Stephens to house MU students again

Thursday, August 14, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:33 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

For the third straight year, more than 100 MU students will backpack to campus from Stephens College this fall.

Even though Mark Twain Residential Hall reopens after renovations, there is still a shortage of housing on the MU campus. About 77 men and 54 women will temporarily stay in Hillcrest Hall on Broadway. That’s five more than the 126 men who stayed there last fall and will put Hillcrest at its capacity. Approximately 12 Stephens students will live there this fall.

According to Christian Basi, MU spokesman, students are typically placed in Hillcrest because their housing applications come in late.

The students placed in Hillcrest will have the opportunity to move into MU’s residential halls as soon as spots open up. Basi said all students in Hillcrest will be moved into MU housing by the beginning of the winter semester.

Basi said Residential Life officials continue to look at problems with housing on campus. They hope the 721-bed Virginia Avenue complex, which has four residential halls and one dining hall, will help with shortages when it opens in time for the fall semester of 2004. Donnelly and Smith residential halls will close next fall, because they are being demolished due to old age.

“The Virginia Avenue complex is part of the Residential Life master plan, which will take approximately 15 years to complete,” Basi said. “The complex will help alleviate some of the problems that we are currently seeing, but the plan will not be fully realized for some time. “

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