Building Profile: Campus Square

Stats: Campus Square, an upper-class apartment complex, houses 244 students.  The co-ed buildings is divided into two-, three-, and four-person single-gender suites.  There are six Gryphons who serve the four-building complex.

Each apartment features single bedrooms as well as a living room furnished with a lounge chair, sofa, coffee table, end table, lamp and a TV cart. The kitchen includes a refrigerator/freezer, an oven and a range. A table and two chairs are provided in the dining area. Furniture in each bedroom includes a bed, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, dresser and a closet.  Check out floor plans here!

The sister areas of Campus Square are Brodhead and Warren Square.

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The People

Your roommates are really the people you’ll get to know. Building community doesn’t come as naturally as in first-year residence halls, but keep your doors open and attend the programs the Gryphons hold!  This will help you get to know other people in the building and make the most of the Campus Square community!

The Rooms

Campus Square is divided into four parts, A through D. Each building has an elevator, and there are lounges on each floor. There are also washing machines and dryers on every floor, making laundry very convenient.

Rooms in Campus Square are apartment-style, with several single bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living room. Some room have four bedrooms, while others have two or three. The bedrooms each have a bed, desk with drawers, and a spacious closet with shelves and drawers. These rooms are not as large as those in some of the other buildings, but certainly roomy enough to encompass all of your belongings. Making the rooms seem even bigger is the space provided by the rest of the room. The living room is rather large, with a sofa, chair, coffee table, end tables, and TV stand. A kitchen table and four chairs fit nicely into the space, as well. The kitchen is connected to the living room. There is plenty of cabinet space and appliances include a stove and refrigerator, as well as a sink. Though the rooms do not come with a microwave, there is a good amount of counter space to fit one if desired. Down the hall is a private bathroom for the suite that is cleaned every month. There is a large closet in the hallway, and some shelves across from the bathroom. There is cable in every bedroom as well as the living room. Most of the suite, aside from the bathroom and kitchen, is carpeted.

The Location

Campus Square is conveniently located near the new post office, Johnny’s, and the bookstore, as well as many off campus restaurants and stores. Several class buildings are a close walk, though buildings at the top of campus are a bit of a walk. The bus stop on Packer Ave. is relatively close, making it easy to get to the top of campus and Iacocca. Fair-Mart is close, a short walk back after studying late. The Fud Truck is often parked nearby, and Brodhead dining hall is also close by, making it a good option for students with meal plans.

Suggestions:

Television
Bathroom Rug
Toaster
Microwave
Ice trays

By Megan Robertson, Ciera Rosario, and Rachel Whittemore, all Class of 2014 and residents of Campus Square for the 2012-2013 academic year.

 

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Gryphon Spotlight: Ram Sinha

Ram is a 2nd year Gryphon in Campus Square A.  He’s the Gryphon the building and he hates to party. 

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Area: Campus Square

Year and Major: BioE (Cell & Tissue); `14

Hometown: Warren, NJ

Three things that make me happy:

  1. Seeing/Doing selfless acts
  2. Scones
  3. Friends and Family

One thing I can’t live without: Bananas

Favorite entertainment medium: Music, either chill or dance

Favorite thing about Gryphoning: Meeting new people with an assortment of backgrounds

Favorite thing about living in a residence hall: Being a part of a community

Other organizations/activities I am involved in: Colleges Against Cancer, Research

 

Gryphon Spotlight: Leah Paulson

Leah is a 2nd year Gryphon in Campus Square D.  She’s the Gryphon on 3rd floor and is really talented at dancing, especially hip-hop.

Area: Campus Square

Year and Major: Global Studies & Spanish double major , 2014

Hometown: Media, PA

Three things that make me happy:

  1. Subway performers
  2. LL Cool J
  3. Cake

One thing I can’t live without: a seesaw

Favorite entertainment medium: Nonfiction books in Espanol are a favorite of mine

Favorite thing about Gryphoning: Helping people discover who they want to be

Favorite thing about living in a residence hall: I have the chance to make friends! I love friends!

