Conklin Hall has fewer residents than previous semesters
By Stephanie Szymanski
With Christian Griffin-Editor
Conklin Hall allows students, who can not commute, live on campus. This year Conklin saw an anticipated decline in residents. Last year averaged a little over 300.
One reason for the decline of students returning to the dorms is the GPA requirement. Students must keep a 75 or 2.0 to live in the dorms.
Unfortunately, this policy prohibits some students from returning, but it is kept in place to encourage students to be academically responsible. As more students achieve this, the number of residents will increase.
With so few residents on campus, many students do not have roommates leaving the fourth floor of Conklin Hall completely vacant. In an effort to make up for any possible lost income, DCC leased the fourth floor with the Anderson Center to house staff later this year.
When the students were asked what improvements they recommended for the dorms, some spoke about the lack of things to do, and referred to the campus as a “dead zone” during the weekends.
“My friends, at four year schools, had so much more to do. I enjoyed my time at Conklin but, I would have loved to say I did more, rather than just hanging out in my room,” said Tyrique Drummond, a former Conklin resident who transferred.
Many changes have been made this semester. Conklin now offers new opportunities to socialize and become creative. In an effort to occupy students downtime, Residence Life and Student Activities Club have hosted a number events, on and off campus. Other departments and campus organization are also hosting events for residents.
The biggest turn-out to date is the open mic night where students come together to perform songs, dances stand-up acts and poetry. So many students attend that it is now a monthly event. Students can find out what is happening by reading the weekly Activity informer and checking posters on campus.
Many of the dormers don’t own cars and come from far places like New York City, or like one student last semester, Africa. The Dutchess County Buses along with Uber and Lyft have allowed students to get out of the dorms and do things around town.
Like any other campus, dorm life can be a fun and rewarding experience however, issues with roommates can spoil that, leading some people to make the decision not to return.
Out of twenty five girls, seventeen spoke about their conflicts with roommates. Many of them fought over who would clean what and explained their difficulty with sharing a living space with someone they did not known previously.
Conklin takes time to train their student staff to handle complications among roommates and/or suit-mates. The residents assistants will try to alleviate the stress by mediating or simply by switching rooms.
The student staff provides insights for incoming students to prepare for the college experience and gives them guidance when they are faced with an obstacle.
When students were asked what the pros of dorm-ing were they unanimously said not having the commute or just having to “roll out of bed to get to classes” made the college experience easier. Dorm-ing can create a different experience for a college student and Conklin has made a safe environment for the residence.