Located right next to Dravo is Richards House. Richards houses 143 first- and second-year students within its four floors. The residence hall was named to honor the memory of Charles Russ Richards, president of Lehigh from 1922 to 1935.
Residents of Richards, a co-ed building, will live on single-gender floors in either a single or a double room, with the double being more likely. All rooms contain moveable furniture, including a bed, mattress, desk with shelves and a chair, dresser, closet or wardrobe, and a bulletin board.
Located on the first floor are the TV and study lounges, a game room, kitchen, vending machines, and laundry facilities. Students can relax and cool down in the air conditioned game room while playing a game of pool.
Each of the residence halls is managed by a full-time, Master’s-level professional who supervises the Gryphon staff in addition to central office responsibilities and planning. Amanda Slichter, an Assistant Director of Residence Life, oversees both Dravo and Richards House. Amanda lives in an embedded apartment in Dravo–right next to Richards– so that in case of an on-campus emergency she can respond quickly.
“There are a lot of good lounge and study options in Richards. There’s the big study lounge off to the left upon entering the lobby from the front of the building, and a TV lounge to the right. Through that lounge, there’s another game room (with AC!) behind it,” says Amanda.
What advice does Amanda have for students living in Richards next year? “My best advice for all residents seems basic, but is really important- lock your door! Please please please. It’s a good practice and something we try to stress as a Residence Life staff from day one. Bonus points if you remember your key and swipe every time you leave!”
We can’t wait for MOOV-In Day when new students can finally call Richards home!