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Dorm hours may see future changes

Feb. 1, 2001

President, regents to look at Student Congress requests



In the future, freshmen women may not have to be as mindful of the clock when it comes to visiting male friends in Penland Residence Hall.

Student Congress hopes the Residence Life Master Plan Committee will include extended residence hall visitation hours in its proposal. The committee will be making recommendations on residence hall visitation hours as well as other residence life issues that will be submitted to President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and the Board of Regents for vote this spring. The committee is consulting with students on various issues.

'We hope students will feel heard and affirmed,' said Elizabeth A. Wallace, student development coordinator and assistant director of Residence Life.

Visitation hours are 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in freshman residence halls. In upperclassman residence halls they are 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

A resolution passed by Student Congress proposes the hours of 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The resolution is the result of an effort of the freshman class officers and Student Congress representatives.

'This is a time for change,' John Hill, freshman class president from Arlington, said.

'I don't understand why it has been so strict here,' Amanda Owen, a Katy freshman, said. 'We are going to college to become adults and be independent, and we're being baby-sat.'

Jon Rolph, student body president and Wichita, Kan., senior, strongly supports the resolution. Typically, he leaves debate up to the Student Congress. However, Rolph felt that it was such an important issue, that he addressed the Congress in support of the bill. 'We received positive indications from the Residence Life Master Plan Committee,' Hill said. 'I do believe visitation hours will be increased.'

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