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NW35 Groundbreaking To Be Held in November

The groundbreaking for construction of the new graduate student dormitory, currently called NW35, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. When the dormitory opens in summer 2008, first preference for rooms will be given to residents of Ashdown House (W1), a graduate dormitory that will subsequently be converted into undergraduate housing.

Giving Ashdown residents first choice in the move to NW35 will leave “plenty of room” for other students, said Karen A. Nilsson, associate dean and director of housing. NW35 will have 550 beds while Ashdown has 360 beds. Some Ashdown residents will not be looking to move into NW35 for various reasons, including graduation or moves off-campus or to other dormitories. The details of the move have not been completely worked out, Nilsson said.

Ashdown Housemaster Terry P. Orlando said that giving Ashdown students first preference is “very appropriate.” Ann Orlando, also an Ashdown housemaster, said that she and Terry plan to be housemasters of the new dormitory.

Earlier this month, Ashdown residents expressed their hope that NW35 be renamed Ashdown. In addition, they requested that some of the rooms in NW35 be given the names of Ashdown rooms. A decision on the naming has not been announced.

The ceremonious first shovel of dirt will be turned at the site of construction in the Pacific St. parking lot on Albany St. directly across from another grad dormitory, The Warehouse (NW30). A reception in the multi-purpose room of Sidney-Pacific graduate residence will immediately follow the groundbreaking.

—Marie Y. Thibault