R&DE Student Housing, which manages 5 million square feet of Stanford buildings, spent roughly $50 million on undergraduate and graduate housing renovations this summer. The renovations included improvements to student comfort, energy and water efficiency, health and safety.
Student Housing will expand its gender-neutral housing program to Bob, Branner Hall, Crothers, Yost and all graduate residences next year, according to an informational email by Charles Syms ’11 M.A. ’11, who spearheads the student side of the program. It will further expand the program as more buildings are renovated so that they “are suitable for gender-inclusive housing,” he said.
Beginning in the 2009-10 school year, Wilbur and Stern (with the exception of the theme houses Okada and Casa Zapata) switched entirely to freshman housing. According to conventional wisdom and survey data, all-frosh houses better promote community and rapport with dorm mates than four-class houses do. Yet, some have argued that four-class dorms provide their own benefits; benefits which disappear when the majority of freshmen are secluded in a bubble within the bubble. While advocates for four-class dorms are right to cite advantages for academic advising, they are flat wrong when it comes to improving alcohol safety.