Students Living In Curtis Hall Forced To Relocate
Students living in Curtis Hall were relocated recently in a move that university officials say was postponed due to the hurricane.
The affected students were moved to Bronson Hall and the Living Learning Center (LLC).
Janice Mercier Wade, associate dean of housing and residence, said Curtis, one of the oldest dormitories on campus, was meant to be a temporary place for students that had been wait-listed for housing.
Wade said plans had been to relocate
the students before Hurricane
Irma hit the area in September and
forced the school to close down for
about two weeks.
"It was never a permanent living
space," she said.
The building, one of two mentioned
last year by the previous
administration as the potential site for a future student center,
apparently was being used
this year to provide temporary
shelter for about a
dozen or so students.
It is not known whether
the current administration
plans to go forward
with plans for the student
Curtis Hall was constructed
in 1922 to house
109 female students.
The residence hall was
named after Flora Curtis,
a wealthy philanthropist
who used to visit the area
during the winter. It was
known to be "the place to
be" in more recently years,
but today it stands vacant.
Leslie Jones, senior music major,
was among those affected by the
recent move. "I would honestly have
to say that living in Curtis Hall was a
different experience," Jones said.
"After not having a place to stay
for a week and then being blessed
to have my own room with a close
access to the music building and
cafe was great. I just wish that we
wouldn't have had to go through the
inconvenience of moving in the middle
of the semester and then having
to move into a freshman dorm."
Jones also said she wished she had been told that the situation was temporary.
"I can understand that housing
and student affairs (housing officials)
were doing their best with
trying to find housing," she said.
"But if the offices didn't have the
ability to accommodate with the proper housing for upperclassmen,
then I would've
respected the situation
more if I was told up front
that they wouldn't be able
to find decent housing
permanently earlier than
half the semester in. But,
above all I'm thankful for
what I have now and my
roommate turned out to
be a pretty cool freshman."
Jaclyn Bray, a graduating
senior, said the move
was a big inconvenience.
" I loved having my own
space so moving in a room
with someone else was a
big change," Bray said.
By Shaquasia Foster