Other organizations/activities I am involved in: Club Rowing, RHA/RHC

Giving Thanks

Considering that I am currently celebrating my last Thanksgiving as a Lehigh student, I thought it would be appropriate to take time to reflect on some of the things I have been most thankful for throughout my Lehigh experience.  The following list is not exhaustive, but trust that it is heartfelt.

1. The ArtsAlive PreLUsion program organized by ArtsLehigh.  Not only did I learn about glass blowing and theatre make-up, but participating in a PreLUsion program gave me a head start on getting comfortable in my residence hall and getting to know other first-year students.  Special shout-outs to Silagh and Susan!

2. The great trifecta: LGBTQIA Services, the Women’s Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  Through these offices, I have met some of the most amazing individuals, and I’ve learned just as much from being involved in these offices as I have in all of my academic work.  I have attended and presented at national conferences thanks to my involvement in the Women’s Center and the Rainbow Room.  Special thanks to the staff in these three offices and to Break the Silence and Spectrum members for being constant sources of inspiration and encouragement throughout my years here.

3. The English department.  Throughout my undergraduate experience, I always pitied my peers who honestly hated their classes and their professors.  Thankfully, I’ve never had that experience.  Yes, I’ve complained about the amount of reading I had for homework or the number of papers I had to write, but when all is said and done, I’ve always loved it.  The English department is full of amazing faculty and staff who have always been available to help me, from the day I declared my major in Vivien Steele’s office (doesn’t she have the best name?) to the day I presented my senior thesis.  All of my professors have been brilliant and they’ve all challenged me in their own ways, but special thanks to Barry Kroll, Ed Gallagher, and Seth Moglen for constantly pushing me to do my best work and confirming for me that teaching English is a valuable and powerful profession.

4. The opportunity to study abroad.  Even if you don’t think you want to go for a whole semester, go abroad with one of the summer or winter programs.  I chose the Lehigh in Ireland program, which I could talk about for hours.  Living abroad is one of the most amazing experiences, and I am so thankful that I got up the guts to go.  After spending the summer between my junior and senior years in Ireland, I got the travel bug.  I signed up for a Religion Studies course and got to spend spring break my senior year in Israel with my class.

5. The Dean of Students staff.  These people run just about everything that happens on campus that is outside of the classroom and even some of the stuff that is.  With that said, where would I even begin?  They include the staff members of my great trifecta, they include the Ofice of Residence Life, the Community Service Office, Office of the First-Year Experience and Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Student Activities, Student Conduct, and all the offices that help you excel academically.  They’re a whole bunch of incredible people who want to make my and your Lehigh experiences as awesome as possible.  Special thanks to Dean Allison Gulati for lots of things, but among them, for sending me to LeaderShape, which was another amazing conference experience.

6. Last, but obviously not least, the Office of Residence Life and the Gryphon Society.  When people ask me what I do at Lehigh, I answer, “I’m a Gryphon,” which is normally followed by an explanation of what a Gryphon is (cooler RAs, of course).  A lot of people don’t understand why I would want to spend the entirety of my undergraduate and graduate careers living in a residence hall (shout out to my four years in Dravo and this year in Brodhead!).  After working with the ORL staff, my Gryphon staffs, and residents over the years, I have trouble understanding why anyone wouldn’t.  I’ve made incredible friends and learned so much about myself and others.  I’m a better person, a better leader, and I believe I’ll be a better teacher because of it.  I extend my deepest and sincerest thanks to everyone who has made this experience so wonderful.  I’m sad that it’s all coming to an end for me, but you can be sure I’ll stay in touch.

A happy Thanksgiving to all.
-Gina

Gina Mason, Class of 2012/2013G, is the Head Gryphon in Brodhead and the social media intern for the Office of Residence Life.  After graduating in May, Gina will be moving to Newark to teach English as a member of Teach for America’s 2013 corps.

What others are saying…

How I had tons of fun, found great friends, met professional mentors, and started my career through life at Lehigh.

