Move-in ‘smooth’ for unfinished residence hall

Samuel Sutton

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Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, goes in to his room for the first time during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson

Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, goes in to his room for the first time during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson

Things went well for Legacy Hall’s move-in day Aug. 21, according to the 492 students that moved in, their resident advisers, parents and staff who all showed up on the otherwise gloomy morning. Even though some of the $35.5 million building wasn’t finished, students said they were able to get unpacked into their dorms with relatively no problems.

“We had a lot of excited new parents and students the whole day,” Kristi Schulte, director of residence life and housing, said. “We received a lot of positive feedback, too. It was a successful opening.”

New residents of Legacy also agreed with Schulte.

Raegan Ledbetter, athletic training freshman and soccer player, said, “Move in has been going smoothly. It’s been nice to get settled in and meet new people on campus.”

Brenna Rhodes, business management freshman, said move-in was quick and painless.

“It was pretty smooth, we were in and out. There were also a lot of helpful people here, which gave everything some direction.”

While everything did go smoothly, there were problems for students like Ledbetter early on.

“Not having hot water for a little bit and not being able to move in on time was a problem,” Ledbetter said. “I didn’t enjoy moving from Killingsworth to Legacy when it was finished. My roommate and I spent half of preseason living out of bags until I moved into Legacy.”

Parents like Danny Crow also liked the move in process.

“It was a super simple process,” Crow said, “getting in the building, as well as parking has all been great.”

Students moving in had good things to say about the dorms too. Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, said he liked the privacy in the room.

“The wall between kind of gives you the feel of your own room, which is nice,” he said. “I also like how the bed is high up so I have more room for things.”

While the building was nice, there were also things students didn’t like. One of those things were the locks.

“They were complicated. I figured it out, but it was annoying,” Smith said.

He also thought a good substitute would’ve been a key card because it would be easier to use, and easier to keep up with. Matthew Hubbard, mechanical engineering freshman, agreed with this.

“It would be way more secure and convenient. I wouldn’t leave my key in my room like I’ve done three times already,” Hubbard said.

Positive vibes also came from the helpers, such as biology senior Caleb Pylant.

“It’s all been a great experience,” Pylant said. “I love being able to help. It makes me remember the people who helped me move in as a freshman, and how much I valued their help.”

Schulte said the construction delays were due to poor weather conditions during the past year.

“My understanding is there were some weather delays last year which slowed some of the work. There was also a manufacturer delay in the arrival of the elevator,” Schulte said.

She went on to say that even though it was unfortunate, they couldn’t prevent it because they couldn’t change the weather.

“Despite our best efforts, we don’t always have control over things like weather and manufacturer delays,” she said.

The living learning community located on the first floor of Legacy is scheduled to be finished by Labor Day. As Schulte thumbed through a book on her desk, she discussed what she thinks will come of the new space.

“Legacy provides common area space as a point for meaningful opportunities between students,” Schulte said. “I believe it will engineer more learning environments, as well.”

And the smooth move-in process got students, such as Alexus Moore, an RA and sociology senior, excited to start the year. She said her main goal is to keep sophomores engaged in school.

“After (their) freshman year, students get thrown out and are not really helped by RAs anymore. I want to change that. I want to be there when any student needs help, not just freshmen,” Moore said.

Marcus Greetus, secondary education sophomore, said he wants to connect with the community more, and he feels like being an RA will help him with that.

“I love meeting people, and this could be a great way to do it. I honestly can’t wait to start,” Greetus said.

Kaytlyn Boyett, art junior and RA, said she loves the dorm, but she really likes giving people a nice home and being their mentor.

“All of the building is nice, but I just want the students to be happy. I’m glad they enjoy it so far, and if they need me, I am always here to help,” Boyett said.

Additional reporting by Kara McIntyre.

Legacy Move In 2016

during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, goes in to his room for the first time during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, goes in to his room for the first time during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, had his entire family in his room for the first time during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jordan Smith, criminal justice freshman, had his entire family in his room for the first time during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Austin Snyder, a freshman in business administration, during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Austin Snyder, a freshman in business administration, during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Mason Winkles, business administration sophomore, helps residents during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Mason Winkles, business administration sophomore, helps residents during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jonathan Blassingame, radiologic technology freshman, during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Jonathan Blassingame, radiologic technology freshman, during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Tanner Conley, business sophomore, moves a television for a resident during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Tanner Conley, business sophomore, moves a television for a resident during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Ellie Gunderson, a sophomore in political science, in her new room during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Ellie Gunderson, a sophomore in political science, in her new room during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
With her mother, Stephanie Moore, Ellie Gunderson, a sophomore in political science, in her new room during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson
With her mother, Stephanie Moore, Ellie Gunderson, a sophomore in political science, in her new room during Move-in for Legacy Hall at Midwestern State University, Aug. 20, 2016. Photo by Bradley Wilson

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