Residence Hall Spotlight: Drinker House


Drinker House is located next to Dravo House and Richards House, and nearby McClintic-Marshall House. Drinker was built in honor of Henry S. Drinker, Class of 1871, and University President from 1905 to 1920.


131 first- and second-year students will live on one of Drinker’s four floors this year, either in a single, double, or triple room. While the residence hall is co-ed, the floors are single-gender. All rooms include movable furniture, including a bed, mattress, dresser, closet, and desk with shelves and a chair.


The first floor of Drinker has a TV lounge, study lounge, kitchen, vending machines, and a laundry facility. Students can play a game of pool, relax, and watch TV!


This year, Drinker House is home to the Global Lehigh Themed Community. Global Lehigh residents explore different cultures through programming, events, meals, and guest speakers. Students work closely with the Office of International Students & Scholars, the Study Abroad Office, and the Lee Iacocca Institute. Although select activities are reserved only for those living in the specific themed community, others will be open for all students living in Drinker to participate.


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. Ethan Fields, an Assistant Director of Residence Life, oversees both McClintic-Marshall and Drinker House. Ethan lives in an embedded apartment in M&M so that in case of an on-campus emergency he can respond quickly.

What advice does Ethan have for students living in Drinker next year? “(1) Have an open door policy as much as possible. You will really get to know people by just reaching out to the residents who pass by your door. (2) Spend time in the common spaces in your building. Your peers are your greatest resource. (3) Get to know your Gryphon and the rest of the Gryphons in your building. Gryphons are here to help and to make the community a better place to live. (4) Utilize the basketball court in between Drinker and M&M for pick-up games. (5) Run for your area’s Residence Hall Council to serve as a leader in your community. Through RHC, you have access to funds to put on programming for your community and you will serve as the voice of the community to the Residence Hall Association and greater campus.”
We are so excited for MOOV-In Day and to meet Drinker’s new residents!


Meet the Head Gryphons: Luis Castaneda


  • Preferred name: Luis
  • Gender pronouns: he/him/his
  • Residence Hall: Taylor House
  • Year and major: ’16 Pharmaceutical Chemistry, ’17 Physics and M.S. Chemistry
  • Hometown: Reading, PA
  • One thing I can’t live without: Whatever is next in the Pokemon Game series
  • Favorite movie: Coneheads
  • Favorite TV show: Orphan Black
  • Favorite thing about Lehigh: The Sculpture Garden
  • Favorite thing about being a Gryphon: Peer mentoring and the chance to introduce new events and ideas to people
  • Favorite thing about living in a residence hall: Close communities and easy access to many other hall communities
  • Favorite thing about Bethlehem: Full of Crepe
  • One thing on your Lehigh bucket list: Go to a wrestling match for the first time
  • Other clubs and organizations: Society of Physics Students (SPS), Spectrum
  • Fun fact about myself: I played semi-professional ping pong for a short time in my teenage years.

Residence Hall Spotlight: Taylor House


Taylor House resides between McClintic-Marshall House and the entrance of Sayre Park on University Drive. The residence hall sits across from Johnson Hall, home to the health center, and nearby the University Center. The U-shaped building surrounds a large courtyard where students can relax, study, or play a pickup game of soccer.



Industrialist Andrew Carnegie gifted Taylor House to the university in honor of his friend and University trustee Charles L. Taylor, Class of 1876. In addition to being Lehigh’s first residential college, the residence hall is also one of the first concrete structures ever built.


Taylor houses 130 first- and second-year students on its single-gender and co-ed hallways. All students live in either a single or a double room.


The residence hall is divided into three sections, each with its own study facility and large multipurpose room equipped with a kitchen and TV. The first floor has a lounge with vending machines, as well as a laundry facility. Taylor House is completely air conditioned.


This year, Taylor is also home to the STEM Themed Community. STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is supported in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and aims to develop students for leadership roles in their field. STEM community students benefit from programming with experts, one-on-one mentoring, and close faculty advising.


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. Sarah Thompson, an Assistant Director of Residence Life, oversees Taylor House, as well as Sayre Park Village, Trembley Park, UMOJA, and House 104. Sarah lives in an embedded apartment in the Taylor so that in case of an on-campus emergency she can respond quickly.

Sarah is new to the Office of Residence Life staff, having joined this June. So what is she looking forward to this year? “Since I’m just beginning, I am transitioning to Lehigh as well as the first years! I am looking forward to getting to know campus and its traditions! I am excited to form connections and explore all campus has to offer.”

Less than a month until MOOV-In Day!


Meet the Head Gryphons: David Kabrt


David Kabrt Headshot

  • Preferred name: David
  • Gender pronouns: He, him, his
  • Residence Hall: Richards
  • Year and major: Senior, Accounting and Supply Chain Management
  • Hometown: North Caldwell, NJ
  • One thing I can’t live without: My friends
  • Favorite movie: Dredd
  • Favorite TV show: 30 Rock
  • Favorite thing about Lehigh: The breadth of extracurricular activities
  • Favorite thing about being a Gryphon: Being a guide for younger Lehigh Students
  • Favorite thing about living in a residence hall: Always something going on and people around
  • Favorite thing about Bethlehem: Celtic Fest
  • One thing on my Lehigh bucket list: Oktoberfest
  • Other clubs and organizations: Supply Chain Major Club, Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Fun fact about myself: I have both a boating license and an open sea scuba diving certification. Neither of which I have utilized in the past 8 years. However if you drop something in the ocean this year (and it falls no deeper than 130 feet) it would be legal (though not advisable) for me to boat out there and dive for it.