The Beginning: The first time I met my Gryphon she was walking down the hallway in a towel, having just finished a shower and heading back to her room.  She wasn’t expecting to meet one of her newest residents that day, as first year move-in was scheduled for a few days later.  I was there to participate in a pre-orientation program called Volunteer Experience and had arrived to start a three-day project helping to build a home in nearby Bucks County.  Like any great Gryphon, she excitedly welcomed me to the hall, regardless of the fact she was wearing a towel and had not yet finished with the door decorations and bulletin boards for the floor.

 

Best thing I did at Lehigh #1: Getting involved early, joining clubs, getting rejected from groups, joining different groups, and meeting lots of people all helped me get settled and find my place at Lehigh.

I had so much fun volunteering with other students and meeting people during orientation that I decided to get involved on campus right away.  At the club fair during the first week of school, I signed up to join a bunch of clubs, including a soccer team and an organization for LGBT students and their allies.  I auditioned for an a Capella group (and got rejected), went to speakers on campus, played frisbee outside of Taylor College, and went to BBQs hosted by our Gryphons.  I met so many different people and learned a lot about all that Lehigh had to offer.

 

Best thing I did at Lehigh #2: Finding a close group of friends to share the Lehigh experience with by being involved in campus life gave me a support system and created relationships that have lasted well beyond our time at Lehigh.

My second year at Lehigh, I was selected to be a Gryphon in Richards and helped welcome a new class of first year students.  I wouldn’t have even considered applying to be a Gryphon if I hadn’t gotten to know one of the professional staff members in Residence Life who suggested that I apply.  He encouraged me to get involved and by the middle of my sophomore year, I had responsibilities as a Gryphon, was serving on the executive board of a student organization, was co-directing a student production, and was involved with the Women’s Center, Multicultural Center, and Rainbow Room working to make Lehigh a more open and inclusive community.  The other Gryphons on staff became some of my best friends at Lehigh, friends that I am in touch with to this day.  The other students in the clubs I was part of also became my great friends, friends I have traveled with, lived with, and still turn to for fun and advice.

 

Best thing I did at Lehigh #3: Building relationships with faculty and staff members provided me with the mentorship and network of connections that helped me develop a strong foundation for my career.

By the time I was a senior, I had made connections with students, faculty, and staff from a variety of places across the university.  I completed an honors thesis with a faculty member in my major and learned important skills in research and writing.  I had connected with several staff members in the Residence Life office who had helped me secure a summer internship and provided advice about my future.  They served as mentors to me, and when it was time to think about life after graduation, they helped provide the window into a world that has become my career.

I didn’t know that the field of higher education administration even existed prior to coming to Lehigh.  Through my involvement as a Gryphon, working with student clubs, and on the task forces and committees I was asked to join because of my good relationships with administrators, I started to see that I could turn my passion for having a great college experience into a career.  I decided to use my Presidential Scholar award to spend a fifth year at Lehigh to pursue my master’s degree in educational leadership, which I completed in 2008.  During that time, I started a full-time position working at Lehigh’s Career Services, a job I was offered because of a connection I had made during my undergraduate time with a staff person in that office.  I had turned my newly found interests into the start of a great career.

I did eventually leave Lehigh, but only physically.  Since my time there, I have transitioned into professional roles at two different colleges and made steady progress in a thus-far successful career in higher education administration.  I am involved in local and national organizations that serve my profession and have received recognition for my contributions to the field.  I would not be where I am today if I had not taken advantage of the full offerings of Lehigh both in and outside the classroom, spent time with great friends, and devoted time to get to know faculty and staff beyond what was expected.  I carry with me all of the skills, relationships, and experiences I gained during my time at Lehigh.  It has proved to be an invaluable toolkit for me both personally and professionally, and was ridiculously fun along the way.

 

Chris Diggs works in higher education administration and is currently the Assistant Director for Student Affairs at Baruch College.  She graduated from Lehigh University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and religion studies.  She also received a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Lehigh in 2008.  Chris is a native New Yorker and enjoys taking advantage of all that the city has to offer.

Studying Abroad: Reflections

Imagine this:

It’s fall semester and for the past year your roommate (and one of your best friends at Lehigh) has been talking non-stop about studying abroad in Ireland. She has filled out her paperwork, been accepted, and started preparing documents for travel. You’re feeling sort of jealous because you’ve always wanted to study abroad but now that the last moment to decide is actually here you’re having doubts about moving a few thousand miles away from everyone you know for the next half-year.

