Building Profile: Dravo by Andrew Josephson, Class of 2013

Dravo House is the immense stone building that towers over its neighbors Richards and Drinker. Not only is it the tallest freshman dormitory, it also has the claim-to-fame of being the highest dormitory in the Northeast. (Someone told me that once, and I’m going to choose to believe it.) Many Lehigh students will agree that Dravo is the second-most confusing building on campus. (Chander-Ullmann is number one.) I’ll explain it: there are four wings (A through D) – the B-Wing is a half-flight of stairs up from everything else. And A, C, and D top out a four floors while B has a fifth floor. And A-Wing has a ground floor that is a lounge. Also, C-Wing has a residential ground floor. Oh, and there’s a cool lounge on B2, but the entrance is on the B-C-D Stairwell.

Each room is pretty unique as far as its shape too. You’ll find strange formations if you look at the walls where bricks have been filled in. The building has been changed many times since it was built in 1947, seemingly to be made more confusing. Look, if you think of it as a magical castle on top of a mountain (or, for the dramatic, a volcano) then it becomes a place of adventure and experience. You may get lost or befuddled by a corridor, but use that as an opportunity to meet people who aren’t on your hall. You may find something you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Extra: Room Floor-plans 

Single: http://www4.lehigh.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDF/housing/dravo-single.pdf 

Double:http://www4.lehigh.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDF/housing/dravo-double.pdf 

Triple: http://www4.lehigh.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDF/housing/dravo-triple.pdf 

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Building Profile: McClintic-Marshall by Kelsey Leck, Class of 2016

StatsMcClintic-Marshall House, aka M&M, is the largest residence hall for first-year students. Located right below the Greek houses, it conveniently overlooks Johnson Hall, the University Center, and Drown Hall. The entry level of the building has a laundry room, kitchen, and lounge equipped with a ping pong table, pool table, and TV.  The other three levels have the rooms for the 280 students who live in M&M. It is a co-ed building, and each floor has a male and female wing with a lounge in between. There are four gryphons on each floor, two female gryphons on the women’s side and two male gryphons on the men’s side. Each wing also has two bathrooms. All of the rooms are doubles and include two desks, beds, closets, and cabinets.

Building Profile: Hi! My name is Kelsey Leck, and, after an amazing first year of living in M&M, I’m going to be a sophomore! I want your experience to be just as great as mine, and hopefully this blog will reassure you that it will be!

My first day in M&M was a completely overwhelming rush of unpacking, meeting people whose names I forgot just minutes after we parted, and attempting to mentally adjust to the idea that my life as an only child living with her parents had changed drastically. But, rest assured, I soon realized that M&M is an only child’s dream.

First of all, M&M is a very social residence hall, and you’ll be surrounded by lots of other students on a regular basis. Some of my closest friends lived down the hall from me, and we were constantly making ridiculous excuses to take study breaks and hang out in the lounge, or, on a sunny day, lie down on the lawn in front of the building.  Just a walk down the hall to get a drink from the water fountain was always graced with a couple friendly conversations. I loved that at any given moment I could find something exciting to do. Put 280 college students in a residence hall, and it’s bound to be an exciting place to live!

However, it also happens to be a very active place to live. I used to study a lot in my bedroom at home, and I planned on continuing that pattern in college. That changed pretty quickly, though, when I noticed that my room in M&M wasn’t anywhere near as quiet as my room back home. There was a continuous stream of noise from people returning to their rooms, working together on projects in the hallway, or playing music in their rooms. Luckily, there’s an easy solution for this: find a nice place in Linderman Library (which is just a short walk away) and consider it your new study spot. Because, unless you get up early in the morning or prefer to study in this active environment, it may be difficult to study in your room.

Some other info and advice:

1)    Suggest during your first hall meeting that you and your hall mates try to keep your doors open when you’re just hanging out in your rooms. My hall decided to try this, and it quickly changed from something we chose to do deliberately to second nature. Throughout the day, we’d find ourselves spontaneously gathered in one of our rooms. It helped us to get to know each other and made our hall community a friendly, open environment.

2)    Some people considered our rooms cramped, but I liked to think of them as cozy. All things considered, you’ll be sharing a pretty small space, so it’s better if you make every inch count.  It helps if you don’t go overboard with room decorations and instead choose a few specific items to make it feel a bit more comfortable. Add a carpet, posters, or other decorations to brighten your new home and try to coordinate a little with your roommate. I would definitely recommend discussing whether you want any appliances and decide who will bring what. Also, take advantage of the cabinets! They’re great for expanding your tiny closet or stashing food!

3)    M&M has a great location, resting right between our main, academic campus and the Greek houses. Also, it’s the closest residence hall to the University Center, which contains Cort Lower U.C. (one of the dining halls), Wells Fargo Bank, and many meeting places for clubs you might join. It’s perfect, whether you’re meeting a professor for a conference, grabbing food, or heading out to a BBQ at a fraternity house!

I hope that helped you imagine your soon-to-be home a little better! If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at kml216@lehigh.edu!