacy such as the single room and private bath-type residence hall.

“As the economy began to change, students began mentioning that the (residence halls) were nice, but rather expensive,” Sanchez said. “My vision is to have (a) mini-computer lab in every residence hall on campus. I want to take it to the next level and be able to give our students access to technology 24 hours.

“The new residence hall will give students more excitement to (be) a Cardinal and also be excited to be part of the UIW community.”

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