I’m here to tell you to do it.

While my roommate had a year to prepare I filled out an application, got accepted, and started making preparations only two months in advance of getting on a plane (while also trying not to fail my finals!) And do you want to know a secret? Up until the moment that plane was on the runway I didn’t know if I was going to go through with it. We left 3 days after Christmas during the December snowstorms of 2010 (if you remember them) and that day our plane had been cancelled and rescheduled for a week later, but my friend’s father found us seats on another plane – if we could get to Philadelphia in two hours. From that moment on I had two hours to tell my parents to turn the car around, three hours in the terminal to run back to the car and drive home, and 30 minutes on the plane to unbuckle my belt and tell them to let me off the plane. Many times I wanted to, but I did none of these things and I am so grateful to myself for having either the courage or the stubbornness to stick it out.

The first two weeks were rough, it’s true, and there were a few other times when homesickness would hit me pretty hard. But after the shock of living in a new place wore off, every day that I did something new (out of necessity or curiosity) helped me to become more confidant that this was a great decision. For the first month I barely traveled outside of my host city, but by the time I flew home five months later I had been to 14 cities in 6 countries, plus a few small towns and the Aran Islands. I am more confident in my own country now because of the things I learned abroad, and I am more confident in myself because of the daily tests I put myself through in order to thrive during that experience.

Making the decision to study abroad can be just as difficult as actually leaving, this I know intimately. But I also know that just moving to a new place can’t be the extent of your experience. If you do decide to take advantage of the fantastic programs Lehigh has to offer (and I shout to the heavens that I hope you do) then remember to get out of your host city and see the surrounding areas – visit smaller towns and talk to people your age and older, visit places with vastly different natural environments, and especially if you are in Europe take advantage of cheap flights and train networks. If you’re not from a city or not used to international travel, start with smaller trips like I did – getting to know Cork helped me trust myself to navigate Paris or Florence.  But most importantly, take that first leap and apply to a program. My friends and family believed I could do it, and I believe that you can do it. And I believe that you will come back to Lehigh with a renewed interest in life and learning and will get so much more out of your time in college if you take advantage of this opportunity.

Trip to the Aran Islands:

Trip to Florence:

Trip to Monte Carlo:

Trip to London (note: do not travel in London during a royal wedding)

Meghan Zwickl graduated in May 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science.  She intends to move to D.C. and work in either government or non-profit.

Altering Expectations

Five summers ago, just a few months removed from my high school graduation, I set out on one of the most intimidating journeys of my life. I left the only place I had ever called home to move to a state I had visited just once on my campus tour, to a college where I knew no one – save for the roommates with whom I exchanged e-mails and Facebook messages.

Despite my trepidations, I felt confident that I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. I was convinced that my college experience wouldn’t waver much from the plan I had for the next four years, after which I would move on to a yet-to-be-determined urban locale with the job of my dreams.

Like many first-year students, I was wrong.

For one, my undergraduate experience lasted a few months longer than a neat-and-tidy eight semesters in four years, which believe me, is not as uncommon as you might think. And I still live in little old Bethlehem.

I thought that I was destined to be a Civil Engineer, and then a Mechanical Engineer, until I ended up with a degree in Applied Science. Today, I’m working as a Communications Associate with Lehigh’s Communications and Public Affairs office. This fall, I’m working toward a Master’s degree – in American Studies.

I knew nothing about fraternities and what they did, and did not intend to join one. But I became a member, and then a chapter president. I count the men in my chapter as lifetime friends and brothers.

I became a Gryphon as a sophomore for the free housing and half-priced meal plan (PS: You should get a block plan, the 225-meal plan to be specific. Trust me.) But I ended up serving as a Head Gryphon during my junior and senior years, and the experience taught me more than I ever anticipated.

College, like life, can be pretty unpredictable. And like life, college has a way of looking at your plans for success and laughing at them. There are simple things you can do that will make a huge difference, like actually attending your classes no matter if they are optional, too early, or a little boring. But you can’t expect or anticipate everything. You’re destined to make a few mistakes.

