The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 32
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Students Room To Grow
ai [esidence halls have come and gone
at NT over the years. For instance,
Chilton Hall was built in 1938 as a men's
dormitory but had since been remodeled
to fit differently into the university's
plans. Bruce Hall, the oldest residence
hall still being used for that purpose had
been in service since 1948 and was con-
sidered somewhat of a historical site.
Just as in years past, expansion was
again a problem this year. There were
close to fifty students on a waiting list
who were never found places within the
residence hall system. One of the efforts
made to alleviate future problems such
as these was a new addition to McCon-
nel Hall which was to be completed in
Another innovation was an increase in
security which occurred as a result of a
more prevalent concern for safety within
and around residence halls, said Director
of Housing Betsy McGuire. Security
measures such as the installment of door
alarms and efforts to increase awareness
were initiated and safety proce-
dures were frequent topics of
discussion. A current problem
in halls seemed to be residents
propping locked doors open
after hours, thereby defeating
the purpose of the security sys-
A couple of issues stirred
controversy among campus
residents during the year. The
controversial drug search issue
from the previous year was re-
placed by the Residence Hall
Association's condom issue
concerning the installation of
condom vending machines in
residence halls. The issue pro-
voked a multitude of opinions and prompt-
ed a poll of campus residents.
One of the more impressive highlights
for the department occurred when RHA
attended a regional conference along with
similar associations from other universities.
NT's RHA won several awards including
"Best Delegation" and "Most Spirited" on
a four-state level.
An important concern of the department
was to provide safe, quality housing to its
residents. Money was collected from stu-
dents, but was returned to them in the form
of numerous services such as security, 24
hour desk clerks and maintenance. "I think
we're being responsible with student money
- and that's important," McGuire said. -
by Kristi Nelson
To help alleviate some of the dormitory overcrowdin
construction workers added a new wing to McConno
Hall. Photo by Daniel Gibson
With the increase in crime-related instances in ai
around residence halls, safety awareness was a maj
concern of the Housing Department. The sororities
College Inn were forced to move to other dorms
apartments to lessen the risk of assault. Also, securi
mirrors were placed near the Kerr Hall front de,
allowing desk workers to better monitor who cai
and went. Photo by Daniel Gibson
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