Slivka applications brings hall new residents

Annette Majerowicz

About one-third of the students who applied to live in Slivka Residence Hall will be calling the new building home next year.

Mark D’Arienzo, associate director of university housing, said 27 students were notified before Spring Break that they had been accepted to live in Slivka, which will replace Lindgren Residential College as a home for science and engineering students in Fall Quarter.

John Shen, the former president of Lindgren, said half of the 54 students who filled out an application to live in Slivka were accepted but some declined the acceptance for various reasons.

Slivka applicants, about 60 percent of whom are McCormick students, primarily comprised sophomores and juniors with a few seniors, Shen said.

Out of the 27 accepted students, 20 have decided to live in Slivka, five have declined and two have yet to respond, D’Arienzo said. Although the deadline to agree to the offer to live in Slivka was during Spring Break, D’Arienzo said he will allow students to turn in their acceptances until 5 p.m. today. Residential colleges are required to submit a list of their residents for next year by Monday morning.

Shen, a McCormick senior, said part of the reason some students declined to live in Slivka was that they could not be guaranteed a single-occupancy room. Because students will not pick their rooms in Slivka until after they agree to live in the residential college, some who wanted a single shied away from the new building.

The application included a series of essay questions to determine if a student would be a good candidate to live in a residential college in general and in Slivka specifically, he said.

The applications were reviewed by a committee led by Residential College Coordinator Nancy Anderson.

Shen said he was happy with how the process worked out.

“It was a good collaboration between the students and the administrators,” he said.

The 27 students accepted in the application process either did not gain enough points through their association with Lindgren to earn automatic entry into Slivka or chose to apply without any ties to the former science and engineering residential college.

Slivka’s other openings will be filled by about 30 current Lindgren residents and 26 students who have earned enough points by attending residential college events to qualify, Shen said.

The remaining spots in the new residential college, which can hold about 140 students, will be filled by incoming freshmen.

Construction of the science and engineering residential college is on schedule and will be ready to open for students in the fall, said Gregg Kindle, director of Residential Life.