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VSU opens new residence hall

January 6, 2005

Valdosta - It doesn't look like your typical dorm room. There's a fully furnished living area, a private bedroom, and a kitchen with brand new appliances. "It's a better set up, you have more privacy and you can feel more secure about your own things," said Jennifer Topper.

Jennifer Topper is one of the first residents to move into VSU's Centennial Hall. "I love the fact that I can have my own bathroom, I don't have to walk down the hall to share it," said Topper.

The 35 million dollar housing complex is giving new meaning to living on campus. There's a game room, sound proof music area, and residents have their own grocery store. "It's a totally different concept, its basically like moving into a wonderful, brand new apartment," said VSU President Ronald Zaccari.

President Zaccari says the new residence hall is already proving to be a great recruitment tool. "We're running about 15 percent ahead of this time last year with student applications and 24 percent ahead with accepted applications which means we're getting a better quality student," said Zaccari.

And this is just the beginning of whirlwind of changes in student housing. President Zaccari says we can expect more of the same for the next five years. "This is only one of four major residence hall projects that will be constructed on this campus," said Zaccari.

It's housing that's drawing more students to this college, and giving residents like Jennifer a new and improved style of living.

posted at 3:55 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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