Residence Hall Spotlight: Drinker House

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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