You can, however, expect college, especially one like Lehigh, to change you. It won’t happen overnight, but before you know it, four years will have gone by and you will most certainly be a new – and better – version of yourself. You’ll look down at your student ID card and hardly recognize the face staring back at you.

Step outside of yourself. Get involved in things that you care about. But don’t overdo it. My sophomore year, I took 35 credits while being involved in at least 4 student organizations. I wouldn’t recommend it.

If you need help, ask for it. Help others when you’re able. As a Gryphon, I helped students with issues ranging from trivial to serious, and they’ve never forgotten. When I run into my residents, the last group of which will graduate this spring, they always thank me for being there for them.

College is about learning, making mistakes, and growing. Be better for it. And don’t take it for granted.

Karl Brisseaux ’11 is a Communications Associate at Lehigh. He graduated with a B.S. in Applied Science, and worked with the Office of Residence Life as a Gryphon in Centennial I (McConn), Centennial II (Beardslee), and Warren Square from 2008-2011.

Want to hear some more advice about how to succeed personally and professionally at Lehigh? Check out what our panelists have to say…

Getting Involved

As a freshman, I was completely overwhelmed with the variety and number of organizations that I could become a part of during my years at Lehigh. I remember writing my name on contact list after contact list during the activities fair on the first day of classes, mostly because I wanted all of the free stuff that clubs and organizations were giving away (shh!). As I started to get emails from these organizations, I began crossing ones off my list as I found out more about their missions, goals and commitments levels. I knew that I wanted to try many new things, but at the same time I didn’t want to overwhelm myself too much by spreading myself too thin. In an effort to not influence you sign up for certain clubs or programs, I am not going to include the names of activities that I was involved with during my Lehigh career, this is, after all, YOUR Lehigh experience to shape!

I applied to a few programs, and after I was accepted to several, and after joining some other activities, I realized that some of these extracurricular activities were just not for me, even ones that I had participated in during my high school years and loved. I told myself that I would not quit something the minute I realized that it was not for me, and one club in particular sticks out in my mind. At the time, I dreaded each meeting time, but by sticking it out, I met one of my best friends and to this day, we still reminisce about the interesting experiences that that group brought to our Lehigh careers.

There were other organizations that I joined, that I enjoyed the minute I walked into the first meeting I attended, and knew from that moment that I wanted to become more involved as I developed as a college student. I will leave you with my top seven tips or thoughts for making the most out of your Lehigh experience.

  1. Sign up for a wide variety of clubs, groups and organizations. Apply or tryout for at least one program or activity. (I found that the application process made me appreciate the value of the organizations that I applied to throughout the course of my time at Lehigh.) Include a mix of things you know you enjoy already and things that you are interested in learning more about. Remember: this is your time to try new things!
  2. Give things a chance before you decide if you like something or not. Everything will be overwhelming in the beginning, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or take a minute to stand back and observe the dynamics of an organization.
  3. Get to know upperclassmen who are leaders, whether their title reflects their leadership, or not. They know the inner workings of their clubs and programs, and were once in your shoes.
  4. Volunteer! Lehigh has so many wonderful volunteer opportunities for students, and by participating in these events you will meet new people, learn about yourself and even about some other things to get involved with at while you’re at Lehigh. Not only will you learn about Lehigh from a different perspective, you will also learn about Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley, where you will call home for four years.
  5. Network. As cliché as this sounds, it is so important to get to know the people that surround you at Lehigh, whether it is fellow undergraduate students, graduate students, coaches, professors, professional staff members, alumni, etc. You never know who might be a great connection for you in the future, and having Lehigh as a common ground is invaluable.
  6. Departments across campus are always bringing famous and interesting speakers and presentations to campus. Make sure to attend a few of these events each semester, and take advantage of these opportunities to expand your knowledge of various topics. Challenge yourself and attend a lecture about a topic you are not very familiar with.
  7. Have fun! When I graduated from Lehigh, my friends and I wished that we had taken even more advantage of the diverse events that take place at Lehigh. You will look back on the times that you took a 10 minute break from studying for 4 o’clock exams more than the 10 hours you spent in the library—don’t get me wrong, studying is extremely important, but remember to balance it out with some fun!

