by Jenna Houk, campus and city editor
Moody Bible Institute has made the decision to turn one of the floors in the Dryer men’s dorm into a women’s dorm.
According to an email from Dr. Bruce Norquist and Dean Timothy Arens, “For a number of years, Residence Life has worked with our Enrollment management team to track admissions/housing trends and for the past two years, it has become clear that our female applications significantly outnumber our male applications.”
As a result, the first floor of Dryer Hall, named in honor of co-founder Emma Dryer, has been converted into a floor for upper-class women starting this fall.
“Emma Dryer essentially founded the school,” said Maddie DeVaughn, a sophomore Human Services major, “and to live in the building named after her is a unique experience as a woman at Moody…”
Originally a resident of Houghton 9North, DeVaughn is unfazed by the prospect of living a floor below Moody men.
“My expectations are relatively low,” she said. “Many universities have co-ed buildings, so the concept of living in a building primarily housing men doesn’t sound incredibly exotic.”
Dryer Hall is different from Houghton and Smith because the rooms are much larger, and unlike Houghton, the rooms hold three people instead of two. In addition to having larger rooms, Dryer is offering a lower cost in room rate per semester.
Moody will also maintain the restrictions of opposite gender students visiting the floor. To ensure the maintaining of these restrictions, Moody will be adding a second R.A. to each floor of Dryer Hall. The first floor of Dryer will have RAs Abigail Emig and Shannon Jones, and, according to Norquist, “Dominic Massa & Chris Ostankowski will be the RAs of Dryer 2, and Cameron Warfield & Thomas Zentmeyer will be the RAs of Dryer 3.”
Though Dryer Hall is marked for demolition next year, the future is still unknown and will continue to be discussed in the future by the Board of Trustees. However, Norquist and Arens write that Dryer “will no longer be utilized for student housing after the spring 2019 semester due to high maintenance costs and aging infrastructure.”
DeVaughn said, “The unique experience of being on a floor that will only exist for a year, starting from scratch and coming into this together, is an awesome opportunity to grow together.”
Emma Dryer’s legacy will live on through the women living on the first floor of Dryer for the last year of its existence. After the end of the year, Emma Dryer’s legacy must live on elsewhere.