Law Hall - 3rd
Front: John Ecklekamp, Keith Martin, Jeanine Cooney, Rosalino Mouton, Phanida Hay,
Laurie Killien, Thomas Knippa. Second: Charle Tumlinson, Don Harper, Patrick Miller,
Joel Smickman, Beth Bear, Tiffany Griffin, Maitry Shah, Kelly Strang. Third: Jon
Bourgault, Tracy Evans, Heather Ferguso, Chris El Foro. Fourth: Eddie Horan, Marcy
Martin, Harolo Maddocks, Michael Lee, Chris Noessel, Karl Middlebrooks. Back: Robert
Scroggs, Robert Lindley, Marna Bear, Mitchell Miller.
Front: Susan Neale, Chitra Sankaran, Ami Shah, Raju Patel, Stacy
Zavodny, Joey Lockwood. Second: Steven Kyle, Todd Greenlaw, Dan Frye,
Matthew Ernisse, Chris Fields, Donald Harper, Patrick Nguyen, David
McMahan. Back: Kelly Oka, George Ashworth, Philip Alldredge, Dan Lewis,
Robbie Wipff, Todd Mosley, Michael Patterson, Eddie Bartsch.
Law Hall - 4th
272 University of Houston
Friend or Foe?
Living in the dormitory
provides for many interesting
experiences and opportunities for personal growth. Life
can best be separated into
two categories — weekdays
and weekends. For some individuals, the two are one.
In the Quad, the floors are
coed without any sort of curfew, compared to other Texas
To the disappoint- ^^BHH|
ment of some, the
dorm rooms are
still single sex.
Each floor has one
or two resident advisors, affectionately called by the hhbm
They closely parallel prison
guards, being responsible for
enforcement of dormitory
An RA's character can
range from friendlike to
Stalinistic-like enforcers such
as a former marine who patrolled not only his floor but
the other three floors of the
building at all hours of the
Some RAs are insane about
quiet hour restrictions, being
able to hear distant conversations with the acoustic sensitivity of an audio telescope.
If there are two RAs on the
floor, it is almost certain that
each will have radically different personalities. My RAs
could respectively be described as the "Ying" and the
"Yuck." These RAs have enforcement powers 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.
Communication remains one of the
most important elements in the relationship between RAs and residents. Photo by Paul Nicosia.
During weekdays, most of
the time in the dorm is spent
sleeping, visiting friends,
thinking about doing homework, and sometimes doing
homework. During week-
nights, most residents stay up
During weekends the dorm
is often a quiet place depending on whether or not your
The character of the RAs range from
friendlike to Stalinistic.
room happens to be the site
of a party or close to the site
of the party.
If you happen to be blessed
by living across from a room
of fraternity brothers, you
will be in for a night of wandering drunk people, loud
head banging music and a
unique aroma in the air.
If you happen to be a poor
sod with a Saturday test, it is
guaranteed that the biggest
party of the year will happen
in the room right next to
yours that Friday night.
Usually the RAs on the
floor attempt to schedule regular activities for their residents. These events depend
mainly upon the RAs imagination and interests, (e.g. a
tour of the Budweiser factory). Some regular events include a weekly video movie
night and a monthly birthday
party for those celebrating a
On Fridays, certain dorms
have loud hours which allow
residents to expend pent up
emotions by playing music as
loud as possible. Some, like
myself, have "mondo" stereo
systems, pumping 200 watts
per channel with enough bass
to find the resonant frequency of every item in
gg^gm your room and often the resonant
frequency of the
RA, who then dulls
life by citing people for being too
loud during loud
There is a definite trend among students in
relation to dormitory life.
Freshman students move into
the dorm believing that college life is a retake of Animal
House, partying and drinking
almost every weekend.
As the respective residents
mature (or when the first set
of grades get mailed home)
residents have a tendency to
spend more time on their academics and less time on
drinking such favorites as
trashcan punch or jungle
juice. The older residents
with cars tend to leave campus in search of a wider range
of activities. The attrition
rate from dorm residence is
quite high for older residents.
— Patrick Davis
Residence Halls 273