Megan Hanks, Class of 2011, has been keeping busy since graduation with an internship in public relations and plenty of traveling. She recently moved to Philadelphia for a new job and is looking forward to getting more involved with organizations and volunteer opportunities in the city.

 
Want to hear more?  Here’s what our panelists say about getting involved on campus…

Packing Tips

Some tips for packing:

  1. Read the suggested packing list!  It’s super helpful, can help you remember things you may have forgotten, and also lists some common things that are not allowed in the residence halls.
  2. Don’t think that you have to bring everything on the packing list.  If you don’t iron your clothes, save yourself the time, trouble, and space in your car by leaving the iron at home.  More on this below…
  3. Pack light!  Remember that the majority of you are sharing a room with someone, and all their stuff has to fit too!
  4. Bring things that will make your room feel like home!  For some, that will mean photos and posters, for others, a specific pillow or stuffed animal (yes, it’s college, but that doesn’t mean you have it give it up just yet!).

Gina’s Packing List Commentary

Room Essentials:

Essentials?  I’m not so sure, but a handful of these are some of the most important things you might forget, like hangers or an extra power strip.  The computer seems like a no-brainer, but if you absolutely had to go without one, you could probably do okay just using the library and computer labs.  Looking at the rest of the list, I’d say about half of things you can definitely leave at home.  Unless you’re in the habit of air drying and ironing your clothes, a drying rack, iron, and ironing board are just going to collect dust.  I’d say the same about the alarm clock.  My guess is that most of us use the alarms on our phones.  If you have a habit of snoozing that one, though, perhaps a separate alarm clock wouldn’t be a bad idea.  An Ethernet cord also isn’t a necessity, as campus is almost entirely wireless, but it’s not a bad idea to toss one in a box somewhere just in case.

Laundry:

These things are all spot on.  I really recommend a portable stain remover, too.  Something similar to a Tide-to-Go pen is easy to throw in a backpack and great for unexpected messes.

Bedding:

All of these also make sense, so there’s not much to say here either.  I always bring one of those sit-up arm pillows to make sitting on my bed more comfortable, but that’s a personal preference.  Residents in M&M!  Take note that you’re in the only residence hall without the extra-long beds, so regular Twin sheets will work better for you.  You can buy bedding through Residence Hall Linens.

Wash:

Again, most of this section is just common sense.  Think about all the toiletries you would pack for vacation, but increase it to the full-size versions instead of the mini ones.  For a toothbrush/toothpaste holder, most people I know just keep them in their shower totes or keep them in a regular cup.  The bathrooms have cubbies, and I just kept my cup with my toothbrush and toothpaste there.  I would also include flip-flops or shower shoes in this section.  They’re a must.

Other:

Think about the things you use every day.  These are the items that make sense here.  For anyone who lives close enough to do so conveniently, I suggest packing a little as possible and figuring out what you need during the first few weeks.  When your parents come for families’ weekend, have them bring you more clothes and the things you realize you do want.  Also, note that you seem to magically accumulate more things in your room as the year goes on (Lehigh LOVES giving out t-shirts, and you’ll end up collecting other odds and ends as well).  You’ll want to bring it all home with you, so think about it like a vacation—you need to leave some room for souvenirs!

Optional:

While honestly everything on this entire list is optional, these are some personal items you won’t need but will likely want.  Some comments on these items:

  • Pack all of your clothes in storage bins and then just keep the bins at Lehigh (most will fit under your bed when the bed is on the higher setting).
  • A free-standing lamp or desk lamp is also a good idea to add some extra light to the room.  Overhead lights aren’t always as bright as you’d like them to be.
  • Bring stuff that will make your room feel like home—a rug, posters, photos of friends and family, etc. will all help you settle in and feel more comfortable in your new room.
  • There are televisions in lounges in every residence hall, so don’t feel obligated to bring your own.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle rather than a case of water.  The fountain water at Lehigh is not only safe to drink, but it actually tastes good!  If you’re absolutely set on filtered water, they make water bottles with built-in filters.

