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Residence halls remain open for late travelers

Nov. 21, 1997

By Ashlee Ross

Staff Writer for The Baylor Lariat

A long-standing holiday tradition has come to an end. The administration has decided to keep residence halls open until 9 a.m. Wednesday rather than close them on Tuesday, the last day of classes.

'We decided that it probably would be better to give them the opportunity to spend the night before they spent the day traveling,' Dr. William Hillis, vice president for student life, said.

Elizabeth Wallace, assistant director of residence life and the student development coordinator, said the residence halls will remain open until Wednesday morning per President Robert B. Sloan Jr.'s request.

'We were asked by the president to stay open because some of the students may have later classes on Tuesday evening,' Wallace said. 'I anticipate it to be a small number of students who need the service, but we want to make it available.'

The council of deans passed a resolution Nov. 5 denouncing the decision to close the dorms Tuesday.

'The Council believes that cost concerns must not predominate over the safety of students and the academic integrity of the class schedule for Thanksgiving week,' the resolution said.

Keeping the dorms open until Wednesday will give students a chance to rest before driving, a resident assistant said.

'I think it's a good idea for students who need to get up early and drive,' said Emily Rife, a Lindale sophomore and resident assistant in Collins Residence Hall.

She said it's a good idea, but she doesn't think many will take advantage of it.

Wallace said South Russell Residence Hall and Martin Residence Hall will be open over the Thanksgiving holidays for students who need to stay on campus. RAs will not have to stay until Wednesday, and dorm directors will be in charge of students who stay until Wednesday.

'We want to be able to provide this service for students who need it,' Wallace said.

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