New residence hall home to 138 upperclassman

By Elizabeth Brachelli
August 31, 2006

Shane Evans

This semester marks the opening of the brand new residence hall here on Cabrini’s campus. West Residence Hall is located right next to the Cabrini Apartment Complex and holds approximately 138 students.

Senior human resources management major and resident adviser for West Residence Hall Kristi McConnell said, “I’m really excited to be one of the first RAs in a new building. I’ve only been a freshman in the past so I’m happy to live and work with my peers for a change.”

Now with the building completed, students can finally see what the school has been trying to accomplish since the beginning of construction in May 2005.

Within the walls of the new building are suites that room four to six students and a laundry room and kitchen on every floor. Suites that contain four residents have one bathroom and those that contain six students have two powder rooms, one full bath and a common room.

McConnell said, “The set up of the building will be a little difficult for me to get to know some of my residents. Two RAs on each floor would be ideal so that it could be one for each hallway, but I don’t think there is enough room for it in the building.”

With a cost of over $9 million, West Residence Hall was a much-needed facility due the ever-growing number of students accepted to Cabrini each year. There are 470 incoming freshman residing on campus this fall and with the help of more housing for the upperclassmen, there is more room for the incoming students.

Gene Castellano, the vice-president of marketing communications, said that the school has “received very positive feedback from students who have visited West Residence Hall. It came in on budget and on time.”

New Residence Hall has officially been renamed East Residence Hall and there is also a paved path connecting the Science and Technology building to the Cabrini Apartment Complex.

Castellano also said, “There are a number of capital projects under consideration, but these plans have not yet been finalized. We will need to prioritize these plans but it is clear that the college would benefit greatly from a campus center, an expansion of the library, and a new theater – to name some.”

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