By Eiman Zuberi–
It’s official, Threlkeld Hall, the traditional style housing unit that freshmen Honors students have called home since anyone can remember, will no longer be the Honors dorm. As of Fall 2016, Kurz Hall will officially house incoming and current students in the Honors living-learning community (LLC).
“(Kurz) is turning into a building wide LLC with the stipulation that you must be in the honors program in order to live there,” said Thalia Silab, a desk receptionist of Louisville Housing.
Threlkeld Hall is smaller and older than Kurz hall, not to mention that Kurz is more luxurious living. One aspect of this being that students living in Threlkeld have a community bathroom shared by the entire floor while Kurz residents get a private bathroom shared by four people living in two conjoined rooms.
The Louisville Cardinal first brought you this story in September, when the change was first announced. Now that students have had time to reflect on these changes, how do students feel it?
Freshman Easton Depp lives in Threlkeld currently. He is a bit disappointed that this decision comes after his freshman year, after he spent the past two semesters living in Threlkeld. But he thinks it’s a good move for U of L.
“[Threlkeld] was on campus when my grandfather went to college here. The move will give the honors program a better face,” he said.
However, he enjoyed the traditional style his dorm offered because it led him to meeting more of his fellow peers.
Junior Mitali Chitre is excited for incoming freshmen in the Honors program to experience the same lifestyle she had while living in Kurz Hall.
“The atmosphere and the interaction between students is a lot more beneficial than in a smaller dorm,” she said. “It’s also more accessible to places on campus.”
The move to Kurz will allow Honors to integrate more programing into the LLC and more upperclassman Honors students will be able to live in the LLC, making it easier for them to stay involved with Honors.
Despite the move, Threlkeld Hall will still house the Etscorn Honors Center, to make it more convenient for students on campus.