What NOT to Bring:

Please, please, please do not bring microwaves (one of the most common violations).  You are not allowed to have them.  If we notice you moving one in while your family is still here, we will tell you to send it home with them.  If we find it afterward, we have to confiscate it, fine you for having it, and you can get it back next time you are going home to take home with you.  This also applies to all of the other items on the list, so consider that when packing.  It will save you time and room in your car if you don’t bring them, and it will also save you trouble (and money—the fines associated with having these prohibited items are substantial).  For more information about these policies, check out the General Provisions for Student Occupancy.

Below are some thoughts from students about things they wish they had brought, and things they realized they didn’t need.

Ralph Jean-Noel, Class of 2015
Forgot to bring: Art supplies, tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.), and some of my old high school projects that I ended up needing
Should have left at home: A computer monitor (which I barely used), two video game systems (which I had NO time to use), and a table that didn’t go to much use

Jessie Beck, Class of 2013
Forgot to bring: A small (cheap) vacuum cleaner
Should have left at home: A safe for valuable items, computer lock, and a full set of dishes

Nicole Thens, Class of 2015
Forgot to bring: Ziplock bags, outdoor activity items such as frisbees, a glove/baseball, and a beach towel/picnic blanket

Alexandria Kennedy, Class of 2015
Forgot to bring: More extension cords / power strips
Should have left at home: Pens or pencils (they gave out dozens at the different fairs)

Jimil Ataman, Class of 2014
Forgot to bring: 1. A fan 2. Pens (I go through lots of pens!)
Should have left at home: My TV

Carly Smith, Class of 2013
Forgot to bring: A USB flash drive, my notebooks, and travel computer case/sleeve
Should have left at home: My dustpan (just borrowed a vacuum instead) and a USB keyboard attachment for my computer

Sean Lawrence, Class of 2015
Forgot to bring: Hangers, tissues, air freshener
Should have left at home: Printer, lamp, and those sticky things to hang up stuff on the wall

Nevin Sackson, Class of 2014
Forgot to bring: Hangers, snow boots, and an umbrella
Should have left at home: Water bottles, flashlight, and a lamp

Julia Mers, Class of 2012
Forgot to bring: Painters tape, extra big pillows for people to sit on, and a can opener
Should have left at home: My desk lamp (because the bulb got too hot)

About the Author: Gina Mason is a graduate student at Lehigh’s College of Education and the summer intern at the Office of Residence Life.  She started Gryphoning as an undergraduate at Lehigh, and is excited to be the Head Gryphon in Brodhead for the 2012-2013 year.

Gryphon Society: Lehigh’s Version of the Resident Assistant Position

History:

Way back in 1957, a group of 40 Lehigh undergraduate students (all men at the time!) petitioned the Committee on Social Activities for recognition as a campus “living group” that would provide social opportunities for its members.  This group’s members grew to become staples in the first year residence halls, serving as counselors and role models for the residents.

The Gryphon Society’s name is inspired by the gryphon, a popular beast in Greek mythology.  The half-eagle half-lion creature is known for having guarded the gold of ancient Scythia.  The founders of the Gryphon Society proposed the name because of the similarities between gryphons and the role of Lehigh’s Gryphons on campus – No, we’re not beasts!  It’s because we seek to guard and protect the “gold,” which is, of course, the student population at Lehigh.

The Role of a Gryphon:

The Gryphon Society has evolved in many ways in the 50+ years since its inception.  The group has more than doubled in size, consisting of 100 Gryphons, and members now live in both first year residence halls and upperclassmen residence halls serving more than 2,400 on-campus residents.

In addition to evolving in size and reach, the role of the Gryphon has also expanded from the original “counselor” role.  Today, Gryphons serve as advocates, mentors, role models, policy enforcers, administrators, programmers, resources, and leaders for the students residing in Lehigh’s residence halls.

Gryphons seek to improve the residential experiences of Lehigh undergraduate students by serving an immediate source of support and assistance, facilitating community development, and promoting a safe and healthy residential environment.

Check out this video to hear some Gryphons talking about what being a Gryphon means to them: