By CIDNIE SYDNEY-BREWINGTON | Staff Writer
“We got all them [the students] out before Winter break,” Joe Mills, director of Housing/Residence Life and Dining Services, said referring to the students living in Riverview Inn last semester.
There are 1,411 beds on campus, but due to freshman housing requirements there was an overflow of freshman housing.
Freshmen are required to live on campus unless “you are 21 years of age or older … [or] if you live within a 50 mile radius of the school.”
Due to the influx of applicants, 120 freshmen were housed in 60 rooms at Riverview Inn in downtown Clarksville.
Students were moved into on-campus housing throughout the semester as rooms became available. By late October, 25 rooms were left occupying 41 students and 2 RAs.
Next semester, there will be changes in the way housing is set up. Freshmen will live in the new dorm, Castle Heights, which is currently being built behind the intramural field. The dorm “was named after the first established neighborhood in Clarksville which was on that exact spot,” Mills said. Blount Hall, Harvill Hall and Sevier Hall will also be freshmen dorms.
“Upperclassmen will live in Hand Village, Meacham Apartments, Miller Hall and Two Rivers Apartments. Also, the Marion Street Apartments, which are currently faculty and staff housing, will be single student living.
“There are nine apartments and 18 beds,” Mills said. Along with minor renovations, the apartments will be furnished.
There have been complaints by upperclassmen who do not agree with housing freshmen together, having to move to a different hall and paying for increased housing costs.
“For next Fall,” Mills said, “all upper class housing rates will be exactly the same which is great for upperclassmen.
“[But] I see it as a great problem to have,” Millsaid, “I’m glad the students are comfortable enough to stay on campus.
“[These new changes are] a way to give upperclassmen the opportunity to stay on campus as well as afford them more autonomy and more space in apartment style living.” TAS